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Recommendations from your broker

There is no doubt that you might have some questions when it comes to book your yacht charter. We want you to have the best experience possible during your holidays, that's why our professional brokers have some tips for you in this article. This information will help you clear out some inquiries regarding your yacht charter, remember you can always reach out your yacht broker anytime and ask any questions about chartering a yacht and receive answers from yachting professionals by contacting us with your query.


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So let's get started with the professional tips for you best charter experience.

BOOK AHEAD

If you are flexible to where and when you want to go is perfectly fine to book within 3 months in advances. But if you are looking to charter a yacht for an special event, like the Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival or even to spend the New Year Eve's in the Caribbean, you must reserve for those specific dates a season in advance. Holidays and special events are high on demand, make sure you let your charter broker know you have this events in mind, so she can find the perfect yacht that match your expectations.

WHO ARE YOUR COMPANIONS

This is a very important information a broker would need in order to provide you with the best yacht experience. How many people are coming with you on the charter? What kind of vacations are you planning to take: family, romantic, adventure, friends, a mix? Also consider the number of separate cabins and beds required.

TOY WISH LIST

This is a very fun part! Think of the activities you and your entourage would like to practice during your holidays. Yachts have plenty of toys to satisfy even the most adventurous spirit, with anticipation we can guaranty it on board. From snorkeling to jet skis, windsurfers, sailing dinghies, waverunners, SeaDoos and water slides, tell your broker to assist you if you can't decide.


BE OPENED MINDED

If you wan to have the best experience in your yacht vacation, please listen to your broker and to the Captain's recommendations. There are many other things to consider for a save, fun and relaxing cruise. So take  the captain's advice regarding distances and transit times, prevailing winds and local attractions. Entering certain ports also may be restricted by the size of the yacht or its flag. Some harbors require pilots; some anchorages require permits. Both need to be arranged in advance. Your charter broker will help out with all the arrangements, remember to communicate clear and directly with all details you want to highlight and are important for you.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL CARDS

Be safe and don't get caught out with bank charges and exchange rates, there are now many credit cards that offer no fee exchanges on multi currencies. Most of them are pre-paid and accepted as debit cards even in the most remote locations and ATM's for cash withdrawal. However it is always advisable to carry a little cash for those truly off the beaten track locations and circumstances.

THINK ECO

It might seem a little hypocritical when we are jetting around and chartering yachts but we can always be mindful of the environment. Whilst on board choose sunscreens and other body products that don’t pollute the ocean killing marine life and coral reefs. Limit the use of plastics especially the single use plastics of products such as bottled water and always insist on taking our rubbish with us and discarding responsibly.



VITAMIN SEA

Many studies have found and scientific literature has proven what we had long felt intuitively to be true: we feel much better by the sea.

To go to the sea is synonymous with letting go. When you are sailing, surfing or swimming, says Dr Matthew White of Exeter University  “you’re really in tune with natural forces there – you have to understand the motion of the wind, the movement of the water”. By being forced to concentrate on the qualities of the environment, we access a cognitive state honed over millennia. “We’re kind of getting back in touch with our historical heritage, cognitively.” Water is, quite literally, immersive.

An extensive 2013 study by Dr White on happiness in natural environments prompted 20,000 smartphone users across 18 (mostly European) countries to record their sense of wellbeing and their immediate environment at random intervals. Marine and coastal margins were found by some distance to be the happiest locations.

Proximity to water – especially the sea – is associated with many positive measures of physical and mental wellbeing, from higher levels of vitamin D to better social relations.

 “We find people who visit the coast, for example, at least twice weekly tend to experience better general and mental health,” says Dr Lewis Elliott, also of the University of Exeter and BlueHealth.

White says there are three established pathways by which the presence of water is positively related to health, wellbeing and happiness.

First, there are the beneficial environmental factors typical of aquatic environments, such as less polluted air and more sunlight.

Second, people who live by water tend to be more physically active – not just with water sports, but walking and cycling. A stroll by the sea will help you sleep longer, study finds.
 
Third – and this is where blue space seems to have an edge over other natural environments – water has a psychologically restorative effect. Spending time in and around aquatic environments has consistently been shown to lead to significantly higher benefits, in inducing positive mood and reducing negative mood and stress.

Being outdoors and the therapeutic effects of nature – particularly of water.

We hope all these tips are useful when it comes to your yacht charter. See you on board!

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