FAQs

   

Pure Latitude Boat Club - FAQs

How do I join?

Joining Pure Latitude is faster and easier than you’d think.

· Call or email to book a marina visit so you can see what you’re buying

· Choose your boats and sign up

· We’ll help to make sure you are comfortable with the boat and you’re ready to go

Contact us now if you want to discuss joining.

What does it cost?

A number of membership levels are available see membership prices 

After membership, joining and induction fees, are there any other charges?

We take care of all the running costs – insurance, mooring, maintenance, etc.

Members are responsible for the fuel they use in powerboats (included in sailboats), off base mooring and damage or loss limited to £1,500 (£2,500 for Fairline Squadron 42) for each incident.

Any additional costs which you accrue will be invoiced monthly.

How does the deposit work?

We reserve the right to take a refundable damage deposit up to £1,500 (£2,500 for Squadron 42). If any damage or loss occurs to a Pure Latitude boat or 3rd party boat, the cost of repair (limited to £1500/£2,500 for each incident) will be charged to the member.

How do fuel charges work?

You pay an hourly engine charge, plus a per litre charge for the fuel you use in motor boats and we have flow meters to measure usage. For yachts, we cover fuel on a "fair use" basis. If you refuel simply retain the receipt and post it through our office letterbox and we’ll adjust your account accordingly.

Joint membership – can I share with a friend?

Yes. There is a small joint membership fee.

What is the length of the contract commitment?

Twelve months.

What qualifications or experience do I need?

Our members' experience levels vary greatly and we recognise that formal qualifications are only an indicator of proficiency and experience.

To take out a boat, Pure Latitude Boat lub requires you to have a recognised qualification (or equivalent experience) to skipper the boat. For both our sailing yachts and motorboats, the guideline minimum is RYA Dayskipper theory and practical certificates plus 5 days skippering experience in UK tidal waters. For the smaller outboard engined powerboats the minimum requirement is RYA Powerboat Level 2.

We reserve the right to conduct a practical on the water assessment and may recommend additional training or refresher courses. No matter how much boating you have done, we can arrange training to get you to the required level of experience.

What happens if I want to buy more usage?

You can upgrade your membership, subject to availability.

If I renew my membership, what happens to any unused capacity from the previous booking period, season or year?

Boat capacity cannot be carried over to future year's membership but in practice we always look at circumstances and try to work out something fair with members.

Am I insured?

Yes, all members are insured under Pure Latitude's insurance policy which carries a material excess that varies by boat. In the event of a claim being made the Member will be liable for costs incurred up to the maximum liability of £1500/£2,500.

Can I see the fleet?

Yes just call the office to arrange a visit. We also hold open days for you to talk to members and see the boats. And take a look at our boats

What safety standards do you operate to?

It goes without saying that safety is paramount in boating. All our boats are coded so carry all the required safety gear. We inspect regularly and follow a strict maintenance programme. All the Pure Latitude boats are in sound condition and safe.

Will you be changing the boats at all?

Yes, Pure Latitude will review the boats on a half-yearly basis. All members will be invited to comment on replacements and upgrades.

How can I book boats?

Members can book boats via the online scheduler on the Pure Latitude website.

Can I stay overnight onboard?

Yes.

Who is responsible for cleaning the boat?

The simple rule is "leave it as you’d like to find it" i.e. clean. We ask members to wash down the boat after use and remove their rubbish. If something goes unexpectedly wrong and you find the boat in a less than prepared state then please inform us via the simple check in/out process so that we can deal with it. If it’s urgent then call us immediately and we’ll do everything we can to get it put right and minimize any inconvenience.

We have the boats professionally cleaned on a monthly basis, but the club requires a degree of trust and co-operation to get the most value from our sailing – that’s why it’s a club and not a boat charter operation.

Our maintenance programme keeps the boats in tip-top condition, above and beyond daily house-keeping.

How far can I take the boat?

As far as you like, as long as it's back on time. If you are going beyond 20 miles from base we’d like you to tell us in advance. So if you fancy dinner in France, we won’t stop you. Just consider your combined experience and the boat, plus the usual factors of time, tide, distance and the weather.

How is the boat equipped?

The boats are coded to MCA category 2/3 and have a full inventory of cruising equipment – details on request. Normally you would bring your own wet weather clothing and, if overnighting, sleeping bags but we have a selection for hire if you need them.

Where are you based?

Our head office is on The Hamble, Hampshire, just off the Solent. We operate these additional locations.

Am I a ‘part owner’ when I join Pure Latitude?

No. Shared ownership brings many complexities so the boats are owned or leased by Pure Latitude. Our ‘shared use’ model provides all the sailing of shared ownership but without the ownership headaches – the best of all worlds.

Can I get training and assistance?

Our staff and RYA Sea School can provide training, skippers and general advice. Training and skippers are available at additional cost, see training.

Do you offer corporate memberships?

Yes, please contact us to discuss your requirements.