, Frequently Asked Questions about Luxury Yacht Charters

Frequently Asked Questions about Luxury Yacht Charters

During your Yacht Holiday

You can contact us directly for any additional information, before and during (24/7) your yacht charter.

You will board the yacht at one of our partner marinas in the yachting location you have chosen. You will receive detailed information on where and when you depart upon booking confirmation.

For most locations, you can board your yacht before or at 5:00 pm on the day the charter starts. You and your guests will get acclimated and sleep onboard your yacht that night so we can get an early start to a full day of yachting and adventure. You will receive detailed information upon booking.

Excellent question! While we want you to enjoy the comforts of home, there is limited space on a yacht. Depending on the period you sail you don’t need too much when sailing in Greece. Shorts and shirts and lots of suntan during the summer months starting in June until September. You also want to bring a windbreaker. Outside the summer, April, May, and October you need some warmer clothes. Whatever you bring, a duffel bag is recommended (no hard case suitcases) as space on board is limited. Please see our recommended packing list.

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. The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is due at the time of the final charter payment.

Under MYBA Terms, this sum is usually equivalent to 25% of the total charter fee, but maybe 30% in some cases. 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 is over and above the APA deposit then this difference will be payable by the Charterer at the end of the charter.

Tipping is something almost every yacht charter guest wonders about. According to the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) tipping guidelines in the Mediterranean sailing area, the general rule is to tip between 10% and 15% of your weekly charter fee, excluding running expenses and taxes. It’s customary to put the entire tip for the crew in an envelope, together with a personal note, and hand it directly to the Captain. In turn, the Captain will determine how to split up the tip amongst the crew.

We have three primary marinas we depart from and numerous other options. We have travel information to get to each. Ask us for more detailed information on servicing airlines, customs and immigration, taxis, and other helpful links. We would be happy to assist you in determining the most efficient way to get to and from the marina of your departure/return.  

We offer provision services, booking services for transfers (taxi, ferry, local flights and hotels) at no additional cost.

Part of the beauty of a private yacht charter is that you get to alter your itinerary to match your desires and prevailing weather, so assuming sufficient time and suitable weather you simply do as you please! As your personal broker I can provide you with plenty of ideas in the form of sample itineraries before you book, once you booked the Skipper will discuss with you his ideas based on his local knowledge. Ones you are on route discussion is open depending on weather conditions at the time and the alternatives we have, always considering your safety and comfort.

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  • A fantastic week sailing! | Erik
    We are a family of 8 and wanted to sail for a week on the Greek islands. As we are not advanced sailors, we chose to hire a skipper. We had the luck to get Walter as a skipper in the Piraeus Marina, where we started for our week in the Saronic Sea. Arriving on Saturday, we started our sail ...
  • Sailing the Argo-Saronicos in July 2017 | Melissa
    My two daughters and I sailed with Walter and Aleka in the Argo-Saronic in July and couldn’t possibly have had a better experience. From the planning stages, it was a pleasure. He was helpful finding a sailboat that fit our needs and budget. We were very inexperienced in sailing, so his input led to the right boat and the right ...
  • Thanks to Ocean Nomads! Highly recommended!
    I had one week on board of “Argo”. Yacht is good, clean, and it is very easy to sail. Walter is an owner, and he assist with all issues. Great man and experienced skipper. Highly recommended! Stas Blokhin