TOP YACHT CHARTERS
About Top Yacht Charters
Here's Our Story
Laura Berton joined the yachting industry 20 years ago as crew and for the next nine years working as stewardess and chief stewardess for much of that time. Laura worked on boats ranging from 115’ – 190’ and worked for both privately owned and chartered yachts. Being a crew was extremely fulfilling and is where Laura developed her passion for the yachting industry.
In 2009 Laura was married and became land-based. Not wanting to leave the yachting industry she started working as a support agent in a large and very prestigious charter broker company. Discovering everything involved to help clients find the right boat, pairing their interests with the boat crew, and following along to ensure success was a perfect match!
In 2017 Laura decided to take her special brand and open her own company and formed Top Yacht Charters. Using her passion for service and dedication to providing her clients with an unforgettable experience is more than a job – it has resulted in creating many long-lasting relationships with many of her clients.
Frequently asked Questions
The Mediterranean is a large charter destination. If you charter a vessel that is located in the Mediterranean, your charter fees and expenses will all be in Euros due to the location.
The most difficult thing for clients is getting their group together on the same schedule, which is why most people like to plan a year in advance. However, I have seen clients book a couple of weeks away from their charter dates. I guess it depends on how solid your group is on committing to travel together on agreed-upon dates.
How do charter brokers get paid - could I get the boat cheaper if I went directly to the boat owner or operator?
The owner of the yacht pays the charter broker. The yachts are all under a listing agreement, similar to using a real estate agent. They are under contract to hire charter brokers to sell their boats for charters.
A common misunderstanding is that Yacht Charters are unattainable and only for the Uber-Wealthy, which is not true at all. The most popular and affordable yacht charters are the Catamarans. Their price is normally “all-inclusive” and has very little fuel or docking expenses as the motor yachts have.
97% of clients do book the entire week, which is 7 nights and 8 days. Keep in mind, the first and last days on the charter are not full days (they are considered “travel days”). Which means you really have 6 full days on board. Most yachts will accept less than a week charter but have a minimum of 3 or 4 nights on board.
Payments are typically 50% deposit when the Charter Agreement is signed. The remaining 50% is due 30-45 days prior to your charter start date. If your charter is a year out, we can accept 25% down with signed agreement, 25% due 3 months later, and the remaining balance due 30-45 days prior to your charter start date. The Charter Agreement explains the payments and the payments to the owner, which is why you need to use a reputable charter company like Top Yacht Charters to ensure the contract is followed correctly and all disbursements of funds are made in a timely manner.