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Sailing the Greek Island on a charter sailboat

Old Apr 27th, 2014, 07:54 AM
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Sailing the Greek Island on a charter sailboat

Looking to sail the Greek Islands in September. Need recommendations for chartering sailboats with a skipper. 7-10 days. 2 people.
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Old Apr 27th, 2014, 08:23 AM
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Do you have any experience on smaller boats?

What's your budget?
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Old Apr 28th, 2014, 04:36 AM
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I have no experience on smaller boats. We thought we would spend between $2000-$4000.00 per person. I looked at several websites and the range seems to be $1500-$30,000
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If you haven't already, check out this website: http://sailingissues.com
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Old Apr 28th, 2014, 02:29 PM
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I would have reservations about what you are trying to achieve. I have sailed for many years all over the world. Sailing around the Greek islands is a wonderful experience, the Greeks are very open to seafarers, the towns have easy access for boats.

However, are you may not be aware of the living conditions on a small boat. This isn't cruise line travel on a small scale. All boats below 40ft are anything but luxurious and have cramped conditions, living with a skipper for the duration of a trip could be very intrusive. Think camping on water.

Chartering a larger yacht of say 60-80ft would provide much more space and privacy, it would in short provide the experience of a lifetime. However, as you have discovered these boats are not cheap to charter. Many will have a value of over e500,000, some of a high standard could cost millions of euros to buy. As a result charter rates run anywhere from 10,000 to 200,000 euros a week.

The area around the north Ionian is very safe and protected. It is also extremely beautiful and there are at least 3 well organised large operators of flotilla holidays in which you would captain the 32ft boat yourself. You would have very close assistance in the form of a support boat and it is usual for people new to sailing to attend an introduction to sailing course prior to the trip. Incredible fun and pretty safe, te cost would be well within your range.
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I did this a dozen years ago with a friend and thought it was a fantastic experience. In fact, I'd like to do it again. We chartered a 45 foot sailboat with a skipper. He pretty much took care of everything. I was the anchor b*tch and my friend was the rope b*tch. We had a blast. Unfortunately the outfit we used isn't around any more. Matt Barrett has a well known Greek Travel page and he has some advice about this: http://www.greecetravel.com/sailing/

Check out his recommendations.
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You can find a lot of information (destinations, prices, procedures,..) here:
http://www.aegeanwind.gr
http://www.seafarer.gr
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