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Yacht Charter Checklist

When securing your charter reservation, the yacht owner or representative will send you a charter contract together with a a checklist. Please make sure when confirming your booking that you make final arrangements with the boat. Below is general guide of what you should take to prepare yourself for a charter.

Checklist when packing for your Yacht Charter Holiday:

  • Your passport and any visas required and always put a photocopy of your passport in a different place, in case the original is lost.
  • The Charter Agreement or Boat Papers.
  • Your wallets/purses, leaving out the credit card you will not be using.
  • Remember to take all your medication you might need and if you get seasickness get the medication for that as well.
  • Do not forget to take enough cash or Travelers Checks to pay for deposits, provisioning, tips, etc. in the local currency.
  • Pack your Camera in a waterproof bag.
  • Two pairs of soft boat shoes are recommendation.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun Cream and Sun Block for Skin and Lips.
  • Hats.
  • Binoculars.
  • Guidebooks.
  • Novels, books to read.

Since storage is very limited on board certain yachts especially sailing boats, it is recommended to pack light, soft fabric or duffle bags will be better instead of suitcases. Also, avoid bringing with you heavy clothes. Light T-shirts, casual trousers and some warm pull-over for the cool nights should be enough. A water resistant jacket could be very useful while sailing in rough weather.

Do not bring valuable items such us golden necklaces, watches, earrings etc. In case that you will finally decide to have such things with you, remember to check if you have everything before you leave the yacht.

If you have chartered a crewed yacht:

On a crewed yacht, the crew looks after all the aspects of your trip. When you sign the charter agreement, you will be sent a checklist to list your preferred food and drinks. You can also make any special requests to the owner or the owners representative, if you have any. On a crewed all you have to do is enjoy your holiday while the crew looks after all the details. If you have chartered a bareboat, ensure that you have the following packed as well:

  • You will need to enquire for the papers needed in the country you are chartering.
  • Motor or Sailing Competence Certificate.
  • Any other boat training certificates that you may have.
  • Copies of contracts from boats you have chartered previously. This gives the Operators confidence in your abilities of handling the boat.
  • VHF radio license if you have one; however this is not normally required.

Things to do before leaving:

  • Before leaving, please leave provide contact details and itinerary to at least one neighbor and family member.
  • Check if you need to have any vaccinations depending on the country you will be visiting.
  • Book any flight or hotel rooms that you might need after disembarking.
  • You can also read up on the region you will be visiting to plan you itineraries and things to do. Google is very helpful for this!

When departing from the Marina for Bareboat charters:

  • Notify your Base Operator of your planned itinerary.
  • Make sure you have all the Charts required for your trip and others in case you decide to change your plans.
  • Check the personal navigation equipment, such as a portable GPS plotter is working properly.
  • Verify the radio and make sure you know the relevant frequencies.
  • Ensure that all passengers know the rules of the boat and emergency procedures.
  • Also make sure that the Safety equipment such as Life Jackets, Flares, Fire Extinguishers, First Aid Kit is in place.
  • Make certain that you have sufficient money in the right currencies to pay for provisioning along the way.

When disembarking the Yacht:

  • Remember to take all your personal belongings with you, especially if you had brought valuable items with you.
  • Check with the marina as to who is in charge of cleaning up; however, tidy the boat to show you have respect for it.
  • If you have any complaints about the boat or if anything needs fixing, photograph them and report them to the Base Operator. Do not wait until you return home!
  • Remove all food.
  • You can also tip the Captain and Crew (if you have them), provided you have been satisfied with their service.

Arriving Home

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