Planning a sailing vacation is always very exciting, but could be also a very challenging task. In order to make it easier for you, the team of has created a comprehensive guide to the basics of yacht charter equipment. Most yacht charters include a number of amenities to help you feel right at home. Let`s take a closer look at what to expect.


Bareboat yacht charter


For a bareboat yacht charter, the base price is for the yacht only. This means that all food and drink, water sports equipment, fuel costs, dockage, and taxes must be paid separately. Bear in mind that the number of people attending makes a huge difference in the type of boat you need and the overall cost - the larger the yacht, the higher the price. Usually, sheets are always provided and every cabin has towels included. Wondering what you need to prepare before stepping on board? Galley supplies are a must: salt, sugar, coffee and tea, basic spices, tea towels, dish sponge and detergent, and garbage bags.


Included in yacht charter



Skippered/Crewed yacht charter


If you simply want to relax and enjoy the best choice for you is the crewed yacht charter. The professional skipper will take the pressure off and is to guarantee the perfect sail trim for a stress-free experience out at sea for the guests. This option not only includes a certified skipper who is to choose the best routes to suit your requirements, but also an assigned crew to take care of the daily yacht maintenance. 


All-inclusive yacht charters 


All-inclusive yacht charters typically include not only the accommodation, but also freshly prepared food and beverages, fuel consumption, and equipment for sports and recreation activities such as diving, snorkeling, or fishing. A fully crewed yacht charter is a luxurious experience - the crew is to include a hostess and/or a professional cook to prepare the meals during the trip - included in the price. This is the option that gives you the unique opportunity to personalize your sailing holiday.



Luxury yacht charter


If you decide to treat yourself and rent a crewed superyacht or megayacht for your unique dream vacation, you can definitely expect a whole new world of experiences! When it comes to a luxury yacht charter, your charter fee will cover the hire of the yacht, the yacht's insurance, and the first-class services of the crew, tailored cuisine by a private chef. It is to be an all-inclusive experience accompanied by a swimming pool or a SPA, Wi-Fi, Netflix, massages, and unique impressions of the exotic destinations you explore.



What else can you expect to pay? 


Traditionally when you rent a yacht you have to pay a refundable security deposit upon arrival at the base. The security deposit is the amount with which you are liable in case of any damage that is the consequence of mishandling the boat - generally, it can be made in cash or credit card (AMEX, Visa, or Mastercard). The amount of security deposit is the maximum amount with which you can be charged for any damages. Everything that exceeds that amount the charter company will cover from the insurance company. There is also a mandatory cleaning fee, which is applied mostly to bareboat charters. 


Value Added Tax (VAT)


Usually, the charterer is to be responsible for paying local taxes or a Value Added Tax (VAT). Those range significantly by destination:


  • BVI – Tax: between $6 and $16 per person per day, depending on the flag of the boat
  • Croatia – VAT: 13%
  • The Bahamas – Tax: 4% plus 10% VAT
  • France – VAT: 20%
  • Greece – VAT: 12%
  • Italy – VAT: 22%
  • Montenegro – No VAT
  • Spain– VAT: 21%
  • Turkey – No VAT