AGREE WHEN YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO
Knowing when you plan to take your vacation will help determine
the cruising area. As well as holiday times, your decision
may be influenced by the weather, prices and availability.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?
It is possible to charter a yacht almost anywhere in the world,
with the Caribbean (especially the BVI) being the most popular.
TYPE OF VACATION WOULD YOU LIKE?
Active and on the go….or chilled out? Is this a family holiday
or a romantic break? These decisions will help us select the best
yacht and crew for you.
Financial control is an important aspect in planning your vacation
and we will endeavour to get you the best value for your money.
Where budget isnât a restriction, we are able to recommend
some of the most luxurious yachts in the world.
On a crewed
yacht, generally speaking for a party of 4 / 8 people a figure of
US$1,500 to US$2,500 per head will secure you a nice boat with private
cabins, en suite facilities and air conditioning. In the Caribbean
this may include all your food and drink and the use of the various
water sports equipment the boat has for your enjoyment. These figures
are for guidance only and once you get into the luxury end of the
market generalization becomes difficult.
Terms of charter in the Mediterranean tend to be different since
the price quoted is for the boat only. To this you would normally
be asked to pay an additional 20-30% advanced provisioning allowance
(APA) depending upon the type of yacht you are chartering. This
would be used to provide all the food and drink and also the fuel
that the yacht uses. Then depending upon where you charter there
will be the tax to pay and that varies from 4% in Greece to 20%
in France. This tax is levied on the cost of the boat only and not
on the provisioning. Other than a daily rate of up to $4 per head
per day no tax is payable in the Virgin Islands. One other consideration
for your budget is crew gratuity. Whilst this isnât compulsory
and is entirely up to you, it is generally 10-20% of the charter
rate, depending on level of service received.
WHAT STYLE OF CHARTER?
Crewed? Bareboat? Captain only? These are all available on sailing
and motor yachts.
Once we know your answers to the above questions, we can then present
you with a shortlist of recommended yachts and crews.
7. BOOK YOUR YACHT
When you are happy with your selection we will put a working hold
on the diary of your chosen yacht. We then send you a contract so
you have the security of a legally binding document.
We want you
to be confident about who has your money. Once you sign the contract
(which we will send you and is between yourself and the yacht captain/owner)
and your deposit is received, it will be held in Escrow until just
before the charter when it will be released to the boat. Your vacation
of a lifetime is then booked!!
If you make
your reservation more than six months in advance, the charter deposit
is 25% with the other 25% due at the six month mark. Within six
months, you make a single deposit of 50%. In most cases you’ll pay
the balance of your charter 45 days prior to the start of your charter,
although some yachts will let you pay with cash, or travellers cheques
upon boarding your yacht. Once you’ve confirmed your charter and
paid your deposit, most charter contracts can only be cancelled
if the yacht is able to re-book the same charter dates with another
party. If this happens your deposit is returned less a $100 handling
charge, but if the boat cannot re-book the dates, you lose your
entire deposit. Because of this, we recommend Trip Cancellation
Insurance, which will provide your refund under covered conditions.
OTHER LITTLE DETAILS…
Once your charter is booked, we donât then dump and run….There
are many other little details which we are very happy to help with
and will offer advice to make sure that you have everything you
need. Whether itâs to remind you to buy an underwater camera,
provide recommendations on hotels and flights or issues about what
to pack, local currency, etc, etc. Weâll happily provide you
with all the information you need.
PACK YOUR BAGS AND SMILE!
Youâre happy and everything has been arranged. Now, dust down
your sunhat, kick off your shoes and relax!. We aim to provide honest,
friendly, unbiased advice that answers you questions and simplifies
the process for you. We offer a service at no cost to you which
we believe will make all the difference to your vacation. Just contact
us and we look forward to assisting you in selecting your perfect