No I didn’t see these on somebody else’s website – they are my own thoughts after 15 years is the business – these are the 3 critical yacht charter tips that I’d like to pass on. They are most critical for crewed yacht charters.
1. The crew makes your charter successful – not the boat. The captain and crew of your charter yacht can make or break your charter vacation. The boat is almost secondary. Provided the yacht is comfortable, has enough space, right number of cabins, is clean, well maintained and doesn’t smell, you’re fine. The crew, however is a different matter. A good crew operates like a well-oiled machine. The crew provides you with a seamless experience, everyone on board knows their function, captains, mates, engineers, chef, stewardesses all work as a team and THAT, my friends make your charter an unforgettable experience.
2. Don’t be too ambitious with the itinerary. It’s tempting to try and squeeze as many countries, ports and anchorages as possible into your vacation. After all it’s not an inexpensive exercise and maybe you are not familiar with the destination and want to see as much as possible in your week or two. However, DO NOT succumb to the temptation..!! Give yourself time to explore the different places you are visiting, if you like a place, stay there an extra night, DON’T spend all your time sailing or cruising on the ocean and give yourself some fun time ashore in the many little places along the way. After all, that’s what charters are all about, you’re on a yacht not a cruise ship. Your charter broker (booking agent) and the yacht captain are a mine of information. Pick their brains.
3. Find a reputable Charter Broker. Find and work with a charter broker or booking agent that is knowledgeable about the yachts, THE CREWS and the DESTINATIONS that he or she is offering and someone you feel comfortable with. This is not a question of who can get you a couple of bucks more off the charter rate. This is YOUR VACATION. Most good brokers will be happy to work with you and try and get the best prices. After all we want you to come back to us the next time around. Make sure your broker belongs to one of the recognized professional charter organizations like CYBA, AYCA, MYBA, FYBA . These associations have very strict rules and are very demanding in their membership requirements. Look for the association logo on the brokers website.
Now, here’s my 30 second commercial: if you are looking for a family or corporate charter this summer, call us at (877) 759-8263 or contact us on this handy form.