Planning the Perfect Yacht Charter – Why Use a Charter Broker?
Whether you are a seasoned charterer or booking your first yachting holiday, an experienced charter broker ensures that all your needs are met to the highest standard.
For years, professional brokers have been an important part of the yachting industry. But as the yacht charter process becomes ever-more digital, the introduction of some online yachting companies has led some people to ask, “Do I really need a broker?”
While a good online experience is certainly beneficial as a first step, no app or website can provide the same level of service and knowledge that a broker can.
Whether you are a seasoned charterer or booking your first yachting holiday, an experienced charter broker ensures that the process goes as smoothly as possible and all your needs are met to the highest standard.
Chartering a Yacht
A memorable charter experience relies first and foremost on two things – finding the perfect yacht and the most suitable crew for each client. More than just looking for a certain type, length or style of yacht, your dedicated charter broker will have access to the widest range of yachts on the market and know the details of them personally. From family friendly crew to the best layout for entertaining, your broker will be able to pinpoint a yacht that is tailored to your charter experience – something that no number of search filters or online criteria can do. A charter broker will also have up to date knowledge of availability, a vast network of useful contacts and will work to negotiate the best possible charter rate for you.
More than just a yacht broker, your dedicated charter consultant will also have extensive knowledge of the region in which you want to charter - and the suitability of the yacht for those waters - and will liaise with the yacht’s Captain to help plan the ultimate itinerary. Yacht charter is an end-to-end experience, and your charter consultant can help with everything from compiling a list of your onboard preferences, to sourcing a private jet or car. In the unlikely event that something does go wrong during your charter experience, your broker will be ready to assist 24/7.
On the other side of the charter transaction sits an experienced charter manager. When an Owner decides to offer their yacht for charter, enlisting the help of a charter manager will ensure that they get the maximum return. Whether you want your yacht to be fully booked, or just want to fit in a few select charters around your own yachting plans, a charter manager will market the yacht and manage its schedule accordingly. A knowledgeable charter manager will also advise on charter contracts, fiscal representation, corporate structure, tax implications and a myriad of other important details on the Owner’s behalf. Should any issues arise during a charter, they will be on hand to liaise with all parties involved.
The benefits of using a yacht charter broker or charter manager are extensive; at the end of the day, our team are working for you to ensure that your yachting experience exceeds expectations. For more information about our all of Ocean Independence’s charter services, please contact us.