WHAT IS A YACHT CHARTER? »
This is probably the question I get asked the most. As a former captain who has worked on board cruise ships, superyachts and other types of commercial ships, I have travelled the world, sailing to some of the most picturesque and remote places, as well as the popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean and Indian Ocean.
I set up West Nautical in the UK five years ago, and from our office on the banks of the River Tyne, we have been delivering a personalised service to our clients, efficiently and discreetly.
So, what is a yacht charter? In a nutshell, it is a holiday on board a luxury yacht, on which a professional captain and crew, including a highly-experienced chef and stewardess team, ensure a truly luxurious experience aboard.
Your charter can be as relaxed or adrenaline-filled as you like.
Most yachts are equipped with watersports equipment, while some have a range of ‘toys’ including inflatable slides, jetskis and even submarines. For those who just want to relax, many vessels have a trained therapist as part of their regular crew, while some larger yachts offer full-service spa facilities.
Unlike a land-based holiday, a yacht charter is inherently flexible, where your five-star accommodation is also your transport.
An itinerary can be planned in advance, then changed as you wish.
The yacht, at your complete disposal, can go where you please. Realising this possibility is the first step to setting your imagination on fire with the idea of chartering a luxury yacht, and that’s where our team at West Nautical come in.
We offer a totally bespoke service for you and your family and can help create your perfect trip.
WHAT ARE CHARTER RATES? »
Yacht charter rates are quoted per week for the hire of the yacht.
Seven days is generally the minimum yacht charter period accepted by yachts, but some are avaliable for shorter breaks. Charters can be for any duration over seven days.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITHIN THE CHARTER RATE? »
The charter rate is based on the yacht being provided in full working order with all necessary equipment, properly insured for marine risks and managed by a professional crew.
Operating expenses are payable by the charterer and comprise (but are not restricted to) the following items: fuel for the yacht, tenders and motorised water toys, local taxes, pilotage, port, harbour and marina fees, customs clearance, water and electricity, personal laundry, all provisions, wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and consumables including satellite telecommunication, if any, for the charterer’s party.
IS VAT APPLICABLE ON THE CHARTER FEE? »
Due to European Union tax legislation, Value Added Tax applies on the gross charter fee for charters taking place within European Union waters.
The VAT varies from 5% to 22% and specific rules apply to different locations, depending on the country and its legal terms.
Don’t worry, West Nautical will guide you through this process!