General and useful information
WHY CHARTER A YACHT FROM MAGNESIA?
- The area of Magnesia is in the middle of Greece with so many islands, beautiful destinations and the greatest marine reserve park in Europe lying nearby, making it an ideal starting point for your great Greek nature destination sailing tour.
- Skiathos is the capital of Sporades and has many islands and other destinations around it.
- You save time and money compared to getting a boat from Athens or other destinations.
- Best technical support in our main base, the city of Volos, as it is a major commercial port. Also, great technical support in our Skiathos island base, as it is the capital of Sporades.
WHAT IF I AM NOT QUALIFIED TO SKIPPER THE YACHT?Show MoreYou do not have to have the experience required to sail the yacht yourself. Whether you would like to sit back and relax or get involved in sailing, you will have your experienced Skipper on board. With years of sailing experience and a wealth of local knowledge (best restaurants, beaches, secret remote places, etc), our Skippers will be the ideal guide to your charter vacation.
CAN I AFFORD A YACHTING VACATION?Show MoreYes, you can! The “per person” cost of a yachting vacation is usually equal or less than the cost of an ocean cruise or going to a hotel.
Booking – Payment – Cancellation procedure
If you are really interested in chartering one of our yachts or even to get an offer for specific dates, you have to follow the 3 steps procedure below.
The first step, of course, is to contact us. You can send us a request form for the period you wish to sail and within a few hours, you will get back an answer with the availability and our offer for the charter fee.
Once you get the offer and you are really interested in it, you can “block” a yacht for seven days, so you will have time to think about it and organize your charter with your crew mates. In that case, we say that the boat is under “option” and we can not offer her in other requests. The boat will be under option only if you send us a mail requesting it. The first reply from us with the availability and the price doesn’t constitute an “option”. The second mail from you is necessary to continue further and block the yacht for the next seven days. If we don’t have any reply after a week then your “option” will not be valid anymore.
As soon as you have made the final decision, you contact us and we proceed to the payment of your booking. The confirmation from your side must include dates, the number of persons, exactly arranged prices, and other special requirements.We shall then reconfirm the booking immediately to you by giving you a charter-code number reference and all necessary payment and charter information.
The payment is done separately for the boat and the skipper.
Skipper’s fee of 1050 EUR must be paid the date you will start your trip.
The 50% of the remaining of the charter fee should be done by the moment you will book the charter and the balance of 50% one month prior your cruise.
For example, if the offer is for 3100 EUR you have to pay:
1. You subtract from the offer’s price the skipper’s fee: 3100-1050=2050 EUR
2. You make a bank transfer or through credit card to SAY the amount 50%*2050=1025 EUR
3. One month prior your cruise you make again a transfer of 50%*2050=1025 EUR
4. The date you start your trip you pay for your skipper the amount of 1050 EUR
The payment for the boat could be done either by using the safe environment of our bank website, charging your credit card, or by wiring money directly to our bank account.
If you cancel your charter, our cancellation policy is described below.
- Up to 60 days prior to your departure 3% of the yacht fee is going to be retained.
60-10 days prior to your departure 50% of the yacht fee is going to be retained.
- 10 days prior to your departure 100% of the yacht fee is retained.
- On the other hand if we are not able to have the yacht ready for you on time, due to some unforeseen factors, for example, total loss of the boat, we are obliged to contact you explaining the situation and make an agreement, either to return the whole amount of the fee to you or to find another similar yacht to do the charter.
CAN I RENT JUST A SINGLE CABIN?Show MoreYes! Perfect for couples or singles, you can enjoy the experience of a Luxury Crewed Charter for the price of a single cabin.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE SKIPPER?Show MoreThe price usually is 140 € / day.
DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE A BED TO THE SKIPPER?Show MoreYes, the skipper most usually occupies a cabin to sleep, but if needed could also sleep in the salon. That is, the skipper is one more person added to the group.
Are there ATM’s near Magnesia and Skiathos?
Can i use my credit card everywhere in Greek Islands?Show MoreTheorytically yes, but in practice, we are absolutely sure that you are going to face many problems. The people at the smallest islands are not familiar with new technology and on most of them, there is not even a bank. On bigger islands, things are much better and credit cards are accepted, however for sure be prepared by having some cash on you and always ask about credit card acceptance before sitting at a restaurant.
How long is the charter period in Volos / Skiathos / Magnesia playground?
How safe my trip to Greece with “Sailing A Yacht” might be?
Whenever it comes to decide about a sailing trip the first thing coming up is the safety. Safety of the yacht and reliability of the company.
- Our boats exceed the safety equipment required by law and are insured against fire, marine and collision risks, third party liability, and any part of total loss or damage.
- Very experienced skippers and a few identical yachts which are usually following the same itinerary offers a secure feeling to the crews, knowing that every time another boat is in the range ready to assist.
- Excellent maintenance during the winter time is our priority in order to avoid such unpleasant situations.
Is there WiFi available on the boat during the sailing cruise?
4G is available in most places at sea or in anchorages. You may acquire a prepaid 4G key prior departure or use free wifi in most cafes, ports, and restaurants in the islands.
All charges for temporary roaming are abolished by June 15th, 2017 (fair-use rules are to be applied) for EU residents. Charges when traveling shall be the same as when using the home network.
Non-EU residents visiting Greece may purchase a prepaid card for phone or data from shops of the 3 mobile phone providers in Greece (Cosmote having the widest 4G coverage in the islands). Typical costs between 5€ for 1GB and 30€ for 4GB.
About my Charter
WHERE DO WE BOARD OUR YACHT?Show MoreYou will board the yacht in Volos port, or alternatively in Skiathos port. See page Get to Volos for more information how to get to Volos or Skiathos.
WHAT TIME CAN WE BOARD?Show MoreThe time to “check in” and “check out” has to be specified by you after setting forth the details of the rental. The time is usually adapted to the client’s needs.
What do I have to do on my arrival and what is my check-in procedure?
Actually, all of our charters start around 11:00, if not otherwise arranged. The meeting point is straight to your boat. Your skipper is going to wait for you there. The first acquaintance with your skipper and a short briefing about the weather and the itinerary is going to follow and soon after you will all head for the yacht. Find your way around the boat while we will prepare the paperwork with the authorities and get ready for your first day out at sea at about 13:00. For late arrivals head directly to the yacht where your skipper will be waiting for you.
Check out is at 17:00 (or earlier if you wish) at Volos or Skiathos port. No special procedure is needed.
ARE THERE DOCKING AND MOORING FEES?
With what conditions do we sail?
Theoretically, our yachts are certified by their designers to sail in all the weather conditions, but because we have customized our activities in cruising, the insurance companies, as well as the authorities, have adjusted their terms in this direction.
So we cannot sail when the wind is equal or stronger to 7bfts, except that your captain believes that it would be safe to go downwind up to your next destination or if you are in a protected area, without big waves.
Finally, night sailing is not allowed except if it’s a matter of safety.
WHERE CAN I SAIL TO?Show MoreMost of our clients on a weeks holiday sail around the beaches of Pagasitikos bay, the Sporades islands and Evia. The major islands are Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros. Also, many other smaller islands, inhabited or not, are scuttered around the Magnesia and Evia playground.
IF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE NOT GOOD CAN I GET MY MONEY BACK?Show MoreGenerally, money is not paid back because of bad weather. Local weather in Magnesia/Pagasitikos bay and the Sporades islands is generally calm, without harsh storms. Also, even during a possible very short storm sailing is possible on the opposite side of the island or bay, close to shore.
What is the everyday schedule on board?Show MoreYou do not have to have the experience required to sail the yacht yourself. Whether you would like to sit back and relax or get involved in sailing, you will have your experienced Skipper on board. With years of sailing experience and a wealth of local knowledge (best restaurants, beaches, secret remote places, etc), our Skippers will be the ideal guide to your charter vacation.
What should i bring with me?Show MoreApart from the provisions, all of our yachts are fully equipped for charters. So focus only on your personal belongings. Sun protection stuff is mandatory. Keep in mind that the Greek sun is strong. Beach towels might be useful and are always forgotten.
Are there any sport activities other than sailing?
It is not easy to get bored while cruising around, but we should mention that if you wish, there are plenty of other activities to do during your stay. You could also try other different and fun water sports, just waiting to be discovered. On the other hand, if you already know what you like and want, save yourself the trouble and the inconvenience of bringing the equipment with you – we will get you everything you need. Just tell us your wishes and the things you need will be delivered to you at the yacht.
We offer different sports equipment. Snorkeling/free diving and fishing equipment for everybody is always onboard. We can arrange for windsurf, kite surf, SUP, spear fishing and also scuba diving, if you have the appropriate permit. Jet ski or speedboat for water ski could also be rented on larger islands.
Notice: Spear fishing using the scuba equipment is not allowed as this practice is not fair for marine life. Also spear fishing is not allowed in the “nucleus islands” of the Alonissos marine park, but only in the perimeter islands. Our skipper can guide you through on this.
Are there hidden costs? How much money will need during our sailing vacations in Greece?
Regarding the charter fee, we are absolutely clear. No hidden fees at all.
Included: VAT 12%, all diesel fuel consumption, the sailing yacht with all her equipment, skipper’s fee, cleaning, taxes, insurance, credit card commission.
Not included: Food & drinks and the marina’s fees at the islands that you are going to visit. Also, taxi/pickup from any airport is not included and is to be agreed upon passenger number and distance.
Now if you would like to calculate how much money you are going to spend during a week, we can assume that it is not more than 220 euros per person if you have breakfast and lunch on board. This is coming out from our experience in the Greek islands, but of course, it might vary and it totally depends on you.
About the crew
WHY DO I HAVE TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL CREW ON BOARD?
Our professional skippers might solve a lot of your problems on board and make your life much easier. The reasons to join a skippered charter are obvious, especially if you don’t have sailing experience. The idea of being on a yacht, sailing around all these beautiful islands, swimming in the crystal blue waters of the Aegean and exploring uninhabited paradises alone, is unique. Actually, you have a floating house which can take you to a different setting every day. A floating house, which can offer you all the facilities of a hotel room and much more. Also, it is a good chance to be very close to nature, to enjoy romantic sunsets and become interested in new hobbies, like sailing.
Even if you are familiar with yachts and you are a good sailor yourself, a captain might be useful to you.
The Aegean is not an easy sea, especially when meltemi is blowing. At most of the islands there are not organized marinas and mooring a yacht might be very risky, even for experienced sailors. A professional crew member knows the area much better than you, can predict the weather from his experience and take you to the best shelter for a safe and comfortable stay. On the other hand, if you hire a skipper you will get rid of all the worries about the safety of the boat, especially when you plan to go ashore. It’s very annoying to be on a beautiful island and not to be able to leave the yacht, due to an insecure mooring, inexperienced neighbors and so on. Our skippers can also guide you to the places you are going to visit and organize some of your activities ashore.
Optionally, a hostess can transform a simple stay on board into a luxury ministration. She can take care of the yacht’s cleanliness, prepare the meals and give a second deck hand to the skipper if needed. It’s very important that both of your crew mates try to be as discreet as possible, in order to make your stay on board more pleasant.
It is very important to mention which are the duties of a skipper on board. First of all he is responsible for the safety of you and the boat 24 hours a day, for as many days as the charter lasts.
Your captain is the guy who is going to navigate and sail the yacht from one island to the other. He is the one who will manoeuvre at the ports and the one who will take you ashore with the dinghy, if you are at an anchorage.
He is also the technician who will fix the problems that might arise, if it is possible and finally your guide for life ashore with his recommendations.
The working hours for a skipper are maximum eight, out at sea, but after this he is in charge of the boat’s safety, a duty that might keep him awake for the whole night, if the circumstances require it. Conclusively he is the hospitable host who will answer all of your questions and even teach you some basics of sailing, if you are interested.
How about cleaning onboard?
As soon as you will reach the yachts for the first time you will notice that we emphasize in cleaning. A basket is located at the cockpit and you will be kindly asked by your skipper to leave your shoes there. Please respect the boat and try to keep it in good condition during the whole charter. It is good for all of us.
Although it’s not included in skipper’s duties, he is going to help in order to have a clean and respectable yacht by cleaning with fresh water the decks, wherever is possible and also by keeping an eye in the inside condition whenever is needed. Your help would be appreciated as a sign of recognition for a pleasant stay.
Don’t forget that the yachts are a special place which need extra care, perhaps different from what you know by now. Don’t hesitate to ask your captain for every question, even if you believe that it is simple. Make sure that on your return from the beach you clean your feet from the sand at the cockpit shower. Sand in the shower means failure of the electrical pumps.