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Before embarkation

What kind of luggage can I bring with me?

We recommend soft luggage that is easy to stow.

Which documents should I bring with me?

Remember to have with you a valid ID or passport and if you are the captain of the boat, of course, don't forget your sailing licence.

What is the recommended clothing?

The perfect clothing for a sailing holiday is sporty and comfortable and the item you will wear most on the boat is definitely your swimming suit, then sarongs, T-shirts and shorts. It is always useful to also have a sweatshirt or a hooded windbreaker or a k-way to protect yourself from the wind. For evenings anchored in the middle of the sea, a pair of long trousers and a sweater with long sleeves may be necessary in addition to a sweatshirt. Even in the summer, evenings can be cool and damp. On a boat during the summer you go barefoot. Sports shoes with a white sole are worn while mooring to avoid injury. It is always a good idea to have a pair of shoes exclusively for the boat and another one to go ashore. In your beauty case, in addition to soaps and shampoo, don't forget a good sun cream and an after-sun lotion, preferably ecological and above all biodegradable to have as little impact as possible on the sea.

What kind of medicines will I find on board?

All boats are equipped with a first aid kit as required by law (plasters, gauze, cotton, latex gloves, scissors, antiseptic, instant ice). It is recommended to take the most useful medicines with you, as pharmacies may not always be nearby.

Do I need a licence to sail independently?

A sailing licence is required to navigate on a sailboat or catamaran. If you do not have a licence, we recommend that you contact a professional skipper.

How can I find out if my sailing licence is valid for navigation in Italy?

Navigation in Italy with vessels flying the Italian flag is only permitted with a licence recognised by the Italian state. The authorities respect the law of foreign states and require a licence issued by the authority of the captain's country of residence. We are at your disposal for further information.

Can I charge my electronic devices or use a hairdryer on board?

You can charge and use electronic devices when the boat is moored in port and connected to electricity. In addition, most of the boats are equipped with USB sockets that can be used at any time with 12v electricity. On boats equipped with a generator, 220-volt electricity, similar to that at home, is always available, and all devices suitable for this type of voltage can be used, including high-consumption appliances such as hairdryers.

What is the best period for a sailing holiday?

The best time to sail in the Mediterranean, for weather and winds, is from April to October. But the right season depends on your preferences. If you are looking for heat, fun and nightlife, from June to September are the ideal months. If, on the other hand, you are looking for calm, cool days for sailing and, why not, some special offers, the low season is the perfect time.

How can I choose between a sailing boat and a catamaran?

If you are looking for a holiday with all the comforts, a more spacious and more stable boat, the catamaran is the right choice. Whereas if, in addition to relaxing, you are looking for adventure and you love sailing, the sailing boat is perfect for you.

Do I have to follow a set itinerary?

You can choose your itinerary from our proposals, ask us for advice or decide the route of your holiday yourself. If, on the other hand, you rely on a skipper, you can agree your itinerary with him and get his advice.

Is it possible to organise a short holiday?

In the peak season we offer a weekly formula, but in the low season we organise weekends and short periods. Contact us to receive your offer!

How does the deposit work?

The security deposit has to be paid upon check-in by credit card. It will then be returned automatically upon disembarkation if there are no damages. It is possible to opt for a reduced deposit by paying a fee, which may change depending on the type of boat.

What happens if the weather gets worse?

In summer the weather is generally very good, but we can never take it for sure. The harbour staff, who know the sailing areas perfectly, will be able to suggest you the most sheltered and safe harbours, bays and places to let you enjoy your holiday even when the sun is not shining.

Can I make sure a boat is available while I decide?

While waiting to confirm your booking, you can request a few days' option on the boat you are interested in.

How can I check the availability of a boat or make a reservation?

You can contact our booking office ready to answer all your questions. You can also check availability through our website and contact us for a customised offer.

How can I be updated on available offers?

You can find our special offers on our website or contact us.

How can I pay for my holiday?

Payment for your tourist package is required by bank transfer.

What are the payment terms?

Upon confirmation, it is necessary to pay a deposit of 30% of the total package price. The balance is due 30 days before the departure date.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you wish to cancel your booking, the payment received will be retained. If you cancel before 30 days prior to departure, the deposit amount paid will be retained. If you cancel after 30 days prior to departure, the entire tourist package amount will be retained. For more information please download our general terms and conditions.

Are the boats insured?

All boats in the Aladar Sail fleet are covered by insurance as required by the law.

Is a travel insurance available? It is possible to arrange a travel cancellation insurance policy. Contact us for full details of the policy conditions.

It is possible to arrange a travel cancellation insurance policy. Contact us for full details of the policy conditions.

Can I talk to the port staff before departure? Yes, you can contact the base manager before your departure.

Yes, you can contact the base manager before your departure.

At the base

Is mooring at the base included in the price?

Two nights free mooring are included in the price, the first and last night of your holiday, any other nights in the port of departure will be provided free of charge on request.

How does the galley work?

You can do the shopping by yourself or decide to find it on board at check-in. For our bases, we organise provisioning service through which you can select your shopping list before departure and have it delivered directly to your boat.

What time is check-in scheduled?

 Check-in is scheduled on Saturday from 17:00 onwards.

Is it possible to early check-in?

There is no early check-in fee. The port staff will do their best to deliver the boat early, but an exact time cannot be guaranteed.

What time is check-out scheduled at?

Check-out is scheduled on Saturday by 09:00. Return to port on Friday by 18:00, remembering to check the closing time of the fuel station.

What happens if I arrive late on the day of embarkation?

By notifying us of your arrival time, the marina staff will be waiting to welcome you. If it gets dark, don't worry, you will be able to board and stay overnight. Check-in will take place the next day at your preferred time.

Who is my contact person during my holiday?

Throughout your holiday, your contact person will be the base manager. He/she will assist you with any needs or requests during your holiday.

What kind of briefing will be given at the base?

The marina's technical staff will be at your disposal for a detailed technical briefing of the boat. You will also find on board a valuable photo handbook with all the boat's technical information.

Which credit cards are accepted at the base?

Visa or Mastercard.

Is there parking near the base?

In Marina di Scarlino in front of the main entrance there is a large public car park, alternatively you can book a parking space inside the marina through our booking office.

In Marina di Cannigione you can park in the public car parks near the marina. 

In Marina di Stabia, parking spaces are available inside the harbour.

In Marina di Portorosa there  are free unattended parking spaces near the harbour, less than 100 metres from the base.
Private, guarded parking spaces are available near the harbour, at a weekly rate.

Which is the closest airport to the base?

Marina di Scarlino: Pisa "Galileo Galilei" Km 120 - Florence Peretola "Amerigo Vespucci" Km 160 - Rome Fiumicino "Leonardo Da Vinci" Km 200

Marina di Cannigione: Olbia Costa Smeralda Km 30

Marina di Stabia: Naples Capodichino International Airport 30 Km - Rome Fiumicino International Airport 330 Km

Marina di Portorosa: Catania Fontanarossa Airport about 163 km - Reggio Calabria Airport about 90 km + crossing the Strait of Messina by boat or hydrofoil. Palermo Falcone-Borsellino Airport about 209 km (2 h 30 min)

For further information please download the base info of the base you are interested in.

While sailing

How to proceed in case of damage or failure?

It is important to promptly report any damage or breakdown to the base manager for instructions and technical assistance. 

Is it allowed to sail during the night?

Night sailing is not forbidden, please be very careful and make sure that everyone on board is experienced enough to do so safely.

Do I have to moor in a port?

No, you may stay at anchor, moor in a buoy field or in a port of your choice, depending on your holiday itinerary.

Can I leave the boat unattended?

It is not possible to leave the boat unattended at the buoy or at anchor. A crew member must always be on board. However, in a guarded buoy field it is possible.

What kitchen equipment will I find on board?

Each boat is equipped with a complete set for cooking: pots, utensils, crockery and everything you need for the table. You will also find on board the traditional Italian moka and where specified the Nespresso coffee machine.

Are pillows and blankets included?

Pillows, sheets, and blankets are always included. 

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