How vital is the right broker
for your private vacation?
It is vital to select the right broker when planning your yacht
charter vacation. Charter yacht brokers represent you at no cost
to you; it is the owner of the yacht you select who pays their commission.
A good broker is unbiased, even
when owners offer them higher commission.
An excellent yacht broker will never compromise your yacht charter
vacation by recommending a yacht that is not of the highest standard.
Ensure that your yacht broker has years of experience in the yacht
charter industry, normally 10-15 years and above. These are the
brokers who offer private yacht vacations as their sole profession.
Ask your broker, “is this your sole source of livelihood?”.
Brokers who operate on a part time basis or have very little years
of experience usually do not possess the knowledge to ensure that
you you get the best possible adventure.
A good broker can provide the
best week of the month and year and explain the reasons why.
While you may not be in a position to go on a yacht vacation on
these dates because of the children’s vacation from schools
or other obligations, the seed and the wisdom is shared with you
for all future vacations.
Professional yacht charter brokers board all the charter yachts
worldwide, usually in the four major yacht destinations, Bahamas,
Caribbean, French Riviera and Greece. These are the brokers who
are acquainted with the crews and all the different qualities of
each yacht. While a broker may not be able to visit every single
yacht, all brokers will have access to all the yachts worldwide.
Charter guests need to make
smart decisions, so it is the brokers responsibility to educate
the guests with as much information about the yacht and crew as
well as the locations so all the possibilities are there for the
guests to make the right decisions.
There are 3 different types of crafts to select from Sailing
yachts (mono-hulls), catamarans and power
yachts. All are fully crewed.
Make sure you have the best
broker to work with. Not all brokers are the same.
Generally all yachts were manufactured for independent owners.
They were not designed for the charter industry and yet many do
fit different niches. Unless you are looking at a luxury catamaran
charter it would be rare to find a power yacht with equal queen
All power yachts, no matter what
size, were manufactured for a specific owner who gave his request
to the manufacturer, generally here are what those instructions
Owners normal specify the following:
I want a king sized full width master cabin for my wife and I. The
VIP cabin and the guest cabins need to be 2 queen sized beds all
with their own facilities. Then give me one cabin which has 2 single
beds either for the 2 children or for body guards.
Sailing yachts have reasonably the same factors controlling their
manufacture, but like power yachts there are exceptions.
The catamaran era has been born
and their acceleration through the sailing world is far more electric
than anyone could have imagined. Today catamarans have opened our
small 7% industry in North America to a larger 70% industry which
is blossoming before all of us. The reason is 3 fold; catamarans
do not heel over when sailing, this is the worlds most stable craft
at anchor and under sail. The space inside is three times that of
any vessel with the same length, this applies to the deck as well.
This enormous space now allows for total comfort and here comes
those large queen sized cabins for all guests. Some catamarans have
4 equal king sized cabins, others have 1 king and 4 queens and 2
of those queens can usually convert to single cabins if needed.
Catamarans now provide the best of all worlds. Smart design has
made all this possible. Below is an example of a charter catamaran
we feel is the world’s most luxurious catamaran, no leather
interior, but Ostrich skin with soft cream furniture and everything
related to luxury: www.yachtingbase.com/yachts/kingsransom/index.html
Catamaran King's Ransom is designed for 10 guests in 5 cabins
and is the only catamaran currently with walk-around beds. Walk-around
beds are exactly what we get when we are in hotels, you can walk
around your bed except for the headboard side. This is rare in our
industry unless you are looking at 120 foot or larger luxury power
All catamaran cabins, with some exceptions, would generally be 3
or 4 equal queen sized cabins, very few catamarans have cabins with
The age of a good charter yacht
normally does not matter, whether it is brand new or about 10 years
old. Your yacht charter owner knows that they have to keep their
yacht in tip top condition or they may lose a potential charter.
Therefore linens, carpets, upholstery and general maintenance are
vital for these owners. The yacht charter brokers inspect these
yachts on an annual basis, so brokers will not place their guests
with a yacht that is not up to standard.
Talk to your knowledgeable yacht charter broker, he or she would
have vital knowledge of the location you desire.
Know that your yacht charter rental starts right here.
Captain Andrew Reginald Buys.
President Barrington-Hall Yacht Corporation
Professional charter broker 15 years. ( 1995 to Present)
Our sole livelihood is selling one week yacht charters.
Professional yacht charter captain 5 years. (1990-1995)
Covers all major charter destinations in the world.
Present staff 5 senior members.