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France Yacht charters

For many France is the very heart and soul of Europe for others it is a dream charter destination. The country was first settled by Greek and Phoenicians about 600 BC. The Romans began colonizing it in the 2nd century BC, followed by Julius Caesar's conquest in 58BC. French culture has been widely admired since the 13th century. Although the glory days of empire may be fading, the country's fantastic yacht charters remain the envy of many.

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“We had a great time in Greece”

We had a great time in Greece, the first three days we had constant 20-25knots of wind, so we were able to do a lot of sailing. The boat was also in good condition and everything in working order…the boat did however look a bit older than a 2018 mode…

Alberto Goosen





“We had a lovely time and the boat was really easy to handle”

Grigory, we had a lovely time and the boat was really easy to handle and only about 5 months old. All the equipment was in really good order and everything worked without a hitch. We had a really good handover from Nomicos who got us through the chec…

Charlie Clarke

United Kingdom



“Everything was great! The boat was perfect for our needs”

Dear Grigory, Everything was great! The boat was perfect for our needs and the skipper, Slavin, was really friendly. The only downside was that the boat was late getting ready - 6:30pm - but we were still able to make it out of port that night so in …

Trisha Lawrence




“Thank you and your team so much for arranging everything”

Dear Grigory, I have been wanting to write you since I got back. Thank you and your team so much for arranging everything. Everything turned out as planned and we had an unforgettable trip! There were some unexpected surprises along the way…. but tha…

Alberto Goosen





“We all enjoyed the vacation very much”

Hi Grigory, The boat was in great condition! and it really is a beautiful location. Thanks for all the organizing you’ve done to make the trip a success. Mark

Mark Etheridge

New Zeland




“Everything was perfect!”

Dear Grigory, Everything was perfect! Thank you :) Please see the attached photo.

Ven Dobrinov





“Thanks for helping to coordinate!”

It was terrific, thanks. Sail Marine is a great outfit. Thanks for helping to coordinate! Best, Matt

Matthew Gunnison





“We tried to make the most of it, but it was far from ideal”

Hey Grigory, thanks for asking. The boat was not in good condition. For example, there were no mooring, deck or motoring lights, so we feared a boat would hit us while we slept, and were not complying with the law while sailing at night. The anchor w…

Oscar Serra





“We enjoyed ourselves and have a bundle of stories we can now laugh about”

We’ve chatted about this a few times and how it be best addressed. I think constructively would be the best way. Overall the captains skill level, regard for safety, approach towards ensuring the guests are happy with the path and desires they are se…

Andrew Wade





“The boat was in super condition”

The charter was excellent, everything perfect. The boat was in super condition (brand new), and very clean. The staff was helpful, and very kind. We enjoyed the trip very much and are looking forward to our next booking.

Gerzsenyi Andras





“The sailing was great. The Exuma Islands were amazing.”

I apologize for the delay. We have been out of the country for almost a month. The sailing was great. The Exuma Islands were amazing. The staff at Navtours were helpful and professional. On the last day (on the crossing back)—the impeller went bad. W…

Duy Vuong





“Thanks for arranging everything”

Hi Grigory, thanks for checking in! It was awesome! Boat great condition and the charter company very professional! Thanks for arranging everything. We are planning two trips next year, maybe you can help: 1. 2 week trip St. Vincent / Grenadines with…

Alberto Goosen





“Everyone had a very nice time”

Thank you - it was a really nice experience. You were very helpful during our departure and arrival. The boat was amazing, well outfitted, and everyone had a very nice time. I'll be sure to send you some photos over the weekend. We also have some dro…

Jeff Ott




Puerto Rico

“Spanish Virgin Islands are stunning / March 2019 / Puerto Rico / Dufour 412”

The experience was beautiful and the Spanish Virgin Islands are stunning! Even though we started off with a few setbacks (had to switch boats because of technical issues), the marina made good and was very accommodating....they did the very best they…

Flori Grottoli





“с погодой не очень повезло”

Все было отлично, с погодой не очень повезло, самые холодные майские праздники на моей памяти. По яхте все ок, понятно что она не новая, но претензий нет, все работало

Воробьев Илья



France Yacht Charters

France Yacht Charters

Travelling to France is on the bucket list for millions of  people across the globe. From the fine cuisine to the pinnacle cities of  love, history and fashion, France is a country with rich culture and  glorious landscapes. For those that have the opportunity to charter a  yacht in France, there are so many places to see and experiences to  have. While most visit the landlocked Paris on their first trip,  seasoned travelers and those seeking greater adventure may opt to visit  one of the coastal towns for a one-of-a-kind vacation.

12 Knots Yachting Club offers bareboat yacht charters, sailing  catamarans, and bareboat rentals all across the French coastline. With  12 Knots, you can rest assured that your French sailing vacation will be  well worth the wait. We provide crew assistance, unique itineraries and  excursions, and the opportunity to venture into open waters on your own  in a fine sailboat. If you are a novice, you can enroll in our sailing  school for classes on all things needed to know before your yacht  charter. If you are experienced, reserve a bareboat rental and take the  journey at your own pace. When you choose 12 Knots, you absolutely  cannot go wrong.

Fun Facts about France

Many people know of the beauty, architecture, and fine arts of  France. The country is well known for fine wine and high fashion, rich  culture and complicated history, but with so much to learn it’s hard to  know everything you need before your yacht charter vacation. These are  just a few details that may give you an even greater appreciation for  this beautiful nation

Over 75 million people speak French worldwide

French is a romance language, derived closely from classical  Latin. It is also one of the most popular languages worldwide. It is the  second most taught foreign language, after English, and the only other  language to be taught in every country across the globe. The French  language is beautiful to hear, and while many French natives also speak  English, it doesn’t hurt to know a few words and phrases before  travelling.

France is the most visited country in the world

Over 75 million tourists travel these lands annually, and it’s no  surprise. France is home to magnificent cathedrals, museums,  restaurants, and landscape. Even if you don’t make it to Paris, you are  guaranteed to have a great time during your yacht charter to France.  While you may be one of millions, choosing a boat rental  for your  vacation will certainly be more unique, and provide you a more “local”  experience of the French countryside.

France is comparable to Texas in land size, yet has twice the population of California

It is a surprise to many travelers how small European countries  can be. France only has 3,427 km (2,129 miles) of coastline, yet it is  home to more than 65 million people. Not only is France a very popular  country for people to move, its small cottages and shorter commutes  between areas and cities allow for a much denser population.

Neither French toast nor French fries are authentic French foods

France is given credit for having some of the finest cuisine in  Europe. It is famous for desserts and pastries, and unique savory foods.  However the beloved French toast recipe is not a classic staple in  France; neither are French fries. However, this isn’t much of a  disappointment. You will have the opportunity to have unique and  delectable foods no matter where you stop on your yacht charter to  France.

All champagne is produced in France

All champagne is produced in France

France is known for fine wine, and produces several signature  wines that can only be found in their region of France, and champagne is  one of them. One small area in northern France produces all the world’s  champagne. Any similar wine is not considered champagne, but simply  sparkling wine. All champagne is made from either Chardonnay, Pinot  Noir, and Pinot Meunier, and is fermented in a closed environment to  trap CO2 to make it sparkling.

What to Know Before Planning a Yacht Charter to France

As with any new country visited, it is best to learn a little  about the French culture and lifestyle before travelling. Because France  has such a large pool of tourists, most locals will be patient and  willing to help you learn. These are some of the social norms you may  want to be aware of before planning your sailing vacation in France:

Be gracious

It is common courtesy to always greet people when walking into a  store, and to compliment or greet people warmly when first meeting them.  Many shops are also homes for the owners; when you shop you are likely  being invited into a very intimate setting and point of pride for the  shop owner. Be kind, say hello and goodbye, and always act especially  friendly when interacting with French locals.

Learn to speak as much French as you can before your trip

France is the most visited country in the world, which means  locals must interact with many visitors who do not speak their language  at all. It can get tedious for them, and any French person will greatly  appreciate if you attempt to honor their culture and speak their  language first. Even learning a few key phrases such as “Parlez-vous  anglais,” (Do you speak English?) will help you tremendously.

Keep your personal items close by

France is a very safe country; however, petty theft and  pickpocketing happen more than in other countries because it has so many  tourists year round. When you venture off the sailboat and into the  streets, pack lightly and always keep your wits about you. The more  densely populated the city, the more careful you should be.

Don’t rush things

During your yacht charter in France, you may be surprised at how  casual an attitude is carried by most of the locals. Foreign sailors are  used to a fast pace; however, in France it is expected and encouraged  that you take your time. In restaurants, enjoy the meal without asking  for the check. And don’t be too demanding to sales or service people.  Many French stores also take significant time off, so don’t be surprised  if some shops and restaurants are closed the entire time you’re  vacationing. Most local shops are closed for at least a month during the  year, as the French value quality of life as much as career  achievement. Be patient as well as kind, and you’ll fare well in France.

Sailing Catamarans in France

France is a perfect place to start a Mediterranean yacht  charter. 12 Knots offers a variety of catamaran, luxury yacht and  bareboat rentals in six different areas of France. You can find 12 Knots  Yachting Club in the Riviera, Saint-Tropez, Grimaud Toulon, and Hyeres.  We recommend Mediterranean yacht charters in the late summer when winds  are calmer. From April to October, temperatures hover around 65°F  (18°C) to 75°F (23°C). However, the sun is bright for only eight hours a  day during this season. In the fall and winter you can expect heavier  rainfall and winds, yet longer days on the open ocean. 

Choose 12 Knots Yachting Club for your Mediterranean sailing  vacation. With so many places to see and things to do, you won’t want to  miss anything during your trip to France. 12 Knots offers a variety of  unique itineraries, reliable sailing yachts, and crewed sailing trips  for beginner and experienced sailors alike. Choose a bareboat charter if  you want to test your skills, or sign up for one of our sailing classes  if you are still gaining your sea legs. We guarantee you’ll have a  once-in-a-lifetime experience on the water.

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