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Types Of Boats To Hire In Greece

What’s your budget to rent a boat in Greece? How many people are coming with you? What sort of sailing experience do you want to have? Do you want en suite showers in every cabin? Is a sun deck important?

All of the questions above will influence your Greek yacht charter decisions. On a high budget where luxury must come first you can hire a motor cruiser to motor between your destinations.

Motor cruisers

With little else to worry about than the engine getting you there, most of the focus of motor cruisers are on luxury. On larger, crewed superyachts you could have everything from a chef and waiting staff to tenders and toys in a boat garage. These obviously cost!


You could go for a catamaran with all the comforts you need - and ample sunbathing space for those times when you’re not sailing! Ideal for families and groups of friends, you get what you pay for - the more luxurious the yacht the more it will cost.

Monohull sailing yachts

If gritty, fun sailing is one of the reasons you want to hire a boat in Greece then you can go for a monohull sailing yacht that suits your budget. These can range in budget from a hundred Euros a day to much, much more.


If a blast around the bay on a comfortable, fast cruiser is your idea of fun you can hire a RIB in Greece. These range in size from 5 metres to 20 and can even have a day cabin for hiding from the weather on the larger RIBs. Costs will be appropriate to size, comfort and length of use.


You can charter a Gulet in Greece on a fully-crewed cruise with just your family and friends together on a traditionally rigged sailing boat. This is a very good way of relaxing for a week or two, and being shown the very best that Greece’s waters, islands and cultures have to offer. You need absolutely no sailing experience or skills to enjoy this, though you can obviously go as a sailing fanatic who’s interested in sailing these craft!

Speed and Day Boats

Just want a little fun on the water for a half day or full day? Then you can hire a speed or day boat in Greece for as little as €50. This can be a bit of waterborne fun on a land-based holiday or you can hire one while chartering another yacht in Greece. The choice is yours!

Skippered or Bareboat Hire Greece

You don’t need to know how to sail to rent a boat in Greece.You can go for a skippered boat rental where the skipper can get you wherever you want to go or if you’re more confident you can go for a bareboat rental. Skippered charters are available on nearly all boats in Greece as an optional extra.

A skippered yacht charter in Greece will cost you a little more but you get the peace of mind of having someone aboard who knows the waters and can get you safely to all the destinations you want. Where it comes to a skippered boat hire, the skipper will also know some of the best places to go to meet your needs. Want a quiet beach for a barbecue? How about the best Taverna in the area? The skipper will know all this as well as where to land for the best afternoon, grazing on meze (‘Greek Tapas’) and ouzo – one of the best ways of whiling away a baking Greek day…

Bareboat Hire Greece

Bareboat rental costs a little less and you are left to your own devices where it comes to sailing around the Greek mainland and islands. For more experienced sailors this can be a chance to break free and do what you most enjoy! Thousands of families and friends do bareboat charter holidays every year and have a great time as they do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when hiring a Catamaran?

The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Catamaran?

You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the catamaran hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.

What happens if my Catamaran breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company and they can typically send someone from the charter base

What should I think of before I hire a Catamaran?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the catamaran before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool in the evenings.

What Qualifications Do I need to hire a Catamaran?

If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. If you choose to have a skipper on board your catamaran you won't require licences.