Frequently asked questions
We have presented you with our most frequently asked questions.
How much does it cost to charter a yacht?
The price of a yacht, whether sailing or motor, will depend on certain criteria such as the length, number of cabins, age of construction, shipbuilder and the offered location. For example, an 83ft yacht built in 2007, accommodating 8 guests in 4 cabins costs €40,000 per week plus expenses.
What is the minimum length of charter?
Published charter rates are usually quoted per week for the hire of the yacht. Seven days is generally the minimum charter period accepted by most yachts, although charters can be for any duration under or over seven days. Please be precise with the length of your charter at the enquiry stage.
The “WHAT IFs”… (What if the weather is bad? What if I change my mind? What if I get seasick? What if I have a complaint...).
As a first time Charterer, you may have many questions. It is our role as brokers to answer these questions to the best of our abilities for you.
What is the best time of year to charter a yacht?
Winter in the Southern Hemisphere runs from early December to the end of April. The most popular destinations in Winter are the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the Maldives, Central America, French Polynesia and Southeast Asia. Summer in the Northern Hemisphere runs from the end of April to the end of October. The most popular destinations in Summer are the Mediterranean, New England in the USA and Northern Europe.
What is included within the published charter price?
The charter price (published price) includes the hire of the yacht together with its crew, crew food and the yacht’s insurance. This price also includes the Broker’s commission.
What are the extra costs to take into consideration?
All operational expenses are extra and to the Charterer’s account, such as fuel, port fees, food and beverages, personal laundry, local taxes, customs formalities, charges for water, electricity, the ship’s agency fees etc. Generally speaking, we estimate these costs in the region of 30% of the weekly charter price, although this could vary depending upon the type of cuisine you select, your choice of yacht and the extent of cruising undertaken.
Therefore, a 30% Advance Provisioning Allowance, (or A.P.A.) will be required at least 4 weeks prior to embarkation (together with the balance payment) for the crew to fully provision the yacht according to your requests. A fully itemised set of accounts with supporting receipts will be provided at the end of the charter and any outstanding amount leftover will be returned to you. VAT (Value Added Tax) is charged on the agreed charter price in territorial waters. Rates vary according to the place of embarkation and the chosen itinerary. Your Broker will be able to advise you on the latest tax situation for any country you wish to visit.
Relocation fees (or delivery / redelivery fees) can be charged should you wish to start a charter in a port that is distant from the yacht’s home port (within reasonable distance). It is industry standard to charge fuel consumption only (not the time) to relocate a yacht. These are often negotiated should your enquiry fit within the yacht’s cruising schedule or take the yacht closer to its following bookings.
A security deposit is customary during event charters such as the MIPIM, Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. It is very rare to pay a security deposit for a standard yacht charter.
Can I specify the food and wine that will be served onboard?
In preparation for your arrival, a Charter Information Sheet will be sent for you to give as much detail as you can to the crew in order for them to prepare for your arrival. This includes; a list of the passengers, the dietary requirements, soft drinks list, alcohol list, onshore activities, preferred newspapers, etc.
Can I smoke onboard the yacht?
For safety reasons, smoking in cabins and staterooms is prohibited on all yachts. Some yachts will allow smoking in designated outdoor areas.
Am I permitted to use the yacht’s toys and scuba equipment?
In certain countries a Certificate of Competency is required to participate in water sports activities (jet skis, wave runners and other mechanically propelled watercraft). If members of your party do not have the required licence/certificates we can arrange for an instructor to come on board during the charter to issue a certificate. Certain areas prohibit the use of motorised water toys altogether. Use of a personal watercraft is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations. Any liability arising from non-compliance is entirely at the operator’s risk. If the yacht has scuba equipment onboard, it may only be used by divers holding a certified PADI license or equivalent.
Can I choose the crew?
All commercially registered yachts above 60ft come fully crewed.
Can we bring our dog on the yacht?
Some yachts allow pets, but this will depend on the yacht and its Owner. If this is an important point for you, we will ensure to find yachts that are pet-friendly.
The charter process in 11 simple steps
We have simplified the charter process for you so you know exactly what to do and what to expect.
1. INITIAL ENQUIRY & CRITERIA
What type of yacht? (Sailing, Motor or Catamaran)
Where do you want to go?
When? Do you have specific dates or are you flexible?
What is your budget?
How many people are in your party? (couples, children, elderly?)
2. SELECTING YOUR OPTIONS
With access to over 3000 crewed yachts worldwide we would now scan the market to find the most suitable yachts that meet your criteria.
3. NEGOTIATION & AGREED PRICE
Once you’ve made your choice, we will reconfirm availability and agree on the final price with the Owner of the yacht.
Once we have agreed all terms for the rental as well as the final price, we then proceed to contract to secure the yacht for your holiday.
5. SIGNATURES AND DEPOSIT
In order to secure your preferred yacht, a fully executed contract and deposit need to be put in place.
6. CURATING YOUR YACHTING HOLIDAY
At Sophia Tutino Yachting we leave no stone unturned, going the extra mile to curate the most bespoke yachting experience for you.
We will send you a preference sheet to complete which will provide us with your general information. This includes travel arrangements, specific requirements, charter activities, food and drink preferences and any message you may have for the crew to better prepare for your arrival.
Your bespoke itinerary:
Together with the yacht captain, we will be creating a personalised itinerary suited to your liking. We will also suggest some of the best restaurants and activities onshore, as well as the best hidden gems your chosen location has to offer.
One week prior to embarking on your yacht, we will send you all the necessary information to help you pack as well as a recap of some of the amenities you will find onboard. This document will also include the ground transportation to and from the yacht and any emergency contacts you may require.
7. BALANCE OF PAYMENT
Your balance of payment is due 4 weeks prior to boarding. We will remind you of this at the time.
8. IT’S TIME TO EMBARK ON YOUR YACHT
Your ultimate holiday starts here! This is when you will meet the crew who will be taking care of you throughout your charter.
9. KEEPING IN TOUCH
During your charter, we will check in with you and the crew to make sure everything onboard is meeting your expectations. We will also assist you with any queries, bookings.
10. ACCOUNTS CONSOLIDATION
Throughout your charter, the captain will keep track of all your operational expenses and receipts. A day or two prior to your disembarkation, the captain will show you the accounts breakdown, and discuss whether there are any outstanding balances due or if money is owed back to you.
We would arrange any ground transportation to take you to the airport or your next destination.