Your yacht will be more than just your mode of transport – it will be your home to relax, sail, swim, eat and sleep for your holiday. The Big Sail have made sure that all our bookings come with everything we think you will need for a week on the water.

Click below to see what we include and what you can add to make your experience even better. 


  • Tailor-made itinerary for skippered charters
  • Itinerary guidance for bareboat charters
  • WiFi onboard
  • Bed linen & small towel for showering per person (we recommend you bring your own larger beach/swim towel too)
  • End-of-trip cleaning of the yacht
  • Deck speakers with radio, CD and/or iPod connection on most yachts – we will specify if not
  • Inflatable dinghy – for getting around when at anchor, to explore caves and beaches, go for a meal ashore or simply to visit other yachts
  • Outboard engine & fuel for dinghy
  • Essential domestic supplies – loo rolls, dish washing soap, bin bags
  • GPS, digital charts and paper charts for the local area
  • All safety equipment, lifejackets, harnesses, basic first aid kit VHF radio & flares


  • Food & drink (+ food for your Skipper too if you have hired one)
  • Refundable damage deposit – check your quote for the amount
  • Flights & personal travel insurance
  • Fuel & mooring fees (see ‘yacht kitty’ section below)
  • Croatia: tourist tax €1 per person per day (must be paid in cash at check-in)
  • British Virgin Islands: National Park permit + Virgin Islands search and rescue fee ($55 per yacht per week) + BVI cruising tax ($50 per person per week)


Optional Extras
Skipper£135 per day (minimum 7 days)
Host – prepares breakfasts, lunches & up to 2 evening meals per week£135 per day (minimum 7 days)
Provisioning (food & drinks delivered directly to your yacht)
£50 plus the cost of the shopping
Airport transferPrices available upon request
Professional chef – prepares breakfasts, lunches & up to 5 evening meals per week£175 per day (minimum 7 days)
Spinnaker/cruising chute£150 per week if available
Railing net – additional safety with small children onboard£100 per week
Beach towels£5 per towel per week
Paddle board/kayak£150-250 per week + additional deposit (depending on availability & location)
Snorkel KitPrice depends on destination – typically £20 per set per week
One-way fee (e.g. Split to Dubrovnik)£475 + extra mooring fee for first/last night
Early check-in (2pm)£150

Mooring fees, fuel & additional costs

We recommend that you prepare a ‘yacht kitty’ in cash which will be used to cover any daily usage costs you incur as a group throughout the week. These costs include mooring fees, refuelling at the end of the week, tourist tax of €1 per person per day (Croatia only) and an optional yacht insurance waiver to cover you in case of any damage to your yacht. 

Mooring fees can vary dramatically based on the size and type of yacht (catamarans get charged double for mooring in most marinas in peak season). We typically recommend 3 nights in a marina and 2 nights at anchor in a ‘normal’ week. Anchoring is free, so if you wish to reduce costs we recommend more anchorages and fewer marinas.

Similarly, refuelling costs can vary depending on the size of yacht, as well as how much motoring you do which is largely dependant on the wind conditions, and the distances you aim to cover during your trip. Yachts with generators onboard to power air-conditioning systems could use up to £150 more fuel per week.

Our sailing budget recommendations for a 1 week sailing holiday:

Yacht length/type
Recommended Kitty budget
Cost per person
45ft sailing yacht (4 cabins)£600£75pp between 8 people
50ft sailing yacht (5 cabins) £750-900£75-90pp between 10-12 people
40-45ft catamarans (4 cabins) £1000-1200£125-150pp between 8 people