aYacht Charter Requirements


Yacht charter requirements that must be fulfilled to ensure a relaxing and pleasurable vacation include crew welfare, manning levels, food and beverage provisions, waste pump-out services, and cleaning at the end of the charter. Obtain the Best information about Malta yacht charters.

To be considered for charter, yachts must comply with ISM, ISPS, and flag administration audits, as well as LY2 certification (or equivalent). Failing this could increase operating costs significantly.

Skipper Qualifications

When chartering a bareboat, the skipper must meet specific qualifications. These will vary depending on which country it’s being chartered in; generally speaking, they include being able to demonstrate sufficient sailing experience – the best way being by getting an official certificate from an organization that issues such credentials; this usually involves classes and exams being taken. Many skippers also opt to accumulate sea time hours as part of this process – which adds another dimension of knowledge and ability in sailing.

The American Sailing Association offers internationally recognized yacht skipper certificates from its Academy to demonstrate your ability as a skipper. The most common is the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or, more recently, an International Proficiency Certificate (IPC).

These certificates attest to your experience operating a particular size and class of boat, making them a vital element in chartering services. You should always carry them with you when renting a boat.

Flag administrations often mandate safety management systems, minimum safe manning levels, and vessel classification certification in order to charter yachts over 24m load line length or 500GT operating commercially, but this also applies to smaller vessels.

Crew Qualifications

No matter the size or type of yacht, all crew must abide by stringent international maritime regulations. This includes, at minimum, receiving STCW (Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) basic safety training and possessing an ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate to demonstrate to charter companies that the crew has the skills and experience needed for working aboard.

A quality yacht charter team must possess an array of talents and abilities in order to provide superior service for its guests, such as water sports instructors or personal trainers for active charterers, onboard masseuse/beautician services for those wanting a relaxing cruise, nannies/children’s entertainers for families traveling with young ones and award-winning chefs who specialize in culinary delights for culinary fans, etc.

The Captain is the highest-ranking member of a yacht crew and oversees all aspects of vessel operations. Therefore, any changes or special requests during your charter must be communicated directly to them.

The purser/Chief Steward is responsible for keeping the yacht interior tidy and organized at all times, including serving, cleaning, laundry and cabin preparation services, cabin detailing services, as well as flower arrangements and table decoration services. Depending on its size and configuration, Purser/Chief Steward may assist in boat maintenance or docking duties as needed. Ideally, it would be best if you spoke with them prior to embarking on your charter so they are aware of any food allergies or specific requests you have, such as table decoration needs.

Charter Preference Form

If you’re planning on chartering a yacht, the first step should be completing a charter preference form. These documents give the captain and crew an understanding of your preferences so they can tailor the yacht experience precisely according to what’s important to you.

A preference sheet allows you to request additional crew members on board, such as a specialist masseuse or trainer. It will also include your dietary needs and any medical conditions that should be considered when planning meals and activities on board.

Completing the Ideal Yacht Charter Preference Sheet should occur 90 days before your trip start date. This allows the captain and crew to prepare the vessel accordingly before your arrival. If you need help filling out this form, contact your broker, who will gladly assist you.

Preference sheets provide interior teams with essential personal information. By considering individual preferences, like your preferred snack or beverage, when provisioning prior to the charter, they will prepare their team and provisions appropriately for an unforgettable event such as a themed night or beach BBQ ashore.

Local Laws

If your yacht charter will take place outside your country, research the local laws and regulations of the region in which you will sail. Understand which documents, safety equipment, permits, or legal restrictions are needed before setting sail; failing to do so may lead to fines or more serious legal consequences.

When planning to use motorized water toys onboard a yacht, all members of your party must understand that they require a certificate of competence – typically Power Boat Level 2 (PB2) or an International Certificate of Competency (ICC). If none exist within your party already, Bluewater can arrange for a professional instructor to come on board during your charter and issue one as needed.

Environment regulations are also critical components of yacht charter requirements, ensuring that yachts do not harm marine life or destroy habitats. They set guidelines for waste management and prohibit anchoring in environmentally sensitive coastal areas to prevent harm to coral reefs, seagrass beds, or other sensitive environments.

Local laws regarding commercial yachts are necessary to uphold the industry’s reputation. Failure to abide by them could damage a yacht’s standing for professionalism and dependability, discouraging customers from booking charters in the future. Such actions have long-term repercussions, as word spreads quickly in an industry with such limited public access; any transgression could quickly go viral!