Yacht chartering is the ultimate form of vacationing. You live in luxurious comfort being pampered by a five star crew. You, as the “Charterer”, in essence, become the “Owner” of the yacht for the period of the yacht charter. You determine the yacht’s itinerary, within the constraints of the law and safety as controlled by the Captain. You fix the menu with the assistance of your culinary trained Chef.
There are over 2000 privately owned charter yachts in the world wide charter market. These yachts have the latest in marine technology, particularly in the area of communication and navigation. You will have access to the World Wide Web via satellite and will be able to connect to any on line service you use at home. Investigating the luxury yacht charter market is done through dedicated yacht charter brokers who have access to the fleet via personal contacts, charter yacht data bases, and visiting charter yacht boat shows. These brokers are members of international professional associations, such as Charter Yacht Broker Association (CYBA), Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA), Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA), etc. who establish professional credentials and industry practices.
To charter a yacht you must answer five questions: How many guests will be staying on board? When do you want to go? What type of yacht do you wish to charter, power or sail? Where do you want to go? What is your budget? The last question is critical as to finding the perfect yacht that meets your economic parameters. The yacht’s charter rate is only one element of the cost of chartering. Expenses can be as much as 50% increase over the charter rate for such items as fuel, food, beverage, port fees, taxes, and crew gratuity. There are yachts that fit budgets of $10,000 to $1,000,000 for a week’s charter. Contact a reliable charter broker to book your ultimate vacation of a lifetime.