These are the most popular questions – don’t mind asking for elaboration
1) Do I need a sailing license for bareboat charter
To charter a yacht in Greece, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and the destination requirements before booking.
2) What suitcase should I bring onboard
You should not over pack. Take only what is necessary, enough clothes and personal belongings. Make sure that your suitcase has soft shell as it will take up less space when emptied and there will be no damages on the yacht. And do not forget your swimsuit!
3) Is my credit card enough to spend my vacations in Greece
Cash is preferred at most establishments in Greece, including restaurants and hotels even though most businesses will accept also credit cards. There are plenty of ATMs on the islands to withdraw cash if needed.
4) Will I have internet access onboard
In all of our yachts we provide the option of renting a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with a variety of data packages available depending on your needs. However, most taverns and cafeterias will provide you with free Wi-Fi access.
5) What voltage supply will I have onboard
Our sailing yachts will have 230v power when connected to shore power in ports or everywhere if a diesel generator is equipped in the yacht that you rented. In any other case the yacht will have 12v power enough to use all the onboard equipment supplied by the service batteries of the yacht and the solar panels. A 12 volt power adapter or splitter would be very handy in this case.
6) What should I wear
Bring your most comfortable clothing.
T-shirts and shorts are great for daytime.
When sailing your shoes should be comfortable and equipped with anti-slippery soles. Heels and boots are not welcome on board as they are dangerous and can damage the deck and the interior of the yacht.
Bring a hat to protect your head and face from over-exposure to the sun.
Sun screen is essential, but please do not bring spray, since it tends to stain the boat’s fiberglass.
Bring your swimming clothes and a beach towel.
Attire for dining in tavernas and most island restaurants is comfortable and ‘vacation-casual.’
Pack some warm clothes and a jacket for Spring or Autumn nights.
When visiting some religious establishments, you may be required to dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees.
7) Are there any age restrictions
Sailing can sometimes become dangerous. We do not recommend having an infant or a small kid onboard. However if you do so, make sure that you will choose a calm sailing area like Ionian Islands or Saronic Gulf and you are always aware of the upcoming weather conditions. We provide the ability to add a safety railing net so that you have peace of mind. Also, please inform our staff beforehand so that a suitable kids’ vest will be provided.
8) What happens if I need assistance while sailing
Our personnel will always be available for you 24/7 via telephone to make sure that if a need arises the problem will be solved as soon as possible whether you have an emergency or just a small question.
9) Is it possible to get crew that speaks my own language
All of our crew speaks fluent English. However, if you inform us soon enough we will do our best to find crew that will speak your language, if that is possible.
10) Having trouble choosing the right destinations
We will be more than happy to help you compose the sailing vacations of your dreams. Just tell us your tastes and needs and we will provide you with all the possible itineraries that you can follow. If you have a skipper onboard, you will have the chance to visit all the best points of interest and the hidden places that only locals know about.
11) Can I hold the yacht until I decide
Let us know that you are interested for a specific yacht and ask for an “option”. We will hold the yacht for you for up to 5 days (depending on the period) so that you will have enough time to decide, find your crew or just finalize the details of your trip.
12) What happens if I want to cancel my booking
If you changed your mind, you have the possibility to cancel your booking.
However, cancellation fees may apply. For more information about our cancellation policy please visit our Terms and Conditions
13) Do I need insurance
Insurance is not obligatory but we strongly recommend that you get one so that you can enjoy worry free vacations. We encourage our clients to use Pantaenius Charter Insurance. For more information please contact our team.
14) Who is in charge when a captain is onboard
The professional skipper is in charge of the yacht and responsible for both yours and the yacht’s safety. The captain will always be on your service and his top priority will be to satisfy you and fulfill your requests, if the circumstances allow it.
15) Is it possible to have any special equipment or requirements
We provide a variety of the most commonly preferred equipment but we are willing to help you for any special occasion. Let us know about your special requirements and we will try to make it happen.
16) What kind of briefing will I do before setting sail
The check-in procedure is a standard procedure that all designated captains must do before setting sail, in the case of a bareboat charter.
Before you leave base you will have an overview of the cruising area, safety inspection on board and yacht familiarization briefing from our base team, including:
All of the safety equipment
Cooking and refrigeration systems
Heads and showers
Engine and other systems onboard
VHF radio and navigation instruments including GPS
Charts and pilot books
Sails, halyards, winches, reefing lines, rigging and controls