Should I charter a sailing boat with or without a skipper?
If you have sufficient experience and at least two of your travelling companions have a skipper's licence, then you are entitled to book a bareboat. All the sailing boats are in perfect condition with respect to navigational instruments as well as nautical equipment and are set to sail with absolute safety. In the event that you have little or no experience it is obligatory that the sailing vessel be charted with a skipper who will be responsible for the safety of the sailing boat both within and out of the harbour and whose knowledge of the various destinations will be of great benefit when seeking recommendations on where to swim, eat and which places are most worth visiting. The fee for the skipper is an additional cost (refer to price catalogue) and since he is responsible for the safety of the boat and the travellers, his stay on the boat is mandatory. The prospect of sharing your space with a stranger may understandably present a concern for some but discretion and professionalism is always maintained and in the majority of cases most travellers finish their vacation having acquired a new friend!
To ensure a more relaxing and pleasant trip, we highly recommended that the daily distances covered are between 15 and 25 nautical miles.
Fuel consumption is contingent upon the weather and the type of sailing boat. The engines use petrol and the use of sails significantly reduces fuel consumption. The total cost for fuel can be estimated according to the hours which the engine operates. For example, a rough approximation for a 42" vessel which hosts 8 people is about €100 per week.