14. ADDITIONAL POINTS SPECIFIC TO GULET & YACHT CHARTERS
Embarkation and Disembarkation Times
14.1 To allow time for cleaning and re-stocking of provisions, you must embark your vessel after 4.00pm on the first day of your charter, and you must disembark by 10.00am on the departure day unless otherwise specified.
Common Additional Costs
14.2 It is common for the following items to be excluded from the cost of your charter and you should be aware that you will be required to pay for them locally at the end of your charter, usually in cash, to the captain: alcoholic drinks, fuel for the outboard motor, private marina charges, National Park and protected area fees, excursions from the vessel, passport handling and exit/entrance fees when moving between different countries, crew gratuities (we recommend between 5%-10% of the cost of the charter). In some instances port and marina fees are excluded and soft drinks are regularly excluded as well. One-way and delivery fees often apply, if you choose to embark and disembark in different ports and you should check if the use of the watersports equipment on board is included in the charter price or not. We will clearly set out the inclusions and exclusions in your booking confirmation.
14.3 Most charters include a certain amount of cruising per day in the cost of the charter, usually 4 to 5 hours. If additional time is spent cruising, then you will be charged for the additional fuel used.
14.4 The owner shall at the beginning of the charter deliver the yacht to the port of delivery in full commission and working order, seaworthy, clean, in good condition throughout and ready for service, with full equipment, including up-to-date safety and life-saving equipment (including life jackets for children if any are part of the charterer's party).
14.5 You shall re-deliver the yacht to the owner at the port of re-delivery free of any debts incurred to your account during the charter period and in as good condition as when delivery was taken, except for fair wear and tear arising from ordinary use. If you fail to re-deliver the yacht to the owner at the port of re-delivery due to intentional delay or change of itinerary against the captain's advice, then you shall pay forthwith to the owner the daily rate and if delay in re-delivery exceeds twenty-four (24) hours, you shall be liable to indemnify the owner for any financial loss which the owner shall suffer by reason of deprivation of use of the yacht for the subsequent charter of the yacht.
Use of the Yacht
14.6 You shall use the yacht exclusively as a pleasure vessel for the use of yourself and your guests. You shall ensure that no pets or animals are brought on board the yacht without the consent in writing of the owner. You shall ensure that your behaviour and that of your guests shall not cause a nuisance to any person or bring the yacht into disrepute. You shall comply and shall ensure that your guests comply with the laws and regulations of any country into whose waters the yacht shall enter during the course of this agreement. You shall ensure that any bonded stores or other merchandise which may already be aboard the yacht, or may be brought aboard the yacht during the charter, are cleared through customs before being taken ashore if required by local laws and regulations. The captain shall promptly draw your attention to any infringement of these terms, and if such behaviour continues after this warning, the captain shall inform the owner, and the owner may, by notice in writing, terminate this agreement in accordance with Clause 14.7 of this agreement. If you or any of your guests shall commit any offence contrary to the laws and regulations of any country which results in any member of the crew of the yacht being detained, fined or imprisoned, or the yacht being detained, arrested, seized or fined, you shall indemnify the owner against all loss, damage and expense incurred by the owner as a result, and we may terminate this agreement forthwith. It is specifically understood that the possession or use of any illegal drugs or any weapons (including firearms) shall be sufficient reason for us to terminate the charter forthwith without refund to you.
14.7 The captain shall comply with all reasonable orders given to him by you regarding the management, operation and movement of the yacht, wind, weather and other circumstances permitting. The captain shall not, however, be bound to comply with any order which, in the reasonable opinion of the captain, might result in the yacht moving to any port or place that is not safe and proper for her to be in, or which might result in you failing to re-deliver the yacht upon the expiration of the charter period, or which would cause a breach of Clause 14.6. Further, without prejudice to any other remedy of the owner, if, in the reasonable opinion of the captain, you or any of your guests fail to observe any of the provisions in Clause 14.6 and if such failure continues after the captain has given due and specific warning, the captain shall inform us, and we may terminate the charter forthwith or instruct the captain to return the yacht to the port of re-delivery and upon such return the charter period shall be terminated. In this instance, you and your guests shall disembark, having settled all outstanding expenses with the captain beforehand and you shall not be entitled to be refunded any part of the charter fee. With particular regard to the use of water sports equipment on board, as defined in Clause 14.8, the captain shall have the authority to prohibit the use of any particular watersports equipment if, in his reasonable opinion, you or your guests are not competent to operate such equipment, are behaving in an irresponsible manner, or are failing to show due concern for other persons when operating such equipment.
Water Sports Equipment
14.8 All water sports undertaken by you and your guests must fall under the cover of your own health & travel insurance and are not covered by the vessel’s insurance. You must carry independent insurance for personal effects whilst on board or ashore and for any medical or accident expenses incurred other than as covered under the vessel's insurance. In the case of jet skis or other water sports equipment requiring specific licences to operate them, you must have a valid licence in your name and be able to show the original to the captain on request.
14.9 You shall restrict the cruising of the yacht to within regions in the cruising area in which the yacht is legally permitted to cruise. While the captain will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your requests for a berth or an anchorage, it is understood that the captain cannot be held liable for the non-allocation of any berth or anchorage.
Maximum Number of Passengers Aboard
14.10 Each vessel has a maximum capacity and you shall not at any time during the charter period permit more than the maximum number of guests allowed to sleep or cruise on board the vessel. Failure to comply will result in immediate termination of the contract and cancellation of the booking. You must provide a full list of passengers in advance of travel and no additional passengers will be permitted on board. As an exception, and at the sole discretion of the captain and permission of the appropriate authorities, a reasonable number of visitors could be on board whilst the vessel is securely moored in port.
Responsibility for Children & Non-Swimmers
14.11 If children or non-swimmers are taken on board, you shall be fully responsible for their safety, conduct and entertainment.
14.12 The nature of a yacht charter may render it unsuitable for anybody with physical disability or undergoing medical treatment.
14.13 In case of bad weather, the owner does not warrant the comfort of the vessel and reserves the right to end the cruise in a different location, for reasons of safety.
14.14 On board gulets and yachts, it is an almost universal policy not to put foreign items down the toilets. The bins in the bathrooms are provided for this and will be emptied very regularly. The details will be provided when you board and it is your responsibility to ensure that you and your guests stick to the rules of the vessel.
Breakdown or Disablement
14.15 Should the yacht suffer any mechanical damage or fire etc., so that you cannot use it and if any such damage exceeds the period of 24 consecutive hours, you will be refunded on a pro rata basis. As an alternative, by mutual agreement, the charter period can also be extended to cover the repair period in case it exceeds 24 hours. In case of a total loss of the yacht or damages needing more than the entire charter period to repair which prevent you from making any use of the vessel, any and all payments will be refunded to you. This clause is not applicable if such loss or damage occurs through any acts, omissions, errors or faults attributable to you or your guests. Failure to observe the on-board rules of the vessel will be regarded as an act attributable to you or your guests.
Footwear on board
14.16 It is traditional on gulets and yachts to remove shoes when coming aboard to avoid rubbing sand or grit into the decks. Most people go barefoot but you may like the option of bringing shoes specifically for using on-board. These should have light coloured soles and must not to be used ashore.
Gulet & Yacht Descriptions
14.17 Every effort is made to ensure that the details, description and prices contained in our documentation and web-site are correct, based on inspections, and information passed to us by our suppliers. However changes do occur, sometimes at short notice and therefore we will advise you at the time of booking, or if after booking as soon as possible of any such changes to our published information. It is not always possible for us to control all elements of the holiday whereby advertised facilities can sometimes become unavailable at short notice due to inclement weather conditions, lack of demand, emergency repair works, etc.