Catamaran Charter Corfu
On a Corfu catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Ionian Sea within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Greece yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a Corfu yacht charter is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Run by a range of different empires through the ages, and only Greek for the last 150 years, the Ionian island of Corfu may well have Greek as its main language, but its culture and history is very much its own. One of the oldest holiday destinations for British package holidaymakers, and dominated by that empire for many years, a Brit will feel very at home here! That said, so will Italians, with the Venetian empire running it for centuries before... Many say that its beautiful beaches are some of the very best in Greece, and this in turn has helped Corfu become such a successful holiday destination.
The Ionian Islands differ from the other Greek islands - the Dodecanese Islands, Saronic Islands, Sporades Island and other Aegean Islands - thanks to their location. On the surface the Ionian Sea has a different temperament with the Bora winds being gentler during the sailing season, but the geography has meant that they have different histories. The Dodecanese Islands are just off the Turkish coast and have been a flashpoint between Turkey and Greece since pre-Ottoman times. This has impacted their foods, cultures and histories in different ways.
Corfu Island is one of the seven Ionian Islands on the calm and beautiful Ionian Sea. Possibly based at the island's main Gouvia Marina on Gouvia Bay, your boat charter will likely take you on to see smaller islands such as Paxos Island and Antipaxos, or larger ones like Lefkada and Kefalonia as you explore the region on your luxury yacht charter.
On a Corfu catamaran charter you can explore as much or as little as you want. Perhaps a sandy beach or two for swimming out of the sight of others is your thing? A week or two Greek island hopping will show you many such opportunities, while those who want to use their luxury yacht as a party base to hit the tavernas with a vengeance will have plenty of room for that! Your Greece yacht charter opens the doors to it all!
Crewed Catamaran Charters from Corfu
You don't need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Corfu with Borrow a Boat! A Corfu crewed catamaran charter on a motor yacht or sailing catamaran can mean you do as much or as little physically sailingthe yacht as you like on your yacht charter holiday.
A skippered yacht charter or will mean that the skipper will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht charter or gulet charter will involve one or two crew on the gulet charter who will cook, sail and make suggestions as to your best destinations on your sailing itinerary. With their local knowledge, even if you're an experienced sailor you can enjoy a perfect yacht charter holiday.
One of the advantages of a crewed yacht charter holiday is that you can go longer distances from the yacht charter base. The Saronic Islands are within reach on a two week sailing trip, as is Athens and indeed the Cyclades.
As to you? You can just enjoy the breezes and views on your luxury yacht charter, or if you fancy learning a bit about sailing, help the skipper or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Corfu crewed yacht charter will cost a little more (typically €150 a day for a skipper and €100 per crew member) and it's the done thing to thank them with a tip at the end of the week.
Bareboat Catamaran Charter From Corfu
A bareboat yacht charter holiday will mean that you can take the charter yacht out on your own. Generally for vessels up to 20 metres LOA on a sailing license such as an RYA Day Skipper or ASA 104 Bareboat certificate, you will have total responsibility for the yacht.
You will need to think about your itinerary, victualling, possible secondary ports should a marina be full, as well as issues like weather and mooring fees.
On a bareboat catamaran charter you will be asked to pay for insurance in the form of a security deposit to the chartercompany on departure or through buying charter insurance before you leave the yacht charter base.
Types of Catamarans Available For Rent Or Charter In Corfu:
When searching a geographical area on Borrow A Boat you can filter by the below charter yacht types. There is also the option to further filter your searches by price, the number of guests, cabins or bathrooms, what year the catamaran was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Types of Catamarans Available:
Sailing Catamarans: Luxury catamarans are stable and spacious type of sailing boat, with quick sailing performance, and and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Better for larger groups, they have lots of room for water toys, and are big enough for a little privacy. A catamaran charter luxury yacht is easy and comfortable for novices not used to heeling and are loved by families due to their extra space when compared to a monohull sailing yacht. Typically far more luxurious than a sailboat, the larger catamarans have en suite toilets and showers in the cabin as well as ample entertaining space in the saloon and on deck.
Power Catamarans: These motor yacht catamarans are relatively new but have also been gaining in popularity as the two hulls keep the boat more stable when compared to a monohull. The wider beam of these motor boats also mean more deck space and as they don't have sails or a mast, they have a lot more space on deck than a sailingcatamaranrental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailingvacation with an experienced skipper.
Catamaran Sailing Itineraries From Corfu
On your Corfu crewed catamaran boat rental or bareboat charter sailing holiday you can explore the Ionian Islands and even via the Corinth Canal, on to the Saronic Gulf. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing holiday and a 14 day yacht charterholiday on your charter boat:
7 days - Gouvia Marina - Ionian Islands: Over a week's boat charter you can get as far south as Zakynthos. Pause at one of the smaller islands of Paxos Island and Antipaxos on the way south (and perhaps the other coming back north) and then sample the sights and sounds of Lefkada, and Ithaca on the way south, before spending a day or so exploring Zakynthos and then back via Kafalonia on the way north. Back to Marina Gouvia for handover.
14 days - Corinth Canal and Saronic Gulf: Covering well over 250NM on this sailing holiday, this might be one for a crewed yacht charter to allow for night passages as you go. You will island hop the Ionian Island chain and then head into the Gulf of Corinth, getting to see one of the most spectacular marine shortcuts of the world in the Corinth Canal. From here you can explore either the Saronic islands of Aegina and Salamina or sail into Athens on mainland Greece. Return, enjoying the longer passages on the Aegean Sea and then Ionian Sea as you take in Greece in all of its colours, sights and subcultures.
Do You Need A Licence To Charter A Catamaran In Corfu?
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Corfu, you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter and in some countries such as Greece a day skipper or ICC may not be enough for boats over 45 feet in length, you will need to check with the charter agent but here are some examples of typical sailing qualifications that will allow you to charter in most countries:
International Certificate of Competence: This is issued on request by your European sailing authority and you should automatically qualify with certain national sailing qualifications.
RYA Qualifications: If you have the following qualifications you will typically be able to take a bareboat charter out of Rhodes (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Skipper (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster.
American Sailing Association (ASA): The ASA 104 Bareboat certificate is commonly accepted but also check as per above
US Sailing: The International Proficiency Certificate is widely accepted and The Bareboat Cruising Certificate is also accepted in many cases.
Popular Destinations For Hiring A Catamaran
Below we've picked some of our favourite destinations worldwide for hiring catamarans with something to suit every type of sailor.
Catamaran Charter in Greece: Enjoy the amazing culture and cuisine while island hopping in Greece.
Catamaran Charter in Croatia: Take in the delights of the Adriatic sea along with the rich history of Croatia.
Catamaran Charter in BVI: Excellent sailing conditions along with unspoilt natural beauty make this a must sailplace.
Catamaran Charter in Spain: With just under 5,000km of coastline and 60 islands on the Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean there's a lot to get excited about.
Catamaran Charter in St.Lucia: Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches on this luscious green island in the hear of the Caribbean.
Catamaran Charter in France: From the stunning coastlines of the Cote d'Azur and French Riviera in the south of France to the island of Corsica or feisty Atlantic coast, this is a diverse and beautiful country for a sailing holiday.
Catamaran Charter in Grenada: Enjoy a fantastic Caribbean sailing experience on the 'Island of Spice' in windward islands
Catamaran Charter in Italy: A catamaran charter in Italy has got to be close to the top of every sailor's bucket list, enjoy the stunning cuisine and culture
Catamaran Charter in Turkey: A catamaran charter in Turkey is more of an adventure and a chance to explore a unique culture where East meets West on the cultural and geological border between Europe and Asia.
Catamaran Charter in Martinique: Charter around wonderful Martinique and enjoy stunning the Caribbean landscapes
Catamaran Charter in The Bahamas: The ideal location for a luxury catamaran charter in crystal clear waters
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 in Corfu?
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 chartercompanies themselves.