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Before Departure

When is the best time for a boating holiday?

Our boats sail from April to October, ideal months in the Mediterranean for weather and winds. The right season depends on the preferences of your group.  If you are looking for warmer temperatures and more movement, July and August are ideal. The low season is suitable for those looking for more tranquility and more affordable prices.

What are the differences between a boating holiday on a catamaran and a sailboat?

The catamaran is the right choice if you are looking for stability, more privacy, comfort and large spaces for liveability on board. For those who, in addition to relaxation, dream of a bit of adventure, we recommend an experience on board one of our sailboats.

Do I need a boating license to rent and sail alone?

A sailing licence is required to take command of a sailing boat or catamaran. If you do not have a nautical license, we can show you the service of a professional skipper.

Can I sail for only a weekend?

The itineraries we have selected are ideal for a medium-long cruise, so the formula we propose is weekly: our embarkations are made every Saturday, with disembarkation the following Saturday morning, or the following week in the case of a two-week cruise.

What happens if the weather changes?

Although the weather tends to be very nice in the summer seasons, you never know. Our teams know the sailing areas perfectly and will advise you on the best ports, bays and places to stay safe and enjoy your holiday even when the sun is not shining!

What should I bring with me?

You should bring everything you need for a summer vacation! Swimsuits and flip-flops, pareos and cover-ups, pareos and Bermuda shorts... Don't forget sunscreen and some outfits for evening walks. Bring shampoo and eco-friendly soaps (the fish will thank you!). Finally, use a soft duffel bag that you can easily fold up and store in the hold: hard cases are not welcome on board, but if you can't do without them you can put all your personal belongings on board and leave your bags empty in our luggage room.

Can I simply book a cabin on a boat?

On specific weeks of the summer season, you can reserve a double cabin with private bathroom to travel alone or in pairs. We offer either Basic Cabins (on board sailing boats and with essential service) or Luxury Cabins (on catamarans with Crew and All-Inclusive formula). Visit the Cabin Charter section or ask us for more information via email! Remember also that, in any case, our smaller sailboats can be the ideal solution to accommodate even just 2-4 people.

Can I put a boat on hold while I decide?

While waiting to confirm their choice, customers can request a so-called "Option" on the desired boat, pending final confirmation within three days.

How can I pay for my charter?

You can make a secure payment by credit card through our website, or we also accept payment by bank transfer.

What is the required amount for a deposit?

If you book at least 60 days before departure, it is sufficient to pay a deposit of 50% of the rental cost, with final balance 30 days before departure. For bookings within 30 days of departure, the balance is required as a lump sum, except for extras.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you wish to cancel your booking, we reserve the right to withhold the payment received. Therefore, if you wish to cancel up to 30 days prior to your departure, 50% of the charter fee will be withheld. If you cancel your trip after 30 days prior to your departure, 100% of the charter fee will be withheld.

Can I charge my phone/tablet or use a hair dryer on board?

You can charge and use your electronic devices just like at home when your boat is moored in port and connected to electricity. In addition, most of our boats are equipped with USB ports to charge phones and tablets at any time with 12v electricity. If you wish to have free use of electricity while sailing, just let our team know and they will offer you a boat with an inverter or generator on board.

What is included in the price?

The rental price includes VAT, all equipment available on board (cockpit pillows; pillows, blankets and plaids; pots, pans, chopping boards, cutlery and all useful accessories for cooking; polyamide crockery and glasses; tablecloths and breakfast placemats; Nespresso or Illy coffee machine; navigation manuals for the local area; safety equipment) and mooring for the first and last night at our bases (Portorosa, Salerno, Trapani and Capo d'Orlando) in our berths.

What is NOT included in the price?

Charter Fee does not include them:-Charter Pack (which includes: Final cleaning; Set of sheets; Set of bath towels; 1 gas bottle; Dinghy and outboard engine; 1 box of coffee capsules; Covid-19 kit with masks, gloves and sanitizing gel).
- Moorings
- Diesel fuel
- Food and beverages
- Transfer to/from our base
- Skipper
- Hostess

You can also request extra services such as:

- Transfer to/from our base
- Final cleaning for pets
- Extra bedding set
- Extra towels set
- Beach towel
- Provisioning service
- Refueling service
- SUP (Stand-up Paddle board)
- Snorkelling equipment
- Safety net
- Extra gas cylinder
- Wi-Fi
- Nespresso/Illy Coffee Box

Have a look at our complete Extra Services price list.

Can I speak with the crew before departure?

Of course you can!

At the Base

What time is the boat check-in?

The delivery of the boat is scheduled from 5 pm until 9 pm. If you wish to anticipate boarding you can request Early Check-in, with priority delivery of the boat at 3 pm for a cost of € 300,00.

What time should the boat be back at the port?

The return to the base is scheduled before 5 pm on Friday, to allow the technical check-out of the boat. After the overnight stay, with the cost of mooring at our base already included in the price, the final check-out is expected by 8 am the following morning (Saturday). You will then have several hours to pack your bags, collect all your personal belongings and get used to life on land before your departure!

How can I buy supplies and groceries?

In all our marinas you will find a supermarket and several shops where you can make last minute purchases. If you wish, you can request a transfer to the nearest shopping centres. In addition, you can take advantage of our galley service: we will send you our Provisioning List in which you can indicate all the food you like with the relative quantities, and you will receive your shopping directly on your boat at the moment of boarding (the Provisioning service has a cost of € 50,00 on the final receipt).

Is there baggage storage at the base?

Each base has a storage area of variable size, where rigid luggage can be stored according to the residual space available. It is advisable to consult our staff in advance to confirm the space available.

What credit cards are accepted at the base?

We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Is there a parking lot near the base?

All our bases are equipped with car parking. We recommend that you contact our operators in advance to find out availability of specific places and rates and book in advance.

How can I get to the base by public transportation?

From the airports you will always find a connection to the nearest station, from where you can request a private transfer to our moorings. By visiting our website you will be able to check the specific connections to the individual bases:

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What is the nearest train station to the base?

For our base on the Amalfi Coast the closest railway connection is the Central Railway Station of Salerno. The Trapani base is served by the Trapani Station, while the reference station for the Portorosa base is "Novara-Montalbano-Furnari". The base of Marina di Capo d'Orlando is near the train station "Capo d'Orlando-Naso". You can ask our staff to organize a private dedicated transfer from any train station to our moorings.

What is the closest airport to the base?

For our bases in Sicily (Portorosa, Capo D'Orlando and Trapani), the reference airports are Palermo Punta Raisi and Catania Fontanarossa. Palermo is the nearest airport for departures from Trapani base, while cruises to the Aeolian Islands are served by both airports, located at an equivalent distance from the base (about two and a half hours by car from each airport).
If you sail on the Amalfi Coast, the reference airport is Capodichino in Naples, from where you can request a private transfer to our base in Salerno.

Is there a car rental near the base?

In all the host marinas our bases are the main national and international operators for short and long term car rentals.

Is mooring on base included in the price?

The first and last night of mooring at our bases are included in the rental price.

What time does the gas station close?

Refueling stations close at 6 pm. On the day of return, we recommend that you reach the base before 5 pm to avoid queues at the diesel stations.

In Navigation

What to do in case of an accident or damage?

We recommend to promptly report any damage to our operators to be assisted during emergencies and to receive the necessary technical assistance. You will have the mobile number of the Base Manager at your disposal at the time of your departure, do not hesitate to contact him for help and support.

Is night navigation allowed?

Night navigation is not prohibited, but of course we recommend the utmost attention and vigilance, especially if you are sailing for the first time on a new route.

Can I leave the boat at the buoy unattended?

The boat must not be left unattended other than at berths in the marinas, so there must always be at least one crew member on board when mooring at the buoy.

What kitchen equipment will I find on board?

Each boat is equipped with a complete set of pots and pans and dishes, which includes everything you need for your recipes to prepare while sailing. Coffee lovers will find on board both the traditional Italian mocha and an electric Nespresso coffee machine, or Illy on the Sailuxe fleet. Our staff can provide you with additional packs of Nespresso (or Illy) capsules according to your requests.

Are pillows and blankets provided?

Pillows and blankets are always included and distributed for the exact number of crew members. It is possible to request additional pillows and blankets, to be considered always included in the rental cost.

And towels?

Inside the Spartivento Charter Pack (which will have a variable cost depending on the number of cabins on board), you will find a set of bath towels for each crew member (shower towel and face towel). You can also rent extra sets directly at check-in if you wish, at an additional cost. Beach towels are also available for hire.

Is the cost of the outboard engine included in the price?

All our boats include a dinghy. The outboard motor is included in the Spartivento Charter Pack, which will have a variable cost depending on the boat model rented.

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