Yacht Charter Contract – Terms and Conditions
Yacht Charter rate on most charter contracts includes the hire and insurance of yacht, crew wages, crew food and ship’s laundry only.
The specific terms of each charter will be detailed in the Yacht Charter Agreement, signed by the charterer and the yacht owner or their representatives. The yacht charterer will normally pay, in addition to the charter fee and at cost, all fuel and lubricating oil costs for the yacht and tender, all harbour, pilot and divers’ fees, water, electricity, local taxes as applicable and all food and beverages for the charterer’s party. Yacht charter rates are subject to change without notice.
A yacht charter fee is payable for the exclusive charter of the yacht. The charter fee includes the charter of the yacht with all its equipment in working order: tools, stores, cleaning materials, basic consumable stores for engine-room, deck and cabins etc.; the crew’s wages, food; the insurance of the yacht for marine risk and third party claims and the crew for employer’s liability.
Advance Provisioning Allowance
In addition to the yacht charter fee, you will also be asked to pay an APA (Advance Provisioning Allowance) of 25-30% of the charter fee. This is given to the yacht’s captain in cash prior to your yacht charter to allow him to buy fuel, provision the yacht with food and drink as per your demands, and cover any other expenses relating to the cost of your yacht charter (including fuel for RIB or other tenders or jet-skis; fuel for generators; consumable stores; berthing dues and other harbour charges away from the yacht’s own berth, including pilotage fees and charges for water and electricity taken from the shore; laundry, telephone, fax or telex via radio or Inmarsat). At the end of the charter, the captain will produce full accounts of all expenditure. You will either be refunded any money not used or asked to pay any additional costs not covered by the APA.
Upon signature of the Yacht Charter Agreement, a deposit of 50% will be required to confirm the booking. The balance of 50%, together with the APA and any delivery / redelivery charges, will be due six weeks prior to the start of the charter.
Yacht Charter rates will be subject to varying rates of VAT within EC waters.
Delivery / Re-delivery
Delivery / Re-delivery fees, involving time as well as fuel, may be applicable if the yacht charter starts and/or finishes other than in the yacht’s home port.
The owner may require a security deposit against possible damage by the charterer.
Food and Drink
We will send you a preferences and provisions sheet for completion. There is no additional charge for preparing and serving food and drinks on board.
The Captain will always try to comply with your wishes, but his primary responsibility is for the safety of the yacht and passengers. Should a scenario arise where a request conflicts with this responsibility, your Captain will discuss all possible alternatives with you. However, when relating to the safety of the yacht and those on board, his decision is final. This provision also applies to the use of any watersports equipment on board.
Storage space in the guest cabins is inevitably limited. Hard-sided suitcases can be a nuisance and take up a lot of room. If possible, please use soft baggage that can be easily folded up and stowed when empty.
We recommend that you take suitable Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance in case unforeseen circumstances prevent or cut short your yacht charter.
For safety reasons, notably the prevention of fire, smoking is only permitted out on deck, and not below decks or in the saloon.
Children should be supervised at all times by an adult member of the yacht charter party.
Pets are normally not permitted on board. Please inquire.
Use of Personal Water Craft is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate licence and meeting with local operating regulations.
A yacht’s crew will work extremely hard and very long hours to make sure that your yacht charter is a total success, and whilst not mandatory it is customary to leave a gratuity (tip) at the end of a yacht charter. For excellent service it is standard to leave a tip of between 10-15% of the charter fee, which should be given to the captain for disbursement to the rest of the crew.