All Whitsunday Escape bareboats have 240v and 300W inverters as standard equipment. Inverters are useful if you do not have a 12v plug for your phone charger or if you need to charge camera batteries or laptops. The standard size, 300w inverter will supply enough power to run a small television and DVD player at the same time.
The inverters cannot power:
• Coffee machines
• hair dryer & hair straighteners … leave them at home and send the good looking crew to the fore-deck for 10 minutes and the sea breeze will take care of their hair.
Although laptops draw very little power they may not work on the inverters. The electrical signal to start up the inverter may not be sufficient and the sine-wave may not be correct, check the operation before departing the marina or leave your laptop at home for a digital detox.
Your sleep apnea machine will run off either 240v or 12v (12v is best on the boat).
We recommend that you bring a power lead that is around 6 metres in length to ensure that it reaches a power source. Make sure you check that it is operating correctly before departing the marina.
Air-conditioning units are installed on all of the boats in the Whitsunday Escape fleet. All units will work when using the shore power at either Coral Sea or Hamilton Island marinas. Some boats have a generator fitted so they can use it when on the water, for details see the individual boat features.
The Whitsundays are within the trade wind belt, and as such are blessed with cool breezes. When at anchor or on a mooring the boats naturally face into the wind. Simply open the forward facing hatches to allow the breeze to flow through.
Whitsunday Escape has not promoted on the water air-conditioning. Feedback from our guests is that the noise of a generator running all night quickly outweighs any benefit from cold air.
In order to not overprice our boats for a feature that is unlikely to be used and to encourage our guests to save energy, we charge a loading of $10 per hour for air-conditioning use on the water. When at the marina the boats are not facing into the wind and often the marina is protected from prevailing winds. There is no charge for air-conditioning use in the marina as you can plug into the shore power.
All boats are equipped with:
Charts provide you with the distances to be travelled and the hazards to avoid when cruising the Whitsundays. It is important that you know how to read them and to use them for your passage planning.
For more accurate descriptions of inlets, anchorages, resorts and surrounding reefs, refer to the ‘100 Magic Miles’ cruising guide by David Colfelt.
The ‘100 Magic Miles’ is also a great souvenir of your trip and very useful reading for your holiday planning. Order a Pre-Charter Kit if you would like a copy pre- or post-charter.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Visitor Guide has an abundance of information of what’s on offer in the marine and national parks.
iphones – If you have one of the new iphone models without the traditional headphone port, please bring your own aux to lightning converter as we do not supply these.
HOT TIP: Set up some offline playlists so you can still listen to music when there is no internet coverage.
TV – All of Whitsunday Escapes fleet have a flat screen digital TV with USB & HDMI ports. Good TV reception is only guaranteed at Coral Sea and Hamilton Island marinas, elsewhere can be patchy. If needed, bring a hard drive of movies to watch or a HDMI cable to connect your computer.
Refrigeration space is limited on all boats. When planning your groceries consider how much you need to refrigerate. Most boats stop back at Airlie Beach or visit Hamilton Island after four to five days to drop off garbage, top up water tanks, buy more ice and dinghy fuel. This is a good time to replenish your fresh produce, meat and bakery goods if required.
We recommend that you buy all your drinks, dry goods, non-refrigerated fruit & veggies for the whole holiday and enough meat, fish and refrigerated produce for four to five nights. Hamilton Island has a bakery, a fish store and grocery store (prices are higher than the mainland).
All boats use 12v refrigeration units and they are controlled by a thermostat that will switch the fridge or freezer compressor on or off as needed. Marine freezers are designed to keep produce frozen but most are not cold enough to keep ice-cream. Refrigeration units are designed to shut down at low voltage therefore always monitor your batteries and keep them well well charged.
See each vessels’ specifications for refrigeration sizes.
Whitsunday Escape monitors the radio between 8 am and 5 pm, scanning all stations. After hours the emergency frequency Channel 16 is monitored by the Mackay port.
Daily “scheds” are conducted to communicate with all our boats twice daily, at 8am and 2pm. During the scheds, we relay the current weather information on channels 82 and 86, and check the location and plans of each boat for the coming day/night.
At this time we will give advice based on the current conditions to ensure that all charterers are having a safe and enjoyable night and have a suitable anchorage planned for the evening. These twice daily scheds are your opportunity to relay any important information back to base, ask questions and request advice on itinerary and plans for the coming days.
Charterers are not required to hold a marine radio licence. Charterers are briefed on correct radio procedures as part of the pre-charter briefing.