Fraser charter broker Pierrik Devic gives us an insight into the current charter industry with an exclusive Q&A interview.
What advice would you give a charterer who is considering booking a charter at the moment?
I would recommend that clients start planning now, and think ahead to August and September. As the situation remains uncertain, it is a good idea if clients book charters in destinations that do not require extensive travel from home: Europe-based clients can explore the Mediterranean or Adriatic, and those in the US can take a fresh look at destinations such as the Caribbean, Bahamas or New England.
It is also important to book a yacht with a flexible owner, ideally one with the MYBA COVID-19 Addendum or an extensive cancellation policy offered by Fraser, in case plans have to be changed. A broker can always seek to negotiate on your behalf to ensure the best flexibility.
Is there still availability for charters later in the year?
Yes, there is still availability worldwide in all size categories, including on pedigree yachts, both in the high season, and from September - which is an amazing month for charter especially in the Mediterranean, and a month that is normally very often overlooked.
What destinations are you expecting to be most popular once travel restrictions are lifted?
This is difficult to predict. I am suggesting that clients choose destinations with lots of quiet anchorages to relax in and great natural sites to enjoy directly from the yacht, rather than areas where the main point of being there is for entertainment on land like the nightlife, restaurants and shopping. I expect the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands to be popular choices for US clients if they can’t fly to Europe, and many areas around the Mediterranean for Europeans.
Are there any exciting new yachts entering the charter market this season?
I am very much looking forward to placing my first clients on the revolutionary clean green explorer yacht Yersin and the global explorer yacht Steel, which recently came on to the charter market. I am also excited to offer clients the opportunity to be the first charter guests on board Rania, the new 2019-launched Benetti, and two recently updated yachts never before offered for charter, Dr No No and Radiance [top of page]. For clients looking for exceptional charter experiences on yachts that have completed charter seasons, Wheels and Mini K are two exceptional yachts that clients love.
If you could charter any yacht, which one would it be and why?
I would say 62 metre Oceanco Lucky Lady. She is a fantastic yacht with a huge pool, an 11-metre tender, a great swim platform and even a golf tee! For me, 90% of the yacht is its crew and the added skills they bring to the experience, like a masseuse, fitness trainer, dive instructors and even drone pilots. This is part of the added value of using a trusted charter broker: we know the best crews and can recommend them based on knowledge and experience.