Corfu, also known as Kerkyra, is the second largest island after Crete, and is considered one of the most beautiful islands due to the surrounding greenery.
Fortunately for Corfu, when the Venetians occupied it hundreds of years ago, they somehow forced the inhabitants to give them some incentive to grow the olive trees that were still alive and still bearing fruit after many years.
Olive oil and olive oil had been Corfu's main income for many years until the influx of tourism that transformed Corfiots into providing hotels and apartments and thus neglecting the olive trees. Nowadays, they are still producing olive oil for private use because the trees are very large and not applicable commercially.
Along with the influx of tourism, yacht rental business has begun to flourish and Corfu is now a major place on the charter map where most international charter companies have permanent bases here.
You can now rent a yacht in Corfu with most of the companies and charter agencies in the world because it contains all the facilities of a yacht charter including the international airport, the modern marina which accommodates about 1400 yachts of all sizes.
Due to the mild weather and a few storms during summer and winter it also attracted many foreign boats that are permanently docked in Corfu as the owners leave the boat and return when they want to use it.
By searching on the Internet for yacht charters, you will find hundreds of companies advertising their boats for charter and therefore the choice is wide. Greek rental companies are very well regulated and, of course, by the Greek Tourism Organization, they must provide the service and also deposit a guarantee presented with the organization in the event of a dispute or failure to fulfill its obligations.
When renting a boat either from an agency or directly from the owner, you must insist on receiving a copy of the official rental party. The contract of the charter party between the agency or the owner of the boat and the charterer will be submitted to the Port Authority on the day of the charter for official confirmation and approval. At this very moment, the Port Authority will examine the boat's papers to ensure that all safety requirements are met and inspected.
Tenants must have at least one (1) competency certificate from the sailing captain. Other wise, the port police will not allow the boat to leave the port.
For some people this may seem to be too much but on the other hand, it provides safety for the person who charteres the boat and is safe to sail and also for the owner of the boat that the person chartering it is eligible to deal with the boat and thus eliminate accidents.
During the past twenty years, we have faced accidents like mast braking, hitting a rock or other boats, but there have been no loss of life and are very good and make sailing in Greece very safe.
According to Greek law, all charter boats must be registered as commercial boats and no private boats are permitted to make a charter and be aware when you are not given a charter party charter agreement signed by the local port authority where the boat may not be a suitable charter and perhaps very unsafe.
Foreign boats are also not permitted to do charter in Greece except for boats registered with EEC, but they have to go through all inspections like the Greek commercial boat as well as register a company here in Greece. In another article, I will be subject to regulations regarding foreign boats and charter. I can also answer any questions regarding renting yachts and yachts in Corfu by just contacting me.