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Charter Information

TripToSail offers a fantastic family vacation experience with amenities on board to accommodate all ages. The crew members will provide guidance on all aspects in using the gear and services of the yacht. There is no age restriction for sailing in Greece.

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There is not much limitation on people/guests sailing together. TripToSail could adjust all the possible number of guests. Usually monohulls & catamarans fit up to 10 people (including the crew member). However, we are here to arrange a flotilla specially designed to meet your needs of a holiday.

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The “per person” cost of a yachting vacation is usually at or below the cost of a resort vacation or boat cruise. You could get an estimation by requesting a reservation with TripToSail so you can have an approximate price.

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Planning Your Trip & Routes

There is no regulation prohibiting the after-dark sailing in Greece. However we strongly recommend to you to plan anchoring before sunset.

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Every port or marina offers a First Aid point and medical service. If requested during sailing there is a 24/7 medical service reached by VHF. Moreover, the crew is comprehensively educated in first aid and the yachts come with a First Aid kit.

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TripToSail offers variety of bases, marinas and ports for embarkment and disembarkment.  However, there is an additional cost for the yacht’s transportation and the skipper’s payment. Please note your preferences of embarkment and disembarkment during your request of reservation.

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Depending on which region you would like to sail, there are many sailing routes. Especially in larger groups of islands like Cyclades, there can be countless combinations. However, regardless of any reason you might choose a place or route, weather and sea conditions are the critical factors for any final decision to a safe trip.

In bareboat charters, it is strongly recommended for the licensed people that will operate the boat to ask for advice from their Trip-to-Sail representative and check on the Greek Waters Pilot regularly before and during the trip.

On the other hand, in skippered charters we highly recommend keeping open mind and always have your captain informed of what you are interested in experiencing and he will do the rest!

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Packing & Travel

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has signed the Schengen Agreement.While traveling within the E.U., you only need your Identity card. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.

If traveling from another place you can take a look at the link below showing, from the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the list of countries and whether or not you need a visa to enter Greece.
https://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/countries-requiring-or-not-requiring-visa.html

Moreover, US citizens can visit the International travel guide for more details.
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Greece.html

If you wish to contact your local embassy or consulate, please check the link below

http://www.visitgreece.gr/deployedFiles/StaticFiles/pdf/Embassies_EN.pdf

 

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If you hold a prescription or you are on any medication we strongly advise you to bring your own medication on such quantities to last the duration of your vacation. Additionally, you could bring the medication’s analysis so a pharmacist could prescript a similar drug in case needed.

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  • Flexible, foldable luggage. Avoid bulky suitcases.
  • Sunglasses with retainer and sun-screen products as Greek sun is strong and therefore you need good protection.
  • Skin protection for after-sun and hydration. Please note that oily and greasy products could cause accidents as they form slippery floor on deck.
  • Comfortable clothing, bathing suits, T-shirts, light jeans, loose shirts and shorts. During the night can get chilly so a provision of a sweater or jacket is a must. In April and May and from mid-September through October, evenings and even days may be cool, so please bring a warm sweater or sweatshirt and a light jacket or windbreaker. If you wish to go clubbing or dancing on-shore then please care for a dress-up outfit.
  • Sunstroke could be prevented with a hat, cap, topee or scarf.
  • Soft or rubber white soled footwear or boat shoes are a must. Wear standard shoes for on-shore use only.
  • Sun towels, beach towels and bath towels are quite handy during a sailing trip. Please be equipped accordingly.

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It is important to remember that you are spending a week on a yacht where storage space is limited. If possible, pack a bag that is either small or easily collapsible. It will help you to make the best use of every little space.

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Yes, we provide luxury linens and bath towels. However, we do recommend that you bring an extra beach towel.

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A typical hair dryer needs a large amount of wattage so it could be possible to use one only when the yacht is plugged into shore power at some ports (not always available).

Read more about Power Outlets On the Boat here.

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Food & Beverage

Your package include full water tank supply. Moreover, the water in Greece is quite cheap and you can top-up on most of the harbors.

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Most of the super markets close at 9pm but there are some local mini markets and kiosks providing most of the goods needed on a sailing trip in most of the islands.

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Note: If you would like to skip your visit to the supermarket we can provide a starter pack so that you find everything already stocked in the yacht upon your arrival at the port.

Your Trip-to-Sail representative can recommend a list of food, drinks, cleaning and other essentials, considering your needs as well as a typical day on the yacht.

If you do go to the supermarket you’ll just need to pick up enough items to get you started for the week. The islands also have very nice and affordable markets, where you can purchase anything you might need during the trip. Depending on the port, you can find supermarkets that offer delivery service straight to the yacht.

Read about hiring a host here.

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Provisions for breakfast, lunch and snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks for the week will generally cost less than €150-200 per person. Beer and Greek wine are also very affordable.

Dinners can vary depending on the islands. A fantastic, multi-course dinner with house wine on a typical island can be €15-30 per person.  On internationally famous islands such as Mykonos, the prices can be double that.

Based on feedback from normal trips, passengers spend about €250-500 per person per week.  That includes all food/drink related expenses.

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In every yacht you will find at least a kettle, a cezve and a moka stove pot.

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Skippered & Crewed Charters

Your captain will navigate and sail the yacht, however occasionally there is a need for some assistance during raising of sails or anchoring/docking in ports. If you have hired a host or deckhand no assistance will be required.

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Generally, the captain sleeps in one of the available cabins. A different arrangement may be agreed but there has to be a relevant discussion before booking. Also, in larger monohull and catamaran yachts there is a skipper-dedicated cabin.

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The skipper will sail and navigate the yacht throughout your trip, introducing to you the art of sailing while taking you to amazing places. Your captain’s number one priority is to ensure that you have a safe sailing trip, so it is very important to listen to them and keep in mind that any route decision is based on this principal. Generally, your captain will help you have the best possible vacation. Therefore, clients who interact with their skipper during the charter can have the best overall experience.

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A host will prepare a basic breakfast and lunch each morning and afternoon, respectively. Also, s/he will keep the yacht tidy.

When you book a host, we generally recommend pre-paying a shopping budget of €150 per person (unless you have already chosen a food & drink pack). Prior to your charter we will suggest a shopping list for your approval and the items will be stocked on the yacht when you arrive.

Generally, this should be enough for a week although it is not uncommon to make a smaller re-stock of food and drinks at some point of the trip. In any case, the host will let you know if additional stock or funds are needed.

Also, you can choose to go shopping with your host.

Note: Dinners are not included. The crew will be happy to provide directions for any tavern or restaurant with local specialites. 

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Of course, as long as your skipper feels it is safe to do so and depending on your level of sailing experience, you can do as much as you like!

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Your skipper will be extremely happy to have the basic meals throughout the day so keep in mind to both prepare and sponsor the meals for him! Also, it is a nice gesture of courtesy to ask your captain what he like or don’t like or even can’t eat.

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It is entirely up to you to decide how much or in what way you want to interact with your skipper during the evening. Our skippers are professionals who are comfortable with meeting new people and they really know how to read any social situation.

If you do invite your skipper to be part of your company in the evening he may accept or choose to stay on the yacht or get some early rest so that he will rise early and fresh for the next sailing day!

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Tipping is not required although if you think that your captain (and host in crewed charters) did very well, we do recommend to do it so. As a guideline, clients tend to tip between 15% to 40% of the skipper/crew fee, but we leave the choice of the amount to your discretion. One is for sure; your captain (and host) will add extra value to both your sailing and travelling experience.

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Yes, that kind of arrangement is possible. If you want to book a bareboat charter with a skipper to help you rediscover your confidence in sailing and handling the yacht, just mention it in the Trip-To-Sail request reservation form.

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Yes, and in that case at least one skipper will be the flotilla leader. A flotilla leader is in charge to guide safely all the yachts to amazing bays and marinas.

Read about flotillas here.

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Bareboat Charters

Prior to your charter departure, you will be given a complete chart briefing covering the local cruising grounds and we will answer any questions you may have about navigation, anchorages, prevailing conditions, clearing customs or any part of your desired itinerary.Also, you will be given complete boat orientation aboard the yacht you will be sailing, covering all the operating systems.

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During your briefing your team member will allocate all available places for top-ups. This is rarely needed as most of the time the fuel in the yacht’s tank is enough to sail your entire trip.

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Yes!  Catamarans are gaining popularity and many monohull sailors are easily making the transition.  All the sailing basics are the same; the main difference is operating the twin-screw engines.  With experience on similar sized monohulls but no experience with twin-screw engines, we’ll hire a skipper the first afternoon to accompany you for a few hours with an extra charge.  You’ll see that once you have the opportunity to operate the twin engines, they are actually easier than the single engines on a monohull.

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All yachts have to be delivered prior 12:00 noon, so we will not charge extra a delivery delay cost. We strongly advise you to return on the disembarkment marina/port the previous night and spend the last overnight on board there. If you wish to deliver the yacht at any other time you should arrange than upon request while booking

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Sailing licenses issued by European Union countries are automatically valid and accepted in Greece. Non-EU licenses are accepted if they meet EU standards. Licenses in languages other than English or Greek must be translated. In addition, it is obligatory that at least one crew member has a sailing license or sailing course certificate, or a signed declaration by them stating their sailing abilities.

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Yachts

TripToSail obey all local maritime laws and regulations of the Greek and European authorities.  This is your primary protection, and in most cases, the rules are quite strict. The regulations cover a variety of insurance policy, maritime and eco-system pollution, collision problems, safety equipment etc. Every yacht gets a monthly check inside-out for leaks, engine and cleanness problems.

Before we work with an operator, they must agree to meet our high standard of customer satisfaction and agree to provide boats that are clean and in excellent condition for their age. Finally, of course, the general rule is that the newer the boat, the better the condition. We have a large inventory of new boats, so please let us know if you would like a recent model.

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Depending on your guests and preference of your trip vessel size can vary a lot. We currently offer sailing boats, catamarans and motor boats. If you are sailing with family and friends for an active vacation then sailing yacht suits you the best. Catamarans offer the stability and comfort of ensure fast sailing for bigger groups. However, if you wish to experience a speed sailing and you are enthusiast of sprint then motor boats will cover your needs.

To choose the right category you should keep in mind the following.

  1. Number of guests, plus the skipper or crew
  2. Does your group include pairs or people that could sleep in pairs?
  3. Are you looking for comfort or experience?

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All yachts are insured against damage to the hull, machinery and/or equipment. Third party liability is also covered. However, personal accidents while on board are not covered. Insurance packages are available upon request from TripToSail.

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All yachts are equipped with safety belts, life jackets, flares and the rest of materials indicated by the Port Authorities.

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Generally, power supply can vary depending on the yacht so it is recommended to ask your Triptosail representative for specific guidance of power outlets and how consuming energy works on a boat.

Most common power supply conveniences that you can find on a yacht, alone or combined together are:
– A 12V Cigarette lighter outlet, functional while engine is on or when yacht is plugged into shore power. This is a standard power feature for any yacht and usually there are 12V usb adaptors and portable inverter with a 220V/350W outlet (a typical hair dryer, for example, cannot be used).
– Main inverter system with 220V cabin/saloon/wc plugs. These outlets are functional when the yacht is plugged into shore power and additionally in some cases when there is a diesel generator onboard.

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Generally, you can get a nice natural cross ventilation by opening up your windows, so it is quite rare to have a need for air conditioning. However, larger monohull and catamaran yachts do have air conditioning system, although it needs a lot generator power and thus, fuel.

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Yes, all the yachts have a built in car radio-type interface with external speakers. You can hook your phone/tablet up to the boat’s speaker system via an AUX cord or (we recommend bringing your own). Also, a usb port is available in many cases. Ask, your Triptosail representative to give more specific information for any yacht you would like to book.

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We can offer WiFi via 4G hotspot on some of our yachts upon request for a reservation.

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Reservations

TripToSail accepts most of the payment types available. We are able to charge most of the well known credit-cards such as Visa, MasterCard, AmEx etc.
Read the reservation process FAQ for more information. In some cases payments are accepted in cash upon arrival on marina/dock.

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After you take a look at our website, you can hit the Request Reservation button and give us some basic information that will help us understand in advance of what you are searching for. Within 24 hours, we are going to communicate with you and offer you some excellent options.

As soon as you choose to book a private charter with us, we will send you an official quote with all the relevant information. At the same time, the yacht will be on a no-obligation “hold” for a few days. Once the deposit is received, the yacht will be booked.

A 30% deposit is required if your charter is booked more than 6 months in advance, then another 20% deposit 6 months prior to the charter.  A 50% deposit is required if your charter is booked less than 6 months in advance.  The Final Balance is due 30 days prior to your trip.

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In the case of a cancellation we are unable to refund any deposits that have been paid.  We recommend our clients purchase travel insurance.  Depending on the circumstances of your cancellation you may be able to claim part or all of the purchase price back from your travel insurance provider.

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Refundable Security Deposit is an authorization for a payment on your credit card for a certain amount to cover any damage or loss. Charging occurs only in the event where damage or loss is incurred to the yacht by your party. Deposit amount depends on the yacht and usually ranges between 1500€ – 4000€.

In skippered charters, any damage caused by the skipper, is not the responsibility of the chartering party.

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All Trip-to-Sail charter packs include taxes, cleaning at the end of the trip, linen and use of outboard motor. Additionally, skippered and crewed charters include port fees and fuel so that there are no out-of-pocket costs while there are food and drink packages, too.

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Misc.

Starting the Day
Starting a sunny day on the port’s dock or gulf gives the time of having a combination of sun-bath and a morning swim, with the opportunity for morning exercise on the yacht or the island. Such exercises could be jogging, yoga, stretch-out, swimming, ab-exercises, keep-up with sailing lessons, or just chill on the deck.
Breakfast Time
Enjoying a variety a Mediterranean-Greek breakfast or just an Intercontinental breakfast next to the blue-green waters of the Greek Isles.
Sail-On
Setting on the next direction. Sail-on for the next beach to have the second swim of the day. Reaching another port or island will be the main goal for the whole day to spend the night there. There are plenty of activities while sailing, such as reading a book, playing sea-games, learning sailing techniques from the skippers, taking pictures of the beauties of the Greek waters and islands, swimming in the deep waters or just take life easy.
Lunch Time
After a while the hostess will start preparing lunch meal for the members of the sailing crew. The daily menu will be preconcert during the booking arrangement. The hostess will try to provide the best out of tasting the real Greek goodies and the Greek cuisine.
Afternoon Time
Having the sun light for many hours is the best thing during holidays. Arriving afternoon time on the port/beach for mooring there is much time for discovering island’s beauties, swimming or even “wind down” on the yacht. The skipper and the hostess are always ready to provide guidance for private gulfs, sight-seeing, activities available, mainstream or inconspicuous bars, restaurants and cafes on each island.
Ending The Day
If not dinning on the island, there is a choice of small snack on the yacht. Snacks and beverages will be available, upon request, on the yacht for settle the day as there is something new waiting to be explored the following day!

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Smoking is not allowed inside most of the yachts. If you wish to modify this upon your needs, then you should state it on your reservation request.

Smoking on deck is mostly accepted but we strognly advise you to smoke on leeward side of the stern.

If you wish to have a smoking-free trip please state it on your request form as some of the skippers are smokers.

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Due to its peculiarity, Greece has different cell coverage in the  inland and islands. Most of the visiting zones are covered by 3G signal offering a good netowrk roaming, steaming, loading and downloading speed.

For cellular netowrk or data coverage you can check the link below:
https://www.nperf.com/en/map/GR/-/7814.Cosmote/signal/?ll=38.35306967336674&lg=24.490000000000013&zoom=6

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Most marinas have a secured parking area for cars – the price of a parking space depends upon the marina’s policy and the season.

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Seasickness is a wide issue on sailing and vacation. Harsh seasickness is quite rare as well as most of the route is traversed close to the shore where not strong currents occur. Bays, ports and marinas offer the safety and ease for overnight stay. Sails offer the stability the yacht needs to overpass the turbulence and the water movements therefore the ship is supported and steady. If needed while sailing, a chewing gum against seasickness will help or ask a crew member for assistance.

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Pet owners could ask for an exception arrangements as some of the yachts do not allow pets. Depending on the size of the pets and their needs TripToSail will provide the best sailing options for your pet.

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Either you are coming from abroad or you are already in Greece, Triptosail can suggest the best options for you to reach your departing point.

We can also offer transfer services such as a lift by car from airport to marina.

In case you need a transfer service, just note it in the request reservation form.

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The booking calendar of a single yacht during low and high season is divided in weeks, most likely from a Saturday afternoon to a Saturday early in the morning. If you are interested for a trip in random check in/out dates and duration please keep in mind that especially in high season, it will be in significantly more difficult to book in dates that interfere the standard booking pattern.

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