FAQ’s

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Fee’s and Payment’s

What is a Charter Agreement?
When you decide on a yacht charter Jack Tar will produce a Charter Agreement, which is a legal document between Jack Tar, (the broker) and you, (the charter client) that puts in writing the description of your yachting vacation. It will specify your yacht, cruise dates, intended destinations and the costs/payment terms.
Is the Charter fee paid in installments?
The first payment is required upon the signing of the charter agreement, and accounts for 50% of the fee, this amount will reserve your yacht for the dates specified in the contract. The remainder of the fee is due 30 days before commencement of the charter, if time allows, on a date specfied in the contract. The APA is payable at the same time as the final balance. Payments can be made by bank transfer and can usually be made in your preferred currency.
What is APA?
Under Western Mediterranean Terms (WMT), an Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA) is required to be paid in addition to the charter fee. This allowance is normally calculated as 20% to 30% of the charter fee and is paid in cash. This creates a bank account to allow the Captain to buy fuel, provisions and cover any excess expenses relating to the cost of your charter such as fuel for tenders and generators, consumable stores, harbour charges, laundry, communications etc. At the end of the charter, the captain will provide you with a full account of all extra expenditures which will be settled by a refund or an additional payment.
What is WMT?
Charter agreements are typically prepared and executed under West Mediterranean Terms (WMT). Under WMT, a charter fee is payable for the exclusive charter of the yacht. This fee includes the charter of the yacht with all its equipment in working order, tools, stores, cleaning materials, basic consumable stores for engine-room, deck and cabins etc.; the crew’s wages, food; the insurance of the yacht for marine risk and third party claims and the crew for employer’s liability.
How do Caribbean Terms differ from WMT’s?
Caribbean terms offer more variety in the type of agreement you can select, such as all-inclusive packages, that allow for more provisions in the charter fee.
Is insurance included in the charter fee?
With Jack Tar the charter fee covers insurance of the yacht for marine risk and third party claims and the insurance of the crew for employer’s liability insurance. We recommend you take out Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance in addition to this to protect against unforeseen circumstances that might cancel or shorten your charter. Check that this includes, or take out separately, travel insurance to cover flights, baggage etc.
What is SEMT?
Standard Eastern Mediterranean Terms (SEMT) differs from WMT in that it includes additional standards by which a Charter Agreement may be applied. SEMT vary from WMT in that they include fuel for up to five hours cruising per day, berthing dues and other harbour charges. It does not however include for example cleaning materials or basic consumable stores.

Yacht Protocol

Do I need to tip the crew?
It is customary to leave a tip for the work of the crew at the end of a charter, leaving a tip and the amount is at your own discretion. Most brokers tend to recommend a tip between 5% and 10% of the charter fee depending on how satisfied you are with the service. Gratuities should be given to the captain who will then allocate the money between crew members.
I’ve heard footwear is important, why?
Most Yacht Captains have some sort of “bare foot” rule and the crew will explain which part of the vessel out door shoes cannot be worn. Stiletto heels that can dent teak decks and black soles that leave scuff marks are definitely frowned on, and the crew will normally provide a basket at the end of the gangway or a convenient spot for you to deposit shoes. The best advice is pack a pair of soft-soled “boat shoes”.
Is smoking allowed on board?
Smoking in your cabin is almost universally banned as a courtesy to the next guests and more importantly for safety. Smoking on outside decks is usually permitted, but not always, pick a downwind spot on the yacht where the smoke blows away from others.

Miscellaneous

Are Children allowed on board?
Yacht Charters are great for kids, providing and adventure and an education. The crew though are not babysitters or qualified as such so if you have children in your party you will have to look after them yourself or bring a nanny.
Can I be reached while I’m away?
Most of the larger yachts have SAT phone, Wi-Fi, and internet access capability and many locations have mobile phone coverage if you have a GSM phone. (We can advise on which yachts have Internet access via satellite if this is important). Sometimes there are extra charges for this as cell coverage is not possible after a certain distance from shore or in a very remote anchorage. We can get you the yachts contact information to share with your family and friends before you leave.

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