About Boatbookings Yacht Charter
Boatbookings - The World's Leading Online Yacht Charter Broker Guiding You Around The World
The Boatbookings team is a group of highly-talented and passionate travel and yachting experts, with unrivalled knowledge and experience of the yachting industry. With a mix of backgrounds from yacht crew to tech start-up executives, and all keen travellers alike, we strive to deliver the highest levels of customer service and support to all our clients.
Our global team visit all of the yacht shows worldwide, from the BVI to Barcelona, to discover the top range of yachts available for the season. We have unparalleled knowledge of global super yachts, exclusive locations, and the best routes around the world so send us a message today and start planning the vacation of a lifetime!
Meet The Team
Capucine de Vallee, CEO
Capucine joined Boatbookings as CEO back in 2012 and has overseen the company go from strength-to-strength and the global team expand. She came to Boatbookings with formidable experience in global business, having had a successful career as Director at The Chemistry Club & The Climate Change Forum and several international banking jobs. She grew up in Long Island, NY and has lived throughout the world from Singapore to Spain and travelled extensively.
Capucine was promoted by the Board to Managing Director in July, 2012, and promotes professionalism, customer satisfaction and operational excellence. She also manages many of the company's Partnerships and Business Development activities. More on Linked in.
Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Tom Virden, Founder, Executive Chairman
Tom is a seasoned executive in leisure, travel and technology business, and has sailed extensively in the BVI, Thailand, Turkey and Mediterranean. As the original International Director at lastminute.com, he brings a wealth of knowledge of e-commerce best practices to Boatbookings. Having lived on the French Riviera for many years before returning to his home-state of Colorado, he brings a love of world-travel to his business vision.
Tom formerly worked at Apple and Netscape which gave him unparalleled understanding of how technology can be used to improve the customer experience. Tom is a graduate of Stanford University and has written for the Harvard Business Review. He is currently a non-Exec Director of Atari, Inc. and Micro Focus PLC.
Lambros Tsolakis, Charter Director, Worldwide
Having been in the yachting industry for over 10 years, and with Boatbookings for over 5 – Lambros brings a wealth of experience to the Boatbookings team. He has a real passion for sailing and has spent many a summer taking part in races around the Med, and exploring his beloved Greek Isles – all aboard his favourite sailing yachts. Lambros can often be found aboard the sleekest catamaran in his home-port of Athens.
As a member of several prestigious yachting associations and with his corporate experience in global business and international relations he personifies the Boatbookings mould of skilled professional with a passion for all things yachting! Lambros also assists our clients as a broker in the purchase of yachts worldwide.
Languages Spoken: English, Greek and French
Ben Sutton, Charter Broker, Worldwide
Ben has been a broker at Boatbookings for over 5 years continually delivering unforgettable charters for all of his clients. Our resident ‘foodie’ and nicknamed the ‘Yacht Whisperer’ by his colleagues, he always knows the best yachts, with the best chefs, across the world. He frequently attends all the global yacht shows to visit the yachts and meet the crews onboard, to guarantee you the best options for charter
Having travelled to Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the Mediterranean he can recommend the latest bars and beach clubs worldwide, and can always be relied on for a restaurant recommendation, no matter the continent! With his yachting industry knowledge and meticulous attention to detail your itinerary will be planned to perfection with fantastic local highlights dotted throughout.
Languages Spoken: English, French and Spanish
Cordelia Oakes-Ash, Charter Broker, Worldwide
Cordelia has always had a passion for travel and the yachting industry, having first moved to the South of France to pursue a career as a chief stewardess. She worked on yachts for over 8 years where she travelled the world including Croatia and the French Riviera. Her time aboard gave her invaluable insight into the inner-workings of charter yachts.
She spent many years planning and coordinating every detail of the Cannes and Monaco conferences and events as a chief stewardess and now does so as a charter broker with Boatbookings. Look no further than Cordy for your upcoming charter at Cannes Lions, the Cannes Film Festival or Monaco Grand Prix.
Languages Spoken: English and French
Kevin Moir, Charter Director, Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean
Kevin, a Scot living in Singapore, has extensive experience in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Tahiti, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean yachting hotspots. Kevin has been in the region for many years and launched our Asia/Pacific Business in 2007, developing probably the best selection of yachts and online guides in Southeast Asia, with a specialty in Phuket and up-and-coming Indian Ocean destinations.
Kevin is also a keen golfer and scuba diver, having visited some of the best diving and golfing hotspots in Asia, and worldwide. Just let him know should you wish to include them in your itinerary around these breath-taking destinations.
Geraldine Bernard-Berry, Charter Broker, Worldwide
Geraldine joins Boatbookings with over 12 years’ experience in the yachting industry. She has a range of experience from Chief Stewardess on sailing yachts, to Charter Broker, and has experience assisting clients in the purchase of catamarans for charter use in Asia. Having worked as a Chief Stewardess for over 5 years aboard a number of yachts cruising the Med, Caribbean and South-East Asia, she is truly a citizen of the world!
With significant experience and knowledge to show for her adventures; she maintains a true and genuine understanding of the personality of the yachting industry. Whilst aboard she experienced Greece, Turkey and Italy extensively, among others in the East Med, and knows all the highlights of these dramatic coastlines.
Languages Spoken: English and French
Leo Williams, Charter Broker
Leo grew up near the idyllic Victorian town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire, UK, and graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Biomedical Science. With experience in hotel hospitality and thanks to his extensive travel across Europe, Leo has a passion for the travel and yachting industries and always plans the perfect holidays for his clients.
Joining the team in June 2017, he has already taken an eclectic role in company - brokering everything from bareboat, day charters, luxury crewed charters and pleasing each customer along the way. Outside work Leo is a keen musician, reader and a passionate Middlesbrough fan.
Eve James, Product Manager
Eve brings years of experience in high end client management and confidential VIP event planning to the Boatbookings team. She boasts great organisational skills, having worked in a private estate office in the UK for over 5 years. She has had an interest in sailing and yachting for many years having taken part in the Tall Ships Race navigating the Mediterranean waters of Spain and Portugal with her school’s sailing club aboard the world famous ‘Jolie Brise’.
She is a recent graduate of the University of Nottingham with a degree in French, Spanish and Politics and has joined Boatbookings to assist the management team in all areas. Eve particularly enjoys assisting in all Cannes and Monaco event charters, ensuring you take your corporate event charter to the next level!
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish and French
Isabelle Walton Masters, Global Financial Controller
Isabelle, a German native, who now lives in Paris, brings a wealth of experience in high-end 5 star hotel management to the Boatbookings team. She joined Boatbookings in 2013 as our Global Financial Controller. She honed her skills at the prestigious Le Mas Candille in Mougins, France and other prestigious hotels in London.
Isabelle has travelled extensively and lived across Europe as a consultant in hotel management, and brings the very best in customer service, as well as the financial know-how to smoothly fulfil her duties. Isabelle loves the French Riviera and loves to visit her colleagues on the coast at every opportunity!
Languages Spoken: English, French and German
Boatbookings is a proud member of the following key Yachting Associations and Charter Industry Groups. Boatbookings is also a Yachtfolio subscriber and respected user of the MYBA Charter Agreement.Through our memberships, we keep current with marine issues including regulations and safety, visit new yachts and meet crew, learn about new and changing destinations, and follow market developments. Our associations allow us to be better brokers and advisors to our clients.
The Advantages of Chartering through a Broker
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We are charter brokers, which means that we work with all of the relevant central charter agents, fleet managers, and owner operators to find you the right yacht for you.
Please note: The charter price does not change if you work directly with the manager or with a broker like Boatbookings. Any commissions are already calculated in the price, so nothing is added on for you, the client. This is industry standard, making it the same price to any broker, including the central agent who manages the yacht.
Boatbookings was founded in 2005 to combine a worldwide network of charter experts with leading technology to deliver the best possible yacht charter experience. By several measures (number of boats available, amount of content, Alexa traffic rank, etc.) we are the largest charter-only site on the web. We have put thousands of clients on charter yachts, in virtually every major charter destination in the world. Here are some of the key reasons to charter with us:
We are in the business to provide you with the best possible charter experience
Yacht charters are about the magic of life on the water with your family, friends, colleagues or guests. When you book a charter through us we will ask you about the experience you are trying to achieve, and then provide recommendations for the boat, crew, itinerary and process to ensure that we meet and exceed your expectations. It's not just about the boat!
A worldwide network of Charter Experts located near the boats. In order to deliver the best charter experience, you need someone who knows the yachts, crew, cruising areas, weather, local attractions, customs - the list goes on... We have offices around the world with charter experts who know their regions first hand and travel to all the boat and charter shows.
Free, unbiased, independent advice to get you on the right boat. It's virtually impossible to tell from pictures and specs what the boat or crew is really like, which is where we come in. In consultation with you we will recommend suitable yachts from among our multiple owner/operators to assure the boat you choose is right for you.
Someone on your side if something goes wrong. While the vast majority of charters go flawlessly, if something does happen, you need someone on your side to help solve the issue. This is especially true if you're chartering in a foreign country where you may not know local customs or speak the local language. We work with our operators on a daily basis, and always work to support our clients before, during and after their charter.
The same or better price if you book through us. The price you are charged is almost always the same as the Owners/Operators charge their direct clients, and propose on their websites. So you get the best of all worlds by going through us: one-stop-shopping, best price, impartial advice, quality, and someone on your side!
The best content in the business. We have literally hundreds of articles available to you on the site, all written to to facilitate the process of chartering a boat. Destination Guides, Blogs, How to's, etc. We believe that the more you know, the better the chance of a successful charter.
The widest selection of high quality yachts. We have over 12,000 yachts available, worldwide. So if you need a yacht of any type, we know about it. Being able to choose your boat from a larger list means you have a better chance of finding the best boat for your needs. That said, there are plenty of yachts we do not put on our site or recommend, because they do not meet our strict quality standards.
Honest feedback of others who have chartered to help you choose. We ask every client to provide us with feedback on their charter, and we publish this on the site to help you make your decision based on real experiences. We use social media to help communicate this feedback and have very popular Twitter and Facebook pages if you want to see what our clients are saying.
And, most importantly, 97% customer satisfaction rate (and the remaining 3% are normally because of weather).
We know that chartering a yacht can be time consuming. You want to find the perfect yacht, with a fantastic crew, at a reasonable price in the most efficient way possible. And you want to know that the boat you select is in great repair and that there will be no surprises or hidden extras. You may not even speak the language of the country where you'll by chartering!
When you contact us, you get both expertise and a "one stop shop" to find you the best yacht for your needs and budget.
All you need to do is fill out a "no obligation" charter request and we'll propose the yachts that are available and best meet your criteria. It's as simple as that.
If you'd rather browse through the boats yourself, we offer information, pictures and specifications on thousands of quality yachts and a the world's largest online library of chartering information. You can go to our bareboat, crewed yacht, catamaran or Super Yacht sections, search for your specific criteria and regions or check out some of our specials. Or you can start with the destination to search for the boats available in the area you want to charter in. If you're looking for a boat for a specific personal or corporate event, we have information and specific yachts for you as well.
Once you find the boat you want, you just let us know, either through the booking form on every yacht page, through a charter request, or just by contacting us. We will confirm availability, specifications and price and get directly back to you. This is a risk-free way of securing your boat - there is no obligation until you sign a contract.
Important note - we do not charge you any fees or commissions. We receive our fees directly from the charter operators that we work with, and our price is the same as they would offer you.
Boatbookings has set up an advisory board of key yachting, business and technology leaders who help us through the thousands of decisions required to grow the company into a world yachting leader. Members include:
- Rob Hersov - Previous Chairman of Net Jets Europe and Private Equity Investor
- Nick Pearch - Founding CEO of Dyson & Company and Private Equity Investor
- Brent Hoberman - Founder of lastminute.com
- Andy Owen Jones - Travel Industry Expert
We receive hundreds of unsolicited testimonials from happy customers, many of which are added to the boat page itself so you get the feedback from people who have actually used the yachts. Here are just a few of the testimonials we've received.
This web site is owned and operated by Enitiative.biz Limited, a company incorporated in England whose registered address is Ground Floor, 45 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG, UK, and whose company number is 05326363. Our UK VAT number is 970 8802 94.
Boatbookings has offices in London, Cannes, Athens, Ft Lauderdale, Newport and Singapore. We work worldwide, primarily through the Internet, to match boats to our customer's requests. We do not own or operate boats ourselves - your contract will be with one of our charter partners. That way we can be unbiased in finding you the right boat. For additional information on this, see our Terms and Conditions.
If you are a member of the press and would like to contact us, see our Press contact page. Our Press releases can also be found there. You may also want to follow our blog for key yacht charter news stories. Our Founder can also be contacted via ProfNet.
Effective use of technology can greatly improve the process of chartering a yacht, and we continue to add new technologies and features on a daily basis. The website is just the tip of our technology iceberg - behind the scenes we link electronically to our suppliers and partners, keep track of all the tasks necessary to get you on the boat as efficiently as possible, and automate reminders, contracts and forms wherever possible.
We reach out to you and keep you informed via our specials feeds, twitter, boating news blog and newsletters. We allow users to add comments directly to the site, so that you get real customer feedback to help you decide which boat to select. And we create unique tools such as our map-based trip planner (calculate distance, time, fuel cost for your charter) and our CO2 calculator (estimate your carbon emissions and cost to offset).
Here are just a few of the innovations and industry firsts from Boatbookings: first worldwide Specials RSS Feed, first charter agent to provide an iPhone app, first to provide a free map-based itinerary planner that calculates distance, time and fuel cost, first to automatically calculate estimated CO2 emissions on its yachts, first to offer Carbon Offsets for charter yachts, first to run a promotion so that all yachts were chartered with a Zero Carbon footprint. As technology evolves, we will be there whenever it improves our ability to deliver a great yacht charter experience.
We believe that the internet provides the best way of finding your charter yacht, short of actually seeing the boat first hand. It can deliver images, videos, descriptions, crew profiles, background information and testimonials instantly, worldwide.
We know many of you worry about booking over the internet - there are too many stories of scams and other unscrupulous behavior. We are an internet agent because it lowers our costs, and therefore allows us to be more responsive to your needs and more customer service oriented. To give you comfort and confidence in us, however, you should know the following:
We pass your money on immediately to the boat owner or operator, and they can confirm this for you
We only work with the best charter operators and boat owners, worldwide
We can be reached literally 24 hours per day to deal with any issues you may have
We bank with reputable international banks - HSBC in London and Bank of America (BofA) in the US. We process credit cards through a merchant agreement with HSBC Bank or PayPal, and use industry standard secure encryption technology if you're sending us credit card data. If you use the secure site, no one has access to your data, and it is not stored in our system.
We normally work with industry standard Charter Agreements such as CYBA (Charter Yacht Brokers Association) or MYBA (MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association). These contracts clearly specify owner, agent and charterer responsibilities and protect you in many ways.
We can provide references from top Charter Yacht Managers and Industry Associations
We have thousands of happy customers - please read the testimonials section on our site or see a list of our highest rated yachts! We contact every customer after the charter, and last year had 97%+ customer satisfaction!
The above notwithstanding, we do realise that unforeseen problems can happen on charters such as plane cancellations, bad weather or illness, and recommend that you always purchase travel insurance for your peace of mind.
To all of our partners, especially the Central Charter Agents, Fleet Operators, Skippers, Captains, Crew and Boat Owners who take such great care of the boats and our clients. Thanks also to the manufacturers who create such fine products and generously provide us with beautiful photos and boat descriptions.
In memory of Bjorn G, whose love of sailing, and life, continues to inspire us.