HOW TO BOOK A YACHT charter
• Length of Charter
• Type of yacht sought (motor or sail)
• Dates you would like to charter
• Places you wish to visit
• Embarkation and Disembarkation ports
• Number of adults and children in your party
• Number of staterooms required
• Type of Stateroom: king, queen, double, twin
• Events to attend
• Onboard events you wish to host
• Entertainment equipment needed
• Sports/Water toys desired
• Communications equipment
• Special accommodations for nanny or staff
CHARTER COSTS AND CHARTER TERMS
Each yacht is privately owned with an owner that sets the terms of how the yacht is to operate and the associated costs. Ultra Marine Yacht Charters keeps up-to-date records on each yacht in their portfolio and will advise accordingly. The most common terms are outlined below.
CHARTER FEE (Base Rate)
The charter fee includes the hire of the yacht with all its equipment and the services of its crew including its captain, a chef, and all support crew.
PLUS ALL EXPENSES
As the charterer, you are responsible for all operating costs during your charter. An Advance Provisioning Allowance (referred to commonly as A.P.A) is used to pay for all expenses relating to your use of the yacht. This includes all food, beverages, fuel for the yacht, its tenders and water toys, harbour dues, pilot and drivers’ fees, water, electricity, national and/or local taxes as applicable, ship agent fees, customs formalities, dockage and all communication costs for the charterers party. A helpful guideline for estimating the expenses is to add on approximately 25-30% of the base charter fee. As the charterer you will be charged, at cost to the yacht for the expenses you incur during your charter. The A.P.A is forwarded to the yacht prior to your arrival so that the crew can provision the yacht, make berthing reservations, etc. During the charter your captain will give you discreet updates regarding usage of these funds and if at the end of your cruise there are unused funds the captain will reimburse you. Occasionally the A.P.A is not sufficient and further funds will be required.
There may be a positioning or repositioning charge if your charter involves moving your yacht away from its homeport. In most cases the charge is for fuel only.
Ultra Marine Yacht Charters recommends that all charterers obtain charterer’s cancellation insurance. We will assist you with these arrangements and provide you with pertinent information.
Applicable cruising, VAT, or governmental taxes may be an additional cost. Ultra Marine Yacht Charters remains current on taxation particulars and will handle all the details for you.
Rewarding the crew for their performance is discretionary. The standard practice, based on MYBA (Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association) guideline is to reward the crew between 5-15% of the base charter rate. This is a general guideline and can vary. We will advise you.