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Bareboat Charter in Greece

What is Bareboat Charter?

Bareboat Charter in Greece is becoming a more and more popular holiday for families, couples and groups of friends.

Bareboat charter is simply an arrangement for hiring a yacht, where no skipper or crew are provided as part of the agreement. The people who charter the boat are responsible for the yacht and needs to be suitably skilled and qualified to handle the yacht.


What does a Bareboat Charter Holiday sailing on a yacht involve?

On a bareboat charter, the charterers plan their own route, with our help if required, and travel at their own pace and there is no requirement to report back to base every day and so there is a real feeling of freedom. We send a weather text each morning and are always at the end of the phone and VHF.

Bareboat charters have become increasingly popular as more people than ever now have the ability to sail a yacht. The cost of owning your own yacht can be prohibitive and this, combined with the time spent on maintenance makes bareboat charter a very popular choice. When you arrive at the bareboat yacht charter base the boat is ready to go, full of water and fuel, add a few provisions and you are on your way, so you don’t waste precious holiday time on maintenance and preparation.


What Qualifications do you require to Bareboat Charter in Greece?

Due to an enforcement of regulations by the Port Police charterers must now have at least RYA Day Skipper level, or an ICC and adequate experience to handle the size of yacht chartered. Your first mate in charge must be a legally responsible adult i.e 18 years plus. At Sail Ionian we will be pleased to advise on the suitability of your qualifications and experience. If required we can provide training and stern to mooring practice, if you are newly qualified we can provide a skipper for one or two days to get the "Team working together". RYA day skipper courses are 5 days in duration. Any questions please email or call 0800 321 3800.  

Bareboat charters in Greece: Where Do we Sail?

The Ionian Sea is breathtaking with so many islands to explore, all within a few miles giving you plenty of options for stops in bays and small harbours. There is almost no tide and few navigational hazards inside the island chain. It is not an area that will easily frighten people and the sea is always flat! The islands include Cefalonia, Ithaca, Lefkas, Meganissi, Kastos, Kalamos and many more.

Our smaller yachts tend to stay in the South Ionian – which is easy to sail because it is sheltered. Larger yachts and people on a longer holiday may travel further afield exploring the North Ionian bays, harbours and anchorages. Wherever you go you’ll find delightful tavernas and welcoming people, along with delicious cuisine.


What Support does Sail Ionian offer Bareboat Charterers?

Sail Ionian is a specialist in bareboat charter in Greece none of our larger yachts have completed more than five seasons of charter, with NEW yachts being added each year. You can trust the quality and safety of our yachts. We also have 2 ribs for support, one of which is able to reach anywhere in the Southern Ionian in under and hour. We have a 24hr mobile that is monitored continually so that, should any help be required we can be there immediately.

We are a family run business that has 8 years experience in helping many families plan and enjoy their holidays. We help you plan the route of your bareboat charter, we also provide our own guide to the Southern Ionian with lots of destination ideas, and when you arrive, again we will assist you with your planning, getting to know the yacht and share with you some of our favorite spots.

Aside from my bareboat charter fee what other expenses do I have?

You will have to pay for fuel that you use at cost.  There are almost no mooring fees in the Southern Ionian. The yacht is full of water on your arrival but you may have to pay for a fill up as you travel round the Greek islands (no more than 6 euros). Transfers from the airport are normally chargeable at around €10 per person (2013). See these prices in detail for different yachts.

What do I need to bring with me?

You are going to be spending your bareboat sailing holiday in a warm climate, but you may find there is a chill at night or if you are sailing either late or early in the season. You will 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.  Don’t forget your bathing suit, shorts and warm weather clothing, a windbreaker or light sweater. The yachts will have some kind of electrical outlet for charging phone and cameras but hair dryers, irons etc use a lot of power and are best left at home. Once your holiday is booked we send a detailed guide with suggestions on what to bring, where to sail, what to expect etc which will hopefully answer any pending questions.

What size yacht should I choose for bareboat charter?

Please call us up to discuss this - 0800 321 3800. Di or Lesley will answer the phone and will be able to talk through the best options depending on your previous boating experience and crew. If you have no-one above Day Skipper Level on board we will probably suggest a yacht no bigger than a Bavaria 37 - the smaller the yacht, the easier it is to moor and sail!

Much is dependent on crew. For families with younger children with little yachting experience for example, a Bavaria 32 to 36 would be plenty large enough. For couples a Bavaria 30 to 33 is sufficient.

See all Sail Ionian yachts.