Charter Programs

charter picture1If you have been looking at the option of putting your boat into a charter program and are looking for further information, I hope this article will be of value. Below the article a list of members of the Association of Bareboat Charters and Sailing Schools in BC.

These words are from Ian MacPherson, President of the Association of Bareboat Charters and Sailing Schools in BC. He has been in the charter business since 1974. Firstly in the Caribbean, then the Med, before settling in the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world – BC!

He has this to say when considering to have your yacht under the management of a charter fleet operator:

Putting your boat into charter as an option:

Ownership costs:

Ownership revenue:

The charter company’s commitments to the ownerCharter picture
  • To maintain the vessel in pristine charter condition at all times
  • To minimize costs by sourcing the best pricing on parts etc
  • To produce an operating manual for all systems on board the vessel
  • To promote the vessel for charter

o   Through the company’s website

o   By attending the relevant boat shows

o   Brochures and other promotional material

  • To prepare and check out the vessel for each charter
  • To meet, greet and brief each charterer
  • To debrief the charterer after each charter
  • To inspect the boat above and below the water after each charter.
The charterer:

Of greatest concern to the owner is the qualification of the person wishing to charter his/her vessel.

All the reputable charter companies in BC have a stringent vetting process.

  • This involves filling out an extensive sailing resume which must show the potential charterer to be fully qualified to take the vessel.

(The industry minimum qualification to a new charterer is the International Yacht Training(IYT) Certificate of competence which is the equivalent of the Coastal Skipper advanced ticket acquired locally.)

  • Most companies have a thorough yacht briefing prior to departure which goes a long way to ensure that the charterer fully understands all the systems aboard
  • This is followed by a detailed area brief will provide an in depth orientation of our sailing area.
  • A thorough debrief is done by the charter company on return to the base.  This includes diving or lifting the boat after every charter.

In addition, a security deposit is retained at the base to cover the insurance deductible, should there be any costs to be borne by the charterer.

Ian MacPherson

President of the Association of Bareboat Charters & Sailing Schools in BC

Second Vice President of Boating BC

Below are links to members of the Association of Bareboat Charters & Sailing Schools in BC

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