Originally Posted by donjobs
I am a Canadian looking to offer my catamaran
for skippered charters. I have no experience with this, so I am unsure where to start.
What are the chartering industries like in the Caribbean vs. Europe? Do I owe any "dues" to the country that I am chartering in/near (if I charter to Canadians vs. other nationalities)?
How do you market your boat as available for chartering?
What kind of insurance and qualifications do I need as the Captain? What standards does my boat have to satisfy?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
This is a minefield , and is very country specific. Basically you must abde by your flag state rules for commercial
chartering , and then you cannot seek local third country chartering work. Some operations like sailing schools get around this by ensuring all financial transactions occur through your flag state office address and currency. Hence you cannot pick up " dock
It's very common in the med to see UK MCA coded commercial charter yachts , picking up clients locally, however these clients have bought and paid for the charter through the UK registered office of the charter. Every now and then the local country inspectors yet snotty and clamp down on out of country chartering
The specifics of what you need will depend on the flag state. In the UK for example the boat needs to be coded and certified by the MCA as a commercial yacht. The skipper
would have ( though doesn't need to have) a commercially endorsed RYA yacht aster offshore
cert , and the appropriate business insurance.
This is on top of normal business issues , tax , etc