Booking Guide

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Included
The charter rates include a charter period of 7 nights, VAT 12%, welcome kit, dinghy with outboard engine, bed linen, bath towels, blankets, first and last overnight in the marina, full galley equipment, electronic equipment, full water tank, spare fuel for outboard engine, spare gas bottle, snorkelling gear, Greek Waters Pilot book, maps of the sailing regions
Not included
Berthing in ports and marinas (except first and last overnight in starting base), consumption of fuel and water, transfers from/to the marina, additional equipment and services, crew, provisions on the boat.
  1. Charter pack: Mandatory amount payable upon embarkation in cash.
    • Saona 47: €270
    • Lagoon 450, Elba 45: €250
    • Lagoon 42, Oceanis 51.1: €230
    • Lagoon 400, Oceanis 46.1: €200
    • Lagoon 380, Sun Odyssey 440: €170

    2a. Security deposit: Mandatory amount pre-authorized upon embarkation via Master Card or VISA. It is fully refundable in case the yacht is redelivered without any damages or losses to the boat and her equipment:

    • Saona 47: 3.500€
    • Lagoon 450, Elba 45, Lagoon 42, Oceanis 51.1: 3.000€
    • Lagoon 380, Lagoon 400, Bavaria C42, Sun Odyssey 440, Oceanis 46.1: 2.500€

    2b. Security deposit insurance/reduction of security deposit: Mandatory option in case of a skippered charter. It reduces the security deposit amount and is paid in cash upon embarkation. The reduced security deposit amount is paid via credit card.

    • Bavaria C42, Sun Odyssey 440, Lagoon 380: 300€ (non refundable) + 600€ refundable security deposit
    • Oceanis 46.1, Lagoon 400: 350€ (non refundable) + 600€ refundable security deposit
    • Oceanis 51.1, Lagoon 42: 400€ (non refundable) + 700€ refundable security deposit
    • Lagoon 450, Elba 45, Saona 47: 450€ (non refundable) + 900€ refundable security deposit
During the mid and high season, the minimum charter period is 7 nights and in general on a weekly basis, beginning and ending on a Saturday. Charters for less than 7 nights are possible in low season upon request.
Standard equipment of all our yachts
Safety equipment, VHF, Music Player, GPS Plotter, Autopilot, Echo Sounder, Dinghy, Outboard Engine, Electric Anchor Windlass, Wind Instruments, Navigational Equipment, Sprayhood, Bimini, Electric Bilge Pump, Blankets, Bed Linen & Pillows, Bath Towels, Solar Panel, Galley Equipment, Stove, Gas Bottle, Diving Mask, Flippers.
Each yacht includes its own extra equipment and inventory. Check all our yachts’ extras here or contact our charter department for further information.
  • Fuel: The consumption of fuel is not included in the charter price. The yacht is handed with full tanks of fuel on the first day of the charter. The tanks must be refilled on the redelivery of the yacht at the end of the charter.
  • Water: The water consumption on the yacht is not included in the charter price (except for the first and last day of the charter spent at the home port). The water tanks must be refilled during the charter period in the visited ports/marinas. The approximate cost is 10€/day. The above charge is not needed when the chartered yacht is equipped with a water maker, which is a device that converts seawater to freshwater.
  • Outboard: The outboard engine for the dinghy is included in the yacht’s equipment and charter price.
  • Skipper: A skipper is a hired crew member that is responsible for navigating the yacht and providing safety to the yacht and her crew. The fee of the skipper is 190€/day plus their daily food/drinks provisioning. This means that the clients must include the skipper in the daily meals on board, or provide enough provisions for the skipper to cook/eat separately onboard. Otherwise, the cost for their food/drinks is 30€/day/person and can be arranged to be paid at the beginning of the charter. In addition to the above, the skipper must be provided with their own cabin on the yacht. Tips for the crew are at the client’s discretion and is recommended to be on a 10-15% of the charter price.
  • Hostess: A hostess is a hired crew member that is responsible for cooking and serving 2 light meals per day – usually breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner, shopping of daily provisions – at the client’s expense, cleaning and keeping tidy the public spaces of the yacht (kitchen, salon, deck – but not cabins or toilets). The fee of the hostess is 170€/day plus their daily food/drinks provisioning. This means that the hostess will include herself in the daily meals on board, or she is going to cook/eat separately using provisions on board. Otherwise, the cost for their food/drinks is 30€/day and can be arranged to be paid at the beginning of the charter. In addition to the above, the hostess must be provided with their own cabin on the yacht.
  • Deck-hand: A deck-hand is a hired crew member that is responsible for assisting the skipper with mooring, anchoring, and any other action related to the yacht and sailing activity. The deckhand is not responsible for cleaning or cooking on board. The fee of the deck-hand is 140€/day plus their daily food/drinks provisioning. This means that the clients must include the deck-hand in the daily meals on board, or provide enough provisions for the deck-hand to cook/eat separately onboard. Otherwise, the cost for their food/drinks is 30€/day and can be arranged to be paid at the beginning of the charter. In addition to the above, the deck-hand must be provided with their own cabin on the yacht. Tips for the crew are at the client’s discretion and is recommended to be on a 10-15% of the charter price.
  • Charter pack: It is a mandatory amount payable once per charter upon embarkation. It includes the final cleaning of the yacht, cleaning of bed linen and towels, one fill of fuel for the outboard, and a gas bottle.
  • Charter party: This is the document that represents the agreement between all parties of the charter to be placed (owner, agencies, charterer), and also the terms and conditions that have been agreed. This document is signed by all parties at the port upon embarkation and is authorized by the Port Authorities in order to allow the yacht to leave the port.
  • Crew list: This is a document that represents a list of all passengers and crew that are going to be onboard during the charter period. The data listed are full names, dates of birth, passport/ID numbers, and nationality of each passenger. The crew list is signed by the skipper and is authorized by the Port Authorities together with a valid sailing license of the holder.

Why hire a local skipper

Even if you are licensed with a valid sailing certification, hiring a local skipper can transform your holiday into a totally different experience. Being a skipper on a yacht means that you must have 24/7 vigilance, as you are the responsible person for the safety of the vessel and its crew. Hiring a skipper to do that job for you, will relieve you from this big responsibility and stress, and as a result, you will be able to relax and enjoy your holiday in a totally different way. In addition, a local skipper can be your personal “guide” on board. Local skippers are very experienced with the greek waters and they can recommend the best places to visit, the more efficient route following your needs, and also show you hidden spots and isolated bays on your way that you would probably miss on your own.

Why add security insurance

The security insurance option is a service that reduces the refundable security deposit that must be kept from your credit card upon your embarkation in case of any possible damage or loss of equipment during the charter. By reducing this deposit, means that even if the cost of the damage you make is higher than the deposit kept, your maximum charge will be that amount.
An international sailing certificate by at least one member of the crew, in English, is mandatory in order to do a bareboat charter in Greece. A second member of the crew is recommended to have adequate sailing experience.
It is important that the skippers do not own a license with restrictions or limitations such as ‘Daylight hours’, ‘Day skipper’, ‘Inland waters’, ‘Fair weather conditions’ or any other restriction that limits the ability of the holder to navigate the specific type of yacht in the specific area/waters. In addition, the license must be valid specifically for sailing yachts.
Licenses that are valid only for motor yachts are not accepted by the Greek Port Authorities when chartering a sailing yacht.
Further sailing courses might be required in order to obtain an adequate sailing license, but most times, an application to the sailing association that issued the certificate, is what it takes to issue a document that certifies the needed qualifications.
In case the license is not clearly a ‘sailing’ one (for example ‘valid for pleasure crafts’), the skipper may be asked to sign a solemn declaration in which is stated that the presented license is valid for the specific yacht chartered and that he has the qualifications to charter the mentioned yacht.
The sailing licenses are inspected and approved by the Port Authorities, according to the Greek regulations. Charterers should ensure to have the appropriate certifications before they arrive as they are the only responsible in case of any rejection of their certification -and therefore the approval to leave the port– by the Authorities.

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