The Takeover of the Yachts
Arrival at the base
This is the moment when your vacation on yacht begins … You definitely need to have the charter contract, voucher, skipper’s license, VHF license and personal documents. It is very important to mention in advance estimated arrival time to base, so we tried to make embarkation as soon as possible. Regular check-in is scheduled from 16.00 pm. Upon arrival at the base and you should go to the office to solve the last paperwork. You need to show the original skipper’s license and VHF, take a verified list of passengers and pay a security deposit, or if there is an option to pay insurance of the security deposit. If you arrive by car, the staff at the base will help you to find a parking place.
When you’ve done the paperwork in the office, you are ready for check in. Upon boarding, together with base staff you will control boat inventory and equipment of chartered boat. Be carefully when checking equipment to avoid further difficulties after departure. If everything is in order, both parties signed the inventory list and you can set sail. During the charter, you have contact for technical support and eventual intervention. Every damage on rented boat or defect must be reported immediately to the base.
Do not forget to fill water tanks and fuel tanks before disembarkation. Return to base at Friday afternoon is recommended. Check out will be done on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. At the check out, you will be passing control to the inventory list again. Boat condition should be the same as on embarkation. In case of defects or any other problems during the charter, it is very important to specify in writing all of the inventory list. Then again, both sides sign the boat inventory list.
- Please take your time to be instructed concerning your yacht; a precise instruction will take some time, but you will be able to save some time and some problems during your holidays. In addition to that, large yachts have many technical devices – learning how to handle these yachts will probable be somewhat more difficult than learning how to handle a smaller yacht.
- Please instruct your crew members before the first setting out and assign every crew member his/her own assignment. This will help you manage critical situations. Besides, even the best skipper is lost if his crew cannot help him due to inadequate instruction.
- When you plan your tour, consider some possible eluding stations; in case of any problems with the weather or with the yacht, it is always good to have some alternatives, which are quickly and problem-free to reach.
- A yacht has many conveniences, but it also has a very sensitive technical system. Smaller technical problems are possible, even if we wait the yachts perfectly and very precisely. In case of any problems of this kind and if you are not able to take care of the problem yourself, please inform our service station in the marina, i.e. the competent instructor for your yacht. One of our employees will join you as soon as possible and try to take care of the problem, or he will give you advice how to solve the problem over the phone. All the important phone numbers are on board in the boat map, along with the yacht description.
- We also have a service boat, with which we can relatively quickly reach you in order to solve the problem when you call us and inform us about your exact location.
- Please do not enter the yacht in shoes with a black sole, i.e. in high heels; please enter he interiors of the yacht only barefoot in completely clean shoes.
- Control the inventory before the handover of the yacht. In case you have some additional wishes concerning the equipment, such as additional fenders, blankets or furnishings for the pantry, please inform us. We will gladly equip you with any kind of equipment that is in our possession.
- Please check the operability of the refrigerator, toilet, electric stove and other devices when you are assuming the yacht. Please explain your crew precisely how to handle toilet-facilities! Please, do not throw toilet paper in the toilets – there is a small container for the toilet paper in every toilet. Often we have to deal with pipe-blockage caused by improper handling. First of all, a clogged toilet causes odours – and secondly we have to charge you the special cleaning and any other material or reparation costs.
- Please control the operability of the anchor, the navigation lights, the anchor light, the GPS, as well as all the other technical devices when you assume the yacht. Those are the obligations of the skipper.
- The instructor will show you where the life vests are, keep this in mind and control whether there are enough life vests on board.
What you need to regard when taking over a yacht or before you set out
- Control the cooling water, the oil level of the engines and the fuel reservoir before every setting out, because there is nothing more dangerous than to find yourself on open sea – possibly amid rough sea – with engine malfunction.
- Is the electricity cable disconnected and on board? There is nothing more unpleasant than to be in the marina and to have no shore connection.
- Is the water hose disconnected and on board? Did you retrieve the connection; the connection is hard to get in Croatia, so in case you loose it, there might be some problems concerning the water supply.
- Did you retrieve the yacht papers after you have spent a night in a marina? Is the dinghy fastened in the right way?
- Is the bath ladder up?
- Are all the scuttles closed? This is very important, since in case of rough sea water could get in and this could in the worst case scenario lead to the sinking of the yacht; anyway, the furnishing of the yacht might be destroyed if the saltwater gets in.
- Is everything well stowed?
- Did you refill the water tank? You never know when and where you will get water again? A water shortage may happen even in the marinas, especially in the summer.
- Did you plan your tour, having in mind the weather situation and possible alternative destinations? The weather can suddenly change even in the Adriatic.
- The most important: Don’t ever let your crew push you to set out if you, as a skipper, feel insecure or if you think that setting out is not recommendable.
The skipper and not the crew is entirely responsible for the yacht and for the crew!!!