FAQ

1Booking Procedure

It's Easy!

Step 1:
Fill out the BOOK YOUR TRIP form.

Step 2:
Once you have selected the type of yacht and the area you wish to sail you can request a provisional hold (option) for ten days, this gives you time to finalize your plans.

Confirmation of charter is required within ten days or your option will be cancelled.

Step 3:
Confirmation of charter:
You receive by mail the Yacht Charter Agreement (payment schedule will be indicated on your contract)

2Payment Plan

Upon signing the Yacht Charter Agreement the initial payment of 50% has to be paid to us by the following methods and the remaining balance the latest 45 days prior to your embarkation.

Bank wire or credit card

3Cancellation

In the event of not making your trip and you are not covered by travel cancellation insurance, the following terms apply as per the Yacht Charter Agreement.

Should cancellation occur 90-60 days prior to boat embarkation a 30% cancellation fee of the total charter is charged.

Should cancellation occur 60-45 days prior to boat embarkation a 50% cancellation fee of the total charter is charged.

Should cancellation occur 45 days prior to boat embarkation a 100% cancellation fee of the total charter is charged.

4Security Deposit

There are two types of security deposits: Refundable and Non-Refundable.

Refundable security deposits range between $1200-$3000 depending on the size of the yacht. This deposit will be returned to you upon completion of the charter less the cost of any losses or damages.

Non-refundable starts from $300-$500, non-applicable for motor boats or yachts larger than 50 feet.

Both can be paid upon embarkation.
5Travel Insurance

You can purchase travel insurance at www.travelguard.com

6Included in your Charter

Yacht with full inventory, Taxes, Outboard & Dinghy, End Cleaning

7Whats not included

Provisioning, Fuel, Gratuity for the crew (Tips)

8Check In/Out Procedures

Usually charters start on Saturday's at 5pm, check out time is 9am unless any other time is pre-arranged with you.

Charters with Skipper:

The check-in procedure is minimal, just walk in the yacht, accommodate yourself and let the skipper brief you (Boat functional operations, itinerary).

Checkout procedure is handled by the skipper.

Bareboats:

The Check in procedure consists of: Boat Orientation, Operation of Sails, Technical Orientation, Map Orientation, Inventory Check, Itinerary Briefing.

The entire checkout procedure takes less than an hour.

9Provisioning

We recommend that you fill out the provisioning list and send it to us the latest two weeks prior to your charter. Brama Yachts offers provisioning service at no extra charge!

Our provisioning list is based on variety and flexibility. All options can be tailor made to meet your catering needs.

On the islands you will be able to stock up with your daily needs of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, fish and in general all other things you may require.

10Transfers

We operate a fleet of minibuses in the Athens area.

Upon request we will make all the necessary arrangements at an extra cost (depending on how many guests) to escort you from Athens International Airport to your yacht.

Additional transfers can be arranged upon request as well as sightseeing tours.

11Skippers and Hostesses

It is highly recommended that first time sailors in the Aegean hire a skipper.

Not only will your holiday be stress free but you will also discover the hidden places and local treasures no brochure will tell you about.

All our skippers are Greek nationals, hold valid skipper licenses and are fluent in English.

Upon good service provided by the skipper/captain, usually the recommended tip is an average of 5-10% of your total charter fee.

12Calculate

In order to have an idea of your expenses you should consider your daily expenditures for the boat: Fuel, Water, Port Fees, Ice.

These would not be over $35 on a 50 footer.

Average meal costs would be around $50 per person, per day for three meals a day. Drinking out can vary.

A beer can be anywhere from $3 up to $10 in a trendy place.

Tipping: In Greek restaurants, tipping is usually 5-10% of the bill.

13Not a sailor? That's no problem!

All you need to do is choose your cruising area and hire a Brama Yachts skipper.

They will handle your yacht and share their sailing experience with you.

You can also hire a cook and enjoy breakfasts and lunches aboard.

Dinners ashore are an experience not to be missed!

14What can I expect from a sailing holiday?

The pleasures of a sailing holiday at sea are innumerable: the sensation of the warm wind and salty spray on your skin as the boat races through the water.

The freedom to move from one place to another discovering uncharted beauty as you go.

The pleasures of drinks on board at sunset, before you walk onto “terra firma” for dinner in a taverna.

Coming back after dinner and gazing at a star-filled sky and being gently rocked to sleep by the waves lapping at the boat, all your cares left behind on shore.

15What equipment can I find on board?

The yachts are fully equipped. See our complete inventory list here

16Can the itinerary change?

Of course it can.

That's the beauty of chartering your own boat, you have the complete freedom to go wherever you please, to decide your own itinerary.

The only element that can sometimes dictate your direction is the weather.

17What about provisioning?

We will be happy to arrange all your provisioning needs.

Just fill out the provisioning list online and find everything in the yacht when you arrive in Greece.

18What are the qualifications needed to charter a bareboat?

If you hold a skipper certification or its equivalent you are eligible to sail bareboat.

If you do not have certification but you have previously chartered a bareboat then we require you to fill out a resume of sailing experience.

In Greece we may require the charterer and his crew to demonstrate their competence in handling the yacht safely.

19Which days of the week can I begin and end my charter?

Yacht charters begin and end on Saturdays for multiples of seven days.

Brama Yachts will try to accommodate your wishes for different days of the week and periods of time such as ten or twelve day charters, upon yacht availability.

20What type of clothing do I need?

During the day the temperatures are very warm so you will need light summer clothing, preferably cotton. The evenings can get chilly when the “Meltemi” wind blows so this calls for a sweater.

Brilliant sunshine in Greece calls for a hat at all times.

To complete your sailing gear a windbreaker is very useful and because space is limited in a yacht, duffel bags are more practical than hard suitcases.

Last but not least, don't forget your swimwear and beach towel!

21Are children welcome?

Yes. Sailing with children is a safe experience.

The yachts are equipped with kids' life vests. Upon request, a safety net can be put around the boat for toddlers.

We recommend that you plan short itineraries as kids can get very tired with long sailing hours.

To ensure a happy holiday for them it is best to have frequent stops on the islands.

22What about Scuba diving?

Most of the islands we visit have dive centers, in order to dive you need to hold a divers certificate PADI or CMAS or its equivalent.

23When is the best time to come to Greece?

The official sailing season begins in late March and goes through October.

Temperatures range from 70F in late March up to 95-110F in August. Occasional heat waves from the African continent hit Athens and the Saronic area; these may last from one to three days and temperatures can go up to 110-120F.

The heat is pleasant and dry especially with the cool breezes from the Meltemi winds that make June, July, August and September so popular.

24Hotel Accommodations

We can arrange your reservations to all hotel categories.

25Air Tickets

We can arrange through well-known Tour Operators your international and/or domestic air tickets.

26Visa requirements

US citizens are allowed to stay in Greece up to three months without a visa. For more info visit www.mfa.gr/usa/en

27Events and Festivals

With so many things to see, Greece is often referred to as an “open museum.” Hundreds of festivals and events decorate the Greek calendar throughout the year with the Athens and Epidaurus festivals amongst the most renowned.

Visit and greekfestival.grand www.culture.gr

Greek National Tourism Organization

For information on Greece, its history, places to visit, national holidays and more please visit www.greektourism.com