How to Charter a Yacht
All your charter vacation questions answered
Planning your perfect yacht charter
Whether it’s your first charter and you’re not sure where to start, or you want to ensure that your next charter is the best it can be, we can help. Here are some tips to creating the yachting vacation of your dreams…
Work with a pro
Your FGI charter broker will help you every step of the way, from finding the right yacht to suit your needs to crafting a dream itinerary, and making sure the yacht is stocked with everything you need, from the amenities on your wish list to your favorite culinary delights.
Some things to consider:
How many people do you want to travel with and is this a trip for friends, family or both?
Knowing this will help determine the size of the yacht you charter and how much space you want onboard. If you’re splitting the costs with another couple, look for a yacht that has two master staterooms or a lush VIP cabin so no one feels slighted. If it’s a family affair, your broker will find a yacht that has a crew who is renown for keeping kids entertained.
Where do you want to go and what do you want to do?
The world is your oyster when it comes to yacht charter, with yachts to be found in destinations around the world. Are you looking for a relaxed Caribbean vacation or hoping to tick off an off-the-beaten-track bucket-list destination? And how active do you want to be once you get there? Knowing your preferences will help your broker and the yacht’s captain create the ideal itinerary for you.
What kind of on-board experience do you crave?
Do you want a crew who is friendly and casual? Or do you prefer to be doted on with limited interaction and white glove service? Let your broker know so they can find the style of yacht to suit your needs.
What type of amenities are you looking for?
Today’s charter yachts have everything from submarines to cinemas and swimming pools. What type of amenities strike your fancy? Do you need an elevator for easy accessibility? Do you want to be able to land a helicopter on the deck? Also, remember that some yachts without these bigger amenities will still pack in fun with a stock of cool water toys.
Tips to make your charter vacation the best it can be:
If you are hoping to attend a popular event, like the Monaco Grand Prix or St. Barths Bucket Regatta, book ahead of time to ensure your yacht can get a dock that is front and center to the action.
Bring home comforts
If you’re traveling with the family, consider bringing your own nanny so the kids feel comfortable even far from home. Likewise, you might want to use an extra staff cabin to bring your own assistant, personal trainer or any member of your team that you need.
Try something new
Your broker has seen and experienced many of the yachts and destinations in the fleet in person, so they are the well-suited to advise you on yachts and locations you might not have considered. They can suggest the best up-and-coming charter yacht cruising grounds or yachts that have been recently refitted and shine like new, yet are less expensive than a brand new yacht.
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