F.A.Q. for Bareboat & Crewed Yacht Charters in Greece

Frequently Asked Questions

Bareboat Charter

1. How do I choose the type of yacht I want to charter?

Choosing your yacht usually depends on the amount of time you have and how much you want to see. Whether you choose a holiday which is laid back and at stress free pace or whether you choose a holiday where you are on the go continuously are factors you must consider. An additional factor is of course price. The types of yachts available for charter are divided into two groups - Bareboat or crewed yachts. Bareboat yachts can either be small motor yachts up to 12 m or sailing yachts up to 20 m. If this is the type of charter you wish to choose and are not qualified, you are in the position to hire a skipper. Bareboat motor yachts are usually much smaller in living space than a sailing yacht of the same size, the speed of course is much quicker than that of a sailing yacht but something to keep in mind is that your fuel consumption is much higher. Sailing yachts on the other hand have much more living and deck space. The second category is crewed yachts which are divided into three sub sections - crewed motor yachts - crewed motor sailers - crewed sailing yachts Crewed motor yachts are sometimes capable of reaching speed over 20 knots, this of course allows you to see much more in a shorter amount of time, but when weather is heavy they can become uncomfortable. Displacement motor yachts are slower, averaging speeds of 10 to 14 knots, they are far more comfortable when heavier weather sets in. Crewed Motor Sailers have a more spacious interior than a crewed sailing yacht but of course does not have the performance that the CSY has under sail. The larger engines allow for cruising under power alone. Crewed Sailing Yachts have the capability of cruising under motor at speeds of up to 10 knots but also combine the exhilaration of performance under sail. Our trained staff is here to help you choose the finest yacht most suitable to your needs as long as you provide us with all the information as to assist you in your decision.

2. Are the yachts equipped with safety equipment?

Greece has the very strict laws concerning safety equipment on board. The fire extinguishers and life raft must go for a yearly inspection. In additional all safety other safety equipment on board (safety belts, life jackets, flares etc..) are inspected every two years

3. How long should I charter for?

This usually depends on the amount of time you can afford to be away. Usually the best amount of time is two weeks but should you have only one week available we can help plan your itinerary as to see and do as much as possible.

4.What should I bring with me?

Clothes should be packed in soft duffel bag type luggage which makes them ease for  storage. You must keep aware you have a limited storage space. Clothes should be light, a sweater or jacket is required at nights on most islands. A hat, sunglasses and plenty of sun protection. A beach towel, the boats do have towels on board but we prefer that these are not used on the beach. And most of all don't forget your camera. Any type of medication as some of the prescription drugs are not available in Greece. The documentation you require to bring is your passport, tickets, your charter contract .

5. What qualifications are required to charter a bareboat sailing or motor yacht ?

According to Greek law the skipper is required to have sailing certificate proving his or hers competence. If your country does not have such certification then a letter from your sailing school or association is acceptable

6. What is included in the price of a bare boat charter?

All equipment (bimini, outboard, tender,GPS, CD-player and autopilot), end cleaning, transfer to the yacht, marine insurance, towels and linen, and VAT of 4%4.What is a security deposit?

The security deposit is is held against the yachts insurance excess and, if there is no damage or loss to the yacht or her equipment, this amount is returned to you. The security deposit is returned to you immediately at the end of the charter. However, if any damage and/or loss is extensive, the deposit or appropriate proportion will be returned, if applicable, as soon as possible after full assessment of rectifying such damage or loss has been made.

7. Other than my food, what other costs can I expect?

Other costs which you should expect are fuel for the yacht, harbor fees which are around EURO 1-2, and water for the yacht.

8. Should I hire a skipper?

If you are uncomfortable with sailing in the Greek seas, lack experience or just feel you want some one else to do the work, then yes. Something to keep in mind is that sailing the Greek sea can be very unpredictable. Our skippers can be an instructor, teaching you sailing methods in the Greek Seas. We select our skippers with care, all are bilingual (fluent in English or other languages) all sociable and outgoing by nature. Our skippers, besides being the captain on your yacht, is a real host. Cooks and deck hands are available upon request.

9. Do harbors in the islands have moorings?

Most islands do not have mooring lines. You need to drop anchor and tie med-style

10. How do I provision and can I find provisions on the islands?

Inside the documentation we send you is a provisioning list - you can pre-order if you like. You also have the choice to provision once you are at the base. All the bases have supermarkets close by who deliver your provisioning to the yacht. Provisioning is available on islands so it is best to stock up on heavy items at the which are non-perishable and fresh items such fruits, vegetables and bread you can purchase on a daily basis from the islands.

11. What happens if I have a problem during my charter?

Call us. We will provide you with our mobile numbers prior to your departure make sure when you call us you know your location and try to describe the problem as thoroughly as possible. We have technicians which we cooperate in nearly every port of Greece.

12. Which days do charters usually begin?

Most charters are on Saturday to Saturday basis. Charter begin on Saturday 17:00 and end the next Saturday 09:00. Exceptions to this rule can be made, please contact our office with the dates you require and we will try to accommodate your request.

13. Can I hire a skipper who will provide  sailing instructions and issue a license?

Programs are available to hire a skipper who is a qualified  instructor and who at the end of the charter and instructions will issue an RYA Skipper’s certification.

Crewed Yacht Charters

1.What does a crewed charter mean?

A crewed charter is a yacht (sailing, motor or motor sailer) which has crew. You are not required to assist in the operation of the yacht.

2.Can I bring my children?

Children are more than welcome. The crew has assigned duties and are not there to offer child services but they will make sure the children have a good time.

3. Who plans the menu?

Your personal chef will prepare the menu to meet your requests. We will be sending you a food preference sheet to fill in, so you let us know your favorite foods and beverages. Your chef will usually provide a sample menu of the yacht’s cuisine. Chefs take great pride in their dishes and use the freshest ingredients available.

From a cost standpoint, we recommend the Advance Provisioning Allowance ( APA) which is deposit paid in advance to cover anticipated provision charges. These charges are determined  by the meals and beverages requested on board and charged to the client with receipts from purchases of all items. T

4. Is smoking allowed on board?

For safety reasons mainly, the prevention of fire and additionally to keeping the interior clean, smoking is not allowed at the cabins but only in deck areas, at the dining room & day areas.

5. What type of crewed yacht is best for me?

The choice of yacht for your cruise is very important. There are three different types of yachts. Below are a brief description. MOTOR YACHTS Motor yachts combine style, comfort and luxury. Outdoor areas are usually large while their indoor areas comfortably cater to guests requirements. Motor yachts might be either heavy displacement, that generally gives a cruising speed of between 10 and 14 knots, or fast planning motor yachts capable of continuous speeds in excess of 20 knots. MOTOR SAILERS Motor sailers blend tradition with comfort and the relaxed experience of sailing. Motor sailers have a more spacious interior than the performance sailing yacht, and a larger, robust machinery for cruising under power alone. Other advantages can be the additional deck space for sunbathing and dining areas plus increased storage for water sports equipment. SAILING YACHTS They rely on wind and sails aided by an auxiliary engine. Large sailing yachts combines exhilarating performance under sail with the ability to motor at speeds of up to 10 knots and luxurious facilities. A wonderful advantage is the total peace and quiet when the engine is turned off and you sail off into the sunset. If you do not have idea as to which is best suited for you, our charter department can assist you and discuss with you all the different options and help you decide.

6. Do the yachts have air-conditioning?

Most of the yachts have air-conditioning. If not you will be advised from the beginning. Please note that in some harbors the authorities do not allow the generators to run throughout the night. Therefore, if you are on a air-conditioned yacht you may be unable to run the air-conditioning at all times. In such case you can anchor outside the port, weather permitting.

7. Can I plan me own itinerary?

Generally yes. If you have no idea our charter department can offer suggested routes according to what you desire to do and see. Of course, as all weather patterns Internationally are unpredictable, if between our office personnel and your captain we suggest an alternative itinerary to your first choice, it is only to make your trip most enjoyable. We will try to accommodate your requirements and desires, weather permitting

8. What happens if I run into problems during my trip?

Although it is not expected, if any problems whatsoever should occur, while on board, please contact our agency immediately in order that we may try to sort it out. Your captain is the first person you should be discussing all matters with. If not satisfied, do call our agency. Don't come back from your trip to tell us about it or write to us from home later, as any complaint will then be unacceptable. You have every opportunity during your trip to communicate with our Greek agency or us here.

9. What type of shoes should I bring?

It is the utmost well-known habit, guests to step in the interior yacht areas without shoes. Soft shoes are recommended for the teak deck areas while high heels might be harmful for these surfaces. The main villages in Greek islands are built amphitheatrically in various levels with lots of steps and narrow coble stoned alleys and walking on high heels or heavy shoes turns out to be an extremely difficult experience.

10. What type of shoes should I bring?

It is the utmost well-known habit, guests to step in the interior yacht areas without shoes. Soft shoes are recommended for the teak deck areas while high heels might be harmful for these surfaces. The main villages in Greek islands are built amphitheatrically in various levels with lots of steps and narrow coble stoned alleys and walking on high heels or heavy shoes turns out to be an extremely difficult experience.

11. What should I pack?

Yacht charter is generally an informal and relaxed kind of holiday and dressing in Greece is casual. For clothing bring bathing suits, cotton shorts, T-shirts, an extra sweater and long cotton pants for cool nights and a light foul-weather gear for the occasional rainy days. Of course, you might also like to have the option for more formal attire for elegant dining and eveningwear. Rubber-sole shoes for a firm grip on slippery decks, to prevent foot injury and to protect the boat’s surface is always recommended. The crew appreciates soft luggage instead of bulky space-consuming suitcases since on board storage may be limited. For sun protection, do bring your favorite sun block or sunscreen, sunglasses with an anti-ultraviolet coating and a hat, turban or headscarf. Last you may bring with you a small telescope for stargazing and a camera for daydreaming.

12. Do I tip the crew?

A discretionary payment reflecting the quality of services received by the crew, that normally varies to 7%-15% of the charter fee, can be handed to the Captain (or separately to each crew member). He will fairly distribute the gratuities to all members of the crew depending on their position and efforts.

 

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