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Monitoring International Laws Keeps Yacht Charter Maven On Her Toes

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Digging Deeper

You would think Delivering The Superyacht Experience™ to boating clients would be pretty straightforward:  A client expresses interest in a yacht for a family vacation.  The charter broker presents several options.  The client makes a selection.

THIS IS NOT SO CLEAN

In reality, it’s not nearly so clean and to the point.  At least not for the handful of super-brokers who handle the world’s elite travelers.

 

JUST ASK JANA

Just ask luxury yacht charter maven Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters.

According to Sheeder, matching a yacht to the client’s budget is just the starting point.

“While our clients are most interested in a yacht’s layout, amenities, and price, we dig deeper – into the yacht’s registration, the nationalities of the crew, and any governmental regulations and laws that might impact the success of the charter and comfort and respect of our clients.”

 

photo of large red Maritime book on its side with a gavel lying on top

 

El Método Español

In addition, Sheeder mentions the rules affecting yachts for hire in Spanish waters.  “We’ve seen a significant increase in interest in Spain, particularly Balearic Islands yacht charter vacations,” says Sheeder.  “Many yachts based in the South of France and Monaco are willing to deliver to the Balearics to accept theses charters.  However, yachts not in possession of a Spanish charter license are at a significant disadvantage, and face restrictions as to where the charter can begin and end, and what nationalities are permitted in the crew.  Something as simple as bringing on a Spanish resident to offer therapeutic massages to the charter guests could be a problem if the yacht is not licensed for charter in Spain.”

 

OTHER ISSUES

Sheeder and her staff monitor other licensing and legality issues. For instance:

  • Local regulations regarding the charter guests’ use of watertoys. For example, waverunners
  • VAT implications of chartering in certain European Union countries.
  • Advance entry requirements prior to arrival in certain ports of call.

 

SHEEDER COMMENTS

“Not understating these regulations and laws can result in a negative experience for the charterer and  guests, and in some cases increase the overall cost of the charter by 10% or more – a significant sum considering many charters are priced in the €500,000 to €1,000,000 per week range.”                 

 

La Manière Française

Currently, Sheeder is monitoring the possible impact of French social security tax responsibilities on yacht crews.  In March 2017, a decree was passed to require crewmembers and their non-French employers (the yacht owners) to make contributions to ENIM – the French mariners’ social security agency. Any yachts and crews spending more than 90 consecutive days in France or French waters are subject to the tax.  The decree was suspended Sept 13, following a disastrous summer tourist season that saw France luxury yacht charter revenues plummet by 40%.

 

 

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?

Sheeder is waiting to see if the decree is actually overturned in 2018, or if it will come back in a modified form. “These increased costs associated with crew wages end up being are passed on to the charterer, in the form of higher rates for yacht rentals,” says Sheeder.    If the decree is reinstated, Sheeder plans to either offer her clients yachts with French crew, or to convince them to bypass French waters and charter elsewhere in the region.

 

Going The Extra Mile

Do affluent charter clients realize the level of detail involved in orchestrating a vacation on a superyacht?  Sheeder chuckles at the question: “Probably not, but that’s fine with us. It’s like an attorney getting your traffic ticket dismissed in court.  You don’t care how he or she does it –  as long as you don’t have to pay the ticket!  It’s a similar scenario for us – we obsess over the small details in order to deliver a memorable vacation experience to our clients.  A pat on the back is nice, but a satisfied charterer who becomes a repeat customer is even better!”

 

 

HOW DO I RENT A YACHT?

A luxury yacht charter is the ultimate vacation for today’s elite travelers.  Wired, connected, and driven by sustainability and the greater social good, they want to immerse themselves and participate in unique cultural events. 1-800 Yacht Charters understands that their chartered yacht must serve as a platform to an eco-friendly adventure – a chance to reconnect with family and friends, embrace diverse cultures, and rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit.  If this sounds like your next vacation, CONTACT our charter consultants at:  1.800.922.4824 (North America) or 305-253-7245 (local South Florida and international) today.

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Rules for Using Waverunners On Yacht Charter

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Photograph of 2 couples. Each couple is on a jetski. The jetskis are white with blue front panels. The jetskis are in motion, and they are kicking up a lot of water. Everyone is laughing and having a great time

WATERSPORTS FUN

Rules are inevitable. They are for your safety. Kayaks, skis, towable wakeboards, and bananas are great toys to have on a mega yacht charter.  The most requested aquasport equipment is the personal watercraft (PWC).  Jetskis and waverunners are fashionable on yachts for hire, particularly the newest yachts available for charter.

 

KNOW THE RULES FOR WATERCRAFT

Firstly, charter clients can end up frustrated and disappointed if they are not aware of the rules regarding the use of PWC’s in certain cruising grounds. Waverunners not allowed in certain protected bays and coves, some governments require the operator of the PWC to have a license – and please note: an automobile driver’s license is NOT sufficient.

Secondly, before you sign your rental yacht agreement, look for a very standard clause similar to this:

“Use of personal water craft is only permitted subject to the operator having the appropriate license and meeting with local operating regulations.  Any liability arising from noncompliance is entirely at the operator’s risk.”

Bottom line, just because your yacht carries waverunners onboard does not mean you can legally use them.

 

HOW TO GET A PWC LICENSE TO FOLLOW RULES

Thirdly, get a license!   One way to obtain a PWC license is via one of many online boating safety courses.  Courses may vary from state to state and from country to country.  Fortunately, many PWC licenses are recognized and accepted in major charter destinations like the Western Med.

 

ONLINE  SAFETY COURSES

Here are two well-known online safety courses –
  1. PWC Safety School
  2. Boat U.S. Foundation 

 

IN-PERSON TRAINING

For students who prefer hands-on training, there are many accredited boating safety training centers and schools around the world, such as:

  1. Guardian Marine (UK)
  2. Riviera Sea School (France)

 

 

FINALLY, YOU HAVE YOUR LICENSE, NOW WHAT?

Once you obtain your PWC license, be sure to discuss with your crew your desire to use the yacht’s personal watercraft.  You might be surprised to find your cruising ground does not permit the use of PWC’s – license or not!  

This is especially true in areas with sensitive eco systems.  British Virgin Islands yacht charters, for example, are not allowed to use PWC’s anywhere in the island chain.

In conclusion, knowing the rules for operating personal watercraft before your charter will help make your vacation safer and memorable for all the right reasons!  

 

LEARN THE RULES AND BOOK YOUR TRIP

From waverunners to mini submarines, click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ and let our experts help you select the perfect yacht with watertoys for you and your family.

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Smaller PWC Better Fit for Private Yacht Charter Vessels Under 100 feet?

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WAVERUNNER AND JETSKI SALES STATUS

Waverunners and jetskis, also known as personal water craft (PWC), have sale issues.  Their sales have been on the decline for several years.  This is in part because PWC have become so gigantic, powerful, expensive and fuel hungry.

 

WHY THE SALES CHALLENGE?

The price issue is of lesser concern to the owners of charter yachts.  However, the size and fuel consumption issues do factor.  The decision of whether or not a megayacht will carry one or more of these toys is important.  They are used onboard for the use of the charter guests.

A SMALLER VERSION

Now, a smaller version is available for superyachts. Not only are they smaller, bu they are lighter and far more fuel-efficient.  This might have an impact on smaller megayachts, particularly in the 80 to 100 foot range.

Sea-Doo Spark raspberry and silver jetski personal watercraft

 

THE SEADOO SPARK

Sea-Doo “Spark” is approximately half the price, half the weight and half the power of a regular midrange PWC, and burns nearly ten times less fuel than other waverunners.

Storage space is a major concern on yachts in the 80 to 100 foot range. The aft garage on a mid-size megayacht is rather tight – yet carrying an assortment of watertoys is important as many charterers clamor for water-based activities during their time onboard.  Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a Florida yacht charter vacation, in the warm, pristine Florida Keys, without spending time in the ocean, snorkeling, wakeboarding, and riding along on a waverunner.  The Spark is smaller and lighter than other PWC, and it is easier to get in and out of a cramped yacht’s toy garage.

SUSTAINABILITY

Many vessels forego carrying a large PWC, not just because of the size but also because the typical PWC guzzles LOTS of fuel, requiring the storage of large amounts of gasoline to operate the waverunners. This is both problematic and, for yacht owners and crews concerned about sustainability, an ecological issue.

 

FUEL-EFFICIENT

The Spark is the most fuel efficient PWC on the market, burning just 7.3 liters (1.9 gallons) of fuel per hour on the 60-horsepower model, or 9 liters (2.4 gallons) per hour on the “High Output” model. Compare this to a 250-horsepower Sea-Doo RXT-X model, which swallows 76 liters (20 gallons) per hour, and the Yamaha FX Cruiser requiring 80 liters (21 gallons) per hour.  Carrying a Spark on a charter yacht would require less gasoline to be stored, and leave a far smaller carbon footprint on the environment.

Yes, there is a trade off in top-end speed, but many charterers have little-to-no experience on a PWC, and high speed can be quite dangerous.  In fact, operating a large PWC often requires a special license.  Consider the typical language used on most charter agreements between clients and the owners of the yacht for hire.  There is often a clause that states:

“The use of any personal watercraft (waverunners) is at the operator’s sole risk and is only permitted subject to the operator having the applicable license, if required, and meeting local regulations.
Any liability arising from noncompliance regarding the use of personal watercraft is entirely at the operator’s risk.”

For most charterers, the speed of the Spark should not be an issue, as the Spark can easily hit 80 kilometers per hour (around 50 mph)!

Sea-Doo Spark personal watercraft with man riding and nose of waverunner in the air - fast

It’s too early to tell how the charter industry will react to the Spark.  Owners of mid-size megayachts may choose this new PWC for their toy garages.  They are approximately half the price and half the weight of normal PWC’s.  The Spark delivers 90% of the speed (and fun) of a more expensive PWC.  Hopefully that will be enough to “spark” an interest in eco-friendly yacht owners…

 

FREE GIFT WITH COMMENT

WHAT do you think? Will the Spark catch on with megayacht owners and crews? 

Share your comments with us at info@1800yachtcharters.com , and we’ll send you a complimentary eco-friendly tote bag, courtesy of 1-800 Yacht Charters.

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