Chartering a yacht


Chartering a yacht is without doubt the epitome of a very personal and stylish vacation. In order to give you a brief overview of the process we have listed topics which should answer the most frequently asked questions:

(This information is intended purely to aid your understanding of the charter process and does not replace the personal and individual advice that we offer you and your guests).

Itinerary

To give you a taste of what can be achieved during your charter, every itinerary we propose is written specifically with your own requirements in mind. Once we have discussed the particular details of your charter, we will then liaise directly with the Captain to generate your own bespoke itinerary. Please bear in mind that some cruising and watersports restrictions do apply to certain areas of the world but this would be clarified when discussing your proposed itinerary.

Cruising distances will vary according to your preference and itinerary and to maximize your enjoyment we suggest spending no more than an average of six hours per day underway. However, it is highly unusual for yachts to reach this average as most itineraries concentrate on the use of the yacht and its water sports equipment, rather than an excessive number of long passages.

Charter Rate

The charter rates quoted are for the hire of the yacht under the terms laid out by the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) except few yachts on our list. The charter fee includes the charter of the yacht with all of its equipment in working order; laundry of ship’s linen, the crew’s wages and their food, the insurance of the yacht for marine risk and third party claims and the insurance of the crew for employer’s liability insurance.

Expenses

Your Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) represents the operating expenses that you will incur during your stay on board. Deductions from the APA include fuel for the yacht, tenders and watertoys, food and beverages. It can also include any associated berthing fees, communication charges, agent fees and other miscellaneous costs. The APA is usually based on 30% of the charter hire but this varies depending upon the number of charter guests, required activities and also the itinerary. The Captain will keep account of all the expenditure with receipts and in the event that there are funds left over at the end of the charter, the money is refunded.

Agent Fees

In order to meet your high expectations and to accommodate you and your guests’ requirements, some Captains may deem it necessary to employ the services of a shore-side agent. This could range from booking a last minute berth in a sought after location to arranging a private excursion, a table reservation at an exclusive restaurant or tickets and luxury transport to a top show.

VAT

In most cases worldwide, for a charter yacht to operate legally, it has to be registered as a commercial vessel. As a result, no VAT is therefore applicable on the charter fee. However, in some countries, a specific local or government tax may be applicable to the charter fee.

Delivery Fees

To give you a taste of what can be achieved during your charter, every itinerary we propose is written specifically with your own requirements in mind. Once we have discussed the particular details of your charter, we will then liaise directly with the Captain to generate your own bespoke itinerary. Please bear in mind that some cruising and watersports restrictions do apply to certain areas of the world but this would be clarified when discussing your proposed itinerary.

Cruising distances will vary according to your preference and itinerary and to maximize your enjoyment we suggest spending no more than an average of six hours per day underway. However, it is highly unusual for yachts to reach this average as most itineraries concentrate on the use of the yacht and its water sports equipment, rather than an excessive number of long passages.

Charter Contract

Once you have decided you wish to proceed with booking the charter, we will issue you with a contract. This contract has evolved over the last twenty years and is now regarded as the reliable industry standard. For few yachts from our list we will issue you with a special contract.

Payments

In most cases, you will be required to pay a deposit of 50% of the total charter fee upon signing the Charter Agreement. The remaining 50% of the charter fee plus the Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), any applicable taxes and delivery/redelivery fees, are due one month before the beginning of your charter.

Gratuity

If your charter has been everything you hoped it would be, by all means show your appreciation with a discretionary gratuity. As a guideline, we would suggest between 5% and 15% of the charter fee to be split equally between the crew.

Personal Laundry

It is common practice on most yachts for small quantities of personal laundry to be carried out by the yacht’s crew as a service. Please note that these terms also allow the crew to refuse politely to do excessive quantities of laundry on board or to handle particularly delicate items. It may be possible to have certain laundry and dry cleaning done ashore if time allows, the cost of which will be deducted from the APA.

Dining on Board

Culinary excellence is often the highlight of any charter, and your chef will select the freshest and finest ingredients available. Prior to your charter, we will ask you to complete an information sheet noting your culinary preferences or any special dietary or allergy issues. We will also convey to the chef and captain your preferred beverages, newspapers, flowers or any other particular requests. This sheet will also ask for details on any medical requirements, sporting and entertainment favourites; we encourage you to divulge as much information as possible in order to give the crew a detailed understanding of your requirements before you step on board.

Flowers

In most cases, there will be an initial decoration of fresh flowers in the entertaining areas of the yacht, courtesy of the owner. Should you require further fresh flowers throughout the charter, please add this on your information sheet; additional flowers will be at your expense, and deducted from the APA.

Etiquette and small reminders

• Shoes for ashore should not be worn on board.

• Deck shoes may be worn on board but most guests find they are more comfortable in bare feet.

• Smoking is not permitted inside the yacht for safety reasons. Many yachts operate a policy of smoking permitted on deck only.

• No pets are allowed on board unless previously agreed and permitted by the Owner.

• We suggest packing your personal items in soft luggage bags as this enables easier storage whilst on board.

• If a yacht does not advertise scuba diving as a guest facility, it is usually possible to arrange a local shorebased diving company to bring all the necessary equipment and take you and your guests on a specific diving trip subject to local law restrictions.

• In most cruising destinations, use of personal watercraft (ie. waverunners, jetskis etc) is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations. Some yachts now include licence training onboard otherwise we can recommend where these licenses may be obtained.

 

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