Definitions
EXPERIENCES – Day Sail / Weekend Sails / 2 Day sails and VOUCHERS that are booked via our sailing schedule
EXCLUSIVE CHARTER – An exclusive period of time measured in days that you have booked with us to include a professionally endorsed skipper and your own personalised sailing schedule
BARE BOAT CHARTER – The hire of one of our yachts for your own use subject to experience and qualifications.

Booking
Once Devon Sailing Experiences receives your enquiry, we will check availability and contact you to confirm the booking.
Your booking is not secured until we contact you to confirm and a 20% deposit* has been received. Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received confirmation of your booking.

*Deposits apply to exclusive skippered charters and bareboat charters only. Experiences such as day sails and weekends are paid in full at the time of booking.

Payments
Payments can be made by card or bank transfer. Please note there is a 2% charge for credit card payments.
Payments for experiences are to be made in full.
For charters, the balance of the fee is due 4 weeks before the experience starts. If a booking is made less than 8 weeks before the start of the voyage, then full payment will be taken at that time.

What is included – 

  • A berth for each guest with pillows and duvets excluding bare boat charter
  • All food and soft drinks while onboard (experiences only)
  • All safety equipment, lifejackets and harnesses
  • Mooring and fuel costs, excluding bare boat charter

What isn’t included – 

  • Any meals taken ashore
  • Any tours ashore, e.g. Distillery visits
  • Alcohol
  • Travel to and from the vessel.

If you wish to cancel a CHARTER (excludes experiences)
If you wish to cancel a booking, then please notify us as soon as possible. If you cancel your booking within 14 days of paying your deposit and at least 8 weeks prior to departure, you’ll receive a full refund, less an administration fee of £50.00 per crew member. A deposit will become non refundable 14 days after the date of booking. If you cancel 8 weeks or more before the start of the experience then you will be liable for 50% of the full fee. If you cancel an experience less than 8 weeks before the start of, or after the commencement of your experience then you will be liable for the full cost of the booking. In all cases, if we are able to resell your cancelled berth, we will reimburse you the full cost less the deposit. You are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance to cover yourself should you need to cancel.

If we have to cancel a CHARTER
In the unlikely event that we are forced to cancel due unusual and unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, (Force Majeure, including very strong winds forecast), we will endeavour to offer an alternative voyage at a mutually agreeable date.
If we have to cancel a voyage due to any other reasons, e.g. mechanical failure, then a full refund or an alternative voyage will be offered.
In all cases our liability is limited to offering a refund only up to the amount paid and we will have no further liability to you in respect of consequential economic loss.

Amendment to Experiences where applicable
Devon Sailing Experiences reserves the right to make necessary amendments to any voyage with regards to start/end destinations or planned itinerary. In the unlikely event of any changes, we will endeavour to contact you at the earliest opportunity.

All decisions of any amendments will be made by the Skipper and no refunds or liability accepted by Devon Sailing Experiences. The company will not be responsible for any cost of travel.

Validity of sailing EXPERIENCES including vouchers
Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the time of purchase. You must book an experience within this time, the validity is then the same as experiences below. If your voucher does not expire prior to the end of the season (1st October) you may use it for the following season (1st April-1st October)
Experiences that are paid direct (not vouchers) such as Day sails and Weekend sails are valid at the time and date of the booking. If you request to cancel prior to the experience you can rebook ONCE within 12 MONTHS. If we have to cancel your booking due to weather or other factors outside our control you may rebook any time in the next 18 MONTHS.

Health and Safety
Your safety is our primary concern. Devon Sailing Experiences is equipped with safety gear in excess of that required by law, and is run by highly experienced management team. You will receive a full safety briefing at the start of the booking. You must agree to abide fully with the instructions of the skipper and permanent crew.

Sailing is a hands-on experience and your participation is required to sail her to the best of her potential. A reasonable level of fitness is required to sail. If you or any of your party suffer from any medical conditions that might affect their health and safety during the experience, e.g. Heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes or if you are on any medication that may be adversely affected by seasickness you must disclose it to us at the time of booking. This information will be held in confidence by us until the completion of your experience. Failure to disclose a condition could result in the affected crew being put ashore for their own safety. In this case we will not be liable for any refunds or expenses incurred.
We aim to sail as much as possible, taking into account the weather conditions at the time and forecasted, the ability of the crew and the waters we are sailing in. We will endeavour to fulfil any reasonable requests the voyage crew may have, however in all these matters the skippers decision is final.
The lower age limit for sailing is 18 if unaccompanied, 12 if accompanied by a parent or guardian, unless the whole boat is being booked in which case younger children are certainly welcome.

Insurance
Devon Sailing Experiences is covered by professional insurance that includes third party liability. This does not cover you for any loss or damage to your property not attributable to our negligence or defects in the vessel. We strongly recommend you take out your own travel insurance to cover as a minimum, medical and personal accident expenses, loss and damage to personal effects, covers sailing over 12 Nautical Miles offshore and cancellation.

Additional Bare Boat Costs / Terms and Conditions

To book a bare boat charter you must fulfil the following criteria. Refunds will not be given.

  1. Day Skipper practical and theory
  2. Skippered experience in tidal waters
  3. Competent boat handling under power

Boat hand over 
A 2 hour initial boat handover will be required. The hand over includes:

  1. Safety briefing, including gear locations and use
  2. Basic boat controls
  3. Reefing
  4. Using the boat under engine

We reserve the right to refuse bare boat charter if necessary. In the event of a refusal, we will offer the boat skipper chartered at an addition of £100 per day.

Cruising Area
Area bounded by Exmouth to the Channel Islands in the East to Scillies in the West. We regret yachts may NOT visit Mevagissey as the harbour wall can cause considerable fender and gel coat damage. Drying harbours are also out of bounds, including Looe and Polperro. Any cruising limit extension must be agreed in writing at time of booking. Additional charges may apply. You will be asked for a basic passage plan on the day of arrival.

Additional Notes
Security deposits: £1000-£1500 for all yachts. We can take a preauthorisation on a credit/debit cards for a £10 admin fee. Prices are inc. VAT
The boat will be returned fully fuelled. An admin charge of £25 + fuel cost will be charged should you not comply.
Outboards are not included except by arrangement
Optional end of charter cleaning is available for £100
We reserve the right to charge for post charter cleaning should the yacht be left in an unsatisfactory condition.