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The different types of contracts used for fully crewed yachts

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Contracts Used To Book Yachts

Luxury yacht charters are reserved by use of a yacht charter contract. Once you have decided to plan and book a luxury yacht vacation at some point you will need to sign a yacht charter contract in order to book the yacht.

The Contracts - Between You And The Owner.

Your charter contract will be between you, the charterer, and the yacht's owner. The yacht's manager/representative will determine which type of contract is the correct one to be used based on your destinations, the yacht's certification in the country where it is registered, including if the yacht is certified as a private or commercial vessel, and other factors. Our specialist will prepare the charter contract for all parties to sign.

Types Of Charter Contracts Used.

There are a number of standard contracts used within the crewed yacht charter industry on a regular basis.
The common types of contract are:

The MYBA charter contract, which was developed by the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association. This is probably the most used contract in the industry.

AYCA charter contracts, developed by the American Yacht Charter Association. There are two types of AYCA contracts; 'Uninspected' and the 'Bareboat/Services' which is a pair of agreements.

Caribbean term contracts, developed by the Charter Yacht Brokers Association.

What Is Covered By The Charter Contracts?

Regardless of what type of contract is used, each of them detail everything regarding the yacht, delivery, dates, prices, crew, number of guests, cancellation polices, safety, payment schedules, the responsibilities of the owner, charterer and captain, breakdowns, insurances, and many other details. They all have been developed and amended over many years to cover as many eventualities as possible.

Each of the charter contracts is a number of pages long and they are quite detailed. At first glance they can appear very complicated and daunting. Our specialists have used them all over many years and are very familiar with each of them, and are happy to discuss your questions and their understanding of the terms of each from a client's perspective.

These charter contracts are often for yachts which are worth millions of dollars and we advise all clients to be sure to read them carefully and to ask our specialists any questions that come to mind. While our role is to represent you, our client, we are not legal professionals, therefore we do recommend if you have concerns regarding any specific condition in the contract that you also consult your legal professional. We are of course happy to discuss the charter with them also.

Overall, the charter contracts are there to cover all eventualities and for each point within them, work to pre define for both the charterer and the yacht owner an agreed resolution should any unforeseen event occur.

Have Questions?

Our knowledge, experience and advice are available to you at no additional cost on your charter. We welcome your questions and hope you feel free to just ask away. We are available to discuss in more detail and share a sample blank charter contract with you at any time.

We specialize in one thing and one thing only - private crewed charters worldwide, and we have been doing this for a long time with many satisfied clients.

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