Bareboat, Skippered charters , Assisted bareboat charters?
Nisos Yacht Charter offers all of the above. We are predominantly a bareboat charter company (you come and pick up the boat, skipper it yourself and then return it to us at the end of the holiday) - and this is what we aim to get all of our clients doing as it is the best way to explore the islands with total freedom and at your own pace.
We can supply skippers to either give you tuition or to do all the work for you so you can just relax and enjoy your holiday. This is great for non sailors or for those who just want to leave all of the responsibility and decision making to someone else for a change!
Alternatively, we run an Assisted Bareboat Charter programme, which is a half way house between the normal flotillas and bareboat charters, so you get the safety net which a flotilla provides, with the freedom of a bareboat sailing. This is perfect for the less experienced crew who are taking their first step away from the flotilla. This programme is limited to only 6 boats per week, so if you are considering this option - book early.
Exploring the Ionian islands on your own yacht, with no restrictions on when and where you can go, is the ultimate way to spend your sailing holiday. This is what bareboat sailing is all about.
You pick up the yacht from our base, and after a thorough briefing on the safety aspects and operation of the yacht and a briefing on the sailing area, you are free to leave. The majority of our clients leave our base on the day of arrival.
You can keep in touch with us by VHF or mobile phone throughout the week if required, to get weather updates and itinerary ideas. At the end of the week you return the yacht to base on the morning of departure.
In a one or two week holiday you can explore the islands of Lefkas, Meganissi, Kefalonia, Kastos, Ithica and Kalamos. If you wish to go further afield, Corfu and Paxos to the north and Zakynthos to the south are all achievable.
What qualifications do I need to go bareboat?
The skipper should have an RYA Day Skipper practical and theory certificate or an International Certificate of Competence ("ICC"). If you have sufficient experience then you can sit an ICC assessment in a day at an RYA training school.
What if we need assistance?
If at any time during your trip you need assistance then we are on call 24 hours a day. We have a fast RIB (the ex Sidmouth inshore life boat) on standby, and can be with you very quickly.
Assisted Bareboat Charters
The Assisted Bareboat Charter programme was set up at the request of clients, who wanted the freedom offered by a bareboat charter, but with the safety net the flotillas provide. It ran for the first time in the summer of 2006 and has been a tremendous success.How it works
We place a maximum of six yachts into a mini flotilla group, with a lead boat (which is usually doing some training) and lead crew. There will be a set itinerary which will be designed in conjunction with yourselves, and the lead crew will be at the pre-determined destination each evening to ensure that you get a safe berth for the night.
With only a small number of yachts to look after, the lead crew can give you the time and attention which you deserve, and you are free to arrive at the destination when you like – so that you can stay out and enjoy the late afternoon/early evening winds.
The lead crew will encourage you to think like you are sailing bareboat, but will be there to advise on suitable berths and tavernas. They will also advise on good lunchtime stops for the following day.
If at anytime, you wish to leave the group, then you are free to do so.
There are no organised group social activities.The costs
The cost for participating on the Assisted Bareboat Scheme is only £300 per boat per week on top of the normal bareboat price.
For those who want to learn to sail or just have someone do the hard work for them, then why not take one of our skippers on board with you?
Our British skippers have lived and worked in the area for a number of years, and know the all the places to go, so that you get the most out of the holiday.
If you want to learn to sail, then they will have you sailing the boat on your own within the week, with
just the skipper keeping a watchful eye on proceedings.
The skipper will require their own berth on the boat and will sleep onboard. We realise that this is your holiday, and the skippers are very conscious that you have your own time together and try and factor in your desires and wishes as much as possible.
A typical day will include sailing to a new destination every evening, with a good lunch stop for snorkelling and swimming in beautiful bays. You will visit a new village every evening.
A skipper costs £850 per week. It is expected that they are included in your eating plans.
We are able to provide references from clients who have experienced our skippered charters if required.