Our fleet covers budget to luxury vessels. They are all well-equipped and well maintined. Runabouts for cruising, fishing, diving or waterski-ing. The yachts range from 28 to 44 feet. The launches vary in size from 28 to 52 feet and suit different types of charters. The sailing cats are spacious and comfortable. We also run a few luxury skippered only vessels. Yachts and launches. All vessels come with full inventory, charts, cruising guides etc.


The cruising area of most vessels consists of the Marlborough Sounds and Golden Bay. With numerous Islands and sheltered bays, 1500 km of coatline to explore, amazing scenery, bountiful wildlife and amazing scenery the Marlborough Sounds is a cruising area that has to be experienced. Diverse scenery: Pretty bays with bush-clad hills to the waters edge, the rugged coastline of D'urville, golden beaches in Tasman Bay and sweeping currents at French pass and all this with a rich history and plenty of sunshine.

Typical Day

Day 1: Arrive at Waikawa marina or you might have been picked up from the ferry terminal in Picton by the Compass Charters crew. Finalise all details at the Compass Charters Base and board your vessel. All provisions have been put onboard if you opted for Compass to provision your charter vessel. One of the Compass Crew will show you over the yacht or launch you are chartering and also tell you all about the cruising area, things to do and safety equipment. Or you could have a skipper to guide you through the waterways. If there is enough time before the sun will set, cruise out of the marina to a Compass mooring nearby and retire for the night.Day 2: Cruise or sail towards the outer Sounds, while enjoying the scenery. Check up on the seals at Ruakaka. Throw a line over the side to hook up a cod or two, or just sit back and relax. Visit the bird sanctuary Motuara Island. Awalk to the summit is rewarded with amazing views and numerous birds will keep you company on your hike. Check up on the history while following in the foot steps of Captain Cook and explore Ships Cove. Find one of the charter moorings for the Day 3: Another day of what you feel like doing: Cover some miles, explore the numerous bays, maybe some hiking, fishing, visit Islands and Coves, endulge yourself in one of your hobbies, have lunch on the beach, the options are unlimited. Pull up at Furneaux lodge for the night to enjoy a meal ashore before retiring to your vessel.Day 4: As the tight muscles in the neck are finally back to normal it is time to slowly make your way back to Waikawa Marina. Compass Charters Crew will meet you at the Warf and make sure you will be safely on your way again, home or a destination elsewhere.

Age range, type of group

Compass Charters caters for families, couples, groups of friends, larger traveling groups of any ages. For self-drive charters boating experience is required. But our skipperc can make sure you have a great time anyhow. We also provide boating tuition to enhance your xperience so you can go explore by yourselves.Functions, weddings, fishing and diving trips, exciting explorations.... you name it, is all possible.

Sleeping and meals

Except for the runabouts all vessels are equipped for overnight charters.Galley's are fully equipped but inventory depends on vessel. Bedding can be hired if not included in the charter. Our charter boats can alssobe combined with accommodation on shore. The maximum some of the vessels will accommodate is 12.You can provision the vessel yourself or we can do it for you. Meals can also be arranged at Resorts located in the Sounds. Compass charters can also arrange catering, hostess, cooks etc

Policies & Restrictions

No smoking inside any vessel.No petsNo fire arms (unless arranged prior for hunting purposes)Boating experience required for bareboat charters.Fishing and maritieme regulations to be followed when on charter.

Rates & Availability

 - Yacht and launch charter in the Marlborough Sounds
Varied: Depending on time of year, vessel, duration and requirements.24 hour rate vessels between US$130 and US$2800

Discounts Offered

Discounts can be appliccable for long charters and return clients.

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