Sailing and Boating Near Hamilton

Make Hamilton a stop on your sailing itinerary

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What many people don't realize is that Bermuda is actually located in the Atlantic Ocean instead of the Caribbean. This makes it a great stop over for anyone sailing from north of South Carolina as they make the journey to the Caribbean. And of course, it is a prime destination all its own.

If you merely want to experience some time on the open water, without the complications and cost involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Wondering what's included and how long a trip lasts? Check out the chart below to get information on area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Andrea Christine Charters (441) 537-6614 Par-la-Ville Park
Aquatic Bermuda (441) 236-2200 Suite 240 - Par-la-Ville Park
Jessie James Cruises (441) 335-1072 Front Street - Downtown Hamilton
Sail Bermuda (441) 737-2993 Albuoy's Point - Hamilton
Spirit Of Bermuda (441) 737-5667 12 Wesley Street - Downtown Hamilton

If you are thinking about a boat charter, you can reserve one from the following firms:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Bare Foot Boat Charters (441) 533-8333 Barr's Bay Park - Pembroke Parish
Bermuda Wind Sail Charters Ltd. (441) 734-8547 Downtown Hamilton
K.S. Watersports (441) 238-4155 K.S. Watersports St. George's - St. George
Tam-Marina (411) 236-0127 61 Harbour Road - Paget Parish

Docking

With only one port of entry, sailors will first have to sail to St. George's Harbour on the island's north coast, before making their way to their final destination in Hamilton. Contact the Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) via VHF Channel 16, letting them know when you'll be arriving.

As you enter Bermuda's waters, make sure to pay special attention to the reef so that it and your boat are not damaged, and make your way to the harbor via the Town Cut channel. Customs is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all boaters who don't stop here first will be fined heftily if they are caught. If you arrive during off hours, you'll be directed to Powder Hole, where you can anchor and wait until they open. In order to clear Customs, you'll need a $15(USD) entrance fee, two crew lists, and two lists of consumable stores. Once you have been cleared, you are free to sail around the island for up to six months.

In Hamilton, you'll find there are plenty of opportunities for anchorage, including the most popular marina at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Planning to visit Hamilton using your own boat, or a vessel you charter elsewhere? This table contains a list of nearby marinas.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (441) 295-2214 Downtown Hamilton
Royal Naval Dockyard Marina (441) 234-1709 Ireland Island North

Whether stopping through or purposfully heading to Hamilton on your yachting adventure, you'll find this destination to be a welcome one for pleasure sailors.

 

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