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How to Charter a Luxury Yacht


The process of chartering a luxury boat for the first time should be a good experience. And the best step you could take to find the right boat and destination for a great vacation is working with a reliable, well experienced yacht charter broker. Yacht charter vacations should be a wonderful experience so do not hesitate to set high expectations.

The yacht charter broker has to know your expectations with regards to the yacht and the destination. So be prepared to answer questions regarding your past escapades and why you had a great time. The more information you give your yacht charter broker, the better vacation he or she could plan for you.

Booking a luxury yacht is unlike any other vacation. Boats are chartered on contracts that seem severe for the first timer. Many yacht charter contracts nowadays are comparable to that used in the real estate industry,

Many of the contracts used today are like those used in the real estate industry, standardized on standards that are globally accepted. You could choose to have your attorney check the contract. Just ask for a copy of the contact from your broker.

Once you’ve chosen a luxury charter yacht, your broker will send you the contracts and request for a 50% deposit in order to secure the boat for the date you requested. The boat won’t be held for you until the funds and the signed contracts have been received, so it’s very important to move promptly once the yacht charter decision has been made. The balance from the charter fee, APA or advance provisioning allowance, and taxes will often be required 30 days prior to the start of the trip.

When the APA has been sent to the captain, your yacht charter agent will review your preferences with the yacht crew and the boat provisioned for your vacation. Getting this right is essential for a wonderful vacation, as many destinations have very limited re-provisioning locations.

During your vacation, your captain will act as an attendant and will be available to make necessary planning for your activities from the boat. It is recommended that you talk to your captain to be updated on the day’s plans and point out things you want to change or add.

Yacht charter schedules should be set well in advance and cancellation should be avoided as much as possible. But if your vacation needs to be cancelled, talk to your luxury yacht charter specialist for options available. Some yacht owners will allow you to adjust your dates to a more convenient time without penalty.

If there is a major failure on the yacht that resulted in the boat not being available for your chosen dates, you’ll be given a refund. If the problem happened during your trip, you’ll be given a prorated refund. During the rare event that the boat does not meet your expectations, it’s very important that you inform your specialist right away, in order to take the necessary action and then resolve the problem.