A sailing charter in the South of France suggests a cruise among the super yachts along the Côte d'Azur, the glitz and glamour of the Riviera. There's more to the French Mediterranean coast; westward lies another charter experience, where the coastline is dotted with seaside towns and quiet bays.
The Ionian Islands lie off the west coast of Greece. Reaching them is a little more complicated than getting to Greece's Aegean sailing holiday destinations that are accessible by ferry or charter directly out of Athens. The Ionians are worth the effort however, with the bonus Gulf of Corinth experience if time allows.
After many enjoyable years in the charter business and experiencing other great sailing destinations, it was time in 2017 to return to Greece. Back to where it the very idea of the Mediterranean charter boating began: a bareboat sailing holiday around the Ionian Islands.
In August 2017 Sail Connections' Robert Cross took time out of the office for a two-week sailboat charter in Croatia. Here Robert reports on his sailing holiday adventure aboard a Dufour 350 travelling from Dubrovnik to Split return.
A sailboat charter that includes a paid crew means one of two things: crewed bareboat with your party joined by freelance skipper and sometimes cook; or full-service charter on a boat with permanent, professional crew attached.
Your sailing holiday is a big adventure for evryone concerned, and making an investment in time before setting sail will reap rewards on the water. Like any venture, good preparation is key to success in chartering a boat.
Charter boats today have all the electrical conveniences of modern living. On board however you are a long way from the grid. Before setting sail, it’s important to understand the limitations of the electrical power source and the tools it drives.
There's a charter boat trend towards larger catamarans. Enjoy a bareboat sailing holiday on a big cat such as the Saba 50 or Lagoon 52, their six double cabins providing enough room for two families or a group of friends
If considering a charter boat holiday with family or friends, don't go past New Caledonia, with its stunning natural features and charming mix of French and Melanesian culture
Pets are part of the family and it's common to see them aboard on a sailing holiday. But there are some things to consider before you set sail with dog along on your charter boat adventure.
An ideal Croatian boat charter may mean overnighting in a quiet bay. Or perhaps hopping from town to town for fun and excitement. While the bay stopover may be free of charge, marina charges in Croatia can add up
Leading yacht design company Catana is best known for the performance of its cruising multi-hulls. The Bali catamaran is designed with crew comfort also in mind, ideal for bareboat charter.
In the long family tradition and Kiwi boating as I know it, if there is no boat on the market to meet a need, it is time to head for the shed. A space where ideas are put into practice.
The Turkish coastline is longer than that of any other Mediterranean country. On southwestern Turkey, the “Turquoise Coast”, is a popular and safe bareboat charter destination.
Just offshore southwestern Turkey, the Dodecanese are nevertheless very much Greek islands. From charter bases in Kos and Rhodes, explore this historic, diverse group of islands that straddle east and west.
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