Chart­ing a Course

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

Many fac­tors in­flu­ence the char­ter fee, in­clud­ing sea­son­al­ity, es­pe­cially for re­mote des­ti­na­tions like Antarc­tica. There are high and low sea­sons, and no­table events, such as large re­gat­tas and in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals, might also in­flate rates within a sea­son or in a re­gion. Other fac­tors in­clude the size of the yacht, its rep­u­ta­tion, the ex­pe­ri­ence of its crew and cap­tain, and its ameni­ties. Also, yachts have their own sets of rules and in­clu­sions de­cided by their own­ers. Hir­ers will be charged an “ad­vance pro­vi­sion­ing allowance,” which al­lows the ves­sel to take on sup­plies be­fore the char­ter. Any un­used funds will be re­turned at the end of the trip—but if you’ve hit the champagne harder than an­tic­i­pated, ad­di­tional funds may be re­quired, and bonds are of­ten held by char­ter bro­kers for such even­tu­al­i­ties. In ad­di­tion to the char­ter fee, other costs in­clude fuel, har­bour fees and dock­age, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in­clud­ing in­ter­net ac­cess, and, if you are board­ing from more re­mote ar­eas, a de­liv­ery fee. Typ­i­cally, th­ese costs are com­bined in a 35 per cent add-on to the char­ter fee, which in the case of the Hanse Ex­plorer is €135,000 a week.

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