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Choosing the right payment method for yacht charter
Choosing the right payment method for yacht charter

Choosing the right payment method for yacht charter

24 June 2023

Embarking on a family yacht charter is a memorable experience, one that can be either enhanced or undermined by the selection of your payment method. It is therefore crucial to choose the best payment method for your charter, a payment method that aligns with your needs.

The financial industry has seen tremendous advancements, offering a plethora of payment options suitable for yacht rental with family. From traditional methods like bank transfers to modern solutions like cryptocurrency payments, it’s all about finding a system that works best for you. Here are some key factors to consider when making your choice.

Transfer fees

Transfer fees can add up significantly, especially for high-value transactions like yacht rentals. Traditional methods such as bank wire transfers typically charge around 1-3% of the transferred amount, thus turning the seemingly small percentages into considerable sums of money.

On the other hand, digital payment solutions and cryptocurrency transactions often boast lower fees, sometimes as little as 0.5%. If transfer fees are a concern, it might be worth exploring these alternatives.

Maximum payment amount

Every payment method comes with a maximum transaction limit. For traditional bank transfers, this limit is usually very high or non-existent, making it a popular choice for large transactions like yacht charters.

Digital payment solutions may have lower limits, while cryptocurrencies can offer large or even unlimited transaction capabilities, provided that both parties accept the terms. Ensure your chosen payment method aligns with the total charter fee.

In Europe, 15,000 euros is the maximum amount that can be paid at one time.

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Ease of use

If you’re planning a yacht rental with your family, you already have a lot on your plate. The last thing you want is a complex payment process. Therefore, look for a payment method that is not only reliable and affordable but also user-friendly. Some may prefer the familiarity of traditional banking, while others might opt for the speed and convenience of digital solutions or cryptocurrencies.

Digital payment systems are not without their challenges, and newcomers might face occasional hiccups. For instance, some systems may only work with local phone numbers.

Furthermore, as digital payment methods multiply, scams have emerged. Malicious QR codes have been known to reroute payments, pilfer sensitive data, or even install malware. Therefore, it’s crucial to comprehend identity verification and authentication mechanisms thoroughly before opting for tap-to-pay alternatives.

Acceptance by the yacht charter company/owner

Finally, the most significant factor to consider is whether the yacht charter company – and the yacht owner –  accepts your chosen payment method. Despite the rise of digital solutions and cryptocurrencies, not all businesses have embraced these methods yet. Always confirm with your charter company ahead of time to ensure a seamless transaction.

Know Your Customer (KYC) Rules

KYC rules are regulatory standards for businesses to verify the identity of clients. These rules aim to prevent identity theft, fraud, money laundering, and terrorist financing. Different payment methods might have varied KYC requirements. Traditional banking will generally require more extensive documentation, while some digital payment solutions and cryptocurrencies can offer a streamlined process. It’s essential to be prepared and understand these requirements before proceeding with your payment.

Advice from a yacht broker

  • Wire transfer is still the preferred payment method by most clients, with lower fees, and a high payment limit. A wire transfer can be a fast, secure way to send money, especially for a last-minute charter.
  • International wire transfers typically cost more than domestic wire transfers. However, like interest rates on credit cards, transfers fees on large amount are often negotiable…
  • Cashless society: the shift towards cashless payments can be attributed partially to pandemic-induced hygiene concerns. However, the migration to digital options also signifies a seismic shift in payment methods.

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About the author: Remi van der Deure – French Riviera Charter broker.


I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor.

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

I am also proud to be a member of esteemed yacht broker associations, e-MYBA and ECPY, demonstrating my unwavering commitment to providing exceptional yacht charter services and memorable experiences in the French Riviera.

You can contact me directly at +33 (0)662.465.991 or

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