How To Charter A Bradenton Yacht With A Crew
Adam Rosenfeld, a lifelong Florida resident, needed a vacation, but couldn’t convince his wife to go anywhere with their toddler in tow.
“To her, what fun would it have been being on vacation with a 1-year-old?” he said.
So he decided to plan a vacation that would guarantee all three of them could sit back and relax: He chartered a 126-foot yacht for four days in the Bahamas.
The yacht, called Impulsive, usually charters for around $100,000 a week plus expenses like food, fuel and gratuities for the crew.
Rosenfeld was addicted to the experience. But he admitted he had gotten lucky: A friend had chartered the same boat so he knew what to expect.
Given that this is a popular time for chartering in the Caribbean, how does someone who has never chartered a yacht before go about doing it? The short answer is, slowly.
The job of a charter broker — which is how most large Bradenton yachts get leased — is to know the yachts, their crews and the owner’s agents.
Katie Macpherson, luxury yacht charter specialist in Florida, likes to start first-timers off with a small yacht.
“I don’t like to overwhelm people with huge yachts right out of the box,” she said.
Yet like the weather, rules of thumb change quickly. In this case, they depend on the purpose of the vacation.
If it’s a trip with children, D.J. Parker, president of the chartered Bradenton yacht, recommends larger boats.
Just as important is the crew that is taking care of you. Some crews are great with children. Others are better for couples who want to do a lot of sightseeing.
But of course, as anyone who has been on a boat knows, boats break down all the time. What if something big breaks when it’s time for your trip?
“The contract has stipulations for everything. If there is a breakdown, there is a stipulation,” Sharon Bahmer, a charter broker and the president of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, said.
Part of this, though, is having a broker who is knowledgeable and experienced.
For owners, there are advantages to putting their Bradenton yachts out to charter.
“The upside for me is it covers some of my expenses and it keeps the crew busy,” said Hank Freid, chief executive of The Impulsive Group, which owns the yacht Mr. Rosenfeld chartered.
Flexibility is also gained. Mr. Allen said he was chartering a yacht next month to go around Turks and Caicos; the next month, he has another one chartered in Croatia.
For Mr. Rosenfeld, that first trip made a big impression. “I liked the idea of being in one place where you could kind of bounce around,” he said. “I don’t want to say it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will do it again. I felt very comfortable and relaxed and free.”
And that is no small feat when vacationing with a toddler. Chartering a Bradenton Yacht can be a big task for anyone, and doing so right now during the Spring months in Riviera Dunes Marina may be the best money spent this year.