Yacht Charter Greece

Yacht Charter Greece

This guide covers all the issues related to sailing holidays in Greece and answers any yacht charter Greece questions you may have.

Yacht charter Greece

Life on board is a unique experience as you come into direct contact with the elements of nature and its animals.

dolphins

One of the greatest pleasures of spending time at sea is meeting dolphins, sea turtles, seagulls resting along the course of your boat.

Chartering a boat with your friends or family (either through the owner or a broker) is perhaps the best way to enjoy yacht charter Greece.

 

1. SAILBOAT OR MOTORBOAT?

This is the crucial first question to answer when planning a sailing vacation.

The overwhelming majority of chartering relates to sailing boats, for the following reasons:

SAILBOATS

• Sailboats are much safer than any other type of watercraft because of their low center of gravity.
• The rental price is lower.
Fuel costs an insignificant amount (sailing boats travel mainly with the wind).
Cruising is more fun when the engine switches off, and the only thing you hear is the sound of the flapping water!

sailboat vs motorboat

MOTORBOATS

• They are much faster, so they cover long distances efficiently.
• The cost of cruising is much more expensive.
• The rental price is higher due to the need for a crew.

 

2. MONOHULL vs CATAMARAN?

monohull vs catamaran

 

 

MONOHULLS

They outperform fare preferences (58% of total reservations) because they offer a more effective way of sailing and are cheaper to rent and dock.

Average monohull charter price = 480 € / day

 

 

CATAMARANS

Sailing on a catamaran (42% of total reservations), is preferred for the luxury feel, and comfortable spaces (main salon, galley, and cockpit) where you move comfortably and safely even when the water is choppy. Also, the cats are maneuvered with incredible ease in confined spaces

Sailing on a catamaran charter price = 920 € / day (average)

Here's an article you can read before making your final decision in choosing a monohull vs catamaran.

 

 

3. SAILOR'S PROFILE

Chartering a boat is perfect for groups that love the sea, traveling, and sports.
The most important rule of success on a sailing vacation is COHERENCE among people in the company.

yacht charter sailor's profile

Crew members will be sharing the same space for a few days, so they need to agree on everything (choice of destinations, food, activities, fun, etc.).

From our data, the profiles of the groups on a sailing vacation are (on average) the following:

  • Groups of 6 friends, on average, 28 years old.
    At 38%, these groups opt for holidays in the Aegean and, in particular, the Cyclades islands.
  • Couples that are on average age 36 years.
  • Families, on average, two couples, accompanying 2 to 3 children.
    Their preferred destinations are 51% the Ionian sea and 33% the Saronic Gulf, where the waters are quieter.
  • Large groups of people choosing "flotilla" vacations.

 

What is a flotilla

When the group is large enough, members rent a number of boats (5 or 6 people on each boat) and travel together like a small fleet.
On the flotillas, one of the team boats leads the rest in terms of route planning, weather monitoring, etc. and other safety issues.
This way, the primary concern of the crews of the other boats is only fun!

Flotilla yacht charter

 

4. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CHARTER A YACHT IN GREECE?

The sailing world has been identified as luxurious and upscale, although this is only a misunderstanding.

Everyone can enjoy a weekly sailing vacation without breaking the bank.

Let's see how much boats cost, starting with the:

 

FACTORS THAT SHAPE RENTAL RATES

1. TYPE OF BOAT

Renting a catamaran will cost more.
The average daily cost in CAT is 920 € / day, while in Monohull, it is about half: 480 € / day.

charter price by type of yacht

 

Let's look at two examples, renting a monohull and a catamaran, in the form of "bareboat charter":

 

MONOHULL: CAPACITY and COST example

Monohull Capacity & Charge per person

 

  • 6-PERSON HOLIDAYS
  • 5-YEAR OLD MONOHULL
  • JULY ("B" Period)

Renting a Beneteau Oceanis 38 (for six people), the last week of July, costs € 2,400 / week and corresponds to € 400 per person, per week.

 

CATAMARAN : CAPACITY and COST example

Catamaran capacity & cost per person

 

  • 8-PERSON HOLIDAYS
  • 5-YEAR OLD CATAMARAN
  • JULY ("B" Period):

Renting a BALI 41 (for eight people), costs € 6250 / week, and corresponds to € 781 per person, per week.

 

2. BOAT LENGHT

The price of renting larger boats is higher.
Larger boats have more cabins, more toilets and accommodate more people.

Charter prices by boat length

 

 

3. YEAR OF YACHT

The price of yachts generally drops the older they get.

 

4. RENTAL SEASON

The fare per boat is always lower during PERIOD "D" (before 27 Apr & after 26 Oct) and almost doubles during PERIOD "A" (27 Jul - 17 Aug)

Benneteau Oceanis 38 charter price

 

5. EXTRA

Naturally, the need for extra services raises the cost of the boat.
For example, almost all sailing boats are rented without a crew (bareboat).

 

• Do you need a license to drive a boat?

Yes, you do!
If your group does not include two licensed sailors, you will need the support of a professional skipper on a boat, and the cost will increase by € 150 per day.

The services of a skipper on a boat will increase the above amount by approximately € 170 per person.

 

• Sailing Cost-Effectively, Vacation Tip:

• We form a group of 6 people, 2 of whom are licensed to operate a sailing boat ("bareboat" type of rental).
• We choose a monohull boat, at least five years old.
• We avoid renting during the high season when demand rises and prices double.

 

4a.Yacht charter HOT DEALS

Yacht charter offers

But you can bring the cost of your sailing vacations even lower, as long as you keep an eye out for deals and offers.
Such cases where boat rental prices dip are the following:

One Way offers: This is the combination of a holiday with a boat transfer to a destination.
For example, you take the boat to Lefkada Greece and deliver it to Corfu 1 week later.

Last minute: You can take advantage of the chartering of boats just canceled by others.

If you want to be the first to know about Hot Deals, you can register your email in our mailing list (see in the right side of this page).

 

5. BEST OF GREECE ISLANDS TO SAIL

Greek islands

The fantastic thing about the Greek islands is that each has its character and is unlike any other.

Surely you heard about Odysseus' journey to Ithaca at school or seen the Venus of Milos at the Louvre Museum.

Perhaps you have heard the famous Zorbas song and maybe "visited" Kephalonia through the movie "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" or Skiathos with "Mama mia movie"

Indeed the names Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Milos are not unknown to you, are they?

We have prepared a brief presentation of the leading Greek destinations for you to help you choose the one that suits you best.

 

Ionian Sea

Ionian Islands map

Zakynthos, Ionian sea

 

We are talking about the sea the engulfs the west of Greece, which has the following characteristics:

  • Turquoise waters and small green islets, coated with shrubby vegetation.
  • Easy sailing due to the mild winds.
  • Architecture, Music, and Cuisine: Italian influences

 

Lefkada Ionian Sea

 

Find out more on the Ionian sea page.
Forward your questions about Ionian yacht charter, at KAVAS YACHTING, Lefkada Base.

 

Saronic Gulf (Athens)

Saronic gulf map

 

The Saronic Gulf is practically Athen’s maritime haven.

 

Agistri Sarosnic

Characteristics:

  • Blue-green waters and islets coated with pines.
  • Easy sailing due to the mild winds.

Find out more on the Saronic Islands page.

Ask information about Saronic yacht charter, at KAVAS YACHTING Alimos Base (Headquarters).

 

Cyclades islands (Central Aegean sea)

Cyclades islands map

 

One of the most popular destinations in the world, islands that can satisfy all kinds of visitors at the same time:

  • Luxury,
  • Tranquility,
  • Water sports,
  • History,
  • Taste,
  • Relaxation,
  • Culture and even a
  • Vibrant nightlife.

 

Santorini, Cyclades

 

The risky meltemi wind will pressure sailors in this area.

If you are the captain, think twice before booking a Cyclades islands boat.

Many find it difficult to reach a harbor with winds of 5 Bft without damage.

 

Kythnos, Cyclades

 

Information on the Cyclades Islands can be found on the Cyclades islands page.

Cyclades islands Features:

  • Deep blue waters and rocky islets, not mainly green and sometimes barren.
  • Sailing here requires relevant experience and skills due to the strong winds (Meltemi wind) that blow daily, only during the summer months.
  • From the architectural point of view, the Cycladic settlements consist of cubic white buildings and windows in all shades of blue.

 

Paros, Cyclades

After all, who has not caught a glimpse of the pictures of Santorini with the domes of the churches rising above the blue Aegean waters?

If you are interested in booking a boat in the Cyclades islands area, contact KAVAS YACHTING Alimos Base (Headquarters).

 

Dodecanese islands (SE Aegean sea)

Dodekanese islands map

 

Beautiful islands with a rich history, medieval castles, and Eastern flavors.

 

Kos, Dodecanese

 

Rhodes island, the island of the Knights, Patmos where John wrote the Apocalypse, Kos home of Hippocrates and many more less familiar consist this group of islands.

You can find information on our Dodecanese page.

Characteristics:

  • Deep blue waters and islets, perfectly suitable for quiet vacations.
  • Sailing here, southeast of the Cyclades requires experience, as we mentioned earlier, because of Meltemi winds.

If you are interested in booking a boat in this area, contact KAVAS YACHTING, Kos Base.

 

6. BERTHING FEES & FACILITIES

What is the cost of docking in the Greek ports?

Fortunately, mooring usually costs a symbolic amount, and in many cases, it is entirely free, depending on the facilities and services offered at each port.

 

Ports

In general, most Greek ports are accessible at no cost, and if you are asked to pay (Stern-to mooring), it will be around 2.5 € per day (indicative price, for 40ft vessels).

Greek ports facilities

An important detail is that, as a rule, in front of the docked boats, there are usually cafes and restaurants that offer coffee, food, and, most importantly, have free WiFi and a WC.

Mooring, Messologhi

 

In case there is a port charge for an overnight stay, the amount will depend on:

- The size (length) of the boat. Try to avoid side mooring because (although not always) the cost increases by 25%.
- The boat category: Charge for catamarans is a bit higher because they take up more space.

 

Boat's Supplies

Water / Power: If there is infrastructure at the port, by purchasing a card, you will be supplied with water (10 € / m³), and electricity (0.65 € / Kwh).

If there is no infrastructure, you will need to get your water from a tank (usually 5 € per fill).

 

Marinas

Although Greek marinas are very few, they are among the best in the Mediterranean.

There you can find:

  • Super Market,
  • Restaurant,
  • Playground
  • Cafe
  • Shower, WC
  • Electricity (onboard), and
  • Car Parking (in case you rent a car).

 

Kos marina, Dodecanese

For those of you who make comfort a priority, the overnight cost is around EUR 50 per day.

 

Anchorages

Anchorage, Hydra, Saronic

It is quite a powerful experience, spending the night in a windless bay and dining under the stars with the music you love.

A morning swim in the turquoise waters will help you enjoy your breakfast and start another beautiful day.

The Greek islands are many, and the ideal places to anchor are even more!

If you find the perfect place and decide to stay for a swim or spend the night, choose to anchor around other nearby boats.

 

7. FUEL COSTS

How much fuel will a sailboat need for our vacation?

The answer is, not a lot.

See in the example below, three different holiday scenarios with a 40ft boat, using 100% engine power, without the use of sails!

Sailing itinerary fuel cost per person

Starting your holiday, you'll get the fuel tank full and you will need to deliver the tank full as well upon return.

The same obligation does not apply for water: you'll get the water tank full, but you do not have to deliver it full.

Note: It goes without saying that the bigger the boat, the bigger the consumption.

 

8. GREEK CUISINE

During your holidays in the Greek Islands, you will have the opportunity to try the so-called Mediterranean diet (unless you cook on board daily).

The mediterranean diet consists of the following:

  • 100% pure olive oil in salads and for cooking.
  • Fresh fish (not fried), lean meat, and dairy products.
  • Fruits, vegetables and some red wine.

This diet is appears to be healthy and contribute to longevity.

Pastiche, greek dishes

For those who want a taste of the place they visit, let us recommend a few Greek dishes:

  • Greek salad (easily prepared onboard).
  • Stuffed vegetables (gemista), moussaka, pastiche, or roasted sardine (which will taste better at a tavern).

 

9. ENTERTAINMENT

Swimming, sunbathing, eating, reading, and relaxing in the Greek seas sounds amazing.
But how do you spend the rest of the day in the Greek islands?

Here are some ideas ...

 

• Explore the city

island's cities

Explore the island's city by strolling through the narrow cobblestone streets next to the flowered courtyards.
If your alley leads to a square, sit down and order coffee and a sweet, or seafood and a glass of ouzo.


Enough rest? Browse around the tourist shops and discover the local products.
If you get lost, seek help from anyone passing. Almost all Greeks speak English.

 

• Ancient Greek Theater

Cultural sailing

Every summer, at the Greek Ancient Theaters, the works of the famous Sophocles, Aristotle, Aeschylus, etc. are revived.

 

• Open Air cinema

You will find one or more summer cinemas on almost every Greek island.

Open air cinema, Greece

As a rule, we do not compile films into the local language, so you will not have trouble watching them.

The screening of the film begins at 9 pm when the darkness has fallen.

It’s a good idea to dine a little earlier, watch the movie and then go out for a drink.

 

• Visits to Winery

Winery visit

It would be quite an experience to visit one of the many Greek Wineries scattered on our islands as small production units.

The wineries usually offer local cheeses and cold cuts at tastings.

 

• Nightlife

Pubs and clubs where you can have a drink, dance, and enjoy the night can be found all over the islands.
Note also that in recent years, domestic breweries with exciting quality flavors have been developed around the Greek islands.

• Festivals

Greek islands festivals

Feasts and festivals are typical of the Greek summer.

The character of these events can be either cultural or religious.

Greek festivals

If your visit coincides with such an event, you are likely to see locals perform traditional dances  in costumes, taste local delicacies and wine, or catch a concert by a famous Greek artist, among other surprises.

 

10. WHAT TO WEAR FOR SAILING

You should bring with you the essentials.

  • Clothes: Because you will spend most of your time on the boat wearing a swimsuit, do not bring many clothes.
    The average temperature of the Greek summer is 29° C and the evening temperature is 22° C.
  • Shoes: 1 pair for walking around the deck, and 1 pair of sandals or flip flops.
  • Gadgets: mobile, cables/charger, power bank, toiletries.
  • Sunglasses and hats.
  • Any medicines: Everything you use in your daily life.
    It’s a good idea to include some nausea medication in case you or any of your friends get dizzy.

 

11. BEST YACHT CHARTER COMPANIES IN GREECE?

Kavas started his yacht charter business in 1985 and has since grown his fleet to 56 monohulls and luxury catamarans out of three bases, the following:

This is an actual family business with the second generation Kavas' family now running the day to day business of the Greek charter company.

Unlike many charter companies, our boats are wholly owned by the family, and you can be assured of the high quality and maintenance of the vessels at our bases on the Saronic Gulf, Aegean and Ionian seas.

Do drop by our website and Facebook page to see our insane special offers - book early as they get snapped up very quickly!

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