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Char­ter­ing a yacht isn’t the cheap­est way to have fun in Sin­ga­pore, so you’ll want to make the most of your ex­pe­ri­ence. Here are five quick tips to keep in mind.

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Contents - BY MHD TIM ALDEN

Tips on char­ter­ing the right yacht

#1 Find the right char­ter com­pany

There are many good char­ter agen­cies in Sin­ga­pore, but what’s likely to help make your ex­pe­ri­ence that much bet­ter is qual­ity ser­vice. Give the op­er­a­tors a call to get a sense of how well they re­ceive and han­dle your book­ing. En­sure all your ques­tions are ad­e­quately an­swered, with suf­fi­cient at­ten­tion to small de­tails.

#2 Se­lect the right yacht

Key cri­te­ria to con­sider in­clude not only the num­ber of guests and your bud­get, but also the sta­bil­ity of the ves­sel. Sin­ga­pore wa­ters are mostly very calm and safe; the big­gest wave mo­tion you’re likely to ex­pe­ri­ence is the pass­ing wake of fast fer­ries. Yet there is a dis­tinct dif­fer­ence in how dif­fer­ent types of yachts han­dle these pass­ing wakes. If your party has a lot of older guests and young chil­dren, for safety we rec­om­mend a cata­ma­ran, a twin-hulled yacht, which has the ad­van­tage of be­ing much more sta­ble – and it pro­vides more en­ter­tain­ment space too.

If you have a younger party, they may en­joy the thrill of cross­ing a wake at high speeds so a sin­gle (mono) hull, fly bridge (up­per driv­ing sta­tion or sun­deck), or sports bridge (open deck) may be more de­sir­able – though note that space, com­fort and sta­bil­ity will be com­pro­mised.

#3 Take care of your guests

Al­ways take into con­sid­er­a­tion that there may be a mem­ber of your party who will get sea­sick – even by just walk­ing onto the pon­toons! Gen­er­ally, these peo­ple would be very happy to stay at home, so don’t feel bad if they do just that. For guests with only mild sea­sick­ness, your agent will be able to pro­vide you with in­for­ma­tion on where to buy sea­sick­ness pills and how to take them (usu­ally half an hour be­fore travel). Do bear in mind they can make you drowsy.

Re­mem­ber, too, that when you’re out at sea you can’t call Uber Eats, so en­sure that guests’ di­etary re­quire­ments (veg­e­tar­ian or ha­lal, for ex­am­ple) are met and any al­lergy trig­gers are avoided.

Some owner-op­er­a­tors may even of­fer to at­tend to your guests on board at no ex­tra cost, so, if re­quired, do ask if this ser­vice is pro­vided.

#4 Pre­pare well in ad­vance

Un­less you’re a sea­soned char­terer, try not to make last-minute book­ings. Even if a yacht is avail­able at the last minute, cater­ing for groups of up to 50 guests would re­quire a min­i­mum of one week to pre­pare, es­pe­cially if you pre­fer a home-cooked ser­vice that tends to pro­vide a fresher and more whole­some meal. Do en­sure all guests have the es­sen­tial de­tails in­clud­ing meet­ing point and time. It’s also wise to share the FAQS that should be pro­vided by your agent.

#5 Don’t worry!

For the unini­ti­ated, or­gan­is­ing an out­ing like this might feel like a bur­den. How­ever, the right agent should be able to guide you through the steps and take care of ev­ery oner­ous de­tail. And a good crew will be on hand to look af­ter your guests, so once ev­ery­thing is pre­pared you can sit back, re­lax and get the most out of your day.

The au­thor has over two decades’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the yacht in­dus­try – ser­vice sales, bro­ker­age and char­ter – in Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong. Contact him at At­lantis Yachts. 9664 9689 | at­lantisy­achts.asia

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