FAQ

1. WHAT YACHT SHOULD I CHOOSE?

  • More room - typically more interior space
  • Less seasickness - they don’t heel and move mostly upright, more family friendly, with less discomfort.
  • Better rest - stability at anchor
  • Shallower draft – cats can venture into areas previously off limits.
  • Easier docking and increased maneuverability
  • Easy sailing
  • Better performance – sailing cats don’t like to go upwind. So if you want the true feeling of tight tacks and upwind performance, a monohull will be a better bet.
  • Slice through the waves – smoother ride.
  • More available – more to choose from.
  • More affordable – cats are expensive, though it can be offset by sharing the costs with more people.

There are hundreds of boats available for charter that are within the budget of the average holiday-maker. Pricing depends on the boat’s size, age and design.

Size: The more people you have per boat to share the cost per week, the less expensive the cost will be per person. Larger boats are more expensive, as are catamarans. But larger boats can accommodate more guests, and catamarans usually can accommodate more guests than monohulls in the same size range.

Age: The newer the yacht, the more expensive it will be. Some people prefer brand-new yachts; others think that as long as an older yacht is well-maintained and fully equipped, age doesn’t make a difference, except in price.

Your style: Consider your preferred level of comfort. If you prefer to stay in five-star luxury hotels, you may wish to consider a larger boat for fewer people with a skipper and a hostess.

2. SKIPPERED VS. BAREBOATS

First time sailing? Or perhaps you are discovering a new destination and want to sit back, relax and enjoy. A skipper will handle the boat for you, recommend routes, places to visit and make your holiday as relaxing as possible.

Many of our clients have never been on a yacht before. Sailing should be accessible for everyone. A skipper will handle your boat for the week. They are expert sailors and knowledgeable about each destination ensuring you get the most out of your holiday.

Your skipper will live on the yacht with you for the duration of your trip – bear in mind that you will need to reserve a bed space for the skipper when selecting your yacht. You will need to provide three meals a day for your skipper.

You will be put in direct contact with your skipper before departure. This means that you can tell them what type of holiday you are looking for and they can work on a route tailored to your requirements.

  • Professional in-house trained Skippers
  • In direct contact with you before your holiday
  • Take care of the boat
  • Teach you how to sail (if you want!)
  • Advise on an itinerary
  • Expert guide on and off the water
  • An extra friend on your yacht!
  • Clean the interior of the yacht
  • Food shopping
  • Cooking

€949 per week. You are also expected to pay for the skipper’s food and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the week.

If you choose to skipper your own yacht, you must provide a recognised navigational certificate. The qualification required depends on which waters you will be sailing in and the requirements of the yacht charter company. In both Greece and Croatia, a skipper must have a VHF licence and proof of navigational skills.

3. ADD A HOSTESS?

Want to get away from cooking and washing the dishes when you are on holiday? if so, book a hostess for a week. the hostess will stay on your boat and do it for you.

  • The food shopping on arrival. a member of their crew should accompany them for payment.
  • Cleaning the gallery area, but not the bedrooms or deck.
  • Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner (a maximum of two dinners per week)
  • Serving drinks with dinner
  • Washing the dishes
  • Clean the bedrooms or deck

The hostess will need a space/bed on the boat. please bear this in mind when booking your boat. the hostess is only an option if you have a tyw skipper on board.

€789 per week

4. who can go?

A sailing holiday is a fantastic experience for families with children, couples, groups of friends or anyone looking for fun on the water.

Sailing with children can be both fun and challenging. to make this a memorable week, here are some useful tips:
Bring your own lifejackets to make sure they fit perfectly. make sure that your child wears this at all time when sailing.

Brief your children on the rules on board and do some safety drills with your skipper.

Give your children the opportunity to learn more about sailing, this will increase their interest, be useful for future yacht charters, and it will also keep them busy and focused for a couple of hours whilst sailing.

5. where should i go?

You should take into account a few things before choosing your destination. when do you wish to travel? depending on the time of year, the sailing season will vary. peak season often provides you with a vibrant feeling both at sea and on land, buzzing restaurants, pulsing nightlife, crowded villages and many sails out at sea! off season offers you more sailing, as you can always find space in the marinas, you may feel more relaxed and the prices can be lower. consider sailing experience – some areas provide challenging sailing.

Sometimes referred to as the ‘new tuscany’, istria is the peninsula just south of trieste, italy with a landscape of green rolling valleys, hilltop villages and a rugged, indented coastline.

The zadar and sibenik regions make up northern dalmatia, an area that’s idyllic for the adventurous traveller who wants to discover part of the coast that is less of a victim to the seasonal tourists. a great mix of nature, beaches, cities and exploration opportunities.

Roman ruins, idyllic beaches, traditional fishing ports, medieval and renaissance architecture and unspoiled islands makes central dalmatia an irresistible destination.

Dubrovnik and southern dalmatia is simply unique. for lord byron it was termed ‘the jewel of the adriatic’ and ‘paradise on earth’. dubrovnik itself will leave you speechless with its bewitching beauty and sublime setting.

6. what time of year should i go?

The season in the mediterranean runs from april to october.

7. what’s included?

  • Rental of the yacht
  • Yacht equipment
  • All taxes
  • End cleaning
  • Dinghy, outboard engine and gasoline
  • GPS and nautical charts
  • Sheets, blankets and bath towels
  • stereo and cockpit speakers
  • safety equipment to meet the requirements of the flag-state

8. additional costs

There may be some additional payments required during the charter. the harbour fees depend on whether you choose to spend the night at a port, on a mooring or at anchor. the estimated extra cost per person is between €10-40 per week. you will pay approximately €10-20 for fuel per person/week and in some of the locations you may have to pay for water taxis to get onshore. the approximate cost for water taxis will be between €20-25 per person/week.

Vacation prices are per person in euros. The price includes all aspects associated with the yacht and sailing, including the yacht charter costs, the skipper (if added), sheets and towels, safety equipment, gps, stereo, dinghy and outboard engine and cleaning of the yacht. The price does not include your flight, airport transfers, food and drinks, 3 meals a day and soft drinks for the skipper, or any hotel costs for early arrivals or late departures. meals are not included. You and your group will be able to purchase groceries on the day of arrival to stock the boat with food and drinks.

Depending on how much time you spend motoring and the amount of people onboard, you should budget between €10-20 for fuel per person/week.

Depending on where you choose to spend your night, in port, mooring or on anchor you will pay different fees. the estimated extra cost per person is between €10-40 per week.

You are expected to pay for the skipper's food and non alcoholic drinks during the week.

Depending on where you choose to spend your night, in port, mooring or on anchor you will pay different fees. the estimated extra cost per person is between €10-40 per week.

9. life onboard

Many fleets offer a starter pack for an extra cost so you can arrange for some basics to be onboard when you arrive.

Yes, but it is a good idea to pack your own basic first aid kit including plasters, antiseptic creams, seasickness tablets, insect repellent, antihistamine. please remember to bring any personal medication you need for the duration of your holiday.

There is not a lot of room for luggage although there is no maximum weight allowance. it is recommended that you use a soft bag, as it is easier to store without taking up space.

Yes, bedding is provided along with a shower towel per person. we advise you to bring a beach towel for use during the day.

Our reservations page provides a diagram of the interior of each boat. sailing yachts are compact and comfortable, though not particularly spacious inside. cabins are normally based on two people sharing and have small closets and cubbies for your clothes. each boat will have multiple heads (bathrooms) and showers. they are small, but you will get accustomed to them in no time. boats have a full galley (kitchen) and dining table, but you would likely to eat breakfast and lunch at the table on deck or onshore. the boats have full refrigeration, electricity, stereos, and other amenities that you would expect in conventional lodging, but it is not a luxury hotel. the majority of the yachts do not have air conditioning, but you will be outside for most of the time, except whilst sleeping in your cabin.

Our boats have electrical power to charge camera batteries, mobile phones, ipods, and other devices (even your laptop, although we don’t advise bringing a computer). the yachrts however, use dc power and 220 volts rather than the typical ac power and 110 volts like outlets in the us. therefore, you will need to use an inverter and adapter. inverters are similar to what is used in a car cigarette lighter. these can be purchased or rented – yachts and friends will provide advice on this before travel.

The vhf radio on our yachts is used to communicate with other boats and for emergencies. internet access might be available at certain restaurants. your mobile phones are likely to work in most places.

There is a cd player and radio. many boats have an auxiliary plug to connect an ipod to.

10. a normal day on a yacht

  • 9-11am wake up and eat breakfast on deck.
  • 10-12pm time to leave the port and set sail.
  • 12-2pm lunch stop in a stunning natural bay. the yacht will stay at anchor for a couple of hours – enough time for a swim, lunch and a sunbathe.
  • 2-4pm sail towards your next port. enjoy the sun and relax on deck.
  • 4-6pm arrive at the next destination. if you arrive early, you might stay in the marina and be able to walk ashore. if you arrive later, you may stay at anchor. if so, you can reach the land by dinghy.
  • 6-8pm dinner in a restaurant in the town or on the yacht
  • 8-11pm drinks, wander around the town or even a late night dip!

11. sample itineraries

to come

12. before you go

All our yachts are well-equipped for cruising in comfort. space onboard is limited so we advise you to travel light! pack your belongings into soft bags as storage space on a yacht is limited. please remember covered shoes for exploring onshore.

Recommended list of what to bring:

  • Beach towel
  • Swimwear
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Light sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun hat / cap
  • sunglasses
  • Non-slip deck shoes
  • Sailing gloves
  • 12v car charger
  • High factor / waterproof sunscreen
  • A basic first aid kit including plasters, antiseptic creams, seasickness tablets, insect repellent, antihistamine and any personal medication you need to last the duration of your holiday

Your crew list must be completed by the time the last payment is made; one month ahead of departure.

Yes, you and your skipper will be in contact ahead of your trip and the skipper will be able to advise and answer any questions regarding your holiday.

Do not forget to check that your passport does not expire for at least 90 days after your return. depending on your nationality, please check and apply for a visa to travel to your destination. additionally, please make sure that you have valid travel insurance for your trip and activities.

As is the case when traveling in any country, we advise customers to be careful with their personal possessions when out and about and never leave items unattended. the boat can be locked to protect your valuables if you wish. in an emergency situation, there are means to contact authorities and the coastguard to quickly address any issues.

It is helpful if you have been a on boat, although it is in no way necessary. sailing is a different metod of travel and exploration; a mix of luxury and camping. we use high-quality yachts ideal for extended cruising but please be aware that the living space onboard a sailing yacht is very compact. we aim to make you as comfortable as possible so that you feel at home onboard within a few hours.

A sailing holiday is a wonderful experience for both children and adults.

13. upon arrival

you can check in and board your yacht around 5pm on your first day and check out is normally 9am on the last day, allowing time between charters for cleaning and maintenance.

We will contact you before departure and advise and arrange the easiest and most cost efficient way to get to and from the marina.

Before check out, you need to remove your luggage, rubbish and left over food/drinks. you just have to collect the sheets and towels that you have used and put them in a pile in one of the cabins.

Depending on your charter destination, it usually costs anywhere from $15 to $45 a day per person to provision your yacht, not including alcohol or meals ashore. the key to provisioning your own yacht is planning. we can advise on what to buy before you leave. we can even arrange for your yacht to be fully provisioned upon your arrival.

Don’t forget to buy:

  • Paper towels
  • Paper dinnerware
  • Bin liners
  • matches
  • Salt/pepper, condiments
  • Candles
  • lots of water!

We only work with the most trustworthy and reliable charter companies. all companies we use have 24-hour emergency telephone numbers and there is support service to cope with any problems. technical assistance will either come to your aid or send a local agent to meet you at your next port.

14. booking and payment

The yacht can be paid for in 2 installments:

  • The first payment is 50% of the total yacht cost payable within 24 hours after booking.
  • The second payment is the remaining 50% of the total yacht cost, payable 45 days before departure.
  • Alternatively you can pay the outstanding amount early via your booking page on the yachts and friends site.

Your first 50% payment is non-refundable but we will do our best to re-sell your yacht via our website and if successful and we receive another booking we will refund your payment. there is no guarantee.

All charter yachts are fully insured under marine insurance policies against loss, damage and third party indemnity. when you book your yacht, you are fully responsible for the yacht. in the event of loss or damage to the yacht, your liability is limited to the amount of your security deposit unless the damage is caused by your negligence.

You will not be liable for damage caused by another boat as long as you are able to provide evidence. it is your responsibility to provide the information from those involved, including a witness statement from a third party. all yachts have third party damage insurance.

All yachts are covered by hull insurance, depending on the value of the yacht. dinghies are not usually covered by the insurance.

at the start of the charter, you must pay a security deposit to the charter company. the deposit varies depending on the size of the boat. the deposit is used to pay for damage and losses not arising from normal wear and tear.

the best way of leaving these deposits is by credit card. when the yacht is returned, it will be checked and if everything is in order, the deposit will be refunded.

Yes, it is possible. the full cost of the boat will be incurred. some guests choose to do this to allow for more space

most charters are 7 or 14 days long and usually operate saturday to saturday but some comanies offer sunday or mid-week start dates. please contact us for specific arrangements.

We can provide our own in-house trained skippers for all our bookings, who will help you with the handling of the yacht. if you choose to self-skipper the qualification required depends on which waters you will be sailing in and the specific requirements of the yacht charter company. please contact us for more details.

on the day of arrival youwill need to show proof of your competence, an rya day skipper qualification is required when sailing in croatia. you should feel confident in the handling of your yacht, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions, and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan your trip. you should be assisted by at least one competent crew.

To self-skipper in croatia and turkey you will need nautical education + vhf licence. to self-skipper in greece, you will need nautical education (no vhf licence).

don’t have a vhf license for sailing in croatia? it’s usually really easy to achieve and in most countries you’ll just have to write a simple test to get it. check with your national marine authority how to proceed.

The season in the mediterranean runs from april to october.