What qualifications do I need to charter a bareboat sailing yacht in Greece?

To charter a sailing yacht in Greece it is necessary for one crewmember (skipper) to have sailing certificates proving his competence. In any case, one certificate/license or competence resume should be available. ICC certificates for bareboat skipper or superior, ASA 104 or superior, RYA bareboat skipper certificates at the indicated level are all sufficent for bare boat charters in Greece. Other local certificates similar to the above are also acceptable. The sailing certificates can be also issued by a yachting authority such as sailing clubs, sailing schools, yachting/sailing associations, established charter companies, etc. under the condition that a sailing resume showing an adequate sailing experience will also be provided by the skipper of the charter. The co-skipper's -little- sailing experience can be declared on a simple declaration form signed on the spot during embarkation time.

What qualifications do I need to charter a bareboat motor yacht in Greece?

For bareboat motor yachts, qualified crew-members (skipper and maybe co-skipper) must present a license for motor yachts. In this case self-declaration forms are not acceptable.

Do I need to hire a professional skipper?

Icarus Sailing is in the position to select, recommend and hire on your behalf a professional skipper for as many days as you wish. Even if you are an experienced sailor, you may still require the services of a professional local skipper to make your cruise more relaxing and benefit from the skippers' local knowledge. There is a daily fee set at 140 Euro per day for the professional skipper regardless of the number of people on board. Please remember that the professional skipper needs in most cases to be provided with his own cabin, as he is obliged to sleep on board and take care of the safety of the yacht, regardless of charterer's presence.

Which days of the week can I begin and end my charter?

Weekly charters usually begin and end on Saturdays for multiples of seven days. We will try to accommodate your wishes for different days of the week and uneven periods of time, such as a ten or twelve-day charter. Weekdays departures are often scheduled for the Ionian area due to midweek flights coming from Central Europe. Please inform us accordingly, should you already know you will arrive in Greece on days other than Saturday.

What is the charters' schedule?

All charters begin at 17:00 on the day of departure and typically end at 09:00 on the day of arrival. However, you will be required to return to base on the last evening of your charter since this time is necessary between charters to ensure that yachts are always delivered to the next charter in perfect working order.

What does the charter fee include?

Yacht prices are in EURO per yacht, per week, depending on time of the year, regardless of the number of people aboard (subject to the maximum number of berths). Charter fees include the rental cost of the yacht, final cleaning, dock fees of the first and last day of charter, insurance and VAT (all taxes).

Are there any additional charges?

The following additional charges apply: • Damage deposit - Refundable Security Deposit
• Fuel - The yacht should be delivered topped up with fuel.
• Port or Marina fees - This is a daily-base fee, which applies to almost all ports in Greece with varied costs. The port fees of the first and the last day of the charter are included into the yacht charter price when you rent a yacht with Icarus Sailing in Greece.
• Optionals - Any optional extras that you might have specifically requested such as spinnaker, windsurf etc.
• Food/drinks/air-land transportation on client's choice

Should I have travel insurance?

In your own interest, you are strongly advised to buy suitable travel insurance before leaving home, including cancellation insurance -where available- to protect your booking deposit.

What is the security deposit?

Each Icarus Sailing vessel is comprehensively insured, including third party cover, beyond a deductible excess figure. This amount is published in the price list for every yacht in the fleet, under Refundable Security Deposit. The Refundable Security Deposit is held against the yacht's insurance excess and if there is no damage or loss to the yacht or her equipment, this figure is returned to you. Exception: for any loss or damage caused by gross negligence or wanton or willful misuse by the charterer or by any of his party, to a value in excess of the Security Deposit amount, the charterer will be held liable for the total amount of loss or damage. Normally, Icarus Sailing will refund the Security Deposit immediately at the end of the charter. However, if any damage and/or loss are extensive, the deposit or appropriate proportion will be returned, if applicable, as soon as possible after full assessment of rectifying such damage or loss has been made. The Refundable Security Deposit covers: Loss of or damage to the yacht or its tender or to third parties. Loss of or damage to the equipment listed in the inventory and given to the charterer at check-in. Costs incurred if the yacht is returned in an extremely dirty condition. Cost of returning the yacht to the prearranged harbor if the charterer fails to do so by the scheduled date and time. Cost of refueling if the boat is returned without refilled tanks. The payment of the Refundable Security Deposit is designed to cover only one incident of a substantial nature at any one time, viz.: in case of loss or damage to equipment of significant value such as outboard engine or dinghy, the charterer will have the right to a replacement whilst on charter, provided that the charterer pays a new Refundable Security Deposit immediately upon receipt of replacement or repair. The Refundable Security Deposit is payable at the yacht's base before embarkation usually on a credit card Visa or MasterCard.

What should I bring with me?

Every yacht of the Icarus Sailing fleet is fully equipped for charter. Apart from provisioning, stowing your personal possessions, you could step aboard and leave the dock without a further thought. You should bring your own beach towels, sun tan lotion, sun hat and so on, but that's about it!

What should I do in case I want to cancel my charter?

Icarus Sailing calculates cancellation fees based on the period of time between the date of cancellation and the departure date as follows: a) For bookings cancelled 99 days or more before departure then 3% (dossier's expenses) are retained b) For bookings cancelled 98-60 days before departure then 30% of the yacht fees are retained c) For bookings cancelled 59-30 days before departure then 50% of the yacht fees are retained. d) For bookings cancelled 29-0 days before departure then 100% of the yacht fees are retained. Icarus Sailing will return the cancellation fee, less 3%, if the cancelled yacht is rechartered for the same period under the same conditions.

Do you provide boat briefings?

The charterer and his or her party will be given general briefing covering the local cruising grounds. Questions about navigation, anchorages, prevailing conditions, or any part of the desired itinerary can be answered. A more specific boat briefing aboard the yacht will then be given, covering all the operating systems, including rigging, electrical system, water system, windlass, stove, dinghy, outboard and emergency systems. The same detailed list of the entire inventory of the yacht will be the basis of delivery and redelivery of the boat. Charterers should pay special attention to this procedure and make sure they have examined and possess all parts of the yacht and handling manner of the entire equipment. Signing of the "acceptance statement" or hand-over form justifies the formal, actual and absolute acceptance of the vessel by the charterer.

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