What is the difference between a Cabin
Cruise, a bareboat yacht, a bareboat yacht and a skipper/owner
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
How do I choose a bareboat yacht that
will accommodate me?
If you contact David by e-mail form for
list of 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 910-940
euro to the cost of the yacht to cover expenses for hiring a
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
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
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
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
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
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.
How do I set my itinerary for the
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 do I need to bring with
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
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.