The Assisted Bareboat Charter programme run by Nisos Yacht Charter is a unique service that really offers some fantastic benefits over and above what is offered by the traditional flotillas in the wonderful Ionian region.

What are Assisted Bareboat Charters?

In essence it is a mini flotilla consisting of up to 7 yachts plus the Nisos lead boat.  You will follow a set itinerary, which is usually in the South Ionian and the lead crew will be on hand to find you a safe mooring for the night and make sure you are all set for the night ahead. During the days you are free to go and do as you please and in the evenings there are no organised social activities. Some nights you will be moored up in beautiful bays with access to beach side tavernas, other nights you may be moored up in one of the delightful traditional Greek villages.  We like to moor the boats using a shore line hanging 20m or so off the shore, so that you can swim off the boat in the mornings and evenings which is fantastic!

Assisted Bareboat Charters are not just for inexperienced sailors.  The scheme is perfect for all abilities, and the best reason for choosing it is so that you can stay out longer in the afternoon breeze and sail and come in later than you probably would do if you were on your own finding your own mooring berth.

 - Please note, currently we are sometimes asking crews to come in by 6pm in the busier harbours to ensure a space.  The Ionian area has got busier this season due to the increase of boats in the area coming over from Turkey and other eastern med regions.

Typical Ionian mooring...

What are the benefits?

  • 7 nights away from base - you set sail on the Sunday afternoon and only arrive back into base on the day of departure. That means you get 2 more nights away from base than the traditional flotilla offering in the Ionian - that's 28% more holiday for your money!
  • the boats available on the Assisted scheme are the same as we offer on the bareboat holidays, so they are very well equipped and maintained.
  • our lead crew encourage you to stay out and enjoy the afternoon winds - no requests to come into harbour by a certain time - you are in charge!
  • no social activities - no group meals, no fancy dress parties, no tug of war competitions. However there will be other crews on the scheme so if you get on well with another family/group and you want to eat with them, then that is your choice.
  • with only a smaller number of boats on the scheme, our lead crew can give you a very personal service including individual briefings in the mornings.
  • Ideal for skippers who are relatively inexperienced or are sailing short handed with nervous crews.
  • We still charge per boat, not per person.  The price is equivalent to the normal bareboat charter price plus a £350 fee. 

Are qualifications required?

In short, yes.  To charter a boat in Greece, either bareboat or flotilla, one person onboard must hold an RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or an International Certificate of Competence ("ICC") or equivalent.

How much does it cost and when can we book it?

The Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme runs from May through to the end of September.  The cost is £350 per boat for one week or £600 for two weeks.

Meet the Lead Crew

Arran & Kitty - Lead crew of the Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme 2017.

Arran & Kitty have successfully run traditional flotillas for larger operators in the Ionian in prior years and have joined the Nisos team in 2017 to take up the challenge of running the unique Assisted Bareboat Charter scheme.  


Submitted by Rowan Carver