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Frequently Asked Questions

DO I HAVE TO SHARE THE YACHT?
No – it is possible to book by the cabin but most people prefer to charter the whole yacht. We will help you select the right yacht to suit you and your party from a honeymoon for two up to larger yachts for five couples.

WHAT TYPE OF YACHTS ARE AVAILABLE?
A whole range of yachts, catamarans, monohulls and powerboats, to suit all budgets and requirements are available. Just contact us for further information or click here to search for available yachts.

WHAT IS A NORMAL CREWED YACHT CHARTER?
Depending on the location you select for your charter, we will happily send you a sample itinerary to give you a flavour of a typical week in that particular area.

WHAT WILL OUR CREW BE RESPONSIBLE FOR?
Your crew will be responsible for every aspect of ensuring you have a safe and fun holiday. Your chef will prepare all meals and snacks and keep the boat clean and tidy. Your captain will be responsible for running the yacht and your well being.

WHO DECIDES THE SAILING ITINERARY?
This can be jointly decided between yourself and the captain, or you can let the Captain recommend the best route given your preferred activities. This will also, of course, be influenced by local weather conditions.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?
Typically prices run between US$1500 and US$2500 per person for a week. In the Caribbean, costs are normally all inclusive, including all meals, an open bar and watersports. The rate is determined by the size of the yacht, the area in which you’re chartering, time of year and number of guests. As a guide, sailing boats tend to be priced on a sliding scale depending on number of guests whereas motorboats you charter the entire yacht. As prices are frequently revised and special offers become available we recommend that that you contact us for the latest price information and yacht availability.

DO I NEED INSURANCE?
Whilst the yacht will be fully insured we recommend that you do take out standard holiday insurance together with a cancellation policy. This ensures that in the unfortunate event of you having to cancel your trip due to no fault of your own, you will be entitled to a re-fund.

DO WE SAIL ALL DAY?
This will depend on the area in which you’re sailing and the selected itinerary. If you are looking to sail for just a couple of hours each day, but mainly enjoy your time at anchor or ashore and are looking for a holiday in the Caribbean, then we recommend the British Virgin Islands.

WILL WE BE ABLE TO ORDER SPECIAL DIET MENUS OR REQUEST FAVOURITE BEVERAGES?
Absolutely!! Your crew will endeavour to make sure that all special requests are met.

DO YOU HAVE ANY YACHTS THAT TAKE TWO GUESTS FOR A HONEYMOON OR SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION?
Yes – it is becoming increasingly popular to either get married or just honeymoon onboard a yacht.

WILL THIS BE A GOOD FAMILY HOLIDAY?
A crewed yacht vacation really is the perfect family sailing holiday. A great way to make sure that the kids are entertained, have fun and are in a safe environment.

WILL I BE ABLE TO MAKE AND RECEIVE PERSONAL PHONE CALLS FROM THE YACHT?
Most yachts have the facility to set up personal telephone accounts for their guests. This should be checked when you book.

CAN I SCUBA DIVE FROM THE YACHT?
Several yachts offer diving with one of the crew being a dive master. Where this isn’t the case, there are several rendez vous diving companies who will be happy to come out to your yacht.

SHOULD I TIP?
In the Caribbean yacht crews work on the American system whereby a gratuity is received for hard work and good service. This is not mandatory and is up to the individual, but is generally between 10-20% of the charter price.

HOW DO I REACH THE BVI AND WHERE DO I BOARD THE BOAT?
You need to fly to Beef Island (code EIS) which is accessible via either San Juan (Puerto Rico), St Thomas or Antigua. Crewed yachts are generally boarded at Village Cay Marina, but we can give you more advice when we know which boat you’re chartering and where you’re coming from.

WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I DECIDE TO GO AHEAD?
Once we’ve found you the perfect yacht we’ll send you a contract to sign. This is then forwarded to the Captain of the boat for his signature and a copy sent back to you. At this point a 50% deposit is required to secure the booking.

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