How to Charter

The first step in chartering a yacht is to engage your imagination. Where in the world would you like to go? Who would you like to bring along? How long would you like to spend? What activities do you like to do? The next step is to contact the yacht charter experts at BMA Yachts. The charter team at BMA Yachts has the ability to make your dreams a reality. BMA Yachts will walk you through the process step by step taking into consideration your interests, your time frame, the needs of your party and your budget. A charter is perfect for celebrating one of life’s milestones, for exploring a new corner of the world or for simply getting away from it all. Contact BMA Yachts for personal answers to all of your charter questions.

Frequently asked questions:

A yacht charter holiday is a unique and unforgettable experience. Your time on board is customized based on your preferences and desires. Explore, play, entertain, relax…the possibilities are endless!

We appreciate the opportunity to assist with your charter and hope you find the following information helpful in answering some of the most commonly asked questions regarding yacht charter.

What are the steps to booking a charter?

We will conduct a worldwide search of available yachts and send you options based on your individual specifications (such as dates, location, size, style, toys, etc.). Once the specific yacht is agreed upon, we will prepare a contract which is an agreement between the charterer and the owner of the vessel. Upon contract signing, a deposit equal to 50% of the charter fee will be due to secure the booking. The charter fee balance and APA, plus (if applicable) any taxes, delivery fees or security deposits will be due one month prior to the charter start date.

What does the charter rate include?

The charter rate includes the charter of the yacht, cleaning materials and basic consumables; stores for the cabins, galley, deck and engine room; laundry for the boat’s linens; crew wages and food; insurance of the crew for employer’s liability and insurance of the yacht for marine and insurance of the yacht for marine risk and third party claims.

What is APA?

APA is the Advanced Provisioning Allowance and represents the operating expenses that you will incur during your stay on board. The expenses will include food and beverages; fuel for the yacht, tenders and water toys; berthing fees; customs charges; harbor and pilot fees; shore-side water and electricity (when applicable); communication charges; agent fees and other miscellaneous charges. The APA is usually equivalent to 30-35% of the charter fee. This takes into account the average consumption of food, fuel, etc. The APA is your money and the captain will keep track of all expenses with receipts. Upon the charter completion, the captain will provide a final, itemized statement of all expenses showing if a refund is due to the charterer or further cash payments are due to the yacht.

What taxes will be due?

In most cases, for a charter yacht to operate legally, it has to be registered as a commercial vessel. As a result, no tax is applicable on the charter fee. However, in some countries, a specific local or government tax may be due on the charter fee.

 

In most cases, for a charter yacht to operate legally, it has to be registered as a commercial vessel. As a result, no tax is applicable on the charter fee. However, in some countries, a specific local or government tax may be due on the charter fee.

In most cases, for a charter yacht to operate legally, it has to be registered as a commercial vessel. As a result, no tax is applicable on the charter fee. However, in some countries, a specific local or government tax may be due on the charter fee.

What delivery and/or redelivery fees will be due?

A chosen cruising itinerary embarking or disembarking at a point other than the yacht’s home port may incur delivery or redelivery fees based on fuel consumption. You will be advised of these fees in advance and they will be due along with the APA one month prior to the charter start date.

Is a gratuity due to the crew?

While customary, the crew’s gratuity is at your discretion. We would suggest an amount of 10%–20% of the charter fee (to be split equally between the crew).

How is the itinerary planned?

We will discuss your particular requirements for the charter and then liaise directly with the captain to plan an itinerary tailored specifically for you and your charter party. 

How will the chef know our likes and dislikes?

Having your own personal chef is certainly the highlight of many charters. Prior to your charter, we will ask you to complete a preference sheet. The information provided should take into consideration all members of the charter party. This will note your culinary preferences or any special dietary requirements, as well as your preferred beverages, newspapers, flowers or other special requests. This sheet also requests details on any medical requirements or allergies. The more detailed you are with the information, the better the crew will be able to plan for your requirements before you step on board.

Do we need a visa?

It is your responsibility to ensure that all guests hold current valid visas for all countries that will be visited during the charter.

How should we arrive to board the yacht?

We recommend you choose an embarkation port within a reasonable distance from the nearest airport. A crew member will gladly meet you at the airport and escort you to the yacht or other transportation can be arranged, should you require.

Are pets allowed?

No pets are allowed unless previously agreed with the owner.

Will there be fresh flowers on board?

Generally, there will be fresh flower arrangements on the yacht when you embark, courtesy of the owner. Please indicate on the preference sheet should you wish fresh flowers be provided throughout your charter. This will be at your expense and deducted from the APA.

Are laundry services provided?

It is common practice on most yachts for small quantities of personal laundry to be carried out by the yacht’s crew as a service. This can be politely discussed with the chief steward/stewardess.

Is smoking allowed on board?

Smoking is usually not allowed inside the yacht. Many yachts allow smoking on designated areas on deck.

Is scuba diving offered?

Not all yachts have scuba diving available as a guest facility. It may be possible to make arrangements with a local shore based company. They will bring all the necessary equipment and take you and your guests on a specific diving trip (subject to local law restrictions).

Are personal watercraft allowed?

In most cruising destinations, use of personal watercraft, such as wave runners and jet skis, is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations. Certain countries forbid the use of personal watercraft in their waters. A Water Toys Indemnification form is often required to be signed by all adult guests.

Please let us know should you have any other questions not addressed here.