Bareboat Charter

bareboat charter

One of the Noelex 30s heading down Veronica Channel

Great Escape yachts are perfect for exploring the compact, sheltered cruising in the Bay of Islands.  The yachts are easy to manage short-handed and fun to sail.  The lifting keels on some of the boats allow you to sneak into private bays and take the best spot right off the beach!


  • Well-maintained Kiwi-designed and built yachts
  • Twelve yachts from 20′ to 31′, suitable for two to six people.  If you have a big group take a couple of boats for even more fun.

Ultimate Cruising Holiday
Bay of Islands is a fantastic area for cruising, the island bird life sanctuaries are such a great way to see New Zealand’s bird life, and excellent snapper fishing off the rocks.

Julie and Bill are very welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. We chartered ‘Carousel’, the Noelex 30 again, and they are lovely boats to sail.

Four trips with Great Escape so far and counting….. already thinking about the next one!


Great Escape fleet

Raven 31

Our Raven 31s, Kokako, Liaison, and Misha, are a lovely example of a NZ designed and built, comfortable, cruising yacht.  The rig is modest, with the intention being to provide sails and gear that can be easily handled by a couple.

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Noelex 30

Designed by Bruce Farr and built in New Zealand, our Noelex 30s, Esprit and Carousel, are fun cruising boats. With self-tacking, roller furl headsails they are easy to sail shorthanded.

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Noelex 25

The Noelex 25 is simple and responsive to sail, one of the most successful yachts of its size in Australasia, well-equipt and very spacious. A perfect boat for a couple or small family to explore the Bay of Islands.

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Davidson 20

The Davidson 20 is a big-volume small boat that has been providing affordable, memorable, sailing holidays in the Bay of Islands for many sailors over many years. 

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