The Bitterness of Poor Quality Remains Long after the Sweetness of Low Price is Forgotten?
Whether you’re chartering for the first time, or a regular to the charter market, with so much at stake, we consider the 5 key areas to consider when looking for your dream yacht charter or sailing holiday.
When you dream yacht charter is at stake. When your friends and families dreams are at stake, it’s important to make the right choices. But how do you know the difference between two yacht charter quotes?
We’re all good drivers? Right? Let’s face it, we all think we are great drivers (and sailors I imagine), so it if we ask any operator is the maintenance and equipment on their boats of a high standard, they are not going to say, “oh we’re kind of average”. So just asking operators won’t really help that much.
Reassuringly expensive? Can we trust the alone price to give us all the clues to a dream yacht charter? Is paying any kind of guarantee, or simply lining the pockets of the owners. It is tough to tell.
Here are our 5 areas to consider when booking your next dream yacht charter.
The Five Secrets to Booking Your Perfect Yacht Charter
How we Check Your Dream Yacht Charter with be Great Value?
Here at SailChecker we use over 20 indicators to establish whether the yacht we select is good value for money. Anyone indicator taken in isolation would be of minimum benefit, when we take all these factors into account, we feel sure we can suggest the right yacht.
- One – The BIG 3: Model, Age, Price.
No matter what boat, the price, the model and the age are going to be the biggest 3 factors. But we compare those three factors against all the charter yachts in that region. We also analyze the price of all yachts in that area so we can see if there are any regional adjustments to be made. For instance, Dubrovnik Marina is one of the most expensive in the Adriatic and wonderfully position, we would expect to see a premium across all the boats. With this data, we are able to see if the price of the yacht is value for money.
- Two – Pedigree: The Right Company for You.
First of all, size does matter. Yes, you are likely to get great customer service at the check-in from a family run charter company, but they simply cannot have the economies of scale to support you if something goes wrong. Both operationally and financially. Also how long a company has been established is a fairly good indicator of future performance.
- Three: Governance: The Paperwork is important.
We always look at the charter contracts, the cancellation policy and the insurance. We need to be sure that the minimum standards are in place and those seeking to improve, are proportionately rewarded in our offers.
- Four: Reviews: Finding Out What Others Think.
Increasingly, there are independent review systems available. An operator that opens his doors to this, must be properly rewarded. If on top of that he gets great reviews too, we like to promote that distinction. Next time ask if the yacht you are looking to charter has any independent rating.
- Five: Equipment: A really Positive Indicator.
This is a really great indicator of a charter company. In 2015 we asked every charter company to tell us whether they provided cockpit cushions as standard. As well looking at the equipment list, we think this is a great way of judging a company’s attention to detail.
Let us know your experience
Our algorithm for establishing what yacht is likely to reward you with your dream yacht charter is being adjusted all the time as we learn more about what it is our customers want from charter companies. Do you have something that you would like to see more of? Why not leave us a message below and will be sure to incorporate the best. By way of thanks, we will also give a €50 voucher off your next yacht charter to every valid suggestion.