Did you know most yachts sit idle for up to 30 weeks a year? What a waste!
Yachting is one of the most incredible travel experiences you’ll ever have. There’s no better way to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. That’s why believe you should have easy, affordable access to this dream vacation.
So we’ve partnered with yacht owners to make their moored vessels available to adventurous travellers like you. As a member you’ll have access to private yachts around the globe which you can book for your personalized vacation experience. Join us and we’ll show you how to create the travel experience of a lifetime!
Technically speaking, a superyacht is any professionally crewed yacht measuring 24m (roughly 80 feet) in length and above.
Anywhere in the world! We have a selection of yachts on our website that sail the West Coast of the USA, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Australia, and a beautiful Schooner in Indonesian waters. No matter where you choose as your preferred destination we will find you the yacht that suits you.
Certainly! Tell us what you like and we’ll tailor an experience just for you. For example, we often recommend the Bahamas and Exumas; Caribbean Islands such St Barth’s; the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean; the Italian coast to including Sicily and Sardinia or the Adriatic; the French Riviera; or the Greek Islands. Or why not really go on an adventure through the thousands of islands in Indonesia, or head down-under to Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef? There is a world of choice!
The yachts are all designed to compare with 5-star accommodations. They are spacious with state rooms and combination of double and twin bedrooms. Every bedroom has luxury en suite facilities and in-room entertainment. There are also generous living areas and indoor and alfresco dining facilities.
We focus on the 80 - 130 foot (25-40m) class of yachts because they tend to be relatively more affordable for parties of 6 to 8 guests. However, yacht charters can take up to 12 guests under international maritime regulations.
Every yacht is attended by highly trained accommodation crew. Most have a choice of water toys if you wish to enjoy those, all expertly supervised by the Captain and crew. The crew to guest ratio is mostly 1:2 with a minimum of 3 crew on yachts with a capacity of 6 and 4 with a capacity of 8, going up from there. If your group is larger than 8 then it can be that the yacht is relatively more expensive as they tend to be larger ones.
You might be surprised at just how affordable a yacht charter can be.
As a rule of thumb these luxury yacht vacations cost about $1,000 per person per day with full occupation. That is your all-in budget, which is comparable with top-end luxury cruises and resorts once you include all their add-on costs.
Every yacht is advertised with a base charter cost, which covers the yacht and crew. We are proud of our unique value checking system, OSCYR, which continuously analyzes the market and can check whether the advertised base charter rate represents a good value.
In addition to the base charter costs you will have to allow for approximately 50-55% uplift for the provisioning allowance, which covers marina/anchor fees, fuel (which is the largest part of this cost), food and beverage provisions and crew tips at the end of your vacation. You will have a reasonable control over the fuel costs when you agree with the Captain your itinerary (the more you wish to sail, the higher the costs) and the food and beverage costs are a result of your exact requirements.
Once we have found your ideal yacht in your chosen destination we must secure it with the deposit equal to 30% of the overall estimated costs. This will all be detailed in the contract we provide you with before you must take this step. We will set up a client account for you at OceanScape Yachts to take care of all of this on your behalf.
Thirty days before your departure date, the full amount less the deposit must be paid into the client account. We will ensure that the full base charter rate is paid to the owner or his agent and the provisioning allowance is transferred to the yacht’s account which is managed by the Captain. The allowance of the crew tip is included in this but if you wish to deal with this personally then please let us know. (We do advise however not to travel with large amounts of cash and if you wish to handle this with a personal touch then we recommend having the minimum of the tip transferred in the provisioning allowance, which you can top up at the end of the trip with some extra cash if you wish.)
We always love to answer this question as we are passionate about the hospitality offered with these luxury vacations. You decide when and what you want to eat. One member of the crew will be your dedicated personal chef and they are greatly skilled in what they create in the galley.
When you book with us, we go into minute detail learning likes, dislikes diet, and allergies. It is our objective to make this as much of a bespoke experience as possible for every individual guest. Right down to matching your brand preferences on beverages and drinks whenever possible (this is subject to the port of provisioning as some of them might not always be available there. If that is the case then we will find alternatives to match them as close as possible. )
Not to mention that you can catch your own fish and ask the chef to clean and prepare it to your taste! You can dine in the dining room, al fresco on the deck, a picnic on a secluded beach or a BBQ ashore. This is the antidote of cruise ships where you must wait in line at times dictated and must eat what is on offer. This is pure luxury!
Yes, of course, you can and sometimes the Captain and/or crew can recommend something to you. You should be aware that this an extra cost you will have to settle yourself locally. In these ports, it is also possible of course to do some retail therapy or explore historical towns if you’d like.
Freedom is the word which comes to mind. You are completely in charge of your own itinerary which you will make in consultation with the Captain. We will make some suggestions but a few weeks prior to your departure we will arrange for a call between you and the Captain to discuss this is some more detail. He/she is the expert as they know the local waters and those little gems you don’t want to miss--secluded anchor locations, for example. And you know what? It will be so flexible that when you wake up each day you can change your mind over breakfast. The Captain and crew are there to accommodate your wishes at every turn, provided they can keep you and the yacht safe. Check out all of our itineraries here!
We will provide you with a packing list which will detail our recommendations. It is very much your personal clothing, footwear and swimwear and you decide with your guests how you want to dress at day or evening. There will sometimes be restrictions that you cannot use the furniture inside the living accommodation with wet swimwear but that is possibly it, apart from that footwear is not allowed to be used onboard to protect the decks. Make sure you bring sufficient and appropriate sunscreen protection and we recommend soft luggage. While the accommodations are spacious, hard luggage is not easy to store.
We will let you know which airport you need to choose for your arrival. When you are there, we will ensure that there is someone there to welcome you and your party and make transfer arrangements to the marina and the yacht. Sometimes our customers want to be there a day earlier and stay in a hotel. This will all be included in the transfer arrangements as per your instructions. The same will be arranged at the end of your vacation. If you wish us to take care of all your travel arrangements, the we will be pleased to do that for you at a small extra cost. We will provide you with the options and when funds are in your client account with us, we will make the bookings. If you want super luxe, then we have connections with private plane charters and can make those arrangements as well.
This depends on the yacht. The standard is 7 days but some can be available from 4 days when the lead time is short and the owner would rather take four days than none at all. We also have a number of yachts available to charter for as little as one day, a weekend or even an afternoon! There is no maximum.
While not traditionally part of the yacht charter package, we are very happy to make those travel arrangements for you. The flight costs will be extra, as well as a small booking fee.
The yachts have tenders and can take you ashore whenever you wish. There can also be opportunities to visit other small marinas to achieve the same. The crew will know how to make arrangements for you to travel on land to the attraction you wish to visit.
OceanScape Yachts was created with a mission to make it easy and seamless for our customers while providing the highest possible quality service. Our ambition is to create a community of like-minded people who enjoy these luxury yacht vacations and if you want to be part of our Inner Circle you can exchange experiences and memories with your fellow travellers. At OceanScape Yachts, we don’t maintain an expensive fleet, or cater only to those who want to “try before they buy.”
Instead, we bring yacht owners and sophisticated travellers together to create a marketplace that puts otherwise idle yachts out on the water. Think of it as the “sharing economy” of luxury sea travel. You and your loved ones get to enjoy an unforgettable vacation while the vessel's owner collects a fee to help pay for her upkeep. It’s win-win for everyone.
We love adding new members to our community! Have a look at the different levels (and perks!) below:
- OceanScape Club - FREE membership. Yes, you read that right! And simply by joining, we will give you $500 off toward your food and drink provisioning on your first yacht charter of one week or more. Isn’t that the easiest way you’ve ever made 500 bucks?! You’ll also have access to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Member Ambassadors who will guide you completely during the booking process, until you are safely home after your trip.
- OceanScape Club Inner Circle - Just a one time fee of $97 will give you Inner Circle membership status for life. You will be assigned your very own Member Ambassador you will have direct access to for each and every yacht charter. Not only that, but you will have access to our proprietary charter rate comparison tool - OSCYR - so you always know you are getting the best value for your yacht. Oh wait, did we not mention that we will also be giving you $1000 off toward your food and drink provisioning on your first yacht charter of one week or more. That’s still over 900 bucks off your vacation once you account for the one time fee!
- Captain’s Club - This membership is definitely for you if: you know you have a love of the sea and want to make the most of your time with loved ones onboard. You likely already charter one to three times a year and want to continue seeing the globe from the bow of your own luxury yacht. You will receive all the same perks as above, however, as one of our most valued members, you will also receive food and provisioning bonuses for each and every charter, amassing up to 10-15% savings each trip! All this for only $197 a month will still equal thousands of savings off your yacht trips!
We have from time to time special deals, which we offer to our Inner Circle Members first. That is one of the many benefits you are entitled to if you pay a Membership fee. About vacation packages, we pride ourselves to provide you with a tailor-made vacation and endeavour to incorporate your wishes whenever we can. That is all part of the service.
If you are prone to seasickness, there are various solutions. First, we select destinations with shallow waters and a time when the weather conditions are likely to be benign. Second, we select a yacht that is equipped with stabilizers, which reduces the motion. And finally, there are remedies and tips available to help you with seasickness:
- Be well rested before setting sail. ...
- Take antiemetic drugs. ...
- Get fresh air. ...
- Have a bite. ...
- Wear an acupressure wristband. ...
- Avoid stimuli that can trigger nausea. ...
- Please consult websites such as www.medicinenet.com
At OceanScape Yachts, we don’t maintain an expensive fleet, charge exorbitant brokerage fees, or cater only to those who want to “try before they buy.”
Instead, we bring yacht owners and sophisticated travellers together to create a marketplace that puts otherwise idle yachts out on the water. Think of it as the “sharing economy” of luxury sea travel.
You and your loved ones get to enjoy an unforgettable vacation while the vessel's owner collects a fee to help pay for her upkeep. It’s win-win for everyone.
By putting all your vacation planning resources in one place!
We provide you a library of destination guides to help you pick your harbor of choice. Our knowledgeable Member Ambassadors are here to answer all your questions and aid you in the vacation planning process. And finally, our community of like-minded globetrotters can share with you their own travel tips and recommendations.
First, our unique business model allows us to slash traditional yacht brokerage fees so you always pay less with OceanScape Yachts.
Second, our proprietary OceanScape Charter Yacht Report, or OSCYR, makes sense of the global yacht charter market by comparing prices weighted by yacht size, age, crew, and location. So we can tell you instantly whether or not you’re getting a good deal.
Finally, paid OceanScape Club members enjoy special discounts not available anywhere else.
When you book a yachting vacation with OceanScape Yachts you will automatically be enrolled in our FREE OceanScape Club community.
This gives you access to all your account details as well as membership perks like advance notice on special deals. You may then opt to enroll in our premium Inner Circle or Captain's Club memberships for even greater savings and rewards
We recommend that you take out travel insurance that has cancellation provisions. If you need any advice on this, we can recommend the appropriate insurance broker for you, who can run you through the options available.
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