Q. Is proof of competency required?
Proof of competency requirements vary from country to country with some areas (such as Greece, Croatia and Majorca) often insisting on written proof. This can be in the form of a sailing certificate or, in some cases, a letter from a recognised yacht club. Other areas (notably the Caribbean) simply require a single page signed sailing resume. In Croatia a VHF license is expected. It is worth remembering that all charter companies reserve the right to place a skipper on board (at the expense of the client) if they feel there is any question of safety - although we have never heard of this occurring.
Q. What does the price include?
The prices shown are per boat for the period stated. Occassionally the prices quoted will be flight inclusive offers, and in these cases the price is normally dependent on a certain number of people booking and travelling together. Flight inclusive offers are listed as per person prices.
All our operators differ in exactly what is included on your charter, upon quoting you will be advised exactly what is included. As a minimum: the yacht and all equipment, linen, all safety equipment, charts and cruising guide, etc.
Q. Do you only book 'late' charters?
No. However far in advance you wish to book we will endeavour to get the best possible price for your charter.
Q. I don't know where to sail?
Depending on the make up and experince of your crew, the time of year you are looking to travel, and the type of holiday you want the suitability of a sailing area can vary massively, for example a young family with limited experience is likely to have different requirements to a student's sailing associations annual spring break. Our team are hugely knowledgable of the pros and cons of the various areas and are always available to discuss and suggest the areas which might suit best.
Q. Please explain the date and number of days format
If we show (say) 10 May to 27 July, 7 days, then we show the price for 7 days within the date window shown. However the yacht is available for ten, fourteen or twenty one day charters in that period. It is likely that a longer charter will attract a bigger discount, so please contact us for price information.
Q. What paperwork and information can I expect, and when?
When you confirm you will receive login details to access the secure area of our website. Here you will find two forms for completion - our booking form and the yacht operator's contract, along with the base information which is to be taken with you. You can submit your crew lists and upload copies of your certificates within this secure area.
Q. Once I have booked do I deal with LateSail or direct with the operator?
All questions and correspondence in the run up the your charter should be addressed to us here at LateSail and we will be happy to help.
Q. Do I need insurance?
We strongly advise our clients to have comprehensive holiday insurance.
If you are a UK resident we recommend the "yachtsman's travel policy" available from Top Sail Insurance - http://www.topsailinsurance.co.uk/
On all yacht charters it is necessary to leave a refundable security deposit, this is normally paid by credit card on embarkation. It may be possible to insure this subject to whether an insurance scheme is run by the operator. Alternatively, there are some third party insurers who offer cover of your deposit. In these cases the deposit still has to be left at the base but in the event of a claim by the charter company you can reclaim the expense from the insuracnce company. For further details just ask at the time of booking.
Q. Can you help with airport hotels and car parking?
Yes, if you are living in the UK. The company we use, when we are off sailing, is Holiday Extras. They offer excellent value and you can reach them at http:\\www.holidayextras.com.
Q. How often is the site updated?
We have somebody ready to amend the site daily, including weekends and as soon as we are notified of new offers or changes in availability the site is updated.
Q. Does the site cover every charter operator?
We certainly try to cover every operator and currently we have over ninety on the books. Please note that some operators are occasionally slow in advising us when a boat has been booked and is no longer available - so please check availability with us.
Q. Is there insurance available to cover any refundable deposits required?
Yes, you can arrange security deposit insurance at http://www.schomacker.de/en/charter-insurance.html?pid=a1290