The Benefits of Using a Yacht Charter Broker
Charter Brokers are professionals in the business of finding you the right yacht and crew. They are professional yacht consultants - they research the yachts, crews, and then they negotiate on your behalf. This service is free to you.
As a journalist with 10 years of experience covering the crewed charter industry worldwide, I cruise aboard six to 12 charter yachts a year, and tour another 50 to 100 at boat shows.
Even given all this personal experience with crewed charter yachts, I would never book a vacation aboard one without using a reputable charter broker. No matter how much I know, the top brokers always know more--about the yachts' crews, owners, maintenance, and such.
Reputable charter brokers also provide things like standard industry contracts and escrow accounts, to help protect me if things go awry."
Kim Kavin, editor, CharterWave.com
There are three key reasons to use a Yacht Charter Broker when planning your next charter:
Free, unbiased advice to get you on the right boat. We want to put you on the right yacht so that you will come back year after year, as opposed to operators who want only to put you on their boat. In consultation with you we will recommend suitable yachts from among our multiple owners and operators to assure the yacht you choose is right for you.
Someone on your side if something goes wrong. While the vast majority of charters go flawlessly, if something does happen, you need someone on your side to help solve the issue. This is especially true if you're chartering in a foreign country where you may not know local customs or even be able to speak the local language. We work with our operators on a daily basis, and because of our size and relationships we can push hard for a satisfactory result.
The same or better price than if you book direct. The price you are charged is normally the same as the Owners/Operators charge their direct clients, and propose on their websites. In fact, if you're dealing with a MYBA yacht (most of the key luxury yachts) the price is guaranteed to be the same no matter how you charter your yacht. So you can work with the broker who provides the best service and knowledge.
The role of a Retail Yacht Charter Broker. Retail brokers work directly with yacht fleet managers, similar to how a travel agent works on your behalf. We are independent of any specific yachts and therefore can survey the entire market and find the yachts that meet your needs. A Retail Yacht Broker's price is the same as the fleet manager offers.
So next time you're chartering, we highly recommend that you use a broker. It's worth the time savings and peace of mind, and the service is free!