PAHI 53 CATAMARAN

Skippered catamaran charter out of Paros (Cyclades)

Authentically related to the great Polynesian double canoes plying the Pacific Ocean since milleniae, stylish Pahi 53 catamaran was designed by the mythical James Wharram to suit Aegean conditions for exhilarating yet comfortable sailing. Four double cabins with en-suite bathrooms, 15’ wide bathing platform, premium equipment and Preventive Maintenance standards are all assets that make of her the Best Seller among our large yachts.
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            2017 CHARTER RATES

                 Weekly rates, skipper included
 
24 to 30/5
1/6 to 4/7
30/8 to 26/9
5/7 to 29/8
27/9 to 10/10
6 to 7 people
4950 €
5220 €
5850 €
4680 €
8 to 9 people
5500 €
5800 €
6500 €
5200 €

 
Extra costs :
1. fuel-water-port taxes (in total approximately 240 € per week depending on the fuel consumption)
2. your food as well as your skipper's is at your charge.
Departure & arrival : Paros
Discount (excl. skipper): 3% early booking (before January 31st).
What's included : catamaran, skipper, insurance, taxes, VAT, bedding, linen & towels, cooking fuel, motorised tender, watermaker, AC current for charging your small devices, CD & MP3 sound system, end cleaning.
 
Our offers are non-binding and subject to change.
 
  • Do we have a say in the itinerary?
  • We do not have a fixed itinerary, to the contrary we try to input personal parameters for each individual group. Hence, on first day, together with your captain with the week's windforecast in hand, you will select the most suitable set of stopovers.

     
  • Quel circuit avec des enfants?
  • Au départ de Paros, le circuit idéal avec des enfants est par les Petites Cyclades: étapes pas trop longues, baignades, balades à terre. Exemple: Paros (Piso Livadi), Naxos (Kalando), Koufonissi, Amorgos, Skinoussa ou Iraklia, Antiparos, Paros

     
  • Que se passe-t-il s'il y a beaucoup de vent?
  • Chez Archipel le vent n'est jamais une cause d'immobilisation du bateau car nous savons anticiper la météo et dès le départ proposer un circuit réaliste et confortable.

                GREEK ISLANDS SAILING ITINERARIES

     
    Finalizing your itinerary is one of the highlights of your sailing cruise. Upon boarding, your captain will summarize the route options according to your wishes and the weather forecast and will be happy to suggest dream destinations only accessible by sailboat.
     
    Paros-Paros via Santorini
    Paros    Sikinos    Santorini    Folegandros    Polyaigos    Sifnos    Despotiko    Paros
     
    Feasible when the prevailing northerly winds are light or moderate from the third day, when one has to sail northwards from Santorini, the southernmost island. On the menu: a combo of vibrant and preserved islands, sailing legs of 3 to 6 hours.
     
    Paros-Paros via Amorgos
    Paros    Sifnos    Despotiko    Koufonissi    Amorgos    Schinoussa    Antiparos    Paros
     
    Workable under strong wind conditions, with exhilarating beam reach sailing instead of arduous windward work! Ideal for families, this itinerary offers 3 to 4 hour island hops between isolated anchorages, golden beaches, quiet harbors and medieval village visits.
     
    Paros-Paros via Mykonos
    Paros    Syros    Mykonos et Delos    Donoussa    Amorgos    Schinoussa    Antiparos    Paros
     
    Achievable when the prevailing northerly winds are light or calm on the first day since we motor northwards to Syros. On the menu: a mix of lively and out-of-the-way islands, lots of possible cultural visits, sailing legs of 3 to 5 hours.
     
  • Is there a sound system?
  • The Pahi 53 catamaran 'Astarte' is equipped with a two waterproof outdoors 40W speaker system powered by radio/DVD player with auxiliary jack for a headphone plug.

     
  • Where does the skipper sleep?
  • The skipper sleeps in the bow area in his own separate cabin with ensuite bathroom.

     
  • Is the yacht equipped with airconditioning?
  • There is no need for Air conditioninging as there is almost everyday in summer a cool notherly breeze in the Cyclades islands and the Pahi insulation is excellent. For the rare hot days, each cabin is equiped with a fan.
     

                LOOKING INTO THE YACHT

    Pahi 53 catamaran  
    Catamaran
    Pahi 53
    Year
    2006
    Lenght
    16 meters/53'
    Accomodation
    max. 9 + skipper
    Double cabins
    4
    Ensuite bathrooms
    4
    Single bunk
    1
    Skipper cabin/shower/head
    1
    Bed linen & bath towels
    provided
    Pneumatique motorisé
    inclus
    Powered tender
    yes
    Air conditioning
    no
    Fans
    yes

                Our clients' side of the story...

    Archipel

        August 2016

    We went back to work this morning, memories engraved from all those wonderful places Eric made us discover and especially these 7 beautiful days we spent on the catamaran. Others on board were equally fantastic, Eric caring for all of us: we really enjoyed this style of vacation we knew nothing about. Thank you Vanessa, George, Eric, Eva (we met twice) please remain as you are, professional but so friendly. I shall warmly recommend you!! Good luck to you and who knows, see you maybe very soon.
    Sylvia & Christophe | France
    croisiere avec Archipel
        July 2015

    I wish to congratulate you again for our cruise’s perfect organization. We particularly appreciated our skipper's human as well as sailing qualities and we valued George Gritsis' advice regarding choices of restaurants in Paros. Honestly, the only time we picked a restaurant on our own, we ended up at Barbarossa in Naoussa and were disappointed by the poor quality to price ratio. We would gladly cruise again on one of your yachts. Best regards
    Patrick [Switzerland]
    croisiere avec Archipel
        July 2014

    Attached is a picture of our cave tour. The whole family loved it. We were fortunate to have a skipper passionate about the Greek islands and armed with great patience! We recommend Archipel for parents who want to live an adventure with their children: the organization is very professional and they know what it means to travel with kids. We only regretted the crowds on the ferry that took us to Paros, next time we will book designated seating.
    Arthur [Switzerland]
    croisiere avec Archipel     Septembre 2013
    We wish a wonderful 2014 to all your great team. Here are 2 pictures of us, one in September when we returned at the port of Paros after 5 days aboard the Pahi 53 together with our captain who made us discover the Greek islands and all their lovely little nooks. We had a memorable time. The other picture is at our cabin near the 31 miles lake in Quebec.
    Caroline, Steve, Anne-Marie and Guy [Canada]
    bateauxArchipel     July 2012
    Truly fantastic sailing week! The itinerary was perfectly appropriate for our family needs. Just a suggestion: carry more small size snorkeling gear. We wish you a great season!
    Didier [Holland]
    grece Archipel     May 2012
    I've been meaning to write this email for some time--i have been back in Hong Kong for a few weeks now. Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday on the Astarte. Malcolm and I just had such a wonderful time, and it definitely was one of the highlights of our trip! We have been telling everyone what a great time we had, and Eric was absolutely brilliant as well. If we ever get a chance to come back to Greece, we would definitely like to do it again! Hope all is well and that you are having an excellent summer. We have some nice photos of the boat so we will send them to you once we have gone through our pictures. Thanks again!
    Sarah Fung [Hong Kong]
    loueur Archipel     June 2009
    We would like to thank you for the wonderful holiday we enjoyed on Astarte, sailing from Paros to Santorini. The cabin arrangements, the facilities on the boat were top notch and perfect for the cruising holiday we experienced. The itinerary and the timetable was excellent, and I am so delighted we found Archipel, we often looked at other boats and set ups we saw in the harbours and it was obvious that we had made the correct choice of company. Theo is an excellent sailor, gregarious and charming host, and I would not hesitate to put my full trust in his hands. I hope that you continue to enjoy the fulfilling and wonderful life at Archipel.
    Harry M. and Carol Q. [Ireland]
    location Archipel     Juin 2006
        Mars 2008
    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Archipel to anyone who wants that little bit more from their holiday.
    Sarah Pain from Sailing Today magazine. Read the review
    location Archipel     June 2006
    Thank you for so greatly contributing to achieve our dream trip! ? custom schedule, a beautiful and comfortable catamaran, a soft smiling captain, always attentive to our needs - we return excited and full of wonderful memories. We will not hesitate to recommend your services to all our friends in Canada. Thank you again.
    D.C [Canada ]
    location Archipel     June 2005
    What you have accomplished with your new Pahi 53’ is brilliant. I wish you all the success you deserve. Looking forward to sail with you again, Best regards,
    N. Van Neuten [Belgium]

                FAQ

  • What would be a typical day onboard the Pahi catamaran?

  • Breakfast, fresh food provisioning if needed, sailing (average of 3 to 6 hours per day depending on the itinerary), swimming and lunch onboard, arrival to your destination around 3 pm, sightseeing, beach, relaxing on the yacht, dinner ashore, evening leisure time.
  • Should we bring the kids?

  • Children are seldom bored on charter. They really get into the sailing and particularly the swimming, fishing and playing on the beach. Families traveling with young children often prefer catamarans which offer a maximum of space and stability, they will value the communication hatch between the cabins of the Pahi 53 catamaran, allowing them to check on their little ones at will. Older kids not only enjoy the sailing but do take pleasure at being assigned “duties” when needed.
    The great bonus of our Pahi 53 cat are a 15’ wide swim platform accommodating the entire family, a giant deck space, independently accessed cabins and a very high level of safety.
  • What happens if there’s no wind?

  • Statistically, during summer in the Cyclades islands, there are up to 2 or 3 windless days per month. When this happens, diesel engines take over, itineraries are less constrained, there’s more relaxing, swimming and snorkeling.
  • Do you carry snorkeling gear on board?

  • Yes, we do carry flippers of various sizes.
  • What happens if the wind blows hard?

  • Specifically designed for sailing charter in the Greek islands under Meltemi conditions, our Pahi catamaran sails to her destination every day, providing safety and comfort to everyone onboard. However, rough weather sailing is not every one’s cup of tea. This is why our skippers daily monitor long term forecasts, anticipating a blow and tailoring your itinerary according to your preferences. You may rest assured that whatever happens, you will not be stuck in port if you do not wish to!
  • How to provision the yacht?

  • Shopping is typically carried out (with or without your captain) in Paros on day 1, as it is cheaper and offering a greater variety than in the other islands. Grocery, bakery, veggie store and bottle shop are all conveniently located close to the pier, the various store owners usually providing staff to deliver your shopping cart to the boat.
  • Who does the cooking?

  • As we generally sail or swim around noon time, lunches are light affairs (self-catering sandwiches, fruits and salads) while sampling delicious traditional food in local tavernas is affordable, relaxing and convenient as one doesn’t have to lug masses of supplies on board nor do the dishes afterwards.
  • Is scuba an available activity for certified divers?

  • Regarding Scuba diving: because of the large number of antiquities on the sea floor and the amount of damage and theft occurred in the past, scuba diving is very strictly regulated in the Eastern Mediterranean (Greece & Turkey). One may only dive in areas cleared by the archeological authorities and is required to register with Coast Guard for each dive. Should a reasonnable amount of poeple on board be interested in diving we can prearrange dive sessions with dive clubs in the following islands: Paros, Syros, Mykonos, Milos, Santorini.
  • Should we need a hostess?

  • The Pahi's galley consists of bare essentials and was never designed for sophisticated cooking. We believe a hostess on board is not absolutely necessary since:
    - One may order in advance and get all the groceries delivered on board just prior embarkation
    - Dinners are usually taken ashore in a traditional taverna by the sea or in a village
    - Breakfasts on board do not require a great deal of effort
    - Lunches may be an issue needing preparations but our inventive customers have found the following solution: the evening before, they order takeaway cooked food from the taverna, keep it in the boat’s refrigerator and serve it for lunch on the next day accompanied by salad, cheese and fruit from the yacht’s pantry. And if you think that dishwashing doesn’t go well with holidays, disposable cardboard plates are available everywhere!
    So unless you really want to, there will not be much cooking on board.
  • Are there any electric plugs on the boat?

  • Yes, our yacht is equipped with an inverter, meaning that we have 2 AC plugs for recharging mobile phones, cameras or Ipods and operating small household appliances like a fruitblender, they are standard continental european plugs (France, Germany, Italy etc). The yacht also has DC cigarette lighter plugs like in a car.
  • How many nights at anchor vs. dining on our own in a restaurant ashore do you estimate?

  • The catamaran spends most nights at anchor and we usually go ashore for exploring and dining out. Tavernas are simple affairs providing excellent price to quality ratio, meaning unless you eat only pasta and salad, there's no way you can cook cheaper than a taverna, where you may sample a great variety of dishes and you do not have to wash dishes afterwards!
  • Should we be concerned about the age of the Pahi? Other charter companies in Greece quote significant price reductions for boats that are more than 5 years old.

  • Most Greek charter companies rent "bare boats"(ie without a permanent captain). Amateur skippers are notoriously poor at handling and maintaining the run of the mill mass produced boats that are rented out. Typically after 6 years those boats are sold off to budget operators. This is why age is important in the bare boat charter business. Our Pahi catamarans are hand made and custom built: contrary to others, they are never rented without a proper captain. While others replace parts only once they fail, we maintain our boats like airplanes: we replace parts before they fail... it costs us a little more but our boats were never immobilized because of gear failure and we regularly replace miscellaneous items like mattresses, faucets and even toilet seats so that our boats remain spotless. During the winter 2013-2014 the whole boat was resprayed and re-rigged. The photos you see on our website show exactly Astarte as you will find her upon boarding day.
    Over 50 years experience in crewed yacht charter in Greece
    A friendly and expert team by your side until your disembarkation
    Permanent skippers
    for constant boat maintenance
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