How to charter ? We will guide you through the entire process, making the planning and preparation as inspired and fun as the charter itself.
But you need to keep in mind that the more information you provide, the more effectively we will be able to assist you and help you make the right choice.
Firstly, think about the type of yacht that would best suit the size and character of your charter party. Our charter collection will give you all the information you need in terms of yacht size, guest capacity, price, leisure facilities and cruising areas, so you should have no problem selecting three or four yachts that you like in the areas you want to visit. From this information, we will get a good idea of what you like.
Finally, think about the type of charter you would like : cultural, luxurious, relaxing, active, fun or dynamic and when and where you would like to travel.
Once you have decided on a yacht and availability has been secured, we will send you the paperwork to confirm the arrangements. From this point, we will, together with the captain, begin to prepare the charter, overseeing every detail – from hiring any special equipment, securing all the arrangements and provisioning the yacht with all your favourite, requested items to ensure everything is in place to make it the holiday of a lifetime.
The charter fee comprises use of the insured yacht with crew, from her home port and back. A yacht is firmly booked at the charter agreement signature and payment of half charter fee. At least one month before the date of embarkment, the remainder of the charter fee and all other amounts due (APA, delivery fees, and any deposits) must be settled.
All necessary expenses related to the yacht and her passengers are charged to the charterer, such as:
– port and mooring dues, water and electricity provided by the port
– custom duties and other enforceable local and national taxes
– fuel and lubricants (yacht engines, generators, tenders and water toys …)
– catering costs for guests (food and beverage)
– guests personal items laundry/cleaning
– all expenses resulting from requests made by the charterer or his/her guests, such as newspapers, flowers, tips, …
These expenses are paid through the APA. This provision normally equates to 30% of the charter fee, but is sometimes more. The funds are entrusted to the Captain to provision the yacht in accordance with your instructions. Throughout the cruise, you will be updated on the state of expenses; necessary additional funds may be requested. Before disembarkment, the Captain will give you a detailed breakdown of expenses incurred with the accompanying receipts, and will refund any credit balance.
Delivery fees may apply if the embarkment and/or disembarkment port is different to the yacht’s home port. Those fees are usually based on the fuel consumption required for the transfer.
Tipping is customary but not obligatory and left to the Charterer’s discretion. It usually ranges between 5-10% of the charter fee and is given to the Captain for further share with the crew.
Most of the yachts operating are classified for commercial use and so are tax exempt. VAT rates vary within the European Union (EU). Outside of the EU, local taxes may also be levied. Depending on the port and navigation zone, vessels registered for commercial use can generally fill-up on untaxed fuel. These allowances vary from one country to another, even within the European Union zone. The general terms and conditions for crewed yacht charter vary markedly according to the navigation zone and terms of the charter agreement.
Please ask us for further information about allowances, navigation zones and local taxes.
Once the yacht firmly booked, you will be sent a form to be filled with your preferences and requests related to the yacht provisioning*, considered itinerary and any other specific requests you may have. This information is passed to the Captain so that the crew can properly prepare the cruise.
You will then be put in contact with the Captain to iron out any final details.
* depending on the place and legislation in force, yachts with a commercial flag can purchase provisions (food and drink, as well as fuel) tax-free.
Some owners ask for a deposit to secure any damage to the yacht or her equipment.