How to Charter a Yacht
Why choose YACHTING IN GREECE
Greece, the land of the sun and the crystal clear sea water, offers you an endless variety of picturesque places from which you can choose those that suit you best. The Greek mainland with its thousand kilometres of coastline and the Greek islands which are separated in seven geographic areas- the Cyclades, the Ionian, the Dodecanese, the Sporades, the Northern Aegean, the Argosaronic and Crete- are some of the best destinations in the world for all yachting activities.
All of our islands, remote or cosmopolitan, rocky or covered with trees, offer you a huge variety of landscapes, you can enjoy on your own floating villa.
Summer holidays in Greece may mean a lot but yachting holidays mean even more. The sea and sun constitute the two basic ingredients. The third basic ingredient is your own yacht , you cannot only enjoy sunbathing, swimming, sea sports and nightlife in the islands but you can also visit numerous temples and other archaeological sites. You can charter one from our listed yacht brokers to sail away from dusty and polluted cities to the clean air, blue sky and crystal-clear waters.
On a chartered yacht you can discover a world of tranquillity and relaxation but also mix with the local people, who are known for their generosity and hospitality.
You will have the opportunity to visit places where only a yacht can go, to enjoy sipping the Greek aperitif ouzo accompanied by a Greek meze at the seaside family tavernas or eating feta and mousaka listening to the famous local bouzouki music.
You will see islands where automobiles and pollution are unknown and you will have a chance to have donkey ride on Santorini or to ride in a horse carriage on Spetses island and keep in mind that there are over 3000 islands to escape to. Any island offers you remote beaches, secluded bays or almost barren rocks where you can be on your own enjoying swimming, wind surfing, water -skiing or just relaxing.
These are only some of the reasons to visit Greece, the land of the Mythic Gods!!!!!!
Your chartered yacht will add an extra value to these reasons!!!!
Why charter a Yacht from our listed HYBA Brokers
- They will offer you the best of the largest fleet of crewed yachts and bareboats in Greece. There are more than 3.000 crewed yachts, motor yachts, motor sailers and sailing yachts, accommodating from 4 to 80 passengers in comfort and over than 4.000 bareboats (sailing & motor). They will offer you a yacht with the most trained and experienced multilingual crews.
- They will ensure excellent quality and reasonable prices on all food and beverage orders.
- They will provide all its clients with personal, direct service, resulting from being in business for many years dealing with selected/exclusive client's needs.
- They will offer the yachts with proper technical maintenance ensuring safety and comfort during your cruise.
- Each of our Yachts is inspected rigidly each year from our surveyor members as well as the port authorities of the Greek Ministry of Merchant Marine, to comply with the highest international safety standards.
- All of our crew members are government licensed for the specific job they perform, after schooling and passing the most rigid tests, as regulated by the Ministry of Merchant Marine and the National Greek Tourist organization.
- All of our yachts and crew are fully insured.
- Each of our Yachts is registered as a member of the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association, ensuring you even more confidence to the service and quality of the yacht.
- All of our broker members are licensed by the Greek Ministry of Tourist Development and they will guarantee your charter payments.
Guidelines to charter a yacht
There are two main categories of yachts: the crewed yachts and the bareboats
Crewed Yachts (Motor Yachts, Motor Sailers, Sailing Yachts, Catamaran)
Displacement Motor Yachts tend to be more comfortable and economical than the faster yachts. They will perform better in all weathers and are capable of night-time cruising, saving time. These yachts usually appeal to those who desire the more laidback yachting holiday.
Planing Motor Yachts will cover more distance in a shorter period of time as they are faster than the previous category, allowing you to see more places and to enjoy more shore based activities, weather permitted. If the weather is not ideal, long distance cruising can be a little uncomfortable.
Motor Sailer Yachts are primarily powered by motor and use the sails for auxiliary power. This type of yacht combines the comfort of the classical sailing yacht with the speed comparable to the displacement motor yacht. These yachts offer more deck space for sunbathing and al fresco dining.
Sailing yachts (Monohull, Catamaran) are perfect for those with a desire for adventure and romance. These yachts are a lot of fun and there is the wonderful advantage of peace and quiet when the engines are turned off as you sail quietly into the sunset. The sailing yacht will not cover as much distance as the motor yachts but the feeling of achievement and adventure cannot be described, only experienced.
Bareboats (sailing Monohull, Sailing Catamaran, Power Boats)
Sailing Boats (Catamaran, Monohull) from 28 to 60 ft. for experienced sailors to sail in the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Northern Aegean islands and Crete in order to enjoy the strong winds and for less experienced sailors to sail in the Argosaronic, the Sporades and the Ionian islands.
Power Boats from 28 to 37 ft. permitted to cruise only in the Argosaronic and occasionally in the Ionian islands in cases of long period charters.
The size of your party will determine how many staterooms you will need. Your broker will tailor trips that suit any size of group, whether you are planning a romantic cruise for two, a group getaway with close friends, or a family adventure of all ages. Our Yachts sleep anywhere from 6 to 12 guests and up to 60 guests in mega motor yachts. They are fully stuffed with up to 60 crew members, including a gourmet chef skilled in the culinary arts of authentic Greek and international cuisine.
The Duration of your Charter
Charter yachts are usually available on a weekly or daily basis. However, last minute bookings of less then one week are feasible depending on yacht availability. The length of time you will spend on your charter will also be a consideration as to areas you wish to visit.
The charter Agreement
Firstly, your broker will prepare and send you a Charter Agreement detailing the yacht, your chosen dates, the cruising area and cost. Upon signing this Agreement the first payment, normally 50% of the charter fee is due.
The Agreements are then signed by all parties concerned (Owner, Charterer and Agent) the balance of the payment is normally due one month prior to the charter commencing. At this time your agent will ask you to send him the funds to cover the advance provisioning allowance (APA) plus any taxes (where applicable) delivery/redelivery fees. A general guideline often used for estimating the APA is to factor in an additional 25-35% of the base charter rate. Full accounts will be produced by the Captain or your agent at the end of the charter and any unused funds will be refunded in full to the charterer directly. If the funds are not sufficient, you will be advised accordingly.
In order to budget correctly, please be advised what is and what is not included in the charter fee:
The Charter Fee includes: The charter of the yacht and equipment, crew insurance and wages, yacht and passenger insurance, third liability insurance, harbour fees in Greece.
The Charter fee does not include: Fuel consumption, gasoline for the tender, food and beverages, marina fees including pilotage fees, telex/fax communications.
As soon as the agreements have been exchanged, you will receive a detailed questionnaire requesting information on your travel arrangements, special needs, and guests likes or dislikes, dietary or medical requirements, special dates, or any other information that you feel your agent needs to know. This preference sheet is vital in order for the Captain to provision the yacht accordingly and make any special arrangements.
Tipping is customary and discretionary; if you feel that the crew has been outstanding it is customary for the charter party to leave a gratuity. The tip is handed to the captain at the end of the charter or to each crew member individually.
The currency is Euro from January 1st, 2002. You may exchange your currency either in your country or on arrival in Greece at the airport.
Foreign exchange bureaus and banks are abundant in Greece, both on the mainland and on the islands. The most of them stay open late into the night to accommodate the tourists. We suggest that you carry at least a few euros before your arrival for taxi rides and miscellaneous expenses. If this is not possible you can easily exchange some at the airport. You can also exchange at your hotel or travel agency for a slightly lower rate.