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On a Volos catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Sporades Islands and Aegean Sea within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Volos yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a catamaran charter Volos is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Volos is a major city on mainland Greece that sits at the base of Mount Pelion, a mountain that has great importance in Ancient Greek mythos. Jason and his fleet are said to have set off on his Argonauts adventure from a port on the Pagasitic Gulf close to where Volos sits today.
The city is a major port city, with Volos Port the main sea gateway to northern Greece. Unlike so many cities such Athens, it doesn’t actively court tourism. The harbor front marina has a number of floating pontoons from which you will take your charter yacht on your sailing vacation. As such Volos is more of an authentic tase of Greece than you will find elsewhere. You will find excellent bars, restaurants and nightclubs catering to the Greek crowd rather than the international as with so many others in the region.
Many of those on a yacht charter vacation fly into Volos as an alternative to starting their sailing vacation in the Northern Sporades islands. The Pagasetic Gulf (Pagasitikos Gulf) is large and well protected from the bigger winds on the Aegean Sea, and as such gives a gentle introduction to sailing before you get out to the Sporades Islands.
The Pelion Peninsula to the east of Volos is a completely different pace of life. A place where even the gods of mythos used to relax, the Pelion Peninsula with Mount Pelion has barely picked up the pace in the intervening millennia! You will find quiet fishing villages where you may end up sipping ouzo and eating meze with the locals of an afternoon…
Before you reach the mouth of the Pagasetic Gulf you will find a Greek island with a difference - Paleo Trikeri. Paleo Trikeri is a small island with thousands of citrus and olive trees, and just one village with around 20 permanent residents. Unlike so many Greek islands, it is not a tourist trap in any way and another opportunity to relax in ‘authentic Greece’.
Beyond the Pagasitic Gulf you will reach the Northern Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos. These have attracted tourism (especially with the Hollywood movie Mama Mia) but are a lot more laid back than that of the Cyclades Islands for example. You will find quiet anchorages and beautful bays as well as sandy beaches that will entertain you.
Altogether, Volos as a base is an unlikely but nonetheless excellent spot to begin a perfect boat charter vacation. Book your catamaran charter Volos with Borrow a Boat today!
You don’t need to worry about being an experienced sailor or even sailing the boat out of Volos with Borrow a Boat! A Volos 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 vacation.
A captained yacht charter or will mean that the captain 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 vacation.
One of the advantages of a crewed yacht charter sailing vacation is that you can go longer distances from the yachtcharter base. The Dodecanese Islands are within reach on a two week sailing trip, as are the Northern Cyclades 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 captain or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Volos crewed yacht charter will cost a little more (typically $150 a day for a captain and $100 per crew member) and it’s the done thing to thank them with a tip at the end of the week.
A bareboat yacht charter vacation will mean that you can take the charter yacht out on your own. Generally for vessels up to 20 meters 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 sailing 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.
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.
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 captain.
On your Volos crewed catamaran boat rental or bareboat charter sailing vacation you can explore the Pagasetic Gulf and Northern Sporades and even on to the Chalkidiki Peninsula. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing vacation and a 14 day yachtcharter vacation on your charter yacht:
7 days - Northern Sporades sailing vacation: On this charter vacation you will not sail very far on any given day, but have plenty of time ashore. As a first leg from Volos you stay on the island of Paleo Trikeri as a first port of call. On out to Skiathos and then Skopelos for your next nights ashore, and then a day on the marine reserve of Alonnisos. Return to mainland Greece with a pause at Port Vase Pescuit on the Pelion Peninsula. Head inland to explore this laid back and beautiful part of the world. Nea Mintzela on the western edge of the Pagasetic Gulf will be your final port of call before returning to Volos Port for handover.
14 days - Chalkidiki Peninsula: Your first leg will be to Skiathos in the Sporades Islands before a longer leg out to the Chalkidiki Peninsula in Northern Greece. Here you will find a delightful combination of beautiful beaches and tourist resorts as well as the Mount Athos monastic community where women have been banned from entering for hundreds of years since its foundation. This mix of modern pleasures and ancient mysticism make for a very different experience of Greece to much of the rest of the country. On the way back, set sail for the Dodecanese island of Limnos and then Lesvos before heading to the southern Sporades island of Skyros. Via Skopelos in the Northern Sporades, back to the charter base at Volos Port.
If you are on a captained catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Volos, 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 captain 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 Captain (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Captain 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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