Tips to Help You Organize Your Holiday
On your arriving at our bases, we will hand over the vessel to you (check-in), an operation which normally takes place at 18:00 on Saturday. For the benefit of all, we always try to anticipate this operation a little, but much also depends on the number of departures of the day and on the extent of technical inspections and maintenance work to be carried out.
Vessel hand-over takes place between our operator and the charterers skipper, who will take command of the boat, and maybe another crew member. To avoid confusion and slowing down hand-over, we strongly recommend that the rest of the crew is not on board during this operation.
Vessel hand-over is carried out in two phases:
- Inventory Check, i.e. a check of the equipment on board;
- Technical Check, in order to make sure that everything is in proper working order.
Inventory Check and Technical Check
During the Inventory Check you will learn the exact position of all the equipment on board, and during the Technical Check you will test the engine, all the systems on board and the state of the sails.
It is essential not to rush the hand-over of the boat: this it your first step in getting to know the vessel on which you will be sailing. We sometimes see crews in such a hurry that they do not even take the time to arrange their own things on board and they already want to leave. We strongly advise against this approach! Starting one hour later will not upset your holiday, but will give you time to get to know the vessel and where the equipment is.
In case of serious problems on the vessel, you can ask for immediate help through our 24-hour telephone helpline. Breeze Yachtings technical staff will provide all the assistance to help you solve the problem as quickly as possible.
Once the check-in is completed, a form will be signed in which all the equipment and technical checks will have been ticked off. The signing of this form represents the formal acceptance and hand-over of the vessel, which from that moment becomes responsibility of the skipper and his crew.
If not carried out earlier, this is the time to also sign the lease (an essential document to have on board a vessel registered for commercial use) and pay the deposit in cash or by credit card. When using credit cards for the payment of the deposit, we will block the due amount, only to unblock it after ascertaining lack of damage by the chartering crew on return from vacation.
Finally, this is the moment the whole crew can take possession of the vessel and start their holiday.