About us

Details of vessel, crew and Port Sail Charters


The Yacht Sweet Waters is a 49 ft luxury charter yacht with toilet facilities, shower, fully equipped galley, fridge, freezer, three double cabins, one single cabin, teak decks, an enclosed cockpit, lots of deck space, a gas barbeque and so much more, not to mention the wonderfully graceful “olde world” atmosphere permeating it.

 

For your interest, the vessel and its history is detailed in the paragraph marked background below.

 

Our vessel is licensed under the strict survey conditions applied by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) (see  http://www.samsa.org.za). The vessel is licensed to carry 12 passengers and two crew on trips anywhere on our Southern African coastline. The Captain’s license is issued by SAMSA and also carries passenger vessel endorsements covering high levels of first aid, life raft, survival at sea and fire-fighting certification issued by Nova Marine, http://www.novamarine.co.za as well as radio licenses (issued by the Independent Communication Authority of South Africa  (ICASA http://www.icasa.org.za  ) and pilot’s exemption certificates issued by the Port Captain’s office. Our passenger liability is under policy No. PLC/464945   for R 1,5 million, underwritten by Mutual & Federal Risk Financing Ltd T/A M F R F (http://www.mf.co.za/products/business-insurance/specialist-insurance/marine-insurance/Pages/Overview.aspx)

Details of the conditions of charter and indemnity requirements applicable can be viewed at http://www.portsail.co.za/ticketa5.pdf  . Please note that the tickets have to be signed by every person boarding the vessel.

The vessel’s navigation and safety equipment in fact exceeds the South African Maritime Authority’s requirements by far. It boasts extensive navigation software backed up by 3 onboard computers connected to a host of marine instruments, Radar, Autopilot, Plotter, Digital Signal Coding for VHF and HF Marine Radiotelephone, AIS vessel-tracking transponder, EPIRB, Sat phone etc. All equipment is of the highest commercial marine grade (See
 http://www.icom.com  and http://www.furuno.com) . The Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is of the latest GPS enabled type (see  http://mcmurdo.com ) . The 8 man Viking life raft is of the highest grade and quality. See http://www.viking.co.za  . All of this on a vessel regarded as ‘overbuilt’ by the racing fraternity. Yet, whenever entered it comes first in cruising vessel categories.

Our staff are all professionals with highest sailing, first aid, life saving, fire-fighting and Tour Guide qualifications and experience than any similar other operator in the Harbour.  The owner / Captain is a Yacht Master who is also commercially rated for sailing vessels up to 100 tons in all conditions day and night with close to 40 years sailing experience with many thousands of sea miles logged.  The rest of the crew includes a first mate who is also a Private Pilot, ICASA certified Marine and Aeronautic Radio Telephony Operator, a PH with National Diploma in Nature Conservation and a fully qualified BBWW guide.  What is more is that our Captain, being a retired Strategic Planner registered on the Sydney Stock Exchange maintains the highest integrity regarding Confidentiality, Intellectual Property and Non-Circumvention. So you may pick his brain if you wish, and discuss your deals on board without any risk.


All of this spells for a unique and unforgettable experience which you will want to repeat again and again. From laid-back sunset cruises to storm sailing for the adrenalin junkies there are options for everyone.

 

Entertainment system


The vessel has a radio CD/mp3 player and matching speakers. A microphone can be used for announcements etc.