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What is included in the charter?

The yachts are equipped with everything that you will need for a safe and enjoyable holiday. You will be given an inventory checklist to make sure you have all the items listed. Please inform the base manager before you leave the Base if anything is missing, as it is not always possible to replace or exchange items once you have departed on your cruise. Any problems with your yacht must be reported to the charter base manager immediately. Sheets, pillows, pillowcases and shower towels are all provided along with a basic starter pack of cleaning materials and toilet paper. Yachts are supplied with all cooking utensils etc. and a BBQ is also on board. Snorkeling equipment is available for all members of crew. Navigation equipment includes all relevant available charts and a pilot book/cruising guide.

A GPS/chartplotter is included free of charge on board all yachts and all yachts have autopilot.

Marina, National park and one way fees

Marina fees other than at the charter base are not included in the charter fee. A night in a marina other than the Ao Po Grand marina costs approximately 50 baht per foot.

National park entry fees are also not included. The cost for this is 200 baht per person per day. If visiting the Similan and Surin islands, which is possible from November to April subject to weather conditions, the cost is 400 baht per person plus 400 baht for the yacht per day.

For one way charters the fee for checking out of Thailand to Malaysia is 3000 baht on a weekday and 4000 baht on a weekend. The fee for checking into Malaysia from Thailand is 1000 baht on any day.

Water and fuel

Water, fuel and 240 volt electricity are available on the pontoon at the base. In the rest of the cruising area fuel is only available in jerry cans carried in the dinghy at Ao Nang beach in the Northeast season from November to April and all year at Phi Phi and Ko Lanta. Water is available from any restaurant in jerry cans carried in the dinghy and alongside from a hose pipe all year at Phi Phi and Ko Lanta.

Yacht damage deposit

All clients must leave a refundable deposit at the charter base before departure as security for any loss or damage to the yacht, its equipment and inventory, the dinghy and outboard and optional extras such as kayaks and cruising chutes. The refundable deposit is determined by the charter base and varies. The amount will be send to you with your booking information

You can choose to either leave your credit card details (Recommended) or cash in Thai baht, UK pounds, Euro’s or US Dollars.

What to bring?

Tickets, money, passports and a driving licence if you plan to hire a car. Thailand enjoys a pleasant temperature all year, but be prepared for all weather conditions. We advise you have a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, shorts, T-shirts beach towel and swimwear. A light waterproof is highly recommended particularly during the Southwest season from May to October which has more rain especially towards the end of the season. In cooler weather it is much warmer to wear multiple thin layers than one thick layer and a thigh length waterproof jacket is strongly recommended as you may encounter some rain, possibly heavy rain. Cotton trousers, deck shoes, or white-soled trainers are also useful. For hygiene reasons, we do not hire out sailing footwear or waterproofs. Please bring your things in a soft holdall, as there is limited storage on board the yacht or at the base. Please note that all personal items are brought at your own risk.

Louis van Wyk

The founder of Draco Marine Services. I did yacht deliveries for almost 10 years, after which I went and worked firstly for Tui Marine in Cape Town doing quality control on the Robertson and Caine boats. In 2016, I started a new career at Sunsail Phuket as the assistant base engineer. In the beginning of 2018 we started Draco Marine Services.