Charter FAQ

Since the 15th July 2013: in French territorial waters Value Added Tax (19.6% VAT) is charged on the Charter Fee of all commercial yacht.

Sunseeker Yacht Underway

Sunseeker Yacht Underway

Should I book my day charter months in advance ?
We recommend to book your day charter vacation 7-10 days in advance.

What time of the year is the best to charter in the Mediterranean ?
May to End September is the best time of year to charter in the Mediterranean and you will have the widest selection of yachts during this time. We suggest late spring (late April till the end of June) or autumn (September to mid October) as it is not to hot and you can get a better price if you avoid the high season.

What kind of agreement do you use ?
We usually use a MYBA (WMT) charter agreement. Whenever possible, we include an additional cancellation clause (bad weather).
MYBA is the acronym for Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association (WMT : Western Mediterranean Terms).

Are last-minute or discounted charters “second-class” charters ?
Absolutely not but most of the yacht Owners prefer to charter their yachts at a lower rate than having their multi-million dollar yachts sitting iddle at the dock without any charter…at the regular rate.

Can I celebrate a special occasion onboard ?
Absolutely, just inform us prior to booking so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you.

Do I need to carry my passport ?
Valid passports and entry visas (when required) must be carried by all members of the charter party. Many countries require passports to be valid for 6 months beyond your stay.

What’s included in the charter fee ?
Under the MYBA (WMT) The charter fee includes the charter of the yacht with all its equipment in working order, tools, stores, cleaning materials, basic consumable stores for engine-room, deck and cabins etc.; the crew’s wages, food; the insurance of the yacht for marine risk and third party claims and the crew for employer’s liability.

Can I choose my itinerary ?
Certainly and your itinerary will be tailored largely to your wishes. Both the charter broker and the captain will be able to help you as they have in-depth knowledge about the area whether at sea or ashore.

Do the crew need to be tipped ?
Although not mandatory, it is customary to leave a tip (gratuity) for the work of the crew at the end of a charter. We recommend a tip between 5% and 15% of the growth charter fee depending on how satisfied you are with the service.

Am I covered by the yacht insurance ?
The growth charter fee covers insurance of the yacht for marine risk and third party claims and the insurance of the crew for employer’s liability insurance. We recommend you take out Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance in addition to this to protect against unforeseen circumstances (bad weather, flight delay…) that might prevent or cut short your charter.

Dream beach near St-Tropez

Dream beach near St-Tropez

What do I need to bring with me ?
As this is a one day charter, you only need pack very little, and the less baggage you have the better. Shoes should be low-heeled for deck activities. Bring a few swimsuits (so you’ll always have a dry one) and formal wear if intending to visit anywhere that may have a strict dress code. Remember to bring any personal items such as passports and visas, and if any of your yachting party is prone to seasickness, over the counter medications or prescriptions may be a good idea.

Are children allowed on charters ?
Yes, most yachts we charter are child-friendly.
Please, check with us before yacht selection.

Are pets allowed on board ?
Yes, most yachts we day-charter are pet-friendly…as long as you have a chihuahua.
Please, check with us before yacht selection.

Is smoking permitted inside ?
No, smoking is not permitted inside most yachts, and is strictly forbidden in any cabins or staterooms.

How many guests are allowed on board ?
Please refer to the yacht description to know the maximum number of guests on board (ie while sailing).

How many extra guests are allowed on board ?
When docked, the only real restriction is the size of the yacht. Most yachts will stipulate only 10-12 passengers are allowed on board when sailing, due to International Marine regulations.

Is there a minimum for how long a day charter must last ?
Most yacht owner will not accept half day charter.

How challenging is it to book a berth in the most popular spot ?
During peak months it is harder than usual to book a berth in the most sought after Riviera ports (ie St Tropez). Some ports don’t accept bookings more than three days in advance.

Are qualifications needed to use the onboard water sports equipment ?
Most of the water equipment (wake board, water ski, donut, snorkeling gear…) can be freely used by guests, and the crew are always on hand to assist in operation if needed.

French regulation: personal water craft (PWC like waverunner, jet-ski…) are only allowed to operate in certain areas. PWC are not allowed to operate within 300 metres of the coastline (including the Lerins islands) and within National Refuge Areas. The PWC can only be used in daylight. The PWC can only be used in sight of the “Yacht” (except if you rent out a jet-ski from a local rental company). The PWC driver is required to hold a PW licence and must be 16 years old or over.
More information: check out our Riviera Escape Mobile app – Android - Iphone/Ipad

Scuba diving: rendez-vous diving only on the yacht we charter.

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