GETTING ON BOARD AND INTRODUCTION OF THE YACHT
After you arrive our crew will give You short instructions regarding the boat, with which you will be sailing with, namely: the use of an anchor, toilets, a dinghy (if there is one), the use of the sails ( if it is a sailing boat or catamaran), navigation, the use of the nautical chart. In case You have questions, our crew is ready to answer each one of them. You will be provided with all the necessary documents and emergency telephone numbers, in case problems arise during the voyage.
PAYMENT, DEPOSIT AND WHAT NOT TO FORGET?
Necessary documents: an international passport, an acknowledgement of the reservation that was made and a valid credit card, which will be needed for the deposit. All additional extra services, which have not been paid via banking, should be made in cash. All boats and catamarans are equipped with life jackets. Don’t forget to take warm clothing, hats, suntan lotions and food. Some countries do not have a requirement for the availability of a passport. We, however, advise You to carry your passport with you, especially if you are sailing from one country to another.
DO I NEED A CAPTAIN’S LICENSE?
if you are chartering a yacht without a captain, we will need a document, certifying Your competence. Please carry your captain’s license and your sailing autobiography with you. In some cases we may request from you to send us the certificate in advance. In most cases these documents should be translated into English.
WHAT IS A „BAREBOAT” CHARTER?
Those are yachts, which are offered for chartering without a skipper. The persons who charter them need adequate qualifications, because they are responsible for the navigation and the correct steering of the yacht. „Protravel Catamaran & Yacht Charters” offers sailing and motor yachts, and catamarans, most of which are also offered without a skipper. That is to say with the necessary knowledge and certificates, You can charter a boat that usually is at the price of a single vacation. We guarantee that you will experience a unique adventure aboard our yachts.
WHAT QUALIFICATION DO I NEED IN ORDER TO CHART A SAILING YACHT IN GREECE?
The Greek authorities require a minimum of one sailing license/certificate and one experienced member of the crew acting as a co-skipper. The ASA & RYA certificates are fully recognized. A declaration, regarding the experience in sailing could be required by the local authorities at some ports.
CHARTERING YACHTS WITH A SKIPPER?
Each of our yachts can be chartered with a skipper, the services of whom are additionally paid for in cash on-the-spot. This type of charters is suitable for people, who do not have the necessary experience, do not feel confident in their ability to steer the yacht by themselves or do not have the necessary qualification for that. On our larger catamarans as an additional extra service you can hire a hostess or a cook, who will be at Your service aboard the yacht.
WHAT TYPE OF YACHT IS SUITABLE FOR ME?
All this depends solely on You. The team of „Protravel Catamaran & Yacht Charters” is always ready to recommend to You the best possible option in regard to Your wishes and needs. Your vacation can be organized in accordance with the group, with which you will be, as well as with Your preferences. The type and size of the boat is determined depending on the number of people that you will be sailing with and on the number of cabins that will be necessary. Whatever your needs are, our team is ready to find the boat which is most suitable for You.
HOW CAN I BOOK A CHARTER?
You can begin the search for and booking of Your charter right now, while you are browsing our website. If you know what type of boat you are looking for, you can look at our models and send us a question. If you are not sure which boat beast suits Your needs, or you have additional questions, you can contact us, giving us information regarding the period, in which you wish to sail and how many people will be on board, and we will be happy to help You.
After you make your choice which boat or catamaran you wish to charter, we will temporarily reserve her for the dates that you have specified. This reservation guarantees the availability of the model until You take a final decision. In order to confirm the booking, you should remit to us 50% of the value of the yacht (up to 7 days after a confirmation and reservation of the yacht) and to sign the charter agreement (which we will send to You after you confirm the booking). The remaining 50% must be remitted up to no later than 45 days before the charter. More particulars regarding the charter, as well as a possible withdrawal from it, you can find in the full description of “terms of chartering a yacht”, available on our web page.
WHO DETERMINES THE ROUTE?
This is the beauty of chartering a yacht. When you charter a yacht without a skipper, You determine your route yourselves. Of course we are at your disposal in order to provide You with suggestions, based on Your preferences and always provide a short briefing for all „bareboat” yachts before the departure from the harbor.
In case you charter a yacht with a skipper: the captain will sit down with You and you will determine the route together on the basis of Your wishes and preferences – or you can leave yourself in the hands of our skilled captains, who love to show our guests the most beautiful spots in the Greek islands, of which only the locals are aware. If time permits, Your route can change at all times, according to whether you like to spend more or less time at a particular place.
WHAT ARE THE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS IN GREECE?
The climate in Greece is characteristically Mediterranean: mild and wet winter, relatively hot and dry summer, in general, long periods of sunshine for the better part of the year.
The warmest period in Greece is during the months June, July and August, when the average maximum temperature is between 29.0 and 35.0 degrees Celsius. During the warmest period, along with the high temperatures, a sea breeze is felt in the coastal regions of the country, as well as the northern winds, known as ”Meltemi”, which are most often mainly felt in the Aegean sea.
SHOULD ONE TIP THE SKIPPER AND WHAT SHOULD THE TIP BE?
Tipping is always at the choice of the person who charters, depending on whether he/she is satisfied with the skipper’s services and has received what he/she wanted. The amount is determined only by you and there is no rule, indicating a certain percent that you should leave as a tip.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO THE YACHTS HAVE?
All our yachts are furnished with navigational equipment – GPS, autopilot, radar, AIS; the catamarans and the larger sailing yachts have a dinghy and an outboard motor. Aboard our boats there is everything necessary for Your voyage to be unforgettable. Some of our yachts have generators and air-conditioners. On our website, separately for each model, there is a list of the equipment, which pertain s to the respective boat.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN SAIL TOGETHER ON A YACHT-CHARTER?
We have at our disposal sailboats, which have 2 cabins, maximum 4 persons aboard, and ones that provide accommodation for 10 and/or 12 persons.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF A CHARTER?
Depending on the yacht/catamaran model, there are various periods forr their chartering. In most cases they are chartered from Saturday to Saturday – 7 days. But we also have yachts at our disposal, which are being chartered for a smaller number of days, depending on Your requirements and preferences. For more information you can contact us at any time.
WHY SHOULD I MAKE A RESERVATION WITH „PROTRAVEL CATAMARAN & YACHT CHARTERS?
The choice of the right yacht and crew is of particular importance regarding whether you will get the best charter vacation for You and Your friends or family. By using a charter broker, who is familiar with the boats that he offers, You will receive in absolute detail all the options and explanations You will need. You will be informed of the condition of the boat and will receive what you wanted.
When you make a reservation with “Protravel Catamaran & Yacht Charters”, the price of the charter will be absolutely the same as if you are to directly contact the owner of the yacht or catamaran, but with us you will be much calmer, namely:
- Our information is up-to-date, precise and unbiased;
- You have full protection for Your deposit and the confidence that the price will be remitted to the owner’s account and the yacht will be reserved for you;
- We will always be at your disposal in order to help You and advise You of the best opportunities. And if you are not familiar with chartering, we will provide You with all the information that you will need in order for your voyage to be unforgettable. We can also offer to You additional tourism products and services, which will be useful to You during the charter.
- We are offering to You constant support and preliminary preparation for Your charter and vacation;
- In case for some reason the yacht has a problem and is not capable of participating in Your charter, we will, as soon as possible, find the solution that is best for You by finding a yacht of the class that you have paid for, or by reimbursing all sums, paid by You up to that moment.
- With “Protravel Catamaran & Yacht Charters” You can be sure that the vacation of Your dreams will become a reality.
DO I NEED AN INSURANCE?
„Protravel Catamaran & Yacht Charters” advises You to take out personal lines insurances on every person who will be aboard the yacht or catamaran.
Our company is ready to offer insurance cover to You. We hope Your voyage to be tranquil and problem-free, but we would like to remind You that situations can arise, over which you have no control, and such an insurance can be very helpful to You. For more information, we are at your disposal.
The yacht is given with full fuel and water tanks and we would advise You to return it in the same condition. Otherwise the corresponding sum will be withheld from the deposit, which you have left when You got on board. During the charter, it is good to top up the tanks, because on some smaller islands you would not be able to do so.
You can bring provisions on board. There are supermarkets close to the ports, where you can shop. When on board you will receive a set of clean bedding sheets and bathrobes. In case of a need or wish for that, you can use laundries, which are available on all the larger islands and in all the larger towns.