Know Before You Go

Ahoy!

From the Captainʼs Quarters at Grand Yacht Club, we appreciate your interest in joining us aboard for a yachting adventure…

As you start your planning process for you and your guests, we have assembled some helpful information to make your voyage with us the trip of a lifetime.

What To Know Before You Go…

Home Port Address:  Coconut Bay Resort / 919 N. Birch Road / Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304. Contact Phone:  855-GYC-CLUB

Diplomat Resort Hollywood Port Address: 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida, 33019

Transient Dockage: any docking fees away from you home base are the members responsibility. This expenses varies depending on time of year and location as well as special events. Your Captain can let you know what your expense will be in advance.

Reservations.  Hourly usage and or Daily request are also available on short notice. Please call for details. Sunset Cruises, Dinner Cruises, Sport Fishing Trips and Special Occasions are a pleasure serving you.

Weather Cancellation policy: If winds are in excess of 20kts or seas are forecast at 5′ or above the yachts are cancelled from Ocean access.

Hourly Excursions. Special occasions, Sunset cruises, snorkeling, jet skis even fishing trips are available for your convenience. Please ask your Captain for details and suggested time that should be allowed to enjoy the yacht and it’s toys. Sunset and Sightseeing cruises are very popular and maybe enjoyed in as little as 2 hours or stretch it out for an extra hour and enjoy dinner at one of the many waterfront Restaurants, please let you Captain know what you would like so he/she can help make the proper arrangements.

Size of Yachts. Our Yachts range from 55′ to 80′ in length.

Guests.  Grand Yacht Club only books one reservation for you and your guests / family at a time. Our trips are designed to accommodate 6 guests at capacity, but we do have yachts that may accommodate up to 12 guests.  This special request is easily accommodated by advance request under normal circumstances – please call for pricing and information. Fewer than 6 guests is not a problem, however our pricing estimates are based on each of the yachts being utilized at capacity.

Food and Beverages.  For your convenience, during your Captain’s orientation upon arrival you will have time to make any special food and beverage requests. Lunches, snacks, beverages or any special requests may be requested upon arrival and your Captain will be happy to accommodate. Dinners may be arranged on-board, however all of our destinations have a variety of dining options available either within a short walk or a Dingy ride if we are anchored. This gives your crew a chance to freshen your yacht and set out hors d’oeuvres or desserts depending on your special requests (we usually have some pleasant surprises for you and your guests). Any special requests are available at costs….simply reimburse your Captain per receipt.

Sports and Recreational Gear.  All of your water sports gear – from rods and reels for fishing, to a support boat with with skis and wave tube, to snorkel gear, kayaks and jet skis – are all provided for your enjoyment at no additional cost.

Early check-ins. Normal check-in is 4 PM, but if your assigned yacht is available early we will be happy to welcome you on board with advance request. Before boarding, you are always welcome to enjoy the resort facilities, the pool and spa, and the beach is only steps away.  Shower facilities and towels are available for your convenience.

Transportation. The GYC fleet is about a $25 cab ride from the Fort Lauderdale airport.   From Miami or Palm Beach, there is a commuter train that is very efficient and inexpensive (TriRail) that will deliver you to the Broward Station, and from there it is about a $15 cab ride.

Parking. The Diplomat location has covered parking available but there is a fee.

Children. Like the amusement rides at Disney, for the safety of children they must be 50 inches tall or taller to come aboard.

Cancellation Policy.  As long as you give us a 2 week notice, monies on deposit are refundable or may be left on account for a future trip.

Weather. Weather is always a consideration in yachting and the safety of our members and guests is our primary concern.  If the prevailing weather conditions warrant the cancellation of your scheduled itinerary, all monies on deposit are refundable, and we will be happy to assist you with last minute alternative arrangements.

Smoking. Smoking is allowed outside the yachts only.

Fishing license / Lobster stamps.  These licenses are purchased on an annual basis by the GYC for your convenience and are no extra charge to you.

U.S. Passport.  For trips to the Bahamas and outside U.S. territorial waters, all guests must have a current U.S. Passport and this includes any children as well.

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WHAT ARE EXPENSES and HOW DOES GYC FIGURE COSTS:

  1.     Dockage Rates listed at the Resort where your yacht is berthed
  2.     Captain – $250 per day
  3.     Maid/Laundry Service/cleaning – 1 time charge $250
  4.     Operating Hour – costs for fuel and oil when cruising is $95 per hour
  5.     Transient Dockage listed at Marina – (average $400 or at anchor $125)
  6.     F&B Budget is $175 per Day for Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and non alcoholic beverages
        (8 People for Budget Purposes)
  7.     Miscellaneous cost for specific request. Ex; Mate, Specific Beverages of choice etc…
  8.     Chartering normally would add 20%-23% of Total for a Gratuity

To enhance your adventure, we recommend the following onboard options:

First Mate. All your water sports and recreation activities are included; however, a First Mate to help with these activities as well as serving meals and refreshments or any other special requests to make your trip more enjoyable is suggested.  First Mate $150 per Full Day and $100 per Half Day.

Gratuities. Gratuities are not included, however per your request a gratuity maybe added for your convenience… A suggested $20-$50 per guest per day is an average guideline.

As a member of GYC, our cruise menu trips afford you a tremendous savings over what you would pay for a comparable yacht charter. If you appreciated the level of attention to your needs from your Captain and crew, please consider both the value and the service provided should you elect to express your gratefulness with a gratuity.

Questions about  Fuel and Operating Expense for Specific Trips: When Requesting a Reservation, ask your Captain and he will include your expense on a per person basis for when you are sharing expenses with your friends. A detailed expense breakdown will be placed on the comment section of your Reservation Request.

Please Note:

*Sailing Yacht – Fuel Estimate is Half or for longer trips considerably less than Half the estimate of our Sport Yachts.

*Presidential Yacht – There is a 30% premium upgrade across the board, However there is No Charge for Mate.

*Bahamas Trips: Customs/Port Charges $95 per person, plus additional fuel expense for Crossing the Gulfstream to and from the Bahamas averages $500

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Although we try to answer as many questions in advance, there are always others that you may have.  We encourage you to write down your questions as you think of them and make a list so you donʼt forget any of them.

We will try to answer everything to your satisfaction before welcoming you on board.  Upon your arrival, your Captain will welcome you and your guests aboard with a complete orientation of your yacht and your itinerary.

Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and safe with our commitment to ensuring that your adventure with us is a lifetime memory you will always remember fondly.

We look forward to your next voyage with us.

The Management, Captains, and Crew at Grand Yacht Club