Commercial Charter Operations
There are one or two things you should consider when chartering a boat, hopefully this section will give you an insight into what to look out for in order to satisfy yourself that your charter boat meets current safety standards and the skipper is qualified to operate the boat.
Preparing a boat for charter can be costly and may take considerable time especially if the boat is not ‘coded’ from new.
Consequently, some boat owners are tempted to offer their boats for charter hire without complying with the relevant legal requirements set out by the Marine and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
It is a legal requirement that UK vessels (up to 24 metres load line length) in commercial operation or charter use, comply with the MCA Small Commercial Vessel and Pilot Boat Code of Practice and be issued with valid Certificates by a recognised Certifying Authority.
The MCA Code of Practice sets out all the requirements that need to be met before a boat can be used for commercial charter. The code includes requirements for boat stability, safety and life-saving equipment, emergency procedures and skipper qualifications.
Yallabina is Coded for Category 2 commercial charter operation by the MCA which means she is certified to operate up to 60 miles from a safe haven.
The skipper holds a Commercially Endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate which allows him to be in command of boats up to 24 metres in length that weigh no more than 200 tonnes.
The skipper also holds several other certificates including: VHF radio, radar, sea survival, first aid and a Professional Practices and Responsibilities certificate.
Yallabina Motor Yachts Limited is a member of the Professional Charter Association, a group of professional charter skippers and owners whose aim is to improve the safety of passengers and crews on board member vessels and to ensure that member vessels are equipped and maintained to the highest standards and operated within or exceeding national, local and harbour regulations.
Yallabina is insured for commercial operations and carries public liability insurance of £3 million.