How to Charter a Sailboat

Sailing with us is easy. Choose your crew, dates, and yacht and we will guide you through the rest.

1. Reserving

Use our easy reservation system to choose the dates that suit you. It automatically offers the yachts available based on your dates and number of passengers (including the skipper). You receive an email to acknowledge your request and start the charter process. Charters are for 1 week minimum, check-in on a Saturday and check-out on a Saturday. Choose 1, 2 or 3 weeks charter.

 

Charters are 1 week minimum, Saturday to Saturday. See our charter conditions for details. Sailing with kids: Advise us lifejacket sizes needed.

You are already booked, and have questions! Find out all about our base, provisioning and more by clicking herewhat to pack, and fun equipment available. Finally, if you want to plan an itinerary, see our suggested sailing routes.

2. Payment

Upon confirmation of your booking, we request a deposit of 50% of the total charter fee.  The balance of the total charter fee is requested 40 days prior to yacht embarkation. For bookings within 60 days of departure full payments should be completed.  Please note that all payments are accepted via bank transfer. Refer to our cancellation policy for any changes in your plans.

 

3. Documents

We keep your party safe and our yachts in correct order with a few important details. Once your booking has been confirmed and the payment is settled, you are provided with a charter code to be used as reference for your unique sailing trip. We guide you through filling in a few necessary documents, namely:

Charter

Charter’s full name, passport number and contact details

Certificates

Copies of the skipper’s and co-skipper certificates/licenses for those who wish to charter bareboat yachts.

Crew List

All required data for every person onboard. A form will be provided.

Charter Party

Your signature on the charter party document with relevant terms and conditions. We will send you a signed copy from our end prior to your arrival.

 

4. Arrival Arrangements

Prior to travelling, see our tips on what to pack. To ensure a smooth arrival, we secure from you the following:

  • Flight numbers if applicable.

  • Estimated time of arrival to sailing departure base. A transfer service is available at competitive rates.

  • Final crew list (including passport numbers and emergency phone numbers).

  • List of provisions (optional service upon request)

  • Special requests or requirements (travelling with kids or others requiring care)

You also have a variety of options to make your trip as fun and comfortable for you as possible. Perhaps you would like wifi onboard, or a child safety net. Maybe you would like fast access to your yacht on the first day, or a transfer from the airport.

Whatever your desires, have a look at your sailing options.

 
 

Skipper Charters

If you want to sit back, relax, maybe with a nice cold drink in your hand and watch the sun play on the water as you cruise through the warm, clear blue waters of Greece, then let one of our experienced skippers take care of your sailing trip.

The skipper will be there to welcome you at the pier and help to get you settled in so you can start your stress-free vacation. If you wish to take an active part in the sailing and mooring, the skipper teaches you a bit more about sailing and life at sea. Our skippers will suggest routes depending on the season, weather conditions and type of adventures you and your crew are looking for.

We have skippers that speak Swedish, English and Greek. Please let us know your preference and what you expect from your sailing holiday and we will do our very best to match the skipper to your crew. If booking a skipper charter, kindly include the skipper in final number of souls on board.

 

Bareboat Charters

If you charter bare boat you will be required to send your qualifications before the start of your charter. At least one sailing certificate is compulsory to charter bareboat in Greece and the original must be presented to the base or local authorities.

The following responsibilities apply to both guest skippers and hired skippers:

  • Possession of documentation as described in the booking procedure

  • Check-in and check-out processes

  • Welfare and safety of all persons on board

  • Security and safety of boat and contents

  • Calculation of remaining daylight prior to departure from any port

  • Refuel the yacht at the agreed check-out port

Check out responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the skipper to refuel the diesel at the agreed check-out port, and to sign the check-out form and questionnaire, on the last Friday night. The boat is available to you until Saturday morning at 09:00 as agreed in the contract.

Accidents and Loss of Equipment

If the boat is involved in an accident of any nature, the skipper must immediately contact ND Sails as well as the local port police. We also urge the skipper to complete an accident report form supplied and ask any other party involved to complete the same form. The skipper will not ask for any repairs to be carried out without ND Sails prior agreement.  Should any equipment be lost, stolen or broken, the skipper must report this immediately.

Charter Conditions

 

The yachts are chartered out in seaworthy condition, clean, fueled, and ready to sail. Charters are for 1 week minimum, check-in on a Saturday and check-out on a Saturday. Choose 1, 2 or 3 weeks charter. We kindly request that all our clients leave the boat in a respectable condition, as it was chartered out.  Common practices include throwing out the garbage, cleaning plates and cutlery, and folding linen and towels (please leave all laundry items in one cabin).

Charter Rates

Charter rates in Euro for a weekly charter period include: First and last night of marina/port home fee, dinghy, outboard engine, autopilot, bow thruster, fuel for outboard motor, gas bottle, snorkeling equipment, bed linen, towels per person per week, all taxes and fees, handling fees and welcome kit.

Rates do not include:  Cancellation insurance, transfers airport-base-airport, fuel and water

Cleaning

Mandatory fee added to the above rates per charter per yacht:

Monohulls  €240
Catamarans €260

Consumables

All our yachts are delivered with full tanks of fuel (yacht & dinghy) full tank of water, one bottle of cooking gas in ready for consumption and one spare bottle. The yacht should be re-delivered with full tanks of fuel.

Embarkation

First Saturday at 17:00

Disembarkation

Last Saturday 09:00. Arrival at base port should be no later than 18:00 on the night before disembarkation.

Security deposits

Collected during check in (major credit cards / cash): 
Monohulls €2800 - 3500 
Catamarans €3500

The client is responsible to contact his/her bank prior to ensure the appropriate credit card limit.

Consumables

All our yachts are delivered with full tanks of fuel (yacht & dinghy) full tank of water, one bottle of cooking gas in ready for consumption and one spare bottle. The yacht should be re-delivered with full tanks of fuel.

Detailed Terms & Conditions

Read details of the charter party document for the contract terms and conditions.

 

Cancellation Policy

Administration charges of €500 will be applied for bookings cancelled after signing the Charter Party and up to 90 days prior to boat embarkation, with options for rebooking.

For cancellations between 60 to 89 days prior to charter start date, a fee of 30% of the total fee is applied.

For cancellations between 59 days or less prior to charter start date, a fee of 100% of the total fee is applied.

If the cancellation is ceased, and the yacht is re-chartered under the same prior conditions, ND Sails will re-assign cancellation fees towards regular payment of services. Kindly note that all fees quoted on this site are in Euro, and are given inclusive of tax rates. Fees are subject to change at any time, and we reserve the right to vary any fee at any given time on this site without prior notice.

CONTACT US

Base Location: ND Sails Group Lavrio Base, Lavrio Port, Lavrio 19500, Greece

Head Office:     Gr. Lambraki 19, Glyfada 16675, Athens, Greece

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