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Bareboat yacht charters in Greece

When you charter a bareboat - a yacht without hired crew (captain, cook or hostess), so also in a flotilla - you yourself will act as skipper and be responsible for both your crew members and yacht.

Since January 2010 the law is more strictly enforced, and the harbour authorities/port police will require at least one International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

A national equivalent to the ICC is often no longer accepted because national licenses can be converted to ICC - although the RYA certificates are generally recognized. Rarely, a charter company will ask for a second license from one of your crew. Fortunately, this is not an official requirement, but it is adviced to have someone on board with you with the level of "competent crew". Yet, this is the reason why it is not possibly to rent a bareboat yacht solo: there is a 2 person minimum.

Licenses issued outside Europe such as the American ASA 104 are not accepted any more, yet it is easy to convert an ASA 104 (or higher) certificate into an ICC.

Kefallonia - Assos port The port police doesn't recognize any paper from a sailing school, a yacht club or any sailing organization, except when it is RYA accredited.
Also note that the various “bareboat licenses” that are issued by (often larger and world-wide operating) yacht charter companies are no longer acceptable !

Finally, it is no longer possible to sign a contract stating that you are experienced and knowledgeable enough to skipper the yacht.

Bareboat certificates

The level of the British RYA practical day skipper is in most cases sufficient, moreover the non tidal version is enough since there are hardly any tidal influences in the eastern Mediterranean Basin. An International Certificate of Competence is always recommended!

Corfu - Ayios Stefanos Port Likewise the level of the American US Sailing bareboat cruising or ASA bareboat chartering (104) -intermediate coastal cruising are high enough, but again, converting these into an ICC is always recommended.

For Australians, an ICC can be more complicated to obtain.

Note, that sometimes the Mediterranean port authorities still require two of these sailing licenses - also one for a crew member - but this second license should just be on the level of competent crew or up. If this happens in Greece, one of your crewman can simply sign a form stating that he or she is at competent crew level, even when she/he hasn't got any certification.

Reliable bareboat yacht charter companies will always cover for you in case of an accident.

Please, be aware that bareboat chartering in the Cyclades and Dodecanese can be much more demanding than the Argosaronic Gulf and the Ionian Sea. Especially the southern Aegean (Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Melos, Ios, Santorini, Astypalea, Karpathos, Kasos) and also Andros, Tinos, Samos and Ikaria are rather notorious for their windswept character and even more so when the Meltemi wreaks havoc.

Also, have a look at my navigation course and my anchoring & Mediterranean mooring course before considering to sail Greece without a skipper.

Sailing resources
 Charter guide :

 Assisted bareboats
 Bareboat requirements
 Choosing a charter yacht
 Catamarans & monohulls
 Prevent seasickness
 Greek sailing areas
 When to sail in Greece
 Yacht charter provisioning
 Itineraries Ionian
 Itineraries Argo-Saronic
 Itineraries Cyclades
 Itineraries Dodecanese
 One-way itineraries
 Flights & ferries
 Last minutes & budget
 Sailing between Greece & Turkey
 Greek chart terms
 Greek fishing techniques
 Climate graphs Athens
 Climate graphs Bodrum
 Distances sailing Greece
 Itineraries Ionian + Aegean
Greece :

Ionian Islands
Dodecanese Islands
Cyclades Islands
Northern Sporades
Peloponnese – Athens
Top 10 islands

Yacht charter companies
Tower of winds
Turkey :

Izmir – Bodrum
Bodrum – Marmaris
Marmaris – Fethiye
Fethiye – Antalya
5 April 2019
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