1. What qualifications do I need to charter a bareboat sailing/motor yacht?
To charter a sailing yacht in Greece it is necessary for the skipper to have a sailing certificate proving his competence. If no such certificates are issued in your home country, you will be required to present a reference from your yacht club verifying your ability to sail.
2. How do I book?
Choose the area and type of yacht you prefer, along with your dates and contact us. We will apply to your request on the same day on which we receive your e-mail, quoting you available yachts and prices.
When you have received our quotation and offer, you can either confirm the booking or request an option.
Options can be held for a maximum of one week. Should it be necessary to extend the option, please contact us and we will try to extend it.
Confirm the charter as requested. We shall reconfirm your booking by E-mail.
The contracts have to be signed and returned to us with the exception of your copy, together with the requested down payment. Along with the charter agreement you should send to us a complete crew list with all passport numbers, copy of the skipper’s sailing Certificate.
You should send us also your arrival details on time.
3. How and when should I pay?
40% upon signing the contract & 60% four weeks before the departure date. If the reservation is done four weeks before the departure date the whole fee has to be paid when the contract is signed. Please make your deposits to our company’s bank account.
4. When do charters begin and end?
All charters begin at 17:00 on the day of departure (normally Saturdays) and typically end at 09:00 on the day of arrival (normally Saturdays). However you will be kindly asked to return to base on the last evening of your charter (normally Friday evening the latest 18:00). We require this time between charters to do the necessary cleaning / maintenance/service on the vessels.
5. What does the charter fee include?
Yacht prices are per yacht, per week, depending on the time of year and regardless of the number of people onboard (subject of course to the maximum number of berths). Charter fees include:
* Yacht’s Insurance
* Dinghy with o/b Engine
* Port Fees
* Private Marin Fees (if applicable)
* Water Supply
* Food & Drinks
Skipper € 170/day, Hostess € 150/day, End cleaning: 3 cabins yachts € 130, 4 cabins yachts € 170, 5 cabins yachts € 210, 6 cabins yachts € 250
6. What about security deposit?
A refundable security deposit depending on the size of the yacht, has to be paid to us (cashcredit card) prior to departure, which will be refunded at the end of the cruise as far as no damage/loss has occurred to the yacht and equipment. Personal checks of any kind are not acceptable. SECURITY DEPOSITS: Ranging from € 2.000 to € 3.000 depending on size & model type.
7. In case I want to cancel my sailing boat charter?
In case you have to cancel your booking, the following terms apply:
Time of Cancellation (Notification to Hermes Yachting in Writing)
Hermes Yachting reserves the right to change or modify any of the terms and conditions, prices list, cancellation policy, at any time and in our sole discretion. Any changes or modification will be effective immediately upon posting of the revisions on this Web page, and you waive any right you may have to receive specific notice of such changes or modifications.
8. Should I have travel insurance?
As with any vacations, we strongly recommend that your sailing trip be insured against any unforeseen circumstances.
9. If I need to hire a professional skipper?
We can recommend and hire on your behalf a professional skipper for as many days as you wish. Even if you have experienced sailing, you may still require the services of a professional skipper to make your cruise more relaxing and benefit from the skippers’ local knowledge. There is a set daily fee € 170 per day for the professional skipper, regardless of the number of people on board. Please remember that the professional skipper needs to be provided with his own cabin, as he is obliged to sleep on board.
10. Do I need to leave a security deposit when I hire a skipper?
Yes. The charter companies are only suggesting skippers and make no commission on their payment, which you do. Your charter is still a bare boat charter -in distinction with a crewed vessel charter- and therefore you are in full responsible towards the company for the vessel you are hiring.
11. What if I wish to embark and disembark from different bases?
This may be possible, but you will be charged an additional cost. The cost varies according to the distance between the two bases. Please check the following. Athens – Dodecanese 700 € | € Athens – Cyclades 600 € | Athens – Sporades 600 €
12. Are the yachts insured?
All yachts are insured against damage to the hull, machinery and/or equipment. Third party liability is also covered. Nevertheless, personal accidents while on board are not covered and client has to arrange extra for this kind of coverage.
13. Are the yachts equipped with safety equipment?
All yachts are equipped with safety belts, life jackets, flares etc.
14. What does a crewed charter mean?
A crewed charter is a yacht (sailing, motor or motor sailer), which has crew. You are not required to assist in the operation of the yacht.
15. Do Ι have any discounts?
We offer the following discounts to our clients.
15% early booking discount, 5% for repeat clients, 5% for two weeks or more charter.
16. In which areas can I charter a yacht from?
You can charter a yacht from the following destinations: - Greece:
* Saronic Golf or Cyclades / Athens ( Kalamaki, Lavrion)
* Ionian Islands (Preveza)
17. What should I bring with me?
It is better to travel with flexible, soft, foldable luggage. Avoid large, boxy suitcases.
At least two pair of sunglasses with neck chain to avoid loss.
The sun in Greece is especially strong, and therefore a good sunscreen or blocking lotion or cream is necessary. Avoid oily, greasy applications, which are slippery and pose a danger on board. To continue your protection, bring with you after sun lotions or skin softeners.
Prescription or other medications should be brought in quantities to last the duration of your vacation.
For unfettered ocean cruising, casual comfortable clothes are best. Bring at least two bathing suits, T-shirts, shorts and lightweight cotton slacks, jeans and shirts. 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. For entertaining and on-shore dining and dancing, you may wish to have an easy-care dress- up outfit with you.
For protection against the ill effects of prolonged exposure to the sun, a hat, cap or scarf is most important.
Soft or rubber white soled footwear or boat shoes are a must. Wear standard shoes for on-shore use only.
Foul weather gear
This is optional and is occasionally required. Light rainwear however is advisable.
Several beach towels can prove to be quite handy after that delicious dive from the yacht into the cool, clean ocean.
Audio / CDs
Every yacht provides or CD player, so bring your favourite music along.
Although every yacht provides snorkelling gear, we suggest that lovers of underwater activities bring their own snorkel and mask. A special note on scuba diving: Greece's laws prohibit scuba diving in most of its waters. We strongly recommend not bringing such gear. However, scuba diving is permissible in very limited areas only, and anyone interested can request further information from us regarding the location of these specially designated scuba diving waters.
18. Is smoking allowed on yachts?
For safety reasons mainly, the prevention of fire and additionally to keeping the interior clean, smoking is not allowed at the cabins but only in deck areas, at the dining room & day areas.
19. Does my mobile phone work in Greece?
Greece operates on a GSM system most European mobile phones operate here. North American mobile phones which have GSM do work.
20. Are credit cards accepted on the islands?
Most major credit cards are accepted on the islands except in bars and some restaurants. Most of the islands do have ATM machines.
21. Can I bring my pet?
Yachts do not permit guests to bring pets on board. Animals are typically not accustomed to the strict confinement of a ship and an active cruising itinerary can be quite uncomfortable for pets. There are exceptions to the rule so please ask.
22. What kind of additional services do you offer?
The following services are provided if requested with an additional cost.
Yacht Provisioning Airport Transfers Car Rental Hotel Accommodation
23. What happens if I have a problem during my charter? /What happens if I run into problems during my trip?
Call us. We will provide you with our mobile numbers prior to your departure make sure when you call us you know your location and try to describe the problem as thoroughly as possible. We have technicians with whom we cooperate in nearly every port of Greece.
24. Do the yachts have air-conditioning?
Most of the yachts have air-conditioning. If not you will be advised from the beginning. Please note that in some harbors the authorities do not allow the generators to run throughout the night. Therefore, if you are on a air-conditioned yacht you may be unable to run the air-conditioning at all times. In such case you can anchor outside the port, weather permitting.
25. Do harbors in the islands have moorings?
Most islands do not have mooring lines. You need to drop anchor and tie med-style.
26. What if we arrive at the embarkation base late?
For late arrivals at the embarkation base (after 18:00 hours) please contact us to make the appropriate arrangements.
27. How do I provision and can I find provisions?
Organize you’re shopping/provisions in advance simply by sending us your requirement provision list two weeks prior to your charter departure. The goods will be delivered directly to your boat just before embarkation. All the bases have supermarkets close by who deliver your provisioning to the yacht.
28. What does the standard equipment on all sailing yachts include?
Each one of our vessels is fully equipped for charter. For further information please check our Inventory list.
29. Other than my food, what other costs can I expect?
Other costs, which you should expect, are fuel for the yacht, harbor fees (except home port) which are around EURO 10-50 depending the port/marina, and water for the yacht.