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How to charter a sailing yacht in Greece?
In order to charter a sailing yacht without a skipper (bareboat charter), two members of the crew need to have an appropriate qualification, a sailing certificate granted by sailing schools. Law also allows a single diploma, but in this case a second person is required to have substantial experience in sailing. This person will need to fill in and sign an official statement describing the experience she/he has attained. If needed, we will provide you with this statement before charter begins.
What is included in the charter price?
- Yacht charter
- Yacht equipment under the inventory list
- Complete safety and galley equipment
- Dinghy with outboard engine
- Gas, Blankets & Pillows, Bed linen & Towels per person
- Cost of Hire Charges board, in-port levy on the first and last day of the charter, insurance and tax
Price does not include fuels, which are paid on disembarkation date, upon refilling yacht's fuel deposit
Price does not include Service pack (End cleaning), payable in cash by Charterer at base, prior to embarkation
Check In/Out procedures
- Embarkation time: 17:00 hrs / Disembarkation time: 09:00 hrs
- Yacht must be back on the base one day before the end of the charter, by 18:00 hrs the latest
- As per Charter party Terms, the charterer must provide at the base the Refundable security deposit. It is withheld on embarkation day from credit card of the charterer (VISA , MasterCard or in cash, upon your request). It covers any damages or equipment loss, caused by the charterer to the yacht, up to the deposit amount. On day of return, deposit is waived (or cash returned) provided no damages. In case of damages (or loss equipment) the amount held is equal to the value of the damage.
Sailing and weather tips
- During the summer, the weather usually deteriorates from the west. In case the clouds are coming from the west avoid traveling and prefer a safe harbor. Nevertheless, it rains very rarely.
- The warmest period occurs during June, July and August, with maximum temperature between 29C and 35C. During the warm period the high temperatures are tempered by fresh sea breezes in the coastal areas of the country and from the strong north winds, known as 'Meltemi', blowing mainly in the Aegean.
- When traveling near the shore, keep speed below five knots. Pay close attention to other boats, accidents have been reported in the past. Also be cautious for shallow waters and for swimmers when entering bays.
- Be willing to help other people traveling by sea (other boats) and requesting so.
- In case of strong winds, do not use the engine to navigate the yacht against it.
- Always keep reserve of fuel and water (extra fuel is always provided on the yacht). Most probably you will need reserve of water more often than fuel.
- Children under 14 years old should always ware a life jacket
- Protect yourself and especially children from the sun (sun block, sun glasses, T-shirt).
- Before starting your trip always check oil and lubricants in the engine. If not sure, contact the yacht owner for help.
- Check the level of battery consumption regularly. If anchored for more than two days, turn on the engine every day for at least 2 hours to re-charge batteries.
Important items to bring on the yacht
Personal items required for each member of the crew in order to ensure safety and a pleasant trip:
- A hat with a adjustable strap (cord) to protect loss from wind (we recommend hat with a wide brim).
- Dark sunglasses with a protective strap (i.e. tied with a string around the neck against fall and loss).
- Plenty of high protection sun screen (cream, oil, etc.). In addition, after sun lotion is also useful.
- Swimming suits, usually two or more, light color summer clothes (shorts, T-shirts, etc.).
- Light windproof and waterproof jacket and pants are needed, especially the former. If possible, carry more than one of each, because if they get wet during a sailing trip, it is important to change to dry clothes, in order to keep comfortable and warm.
- The evenings on the yacht can be chilly, bring some warm clothes with long sleeves.
- Pay special attention to shoes that you will bring. Besides flip flops and other summer footwear, it is important that you bring non-slippery shoes with rubber soles. Prefer sport shoes with white soles as black soles leave marks on deck. In all cases, sailing specialized “deck shoes” are always a safe (and stylish) solution.
- Your favorite music (CDs, USB sticks) and books
- Yachts have limited space for storing large bulk items such as hard-sided suitcases. It is advised to pack everything in soft traveling bags (duffel bags)
Food and beverages
Two main principles should be considered when getting food and beverage supplies for the sailing trip:
- Fridge capacities are rather limited, estimate the amount of fresh groceries (perishables) accordingly
- Always keep a dry snacks on board (crackers,biscuits, toasted bread, etc.) to help prevent sea sickness to the crew, especially during traveling
Breakfast: Bread and biscuits; honey, marmalade; Cheese and ham slices to make sandwiches; Cheese pie from the local bakeries
Snacks during sailing: sandwiches, biscuits, crackers, fruits
Dinner: Usually the main meal during sailing holidays. Prefer dishes that are fast and easy to cook. Be tempted to cook the fishes that you caught yourself. Kitchen utensils, plates, glasses and cutlery are provided on the yacht.
In addition, consider that you will be able to buy fresh meat and other fresh ingredients from your destination ports. It is recommended to buy most quantities of non perishable food before the charter starts.
Let's not forget about the basic ingredients like olive oil, salt, spices, sugar, coffee and etc.
Water: Use bottled water for drinking and always keep a reserve (estimate around two liters per person per day). The water from the yacht's water tanks can be used only for bathing. Remeber to get a bag or two of ice ( from the gas stations of kiosks)
Alcohol: Be moderate. Alcohol increases nausea. Remember: “Do not drink and drive”, it is against the law.
Other necessary items
- Sanitary paper, paper towels, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, waste bags, dish soap..
- Snorkeling equipment and water toys
What sort of medications might be required?
Every yacht is equipped with first aid kit that contains anti-nausea pills, aspirins and etc. But, always bring your prescribed medicines in sufficient quantities to be on the safe side. It’s good to be prepared against insect and jellyfish bites, headaches caused by the sun, sea sickness (nausea) and burns.
COVID 19 safety measures in case of a suspected case during the charter
Before the charter starts the captain and the crew will be provided with written instructions for the protection against COVID-19 during the charter. Every yacht is supplied with a contactless thermometer, oximeter,protective clothing, masks, protective eyewear and antiseptic gel.