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How Do You Avoid Spoiling Your Holiday When Renting A Yacht In Miami? Determining A Legal Or Illegal Yacht Charter

If the owner of the yacht you plan to travel on, or the captain, tells you before the start of your journey, that you should inform the inspection authorities (being the Coast Guard of the Police) that you’re their best friend, you didn’t pay money, and you’re riding for free, it’s more than likely that your charter is illegal. This could bring a swift end to your trip and ruin your holiday. 

 

If the owner, or captain, does not have a license (BTR), they’re trying to earn money illegally, plain and simple. It’s extremely difficult to get a BTR license, as you need to pass several checks by state inspection bodies, but they are essential to ensuring your safety.  The inspections include making sure it’s easy to access the rescue equipment on the yacht, (life jackets, GPS navigation, etc), and that the operability of the yacht control systems are working as they should. Also, to get a license, you must have an insurance policy. All of this is aimed at the safety of you on your trip.


Before travelling, always be careful. Check whether the owner has a BTR license. If there is no license, the charter is illegal, especially in Miami. The vessel can be stopped by the Coast Guard or police officers, who can then impose a fine on the owner of the yacht $2000 or more. Before renting, make sure that the owner of the yacht has an armored personnel carrier. This is very important! Why Is It Important? Imagine this scenario: You have not requested a BTR from the owner of the yacht, and he doesn’t have a license. You’ve posted on Instagram with your 12 friends, you’ve bought a lot of food, several boxes of drink, called a decorator, you’re happy with all of your balloons on the Marina and the yacht, uploaded stories and broadcasted live on your Instagram, and all of your friends envy you in anticipation of your trip on a yacht for your holiday. 

 

You approach the rented yacht and meet with the captain. He helps you board the yacht, with a smile on his face. All of a sudden, the inspection authorities board the boat and begin to check the captain's documents. As a result of the check, it turns out that the charter is illegal, as there is no BTR license. Your charter in Miami is cancelled immediately. The captain, with their head bowed, tells you that they can't do a charter today because there is something wrong with the documents. 

 

At this moment, you, your friends, your food, your balloons, your dry towels, your several boxes of unopened drinks, are all wasted. With a bad mood, you have to go home angry and dissatisfied, on your birthday. All for one reason. You didn't know that you needed to check for a BTR.  This situation is actually a very common one. We’ve seen, and observed, this situation many, many times.


We have an APC license, so it is guaranteed that your charter will happen. Our yacht, and our company, have passed all the checks by the state inspections in Miami, Florida. If you request a document from a charter company, and they do not send it to you in a BTR, this means that your trip is in question. No one talks about it, and no one writes about it anywhere. 

 

This is how everyone wants to make money, by misleading you. This is important and deserves your attention. You can view our BTR on our homepage. Also, BTR’s can only be obtained by companies that have insurance for several million dollars. All the companies that received the APC have passed fire inspection, coast guard inspection, marina inspection, city inspection.  Trust in us when we say that this is additional insurance and confidence that we are certified, by the city, to perform these charters in Miami.

How else to determine an illegal charter!

There are additional signs to determine the illegality of a charter. We hope they will help you to avoid unpleasant, and unexpected, surprises during your trip. If you have paid a deposit and the yacht owner, or broker, does not send you a Bareboat Charter Agreement, this is a red flag, and it may mean that the owner cannot officially carry out the charter for one reason or another. 

 

Therefore, after you have made a deposit, ask the broker or owner to send you said charter agreement, which will act as a confirmation of payment, and a guarantee of your trip.

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What Is A Bareboat Charter?

There are 2 types of charters: a commercial charter and a bareboat charter. A commercial charter is when you pay one person for the rental of a boat, as well as the fuel, from the captain, the stewardess, or a company.

 

On a commercial charter in Miami, the limit on the number of participants is set by the manufacturer of the yacht. To get a commercial charter license, a boat must pass a very strict Coast Guard Fire and Evacuation safety check. A commercial charter license is mainly obtained by yachts for tourists, where you can stand or sit on a bench that’s on the yacht itself. Huge cruise ships also obtain them, as they need a license for their several emergency exits and entrances, rescue additional boats.

Why obtain a Bareboat Charter?

A luxury yacht is designed for family entertainment, so the Coast Guard will only issue a bareboat charter. It immediately limits the number of people to 12, plus the main lessee, who signs the contract and is responsible for the safety of being on the yacht.  If you see that someone allows you to accommodate more than 12 people on a luxury yacht, it means that the charter is illegal. 

 

Luxury yachts have rooms equipped for sleeping, and there is only one entrance/exit. Unfortunately, Luxury yachts, regardless of the size, will never be able to pass the Coast Guard inspection, and obtain permission for a commercial charter.  Bareboat Charter means that you rent a yacht from the owner separately, without the captain, crew and no fuel. This means that you, yourself, will need to hire a captain, a flight attendant and pay for fuel. The choice of the captain can be from a provided list upon request. You also pay separately for renting a boat under one contract, and pay for the crew and fuel under another contract. 

 

If you pay for all the services in one, these being the rent, a captain, and the fuel, to one singular company under a contract, this is an illegal charter. You need to understand this. We comply with all the laws established in Florida, and we  accommodate a maximum of 12 people on our yacht. The yacht itself, according to its characteristics, can accommodate 26 people, but since we adhere to the law, we allow no more than 12. In order to accommodate more than 12 people on board, we need to technically remake the yacht, which is almost impossible. Our charter is a bareboat charter.

Is It Possible To Come To A Charter With More Than 12 People?

The answer is an unequivocal no. Never ask the owner of the yacht to accommodate more than 12 people. If someone allows you, or says that they can accommodate 14 people, these people are deceiving you. The Coast Guard checks everything, and they will definitely find this violation. If you have more than 12 people, rent 2 yachts instead.

 

Our company fully complies with the requirements of Miami law. We allow a maximum of 12 people. There are yachts with a length of more than 60 feet, 120 feet and 150 feet, with no more than 12 people on each. An exception can be made if the owner is indeed friends with you.  However, do not deceive and do not try to negotiate with the owner. Believe me, the Coast Guard will always find the truth.


If you have more than 12 people on the holiday, order 2 yachts on one marina. Two yachts will go together. Believe me, it’ll be pretty cool. You will be able to see your other friends on the next yacht.  On the sandbar, 2 yachts can stop, and sometimes park to each other. You can all swim with, spend time with your friends, and celebrate your holiday.  Please keep in mind, our yacht may not always park with all yachts. It depends on the type of yacht you rent alongside ours.