Yacht charter FAQ

YACHT CHARTER BASICS
How can I organize a sailing holidays?+

Organizing a sailing holiday can be a challenging task. Especially when there are multiple people involved, all with different needs.
Here are several steps that can help you:
– choose your crew
– define the holiday budget
– find the right destination and season
– find the suitable boat

In which countries and destinations can I charter a yacht?+

We offer charter yachts in all sailing and cruising areas worldwide.

What are the different charter types?+

The main types of yacht charter are:
– bareboat charter,
– skippered charter,
– crewed charter.
You will find more details about different types of charter on the page
Charter Guide

Which facilities are on board?+

All modern boats have at least one toilet, one or more showers, fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator, gas oven etc.

What should I take on board?+

First and foremost – keep in mind that storage space on a sailing vessel is usually limited and not conducive to hard-sided suitcases. Please bring soft sided luggage as hard sided luggage can damage the glossy varnished woodwork and floors. It’s a good idea to chose bags with wheels or bags which have a collapsible trolley for ease of transport. Just remember – pack light!
More about – on the page What to bring?

Do I need to hire a professional skipper?+

You do not have to hire a professional skipper if you have all necessary licenses  and sailing experience, except in cases where the vessel is rented exclusively with a crew. But if you still want a skipper we will gladly recommend one.

Should I Use a Charter Broker?+

The first thing to know is that the cost is the same, as the Charter company (not you) pays the broker’s commission. A knowledgeable broker has experience, industry insights and can help you to choose a right destination and to find the suitable yacht.

Can I book a boat online on your website?+

Yes, it is possible. All you have to do to find available offers is select the date and destination and the number of guests and cabins required. Based on this information, the available offers are displayed. Now all you have to do is analyze them according to your expectations. If you have questions – please contact us. Our consultants will help you with the additional information, and also support you with all formalities.

BOOKING PROCEDURE
Which sailing licenses do I need for bareboat charter? +

To charter a yacht without a professional akipper, driving licenses need to meet the requirements of the respective national rules in the charterer’s country of origin. For charter customers from Germany this is the “Sportbootführerschein See”. In the international area, the licenses of the British “Royal Yacht Association” (RYA) are also recognized. However, the “Day Skipper” license is not sufficient in Greece and Spain. In Greece, a co-skipper with a valid license or proof of experience must also be on board.
In Croatia and Germany, a radio certificate must also be presented.
For transfer trips and larger yachts, charter companies often ask for a “Sailing Resumee” as additional evidence of experience. Most charter companies only rent catamarans> 50 feet with a skipper.
Houseboats usually do not require a license – with a few exceptions in Germany. However, there are always changes there. We will be happy to inform you about the current status on request.

Can I reserve a yacht without obligation?+

If you need a couple days to discuss the charter offer with your crew, we can made for you a non-binding reservation for this time.

I found the boat I would like to charter. What are my next steps?+

After you selected the boat and confirmed the booking, ask the charter company / boat owner to provide us with all necessary charter documents and forward them to you.

Do I need to sign the contract?+

The charter contract regulates all rights and obligations of the charter company and charterer respectively. You need to read all charter conditions very attentively and to sign the contract.

Is Next Charter my contractual partner? +

The charter contract is concluded between you and the charter company as a boat owner. We, as a charter agency, act as an intermediary between you and the charter company.

What and when are payments due for my yacht booking?+

To confirm the charter, in most cases you need to pay 50% of the charter price withinn 1 week after the receiving and signing of charter contract. The final payment is due at latest 4 weeks before charter begin. Some charter companies offer other payment terms (40%/60%, 30%/70%) or spilitting of the payment in three rates.
Payments for extra services (final cleaning, bed linen, outboard etc) are usually made at check-in at the charter base.

What is included in the charter price?+

It depends on the charter company and the type of the charter.
Usually charter price includes the use of the yacht and her equipmant, support and duties of the base personal, local taxes, mooring fee at home marina, liability insurance and hull insurance of the yacht.

Other expenses (such as final cleaning, bed linen and towels, outboard, WIFI, transit log, skipper costs etc) can be included in the charter price, or need to be paid extra – they are always listed in the boat / offer descriprion.

For some types of charter (crewed, all inclusive) the price included also the costs of skipper, hostes and cook, as well of food and drinks, water sports, and fuel costs.

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