What is the best season for chartering a yacht in Greece?
That depends on what kind of weather you like. The chartering season in Greece can be all year long but mainly operates between March and October. You can expect fairly cool weather during low season dates, some rainfall and occasional strong winds. Mid season dates are usually warm enough for sun-bathing, swimming and other activities, without too much heat, but temperatures in June, July and August can be very high, sometimes over 40 degrees celsius, dropping only slightly at night.
What certification do I need to charter a bareboat yacht?
Greek port authorities and yacht owners usually ask that at least one member of the crew hold a recognized skipper’s license (RYA Day Skipper, ASA 101 & 103, Greek Day Skipper, etc) or the equivalent in sailing experience in the capacity as skipper, with registered sea-miles. Ideally there should also be a co-skipper with similar experience or at least one member of the crew with a Competent Crew or ICC certificate or equivalent in sea-miles. In some instances, it is usually possible to provide signed official documents detailing your sailing experience, although you may be asked to sign a declaration of responsibility for yourself and your crew. If you do not have the qualifications or experience or lack confidence you might consider doing a sailing course while on holiday. Otherwise, you can request a skipper for you charter.
What happens if there is an accident or damage to the yacht?
Each yacht is fully insured and covered for serious damage and/or total loss. However, in most cases, you will be asked to pay a refundable security deposit at the beginning of your charter to cover loss or minor damage to the yacht or its contents during your charter. If a skipper is assigned to you this deposit is placed at the owner’s discretion or may be reduced as the skipper is responsible only for the navigational welfare of the yacht, not its contents and accessories.
What to bring with me?
All you really need to bring are your personal clothes and items, which should include some water/wind proof anoraks, trousers and shoes, plus sun hats and sunglasses, high SPF sun cream and a camera!
What is included in the price?
The price of a bareboat charter includes charter of the yacht and its standard inventory equipment, VAT, yacht insurance and check-in, check out fees, as well as clean linen and towels for each customer. Not included in the price, unless otherwise stated, marina fees, fuel & water costs, food or travel expenses, the security deposit and a small charge for end cleaning. For skippered charters the skipper’s fee is usually an additional fixed rate paid on top of the yacht fee or, in the case of captain guided charters, the price is all inclusive of captain and sometimes hostess and some meals.
How do I reach Lefkas Marina where the boat is situated?
We advise you to take a look at Getting Here on the Contact section of our website.
Booking a Sea-ecotrip
Do I need to have previous experience for participating in a Sea-ecotrip?
No you do not need previous experience. You will be asked to participate in some tasks such as using the binoculars for spotting a pod of dolphins, listening to their vocalizations received with the hydrophone, using the camera for specific identification tips of the animals, writing down some infos by using the gps and the identification card of the cetaceans living in the Ionian sea.
Can I swim with wild dolphins in Greece?
Unfortunately this cannot be done, since dolphins are really worried about us penetrating in their environment and the only reason they can come close to you is curiosity. In addition we will never try that as it can be dangerous approaching wild animals and especially when youngsters are around.
Will we have time for classic sailing holidays like swimming and visiting places?
Of course there will be plenty of time as we wake up early morning, around 07:30am, which is the best time for spotting these animals. During midday there is no serious reason for trying. During night we will stop at the same places that all other sailors are using.
Can you guarantee that we are going to see dolphins?
Yes as we know their territories and the places they like to feed and we use hydrophone which can help us locate them without seeing them through their vocalisations.
What do you do with the extracts from Sea-ecotrips?
We use them to inform scientists operating through NGOs specified in cetaceans’ survey and conservation. In Greece there is big need for these as little is known about the distribution of dolphins and cetaceans around Greece and especially in the Ionian Sea. There were some serious surveys from the Tethys institute in the Inner Ionian Sea, but at the moment no surveys on the west coasts of the Ionian Islands where the Hellenic trench lies.