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On a Mykonoscatamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Cyclades Islands and Aegean Sea within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Mykonos yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a catamaran charter Mykonos is going to be an unforgettable experience.
The Central Cyclades island of Mykonos has a lot to offer someone on a sailing holiday with lots of excellent sailing destinations within reach. With its own international airport, you can take a direct flight here from many locations in Northern Europe.
Mykonos island is an undoubtably beautiful island with white sandy beaches such as Super Paradise Beach and the seafront around Little Venice among the highlights. For those who seek more than a sandy beach there are several cultural landmarks such as the Panagia Paraportiani church - actually five churches built in the Cyvcladic vernacular on the same spot over the last seven centuries.
As well as the Panagia Paraportiani church you will find many boutiques and restaurants lining Little Venice too. As such there is a mix of attractions for those of different ages, from all night partying to beautiful bays in which to moor, well away from the noise and crowds.
On your Mykonos yacht charter you will likely find your charter yacht in the mid-sized Tourlos Marina, though as well as Tourlos Marina there is the smaller Mikonos Marina with berths capable of taking vessels up to 40m LOA.
From the marina you can set sail to explore nearby island in the Cyclades such as Poros or even Santorini on a longer luxury yacht charter or private boat charter. Perhaps on a private boat charter you can sail as far as the Dodecanese Islands near the coast of Turkey or west into the Saronic Gulf and to explore the Saronic Islands and mainland Greece. On a Mykonos yacht rental all of these sailing destinations are in reach.
Crewed Catamaran Charters from Mykonos
You don’t need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Mykonos with Borrow a Boat! A Mykonos crewed catamaran charter on a motor yacht or sailing catamaran can mean you do as much or as little physically sailing the 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 sailing vacation is that you can go longer distances from the yacht charter base. The Ionian Islands are within reach on a two week sailing trip, as are most islands on the Aegean Sea.
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 Mykonos 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 Mykonos
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 charter company on departure or through buying charter insurance before you leave the yacht charter base.
Types of Catamarans Available For Rent Or Charter in Mykonos:
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 Catamaran: 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.
Motor Catamaran: 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 sailing catamaran rental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailing vacation with an experienced skipper.
Catamaran Sailing Itineraries From Mykonos
On your Mykonos crewed catamaran boat rental or bareboat charter sailing holiday you can explore the Cyclades Islands and even via the Corinth Canal, on to the Ionian Islands. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing holiday and a 14 day yacht charter holiday on your charter boat:
7 days - Cyclades Islands sailing holiday: On this Mykonos yacht charter you can have a mix of fun and history. As a first island to visit, head SW to the mythical island of Delos, one of the most important islands in Ancient Greek mythology. After a night and day ashore here, set sail for nearby Tinos and then Andros for your next two nights ashore. Heading back SW now, visit Kea, Kynthos and then Paros before returning the charter catamaran to base on Mykonos.
14 days - Santorini and Dodecanese Islands: This is an opportunity to enjoy the best of the Aegean Sea as you head firstly to the Cycladic island of Naxos and then the beautiful island of Santorini. From here you island hop east to the Dodecanese island of Rhodes before pausing on a couple of the smaller islands heading north to Kos. Ikaria and Samos in the Dodecanese will be your next sailing destinations before returning to the Cyclades Islands of Andros and Ermpouli. Spend a final night on the mythical island of Delos before returning your charter yacht to the charter base on Mykonos Island.
Do You Need A Sailing License To Charter A Catamaran In Mykonos?
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Mykonos, you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a sailing 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.
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.
You will typically pay 50% up front on reserving 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.
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
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.
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.
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