Ellis Charters – General Information


• All of our vessels charter out of Southwest Harbor, Maine.
• Charters being and end at noon per the contract (unless we have worked out alternative times).
• You will be given a FULL tutorial on the boat’s systems and an operation/docking lesson upon arrival. This can take up to 3 hours, but the average is probably 1.5 hours (except on the Hinckley, which is often 3 to 5 hours unless you are already familiar with their T40).
• Insurance covers you and the boat during the charter (as if you were the owner).
• We will provide bedding for up to 4 people.

• We provide ample galley-ware for cooking/dining plus a propane grill and refrigeration.
• All vessels will have fresh ground coffee and appropriate coffee-making equipment.
• Further provisions can be acquired in Southwest Harbor.
• Included are bath towels, hand towels, face cloths, dishrags, soaps, and appropriate toiletries.
• Systems include plotters, radar, paper charts & navigation toolkit.
• Boating and Safety gear includes a VHF, fire extinguishers, binoculars, flares, sounding device, tool kit, water hose, flashlight, first aid kit, life jackets, & a throwable device.
• All vessels include a tender on davits and ample fenders and lines
• All vessels have a heat source
• We provide resources on board for places to go and information for various harbors.
• Ellis Boat Company will be on-call offering assistance as needed.
• While you are in the area, we have access to moorings (for a fee) and dock space at the local Marina (again, for a fee). The first a last nights are free of charge (for week-long bookings only).
• There are places nearby to park (within walking distance).
• We have a list of local captains available if you are not inclined to run the boat yourself.
• The full charter fee is due to book the charter.
• The security deposit is due at boarding.
• During your trip, you pay for other boating-related expenses (fuel, captains, dockage fees).
• NEW in 2021: We now provide 6 hours of complimentary cleaning post-charter. 


Chartkit – Maptech charts (large format)
Maptech Cruising Guide and Maine Island Trail Guide
Flares, Fire Extinguishers, Sounding device
12 life jackets and one throwable device
Boat Hook, Fenders, Lines
Washing supplies – soap, bucket, brush, chamois, rags, hose, and sprayer
Hand-operated bilge pump
Spare filters, Oil, and Antifreeze
Nautical logbook, Binoculars
2 flashlights with spare batteries
Toolkit – Includes basic tools, utility knife, extra keys & safety plugs
Extra Engine Keys (in a toolbox)
Fuel for outboard, if included with tender
50′ Shorepower cable, 30 amp
Extra Deck Chairs as needed

GALLEY and COOKING (For all vessels except Jericho)
Fuel for all cooking systems as needed
Cooking pots/pans including one large pot
Hot Pads
Grill and Utensils
Mixing Bowls
Utensils and Cooking tools, including Lobster crackers/picks
Cups, mugs, plates, bowls
Teapot or percolator, coffee, and filters
Paper towels
Hand Soap
Dish detergent, sponges, dishrags, drying rags
Garbage can, garbage bags, dustpan, and broom

SLEEPING (For all vessels except Jericho)
Clean Linens (4 twin sheets)
2-4 blankets and 2 fleece sleeping bags
2-4 sleeping pillows with pillowcases

Clean bath/hand towels
Hand Soap
TP and tissues
First Aid kit
Holding Tank Odor Eliminator
Toilet Brush and Plunger

Documentation or Registration Paperwork
Charter Agreement
Operation Manual

(this may still be under construction)


We will tentatively hold weekly bareboat charter dates that are booked in advance over the Fall/Winter. Shortly before Spring, we will send out Charter Agreements and will start asking for full payments in order to secure bookings. 

The Charter fee is non-refundable. The Charter dates may be transferable, but only if approved by the Owner and Agent. In that regard, we will move the charter dates to alternate dates, but it is pending availability and we would be less likely to move dates on short notice. Also, there may be added cost if the alternate dates are considered an upgrade per season, or an upgrade to a different boat. If we are not able to offer alternate dates and/or you decide to cancel, we will try to re-book the boat to an alternate client and may give you a partial refund. The amount of refund would depend on how many of the days we are able to re-book and if we had to offer a lesser fee to get the boat re-booked. In addition, we would apply a re-booking fee based on the amount of additional time spent in the re-booking process. Any refunds would likely not transpire until the season is concluded and we have fully assessed any losses with the re-booking. In short, we try to be fair… But we are also running a business that has a very short season, and every week counts.

There will also be a refundable security deposit due before the charter commences. Besides damages, the security deposit can be used for post-charter services such as cleaning, fueling, filling with water, and emptying the holding tank. It will take up to 20 workdays after the charter concludes to mail you the remaining balance on your security deposit. 2021 NOTE: We now provide 6 hours of complimentary cleaning post-charter.


Weekly bareboat charters are given first consideration when building the season’s charter schedule. As such, single days are generally only booked 2 or 3 days in advance, UNLESS the day requested “bookends” other confirmed dates. Bookings less than a week (3-6 days) can potentially be scheduled if it works well within that boat’s calendar.


Current Optional Addendum to our Charter Agreement (available upon request): “The charter fee shall become refundable should travel from ________ to Maine, or from Maine back to ________, become impossible due to Charterer COVID infection or travel restrictions between the two States.”