1. Finding the right yacht.
The real task of a professional yacht broker is to figure out which yacht suits best for your needs. It needs a huge knowledge of the international charter business, empathy and intuition and last but not least a professional method.
In order to help you finding your dream yacht, we will ask you a list of things that will help us to find a quick and satisfying solution for you. Before your reservation you should figure out the following points:
2. The booking procedure.
Once we figured out the right yacht for you, we can proceed with the booking. Usually a short option (maximum 1 week) is given on the yacht of your choice in order to get all the paperwork done.
It mainly consists in paying a deposit in order to block the yacht and in signing the charter contract with the yacht owner company.
Usually owners ask for a
- 50 % of the charter rate at the moment of the booking, and
- 50 % of the charter rate one month before charter begin,
even though, depending on the yacht owner company, it can slightly vary (from a 30 % to a 70 % approximately).
The charter contract will be signed by two parties: the charterer and the yacht owner.
Yacht brokers sign as witnesses of the agreement only.
Some yacht owners have their own charter contract and other of them use the most common charter agreements of the Mediterranean Sea.
Just to name some of them:
- MYBA Charter Agreement (the official contract of the “Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association”)
- ISYBA Charter Contract (the official contract of the “Italian Ship and Yacht Broker Association”)
- AINUD (the bareboat charter agreement of the “Associazione Italiana Noleggio Unità da Diporto”)
We mainly distinguish two crewed charter formulas:
- West Mediterranean Terms: In the Western Mediterranean (Italy, France, Spain) usually the charter rate doesn’t include other than the yacht charter fee and the crew. All the extra costs, such as fuel for the engine and dinghy, food, moorings, local taxes, entrance to National parks, additional services etc. are not included.
One month before charter begin the client will pay, together with the second part of the charter fee, a so called “Advanced Provisioning Allowance” (“APA”), that usually varies from 25 – 35 % that will cover the first expenses on board.
At the end of the charter all invoices will be delivered to the charterer and he will be refunded for the difference or integrate the sum directly with the captain.
- East Mediterranean Terms: In the Eastern Mediterranean (Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Montenegro,…) the charter rate already includes the fuel for 3 – 4 navigation hours per day and usually there will be different food options (half or full board) with a fix price per person to be paid in advance or directly on board of the vessel.
Crew gratuities are never included in the charter rate and are a common use on board of a skippered or crewed charter yacht. Usually a 5 – 15 % of the charter rate, depending on your personal satisfaction, is appropriate.
3. Getting ready for your cruise
After the booking we have a lot of time to organize your cruise at its best.
We will gather all the documents we need from you, send you a food provisioning list or, for crewed charters, the more detailed preference list for your life on board, organize required additional services such as transfers or similar and, if requested, prepare a draft itinerary for you and give you all the further information that you may need.
Once you arrived at the charter base you will meet the base manager or be welcomed directly by the crew.
You will be introduced to your vessel and its features so that you can get comfortable on board. Check-in and check-out times are usually the following ones.
- Check-In: Saturday at 5.00 – 7.00 pm
- Return to the charter base: Friday evening
- Check-Out: Saturday at 8.00 – 10.00 am
- Check-In: 12.00 pm, any day of the week that had been previously agreed (in EMT usually charters start and end on Saturdays)
- Check-Out: 12.00 pm, on Saturdays or on the day chosen by the charterer
5. During the cruise.
The base manager and/or the yacht crew will be your contact persons for any assistance you may need at the base or during your cruise.
Before the check-in day you will receive all the contact numbers you will need.
Of course our Bluebird Yachting team will be in contact with you and make sure everything is proceeding accordingly to the charter contract. We will be available anytime for you for any inconvience.