With 16,000km of coastline and over 6,000 islands, there are few destinations better suited to rent a sailboat than Greece as it has been one of the most popular destinations for famous sailors looking to explore the Mediterranean for years.
What is the difference between a bareboat monohull and a skippered one? The difference between the two is that you hire and sail the yacht yourself with no crew. If you’re not ready to explore on your own, we do also offer skippered sailing holidays where you are accompanied on board by one of our friendly and skillful skippers.
While the Aegean may be more popular amongst experienced sailors, charter a bareboat in Ionian, Greece’s western coastline and you won’t get disappointed. With less strong winds in the region, the Ionian Sea is a lot easier for the nonprofessional sailor to sail the boat than elsewhere in Greece.
Moving into the Aegean Sea, renting a bareboat in Cyclades, you will get familiar with some of the most amazing islands in Greece. Nevertheless, you should be cautious of the waters of the Aegean. Despite the very mild temperature, the seas can become dangerous, especially around the Cyclades Islands. The most powerful wind in the region – the Meltemi – averages force 6, often becoming a force 8. It’s tough to sail, so we’d definitely recommend hiring a skipper unless you’re a very skillful sailor.
A skilled yacht sailor should be able to moor a monohull in a limited space in a marina. One of the biggest differences between two of the same length boats is the cost. Sailing a catamaran will cost double the price of sailing monohulls at the same time.
Overall, we could say, borrowing the words of Nikos Kazantzakis: “Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea”.