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Greece Increases VAT — Will Greek Yacht Charters Cost More?

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First the bad news – recent legislation in Greece has led to an increase in the country’s VAT rates.

Now for the good news – the increase is small, and depending upon the duration of your superyacht experience, the “effective rate” should have a minimal effect on most Greek yacht charters this summer.

A new VAT rate of 24% has been announced for Greece, and it will affect all yacht charters commencing on or after June 1st, 2016.  The old rate was 23% – making the maximum increase 1%.

Drawing of magnifying glass with Greek numerical characters and the word VAT underneath

 

While 24% VAT sounds sky-high, don’t fall out of your chair just yet:  there are significant built-in discounts that can reduce the effective VAT rate by up to 60% – depending upon the duration of your charter vacation.

 

 

 

Here’s the math:

 

I)  Charter duration of 3 days or more.

Luxury yacht charter vessels performing international cruises have a discount of 60%.  This makes the effective VAT rate 9.6% (up from 9.2%).

Charter vessels cruises within Greek waters will earn a discount of 50%, setting the effective VAT rate at 12% ( previously 11.5%).

 

II)  Charter duration up to 48 hours.

This is where you get hammered as a charterer for taking a day excursion or a trip shorter than 48 hours.  There is NO discount, regardless of where the vessel cruises.  A full VAT of 24% is due (instead of the previous 23%).

 

Picture of Rhodes Greece with a superyacht cruising by in front of the island

 

 

 

 

 

In summary – avoid short-term charters in Greece if you can.  As long as you can extend your charter beyond 48 hours, the impact of the effective change in VAT is less than 1%.  Mykonos and Santorini here we come – Opa!!!

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For information about renting a luxury charter yacht in Greece, or anywhere else in the Mediterranean this summer, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at  +1.800.922.4824 (toll-free North America) or +1.305.253.7245 (international), use our online inquiry form here, or email info@1800yachtcharters.com

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Huge Sailing Vessel Turns Heads in Greece

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Aerial photograph of sailing yacht ATHOS underway. She is headed toward the top right corner of the photo.

Superyacht ATHOS Schooner. Photo by Rick Tomlinson

At 62 meters (203ft) in length, the massive sail yacht ATHOS enters her second Greek yacht charter season as the largest sailing vessel for hire in the Greek islands.
Designed by Andre Hoek and built by Holland Jachtbouw, yacht ATHOS is registered as the world’s largest privately-owned schooner and the most  technologically sophisticated classic sail yacht on the seas.
Accommodations are available for 10 guests in 3 doubles staterooms, plus 2 twins (convertible)  cabins.  A captain and crew compliment of 8 are on hand to attend to the guests as well as the safe operation of the superyacht.

DECKHOUSE

The yacht’s 11-meter beam (the width of the vessel) creates an unprecedented amount of volume. The interior includes a luxurious owners’ suite, with private cockpit and deckhouse.  The main deckhouse offers a formal dining area as well as an entertainment lounge.

Unique points of interest:

  • A centerboard keel allowing her to access shallow waters that other vessels of her size cannot contemplate
  • Amazing deck space and luxurious accommodation impressing any guests invited on board
  • Large assortment of watertoys are available, including an inflatable flying boat

RATES

Charter rates begin at  180,000 EUROS per week, plus running expenses.

CHARTER DESTINATION

Currently in position for London Olympics yacht charters, the vessel returns to Greek waters in early August, 2012. 

HOW TO RENT A SAILBOAT

To rent private sailing yacht ATHOS, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Italian Yacht for Greek Charters

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O’PATI Motoryacht

AWARD-WINNING

A finalist for the World Superyacht Awards in 2012, motor yacht O’PATI combines high performance and sexy Italian styling in a modern design.   With sleek, powerful lines designed by Giorgio Vafiadis & Associates, the 40 meter motor yacht O’PATI exudes elegance and power, while her dark hull conceals so much more. 

 

FAST YACHT

With a top speed of 32 knots, yacht O’PATI can effortlessly take guests from a secluded Ionian beach to a cosmopolitan port in the Cyclades in what seems the blink of an eye.

 

CREW

Her professional crew of 8 stand ready to tend each charter guest’s every need.

 

SEDUCTIVE

While this superyacht has a seductive appearance, there is much more to be discovered beyond the first visual impression.   Spacious deck areas from the bow, to the flybridge, to the main aft deck offering ample comfort.

FLYBRIDGE

The flybridge features inviting setting, with large sunbeds for lounging in a private setting. The bow is a sunbather’s paradise, boasting a large sofa and table, along with roomy sunbeds, while the aft deck offers ample space for al fresco meals. A retractable awning on the aft deck, easily transforms the area from a setting for meals into a sun-drenched lounging space.  

EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR

The vessel’s dark exterior is in pleasing contrast to the fresh, bright interior spaces. Leather, wood and high-quality fabrics offer a minimalist Italian-design both contemporary and comfortable. The main salon flaunts a palette of whites and creamy tones, blended with natural dark woods.  Sight lines are modern and moderately curvy in the salon, and highlight a room of space and finesse.

ACCOMMODATIONS

She accommodates up to 12 passengers, including the Master stateroom.  All accommodations are located #belowdeck. Each room is decorated in slightly different variations of her interior style. 

WATERSPORTS TOYS

An array of recreational toys are onboard for the use of the guests. For example, a three-seat waverunner, two tenders, snorkeling gear, waterskiing equipment, fishing gear, and wakeboards.

HOW TO RENT A MOTORYACHT

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Luxury Greece Yacht Charter Custom Itinerary

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Profile photograph of motoryacht FELIGO V. She is facing the left side of the photo.  She has a light grey hull and white superstructure.

FELIGO V yacht

We received an email response this morning from Captain Dimitris Demetis of the motor yacht FELIGO V.

 

SAMPLE 7-NIGHT ITINERARY

In his preparations for the upcoming Greek yacht charter season, Dimitris put together a beautiful sample itinerary for a 7-night odyssey exploring the Ionian Islands.

 

THE CAPTAIN COMMENTS

The itinerary offers a suggested route, but as Captain Demetis proudly proclaims in his email,

“The possibilities are endless!”

SPECIFICATIONS AND ACCOMMODATIONS

At 34 meters in length, motor yacht FELIGO V was built in 2008 by Italian master builders, Cantieri di Pisa.  She accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 tasteful staterooms.  This lovely boat boasts exclusive features for a yacht of her size. For instance, 
  • A full beam Owner’s en suite with walk-in wardrobe, and his and her bathroom

  • A large VIP stateroom
  • A private studio/play room on the main deck that can be converted into a double cabin with en suite bathroom
  • Spacious bridge deck
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual system with independent SAT- TV in all cabins

 

RATES

FELIGO V is fully-licensed to legally embark and disembark in the Hellenic islands.  She is available this summer at a weekly rate of 65,000 EUROS in July and August. The yacht is also available for 50,000 EUROS in June and September (Greek VAT and running expenses are extra).

 

HOW TO RENT A YACHT IN GREECE

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Luxury Sailing Charter Catamaran Offers Discounted Rates in Greece

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Nemo catamaran picture. Photograph of back of catamaran at anchor in Greece.  People standing on the deck, and one girl sitting close to the water, as if she's ready to go swimming.

On the heels of the $161/pp Virgin Islands yacht charter special offered by Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO comes this new offer for NEMO charters in Greece:

  • Take 10% off any week-long (7 night) Greece yacht charters booked before April 30, 2011.
  •  Reserve a 2-week (14 night) or longer charter and take an additional 5% discount.


The discounts apply to charters taken June, July, August, or September, 2011.  Reservations must be completed prior to April 30, in order to secure the discounts.

The regular charter rates, for 2 to 8 passengers are €13,500 per week, plus expenses in June and September (low season), and €14,500 per week, plus expenses in July and August (high season).

Thus, early reservations prior to April 30 will result in savings of €1,350 per week in low season and €1,450 per week in high season!

 

The crew’s favorite area in Greece to explore by yacht is the Ionian archipelago.  Reachable through international flights to Preveza, good weather and sea conditions are a constant in the summer.  There always seems to be a breeze for sailing, and there are plenty of secluded bays in which to anchor and swim in clear, green waters.  Small villages with traditional tavernas dot the coastline.

Andrea and Valentina, the Italian crew on NEMO, recommend an Ionian cruise for novices and seasoned sailors, alike.  Says, Andrea, “(the Ionian appeals to) Every kind of guests – for those who are at their first experience on a boat, for those who loves the sea all day long, for those who like to print in their memories windmills, sunsets, colorful villages and unspoiled anchorages, for those who like to discover new dishes and new drinks, for those who like shopping.”


Rates include:

  • Accommodations onboard the Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO
  • Skipper  (captain)
  • Hostess/Cook
  • All meals and beverages (ship’s bar)
  • Towels
  • Linens
  • Biodegradable soaps
  • Daily cleaning
  • Access to the yacht’s watertoys – for example, snorkel gear, kayak, fishing rods, boogie board

 

Items not included in the price are:

  • Fuel
  • Port charges
  • Local taxes (VAT)
  • Permits
  • Visas
  • Vintage or premium alcohol requests

 

You owe it to yourself and your family to relax and enjoy a relaxing and unique vacation.  Enjoy an exotic destination!  Come explore the home of the gods.  Click https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ to contact our destination specialists at 1-800 Yacht Charters to arrange your own Greek odyssey on a sailing vessel or powerboat.

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Save 50% on Last Minute Greece Yacht Charter

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Photograph of a catamaran sailoat at anchor. Photo taken from back left side of boat. Photo taken in Greece.

Here’s the deal:  Pay just €6,000 per week for crewed catamaran charters in Greece on the 47 foot sail catamaran NEMO for select dates in September.

Here’s the story:  The owner of Nautitech 47 catamaran NEMO is anxious to fill the remaining available charter dates on his booking calendar, to close out the summer Mediterranean yacht charter season.   As an incentive to potential customers, he is offering his yacht at a discounted rate of €6,000 per week — a 54% savings off the regular, published rate, which is €13,000

Launched in 2009, this twin-hulled yacht is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Four queen-berth cabins offer roomy, private accommodations for 8 passengers. Each cabin has its own ensuite bathroom, for total privacy from the crew and other guests. For active travelers, the yacht carries watertoys such as snorkel gear and two sea kayaks.

Available dates are:

17 to 24 September
and
24 September to 1 October.


There are two itineraries available for Greece yacht charters onboard Nemo:

– The Cyclades islands (starting and ending in Athens),
or
– The Ionian islands (starting and ending in Lefkas).

The offer includes the yacht with skipper and hostess, all bed linens and towels, and use of the onboard watertoys.

Items not included are food and beverage provisioning, fuel, port fees, and any special requests.

Don’t delay!  Take advantage of the deepest seasonal discount offered by any crewed catamaran this summer.  Book now at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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The Best Time To Plan a Greece Yacht Charter Is…

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Travel Question

QUESTION 

“Hi 1-800 Yacht Charters!  My family and I would like to plan a luxury sailing charter in the Greek islands. Can you tell us the best time of year for this trip, and where we should go?  Thank you, Joannie S.”

ANSWER 

Ahoy, Joannie!   Thank you for question about the best time to enjoy a sailing vacation in Greece. 
For an accurate answer, let’s turn to someone who really knows Greece like the back of his hand!

CAPTAIN COMMENTS

We presented your question to Capt. Alexandre J. MATSAKIS. Captain Alex was born and raised in Greece and has been sailing along the Hellenic coast for more than 3 decades.
As you read his response, keep in mind English is not his native language, so please forgive an occasional grammatical slip on his part.

CAPTAIN LETTER

“Greetings from land of the Gods, Joannie!
 

Most requests for yacht cruises in the Greek islands are for Mykonos and Santorini…   I sail in Greece since 30 years and I live in the center of Cyclades – on Syros island, in front of Mykonos.

My advice is to sail the Cyclades in May, June or October, and to avoid them in July and August because of the frequent strong wind “Meltemi” – able to  spoil the best vacation.
Profile photograph of gulet sailboat IRINA underway. She is sailing toward the right side of the screen. There is a barren mountain behind her.

Motorsailor IRINA

I charter my 75 gross tonnage yacht IRINA for sailing in the Ionian islands in July and August (Ithaca, island of Odysseus, Kephalonia, Skorpios, island of Onassis) with one very nice sea in this period.

My other beautiful yacht ANATOLIE is sailing in the Sporades in July and August (the green islands of the movie “Mamma Mia” with Meryl Streep).  

I do believe that giving the right advises is the best way to avoid problems and keep clients long time (some of them come 3 times on 3 different areas). We need to ensure the happiness of our customers (and that’s a great job :-). 

 

HIS LETTER CONTINUES

Example.  Why to send people on one crewed catamaran charters leaving from Athens in July and August?  They will have 2 choices.  The Cyclades with big problems in case of Meltemi.  Or the Saronic islands with no chance to find place with a catamaran in their small harbors (except in Poros if  lucky).  Greece is not Seychelles or Caribbean!

So – we offer Cyclades cruises in May, June, September and October. Believe me, living in Cyclades, if we send our yachts to other very nice areas in July and August, is because there is serious reasons. 

Best regards,
Photograph of smiling face of Captain Alexandre J. MATSAKIS

Captain Alexandre J. MATSAKIS

Capt. Alexandre J. MATSAKIS”

HOW TO RENT A YACHT IN GREECE

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Top 5 Yacht Names Inspired By “Love” – #1 Is A Hoot!

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Valentine’s Day – that yearly opportunity to profess our love to that special someone in our lives.  For many of us, we turn to traditional gifts like chocolate, flowers, or a romantic dinner to express our affection.

Ah, but the super-rich are different. Even gifts of jewelry pale in comparison to the grandiose gestures some HNWI’s (high net-worth individuals) bestow on their significant others and loved ones.

Yep, when it comes to over-the-top, what says “je t’aime mon tresor” more than a gift of a private superyacht???

Of course, the ultimate enhancement to the ultimate gift – naming your yacht to honor the one you love…

In celebration of Valentine’s Day 2016, we share our favorite 5 private yacht charter vessels with names inspired by love.  Some names are whimsical and cute, others haughty.  Our favorite name, # 1, is simple and oh-so-perfect — boasting the two most famous words uttered by almost every man who understands (and appreciates) who’s really the boss!

Champagne in hot tub on yacht charter

5.  4YOU – Imagine the surprise when this owner turned to his wife and handed her the keys to a 180 foot megayacht, aptly named, 4YOU.  Launched in 2012, this spectacular yacht from the Amels Limited Edition 180 series was designed by Tim Heywood, and features a stunning modern-chic interior by Laura Sessa Romboli. Up to 12 guests can enjoy a Greek yacht charter vacation, from €280,000 per week

4.  DREAM PRINCESS – Sure, lots of guys call their lady a, “Princess.”  But a DREAM PRINCESS? That’s ramping it up another notch.  A popular yacht for special events (e.g. Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter, MIPIM yacht charter, etc.), this Princess 64 motor yacht is a vessel with a real sense of occasion. She offers exceptional performance and boasts a sleek, sporty profile hiding a spacious three-cabin charter layout.  Her interior is light, with elegant details.  Rates from €18,000 per week

3.  HONEY BEAR – Every once in a while, we find a yacht named by a woman for the man in her life.  The 28 meter Sunseeker 90 yacht HONEY BEAR is a fast, fun yacht for sophisticated yet informal Monaco yacht charter holidays. Her modern yet warm interior offers plenty of space for relaxation, and her open deck areas are perfect for enjoying the sunshine. She provides accommodations for 8 guests in 4 staterooms and is priced from €45,000 per week

2.  LADY BRIT – there are lots of “Ladies” in the charter fleet, Lady Sheila, Lady Victoria, and more. Still, one stands out for her simple, elegant name – the epitome of European class:  LADY BRIT.  Surprisingly, the yacht was not named for the owner’s wife, but rather, in honor of his mother. The 207 foot Feadship yacht LADY BRIT offers the ideal platform for a resort-style St Barts Yacht Charter in the Caribbean, as she features a wellness spa, gymnasium with panoramic views, outdoor cinema, and an authentic Finnish sauna with private access to the water.  Weekly rates start at $445,000 per week

1.  YES DEAR – what man hasn’t uttered those two words to his special someone???  A Voyage 580 Virgin Islands catamaran charter vessel, sail yacht YES DEAR is 58 feet long and 31 feet wide – the perfect design for maximum comfort and stability.  She features 5 cabins for up to 10 guests, and her weekly rates start at $24,000.  Funny side note – her dinghy is named, “No Dear.

Happy Valentines’ Day from Jana Sheeder, President and Owner, and the rest of the team at 1-800 Yacht Charters

 

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