Nothing quite compares to the thrill of a yacht charter vacation. Personalized to your tastes, designed to match your preferences, the opportunity to travel to the ends of the world in the lap of luxury is like no other. With Michelin-level cuisine day and night, seven-star service to pre-empt your every need, and a range of watersports and shoreside excursions that blow all other activities out of the water, to charter an IYC yacht is to step aboard the world’s largest charter fleet and make your considered selection.
IYC prides itself on a strong presence in every key yachting hub, with offices across the globe, and excellent working relationships with experienced charter brokers. As a result of this network of knowledgeable yachting experts, IYC has access to the leading yachts available on the market (over 1,700 vessels worldwide). Our team personally hand-picks the collection of luxurious yachts available for our clients to ensure quality and excellence at every step.
Having the largest fleet and extensive knowledge means we are best placed to find your perfect yacht. Whether browsing by destination, yacht or dates, our vast selection of available boats for charter ensures we’ll find the perfect fit. When a more bespoke approach is required, our global network of contacts help to narrow down the search so that all your needs are met.
We understand that a dream charter needs to tick all the vacation boxes. We also understand that a tailored approach is the only way to find a yacht that delivers on all fronts. Our years’ of collective experience helps to make the process swift, enjoyable and easy, with a dream holiday waiting for you at the end of it.
Our expert team of Charter Consultants have years of experience in creating the best charter holidays for our clients. We gather our expertise by regularly travelling the world and visiting luxury destinations to make sure each charter journey is perfectly tailored to your expectations. Once you have chosen your perfect yacht, our team will work closely with you to organise a custom experience that you will never forget. From indulging in local cuisine at the best restaurants to enjoying water sports, to taking part in one-of-a-kind experiences, we promise your charter journey will be an unforgettable holiday for everyone on board.
At IYC, we understand the many elements that come together to make a unique charter experience for our clients. Our team’s unparalleled experience in organising and customising journeys across the globe ensures a smooth charter planning service, leaving you to relax and enjoy the ultimate holiday at sea.
The IYC Charter Consultants will handle all elements of the yacht’s logistics and negotiations– before, during and after your charter holiday, making sure that everything you need is catered for. We pride ourselves on always going the extra mile for our clients, handling all the important details and making sure your journey will be the ultimate charter experience.
Don’t spend hours worrying about the planning. Let us help you to make the process as streamlined as possible. Our professional charter consultants take the stress and complexity out of charter planning, from choosing the right yacht to organising excursions, all laid out in a detailed itinerary. We are here for you, and only you, so that you can focus your efforts on having the charter experience you’ve always dreamed of.
You can choose to charter the yacht for as long as you wish, depending of course on the yacht’s availability. A typical luxury yacht charter is booked for one or a few weeks, however different yachts offer different options. Some yachts are available for daily charters (cruise or static) and you can even look into hosting an event on board. Other yachts are available for annual charters, for those who wish to enjoy a trip around the world.
It is customary that you charter your yacht for a full week but it is not obligatory. You can choose to charter the yacht for less than a week or longer.
Yes, you can select the date that your charter will start depending always on the yacht’s availability.
Charter rates are quoted per week. Charters, spanning for more than a week are divided by seven and multiplied by the number of charter days. Charters spanning for less than a week are divided by six and multiplied by the number of charter days. Charters commence from noon onwards on the first day and terminate by noon on the last day. Some yachts have high season rates that apply to the most popular charter periods and low season rates that apply to all other periods.
Charter rates include the yacht with crew service and all necessary equipment, properly insured for marine risks. Rates do not include VAT, provisioning, fuel charges, electronic communications, canal fees, harbor dues, local taxes and specific marina fees. If embarkation and/or disembarkation take place at a different location from the yacht's home port, delivery/return fees and expenses will also be charged.
Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA) is the amount to cover any running expenses while on board (e.g. transport, fuel, food, berthing dues, harbor charges, agency fees, equipment requested etc.). The final APA % is determined by the vessel and is usually estimated between 25% - 40% of the Charter Fee. APA is handled by the Captain, who is required to keep an itemized report of all expenses incurred and will present to the client before disembarkation. Any remaining funds will be returned to the charterer either in cash or by bank transfer at the end of the charter.
Crew gratuities are not obligatory, but it’s customary to leave 10% to 20% of the total charter fee, upon discretion and based on satisfaction. The best way to make sure that all crew members are recognized equally is to entrust the distribution of gratuities to the captain or your charter consultant.
The number of guests allowed on each yacht is usually determined by the yacht’s size and number of staterooms. On most yachts, the maximum number of charter guests allowed to sleep onboard by law is 12. If you require a yacht that can accommodate a larger party, our consultants will make sure to find you a selection of yachts that are appropriately registered with a larger guest capacity. The number of guests allowed to be on board, while cruising depends on the yacht’s size and safety regulations. You can talk to your charter consultant about this.
At IYC we believe that each yacht has its own personality; our team of renowned charter consultants will work closely with you to help you find the one that best fits yours. Browse our carefully selected fleet of top echelon yachts from around the world to discover the possibilities available for you and your family to enjoy. You can also contact one of our Charter Yacht Consultants who will help you select the ideal yacht for you. Our team travels the world to inspect the premier luxury yachts on the market; their first hand experience gives them in-depth knowledge and enables them to provide personalized recommendations based on your needs and taste.
Our team of professional charter consultants are available to help you select the right yacht, plan your itinerary and help arrange all logistics before, during and after your trip. Send an inquiry about the yacht that you are interested in through our online form or contact one of our Charter Yacht consultants directly.
All charters are subject to a fully executed contract. Once the availability of your chosen yacht has been verified, you will receive a Charter Agreement, with a request for a deposit to secure the booking. The Charter Agreement defines the terms and conditions, obligations and rights of each party.
A deposit of 50% of the total charter fee is required upon signature of the Charter Agreement in order to confirm your booking. The remaining 50%, plus an Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA), together with any VAT taxes, delivery/redelivery fees and any additionally agreed charges, is due one month before the charter commences.
As per the MYBA contract, if you decide to cancel your charter the owner may retain your deposit or the entire charter fee; this depends on the timing you will communicate your cancelation. If you cancel after you have submitted your deposit but before the final installment is due, the owner is entitled to retain your deposit. If you have already paid the entire charter fee, the owner is entitled to retain the full amount but will return the Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA). Should you decide to cancel your charter, make sure to talk to your IYC Consultant as we can help liaise with the owner to find an alternative date for your charter. Also, keep in mind that different contracts have different cancelation policies.
Yes. In accordance to international regulations, it is necessary for the company to perform specific checks for the purpose of satisfying the anti-money laundering rules and compliance with any applicable sanctions. IYC is bound by these rules, and must comply with global processes.
Know Your Client (KYC) set of standards is the due diligence process required by the regulatory authorities and financial institutions to verify a Client’s identity. This process must be completed prior to entering any agreement with the company.
IYC will request specific documentation to perform all necessary checks. The company strives to complete this process with the minimum possible inconvenience for our clients and will perform all necessary checks in an efficient manner. All reports will be made available to the client. Information and/or documents provided shall be maintained by IYC’s Legal Department, in accordance with applicable laws, in strict confidence and with restricted access.
The documentation requested depends on whether the contract is with an individual or legal entity (company).
Where the client/engaging party will be a legal entity the following would be required:
On a case by case basis, the company may be legally required to ask for additional information and/or documentation.
Let your Charter Consultant know the destinations that you would like to visit.
Yachts are usually located at a specific location, but most of them are available for charter in the wider area. The speed of your yacht, weather conditions and availability in a particular marina are all factors that will determine the exact locations and number of ports that you can visit during your trip. Entering certain countries may be restricted by the yacht’s flag. Also, make sure that you have the appropriate visa permits to enter the countries you intend to visit. You should also keep in mind that if embarkation and/or disembarkation take place away from the yacht's home port, delivery/return fees and expenses will also be charged.
Yes, you are allowed to use all amenities on the yacht and enjoy it as if it was your own.
In most countries a license is necessary in order to use certain water toys (e.g. jet skis, wave runners and other mechanically propelled watercraft) and there may be an age limit. Certain areas prohibit the use of motorized water toys altogether. To use the yacht’s SCUBA diving equipment, if available, a certified PADI license or equivalent is necessary. If you do not have the required certificates, our team can usually arrange for an instructor to come onboard the yacht during your charter.
Every detail counts. Several weeks before your charter begins, your IYC Charter Consultant will reach out to you and ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire including all preferences and special requirements for members of your party. This sheet will cover dietary preferences, medical requirements, details on any allergies, favorite activities, sporting and entertainment requests. Knowing your preferences will enable us and the crew to make sure that you have everything that you need on board and that you have an unforgettable experience.
Just let your Charter Consultant know and we will work with the Captain and crew to have any arrangements taken care of.
Smoking is prohibited on board most yachts, however as policies tend to vary from yacht to yacht, please check with your Charter Consultant. As per safety regulations, smoking in cabins is prohibited on all yachts.
Accidents may happen when it’s least expected so it’s always best to be prepared. The Charter Liability insurance provides cover for situations where guests are liable for damage caused to their charter yacht – including the hull, tenders/toys, interior furnishings and other equipment – or to third parties. While as charterers and / or guests you may be covered under the yacht owner's liability policy, this extra cover allows you to completely relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing you are fully protected when chartering an expensive yacht.Your Charter Broker will put you in touch with IYC’s expert insurance team, who will create a policy to suit your exact needs.
Despite our best intentions, sometimes life gets in the way and we need to cancel our holiday plans. Trip Cancellation Insurance helps to protect a charter travel investment from the unexpected, with affordable premiums and minimal paperwork. As a charterer and/or guest you may cancel your booked trip for any reason and may be reimbursed for part of your pre-paid fee. Your Charter Broker will put you in touch with IYC’s expert insurance team, who will create a policy to suit your exact needs based on your charter plans.