Yachts for Charter
The Greek seas and coasts, with their many comparative advantages, have made yachting a very popular activity, among both the Greek people and foreign visitors.
A trip on the calm Greek waters, on your own or a chartered yacht, offers you the possibility to sail among extremely beautiful clusters of islands, to anchor in naturally protected bays of rare beauty, to visit inaccessible beaches and to swim with safety in exceptionally clear and transparent waters.
Yacht chartering procedure
When chartering a yacht, you should know:
- what type of yacht you are interested in;
- if you wish to have a crew on the yacht or not;
- the number of people to be accommodated on the yacht;
- the number of days and the exact dates of your trip; and
- the departure port.
Yacht chartering costs
The cost of chartering depends on the size of the yacht, the accommodations, the degree of comfort and the service required. Maximum rates are quoted for the high season, that is June to September, but reduced rates may be obtained for other months.
The base price agreed upon in the charter for a yacht, usually includes all yacht running costs, and wages and provisioning for the crew.
In some cases, depending on the type of vessel and the season, they may also include fuel and lubricants (e.g. sail boats and powerful-engine sailing boats.), or these may be charged extra (e.g. motorboats), while they may include water and port dues for a set time of sail. The daily price does not include the cost of food, drinks, refreshments, cleaning and any other demand made by the charterer. The costs of the Corinth Canal dues (if the vessels pass through that) and port dues for foreign ports are also charged extra.
In practice, it is accustomed for the boat broker/or owner to make a separate arrangement to supply foodstuff at an agreed daily rate per person. In the case of bare boats, the chartering terms are different from those of manned boats. The charter price only includes the chartering of the boat and insurance. A deposit is required against any eventual loss of equipment or damage, which is refunded immediately if the yacht is returned in its initial condition. The skipper wages (if required) are not included.
Charterers of bare boats usually buy their own food and drink, but the owner or yacht broker will, on request, arrange for supplies at local prices to be placed on board in readiness before the departure of the vessel.
In order to book a vessel, a charter contract needs to be signed between the contracting parties. This is a form in quintuple, approved by the Ministry of Merchant Marine, and specifying the terms of the charter (charge, deposit, date and harbors of departure and return). This contract is signed by both contracting parties, and a deposit is paid to the owner or to the broker, while the remainder must always be paid before the departure of the vessel.
YACHT INVENTORY LIST
Together with the charter agreement, the inventory list is also signed, according to which the broker/or owner “charges” the charterer for all the equipment mentioned in said list.
If, for whatever reason, the charterers cancel their booking, the initial deposit is withheld by the yacht owner. However, in case the yacht owner is able to charter the vessel under the same terms and for the same dates, it is customary that he returns the deposit (minus the expenses incurred by the yacht owner), although he is not required by law to do so.
By mutual agreement, the charterer may use the boat later during the same season, or in the next, whenever it becomes available.
Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association help its Members to promote their Yachts and services.
All registered Members can add/update Yachts of their ownership, can edit their personal information and have access to the library of different laws and legislations that govern sea tourism in Greece.