Yachting Etiquette: the basics

Yachting Etiquette: the basics

et·i·quette

/ˈedəkət,ˈedəˌket/

noun

  1. the customary code of polite behavior in society or among members of a particular profession or group.

Being invited on board a yacht, or simply spending a day on a luxurious charter is just like being invited to someone else's home. You don't want to be disrespectful, or give the impression you don't know how to behave appropriately.

  1. If invited, make sure to RSVP as soon as possible, and preferably on the spot. Yachts have a limited amount of cabins, and accepting or refusing the invitation promptly is a considerate way for the owner to keep planning the trip.

  2. Always take off your shoes when boarding a yacht. Therefore, you should always have decent and presentable feet regardless if you are a man or a women. That means: get a pedicure. Depending on the yacht, the crew will provide you with appropriate on board shoes. This is because teak flooring can get damaged or carpets can get dirty. So make sure to wear shoes which can be easily taken off.

  3. Do not wear cloths, or jewelry that could damage the seating fabrics. Specially when it comes to interiors, sofas and lounge chairs are upholstered with leather or Ultraleather®.

  4. Do not though anything overboard. Even if it is biodegradable. It is not elegant, sophisticated, nor right. You should always wait for a stop, or leave it for the crew to dispose correctly of anything you would like to through away.

  5. The cockpit is considered a private area, do not touch or jump at the helm or touch any of the instruments, unless of course, you are invited to do so.

  6. If you smoke, ask the owner, captain or crew what the smoking policies are, and do not through any stubs at sea once you are done (see point #4). Keep in mind that fire is also a hazard on board, so be respectful of the safety guidelines given.

  7. .If sleeping on board, bring appropriate luggage, that means no big, hard suitcases. Yachts are places where storage is carefully planned and valued. Be sure to bring cloths and a bag that can be easily stored away given the restricted space.

  8. If on a charter tipping is usually 5-10% of the cost of the fee, but of course this totally relies on your satisfaction with the service.

  9. Do not keep to yourself the use of any of the water toys, for example a yet ski or a Seabob.

  10. Behavior depends on the occasion. Yachts and marinas are there to protect the owner's privacy and have confidential agreements. But in general, use common sense.

I hope these basic rules help you not only enjoy more your next yacht trip, by giving you confidence, but mostly by showing your respect and consideration.

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