About a year ago, a single line of type began appearing on charter yacht spec sheets and databases. Few people beyond charter insiders knew this line existed or even what it meant. Its simple message-"Support MYBA Guidelines Tipping Policy: Yes or No"-capped years of confusion, anger, and frustration about charter crew gratuities. It's hard to say when the trouble started, but civilized discourse began to unravel around 2006, when charter rates spiked. Money was everywhere, and yacht owners who once requested $150,000 per week could suddenly demand, and often get, rates approaching $300,000. While clients from lower-tipping cultures might leave five-percent gratuities, clients from other cultures-especially Americans-would casually drop 25 percent. A crew of 12 might walk away with $6,000 apiece, cash money, in addition to salary, for a single week's work.