FAQ

SAILING IN EUROPE

Yes, you need to hold a sailing license to rent a boat in most of our destinations. This is what is called a “bareboat charter”. However, you may book a skipper through Navigare if you don’t have a sailing license or prefer a hands-off approach during your holiday. Some of our larger yachts over 50 feet require a dedicated crew. This experience is called a “crewed charter”.

The British Virgin Islands do not require a sailing certification; however, a strong sailing resume is preferred.

Should you want to verify the eligibility of your sailing credentials and license, feel free to contact us. Please note that ASA is recognized and accepted throughout Europe. To charter a boat up to 30 tons, you need to have a Bareboat Chartering level (ASA 104). Above 30 tons (i.e. Lagoon 450 and larger) Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106) is required.

Greece

The skipper must possess a valid sailing licence for the size and tonnage of the boat you intend to charter, in compliance with Greece Maritime Law. The co-skipper must sign a formal Navigare statement attesting of his or her sailing experience. A VHF license is recommended but not mandatory.

Croatia

The skipper must possess a valid sailing license for the size and tonnage of the boat you intend to charter, as required by Croatia Maritime Law. A VHF license is required, and you may apply for one with the FCC, or we can provide further guidance in this process.

Turkey

The skipper must possess a valid sailing license for size and tonnage of the boat you intend to charter, as required by Turkey Maritime Law. A VHF license is recommended but not mandatory.

Spain

The skipper must possess a valid sailing license for size and tonnage of the boat, required by Spain Maritime Law for the yacht in question. A VHF license is required, and you may apply for one with the FCC, or we can provide further guidance in this process.

Italy

The skipper must possess a valid sailing license for size and tonnage of the boat you intend to charter, as required by Italy Maritime Law. A VHF license is required, and you may apply for one with the FCC, or we can provide further guidance in this process.

Sweden

The skipper must possess a valid sailing license for the size and tonnage of the boat you intend to charter, as required by Sweden Maritime Law. A VHF license is recommended but not mandatory.

British Virgin Islands

No formal sailing certification is required however you will be asked to provide a sailing resume outlining your experience and skills with docking, mooring, and anchoring. Our catamarans 50 ft and above may require a dedicated crew, depending upon your level of experience and certification.

Thailand

The skipper will need to show proof of sailing certification and experience. Feel free to contact Navigare to verify the eligibility of your credentials.

Mediterranean (Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain)

The sailing season in the Mediterranean lasts from April to mid-November, with the peak season stretching from June to August. Prices vary depending on your desired sailing dates and rates go up as you draw closer to the peak season.

The months of May and September are ideal for those of our clients who prefer to enjoy some peace and quiet at the harbor, while the air and water temperatures remain enjoyable and the bays and secluded creeks aren’t as crowded.

The usual charter length is 1 to 3 weeks, but the duration of your charter trip is up to you!

Our standard charter period in Europe is from Saturday to Saturday. We strive for flexibility for our guests and can also accommodate other durations by request.

Sweden

The peak season for sailing in Sweden is from June until the end of August. A particularity of Sweden is that the days are very long in June and July with only a few hours of darkness, thus you can maximize your sailing fun during the extended period of day light.

The usual charter length is 1 to 3 weeks, but the duration of your charter trip is up to you!

Our standard charter period in Sweden is from Saturday to Saturday. We strive for flexibility for our guests and can also accommodate other durations by request.

BVI & Thailand

The most popular time to go sailing in the British Virgin Islands and Thailand perfectly supplements our Mediterranean destinations, from mid-November to March. The weather is the most favorable then, but it is also the most crowded time.

In Thailand, you can expect fewer crowds and more attractive rates in the monsoon season from May to the end of October. The British Virgin Islands are a great sailing destination year-round outside of the hurricane season which officially lasts from June to November, with September being the most likely month for heavy storms, rain, and possibly hurricanes.

Yes! You can sign up to join one of our charter getaways in Croatia by renting “by the cabin” for 1 or 2 weeks. Our experienced skipper and hostess will be on board and you will enjoy a scheduled route. The advantage is that you do not need to have any previous sailing experience. This is a wonderful way to meet new friends and have an amazing time!

For more information about our routes and services, please read more here.

See our packing tips on our blog post: Packing tips for a sailing vacation

BOATS

Our fleet includes monohulls from 36 to 64 feet, and sailing catamarans from 38 to 56 feet. The brands we offer for charter include Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Hanse, Lagoon, Nautitech, Fountaine Pajot and Sunreef. The yachts are custom-made for the charter market so they are very conveniently appointed and ultra comfortable. Our smallest boats can accommodate up to 6 people and the largest ones can accommodate up to 12 people.

Standard equipment on our boats includes a GPS with chart plotter, tridata, a guide to the local ports and marinas, current paper charts, a bimini, and spray hood for better protection, outboard engine & dinghy, bow thruster, CD player with speakers and safety equipment.

All of our boats are booked with the Weather Comfort or All-inclusive Package depending of the destination. Packages include bed linen & towels, dish towels, wi-fi, cooking gas and fuel for the outboard engine. Any additional extras can be booked online.

Every boat has at least one toilet coupled with a holding tank, one or more showers, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator and gas oven.

The detailed equipment of each yacht can be found on the individual boat page.

All boats have at least one toilet coupled with a holding tank, one or more showers, fully equipped kitchen for the crew, refrigerator, gas oven etc.

All our boats are booked with weather Comfort or All-inclusive Package depending of the destination. Packages include bed linen & towels, tea towels, dinghy with an outboard engine, wi-fi, cooking gas and fuel for the outboard engine. All the additional extras can be booked online.

Yes. You may use the 12V charger (car charger) while sailing or plug into the power outlets of the yacht while connected to shore power.

BOOKING PROCESS

Book as early as possible! You will automatically receive a discount if you book 6 months or more ahead of your departure and get a 10% discount for a week on board. We also reward our loyal customers with extra discounts and often have special rates in connection with special events like boat shows. Just send us an email to booking@navigare-yachting.com to request a quote today.

Or visit our Last Minute Discounts page.

Book directly on our web site to enjoy the best rates! If you book and pay with a credit card, we will send you booking confirmation. If you choose bank transfer, we will lock in the preliminary reservation and confirm the booking after the payment has been received.

When you submit a booking request online, the preliminary reservation (or “option”) holds for 5 days and it is not binding. If you do not confirm the booking within 5 days, the option will expire automatically, and the status of the boat will return to “available” so other customers may book it.

While we strive to be as flexible as possible, non-standard booking periods can be accommodated more easily outside the high season. Please contact us now to enquire about rates and availability for your specific dates: booking@navigare-yachting.com.

In the British Virgin Islands and in Thailand, the minimum charter duration is 3 days. All of our other charter destinations have a standard charter duration of 1, 2 or 3 weeks.

On the booking confirmation we send you, you will find the invoice with our wire instructions. 50% of the charter price needs to be paid within 7 days and the remaining balance is due 40 days before departure (we highly recommend the purchase of a cancellation insurance). The total charter price needs to be paid 40 days ahead of your departure without exception. The exact payment due dates are stated on the invoice. Should you miss a payment date, we will get in contact with you before initiating any cancellation. If you book online and choose to pay by credit card, you can split your payments in up to 6 installments (depending on the start date of your charter). Please check your booking confirmation and login area to ensure all the details are correct.

Upon confirming a booking, you will receive the login details for your “booking zone” where you’ll enter your name, passport number, and date and time of arrival for every guest no later than 14 days before your charter departure.

Additionally, you will need to upload a copy of your skipper’s sailing license in the “booking zone” if required for your destination. The skipper will also need to present his or her sailing license at the base during check-in. This is not applicable if you are hiring a skipper through Navigare Yachting.

All of the above information is required before you can be allowed to take the boat out.

We make it convenient for you – simply download the Navigare Experience app and fill in all the requested information directly from your phone. Read more about the Navigare Experience app in dedicated section of our FAQ page.

If you need a transfer from the airport or a hotel, submit your request during the online booking by choosing the “optional extra-transfer”. Be sure to provide us with your arrival time, pick up location, and contact number (or provide this information in the “booking area”).

If a cancellation occurs more than 120 days prior to your scheduled embarkation, a cancellation fee of 500 € (or $575) applies. For any cancellation between 119 to 60 days prior to embarkation, 50% of the total charter cost is due. Finally, should a cancellation occur within 59 days from embarkation, there is no refund and the entire charter cost is due. We strongly recommend you purchase a travel insurance to cover for losses caused by unforeseen events.

ABOUT THE BASE

You can order a transfer to the marina while making your booking online or by writing to booking@navigare-yachting.com. If picked up at the airport, we will take you directly from the arrival terminal to your boat. Upon arrival, please contact the office and staff on site for assistance. Except in Thailand and the BVIs, should you arrive after 19:00 (7pm), we will leave the boat unlocked and ready for you, with a note to your attention on the office door. The check-in will take place the following morning.

One-way sailing routes are only permitted in Croatia. Currently our popular one-way sailing routes include Trogir (Split) to Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik to Trogir (Split). When booking online, just select the corresponding “One way fee” in optional extras.

Standard check-in time for all European destinations (Mediterranean and Sweden) starts at 17:00 (5pm).

If you would like an earlier check-in, we recommend ordering the Navigare VIP Pack (only available in Croatia, Greece & Italy). When booking online, simply select the corresponding optional extra. It includes priority check-in guaranteed from 13:00 / 1pm, exclusive reception and drinks onboard. This option gives you an extra half day of sailing. Book early as the number of VIP packs is limited!

In the British Virgin Islands and Thailand, embarkation & disembarkation is at 12:00 (Noon) every day.

In Croatia, upon arrival at the marina, proceed to the Navigare office to finalize your paperwork. Once your boat is cleaned, prepared technically, and checked, it’s ready for you to embark! You will be accompanied by a technician and a video check-in will take place. After the inspection of the boat, you are ready to sail away!

For all other destinations, check-in is performed by the skipper and one crew member together with someone from our base staff. They inspect the boat from stem to stern, and check that all the equipment is in place and functioning properly.

During check-in, you will also receive instructions on the operation of the specific yacht model you’ll be chartering. You and your crew will be given instructions regarding the use of toilet, septic tank, and propane for cooking. Should you have any questions or concerns, please ask our staff! If you detect any malfunctions, just call our service team! When you sign the takeover, ensure that any existing damage has already been written down. At check-out you will go through the boat again and be given the chance to rate our service.

The skipper always has full responsibility for the boat, therefore contracting a skipper insurance is highly recommended. If you hire a professional skipper through Navigare Yachting, he will be responsible for any and all damages onboard.

In destinations where the All-inclusive package is available, any loss or damage will be covered at no extra cost – and with no security deposit, no deductible from you!

Should loss or damage occur as the consequence of your gross negligence, damage costs may apply at the discretion of our base manager and will be discussed with you during check-out.

The boat should return to the base the night before check-out, usually on Friday by 18:00 (6pm). Check-out can take place on Friday as long as there is day light, or on Saturday morning. Obviously, you will have full access to the boat until 09:00 (9am) the next morning, usually on Saturday.

In the British Virgin Islands and Thailand, embarkation & disembarkation is at 12:00 (Noon) every day.

No, you do not have to clean the boat before you leave! However, the boat should be left in the same condition as you found it, i.e. dishes clean and put away, kitchen equipment in its original place, sheets & towels folded, and any garbage taken off the boat. Make sure to double check the lockers so as not to leave any personal items behind!

NAVIGARE YACHTING EXPERIENCE APP

The Navigare Experience application is available for Android and iOS devices. It was designed to improve your vacation planning and to help you maximize your time on the water. Online check-in with the Navigare Yachting Experience app means no more standing in line at the base! You will enter the crew list through the app ahead of your charter trip, and receive accurate information on the check-in time of your boat. The Navigare staff will wait for you on the boat with all the necessary documentation. While sipping your favorite drink, you can start to browse the app for interesting sailing route ideas, preview the best restaurants in town and other sweet spots in the area.

Please note: The Navigare App is currently only available in Croatia, but we expect to roll it out to our other destinations soon!

You can download Navigare Experience app from the Google Play or from the App store by searching "Navigare Experience" or you can follow the links:

App Store (IPhone)

Google Play (Android)

You will need your Navigare reservation ID (booking number) in order to log into the app. It is recommended you fill in the crew list before the arrival. If you don’t have your Navigare reservation ID, please ask your agent before arrival or our staff when you are on location.

After login, the first step is to fill in the crew list, taking care to fill in all the mandatory fields accurately. Once your crew list is entered, look it over once more before you as no changes are permitted after your original submission. If you are already at the base waiting to check-in, a notice about the approximate check-in time will be sent to your promptly. You will first receive an approximate time window, followed with a set time and the exact boat location, and the contact person who will take care of you.

When you receive the approximate check-in time, please return to the office or our docks. Once the check-in time is set, the skipper must go immediately to the boat. Turnaround days are often very busy and our staff must keep a tight schedule to serve all our clients on time. Please keep that in mind and follow the schedule accordingly.

While you wait, browse the app and start thinking about the suggested routes and sweet spots you might want to explore.

Tap the Navigare logo to access our contact details, and to read some important instructions as you prepare for your trip.

BVI CHARTER FAQ

Sailing certification is not necessary however a sailing experience shown on a resume is much appreciated. If you are skilled with docking, mooring, anchoring, we are happy to have you sail the seas on one of our many beauties. Catamarans of 50 ft and above require a significant experience and certification is a welcome experience backup.

3 days is a minimum charter length with an exception of peak periods (New Year, spring break etc) when it is possible to charter for 7 days and longer.

You may sleep aboard your boat on the night before your charter (upon availability). Embarkation is at 5 pm and the check-in at 9 am the next morning. The price is 65% of daily charter rate.

All-inclusive package includes: security deposit/full coverage, welcome package, final cleaning, bed sheets & towels, dinghy, outboard engine, propane gas, full water tanks, snorkelling equipment, prepaid BVI mobile phone and weather forecast SMS on daily basis, National parks permits, VISAR and  free Wi-Fi Internet on board (10 GB/charter).

This is payable in advance. All-inclusive package means:

  • no deposit in cash or via credit cards needed
  • no hidden costs
  • all damages covered
  • no money blocked
  • faster check in
  • no insurance needed

Fuel, cruising tax, moorings in all marinas other than home base and all other personal expenses not mentioned in the all-inclusive package.

Charter fee includes the services of a Captain and Crew, meals, standard ship’s bar, fuel, and all expenses related to running of the vessel and use of onboard sports equipment.

The charter fee does not include (optional) crew gratuities, scuba diving, scuba equipment, premium beverages and fine wines, excessive alcohol consumption, off yacht excursions, dockage, cruising taxes, telephone, airport transfers or similar expense incurred by the charterer.

December through April is the high season however if you would like to avoid the crowd, save and still have a good weather - October, November and June would be your months.

The operation of the Vessel is restricted to the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.  British Virgin Islands with the exception of the areas lying within 3 nautical miles of Herman Reef, The White Horse, Horseshoe reef and reefs surrounding Anegada Island as shown on British Admiralty Chart 2008. If the Charterer receives special permission from NY to visit Anegada or the US Virgin Islands (excluding St Croix) the Charterer must be aware that it is not possible for chase calls to be made to these areas should a breakdown occur.

You may take a standard rate taxi from the airport. The price is $8 per person, minimum of $30 per ride. We will be happy to organize one for you, all you need to do is provide your flight number and the number of persons in your group.

It is very important that we receive an accurate and complete crew list, arrival information and group leader's contact number. You can enter the crew list in our login members area or you can contact us at booking@navigare-yachting.com.

You may find the base address, contact persons with related phone numbers HERE!

All our boats are licenced for fishing however you must obtain a recreational fishing licence folowing instuctions HERE!

It is very easy to shop online and get your provisions delivered directly to the boat. You may use a Riteway company or Onemart. There are grocery stores in the base proximity, should you decide to do the shopping yourself.

 

Cancellation more than 120 days prior to embarkation – cancellation fee of 500 EUR/$575
Cancellation  119 to 60 days prior to embarkation - 50% of the charter fee
Cancellation 59 days or less before embarkation - 100% of the charter fee
We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance to cover for losses caused by unforeseen events.

Our office operates from 8 am – 5 pm. If you arrive later then that, please come to our office door where you will find a note that tells you where your boat is. Your boat will be left unlocked with the lights and refrigeration turned on.

Thailand Charter FAQ

Both Sailing certification and experience is needed.

3 days is a minimum charter length with an exception of peak periods when it is possible to charter for 7 days and longer.

You may sleep aboard your boat on the night before your charter (upon availability). Embarkation is at 5 pm and the check-in at 9 am the next morning. The price is 65% of daily charter rate.

Transfer from/to the airport, generator 5 eur/running hour, fuel, moorings in all marinas other than home base and all other personal expenses

Prices include current local taxes fees, and charges, weekly berth in home port.

A refundable deposit is charged 2300 – 3000 eur/boat. This is guaranteed with a cash deposit or a pre-authorization with a Visa or MasterCard prior to the charter start. Your card will not be charged unless the boat or dinghy is damaged. We stongly recommend purchasing a skipper insurance if you are chartering bareboat.

From the beginning of November to the end of April. During this time you can expect stable winds from the Northeast, at force 2 to 4 with temperature at about 30° C.

We can organize an air-conditioned minibus at 40 EUR for up to 8 persons. All we need is your flight details and we will take care of the rest.

It is very important that receive an accurate and complete crew list, arrival information and group leader's contact number. If you are chartering bareboat, a scan of your sailing licence is required.

You may find the base address, contact persons with related phone numbers HERE!

We are happy to provide the provisioning service. All you need to do is to timely fill in the list we will provide you with and we will do the rest. This service has a 90 eur charge.

Our office operates from 8 am – 5 pm. If you arrive later then that, please come to our office door where you will find a note that tells you where your boat is. Your boat will be left unlocked with the lights and refrigeration turned on.