Whether it's your first time chartering, or if you are a seasoned veteran with several charters under your belt, a yacht charter is an experience like no other. With yachts available for charter around the world, you can go anywhere there is water- from the fjords of Norway to the atolls in the South Pacific. Your destination may be one of the most important factors in determining your yacht charter, however, there are several other things to take into consideration, such as:
There are many additional factors that go into booking your yacht charter, and with the help of a charter specialist, you will be able to find the perfect yacht that will undoubtedly exceed your expectations.
A charter broker will help you identify which yacht best fulfills your needs. Most brokers have previous experience as yacht crew, or have been on familiarization trips to charter destinations around the world. They know the popular yachts, have met the crew, and have tried the chef's food. Your broker will have several questions about your previous vacation experiences, favorite activities, food preferences, etc. With their guidance, he or she will help you pinpoint the perfect yacht for your dream vacation.
When booking a charter you will be required to sign a legally binding charter contract that essentially makes you the "owner" of the yacht for the duration of your stay onboard. There are several types of charter contracts, however the majority of yachts use the standard AYCA (American Yacht Charter Association) or MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) contract. The owner of the yacht, the yacht's central agent, the charter broker, and you sign the contract. A broker will help explain everything in detail so that you fully understand the contract.
Yacht Charter rates range in cost depending on the location of the charter, the time of the year, the length of your trip, and the type and size of the boat. It is important to understand that the charter rate is only a part of the total cost of your trip. You must also include an advanced provisioning allowance (APA) of 30%. This includes any onboard expenses such as food, fuel and dockage. It is also industry standard to provide a crew gratuity of +/- 15% at the end of your charter. Many destinations also charge a sales tax or VAT "value added tax", and your charter broker will know the rates for different locations.
You can charter a boat almost anywhere there is water. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer charter season runs June through September. You can choose to cruise the US's New England region, or cross the pond and tour the West or Eastern Mediterranean. Alaska is a popular destination during June and July when the sun shines for almost 24 hours a day. The Bahamas are popular year round, as are South Florida and the Florida Keys. During the winter, the yachts head south for the tropical islands of the Caribbean. You can also find charter yachts in Australia, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Middle East, or even cruising down the Amazon River.
Yes. Yachts over 20 meters generally have a Captain and Professional Crew to run the vessel. This allows you to kick back and relax! A professional crew generally consists of a Captain, Deck Crew, Interior Staff, Chef, and Engineer.
What else should I know before stepping aboard my luxury charter yacht?