East Coast Charter

Hobart - Fortescue Bay - Maria Island - Wineglass Bay - Pirates Bay - Port Arthur - Hobart

Sail past 300 meter high sea cliffs and spectacular rock formations, an Australian fur seal colony, secluded beaches where dense eucalypt forests grow down to the shore, and overnight in iconic locations like Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay and Maria Island.  You can expect to see dolphins, seals and albatross, and whales in season.  Settle into your private cabin aboard a magnificent 62-foot ocean racer/cruiser, with its highly qualified and experienced crew, and prepare for an adventure you will cherish for a lifetime.

These are usually five day/four night yacht charters, but like all our cruises, they can be customised to suit your requirements.  After departing Hobart we usually overnight at the historic convict settlement of Port Arthur.  The next day we sail past giant cliffs that plunge straight into the sea before passing Tasman Island, with its boistrous and inquisitive Australian fur seal colony, and head up the East Coast, stopping over at Maria Island (with its convict settlement, scenic walks, deserted beaches and friendly native wildlife) before sailing past the the beautiful Hazard Range and into one of the world's most picturesque anchorages, Wineglass Bay, in the Freycinet National Park.  Indulge in activities like swimming, snorkelling, scuba-diving, kayaking, surfing, hiking or walking along the white sands of deserted beaches.   And you won't miss the absolutely jaw-dropping scenery – all the while being catered for with the best of Tasmanian fare – you won’t be able to take the grin off your face from the sheer exhilaration of being under sail aboard one of the most magnificent racing cruisers ever built (and that is no mean feat with a dropped jaw).  You can also participate in sailing the 62-foot maxi and Sydney to Hobart race veteran.  Take the helm, work the winches or learn about navigation; the experienced crew love to show you the ropes. 

Watch whales, dolphins and seals, catch a big game fish, dive amongst the giant kelp forests and gather abalone and crayfish to cook on our sun deck. Or sit back, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the world.

All food and refreshments are included.  
A selection of fine Tasmanian wines and beer is included with meals.


You can fly or drive in and meet Helsal IV somewhere on the coast and sail back to Hobart with us, or the other way around if you like.  There are loads of great walks to do on the coast, from short strolls to multi-day trecks, and we can provide you with the best guides in the business.  Imagine, for example, meeting us at Triabunna, sailing to Fortescue Bay for the night, then heading off for a couple of days guided walk along the Three Capes track.  Meet up with us at Port Arthur for a hot shower, some fine food and wine and a comfortable bed before an exhilarating sail back to Hobart the next day!  If you would like to find out more about these options, please press the Enquire button below.


We can head off on an East Coast adventure anytime of year.  Even mid winter is a great time for this part of the coast.


For each 24-hour period the cost is $650 per adult, $450 per child (< 18 years), $1950 per family (2A+2C) and $350 per adult and $250 per child for an additional day (approx 8 hours). Departure times from the Hobart docks are flexible and bookings are essential. 

Note - We need a minimum of 4 passengers or equivalent cost to make a trip viable.  We can start planning with just one.

PRIVATE CHARTERS available on request.


Cancellation policy - If we cancel for whatever reason, we provide a full refund.  If you cancel for whatever reason more than 48 days prior to sailing, we provide a full refund.  If you cancel less than 48 days and more than 30 days prior to sailing, we retain a 20% deposit. If you cancel less than 30 days and more than 7 days  prior to sailing we retain 50% of the total cost.  If you cancel less than 7 days prior to sailing the full amount will be due (we will consider the circumstances of course).

  • "THANX Mark and Luke!! Had the BEST DAY of our lives ever. And now even more convinced that sailing is something we need to take up, if not just for the pleasure of being on the ocean working with such beautiful beasts these boats are! Already spreading the word and will continue upon our return to the UK :D Simply Amazing."
    – Jenny H, Birmingham, UK
  • “I really had the time of my life on the Helsal IV. This is something you have to do in your lifetime. If you are in Hobart don’t miss this amazing experience.”
    – John Y, Hampshire, UK
  • "Relaxing in timeless Port Davey with Mark, Marcia and Luke was a worldclass experience not to be missed. Cruising calm, sunny waters of untouched beauty in superyacht style and comfort with an expert guide. Attentive crew combining safe sailing with friendly fun and fabulous food. Chance of a lifetime - grab it if you can."
    – Bob F, London, UK
  • "Lazily sailing around in a very handsome yacht, friendly, knowledgable and baby friendly crew, delicious assortment of food and drinks throughout the day, we had a wonderful day with all the elements working together perfectly."
    – Siegrists, Melbourne, Australia
  • "Thanks for such a great day out on the Derwent! What better way to spend a 39 degree summer afternoon than onboard such a beautiful vessel. Everything was perfect!"
    – Reny R, Hobart, Tasmania
  • "Where to begin!  In a nutshell the whole thing was great!  Beautiful food. Friendly, skilled crew. Comfortable beds.  What a treat. ... Mark and his partner Marcia were the consummate hosts.  The whole journey was a pleasure.  Many thanks M&M."
    – Pip C, Kingscliff, Australia
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