Most charter rates we provide are based on the same terms. The yacht will be provided to the charterer in full commission, with all necessary equipment and properly insured for charter.
Operating expenses are usually the responsibility of the charterer and can include: fuel, local taxes, harbour fees, any necessary customs clearance fees, water, electricity as well as the cost of any provisions consumed.
Occasionally, a yacht may offer a variation on the standard terms. Our agents will always provide the full details of any charter terms that vary from the norm when presenting a charter opportunity.
We will always provide a base charter rate with any proposed charter on top of which you’ll usually have a few obligatory extras to consider. These usually include:
Comfort packs & cleaning fees,
Any crew fees associated with the charter,
Local tourist taxes
& Refunded security Deposits.
Most of the time you’ll only need to pay the charter rate ahead of the holiday and obligatory extras will be taken at check-in. Though crew fees are occasionally an exception to this rule!
The charter rate is usually separated into instalments. The size of which will vary from one operator to the next but a 50:50 split is most common. The customer paying 50% at the time of reservation and then the remaining 50% coming due a month ahead of the charter start.
After a bit of time reviewing options you’ll settle on a yacht and want to proceed in securing the holiday. Let our agent know which boat you’re interested in and they’ll place an option on the charter. The option is a temporary reservation that holds the yacht for you for a short period (usually around 5 days.)
Once the option is in place our agent will provide you with a contract, a copy of our terms and a copy of the operators terms (assuming that you’re not booking a charter on the Solis fleet.) Its important that you review these documents paying particular attention to things like the payment structure & cancellation terms.
Provided you’re happy with the contract and terms you can sign and return these documents and our agent will reserve the charter for you. You’ll usually then have a few days to send the first payment over to our accounts. On signing the contract you’ve agreed to the charter and your yacht will be secured.
The most commonly used method is bank transfer in Euro, seeing as this avoids any fees. We can also accept transfers in GBP or USD but we will apply a conversion fee that’s usually around 2%.
Transfers can take a few days to enter our accounts. We will always look to inform you of our receipt as soon as we see your payment has arrived.
You can also pay using a credit card via the third party payment platform ‘Stripe.’ We will need to apply a transaction charge of 2-3% in these instances.
If you are making a booking with us for a charter that’s not on our own fleet then rest assured that we don’t bank your payment or sit on it for any period of time. The funds will be forwarded to your charter operator as soon as possible.
Yes, VAT (Value Added Tax) is usually charged on the Charter Fee. Exact rates can vary according to the place of embarkation and the chosen itinerary.
In most circumstances VAT will be included in the charter rate. If you’re booking a yacht where it isn’t our agents will make it very clear in the charter proposal and all subsequent documentation that you receive.