Charter
Guide

We love to search for your perfect yacht, to suggest your dream itinerary, to create longlife memories. Quickly & easily.

Our experts will take you step by step through:

  • understanding your needs and your expectations

  • suggesting the best yacht for your group

  • suggesting suitable charter areas and which islands to visit

  • offering top quality service and support throughout your holiday

  • arranging for any special requirements that you may need

Our aim is always to arrange a perfect sailing holiday for every one of our guests.

To get started simply contact us and let us know:

  • Your experience with yachts (any sailing qualifications and if you would like a bareboat or skippered charter)

  • The number of people in your party (and if any of them need a single private cabin)

  • Any preferences in the islands you would like to visit

  • When you are planning to be in Greece

  • Any other information or questions you have regarding your charter

The Offer Process

In case we need any further details we will contact you to discuss your plans and confirm any unclear points. We then send our complete and detailed proposal and offer. If you have any further questions we are happy to answer any detail. The official charter contract, invoice and payment instruction will follow your final confirmation of your chosen offer.

Prior to your arrival we will ask for all your arrival information and a complete list of your requirements (transfers, hotel reservations, provisions, etc). We ensure to take care of each little detail so you can rest easy upon your arrival in Greece.

HAMBURGER YACHTVERSICHERUNG SCHOMACKER

Deposit Insurance
Charter yachts usually have fully comprehensive hull insurance. The charter company and its insurance company will usually have agreed a deductible (retention) payable in the event of damage occurring.

The deductible normally corresponds to the security deposit paid by the charterer. If damage is sustained by the yacht during the sailing trip, the charter company is entitled to retain all or part of the security deposit paid. This guarantee insurance for charter security deposits cover this financial risk.

Our insurance for charter deposits does not require payment of a deductible.

Skipper’s Liability Insurance
The cover sum is EUR 10,000,000.00 for personal injury and damage to property.

Skipper`s Liability Insurance covers the statutory liability of the policy holder in his capacity as a charterer and operator of a yacht - anywhere in the world.

The insurance policy covers:

• Damage to a chartered yacht where gross negligence is proven.
• Compensation claims of the crew members among one another.
• Security deposits up to EUR 125,000.00 where the yacht is impounded in a foreign port.
• Claims of the owner for loss of charter income as a result of culpable significant damage to the yacht up to EUR 25,000.00.

Cancellation of travel costs insurance incl. curtailment of travel insurance
If the skipper is rendered incapable through an insured event/ circumstance, the costs of the entire charter sailing trip will be compensated with a deduction for the payable excess (deductible). If a crew member is rendered incapable, this insurance will pay the appropiate proportional amount of compensation less the payable excess (deductible). The curtailment of travel during the sailing trip is also insured.

The cancellation of travel costs insurance will pay compensation as follows:

I. If the skipper is unable to be present at the start of travel and the entire charter must therefore be cancelled, the policy will pay the incident cancellation costs in respect of the skipper and crew.
II. If a crew member is unable to start the travel, the policy will pay compensation for the proportional charter price for that crew member.
III. The cancellation of travel costs insurance, moreover, will compensate the unused part of the charter fee if the sailing trip is curtailed due to an insured event/circumstance.

Skipper's Passenger Accident Insurance
The Passenger Accident Insurance covers accidents suffered by the skipper or the skipper and the crew (based on crew list). In the event of injury the insured amount will be divided among the registered persons. If only the skipper is insured, he will be entitled to the full insured amount.
The cover provided by this insurance includes:

• Accidents when using the dinghy.
• Transporting body back home in event of death.
• The medically necessary return of injured person(s) to home town.
• Injuries typically sustained in diving, such as injuries including compression sickness or eardrum injuries as well as drowning or suffocation
• The insurance policy also covers accidents where the insured person is unexpectedly affected by war or civil war abroad.
• Rescue costs in the event of a heart attack or stroke. The insurance covers search missions for persons injured in an accident even where the occurrence of an accident is only assumed. Also covered are nautical emergencies or severe damage to the vessel.
• Please note: Taking part in regattas or motorboat races is only covered where a supplement is paid.

PANTAENIUS

With Pantaenius insurance solutions for charter customers, the insurance cover adapts to your individual needs.

Available Insurance Options:

Skipper's liability insurance
Skipper's liability insurance covers damage that is caused to third parties through the use of the chartered motor or sailing yacht and tender by the skipper and crew. Included in the insured risks are damage to other ships and to harbor or jetty installations. Damage arising from gross negligence on the chartered ship and not covered by the lessor's hull insurance is also included. Also included are cover for cancellation of charter, confiscation, hotel and transport costs and financial loss.

Trip Cancellation Costs Insurance
Return journey cost insurance reimburses any contractually payable charter cancellation costs and outward and return travel costs arising from the non-availability of a non-commercial skipper or of one or more crew members, or, if the journey is abandoned after commencement, any additionally incurred return journey costs and the relevant portion of the charter costs.

 Travel Health Insurance
In addition to costs of medical treatment, medication and admission to hospital, foreign travel health insurance reimburses any return ambulance transport to the home country or repatriation costs in case of death.

Personal Accident Insurance
The accident insurance in our charter package provides cover in cases of death and invalidity, including a number of aspects that are not protected by general accident insurance. Skipper and crew are insured during private use of the chartered yacht, tenders and water-sports equipment and for trips ashore of up to 48 hours.

Bond Insurance
Bond insurance covers the financial risk in cases where the lessor retains the bond provided, in full or in part –whether or not this is justified.

What is a bareboat charter?

Our Bare boats are offered for private charters with no crew. The charterers need the appropriate qualifications, as they are responsible for the navigation and handling of the yacht. Istion has a fleet of sailing yachts, catamarans and a limited number of motor boats up to 20 meters (65 feet) that are offered for bare boat charters. Most bareboat yachts can accommodate up to 10 or 12 persons. The "per person" cost of a bare boat charter is usually at or below the cost of a resort vacation, without the crowds! Find out for yourself how affordable this unique adventure is with Istion Yachting.

What qualifications do I need to charter a bareboat sailing yacht in Greece?

The Greek Authorities require minimum one sailing license/certification and one experienced crew member as co-skipper for bare boat charters. ASA, The NauticEd SLC (Sailing License and Certification) & RYA certifications are recognized. Day Skipper Certificates may be rejected by the Port Authority and Charterers are therefore advised to ensure they have an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Typically, any holder of “Day Skipper” certificate can obtain their ICC from the yachting association that issued their Day Skipper certificate and the process usually requires nothing more than a simple application. Please contact your yachting association in time for your trip (we suggest that you allow at least 20 days for the certificate to be issued). A sailing experience declaration may be required by the local port authorities for the skipper and co-skipper. Broker, Stakeholder and Owner shall not be responsible if skipper certification is rejected by Port Authority and Istion Yachting reserves the right to require that charterers hire a professional skipper, if their sailing skills and qualifications are deemed insufficient.

What are Skippered yacht charters?

Many of our yachts can be offered with crew (skipper, hostess, cook) for skippered (or assisted) charters. These charters are recommended for people who are not qualified or for those who do not have enough experience to feel confident handling a yacht themselves. Istion will put together the right yacht type and the Skipper who will handle the yacht for you. On top of this you may hire a hostess or a cook who will be at your service if so desired.

Do you offer Crewed yacht charters?

Our crewed yachts are offered with a dedicated – professional crew. A variety of sailing yachts, motor yachts, catamarans, motor sailers and Super yachts is available for dream vacations throughout the Greek islands. Pricing varies depending on the kind of boat and level of service needed.

What kind of yacht should I charter?

That all depends on you! Istion's experts are always happy to recommend the best choice for your needs. Your sailing holiday can be tailored to fit your party and your preferences. Frequently, details such as how many people are you sailing with and if there are couples traveling together or single guests that require private cabins will determine the type and size of boat we recommend.

How do I book my sailing holiday?

You can start arranging your charter right now while you are viewing this site! If you know what kind of boat you are looking for you may browse our fleet and send a quick quote request. If you are unsure about which boat best suits your needs or have further questions, simply contact us with your initial plans and we will be happy to help.

Who decides the sailing itinerary?

This is the beauty of the private yacht charter experience! On a bare boat you may decide your itinerary. We are always happy to provide suggestion based on your preferences and always provide a chart briefing for all bareboat chaters before they leave their home port.

In case you are chartering a yacht with skipper or crew then your captain will sit down with you and develop an itinerary based on your desires – or you can simply leave it all up to our experienced captains who love showing our guests the highlights of the Greek islands that only the locals know!. Weather permitting, your itinerary can be changed at any time if you wish to spend more or less time in any specific area.

What are the weather conditions like in Greece during spring / summer / autumn?

The climate in Greece is typical of the Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters, relatively hot and dry summers and, generally, extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year. A great variety of climate subtypes, always within the Mediterranean climate frame, are encountered in several regions of Greece. This is due to the influence of topography (great mountain chains along the central part and other mountainous bodies) on the air masses coming from the moisture sources of the central Mediterranean Sea.

During the warm and dry periods the weather is usually stable, the sky is clear, the sun is bright and there is generally no rainfall. There are, however, infrequent and brief intervals of rapid rain chiefly over mainland areas. The warm period starts in April and ends end of October with and average air temperature from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius.

The warmest period occurs during June, July and August, when the mean maximum temperature lies between 29.0 and 35.0 degrees Celsius. During the warm period the high temperatures are tempered by fresh sea breezes in the coastal areas of the country and from the north winds, known as 'Meltemi', blowing mainly in the Aegean.

What type of clothing should we pack?

The key for sailing charters is simplicity and a minimum of unneeded extras. Casual and breezy beach attire is certainly the order of the day on deck, though for evenings ashore, slacks or a sundress are appropriate. Rubber soled shoes as opposed to hard soles are recommended aboard our yachts, so wear boat shoes or tennis shoes. You may find aquatic shoes convenient for beachcombing. Above all, protection from the sun is vital – lots of suntan lotion, wide-brimmed hats or sailing caps, and loose-fitting cotton cover-ups. For cool or windy evenings, a windbreaker comes in handy. Don't forget to pack it all in soft shell baggage for easy onboard storage.

Are children welcome?

Of course! Our yachts offer a fantastic family vacation experience. Our skippers and crews will provide guidance on onboard safety, in using the snorkeling gear, kayaks and other water toys and are experienced in serving families with children. If your charter includes a chef, they will be happy to provide a menu to accommodate the preferences of both children and adults.

What should we tip our crew?

The quality of service should dictate the gratuity which is customary but always at the discretion of the charterer. As a guideline, we suggest an average of 10-15% of the charter cost.

What is the Advanced Provisioning Allowance, APA?

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.

Will I be able to order special diet menus or request favorite beverages?

Yes, you will be supplied with preference sheets to complete prior to your charter. On our crewed yachts, the chef accommodates special diets (salt free, low fat, etc.). Meals will be planned according to your preference sheet selections. An ample supply of any beverages you request will also be stocked.

Below we present a list of updated charter documents which are available as PDFs and will open in a new browser window. If you have any questions or concerns we invite you to contact us and an Istion expert will be happy to advise you.

Documents for Bareboat Charters

Documents for Crewed Charters

In this website all information is given in good faith. However, Istion Yachting does not have any responsibility for possible text or typing mistakes and any information given by third parties (yacht builders, other company's' services, etc.).

Products and services presented in this web site are offered by different, separated companies under Istion Yachting umbrella, following group's common policies and ethics. Each company acts separately & independently.

The equipment presented with videos and pictures on the displayed yachts may vary from the equipment of the offered yachts. Displayed yachts are presented to indicate the type and the model of the yachts offered. They are not actual pictures or actual videos of the vessels offered by the company (unless otherwise is stated). The yachts offered are described in the specific offer statement of the company for each inquiry/charter contract.

Described services and facilities are indicative. They may vary depending on actual conditions (for example the period, base or yacht chartered).

Terms, conditions and prices may vary. They can be revised without any prior notice.