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Terms & Conditions

This yacht charter website is owned and operated by “A. Anastasiou – R. Filkas General Partnership” bearing the trade name Yachting Venture, a company incorporated in Greece, whose registered address is 26th October Str, no. 26, Thessaloniki and whose company number is 145048606000.

This is the user agreement that governs your use of this website and the provision of the services we provide you.

Please take time to read these terms as it is important for both of us that you understand our contractual relationship both relating to your use of our website and the services we provide you.

Terms & Conditions

Yachting Venture performs its services based on the following general terms and conditions. By using the services we offer, the user agrees to adhere to these terms and conditions. Yachting Venture is entitled to make changes or improvements to the terms and conditions at any time.

As a user you can either act as a (i) charterer, using our platform to charter a boat, or hire a Skipper/Captain/Crew, or a (ii) supplier offering your services (owner of charter-boat, Skipper/Captain, Crew etc). In both cases you are deemed to have read, understood and accepted these Terms, along with any other information supplied by us through our website. Yachting Venture operates as a disclosed agent for third party suppliers, such as the boat owner, charterer or charter operator, skipper, crew etc.

1. Registration and use of our services procedure

i. Our web site offers a detailed and functional platform through which you can register as a user to (a) post a service you offer, or (b) book a service you require. To do so you will be respectively required to provide:

  • Posting Services as a supplier:

a. details of the yacht you offer for charter, or type of services you provide

b. possible destination(s) of the charter boat, or places where your services are provided

c. the available dates your services as a supplier can be offered

d. if a charter boat owner,

– whether the boat is offered bareboat, or skippered/crewed and, if so, the number and type of crew members,

– your asking charter fee (including taxes/VAT), on which Yachting Venture will add the agreed agent fees (12% + VAT), so that, throughout the duration of the post at our site, the Booking Price reflects the total of the asking charter fee and our agent fees,

e. Uploading the required documentation proving ownership and state permission, as applicable, to charter your boat.

f. Providing the Bank account details, where any payment will be wired by Yachting Venture, stating that this account is connected and related to the true supplier and his business.

  • Booking Services as Charterer :

a. the yacht, or yacht type, or services you require as a charterer, or any details best describing what you are looking for,

b. the destination(s) you wish to visit,

c. the dates of your intended departure and return (“Booking Period”) ,

d. whether you would require an on-board skipper, or crew to operate the yacht and, if so, the number and type of crew members (“Crew”) (some of which may be mandated with your choice of yacht);

e. any other additional requirements which you may have for your Booking, including, but not limited to meal plans, special events (Bachelor party, corporate trip etc) and excursions.

f. choose between Book Now or Request Offer, whether respectively you wish direct booking of the services you require, or to merely get a quotation.

ii. Submitting a Posting or Booking form content via our website does not produce any type of admittance on our behalf of a boat being chartered, or employment of any sort, or admittance by, or on our behalf of a supplier’s service. We are merely acting as agents for any registered suppliers. Please note that no contract is formed at this point and the Posting/Booking Form receipt we send merely acts as our confirmation that we have received it and will process it timely.

iii. All Booking Forms are instantly sent to us and to the respective supplier.

  • Following your submission of the Booking Form with a Request Offer demand, the supplier must verify availability and agree through our platform the duration of the charter and/or other services provided, or required by the charterer. Completion of this verification procedure will be binding to the supplier.

  • Following your submission of the Booking Form with a Book Now demand (where available), the supplier is bound to accept the period of charter and any other details, or services included in the supplier’s posting, except any extra demands you might have added in your initial Booking Form, for which confirmation will be pending.

iv. Shortly after a Booking Form submission, we will send the charterer an email which will outline the Booking Details that have been submitted to us via our website, the Booking Price payable for the booking and any other relevant details we consider to be necessary. In the event that the supplier of your extra demands (if any) is unable to accept every aspect of your requirements, we will inform you promptly and will liaise with you to modify your booking requirements, in a way that the supplier can accept them.

v. Following receipt of your Booking Form, we offer to you a free twenty-four (24) hours booking cancelation period with no cost at all, provided that the booking period is not due to begin within 45 days of the submission. Within this twenty-four (24) hours period, we can also discuss any changes required in the Booking Details email we sent you. For this reason only, an extension of this unconditional cancelation right can only be granted by an explicit and written declaration on our behalf.

vi. A binding agreement between the charterer, Yachting Venture and the Supplier is formed when we issue you a Booking Confirmation by email, together with payment instructions of the deposit agreed in the Booking Details. This Booking Confirmation will also act as the Supplier’s acceptance of your Booking Requirements. You have the right to cancel your booking within 14 days from receiving this Booking Confirmation notice, however, in any case failure to complete the deposit payment within 24 hours of the Booking Confirmation will void all agreements and we will cancel your booking, allowing us and the supplier to offer the services elsewhere.

vii. IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT OUR BOOKING CONFIRMATION DOES NOT PRECISELY REFLECT YOUR BOOKING REQUIREMENTS, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO INFORM US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. YACHTING VENTURE or THE SUPPLIER ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR ANYTHING THAT MAY HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED WITH OUR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AGENTS PRIOR OR AFTER TO YOU SUBMITTING YOUR BOOKING FORM UNLESS IT IS INCLUDED IN OUR BOOKING CONFIRMATION.

viii. A final contract for a Charter Party Agreement, or Skipper/Captain/Crew Services will be signed between the charterer and the respective supplier before the start of the charter. This Charter Party Agreement shall include only the charter fee without the agent fee which we’ll deduct according to term 3.x issuing an invoice.

ix. These Booking Terms, along with the Booking Confirmation and the final contract between the charterer and the supplier, comprise the entire agreement between the charterer, Yachting Venture and the supplier and supersedes all prior agreements, representations and understandings of the parties, written or oral. In case of conflict these Booking Terms will take precedence.

x. We do not offer, or supply travel insurance of any kind, and it is your sole responsibility to ensure that you and all Guests have taken out adequate travel insurance for your Booking, taking into account the potentially arduous nature of sailing a yacht in the area which you have chosen for you Booking. Neither Yachting Venture, or the Owner accept any liability whatsoever in the event that you, or any of the Guests sustain any loss or damage as a result of not having in place adequate travel insurance for your Booking.

2. Booking amendments

If, after our Booking Confirmation, you wish to change your Booking in any way, we will do our best to assist you in amending your arrangements and changing your Booking, but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the Booking. We will notify the supplier of any changes required to your itinerary preferences, providing that you send such changes to us in writing at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of the Booking Period. Though every effort will be made to meet such requirements, neither Yachting Venture, or the supplier is obliged to do so. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of €50 and any further costs incurred in making such alterations. You acknowledge and accept that any amendment you may request after the Booking Confirmation may be subject to additional charges in addition to the Booking Price. Any such additional charges will be notified to you when you are requesting the amendments.

3. Payment

i. Unless you have cancelled your Booking prior to our Booking Confirmation email, the deposit, or any other amount of the Booking Price agreed in it is payable by you in accordance with our Booking Confirmation and will be taken from your account.

ii. You will only be permitted to board the yacht and begin your Booking provided that you have made full payment of the Booking Price at least 45 days prior to the intended start date set out in your Booking Confirmation (or on submission of your Booking Form if submitted less than 45 days before the intended start date of your Booking).

iii. Payments can be made by PayPal, debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express). In the event that you are unable to pay by any of these means, we can offer bank transfer payments. If you require a bank transfer payment for your Booking please inform one of our travel experienced agents when submitting your Booking Form or by “Contact us” Form.

iv. All payments made using the card are processed through the electronic payment platfom of “Alpha e-Commerce” of Alpha Bank and uses TLS 1.2 encryption with protocol encryption of 128-bit (Secure Sockets Layer – SSL). Encryption is a way of coding the information until it reaches its recipient, who will be able to decode it using the appropriate key.

v. The payment schedule for the Booking Price is as set out below:

Time between you submitting your Booking Form and the start date of your Booking

Deposit % of total Booking Price payable

Balance due date

46 days or more

50%

45 days before Booking start date – 50%

45 days or less

100%

N/A

vi. We reserve the right to alter the prices of any yacht or other aspect of your trip as shown on our website, or set out in our written proposal to you at any time before Booking Confirmation. The Booking Price set out in the Booking Confirmation is the final price payable for your Booking, subject to any obvious discrepancy caused by technical, or human error.

vii. Yachting Venture’s advertised yachts and services are priced in Euros. Prices quoted in GBP or USD are used only as a guide and, although we endeavour to make these prices in GBP or USD as accurate as possible by using the current exchange rate, we do not warrant that any price quoted in GBP or USD is completely accurate and you should not rely on these prices. Please note that all payments taken on debit or credit card will be taken in EUR and so if you are a customer whose payment card is not denominated in EUR, the final price will be calculated in accordance with the applicable exchange rate on the day your card issuer processes the transaction.

viii. If, for any reason, any booking or payment term differs from that outlined in this section, the applicable correct terms will be communicated to you prior to your Booking Confirmation and shall also be detailed on any applicable Booking documentation.

ix. Following our receiving of the payment, we will forward it to the correspondent supplier two days after the commencement of the agreed services after deducting our agent fees.

4. Cancellation of booking by the charterer

i. Subject to clause 4.ii, you may cancel your Booking at any time. The cancellation will take effect from the date that we receive written notification of cancellation from you. We will accept notification of cancellation by email, on the understanding that you agree and accept that we will only accept cancellation when the email is sent from your registered email account, where you are the named owner/user of such email address.

ii. Notwithstanding clause 4.i above, Booking cancellations will incur cancellation charges. These cancellation charges will depend on how much notice you give us of your intention to cancel your Booking prior to the start date of your Booking. If you cancel your Booking anytime after you have paid the deposit, the following applies:

Time between cancellation of Booking and intended start date of Booking

Percentage of total Booking Price payable as cancellation charge

120 days or more

10%

90-119 days

40%

45-89 days

50%

44 days or less

100%

In all cases, where cancellation results in us making a refund payment to you, such payment will be made to you as the lead and contracting member of your party. This will be the case regardless of which members of the party make the deposit and balance payments for your Booking.

iii. In case of clause 4.ii booking cancellation, we will withhold our proportional to the Price Payable as Cancellation Charge agent fees, before forwarding the remaining amount to the supplier.

5. General terms

i. We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is as accurate as possible and not misleading in any way, however details of yachts may be subject to change.

ii. All yachts advertised on our website belong to independent professional yacht owners, yacht agents, or yacht charter companies.

iii. All skipper and crew listings are not under our employment whatsoever, but we merely act as their agents. Any information on their experience and background is posted by them and we bare no liability for any such misleading or inaccurate information.

iv. Notwithstanding clause 5.i above, yachts may from time to time vary from the website pictures of such yacht. Any pictures of yachts displayed on our website are for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily meant to be taken by you as a description of the yacht which you will use for your Booking.

v. You accept and agree that any route that Yachting Venture may provide your Booking is for informative purposes only and is not meant as a part of your Booking. We shall be responsible for providing your Booking Requirements, for example yacht and Captain, and not for the route that you may take during your Booking. Any route must be agreed between you and the Captain, and will depend on the sailing conditions and available marinas, etc. For the avoidance of doubt, the Captain’s decision will be final.

vi. The skipper/captain services to be provided are restricted to handling the boat and its sailing equipment, navigating and ensuring the safety of the crew and party.

vii. It’s each owner’s obligation towards Yachting Venture and the charterer to have the boat available and offer it with all valid shipping documents and in a seaworthy and prime condition.

6. Use of the Yacht

i. The charterer shall use the yacht exclusively as a pleasure vessel and under no circumstances subcharter it, or use it to gain profit. You shall ensure that no pets, or other animals are brought on board the yacht without the consent in writing of the Owner. You shall ensure that the behaviour of all Guests shall not cause any nuisance to any person, including but not limited to the Captain, Crew, or Owner of the yacht, or bring the yacht or the Owner into disrepute. You shall comply and shall ensure that all Guests comply, with the laws and regulations of any country into whose waters the yacht shall enter during the course of your Booking. You shall ensure that any items which you bring aboard the yacht, or may be brought aboard the yacht during your Booking, are cleared through the local customs and excise authority before being taken ashore, if required by the laws and regulations of the relevant country.

ii. In the event that any Guest infringes any of these Booking Terms, or undertakes any illegal activity whatsoever under the laws and regulations of the country/countries which you visit during your Booking the Owner may, forthwith on notice to you, terminate your Booking early and without refund of any kind.

iii. If any guest commits any offence contrary to the laws and regulations of any country during your Booking which results in the Captain or any member of the Crew of the yacht being detained, fined or imprisoned, or the yacht being detained, arrested, seized or fined, you shall indemnify the Owner against any and all loss, damage or expense incurred by the Owner as a result, as well as pay any other compensation.

iv. You shall not at any time during your trip permit anyone other than the persons described in the Crew List on board the yacht. As an exception, a reasonable number of visitors could be on board the yacht whilst the yacht is securely moored in port, such exception will be allowed at the sole discretion of the Captain and following an insertion in the crew list.

v. If children are taken on board the yacht, you shall be fully responsible for their safety, conduct and entertainment during your trip. The Captain and Crew, if any, will provide you with all required safety equipment and inform you of the safety procedures on board the yacht, however you accept responsibility for the behaviour and safety of all children who are Guests for the purpose of your Booking.

vi. The nature of a yacht charter may render it unsuitable for anybody with physical disability or undergoing medical treatment. By accepting these Booking Terms you warrant that the medical fitness of all Guests is appropriate for the trip in respect of which the Booking is made. It will also be your responsibility to ensure that all Guests will be able to comply with all health requirements for the destination concerned. If any of the Guests have any disabilities you must note it when submitting your Booking Requirements to check whether any such disabilities are catered for on the yacht that you intend to choose. Neither Yachting Venture nor the Owner accepts any liability in the event that any Guests are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your/their part to comply with relevant health requirements.

vii. Yachting Venture bears no liability to the supplier, nor the charterer, for any loss or damage to property or personal belongings, resulting from the services agreed through its platform and consequently provided.

7. Yacht access and delivery

i. Most of the yachts advertised on our website are located in marinas or small ports in coastal towns and villages or anchored in protected bays. In some areas the access via public transportation is rare or not available and driveways may be via narrow, twisting, steep or unmade roads. You must be aware that public transportation and/or roads may not be to the same standard as in your home country. If you would like more information regarding how to access your yacht or wish for us to arrange transportation to your yacht, which if arranged after the Booking Confirmation may incur additional charges in addition to the Booking Price, please ask us for advice before submitting your Booking Requirements.

ii. Fourteen (14) days before your Booking is due to begin, you will receive a detailed email from us confirming your Captain’s contact details (if such) and the exact dock location, within the marina or port, where your yacht is moored. Unless you arrange for us to provide you with transportation to your yacht, as outlined at clause 7.1 above, it is your responsibility to locate the yacht and ensure that all Guests arrive at the yacht at the time and date outlined in your itinerary. In the event that you are not able to arrive by the time and date outlined in your itinerary, it is your responsibility to contact the Captain (if such) and/or the owner of the yacht and advise him of the same. You and the Captain and/or Owner will have to make alternative arrangements and agree a new itinerary if necessary. For your convenience you will also be asked to provide the Guests’ names and ID/passport information in order for the Captain or Owner to submit the Crew List at the port authorities, prior to your welcoming. Where this is not done, or there are any apparent discrepancies in the confirmed arrangements, you will be responsible for all delays in your departure, or additional charges that may arise as a result of alterations that have to be made to your Booking.

iii. In a situation where a booked service (yacht charter, or skipper/crew services) is not available before the start of your trip due to unforeseen circumstances and force majeure (ie. health issues, necessity for repairs, delayed return from previous chartered due to unsuitable weather conditions and other circumstances beyond the control of Yachting Venture and the supplier), neither Yachting Venture nor the supplier accept any liability, however both must use our best endeavors to procure a suitable replacement service for your Booking. Bear in mind that your Booking, is subject to change at any time in the event of such unforeseen occasions, or any other event outside of the reasonable control of Yachting Venture, or the Owner, or the Skipper and Crew. Please note that where we can provide you with a suitable replacement service, which is substantially the same as your original Booking, you are obliged to accept it as a new Booking.

If replacement is not possible, or if the replacement yacht doesn’t fit your original Booking, we will refund your charter fee and the supplier shall not receive any of the charter fee according to clause 3.x, irrespectively if he agrees or disagrees with the refund we decided to provide.

8. Insurance

i. We will not be responsible for any costs incurred by any Charterer or their Guest before, during or after their trip as a consequence of inappropriate or insufficient travel insurance being purchased.

ii. A boat owner shall insure the yacht in accordance with the relevant legal provisions of the country in which the yacht has been registered or sails. The boat shall be at least insured:

  1. for third parties liability for death, personal injury of guests and third parties caused by collision, shipwreck or any other causes;

  2. for third parties liability for material damage to guests and third parties caused by collision, shipwreck or any other causes; and

  3. for sea pollution.

The amount covered by way of insurance per yacht depends on each country’s legislation. All such insurances shall be on such terms and subject to such deductibles as are customary for a vessel of the yacht’s size and type. Copies of the relevant insurance documentation shall be available for inspection by you prior to the start of your Booking on reasonable notice to the Captain or the Owner, and shall be carried on board the yacht throughout your trip.

9. Operating yacht costs during your booking

i. Unless otherwise notified by us prior to your Booking Confirmation, you will be responsible for any additional costs for operating the yacht during your trip. These additional costs are not included in the Booking Price. This is commonly known as ‘Advanced Provisioning Allowance’, and is paid upon embarkation of the yacht to the Captain or Owner, and will include, amongst other things, Security Deposit (returnable), fuel, dockage fees, end cleaning and alike, which may be incurred through your use of the yacht during the course of your Booking.

ii. Any additional operating costs for your use of the yacht, which is payable by you to the Owner or Captain, will be agreed between you and the Owner or Captain. Yachting Venture will have no liability whatsoever in relation to any such additional yacht operating costs which you may incur as part of your Booking, above and beyond the agreed Booking Price.

10. Warranties and Liabilities

i. The yacht you have selected will have a maximum capacity, as described on the Yachting Venture website, and it is your responsibility to ensure that the number of Guests does not exceed this capacity. Neither Yachting Venture nor the Owner shall be liable for any loss, damage or costs incurred as a result of your failure to comply with this or any other term of these Booking Terms, or any reasonable instruction of the Owner, or Skipper.

ii. You shall be liable for all costs or losses incurred by repairing damage caused by you or any Guests (intentionally or by negligence) to the yacht during your trip. In the event that you incur any liability under this clause, Yachting Venture and the Owner may agree that any payment shall be made to the Owner directly and not to Yachting Venture. In such event you will agree and co-operate with the Owner including making prompt payment in respect of any such liability, especially where the cost for repairing such damages exceeds the provided security deposit.

iii. Yachting Venture and the Owner are not responsible for any loss or damage that is not foreseeable. Loss or damage is foreseeable if it is an obvious consequence of our breach, or if it was contemplated by you and us at the time we entered into the Booking.

iv. In no event shall Yachting Venture be liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, loss of profits and goodwill, business or business benefit, or the cost of procurement of substitute yachts, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

11. Complaints

i. You and/or the any of the Guests may give notice of any complaint in the first instance to the Captain on board the yacht and a note shall be taken of the time, date and nature of the complaint.

ii. If, however, this complaint cannot be resolved on board the yacht, then you and/or any of the Guests may give notice to the Owner, as soon as practicable after the event giving rise to the complaint has taken place and in any event within twenty-four (24) hours of the event or occurrence unless it is impracticable due to failure, or non-availability of communications equipment. The complaint may be made verbally in the first instance but shall be confirmed as soon as possible in writing (by email, SMS) specifying the precise nature of the complaint. You may also contact Yachting Venture directly with any such complaint. In circumstances where you make a complaint via Yachting Venture, we will do our best to resolve any such issue with the Captain and/or the Owner.

12. APPLICABLE LAW

i. These Booking Terms are subject to the laws of Greece and the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Thessaloniki in relation to any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with these Booking Terms.

ii. If there is conflict between the applicable Law under these Booking Terms and the Final Contract, clause 12.i will take precedence

iii. If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.

13. Booking ‘Terms and conditions’ amendments

i. Yachting Venture reserves the right to update and/or alter these Booking Terms at anytime, and shall post the amended Booking Terms on our website ( …………… ). Any such amendment shall take immediately after their posting to the website. The latest Booking Terms, as amended, are those accessed on the website.

14. Final Provisions

i. You acknowledge that in entering into these Booking Terms as set out herein you have not relied on, or been induced to enter into these Booking Terms by any representation, warranty, undertaking, promise or assurance made or given by us or any other person, whether or not in writing, at any time prior to your acceptance of these Booking Terms other than those expressly set out in these Booking Terms.

ii. If individual provisions of these general terms and conditions are or become invalid or incomplete, the contract as a whole and the other stipulations in these terms and conditions shall remain in effect. The invalid or incomplete rule will be replaced or completed by a valid one which comes closest to the economically intended result of the user and Yachting Venture.

iii. Delay in exercising, or non-exercise by Yachting Venture of any of its rights under, or in connection with these Booking Terms shall not operate as a waiver or release of that right.

iv. Yachting Venture bears no responsibility whatsoever for any additional to clause 7.iii ‘refund’ claims raised on behalf of the charterer against the supplier regarding the booking, in case of failure by the supplier to offer all, or part of the services he promised and agreed to, or offered them in an un-professional way, or in any other way, that produced such claims on behalf of the charterer.

v. Any notice required or permitted under these Booking Terms required by law must be in writing and forwarded to our address (by registered mail) as set out on our website. We may change our address at any time and such new address will be displayed on our website.

vi. We are not an employment or crew matching service and we do not operate a database that you can add your CV for yacht owners to search through.