Yacht Charter Terms and Conditions
1. Contractual Partner
Contractual partners are Yacht Charter Operator (hereinafter YCO) or organizer and the Charterer.
The Yacht Charter Operator (organiser) is the Owner of the craft chartered by the Charterer or a person authorized by the latter. Agency (Sternum d.o.o.) acts as intermediary in this contract.
2. Acceptance of the Contract and its Conditions
a) The Agency is authorized to set up this Contract asrepresentative of the Yacht Charter Operator and duly sign it.
b) The Charterer confirms that he has read the Contract and that he understood the nautical terminology used therein. Moreover, the Charterer agrees with the General Conditions of the Contract including the special characteristics of chartering a craft and with this type of sportive activity.
3. Charter Fee
The charter fee encompasses the use of the craft and its inventory. Extras and incidental expenses will be calculated separately and will not be taken into consideration in case of possible refunding of charter costs. The following items are not included in the charter fee: Port charges, fuel, Transit log fees (final cleaning, bad linen, gas), water and all expendituresfor measures which are required for the proper operation of the craft during the trip. Obvious mistakes in calculating the charterer fee or inadequacies referring to some of the terms in the Contract do not justify exiting from the Contract; rather, corrections may be duly undertaken, based on the current list of fees and the current contractual conditions of the YCO. Irregularities in equipment orgear (non-correspondence with inventory or equipment lists supplied to Charterer) do not authorize the Charterer to make any deductions - provided safety and operation of the craft as such and functioning equipment are guaranteed.
In order to confirm the charter reservation, Charterer makes an advance payment in the amount of 50% of the charter fee to the Agency's bank account. The remaining amount up to complete value of the charter fee is paid at the latest 8 weeks before the embarkation.
4. Journey to Location of Craft Check-in
The journey to the location is not part of the Contract. If the start of the journey is delayed because the Charterer or a member of the crew arrives late, there shall be no refunding of costs. Charterer and crew are aware of the fact that they are leasing an “instrument” to exercise boating and that the terms agreed on differ from laws and regulations governing the tourist sector.
5. Charterer´s Exiting from the Contract
a) The period of validity of the Contract can only be changed in agreement with the YCO and according to the existing possibilities. Request for changing charter characteristic or for cancellation of the charter have to be done in writing (e-mail, fax or post) by Charterer.
b) Cancellation by the Charterer up to eight weeks beforethe start of the journey - cancellation fee depending on the payments alreadymade. After this deadline the full amount has to be paid. It is recommended tothe Charterer to take up a special insurance in case of cancellation.
c) If there is a possibility to re-charter the craft, (either in part or in full), 10% of the charter fee will be withheld to coverrelevant expenses. The remaining sum will be refunded to the Charterer.
d) Defects, incorrect recordings of instruments or other problems with gear or equipment do not entitle the Charterer to either refuse check-in, stop the trip or raise financial claims - provided correct navigationis possible by applying classical navigation methods, such as position fixingby bearing, dead-reckoning navigation etc. and if safety of ship and crew is guaranteed by good seamanship.
6. Check-in and Check-out of Craft
a) The YCO is obliged to provide the Charterer with atechnically adequate, completely equipped boat with a full fuel and water tank, clean and tidy, ready for sailing, after 05.00 PM first day of the charter. Before takeover, the Charterer is obliged to provide the YCO base with averified voucher, which indicates that the total charter amount has been properly paid.
b) The YCO is obliged to properly instruct the Chartere ror the person nominated by him (Skipper) about all technical details concerning gear and equipment, using a check- or inventory-list. Trial trip may also be affected. By signing the checklist the Charterer/Skipper confirms that he has taken over the craft in good condition, clean, with full tanks (fuel, water) and fully functioning gear and equipment. Possible defects, damages or missing parts of gear and/or equipment must be laid down in writing.
c) The Charterer may refuse check-in if safety standards do not comply with national rules and regulations or if hull, bonding deck to hull, rig, sail or steering gear are damaged to such an extent that safety of both ship and crew can no longer be guaranteed. In this case item 6b comes to bear.
d) The YCO may refuse to hand over the craft if the fee has not been paid in full deposit has not been made or replaced by an insurance necessary documents are missing or insufficient (nolicense or a license not valid for the chartered craft, etc.) during the process of check-in or during a trial tripit turns out that the Skipper does not have the required qualification for this job.
e) in the latter case or if there are licensing problems, the journey may be started with another Skipper, expenses paid by the Charterer.
7. Delayed Check-in Procedure
a) If the YCO cannot supply the craft or an appropriate replacement (meaning a type similar in dimensions, gear and equipment) and the delay exceeds 1 of the total charter time or a maximum of three (3) days, the Charterer has the right to withdraw from the Contract. In this case payments already made will be refunded to him. No further claims may be raised.
b) If it is an established fact before the start of the trip that neither craft nor replacement will be available on the agreed date, the YCO shall be obliged to inform the Charterer as soon as the former knows the facts. In this case both parties may withdraw from the Contract before the assumed start of the trip. Payments made by the Charterer will be refunded as above. No further claims may be raised.
c) If check-in time is delayed by the YCO for reasons heis responsible for, the Charterer will get a pro rata refund from the YCO,
provided either the check-in procedure had originally been agreed to take place in the second part of the day including an overnight stay on the craft or if a replacement and/or actual check-in has not occurred until noon the next day the latest or if the check-in of the craft had originally been agreed to take place during the first part of the day but in reality was delayed for more than 12 hours.
8. Insurance and Deposit
The chartered yacht is insured against third party damage, fire, lightning, explosion, theft or robbery or damage caused bynatural disasters, marine and collision risks, and against any loss or damage except equipment expressed in this contract.
The Charterer leaves YCO a compulsory security deposit, which guarantees the compensation of all eventual losses or damages during the charter, even if they are not covered by the insurance policy. The deposit is made in cash or with credit card with an automatic preauthorization by POSterminal. The deposit is obligatory even in cases when a boat is rented with a skipper provided by YCO.
The financial liability of the Charterer (client) forloss or damage caused by him or a crewmember is limited with the agreed deposit. Exceptions are mentioned in this contract.
a) The insurance premium for the craft chartered is included in the charter price
b) The insurance does not cover accidents of crewmembers, losses or damage to their personal belongings. We recommend taking up a special insurance for this purpose.
c) If the insurance comes to bear in case of damage, terms state that the damage had not been caused deliberately or by gross negligence or that the charterer/Skipper did not set a behavior, which release the insurer to fulfill its contractual obligation.
It is expressly stipulated that in case of gross negligence or deliberate act the liability of the Charterer is not limited bythe deposit. The Charterer may be forced to pay the full sum of the damage.
9. Use of the Craft, Obligations, Damages
a) The Charterer/Skipper agrees to navigate the craft with special consideration of good seamanship and careful observation of alllegal regulations and provisions as applicable in all the countries visited
b) The Charterer or the Skipper nominated by theCharterer are committed provide YCO with a crew list containing full names, addresses, birth dates and birth places, nationality, type and number of anidentification document, and the skipper's boat leader licence number, not later than 1 week before the beginning of the charter.have valid passports. The costs of eventual loss or theft of the documents are covered by the client himself.
- not to accept more than the maximum number of persons permitted on board and to inform the YCO and the relevant authorities about any changes in the crew
- not to allow the craft to be used for transporting passengers nor for commercial fishing nor for any other gainful activity
- not to take part in races without the express agreement of the YCO and not to recharter the craft
- not to use the craft for towing other crafts or to be towed or rescued by other crafts except in cases of
- emergency; should such an emergency arise, orders have tocome from the YOC (or a person authorized by him). Should this not be possible, the Skipper has to establish contact with the skipper of the other vessel and cometo an agreement about costs of towing or other rescue operations before help isaccepted.
- not to rent or lend the boat to a third party.
- assume full responsibility in case of confiscation ofthe boat by competent authorities, due to irresponsible or illegal actions ofthe crew (commercial fishing, etc.).:
- to navigate within the borders of the territorial waters of the Republic of Croatia. Leaving Croatian territorial waters is only allowed upon previous written consent from YCO.
- to write a logbook in which the following items have to be recorded in chronological order: course, maneuvers, logs, proper handling of sails/engine, positions, checks, maintenance and repairs, important events or observations (accidents)
- no to let the engine run if the ship sails in a sloping position and to use the engine only as long as it is necessary; sails should be adapted to the rig and to the existing wind forces
- not leave the harbor or anchorage in case the boat or one of its vital parts is damaged and/or unsafe for sailing.
- not to leave the harbor if port authorities have issued a prohibition of sailing or in case of insufficient fuel supplies.
- to leave a protected harbour only if the principles ofgood seamanship allow this
- to leave unsafe anchorage places or moorings if the weather forecast, the existing weather conditions or the foreseeable development makes it necessary.
- to take care that while the craft is anchored or moored danger to the craft has to be recognizable at all times, thus allowing measures to be taken to avoid danger.
- check the oil and cooling water liquid level in the engine every day. Damages and losses caused by an insufficient oil or cooling water level in the engine is taken into account as consequence of gross negligence of the Charterer (item 8c).
d) In case of major sea damage or accident, possible delay or loss of maneuverability of the craft, the YCO has to be informed at once. The Charterer/Skipper has to undertake everything in his power to reduce the effects as well as to avoid consequential damage (for instance breakdown,etc.). In concerted agreement with the YCO, the Charterer/Skipper has to organise the necessary repair work, to document all the facts, to monitor there pair work and to negotiate price and payment. Moreover, the Charterer/Skipper is obliged to keep a record of the details of the damage and - provided there are claims of third parties - to have all the data confirmed by the relevant authorities. The Charterer/Skipper may be obliged to pay for the entire costs if the aforementioned conditions are not properly adhered to. The Charterer/Skipper is fully liable for all direct and consequential costs such as confiscation of the craft if it is within the scope of responsibility of the Charterer/Skipper or members of the crew.
e) If there is reason to assume that the craft is damaged in the part under water, the craft has to be navigated to the nearest port where the services of a diver must be engaged, the supply of a crane organized or a slip up arranged. The costs have to be borne by the Charterer.
f) Theft of the craft or of part of the gear or equipment has to be reported to the nearest police precinct
g) Animals may be taken aboard only with the express permission of the YCO.
a) The Charterer is obliged to return the boat to the agreed place, at the agreed time, at 05.30 PM, at the latest, the day beforelast day of the charter, with a full fuel tank, ready for next navigation; that is, in the same condition as it was taken over. The CHECK-OUT will be then performed till 09.00 AM, at the latest, last day of the charter. Before the CHECK-OUT, the client is obliged to take garbage and waste off the boat and leave it at the designated place in the marina and to take their own luggage off the boat.
b) The Charterer has to return to the port at the time stipulated in the Contract or to inform the YCO in writing about any change.The agreed schedule also has to take inclemencies of the weather or otheradverse circumstances into consideration. If the Charterer is unable to return the craft himself, he has to inform the YCO and make arrangements to have the craft returned by another person at the Charterer´s cost and risk. Until the check-out the Charterer has to leave a qualified person on board. If the Charterer does not comply with this provision, he has to satisfy all financial claims resulting from this negligence and breach of Contract. The financial obligation is not limited with the agreed deposit. The Charter Contract has notbeen fulfilled entirely until the craft is returned in the condition asstipulated in the Contract.
c) In the event of lateness, the Charterer vouches to pay a fine in the amount of 2% of the charter price for each hour exceeded. For lateness over 12 hours it will be counted as one day of delay (item 10d).
d) Any day of delay in returning the craft will ensue compensation payment amounting to the double of the daily Charter fee. Calculation is based on the items contained in the current price list of theYCO. (Discounts granted or other special conditions such as early booking or a bonus for a “regular” Charterer cannot be taken into consideration when calculating the fine due for late return).
e) The Charterer has to return the craft to the YCO at the date and hour agreed on the latest. Until this point in time the entire crew has to have left the craft including baggage. Time for cleaning and check-out including inspection by the YCO or his deputy is part of the agreed time schedule laid down in the Contract.
f) At the check-out any part of the equipment or gear lost or damaged has to be recorded in detail and paid for. The amount may bededucted from the deposit. The YCO also has to be informed about groundings and possible defects.
g) If craft and equipment are in good condition, clean, complete and with a full tank, the deposit will be returned to the Charterer. The proper condition of the craft at check-out has to be confirmed and signed jointly by Charterer and YCO or their deputies.
h) If repairs are necessary, the Charterer has to contact the YCO and agree on an earlier return of the craft so that work can be done in good time for the next charter to start. If the damage is within the YCO´s responsibility, fees covering the loss (day(s) will be reimbursed to the Charterer. Anyadditional claims by the Charterer (cost of overnight stays, etc.) are excluded (see also item 8). If the damage is caused by the Charterer, no compensation for lost time during the trip will be disbursed.
i) If damage or loss is a case for the insurance company, return of the deposit or parts thereof will be delayed until payment from the insurance has arrived. Deposit will be handed back to the Charterer after deducting the retainer and all costs incurred by repairing the damage which are not covered by the insurance. The deposit may also be withheld if the repair costs or other expenditures to be paid from the deposit cannot be calculated exactly at the time of the craft check-out.
j) Any claims for damages raised by the Charterer against the YCO must be put down in writing immediately after check-out of the craftand contain pertinent explanations. Claims raised later cannot be considered.
11. Restrictions ordered by the YCO
The YCO reserves the right to limit the range of the craft either based on the vessel´s category or if conditions for navigation are unsafe or otherwise unusual. A ban on navigating the craft at night may also be pronounced by the YCO. The responsibility for ignoring such restrictions is exclusively with the Charterer/Skipper.
Charterer has the right to a complaint only if a written complaint is lodged upon check-out, and all necessary documentation is provided. A written complaint must be signed by both parties - by the clientand an YCO representative. Subsequently received or incompletely documented complaints will not be taken into consideration by YCO.
YCO is obliged to provide a written solution of the received complaint within 14 days after receiving it. YCO is allowed to postpone the time limit for an additional 14 days, if gathering information and checking the complaint claims with the people involved is necessary.
The client renounces the right to arbitration by a third party, competent authority, or law institution, or releasing information to the media, until YCO has reached a solution of the complaint. Provided that the client acts contrary to this regulation, he loses the right to compensation, because of violation of the procedure. In this case, YCO has the right to ask the client for compensation of eventual damages caused by such an action.
The highest compensation can equal the amount of the part of the service which was the object of the complaint. The client has no right to compensation for services that have already been used or for the whole amount of the charter price. This also excludes any rights to compensation of non-material damages.
13. Liability and Place of Jurisdiction
All disputes between Charterer and YCO have to be settled directly between these two. If arbitration or court proceedings are required, the place of jurisdiction is at the location of the YCO Head Office. For any disputes between the Charterer and the YCO, Croatian Law shall apply.
If parts of the Contract are null and void or invalid,the other parts retain their validity. The signers reserve the right to correct mistakes, misprints or errors in calculating.
Any agreements not contained in the Contract, oral promises or changes have to be confirmed in writing. By signing the document, the Charterer affirms that he has read the General Terms and Conditions and agrees to the content.