• Charter FAQ

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Q. First of all why are people chartering private yachts?
A. A private yacht offers the advantage of moving from one exotic location to another in total privacy and utmost comfort without the hassle of packing and unpacking suitcases.
Q. Where does the yachts go and when?

A. Anywhere there is enough water and preferably during the summer season. At the opposite of cruise ships, the good thing is that every yacht charter itinerary is normally customized to guests tastes and wishes. Someone might have clear plans regarding the cruising area already when they start to plan their charter, other instead prefer to be picked up in a certain location and then make last minute decisions regarding the itinerary or just go with the flow depending on weather and winds.

The charter period is normally based on weeks, but yachts can be chartered by day, by week or weeks or even months. The yachts basic rate is always weekly and from that rate we calculate daily rates and monthly rates. Longer charter periods are normally discounted, while the daily price is slightly higher.

"A typical charter period is one or two weeks, but it is also common to charter for weekends/extended weekends only or even long term charter periods from one to two/three months."

Q. How much does it cost?

A. The total price (charter rate) of the yacht including crew and insurances is a fixed rate, and the expenses during the charter can only be estimated.

A guideline for estimating expenses is to factor in an additional 25-35% of the basic charter rates. This is usually covered in an 'Advance Provisioning Allowance' (APA) in the contract. Other costs that may apply are repositioning costs and sometimes a security deposit (normally only for corporate events). See below more details about expenses and costs.

"The weekly charter prices range from 20.000 Euro for smaller yachts and up to 800.000 Euro or more for the largest yachts plus expenses for fuel, food and beverages and other possible entertainment".

Q. What is included in the charter fee?

A. Under WMT (West Mediterranean Terms) terms, the charter rates includes the rent of the yacht with its equipment, the crew wages, uniform and food, basic laundry, the insurance of the yacht.

You will pay, at cost, for all other expenses. These include, but are not limited to, shore side transport, fuel for the main engines and generators, fuel for tenders and water sports equipment, food and all beverages for the guests, berthing dues and other harbor charges (including pilots' fees, local taxes, divers' fees, customs formalities and any charges for waste disposal, charges for water and electricity taken from shore, ships' agents' fees where applicable), personal laundry, communications and internet use, hire or purchase costs of any special equipment placed on board at your specific request.

Q. How do I figure costs and expenses?

A. Be prepared to add from 25%-35% to the charter fee for the estimated costs of provisions, dockage, and fuel. This is a guideline used for estimating expenses and it’s usually covered in the 'Advance Provisioning Allowance' (APA) in the contract.

Gratuities are left at the Charterer's discretion, a 5% - 15% of the charter fee is appropriate if the crew has given excellent service. However it is important to understand that you are under no obligation to leave gratuity.

Keep in mind that the overall charter expenses can exceed the estimated APA. At the end of the charter, the captain will produce full accounts of all expenditure. You will either be refunded excess money not used or asked to pay any additional costs which exceeded the Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA).

Q. Are there any hidden costs involved when chartering?

A. There are no hidden costs involved when chartering but some charterers are not familiar with the costs of running a yacht and thus can find themselves surprised at the overall cost of the trip.

We strongly recommend the Captain to detail every possible expenses and provide a true overall cost before the charter gets booked.

Q. Is VAT applicable on the charter fee?

A. Commercially registered yachts are usually tax exempt. It means that charter yachts are allowed to buy tax-free provisioning and have duty free fuel. However, due to European Union tax legislation, Value Added Tax applies on the gross charter fee for charters taking place in European waters.

Q. If I decide to book a charter, how much is the deposit?

A. A 50% deposit is due upon the signing of the charter agreement. The balance and the APA is normally due 30-60 days before the start of the charter. A last-minute charter may require different terms of payment and in the case of a short notice charter or a day charter, 100% plus estimated expenses are due upon the signing of the charter agreement.

Q. What is the electrical current onboard?

A. Most yachts have 220-240 Volt - 50Hz outlets in the staterooms, but you may need a plug adaptor.

Q. What if I become seasick on my charter vacation?

A. Most of the yachts are equipped with stabilizers to minimize side-to-side rolling. Some of them have zero speed stabilizers (stabilizer at anchor). If you are prone to motion sickness, it is recommended that you bring medication along with you. The crew can also help and advise for suitable medication.

Q. Am I permitted to use the yacht's scuba equipment?

A. If the yacht has scuba equipment on board, it may only be used by certified divers holding a certified PADI license or equivalent (CMAS). Please note that only a few yacht owners allow Charterer to dive directly from the yacht because of insurance issue. If you decide to dive during your charter vacation, you will be advised to do a rendez-vous diving with a dive company that will pick you up with a tender.

Q. Am I permitted to use the yacht's water sports toys?

A. Yes, but note that in certain countries a Certificate of Competency is required to participate in water sports activities (jet skis, wave runners and other mechanically propelled watercraft). All instruction fees will be on your account and availability of local instructors cannot always be guaranteed.

Use of personal watercraft is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations. Any liability arising from non-compliance is entirely at the operator's risk.

Q. Is there a separate crew quarter?

A. All the yachts we offer for charter have a separate crew quarter.

Q. Can I celebrate a special occasion on board?

A. Absolutely, just inform us prior to booking so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

Q. Is there a special dress code?

A. Most of the yachts have a strict "no shoes" policy. However, you can bring slippers or flip flops for inside wear only. Otherwise, the dress code is quite informal, after all you are on holiday...

Q. Are there laundry services onboard?

A. Yes, almost all yachts have laundry facilities onboard. The biggest yachts provide dry-cleaning services.

Q. Where should I keep my valuables?

A. You can store your valuables in the safe that are often provided in each stateroom. Otherwise, ask the captain for help as there is always a safe in the yacht we offer for charter.

Q. I have a special diet, can I specify the food and wine to be served on board?

A. Yes, definitely. Yacht Chefs are usually trained Chef and Sommelier and they are very flexible. They can produce gourmet meal to personal requirements that compare to the best restaurants.

Several weeks before you board your yacht, we will ask you to complete a detailed preference sheet describing the preferences and special needs of all the members of your party, such as dietary or medial requirements, details of any allergies, and your sporting or entertainment requests.

Q. More questions?

A. If you didn’t find the answer to your question here, please contact your MarNav Yacht charter specialist.