Although there is a shortage of catamarans in Greece
, these multihulls could be ideal for your sailing vacation in the Greek waters. Note, that one of the arguments against cruising in Greece with catamarans
isn't valid anymore. Most ports and marinas can allocate multihulls, though in August (the main season) it is prudent to arrive earlier in the afternoon just to make sure that there is room for your catamaran.
The following catamarans are typically available in greece as charter yachts:
- The Antigua 37
- The Belize 43
- The Lagoon 380
- The Lagoon 410
- The Lagoon 440
- The Tobago 35
- The Athena 38
- The Nautitech 395 by Dufour
- The Nautitech 475 by Dufour
- The Venezia 42
- The Bahia 46
So, for a sailing vacation in Greece
for just 2-3 people a catamaran is not ideal due to size: on the smallest 35-37 foot catamarans you can easily fit 6-8 people in all comfort and luxury. In this case a 30 - 34 foot monohull - such as a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, Beneteau Oceanis or Bavaria - would be the obvious choice.
All the catamarans in Greece that are listed above can rented as bareboat yachts, if one of your party has the appropriate sailing experience on similar catamarans. Also, even the smaller multihulls can be rented as a skippered charter (with only a captain) or as a fully crewed charter (with chef cook, hostess and captain/skipper).
It seems that in the Ionian there are more catamarans than in the Aegean, which might be due its proximity to Italy, where catamaran sailing is more popular than in Turkey and Greece. the best yacht charter bases to rent a catamaran from, are Lefkas, Corfu, Athens, Kos, Rhodes and Skiathos. In Turkey, concentrate on Bodrum and from there you can easily explore the adjacent Dodecanese.
Meanwhile the concept of catamaran Greece is still in its infancy, but things are improving rapidly.
Other ways of cruising in Greece (besides catamarans):
Both these types of cruises automatically offer fully crewed charters only, which on a catamaran in Greece is merely optional.
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