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Take the stress out of organising your own yacht charter


Looking to book a yacht charter? One of the first things you might consider is whether to use a charter broker or book it yourself. Doing it on your own may seem tempting, however chartering a yacht is not as simple as you might think and there are many reasons why harnessing the knowledge and expertise of a yacht charter broker could be one of the best decisions you make. 

In-depth knowledge of the market

Although you will no doubt know the type of yacht you want, what you can afford and the vacation experience you and your guests are looking for, charter brokers are industry experts and deal with yachts on a daily basis.

As such, they have in-depth knowledge of the vast majority of charter boats currently on the market, and understand which yacht would work best for different charter configurations and budgets.

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This knowledge comes from first-hand experience, having stepped on board countless yachts at boat shows and other yachting events. They may have even spent time onboard, getting to know the crew, sampling the cuisine and seeing first-hand the type of service the client will receive from the moment they step aboard, as well as seeing the quality and performance of the yacht itself. 

Let brokers do all the leg work

A yacht broker that has in-depth knowledge of the charter market is ideally placed to help you search for your perfect charter yacht. They will be able to match you with the best yacht tailored to your individual needs and those of your charter party.

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Whether you’re after a family-friendly yacht with plenty of toys, one with an array of wellness amenities, a wheelchair-friendly yacht or even one that boasts a world-class chef; whatever you want, a yacht charter broker can help you find it. 

Long-standing relationships with crew

Finding a yacht that comes with a great crew is key to the success of your vacation. Throughout their dealings with the various yachts available to rent, a charter broker will naturally get to know an array of highly-regarded Captains and crew and be able to offer recommendations based on their experience and skillset.

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Your Luxury Yacht Charter Crew
Your Luxury Yacht Charter Crew

Tailor-made itineraries

Based on your dates and preferences, charter brokers can help plan your dream getaway based on their expert knowledge of popular destinations around the world. They will devise an itinerary tailored to your needs and wishes, such as specific points of interest you wish to visit, meals ashore and any nights you wish to spend in marinas, as well as being on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the whole process.

Knowledge and expertise of the necessary legalities

The great thing about using a charter broker is that they are with you every step of the way, from finding your perfect yacht to dealing with the final accounts at the end.

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They will hold your hand throughout the entire process, including organising and understanding the important legal charter contracts to ensure that you are covered for every eventuality. 

Yacht Charter Contracts
Yacht Charter Contracts

Vital support if things go wrong

Most luxury yacht vacations go as planned, but in the rare case that there is a problem, your charter broker will be on hand to help you resolve any issues. 

They will act as an intermediary on your behalf to ensure that all parties involved find an amicable solution. Whether the problem occurs before, during or after your yacht vacation you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your charter broker will always act in your best interest.

The best part? It’s free!

All of these services are at no extra cost to you, as all commissions paid to brokers are included in the package — in other words, the yacht owner pays the broker’s fees. So, whether you decide to contact a broker or handle the charter yourself makes no difference to the price tag attached to it.

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Need more advice?

For more advice about brokers, please take a look at our article Finding a Yacht Charter Broker.

For any further information about booking or chartering a luxury yacht, please take a look at our comprehensive advice guides.

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