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How to charter

PLANNING

CHOOSING THE YACHT

In this site, you will find a selection, ranging from the largest, most luxurious and modern super yachts to the smaller more modestly priced sailing boats, but all of them, top quality in their category.

Each yacht is described briefly with basic specifications and sample photos. If you need more information on the vessels listed in here, we can send you detailed e- brochures of each. Should you not see the exact yacht you require in our site, let us know and we can suggest alternatives that might suit better your requirements.

Once we know your preference for the size, type of yacht and style of travelling, we can help you choose the right one with the right crew for you.

 

BOOKING THE YACHT

Once you have chosen the yacht for your cruise, we will draw up an M.O.A. (Memorandum Of Agreement) and send it to you for signature. At this point, 50% of the charter fee should be sent as deposit to secure your reservation. Your copy of the agreement, fully countersigned, will be returned to you on embarkation.

The balance of the charter fee, together with an advance towards provisioning of the yacht (A.P.A.) as well as any other agreed charges, will be due for payment two weeks before embarkation.


CHARTER TERMS AND CONDITIONS​​​

Yachts charter on clearly defined terms. For yachts registered under the Greek flag the following apply:
“The charter rate includes the hire and insurance of the yacht, a fully qualified crew, fed and insured, water and ship’s laundry. Excluded are fuel for the yacht, tender and toys, all food and drinks, communication costs and personal laundry. Also excluded is V.A.T.”
When cruising outside Greek waters, you will be charged berthing dues and other harbor charges, including straight canal and pilotage fees and charges for water and/or electricity taken from shore, foreign agent’s fees, charges for passport formalities and local taxes. If you decide to charter a yacht that is registered under another flag, we will advise you of the applicable terms.


ADVANCE PROVISIONING ALLOWANCE (APA)

This is meant to cover all expenses excluded from the charter rate under Greek Terms (fuel for the yacht, the tenders and toys, food and drinks, laundry and communication costs, Corinth Canal dues if applicable). The costs of any special equipment placed on board at the request of the charterer, airport transfers and car rental when required. The amount can vary depending upon the sort of yacht and the type of itinerary chosen and the choice of provisioning requested by the charterer, the number of passengers and days of travel. In general it will fall somewhere between 15%-30% of the charter fee.

The APA is sent to the Captain, in cash, in order to prepare the yacht for your arrival. All costs incurred by the yacht which are accountable to the charter will be deducted during the cruise and full accounts produced at the end. Occasionally the APA is not sufficient and the Captain will keep you advised if further funds are required.

At the end of the charter, the final account will determine if a refund or any further payments are due. Please note that yachts are only able to accept payments in cash, or, in some instances Traveller Cheques.

 

REPOSITIONING CHARGES

If you require your yacht to relocate to a port of embarkation or disembarkation away from its home port, mobilization and/or remobilization fees will be charged based on the time incurred and the fuel consumed.

 

V.A.T.

In accordance with the European Union Directive of January 1st 1993, yacht charter prices will be subject to varying tax rates depending on the EU country or countries you visit with your yacht. In Greece at this moment V.A.T ranges between 4-8% of the charter fee, depending on the distance traveled.

 

GRATUITIES

It is customary, if you are pleased with the service on board, to leave a gratuity for the crew. The amount is left to your discretion a figure within the range of 5-15% of the charter fee is usual.

 

INSURANCE

We advise all charterers to consider cancellation and curtailment insurance which is available for approximately 1% of the charter rate.
You may also consider Personal Accident or Medical Insurance plus Personal Effects Insurance which is not included in the Charter Fee.

CRUISING


PREPARING YOUR BOAT​

In anticipation of your cruise, we will be mailing some forms, requesting information about you and your guests, such as: special equipment you wish to have on board, flight details, any celebrations you need to arrange while cruising (birthdays, anniversaries etc) and, of course, your food and drinks requirements. We should have these forms filled and returned to our office at least a month before your departure, in order to prepare the yacht according to your wishes.


ITINERARY

We will be happy to help you plan your itinerary and to advise you of what can be sensibly achieved in the time available, along with the best places to visit, the best anchorages, etc. we recommend that itineraries be kept as flexible as possible as they are subject to various factors such as weather conditions or your own changes of heart. Any preplanned itinerary, with the exception of the Port of Redelivery, may be altered in consultation with the Captain; if there are legal restrictions which prevent the Captain from complying with your request, he will generally be able to explain these to you but if you need clarification on any point in question, please call our office. The Captain’s decision is final relating to any matter regarding the safety of the yacht or those on board.


CLOTHES

Life on board can be as formal or as relaxed you wish. The hot weather, however, makes light clothes essential. Bathing suits, T-shirts, shorts is what you will probably be wearing most of the time. For more formal dining or evenings out, casual chic clothes is all you need and a light jacket for evenings on deck.


DINING

Meals can be taken when and where you choose on board. You may wish to eat on board at all times or you may sometimes want to sample local specialties on shore. Alternatively when anchored in a quiet bay, your crew may prepare a barbeque on the beach. The choice is yours.

 

WATER SPORTS

There is a variety of toys aboard the yachts. The crew will be happy to teach you how to use them and help you play with them safely. Tenders, however, should only be used in the presence of the crew.


CLOTHES

Life on board can be as formal or as relaxed as you wish. The hot weather however, makes light clothes essential. Bathing suits, T-shirts and shorts is what you will probably be wearing most of the time. For more formal dining or evenings out, casual, chic clothes is all you need and a light jacket for evenings on deck.


LUGGAGE

No matter how large a yacht you may have chartered, space is always at a premium and hard suitcases are a storage problem. Soft, foldable luggage is preferable as it can easily be tucked away.


SHOES

Shoes are not worn on board. If you must wear shoes all the time, reserve a pair of deck shoes for the exclusive use on the boat. For your visits ashore you will need flat, strong and comfortable shoes for walking around or exploring rough landscapes.


SUN​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Sun is twice as strong on the water as on land, so high protection sun lotions and sunglasses are a must.


COMMUNICATIONS

If you have a GSM mobile telephone (European integrated system for worldwide communications) you may find it useful to bring it with you. If you do not, it is possible to rent one for the length of your stay. Just let us know in advance, so we can have it ready for your arrival.

SMOKING​

For safety and health reasons, smoking is not permitted inside most of the yachts. Please check with us for individual restrictions.

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