Booking Terms & Conditions

The following booking terms and conditions are directly based on the mandatory charter contract, required by the Greek port authorities.

Start and Ending Time of Charter

Bareboat Charter: Windventures agrees to let on bare-boat charter and the Charterer agrees to charter the unattended specified Yacht for the period agreed and commencing at 5 PM on the agreed starting day and ending at 9 AM on the agreed ending day.

Skippered and Crewed Charter: Windventures agrees to let on crewed charter and the Charterer agrees to charter the crewed specified Yacht for the period agreed and commencing at 5 PM on the agreed starting day and ending at 9 AM on the agreed ending day.

Terms of Payment

The agreed price of the charter including extras, unless otherwise stated in the written booking confirmation, is due as follows: 50% are due and payable by the charterer upon firm booking of the yacht.
The remaining balance is due and payable by bank transfer to Windventures’ account 30 days before the beginning of the charter.

Validity

The booking by the charterer or his agent becomes valid and binds Windventures to her obligations hereinafter mentioned only on condition that Windventures will actually receive the sums of the payments as stated in the written booking confirmation, in time.

Windventures’ Obligations

Delivery

Skippered and Crewed Charter: To fit out the Yacht and to hand her to the Charterer, afloat, clean, ready for sea, with all the gear and equipment indicated in the Yacht’s brochure and its inventory list and in proper running and seaworthy condition at the agreed port of embarkation.
To provide a qualified skipper and if applicable further crew as per written booking confirmation, as well as all the amenities, provisions and services at the time and location confirmed in the booking.

Insurance

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 the amount quoted in the offer (security deposit) 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 gross negligence or willful default on his part.

For Skippered and Crewed Charter: To hold appropriate insurance cover from a professional liability insurance and personal accident insurance for crew and passengers

Delayed Delivery

To employ every reasonable effort to ensure delivery of the Yacht on the date and at the place agreed in the offer and charter contract, but if for any cause whatsoever the Yacht shall not be available, the Charterer shall have the right of choice of one of following possibilities:

1.Provided that the following charter commitment of the Yacht allows it and that Windventures agrees, to prolong the period of charter by the same length of time by which the delivery has been delayed.

2.To leave the date of termination unchanged as in the charter contract and to be refunded by Windventures with an amount proportional to the time by which delivery was delayed at the rate corresponding to the total charter fees in the charter contract

Excess Delay

3.If the delay of delivery exceeds one fourth (1/4) of the total charter time, to cancel the charter agreement and be refunded by Windventures with the total amount paid for this charter. In any of the events mentioned in this clause, neither party shall be liable to pay to the other any other compensation for any loss or damage resulting from the curtailment or the cancellation of the respective charter agreement.

Charterers Obligations

Redelivery (Return) of the Yacht and Delays

Bareboat Charter: To redeliver the Yacht to Windventures on the agreed date, cleaned-up, together with all her equipment, in the same good condition as she was at take-over, at the time designated in the charter contract but, unless the Yacht has become a total loss, if he shall for any reason fail to deliver the Yacht at the aforesaid date and time, to pay to Windventures a compensation at the rate of the charter price per day of the charter agreement increased by fifty percent (50%), for every day or fractional part of a day there-after until delivery has been effected. If he leaves the Yacht at any place other than the place designated in the contract, to pay to Windventures all expenses involved in transferring the Yacht to the place of redelivery and pro-rata demurrage as above for the number of days required for this transfer, as well as for any loss or damage not covered by the insurance policy, which may occur on or to the Yacht until she has been taken over again by Windventures.

Skippered and Crewed Charter: To redeliver the Yacht to Windventures on the agreed date, in tidy and cleaned-up condition, together with all her equipment, in the same good condition as she was at take-over, at the time designated in the charter contract. The ultimate responsibility for timely redelivery lies with the skipper and the charterer is obliged to follow the skipper’s schedule to ensure a timely return. The yacht shall be returned in the same good condition that it was taken over. The charterer is responsible for any damages and losses to the yacht and her equipment, unless it is due to the fault or negligence of skipper or crew.

Deposit and Guarantee

Bareboat Charter: To leave on deposit and as guaranty with Windventures on taking over the Yacht the agreed amount as security deposit to meet in whole or in part any claim by Windventures in respect of any loss or damage to the Yacht and / or her equipment not recoverable under the policy of insurance as in the charter contract and for any claim by Windventures in respect of the provisions of said contract. The aforesaid deposit shall be refunded to the Charterer, subject to the provisions above, after inspection of the Yacht, her gear and her inventory by Windventures’ designated representative.

Skippered and Crewed Charter: To leave on deposit and as guaranty with Windventures on taking over the Yacht the agreed amount as security deposit to meet in whole or in part any claim by Windventures in respect of any loss or damage to the Yacht and / or her equipment that is not within the responsibility of the skipper or crew and is not recoverable under the policy of insurance as in the charter contract and for any claim by Windventures in respect of the provisions of said contract. The aforesaid deposit shall be refunded to the Charterer, subject to the provisions above, after inspection of the Yacht, her gear and her inventory by Windventures’ designated representative.

Restrictions in Using the Yacht

Bareboat Charter: Not to use the Yacht for racing or for towing other craft, except in an emergency, or generally for any purpose other than that of private pleasure of the Charterer and his party.

Skippered and Crewed Charter: Not to use the Yacht for any purpose other than that of private pleasure of the Charterer and his party.

Composition in Charterer’s Party and Cruise Limits

Bareboat Charter: To ascertain that the Charterer’s party include not less than ONE (1) qualified skipper and ONE (1) experienced crew member, but not more than 12 in all at sea, or to accommodate aboard any person other than those shown on the crew/passenger manifest nor to take the Yacht or permit her to be taken outside the area of the Greek seas nor to sublet the Yacht without the written consent of Windventures.

Observance of Customs and Diving Laws

Not to allow any person on board to commit any act contrary to the custom laws of Greece or of any country or contrary to the laws pertaining to fishing or under water fishing nor to seek and/or take possession of objects of archaeological nature or value and that in case any such act is committed this Agreement shall thereupon terminate, but without prejudice to any rights of Windventures and that the Charterer shall carry alone any resulting responsibilities and he shall answer alone to the appropriate Authorities.

Agreement for Towing the Yacht

Bareboat Charter: To take every possible preventive measure and precaution to avoid to bring the Yacht in any condition in which the Yacht will need to be towed to any point by another vessel, but should such a necessity arise, in-spite of the Charterer’s efforts, to negotiate and agree with the captain of the other vessel on the price to be paid, before allowing the Yacht to be towed.

Restrictions in Leaving Port

Bareboat Charter: Not to leave a port or anchorage if the wind force is or is predicted to be over six (6) of the Beaufort Scale or if the harbor Authorities have imposed a prohibition of sailing or while the Yacht has unprepared damage or any of her vital parts such as engine, sails, rig, bilge pump, anchoring gear, navigation lights, compass, safety equipment, etc. are not in good working condition or without sufficient reserves of fuel or in general, when weather conditions or the state of the Yacht or its crew or a combination of them concerning the safety of the Yacht and her crew is doubtful.

Restrictions in the use of Canvas

Bareboat Charter: When necessary, to promptly reduce canvas and not to allow the Yacht to be found sailing under an amount of canvas greater than the one insuring comfortable sailing without excessive strains and stresses on the rigging and the sails.

Restrictions in Navigation

Bareboat Charter: Not to sail the Yacht in any area not sufficiently covered by the charts at his disposal or without having previously studied the charts of the area and other printed aids on board thoroughly, not to sail the Yacht at night without all navigation lights functioning or without sufficient watch on deck.

Yacht Log

Bareboat Charter: To keep the Yacht’s Log Book up to date, noting each day the port of call, the state of the Yacht and its equipment, any change in the composition of the crew when at sea, regularly, the times positions, weather conditions, sail plan and hours of engine operation.

Itinerary

Bareboat Charter: 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 Windventures (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 Windventures.

Reports of Yacht’s Position and State

Bareboat Charter: To report by telephone or cable to Windventures at reasonable intervals (every 3 days) the position and state of the Yacht and of her passengers, as well as in the event of any damage to the Yacht.

Information

Bareboat Charter: To study and acquire a working knowledge of any printed matter pertaining to the proper handling of the Yacht and to the conditions in the cruising area which may be made available to him by Windventures.

Charterer’s Sailing Qualifications

Bareboat Charter: This agreement is entered into on this basis of the Charterer’s competence in sailing, seamanship and navigation stated by him in writing and in the event of any error, omission or mis-interpretation in this respect being subsequently discovered, Windventures shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement forthwith and to retain the Charter fees.

Test of Sailing Competence of Charterer and his Crew

Bareboat Charter: Windventures (or his representatives) may require the Charterer and his crew to demonstrate their competence in handling and navigating the Yacht safely by actually operating the Yacht at sea with Windventures (or his representative) aboard and should the Charterer and/or his crew fail to satisfy Windventures in this respect, Windventures may terminate this Agreement as stated in Clause 5 above or place aboard the Yacht a seaman, if one acceptable by both Windventures and the Charterer, is available, at the expense of the Charterer, for as many days as Windventures will consider necessary for the safety of the Yacht and her passengers and any time required for this test of the Charterer’s competence and seamanship will be part of the agreed Charter period.

Take-over of the Yacht and Time required for it

The delivery of the Yacht to the Charterer will be made at the commencement of the charter period as in the charter contract. The time required to demonstrate the Yacht to the Charterer and to familiarize him with her shall be part of the agreed charter time. The free use of the Yacht will be granted to the Charterer after he has signed the Take-Over form.

Acceptance of the Yacht Charterer’s responsibility during Charter Time

Before signing the aforesaid form, the Charterer shall have the right to inspect the Yacht, her gear and her inventory thoroughly to ascertain that all are available and in good working condition, except as may be noted thereon, but the signature of the Take-Over form by the Charterer shall be deemed to imply acceptance of the Yacht which thereafter will be in the Charterer’s full responsibility and the Charterer shall have no right to claim for any loss of time or expense occasioned by any accident or breakdown or failure of any part of the Yacht.

Running Expenses

Unless otherwise stated in the booking, after take-over, expenditures for port-dues, water, fuels, oils and any other stores required, as well as the repair of any damage or failure that may occur while the Yacht is in the Charterer’s responsibility and which are not the result of normal and natural wear shall be made by the Charterer at his expense, provided that he previously obtained the consent of the Owner for the technical suitability of the repair to be made.

Repairs of Damages

Bareboat Charter: In the case of repairs of damages or failures resulting clearly from normal and natural wear, the Charterer shall previously obtain Windventures’s consent with regard to the cost and technical suitability of these repairs and the Charterer shall collect the pertinent receipts against which he shall be refunded by Windventures at the end of the charter.

Ascertainment of Damages

Bareboat Charter: If any accident or damage is caused by the Yacht, the Charterer shall request from the nearest Port Authority to ascertain the damage or accident and the circumstances in which it has been caused and to make a written record and statement about it and he shall notify Windventures at the same time.

Cancellation or Premature Termination

In the event of cancellation of the charter by the Charterer, for any reason, except as mentioned in the booking confirmation, all advance payments made up to the date of cancellation will be retained by Windventures, and Windventures reserves the right to refund the said deposits only if he succeeds in letting the Yacht to another Charterer for the same period and under the same conditions. In the event that the Charterer should elect to terminate the charter and deliver the Yacht prior to the date designated in this Agreement, Windventures shall not be liable to the return of any proportional part of the hire money.

Total Loss of Yacht

Bareboat Charter: Should the Yacht become an actual or constructive total loss before or during the charter period, the booking/charter contract shall be deemed to be at an end and the Charterer shall recover from Windventures all charter money paid in advance to Windventures only in case the loss has occurred before the charter period, or during the charter period, provided that the Charterer or his crew were not responsible for the loss.

Skippered and Crewed Charter: Should the Yacht become an actual or constructive total loss before or during the charter period, the booking/charter contract shall be deemed to be at an end and the Charterer shall recover from Windventures all charter money paid in advance, provided that the Charterer was not responsible for the loss.

Special Provisions

The special provisions if any, set out in the written booking confirmation are fully accepted and form part of the charter contract.

Agents

The Agents of Windventures, act in good faith on behalf of both Windventures and Charterer but contract as Agents only and in no way incur any liability for any acts, matters or things done, committed, omitted or suffered by either party, except for the responsibilities provided by the pertinent legislation of Greece.

Arbitration of Disputes

In the event of any dispute arising between the parties of the charter contract with respect to the charter agreement or anything herein contained the same shall be referred to two Arbitrators in Greece one to be appointed by each party, whose decision shall be final or to an Umpire to be appointed by such Arbitrators, if and when they shall disagree, the decision in such event of the Umpire to be final.

Special Provisions or Terms

For Charters of two nights and more: The Yacht should preferably be returned to the base the day before the end of the charter contract, during daylight and at an agreed time in order to facilitate the check-out procedure before leaving the Yacht the next day at 9 AM. If the Charterer opts to bring back the Yacht on the day of disembarkation only, this has to be agreed in advance with Windventures and the passengers may leave the Yacht no later than 8 AM.

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