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How many guests? 12 maximum?

This is a maritime rule that can surprise new charterers. It's one where basically unless the yacht is specifically built for, registered, and insured appropriately, no more than 12 guests are allowed on board at any time regardless of size. It would be common that you would expect that the bigger the boat, the more people you could have.

This applies even for very large Megayachts that have accomodations for more than 12 guests when the owner is using it themselves; when on charter that same yacht will be restricted to 12 guests.

It's also common that smaller yachts which can accommodate, for example 8 guests sleeping aboard, that they also are restricted to that same number when cruising. Of course here are yachts that can accommodate more than 12 guests but the inventory of these yachts is extremely small.

Can I really choose from every yacht? just from one broker?

The world of fully crewed yacht charters is small and unique. We are pleased to say that we do have access to all the fully crewed charter yachts available worldwide and can be a "one stop shop" for our clients saving them time and confusion when deciding between many yachts. The yacht selection online is smaller than the complete inventory available to our brokers.

Clients often understandably think that we only represent the boats shown on our site so they search different sites and inquire with each one on 'their boats'. We only show a sample of charter yachts on our site and most proposals include yachts not shown online.

As much about the crew

While much time is spent with clients choosing the yacht, we often spend as much time talking about the crew. Simply put, it’s important to have a good and knowledgeable crew. They can make or break the charter.

Our specialists will listen to you and when they suggest various yachts they have often factored in the crew in those suggestions. For example, a great yacht with a crew that doesn't work well with children would not be a good choice for a family vacation. Conversely an ideal crew for the needs of a particular client vs a yacht with less than ideal yacht amenities wise can often dictate the ideal choice of yacht.

The crew can be like having a personal concierge with you the whole time. And once you step on the boat, you don't have to worry about a thing.

It’s more complicated to book, but we make it easy.

Boats are not like hotels or resorts where clients can easily book dates and rates. There are many factors involved mainly that each yacht has an individual owner who ultimately decides when it is available for charter and the rate for given dates. The owner signs each and every charter booking.

Owners also need notice for charter because unlike a hotel room or villa, if there are no bookings the yacht is not necessarily therefore available for charter. For example, If they don't have any charters booked the crew may take the opportunity to take a vacation, or they'll do maintenance on the yacht, or the owner might decide at the last minute to use it . That's why a lot of boats are not available for last minute bookings. Our specialists confirm real availability for each proposal to clients.

The rates for yacht charters can be confusing.

We often spend time explaining the charges involved in chartering a yacht. Explaining such questions as; is a yacht 'Plus Expenses' vs. 'Inclusive'. We take care to explain the differences and provide a detailed description of the two.

The total cost for a charter guest includes budgeting for a crew gratuity, this is something that we discuss with clients and suggest ranges etc. There is such a wide range in prices and what factors affect the pricing (no. of staterooms, year of boat, size, owner's prerogative). Our goal remains to make sure our clients stay excited about their charter vacation while we take care of and explain all the details.

Cruise ships go farther and faster. - Ok, six common questions!

These charter boats are not like cruise ships who travel large distances and at night. We have to explain how a yacht will base in certain destinations and that it's best to fly to the destination and cruise in that area. And that cruising all day in open ocean, for example between Florida and the Bahamas is not necessarily fun. Most yachts do not cruise at night because simply your crew needs to sleep too.

Of course the huge advantage of charter yachts is that the yacht is not on a fixed agenda like a cruise ship, it moves when you want and goes where you want. It’s almost the perfect customized vacation.


The Four Charter Yacht Types

Mega Yachts

Mega yachts charter in all popular regions worldwide. Generally viewed as being over 101 feet in length, these magnificent yachts are each unique with extensive and diverse amenities onboard. Their capabilities based on their size and number of crew are also very diverse and we are constantly surprised by what the crews can deliver for charter guests. Opt for high-end luxuries, modern style, classic style, or sleek design. Continue Reading

Motor Yachts

Generally thought of as motor yachts less than 100 feet, also known as power yachts, these yachts will deliver custom vacations in luxury and service for smaller groups or budgets. Motor yachts are popular for charter vacations in all the popular cruising destinations worldwide, including the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Bahamas. Smaller size typically means greater choices, there simply are greater numbers of these yachts available! Continue Reading

Catamarans

Catamarans have two hulls which gives a different type and size of space for guests relative to their length. Catamaran charters provide exceptional charter vacations, particularly in the Caribbean where there is the greatest selection. Catamarans have decks large enough to accommodate families or groups of friends with their ample "outdoor space". Continue Reading

Sailing Yachts

Sailboats hail back to the original vessels that travelled and explored the world by sea long before there were motors and propellers! They all now have small motors to power them when the wind is not favorable, but they are still considered the most traditional vacation afloat. Many of our clients choose sailing yachts because they are an inherently upscale, yet provide an intimate vacation on the water. Continue Reading

Custom Charters Are Our Specialty

It takes much coordination to match client to yacht to destination, but we are experts and do the utmost to sync all three of these elements to create the perfect vacation. We manage to do this by understanding clients' needs, answering their questions, and then applying that information to our vast database of available yachts. The advice on our end is free to you; our guidance in choosing the right yacht and itinerary pays dividends when you have a successful trip! Whether you want to explore the Caribbean, Mediterranean, or anywhere else, we are the one and only company you need.

So, What Is the Best Way to Choose a Charter Yacht?

The simple answer, especially for clients who are unfamiliar with the types of yachts and their different attributes, is to seek the advice of a proven and experienced charter specialist. Of course, we'd like to tell you that you have already found the company to help you and we are waiting for your call!. Check out our reviews to see what we mean .

Ready for Some Personal Help Choosing a Yacht?

We are ready to help! Our specialists attend charter shows in popular cruising grounds to become familiar with charter yachts and how to choose a yacht, have been to the popular destinations, and have access to every fully crewed yacht available for charters there.

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