Thinking of charter a yacht, but
confused by all the options? Let's see if I can help you with the basic planning
so that your trip will turn out to be everything that you expected!
Bareboat, skippered or in-between?
The first thing you need to determine is if you will need a skipper or if you
or someone in your group is competent and qualified to sail the yacht. Competent means you have
the knowledge and experience to sail the yacht. To be qualified means that you
have presented the Port Authorities of Greece a sailing certificate and/or
signed affadavit stating that you are qualified to sail a yacht.
If you are qualified then you can choose a bareboat yacht
(although a lot of experienced
sailors choose to have a skipper- it will relieve you of responsibility for the
yacht AND give you a 24-hour guide for you trip- believe me, a skipper is worth
his weight in gold and will show you places on land and sea that you would very
rarely chance upon yourself.- and they make great translators also! BJ (in the
photo) is one of
my favorite skippers.
If you are qualified to sail but a little leery about sailing in foreign
waters then maybe a flotilla is for you. In a flotilla you would be the skipper of
your own boat, but you would be one of a group of boats following the "lead
boat". The lead boat has the flotilla leader aboard who will guide you through
the cruise and make you aware of what to expect for each days sail. It's a great
way to have the freedom of skippering your own boat, but not being completely on
Seascape offers a Don't lift
a Finger All Inclusive charter which covers almost all onboard expenses.
The final option is the skippered by owner
yachts. These are usually larger yachts- 4+ cabins. These have an advantage
in that the owner is on board and you are sailing on his pride and joy and they
sometimes come with a skipper and crew.
As for the size of the yacht, most cabins sleep 2(double bed or two twins).
You'll want to get a yacht that has at least one berth(bed) for each person and
then determine whether there will be two people or one person in a cabin(room).
Once you've figured how many people will be in each cabin, you can choose the
yacht by the number of cabins(add one for the skipper as he will need his
The other consideration is the number of heads(bathrooms). All yachts have at
least 1 head, but you'll have to determine whether you want more than the
minimum.(And keep in mind, you probably don't want to spend your sailing trip
waiting to get into the one occupied head!)
A cabin cruise is when you charter a cabin on a larger yacht, not a cruise
ship, but a yacht that has 8 to 50 passengers in 4-20 cabins.
of the smaller options are The
Poseidon Archaeological Cruise and the Seascape Singles and Couples
cruises are on 45-55 foot sailboats and take 8-12 passengers. These are smaller
more intimate cruises on a sailboat.
If you would like to charter a cabin on a larger yacht you'll want to look at
Charters. These are approximately 50
passenger motor yachts and motor sailing yachts(they depend on their engines but
have some sails to help them move). As these yachts are larger they will be more
stable on the water(although you will have to expect some swaying no matter how
large the yacht is). The cabin
charter cruises have some great itineraries that allow you
to see a lot of Greece in a very short time.
Hope this helps... if not e-mail me:
You can get more information, rates and advice as well as book your cruise at GM Sailboat and Yacht Charters