We have been chartering for a year and had wonderful reviews from the guests. We were suppose to start a week long charter next week and the clutch plate on the transmission broke. Impossible to get the parts and repair in less than 2 to 6 weeks. There is a "Force Majeure" clause which states not responsible if beyond my control. The APA had been paid and needed to be returned. I asked for wire instruction from the broker and he sent them including a bill for the entire broker commission 15% and his management commission of 5%, total almost $5,000!!! To make matters worse, if they chartered another boat for the same client, same time period, I still have to pay and the brokers get TWO commissions!!!! The contract with the broker is VERY long. I am an engineer not an attorney. The broker had spoken to me numerous times about cancellations but never said I would also have to pay all the commissions. No question my fault for not understanding the contract BUT: Not only am I out the $5,000 in commission but we are stuck for dockage that we can not cancel. Yacht brokers - not paid unless they sell your boat Real estate agents - not paid unless they sell your property Car salesmen - not paid unless they sell you a car. I can not think of any sales person that gets paid if the contract is cancelled. If I had know that I am stuck for the brokers fees, if a charter is cancelled, and not my fault, I never would have chartered. Again my fault for not understanding the contract, but broker should have said something. Needless to say we will no longer charter QUESTION: Do other Owners and Captains realize that if they cancel a charter thru "Force Majeure", not their fault, they will be stuck with these very unfair charges? Just want to put this out their so others will not make the same stupid mistake as I did. Again this is MY fault.