HOW TO CHOOSE A CHARTER YACHT?
The decision to rent a yacht is a personal choice that will depend on your budget, size of event or party and your experience at sea. All yachts have a certain number of cabins from, usually from 2 to the established number of passengers according to the registry of the boat. For example for a party with 8 guests, you would choose a yacht with a minimum of 4 cabins. Other factors to consider are : your desired comfort level and your budget. Year of construction could be an important factor as well. Newer models are usually more spacious, with better designs and the latest technology in electronic equipment applied to navigation.
WHAT TYPES OF CHARTER ARE THERE?
There are several types of charters available: motor boats, sailboats, exclusive, dedicated to fishing, to the practice of water sports such as scuba diving or surfing, or simply for tourism. Charter can be done with or without a skipper, and you may even rent the boat with a full crew. If you rent a boat with skipper, he will be responsible for the navigation and safety of the boat, but not losses nor damages, which are only covered in rentals with full crew. Each one of these possibilities of rental can take various forms: One-direction charter: the boat is collected in a port and delivered in other, previously agreed with the rental company. Navigation in fleet or preserves: consists of the transfer of several boats following a route determined by the rental company and under the direction of a responsible for this same company. Regattas with rental boats: is often done during the low season.
Once the dates and place of departure are agreed and confirmed, Independence Yachts ® will immediately prepare and send the lease (charter) contract, detailing the yacht, selected dates, location, travel program and total cost of the charter. In order to formalize the agreement it is necessary to pay 50% of the charter which is automatically being deducted from the final contract. Subsequently, we prepare a detailed questionnaire that collects the necessary information about client’s tastes, trip preferences, guest list, requirements, etc. This information will be discussed with the client, to make sure that we collected information is correct and complete. The list is then being sent to the captain of the boat, so that he can book the mooring, provisions and upload them on board. At the same time we may ask you to send us the advancement payment (depending on case/order) to provision the boat. The A.P.A is immediately sent to the captain, to provision the boat prior to arrival of the passengers. All costs incurred during the cruise are to be deduced from the client at the end of the cruise. All the unused funds are to be reimbursed to the client at the end of journey.
WHAT ARE THE AMOUNTS, TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE RENTAL?
The Charter agreement details all terms of refund in case of cancellation. The amount of the Charter covers all operating expenses, including the salaries of the crew and provisions. It also includes selected insurance, port expenditures and the connection of water and electricity at dock. Expenses also include all the equipment on board such as as sports articles, water skis, snorkeling and fishing equipment, boat motor, and electrical appliances such as a TV, a DVD player and a stereo. Many other items come as the supplement in the yacht inventory, however, as they are subject to continuous changes, it would be impossible to list them all here. Supplements for other operating expenses will be charged once on board, such as VAT, fuel, food for passengers, wine, liquors, the laundry and marina fees. Independence Yachts ® is at your disposal to help you define the parameters of your cruise and you may also ask the captain an estimation of costs before the trip. Expenditures do not include gratuities for the crew, which deal in another article and which are at its sole discretion.
IS THERE A MINIMUM RENTAL PERIOD?
In the seasons of greatest demand -spring and summer – the minimum period is usually one week (through our system of last minute reservations, our clients will be able to access to a selection of vessels that may be rented in specific days, called Day Charter), counted from Saturday to Friday night on board, especially for the standard fleet boats. In low season, there is usually no minimum period.
WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES THAR ARE INCLUDED IN THE YACHT CHARTER?
Some yachts have water sports and will vary depending on the equipment available. These might include snorkeling, scuba diving, knee boarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaks, fishing, etc… If the yacht has water sports equipment on board, it is usually included in the price of the charter. Some activities are at extra charge, and can be arranged by your crew (ie: Scuba diving). On shore activities can be recommended by your crew and will vary depending on your location.
WHERE CAN WE SAIL?
The captain and the crew of your yacht will offer all the necessary assistance to help you decide where to go and where to stay based on a selection of destinations. However, please note that a maximum of four hours of sailing per day is recommended.
IN ORDER TO SPEND THE NIGHT ONBOARD, SHOULD WE ALWAYS HAVE TO MOOR IN PORT?
Not always. In fact, to make your sailing experience even more delightful, it is recommended to stay along the coasts, coves and bays reserves, where you can spend the night perfectly.
CAN I RENT A YACHT IF I HAVE THE TITLE BUT NO SAILING EXPERIENCE?
Legally yes, however, as the practice shows, the majority of the rental companies may require a minimum sailing experience. In any case, it should not be forgotten that at sea itself is very unexpected and that weather conditions can vary rapidly. We have to be responsible for our own safety, and of those who accompany us and boat. First and foremost cautiousness and awareness of our own limitations.
ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES?
Depending on the type of charter you choose, the following additional charges may apply: Security Deposit: Refundable at the end of the charter. Fuel Deposit: The yacht should be delivered topped up with fuel as it was delivered at the beginning of the charter. Port or marina fees: Usually included in the base port of the yacht. Optional: Any optional extra services that you might have specifically requested.
IS IT ALLOWED TO SMOKE ON BOARD?
Smoking is allowed in some areas, but specifically, smoking in staterooms and indoor areas is prohibited. In the majority of our yachts, smoking is permitted on the deck.
WHAT OTHER ASPECTS SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT?
Options included in the contract: included equipment, extra material, fastenings, sightseeing tours on land, etc. Boat insurance and coverage: the company is obliged to apply all-risk insurance to the vessel. Define who is financially responsible compared to potential damage and if you agree to replace a broken item during the voyage. In case of serious faults, clarify the degree of responsibility of the company: if you include the payment of hotel nights, if you replace the boat in case of malfunction, and maximum delay time. Booking: payment of 50% of the total is done to formalize the reservation of the chosen vessel. The rest usually being paid out a month before boarding. The extra expenses are being paid at the delivery of the boat. Included: cleaning costs and skipper fees as well as all the optional extras that the customer deems appropriate: bed linen, outboard, spinnaker, compressor, auto pilot and scuba diving among the most frequent elements. Also, make sure you are clear on what happens in the event of cancellation of the trip. Rentals with skipper: Ask for references of the employer to hire. Clarify everything relating to his fees, responsibilities, and additional expenses. Rentals without skipper: companies often request the national ID document and the title of the person responsible for the navigation, to verify that it is appropriate to the type of vessel requested and the planned program. Some companies may also require the national ID documents of all remaining crew members. Rentals with or without skipper: the boat itself, its contents and equipment, are under complete responsibility of the lessee. Any breakage or loss is solely under the responsibility of the lessee. Security deposit: all the rentals count with a security deposit, whose amount solely depends on the type of the vessel. Security deposit is being paid on the boarding and is returned at the end of the journey if everything is in order. This insurance is independent of the insurance of the boat. Delivery of the boat: clean and with a full tank of fuel.The vessel must be in perfect conditions and with all the material on board. The extra costs are borne by the lessee: moorings -except the base port that is negotiated with the company-, victualing, extras, etc. It is a good idea to know the price of fuel per liter, as well as the rates of tie in the selected ports.