Yacht charter check-in tips
It is important during the check-in procedure to make sure your yacht has all the required inventory of equipment that you will need on the charter/flotilla and that it is all in good working order. Below are numerous items that often get overlooked but are essential on your charter so please make sure of them during your check-in procedure.
- make sure you are happy with the cleaning of the yacht - if not request extra cleaning
- check you have coffee making equipment (kettle, coffee pot and filter holder)
- find the spare blue propane bottle (usually under cockpit seats)
- check sheets and towels (1 set of sheets, pillow cases and 1 towel per person per charter is the norm)
- test outboard engine on stern rail (forward/reverse) and verify spare gas/oil in lazerette
- ensure the dinghy is fully inflated and holds air - if it leaks during 45min check-in ask for repair
- make sure you understand the operation of yacht engine start/stop, sails and anchor windlass
- if your boat has septic holding tanks, make sure they are empty - sometimes they clog. A hollow sound when banging on a tank will tell you if it is empty
- it is very important to note where the anchor windlass breaker switch or fuse is (usually in engine compartement or under stern cabin beds near battery terminals)
Before leaving the base...
- top off water tanks, make sure to bring your yacht hose with fitting attachments
- if your yacht has shore power connection retrieve cable/adapters (not on all yachts)
- if you have a bow mooring line, when leaving port, do not run over the mooring line which is under the yacht - make sure it sinks before leaving the berth. The line is tied to the pier for your retrieval upon return
Use the first day as a shakedown of the yacht and equipment. Yacht turnover days can be very busy and previous charterers may not have informed operators of missing items or problems. Maintenance and missing items can be corrected easily at islands nearby, but after that it becomes more difficult to access service, missing items and parts.
Prior to and during check-out do not forget to...
- top off yacht fuel
- tell the owner/operator of any issues with the yacht that could be repaired or replaced prior to the next charter
- ensure base staff destroys your yacht charter security deposit credit card authorization
- ensure all belongings are removed from the yacht before leaving the yacht