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How to book your luxury yacht charter?
How to book your luxury yacht charter?

How to book your luxury yacht charter?

15 August 2023

Booking a luxury yacht charter usually involves several steps, but don’t worry it’s a pretty simple process.

This introduction will explain the main steps involved in booking your first yacht charter.

1. Determine budget and preferences

Determine your budget and preferred destination(s) – Yacht charters do vary in price depending on the size and type of yacht, the duration of the charter, and the location.

Determine how much you can afford and where you would like to sail. 

2. Contact an experienced charter broker

Choose a reputable yacht charter company. (Remember, size doesn’t always matter.) Research different companies and read reviews from previous customers.

Word-of-mouth recommendations are also valuable.

Read: How to select a charter broker?

3. Choose a match between the perfect yacht and the crew

Yachts come in different sizes and styles, so choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Consider factors such as the number of guests, amenities (fleet of water toys, stabilisers etc.), chef’s specialities, general layout, crew reputation, and whether you prefer a sailboat or motor yacht.

Remi van der Deure, Charter Broker at Charterminute, emphasizes: “Don’t focus too much on the yacht itself; a friendly, professional, and experienced crew is 50% of a successful charter.”

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5. Read, understand, and sign the charter contract

The yacht charter company will provide a contract that outlines the terms of the charter, including the price, payment schedule, cancellation policy, and other important details.

Read the contract carefully and make sure you understand all the terms before signing. 

Our advice: ask your charter broker for answers if you don’t understand the specific yachting terminology.

Discuss with your charter broker if you have any special requirements (mobility, transfer, cancellation insurance, dietary needs…)

6. Provide payment

Most yacht charter companies require a deposit (50% for MYBA charter agreement) to secure the booking when the charter is booked months in advance. The balance is usually due one month before the charter date.

Additionally, Remi van der Deure, Charter Broker, says: “If your payment involves different currencies, it may be beneficial to use a financial service to reduce your currency exchange fees and facilitate the transfer.

Once you have completed these steps, you are ready to embark on your yacht charter adventure!

Update on May 28, 2024
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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