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Frequently Asked Questions
When you are ready to book your charter you will send a non-refundable deposit and signed contract to Compass Yacht Charters. We deposit that into our escrow account. Once the money is available in the account we forward it on to the agent for the boat where it is deposited in their escrow account until one week prior to the charter. At that time the owner receives the deposit. The final payment must be received by Compass Yacht Charters 45 to 60 days prior to your departure. The final payment is handled the same way as the deposit.
When you contact Compass Yacht Charters we will discuss where you want to go, your budget, the duration and dates, interests, and the number in your party. We then research which boats will meet you needs. We try to give you at least three to choose from.
Once you have selected an area, such as the BVI, and a boat we will send you a preference sheet. Once we have that in hand we send it on to the captain who will then prepare an itinerary from your trip. You will review this to make sure that it meets your needs.
Your fee includes the boat, captain, chef, all your food, and all your drinks. So all inclusive. The only thing that you would have to pay for is any premium wines or alcohol, dinners out, and the crew gratuity. The crew gratuity is usually 10% to 20% of the charter fee based on how well you enjoyed the trip. It is at your discretion.
Premium alcohol and wines. Any dinners off the boat. Any docking fees if you choose to go to a dock during your trip. Trip insurance if you decide to get it. The crew gratuity which is normally 10% to 20% of the charter based on how well you enjoyed the trip. Some boat require the guest to pay any customs and immigration fees but you would be informed of this prior to the charter.
The dress code in most parts of the world where you would be sailing is casual, even ashore. You'll be in bathing suits all day, shorts and shirts at night. You might want a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt or windbreaker for cooler evenings. Most yachts require you to be barefoot while onboard or bring a separate pair of deck shoes that are worn only while on the boat. Be sure to bring a comfortable pair of sandals or walking shoes for excursions ashore. (Note: There are a couple of resorts that require men to wear collared shirts and long pants for evening dining ashore, usually after 5:00 p.m. Ladies are asked to dress “island chic”). Towels, linens and beach towels are provided on board.
Now! Whatever you have packed, halve it… then halve it again. 2-3 bathing suits are great (so you always have a dry one to change into), a beach cover- up or sun dress, a couple of pairs of shorts (or capris), a few tees or lightweight shirts, sandals, and you’re good to go. To protect against the tropical sun while swimming and snorkeling, UV swim shirts are wonderful!
Soft sided bags are appreciated since hard sided bags and wheels are hard to store aboard. Lost checked luggage will most likely not catch up with you during the charter so carry on only is best, if possible.
Only up to a certain point and charges may be involved if you are increasing the number of guests.
Well that will depend on how much you want to do. These yachts all have engines so you don’t have to sail at all. If you are a real enthusiast you would normally sail in the morning from a few hours then stop for lunch. After lunch and usually a swim you would sail a few hours in the afternoon so that you arrive at you spot for the night in time for any activities that are planned.
Most yachting vacation start and end at noon.
The taxi stand is located just outside the baggage claim area.
This will depend on where the yacht is picking you up. You will be given this information during the booking process.
This will depend on what boat you select. If the boat has a generator the answer is usually yes. Some boats even provide them.
The normal crew gratuity is from 10% to 20% of the charter fee. This is really where the crew makes most of their money and is their incentive to go out of their way to provide the best possible experience for their guests. You should tip according to your satisfaction with the trip. I can assure you it is greatly appreciated.
Most places you will be can accept a credit card. The crew gratuity needs to be cash, check or travelers check. There are some beach bars that are not equipped with credit card machines but most are. Sometimes in the Caribbean they have a minimum of $20 before they will take a card and also will sometimes charge an additional fee.
That will depend on where you charter. If it is the Virgin Islands then it is US dollars.