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Yacht charter etiquette for first timers

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Chartering a luxury yacht is considered to be the ultimate holiday experience by many. The unparalleled service standard combined with the ability to discover some of the most beautiful locations in the world in total privacy makes it an experience that is totally unforgettable.

However, if you truly want to enjoy your yachting experience, then it’s worth brushing up on your yacht etiquette. Superyachts do tend to have a few rules, and respecting those rules will ensure that your time on board goes smoothly, so if you’re not aware of them, then you should try and become familiar.

So, to assist you in your learning, we’ve put together a list of the basic rules that you should abide by aboard your charter yacht.

  • Respect the crew

This might be the most important rule of them all. The crew do absolutely everything they can to make your experience as enjoyable as possible and have an incredibly difficult job. Therefore, in return, you should treat them with the respect that they deserve. In addition to this, you should try and stay away from their private quarters too, especially the kitchen. If you need a drink or a snack, most yachts will have mini refrigerators that are frequently checked and replenished by the staff.

  • Respect the bare foot rule

The teak decks on yachts can be very susceptible to damage from hard soled shoes, and therefore, most luxury vessels have a bare foot only policy. Some yachts may not have this rule, but even if they don’t, you should stick to a soft soled boat shoe as opposed to high heels or your favorite sneakers.

  • Notify the crew of any parties or events you plan on hosting well in advance

If you return to your yacht with a large number of unexpected guests in tow, don’t expect the yacht crew to be able to see to all of them. Only as much food and drink as is necessary is brought aboard, so if you want to avoid being unprepared, then notify the yacht crew in advance that you are planning on bringing some guests along one night, and they will plan accordingly.

  • Don’t expect complimentary childcare

If you are bringing small children with you, then you can’t expect the crew to look after them. The already have a lot of work on their hands making your experience perfect, so sparing them the work of looking after children would be much appreciated. Many yachts come with the option of adding a nanny to the crew, or the option to bring your own, so if that is a service that you require, then it’s worth inquiring about when you book the charter.

  • Leaving a gratuity

Tipping the crew at the end of your charter experience is standard practice aboard the majority of vessels. Typically, the recommended amount ranges between 10% and 20% of the charter fee.

If you have any other questions regarding yacht etiquette, then it’s best to take it up with your yacht broker. They will be able to assist you with anything that you might need to know leading up to your charter.

 

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