Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Cabin Cruise, a bareboat yacht, a bareboat yacht and a skipper/owner yacht?
A cabin cruise is a larger yacht that was multiple cabins and a set itinerary. On a cabin cruise you rent a cabin and follow a set itinerary. On a cabin cruise one or more of the meals each day is provided and sometimes alcohol. Each cabin cruise covers different expenses which is outlined in the description of the specific company. A bareboat yacht is a yacht that is chartered without a skipper. If you have experience and are qualified to sail a yacht then you will not need a skipper. If you are not qualified to sail a yacht then you will charter the bareboat yacht and hire a skipper to be the captain. With a bareboat yacht you can decide your own itinerary and unless you want to share the yacht, the only people on it will be from your party. On a bareboat charter you will have to pay fuel and water costs as well as docking costs. A skipper/owner yacht is similar to a bareboat/skipper except that the yacht is owned by the skipper. Docking, water, fuel and some meals are usually covered in the rate but you will have to check the individual skipper/owner to see what his charter covers.

How do I choose a bareboat yacht that will accommodate me?
If you go to the page that lists the yachts, you will be able to compare the cost of the yacht, size, number of heads(bathrooms), number of cabins and if you click on the name of the yacht you will be able to see a photo and a chart of the interior layout. If you are going to need a skipper then you can add 120 euro a day to the cost of the yacht to cover expenses for hiring a skipper.

Once you have selected a boat or a number of boats that you think will suit you, then send me an email with the boat(s) and a confirmation of the dates. I will then check the availability and confirm the rate.

Once I have decided on a yacht, what is the procedure for securing it for charter?
When you have recieved an offer that you are satisfied with send an email letting me know that you would like to charter the yacht. I will request a contract which I will forward to you. Once you read the contract you can sign it and fax it back to me. When we recieve the contract you will have 7 days to send the deposit(25%) to hold the yacht and the balance is due in 30 days from recieving the contract(unless the charter date is within in 30 days in which case the total payment will be due within 7 days).

Where the payments(check or wire transfer) are sent will depend on whether I am in Greece or North Carolina, but I will supply the appropriate information when the payment is due.

What other expenses can I expect for the bareboat/skippered charter?
You will have to pay for fuel(most of the yachts use between 3/4 and 1 1/2 gallons of diesel per hour and diesel runs about 4 euro per gallon). If there is a lot of wind then you will most likely only use your engine for an hour or two just to get in and out of the harbor. If you have to do a lot of motoring then you could use and average of 3-4+ hours a day, but most islands you can get to in 2-4 hours.

Dockage- Most often you will stay at the government docks which are in the middle of the town. If the dockmaster comes around you will be charge a few euro for the night. The price isn't fixed and the dockmaster doesn't always come around so it's hard to put an exact price on it.

Water-There is a water truck that will come to the dock to service the yachts. The cost of filling the yacht with water varies but is normally about 5-10 euro to fill the tanks.

Should I purchase Travel Insurance?
Yes... for many reasons!.... Visit here and here.

How do I set my itinerary for the bareboat/skippered cruise?
The best thing to do is to come up with a list of islands that you would like to see so you have a general idea of what you would like to do. Once you arrive in Greece and board the yacht you can look at the weather conditions and plan your sail, which most likely should be in the direction of the best sail. If you set your itinerary before you arrive without taking into consideration the weather conditions you can end up sailing into the wind which is bumpy, can be uncomfortable and will take longer. It's hard to change the direction of the wind, but if you change the direction of the yacht you will have a much more comfortable sail.

If you have hired a skipper, you will have a professional sailor who is also an expert on the Greek islands. Your skipper can be your personal guide and if you leave it up to him he will most likely put together an itinerary that you won't forget and will make for a great charter. It's important to remember that the skipper's main responsibility is the safety of the passengers and the yacht. You are the one who can ultimately make decisions on destination. The only time the captain can really override your decision(should you not agree) is if the destination you choose could put the yacht or passengers in peril. Otherwise, he is there to take you where you want to go! Discussing the options with the skipper and coming up with an itinerary together can lead to a more rewarding charter.

From Athens(Lavrion or Kalamaki) there are two general areas that are within reach. The Cylades Islands to the east which includes Mykonos, Santorini, Sifnos, Syros, Paros etc... and the Saronic Gulf which includes Aegina, Poros, Spetsi, Hydra as well as the eastern Peleponnesus. The Saronic Gulf is generally more protected and if the winds get heavy make for a much more comfortable sail.

What is a Damage Release Waiver? If you are hiring a skipper, so companies will require a Damage Release Waiver. This is a flat fee(200-300 euros) which covers any damage that may be caused to the yacht by the skipper. When you charter with a skipper, the skipper is responsible for the yacht and any damage that he causes to it. You, as the client are responsible for any damage that you cause to the yacht also(If you inadvertently drop a winch handle and crack a hatch, leave a cigarette burning on a table etc...). In some cases there may be a disagreement of who caused the damage as the skipper and client may feel the other was responsible. It is in cases like these that the Damage Release Waiver will come in handy. You will not have to pay for the damages. Without the waiver, you could concievably be held responsible.

What do I need to bring with me?
Remember that you are going to a warm climate. You won't want to pack for the Arctic chill(unless you are sailing very late or very early in the season- and then it's not an Arctic chill, but cool/cold sail. You'll want deck shoes that are soft-soled. Most of the white soles and some of the black soles won't scuff up the deck, so be sure to wear shoes that don't leave marks on the deck. A bathing suit, shorts and warm weather clothing, a windbreaker or light sweater and some rain gear(to keep you dry), but in most cases the weather will be warm enough so that the water that sprays on you will be a relief from the heat. There will be no need for your Tuxedo or formal clothing unless you want to use them somewhere on shore, but even there it will be hard to find a place where those pieces of clothing will fit in

Most of the yachts will have some kind of electical outlet(220 volt) but hair dryers, irons etc use a lot of power and are probably best left at home. You are on a vessel that is powered by it's own engine and batteries. It's not attached to a huge power plant that produces hundreds of megawatts of power. You're best leaving the electrical devices home and relaying on any electronics that you can power with it's on batteries..

How much should I tip the skipper?
The standard tip for the skipper is about 10% of his fees, but if you especially liked him feel free to tip more! He will appreciate it.

What are the qualifications to skipper your chartered yacht?
You are required to have a sailing certificate in order to charter a yacht, but if you have experience that also counts. This is a new requirement and nobody is quite sure exactly what you need to charter a yacht. The best bet is provide your personal experience and qualifications and we can check with the yacht owners to see if you meet their requiremen

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