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  • What is a crewed charter?
    A permanent crew will be taking care of you throughout the week, they will ensure that you have an excellent holiday. Depending on the size of the boat you choose, it may just be a Captain and a Chef, however as you move up the scale, you may be adding a stewardess, deckhand and engineer!
  • Can I book the yacht for only a few days?
    Most charters run for 7 days, however, some of our boats will accept charters between 4 and 7 days. Please enquire if this is something you're interested in doing and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • How much does Above Deck charge?
    Finding you the perfect boat is absolutly free to you, the owner of the boat pays Above Deck a percentage of their charter fee for bringing you to their boat. The list price is the same whether or not you go directly to the owner or go through us.
  • What is the difference between Full board/Half board?
    You will usually have the choice between full board and half board. Full board would include all meals during your charter, whereas half-board would include all breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 3 dinners on the boat. The rest of the meals will have to be eaten ashore at your own expense.
  • What is an APA?
    With European charters, they use an APA (Advance provisioning allowance) which is usually 15-25% of the charter fee and covers all additional expenses (Food/alcohol/dockage, etc.). You get back whatever is unused at the end of the trip.
  • How can I pay for my charter?
    We accept USD, EURO and GBP. If you are paying for your charter in a currency other than that payable to the yacht, we can exchange it for you at the exchange rate provided by our bank. We will be fully transparent with you regarding this rate and will make sure you are happy with it going ahead. Our bank (Wise) does offer extremely competitive exchange rates. Any funds for your charter will remain in our Client Escrow account until all parties (You, Above Deck, Owner, Management) have signed the contract and the payment dates have elapsed.
  • Are there any additional costs?
    Depending on the type of yacht and the cruising area you choose, there may be some extra costs incurred, however, Above Deck will ensure you get a breakdown of these extra costs BEFORE you make a decision. Generally, the Caribbean yachts are all inclusive and the Mediterranean yachts are plus expenses. In the Mediterranean, all boats charge VAT (Usually 13%). Some boats have included it in their price and some charge it on top of their fee. This is made clear on the rates page. Once we have your enquiry, we will fully break down the calculated costs of your charter. See the example below.
  • What will my chef do?
    If you have booked a full-board charter, they will cook 3 meals a day during the week. They will also keep all common areas, including bathrooms, clean and tidy throughout the week. They will also provision the boat at the beginning of the week according to your preference sheet. Trust us, there is nothing like having an epic breakfast to wake up to every morning!
  • How much is the gratuity?
    We make sure you will be well looked after and your crew will be some of the best in the industry! They do work very hard and are expected to be on duty 24/7. Thus, it is customary to tip in the industry, however it is completely up to you how much. We suggest the following: Mediterranean: 5-15% Caribbean: 15-20%
  • How do I get to my destination?
    All our destinations have connections from all major transport hubs. Please use Skyscanner or Google Flights to find the best deals to your destination. Build your trip as 2x one way journeys for the best prices. Depending on your passport you may need a Visa to travel to certain destinations so please check.
  • How many people can I have in my group?
    Most of our boats sleep 4-10 people, however, there are some exceptions. We can also arrange multiple boats if you would like to travel with more as a big group. In Croatia and Greece, we have some bigger boats for up to 30 people and there are some exceptions that go up to 50+ Please let us know the number of people you intend to bring and we will see what we can do.
  • What safety equipment does the yacht have?
    All our yachts meet all the legal and compliant requirements for Lifejackets, First Aid, Radios & Comms, GPS navigation, Dinghy, Life raft, Fire detection and Firefighting equipment.
  • Do I need travel insurance?
    Yes. We strongly recommend that you have your own travel insurance. We will look after you as best we can and hold public liability insurance. As well as this, all our skippers are insured for any damages they may cause. Not all insurance policies cover you and your possessions during a sailing holiday. You must check with your insurer before your departure date.
  • How much luggage can I bring?
    Just remember that yachts don't have much storage space. We recommend packing a smallish duffel bag that can be stuffed away after you've unpacked. Please no hard suitcases, the boat will become a game of tetris!
  • Will my electronics work?
    Phone signal - There is 4G phone signal pretty much everywhere we go. Although nothing wrong with a detox for the week! Electricity - We have the ability to charge laptops/phones and other small items but cannot charge high electricity consumption items. Music - Most yachts have the possibility to connect your device to the sound system via bluetooth or Aux cable. Wifi - Most of our boats are equipped with excellent Wifi.
  • What if I’m not a strong swimmer?
    Please inform your Captain and crew if you are uncomfortable in the water. Our boats are equipped with lots of floating toys such a noodles so you can enjoy the water with everyone else. You may even be able to float in a lifejacket if you require!
  • What if I get seasick?
    Don’t be worried about seasickness as summer sailing conditions are very calm in all of our destinations and it is rare to encounter the conditions that trigger seasickness. If you do suffer from motion sickness we suggest bringing some medication (available at any pharmacy). Some of our past guests have got over their fear of seasickness forever!
  • Are small children allowed onboard?
    Of course! All our boats accept children, however, they will be required to wear a lifejacket when outside. Please let us know and we will ensure the correct sized life jackets are onboard.
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