Yachts in the Aegean tend to be bigger than those you would find in northern Europe. Larger boats are more comfortable in the short Mediterranean seas and in a warm climate. Our teaching yachts reflect the type of boat most people want to charter in this area. They are 40 – 45 foot, easy to handle, with a bimini to protect you from the summer sun, and a swim platform for enjoying the blue sea.
All our yachts are inspected annually by the RYA. As well as meeting their exacting standards they also conform to the requirements of the Hellenic Registry for professional yachts. They carry all the latest safety and navigation equipment for use both during day and at night. You will find GPS plotter, EPIRB, GMDSS radio with separate battery, fire extinguishers, life jackets, life raft, and many other safety items on board all of our yachts.
We don’t just meet the required standards – we exceed them. You’ll find several things on our boats that you wouldn’t get on many others – touch-screen GPS plotter, weather station, Navtex … and of course we carry several books on different aspects of sailing for you to refer to.
Our yachts for the 2016 season are:
Phoebe : 4-cabin yacht for group or private courses
Philip : 4-cabin yacht for group or private courses
Helena : 4-cabin yacht for private courses and sailing holidays
Bazinga : 3-cabin yacht for private courses and sailing holidays
Challenger: 3-cabin yacht for group or private courses and sailing holidays.
Phoebe is a 2003 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2. I’ve seen the Sun Odyssey 45.2 described as “the best charter yacht ever built” and “absolutely ideal for all levels of experience”. We wouldn’t argue with that. The yacht is a classic Jeanneau design, providing safe, comfortable performance-oriented cruising.
She sports twin wheels to provide good visibility and comfortable steering on all points of sail. Her in-mast furling mainsail is slightly flat-cut to aid the less experienced when bringing the sail in or out. The foresail is padded to help retain shape when reefed.
Her spacious cockpit features double doors at the transom that open out onto the swimming platform, complete with freshwater shower, and she’s equipped with a bimini to keep the sun’s rays off when required. Phoebe also has built-in air-conditioning and heating which will be appreciated by some, although these can only be used when shore power is available.
We particularly like her roomy, comfortable chart table area, one of the nicest we have ever seen. It is ideal when potential Day or Coastal Skippers are on board.
Her design allows the forward cabin to be converted into a large en-suite cabin for those who prefer to sail with a little more space and privacy. Groups and families will appreciate her four large double cabins.
Philip is an elegant 2003 Bavaria 44. The Bavaria 44 was the first Bavaria to be given a sharper look and better performance.
The cockpit is very spacious with long benches and the coachroof slopes down forward of the mast and is wide enough to provide sunbathing room.
Down below Philip has a bright, comfortable, saloon making full use of her generous beam, and a good sized galley and chart table. There are four cabins with one containing bunk beds, making the yacht ideal for families with several children or for two friends to share a cabin on a group course.
New for 2016 is Helena, a 2013 Bavaria 45 Cruiser. Helena has 4 cabins and 3 heads.
Helena will be used principally for private courses but you may be lucky enough to sail on her on a group course.
The Cruiser 45 is comparable to most other mass-production cruising boats as far as its cockpit, deck and interior layouts are concerned. Its sailing performance, however, at least in moderate to strong wind, is exceptional. The boat represents a great value for cruisers looking for both charter-boat comfort and performance-boat speed.
SAIL magazine Boat Review
Bazinga is the newest yacht in our fleet. She is a 2014 Bavaria 41 with three cabins, including an en-suite forward cabin. Bazinga can be your yacht for a private course and is ideal for a couple or small family who want to sail on a nice new boat.
Challenger joined our fleet in 2015 and proved very popular. She is a 2006 Bavaria 42 Cruiser that was in private ownership until 2015. She has three cabins, including an en-suite forward cabin.
Challenger is available for private courses and charter, with or without a skipper. She’s an ideal boat to take on a combined RYA course and bareboat charter holiday as she’s roomy enough to be comfortable but not to big to handle by yourself as a first-time charter.