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book your hotel in athens and the rest  of greece Sailing or Chartering a Yacht need not be a mystery. Whether you are an accomplished sailor or have never sailed before, chartering a sail yacht is possible. In most cases chartering a sail yacht can be even More Economical than staying in a hotel !
Vacation on a sailing yacht is ?
Answer: No other vacation can be more interesting than sailing. In absolute touch with the sea, the sun and the wind, you have the chance to explore any place you like. It is you who chooses where, when, why, for how long and it is you again that can change plans anytime. Apart from flexible, sailing can be totally relaxing or adventurous and it is all up to you and your party.
Are Qualifications required ?
Answer: Bareboat charter regulation in Greece requires two sailing licenses/certificates. If in your country no such certificates are issued or used and therefore your crew is not in position to present them, then two members of your crew be required to fill-in an official declaration that are competent to undertake responsibility of the yacht as a skipper and CO-skipper. Demonstration of competence in offshore sailing must be of course proved to our base manager. In case handling of the yacht is obviously not very easy for you, we reserve the right to charge you and provide a local skipper.
What does the price of a bareboat charter include ?
Answer: Onboard you will find complete galley equipment gas burner stove, cooking utensils, cutlery, etc., but no provisions at all. Yacht charter fee includes all linen towels, sheets, pillows, pillows cases, blankets, yacht insurance charterer is liable up to security deposit, cooking gas, small outboard engine for the rubber dinghy and GPS. On most of our models autopilot is also included. Please check our standard inventory list for full details.
Damage responsibility/ Insurance/ Security deposit ?
Answer: All yachts are fully insured as professional charter yachts and the security deposit is to cover the boat's insurance deductible. It is an amount of money depending on the type of yacht that every charterer must impose to the base manager in case damages or loss to the yacht or her equipment are made during charter time. During embarkation and disembarkation time our staff will check the yacht and every single item with the same list. An additional technical briefing will be at your disposal right after you takeover the yacht. The deposit is refunded in full from our base manager upon the safe redelivery of the yacht and her equipment.
Are there any additional costs or hidden charges ?
Answer: NO charges are hidden. Charter price does not include fuel or water consumption, transfer from the airport to the base or vice versa, end-of-charter cleaning, port fees, or provisioning.
Which areas in Greece can we charter and for how long ?
Answer: Every sailing area in Greece is different from the other, and for this reason we offer you a wide range of departure bases. You can check the information we provide for each area. Usually the best duration for a charter is two weeks but should you have only one week or 10 days available we can help plan your itinerary in the best way.
When should we Embark and Disembark the Yacht ?
Answer: All traditional bareboaters prefer checking-in and checking-out on Saturdays, but we can guarantee equal high standard service any day of the week according to yacht planning availability. Bareboat charter contracts begin at 17:00 h. Should you be arriving earlier, Ocean Charter Club's staff makes every possible effort that every crew boards the yacht earlier. Most times delivery of the yacht takes place around 14:00 h, unless we need to take care of serious damages to the yacht caused during the previous charter. Bareboat charter contracts terminate at 09:00 h. We strongly recommend that the charterers are reaching the port the afternoon right before disembarkation date.
Should we hire a local captain/Skipper ?
Answer: Many charterers although they can easily handle the yacht, prefer hiring a local skipper all fluent in English and/or other languages. A local skipper releases the crew from worries such as yacht mooring and guarding, scheduling fuel and water, checking weather forecast, avoiding difficulties, minor repairs, etc. Of course they will share their knowledge about the best place to dine or to swim, the worth seeing sites, museums etc. In case you hire a skipper, you still have the obligation of the Security deposit . Skipper's food should be covered every day but it is not necessary you all eat together or cover other personal expenses he makes. Skipper is never a cook or Stewart/hostess at the same time. Deck-hand/ hostess are available at extra cost.
Do you provide technical support in case there is any a problem during charter ?
Answer: 24-Hours mobile telephone numbers are given to all our clients prior to embarkation. Technical assistance is available in all major islands or ports of the mainland. It is important we have your exact location and an informative describe of the problem. Ocean Charter Club offers a GUARANTEE of refunding the lost charter time in the unfortunate case of a failure normal wear and tear, sudden breakdowns, insufficient maintenance, etc..
Do you provide a service for provisioning the sail yacht ?
Answer: You can take care of your initial provisions either by yourselves or use our assistance. We can provide you a blank provisioning list before you come in Greece, which you can complete and mail back to us. This way, everything will be delivered to your yacht prior to your embarkation. Provisioning is extensively available on most islands at smaller grocery stores close to mooring places.
What about mobile phone Cell-Phone communication ?
Answer: GSM network system operates in Greece. Note there are certain small areas in the open sea where you have no cellular coverage. American mobile phones are of no us e in the Greek seas. A mobile phone on rent is something we can arrange for you.
What should we bring with us ?
Answer: Imagine that you will spend most of your vacation time, where it is only you the sea and the sun. Storage space onboard is limited, and hard suitcases often cause damages to the yacht's interior woods, so pack your clothes into soft bags. During daytime you will only be needing your bathing suit, T-shirts, sunglasses and sun protecting lotion. Bring beach towels with you because the existing towels on board are not designed for this purpose. A sweater and a jacket are required after sunset on most islands. Heavy weather gear is essential before April and after the end of October. What concerns papers, we will ask for your passport, charter contract and voucher issued by your agent.
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