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Bareboat Charters

Bareboat yacht charters or Assisted Bareboat yacht charters are the most popular choices for families or groups of friends.

A bareboat yacht charter is an arrangement for the hiring of a boat without the assistance of a skipper or other sail ionian crew. The people who hire the boat are responsible for the yacht, and should be suitably skilled and experienced to handle the size and type of yacht selected to ensure you have the best trip possible!

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.

What Qualifications Do I need to Have to Charter a Bareboat?

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 too mooring practice, if you are newly qualified we can provide a skipper for one or two days to get the "Team working together". Any questions please email or call 0800 321 3800.  

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 are the benefits of choosing bareboat charters with Sail Ionian in Greece?

We believe we have the best maintained and equipped bareboat yacht charters in the Ionian. If you are a sailing enthusiast but can't afford to own your own yacht then bareboat charters give you the best of both worlds- the ability to sail the beautiful Ionian islands without the added costs or worry of engineering and maintenence. Upon your arrival at our base we will do a brief handover you'll be on your way! You also have complete control over your bareboat charter route around the Ionian Islands. Most of our clients sail between Corfu and Zakinthos in the South. Because of our vast experience in setting up bareboat yacht charters in Greece we are pleased to offer advice by email on places to visit.  We will suggest route plans and share with you our favourite spots!

What Yacht is Right for Me?

Our larger yachts sail the whole of the Ionian as they can cover greater distances whilst the smaller yachts are ideal for use in the South Ionian. All of our yachts are teak decked and come fully equipped. They even include a welcome pack consisting of fruit, beer, bread, wine, cheese! Click here to go to our yachts page where you can see exact information and even a virtual tour!

Would you like to know about bareboat charters in more detail? Contact, call 0800 321 3800 or click here to view our frequently asked questions.

For more information on bareboat charter please call 0800 321 3800 or contact


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