Better a boat rental in “Early-booking” or in “Last-moment” ?

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Gulet_in_GreeceIs true that there is sometimes better discount in “last-moment”, but this did not worked at all last year because the European flights to Greece become so expensive in the last moment!
Example : no possible to find a flight for less than 1000 Euro, and now is around 200 or less.

 

So much better to use the actual “Early-booking” discount combined with flights at their lower price!

December is the last month to apply “Early-booking” discount for yacht charter.

That’s why is now the time to book a private gulet charter in the Greek islands

with InterCharter

 

Visiting Premium Winemakers by Yacht in Croatia 2° by Intercharter

2 votes

Secret charms of Hvar terroir by renting a boat

ivo-dubokovic-wine-jelsa-1History of the winery

Ivo Bubrovic produces supreme quality dalmatians wines. The winery was built in 1939 as a part of family house. Aware the quality of family wineyards located on exquisite locations, Dubokovic, with assistance of his cousin Ivo Barbic, who is in professional winemaking bisiness in Switzerland, went on a quest to make a top quality wine. He succeeded. The quality launched his wine high in the world of wines. The Dubokovic winery offers ten wine sorts and soon shall have eleventh – rosé of plavac Mali. This family winery makes 30000 bottles a year.

272521About winery

Winery offers sightseeing winery tours, which can host events with a capacity of maximum 30 people. The winery does not contain hosting facility, thought in the port of Jelsa next to the berths, mr & mrs Jones restaurant is located offering Bubokovic wines and olive oils. Guests arriving to Jelsa by boat can anchor in the port. The closest petrol station is only 400 mt away. Jelsa also offers heliport.

Winery opens as per request, so it is best to make a reservation by phone a few days before arrival. Also guests arriving to Hvar can contact agency Hvar Tours, which organizes winery visits and wine tasting tours.

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Maximum anchoring depth 3.5 mt, 22 boats of max 35 mt.

To rent a boat and reach Jelsa during a splendid cruise in Croatia, please contact  InterCharter

Catamaran Lagoon 570 for charter in Greece (bareboat or crewed)

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Lagoon 570 | Dragoon One

*by Dragoon One staff

Dragoon One is a Lagoon catamaran with a length overall of 17 meters and a width of 9 meters.lagoon570

It’s possible to rent Dragoon One with a crew consisting of his captain for a perfect navigation and the hostess taking care of the internal management and for the kitchen or Bare Boat with only a sailor on board (included in price) for navigational support.

A holiday on Dragoon One ensures high comfort and a high level of service.

The port of departure of Dragoon One for 2014 season is the Greek port of Messolonghi, 40 km away from the port of Patras for those who come by boat from Bari / Brindisi and 70 km from Patras Araxos airport served by Ryanair. The yacht’s staff will take care of transportation to and from the port of arrival . The navigation area is mainly the Ionian Greece but the strategic location allows easy access to the Aegean Sea through the Strait of Corinth. Therefore, the possible routes are as follows:charter_grecia

  • Ionian Islands : Zakynthos, Lefkada, Kefalonia
  • Peloponnese and Kythira Islands , Alonissos and Crete
  • archipelago of Sporades : Alonissos , Skiathos , Skopelos, Skyros
  • Cycladic Archipelago

The route will be arranged with Dragoon One’s guests  according to their preferences and available time.

Itinerary 1: Peloponnesse – Kythira – Elafonissos

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Peloponnese Itinerary includes the departure from the port of Messolongi, stop at the island of Zakynthos which is only 30 nm away. the island offers secluded coves with clear water combined to the bright colors of nature and typical local villages. Overnight sail to the port of Pylos (55 mg) a nice caracteristic greek fishing harbor, where you can enjoy fresh fish and tzatziki. Then, cross towards to the islands of Alonissos and Kythira (70 nm), with their beautiful bays and beaches.

Itinerary 2: Aegean Islands

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The itinerary in the Aegean Sea is one of the most charming and typical in Greece. It touches some of the most renouned islands but it is also the most challenging, only suitable to passengers who like to sail in strong wind, because of the constant presence of the  “Meltemi” that sweeps the Aegean Sea in the summer months. You can get to the Aegean Sea either through the Strait of Corinth (but there’s a fee to pay) or by circumnavigating the Peloponnese. The itinerary allows you to touch islands such as Milos, Paros, Ios, Mykonos, etc. ..

Itinerary 3: Sporades – Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros

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If you are prepared to sail long distances and your charter lasts at least 2 weeks , this itinerary (400 nm) will take you to the fascinating Sporades islands, the most genuine and typical of Greece. These islands are full of hidden coves and fishing harbors, with a very lively night life. There are numerous bars, parties and cocktails on the beach at sunset. Must pass through the Strait of Corinth!

Itinerary 4: Ionian Island Corfù, Cefalonia, Zante, Lefkada, Itaca, Citera

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Quiet itinerary that leaves more time for stops and does not require many sailing hours per day. The Ionian islands are all close together and distances never exceeded the 40 nm. There are many bays with crystal clear waters and many marinas where to moor and enjoy a fish dinner!

Itinerary 5: Dodecannese

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This route sails long distances but it is of great satisfaction. It is not recommended during the months of July and August though, due to the Meltemi, making it difficult to sail the way back. The distances are long and require at least 24 h running of navigation. You’ll be able to touch also the beautiful coast of Turkey, with the characteristic harbors of Bodrum and Marmaris.

Info: InterCharter

Intercharter – Your specialist in yacht charters in Italy

2 votes

2962brochure1Founded and run by Italian brokers and with headquarters in Italy for many years, InterCharter, while operating internationally, can offer specific experience in bareboat and crewed yacht charters in Italy.

In the years we could select the best gulets, catamarans, sail and power yachts and the most reliable charter companies in this beautiful country in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea.

Italy’s two main islands, Sicily and Sardinia, as well as the West Coast of Italy, from the Italian Riviera to the the Amalfi Coast, with its three fantastic small archipelagos (Tuscan archipelago, Ponza archipelago and the Flegree Islands) offer some of the most scenic 3559brochure1sailing grounds in the world.

We’ll be delighted to share our knowledge with you and advise you about how to enjoy your cruise in Italy at best.

 

GetBoatImageFor a pleasant and hassle free sailing vacation, everything has to be planned carefully and our commitment is to guide our clients through all the phases of their charter experience, from the selection of the most suitable yacht, until the completion of the charter.

Yacht Charter in Italy: Sardinia

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Sailing  Sardinia

Sardiniportiscoa offers miles of pristine white beaches for unforgettable good cruising.

North Sardinia is the most popular mostly for the richness of anchorages and for the extraordinary beauty of the coast, while western and eastern coasts have their attractions but are largely seen as a means of travel from N to S.

Carloforte, in the south-west is a good destinations too, rich in charm and history.

 

North East Sardinia

In terms of boating enjoyment, Costa Smeralda (this is the name of the area) offers a different mooring or anchoring every night even for two or three weeks of cruising time, both for those searching the solitude in the charm of the evening sunset and for those who prefer to enjoy the more exclusive social life.

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NE Sardinia is enormously popular in peak season (French and Italian holidays; mid-July to late August); a series of many islands,  good and sheltered anchorages, beautiful beaches, flat water  even with strong winds, good food, and some of the smartest resorts in the world .

The really attractive part of the coast starts from  Olbia (a working town and port, but with good facilities), and stretches the NW.

portisco_1Portisco Marina is located in the beautiful “Costa Smeralda”, between Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo only 10 minutes away from Olbia Airport. Portisco Marina is a natural Green Bay and is ideal for sailing tourism and offers a variety of services in a warm and welcoming environment.
Many yacht charter companies have their base in Portisco. The boat rental, directly from this port, allows you to enjoy this unique beauty even in one only cruising week .

Many charter companies offer bareboat solutions for crews up to 10 and even 12 people, also including the provision of professional skippers for those who do not have the ability to conduct the boat on their own.

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For those looking for more comfortable solutions there is a great offer of
gulets, catamarans and sailing boats or motor yachts, fully crewed, that can guarantee unforgettable holidays even to the most demanding people.
InterCharter, in his luxury yacht charter section, is also able to propose a large number of offers for a fulfilling and exclusive experience in Costa Smeralda.

 

 

A safe yacht charter booking

2 votes

rose_of_jerichoWhat are the Pros and cons of using a yacht charter broker versus booking directly with a charter company?

Yacht charter brokers have a much wider range of yachts to choose from (as they usually have several charter companies in their portfolio) and they are therefore able to select from a greater number of yachts the one that better suits your needs. Furthermore, a charter broker has no interest in offering charters aboard any yacht he or she feels is substandard.
However, brokers often don’t have thorough or firsthand knowledge of any given yacht as they are usually based in another country and must therefore rely on what the charter company feeds them. It can be a trade off in some cases.
Intercharter only works with selected high reputable and trustworthy companies.
In the unlikely event of a dispute between you and the charter company, the broker will act as your advocate. It also has to be noticed that there is no price difference regardless of whom you book with.

Feedback from Jacques Le Roux

1 vote

I finally have a few minutes to send this message. As stated we had a wonderful holiday. Here is some constructive feedback:

leroux2Intercharter:

I spent quite some time deciding on the charter package which combined the necessary elements for our group, including the model and age of boat, the location and the price. However it is also of great importance that one should feel comfortable with the charter broker, and that one can establish a position of trust. On this front I must thank you for your great service on all fronts. You were always very friendly, helpful, efficient, professional and courteous. In addition to locating the right boat and package for us you also went out of your way to assist with the necessary documentation for money-transfers, visas and also made local arrangements on our behalf for mooring bookings in the likes of Lipari (which worked out perfectly, by the way!). You also mediated with Gulliver on the issue of the deposit, and the cheque system worked out well in the end. Thank you for this excellent service; Intercharter will be my first stop next time around.

 

Gulliver:

The boat was exactly where we agreed to collect it. Vittorio Mango called me the day before and when we arrived he and his assistant (wife?) were there to meet us. They were very friendly and helpful and super efficient, and I can only praise them for their professionalism. Vittorio’s wife even took some of our crew to the shops with their private vehicle so that they could start getting supplies whilst we went through the hand-over process. Everything was perfectly clean and in lerouxworking order when we received the boat, and the hand-over process was very professional and detailed. In addition, they worked very hard to complete the cleaning and handover early, so that we were in a position to get underway by mid-afternoon instead of only after 18:00. Similarly, the hand-back process also proceeded very smoothly and efficiently.

Whilst we had very little other interaction with Gulliver, I am gratified that they “made a plan” to find a solution with the deposit requirement in the absence of their having a credit card facility on hand. (I propose that they find a solution to the latter.)

leroux1S/Y Pascha:

The boat was all that was promised and as expected. It is a fantastic, modern charter boat, with the space and amenities to ensure a great vacation. I always liked Lagoon, and their use of space and lay-out remains in my view the best of all the catamarans. Pascha sails very well too, and all the systems worked as one would expect on a new boat. All the equipment that was needed was there. Of course it helps that it is still a relatively new boat, but I am sure that under the capable management and care of Mr. Mango it will be in good condition for a long time to come, so perhaps we will even charter exactly the same boat again.

 

When it comes to the boat there were a few minor points I should like to offer as feedback or as constructive criticism:

 

1. The little tender provided is impractical for this size boat. It is a very pretty (and probably quite expensive) little tender, but it is simply too small, too low in the water when loaded with people, and too under-powered. It is perhaps good enough for a private family holiday but not for charter purposes, especially when one considers that with 8 adults on board every shore excursion required multiple trips (as one could only ferry 3 people at a time). In addition there was very little space for shopping bags, etc, and if another boat passed by or the water was even slightly choppy it often resulted in wet bums and clothes (and one drowned mobile phone) – not pleasant if one still needed to explore town or go for dinner. For charter the tender should perhaps be more of a work-horse, and I recommend a larger size tender with a little more power (15hp+) and with an open deck (i.e. hand-steering instead of a steering wheel and gear system, which takes up a lot of space).  I think most seasoned sailors would agree.

 

2. The linen provided was not enough and also not of great quality or standard. I understand that there was some confusion in that Mr. Mango received the message that we wanted a double set of linen too late, resulting in too few pillow cases and not a complete second set, hence the need for us to spend extra time and an additional Euro 65 to have it all laundered in Lipari. But apart from the sheets and pillow cases being too few, it was also of poor quality and a mix of different patterns and materials. I would propose simple white cotton through-out, and enough to go around for a two-week charter. The towels were fine.

 

3. Ditto for the cutlery and crockery provided. Maybe the owners are concerned that charterers will break or steal these items, but I think that for this price and quality of boat the plastic cups, knives and forks and plates were of very poor quality and below the required standard. In fact, a number of the plastic yellow handles on the forks broke off within the first two days. We went out and bought a quantity of proper steel knives and forks and a cutting knife, as well as a few sets of glasses (for wine and water). Whilst this was not a major expense it was an inconvenience and we should have liked proper quality utensils as part of the package (as for the linen). I would also recommend proper coffee cups instead of the thin plastic ones supplied, and perhaps an ordinary kettle to boil water in for tea drinkers. We took our Nespresso machine with, but it was awkward to boil water in the weird little aluminium pot for the tea drinkers.

It is a great boat with super equipment and gear, but the kitchen utensils and the linen was not on the same standard.

 

4. On the exterior there were only minor issues, which I brought to Mr. Mango’s attention.

(i) The anchor chain counter on the upper deck (at the steering position) under-reads, showing approximately only 30% of the issued chain in meters. Once we understood this it was easy to manage, but the system clearly requires some calibration. A very minor inconvenience, but I would recommend 5 m chain-interval markings on the anchor chain anyway.

(ii) The German reefing system on the main sail works fine (though we did not get to use it much for lack of decent wind!), but it does complicate the sail plan in that the 3 reefing lines do not seem to run smoothly through the boom and then interferes with the hoisting of the main sail. In addition, one of these lines regularly got caught between the boom and the plate on the end of the boom. Possibly one simply needs to live with this, but it does make for a messy top deck when the sails are down. Maybe the internal rollers need servicing to ensure the reefing lines run free when hoisting and stowing the main..

(iii) The generator worked perfectly (if a bit noisy) the whole trip until the very last night when it stopped working. This was no problem as we did not really need it but I did bring it to Mr. Mango’s attention. It could simply have been the impeller that was blocked.

(iv) The water hose on board did not have a connection that could be used for the deck water supply system; this meant that we could not wash down the boat unless we were in port and had access to shore water.

(v) I would recommend the installation of a VHF repeater on the bridge deck next to the wheel. It is not good seamanship to go below to speak on the radio, for example when entering a port and especially with the number of ferries around.

 

Please Note: None of the above-mentioned issues spoiled our fun, so I simply raise it here as feedback; Gulliver can consider how they can utilise this information to offer an even better package.

Lastly, the cruising ground:

The Aeolian Islands is a fantastic place to visit by yacht. It is incredibly beautiful with lots to do, pretty towns and villages, excellent food and wine, friendly people and great variety between the islands. The sailing is very easy (mostly line-of-sight) and the islands offer great anchorages irrespective of the weather. We liked all the islands, but Salina, Filicudi, Panarea and Stromboli were the hi-lights (if we HAD to choose!). The weather was great, with my only complaint that we did not have enough wind to do much sailing. In fact, whilst we had the sails up on most days it was often simply to assist the motors; there were only a handful of really good days for sailing, with winds only occasionally reaching above 12 knots. Perfect, private and quiet anchorages in secluded bays, clear warm water and dead calm evenings all contributed to an unforgettable holiday. I can highly recommend this area to all yachtsmen, and would gladly advise any prospective client of yours should they wish to find out more – simply give them my e-mail address.

 

So to conclude, we had an excellent vacation on a fantastic boat in a spectacular part of the world. Thank you for your great service Francesca, and please convey my thanks and appreciation to Gulliver as well as Mr. Mango for their huge contribution to making our charter a success.

Kind regards,

Jacques Le Roux.

(South Africa)

 

PS: I attach a few of the thousands of pictures – my wife and I in front of La Canna rock, anchored close inshore on Lipari, and sunset over Filicudi.

 

 

 

Cruise the “Costa Smeralda”

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If you love cruises and sailing holidays the Emerald Coast is a seaside resort among the most beautiful in the world.

It is located in the north-east of Sardinia stretching between Tavolara island and Capo Testa.

In terms of boating enjoyment, Costa Smeralda offers a different mooring or anchoring every night even for two or three weeks of cruising time, both for those searching the solitude in the charm of the evening sunset and for those who prefer to enjoy the more exclusive social life.

The coast, from the turquoise sea that has no equal in the Mediterranean, it is a series of unspoiled nature and marinas harmoniously blend into the landscape and the local culture.

The boat rental, directly from the ports in the area, allows you to enjoy this unique beauty even in one only cruising week .

Many charter companies offer bareboat solutions for crews up to 10 and even 12 people, also including the provision of professional skippers for those who do not have the ability to conduct the boat on their own.

For those looking for more comfortable solutions there is a great offer of
gulets, catamarans and sailing boats or motor yachts, fully crewed, that can guarantee unforgettable holidays even to the most demanding people.

InterCharter, in his luxury yacht charter section, is also able to propose a large number of offers for a fulfilling and exclusive experience in Costa Smeralda.

Visiting Premium Winemakers by Yacht in Croatia 1°

2 votes

The finest Dalmatians wine producers and their wine cellars are laying just “under your bow”.

We invite you to visit them and make your summer cruise expirience memorable and special by tasting top quality wines in the authentic atmosphere of the vineries.

Korta Katarina

Owners of the winery, Pam and Lee Anderson, are originally from USA, Minnesota. Enchanted by the beauty of Croatia, especially Dalmatia, they decided to start up business on Pelješac peninsula. In 2005 they bought old estate Riviera and launched their project.Along with estate they bought approximately 7 ha of the most prestigious vineyards in Dinga? and Postup regions.

First wines were made in 2006. The whole philosophy of Korta Katarina is based on producing world class wines from indigenous grape varieties. This is the first “state of the art” vinery project in the region. Korta Katarina portfolio includes Pošip, full body white wine, fruity and fresh Rose made of Plavac Mali and Zinfandel, then Plavac Mali, full body red wine from Dinga? and Postup vineyards aged for 12 months in French oak, and, finally, winery’s signature wine, Ruben’s private reserve, full body Plavac Mali from selected positions aged for 24 months in French oak.

About Winery

Besides regular sightseeing, winery offers wine testing served with local cheeses, cold cuts, marinated products, and extra-virgin olive oils. For those opened for gastro experience services of high quality chef are provided preparing for visitors a six-course meal paired with Korta Katarina wines. If one is eager on this kind of wine experience, three days prior announcement is necessary. The main beach Trstenica is right underneath the winery, offering attractive night life with clubs and bars. A great number of restaurants, cafes, bars, souvenir shop adorn the promenade leading from winery/beach along the coastline to the other part of the place.

GPS coordinates: 42°58’47,80”N, 17°11’36,71” E.

Anchoring: in front of the winery/hotel at recomanded distance of 250 m, another option is berth in Orebi? marina within 20 minutes walking distance.

Working hours: 8 to 16 on working days, Saturday as per appointment.

Winery capacity: 24 sitting places in testing room + 24 on the terrace.

 

visit@kortakatarina.com  099 815 16 55

 

Tomi?

Andro Tomi? was born on Hvar and has dedicated his life to wine. After twenty years of professional training at different faculties, institutions and wineries of  France, he decided to come back home to his island and produce his own wines. Being determined in his believes that Hvar , with his authentic varieties, convenient climate and exceptional locations of vineyards, can recover the long lost reputation in winemaking, he follows his 150 years old family tradition of winemakink. His legendary wines like “1991” have established Plavac as wine meritorious of world’s famous wine sorts and served as stepping stone to Hvar viticulture. In 1997 Andro founded company called Bastijana with main objective premium winemaking as well as promotion of the culture of wine.

About winery

The winery Bastijana organizes wine tasting in triclinium, a room decorated according to the old roman dining rooms. Before tasting the wine guests can enjoy sightseeing the winery and listening to the story of the winery and the viticulture of Hvar. Every wine sort is paried with the appropriate snaks in order to instruct the guests of harmony between food and wine. So this is an in home educational wine experience.

Winery does not host hospitality facility, though centre of Jelsa, with hotels, night clubs and gastro destinatins, is only 10 minutes walking from winery.

 

 

 

 

GPS coordinates: 43° 09’ 40” N, 16° 42’ 3” E.

 

Anchoring: port of Jelsa, walking distance 10-15 minutes.

Maximum anchoring depth: 3.5m, maximum vessel length: 35m, berths 22 boats.

Working hours: 7.00 to 19.00 (off  the working hours appointment is request).

bastijana@st.t-com.hr

tel 021 768 160  –  091 339 8995

REPO(WE)R GREECE

2 votes

Dear friends,
We are happy to announce that Intercharter wants to support the international public diplomacy campaign Repo(we)r Greece, that seeks to restore the credibility of Greece and confront the world’s negative perceptions of her people.
The campaign is crafting these messages out of the ingenuity and creativity that abound, as they are reflected in stories from key sectors of our economy, education and civil society. Through a variety of discussion events and programs with academic institutions, community organizations and think tanks across the world, these stories offer clear evidence that Greece is not the failures or special interests of the few but rather the talents and achievements of the many.
We invite you to visit www.repowergreece.com, discover simple ways to participate in this initiative and share our efforts.