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News 2017

Many of you will already be familiar with the convenience of onboard accommodation - arrive before 4pm the day before your charter and we'll get you settled aboard and your briefing underway - from the 1st of May we've added an hour to the handover to take the pressure off the last morning. Be back to the marina by 9am and you'll still have time to unpack and clean up before "handover" at 10am (subject to vessel availability - let us know when you confirm if you are considering onboard accommodation)

We've also recognised that families make up a huge percentage of our charterers and that a "child fare" was only fair - onboard accommodation is $30/adult and now $15/for the under 16's. We do also recognise that the briefing can seem long (and boring) to little people and as we really do want Mum and Dad to be able to concentrate we suggest bringing entertainment for the kids - remember you're alongside so a tablet can be plugged in!!

Of course you'll also be aware that we offer hourly extensions to make the most of your last day. With an extra 4 hours (hourly rates applies, see your vessel costing)you could enjoy lunch afloat and have time to stroll in by 1 for a 2pm handover.


Tourism is booming in the top of the south with a record number of Cruise Ships visiting Picton – we advise all charterers to keep a look out – the biggest of them seem to fill the Sound! They add a different flavour to Picton as well with an outdoor market for the day of all visits.    


Earthquake recovery. Picton escaped relatively unscathed from the November earthquake and NZTA are working at capacity to reconstruct the road through to Kaikoura. We are all assured it will be open for business by next summer and looking at what they have achieved so far we don't doubt that its possible. I'm sure it will be an attraction in itself once opened as we all make the comparisons to what we knew – and enjoy the new passing lanes in the planning! Check out their progress online with the weekly updates]


The earthquake did however see a shake up of the insurance industry and this has forced us to increase bonds for all bareboat charters to $3000.00 The process remains the same and it is an authorisation not a charge so no interest is incurred while we hold the $3000.00. Bonds are processed as quickly as possible post-charter.


Another great summer of fishing stories – the blue cod 33cm size limit is much easier to understand (the old slot system just caused confusion and we never got used to the idea that 30cms was actually legal – that's tiny!!) Kingfish and Kawahai rewarded those that were keen to try a trolling lure.

The Orca made themselves known again – they are now regular visitors to the Sounds, usually in the spring – if you find a seal too close for comfort he may be just hiding!! And to see the Orca chasing the stingrays in the shallows really is a spine tingling experience. 


Lochmara Lodge's new underwater observatory was a great hit giving young and old alike the chance to marvel at "what's down there" without getting wet. The touch tank and classroom is also designed to increase the appreciation and conservation of the pristine waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Lochmara really must be commended for their ecological ideals – we can all only wait and see what they come up with this winter!!


Our additional extras remain popular with the dinghy outboards and kayaks giving you the chance to explore while at anchor and the rods (almost)guaranteed to provide dinner or an entrée. We also have a set of inflatable PDF's for hire now. The convenience of a slimline PDF really does mean you'll keep it on, great for when you need the freedom of movement for sailing or fishing.

Regulations surrounding the moorings have been tightened with most existing moorings throughout the Sounds now due for Resource consent renewal – this is a very expensive exercise (especially as we own 8) but we recognise the real value and security that they offer our charterers. Our network of moorings includes some privately owned moorings available for a nightly rental fee and all of the Resorts provide moorings as an incentive to encourage you to use their shore facilities.

Our fleet numbers remains stable with the addition of Vis-à-Vis and the retirement of Southern Endurance. She had over 30 years in charter and people were still having a ball aboard. The H28 was a very predictable forgiving yacht that has been the beginning point for many sailors – we still have two 30fters, Zachary Hicks (also with a proven charter history having been with us for a similar length of time to Southern Endurance) and Dreamtime. A Hunter 30ft she is more modern with wheel steer (giving much more room in the cockpit)and a completely separate head – we all appreciate being able to shut the door!! She also has one of the largest double berths in the fleet!!! She's already proving to be very popular.     

The Queen Charlotte Track is as popular as ever and with the development of the Anakiwa – Picton section (not yet completed but well under way)it will open up more options for day walks. Several sections are ideal with very obvious drop off / pick up spots.

Many last season took advantage of our "Long Charter Specials" so we are running them again ......Click here to read more. or call us on 0800 101 332.



6% discount



9% discount

6 days


12% discount

7 days


15% discount

8 days


18% discount

9 days +


21% discount

To download our 2017/2018 PDF brochure - CLICK HERE

"Early Bookers discount"
special is running now - organise your crew, plan ahead and get the reward! Our "Early Bookers Charters" discounts we ran last season was very popular. Get 5% off any charter if it is booked 6 months ahead. this can be combined with any other discount. Start planning and save!

"Return Clients discount". Compass Charters has always offered a 10% "Return Clients Discount" if you return and charter within a calendar year from your last charter with us - this wont change! Also clients who have been with us in the last 10 years receive a 5% discount on any charter. This means if your last charter with us was 9 years ago you will still get 5% off as a minimum. Return clients discounts can NOW be used in conjunction with long charter discounts. Proof of past charters with us is required.

"2018 Waitangi Weekend discount". Compass Charters is offering a 15% discount for 4 day charters booked for Waitangi Weekend.

Boat & Bach prize
We are running a prize draw this season for a weekend Boat & Bach holiday.

If you book and charter with us this season you automatically go into the draw for this great prize. The boat is "Orion" - a McLay 650 hard top with a 150HP brand new Mercury. The bach sleeps 6 and has all the usual Kiwi comforts. The lucky client will be drawn on the 1st of October 2014 and has one year to use this great holiday.

Click Here - for more details

Blue Cod is Still on the menu!

New regulations are on board all vessels and include a 2 cod/person/day and minimum (33cm) and no maximum size (was 35cm). The season is open between the 20th Dec and 31st August each year.

We have a rod and tackle shop so no problem to hire a rod

A New runabout in the fleet

A great runabout for you and your family!

We have a new runabout in the fleet. A Frewza F18 called "Morpheus". She is 5.8 meters long with a Mercury 115HP 4 stroke outboard, ski pole, colour chart plotter, fish finder, and hard top etc... A delight to drive with comfort for all when cruising the Sounds here. Surveyed for 6.

Perfect for cruising the area from your Bach. Click here to read more.

NEED A BACH - Click Here....

New Yachts in the fleet

"Dreamtime" - Hunter 30ft, A great family yacht!

"Dreamtime" is classic Hunter yacht.It has all the systems and toys the big boat have but a lot easier to handle for the beginner skipper or short handed crew.

For more details Click here.....

"Dreamtime" has its new MNZ certificate and is available now and we already have a few of you booked in. Register your interest and we can put you on the list to be the first to try her out.

Register your interest - Click here....

"Vis a Vis" - Jeanneau Sundance 36ft, A proven charter boat!

"Vis a Vis"is proven yacht design. many of you may know her as she has been in the Sounds Charterlink South. Now the Tony and Sue have retired she has joined our fleet so still available for charter to all those who booked her each year.

For more details Click here.....

Register your interest - Click here....

Want to see a video of a Jeanneau Sun Odyessy 35ft (very similar to Vis a Vis) as an example? - click here to view on youtube:

Try our great Yachts

A choice of 8 yachts from 29ft to 54ft - we have one for everyones budget.

"Bugamar" (Beneteau Oceanis 44ft - pictured) has 4 double cabins sleeping 8 comfortably. A proven charter vessel in Europe with new sails, electronics, and systems onboard. Space and comfort for friends and family to cruise our beautiful Sounds.

Now surveyed for 12 people on day trips. great corporate team building.

To see more detail on "Bugamar". Click here to read more.

To make an enquiry. Click here.

Luxury Day Trips

New yacht available for luxury day trips on "Voila"!

This Beneteau 54 is queen of the Berret Racoupeau-designed Beneteau fleet. A waterline of nearly 50 feet accentuates the boat's horizontal lines, giving an emphatically sleek appearance from across the water.

Scallop & Blue Cod Season
Scallops still closed - sorry!

Don't forget that Blue Cod is back on the menu again for the season starting the 20th of December! Charter one of our runabouts or if you want a boys trip out the E.J is the vessel for you. Many of our return 'blokes trips' base their annual holiday around a long weekend on EJ at this time of year. EJ really comes into her own for these groups as she has a massive stern deck, plenty of space in the lazarette for dive and fishing gear, a diesel heater and can accommodate up to 9...

Click here to read more.

Or if you just want to pop out when staying at a bach here in the sounds we have a selection of 4 runabouts to choose from.

Click herefor runabout options. Click here for bach options.

Buying a boat??
Has that new yacht or launch been out of your price range?

Compass Charters have 2 charters boat available to own. Let your boat work for you!

"Slingshot II" - Fi-Glass Cavalier 5.4m - click here...

"Metaxa" - Beneteau 39ft - click here...

Click here to read more.

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Safe and happy boating,

The Compass Crew
0800 101332
24th June 2017


 "Long Charter" Specials
Boat &
Bach options

New Moorings

Boats for sale
Owners Wanted

New Vessels

For more information click on each heading and it will take you to the appropriate page on our website.

For more details call us on

0800 101332

New vessels in the fleet ....

Please ask our staff for further details on 0800 10132

Weather forecasts ....

Click here to get a daily forecast for Sea area "Cook" from the Metservice

Click here to get a 7 day forecast


Click below to see all our Boat Rates, Additional Services info and Rates, Season dates and Discount structure. As well as additional info about Bonds, Onboard accommodation etc. If you need a quote, further help or information please contact us.


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Compass Fleet

Compass Charters' diverse fleet consists of fully equipped and well-maintained yachts, launches and runabouts. If you need help choosing which vessel to charter, just contact our crew and we will be happy to help you. 


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Here's what our clients have been saying about us.

"Thanks to you and the Compass Charter team for the great day we had in the amazing beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Would love to come back within 12 months although not sure if I will be able to manage that. For sure I will connect again when ever I will be in New Zealand." - Chartered Orion

"Thank you very much, we really enjoyed our trip and are telling our friends and family that Compass Charters are a good company to deal with and offer great holiday opportunities." - Chartered Okoromai

Contact us now - spaces are filling up fast for the 2019/20 season!

Special Offers

The longer you charter the more you save! Our MULTIDAY DISCOUNT has proved very popular so we are continuing the offer for the 2021/22 season.

Now is a great time to get your crew organised, book 6 months or more in advance and get an additional 5% off your daily rate with our "EARLY BOOKERS" discount - make the most of this offer before the opportunity passes.

To view our latest Special Offers click here.

"Multiday" AND "Early bookers" discounts can be used together during eligible periods.


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