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Frequently Asked Questions

Having questions? Go through our FAQ to find all answers!

General

The APA amount is used to cover expenses incurred during the course of the charter such as fuel, food, beverages, mooring fees and other expenses not included in the Charter Fee. The captain of the yacht is responsible for accounting for all APA expenses during the charter and the breakdown will be presented to you in a clear manner at the end of the charter.

If the costs incurred during the course of the charter are less than the APA deposit, then the difference will be refunded to the Charterer at the end of the charter. If the costs incurred during the course of the charter that are over and above the APA deposit then this difference will be payable by the Charterer at the end of the charter.

Office space is rather limited so we suggest you pack using duffel bags which can then be easily stored on board.

Night sailing is not permitted. You must be anchored or docked one hour before sunset.

You have enough water to accommodate the passengers on board for up to 3 days depending on your consumption so make sure you are careful with the what you consume.

You’ll certainly need your passport and if you’ve chartered a bareboat boat you’ll also need your skipper license.

For detailed entry requirements and whether you need a VISA for entering the country please speak to your local consulate.

Of course you can! Just make sure you have downloaded the correct maps and that your iPad can help you navigate as well as the boat’s chart plotter.

This depends on each yacht. If the yacht you have selected is pet-friendly then you can certainly bring your pet along for a vacation in the Greek islands!

Please note that if you bring a pet onboard there will be an extra charge of 300 Euro for end cleaning as well as a 700 Euro refundable deposit to cover any potential damage to the yacht.

Of course they are! The largest segment of our clientele are families that want to experience a wonderful vacation in the Greek islands. Also, our skippers and hostesses are at your service to help both you and your children enjoy your time in Greece!

If you’ve selected to have a chef onboard, he/she can definitely arrange having child-friendly menus prepared.

No, smoking is not allowed.

No, not really. However, if you’ve never sailed before make sure you ask your skipper before doing anything you don’t know. Also, avoid playing with buttons, winches, ropes, sails, etc.

People frequently think that chartering a boat will be expensive but in reality the cost, per person, of chartering a sailing boat or catamaran is less than the cost of staying at a nice hotel/resort.

Feel free to contact one of our agents and find out more about your options!

Itinerary

Yes you can! Most of the chef’s that we employ have a wide range of cuisines that they can cook. If your dietary requirements are special, please inform one of our agents in advance and we’ll try to find a chef that can accommodate your requests.

Regarding specific beverages or foods, we have a large selection of suppliers that we work with so unless you’re looking for something rare we’ll most likely be able to supply it.

Linen/bed sheets, pillows, pillow cases, towels, sheets, blankets, serving/cutlery, silverware, dinnerware, pots & pans, glassware, serving ware, kitchen linen.

All this equipment is complimentary and at no extra charge.

Of course! If you have a hostess we’ll send you a guest preference list and you can select all the food, drinks, etc. that you will need during your charter. The hostess can then purchase all necessary provisions for you to find waiting for you on-board the minute you get there.

We have over 100 sailing boats and catamarans available throughout Greece so we can basically entertain almost every request!

Most popular embarkation points are Lefkas, Preveza, Athens and Lavrion.

Certainly. When you book a skippered or crewed charter with us we’ll bring you in contact with the skipper so you can start planning your vacation in advance. Our skippers have very good knowledge of the Greek islands as well as the weather patterns and sailing areas so they can help you create a smooth and well planned itinerary.

Of course you can! You can change the itinerary anytime you want as long as the weather permits.

The sailing itinerary is something that is completely up to you! We offer several pre-built itineraries that we’ve carefully constructed in order to give you a balanced and enjoyable vacation. You can view our itineraries here.

Amenities & Activities

Depending on your yacht and destination, there are toys and water sports gear available. You can see that on each of our listings on our website or you can ask one of our agents. We also offer a selection of toys upon request.

Some boats on our fleet do; others offer it as an option. You can see that on each of our listings on our website or you can ask one of our agents.

Booking Process

Most bareboat sailing boats can accommodate between 8 and 12 people.

Check-ins take place on Saturdays after 17:00 and check-outs on Saturday’s before 09:00.

Most sailing boats and catamarans have a minimum rental period of one week starting on Saturday afternoon and ending on Saturday morning. However, depending on the yacht and the time year we do make exceptions to the above schedule.

If you would like to spend less time than a week onboard one of our yachts, feel free to contact one of our agents and we’ll try our best to accommodate you!

For starter’s you’re at the right place!

If you already know what kind of boat you want to charter you can browse our fleet by type on the following links: catamarans, monohulls, motor sailers.

If you need help selecting the ideal yacht for your vacation, feel free to send us an email or just give us a call!

Licences

No you don’t; if you have a sailboat license for a monohull then you shouldn’t have a problem handling a catamaran.

You must be at least 18 years old to charter a bareboat yacht (without a skipper).

The Greek port authorities recognize most licenses. ASA & RYA certifications are fully recognized as well as any sailing license or certification that is officially recognized by the charterer’s home country.

The post authorities might also request a sailing experience declaration by one of the passengers.

For bareboat charters, the Greek port authorities require at least one person owning a sailing license or certification and one experienced passenger on board the yacht.

Crew

As is customary, tipping should be directly related to the quality of service that you receive. Crew tips vary between 10-20% of the charter fee.

Yes we do! You can view all our crewed yacht listings here. These yachts are professionally crewed by full time crew.

A hostess costs 140 Euro per day and a chef’s fees vary between 140 and 180 Euro per day. They are usually paid in cash upon arrival.

Of course! Most of our sailing boats have space for two crew members. As such, you can choose to have a hostess or a chef to make your vacation even more relaxing and enjoyable.

Of course! We always recommend to customers to talk to their skipper before embarking on the boat. This way you have time to plan your desired itinerary in advance. Feel free to get inspired by our itineraries here.

Yes, all our skippers are English speakers.

We have a large database of very professional and highly experienced skippers to choose from. Depending on the type of yacht, the time of year and your group’s profile (age, chidren, etc), we will select a skipper and send you his CV for approval.

Skipper fees vary between 120 EUR and 180 EUR per day and are usually paid in cash to the skipper upon arrival.

Of course! If you don’t know how to sail or don’t feel confident renting a sailing boat from us on your own we can arrange for you to have a skipper.

On a bareboat charter, the boat is offered to the customer without crew. In that case, the customer (charterer) needs to have the appropriate qualifications, as he will be responsible for the navigation and handling of the yacht. Our company offers a large variety of sailing boats and catamarans available for bareboat charters. Click here to browse through our listings!

Insurance & Accidents

If you take good care of the boat they are not.

All our yachts are fully insured against damage to the hull, gear and equipment, as well as for third party liability. The insurance does not cover the charterer’s personal belongings and any injuries that might occur while onboard.

If you would like extra protection, we recommend you buy a traveler’s insurance or talk to your personal insurance provider to extend your current plan.

If you have a problem while onboard we ask that you first call the base manager to see if the issue can be resolved over the phone. If not, we can dispatch someone from one of our bases to come meet you in order to fix the problem. If the issue is severe and cannot be fixed we will replace the boat for you with an equal or better model.

If you do a bareboat charter and there’s a damage on the boat you will receive an itemized list of the damages with the costs indicated next to each damage. In that case the sum will be deduced from your security deposit.

Payment Terms

Once you confirm a booking with us you have 4 business days to pay a deposit of 50% of the charter fee. The remaining 50% should be paid up to 45 days before the charter starts.

If the booking is cancelled any time after the deposit has been paid, then you will forfeit the deposit.

If the booking is cancelled within 45 days before the charter starts, you will forfeit the whole charter fee.

The charter fee includes the boat as well as its insurance. It does not include the following:

  • Refundable Security Deposit
  • Fuel: the yacht is delivered topped up with fuel and should be returned to the base in the same manner.
  • Port or marina fees: most marina’s in the Greek islands don’t charge you for staying overnight; however, depending on where you choose to moor there might be a charge.
  • Provisions: Food, drinks and generally, anything consumed on board
  • Optionals: Any optional extras that you might have specifically requested such as an outboard, windsurf, stand up paddle, etc.
  • End cleaning: depending on the yacht that you book, an end cleaning charge may be included on the charter price or considered as a 3rd party service and charged as an extra

Extra costs vary depending on the destination, the season and your preferences. During the booking process, you will be informed about any extra cost.

Extra costs include but are not limited to: end cleaning, toys, fuel, etc.

Yes, either you have a skipper you are required to pay a security deposit.

You can choose to pay in cash or via credit card upon arrival. If you want to pay via wire transfer, you can certainly do so as long as the funds clear in our account before your embarkation.

The amount of the security deposit varies depending on the type of boat that you charter. The mount ranges between 2,500 and 4,000 Euro.

The security deposit is an amount paid by the customer upon arrival which is held by our company until the end of the charter. This amount ensures that the boat will be returned to our base in good condition and without damages.

If the boat returns to the base without damages the security deposit will be immediately returned to the owner. If there has been some damage upon return, we will keep the amount required to fix the damage and return any remaining amount to you once the damage has been repaired.

A deposit of 50% of the charter fee is required to confirm the booking. Upon receipt of the deposit we will immediately send you a booking confirmation.

The remaining 50% should be paid up to 45 days before embarkation.

Most of our customers pay via wire transfer; however, we also accept most major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Diners, Maestro and American Express).

White Sails is the new brand of Riginos Yachts Group.
We offer full concierge services through our other brands:

Contact

Pergamou 27,
166 75 Glyfada, Greece
+30 210 9621274
charter@whitesails.com

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