Yacht Charters

“The Octopus Way”

Bareboat Yacht Charters

Our yachts all come fully equipped for bareboat charters without skipper or crew. To rent a bareboat one of your party must have a valid international sailing certificate without restrictions. If you hold a valid license and want to get straight to the point, browse our list of available yachts for bareboat charters!

About our yachts

Octopus maintains a fleet of sailing yachts and sailing catamarans available from Athens and Ionian Sea (Lefkas and Preveza). Our yachts include the latest models from some of the most famous yacht builders including Lagoon, Beneteau & Fountaine Pajot. All equipped with any add ons needed and delivered together with Octopus’es unmatched service.

Our main charter bases
Our Bareboat and skippered fleets are usually offered from our 3 own operated bases in Greece:

  • Athens
  • Preveza
  • Lefkada

Octopus Bareboat Price list 2020

Octopus Bareboat Terms & Conditions 2020

Skippered Yacht Charters

For those without a valid certificate for bareboat sailing our skippered yacht charters are made for you! Skippered charters as the name implies means the yacht rental comes with an authorised skipper who will handle the main tasks of sailing the boat, navigating the islands and mooring. Skippered charters give you the flexibility of deciding your own sailing route with the comfort of knowing an experienced captain is on board to guide you through any rough seas and to recommend the little known spots that make sailing in Greece such an amazing experience. For more details contact us, view our frequently asked questions or browse our list of available yachts for skippered charters.

Why a local Skipper?

Even if you are an experienced skipper, we recommend that you hire a local professional skipper that will make your holidays more relaxing and care-free. 

The skipper is the person responsible for your safety and the vessel’s during the trip, so his job requires a 24/7 vigilance. Hiring a professional skipper means that you are released of responsibilities concerning the boat, so you can enjoy your holidays and truly relax during the trip!
Also, he stands out for his local knowledge, support and specialization in the Greek waters and islands. He will recommend the best places and hidden spots to visit during the trip. Due to his experience in the area he can be your “personal tour guide”! He knows the Greek waters well enough to avoid spots that might be dangerous to sail due to the weather conditions and also knows the safest and best places to anchor offshore (better than Greek water pilot!). Further to that, when you hire a local skipper check in and check out procedures become more quick and easy, as the skipper already knows the boats.

Charter Guide & Documents

Chartering a yacht can be a daunting experience for many people, at Octopus it is our job to make the process as quick and easy as possible.

Our experts will take you step by step through:

understanding your needs and your expectations
suggesting the best yacht for your group
suggesting suitable charter areas and which islands to visit
offering top quality service and support throughout your holiday
arranging for any special requirements that you may need
Our aim is always to arrange a perfect sailing holiday for every one of our guests.

To get started simply contact us and let us know:

Your experience with yachts (any sailing qualifications and if you would like a bareboat or skippered charter)
The number of people in your party (and if any of them need a single private cabin)
Any preferences in the islands you would like to visit
When you are planning to be in Greece
Any other information or questions you have regarding your charter

The Offer Process

In case we need any further details we will contact you to discuss your plans and confirm any unclear points. We then send our complete and detailed proposal and offer. If you have any further questions we are happy to answer any detail. The official charter contract, invoice and payment instruction will follow your final confirmation of your chosen offer. Prior to your arrival we will ask for all your arrival information and a complete list of your requirements (transfers, hotel reservations, provisions, etc). We ensure to take care of each little detail so you can rest easy upon your arrival in Greece.

Bare boat charters 2019 terms & conditions

Charter rates in Euro referring to weekly charter period, including: o Current VAT o Use of yachts with following equipment: VHF, Radio CD, GPS, Autopilot, Echo sounder, Speedometer, Dinghy with Outboard motor, Warm water supply, Spray hood, Bimini/tent, Blankets. Charter rates do not include: o Fuel, water, provisioning, extra linen running expenses& mooring fees o Provisions: Ask for our provisioning form. Fill it in and email or fax it to us. On your embarkation your food and beverages will be onboard. o Travel services: Airport welcome and transfers, ticketing, hotel accommodation, rent a car, tours, exchange.

Compulsory per charter

o Standard Charter Pack (not commissionable, payable at the base in cash): final cleaning, bed sheets & towels (one set per person), first fill for outboard engine, spare bottle of gas: o Saona 47, Lagoon 450, Elba 45: 250€ – Lagoon 42, Oceanis 51.1: 230€ – Lagoon 400, Oceanis 46.1: 200€ – Lagoon 380: 170€. o Embarkation: starting date from 17h00. o Disembarkation: ending day by 09h00. Compulsory: return to base the evening before disembarkation, at 18h00, the latest. Check in/out procedures time is considered to be part of the charter period.

Optional Crew services

Skipper and/or Hostess/Steward can be locally arranged with freelance providers, subject to independent hire Terms & conditions. o Skipper: 190€ per day plus food provision o Hostess/ Steward: 170€ per day plus food provision o Hostess / Steward shall do the daily shopping and prepare and serve each day breakfast and a light meal (lunch or dinner). Provisions shall be made and meals will be prepared so as to meet the preferences declared by the Charterer in advance, to the extent permitted by local market availability of items, paying careful attention to all special nutritional needs and restrictions set by the Charterer (such as vegetarian restrictions, gluten tolerance, type of meat, wine picking, etc.). Hostess / Steward will assist skipper in all of his duties under his instructions and shall take care of cleaning of communal areas of the yacht daily.

Security Deposit

The said refundable Security Deposit (2.000-3.500 euro) is required upon embarkation and will cover any damage or loss of the yacht and her equipment during the cruise. Security deposit reduction insurance: Lagoon 380: 300€ plus refundable security deposit 600€ – Lagoon 400, Oceanis 46.1: 350€ plus refundable security deposit 600€ – Lagoon 42, Oceanis 51.1: 400€ plus refundable security deposit 700€ – Saona 47, Lagoon 450, Elba 45: 450€ plus refundable security deposit 900€  The security insurance is mandatory in case of a skippered charter. Not available for regattas & races. Prices subject to change without notice


All boats are insured against: o Risks arising from liability to third parties and damage to hull, machinery and equipment o Third party liability o Sea pollution liability o A deductible provision is applied, depending on the yachts value.


A down payment will secure your reservation. Final payment of the charter fee is due 45 days before your arrival. 1-2 weeks before your starting date you will receive details for your local contact person at the marina and a list of suggested items to bring with you from home for your sailing adventure! o The down payment (50% of the total charter fee, depending on the booking date) is paid by bank’s transfer to our account upon contract signing. o The balance (50% of the charter fee, depending on the booking date) is paid 45 days prior to embarkation. Down payment by wire transfer -without surcharge- or on line payment with credit card -with related credit card fee on top-), should be settled within 1 week.

Cancellation Policy

Time of Cancellation (Notification to Octopus Yachting in Writing) Charter Price 1 to 45 days prior to departure 100% of total charter price 46 to 90 days prior to departure 50% of total charter price 91 days or more prior to departure 30% of total charter price Cancellation of Crew arrangements (Skipper/Hostess): if notice of cancellation is given 1 to 45 days prior to departure 25% of agreed services price is due. No-Show Cancellation: 100% of all amounts including charter price, mandatory/optional extras and any crew is due. The Octopus Cancellation guarantee: In any event of cancellation, Octopus Yachting guarantees that in case the yacht is re-let, for the same charter period and under the same conditions, all amounts received will be reimbursed to Charterer net of a processing fee of Euro 300.

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