When chartering yachts, a deposit is required to secure the charter agency from possible minor damages not covered by insurance. A deposit is also required in cases when you rent a yacht together with a skipper. Skipper error will be charged to you. However, in case you rent a yacht from the owner, who is also your skipper, you will probably avoid paying the deposit unless you want to sail in some dangerous situation.
If a yacht does not have a permanent crew, so it is possible to rent this yacht without a skipper, then the skipper you hired is likely to have a full calendar on some other yachts before your rental and after your rental. So the skipper moves from one yacht to another. The same is true of the hostess.
Very often, a hired skipper arrives on a yacht that you rented from another marina, and then again goes to another remote location. Heat, summer, buses, crowds; skippers are just people too.
Due to the nature of the job, since the skipper must perform the takeover of the yacht, examine he vessel before and after the charter, and filling the yacht tank after rental to the top, instead of seven days of sailing, you will get five or at best six days.
It is common that yacht charter starts on Saturday at 16:00 and ends on the following Saturday at 9:00. However, such yachts must be returned to their base no later than Friday until 17:00 hours for review.
But before returning the yacht to the base, the yacht tank should be filled to the top with fuel. In reality this means that guests will wait for hours in front of the fuel pump because all the yachts are being returned at the same time or they will return to the base several hours earlier.
A similar thing happens at departure, transfer of the boat starts around 16:00 pm, and until this process is complete and you settle down and fill the yacht with provisions a several hours can pass by.
However, then it is very often late for departure, and it is most likely that you will sail out the next day.
You can avoid all these problems if you choose a yacht with a permanent crew for your vacation. There is no yacht handover whatsoever. You can also arrange with the skipper that you simply calculate fuel consumption or fill a yacht the morning when you leave it.
Also permanent crew to assist you with the procurement of food, and the best is that it is all ready waiting for you on the yacht at the time when you arrive.
Often guests want to take part in sailing themselves. Hold the rudder, take part in maneuvers.
Luxury yachts participating in regattas are serious machines and every hand is welcome. The more people on yachts wish to take part in sailing the greater maneuvering opportunities and the pleasure of sailing.
Also a permanent crew knows better the possibilities of a yacht than a skipper who sails on that yacht occasionally.
Do not be afraid that if your yacht has a permanent crew you will not be able to get a hold of the rudder. On the contrary, the ability of a permanent skipper to take over another job will only increase the pleasure at the helm.
Commonly used name is the hostess but he is not exactly the happiest choice for a name. Especially with yachts with a permanent crew the other crew member also has the role of the auxiliary skipper. There is no clear division of tasks between the crew. Both crew members are very skilled in all jobs. And they share the jobs between them.
In the event that something happens to the skipper, you are in safe hands with the other members of the crew.
Most jobs are performed much faster if two crew members work together, and as we have already said the more a person is knowledgeable about sailing the bigger the pleasure of sailing will be.
Finally there are legal obligations for larger yachts to have two crew members.
Vacation on a yacht with two crew members, especially when it comes to yachts with permanent crew is a much better experience.
Maybe we have a bit of luck, but somehow it turned out that all our guests loved to sail. They talked to us about various reasons why they chose to spend their vacation with us on our yacht, but we got the impression that these people are usually people who make smart decisions in life.