Please find a list of recently asked questions that might be able to help you…

What's the minimum group size?

Technically there is no minimum, but it is 1 yacht per group. We usually say 6 people is our recommended minimum because it is the smallest group size that is cost-efficient for you! If there’s just 4 of you that just means it will be a little more expensive, but in return you’ll have more space onboard.

What's the maximum group size?

There is no maximum – the more the merrier! Our yachts sleep 6-10 people, so if you have a group of 30 for example we will simply organise 3-4 yachts for your group.

How much do we have to pay to secure a booking?

We usually require 50% of the booking amount up front to secure your booking. The final instalment due 45 days before you travel. For some larger groups we request a £75 per person deposit instead of the 50% initially, but this will be detailed in your booking confirmation.

When are payments due?

Booking payments are usually split into 2 instalments, although you can pay it all up front if you wish.

Every crew member can pay their own portion separately upon request.

  • 50% is due immediately to confirm your booking (or within 30 days if we request a smaller deposit initially)
  • The remaining 50% is due at least 45 days before you embark on your holiday with us, but we’ll send you a reminder nearer the time.

What qualifications do I need to skipper my own yacht?

In Croatia and Greece you will require an ICC (International Certificate of Competence), and in Croatia you will also require a VHF Radio certificate. The ICC is equivalent to an RYA Day Skipper certificate, and if you have a Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster qualification you can apply to the RYA to issue you with an ICC. This is free for members of the RYA or £43 for non-members. It is worth noting that if you are younger than 25, membership only costs £23 per year, so it is worth signing up as it is cheaper than the certificate cost. Read more on the RYA website.

The ICC application form can be found on the RYA website here: ICC Application Form (RYA)

For the VHF certificate, the RYA run a Marine radio course that can be taken as a 1 day course at an RYA training centre or as an online course. If you want to take the course online, select ‘Show only centres which do RYA Interactive courses’ as you run your search. Please note that it is only the learning that takes place online, the exam still must be taken in person at an RYA training centre so do pick a training centre that is close to you.

More information: RYA Marine Radio (SRC) Course

What's included in the price?

 Your yacht will be your place to sail, relax, party and sleep for the week, and The Big Sail have made sure that all our bookings come with:

  • A professional Skipper (if you have chosen the ‘Skippered’ option)
  • WiFi onboard
  • Bed linen & towels
  • End-of-trip cleaning of the yacht
  • Deck speakers with radio, CD and/or iPod connection on most yachts – we will specify if not.
  • Inflatable dinghy – for getting around when at anchor, to explore caves and beaches, go for a meal ashore or simply to visit other yachts.
  • Outboard engine & fuel for dinghy (Croatia)
  • Essential domestic supplies – Loo rolls, dish washing soap, bin bags
  • GPS, digital charts and paper charts for the local area
  • All safety equipment, lifejackets, harnesses, liferaft, VHF radio & Flares

For full details about what is included, please visit this page

Is there anything not covered in the price?

We recommend that everyone contributes €60 into a ‘boat kitty’ which will be used to cover any daily usage costs you incur as a group throughout the week. These costs include diesel, mooring fees, tourist tax of €1 per person per day (Croatia only) and a yacht insurance waiver to cover you in case of any damage to your yacht. We include WiFi, dinghy rental and end of week cleaning in our prices, so there are no additional costs other than what’s listed here.