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Boatbookings was founded in 2005 to combine a worldwide network of charter experts with leading technology to deliver the best possible yacht charter experience. By several measures (number of boats available, amount of content, Alexa traffic rank, etc.) we are the largest charter-only site on the web. We have put thousands of clients on charter yachts, in virtually every major charter destination in the world. Here are some of the key reasons to charter with us:
We only do yacht charter.
We do not buy, sell, manage or equip yachts. We are fully dedicated to our client's charter needs. This formula has made us the world's largest yacht charter site.
We are in business to provide you with the best possible experience on a boat
Yacht charters are about the magic that happens when you're on the water with your family, friends, colleagues or guests. We believe that boats provide this experience better than anything else, which is why we have such a passion for our work.
When you book a charter through us we will ask you about the experience you are trying to achieve, and then provide recommendations about the boat, crew, itinerary and process to assure that we meet and exceed your expectations. It's not just about the boat!
A worldwide network of Charter Experts located near the boats. In order to deliver the best charter experience, you need someone who knows the yachts, crew, cruising areas, weather, local attractions, customs - the list is long. We have offices around the world with charter experts who know their regions first hand and travel to boat and charter shows so that they can guide you from personal experience.
Free, unbiased, independent advice to get you on the right boat. We want to put you on the right boat so that you will come back year after year, as opposed to operators who want only to put you on their boat! It's virtually impossible to tell from pictures and specs what the boat or crew is really like, which is where we come in. In consultation with you we will recommend suitable yachts from among our multiple owner/operators to assure the boat you choose is right for you.
Someone on your side if something goes wrong. While the vast majority of charters go flawlessly, if something does happen, you need someone on your side to help solve the issue. This is especially true if you're chartering in a foreign country where you may not know local customs or even be able to speak the local language. We work with our operators on a daily basis, and because of our size and relationships we can push hard for a satisfactory result.
The same or better price if you book through us. The price you are charged is normally the same as the Owners/Operators charge their direct clients, and propose on their websites. So you get the best of all worlds by going through us: one-stop-shopping, best price, impartial advice, quality, and someone on your side!
The best content in the business. We have literally hundreds of articles available to you on the site, all written to to facilitate the process of chartering a boat. Destination Guides, Blogs, How to's, etc. We believe that the more you know, the higher likelihood you have of having a successful charter.
The widest selection of high quality yachts. At last count, we had over 12,000 yachts available, worldwide. So if you need a yacht of any type, we know about it. Being able to choose your boat from a larger list means you have a better chance of finding the best boat for your needs. That said, there are plenty of yachts we do not put on our site or recommend, because they do not meet our strict quality standards.
Honest feedback of others who have chartered to help you choose. We ask every client to provide us with feedback on their charter, and we publish this on the site. You have a whole world of experts who have been on the boats or chartered in your destination to help you understand the yacht and experience you're purchasing. We use social media to help communicate this feedback and have very popular Twitter and Facebook pages if you want to follow what our clients are saying.
And, most importantly, 97% customer satisfaction (and the remaining 3% are normally because of weather) . We want you to come back year after year so we do whatever we can to make your charter great.
Boatbookings is run by people who have a passion for yachts, e-commerce and customer satisfaction. Recognizing that it's often a very difficult, time consuming, and trying process to find the boat you require, we've combined our extensive contacts in the Charter industry with expertise in e-commerce, search, and database management to bring you the best possible site to book your boat - and one that you'll come back to time and time again.
Lambros Tsolakis, Charter Director, Worldwide
Lambros has been sailing all of his life around the Mediterranean and combines his love for yachting with his past corporate work experience to organize the best yachting holidays for his clients.
Lambros attends all the international yacht shows throughout the year, and is familiar inside out with the boats he recommends and knows the crews personally, so he can propose the right yacht for your specific needs. He organizes charters all over the world on all types of vessels, but as a past competitive sailor, he doesn't hide his love for sailing yachts, nor how he feels about his beloved Greek Isles!
With 8 years of experience in the industry, and as a member of several prestigious yacht charter associations, Lambros is always informed about the lastest trends, legislations and rules concerning the yachting sector.
Lambros also specialises in sales with some of our high profile clients, as a broker for the purchase of yachts worldwide.
Languages Spoken: English, Greek and French
Ben Sutton, Charter Broker, Worldwide
Nicknamed “The Yacht Whisperer” by his colleagues, Ben has the know-how to ensure the very best charter for you and your travel companions, whether it’s a private or corporate charter. He is always up to date with the latest news in the yachting industry - whether it's the launch of a new yacht, a refit, or new maritime legislature.
Being a qualified skipper himself, and having travelled extensively, he understands the excitement of life aboard a yacht. He will ensure no detail is overlooked in tailoring your yacht charter to your specific requirements and guaranteeing the ultimate vacation!
Having travelled to Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the Mediterranean he can always recommend the latest bars, restaurants and beaches which are sure to be the highlights of your itinerary!
Get in touch with Ben today to start planning the holiday of a lifetime!
Languages Spoken: English, French and Spanish
Cordelia Oakes-Ash, Charter Broker, Worldwide
Cordelia has always had a passion for the yachting industry, which led her to the South of France where she started her career as a chief stewardess. Having working on charter yachts for 8 years - her experience is invaluable for understanding the inter-workings of yacht, crew and charterer. During her time on the water, she experienced the Monaco Grand Prix, the Cannes Film Festival, MIPIM and MIPCOM.
Having spent time with charter guests in the Mediterranean and Caribbean alike, she will be happy to find the right yacht for the vacation of your dreams.
Languages Spoken: English and French
Kevin Moir, Charter Director, Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean
Kevin, a Scot living in Singapore, has extensive experience in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Tahiti, Seychelles, the Maldives and other Asian and Indian Ocean yachting areas. Kevin has been in the region for many years and can find you the right yacht in all of the new and exciting charter areas of the Asia Pacific region.
Kevin launched our Asia/Pacific Business in 2007 and has developed probably the best selection of yachts and online guides in Southeast Asia, with a specialty in Thailand/Phuket and the fast growing Indian Ocean destinations.
Kevin is also a keen golfer and scuba diver, so he can offer advice on these activities if you want to add them to your sailing holiday or yacht cruise.
Languages Spoken: English
Geraldine Bernard-Berry, Charter Broker, Worldwide
Geraldine joins Boatbookings with over 12 years experience in the yachting industry. She has held a number of positions ranging from Chief Stewardess on sailing yachts, to Charter Broker, and also has experience assisting clients in the purchase of catamarans for charter use in Asia.
Having worked as a Chief Stewardess for over 5 years aboard a number of yachts cruising the Med, East Med, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and South-East Asia, she is truly a citizen of the world! With significant experience and knowledge to show for her adventures; she maintains a true and genuine understanding of the personality of the yachting industry. Whilst aboard she experienced Greece, Turkey and Italy extensively, among others in the East Med, and knows all the highlights of these dramatic coastlines.
Her experience, combined with such in-depth knowledge and understanding allows Geraldine to proceed with the utmost confidence that her clients will be relaxed, comfortable, and most importantly coming back for more!
Languages Spoken: English and French
Tom Virden, Founder, Executive Chairman
Tom is a seasoned executive in leisure, travel and technology business, and has sailed extensively in the BVI, Thailand, Turkey and the Mediterranean. As the original International Director at lastminute.com, he brings a wealth of knowledge of e-commerce best practices to Boatbookings.
Tom also worked at Apple Computer and Netscape which has provided a broad understanding of how technology can be used to improve the customer experience. Tom is a graduate of Stanford University and has written for the Harvard Business Review. He is currently a non-Exec Director of Atari, Inc. and Micro Focus PLC.
Capucine de Vallee, CEO
Capucine grew up sailing Hobie Cats and J24s on Long Island, NY, and has always had a passion for the sea. She came to Boatbookings to follow this passion, after a successful career as Director at The Chemistry Club & The Climate Change Forum and several international banking jobs.
Capucine was promoted by the Board to Managing Director in July, 2012 and focuses the company on customer satisfaction, operational excellence, and a passion for matching the right yacht for the customer's individual needs. She also manages many of the company's Partnerships and Business Development activities. More on Linked in.
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Isabelle Walton-Masters, Global Financial Controller
Isabelle brings a wealth of experience in high-end 5-star hotel management to our team, since joining in 2013. She honed her skills at the prestigious Le Mas Candille in Mougins France and other prestigious hotels in London.
Isabelle has travelled extensively across Europe as a consultant in hotel management, and brings the very best in customer service, as well as the financial know-how to smoothly fulfil her duties as Global Financial Controller.
Languages Spoken: English, French and German
Eve James, Executive
Eve brings years of experience in high end client management and confidential VIP event planning to the Boatbookings team. She boasts great organisational skills, having worked in a private estate office in the UK for over 5 years. She has had an interest in sailing and yachting for many years having been part of the sailing club at school. Eve took a leading role on the schools' world famous sailing yacht 'Jolie Brise’, where she took part in the Tall Ships Race navigating the Mediterranean waters of Spain and Portugal.
She is a recent graduate of the University of Nottingham with a degree in French, Spanish and Politics and has joined Boatbookings to assist the management team in all areas. Eve particularly enjoys assisting in all Cannes and Monaco event charters, ensuring you take your corporate event charter to the next level!
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and French
Conor Walker, Charter Broker
After spending his last two summers travelling the world solo, our recent graduate Conor has finally decided to settle in the French Rivera. Despite being from London, Conor has taken every opportunity possible to spend time on the water from bareboat sailing to motor yachts, making him the model candidate to join the Boatbookings team!
From a very young age Conor has worked in high end customer and retail services, whilst maintaining an impressive academic record, making him the perfect person to design your memorable yacht charter for any occasion.
With a great taste for food and wine due to his years’ experience in the new Fenwicks Food Hall, Newcastle, he is passionate about getting to know the chefs on board each of our yachts, and ensuring you have a bespoke menu. So no matter what cuisine takes your fancy, Conor will make sure there is something for everyone!
Leo Williams, Charter Broker - Bareboat Division
Leo grew up near the idyllic victorian town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire, UK. He graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Biomedical Science and with experience in hotel hospitality, sales & marketing placements, extensive travel across Europe, and a love of the sea, he is able to deliver a smooth and friendly customer service. Joining the team in June 2017, he hopes to improve his French language skills and use his enthusiasm to take your charter to the next level! Outside work Leo is a keen musician, reader and a passionate Middlesbrough fan.
Henry Every, Charter Assistant
Henry’s interest in the yachting industry stems from his passion of SCUBA diving. As a BSAC certified Dive Leader Henry has led dives across the world, from the Red Sea to the Caribbean. Currently studying French and Mandarin at the University of Nottingham, Henry has developed a solid understanding of multiculturalism and community. Henry is spending 6 months with Boatbookings as part of his Erasmus year abroad, after which he travels to China to study. In his free time, Henry is a keen musician. Having founded his band The Days We Don’t in 2013, Henry has kept music in the forefront of his life for many years, and even went to Berlin in 2016 to represent the UK in the Global Battle of the Bands!
Languages spoken: English, French, Mandarin
The Advantages of Chartering through a Broker
We are charter brokers, which means that we work with all of the relevant central charter agents, fleet managers, and owner operators to find you the right boat. We have no vested interest in any specific yacht - our vested interest is your satisfaction.
Please note: The charter price does not change if you work directly with the manager or through us, acting as a broker. Any commissions are already calculated in the price, so nothing is added on for you, the client. This is industry standard, making it the same price to any broker, including the central agent who manages the yacht. And when you get to know us, we're sure you'll enjoy working with us!
We know that chartering a yacht can be time consuming. You want to find the perfect yacht, with a fantastic crew, at a reasonable price in the most efficient way possible. And you want to know that the boat you select is in great repair and that there will be no surprises or hidden extras. You may not even speak the language of the country where you'll by chartering!
When you contact us, you get both expertise and a "one stop shop" to find you the best yacht for your needs and budget.
All you need to do is fill out a "no obligation" charter request and we'll propose the yachts that are available and best meet your criteria. It's as simple as that.
If you'd rather browse through the boats yourself, we offer information, pictures and specifications on thousands of quality yachts and a the world's largest online library of chartering information. You can go to our bareboat, crewed yacht, catamaran or Super Yacht sections, search for your specific criteria and regions or check out some of our specials. Or you can start with the destination to search for the boats available in the area you want to charter in. If you're looking for a boat for a specific personal or corporate event, we have information and specific yachts for you as well.
Once you find the boat you want, you just let us know, either through the booking form on every yacht page, through a charter request, or just by contacting us. We will confirm availability, specifications and price and get directly back to you. This is a risk-free way of securing your boat - there is no obligation until you sign a contract.
Important note - we do not charge you any fees or commissions. We receive our fees directly from the charter operators that we work with, and our price is the same as they would offer you.
Boatbookings has set up an advisory board of key yachting, business and technology leaders who help us through the thousands of decisions required to grow the company into a world yachting leader. Members include:
- Rob Hersov - Previous Chairman of Net Jets Europe and Private Equity Investor
- Nick Pearch - Founding CEO of Dyson & Company and Private Equity Investor
- Brent Hoberman - Founder of lastminute.com
- Andy Owen Jones - Travel Industry Expert
Boatbookings is proud to be a member in good standing and active participant of many of the key Yachting and Charter Industry Groups, of which, some memberships are individual-specific. For such associations, we proudly list the names of the brokers that hold membership beneath their respective logos.
Boatbookings has the pleasure to announce that it is a YACHTOFLIO subscriber, and a respected user of the MYBA Charter Agreement. MYBA is The Worldwide Yachting Association. One of the objectives of MYBA is to “establish and maintain a high standard of professional ethics, professional rules and skills in charter, sales and yacht management”.
Lambros Tsolakis (CYBA Committee)
Through our memberships, we keep current with marine issues including regulations and safety, visit new yachts and meet crew, learn about new and changing destinations, and follow market developments. Our associations allow us to be better brokers and advisors to our clients.
We receive hundreds of unsolicited testimonials from happy customers, many of which are added to the boat page itself so you get the feedback from people who have actually used the yachts. Here are just a few of the testimonials we've received.
This web site is owned and operated by Enitiative.biz Limited, a company incorporated in England whose registered address is Ground Floor, 45 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG, UK, and whose company number is 05326363. Our UK VAT number is 970 8802 94.
Boatbookings has offices in London, Cannes, Athens, Ft Lauderdale, Newport and Singapore. We work worldwide, primarily through the Internet, to match boats to our customer's requests. We do not own or operate boats ourselves - your contract will be with one of our charter partners. That way we can be unbiased in finding you the right boat. For additional information on this, see our Terms and Conditions.
If you are a member of the press and would like to contact us, see our Press contact page. Our Press releases can also be found there. You may also want to follow our blog for key yacht charter news stories. Our Founder can also be contacted via ProfNet.
Effective use of technology can greatly improve the process of chartering a yacht, and we continue to add new technologies and features on a daily basis. The website is just the tip of our technology iceberg - behind the scenes we link electronically to our suppliers and partners, keep track of all the tasks necessary to get you on the boat as efficiently as possible, and automate reminders, contracts and forms wherever possible.
We reach out to you and keep you informed via our specials feeds, twitter, boating news blog and newsletters. We allow users to add comments directly to the site, so that you get real customer feedback to help you decide which boat to select. And we create unique tools such as our map-based trip planner (calculate distance, time, fuel cost for your charter) and our CO2 calculator (estimate your carbon emissions and cost to offset).
Here are just a few of the innovations and industry firsts from Boatbookings: first worldwide Specials RSS Feed, first charter agent to provide an iPhone app, first to provide a free map-based itinerary planner that calculates distance, time and fuel cost, first to automatically calculate estimated CO2 emissions on its yachts, first to offer Carbon Offsets for charter yachts, first to run a promotion so that all yachts were chartered with a Zero Carbon footprint. As technology evolves, we will be there whenever it improves our ability to deliver a great yacht charter experience.
We believe that the internet provides the best way of finding your charter yacht, short of actually seeing the boat first hand. It can deliver images, videos, descriptions, crew profiles, background information and testimonials instantly, worldwide.
We know many of you worry about booking over the internet - there are too many stories of scams and other unscrupulous behavior. We are an internet agent because it lowers our costs, and therefore allows us to be more responsive to your needs and more customer service oriented. To give you comfort and confidence in us, however, you should know the following:
We pass your money on immediately to the boat owner or operator, and they can confirm this for you
We only work with the best charter operators and boat owners, worldwide
We can be reached literally 24 hours per day to deal with any issues you may have
We bank with reputable international banks - HSBC in London and Bank of America (BofA) in the US. We process credit cards through a merchant agreement with HSBC Bank or PayPal, and use industry standard secure encryption technology if you're sending us credit card data. If you use the secure site, no one has access to your data, and it is not stored in our system.
We normally work with industry standard Charter Agreements such as CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) or MYBA (MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association). These contracts clearly specify owner, agent and charterer responsibilities and protect you in many ways.
We can provide references from top Charter Yacht Managers and Industry Associations
We have thousands of happy customers - please read the testimonials section on our site or see a list of our highest rated yachts! We contact every customer after the charter, and last year had 97%+ customer satisfaction!
The above notwithstanding, we do realise that unforeseen problems can happen on charters such as plane cancellations, bad weather or illness, and recommend that you always purchase travel insurance for your peace of mind.
To all of our partners, especially the Central Charter Agents, Fleet Operators, Skippers, Captains, Crew and Boat Owners who take such great care of the boats and our clients. Thanks also to the manufacturers who create such fine products and generously provide us with beautiful photos and boat descriptions.
In memory of Bjorn G, whose love of sailing, and life, continues to inspire us.