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15 June 2023

Rules and responsibilities of the Captain and crew during the use of the yacht and equipment during the charter period

• The Captain of the yacht confirms that he is knowledgeable in the International Sailing Regulations. 

• The Captain confirms that he is competent to operate the yacht as well as all equipment on the vessel (batteries, fuel tanks, water tanks, engine, sails, anchor and anchor winch, winches, steering gear, Bowtruster, toilets, showers, radio, kitchen, etc.). 

• The Captain assumes full responsibility for the yacht's safety, equipment, cleanliness, and orderliness during the charter.

• The Captain confirms that he and his crew are fully competent to operate the yacht in the area. 

• The Captain is fully responsible for his actions and for the entire crew. 
The Captain knows and abides by the International Maritime Regulations and the Maritime Regulations of the Hellenic Region. 

• The Captain understands that he is operating a charter yacht, intended only for crew rest in good weather, for short crossings between islands in Greek territorial waters. The Captain also understands that the charter yacht is not designed for racing, competing, use in bad weather conditions (strong wind, high waves), etc. 

• The charter yacht must not be operated in an unstable condition, in bad weather conditions, when the wind is more than 25 knots or a wave of more than 1.5 meters, when the crew is not prepared for harsh weather conditions or long crossings or mooring in solid side winds in ports or marinas restricted to maneuvers.

• It is the Captain's responsibility to know how to operate the yacht's equipment and avoid breakdowns and improper use. 

Also, the following rules must be observed when chartering

- Connect to shore power at least once or twice every 2-4 days. 
- Use an anchor chain at least 40 meters during anchorages.
- Mooring only in particular places in marinas or harbors. 
- It is forbidden to moor with the stern to the rocks using long mooring lines or mooring at depths less than 5 m, more profound than 15 m, or close to the rocks where the distance is less than 50 m. 

Main recommendations for the Captain and crew

- Do not go to sea without navigation and VHF radio (channel 16).
- Do not put to sea when the wind speed exceeds 25-30 knots, and the wave exceeds 2 meters. 
- Do not put to sea when fuel is less than ¼ tank (100 liters).
- Do not put to sea when the crew is not competent for a difficult long crossing in difficult weather conditions. 
- Do not use full sails in winds greater than 24 knots or part of the sails in winds greater than 28 knots. Not to use (not to open) sails when the crew has not been thoroughly trained in sailing. 

• The Captain must report all abnormal situations to the port police or charter company and ask for help or advice. 

I confirm my competence and the competence of the entire crew as Captain of a charter sailing yacht. I am fully financially responsible for any damage caused to the vessel during the charter. 

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