4 Things You Should Know When Renting Out a Yacht
This is it! You have decided to spend some big bucks for an experience of a lifetime by renting out a yacht. There are only a few vacation ideas that are more classy and memorable as a yacht charter trip. The bottom line, it’s an incredible experience.
However, many charter clients get too excited that they tend to overlook the other aspects of the trip. While it’s true that luxury rentals accommodate you all through the way, some things that should be done on your end.
Here are some things that you should know to get the most out of your yachting trip.
1. Plan Your Itinerary
Before stepping onboard your luxury yacht, you need to work with the broker and captain to plan the itinerary. When it’s a single-day charter, your options are generally fewer and depend on the type of charter that you prefer. Are you looking for a quiet family trip? Or perhaps a fun celebration with your friends?
For a multi-day charter, you can plan the specifics of the itinerary before the trip. This gives the captain and crew enough time to make the necessary arrangements like procurement of supplies, restaurant reservations, and onshore excursions.
2. Preference Sheet
Your broker will ask you to fill in the preference sheet for the charter. Basically, it’s a form that specifies the needs of all the guests. The sheet includes information like medical details, food and beverage preferences, preferred activities, and many others. When filling out the preference sheet, make sure that the needs of all the guests are accounted for.
3. Mind the Yacht Charter Rules
Each yacht charter is unique with its own crew, water toys, and vessel rules. The charter rules are something that you can’t afford to overlook. Remember, you are only renting the vessel and you need to respect the crew and most especially, the rules.
There are certain rules that are consistent within the yachting industry such as the “Barefoot” rule, no bringing of red wine, not using hardshell luggage, and many others. If you are unclear about the rules, it’s best to ask your broker or the captain.
It’s also worth mentioning that you should respect the local laws of your charter destination.
4. Tipping Policy
One of the most common questions that yacht guests have is about tipping. How much should you tip the yacht charter crew? How do you leave a tip for a private charter?
According to the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA), the general tipping rule of thumb is between 10 to 15 percent of the weekly charter fee, not counting the running expenses and taxes. For tipping, it’s customary to put the entirety of the tip in an envelope that is given to the crew during the last day of the charter.
When tipping, it’s best to leave it to the captain to decide who gets how much. The crew works as a team, so they should be rewarded as a team.
Ready for the Vacation of a Lifetime?
These guidelines should help you make the most out of your upcoming luxury yacht charter. With these out of the way, you’re on your way to a yachting trip that you won’t forget anytime soon.