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Re: Yachtico - Are they any good?
We are using them to charter in Sardinia. Now we are talking directly to the actual charter company in Portisco all seems good but Yachtico have been difficult to say the least. Watch their so called 'optional extras' as these are actually just a surcharge to claw back some of the discount they say they offer to get you to book. We were told the tender and cooking gas were 'optional extras' and if we didn't book them we wouldn't have them on the boat. Our local owner now tells us they are always included as standard and had we not ordered them and paid extra we would still get them supplied. So we tried to cancel them and get a refund from Yachtico only to be told there was 100% cancellation fee. Extraordinary behaviour. Also they don't seem to have any knowledge of UK based certification and kept insisting we provide a 'boating licence'. Then they said RYA Coastal Skipper and VHF would be find and we definitely didn't need ICC. Again, when we finally spoke to the owner he said ICC was required for Italian waters so we had to fast track through RYA which cost us more money. We could easily have applied for our ICC for free from RYA as we are members had they been clear in the first instance.
They do seem to have a good range of boats, but they are essentially brokers. Check the small print and don't pay for any options until you are talking directly to the boat owner.