Yacht Charter Pricing, Affordability and Value

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Yacht Charter Pricing and Affordability

Yacht Charter Pricing Overview | How are Yacht Prices Set? | Shopping for the Best Price | Fees and other Charter Costs

Yacht charters - the best value in travel?

Yacht charters offer amazing value - we believe strongly that a charter gives you the most value of any holiday.  This is because on any charter yacht, from a bareboat sailing vacation to a crewed catamaran to a luxury charter you essentially get a hotel room or villa that moves around to where you want to be.  You get complete freedom and privacy, while not being charged for daily conveniences such as resort fees, wind surfers, water skiing, and transfers to the nearby sites of interest.  You simply sail there!  

When you look at the total cost of a charter you will often find that it is significantly cheaper than a comparable land-based vacation.  We've offer a few examples below, and your broker can help you understand how you can get the most value out of your charter.

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Caribbean Crewed Catamarans - an amazing deal!

When comparing a crewed catamaran charter in the Caribbean to a 5 star resort, it quickly becomes apparent the great deal you get on a catamaran.  That's because all food, drinks and amenities are included in the price!  Here's a comparison of costs to one of the highly regarded BVI resorts:

  Crewed BVI Catamaran BVI 5 Star Resort  

Price per week in high Season

(3 cabin 50' Lagoon w skipper and hostess)

(2 sea view rooms)

Gourmet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners Included


Drinks Included


Daily activities (paddle boarding, water skiing, kayaking, etc) Included


Excursions (Baths, Jost Van Dyke) Included


Transfers Included


Total $18,500 $23,850  

As you can see, the one price/all included nature of a charter is far more cost efficient, not to mention that you don't get "nickeled and dimed" every day for simple things such as paddle boards and wind surfers. Crewed Catamarans have no "resort fees". You can go water skiing every day, for instance, at no extra charge!  And this doesn't even mention the value that you get when all meals are cooked to your precise tastes, and served when you want them. And finally, unfortunately the 5 Star resort can't change locations - your catamaran will be in a different gorgeous setting every day!  Take a look at our amazing bvi crewed catamarans to learn more.

Bring your friends for more fun and a great deal!

Because a charter has one base price, as opposed to each couple needing to pay for their own hotel room, the per couple daily price can be quite reasonable.  This example shows how a group of 3 couples can make chartering a yacht very attractive:

  Crewed Catamaran
(food, bev, chef included)
Bareboat Sailboat
Charter price per week $18,500 $2000
Price per couple per week $6,166 $666
Price per couple per day $880 $95


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Charter Specials, Discounts and Deals

Like any other travel business, there are many opportunities to get a discount on your charter. First and foremost, if you are willing to charter out of high season, you will most certainly get a discount off of the top price, often as much as 50%. And even in high season, you may get a discount if there are unchartered boats, especially if you are booking at the last minute. There are also deals to be found when another charterer had to cancel for personal reasons.

Boatbookings has access to literally thousands of deals worldwide, and we are constantly updating our specials page to list them.  We invite you to look at our specials page and to bookmark it can visit it regularly to see if a deal comes up that matches your needs.  In addition, our brokers have access to all of these deals and can help you find the right one for your next charter.

Our Bareboat Charter Specials Our Crewed Charter Specials

How are yacht charter prices set?

LIR Catamaran Charter

All you need to know is owners try to cover their costs they invest into their boats. Makes sense right? The length of the charter season has a significant impact, for example if the yacht is chartered approximately 2/3 months per year the crews wages need to be condensed into this short charter period. Boatbookings works directly with the authorised manager of these types of boats, so that you pay the correct prices for your corporate event or vacation.

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"Shopping around" for the best deals

Our job? Find you the best boat, suited to your requirements, at the best price possible. We do so much business with the yacht managers that we believe that we will always get you the very best service, charters and price possible. We make our commission from the boat owner or operator, we don't add it on top.

As your yacht charter broker, we do all the work for you, whether you want to charter around the stunning Amalfi coast, experience the nightlife in Ibiza or relax around the idyllic Greek islands. If you are not tied by specific dates or you are looking for a spontaneous getaway, check out our Specials Page for unmissable deals, all around the world!

Fees and other Charter Costs

Amalfi Coast Luxury Yacht Charter

Crewed charters have a few extra costs, in comparison to bareboat charters. One of these is the VAT applicable on crewed charters, which will vary depending on your location.

• French VAT - 20%, however 10% can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters.
• Italian VAT - 22%, however 6.6% (over 24m) and 8.8% (under 24m) can be applied when an itinerary includes International Waters.
• Spain VAT: 21%
• Greek VAT: 12%
• Croatian VAT: 13%
• Montenegro: NO VAT
• Turkey: NO VAT
• Bahamas: 4% Taxes

Charter Terms: The hire and insurance of the yacht, crew food, wages and the yacht’s laundry are all included in the quoted charter fee. All other expenses, including fuel for the main engine, generators and water sports, equipment, all running costs, harbour fees, all food, soft and alcoholic drinks, communication costs and local taxes are additional. We are always up front and clear on how much additional charge there will be on your personalised charter.

The additional expenses during a charter are paid for by the ‘Advanced Provisioning Allowance’, known as the ‘APA’, generally calculated at 25%-30% of the charter fee. The APA is transferred to the boat before the charter starts, so the crew can provision according to your specific requirements before you embark. The crew purchases everything, such as food and drink. At the end of the charter, the Captain will present you with a fully itemised statement of the APA account, with receipts. If the account is in credit, the balance will of course be returned to you. If it is in debit, the balance must be settled in cash or, with the Captain’s agreement, by transfer.  

Please see a more complete discussion of costs on our Fees and Insurance page

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Next Step - Let's find you the best yacht for your charter!

We put a lot of effort into writing about destinations and itineraries so check out our library of charter articles to get excited and give you ideas. Or, if you're ready to dive in, our brokers will get you the best yacht for the best price possible - they will recommend boats to you based on your desired expenditure and any other preferences you provide. Please contact us directly - we look forward to planning a memorable charter for you.

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