The law states that you need a licence suitable for the boat you're operating in the environment you're operating. That means that an RYA Powerboat ICC or another national equivalent is required. Please contact us if you have any doubts.
You're insured in the same way you would be as if you're driving your own boat. You are liable for all excesses on insurances should you damage the boat or should there be any claim at all on an insurance policy. This is typically €1000.
Yes - if you hurt someone or damage something that is a result of a decision or action as a skipper you will likely be liable.
You will need to bring a credit card on the day of your rental. We will hold a deposit value (up to 350 Euros) on your card that will be released at the end of your booking provided there is no damage to the boat or anything else you are liable for.
This is a bit of a grey area - all the boats are fitted with VHF DSC and of course you need a licence to use it. The local Policia Maritima (maritime police) have been known to ask for VHF licences, and to dispute the legality of out of Portugal licences as they're not 'International'. We have yet to see anyone fined as a result of this confusion.
The boat will be supplied full, and you'll be met at the fuel pontoon in Lagos where you'll be expected to fill the boat again. Please note the fuel station in Lagos only accepts cash or American Express(!) and no other cards - including MultiBanco.
You are liable for damage you directly cause to the boat if it is reckless or contravene an order from the skipper. On a skippered charter, it is the skippers responsibility to keep the boat safe, and you're responsible only for your own actions.
You are responsible for any injuries to yourself or another person whilst engaging in a water sport. The coach/instructor will give guidance only and will not be responsible for any injuries that result from this guidance. Everything you do is at your own risk.
As a licenced commercial operator, we are required to subject the boats to regular inspections by the authorities in Portugal.
The inspectors check the mechanical servicability of the boat, and review all the safety equipment on board.
Yes - all our boats are equiped to Class 4 or 5 requirements in Portugal. They have the correct number and specification of jackets on board, flares and life rafts/preservers, first aid kit and other miscellaneous equipment that meets or exceeds the legal requirements.
We're also required to provide details of all our insurance to the authorities and prove they're kept in date. You can ask at any time to see the registration, insurance and commercial operators certificate.
Our registration number with Turismo de Portugal as a maritime tourist operator is 208/2010 (SEAN ANDERSON)