10 Reasons why you're going to love chartering a yacht in Pittwater and Broken Bay.

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1. Sydney

Broken Bay is only 11 nautical miles from Sydney, and 40km by road. Fly into Sydney's International Airport in the morning and be cruising on a charter yacht in Broken Bay for lunch. You can enjoy Sydney's many charms either on the way to or from your Broken Bay holiday.

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2. Protected Waters

You'll be taking a chance with the weather no matter where you go for your ocean holiday. If you arrive in most ocean destinations and it's blowing 30 knots with gray skies you're in big trouble because the ocean gets pretty bumpy when the weather turns bad.
In Pittwater and Cowan waters you'll be able to enjoy the wind without the downside of big waves. You'll soar over flat calm water and anchor in hundreds of locations without the slightest trace of a swell in any kind of weather.
Of course if you WANT to experience big seas, just nip out into the open ocean any time you like, day or night. This is one of the easiest ports to enter and leave from in Australia as there is no bar to cross, no dangerous offshore reefs and great navigational aids.
You won't get bored sailing back and forth in a little bay either. The Pittwater-Broken Bay-Cowan Waters Cruising grounds has a total of 36.8 nautical miles of protected sailing waters not counting the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters that are not accessible with a masted vessel.
So if you are coming from far away you'll appreciate knowing your sailing or fishing holiday will be possible even in the unlikely event that the weather is not the best.

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3. Security

You and your family will feel secure and can concentrate on having fun because the crime rate in Australia is one of the lowest in the world.
The whole Pittwater, Cowan, Hawkesbury area is either protected wilderness or surrounded by wealthy people living in upper class suburbs.
Aussies are basically very nice and easy going people - but can get pretty stroppy when it comes to looking out for their own communities. Their concerned alertness protects you as well.

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4. Safety and Health

Your health and safety are protected by Sydney's excellent rescue and emergency services. If you or one of your companions has an accident or a health problem, the paramedics will be there in minutes. You will be in the hands of the best medical specialists and most advanced hospitals in the world - by helicopter if necessary - without delay. This could save your life or the life of your loved ones.
There are strict standards and regulations on all commercial and private water craft. The vessel you charter will be in survey and that means it will be safe and in good condition. Also, there is quite a bit of competition for boat charters in the area and yacht charter companies keep their vessels at a high standard.

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Recreational Waters

Pittwater is a recreational, not a commercial port. Unlike Sydney Harbour with its heavy traffic of commercial vessels, ships and ferries, Broken Bay waterways are crowded with pleasure boats and bordered with clean beaches and people enjoying a relaxed vacation lifestyle.
If you enjoy a good race, there are plenty of opportunities to exercise your skills or to learn new sailing techniques from experienced and enthusiastic racers. Pittwater and Broken Bay are popular race courses because of the consistent winds and flat seas. There are hundreds of racing enthusiasts in boats of all sizes, from prams to maxies and sometimes it seems as if they are all racing together. It's great fun.

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6. Plenty of Anchorages

If you charter a boat you'll find hundreds of places to spend the night ranging from the total quiet of a beautiful wilderness location to right in front of a popular disco.
You can BBQ aboard, have a picnic ashore, call for a pizza or dine out in some of the best restaurants in the world.
There are moorings available nearly everywhere you go so you'll almost never have to drop the hook unless you want to.

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7. Surf and Swim Beaches

There are not many places in the world where you can anchor the yacht, dinghy ashore, and stroll past a lovely golf course onto a world class surf beach.
The water is clear and the waves are perfect for everything from body surfing to competition wave riding.
Most of the 23 northern beaches, are patrolled by life guards and have full changing facilities and showers.

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8. Wilderness Walks

The Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park forms the centre piece of the Broken Bay, Cowan, Pittwater cruising grounds and is one of 12 national parks and nature reserves in the area.
There are access trails that come down from the high sandstone ridges to the sheltered anchorages. You'll discover ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings) and caves with hand prints and shell middens from the Aboriginal people who lived here for thousands of years. You'll see Wallabies in the early morning and bandicoots in the evening. The wildflowers are stunning and the bird life exotic and colourful.

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9. Activities

There is a host of activities available, from a sea plane ride to a gourmet restaurant to chartering a luxury yacht for a week. You can shop in modern air conditioned shopping malls, see the latest movies in luxury entertainment centres, take a tour, go dancing, visit a beautiful lighthouse, fish for a surprising range of fish, scuba dive on wrecks or have a close underwater encounter with a Sea Dragon. Or kick back aboard your charter yacht with your friends and relax in style.

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10. Quality Facilities and Services.

Because Broken Bay is so perfect for boating there is a large fleet of boats and yachts of all sizes available all year. The recreational hire fleet is primarily supported by local clientele from Sydney and thrives on repeat business. This means there are top notch professional people involved and they buy the best gear and provide quality service. They look after visitors the same way they look after their local clients who return many times each year.
This kind of personalized service is hard to come by in regions that survive on tourism alone.

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Plus One Extra Special Reason

The comprehensive and accurate, easy to use, interactive Rocket Cruising Guide to Broken Bay. There are no other destinations in the world with cruising guides like the Rocket Guides to Broken Bay, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Plan your cruise in advance and have more fun when you arrive.