Our Booking Process

We are happy to discuss your charter requirements and available dates. Once you are happy with the arrangements and wish to make a booking, we will ask for your confirmation by e-mail. We will then send you a booking invoice by post or email giving full details of the charter, dates, times and costs and ask you to send a deposit of 25% of the charter fee. 

Four weeks before the charter commences, we will contact you, requesting a list of your guests joining you on the charter, any special dietary requirements and the remainder 75% of the fee. 


Deposit & full payment cheques should be made out to: SL YACHT CHARTER

SL Yacht Charter,
157 Southfield Avenue,
Devon TQ3 1JX


Most customers pay their deposit and final payment by ‘Bank Transfer’, account number and sort-code will be on your Booking Invoice, emailed to you after your booking call or email.

The Charter Payments 

Bookings made four weeks or more before the charter is due to commence must pay a deposit of 25% of the total fee. Bookings made less than four weeks before the start of the charter will need to pay the full amount due for the charter.

The price quoted is the price you pay, VAT is included in the cost of the charter and will be shown on the final invoice, to enable corporate and business’s to reclaim the 20% VAT.


The agreed fee covers the charter cost for the motor-yacht Oyster, VAT, Skipper, mandatory safety equipment on board such as life jackets and life raft, fuel for the yacht and gas used for cooking, insurance, use of tender & outboard, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, evening snacks & refreshments as described in each charter description, bedding, towels for overnight stays, plus berthing & marina fees in Torquay Town Dock Marina. For overnight stays at other Marinas you will be responsible for the fee of around £40/£55 per night.

Items not covered within the charter fee are as follows: breakfasts, evening meals ashore and car parking. 

Catering on Oyster


Cancellation four weeks or more prior to the charter is due to commence will not attract charges over and above that already received by way of deposit. Cancellation within four weeks of the commencement of the charter will result in the full fee being payable. In the event of a cancellation, every effort will be made to offer you an alternative date for your charter.

Where a charter is canceled as a result of the Skipper’s determination of unsuitable or dangerous weather conditions the Client will be offered alternative charter dates or a voucher redeemable against a future booking over the next 12 months. 

On Arrival

On arrival at Yacht Oyster in the ‘Torquay Town Dock’ you will be greeted by skipper and crew and welcomed onboard. As you make yourselves comfortable, welcome drinks will be served; tea, coffee, soft drinks or something a little stronger. There will be a safety briefing, a discussion about your chosen charter for the day, information about yacht Oyster and an update on the weather forecast. Once completed we will release our lines and make our way out of the harbour into the open waters of Torbay.


Pets are not normally permitted onboard, but we make an exception for small dogs on morning and afternoon charters but do not allow any pets on full day and stop-over charters. 


Smoking is not permitted onboard the motor-yacht Oyster. 

Charterer’s Responsibilities  

The Charterer agrees to observe and follow the instructions of the skipper throughout the charter period. Should the Skipper deem the behaviour or conduct of the Charterer or guests to pose a risk to the safety of the motor-yacht and or those on board, Yacht Charter Devon reserve the right to cease the charter and put the guest ashore at the nearest suitable landing point. Yacht Charter Devon will not be responsible for the guests travel arrangements or costs from this landing point to the point of embarkation, nor any refund for the cost of the charter. 

Day Crusie
Oyster – Yacht Charter Devon

What do we need to bring with us on a Charter?

  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm clothing (multiple layers are better)
  • Soft soled shoes (no heels, ideally deck shoes) or non-black soled trainers or shoes 
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Cap or hat
  • Suntan cream
  • Soft bag rather than hard case for transporting your kit 
  • Swimming costume if you’re brave

Dress for the weather

The kit you bring will generally be dependent on the weather, so please be aware of the conditions and bring / wear appropriate clothing, so comfortable clothes and shoes are wise to wear. Also, wind chill factors get up considerably out of season, so please bear in mind that several thin layers are better than one thick layer. 

Please try to bring your kit in a soft bag as it helps with storage in your cabins and does not scratch varnish wood finishes.