Yacht Charter and Boat Rentals in Positano
Yacht Charter Positano
One of the most romantic towns in the whole of Italy's Amalfi Coast, the cliffside town of Positano is one of the most photogenic yacht charter destinations on the Mediterranean Sea.
Most of the town is pedestrianised, in part because many of the streets are steps up and down the cliff. It was a fishing village until writers and artists discovered the town in the 1950s and has since become fashionable holiday resort.
The beach at the bottom of the town is a major attraction, though as you wander up and down the stairs and alleys you will find expensive boutiques and excellent restaurants with stunning views of the coastline.
Positano's central location on the Amalfi Coast means it is an important destination for those on an Amalfi Coast yacht charter.
People come to Positano to relax and forget the world, absorbed by the sights and sounds of Italy at its most perfect. From its mild climate to its stunning appearance you will never forget your time in this jewel of a town.
Explore Positano By Renting A Yacht
A Positano yacht charter will likely begin with a water taxi to the mooring buoys just off the beach. There is no marina here. Centrally located on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, you will soon be spoiled for choice as to where to visit locally.
Sorrento has been a tourist destination of sorts for hundreds of years, and is a must do on any Amalfi Coast yacht charter. Young aristocrats on their Grand Tours in the 18th and 19th Centuries found many a pleasure and inspiration in the town, which like Positano is perched on a steep cliff. Its architecture is just as stunning, the restaurants and boutiques as enticing and atmosphere just as fashionable as Positano.
For those who wish to go island hopping on your boat trip, the islands of Capri and Ischia are very different to one another yet have their charms. Capri island is a top yacht charter destination and and you will see many a luxury yacht charter in the bays and coves From its natural wonders such as the Blue Grotto (a tourist attraction since Roman times) to the exclusive beach clubs and top end fine dining, there's plenty to find here.
Ischia island, a volcanic outcrop off Naples, is larger than Capri. The beaches are beautiful as are the towns. Also its hot springs mean that you can enjoy a natural spa in the same way as people have enjoyed for thousands of years.
How To Get To Positano
Served by airlines from all over the world, Naples Airport is the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.
Naples to Positano
One way is to take a bus from Naples Airport to Naples ferry port and to take a boat to Positano. There are three ferries a day and this takes around 1h45. It will cost around €50 per head each way. This will take around 2.5 hours from airport end to end or alternatively you can get a taxi direct.
Marinas In Positano
There is no marina in Positano. The Grassi Junior Mooring Buoys however are where a number of yacht charter companies launch their Amalfi Coast yacht charter holidays from, whether on a bareboat or luxury yacht charter basis.
Grassi Junior Mooring Buoys:
Max Length 30 m (98 Feet)
Max Draught 3 m (9.8 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, restaurant, accommodation.
Suggested Sailing Routes From Positano
Whether on a bareboat yacht charter or a luxury yacht charter you can launch your Amalfi Coast yacht charter from Positano and explore the islands and beautiful towns of the region.
7 days - Amalfi Coast,Capri Island, Ischia: Exploring the Sorrentine Peninsula towns of Amalfi, Salerno, and Sorrento itself for the first few days, you will then set off for Capri Island before heading north on your sailing holiday for quieter yet equally beautiful Ischia. Stop off on the smaller Bay of Naples island of Procida and return over a couple of days to Positano.
14 days - Bay of Naples and Pontine Islands: Given two weeks to explore the region, you can head north to the almost untouched Pontine Island archipelago off the coast of Rome. Ponza is the only heavily populated island with a couple of small villages you can explore, but you can also land at uninhabited, two-miles-long Ventotene to experience true solitude. As you return gently to the real world, explore Ischia for its thermal springs and spas. After such solitude and quiet then ease your way back into the world with a pause at Sorrento before heading back to base at Positano.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Positano
The sailing season in Italy is from May to October. Outside of the high season in July/August you will find many marinas have enough room to meet demand and will often be cheaper than Greece or Croatia.
As such some of the best times to sail in Italy are during school term in September or October when the sea is still warm but the marinas and towns relaxed and quiet.
Sailing Weather In Positano
Let's first look at the winds. The Maestral (Mistral) can reach the Bay of Naples and west coast of Sardinia at most times of the year. By the time it reaches Italy it has lost much of its gusto though do be aware of it funnelling through the Strait of Bonifacio between Sardinia and Corsica - things can get exciting.
The hot, humid southerly Scirocco can make it warmer at night in southern Italy and around Sicily.
Similar to the Scirocco is the Libeccio, a south-westerly wind that can also bring heavy rain from the Sahara. This is a common enough wind in Tuscany and Sardinia.
To the north around Venice is the Tramontana falling off the Alps. This is stronger at night, but brings cool air as break from the heat of summer.
In July and August most winds die back, leaving the sun and sea breezes to dominate the climate.
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?
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.
What are the Marinas in Positano?
The Grassi Junior Mooring Buoys is the only place to moor a yacht at Positano. A water taxi or tender will get you ashore.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Positano?
Neapolitans escape the fierce heat of their city in July and August so Positano can be busy. You can still go on a sailing holiday in September or October and benefit from a quieter and more relaxed Positano boat rental.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Positano?
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht 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 Yacht 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.
What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Positano?
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire 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 on most evenings.
What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?
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. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.