WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…
There is an inevitable difference between the charter rates quoted on the yacht description and the final invoice. Don’t worry, it is justified. Yet it’s better to know why.
Let’s start with the charter rate that appears on the websites : it is usually quoted per week and before taxes, since the VAT differs between countries. In France for instance, there are two different rates. Thus, charter fees are only a base, with a low and a high season rates (July and August or during major events such as the Cannes Film Festival). It does not include :
• Fuel. A demanding customer will want to know the consumption per hour or miles to keep a fairly accurate accounting during the cruise and be sure to pay the right price. Note that the fuel for tenders and toys, quite derisory, must also be taken into account.
• Berthing fees or potential (but rare) harbour charges.
• Food and beverages expenses made by crew members for the customers.
According to an old saying, the captain is the only master on board. We will qualify this. If he definitely guarantees the safety of the passengers, the crew members and the boat, he remains in the service of the client. He advises the latter on the possible itineraries according to the requested sailing time and the weather. There can’t be any unnecessary risks. Over 25 metres, the crew often includes a chef (ask to be sure). If not, the captain or a crew member will be in charge of the galley. Be aware that if the client decides to require a last-minute specific member (a nanny or a steward), the charter broker is allowed to apply a cabin supplement if, however, there is still a vacant cabin.
As for the jurisdiction, note that while the boat remains in territorial waters, she will depend on this country’s law, the laws of the flag state will apply only when sailing in the international waters,. Naturally, the owner has to subscribe an all-risks insurance for charter use.
• Beforehand, the customer will be asked for an A.P.A (advance provisioning allowance), usually between 20 and 30% of the charter fee, which are advances for future expenses, plus sometimes for a deposit required by the insurance.
• Obvious for a yachting regular but not for newcomers : no matter the yacht, there is an inevitable hierarchy of cabins, whose surface usually considerably vary, from 15 m2 for a twin to 25 m2 for the master. It will be less evident on yachts over 50 metre, at least for all the cabins except the master.