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How to Pack for a Yacht Charter Vacation

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In just over three weeks, you’ll be leaving on a week-long Bahamian yacht charter vacation on a sleek, performance crewed sailing yacht.  You’ve already chosen your menu through your charter broker, and your crew is ready to welcome you aboard.

You have just one concern – what to pack?

Most importantly, remember that you need to pack in soft-sided luggage (duffel bag) since space is at a premium on sail boat charters.

Pack in duffel bags for yacht charter vacations

Since you’ll be enjoying fun in the sun and a tropical environment, the most important essentials to bring are sunscreen, t-shirts, shorts, and a swimsuit.  Don’t forget a long t-shirt or light coverup to wear over your swimsuit, as you don’t want to get sunburned, yet you’ll want to wear your bathing suit constantly.

If you plan on going ashore to dine or to go out, bring summerweight clothing (pants, skirts, dresses, tops).  The Bahamas are very casual and tropical!  Some finer establishments require jackets for the men, so use common sense when planning your “dining out attire,” and don’t wear blue jeans.

Most charter guests are barefoot for the majority of their vacation time onboard, but if you choose to wear shoes, wear soft-soled shoes without black soles (that can scuff the deck) for above deck.

You don’t want to get sunburned on day 1 of your trip, then spend the rest of your vacation in pain or peeling.  Don’t forget a protective sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, oversized beach towel (not supplied by most yachts), and anything that you like to wear or have with you when spending time on the beach.  If you DO get sunburned, you’ll want to have aloe or burn cream with you (it’s expensive in the islands, and some primitive islands don’t not sell it at all) for protection.

For leaving a gratuity for the crew at the end of your charter, most charter guests bring an envelope to put on the Captain’s navigation station upon disembarking. (Customary gratuity for the crew is 10-15% of your yacht charter fee)

Sail boat charters in the Bahamas are relaxing, casual, and stress-free.  (Remember, STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backwards….so since you are enjoying the total opposite of “stress” on this vacation, enjoy all of the gourmet desserts that you can!)

Bottom line – do not worry about what you pack for your vacation.  Rule of thumb is that you only use half of what you pack, anyway, so you’ll surely have enough with you.  Soft-sided luggage is the key to convenient storage on Bahama yacht charters. If there is anything else that you need on your trip, you can surely get it during your charter.

For more information and to book your sail or motor yacht charter vacation, call 1-800-YACHTCHARTERS or email info@1800yachtcharters.com

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New Croatia Yacht Charter VAT Regulations

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Photo of harbor full of anchored sailboat hulls

 

BACKGROUND

Back in January, 2014, we alerted our clients to new rules regarding a VAT increase imposed on Croatia yacht charter rentals.  At that time, the government increased the VAT rate from 10 % to 13%, to help combat the country’s economic woes.

To offset this tax burden, we encouraged our clients to commence their charters in nearby Montenegro, then cruise into Croatian waters, tax-free.

Alas, good things sometimes come to an end…

Effective this month, new regulations take effect and eliminate the loophole that allowed tax-free cruising in Croatia.

 

WHAT’S NEW

In February, the Croatian Ministry of Maritime Affairs announced the regulations that govern the Croatia yacht charter market would be amended to, “…bring the regulations in line with other European Union Member States.”  The main change was the imposition of VAT on charters starting outside of Croatia.

As succinctly  explained by 1-800 Yacht Charters company president,  Jana Sheeder,

“As of May 1st, 2018, charters commencing outside Croatia that then cruise into Croatia, will now have to pay 13% VAT on the time spent in Croatian waters.”

 

The new regulations are not retroactive.  Thus, any charters booked prior to the regulation change are exempt.

 

OTHER CHANGES

On a positive note, other regulation changes designed to encourage an increase in yacht charter Croatia activity will also go into effect.  The government has lifted the restriction that banned non-European Union charter yachts under 40 meters from chartering in Croatia.  As explained by Rory Jackson of SuperyachtNews, “These restrictions, which prohibited non-EU commercial vessels under 40m chartering in Croatia, had been implemented to bolster the domestic market. However, they proved to be more costly than beneficial.”

Non EU flagged yachts under 40 meters will need to secure a charter license to operate in Croatia. The license will be required even if the charter starts outside Croatia.

Are you considering a private yacht charter vacation in Croatia or elsewhere in the Mediterranean this summer?  Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/superyacht-charter/ for a sampling of superyachts available this summer.

Come enjoy The Superyacht Experience as only 1-800 Yacht Charters can deliver!

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