Charter Boats

 

Charter boats are boats hired for a short period of time by a person or a group of individuals. Charter boats are one of the best ways to go out on an excursion in nearby waters or to explore water areas.

Private charter boats can be in the form Yachts, Sailing Boats or Fishing Boats. Each charter boat is designed differently. Some look very elegant, while others are built on a more traditional style.

Charter Boats were also built according to the purpose for which they are hired and will hold utilities to support their reason for hire such as a water exploration or fishing and so on.

Charter boat - Rental boat

Charters are very often confused with rental boats. The term 'Boat Rentals' applies to boats such as speedboats, day sailors, kayaks and jet skies. These do not come under the category of Charter Boats.

Charter Boats Types

Charter Boats can be of two types - Bare Boat Charters and Skipper Charters. In a Bare Boat Charter you are in total control of the boat, which means you have to ensure safety of the boat, yourself and your passengers. In a Skippered Charter, this responsibility is handed over to the boat captain who steers a route across the areas you want to explore, ensuring at the same time that your boat is within the limits of the sea charts, time limits, and is operating safely.

Tips for hiring a Charter Boats

If you want to hire a charter boat there are many things you need to look into before you do a booking. Here some tips on this:

 

  • What kind of adventure are you seeking? Do you just was peaceful sailing or are you planning to go whale watching? Take a boat depending on what you want to do.
  • If you are someone who suffers from motion sickness you would do better to take a wider charter boat and as the width reduces the rocking motion.
  • Consider traditionally designed wood boats for smooth rides.
  • Boats with large windows are helpful to view the horizon.
  • Look out for the weather. If it's going to be pretty hot, boats with air-conditioned cabins are the best. On the other hand, cold rainy weather requires you to choose acharter boat with spacious and comfortable interiors.
  • If you require traveling quickly, select a charter boat with bigger engine. The smaller charter boats are better for shorted distances and slower travel.

Tips for Charter Boats Owners

A charter boat operator faces the responsibility of looking into all damages faced by their charter boat.

So, if there is any problem in the working of the charter boat, they have to fix it themselves. They may be subject to litigation as well. All these reasons make it important for a charter boat owner to have a charter boat insurance policy. A charter boat insurance policy will offer protection for property and any liability that may arise. Reimbursement for damages to your charter boat helps to cover for costs.

Here are a couple of tips on what charter boat owners should look out for in their insurance policy:

 

  • The policy should offer coverage on the charter boat's structure, so that you can make claims in the event of damages to the structure. Look for coverage on boat engines, electronics inside the boat, deck machinery, and loss due to boat sinking or collision.
  • The policy should offer liability coverage so that you are not in a sticky situation where passengers and other people who have suffered personal injuries go to court and you have to pay them off for medical expenses.
  • It should provide coverage for crewmembers, so that you do not have to personally pay towards crewmembers medical expenses due to injuries incurred in the line of duty.
  • The policy should offer coverage for loss of personal items such as clothes, fishing equipment or cameras by passengers.

Before taking up a charter boat insurance policy, a charter boat owner should read up on all the information that it provides and grey areas where coverage may be excluded so that they are in a better position to know when they can make a claim.