If you are thinking about sailing vacations – you are on the right place! The whole Mediterranean offers an exceptional sailing experience while discovering the amazing coastline. Yacht rental has never been easier, whether you're looking to skipper yourself, hire a sail or power boat, catamaran, gullet, luxury yacht or charter an all-inclusive crewed yacht. Europe Yacht Charter has an array of yacht and boats on charter services available to you around the year.
Yachts of all sizes and shapes grace the Mediterranean, some are large motor yachts, some are sleek sailing yachts, some performance orientated and others of a more comfortable cruising style. This fabled luxury yacht charter area provides the untamed extravagance of the French Riviera, the gravity-defying architecture of the Italian coasts, the unaffected charms of Croatia, the fragrant orange groves of Spain, the exotic lure of Turkey and Greece, the birthplace of civilization.
The Mediterranean luxury yacht charter area takes in the Tyrrhenian, Ionian, Aegean and Adriatic seas. It includes the austere and striking islands of Sardinia, Corsica, the Balearics and Malta. Some of the most famous private yacht charter spots include Monaco, Nice, Cannes, St Tropez, Capri, Portofino, Amalfi, Positano, Porto Cervo, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Barcelona, Dalmatians, Corfu, Mykonos, Piraeus, Bodrum and Marmaris, to name a few. And some of the charter boat countries bordering the Mediterranean include France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, and Greece.
If you are thinking about sailing vacations – you are on the right place! Croatia is a one of its kind yacht charter destination in the whole Mediterranean. It offers an exceptional sailing experience while discovering the amazing Croatia coastline. Yacht rental has never been easier, whether you're looking to skipper yourself, hire a sail or power boat, or charter an all-inclusive crewed yacht. Europe Yacht Charter has an array of yacht and boats on charter services available to you around the year.
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The Adriatic coast of Croatia is known as 'The Coast of a Thousand Islands' and its idyllic sailing conditions and easy line-of-sight navigation mean that it has long been a favourite bareboat yacht charter location.
Dubrovnik has culture, history and wonderful architecture in a cosmopolitan city as well as the best of the Adriatic’s sandy beaches. As for our second base and for the best of both worlds, a yacht charter from Kremik allows you to sail between the Kornati island's towns and modern marinas in more lively locations, combining folklore and tradition at one, with the chic bars, restaurants and open-air nightclubs of the other.
Whichever starting point you choose for your Croatia bareboat yacht charter, you will find superb sailing conditions in stunning surroundings, reliable winds, pristine seas, excellent food, and sunny Mediterranean climate.
YACHT CHARTER VACATIONS IN GREECE
As anyone who has already tried it will tell you, the best way to visit the Greek Islands and the coast of Greece is by boat. We are proud to offer you our incomparable services in Greece too. Our small, comfortable yachts are ideally suited to sailing around the beautiful Greek Islands. Unique itineraries of 7, 10 or 15 days offer you a chance to immerse yourself in Greek Island culture and history. Read through our itinerary suggestions in Greece and have fun sailing around on one of our yachts!
A yacht provides a magical way to explore these mythical isles. Sailing between all 2000-odd islands would be a Herculean task, so opt for one of five well established bareboat areas within Greece.
The Ionian Islands:
The lush green beauty of the Ionian Islands offer gentle sailing from bases in Corfu and Lefkas makes this a family friendly yacht charter area in Greece. This is also great for beginners and people trying to build there confidence on their first charter.
The Saronic Islands:
The Saronic Islands are easily accessible from Athens or Poros, short distances separate bustling ports from quaint harbours and quiet anchorages excellent for bareboat holidays or flotillas alike. This area is also ideal for beginners with steady predictable afternoon breezes.
The Sporades Islands:
Picturesque, pine-clad, hilly islands with some of Greece's finest beaches and a lively home port at Skiathos.
The Cyclades Islands):
Archetypal Greek islands with brilliant white buildings, bluedomed churches, and superb beaches easily cruised from Athens, Lavrion or Paros. Stronger winds, especially during the Meltemi season, make this a choice for experienced sailors and a great Greek yacht charter destination.
The Dodecanese Islands:
The eastern Aegean, from Rhodes, Kos or Samos. A wonderful contrast offering, some of the most cosmopolitan and tranquil of the Greek Isles, with good sailing winds being the norm.
YACHT CHARTER VACATIONS IN FRANCE
There is nothing quite like sailing through the Mediterranean and visiting beautiful ports in the many scattered island chains throughout the region. Kuzmanic Yacht Charter offers you chartering services in many top Mediterranean destinations like France, Italy, Malta and Turkey. No other cruising destination in the world can offer waters sport enthusiasts such a variety of cultural and geographical assets together with moderate weather conditions. French Riviera, Cote d'Azur, Nice, St. Tropez, Monaco are well known as the worldwide center of yachting activity.
YACHT CHARTER VACATIONS IN ITALY
The diversified coastlines of Sardinia, Tuscany or Sicily and overwhelming impressions on land will make your cruise in Italy an unique experience. Charter a boat in Italy and enjoy sailing in this Mediterranean jewel. Italy, a country of olive oil, pasta, pizza, roman ruins and sunshine. Experience premium yachting on crewed yachts, relax and we will take care of everything else.
A gulet is an all wooden handcrafted motor sailing yacht equipped with 1 or 2 masts, built for cruising the Mediterranean Coast. GULETS were originally built and used by fishermen and sponge divers to transport their catch. Today they have been luxuriously re-designed especially for yachting holidays. The classic gulet has a rounded aft, low-to-the-water profile and roomy hull. However, these days, various designs have emerged, all of which come under the collective description of the wooden gulet.Ayna Kic The design of the original gulet with rounded aft limits the number of cabins which can be built in it. Therefore the newer 'ayna kic' (flat-backed) style of gulet, is becoming increasingly popular as a charter vessel. Today, Gulets contain large fresh water tanks, a fuel tank and a waste tank. They have been added to increase the comfort on the boats. But with this addition, the weight of the gulet has increased, and therefore become more suitable for cruising than for sailing.Gulet The most common gulets have 4 to 8 double/triple cabins and can accommodate from 8 to 18 passengers. All cabins have either a double berth, or a double berth lower and a single upper (bunk-berths). Every cabin has a wardrobe for hanging clothes and a number of drawers. All cabins have their own ensuite bathroom with toilet facilities and a pull-out shower hose attached at the basin. Interior features of a gulet include a salon/bar/indoor dining area and a fully equipped galley. The aft deck includes a covered outdoor dining and lounging area. The forward deck which has numerous sun beds can be shaded by a canopy when the yacht is not sailing. The ladder for getting into and out of the water is mostly a straight ladder which descends under the surface of the water.Yacht The electricity of most yachts runs at 12 V/24 V. Please consider this if you wish to bring battery-operated or electric shavers, camera/phone chargers, portable PC's, etc. Electrical appliances may only be connected while the yacht is tied up to land. Also on board is a fridge/freezer to keep drinks cold, CD player, board games, snorkels & masks and fishing lines. You may fish for your dinner and your cook will gladly prepare it for you! A dinghy (with either oars or an outboard engine), a ship-to-shore radio, mobile telephone and life jackets are on board. All the boats are government approved with fully qualified captains.
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The most common modern sailboat is the sloop, which features one mast and two sails, typically a Bermuda rigged main, and a headsail. This simple configuration is very efficient for sailing into the wind.
A fractional rigged sloop has its forestay attached at a point below the top of the mast, allowing the mainsail to be flattened to improve performance by raking the upper part of the mast aft by tensioning the backstay. A smaller headsail is easier for a short-handed crew to manage.
Traditional sailboats are monohulls, but multi-hull catamarans and trimarans are gaining popularity. Monohull boats generally rely on ballast for stability, and usually are displacement hulls. This stabilizing ballast can, in boats designed for racing, be as much as 50% of the weight of the boat, but is generally around 30%. It creates two problems; one, it gives the monohull tremendous inertia, making it less maneuverable and reducing its acceleration. Secondly, unless it has been built with buoyant foam or air tanks, if a monohull fills with water, it will sink.
Multihulls rely on the geometry and the broad stance of the multiple hulls for their stability, eschewing any form of ballast. Indeed, multihulls are designed to be as light-weight as possible, yet maintain structural integrity. They are often built with foam-filled flotation chambers and many modern commercial trimarans are rated as unsinkable, meaning that, should every crew compartment be completely filled with water, the hull itself has sufficient buoyancy to remain afloat.
This absence of ballast also results in some very real performance gains in terms of acceleration, top speed, and maneuverability.
The lack of ballast makes it much easier to get a multihull on plane, reducing its wetted surface area and thus its drag.The absence of drag improves wind precision, giving it its great handling.
Compared to a monohull, acceleration to top speed is near-instantaneous.
Reduced overall weight means a reduced draft, with a much reduced underwater profile. This, in turn, results directly in reduced wetted surface area and drag, yielding higher top speeds.
Without a ballast keel, multihulls can go in shallow waters where monohulls can't.
There are some tradeoffs, however, in multihull design:
A well designed ballasted boat can recover from a capsize, even from turning over completely. The Swan 65 Sayula II won the 1973-74 Whitbread Round the World Race after doing a 180 degree capsize in the Southern Ocean. Righting a multihull that has gotten upside down is difficult in any case and impossible without outside help unless the boat is small or carries special equipment for the purpose. Several round the world racing multihulls have been lost after they capsized.
Multihulls often prove more difficult to tack, since the reduced weight leads directly to reduced momentum, causing multihulls to more quickly lose speed when headed into the wind.
Also, structural integrity is much easier to achieve in a one piece monohull than in a two or three piece multihull whose connecting structure must be substantial and well connected to the hulls.
All these hull types may also be manufactured as, or outfitted with, hydrofoils.
All vessels have keels, it is the backbone of the hull. In traditional construction it is the structure upon which all else depends. Modern monocoque designs include a virtual keel. Even multihulls have keels. On a sailboat the word "keel" is also used to refer to the area that is added to the hull to improve its lateral plane. The lateral plane is what prevents leeway and allows sailing towards the wind. This can be an external piece or a part of the hull.
Most monohulls larger than a dinghy require ballast, depending on the design ballast will be 20 to 50 percent of the displacement. The ballast is often integrated into their keels as large masses of lead or cast iron. This secures the ballast and gets it as low as possible to improve its effectivness. External keels are cast in the shape of the keel. A monohull's keel is made effective by a combination of weight, depth and length.
Sailing yacht with a fin keel
Most modern monohull boats have fin keels, which are heavy and deep, but short in relation to the hull length. More traditional yachts carried a full keel which is generally half or more of the length of the boat. A recent feature is a winged keel, which is short and shallow, but carries a lot of weight in two "wings" which run sideways from the main part of the keel. Even more recent is the concept of canting keels, designed to move the weight at the bottom of a sailboat to the upwind side, allowing the boat to carry more sails.
Multihulls, on the other hand, have minimal need for such ballast, as they depend on the geometry of their design, the wide base of their multiple hulls, for their stability. Designers of performance multihulls, such as the Open 60's, go to great lengths to reduce overall boat weight as much as possible. This leads some to comment that designing a multihull is similar to designing an aircraft.
A centreboard or daggerboard is retractable lightweight keel which can be pulled up in shallow water.
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ABOUT MOTOR YACHTS
A yacht was originally defined as “a light, fast sailing vessel used to convey important persons.” The word yacht is derived from the Dutch word Jacht, meaning "hunt” or “hunter.” Today, the word has come to cover a wider range of vessels, either run by sail, power, or both. A yacht that is not powered with sails and wind is referred to as a motor yacht.
A motor yacht usually has a comfortable feel to it. The typical model offers two staterooms separated by the entire length of the yacht, as well as a spacious living area in between. The cabins are generally akin to hotel suites.
This vessel is basically a large boat powered by either a diesel or a gasoline engine. It can range vastly in size, from as small as 27 feet (about 8.23 meters) to as large as 80 feet (about 24.38 meters). The average size, however, is about 44 feet (about 13.41 meters). Most motor yachts average gas tanks capable of holding 300 gallons (about 1,136 liters). Most can travel 0.5 to 0.75 of a mile on one gallon of fuel (about 0.21 to 0.32 km/liter).
Most boating enthusiasts agree that a motor yacht's worth is determined by the dimensions of its sundeck, flybridge, and covered aft-deck. A boat containing these features is designed for space and comfort. On a sizable yacht, the open bridge can seat eight and the sheltered aft-deck and foredeck are usually open.
The typical cruising speed for a motor yacht is within the 20 knot range with average weight conditions and sea state. Top speeds can be between 25 and 30 knots, depending on the model. Higher cruise and top end speeds are available on some models, especially those designed for racing.
The majority are most fuel efficient when traveling at speeds of 8-10 knots, which is the average speed of trolling. The higher the speed traveled, the more fuel the boat burns. For more detailed fuel ranges, one must consult the manufacturer.
When considering purchasing a motor yacht, it is generally best to purchase a smaller one first. A larger boat can cost as much as several million US dollars. There are other cost factors to consider, as well, such as slip rental fees, where the yacht will be stored, and yearly maintenance. This maintenance includes having the boat cleaned and scraped once or twice a year. The current high price of gasoline also contributes to a larger boat being more expensive.
Catamarans, often called 'cats' in boating circles, are twin-hulled watercraft noted for their speed and stability in open water. Many long-distance sailing races are won by these boats, although traditional boat designers haven't always embraced their unorthodox features. This type of boat can be powered by sails placed forward or by engines mounted in the central rear.
The first catamarans were designed and sailed by affluent fishing tribes working in the Indonesian area of the Indian ocean. The name is an anglicized pronunciation of the Tamil word kattumaram, literally translated as logs tied together. Instead of using the traditional single-hulled design of a canoe, the first versions of this boat used two separate pontoons held apart by a single deck and diagonal strapping, with a sail mounted on the forward section of the deck. Eventually, their speed and maneuverability proved useful in the defense of Indonesian trade routes.
These boats are still considered to be among the fastest sailing boats available. Typically, catamarans use deep V-shaped hulls to cut through the water, creating a phenomenon known as planing. When running at full speed, boats of this design may only have a few inches of the hulls remaining in the water. Because their hulls are generally thinner than those of monohull boats, they're are also noticeably lighter. The stability of two hulls and a central deck eliminates the need for additional ballast.
This is not to say that catamarans are easier to sail than other sailboat designs. Pilots often have to lean out of the opposite hull in order to counterbalance the boat during a turn. They have a tendency to capsize if the sails are not reversed in time. Pilots cannot always follow a straight course while steering them — a series of zig-zags may be required.
Powered catamarans can be very large indeed, with some top-end models rivaling yachts and small cruise ships. Military ship designers are also creating fortified versions for use as swift-moving transporters. Small sail-powered types can be purchased for a few thousand US dollars, while luxury models may run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Special trailers may be required to transport catamarans over standard roadways, since the boat must be tilted to meet load width regulations. Storage slips on the water may also be difficult to obtain because of the boat's wider dimensions.
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ABOUT LUXURY YACHTS
A luxury yacht is a vessel powered either by sail or motor and primarily used for recreation. Although the motor-powered vessel may have more amenities than the sail-powered variety, both types of luxury yacht include a sleek silhouette and richly decorated interiors. The largest and most luxurious yachts will have unlimited options, such as a cinema, disco, pool, library and spa. Many people who own a luxury yacht also hire a crew to operate the boat, which may be large enough to carry a helicopter, miniature submarine and countless other ways to enjoy the open seas. A luxury yacht may be privately owned or it may be chartered for a few days, a few weeks or longer.
A sailing vessel is often significantly smaller than many power vessels when it comes to the luxury yacht. Generally, a large sailing luxury yacht will accommodate no more than a dozen people, with many only accommodating from eight to 10 people. Amenities typically include air conditioning, flat-screen televisions, multiple decks and luxurious interiors. In most cases, each bedroom, or cabin, in the sailing yacht will have its own private bathroom and shower. The vessel also will include a full kitchen stocked with a refrigerator, wine cooler, microwave oven, stove top, and a traditional oven.
A motor-powered luxury yacht, because it's not dependent on wind power, is likely to be significantly larger than a sailing yacht. It's not uncommon for a power yacht to be more than 80 feet (24.4 meters) long, with many vessels much longer. A large motor-powered yacht may accommodate more than 50 people. Each bedroom is likely to contain its own bathroom and shower and may have additional interior items, such as reclining sofas, canopy beds and highly comfortable mattresses and pillows.
With the increased space found in a motor-powered yacht, there may be other amenities. For example, it is not uncommon for the yacht to contain a cinema, bowling alley, disco, bar, massage room and beauty salon. Many times the vessel will spend days or weeks on the open ocean. As a result, jet skis, wind surfing equipment and diving equipment may be found on board. In some cases, there may be smaller power boats, miniature submarines and even a helicopter for excursions away from the yacht.
Yacht chartering is the practice of renting, or chartering, a sailboat or motor yacht and travelling to various coastal or island destinations. This is usually a vacation activity, but it also can be a corporate event.
There are two main kinds of charter: bareboat and crewed. Bareboat charters involve a person renting a boat or cabin and skippering it themselves if they are renting the whole yacht. The other way is gathering up a group and renting the yacht with them. Most bareboat companies also offer courses to teach basic seamanship and prepare people for bareboat chartering. These companies also sometimes provide skippered charters, meaning that boat comes with a skipper but no additional crew. All can be found on
Crewed charter means the yacht comes with a crew. This can be anything from a 35-foot boat with a two person team serving as captain and chef to a 300-foot boat with a squad of 30 or more crew members including stewardesses, engineers, mates, deckhands, scuba dive masters, and the like.
Skippered charter mean that the yacht is rented with a professional crew consisting of a skipper/captain who is responsible for the maneuvering of the yacht. In several cases the skipper is aided by other crew members as well.
Skippered charter is normally used for larger yachts for which a skipper/captain with documented special nautical skills and experience is required.
An example of skippered charter is the so-called "Blue Cruises" that operated with different gulets, a type of yachts that have been built in Turkey for several hundred years. There are many such gulets used for skippered charter also in Croatia.
In order for you to choose the best corporate yacht charter, you will want to decide on the area that you wish to sail in, how many people you will be taking on the voyage and the time frame you anticipate the voyage to cover. Most agencies that specialize in corporate yacht charter adventures will be able to create a package with this information. The size of the yacht, the required number of ship's crew and party servers as well as the type of desired entertainment can all be figured using your information. Food and entertainment will typically need to be planned in advance, however, you can make these decisions at a slightly later time as they will commonly not affect the total price by very much.
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If you are intent on choosing the best corporate yacht charter, you should only pick from a list of charters that will give you options and choices in their offerings. Menus, style of music performed as well as sailing destinations are all areas that can be arbitrary in a corporate yacht charter. Other areas that can help you in the decision are transportation to and from the yacht, length of the sailing time and whether or not there will be an open or cash bar.
You may wish to choose a service that specializes in either day or night corporate yacht charter packages as there are often discounts on off-time cruises. The daytime charters offer more sightseeing capabilities, while the evening charters typically provide shipboard entertainment and dining packages. You might wish to seek an agent who can offer a combination package that will include a little of both cruising types to get the most for your corporate yacht charter dollar. The best corporate yacht charter agents will provide extras depending on the number of guests that you will be expecting, and your best chance of getting the best deal lies in your ability to haggle with the agent.
As you narrow your list of prospective charters, inform your agent that you are also dealing with other agents. This will typically urge the agent to provide you with a better package, boat or discounted total price in order to secure your business. You will usually get the best package when the corporate yacht charter company understands that you are comparing offers. Once you decide on the best corporate yacht charter for your needs, you also may be able to arrange a further discount on future charters.