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    MADE this TODAY'S DATE by and between California Yachts, LLC, hereinafter referred to as OWNER, and YOUR NAME, YOUR ADDRESS hereinafter referred to as the CHARTERER, WITNESSETH: WHEREAS, OWNER is the owner or agent for the owner of that certain yacht described as follows: 50 Foot Flybridge YACHT NAME Yacht which is herein after described as the Yacht, and which includes all equipment, fixtures and other property delivered to CHARTERER with said Yacht: AND WHEREAS, CHARTERER wishes to charter said Yacht for him or herself and no more than 12 guests from the OWNER.

    NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing, the mutual covenants contained herein, and the sums paid and to be paid in accordance herewith, the OWNER agrees to let and the CHARTERER agrees to hire the yacht upon the terms and conditions set forth below:

    1. TERM: The term of the charter shall commence at: TODAY'S DATE at START TIME AND THE TERM SHALL END AT: END TIME ON THE TODAY'S DATE.
    2. RENTAL: The total rent to be paid by the CHARTERER to the OWNER is PER INVOICE # 15003 in US Dollars. The full amount of which shall be paid no later than 30 days prior to delivery. A security and damage deposit of $500.00 shall be paid by the CHARTERER to the OWNER prior to delivery, which shall be applied to late return charges, any damage within the insurance deductible amount for which the CHARTERER shall be responsible, the repair of any damages or loss of equipment and such other charges for consumable items as may have been used and not paid for or replaced during the term of the charter. When the CHARTERER hires more than one boat we consider the security deposits on all of the boats chartered to be a universal security deposit from which the OWNER can deduct all of the losses and damage caused by the CHARTERER regardless of any perceived individual limits on any one boat. Said deposit shall be held for ten (10) days after termination of the charter pending review of an inspection report by OWNER.
    3. DELIVERY AND REDELIVERY: The OWNER agrees to deliver the yacht in full commission and in proper working order, outfitted as a yacht of her size, type and accommodations, with full equipment, inclusive of that required by law, and fully furnished, including galley and dining utensils and blankets, staunch, clean and in good condition throughout and ready for service. Nevertheless, should it be impossible for the OWNER to make delivery as stipulated through causes beyond his control and should such delivery be not made within 2 hours of charter commence time, then this Agreement may be canceled by the CHARTERER and any charter money paid in advance shall be returned to him, which shall be CHARTERER'S sole remedy. The CHARTERER agrees to redeliver the yacht, her equipment and furnishings, free and clear of any indebtedness incurred for the CHARTERER'S account, at the expiration of this charter, to the OWNER, at his dock in as clean a state as when delivery was taken. If the yacht is not redelivered in a clean condition, CHARTERER will be charged $250.00 for cleaning, which will be deducted from security and damage deposit. The CHARTERER is responsible for allowing sufficient time for redelivery, but should it be impossible for the CHARTERER to make redelivery of the yacht as stipulated, he shall immediately notify OWNER, and he shall pay such demurrage pro rata to the OWNER for the time that such redelivery is delayed, and in addition thereto shall pay all costs of such redelivery, if any, except in the event of total loss to such yacht, in which event the rights and obligations of the parties shall be determined by other provisions of this Agreement.
    4. NAVIGATION LIMITS: The OWNER does not guarantee any destinations. The navigational limits of the Yacht is determined by the Yachts insurance policy, thus the CHARTERER agrees to restrict the cruising of the Yacht to the coastal and inland waters of the State of California 50 miles off shore. Night sailing is prohibited, the CHARTERER should not navigate any unfamiliar or unlighted harbors except between the hours of 0900 and 1700. If for any reason the CHARTERER shall operate or take the Yacht outside the navigational limits herein, without notice to the OWNER in writing and without proper insurance the CHARTERER shall be liable and responsible for all loss and damage to the yacht and the CHARTERER'S party, and all sums paid under this Agreement, including the security and damage deposit, shall be forfeited as damages.
    5. INSURANCE: The OWNER agrees to keep the Yacht insured against Fire, Marine and Collision risks, and with Protection and Indemnity coverage, for the term of this charter, the policy to be held by him as full protection for any and all loss or damage that may occur to, or by, the Yacht during charter period, and the liability for loss or damage shall be limited to not more than the amount of the deductible feature of the OWNER'S policy for covered events, and in case of any accident or disaster the CHARTERER shall give the OWNER prompt notice of same. In addition, a Damage Waiver (DW) policy will be in effect when CHARTERER pays the premium in full. The DW covers any loss or damage to the chartered vessel and its equipment over and above the refundable Security Deposit. The DW does not insure against any third party claims, liability, or personal effects of the CHARTERER. Third party claims and liability are covered under the vessels insurance but CHARTERER is responsible for the amount of the deductible feature. Personal effects of the CHARTERER are not covered by the boats insurance nor the DW. Dinghy and outboard are not covered by the boats insurance nor the DW. If the CHARTERER takes an outboard and / or dinghy, CHARTERER agrees to be responsible for full replacement cost.
    6. ACCIDENTS: CHARTERER bears the risk of any loss of use resulting from his act, default, negligence and/or poor judgment. The OWNER agrees that should the Yacht after delivery sustain breakdown of machinery and be disabled or severely damaged due to a major system breakdown essential for the running and navigation of the Yacht, and so as to prevent the use of the Yacht by the CHARTERER for a period of not less than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours at any time, the same not being brought about by any act, default, negligence, and/or poor judgment of the CHARTERER, the OWNER shall make pro-rata return of the rent to the CHARTERER for such period in excess of the said forty-eight (48) hours that the Yacht shall be disabled or unfit for use. The OWNER, and only the OWNER, shall determine if there is cause, act, default, negligence, and/or poor judgment by the CHARTERER. The OWNER, and only the OWNER, shall determine if the breakdown is that of a major system essential for the running and navigation of the Yacht, and so as to prevent the use of the Yacht by the CHARTERER. In the event of natural calamity or any act of God which disables the vessel or makes it unfit for use, the same not being brought about by any act, default, negligence, and/or poor judgment by the CHARTERER, the OWNER shall make another Yacht, deemed suitable by the OWNER, available to the charter as a replacement within the 48 hour period. The OWNER, and only the OWNER, shall determine if there is cause, act, default, negligence, and/or poor judgment by the CHARTERER. In the event that the CHARTERER refuses the replacement Yacht for whatever reason then the CHARTERER will be considered in default of the Contract and there will be no pro-rata return of funds to the CHARTERER. In the event that the OWNER is unable to make another Yacht, deemed suitable by the OWNER, available to the charter as a replacement within the 48 hour period then the OWNER shall make pro-rata return of the rent to the CHARTERER for such period in excess of the said forty-eight (48) hours for which the Yacht shall be disabled or unfit for use.
    7. REPLACEMENTS: The CHARTERER agrees to be responsible for and to replace or make good any injury to the Yacht, her equipment or furnishings, caused personally by himself, or any of his party, and agrees to be responsible for any loss or damage to hull, machinery, equipment, tackle, furniture, or the like. CHARTERER acknowledges that damage caused by engine overheating is not covered by insurance and that all repair costs incurred from overheating shall be the full responsibility of the CHARTERER.
    8. LIENS AND REPAIRS: Neither the CHARTERER nor anyone acting upon his behalf has the right or power to permit or suffer the creation of any maritime liens against the Yacht. The CHARTERER agrees to indemnify the OWNER for any charges or losses in connection therewith, including reasonable attorney's fees. Further, CHARTERER is responsible for all consequences of any unauthorized repairs.
    9. RUNNING EXPENSES: The CHARTERER agrees to accept the Yacht delivered as herein above provided and to pay all running expenses during the term of the charter, fuel, water, dockage, pilotage, port charges, provisions, supplies, and other consumable stores for himself and his party.
    10. INDEMNIFICATION: The CHARTERER agrees to indemnify and save the OWNER harmless from any and all liabilities for loss or damage to third persons and their property occasioned by the negligence or default of the CHARTERER, except to the extent that any such liability is covered by the OWNER'S insurance.
    11. SKIN DIVING AND SWIMMING: The OWNER and the insurance underwriters of the Yacht accept no responsibility or liability for accidents, injuries or death due to swimming or the use of snorkels, masks or allied equipment such as self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) equipment, whether or not it is provided by the OWNER or CHARTERER. No warranty of any type is made by OWNER regarding any such equipment which may be provided with the Yacht.
    12. RESTRICTED USE: The CHARTERER agrees that the Yacht shall be employed exclusively as a pleasure vessel for the sole and proper use of himself, his family, guests and servants, during the term of this charter. The Yacht shall not be used to transport merchandise or carry passengers for pay or to engage in any trade whatsoever. Nor shall the yacht be used in any way which violates the laws of the United States or of any other jurisdiction in which the yacht may be at any time. Vessel navigation is prohibited while CHARTERER is intoxicated or influence of drugs.
    13. SMUGGLING: Federal and state laws prohibit the use of any vessel for the transport or possession of any drugs or any other controlled substance the possession of which is restricted or forbidden by law. In addition to possible criminal and civil penalties against the violators, the law allows for the forfeiture of any vessel which is used in the transport or possession of such substances.
    14. ASSIGNMENT AND SUBCHARTER: The CHARTERER agrees not to assign this Agreement or sub-charter the Yacht without the consent of the OWNER in writing. Any attempt to assign or sublet this charter shall be void without the written consent of OWNER; however, the OWNER may give such consent after the fact in order to bind the assignee or sub-charterer. No assignment or sub-charter shall release CHARTERER from the obligations imposed by this Agreement, unless the OWNER gives a specific release in writing.
    15. CHARTERER'S AUTHORITY OVER CREW: It is agreed that full authority regarding the operation and management of the Yacht is hereby transferred to the CHARTERER for the term hereof. In the event, however, that the CHARTERER wishes to utilize the services of a Captain and/or other crew members in connection with the operation and management of the Yacht, said Captain and/or other crew members are to be furnished by the CHARTERER, it is agreed that said Captain and/or crew members are agents and employees of the CHARTERER and not the OWNER. The Captain shall in no way be the agent of the OWNER, and Captain shall handle clearance and the normal running of the Yacht, subject to the limitations of this charter Agreement. The Captain should receive orders from the CHARTERER as to ports to be called at and general course of the voyage, but the Captain should be responsible for the safe navigation of the vessel and the CHARTERER should abide by his judgment as to sailing, weather, anchorages, and pertinent matters.
    16. BAREBOAT CHARTER: This charter shall be at all times construed as a bareboat charter and / or a demise charter, and pursuant thereto CHARTERER should keep the Yacht in good repair and will surrender the Yacht at the termination of the charter free and clear of all indebtedness, liens or other charges of any type whatsoever. It is the intention of the OWNER to completely and exclusively relinquish possession, command, control, management, and navigation of the Yacht herein described to the CHARTERER. CHARTERER assumes all responsibility for any injury, death, property damage, any Acts of God or other claim of any nature that may arise during the period of the charter or at any time when the vessel is in the custody and under the control of the CHARTERER.
    17. COMPETENCY: CHARTERER certifies that he is experienced and competent in the handling and operation of inboard auxiliary powered sailing craft and/or inboard powered motor craft of the general type and size as the Yacht herein chartered, that he can make minor mechanical/electrical repairs, and that he also has a sufficient practical knowledge of seamanship, piloting and Rules of the Road. CHARTERER agrees that he shall not transfer responsibility for the operation of the hereinbefore described Yacht to any person not equally qualified. OWNER reserves the right to verify CHARTERER'S competency at time of charter by subjecting CHARTERER to whatever tests are deemed appropriate by OWNER under the circumstances. Should CHARTERER be judged insufficiently competent by OWNER, OWNER shall have the right to require CHARTERER, AT CHARTERER'S expense, to hire personnel to assist CHARTERER in achieving competency. Should such personnel be unavailable, or CHARTERER refuses to hire such personnel, then it is considered that the CHARTERER is in default of this Agreement and CHARTERER shall surrender the Yacht immediately and shall have no recourse for any fees which have already been paid to the OWNER. Should OWNER'S employees be required to spend more than one man-hour training CHARTERER in the use of the Yacht and its equipment and charts, then a fee of $50 per man-hour shall be charged to CHARTERER, which shall be deducted from the security and damage deposit.
    18. RADIO - TELEPHONE: It is agreed between the OWNER and CHARTERER that the radio - telephone on the Yacht will be used only by adult persons in accordance with Federal Communication Commission regulations.
    19. REFUNDS: A booking fee is equal to 5% of the Charter rate. (total rate for all days) In the event of inclement weather makes charter not possible, by sole discretion of OWNER, CHARTERER shall be due a full refund minus the booking fee of 5%. If CHARTERER wishes to cancel 30 days or more from the commence date of charter then CHARTERER shall be due a full refund minus the booking fee. If CHARTERER wishes to cancel 15-29 days from the commence date of charter then CHARTERER shall be due 50% of charter rate minus the booking fee. If CHARTERER wishes to cancel 14 days or less from the commence date then CHARTERER shall receive no refund. In the event OWNER cannot provide vessel due to mechanical or other reasons (in OWNER’s sole discretion) then CHARTER will receive a full refund. Please allow up to 10 days for the refund to post to your credit card.
    20. PHOTOGRAPHY: CHARTERER authorizes OWNER to take video or photographs of me and my guests while aboard the Yacht for promotional materials. CHARTERER authorizes use of photographs for publication to the Internet, Magazines, Journals, Books, Articles, etc. CHARTERER will not be entitled to payment or compensation for such action.
    21. CONSTRUCTION: The Agreement was made in the County of San Diego in the State of California. It shall be interpreted and enforced in accordance with the laws of said state, with venue lying in said county. This Agreement shall be binding upon, and inure to the benefit of, the heirs, successors and assigns of the parties. In the event of litigation to enforce any provision of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover all costs thereof, including reasonable attorney's fees for trial and appellate representation. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties regarding the transactions contemplated hereby and described herein and it supersedes, cancels and extinguishes all previous agreements, memoranda and understandings heretofore existing between the parties regarding such transactions. This Agreement may be amended only by written document signed by both parties. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have placed their hands and seals this day and year first above written.


    Yacht Condition Delivery & Return Form

    Yacht Delivery Condition Notes:

    Charterer has received Yacht in fair condition. Any damage noted above.
    Charterer Signature YOUR SIGNATURE    TODAY'S DATE

    Yacht Return Condition Notes:

    Charterer has returned Yacht to Owner: YOUR SIGNATURE    TODAY'S DATE