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Spring Charter Update

ABCs of Yacht Chartering

The ultimate private vacation!
               The best kept vacation secret!
                             Why haven’t we done this before?
We hear these comments frequently from our clients, both repeats and novice clients. What we don’t hear are the questions from clients like you, perhaps who are interested in a yacht charter vacation but are unsure of how to go about it.

Here are a few suggestions which we hope you’ll find useful on the ABCs of Yacht Chartering.
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A selection of charter yachts Available this summer in

New England
          m/y TIVOLI                               s/y GADGET                     s/y GALILEO G

            s/y ATALANTE                       m/y CARYALI                            s/y LIARA

        s/y PACIFIC WAVE                          s/y MATAU                       s/y TRUE NORTH

Around the world
     s/y DOUCE FRANCE                /y DOUCE FRANCE             s/y DOUCE FRANCE



Featured Yachts


How to Charter

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Spring Summer Specials
6 guests 3 staterooms
6 guests 3 staterooms
6 guests 3 staterooms
8 guests 4 staterooms
6 guests 3 staterooms

For more info on yachts offering specials and their availability please contact Nicholson's at: 401.849.0344








Main Office: Nicholson Yachts, 2 Coddington Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Email: Tele: 401.849.0344, Fax:  401.849.9018,

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4 Berth
AURORA - Newport, Rhode Island
SASKIANNA - Based in - Undecided
5 Berth
BLUE WHALE - Based in - Undecided
6 Berth
BONNIE LYNN - Rockland, Maine
CAMPAI - Newport, Rhode Island
DULCINEA - New England Area
EDEN - Based in - Undecided
FEARLESS - Newport, Rhode Island
GADGET - Based in - Undecided
GALILEO G - Based in - Undecided
LILLA - Based in - Undecided
MELINKA - Newport, Rhode Island
SATORI - Based in - Undecided
THE PATRIOT - Newport, Rhode Island
TIVOLI - Newport, Rhode Island
8 Berth
TAZA MAS - Newport, Rhode Island
12 Berth
QUASART - New England Area




The contract contains all the details agreed upon for your vacation: start and end dates and ports, cost, payment schedule, number of guests and crew. It also tells you where you can smoke, who can use water toys, who should supervise children, as well as where and when you can dive.

In addition it spells out the realities of chartering: liability, how much control the captain has and what input the client can have regarding navigation. It also says what happens if there is cancellation or a breakdown.


Unless a charter is booked more than a year out, the payments are in two installments. The first installment is due with the signed contract and is 50% of the charter fee. The final payment is due 30 days before charter and includes the final 50%, the expenses, as well any repositionining fees and taxes.

Charter terms are determined by the location of the charter. In the Mediterranean, all charters are “plus all expenses.” We use the term “APA” which stands for Advance Provisioning Allowance to describe expenses. These expenses include, but are not limited to: food, beverages, dockage, port fees, local taxes basically any costs incurred during the charter. Caribbean charters can include all expenses, while New England and the Pacific Northwest can be “plus all.”

Be sure to review the terms with your charter broker.


Yachts are fully insured by the owner for all maritime risks, crew liability and liability to the charter guests. Charter guests are NOT insured for loss of personal possessions or any medical/accident expenses. In addition there is no coverage for trip cancellation.

We urge clients to procure additional liability insurance and trip cancellation insurance.


Once the charter contract is executed, the broker will issue a Preference sheet to client. This document is very important to the captain, ad crew. It asks for likes and dislikes on and beverages. It’s also the place to let the crew know about which activities you want to do- snorkeling, diving, shopping, jet skis. All the charter details appear on this document.


Presumably, your broker and yacht captain have liaised and planned all the necessary details- where and when you’ll board, a suggested itinerary, how much wine to have on board- when the divers will go diving, advance restaurant reservations and of course dockage reservations.

Ideally client should not have to do anything but enjoy the ride. If an issue does arise, they can call their broker and/or talk to the captain.


The crews are paid by the owner. However, they do work hard on charter, sometimes they have16 hour days keeping the yacht running and service coming at all hours.

The general rule is to offer the captain an envelope with a tip in cash of between 10 and 20% of the charter fee. He will distribute the tip among the crew.

Often times, clients will not want to carry a large amount of cash for the tip. They can tell their broker what they intend to tip and send the funds to the broker’s escrow account. Immediately following the charter, the can then ask the broker to release the tip to the crew. Alternatively, some clients used the left over from the APA to put towards the tip.


A good charter broker will follow with a phone call or email after the charter. Hopefully, all went well. If not, please tell the broker in detail so they can attempt to rectify the situation.

If you had a good time, now is the time to book the again for next year!






























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We're proud to announce two of our latest additions to the fleet, ICARUS and ATALANTE

ICARUS is a 2007 Jongert designed by Doug Peterson for six guests. Her design offers ample space and volume for a luxurious and comfortable interior layout, while her sleek lines render exhilarating sailing performance. Her large deck salon is covered by an electric bimini that silently slides fore and aft offering protection from the weather as needed.

Captain Barry Duck (photo) is a seasoned charter skipper who knows the Caribbean inside out. At one time he was a children's water sports instructor. He's made sure there are plenty of water toys onboard ICARUS and welcomes families.


ATALANTE is for lovers of classic yachts, the brand new 90' Andre Hoek designed sloop will surely grab your attention.

Although she sports classic lines, she does have an offshore carbon fiber rig with North Sails. Below decks, guests will have all the modern amenities. A custom side boarding passerelle on her port side offers clients an easy way in and out of the water or dinghy.

Guest Comments from Recent Holiday Charters

MELINKA - 80' Swan:
"Everything was fantastic; boat and crew were all we had hoped for. Even made our dinner reservation in St. Barths with crew! MELINKA is a perfect boat for sailors and readers as I am sure you know. Thanks for all your help; we look forward to planning   next year's trip!"

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ALIDADE - 58' Catamaran:
"We have just finished a very nice week aboard Alidade. A great boat and Giovanni and Christelle could not have taken better care of us. (And, to note, that a Cat works very well for little ones - our 2.5 year old had a great time and lots of room to play safely.)

Tahiti and Bora Bora: MATELOT, the Oyster 82, is headed over to the Pacific. She will be based in Papeete, Tahiti, and the Society Islands, where her weekly rate is 29,500 euro plus all, plus 12% tax. In the Tuamotus her weekly rate will be 32,500 euro plus all, plus 12% tax. Captain Angus Fuller suggests: "The Society Islands (Tahiti to Bora Bora) would make a lovely 10-14 day cruising program. However, should guests wish to do the Tuamotus that's fine, but as it's quite a hike to windward to get there, I would recommend we position the yacht and guests fly in and start their holiday from upwind end of the islands.

Norway will be the summer home for TIVOLI, our 90' Doggersbank long range cruiser. Captain John is eager to show the Fjords to new and repeat clients alike. Due to the poor economy, he did not take TIVOLI to Norway as planned last summer. At $39,500/week for six guests, plus expenses, this yacht is the perfect stage from which to explore Scandinavia.

DOUCE FRANCE is headed from the Indian Ocean to Micronesia  a favorite cruising ground of her owners, for the summer. Accommodating 12 guests in 6 spacious cabins, this 138' catamaran offers a myriad of water sports from diving to kayaking and a five star crew. DOUCE FRANCE charters for 90,000 euro plus expenses .


MIRA, the 70' Swede yacht for 6 guests will again be available in Turkey beginning in May. We think May and June are two of the nicest months to be cruising the Eastern Med. MIRA is a performance cruiser with all the amenities of home, including A/C. Captain Argan Bailey has been cruising Aboard MIRA with charter guests for the past few years and is always happy to show off the delights of Turkey to first time guests. MIRA charters weekly for the newly reduced summer price of 16,500 euro/week plus expenses.



Main Office: Nicholson Yachts, 2 Coddington Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Email: Tele: 401.849.0344, Fax:  401.849.9018,

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