Renting a Boat is the Best way to Travel Greece

Renting a Sailboat in Greece

Renting a Sailboat in Greece

is the Best Way to Travel the Islands!

Renting a sailboat in Greece is the absolute best way to see the islands. 

Greece is a beautiful and diverse country, consisting of 277 islands. And, due to these magnificent islands, travellers from around the world flock to Greece for their vacations each summer. However, with so many islands and options, how does one begin choosing what to do and where to go?

Of course, the first step for most is to consult with Google. Your search results will likely yield the most popular islands (i.e., Mykonos, Santorini, Milos, Crete). As I mentioned before, there are 277 islands throughout Greece, thus there is so much more to explore than the islands immediately suggested by Google.

 So, how do you find the unique islands that rarely pop up in your research? This is where renting a sailboat in Greece comes in.

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A Unique, Personalized Experience

A skippered sailing charter provides you with 24/7 inside-knowledge and expertise regarding the Greek islands. You don’t have to know exactly which islands you would like to visit. You simply need to know yourself and the type of activities and vibes that fit your vacation needs. For example, do you like night-life? Are you an avid snorkeler? Do quaint, quiet villages suit you? Do historical sites match your interests? Or, are you looking for a mix of it all?

You can let your skipper know what you’re looking to accomplish by exploring the Greek islands. He will build and discuss an itinerary with you. You will visit a new island each day, and will most likely see islands you never knew existed; drop anchor in places that are only reachable by boat, where the sea is as blue as it gets; and, you’ll have a chance to live like a local, eat like a local, and experience something unique compared to other tourists.

Is there an island that you are dying to visit? Let your skipper know about this particular island and he will try to make it work based on the weather, length of your trip, and your embarkation and ending locations.

You are sure to leave a sailing trip with more than you ever imagined. On top of that, I am positive you’ll fall in love with an island or two that Google failed to list. 

Stress Ends at Boarding

In my opinion, the best part about renting a sailboat in Greece is, that once you board the yacht, all travel-stress disappears. You simply board, unpack your luggage, and live comfortably on your mode of transportation. Contrarily, if you were visiting three or four islands by ferry, you would have to unpack, re-pack, and lug all your bags around every few days. You’d have to worry about ferry tickets, taxis, and checking in and out of hotels.

Not only is it stressful to visit a number of islands by ferry, but it’s also limiting. It can be hard to match up ferries to a specific itinerary. In many cases, you can take a ferry between two or three islands, but in order to see another one, you would have to take a ferry all the way back to Athens, and then take another one back to the islands (I know, it’s complicated).

Overall, if you want to see more than two islands in a week, travelling the islands by ferry is not the most comfortable or convenient experience.

I would suggest a sailing trip to avoid the stress and confusion. You board and each day you’re sailed to a beautiful island without worrying about a single thing. Your skipper takes care of safely transporting you from one destination to another. So, all you have to do is lay out on deck in the fresh air with a cocktail, enjoy the breeze, and bask in the incredible scenery.

 Think of the boat as your home, hotel, and means of travel all-in-one.

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Local Knowledge

Sure, when you check-in to a hotel they might give you a pamphlet that includes popular tourist attractions around the island. But this brochure is far from local knowledge. The beautiful thing about renting a sailboat in greece is that your skipper is full of inside-knowledge, and is always available to answer questions and give suggestions.

He can tell you where to get the best, most authentic Greek food for the best prices. The skipper can tell you where to avoid, and what to look out for when judging the authenticity of an establishment. He knows the gorgeous beaches that are not mentioned in the brochures. And, not only will he tell you about the best spots, he will sail you to bays and tiny harbours unknown to the majority of tourists.

Booking a sailing trip removes the mental stress of travelling, because you won’t be questioning whether you are going to the right restaurants, beaches, historical sites, etc. The information is right in front of you.

In Conclusion...

Renting a sailboat in Greece is the absolute best way to see the islands. 

Forget ferries, taxis, busses, trains, planes, hotels, and Airbnb’s. Stop questioning whether you planned the right islands to see. Unpack your luggage once and make yourself at home. Let an expert personalize your trip to fit all your interests and vacation needs. See places that you will never find on Google. Jump in the sea from your portable, sailing home. Experience a trip that nobody you know has ever experienced!

A sailing trip is unique, fun, stress-free, and authentic. You will never forget the adventure and relaxation.

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Luxurious and Affordable Catamaran Charter

Luxury Catamaran Rental Greece

Luxury Catamaran Rental Greece

Do not miss out on this amazing luxury catamaran rental greece, however, we book fast!

Book a trip with our skippered catamaran and you will have the vacation of your life! The yacht is spacious, sea worthy, and safe. On top of that, your skipper is an expert at navigating the Greek seas and has a plethora of fishing equipment onboard for an added activity. 

Experience luxury and adventure and sail Greece on this skippered luxury catamaran. 

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The Catamaran

  • Holds up to 8 guests
  • Large, spacious living space 
  • Four double-bed cabins
  • two bathrooms/showers
  • Separate sleeping quarters for skipper 
  • Two fridges and large kitchen area 
  • Plenty of space on-deck for dining and lounging 

About Luxury Catamaran Rental Greece

  • snorkeling gear onboard
  • fishing equipment onboard 
  • Your skipper onboard this luxury catamaran rental has been sailing the Greek seas since his childhood and knows the best spots inside and out. 
  • Discuss your interests with your skipper and personalize your experience. Do you prefer quiet bays? Night-life? History? Activities? Or, a mix of it all? Your skipper will guide you in making your dream sailing vacation a reality. 
  • You will start and end your trip in Paros. 
  • Paros is the perfect place to start and end a trip in the Cyclades. It provides forgiving angles to a variety of wind directions, so that you can get the most out of your trip. 
  • On this luxury catamaran rental Greece, you are a short sail away from a number of beautiful, famous islands and hidden gems. 
  • Possible islands you could see during your trip: Milos, Mykonos, the small Cyclades (schinoussa, Iraklia, Koufonisi), Naxos, Syros, and more. 

Prices
Luxury Catamaran Charter

Low Season 

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High Season 

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Prices include the following (except food & beverage):

Skipper

Greek taxes 

linens, towels, bedding, etc. 

snorkeling gear

fishing gear 

final cleaning of the yacht 

Add-ons:

Harbor fees and fuel expenses. The total cost will be discussed at the end of your trip (approx. 400 Euro)

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How to Eat Out Like a Local in Greece

How to order food in Greece!

How to Order Out Like a Local

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I know what you’re thinking: Does this girl think we’ve never been out to eat before?

The answer is no, I definitely don’t think that. However, from my experience, I know that tourists seem to make the same common mistakes when ordering at a traditional Greek taverna.

I have worked for a sailing charter company in Greece for four years. Our job is to sail guests around the Greek islands. We often recommend restaurants and gather feedback from our clients after their dinners, and I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “we over ordered” or “the portions are so large here”.  

For example, a group of six will order three Greek salads, three or four appetizers, and a main dish each. This sounds reasonable, but trust me, it’s not. In Greece this is an overwhelming amount of food for six people to share. So, here are some of my tips for getting the portions right!

Take Your Time

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Service at a taverna in Greece is typically efficient. You will receive your drinks and food fairly fast after ordering, and you are never rushed to order, eat and leave (like in some countries). So, take your time. Order intuitively.

Start off with some appetizers. A Greek salad is always nice to pass around the table along with some fava. Try some items on the menu you have never heard of or tasted before. Like I mentioned earlier, the apps should arrive quickly, so you can start eating while you continue to check out the menu.

Maybe you really loved one of the appetizers and it was devoured in seconds…order another one. Start off small and you can always add without being a bother or having to wait a long time for your food to arrive.

See how you feel after the appetizers. Are you all stuffed and satisfied? Are you all still hungry but not hungry enough for an entire main dish each? No problem. Take your time to look over the main dishes, keeping in mind that the portions are massive, and proceed from there.

At this point, you could order a fish for the table to share or a couple main dishes to split. Don’t worry about time, understand the portions, and enjoy your meal!

Drinks

If you are of drinking age, at least by Greek standards, and are looking forward to having some local wine with dinner, avoid ordering by the glass or by the bottle. Ask your waiter for a half kilo, kilo, or multiple kilos (I’m not judging) of the house wine.

The house wine is always the local wine of the area brought to you in a glass or tin pouring container. The price for this option is always right.

And just like that you are dining and drinking like a local.

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Desserts

I hope you have room for dessert! Most tavernas will bring each person at your table a small dessert on the house. Sometimes they’ll ask if you want it, but most of the time they’ll just bring it to you.

The ‘‘on the house’’ desserts could be some of the following: watermelon, yogurt, ice-cream, halva, sponge cake and more.

In Conlusion

Eating out at a traditional Greek taverna is an immersive experience. Don’t rush to order and never feel like you are taking too long or being an inconvenience. Ask questions. Enjoy your company. Sit and chat while tasting a bit of everything Greece has to offer.

Now you can eat, drink and enjoy your time at the taverna like a local.

Have a wonderful vacation!

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How to Order Food in Greece

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Power Boat for Day Trips

Cyclades Day Trips

The Best Day Trip in the Cyclades

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Are you planning a trip to Syros Island? Book a day trip with this power boat to explore the island from the sea. 

In addition, if you are planning a trip to another island, instead of taking a ferry from Syros to Paros (for example), opt for a day trip onboard this awesome power boat and get dropped off in Paros!

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Day Trips - Prices

Please fill out the form below for prices for these day trips in the Cyclades.

Let us know where you will be, if you want to be dropped off on another island, or if you simply want to explore the island on this fabulous boat. 

These day trips book fast!

Boat Day Trips

Day trips are the perfect option for anyone looking for a unique activity while vacationing on a particular island. I am sure, if you spend a week on an island, you will see a lot of what the land has to offer. Take a day to explore the island by sea. Go to unique beaches, jump off the boat from the bay, and see the Cyclades island from a new perspective. It is the ideal way to spend the day in Greece. There is nothing like the Cyclades islands. The boat is spacious and reliable. Aegean sea is surrounding you. Therefore, do not miss your opportunity to book this fabulous Cyclades day trip. Cyclades day trips. 

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A fun day at sea starts here. Don’t miss out on booking a trip on a boat to explore the Cyclades by the sea. Jump from the boat into the aegean and relax luxuriously. This is an experience of a lifetime and will be an unforgettable part of your trip to Greece. 

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Sailing Charter for Backpackers

Affordable Sailing Charters in Greece

The perfect charter for backpackers in Greece

Affordable sailing charters in greece

This is the perfect skippered sailing charter for backpackers, solo travelers, or a small group of friends looking for an affordable, fun way to get around the islands of Greece. 

Rent the whole boat or get a berth for yourself or berths for you and your friends!

The Affordable Sailing Charter Boat

  • Holds up to 8 guests
  • Berth
  • Head
  • 45 Feet 
  • Galley Stove & Oven 
  • Toilet 
  • Dinghy
  • Space on-deck for sitting, sailing and lounging 

sailing charter in greece. Sailing Greece has never been more fun. This yacht is perfect for backpackers and solo travelers. Additionally, it offers rentals by berth and the option to rent the whole boat. 

More About the Boat

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The yacht was once owned by former UK prime minister, Sir Edward Heath, and it was renowned for its voyages. 

This yacht was fully refurbished in 2020, now offering affordable sailing charter holidays in Greece!

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Prices

Please fill out the form below and let us know how you would like to rent the boat. We will get back to you as soon as possible with prices and availability. 

For example, specify any of the following: 

*Do you want to rent by berth?

*Would you like to rent the whole boat?

*Are you interested in a day charter? Or, chartering for a few days, to a week, to two weeks? 

Let your skipper know exactly what you are looking to get out of your trip and he will try and make it happen. Sailing Greece has never been more fun. Additionally, it has never been more affordable. Sail Greece at an affordable price onboard this historic yacht. 

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The Ideal Honeymoon in Greece

Honeymoon Sailing Charter Greece

Honeymoon Sailing Charter Greece

This is the ideal charter for your honeymoon and sailing charter for families Greece. This yacht combines space, comfort and luxury with adventure and incredible sailing capabilities at a great price. 

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Yacht - Honeymoon Sailing charter Greece

  • Holds up to 6 guests
  • Large, spacious living space 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Large Master Cabin 
  • two additional cabins  
  • Three bathrooms/showers
  • Separate sleeping quarters for skipper 
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Washing machine 
  • Ice Maker 
  • Plenty of space on-deck for dining and lounging 

The Experience

Experience the honeymoon of your dreams. 

Your skipper has over twenty years of experience sailing. He is friendly and speaks English, Spanish and Greek. Additionally, he will ensure you have the holiday of your life.

Reach out to us and let us know what you want out of your honeymoon or holiday in general. Your skipper is available to answer any questions you may have. 

Are you a family? This yacht is not only for couples and honeymooners. This is an incredible sailing charter for families Greece. You and your kids can paddle board and jump off the yacht into the Greek sea while enjoying all the comforts of home. 

This yacht also comes with the option of hiring a hostess who will prepare your breakfast and lunch onboard. 

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Prices

Prices for this luxury experience start at 4,600 Euro per week. Please fill out the form below (with the number of days or weeks you are interested in booking as well as the time frame) for an exact price or follow one of the ”contact us” links. 

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Perfect Sailing Yacht for Large Groups

Rent a Sailboat with Skipper Greece

Rent a Sailboat with
Skipper Greece

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Are you a large group looking for a sailboat to rent in Greece? Are you looking for a sailing yacht that can hold all of you comfortably? Look no further because we have the perfect sailboat for you!

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The Sailing Yacht

  • Holds up to 11 guests comfortably
  • Large, spacious living space 
  • Five cabins 
  • Five bathrooms/showers
  • Separate sleeping quarters for skipper 
  • Large kitchen and saloon 
  • Storage space 
  • Plenty of space on-deck for dining and lounging 

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Sailing Yacht with Skipper
Prices

Range: 5,500-7,500 Euro Per Week

Price depends on the following: season (high, middle or low season), special one way routes or tailor-made requests, and the number of weeks you would like to book.

Prices include the following (except food & beverage):

Yacht

Skipper

fuel

harbor fees

yacht’s water supply 

shore-power/electricity

Greek taxes 

linens, towels, bedding, etc. 

Outboard

final cleaning of the yacht 

It is always hard to find a yacht that can accommodate a large group. And, Typically, the yachts you do find are very expensive to rent.

Sail with a large group for a reasonable price, with a trusted skipper, and experience the holiday of your lives onboard this sailboat.

Please follow the link or fill out the form below to ask us about this beautiful yacht. We are always here and ready to answer your questions. 

Happy Sailing!

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Explore Greece on a Skippered Catamaran

Book Our Skippered Catamaran Charter Greece

Skippered Catamaran
Charter Greece

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Book a trip with our skippered catamaran and you will have the vacation of your life! The yacht is spacious, sea worthy, and safe. On top of that, your skipper is an expert at diving and kitesurfing and has all the necessary gear onboard. 

Experience luxury and adventure and sail Greece on this skippered catamaran. 

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The Catamaran

  • Holds 8 to 9 guests
  • Large, spacious living space 
  • Four double-bed cabins 
  • Three bathrooms/showers
  • Separate sleeping quarters for skipper 
  • Large fridge with freezer
  • Washing machine 
  • Solar panels 
  • Plenty of space on-deck for dining and lounging 

Skippered Catamaran Charter Greece:
Activities

  • Kitesurfing gear: your skipper is a certified (IKO) instructor. 
  • Experienced kitesurfers may be taken to popular bays, canals, beaches or kite-centers. 
  • If you don’t know how, and would like to learn, your skipper can provide kitesurfing lessons for 30 Euro per person. Trainer kite available onboard. 
  • Full diving gear and compressor onboard the skippered catamaran. Your skipper is a professional diver and has a plethora of diving certifications. 
  • Experienced divers may be taken to unique diving spots around the islands. 
  • If you don’t know how to dive, and would like to try, your skipper can assist you in a controlled and safe manner for 30 Euro per person. 
  • Your skipper has extensive knowledge on the best areas to snorkel. The catamaran includes snorkeling gear. 
  • This skippered catamaran Greece is stocked with two paddle boards. 
  •  Dolphin Board 
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Prices
Skippered Catamaran Charter Greece

Low Season 

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High Season 

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Prices include the following (except food & beverage):

Skipper

fuel

harbor fees

yacht’s water supply 

shore-power/electricity

Greek taxes 

linens, towels, bedding, etc. 

snorkeling gear

two paddle boards 

dolphin board 

diving gear (if you are an experienced diver)

kitesurfing gear (if you are an experienced kite surfer)

final cleaning of the yacht 

Add-ons:

Skipper guided kitesurfing – 30 Euro per person

Skipper guided diving – 30 Euro per person

Skipper guided hiking – 30 Euro per person

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Coronavirus Impact on Greece Tourism

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Impact on Greek Tourism

It hasn’t been a typical summer in Greece. As a sailing charter company, traveling through the Cyclades, we’ve seen and experienced the impact Covid-19 has had on tourism. As always, the islands welcomed an abundance of tourists, however, there were some notable differences from past years. 

The season started much later this year and the diversity of tourists was vastly limited. For example, Vacation Yachting is our family-run, one-yacht, sailing charter company. Generally, we sail the Cyclades islands with guests from May to October and the majority of our clientele are Americans. 

I’ll assume you see where this is going…

 

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Shorter Tourist Season

 

As I mentioned before, our sailing charters, and the majority of other tourist attractions, start running in May and begin preparations for the winter in October. Those working in tourism in Greece count on those months each year. But, unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19 and the travel bans, that number of working months was cut drastically.

 

 

Small Island Impact

Patrik, my husband and Vacation Yachting’s skipper, and I take guests to many lesser-known, smaller islands in the Cyclades. One of those islands is Kythnos, located in the Western Cyclades. We stopped in Kythnos at the beginning of August, during our FIRST charter. 

We sailed our guests to a well-known tourist harbor called Loutra. Loutra is quaint and has a small beach boasting a natural hot spring. There are many cafes and restaurants at this tiny, harbor-side village. 

Patrik and I know some of the kind people who run and work for these businesses. One man told us the taverna he works for opened  two weeks prior to our arrival. He also mentioned that, that was the case for all similar, tourist-centric businesses in the area. In other words, the season in Loutra began toward the end of July, when they would normally start in May. 

 

Diversity of Tourists

The season started later, and once everything opened, there was definitely an influx of tourists in Greece. But, not as great of an influx as usual. 

Europeans flocked to Greece, as always, in August, since that’s the typical holiday month in Europe. At each stop it was common to hear people speaking French, Italian, German, Dutch, and, of course, Greek. But, other than those from the UK, groups were not speaking English. Why? Because U.S. tourists are still not allowed to vacation in Greece. 


Lack of Americans

I think the lack of American tourists this year is affecting some tourist industries more than others. For our company, Vacation Yachting, the travel ban from the U.S. to Greece has had a huge effect. 

As I said, the majority of our bookings come from Americans, and this year was no different. Our season looked to be shaping up nicely by January of this year. We nearly had a fully booked season at that point. However, we were expecting a plethora of guests from the States. 

By February, booking requests ceased. Clientele, planning to sail with us this summer, began questioning their travel plans. By April, all our charters booked for May were cancelled. By May, all our charters booked for June were cancelled. And, by June, all our American guests cancelled their trips. 

This summer we went from a prospectively incredible season, to a five charter season. But, on the bright side, we were lucky to have some European bookings this year, which isn’t always the case.

 

 

Who is Impacted?

Companies who rely on American tourism, or even Brazilian tourism (the case for one of our friends), are experiencing the impact of Covid-19 more than those who heavily rely on European tourism. 

 

Coronavirus Regulations on the Islands

Different islands have different rules for containing the coronavirus. Some islands had to adopt strict restrictions due to an increase in cases. A few of these islands include Poros, Paros, Antiparos, and Mykonos.

We’ve visited Paros many times already this year and we obeyed the following rules:

  • masks were required everywhere, inside or outside.
  • shops, bars and restaurants could only be open from 7 AM to 11 PM (before, bars and restaurants could be open well past 2 AM).
  • At an eating or drinking establishment, only four people were allowed to a table, unless a larger group consisted of immediate family members.

At the end of the day, these rules didn’t hinder the enjoyment and activity of tourists in Paros. And, other islands don’t currently have curfews or strict rules. The only rule is that people wear masks in stores and markets. 

Final Thoughts...

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on Greece. But, despite the shorter season and decrease in tourists, people are still attracted to the beauty of this country, and they are still enjoying their holidays on the islands. 

 

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Interior Renovation – Before & After
After

Interior Renovation – Before & After

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Interior Renovation!

Hey all! I am so excited to announce that we revamped the interior of Anastasia, our 61′ sailing yacht. We went from camping on the water to GLAMPING on the water with only a few simple changes.

Check out our before and after pictures below along explanations of what we did! 

Saloon - Before & After

As you can see, we got rid of the rug and opted for the wood floor (I’ll go over how we achieved this), replaced the curtains, and redecorated. 

In the before picture, you’ll notice we had wall to wall carpeting throughout the entire boat. On top of the large carpet, there were smaller pieces layered on top in various areas. I was so over this rug! For one, I found it unattractive and old. Secondly, it would scrunch up and slide around with the smallest of movements. And thirdly, it had a few permanent stains (despite professional cleanings), and having it cleaned was expensive and time consuming. 

So, getting rid of the rug was my number one priority. The only problem was that the rug was there to hide the floor underneath for good reason. The floor had a number of dents, scratches and stains that needed to be fixed. 

We toyed with the idea of having the floors completely replaced professionally, but that would have been way out of our price range. We also thought about purchasing sheets of teak or cork to put on top of the floor. Also a pricey option. Then I suggested staining the wood that we already had to hide some of the imperfections. This was the most affordable, doable option. The only issue was that the interior floor is laminate. Therefore, typical stain would not work. 

I did some research and came across gel stain. Gel stain is specifically made to work on laminate wood. I watched a few YouTube videos and figured it was worth a try. 

I ordered Minwax gel stain in the Aged Oak color. They sell a wide variety of shades. We chose this color because it needed to be darker in order to cover up all the scratches and stains. 

We started by testing the gel stain on a couple planks of wood from the skipper’s cabin (since it wouldn’t matter if they came out terribly). And they came out nicely. 

Gel stain process that worked for us: 

  1. Sand the surface well (I used a heavy grained sand paper).
  2. Clean all the sand and debris off the surface (I used acetone & a shirt-like cloth to wipe the wood down).
  3. mix the gel stain well then pick out a generous amount with a paint brush.
  4. splatter the gel stain on the wood thick and then spread it across or down in even swipes. 
  5. Repeat this process section by section, do not try to splatter gel stain on the entire surface at once, because it dries fairly fast and it doesn’t spread out as nicely.

We went piece by piece and did each one precisely. I would sand, acetone and then stain each one. After they dried, Patrik would take heavy grained sand paper, fold it, so it would be very thin, and then sand in the lines with a ruler. This is how we achieved the look shown in the picture to the left. 

Kitchen - Before & After

We didn’t do much to the kitchen area. The before picture is quite old, and that tv has been gone for years (since before I joined Vacation Yachting). Since I’ve been working on Anastasia, a place-mat had been glued in that space. I replaced that with a beachy sign I found at a boutique here in Syros. 

We also changed the curtains throughout the entire boat. The old curtains, as you can see, were blue and had dolphins all over them. Personally, I thought they were old looking and a little bit tacky. Also, they were beginning to become moldy, so, of course, it was time to replace them. We decided on a simple sandy color, with a more fitting size, so that they did not look large and frumpy. 

The rods that hold the curtains are bright gold and metallic. With the old curtains, this wasn’t noticeable since they were large and draped over. But with the new curtains you could see the rods clear as day. And, naturally, I hated that. So we had the idea to get a small rope, and wrap it around the areas of the rods that were showing. We tried this and tied little half hitches at the ends to keep the ropes in place. It actually looks really cute and nautical. Much better than the gold!

Beds - Before & After

I am so happy we changed the bed covers. Like the rug and the curtains, I was sick of these beds. They were old and ugly and needed to be replaced. 

We chose a neutral colored fabric, that’s cigarette proof, drink proof, UV proof, and all sorts of proofs. 

The Overall Look & Goal

I suggested to update the interior because I thought it needed modernizing. 

Before, there were too many bold colors and patterns. The decoration had no uniformity. The fabrics were old and worn. The interior wasn’t terrible, but it simply did not look like it was from the present era. 

We have a lot of competition here in Greece, and as a small business, we should be vigilant in keeping up with the times. And, in my opinion, aesthetics is an integral selling point.

Anastasia is an incredibly well built boat, made for the Greek seas,  and she’s sturdy and reliable. However, not all clients are seasoned sailors who care about how heavy the yacht is or about the length of the keel. Many prospective guests may be sold or turned off based on looks alone. In fact, I know many friends and family with this mindset. Therefore, it’s important to appeal to both sailors as well as all other vacationers. 

Overall, I wanted to simplify the design. It was important to maintain a nautical feel, while removing all the blatantly nautical decor. There was no need for so much Greek blue, as anyone taking a sailing charter in Greece knows where they are. There was no need for pictures of dolphins everywhere or place-mats with photographs of islands on them. You can decorate in a way that feels authentic to the setting without overdoing it. 

I tried to achieve a nautical, beach-like feel with color and texture. A teak sign, a bowl with shells & rocks in it, sandy colors, and summery plants. As well as taking advantage of the wood and bringing it center stage. There is nothing that screams “boat” more than teak. And simplifying pattern and color allows the eye to focus more on the beautiful wood. In addition, choosing colors that play within the many shades of the teak help it pop much more. 

I am a perfectionist in many ways, so the interior is not 100% the way I envisioned it, but it is so much better than before! I think we achieved a great transformation with creativity on a budget. 

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