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2018 Ultimate Guide to Catamaran Charter in Sicily: All you have to know about Sicily catamaran charter

Famous for its beautiful coastline, active volcanoes cuisine, wine and intriguing history, Sicily is an unbeatable charter destination. Ask us about how you can explore Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. Sicily is Italy‘s largest island with a land area of 25,706 sq km (9,925 sq miles), as well as being also the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Due to its strategic location (latitude 38 degrees north), Sicily has been invaded countless times over the centuries, by the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards. The occupiers Each left behind their cultural influences which have blended to give Sicily a personality as distinctive. A trip to Sicily is an experience to be treasured.

What to know when charter catamaran in Sicily

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At least 5,000 years the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is recorded back and traces of man’s existence can be found in the kind of pottery, ruins, excavations, villages and tools. The setting over time is a volcanic one, “Fire above and under” is how one writer explains their flavour, “baking under the constant glare of a Sicilian sun.”

Related: A comprehensive guide to Aeolian Islands holidays by boat

Colourful fishing boats line ports, filled with restaurants, pubs and charming cafes. While the islands interiors provide scenery and the contrasting and most diverse landscapes, their crystal clear water bays, coves, volcanoes that are active, isolated reefs houses, and archaeological sites are unmatched for beauty and play. Wine and their food are extraordinary, and a few of the islands provide an almost vehicle-free environment’s experience.

Sailing aboard catamaran in Sicily is away from the highly populated tourist paths. Although Italians have been holidaying in the Aeolian islands for decades, the rest of the world is only awaking to their charms.

The ultimate guide to catamaran charter in Sicily for sailing holidays in Summer 2018

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If you are about to charter a catamaran in Sicily, in Italy or West Med for the first time or you need just any clarifications or additional informations, this article is the right one for you. There are many questions about sailing holidays aboard catamaran or multihulls, if you prefer to call them like this, that we receive daily, for example: How does catamaran charter in Sicily work? Is it possible to charter a catamaran for few days? Is it possible to charter a catamaran in Sicily for less than 7 days? Can i embark on Monday? Or can i embark in mid week?  What does the price includes? Is skipper included? How much does skipper cost? What if i need hostess? What are the extra costs aboard catamaran? Can i have chef aboard? Is crew tip mandatory? Is final cleaning mandatory? What is APA? Do you recommend to have the outboard engine for the dinghy? How much is VAT in Italy? What extras do you suggest? What are the payment terms? And so on.. Too many questions uh.. And here all the answers to even more questions.. 

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Best tips for catamaran rental in Sicily

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In order to select the most appropriate catamaran for your charter in Sicily , you have to consider the period you are interested in, the number of guests will join the party, the cabins you need and if you need skipper (or crew) or you have the sailing skills and license for a bareboat charter.

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In order to check the availability and select the best catamaran for your vacations:

  • Select the exact period* and dates of your charter (don’t forget that charters have minimum 7 days, from Saturday to Saturday); 
  • How many guests join the party?
  • How many cabins do you need?
  • Bareboat charter? Cruise with skipper or fully crewed?
  • If you have particular necessities or needs, please inform us in advance to allow us to assist you as you deserve (for example if you need safety net for your kids, if you would like to have nanny or chef aboard, etc).

Our expert team of Charter Managers will immediately share with you the most appropriate options of catamarans that suite all your needs and preferences, with technical details, brochures, pictures, amenities and extra costs of your charter. 

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About the best period* to enjoy your charter, we highly recommend to rent a catamaran in Sicily from mid April to mid October, so from Spring to beginning of Autumn. The high charter season is from May to September, as it’s summer period in Sicily: in these months the weather is hot and dry with loads of sunshine. The average high temperature is currently at 23°C in June and then climbs to 26°C in July and August before dropping to 24°C in September. Nights are quite warm, the average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 19°C, which allows for pleasant evening walks in one of the inland villages of the island or along the coast. A dip in the warm sea or a trip up into the green hills provides relief, although the heat, especially in the summer months of July and August, can be slightly uneasy. The water temperature gets up to 27°C in August, which is more than comfortable enough for everyone to swim. In September and July, the Mediterranean Sea is 25°C hot on average. 

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Catamaran charters in high season period in Sicily (from May to September) have 7 days minimum duration, no flexible dates from Saturday to Saturday. So you can opt for week charter, 14 days, and so on, just from Saturday to Saturday. 

All the below details are indicative:

The embarkation is on Saturday afternoon, between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm
The disembark is on Saturday morning, between 8.00 and 9.00 am
The catamaran has to be back at base within Friday evening, between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm 

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After selecting the catamaran that better suite your requests, meets your budget and makes you dream about your next holiday, there are the following procedures:

  • Send us your personal informations to confirm the reservation** and prepare the charter contract (name, surname, date and place of birth, address, passport number and copy). If you opt for bareboat charter we will need a copy of your sailing license and resume. Don’t forget to take with your your nautical license during your trip or we can not deliver the catamaran;
  • We will send you the charter agreement, you will review it and if you need clarifications, you will share it with us. After everything is set, you send us a copy of the contract signed, and we will send you back the copy signed by the owner, for mutual acceptance;
  • Upon signing the contract it’s required the first tranche of payment, that is the 50% of the charter rate. To confirm completely the booking, we will have to receive the first amount;
  • 30 days before the embarkation it’s required the balance (50% of the charter rate), together with the list of your extras;

The best period of the year to book a catamaran in Sicily is from September to December, in order to get our exclusive special discounts! We reserve terrific offers from 5% to 15% for early bookings, long period charters (more than 1 week), repetitive customers and more! 

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Once have confirmed you booking** (read above), our team will assist to personalise every steps and details of your charter and journey in Italy. First of all we share with you our experienced and professional suggestions about the itinerary, the must-to-visit spots and excursions to enjoy, restaurants to taste, bays and coves to discover and so on.. We will assist you for the transfers from/to airport, to book in advance hotels, villas, cars, helicopters, to park during the charter period, and if you need it, we will reserve our exclusive personal assistance 24/7 for the rest of your vacation. 

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Complete guide to catamaran charter in Sicily

If you need additional tips to charter catamaran in Sicily this summer, don’t worry and have a look to our guide below with all the best recommendations and informations about: Still working on crewed or bareboat? Are you not sure about the extras ? Scared about hidden costs? And also.. Why to book with us? No worries! We are here to serve you and reserve you what you deserve!

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We recommend a skippered catamaran if you would like a relaxing holiday of being on a boat without having to do all of the work. Crewed catamarans include a skipper revolves around the boat. They know how to get the most from your time with them, they understand the waters and the region, and are dedicated to your satisfaction and comfort. If you are eager to skipper yourself and want the thrill of sailing, you’ll want a catamaran. When you have one sailor in the group, bareboating a catamaran can make for an amazing holiday and the rest are ready to pitch in. There’s no one else to worry about and you are totally in control of your vacation. Note, you will normally need to show a certificate of documentation or sailing competence of charters that are prior to charter bareboat.

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When you charter a catamaran, the rate usually includes: chartering, VAT, liability insurance, kasco, dinghy (not outboard engine) first and last night docking at base. 

The extras of your catamaran charter are:

  • Final cleaning (mandatory), that costs from 150 up to 250 Euro, depending on the catamaran size; 
  • Skipper, that usually costs 150 Euro per day (plus food);
  • Hostess, that usually costs 100 Euro per day (plus food);
  • Bed linen and towels, that usually costs from 15 to 25 Euro per person;
  • Beach towels, that usually costs from 5 to 15 Euro per person;
  • Outboard engine, that usually costs from 80 to 150 Euro per week;
  • Safety net (for kids aboard ), that usually costs from 200 to 300 Euro per week;
  • Priority check-in, that usually costs from 150 to 250 Euro;
  • Wi-Fi that costs from 30 to 50 Euro, depending on the GB packages;
  • Shopping Service, that usually apply 20% on the total amount;

You have to consider the security deposit required at embarkation by credit card (the money is not charged, only hold until the disembark), that depends on the size of the catamaran and can vary from 2.000,00 Euro to 6.000,00 Euro. 

You can also decide to add aboard some water toys, for example SUP paddle boards, kayaks, jet-ski (if the catamaran is big enough), etc. Below a sample list of the approximate rates for this additional services:

  • SUP Paddleboard, that usually costs from 100 to 250 Euro per week;
  • Kayak, that usually cost from 100 to 250 Euro per week;
  • Jet-ski that usually costs 100 Euro/hour + fuel consumption;
  • Fly-board that usually costs 200 Euro/hour + fuel consumption;
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The other expenses, as food and drinks, marinas and ports, fuel for generator are not included and you will pay the directly. 

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Usually fuel is not an important cost to consider during catamaran charter, as you will sail most of the time. But don’t forget that if you stay at anchor and of course, you use the generator, you will consume fuel. 

Also considering that could happens to enjoy some days with few wind or not windy at all, you can estimate the costs of cruising with engine. In order to calculate in advance the approximate fuel consumption, use the below tool, created to count the exact fuel consumption (to insert the correct values, you have to know the engine consumption of the catamarans and local price of fuel, that in Italy is usually around 1,5 Euro per liter): extra-fuel-cost-what-to-know-when-charter-catamaran-in-sicily

The cost of moorings of catamarans in Sicily depends on the season and usually it’s between 150 and 300 Euro, considering the month of the year and dimension of the vessel. 

Recommended: Enjoy the Portorosa (Sicily) yacht vacation and get all the details here!

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If you are chartering a luxury catamaran with crew, we  recommend and require the A.P.A. that stands for Advanced Provisioning Allowance (also mandatory for motor yacht charters with crew). 

A.P.A. =ADVANCE PROVISIONING ALLOWANCE is the amount intended to cover operational expenses for bunkering, food supplies and any other incidental expenses which are described in detail hereunder: Fuel consumption for running the engine and the generator (depending on fuel rate and cruising hours; Gasoline and lubricants for the use of the tender; Food – Drinks and spirits as per super market receipts; Delivery fees (TBA if applicable); Marinas’ fees, if any (only private marinas); Agent/Marina fees abroad (if applicable); Gratuities to the crew.

Related: What is A.P.A. in yacht charter?

Kindly note that an A.P.A. report will be prepared and presented to you at the end of the charter (you can check the expenses with the Captain daily, in order to monitor them). Any A.P.A.  not used will be given back to you at disembark, on the other hand if the expenses exceeds you will decide with the Crew if you will pay directly or if the company will pay for you in advance, and you will cover the expenses before leaving the boat.

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And now contact Your Boat Holiday to book your Sicily catamaran charter

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We operate in the nautical and luxury vacations business since may years and we have developed professionalism and experiences, managing yacht charters directly in Sicily to reserve to our customers only the top services on the market. We are passionated and dedicated to our work and are always available for calls and personal meetings.  

Let us guide you to your lifetime charter experience, let us arrange for your the most extraordinary catamaran charter in Sicily this summer! 


All the informations  written in this article are indicative and can change depending on the vessel chartered, contract terms and conditions. 

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