Here we have some additional information to help you to plan your Aeolian Island tour on our sailing yacht and catamarans.
Are you planning to sail around the Aeolian Islands from United States or Canada
In general, Italy requires official documentation of a license. If you have a government recognized sailing license in your home country, the italian port authorities will accept your license.
Licenses accepted include:
• The ICC (International Certificate of Competence).
• The RYA Day Skipper obtained through the Royal Yachting Association
• The NauticEd SLC (Sailing License and Certification).
How to Get Here
We are located in Marina di Portorosa in Furnari (Messina). The simplest way to get here is a taxi or Uber from Catania or Palermo airport. We can arrange for an English speaking driver to be waiting for you at the airport if you like. The drive is 2 hours and the cost for a car is approximately € 220,00 (one way). If you have a larger party arriving, we can arrange a van on your behalf. You can also get here by train and we can arrange a transfer from the nearest train station (Barcellona P.G. or Patti or Montalbano/Novara/Furnari) to the marina.
If you are arriving by plane late at night, there are close by hotels and residence and we can easily pick you up in the morning when you are ready and we can help you to reserve for a night.
Making a charter reservation
Making a reservation is easy. Just go to our contact page (https://www.sunsicily.com/contatti?lang=en). Feel free to call us and just start speaking English when we answer. The country code for Italy is 0039 and our phone number is 3482573832 (you can also use whatsapp).
Paying for your reservation is simple and done via international wire transfer. We give you all those instructions with easy to understand bank codes once you make a reservation. Upon booking, 50% of the total invoice is due; the remaining 50% is due 30 days in advance of your charter.
The contract and other documents we provide will all be in English. At the time of your inquiry, we will consult with you about the sailing license requirements for our waters.
The documentation on board our boats are in English and our dock manager who checks you into your boat speaks English. If you ever need assistance while on your boating journey we are easily able to understand your requests.
Italy uses Euros. You can get euros at any ATM machine using your normal ATM card and the machine accepts 4 and 5 digit pin codes. Most restaurants accept foreign credit cards but it is always good to have some Euros on hand for the markets etc. When you land at the airport, there is an ATM machine there and it is always a good idea to start with a few hundred Euros.
At the base you will need to pay us in cash for the transit log, sheets and towels, transfer, and the rental cost of the outboard motor. This amount will be in your quotation. Please make sure you have that cash on hand to prevent delays in leaving the dock.
The sailing navigation area is not challenging.
You are always in sight of land and navigation to your destinations is simple without complicated reefs. GPS charts are up to date and accurate. We provide the latest technology GPS chart plotter on board all our boats as well as charts and pilot books in English describing the locations of marinas and any special things you should know. Prior to leaving we will give you a full briefing in English of the area and recommend our favorite spots. We’ll discuss any hazards (of which there are few) and special things you should know about the area. Should you have any questions, we are just a phone call away. https://www.sunsicily.com/itinerari?lang=en
All our yachts are insured so that you can rest easy. The insurance deductible or security deposit is the maximum out-of-pocket expense you will incur should an accident occur. The amount depends on the yacht size. You also can decide to ensure your deposit with an on-line company that will give you back the amount you spent if an accident occur.
When you arrive we will authorize your credit card for the deductible amount. We don’t charge it, we just authorize it. When you bring the boat back without damage, we remove the authorization. Should there be an accident, your card will be charged only up to a maximum of the deductible and no more. If the damage is less than the deductible, then your card is only charged for the actual repair cost.
There are several options for provisioning your yacht.
There is a Super Market in Portorosa with a good selection of food and wine.
Furthermore, the Market provide to pick up you from the fleet to the market and back and deliver the staff on board for free.