Frequently Asked Questions
What does Standard Inclusions mean? Unless otherwise specified-Standard All-Inclusive Charters include the following:
Light daily housekeeping
- Breakfast, lunch, canapés/afternoon tea, dinner and snacks
- Standard well bar: vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, triple sec, mixers, local beers, table wine and water/coffee/tea and soft drinks
- Stereo with MP3/iPhone connection with indoor/outdoor speakers; 3G/4G Wi-Fi access point
- Snorkeling equipment, fishing gear, kayaks, dingy tender with outboard motors
- Water toys such as floating islands, and air mattresses
- Separate bathroom and living quarters for crew
- Reputable and licensed crew who have local knowledge of waters and are able to adjust menus based on guest's preferences and dietary restrictions
- Operating expenses include: air conditioning, fuel, water, mooring fees, sailing permits, local taxes and crew wages
What Is Not Included in Standard All-Inclusive Charters:
- Gratuity for crew. Gratuity is at guest discretion and is typically between 15-20%
- Meals and beverages at restaurants and bars
- Rendezvous diving, ASA sailing certification courses and any other offshore excursions
- Premium wines and spirits
What is Half Board?
Half-board generally includes all standard inclusions but half the meals. For a 7 night charter this typically includes: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Another meal option which is gaining popularity is Local Fare. Local Fare includes: All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners. Half board and Local Fare are available for some yachts. We will discuss in further detail if this is a good option for you.
What is NOT included in charter rates?
Unless otherwise stated, gratuity, meals/beverages consumed onshore and premium wines/spirits are not included.
What does it cost to have a charter broker?
It costs you-(the traveler) nothing. Our fees are preset and-negotiated with owners of the boats and the management companies. Set up similar to a real estate brokerage-we work for the client-YOU and have access to a variety of boats that we tour annually. We get paid direct from these companies. Sometimes additional services that are requested from the traveler have a service charge. These fees will be highlighted and noted prior to booking and include: Excursions outside of the charter itself and daycare coordinating.
I have heard it is cheaper to book an owner operated boat. Is this true?
While some owners operate as crew for their boats, this is not always the best option. By booking with a charter broker, you are ensuring that you are going to get a customized sailing vacation for you, and not feel you are simply a guest on someone else's boat. We work with reputable owner operators who provide the same level of service as other crewed yachts. These boats that are booked through brokers are toured and inspected to ensure the boats are operating as advertised.
Do I need trip insurance? How does it work?
While I typically recommend trip insurance for trips that are a dollar amount over $10,000, there are additional factors that I like to remind all clients of. Questions you should ask yourself.... Is this going to be a financial hardship if I need to cancel? Do I have friends or family with medical issues that could impact my trip plans? Am I prepared to lose my deposit (or full amount paid) if I need to cancel at the last minute? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, trip insurance might be something to consider. There are several options and packages available. We can send you several quotes so you can find the option that best suits your needs. Once a trip is booked, w can provide a free quote for you and can purchase this on your behalf. Once you have chosen your trip insurance package, you will receive a printable insurance card which you will take with you for your trip. Your coverage depends on the package you choose. Pricing varies depending on the package, the total trip of the cost as well as the age of the traveler and state they reside. At this time, trip insurance is only available to residents of the United States. We can provide some links and referrals for Canadian and UK citizens. Travel Tip: Many credit card companies offer trip insurance if you use their credit card to book a trip. We recommend you check with your credit card company to see if this is an option PRIOR to purchasing trip insurance.
What is the booking process?
Please visit our How To Book section of the What We Do page for booking process.