FAQ

GENERALLY

Yes, you need sailing licence to rent a boat. However, if you don’t have sailing licence, you can book Navigare skipper and be a member of the crew.

Greece

The skipper must possess valid licence for size and tonnage of the boat required by Greece Maritime Law for the yacht in question.
The Co-Skipper must sign official Navigare statement that he has sailing experience.
VHF licence is recommended but not obligatory.

Croatia

The skipper must possess valid licence for size and tonnage of the boat, required by Croatia Maritime Law for the yacht in question.
VHF licence is obligatory.

Turkey

The skipper must possess valid licence for size and tonnage of the boat required by Turkey Maritime Law for the yacht in question.
VHF licence is recommended but not obligatory.

Spain

The skipper must possess valid licence for size and tonnage of the boat, required by Spain Maritime Law for the yacht in question.
VHF licence is obligatory.

Italy

The skipper must possess valid licence for size and tonnage of the boat, required by Italy Maritime Law for the yacht in question.
VHF licence is obligatory.

Sweden

The skipper must possess valid licence for size and tonnage of the boat required by Turkey Maritime Law for the yacht in question.
VHF licence is recommended but not obligatory.

British Virgin Islands

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.

Thailand

Both sailing certification and experience is needed.  

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

The season in the Mediterranean lasts from April to mid-November, with the peak season being June to August. Prices vary depending on the date you choose and are more expensive if closer to the peak season. May and September are great months for those who want some peace and quiet in the ports as air and water temperatures are favourable and bays are not crowded.

Usual charter length is 1-3 weeks, but other options are also possible.

Standard sailing charter usually begin and ends on Saturdays. We are also flexible and can enable you to sail for 10 days if that would be more convenient for you.

Sweden

The peak season for sailing in Sweden is from June till the end of August. The best thing about sailing in Sweden in June and July are long days with only a few hours of darkness.

Usual charter length is 1-3 weeks, but other options are also possible.

Standard sailing charter usually begin and ends on Saturdays. We are also flexible and can enable you to sail for 10 days if that would be more convenient for you.

BVI & Thailand

The most popular time to go sailing in Thailand is from mid-November to March. The weather is the most favourable then, but it is also the most crowded time. You can expect fewer crowds and much lower prices in the monsoon season from May to the end of October. British Virgin Islands are a great sailing destination all year around except in the hurricane season which officially lasts from June to September, with August being the most likely month for hurricanes.

We have our own fleets in Greece (Lavrion), Croatia (Split, Trogir, Šibenik), Turkey (Gocek), Thailand (Phuket), BVI (Tortola) and Sweden (Gåshaga), Spain (Palma), Italy (Cagliary). We can also arrange you a boat in the rest of the world, and we have extensive experience in the Caribbean, Thailand, Italy and France. We use only carefully selected, reputable suppliers that and take care of all the practical things before you sail. As long as there is a boat for hire – we can find it for you!

Yes! You can subscribe to one of our joint trips where you rent a place on board. For more information about this offer, check our CABIN CHARTER SERVICE.

On cabin charter, you pay for your berth in a double cabin for a week or two. 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!

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

BOATS

We have monohulls from 36-64 feet, and catamarans from 38-56 feet. Their brands are Bavaria, Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon,Nautitech, Hanse, Fountaine Pajot and are custom-made for the charter market (i.e. convenient and highly comfortable). We also have some boats with finer sailing qualities for those who are more interested in performance. 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 GPS with chart plotter, tridata, port guide, current paper charts, Bimini, Spray Hood, outboard engine & dinghy, bow thruster, CD player with speakers and safety equipment.

Detailed boat equipment can be found on each 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 can use the 12V charger (car charger) while sailing or plug into 220V in ports.

BOOKING PROCESS

Book on time! You will automatically receive a discount if you book 6 months or more before departure and get a 10% discount for a week on board. We also reward our loyal customers with extra discounts and often have special prices in connection with boat shows. Just send us an email to booking@navigare-yachting.com and we will get back to you with our quote ASAP!

If you book and pay with the credit card, we will send you booking confirmation and if you choose bank transfer, we will make preliminary reservation and book after the payment is received. When you submit booking request online, preliminary reservation (option) lasts up to 5 days and it is not binding. If you do not confirm it in that period, it expires automatically, and your boat becomes available to other customers.

It is easier to arrange this outside the high season, but your dates must fit into the schedule. We try to be as flexible as possible and enable you fewer or more days.

In the BVI and Thailand the minimum charter lasts for three days.

In other destinations, 1 to 3 weeks are standard charter durations.

You can research availability on the yacht pages or contact us for more information at booking@navigare-yachting.com .

On the booking confirmation we send you, you will find the invoice with the bank account number. 50% of the vessel price needs to be paid within 7 days and the remaining balance is due 40 days before departure (we also recommend that you take a cancellation insurance). The charter fee needs to be paid 40 days before departure. Exact dates are stated on the invoice. If you miss payment dates, we will first contact you, so no cancellation is done automatically. If you book online and pay by credit card, you can pay up to 6 instalments (depending on the time to charter). Please check your booking confirmation and login area and all details to make sure they are correct.

When making a booking, you will receive the login details for your booking zone where you will need to fill in your name, passport number, date and time of arrival for all travellers before the charter. We make it convenient for you – download our Navigare experience app and do it from you cell phone. Read more on the Navigare experience app in the FAQ section. This information must be received no later than 14 days before departure and if not received, we will contact you. We need this information so we can allow you to rent the boat. You also need to submit information about the skipper’s sailing licence if you are not hiring our skipper (you can upload the scan in the login area). However, you will need to present your skipper licence in the base during check-in.

If you need a transfer, you can also request transfer by booking online and opt for optional extra-transfer. Please in any case send us your arrival time and contact number (or you can do so in the login area).

Cancellation more than 120 days prior to embarkation – cancellation fee of 500 EUR/$575 does apply.  Cancellation  119 to 60 days prior to embarkation - 50% of the charter fee is reimbursed.  In case of cancellation 59 days or less before embarkation there is no reimbursement.  We strongly recommend purchasing 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 or by writing to booking@navigare-yachting.com. In that case, you will be picked up at the airport arrival terminal and taken directly to your boat. Once you arrive, please contact the office and the staff there who will help you. Except in Thailand and BVI, should you arrive after 7 pm at night, we will leave the boat unlocked and ready for you and leave you a notice on the office door. The check-in will be done the following morning.

Yes, it is possible, but only in Croatia. Currently we have popular sailing one-way routes which include Trogir (Split)-Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-Trogir (Split) in Croatia. When booking online just tick the one-way optional extra.

Standard check-in time in Europe (Meditereanean and Sweden) is after 17:00. If you would like an earlier check-in, we recommend ordering the Navigare VIP Pack (in Croatia, Greece & Italy). If you book online, you can choose it as optional extra. It includes priority check-in (guaranteed from 13:00), exclusive reception and drinks on board. This will give you almost one more sailing day. Book early as the number of VIP packs is limited.

In the BVI & Thailand, embarkation & disembarkation are every day in the week at 12:00.

 

In Croatia, upon arrival in marina, please proceed to Navigare office to finalise your paperwork.

Once your boat is cleaned, prepared technically, checked and ready for you, you can embark your boat. You will be accompanied by the technician and conduct video check-in. After the inspection of the boat, and if further assistance from the technician is not needed, you are ready to sail away!

In other destinations, check-in of the boat is performed by the skipper +1 crew member and someone from the base personnel. They inspect the boat from keel to mast and check to ensure that all equipment is in place and functioning properly.

At check-in, you will also receive instructions on important fuses and operation of the specific model and will be given instructions about the use of toilet, septic tank and LPG. If you have some unclear issues, please ask additional questions! If you detect any malfunctions – just call our service! Once you sign the takeover, note down any damage so you don’t have to explain it at check out. At check-out you will go through the boat again and be given the chance to rate our service.

It is always the skipper who has full responsibility for the boat, therefore we recommend taking skipper insurance. If you hire Navigare’s own professional skipper, he will be responsible for all damages on board.

In destinations where we have All-inclusive package, the damages will be covered by All-inclusive package fee, and in the destinations where we have Comfort package, the damages will be covered from the security deposit.

In case any damage occurs as a consequence of your gross negligence, you will need to discuss damage costs with base managers at check-out at our office.

The boat should be returned to the harbour the night before check-out (usually Friday by 18:00). Check-out can already be done on Friday night as long as there is light or on Saturday morning. Obviously, you will have full access to the boat until 09:00 am the next morning (usually Saturday).

In Thailand and BVI embarkation and disembarkation need to be done by noon.

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 need to be put away, kitchen equipment needs to be returned to its place, sheets / towels folded, garbage taken out… Make sure to double check the locker so you do not forget personal belongings! We hope you had a wonderful holiday with us and we are looking forward to seeing you again!

NAVIGARE YACHTING EXPERIENCE APP

Navigare Experience application improves your vacation organization as for you to spend maximum time on enjoying. Online check-in with the Navigare Yachting Experience app means no queuing at the base! You will enter the crew list through the app and get accurate information on the check-in time on the boat. Navigare staff will wait for you on the boat with all necessary documentation. While sipping your favorite drink you can also browse our inspiration content with some interesting sailing route ideas, best restaurants and sweet spots in the area.

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): https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1362520080?mt=8

Google Play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navigare.yachting.crewexperience

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

First, fill in the crew list. Mind the obligatory data. Once your crew is entered, check once more and send it. After the crew list is sent, no changes are possible! If you are in the base, waiting for the check-in, have your favorite drink and wait for the notice about the approximate check-in time. Browse our inspiration content and get some idea about possible routes or sweet spots. Touching on the Navigare logo you will be able to read some important instructions about your trip.

We will first send the approximate time of the check-in followed by the actual time with boat location and contact person a bit later. Please be close to the office and piers at the approximate check-in time. Once the check-in time is fixed the skipper should go to the boat. Turnaround days are very busy and our staff is doing their best to serve all clients on time.

Please keep that in mind and be on the boat at the exact agreed time.

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.