Our rates are
the cheapest in the country:-
The one hour Harbour Cruises are R 140.00 per person per hour and for children
under 12 it is R 110.00. For children under 3 it is R 100 .
Min number required is 4 persons.
The two-hour trip is R 230.00 for adults and R 200.00 for children under 12.
For children under 3 it is R 180. Min no required is 3 persons.
Our rates decrease when the booking is for 20 people and the timeslot
exceeds 3 hours.
Trips for impoverished school children on an organised tour where the numbers
exceed 60 children are as follows: -
Half hour trips
Primary R 35 per pupil
Secondary R 45 per pupil
Peak days are on (Dec 24, 25, 26, 31, Jan 1, Feb 14, The Easter Weekend,)
On these days prices have a 30% surcharge to cover overtime and peak day
insurance rates etc.
Please note that if your booking number is under our maximum carrying capacity
of 20, we may combine your charter with another grouping of people in order to
accommodate as many inquiries as we can. Should you wish to secure the vessel
for a private function (especially during our busy periods) the cost will be as
for 20 persons unless prior alternative arrangements have been made.
The charter party will embark at the NPA designated chartering pick up point at
the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront in the Richards Bay Small Craft Harbour. Please be at
the embarkation point 20 minutes prior to the proposed departure time, as we
need to complete the charter ticket and receipt for the deposit (as well as
balance of the charter costs -that has to be paid prior to
departure to cover insurance costs). Please note that whilst we are prepared to
wait for late arrivals only if the vessel has been booked out by one group, the
cruise time might be curtailed due to the fact that we need to be back at the
docks to prepare for the charter guests that have booked the next time slot.
Between charters we also need to attend to routine maintenance and safety
regime checks, or for attendance at maritime related business and briefings. Should
you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me via return
e-mail or on my mobile at 073 1 5678 25
Please note that the full amount needs to be paid at least 2 days in advance
and there will absolutely be no refunds if the numbers have changed or the
charter party arrives late. Please ensure that your transport providers are on
time and that they know where to come well in advance. Also ensure that if
there are several groups to be taken out that the next group is ready and
waiting for their trip as scheduled as delays will curtail the time booked for
the charter as we need time to prepare for the charter booked after your school
charter is finished. Keep us informed of developments or cancellations so that
we can plan accordingly and have the opportunity to sell that charter slot to
someone else. Please keep your cell phone connected en route to us so that we
can contact you if need be.
that this is our last season in Richards Bay as we are retiring and going
cruising next year. As a result the family is living aboard so below decks is
out of bounds.
Please ensure that you and your guests have been to the toilet before
embarkation as the toilet facilities will not be available.
You are allowed to bring your own snacks and drinks along, even breakfast,
lunch or dinner supplied by your favourite caterer or restaurant. The
restaurants closest to us like, Mariners Seafood and Sushi, Dros, Mohito’s,
Porky’s, Slipway Bar, Thai Wok, The Shack and Don Carlos all supply a variety
of foods and snacks fresh to the vessel. Also try one of the function
caterers like Jolly’s Catering on (082) 8700 377 as they do most of the
catering for the large corporate clients in Richards Bay. You can pay them
direct or through us or even include our charter fee with their invoice if they
are one of your registered vendors. There is a lot of space above and
below decks for snacks and drinks. We also have some function co-coordinators
that will do all the groundwork for you if you wish. Ask us about them! Should
you have a caterer that is a vendor to your company, you could ask us to
arrange to have us invoice them and make payment so as to facilitate paying one
A teambuilding exercise can take longer than two hours and various forms. Most
people just use the setting of the yacht in the harbour on a very laid back
cruise to help people to relax completely and get to know one another better.
Getting them to make suggestions on how to sail the vessel and grading
those suggestions on a points system is a lot of fun and can at the same time
target things like leadership skills and the ability to think laterally and out
of the box etc. There are endless ideas on this topic. Call us with your ideas
and lets work together to make it an event never to be forgotten.
Sunset cruises are the most popular cruises as one is able to see the sunset
over the water and behind the harbour, see the harbour lights come on and do a
bit of sailing on the evening wind (if it is not too weak or too
strong). We often also see the two resident families of humpback dolphins.
Fish eagles abound as do a variety of other sea birds. It starts in
daylight and takes you through the Tuzi Gazi Waterfront development. We then
set sail at the harbour mouth and sail down to the commercial end as the
sunsets and the lights come flickering on. All while the birds return home in
their low flying squadrons and the dolphins seek out the bow of the yacht to
play and wave us goodnight. Then return to the romantically lit Tuzi Gazi
Waterfront, while sipping cocktails accompanied by a snack from your BYO picnic
basket all accompanied by some romantic night music. What a way to set the scene
for a romantic dinner at one of the excellent restaurants just a few steps from
where you disembark.
Please ensure that your guests wear soft-soled shoes as we
have Burmese teak decks that could crack or get marked with high heels etc.
Bring along a rain coat and umbrella if it looks like rain. In winter
bring a wind breaker if you are acclimatized to tropical weather.
Richards Bay is a tropical paradise with a completely safe
and protected harbour. Some of our best charters have been had when it was
storming. Our guest book consistently bears testimony to that. Very rarely are
we confined to moorings. And if so, few venues offer the rich ambiance of a
famous classic cruising ketch with real wind in real rigging, whilst in calm
water in a safe port. Apart from having a comfortable saloon and four
cabins we also have an enclosed cockpit. We can seat about 7 – 8 people
in the cockpit so if it is going to be tropical weather you need to bring a
rain coat and umbrella unless you wish to enjoy cooling down in the rain after
a hot day as most of our northern hemisphere visitors like to do. The weather
forecast for the day is available from http://www.weathersa.co.za
or check our Facebook site for the latest weather info.
See our Yacht Sweet Waters Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Richards-Bay/Yacht-Sweet-Waters/166836190988?ref=mf
and ‘like’ it. There are lots of photo’s and videos shared on that site.
Also see the Port Sail Charters Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/PortSailCharters?ref_type=bookmark
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 braai and so
much more, not to mention the wonderfully graceful “olde world” atmosphere
permeating it. We regularly sail on two-hour trips - a graceful sail with just
the foresail through the harbour. For those wanting an adrenalin rush we can
put up enough to lean her over and get the spray flying - yes even in storms in
For your interest, the vessel and its history is detailed in the paragraph
marked background below.
We seat 20
people, at present the highest capacity for any charter operation in the Bay.
We also have the only passenger vessel safety certificate rated for day
and night and any weather conditions. Our vessel is licensed under the strict
survey conditions applied by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)
). Licenses are issued by the National Port Authority http://www.npa.co.za
under the International Safety Organisation regime (ISO code). The
vessel is licensed to carry 20 passengers and three crew within the port limits
of Richards Bay. The Captain’s license is issued by SAMSA and also carries
passenger vessel endorsements covering high levels of first aid, life raft and
fire-fighting certification issued by Nova Marine, http://www.novamarine.co.za
as well as radio licenses (issued by 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 in place through Glenrand MIB http://www.glenrandmib.co.za
in JHB under policy No. 1128439 / SC 9895305 for R 1,5 million,
underwritten by Lion of Africa http://www.lionofafrica.co.za
Insurance. 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’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 system, 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
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.
The vessel has a radio CD/mp3 player and matching speakers. A microphone can be
used for announcements etc.
The Yacht Sweet Waters is a 14 meter full keeled GRP Ocean Going Ketch that
has excellent sea handling capability and sails with superb precision. The
interior is finished in teak and rare yellow wood, obtained from first class
South African railway coaches and famous old hotels from the elegant bygone era
in Durban. The result is a vessel with a superbly romantic "olde worlde"atmosphere saturating
her four cabins, the spacious saloon, convertible cockpit and comfortable
heads. Add to that the interesting history of the vessel and the uniqueness of
this yacht cannot be overstated.
This yacht was meticulously and lovingly home built by the Wadsworth family of Amanzimtoti
(Zulu for Sweet Waters) in Natal over some 10 years and launched in 1983. She
was the first vessel to be built in a Perspex mould. She then sailed to the
Caribbean and from there right through Hurricane Clause (no problem) to the
Mediterranean where she was moored at the prestigious "Vila da Mora"
moorings in Portugal, which are reserved only for the world's most attractive
yachts. She duly returned to South Africa via Brazil where she was robbed and
briefly abandoned on a sheltered beach. The vessel is so soundly built that she
sustained no damage whatsoever. In South Africa she became the first Charter
vessel to operate on the dangerous East Coast of Africa out of the Durban city
moorings. In Mozambique she became beached on an island in the Maputo Bay and
again suffered no structural damage whatsoever. At this time she became the
centre point of a rather far fetched claim for salvage from a rubber duck
owner, which in turn gave rise to a Commission of Inquiry into secret societies
in South Africa, several historic court battles and a host of political
activity. The upshot of all that is that a books is being written and she is
due to be substantially refurbished for chartering in Richards Bay.
criteria was sailing ability and balance. Sweet Waters is the epitome of the
large single handed cruising yacht. Set the sails and helm and she looks after
herself. All tackle runs to the cockpit from whence one person can easily
handle the vessel. The masts booms and spars are of extruded aluminium and she
is if anything overstayed with heavy stainless steel rigging. She features a
roller furling Genoa and roller boom on the main. Sweet Waters is also fitted
with an Aires Wind-Vane
The hull is of GRP (fibreglass and varies in thickness from 6 inches to
one inch (33 mm). She carries 6 tons of lead ballast and draws 2,5 m of water.
She has a full keel with a powerful stainless steel re-enforced rudder operated
by a hydraulic powered steering system.
A Rolls Royce built Marine Perkins 4 cylinder 85 Hp. Diesel engine provides
ample power with a top speed of
carries a ton of diesel giving a range of some 1000 miles. She carries 1,5 tons
of water for her filtered, pressurised and heated water supply systems.
The interior is finished in teak and rare yellow wood,
obtained from first class South African railway coaches and famous old hotels
from the elegant bygone era in Durban. She has an aft stateroom, large double
captain's stateroom, Pilot's cabin and crew's quarters for two. The cockpit
seats 6 and converts to two extra bunks. The heads include basin and
shower and are situated next to a laundry. A spacious saloon open planned with
a well-equipped galley is flanked by a navigation station. The decks are of
teak planking. The coach-roof is made of 25 mm marine ply sheathed in fibreglass.
The engine room is roomy and houses a power full 12v to 220v inverter and
integral mechanical and electrical infrastructure covering a host of features.
Navigation equipment includes two main magnetic compasses, one in the cockpit
and one at the chart table. Electronics include, Radar GPS, Yeoman Plotter,
Depth sounder, engine, wind instruments, VHF radio, SSB radio, Radio direction
finder and electronic autopilot, Hi Fi's and TV's in main cabins and saloon.
The result is a vessel with a superbly romantic "olde worlde" atmosphere saturating her four cabins, the
spacious saloon, convertible cockpit and comfortable heads. Add to that the
interesting history of the vessel and the uniqueness of this yacht cannot be
Port Sail CC Reg.
Operating Sailing Yacht Sweet Waters.
Reg. No DTD 085R, Charter license no’s 8025, and 19723
P O Box 101161;
Richards Bay, 3901,
KZN, South Africa;
Mobile +27 (0) (73) 1 5678 25;
Fax +27 (0) (86) 673 8407