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On a Trapani yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the west coast and nearby islands of Sicily within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Sicily yacht charter, from enjoying the vibrant culture to beautiful beaches, a Trapani sailing holiday you will never forget

Sitting on the western tip of Sicily, Trapani is a city that has long had a strategic position in the history of the civilisations of the Mediterranean. Mount Erice dominates the landscape and this has been occupied since before the Phoenicians arrived. The Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Normans and a host of conquerors have left their mark on Trapani, that today holds its deep history proud.

Today you will find Trapani a healthy mix of the old and new. The salt flats still produce some of the best cooking salt in the world and have been used for thousands of years. A little higher above sea level you will see ancient structures like the Ligny Tower, the Purgatory Church and the San Lorenzo Martire Cathedral that make for a culture vulture's paradise.

For those who love their food, Trapani is a destination that your stomach will thank you for. From the local black bread, to the pantelleria capers and red Mazara del Vello shrimp to the exquisite vastedda cheese, you will find some of the best food on the Mediterranean sourced within just a few miles of the city.

Explore Trapani By Renting A Yacht

On your Trapani yacht charter you only need to travel a few NM to the ancient island of Mozza that has human relics dating back thousands of years, even beneath its shallow waters where you will find a road built by the Phoenicians.

To the north of Trapani is the famous tourist town of San Vito lo Capo with its excellent white sandy beach and everything you could want from a Sicily holiday resort. A short sail to the south and with its excellent marina and wines is Marsala that is often forgotten on a Sicily yacht charter - but really shouldn't be missed!

The Egadi Islands are a short hop to the west of Trapani that have cave paintings dating back to pre-history and saw a naval battle between Carthage and Rome fought nearby. These are an important destination today for those who want to get away from it all.

On such an island-hopping trip you can head further south to Lampedusa and Pantelleria, islands that also have seen the tectonic changes of empire in civilsations past yet have a quiet mystique to them today - as well as their pristine ecology onshore and in the Mediterranean sea.

Without too many long sailing legs it is possible to get to the Sicily islands' capital Palermo while enjoying the beautiful coast, beaches and towns of the west coast and north coast of mainland Sicily as you go.

It is feasible to reach the volcanic Aeolian Islands to the NE of Sicily on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Perhaps mooring at the inhabited islands of Panarea, Vulcano or Lipari you can watch the natural fireworks of Stromboli's explosions from a comfortable distance and enjoy the black sandy beaches.

How To Get To Trapani

Palermo Airport

Palermo Airport is served by a number of airlines from the US and Europe. To get to Trapani you can catch a bus that takes 1h30 minutes or pay a taxi (though this can be expensive).

Marinas In Trapani

Trapani has no central, large marina. There are several smaller ones with the nearby town of Marsala having a far larger marina that is a short sail from central Trapani.

Columbus Yachting Trapani

Columbus Yachting Trapani is a mid-sized marina close to all the amenities of Trapani. It is a yacht charter hub with charter companies and boat owner offering yacht charter with crew and bareboat of luxury catamaran charter, monohull sailing yacht charter, luxury yacht charter, and motorboat charter.

Berth Characteristics:

100 berths

Max Length 30m (100 Feet)

Max Draught 5m (16 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, restaurant.

Cantiere Nautico Miceli

This is a small marina in Trapani that has a number of charter boat rentals available that include catamaran charter, luxury yacht charter and motor yacht rental.

Berth Characteristics:

40 berths

Max Length 18m (60 Feet)

Max Draught 4m (13 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC.

Marina Arturo Stabile

This is a small marina in Trapani that has a number of charter boat rentals available that include catamaran charter, luxury yacht charter and motor yacht rental.

Berth Characteristics:

25 berths

Max Length 30m (100 Feet)

Max Draught 3m (10 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC.

Porticciolo di Marsala

Porticciolo di Marsala is a mid-sized marina close to all the amenities of Marsala, close to Trapani - though far larger than any in Trapani itself. It is a yacht charter hub with charter companies and boat owner offering yacht charter with crew and bareboat charter of luxury catamaran charter, monohull sailing yacht, luxury yacht charter, and motor yachtrental.

Berth Characteristics:

250 berths

Max Length 20m (65 Feet)

Max Draught 6m (20 Feet)

List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, shower/WC, launderette, garbage disposal, cash machine, restaurant.

Suggested Sailing Routes From Trapani

Whether on a sailboat or motor boat or a bareboat charter or skippered yacht charter there is a lot you could do on a Trapani yacht charter. Sailing on the Mediterranean you can explore western Sicily or go island hopping. Let's go on a mixed coastal and island hopping trip!

7 Days - Palermo and the Egadi Islands: On your first sailing day you will pause for lunch at Mozza Island before heading out to Levanzo in the Aegadian Islands. After a quiet night on this edge-of-the-world feeling island, you will head NE to San Vito lo Capo on mainland Sicily for an experience of one of Italy's best beach resorts. Your third day's sailing will be to Sicily's capital Palermo where you can spend the night taking in this buzzing and fun city. Turning west the next day you will aim for Castellammare del Golfo. Back to the Egadi Islands - this time Favignana with its great tourist facilities for night five and a short sail to Marsala for your sixth and final night aboard before returning to base in Trapani the next day.

14 Days - Mainland and Islands of Sicily: Your shakedown cruise will be out to the Egadi Islands for a quiet evening ashore. After around 25NM of sailing, Palermo the next day will be a bit different to the quiet anchorage the night before. Spend the next day taking it all in. Capo d'Orlando will give you a cultural fix for the next evening after 30NM or so of coastal cruising. Off to the Aeolian Islands, taking a few days at Stromboli, Lipari and Vulcano to see the black sands and explosions. The ancient city of Milazzo will be your next destination - take a day ashore to enjoy all it has to offer and well as visiting Messina while you're at it. Through the strait between Sicily and Italy next and round to Catania for another day's sailing. Marina di Ragusa on the west coast is widely held as one of the best marinas on the main island, and then a long day's sailing back to Marsala the next day. Enjoy the wine and history before returning to Trapani.

Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Trapani

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.

In some parts of Italy's sailing meccas the prices rocket in July/August and you may end up paying hundreds of Euros for the last available berth if you're lucky enough to get one!

As such 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. If you want Italy at full throttle in the maximum heat of summer the high season may well be for you!

The Climate

Much of the sailing season you will find sea breezes that build during the day and ease off at night, making for a perfect sailing holiday.

The hot, humid southerly Scirocco can make things extremely uncomfortable at night in southern Italy and around Sicily from time to time. Expect temperatures to hardly dip at night from the high 30s in the day. Orange hued fog (coloured by Sahara Desert sand) is another issue, adding to the discomfort!

In July and August however, many of the winds seem to take a rest for the year. You could end up motoring for much of your sailing holiday!

FAQs:

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 Trapani?

There are four marinas of note in Trapani - Colombus Yacht services is the largest in the city with 100 berths, with Cantieri Nautico Miceli the next largest with 40 berths. A much larger marina - Porticciolo di Marsala is in nearby Marsala and this has 250 berths.

When are the best times to hire a boat in Trapani?

While the sailing season runs from April to October in Sicily, it can get very busy and hot at the peak times of July and August with the marinas often very full and expensive. As such if you can get on a sailing vacation outside the school holidays, perhaps in May or September the sailing conditions are better and the crowds are less intense.

Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Trapani?

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 Trapani?

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. Dress for warm weather but do have something for tropical rains - light but waterproof.

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 crewed yacht charter you typically don't require licences.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when renting a 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.

Do you have to pay a deposit when renting a boat?

​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 boat 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 rent a boat?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat rental 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 rent a boat?

If you want to sail without a captain 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.