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Be Savvy With Your Yacht Charter Vacation Contract

Updated: Feb 3

Is Your Yacht Charter Contract Real?


Learn How to Validate Your Yacht Charter Vacation Contract

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The word pirate conjures images of peg-legged scallywags brandishing cutlasses, parrots screeching on shoulders, and buried treasure maps leading to untold riches. While the golden age of piracy may have faded into history, the reality is far from buried. Modern day pirates still prowl the internet, posing as legitimate yacht charter brokers, driven by desperation and fueled by opportunity. The fight against modern contract piracy requires a multifaceted approach.

Recently, it has come to our attention that there are individuals and charter companies using an older, outdated paper versions of yacht contracts.

Only a CYBA or MYBA E-Contract is a legitimate yacht charter contract. These contracts are primarily written by Maritime Lawyers for Inclusive Charters on fully crewed charter yachts. The contract may be adapted for Non-Inclusive/Plus Expenses charters and be used for charters anywhere in the world so long as it is accepted by all parties.

You are Safe Booking Your Yacht Charter Vacation with Us!

Learn how to Validate a Yacht Charter Vacation Contract! Yacht Charters Guru is a registered member of CYBA-The Charter Yacht Brokers Association, the BVI Yacht Charter Society & VIPCA. We only use an official contract that can be validated by CYBA or MYBA.

Protect yourself and your hard-earned vacation dollars by verifying that your charter contract is legitimate. Thanks to the serial number and the date on your yacht charter contract, you will be able to verify if a contract you have been presented is a valid CYBA or MYBA E-Contract or not.

Confirm Your Yacht Charter E-Contract is Valid!

Learn How to Validate a Yacht Charter Vacation Contract

CYBA Serial Number Validator:

If you doubt the authenticity of an Agreement, contract CYBA or MYBA directly.

🚩NOTE: Access to the CYBA or MYBA E-Contract subscription is prohibited for Captains and Crews currently serving on charter yachts. E-Contract platforms are only available for retail charter Brokers, Charter Managers, and Stakeholders.

Requirements to use of the CYBA E-Contract for YACHT CHARTER BROKERS:

  • Local/state business or trade license if required in the area where the business is based.

  • References from at least 1 Clearinghouse with whom the broker has completed a past contract with OR a current CYBA member who is willing to vouch for the broker and offer assistance on their first 5 charter contracts

  • Proof of attending at least 1 charter yacht show and/or completion of the CYBA New Broker online course.

  • Applicants who already have a MYBA  or AYCA E-Contract subscription will be approved. Subscriptions must be current and in good standing.

Requirements to use the CYBA E-Contract for Yacht Management Offices & Central Agents:

  • Proof of LLC/Corporate documents

  • Local/state business or trade license if required in the area where the business is based

  • Proof of E&O/professional indemnity

  • ADM approval for brokers to use CYBA Escrow account

  • Applicants with a MYBA  or AYCA E-Contract subscription will be approved. Subscriptions must be current and in good standing.


About Us-Your Charter Yacht Brokers: Capt. Randy & Shelly Tucker!

Yacht Charters Gurus Charter Brokers

If you want to experience a luxury yacht charter vacation first hand and up close, there is no better way than on your own privately crewed yacht with a full-time professional Captain and Chef/First Mate. We've been sailing and chartering for well over thirty years.

The U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands were our "backyard" which we came to love and cherish. So much so, that we sold everything in 1997 and moved to Charlotte Amalie, USVI as owners & operators aboard the 72' sailing yacht Three Moons. We do know the ins and outs of this special place & the people who live there. That's what makes us an official "Yacht Charters Guru”! Never been on a chartered yacht vacation? We will help you personally design your charter yacht vacation. Imagine being able to sail into small bays with beautiful white sands & fantastic snorkeling. A yacht vacation is a great way to spend time with your friends or family.

Why use a CYBA Certified Yacht Charter Broker?

Key Takeaways:

  • As a member of CYBA, the Charter Yacht Broker’s Association, we adhere to strict yacht charter booking protocols. We have access to the CYBA industry escrow account and E-Contract to protect your money. This is made available by CYBA for electronic use only by established, industry recognized and reputable Yacht Brokers.

  • Charter yacht crews, yacht owners and travel agents do not have access to this account.

  • If it is a busy yacht with lots of charters, the crew are taking care of guests onboard and they honestly do not have time to answer a lot of travel questions.

  • This is what differentiates professionally licensed yacht brokers from anyone else trying to book charters.

  • Very Important! It is not safe to send your hard-earned money directly to a business or yacht that is not accredited by a professional charter industry association to handle yacht charter client funds. Always ask!

Choose from an extensive list of yachts, including our spacious and stable catamaran charters, power catamarans, traditional monohull sailboat vacations, or high-end luxury motor yacht charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Belize, Croatia. Greece, and the Mediterranean.

We do not sell yachts like many other agencies so there is no conflict or distraction in our focus for your yacht charter. Our service is free to you. We travel extensively to boat shows and yacht charter shows year-round to personally view and inspect as many of the yachts as possible.

6 Reasons Why We are Qualified:

1. As Members of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht League, and the BVI Charter Yacht Society, we maintain contact with the yachts to keep abreast of the very latest information on crew/yacht conditions and new yachts entering the arena.

2. We stay on top of local and Federal Governments to keep informed about changes in our industry, as well as involve ourselves with the changes in the environment in which we offer charters.

3. We engage in open dialogue with local publications to help keep the government and the public aware of this important industry in our islands.

4. We attend multiple charter yacht industry shows in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, go aboard each of the yachts, meet the crews, attend association meetings and seminars. We'll happily share our notes about changes to the boats and crews and confirm any newly added features and upgrades as well as re-fits to the boat’s decor like new carpets, interior and exterior soft goods & fun new water toys.

 5. As a seasoned charter yacht Owner & Crew, we have access to the "inner circle" and know all the insider facts. 6. We've developed a longtime friendship with vendors of services such as local taxi drivers, ferry companies, good places to stay on land, great restaurants, and much more.

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