Faq - Club Nautico Miami

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our frequently asked questions (FAQ) and find an answer that will help you in your search for a vessel. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us (via telephone, email, chat).

  • Due to Coast Guard COVID-19 regulations we are only allowed to have up to 10 passengers on board including crew. Regulations are changing frequently every other week, your agent will let you know how many people we can have on board for your charter. We hope you can understand as we are following guidelines for your own safety.
  • US Coast Guard & CDC regulations allow maximum 10 passengers onboard
  • We love animals and would feel terrible if they get seasick, so as a general rule no pets allowed. (some yachts are ok, please ask which ones)
  • All vessels come with life jackets, emergency and first aid kits. If you have known allergies or medical requirements, please bring spare medication in the event of an emergency
  • Pick up time is up to you; your day begins at the time stated in the signed Charter Agreement
  • You can bring your own alcohol and food on board
  • All yachts include a Bluetooth sound system to play your music
  • All Children are counted as a passenger
  • 7% tax and 18% gratuity will be automatically added to your total
  • Payment is due 10 days before your charter date
  • For charters over $5k a wire transfer is required

 

  • Which vessel type and size should I choose?

The choice of the vessel depends entirely on your wishes and preferences. Our offer includes the following vessel types:

Sailing boats – excellent for both family and active vacation

Catamarans – very stable and comfortable, ensure fast sailing

Gulets – use the power of engine and sails to move; rented exclusively with the crew (captain, sailor, cook, hostess)

Motor boats – for speed sailing enthusiasts

Before choosing a vessel, please bear in mind the following details:

How many people will be on board?

Does your group consist of pairs who can share the same cabin or do some crew members require a separate cabin?

Do you prefer comfort?

Do you require a skipper or not? If you need skipper’s services, please bear in mind that the skipper sleeps on board as well, so one of the berths (either in the saloon area or in a cabin) should be reserved for him.

  • Sailing boat or catamaran?

The choice depends on your wishes and preferences. A Catamaran is an excellent choice for those with no sailing experience or for those who feel somewhat insecure sailing. It has two hulls, hence providing greater stability. Catamarans don’t lean more than 5° and offer greater comfort, spacious saloon area and cabins and somewhat faster sailing, since they have two engines. Modern catamarans have shallow draft in order to make the access to land and bays easier.

  • How do I book a vessel?

You can consult our Contact Center about the vessel choice – they will prepare an offer for you, based upon your request. Should you prefer to choose a vessel on your own, you can do so by using our Online Database system.

After having chosen a vessel, we can reserve it for you for several days, with no obligation, giving you time to organize your travel plans (buying plane tickets, etc.) and arrange everything with your crew members.

The vessel is considered booked by you as soon as you pay the first installment, i.e. 30, 40 or 50% of the total price, or the whole charter fee for bookings within 60 days before the departure. You can either pay by credit card or by bank transfer.

  • Can I charter a vessel for less than a week?

During the high-season (in June, July and August, as well as the beginning of September and the end of May), we encourage our weekly charter system (Saturday – Saturday charter), since these are the busiest months for the charter companies and most weeks are sold out well in advance (therefore, the price is unlikely to be flexible and you would usually be charged for a full week of charter).

  • Do I have to hire a professional skipper?

If you have no sailing experience at all, or if you do not possess an officially recognized sailing license, you are obliged to hire a skipper.

Even if you have experience in sailing but are not sure in your maneuvering skills, it is strongly recommended to hire a professional skipper for at least several days, in order to make your cruise more relaxing. You can also benefit from the skippers’ local knowledge – they are well acquainted with the Adriatic region and will be able to suggest you the most interesting places for swimming and fun, as well as numerous restaurants.

We can reserve the skipper for you.

  • What qualifications do I need for a bareboat charter?

In the event of a bareboat charter (without our skipper) the client skipper must be in possession of a certificate of competence in order to charter a boat.

  • Is my license valid for a bareboat charter?

In case you possess any kind of a sailing license please be sure to send it to us via email, so that we can check its validity with the charter agency as well as the Croatian authorities before chartering a vessel.

  • I have a license for motor boats, is it valid for sailing yachts as well?

A license issued for navigating motor boats can be accepted valid if it is clearly indicated that it can be used for navigating sailing boats as well. By all means send us a copy via email, so that we can check its validity with authorities.

  • I have a years-long sailing experience but do not possess a license. What do I do?

In order to hire a yacht, the person navigating the boat has to be qualified for operating a vessel or a yacht, and must possess a necessary license, corresponding to US rules and regulations.

  • Are skipper’s services included in price?

Skipper’s services are paid separately from the charter fee. The guests are obliged to pay them (also those of a hostess or a cook) as well as food and drink for the skipper or the other crew members.

On gulets, the crew expenses (those of a captain, a sailor and a cook) are already included in the charter fee.

Mega-yachts and sailing boats exceeding certain length are chartered exclusively with the crew (provided by the vessel owner), in which case the crew expenses are included in the charter fee.

  • Where does the skipper sleep?

In most cases the skipper sleeps in the salon area. However, it is strongly recommended to charter a bigger boat and provide the skipper with his own cabin. Since he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the yacht, as well as the security of people on board, he should be well-rested – apart from that, the guests will have more comfort and a free salon area to hang out.

Every vessel is registered for a certain number of people (the law does not allow this number to be exceeded) – if this number does not include a berth in the salon area, the skipper is required to have his own cabin.

  • Besides the charter fee, are there additional costs I should budget for?

When calculating the price of your trip you have to consider these:

– price of boat rental (as per offers)

– obligatory extras (per boat, stated in offer)

– optional extras (if you want them, per boat, stated in offer)

– boat fuel (depends on how much you spend … )

– food and drinks (half board is usually 250 US per week per person)

– moorings and marina fees (if you go, calculate 4 nights, around 100 US per boat per night)

– (security deposit for the boat – you get this back at the end, stated in the offer)

Is there a parking area within the marina?
Marinas have a secured parking area for cars – the price of a parking lot depends upon the marina itself and amounts to about $100 per week.

There are enough parking lots, so the reservations are not necessary. The personnel of the marina take care about the vessels as well as the parking area in the marina.

  • Technical equipment on board?

If having reserved a vessel through our website, please check the additional information on vessel equipment for every single boat in our offer. Should you need any further assistance, just contact us and we’ll send you a document quoting all the equipment on your chosen boat.

All boats in our offer have safety and navigation equipment as well as navigation maps.

  • Is bed linen, cutlery, etc. provided on board?

Bed linen (sheets, blankets, pillows) is provided on every vessel. Only few charter agencies provide towels as well, so by all means take your own with you (both beach towels as well as those for personal hygiene).

Kitchen is equipped with stove, oven, fridge, sink, cooking utensils and cutlery.

Cleaning agents, dish cloths, etc. are not provided on board, but can be bought in stores in the marinas before boarding.

  • Which places should I visit?

If you don’t know which places to visit, please check some of our suggested routes and info on departure points of the vessels in our offer. We can also provide you with additional information about cultural sights, beaches, etc.

  • Children on board?

Children can go sailing with you from an early age – there is no age limit, however, their stay on board should be closely monitored by adults. Be sure to choose the safest cabin for a child (e.g. the front cabin) and a place for him/her to play (cockpit is a relatively safe place). You can also put a safety net along the sides of the boat and children should by all means wear life vests. You should bring baby food along, since it cannot be bought in every supermarket within the marina. You should also consider choosing shorter routes and visiting marinas more frequently in order to provide safer berthing as well as comfort.

  • When should I return the vessel to the marina?

The vessels are returned to the base on Friday afternoon/evening with an overnight on board till Saturday morning between 8am and 9am, when the check-out procedure is done. At that time the guests should leave the boat, so that it can be cleaned and prepared for new guests. The vessel can also be returned to the base on Saturday, but make sure it is before 8am, in order for guests to have enough time to fill the tank before leaving the vessel.

  • Is it possible for some people to leave and other to join the crew during a sailing trip?

Changes of the crew are possible – however, this should be indicated in advance, before embarkation, so as to make crew lists, on which the dates of changes as well information on people joining or leaving the crew will be specified. Our guests receive a blank crew list, which they fill in with the crew details both before and after the change (the date of the change should be indicated as well). The complete crew list can be sent to us via email or fax.

Before taking over the vessel, the charter agency will provide the guests with a verified crew list with data both before and after the change, which the guests need to have during the sailing trip.

If the crew suddenly changes during the cruise, without previous notice, the guests are obliged to contact the charter agency and inform them about the change in order for them to send the new verified crew list. The new list can then be sent via fax to the guests (to any place where they are at that moment).

In case of a control, the guests need to present the new crew list, although they are obliged to keep the old one as well.

  • Can I take over the vessel before the time determined for check-in?

If you are arriving before the time determined for taking over the vessel (check-in is usually done at around 5pm), let us know the approximate time of your arrival and we will try to arrange with the charter agency to have the vessel delivered to you earlier, which is possible if it is not too crowded in the marina at that time. In case you are arriving on Friday or earlier and need some help in finding suitable accommodation, please feel free to contact us.

  • WHAT IS A BOAT CLUB?

Club Nautico is a private club. This means that our boats are only available to Members and a secondary segment dedicated to Boat and Yacht rental and Charters.

  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Like most clubs we charge a one time Initiation Fee and an annual (you may choose to pay monthly) membership fee..

  • ARE THERE ANY LIMITS ON BOATING?

No. Members have Unlimited access to boats. Boat as much as you like.

  • WILL I GET ANY TRAINING?

Yes. All members get a training manual upon joining. Members attend one classroom session followed by “On the Water” training with the dock master. Training covers CBC processes, general navigation, docking, and safety.

  • HOW SOON CAN I GET ON THE WATER?

After joining, new members can normally be boating within 5 to 14 days of joining.

  • HOW DO I RESERVE A BOAT?

We have an online reservation system, that you can reserve a boat 24 hours / day up to 6 months in advance of when you want to go out. Members may also boat “Spur of the Moment” by speaking with our dock staff directly and reserving a boat.

  • HOW MANY RESERVATIONS CAN I HAVE?

Members may have a maximum of three advanced reservations on the books at any given time. Once a reservation is used, a new one may be made.

  • CAN I GET A BOAT ON SHORT NOTICE?

Yes. Simply call the dock master at the marina you wish to boat. The dock master will tell you what’s available and you reserve it for “Spur of the Moment” use. Spur of the Moment use does not count as reservations. It is similar to a “walk on” round of golf.

  • WILL I GET A BOAT WHEN I CALL?

Club Nautico tracks members vs. boats to ensure we do not have too few boats for our members. Club Nautico adds boats as members are welcomed in to the club. By tracking the usage of the boats by type and by location, Club Nautico can determine the boats that are most popular and add more.

  • WHAT SIZE BOATS WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO?

All boats ranging from 18’ to 27’ are available to Club Nautico members. Variety includes Deck boats, Fishing boats, Pontoons, Cruisers, Sail boats, and water sports boats. Members choose the boat they need when making reservations.

  • ARE THE BOATS WELL MAINTAINED?

Absolutely, in fact, all boats are inspected weekly by the Club Nautico dock staff using a 50 point checklist of safety equipment, hull condition, electronics, and general mechanical items.

  • CAN I GET A BOAT EARLY / AFTER HOURS?

Yes, as long as your schedule does not impact another reservation. Taking the boat out early simply requires picking up the keys the evening before. Both early and after hours boating will require some additional training.

  • CAN I USE THE BOATS OVERNIGHT?

Yes. Some restrictions and additional training may apply, but our qualified members routinely enjoy overnight excursions.

  • IS INSURANCE INCLUDED?

Club Nautico maintains insurance that covers all of our vessels as well as third party liability. Members generally are only responsible for paying any deductible that may apply if they damage a boat.

Competitive Prices

We own our fleet, avoid brokerage fees and book your trip today with us. Best Price GUARANTEED!

Dedicated Customer Service

With access to our Charter Consultants 24/7 as well as our U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captains and highly trained crew and hostesses, we are providing our clients the most in depth and complete charter service available.

Rest assured that when you choose Club Nautico to plan your charter, you will receive the best that the charter industry has to offer.

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