How Much Does it Cost to Charter a Yacht?

All you need to know about the Cost to Charter a Yacht, with price table.

A yacht charter is certainly one of the most exciting and fun trips to plan, but it can be a little challenging at times, especially if it’s your first time. Here we will attempt to answer all of the questions you might have regarding , including:

  • How does yacht charter pricing work?
  • What is the difference between “all inclusive” and “plus expenses” yacht charter
  • How much does it cost to charter a yacht with crew?
  • What does the price of chartering a yacht include?
  • Are expenses and fuel included in the price of a yacht charter?
  • And more!

We will only be assessing crewed yacht charter prices, not bare boat charters.

How does yacht charter pricing work?

In the yachting industry, the pricing is generally done in one of two ways. The first, and most commonly used is the “plus expenses charter”.This is where the rate for the yacht is for the yacht only, and any additional expenses, such as VAT and APA (includes fuel, food, drink, etc) must be paid in addition. Typically, the APA is 35% of the base price, whilst the VAT rate depends of course on the country that you start the charter in.

What’s the difference between “all inclusive” and “plus expenses” yacht charter costs?

In contrast to the ‘plus expenses’ charter outlined above, ‘all inclusive’ yacht charters include many of the costs, e.g. food and drink in an all-inclusive package. These charters are offered far less than the plus expenses pricing, and can most commonly be found on catamaran / monohull yachts in the Virgin Islands, and some in the Bahamas.

To get a better idea of what is included in the yacht charter cost, see our table below:

Plus expenses Charter All Inclusive Charter
Crew Yes Yes
Water Toys Yes Yes
Fuel No Yes*
Food No Yes
Drink No Yes
Tax No No
Crew Gratuity No No
Dockage No No
Water / Electricity No No

*Often limited, for example, to x amount of hours cruising per day

How much does it cost to charter a yacht with crew?

As can be seen in the above table, the crew are always included in the base price for a yacht charter. The only exception for this is for longer charters on smaller yachts which do not have a full time chef, in which case an external chef can be hired at your request. The cost of this is taken from the APA.

 

How much should you tip crew on a yacht charter?

When it comes to tipping yacht crew, standard practise varies with each destination. Generally, when chartering on the Mediterranean, a 10-15% tip is customary. In the Caribbean / Bahamas / Florida however, a 15-20% is more common. We always believe that the amount you tip your crew should be based on the level of service that you feel you have received!

How much does it cost to charter a yacht with crew?

Your yacht charter cost will depend on a number of variables:

Size: The size of the yacht does matter! The bigger the yacht, the larger the cost!

Age: The year of build is also important, with the more modern yachts often costing more.

Season: The yacht industry is highly seasonal, and so rates are often greater in high season (typically July and August in Europe) than they are for low season (all other months).

Destination: Yachts are priced more competitively where there are more options, for example in the South of France, compared to other locations where the choice is more scarce.

History: Some yachts have a higher price tag on them due to their history. Some yachts have a great history, for example the yacht Christina O, whilst others might have celebrity owners, which also pushes up the price!

See below for a rough yacht charter cost guide!

What is the Average Yacht Charter Cost: Base Prices

This table gives a rough guideline for you to estimate the cost of chartering a yacht:

 

  1. Crewed Sailing Yachts (expenses not included)
Length Price Per Week
Up to 24m // 80 ft €10,000 – €20,000
24m – 36m // 80ft – 120ft €20,000 – €50,000
36m – 45m // 120ft – 150ft €50,000 – €100,000
45m – 65m // 150ft – 213ft €100,000 – €200,000
65m+ // 213ft + €200,000 – €550,000

2.Crewed Motor Yachts (expenses not included)

Length Price per week
Up to 24m // 80 ft €13,000 – €35,000
24m – 30.5m // 80ft – 100ft €25,000 – €60,000
30.5m – 36.5m. // 100ft – 120ft €40,000 – €100,000
36.5m – 45.7m // 120ft – 150ft €45,000 – €160,000
45.7 – 54.8m // 150ft – 180ft €100,000 – €250,000
54.8m – 64m // 180ft – 210ft €200,000 – €500,000
64m – 80m // 210ft – 262ft €500,000 – €1,000,000
80m+ // 262ft + €550,000 – €4,000,000

What are delivery and redelivery fees in yachting?

Delivery/Redelivery fees only apply when you wish to charter a yacht in a different location to where it is berthed. If this is the case, you may have to pay for the cost of fuel used by the yacht in getting from its home berth, to the starting point of the charter. Likewise, if you finish your charter in a different location to the home berth of the yacht, you may need to pay redelivery fees – the cost of fuel used by the yacht in returning to its home berth.

How many people can go on a crewed yacht charter?

The number of people that are allowed on board the yacht charter varies with each yacht. Typically, a maximum of 12 guests can cruise on board during the charter – the crew are NOT included in this number. As previously mentioned, this does vary with each yacht – some have special licenses to cruise with slightly more or less than 12 guests, whilst one charter yacht is able to cruise with as many as 157 guests!

Jed Duane

Written by Jed Duane

Jed traveled from the countryside of Ireland to the Mediterranean in search of sun, sea and a story. With his marketing background and love of all things water, Jed is running the 212 blog and our marketing platforms this season. He is always learning about the yachting industry while sharing and probing all of our yacht experts for nitty gritty details,


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