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Spring Charter Update
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A selection of charter yachts Available this summer in
Around the world
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.
PAYMENT and TERMS
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.
DURING THE CHARTER
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.
AFTER THE CHARTER
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!
proud to announce two of our latest additions to the fleet, ICARUS and
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.
ATALANTE is for lovers of classic yachts, the brand new 90' Andre Hoek
designed sloop will surely grab your attention.
Comments from Recent Holiday Charters
MELINKA - 80' Swan:
Oyster 82, is headed over to the Pacific. She will be based in
Papeete, Tahiti, and
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
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