FAQ2020-09-16T00:06:30+00:00

YACHT CHARTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you’re chartering for the first time, knowing a few of the conventions will help you prepare for your trip and make sure you get the most out of it.

WILL IT COST MORE TO USE A CHARTER BROKER2020-09-15T23:27:56+00:00

Charter brokers are professionals whose primary role is to find the right yacht and crew. They research yachts, crew and will negotiate on your behalf with the owners or operators. This service does not increase the price, in fact in some cases brokers get improved terms because of their relationships and volume of business.

Charter brokers will also hold your hand through the entire charter process, from sourcing the yacht, choosing your menus and designing the itinerary.

YACHT ETIQUETTE & SMALL REMINDERS2020-09-15T23:27:36+00:00
  • Most yachts will ask you to remove your shoes for the charter so please be prepared with those pedicures and advise your broker ahead of time if you need to wear shoes.
  • The painted surfaces are incredible delicate and very expensive to repair, please be conscious of watches and bulky jewellery that might scratch the surfaces
  • The carpets and flooring are also very delicate, so you may be asked not to carry your drinks inside.
  • Most wharves have a 15 minute boarding window, so please ensure your group arrives ahead of time for prompt boarding
WHERE CAN I CHARTER A YACHT?2020-09-15T23:27:08+00:00

In Australia we offer yacht charter down the Eastern Coast, however the more popular locations are Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef and Melbourne.

If you fancy something further afield we can organise a yacht charter for you virtually anywhere in the world.

WHAT IF IT’S BAD WEATHER2020-09-15T23:26:52+00:00

The one thing we can’t control is the weather. The Captain will determine if it’s safe to take the yacht out and if so it’s full steam ahead. The yachts have plenty of room inside and undercover if there happens to be any wet weather, and the champagne continues to flow.

WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION TERMS?2020-09-15T23:26:38+00:00

DEPOSIT
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm charter.

FINAL PAYMENT
The balance of the charter fee is to be received as cleared funds no later than 14 days prior to the charter date

CANCELLATION
If the charter is cancelled in writing more than 30 days prior to the charter date, a full refund of monies received will be issued less a 25% deposit.

If the charter is cancelled within 30 days of the charter date 100% cancellation fee will apply

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO SECURE MY CHOSEN YACHT?2020-09-15T23:26:08+00:00

Once availability for your chosen yacht has been confirmed, we will send our confirmation, a standard Charter Agreement, for you to sign and deposit invoice.

CAN WE BRING ON DECORATIONS/DJ AND AV EQUIPMENT?2020-09-15T23:25:54+00:00

We’re happy for you to theme your event and bring a DJ. Chat to us about each yachts policy on this.

CAN WE BRING OUR OWN WAITRESSES?2020-09-15T23:25:40+00:00

All our crew are trained and certified in Responsible Service of Alcohol, they have been inducted into the yachts safety management system and covered by insurance. Let us know if you do want to bring your own service staff and we’ll direct you to the most relevant yacht.

IS SMOKING ALLOWED ON BOARD?2020-09-15T23:25:26+00:00

Most yacht won’t allow smoking. Some yachts will allow smoking on the back swimming platform only when the yacht is at anchor and you’re safe.

DO YOU OFFER TICKETED CHARTERS?2020-09-15T23:25:13+00:00

We like to charter the entire yacht to you and your group for a completely private event.

WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS DO YOU OFFER?2020-09-15T23:24:59+00:00

We create unforgettable experiences, here’s a few ideas:

CORPORATE CHARTERS

  • Conferences
  • Networking Events
  • Product Launches
  • Incentives
  • Team Building
  • Christmas Parties

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Christmas Parties
  • Anniversary
  • Private Dining
  • Family Getaway
  • Private Charter

CALENDAR EVENTS

  • Australian Open Tennis
  • Australia Day
  • Chinese New Year
  • Hamilton Island Race Week
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • Sydney to Hobart Race

EXPERIENCES

  • Yacht Golf
  • Water Slide
  • Whisky Den
  • Cocktail Masterclass
  • Champagne Tower
  • Whale Watching
  • Live Food Stations
  • Sydney Fish Markets tours
CAN WE GO SWIMMING?2020-09-15T23:24:39+00:00

Of course, how can you be on the water and not get in the water? However, your safety is our primary concern, so we need to make sure it’s before too much drinking. For larger groups you will need to employ a lifeguard to watch over your group on the day.

WHICH WHARVES CAN WE BOARD FROM?2020-09-15T23:24:24+00:00

Because each of our charters are completely customised, we can pick up and drop off at any available public wharf that best suits you. Keep in mind most public wharves have a 15 minute boarding window, so we need to be organised on the day!

DO THE YACHTS PROVIDE CATERING?2020-09-15T23:24:12+00:00

We pride ourselves on working with yacht who offer the finest food options on the water. We usually offer 3 types of dining options:

  1. Canape finger food – for larger groups
  2. Seated buffet/shared dining – for more casual affair
  3. Plated dining – for the more formal occasions

Whilst each yacht offer menus to choose from, we can also design something unique for your specific tastes, like or event theme.

CAN WE BYO BEVERAGES?2020-09-15T23:23:50+00:00

Most yachts are licensed venues, so don’t permit BYO beverages.

WILL THE YACHT PROVIDE BEVERAGES?2020-09-15T23:23:02+00:00

Most yachts offer continual service beverage packages on a per person per hour basis. This usually consists of great quality champagne, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. For smaller groups or with less focus on beverages, the yachts will charge on consumption.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE CHARTER RATE?2020-09-15T23:22:35+00:00

As each yacht charter is customised to your guest numbers, food and beverage preferences, the charter will be charged additionally for catering choices, beverages, service staff and wharf fees

WHAT DOES THE CHARTER RATE INCLUDE?2020-09-15T23:22:20+00:00

The charter rate includes the full charter of the yacht, the Captain and crew and for day charters the fuel use is included at cruise speed.

IS THERE MINIMUM CHARTER PERIOD?2020-09-15T23:22:03+00:00

Each yacht has a different charter period, depending on the seasons. Most commonly this is 3 hours in winter and 4 hours in summer.

Some yachts offer a shorter transfer rate, so it’s best to check with us on your preferred yacht.

IS THERE A MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM GUEST CAPACITY?2020-09-15T23:21:46+00:00

The charter rate is for exclusive use of the entire yacht, regardless of whether you have the minimum or maximum guest numbers.

Each yacht has a different maximum guest capacity, this is a safety directive from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

IS IT A BOAT, A YACHT OR A SUPERYACHT?2020-09-15T23:20:56+00:00

Great question as traditionally a yacht meant a mast and sail. These days a superyacht is any luxury vessel, motor or sail, over 24m / 80ft in length.

So now we call any luxury vessel a yacht or superyacht.

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