Why we love Catamarans

No one can blame monohull lovers! Monohulls are easier to moor, better when sailing upwind and generally cheaper than catamarans.

However, there are many advantages and characteristics that make catamarans gain more fans everyday! We at Paralos Yachts are becoming one of them and these are the main reasons for that:

Catamaran Charter Greece– First of all Catamarans are about comfort! Space has always been an issue in sailing trips. If you cruised with a monohull in the past you probably have experienced the cramping into various mini-cabins and pilot berths. Even a much bigger monohull can not compare with a catamaran in terms of free space and comfort. And of course, with comfort comes privacy! Even on catamarans with the hulls joined to the bridge deck, the accommodation is spread out over a wide space thus still providing a good sense of privacy. The cabins and the head are usually located at the corners of the yacht, so that they are isolated from the activity of the lounge and the galley.

 

– If comfort and privacy is not your primary concern, then safety should be. Of course it would be an awful lie to say that monohulls aren’t safe whereas catamarans are. However, it would take a wave like this one to sink a catamaran.
Moreover, due to their design a catamaran will continue to float even in the case that it floods or gets a broken sea cock.
Finally, because catamarans are more stable and there is less motion while on board the risk of a “man-overboard” accident is minimal! Their stability also makes it easier for catamarans to anchor in places that are not appropriate for monohulls because of the wave and swell action.

– Although not our favorite catamaran feature, speed is important because it makes a wide range of destinations available since you can sail to more places in less time. Specially if you cruise mainly on weekends, a catamaran will give you many more destination choices.

 

Catamaran Charter Greece– Finally, some of Greece’s best off track beaches and hidden paradises are in shallow waters. Because catamarans only need a relatively small amount of water to float you can enter shallow anchorages and get away from overcrowded places. This is probably the reason why catamaran charters in Greece gain ground over monohull yachts during the past few years.

If you are interested in chartering a catamaran to sail Greece either bareboat or skippered, please browse our catamaran fleet or contact us for any information you might need.

Testimonials

Maarten V.L. Netherlands Oceanis 37 Athens 29/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (4.0 / 5)Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average:

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Wim V. Netherlands Bavaria 31 Athens 5-19/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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Josef K. Austria Oceanis 40 Athens 15/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Wolfgang F. Austria Elan 340 Athens 15-29/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5)Skipper : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average:

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Sissel Heggtreit Norway Elan 340 Athens 8-15/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.2 / 5)

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Ludwig Distel Austria Bavaria 46 Cr. Athens 3-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Nikolay M. Russia Lagoon 380 Athens 10-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.4 / 5)

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Pierre Y.R. France Dufour 450 Athens 20-27/5/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.5 / 5)

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Marcin P. Poland Bavaria 36 Athens 16-23/9/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average: (5 / 5)

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Aleksander Sher Russia Oceanis 40 Athens 24/12/16-2/1/17 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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Summer is almost here! Book your yacht charter!

If you plan to charter a catamaran or a sailing yacht to sail the Greek Islands this summer (either bareboat or skippered) we can suggest various reasons why you should book early.

Bareboat Charter Greece

1. First of all the earlier you book the more chances you have to find the yacht or catamaran that best suit your needs. Usually, the more popular boats and the newer yachts and catamarans are quickly snapped up making it more difficult to find the model you are looking for. As for this summer, bookings have already started for the most popular yachts. In Paralos Yachting we have a wide network of partners across the Mediterranean in order to ensure that we can offer you the exact type of yacht you are looking for. Always remember that the best time to book a yacht charter in Greece is from November to February.

2. It is very common that the best discounts and deals are offered with early booking. Most Greek yacht charter companies offer a considerable discount if you book in advance and therefore there is a notable financial incentive to plan your sailing vacations early! Please don’t rely on the idea that a late booking can get you a great price. Especially in the more popular destinations the chances are that there will be no boat left to book. Feel free to contact us for the current discounts and offers on catamarans and monohulls for bareboat, skippered or crewed charter

3. Early vacation planning can help you find cheaper flights to Greece! Moreover, if you are traveling directly to the island you are planning to start your sail, there may be very few flights per week. This summer many airlines are flying to various Greek airports, so take advantage and find the flight that matches your holidays schedule.

We at Paralos Yachts are committed to help you have the best sailing vacations in Greece. Either if you have experience in yachting and want to charter bareboat or you need a skipper to accompany your trip don’t hesitate to contact us.

Testimonials

Maarten V.L. Netherlands Oceanis 37 Athens 29/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (4.0 / 5)Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average:

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Wim V. Netherlands Bavaria 31 Athens 5-19/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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Josef K. Austria Oceanis 40 Athens 15/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Wolfgang F. Austria Elan 340 Athens 15-29/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5)Skipper : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average:

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Sissel Heggtreit Norway Elan 340 Athens 8-15/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.2 / 5)

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Ludwig Distel Austria Bavaria 46 Cr. Athens 3-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Nikolay M. Russia Lagoon 380 Athens 10-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.4 / 5)

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Pierre Y.R. France Dufour 450 Athens 20-27/5/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.5 / 5)

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Marcin P. Poland Bavaria 36 Athens 16-23/9/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average: (5 / 5)

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Aleksander Sher Russia Oceanis 40 Athens 24/12/16-2/1/17 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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Sailing Glorious Greek Isles with a Yacht Charter

The sailing can be challenging, but the landfalls — full of history, diverse towns and tasty cuisine — are worth it.

Greece boasts thousands of islands, spread across an enormous geographical area stretching from the Aegean to the Ionian sea. Four of Greece’s five island groups are prime charter areas: the Cyclades, the Saronic Islands, the Ionian Islands and the Dodecanese. Each group has its own unique character. In all of them, you can visit the more popular places, opt to sail off the beaten track, or do a bit of both. Everywhere, archaeological and geological attractions abound. Unless you have 10 to 14 sailing days, focus on one island group.

The Cyclades are Greece’s most popular islands. Beginning 45 miles from Athens and stretching south and east, they’re classically Greek: soaring above the deep-blue sea in the Aegean’s center, adorned with white stucco houses and windmills. Itineraries are diverse, from bustling towns and nightlife on Mykonos, Paros and Ios, to the vistas of Santorini, to the tranquility of islands like Folegandros and Amorgos. The ancient city on Delos is comparable to Pompeii. On Milos (where the Venus de Milo was discovered), geological attractions are breathtaking. Throughout the Cyclades, pristine white beaches abound.

Saronic Islands

The Saronic Islands begin about 25 miles from Athens, nestled between there and the Peloponnese Peninsula. They are clustered fairly close together; charters usually include at least one mainland port. Itineraries can include busy, picture-perfect islands like Hydra; Poros or Aegina for nightlife; quieter harbors in the hamlets of the Peloponnese; or a visit to the ancient harbor and theater at Epidaurus. While beaches aren’t as plentiful as in the Cyclades, there are plenty of excellent places to swim.

Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands, stretching along Greece’s west coast, lie 200 miles from Athens. Known as the “Greek Caribbean,” the islands rise lushly from an aquamarine sea. Houses have a Venetian flair. Here you’ll discover the famous island of Ithaka, alleged isle of Odysseus, and Corfu, which inspired writers like Shakespeare (The Tempest) and brothers Lawrence and Gerald Durrell (Prospero’s Cell and My Family and Other Animals). There are many good beaches, and the snorkeling is some of the best you’ll find in Greece.

The Dodecanese

The Dodecanese island group lies along the west coast of Turkey in the eastern Aegean. Classic white stucco on some islands contrasts with Venetian- and Turkish-influenced architecture on others; there are bustling town hubs as well as secluded anchorages. From Patmos in the north to Rhodes in the south, there are many attractions, including the site where St. John is said to have written The Apocalypse (Patmos); a slumbering volcano (Nisyros); and the Castle of the Knights of St. John (Rhodes), to name a few.

Whichever island group you choose, your charter company will provide itinerary options and suggestions. Following the wind is up to you!

What to know if you go

Climate: Warm but seasonal. In summer, sunny skies prevail. Best sailing months are May through October.

Winds: Vary according to area. Cyclades: ­often strong; Saronics: more moderate, sheltered by the mainland; Ionian: generally ­lighter; Dodecanese: more moderate, ­sheltered by the Turkish mainland. Throughout the season, very strong fair-weather winds called the meltemi are possible and are usually more frequent in July and August.

Sailing Level: Can be challenging, especially in the Cyclades. There are few aids to navigation; most hazards are not marked. Bareboat skippers need solid sailing and navigational experience and familiarity with Med mooring. A captain’s license or notarized sailing resume may be required by some companies.

source: Cruising World

Testimonials

Maarten V.L. Netherlands Oceanis 37 Athens 29/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (4.0 / 5)Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average:

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Wim V. Netherlands Bavaria 31 Athens 5-19/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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Josef K. Austria Oceanis 40 Athens 15/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Wolfgang F. Austria Elan 340 Athens 15-29/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5)Skipper : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average:

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Sissel Heggtreit Norway Elan 340 Athens 8-15/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.2 / 5)

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Ludwig Distel Austria Bavaria 46 Cr. Athens 3-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Nikolay M. Russia Lagoon 380 Athens 10-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.4 / 5)

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Pierre Y.R. France Dufour 450 Athens 20-27/5/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.5 / 5)

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Marcin P. Poland Bavaria 36 Athens 16-23/9/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average: (5 / 5)

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Aleksander Sher Russia Oceanis 40 Athens 24/12/16-2/1/17 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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Sail Greece and Produce Life Altering Stories

Crewed Charter GreeceAs the ancient Greek author Homer revealed in some of his works, most notably the Odyssey, a sailing journey across the Mediterranean and throughout the Greek islands can often produce memorable—and in some cases life-altering—stories.

If you plan to charter bareboat remember that it is mandatory for the skipper to have a Sailing license in order to charter bareboat in Greece. A second crew member with yachting experience should be also on board as a co – skipper. A VHF license is not mandatory under local regulations. It is suggested, besides the official certification, that skipper has a level of boat handling skills and experience especially in docking, Mediterranean mooring, anchorage, sailing at night and in choppy seas. Although there a lot of “protected sailing areas” in Greece, life at sea is full of surprises!

“Sailing in Greece is perfect for novices and families, the winds are light, the distances between stops are short, so the kids won’t get bored. The charter agent’s role is to take the guest’s ideas and wishes and make them happen,” says Lefteris Melahrinos, owner of Paralos Yacht Charters.

Whatever your plans, wishes and needs for the perfect sailing holidays in Greece, our experience will be at your service just to make sure that you will have the summer vacation of your dreams!

Testimonials

Maarten V.L. Netherlands Oceanis 37 Athens 29/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (4.0 / 5)Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average:

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Wim V. Netherlands Bavaria 31 Athens 5-19/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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Josef K. Austria Oceanis 40 Athens 15/7-5/8/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Wolfgang F. Austria Elan 340 Athens 15-29/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5)Skipper : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average:

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Sissel Heggtreit Norway Elan 340 Athens 8-15/7/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.2 / 5)

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Ludwig Distel Austria Bavaria 46 Cr. Athens 3-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.8 / 5)

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Nikolay M. Russia Lagoon 380 Athens 10-17/6/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (4.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (4.0 / 5)Average: (4.4 / 5)

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Pierre Y.R. France Dufour 450 Athens 20-27/5/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.5 / 5)

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Marcin P. Poland Bavaria 36 Athens 16-23/9/2017 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (5 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (5 / 5) Completeness of the Inventory list : (5 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5 / 5)Support and assistance : (5 / 5)Average: (5 / 5)

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Aleksander Sher Russia Oceanis 40 Athens 24/12/16-2/1/17 Individual Ratings : General condition of the boat : (4.0 / 5) Condition of the equipment : (4.0 / 5) Skipper : (5.0 / 5) Briefing - Check in procedure : (5.0 / 5)Support and assistance : (5.0 / 5)Average: (4.6 / 5)

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