As yacht managers, we look after all of the day-to-day running of the yacht, and
work closely with the owner and the yacht skipper to maximise the use of the
yacht and minimise the running costs - commensurate with having a safe yacht and
an efficient and happy crew.
We keep the owner and the skipper advised of
current regulations and requirements, arrange berths, provide shore-based office
facilities for the skipper, attend to the payment of crew wages and other
disbursements, source crew as required (directly without extra charge or via a
crew agent at cost price), source parts and equipment, liaise with shipyards and
other contractors, maintain the yacht's Certification, and generally take on the
owners responsibility for the correct operation of the yacht without harming the
owners enjoyment and without spoiling the close relationship which naturally and
properly builds between the owner and his skipper, and without in any way
undermining the skippers absolute responsibility for the safety of the yacht and
all on board - and his authority.
How we work
We are most effective if the yacht is based here in the South of France, as
we are on hand to offer immediate assistance to the skipper as required. When
the yacht cruises away, we normally appoint other shore-based agents to support
the master during the voyage.
At commencement, we discuss the estimated annual running costs for the yacht
with the owner and skipper, then produce a budget and cash-flow-forecast. We
receive initial funds from the owner, and account to the owner or the owners
accountants or office at each month end. All costs are charged at our actual
cost (except for Yacht Insurance premiums - on which we receive a normal
commission), and the owner gets the advantage of all discounts which we enjoy.
The owner pays a monthly fee to us for our services, and we are happy to discuss
owner's particular requirements and then quote a monthly fee scale given the
demands of the job.