What to expect on a Yacht Charter
How to pack for a charter yacht holiday and what to bring.
In a nutshell – not too much! Most first-time sailors arrive with far too many clothes and shoes. Here are the essentials. Please pack everything in a soft duffel bag that can be folded up and placed in a locker, not in a suitcase.
Just a few ideas and some advice as to what you will need to bring to have a comfortable stay on a charter yacht in the Greek islands.
Yachts have a limited space for storing large bulk items such as hard sided suitcases. So please back your vacation items in a soft sided suitcase, it should also be collapsible.
Remember that storage space in your cabin is limited. In most cases you have a hanging locker and shelf space. In some cabins there are draws as well as lockers. Dress codes in the islands are very casual. Men, shorts and polo shirts are the preferred evening dress, Ladies light summer dresses or similar to the men.
During the day you will be mostly in swimming or light cool clothes, that can be rinsed out as you take a deck shower, so multiple outfits are not really required.
Our yachts all run there main systems on 12 volt dc current. They also have 220 volt auxiliary systems that work off a generator or hard wired from a dock facility. Hairdryers and our regular 220 volt items can be run on the yacht when it is not sailing and at anchor or in port only.
Doing laundry on the yacht is not really possible as we have a limited supply of water, and no real area one can dry clothes. On some islands there are laundry services, but do not depend on them always being open. Hanging towels over the life rails, is a typical way to dry things quickly. Do not leave them long as the sea air and humidity will make them wet again.
While sailing you will be required to wear shoes. These need to have non marking soles, and can be deck sneakers, boat shoes, non marking running sneakers etc… You will also need a pair of land or shore shoes, these can be anything you like. However, you will be required to remove shoes at the end of the gang way before returning on board.