Yacht charter contracts


di Avv. Simone Moretti

Yacht charter contracts are agreements between a yacht owner (the "charter company") and a person or group (the "charterer") who pays to use the yacht for a specific period of time. Yacht charter contracts can be a convenient and cost-effective way for individuals or groups to enjoy the luxury of a yacht without the expense and responsibility of ownership.

When entering into a yacht charter contract, it is important for both the charter company and the charterer to clearly understand their rights and obligations. The terms of the contract should be carefully negotiated and documented to avoid any misunderstandings or disputes.

Typical provisions of a yacht charter contract may include:

  • the duration of the charter: the contract should specify the exact dates that the charterer will have use of the yacht.
  • the cost of the charter: the contract should specify the total cost of the charter, including any additional fees or charges that may apply.
  • the terms of payment: the contract should specify when and how payment is to be made, as well as any deposits or prepayments that may be required.
  • the terms of cancellation: the contract should specify the circumstances under which the charterer may cancel the charter and the terms under which any deposits or payments may be refunded.
  • the terms of use: the contract should specify how the charterer is permitted to use the yacht, including any restrictions on the number of passengers, the types of activities that are allowed, and the geographic areas that are covered.
  • the terms of maintenance and repair: the contract should specify who is responsible for maintaining and repairing the yacht, as well as any provisions for damages or losses.

Overall, yacht charter contracts are an important way to protect the rights and interests of both the charter company and the charterer. It is important for both parties to carefully review the terms of the contract and to seek legal counsel if necessary to ensure that they fully understand their rights and obligations.