Originally Posted by Hoosierdoc
Cost. Individualized services. Expanded location searches. Opinions of various charter companies and insight into hidden fees
, common issues, etc.
When you book airfare do you go directly to each airline or do you use google
flights, kayak, orbitz, etc?
When you buy insurance
do you ever use a broker to check numerous companies at once for you?
Well I can find all that stuff out on my own and I probably know the Caribbean
better than most brokers. Also know people in the industry and really don't need a broker. But hey if it works for you that's great. If the truth be known I haven't chartered a boat
in over 10 years so maybe things are changing. However honestly I have had my share of ill prepared boats and with some of the big players in the field. Had a nasty situation out of St. Vincent that almost went to ligation. Finally after getting a friend in the business involved they did the right thing and gave me a free charter. Now I wonder does your broker assume any of the responsibility for a boat that's not up to speed? That would be a reason to use a broker if that were the case.
Your second question regarding booking directly or through one of the many brokers eg: Kayak can be answered simply by stating sometimes and other times due to time constraints and complicated schedules for myself family
or friends I am served better dealing directly with the airlines. And I do a lot of flying and don't spend money
needlessly, well other than owning a boat in the first place.
Your last question regarding insurance again can be answered "sometimes" but mostly as a test against what I find on my own. Especially dealing with marine
insurance and coverage in different countries and Hurricane
So again I am happy you have found something that works for you. Guess I am a bit paranoid and want to explore on my own....at least on things I know about.
I do hope you have a great time on your next charter.