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There can be many logistics involved when you choose to do a yacht charter or flotilla sailing holiday. Whether you choose to do a bareboat or a join the flotilla fun, this handy guide full of charter information should answer many of your questions. If not, then our sailing industry experts are here to help.
|A catamaran has two hulls with cabins in the side hulls or pontoons. The hulls are joined together by a central large area in the middle, an exterior seated area at the back and in some cases netted trampoline areas at the front. Catamaran's are great for the fun social space but they don't sail as well and can be a little bouncy.||A monohull has one wide hull with cabins accessed from a main salon area below deck, the cabins tend to fill the front and the back of the space. Monohulls are made for great sailing and have a deep heavy keel under the water so are very stable even when healing over.|
A yacht will have the basic charter rate fee but like hiring a car, there are additional mandatory costs.
All yachts require a security deposit, damage waiver payment or a combination of both to insure them while on charter. A refundable security deposit is authorized by credit card or left in cash upon arrival at the base. The amount is a deductable and any damage to the yacht will be deducted up to the total amount authorised which can be in the thousands. A damage waiver is a non-refundable charge based on a much smaller day amount. It is charged even if no damages occur to the yacht, however it offers piece of mind that even if the yacht is a right off after damages, you will only incur that cost. Damage waiver payments can greatly reduce or eliminate the security deposit amount. Full insurance details will be provided with a quotation for any yacht.
This is a one off fee. In some instances it can be paid in advance and will have a mandatory starter pack added on which will include some basic supplies.
Is not included in yacht charter pricing. You will be given a yacht full of fuel and you will be expected to refuel upon arrival back at the base at the end of the charter. You can pay by credit card.
Fresh water is not included in a yacht charter pricing. Yacht water tanks will be full upon arrival but you will be expected to fill as you go along. You can return the yacht with empty tanks.
This is something charged in Croatia and Turkey and is normally paid with end cleaning either in advance or upon arrival at the base.
This is a tax per person normally added in Croatia and Caribbean destinations. It is paid upon arrival at the base or in some instances paid in advance with the yacht price.
Some yachts include an outboard engine free of charge and for others there is an additional charge. You can expect to pay approximately 80 Euros per week in Europe. For Caribbean and other tropical destinations outboards tend to be included in the yacht price.
Professional skipper fees are charged by the day and you will be expected to cover all meal costs for the skipper in addition to the daily fee. You can expect to pay around 150 Euros per day in Europe, 200 USD in the Caribbean and 240 USD in the Pacific.
Joining a flotilla is a great idea if you enjoy and want to sail a yacht yourself but are a little unsure of the waters and the best things to see and do on land. We offer a flotilla in Greece and Croatia every other year. The flotilla fees are added to the yacht charter fee - see more details below and at our flotilla pages.
In some destinations it is possible to pick up and drop off a yacht at different bases. There will be a one-way fee added to the yacht price. Yachts joining a flotilla may not be able to do a one way drop off.
Provisions are not included and all items additional to food also need to be purchased such as cleaning supplies and food condiments such as salt and pepper. In general, most marinas offer mini markets or larger supermarkets nearby. In some cases it is possible to pre-order some or all of your provisions. We will provide full provisioning details for your chosen location at the time of booking.
Port fees are paid locally so not included in the charter rate. Mediterranean ports generally have yachts reverse and stern to the wharf or dock. This is known as Med mooring. There is limited anchoring off shore and few mooring balls (it is often too deep to anchor safely off shore). Some ports offer lazy lines for mooring. In the Pacific, Caribbean and South East Asia mooring is generally by mooring ball or anchor.
We pride ourselves on our flotilla - the only Cycladic flotilla in Greece that we have led for over 25 years. The flotilla fee includes:
Flotilla skippers or guides are responsible for leading the flotilla and ensuring your sailing vacation is fun, interesting and trouble free. They offer information about the destinations, technical support as well as help with docking procedures in harbors and anchorages. Flotilla skippers hold informative daily chart briefings, so flotilla guests can see where the lunch and swim stop options are and understand the nuances of the evening ports of call. They can also be reached for support by VHF radio while you are underway.
Flotilla hostess/program directors organize the social aspect of the flotilla and make sure everyone knows what is on the agenda each day. They may also help guests to provision, guide hikes ashore, organize the evening restaurants and help the skippers dock yachts in the afternoons. On larger flotilla lead vessels that accommodate cabin charter guests, program directors prepare and serve two meals per day.
31-35ft monohull yacht: Euro 300
36-43ft monohull yacht: Euro 400
44+/catamaran: Euro 450
31-35ft monohull yacht: Euro 500
36-43ft monohull yacht: Euro 650
44+/catamaran: Euro 800
The flotilla fee is a minimum fee and does not change if a yacht decides to leave the flotilla or only join for some of the itinerary. Pricing is subject to change without prior notice. Departure dates are subject to availability and discounts may change based upon the number of bookings received. A booking is not confirmed until a deposit payment is received and at that time no further discounts will be offered.
What is included will vary per yacht but as a guide a charter yacht will include: dinghy/full cruising area charts and cruising guide or pilot book/navigational equipment (binoculars, hand compass and course plotting equipment)/initial full tank of water, fuel and cooking gas/VHF radio/autopilot/electric anchor windlass/wind instruments/furling or battened mainsail/furling genoa sail/bimini for cockpit shade (racing yachts have a boom awning)/transom/galley equipment (cooking and eating utensils)/standard safety equipment (navigational and first aid)/hot water/bed linen/FM radio/CD player/dodger/berthing fees at home port.
Some yachts may also include: GPS (plotter)/cabin fans/cabin reading lights/BBQ/outboard engine/snorkeling equipment/cockpit cushions/spray hood.
To charter a yacht it is necessary to have experience and/or sailing certificates.
Mediterranean: to charter a yacht in the Mediterranean there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced first mate on a charter yacht. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing school such as:
The level of qualification required is a keelboat, day/coastal skipper or bareboat certification and you need to bring your original certificates with you. In addition to the above requirements you are required to have a VHF operator's license to charter a yacht in Croatia. Sailing resumes and powerboat operators card are not sufficient to rent a sailing yacht.
In addition to these certificates you can obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) which is becoming a more recognized standard with European governments and charter companies. You will need to have one of the above certificates or pass a practical exam and make an application to be issued an ICC certificate. The sailing schools listed above are able to provide the practical exam and the application for ICC. You can find out more about the ICC on the RYA's section of the ICC - International Certificate of Competence
Caribbean and the Pacific: currently you are not required to present any formal sailng certification to charter a yacht in the Caribbean or the Pacific. It is normal that you are required to complete a sailing resume only. Should it be felt that your experience is not sufficient then you may be asked to have a skipper onboard with you for the first day of your charter.
South East Asia - Thailand: to charter a yacht in Thailand there must be at least one certified skipper. As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing school such as:
The minimum charter period is typically 7-nights in high season. In mid and low season less than 7-nights is possible. Our yacht fleet prices are shown in the currency of the charter destination. Pricing is subject to change without prior notice. A booking is not confirmed until a deposit payment is received and at that time no further discounts will be offered.
As a North American company we convert to either USD or CAD for invoicing. Euro invoicing is available for European customers only. All website exchange rates are advisory and are intended to provide general currency rate. At time of invoicing latest exchange will be used.