BAREBOAT SAIL CHARTERS FEATURING FREEDOM YACHTS
Located in the heart of one of the worlds finest cruising grounds, the following
destinations are all within a one or two day sail from Bristol, RI:
Nantucket, Newport, Block Island, Tarpaulin Cove, Cape Cod, Edgartown, Sag Harbor
Mystic, Cuttyhunk, Vineyard Haven, Woods Hole, Hadley’s, Fishers Island, Padanaram, Marion
We are located at Bristol Marine in Bristol, RI, an ideal harbor from which to begin and end your cruise. The town with its magnificent inventory of beautifully restored Federal and Victorian buildings boasts one of America’s most beautiful main streets and plays host to the Nation’s oldest and most elaborate Fourth of July Parade. Fine restaurants and pubs, boutiques and antique shops line the waterfront. Classical and jazz concerts take place at Blithewold, a splendid estate overlooking the harbor featuring an English style manor house and arboretum with an extensive collection of exotic and native plants.
However, the greatest draw for the yachtsman has to be the Herreshoff Marine Museum, boasting an extensive collection of Herreshoff yachts and memorabilia as well as the America’s Cup Hall of Fame Museum. On display are boats ranging from some of the “Wizard of Bristol’s” earliest creations to a modern seventy-five foot America’s Cup IIAC Class boat.
Bristol Marine offers one of the finest facilities of its type in Narragansett Bay. There is dockside loading from your car, free overnight parking, restrooms, shower, and a free launch service to your boat. Major supermarkets are a few minutes away. Adjacent to Bristol Marine is Colt State Park with its superb ocean front recreational facilities and bike path that runs all the way to Providence, much of it along the ocean. Kayak rentals and lessons are available at the boatyard. Bristol Harbor is the perfect spot for this type of activity.
We accept Charters as short as three days duration from repeat charterers or six days from first time charterers and, as a rule, limit charters to five people for a croisiere Seine Paris. Reservations will be held for four days, pending receipt of a 50% deposit, and approval of the Bareboat Charter Application & Sailing Resume Form which you can complete and submit right from this web site. If you prefer, call or email us first to determine availability. Once the basic requirements have been met, we will send a confirmation. Charter agreement and other details you will need to know.
Cancellations: Should circumstances require the cancellation of your charter less than 60 days prior to its commencement, your deposit less a $75.00 cancellation fee will be refunded if the yacht can be rebooked for the dates you had reserved. We will do everything possible to accomplish this in the event that you are forced to cancel.
A security deposit of $2,500 and due 21 days before the charter commences. Following the charter there will be a thorough inspection of the vessel and its inventory, including a professional diver who will perform an examination of the bottom. Provided there is no damage or loss (excluding normal wear and tear), the deposit will be refunded within ten business days.
All boats are extensively equipped and include the following:
All necessary galley & cooking utensils and service for 6.
Navigational instruments, 8/50 binoculars, a mapping Garmin GPSt, charts covering Narragansett Bay to Nantucket including Buzzards Bay and Block Island, Eldridge Tide and Pilot book, and Embassy/Maptech Guide to Mass.& RI. (Charts and Guide for Eastern LI Sound available upon request.)
Linens include pillows, pillow cases, and bottom sheets only. (Sleeping bags and/or blankets, top sheets and towels are to be provided by the charterer, or they may be rented for an additional charge.
10’ Inflatable dinghy with outboard motor.
Spinnakers are available to qualified individuals for an additional charge of $100.
Courtesy Early Boarding:
We offer courtesy boarding the evening prior to departure provided the boat’s turnaround preparations have been completed, and time and daylight conditions permit. To take advantage, arrangements must be made with us in advance. Normally you should plan to arrive between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. There is no extra charge for courtesy boarding which will enable you to stow your gear, become familiar with the boat, sleep aboard, and get an early start in the morning. However, we do ask for your cooperation and insist that you arrive punctually.
From the North take Route 24 south through Fall River and Tiverton, RI to exit 2, and follow the signs to the Mount Hope Bridge and Bristol. Just over the Bridge, stay left at the fork where the road splits into routes 114 and 138 (staying on route 114). Continue through the center of Bristol. A few blocks beyond the center you will notice a brown sign to Coggeshell Farm Museum on your left. This is the corner of Poppasquash Rd. Take this left and follow the road around the head of the harbor for a mile into Bristol Marine. The actual address and link is 99 Poppasquash Rd., Bristol, RI.
From the South, take I-95 north to route 138 East (Kingston, RI exit). Follow route 138 over the Jamestown and Newport Bridges. After the Newport Bridge you will pick up route 114 all the way into the center of Bristol (about 13 miles). Continue from the center to Poppasquash Road and into Bristol Marine.
From Providence’s TF Green Airport, take I-95 North to I-195 East, then exit 7 onto Route 114 through Barrington and Warren into Bristol. Poppasquash Rd. is six tenths of a mile after the entrance to Colt State on your right.
What makes an exceptional charter vacation? Next to the company you keep, isn’t it the boat? Ideally one with an easily handled rig that provides relaxed, confident sailing. One able to make swift, safe, comfortable passages in wide-ranging conditions. One with quality construction and ample room above and below decks.
Freedoms score high on every count.
THE RIG: The hallmarks of Freedom’s approach to cruising are simplicity and effortless performance. At the heart of this concept is Freedom’s renowned free standing, carbon fiber mast, significantly stronger and lighter than a comparable aluminum mast. The lack of a back stay allows for a powerful, full battened mainsail with an impressive roach. It is complemented by a self-tacking “camberspar” jib. Every halyard and control line leads aft, enabling all sail functions to be performed from the safety of the cockpit. The main lowers and stacks effortlessly on the boom venetian blind style owing to lazyjacks and the full length battens.
Tacking can be accomplished without ever touching a line. A simple turn of the wheel is all that’s required; and since the boat can turn in one and a half boat lengths you will find yourself able to do things under sail you could only have imagined doing under power previously. The message here is “crew assistance not required”. You won’t have to disturb them while they’re stretched out on the wide, uncluttered decks, another benefit from not having shrouds and genoa gear to contend with.
Nor will you need a gang of nimble deck apes to assist with putting up the spinnaker when sailing off the wind. The spinnaker won’t be missed as its advantage is offset to a great extent by the boat’s ability to sail wing-and-wing with the “cambersapar” jib on one side and the powerful main on the other-- a procedure that is as simple and effortless to perform as tacking. The absence of shrouds allows the main to be set well forward en-hancing performance.
In spite of their superior strength, carbon spars are bendy. The mast’s natural tendency to fall off to leeward when the wind pipes up permits the boat to sail on its lines long after it would be prudent to reef a conventional boat. When it does become necessary, reefing can be accomplished by one person from the safety of the cockpit in about 60 seconds.
CONSTRUCTION, ACCOMMODATIONS AND COMFORT: The cabins are bright and airy with lots of opening ports and deck hatches for ventilation. The open feeling is enhanced by a drop-leaf table which folds up against the bulkhead when not needed, and the fact the mast does not intrude in the main salon. There is uncommonly generous storage space throughout. An inviting swim platform facilitates convenient boarding from the dinghy, sunbathing and swimming, and it enhances safety.
Those used to typical production sailboats will appreciate the solid, quiet, reassuring feel that Freedoms impart going through the water. Credit the boat’s design from the pen of renowned naval architect, Garry Mull, and a balsa cored hull and deck. This costly method of construction not only produces a boat that is strong, light and rigid; it also absorbs sound, and all but eliminates interior dampness and condensation.
Practical Sailor when reviewing Freedoms had this to say:
“Probably the most distinctive thing you’ll be getting in a Freedom is the ease of handling. We can’t imagine how you could get a [boat] that sails [as] well and makes it any easier to handle. A lot of the joy of sailing is making the wind work for you, and the Freedom gives you more in return for your labor than any other boat we’ve sailed.”
The following inquiry is being made in order to determine if your knowledge and experience are appropriate for the vessel you wish to charter. While we do not expect you to display the knowledge and proficiency of a professional seaman, we are vitally interested in your ability to complete the voyage in safety and without placing undue risk upon yourself, your crew and the vessel. Please answer each question as completely and informatively as possible. (Before doing so you may want to first check availability by either emailing us or by calling Jim Sallinger at 781-891-3525.) This resume will be attached to, and become a part of your charter contract. For convenience, the form may be completed and returned online. CLICK HERE if you would like to fill out and submit this form online. There is room at the end of the form for remarks or any questions which you may have.
SKIPPER’S NAME: BIRTHDATE: OCCUPATION:
(Street) (City/State) (Zip)
DAYTIME PHONE HOME PHONE:
WHICH BOAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CHARTERING? NUMBER IN CHARTER PARTY:
DATES DESIRED: (First Choice) (Second Choice)
CHARTER FEE :$ AMOUNT ENCLOSED: (50% DEPOSIT )
PLEASE LIST COMPANIES WITH WHOM YOU HAVE CHARTERED:
Company / Address Boat Type / Size Bareboat or Crewed Dates Location
IF YOU HAVE NEVER FORMALLY CHARTERED BEFORE, LIST THE BOATS YOU HAVE SKIPPERED ( where you have been the sole person responsible for the navigation, and safety of the vessel), AND THE DURATION AND NATURE OF THE CRUISE, THE LOCATION, DATES, ETC.:
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN SAILING? _ WHAT BOATS HAVE YOU OWNED? (if any), TYPES(S), LENGTH(S)?
WHERE HAVE YOU DONE THE MAJORITY OF YOUR SAILING?
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE RULES OF THE ROAD, COLREGS, AND INLAND RULES?
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH AIDS TO NAVIGATION?
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE USE OF A VHF RADIO?
ARE YOU ABLE TO PLOT NAVAGATIONAL COURSES AND THEN ACCURATELY SAIL THOSE COURSES IN ORDER TO REACH A DESTINATION IN LIMITED OR RESTRICTED VISABILITY?
ARE YOU ABLE TO DETERMINE A VESSEL’S POSITION WITH THE USE OF VISUAL SIGHTING, CHARTS AND NAVAGATIONAL INSTRUMENTS?
ARE YOU ABLE TO DETERMINE THE MEANING OF ANOTHER VESSEL’S LIGHTS?
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH ANCHORING REQUIREMENTS OF A VESSEL THE SIZE YOU WISH TO CHARTER?
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED IN PICKING UP A MOORNG IN A CROWDED HARBOR?
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED DOCKING AND UNDOCKING A VESSEL OF THE TYPE YOU WISH TO CHARTER WITHIN THE CONFINES OF A CROWDED HARBOR OR MARINA?
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH METEOROLOGICAL ASPECTS OF BOATING?
PLEASE LIST ANY COURSES AND OR CERTTIFICATIONS IN PILOTING, COASTAL, OR OFF SHORE NAVAGATION., SEAMANSHIP, ETC.
CAN YOU PERFORM A MAN OVERBOARD MANEUVER?
CAN YOU PERFORM SMALL BOAT MAINTENANCE IF NECESSARY?
CAN YOU BLEED THE AIR IN A DIESEL SYSTEM?
DO YOU KNOW THE PROPER PROCEDURE TO CHECK THE OIL?
DO YOU KNOW THE PROPER PROCEDURE IF AN ENGINE OVERHEATS AND HOW TO CLEAR A BLOCKAGE IF THAT TURNS OUT TO BE THE CAUSE?
WHAT IS YOUR APPROXIMATE ITINARY FOR THIS CHARTER?
IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN A GROUNDING, COLLISION OR ANY OTHER INCIDENT WHILE SKIPPERING A VESSEL WHICH RESULTED IN A DAMAGE OR LIABILITY CLAIM, PLEASE EXPLAIN THE CIRCUMSTANCES
PLEASE LIST THE NAMES, WITH DAYTIME AND EVENING PHONE NUMBERS OF TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN BEST VERIFY YOUR ABILITY TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TYPE OF SAILBOAT YOU WISH TO CHARTER. (PLEASE INFORM THEN TO EXPECT A CALL.)
(NAME) (DAYTIME PHONE) (EVENING PHONE)
HOW IS THIS PERSON IN A POSITION TO JUDGE YOUR SAILING ABILITY? _
(NAME) (DAYTIME PHONE) (EVENING PHONE)
HOW IS THIS PERSON IN A POSITION TO JUDGE YOUR SAILING ABILITY? _
DEPOSITS AND CANCELLATION POLICY: A 50% DEPOSIT CONFIRMS THE BOAT FOR SPECIFIC DATES. IF YOU ARE FORCED TO CANCEL YOUR RESERVATION MORE THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE CHARTER, YOUR DEPOSIT LESS 10% OF THE CHARTER FEE IS REFUNDABLE. CANCELLATON WITHIN 60 DAYS OF THE CHARTER’'S COMMENCEMENT WILL BE REFUNDED UP TO 90% IF, AND ONLY IF, THE YACHT CAN BE REBOOKED FOR THE DATES YOU HAD RESERVED.
PLEASE ADD ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, QUESTIONS OR SPECIAL REQUESTS HERE:
We are located in what is truly one of the world’s premier cruising grounds. Dozens of magical harbors and coves are within a one or two day sail from Bristol. Among them are the worldd famous destinations of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, Block Island and Mystic Seaport. Whatever the weather you will never be more than a few hours away from a secure, scenic harbor that offers a rich choice of activities and interests to occupy your time ashore. Following this discussion is a list of Distances to and from the most popular destinations, as well as some Suggested Reading and web site Links which offer a wealth of information about the area.
If your open water sailing experience is limited, there is no need to leave the sheltered confines of Narragansett Bay and the Sakonnet River in order to experience a rich variety of exciting harbors and picturesque coves. Our favorites: Newport, Wickford, Jamestown and our own home port of Bristol.
Once outside Narragansett Bay, you enter the open waters of Rhode Island Sound. Your offshore adventure can take the form of a modest cruise to two unforgettable islands: Cuttyhunk, only 13 nautical miles from the mouth of the Sakonnet River; and Block Island, 16 nautical miles from Newport. The two islands are approximately 30 nautical miles from one another which suggests an easy itinerary that starts with the first leg to Cuttyhunk by way of the Sakonnet River, then to Block Island, and returning to Bristol by way of Narragansett Bay with stops in Newport, Jamestown or Wickford. The entire trip is a little over 90 nautical miles.
A slightly shorter and very popular itinerary when chartering for less than a week is a trip is a trip to Cuttyhunk and Padanaram, returning by way of some of the Narragansett Bay destinatons if time permits.
For the seasoned sailor the most popular itinerary includes a visit to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and/or Nantucket. The farthest point, Nantucket, is approximately 80 nautical miles from Bristol. To get there you will pass through Vineyard Sound which affords exceptional stopovers along the way including Cuttyhunk and Tarpaulin Cove… On the return, if time permits, we suggest you sample some of the special locales Buzzards Bay has to offer: Quissett, Red Brook Harbor, Marion, Mattapoisett and Padanarum.
Equally accessible from Bristol is Eastern Long Island Sound featuring such popular destinations as Stonington, Fishers Island, Mystic Seaport, Montauk and Sag Harbor.
Although it should be obvious t, it bears stating here that you should plan your trip to reach the farthest destination that you intend to visit early in the trip. Then if the weather becomes unfavorable you still can be assured of returning on time, comfortably and without stress.
We are always happy to suggest ideas and help charterers plan their itinerary.