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Bareboat Yacht Charter FAQ
01. Can YST Yachting advise me on choosing the right yacht for my holiday? I do not know what type of yacht to look for.
YST Yachting Hostess or Hosts will usually offer breakfast and lunches onboard the yacht whilst moored at sea allowing you to relax and not worry about all the cooking whilst onboard. They will also provision the yacht for breakfast and lunch, lay the tables, wash the dishes and keep general cleanliness of the saloon / galley and toilet areas. Hosts / Hostesses are subject to availability at time of booking.
Bare boat charter yachts are usually offered for a minimum of 7 day, especially in the high season for catamarans and sailing yachts flexibility is not given. However YST Yachting is able to provide several charter destinations without a minimum charter period of 7 days. Especially out of season the exception proves the rule and we will find a solution accommodating you on a yacht for less than 7 days. Please note a surcharge on the daily rate applies and the minimum are still 3 days.
Of course, if a 3 day charter is not available in the requested destination or charter period you are free to check-in later or check-out respectively earlier, however the full week price or minimum charter rate applies. It is important to inform the YST Yachting team in advance should you arrive or leave on another day than Saturday so we can ensure you are able to embark or disembark the yacht at your required times
Once availability and pricing has been confirmed, YST Yachting send you a standardized charter agreement used for the charter destination you wish to book your charter. This charter contract will include all details such as yacht details, charter period, embarkation and disembarkation port, as well as pricing with the payment terms. We will ask you to sign the contract sending a scanned copy back to us. Your charter period will be on hold for you for up to 6 days until the deposit hits our accounts. After that YST Yachting will confirm the receipt of payment and send you a confirmation and fix the booking.
Yes – contact our YST Yachting team for more information as a one way fee usually applies and sometimes the standard check-in or check-out times change in order to allow us time for delivery or re-delivery of the yacht. The yacht generally requires to be back in the home port by 6pm the following Friday after boarding.
Check-in of a yacht is usually in the late afternoon between 17:00h / 18:00h. The check-out time is the following Saturday at 08:00 or 09:00 in the morning however the yacht MUST be moored in its home port the Friday night before by 17:00 after a refuelling has been carried out. Most bases do request a return of the yacht on the evening before check-out morning which will be specified in the charter contract accordingly.
We need the time in between two charters in order to clean and prepare the yachts ensuring you a fully maintained and impeccable yacht. It happens very often that the check-in can be arranged earlier than specified in the contract, but due to we are obligated by the contract times guaranteeing the latest check-in times, such different times cannot be confirmed by YST Yachting in advance neither predicted.
Should you have unfavourable flight details or arriving times, most marinas have baggage drop locations and towns you can enjoy nearby the marinas.
Most of the charters are confirmed by wire transfer in Sterling (GBP), Euros (€), Dollars ($); YST Yachting do however accept credit card payments for several charter destinations. In order to confirm a charter, a 50% deposit of the charter fee is due upon the signature of the charter agreement, and the remaining 50% balance 6 weeks before charter commencement. Failure to make payment within this timescale will forfeit the original deposit.
No, absolutely not. YST Yachting is a reliable and professional charter company and you can be sure that we do not have any small prints on our contracts or any kind of hidden costs. The charter agreement will clearly specify what is included and which the running costs of a yacht to be covered by the charterer are.
Of course, all sailing destinations require a valid and appropriate sailing license by the according Maritime Laws. Please contact us if you are not sure if your sailing license is accepted in the charter destination you are travelling to. Yacht Sail Training Offer professional RYA Instructor lead courses if you wish to take one prior to charter. See the following link: RYA Practical Courses
Yes, we offer so called bare boat yacht charter plus professional sailing crew. For your peace of mind it is often more relaxing to book a professional skipper/captain knowing the sailing area like the back of there hand, a hostess or an additional chef. Whatever your needs, YST Yachting can arrange a professional sailing team for your week onboard who will meet your wishes. If the space on board allows it you can have 1-2-3 crew members at the same time.
Of course, yes. Skippers and hostesses provided by YST Yachting are approved professionals respecting your privacy during the charter at any time. Sailing catamarans and many sailing yachts offer separate crew cabins in the front bow with own entrance from deck and toilets. Please contact us for further details.
Yes we can happily offer tailor made charter experiences. This is everything from the food you eat to the itinerary you take during the week. Bespoke services mean you are important; you decide where the cruise goes to, how much distance you wish to cover, what you wish to eat on board. YST Yachting will listen to your requirements and together with the crew will work to meet your needs. It is your charter and your very own unforgettable sailing experience YST Yachting will take care that everything is just the way you wish to spend your holiday on board.
Even it is a very rare scenario it happens that guests have to cancel their charters for whatsoever reasons. The cancellation policy varies from yacht type and charter destination, but in general we recommend our guests to take out a cancellation insurance to protect themselves and any paid deposits against unforeseen reasons. The cancellation policy is mentioned in the charter agreements.
Usually pets are not allowed on board of charter yachts. Occasionally we are able to allow pets however this is always a per booking scenario and will incur a surcharge for extra cleaning will apply and a separate refundable security deposit may be requested. Please mention this when booking as this can’t be changed at a later date.
Of course, with almost all charter bases you can rent a Wi-Fi internet modem. Some bases do even offer them for free so you can stay in touch with family and friends sending them pictures sharing your experiences via a flat rate internet connection and 3G or 4G speeds. Please note internet in remote areas may be a little slower than on land.
Just look forward to your holiday! Additional to that a few weeks before charter commencement you will receive all boarding and base information with all useful and comprehensive information you may need for a smooth handover of yacht. This will be the right time to reserve any airport transfers from the airport/hotel to the marina, inform the crew about your preferences should you have booked a yacht plus crew, share any crew details, base manager details and base info.
In order to save you time with the administrative issues at the check-in YST Yachting may ask you to fill out a crew list in advance before charter commencement. This is solely to save time at boarding.
22. How do charter brokers get paid – could I get the boat cheaper if I went directly to the boat owner or operator?
As an agent, the boat owner or their agent pays us a commission out of the charter fee for finding the customer and taking care of all questions, paperwork, and payments. Our prices are the same or lower than the prices that the charter operator offers to the general public, and normally they will not reduce these prices for individuals. So, the price that we propose to you is normally the best price you’ll receive. If you are looking for a discount, ask us and we’ll see what we can do – we have a lot more leverage with the owners than an individual would because we do a lot of charters with them and know each operator on a first name basis. We also encompass all parts of the organisation of the charter and protect your interests, meaning that you’re in safe hands!
Industry standard for crew tipping is 5% to 15% of the total charter amount and this is normally done before you leave the boat on the last day. We normally recommend 10% in the Mediterranean, and 10% to 15% in the Caribbean. If there are multiple crew members – just give the tip to the skipper / captain and he’ll allocate it to the crew for you. Otherwise, it can create disharmony amongst the crew. Please however note: Tipping is not compulsory but it does show your gratitude for their service throughout your weeks holiday.
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