1)What is the sailing weather in Ionian?
In the summer, beginning in May through till the end of Septem-
ber the normal wind is from the North West. It arrives around
noon, blows in a force 2-5 and subsides during sunset.
In the morning it is also noticed that a light Easterly wind may
blow at a force of 1-2. During July-August, North West winds can
blow with a little more strength than usual.
The weather conditions in the area are extremely favorable for
relaxing trouble free sailing. In July and August, when winds in
other regions are blowing stronger ionian stays calm.
|Average temperatures||Average No. of days of rain|
|April||15ο C||5 days|
|May||18ο C||3 days|
|June||23ο C||1 day|
|July||26ο C||1 day|
|August||22ο C||1 day|
|September||28ο C||4 days|
|October||18ο C||6 days|
2) What’s the ideal month to travel in?
Every month’s ideal!
The vessel is ideal all year round. The spacious indoor saloon provides an airy protected space, while the air-conditioned interior (saloon and cabins) provide luxury, secure accommodation no matter the weather.
Every month is different and can be enjoyed to the full with this specific vessel.
During the warm months you can enjoy swimming more, while in the cooler months you can enjoy the quiet the islands have to offer and the unknown surprises a trip can throw up as you discover the local’s lifestyle up close. During low season guests can enjoy the Nirvana experience taking advantage of the relatively lower rates.
3) I know how to sail. Why do I need a skipper?
Chartering a boat with a skipper has numerous benefits:
You’ve got more choice
Since you’ve got the choice, you’re free to decide whether to captain the boat yourself with the skipper next to you for information and assistance, or to relax and enjoy yourself with your friends and family, while letting the skipper handle everything else, releasing you of all worries and responsibilities.
He ensures you want for nothing on your holidays
On such a large vessel with so many electrical and mechanical parts, the skipper is the person who knows how to handle any adverse situations that might arise at sea, and who in most cases can immediately fix anything that’s broken so that you want for nothing on your holidays.
He ensures that you feel safe
The skipper knows the best anchoring spots, local conditions and depths in the area, freeing you from the stress of sudden emergencies such as the anchor coming lose at night.
Moreover, if everyone wants to enjoy a trip to the beach but the anchorage isn’t safe, the skipper will stay on board allowing you to enjoy the local sights without a care in the world.
You’re saving money
You’ll save money since you won’t have to pay the € 3,500 guarantee payable in the case where you charter a boat like this without a skipper.
Where a boat is constantly used only by a professional or under the supervision of a professional, the boat and its equipment can be kept in excellent condition, releasing you in the case of damage.
And of course, he’ll make your trip more interesting!
The skipper will suggest places that may have slipped your attention, places that are less well known but that you’re bound to want to learn about and enjoy. It would definitely be a pity to miss out on them!
4) What other amounts are payable, in addition to the cost of chartering the vessel (for the skipper and cleaning, etc)?
The charterer is responsible for paying fuel costs. With both engines operational, the vessel uses 1 lt per nautical mile (or 7 lt/hr with both engines operational). With an average load, the generator uses 2 lt of fuel an hour. The charterer must also pay the cost of the vessel mooring overnight in marinas if the charterer opts to anchor there.
5) Are pets allowed?
Even the fact we love pets , we believe for many reasons that it is difficult to have them on board.
6) How many people can the vessel accommodate?
In addition to the skipper who has his own accommodations, the vessel can host 8 adults in 4 comfortable double beds, without their own en suite facilities. Special add-ons allow each bed to accommodate one adult and two children, or two adults and a small child. We don’t recommend anyone sleeping in the saloon since it can’t be fully blacked out and the mattresses haven’t been designed for sleeping on. In all events, no more than 12 people are permitted for safety reasons (life rafts, vessel protocols, etc.).
7) If the vessel is damaged, who bears liability?
Any damage to the vessel due to natural causes or erroneous manoeuvres, while at sea or anchored, are covered by the skipper. The charterer is only liable if he causes damage to the vessel’s equipment or furniture, etc.
However, if the charterer knows how to handle a boat and opts to captain the boat himself, the charterer is liable for any damage which occurs when he was in charge, up to € 3,500, irrespective of whether or not at that specific time he accepted the skipper’s help to avoid an accident.
8) What rules apply on board?
It’s a good idea not to wear the same footwear on board the vessel that one wears on land. The vessel’s outdoor areas are often wet with the result that footwear worn off the vessel can leave puddles, creating a risk of slipping.
Indoors, the vessel has an oak floor. While it may be very beautiful, it is also extremely sensitive. Indoors you can wear shoes you have specially set aside for use on board the vessel. Any shoes used on land are prohibited. High heels are also prohibited.
While the vessel is at sea children and anyone who doesn’t know how to swim who plan to use the outdoor areas of the vessel (beyond the bounds of the outdoor saloon) must wear a life jacket.