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Unpacking how 6-Pax and 12-Pax Charters must be transacted

Start to talk to anyone about the rules and regulations involved with charters and you can immediately see the eyes roll up into their head and the blood rush from there face. So, we decided to create this short blog post to try to demystify, as best we can, how 6 Passenger Charters on Ciamar are required to transact and how different the transaction is for a 12 Passenger charter on Where's Oli? We hope this helps.


Captained 6-Pax Charters are limited to 6 passengers where at least one of the passengers is paying. 

All CIAMAR Charters are Captained 6-pax Charters

All prices quoted are ‘no hidden cost/fixed price’ trips including everything described by the Trip Description


All CIAMAR charters are operated according to the rules and regulations and licensing for OUPV 6-Pak charters where a total of six passengers are allowed with at least one passenger paying for the trip.  Up to six passengers may onboard during day and/or overnight.


The cost of the yacht, Captain, crew, fuel, maintenance, taxes and fees are all fixed and included in every Ciamar charter price.  They will never vary from what is quoted to you.  The degree to which enhanced amenities such as additional food and staff such as a Chef are included varies based on the trip being taken.  You can consult the trip description to see what is included versus considered an add-on.  For example, typically a daytime trip includes a grazing menu but adding a plated seated meal would be an upgrade.  Evening trips typically include a plated seated meal, but adding a chef on-board would be an upgrade.


The prices you see quoted for Ciamar trips are complete costs for the trip, inclusive of the added amenities that are described in the trip description as included.  When selecting the trip option you want when booking, be sure to select the option that includes any additional amenities that you desire.  And as always, talk to us to customize in any way you desire.


Gratuity is not included in the Charter Fee.  The amount of gratuity is up to you to decide at the end of the trip depending on how you liked your service. On Marquis Charters, we've seen tips range from 10% to 40% of the total cost of the charter fee.  We are very proud of our crew for averaging a tip of 16% and for sometimes earning gratuities of 30% and 40%.

 

Bareboat Charters are limited to one charterer plus a maximum of 12 of their guests. This means that your group can have 13 people, one “Charterer” and 12 “Guests” of the Charterer.

All WHERE’s OLI? Charters are Bareboat Charters

All prices quoted are “Yacht + APA Included” that is a fair estimate of the total cost to cover everything described by the Trip Description

All WHERE’s OLI? Charters are operated in accordance with the rules and regulations and licensing for Bareboat chartering of Recreational Vessels, with one charterer and up to 12 guests.  Up to 13 people (charterer plus 12 guests) may be on-board during the day and eight people (charterer plus 7) may sleep overnight on the yacht.  Hired Captain and Crew do not count in these limits. 


The price you see quoted for Where’s Oli is a combined Yacht + APA estimate of the bareboat yacht charter plus a reasonable estimate for the Advanced Provisioning Allowance (described below.)


  • YACHT: Like renting a car, your bareboat charter fee includes private use of the yacht totally under your control and that of the approved Captain/crew you hire and pay for separately.  This is the base charter fee. 

  • APA:  Advanced Provisioning Allowance is an estimate of the total cost of operating the yacht.  This yacht industry convention was created to comply with bareboat laws that require all running costs be paid for by the charterer.  Included in the quoted Oli price is a fair estimate of the total cost of the Captain, crew, food, beverages, fuel, port fees and any other costs that are incurred as part of the description of amenities included in the trip description.  Choosing additional amenities not described in the listing such as added staff such as a chef, caregiver or shoreside transportation would require a larger APA estimate.  For example, typically a daytime trip includes a grazing menu in the APA but adding a plated seated meal would be an upgrade.  Evening trips typically include a plated seated meal in the APA, but adding a chef on-board would be an upgrade.

The Charter Cost Total shown for Where’s Oli is a fairly sound estimate that includes the base charter fee and a reasonable Advanced Provisioning Allowance for all running costs. 


How is the APA estimated?


As a rule of thumb, we use $1200 for Captain and crew fees for trips of 4 hours or less.  We use $175 an hour for fuel when calculating the APA. And when food and/or chef is included in the trip description, we include an estimate of that cost in the APA as well.  As your trip plans are finalized, we can narrow all estimates and make them very close to actual so that your APA covers all costs and there are no post-trip surprises. 


All APA expenses are passed through to you without markup.  So, you can have direct control on the APA by working with us to customize your trip to be exactly as you wish and to exclude things you don’t need or want.


Gratuity is not included in the Yacht Fee or APA.  The amount of gratuity is up to you to decide at the end of the trip depending on how you liked your service. On Marquis Charters, we've seen tips range from 10% to 40% of the total cost of the charter fee.  We are very proud of our crew for averaging a tip of 16% and for sometimes earning gratuities of 30% and 40%.


Sales Tax:  Sales tax on chartering the Where’s Oli yacht is 9.25% of the base charter fee.  It will be collected at the time that your security deposit is advanced.

 

Summary

  • Trips up to 6 people on Ciamar are Captained UPV Charters and are priced as all-in, fixed price based on your request.

  • Trips on Where's Oli of any number of people up to 13 are Bareboat Charters and are quoted as an estimated total, but operating decisions and costs must be accounted for in their pieces, separating the yacht rental fee from the operating costs of the trip.

  • It would take another, much lo nger and much more boring blog to explain "why' this is all this way. So for now, we hope this post can help explain in more detail how the two models are required to work in real life.

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