, Frequently Asked Questions about Luxury Yacht Charters

Frequently Asked Questions about Luxury Yacht Charters

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Booking your yacht holiday

Most charter rates quoted imply that the yacht will be provided to the charterer in full commission and with all necessary equipment, properly insured for marine risks and managed by a crew (if any), whose wages, food and clothing are for the owner’s account.

All other operating expenses are payable by the charterer and comprise (but are not restricted to) the following items: fuel and lubricating oils for the yacht, her tenders and motorised water toys; local taxes; pilotage; port, harbour and marina dues; customs clearance; water and electricity; personal laundry; all provisions, wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and consumables for the charterer’s party; telecommunication costs.

Please note that, occasionally, a yacht may offer a variation on the terms described above. We provide full details of any charter terms that vary from the local charter contract (or standard MYBA Terms, if applicable) when presenting the relevant yachts.

All charters are subject to a fully executed contract, so once the availability for your chosen yacht has been verified; you will receive a standard reservation invoice and an (MYBA if applicable) Charter Agreement for signature.

If your chosen cruising itinerary necessitates embarking or disembarking from a point other than the yacht’s home port, positioning charges (delivery/redelivery fees) may be required. These charges, if applicable, will be confirmed in advance and affirmed in the reservation invoice/Charter Agreement, together with any taxes that may apply.

Ones the downpayment for your yacht charter has been received the charter has been secured.

A deposit of 50% of the total charter fee is payable by bank transfer on the signature of the Charter Agreement. This confirms your booking. The remaining 50%, plus an APA Advance Provisioning Allowance, together with any taxes, delivery/redelivery fees and any additionally agreed charges, is payable by bank transfer one month before the charter commences.

VAT (Value Added Tax) is usually charged on the Charter Fee in European territorial waters. Rates can vary according to the place of embarkation, the type of yacht and the chosen itinerary. We will advise you on the latest tax situation for any country you wish to visit.

We strongly recommend that charterers take out Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance to protect their investment if unforeseen circumstances prevent or curtail their charter. Additionally, all members of the charter party should be covered by Personal Accident and Medical Insurance, and their personal effects should be insured against theft, loss or damage. Other forms of insurance, such as Charterer’s Liability may also be prudent. We are pleased to assist with arranging any policy not covered by the basic Charter Agreement.

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  • A fantastic week sailing! | Erik
    We are a family of 8 and wanted to sail for a week on the Greek islands. As we are not advanced sailors, we chose to hire a skipper. We had the luck to get Walter as a skipper in the Piraeus Marina, where we started for our week in the Saronic Sea. Arriving on Saturday, we started our sail ...
  • Sailing the Argo-Saronicos in July 2017 | Melissa
    My two daughters and I sailed with Walter and Aleka in the Argo-Saronic in July and couldn’t possibly have had a better experience. From the planning stages, it was a pleasure. He was helpful finding a sailboat that fit our needs and budget. We were very inexperienced in sailing, so his input led to the right boat and the right ...
  • Thanks to Ocean Nomads! Highly recommended!
    I had one week on board of “Argo”. Yacht is good, clean, and it is very easy to sail. Walter is an owner, and he assist with all issues. Great man and experienced skipper. Highly recommended! Stas Blokhin