The booking process, like your time spent aboard a charter, is designed to be easy and self-explanatory. Your charter booking process is highly personalised and handled by expert yacht brokers who will provide qualified advice and act as the main line of communication throughout the entire process.
It is advisable to book your charter at least six months in advance to ensure that you secure your preferred yacht, though some of the most sought-after are often booked-out at least one year in advance.
A vast array of luxury yachts are available for charter, all with first-class facilities. The type of yacht that you choose will depend on your idea of the perfect charter vacation. Whether you prefer the space and comfort of a large motor yacht; a performance motor yacht packed with toys and tenders, or the romance and adventure of a sailing yacht, we can help you find your ideal luxury charter yacht.
The Superyachts.com Charter Search enables you to view the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on hundreds of motor and sailing yachts available for charter. Filter your search by destination; yacht type; number of guests; length of stay; price; builder, or yacht length. With such extensive search options, you can easily find the yachts which best suit your preferences.
Contacting the Broker
Once you have selected some of your favourite yachts for charter, simply contact the relevant broker through a yacht’s charter page. Each yacht’s charter page contains several ways to contact the relevant broker directly: you can send an enquiry; request a call back, or view the broker’s company profile and contact information. If your chosen yacht is not linked to a broker, use the Find Broker tab to search for a broker by company name, an individual broker’s name or by country.
The brokers listed with Superyachts.com are reputable professionals who offer a wealth of experience. They can provide expert advice about the right charter options for you.
Once you have booked your charter, the next step, and perhaps one of the most exciting, is designing your personalised itinerary. The brokerage firm will generally offer their own suggestions, but your own preferences are of the utmost importance.
You will need to decide how to arrive at your first point of call, where you will board the yacht. Flights or any onshore accommodation arrangements can be organised by the broker or you may choose to book independently: the choice is yours.
The brokerage firm will usually send you a questionnaire regarding your preferences throughout the charter. This should detail everything from travel reservations, food, wine, guest lists, and décor, allowing your charter yacht to be prepared to cater to exactly your requirements. Once the preference form is received, the broker will forward it to the yacht captain who will take action to pre-book any required berths; order specific provisions and brief his crew.
The Charter Agreement
A Charter Agreement is compiled by the broker, detailing the chosen charter yacht, cruise dates, intended destinations and cost. You are required to sign and return the document to the broker if you are satisfied that it meets your needs. This is also when the first payment will be required. Generally this amount is 50 percent of the charter fee, but terms should be discussed with your broker beforehand.
The charter fee usually covers the cost of the charter, equipment, crew wages and crew provisions. Additional costs are outlined below.
Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA)
APA is in addition to the charter fee and amounts to around 30% of the charter fee cost. This is to cover the cost of fuel, food and other provisions, such as special equipment. If you wish for a berth in port, or to attach your yacht to a permanent mooring, this additional cost should also be included in your APA. Berth and mooring fees vary depending on the port and season.
At the end of your charter vacation, you will either be refunded any money that has not been used during your charter, or need to pay an additional amount for any costs not covered by the APA.
The final balance of the charter fee and the APA amount will be expected one month prior to the commencement of your charter.
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