If you are considering chartering a yacht, then you are already thinking outside the box. The fact that private charters fall outside the normal parameters of vacationing does not mean that there is a lack of options, though. On the contrary, there is an infinite combination of yachts to charter and itineraries to choose, which means the task of narrowing it down can be quite daunting. The best way to sensibly tackle this is to seek the help of an independent broker. You will want to engage a broker who is a good fit for your personality, who maintains high, unbiased standards, and who presents you with a manageable amount of choices.
The client/broker relationship is paramount because you want to be comfortable with him as a person as well as confident in his advice. Since the price point of chartering specific yachts is relatively fixed, your concern is to focus on the broker's personality and to find one who represents the overall aim of your trip. Feel free to call a couple brokers before settling on the one who is the best match for you. Here are a couple considerations: Is the broker anticipating my questions before I've even asked them? Is the broker capable of filtering my options so that he isn't missing the elements I'm most interested in?
Once a suitable broker is chosen, there are a number of benefits that come with the territory. First of all, the independent broker will give you an unbiased view. This isn't your neighborhood restaurant where the hostess merely seats you with the next available server; a yacht broker's only concern is customer satisfaction. The broker's entire reputation is staked on positive client experience. The broker is interested in setting the customer up with the perfect itinerary and is not worried about whether the captain or owner would have chosen this route. Best of all, the broker is free! Yacht owners and management companies pay the broker's fee.