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Charter contract

I am planning to charter a boat in Greece and one paragraph in "Charter agreement" attracted my attention:

Itinerary:



To plan and to carry out the yacht’s itinerary in such a manner as to reach the port of call farthest away from the point at which the yacht must be returned to the owner (Turn-Around Point) within the first one third (1/3) of the charter period and that two days prior to the termination of the charter the yacht’s port of call shall lie at a distance not greater than forty (40) N.M. from the point at which the yacht is to be returned to the owner.



I understand what they are trying to achieve (insure that you don't go too far that you will be late to return), but it will inconvenience us a great deal since we are planning to spend a few days in the marina of origin (to do some sightseeing) and it will leave us almost no time to reach "Turn-Around-Point".
Is that a fair common clause in charter contract or something rather unusual?

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Re: Charter contract

Too late to change the time and book a hotel for the few days of sightseeing???
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Re: Charter contract

Could you do your sightseeing from the marina of origin at the end of the trip, instead of the beginning?
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Re: Charter contract

Nothing is written in stone. Write in the destination port by 2/3 of rental, and initial it. It they accept, they initial it. And Bobs is your oncle.
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Re: Charter contract

Thanks guys!
I would rather not sleep on board, but it seems almost impossible to charter a boat for anything rather than whole week(s). Adding sight-seeing will extend our trip beyond reasonable. And considering jet-lag, I would rather be sight-seeing jetlaged than sailing. But it is an option. I might try changing timing in the contract as have been suggested and see how it will go.
I am just curious if somebody seen that clause before?
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Re: Charter contract

It's a normal clause.

Check what your insurance covers too - most policies only cover topsides i.e. if you run aground it's on your nickel.
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Re: Charter contract

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It's a normal clause.

Check what your insurance covers too - most policies only cover topsides i.e. if you run aground it's on your nickel.
You as in total boat insurance (presumably provided by the charter company) or insurance on deductible?
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Re: Charter contract

I've not see anything like that before - not that I've chartered extensively. Every charter that I have done, I just had to get the boat back to the marina by a certain time. They left it up to me to figure out how to do that.
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Re: Charter contract

You as in the charter policy (may) only cover damage to topsides - i.e. running around and dropping stuff.
Damage below the water line might not be covered at all. I've seen it both ways.
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Re: Charter contract

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You as in the charter policy (may) only cover damage to topsides - i.e. running around and dropping stuff.
Damage below the water line might not be covered at all. I've seen it both ways.
This is very good point. So this how it looks:

Owner has: "to insure the Yacht and her equipment against fire, marine and collision risks and third party damage and against any and all loss or damage in excess of 2.000Ä
and the charterer shall therefore be relieved of any and all liability which is covered by the said Policy, provided that such loss or damage is not caused or contributed to
by any act of cross negligence or willful default on his part.
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So I guess it depends what constitutes "act of cross negligence or willful default". I am curious how you read it?
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