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How to Charter
Here is some advice if you are considering boat charter. Making a list of the things you really want to do and see during your yacht charter might be a good place to start. When you speak with us, you can use this list as a starting point to find the yacht that best suits your needs. Here are a few things to think about to create an effective budget, you must understand the circumstances which charter yacht’s function. Here are some simple explanations of several terms. You should work closely with your charter agent to fully understand your charter contract.
Western Mediterranean Terms (WMT) – The charter price includes the crew’s employer-liability insurance in addition to paying for their salary, meals, and insurance against marine risks and third-party claims. The charterer will be charged for all additional expenses, including those for food and beverages, other consumable goods, berthing fees, harbor fees, pilotage, water and/or energy used on land, laundry, and communications.
Standard Eastern Mediterranean Terms (SEM) – The cost of renting the boat and its furniture, as well as the crew’s wages, food, and insurance for marine risk, third-party claims, and employee liability insurance, are all covered by the Mediterranean Boat Charter Fee. The charter charge also includes most additional harbor fees, such as water and/or power used from the shore, berthing fees, and fuel for a certain number of hours per day, averaged over the period of the voyage. The charterer will be responsible for paying all additional expenses, including laundry, communications, fuel for the ski boats or other tenders, food and beverages for the guests, consumables, berthing and harbor taxes outside of the yacht’s typical cruising area, and consumable products.
Standard Caribbean Terms (SCT) – All costs stated under WMT and SEMT as well as all meals are included in the Caribbean yacht charter fee. Vintage wines and champagne are not included in the wine and bar packages on some yachts. Communications, marina berthing, and the rental cost of specialized equipment and activities, like rendezvous diving, are all additional fees.
Greek Terms (GT) – The charter cost also includes the crew’s employer-liability insurance, harbor dues within Greek territorial waters, water, and ship’s laundry in addition to the crew’s salary, meals, and insurance against marine risks and third-party claims. The charterer will be responsible for paying the boat’s fuel, food and drink, communications, and taxes.
Know What You Want
Is a beautiful, opulent setting for your ideal vacation? Would you like to spend time in the swankiest marinas? parties for your buddies while they’re on board? learn a variety of water sports? Or why not just anchor in a quiet harbor and read a book?
Sailboat or motor yacht? Motor yachts typically appeal to individuals who want to live the super yacht lifestyle since they are bigger and quicker. Those who long for the romanticism and feel of the sea are drawn to sailboats.
Who will be joining you there? Your party’s size will dictate how many cabins you need and how they should be set up.
How long is your charter vacation going to be? Yachts for charter are often offered on a daily or weekly basis. Your choice of destinations will also depend on how much time you will have on your charter.
What day would you like to board your charter? You should be flexible and start planning early because holidays are frequently reserved up to a year in advance.
What is your overall spending plan? Included are the following: airfare, marina fees, fuel, food and drink, embarking/disembarking fees, and tips.
You’ve told us what you need, and we’ve located the ideal yacht for your vacation at the ideal time and within your price range. Here is what follows:
The Charter Agreement: The charter agreement your agent will send you may look intimidating at first, but it is not as challenging as it might seem. You already have a basic grasp of several phrases, and you should discuss those you don’t fully understand with your agent.
Payment: A 50% down payment will be required once you and your agent have agreed on all the details of your charter agreement.
The Questionnaire: You’ll get a thorough questionnaire to fill out. This will deal with preferences, specific needs, dietary restrictions, or medical issues. This is crucial so that the crew can give you the meals you want and the activities you need to have the ideal charter vacation.
Final Payment and Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA): Your remaining money is typically payable one month ahead to the charter. If the conditions of your agreement require you to do so, you will also be requested to provide money to pay for the APA. Before leaving the ship, you must reconcile any charter expenses.
Insurance: If unforeseen events prevent or shorten your charter, cancellation and curtailment insurance is available to protect your investment. Inquire about this insurance and additional coverage options with your charter agent.
Captain’s Responsibility: While a charter boat captain will make every effort to carry out your requests, the safety of the yacht and its guests is his top priority. Your captain will go over all alternatives with you if a situation arises where a request conflicts with this duty. However, the captain’s decision is definitive when it comes to the yacht and the security of people on board.
Gratuities: Tipping is accepted but optional. Keep in mind that your employees put in a lot of hard work to make your vacation a success. 10% of the charter cost can be appropriate as a gratuity if you think the crew performed really well. 20% and above may be justified if the service was exceptional. The gratuity is given to the captain at the conclusion of the charter for equitable distribution to the entire crew.
Understanding Fee and Expenses
OPERATING EXPENSES – These differ based on the vessel you choose and the region you travel. If fuel efficiency is crucial, bring it up with us at the start of the decision process. If your charter requires meeting or departing the boat in an unexpected area, placement or repositioning fees may also apply.
HARBOR FEES – These are referred to as dues in Europe and differ from port to port. Typically, this is a little expense on a charter, particularly in the Caribbean or the Pacific Northwest.
How do I figure costs and expenses?
Depending on the boat, location, season, number of passengers, distance travelled, number of days spent in ports, and level of luxury offered, charter prices can vary greatly. The terms “all-inclusive” or “additional expenditures” will be used to describe rates. Adding an extra 25–35% of the base charter rate is a common rule of thumb for predicting costs. The base charter rates do not include taxes. Variable rates of government-mandated taxes (fyAT inside EC community waters) will apply to charter rates, which are expressed in this manual in US dollars. Local taxes could also be applicable in some locations outside the EC. The most latest data for your intended cruising location, as well as any additional insurance requirements, will be available from your broker.
The skipper will provide you with discreet updates on things like fuel usage, phone/fax costs, and alcohol/wine consumption when you charter on a plus-expenses basis. Detailed accounts will also be sent to you at the conclusion of the vacation.
It is normal for the charter party to give the captain the full gratuity, which is typically 10 to 20 percent of the charter cost. However, even those crew members you might not have seen, like engineers, deck hands, or perhaps a laundress, have contributed to the success of your yacht vacation, and the captain is best qualified to decide how your tip should be distributed. The captain should be made aware of any special services provided to you or your charter party by members of the crew that you think should be rewarded.