Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a charter?

The rates on the Allonautilus website are quoted on a 7 nights basis and for the entire boat, but every charter is tailored to your wishes.

A charter will usually run from Saturday to Saturday during high season in the Mediterranean. Length of stay is much more flexible in the other parts of the world, such as the Caribbean or Bahamas where the minimum charter duration is generally 5-7 days, starting on any day of the week.

Please contact us to design your ideal charter.

What is a bareboat charter?

A bareboat is simply a boat that is rented without any crew. You or your designated skipper have to prove to the charter company (owner or representative of the boat) the possession of the driving licenses and certificates of competency necessary to guide the yacht in the contractually stipulated sea area. At Allonautilus we offer bareboat charters and crewed charters. Bareboat charters come often with the optional hiring of an experienced skipper to ensure your safety and comfort.

What is a crewed charter?

A crewed charter is a yacht with permanent crew who takes care of the yacht and its passengers. The crew is made up of a certified and professional licensed captain (skipper) and additional trained crew including hostesses, chefs, deckhands or engineers. Depending on your requirements, crewed boats can simply have a skipper and a chef or a whole team to take care of you during your charter!

How do I book and what are the payment terms?

Search for your ideal boat or destinations via the website.
Book on-line or contact us for more details or quote.
Generally, upon booking, a 50% deposit is taken.
For each booking done on the website, a rental agreement between yourself and the charter company (owner or representative of the boat) must be signed.
This contract will confirm the terms of payment and cancellation.
Once the rental agreement is signed a second 50% payment will be requested at a later stage. The balance must usually be paid 60 days before boarding.
Rental agreement’s rules and conditions prevail.
On your arrival at the embarkation port, the base (the local representative) will block the rental deposit on your credit card.

Why do I need to pay a deposit?

The charterer is liable up to this amount, for damages to the chartered yacht and its accessories, lost equipment and theft if the loss was caused by the charterer or the crew. At the return of the yacht and damage-free course of the charter the deposit is immediately due for repayment. The deposit policy for each charter might differ and is stipulated in the rental agreement.
Read also the section: What about insurance?

What happens in the event of cancellation?

If the charter (you) cannot start the trip, you need to notify us in writing, whereby the time of the corresponding is relevant to the possible penalty fees.

The signed rental agreement is binding regarding the cancellation conditions and penalty fees.

The following policies are provided as an indication on what is usually applicable in the yacht charter industry.

a) For cancellations up to 90 days before the start of the charter: 100% of the total charter price will be refund.
b) For cancellations from the 90th to the 61st day before the start of the charter: 60% of the total charter price will be refund.
c) in case of cancellations within the last 60 days before the start of the charter: 30% of the total charter price
d) If a replacement charter succeeds under the same conditions, the charterer will get back all the payments made so far.

The conclusion of a travel / charter resignation insurance at the time of signing the contract is strongly recommended.

Penalty fees due to Allonautilus Charter in the event of cancellation are 15% of the amount of the "bareboat" rental.

What about insurance?

All boats are insured for rental to a third party. Every charter yacht has a comprehensive insurance for property damage to boat and equipment. In addition, a boat’s liability insurance (without deductible) with a lump sum for personal injury and property damage is existent.

The rental agreement between the charterer (you) and the rental company (owner or representative of the boat) includes amounts for bodily injury and property damage.

Before boarding you will have to pay a deposit. This deposit corresponds to the amount of the insurance deductible below which the insurer does not wish to reimburse the owner of the boat for any "minor" damage.

You can guarantee your deposit by subscribing to the franchise buyout. Read also the section: Why do I need to pay a deposit?

Are there any additional costs?

The charter fee usually covers the boat, a full tank of petrol and water, maps, and a dingy/tender as well as a final cleaning fee.

Beyond this, typical additional costs are:

  • Final Cleaning Fees
  • Skipper Fees. The prices on the website are for the week and does not include his/her meals.
  • Mooring fees. You will have to pay mooring fees to spend the night in a port. We can provide estimates of likely mooring fees, based on your itinerary.
  • Equipment and provisions. You can add extra equipment to your rental such as diving or snorkeling equipment, specific sails or jetskis. You can also request a huge range of on-board provisions.
  • Chef services. If you wish to hire a chef at an extra cost, we’ll propose you a list of drinks and meals for the week.
  • Fuel. For small motor yachts, fuel is the major additional cost beyond the base charter fee. We will provide an estimate of the fuel consumption per hour for each boat: A typical charter will burn about 3 hours of fuel per day.

All extras and additional services are carefully listed when browsing for your ideal boat. Simply select which extras you want.

Additional charges are paid either in advance or at the local representative or via the A.P.A (Advance Provisioning Allowance) system - see below.

When you're booking with us we'll do our best to stipulate any additional costs within your final quote, and provide estimates where possible.

What is the "A.P.A."?

The Advance Provisioning Allowance (A.P.A.) is to be paid by the client in addition to the charter fee to cover all fuel and relevant costs for the yacht and its tenders, as well as all harbor, customs, utility and other additional costs for the yacht, crew, client and guests during the entire charter period.

A.P.A. is obligatory for all luxury yachts and it is usually between 25% - 35% of the charter price.

The captain is obligated to keep all receipts and balance the account for you, and you can check the expenditure level at any time during the charter.

Before you disembark at the end of the charter, the captain will provide you with a detailed account of expenditure with as many supporting receipts as possible. At this point, you will pay any expenses not covered by the A.P.A or, if you have spent less than the amount of the A.P.A, you will receive a refund of the difference.

The A.P.A is a simple and efficient way of getting the boat provisioned properly, with minimal hassle and straightforward record keeping.

Why are only 12 people allowed on most yachts?

International marine regulations class vessels carrying more than 12 people as passenger ships. This applies to all vessels, including privately chartered yachts.

Passenger ships must comply with the SOLAS convention (Safety of Life at Sea) set out by the IMO (International Maritime Organization). SOLAS involves adhering to a comprehensive list of stringent safety restrictions and this is reflected in the chartering cost increase when a boat is licensed for more than 12 passengers.

How do I know my chartered yacht will be in good and safe condition?

All commercial yachts must adhere to strict local maritime laws and regulations.

All operators also must carry insurance by law. You have every right to see these papers prior to embarkation.

We have a strong track record of successful charters and happy customers.

As a broker we go to many charters’ shows to inspect the boats and meet their crews. We only list yachts that meet our high standard of service, safety and technical conditions.

Do I tip the crew?

There is no obligation to tip the crew, however it is highly appreciated. Tipping is a way to reward the crew’s professionalism, helpfulness, graciousness, etc.

It is customary to pay 5% to 15% of the total charter amount before you leave the boat on the last day. We normally recommend 5% to 10% in the Mediterranean, and 10% to 15% in the Caribbean.

If there are multiple crew members, just give the tip to the captain and he will allocate it to the crew for you.