We, the Open Sea Team, are here to assist you by providing you all information needed to make your rib experience safe, rich and hassle free. You only have to be prepared to explore the ultimate freedom of the deep blue sea and feel yourself the unlimited opportunities for adventure and discoveries!
RIB Fuel Stations
ΕΚΟ – ROUSOUNELOS ANDREAS ΑΝΔΡΕΑΣ
Tel : 22880 21250 & 693 744 8956
Tel: 22810 31419 & 694 531 6808
ELIN- AVRANAS NIKIFOROS
Tel: 22840 33283 & 694 530 612
EKO – GALANOU ISIDORA
Tel: 22810 51512
Tel: 22980 22570 & 694 475 1825
AVIN – PAGONIS ILIAS
Tel: 27540 29571 & 694 484 5121
ΕΤΕΚΑ – MARKOU DIMITRIOS
Tel: 22980 74008
Operators’ obligations of a High Speed Boat:
A skipper of a high speed craft must:
(a) prohibit boarding of persons who don’t swim or persons exposed to alcohol, drugs or toxic substances.
(b) prohibit boarding of more passengers than the boat’s maximum capacity
(c) prohibit passengers standing or sitting on the railing or tube
(d) handle the vessel with great care and avoid dangerous maneuvers.
(e) carry on board his own Operator’s Certificate and boat’s license and show them to Port Authorities if requested.
Get the updated weather report announced by the Hellenic Meteorological Station, which is describing current and predicted weather conditions of the sailing area of your interest.
BEAR IN MIND that sometimes the weather may be worse than expected or predicted.
In case you realize this, postpone the trip.
Take a look at the sky. If the color is:
* Deep Blue – Sign that the day will be windy.
* Slightly blue – Sign that the weather will be good and clear.
* Bright red – Sign that weather will worsen and there is a chance to rain.
* Are there scattered clouds in the sky? A sign of bad weather.
DO NOT sail if you feel tired or have consumed alcohol.
Make sure you have more fuel than what you need for that trip.
REMEMBER to always carry your operator’s permit and boat’s license.
Check for leakage. Is there water inboard?
Inform family and friends about your destination and the estimated return time.
Make sure you have your cell phone with you.
Did you consider that mobile phone communication in a state of emergency may be possible only for a minimum time or not at all?
CAUTION! Check that your ship’s telecoms are in good standing so that in case you need to seek assistance from the Unified Research and Rescue Coordination Center or the nearest Port Authority, directly or through OTE’s offshore stations.
Are there any other passengers? Do they know how to use the lifejackets and safety equipment of your boat? If not, show them.
Do you know which supplies must be on your boat? We provide you with a list of supplies, that you have to check whether there are on boat and their condition.
Three hand fireworks/ flairs
A smoke agent
A portable CO2 extinguisher
A radio transistor.
Keep in mind that it is better for your safety to have the following supplies on board:
A circular buoy with a rope of at least 15 m
A counter pin
A floating anchor
A First aid kit that has the necessary material.
Will you take your child with you? Make sure he/she is wearing a life jacket.
Do not allow more people on board than what your license permits.
CAUTION! Passengers must know how to swimm
Are you aware of the marine area you want to navigate? Have you? DO NOT NEGLECT to check the area that you intend to sail. You must be informed for dangers that you may encounter in the specific area and study the nautical charts (identify possible dangerous spots, reefs, shipwrecks, shallows etc) prior departure. Understand the severe consequences a boat accident may have for you and your family.
In case you have rented a boat BE ADVISED that sailing is ONLY ALLOWED in daytime.
You may only approach the shore with a running motor in the following cases:
(a) from / to your berthing facilities (ports, marinas, shelters).
(b) from / to ramps where you lift and launch the boat, provided that
there are no swimmers closer than fifty (50) meters to your boat or that you are moving within a delimited channel extending over a hundred
(100 meters) following the slide to the open sea.
(c) from / to the beach, provided that:
(aa) you stay out of the indicated (yellow buoys) swimming area
(bb)you are moving within a delimited channel of ten (10) meters.
(cc) keep a distance of one hundred (100) meters away of the closest swimmer and move with a speed up to three (03) knots, or in the case of people swimming keep a low speed not exceeding one (01) knot, following a course of / to the open sea.
Obey the Safe Navigation and Collision Avoidance Rules and keep in mind the special conditions at sea and the dangers that ignorance and lack of experience may cause.
Do not approach swimmers, keep a safety distance of MORE than 200m. Do you like to sail near the coast? You may ONLY approach areas where there are no swimmers and you while you maintain a LOWER speed five (05) knots.
Did you find during the voyage a yellow sign, marked with a yellow flag with a diagonal red line that includes the letters (Υ/Δ)?
CAUTION! This sign indicates the existence of fisherman diver at that point. Avoid him with increased caution and at a distance of at least one hundred and fifty (150) meters away.
Do not approach the wake of passing ships.
Do not allow people on board to move or sit on the railing while the boat is moving.
Do not perform dangerous handling or maneuvering.
Do you travel at night? Turn on the navigations lights.
Are you involved in an accident? Notify the Coast Guard and give them first aid.
Are you in danger? Notify immediately with the boat’s VHF or your cell phone nearby vessels, local Port Authorities, Central Coast Guard Offices, friends and family. Provide CLEARLY and ONLY the following information:
Personal data and a mobile phone
Boat name / port of registry
Nature of risk
Number of passengers
Your location (use your GPS and provide your accurate position)
Does your cell phone has ‘no signal’? DO NOT PANIC. Call 112. This number is the European Emergency Number. Wherever you are, whether your mobile has – ‘signal’ or not, you can dial this number only in IMMEDIATELY DANGER. Depending on the nature of the risk you will immediately be connected with:
Fire Brigade 199
Coast Guard 108
DO NOT use this number, EXCEPT when in danger.
USE During the day smoke signal and flairs at night
Did the engine break down? Use the floating anchor and the spare engine in order to reach the nearest shore or harbor.
You as well as the passenger should wear the lifejackets.
Man Overboard. Use the circular buoy immediately by holding the end of the attached rope and pull him on the boat. Watch out for the wind! Pull him from the leeward side of the boat.
In case of fire, use the fire extinguisher.
In case of an accident, hold on an overturned boat.
11 basic information on marinas / ports
1) Embarkation & disembarkation only when boat is fully stoped.
2) Start the engine only when at full control of the boat and seated.
3) Make sure that you are aware of safety equipment’s location before departure.
4) Always wear the Quick Stop Cord at hand or leg when cruising.
5) Warm up the engine 5 minutes at start.
6) Never use the swimming ladder when the engine is running.
7) Attach the anchor to boat with safety-wire before departure.
8) Trim the engine at lowest position to plan the boat.
9) Use the trim switch in order to optimisize cruising and fuel consumption. Ask our crew for optimum trim instructions
10) Enter and exist the marina at 3 knots maximum.
11) Use VHF channel 16 at emergency.
12) Keep 200 meter safety distance from the last swimmer.
13) Stay out of the buoys at restricted areas.
14) Close the main power switch when leaving the boat.
15) Turn the main power switch at combine only at emergency.
16) Do not let the service batteries discharge below 10,5 V.
Below you will find the most frequently asked questions we get from our clients regarding ribs’ functions and the pick-up & drop-off process
Is the rib equipped with an electronic navigation system and what does it include?
Our boats are equipped with positioning and tracking systems. They include an updated program of electronic mapping of Greek seas.
What equipment does the rib include?
GPS / plotter, Sounder system (optional), VHF, audio system, back-up motor, electric anchor winch, sun deck, fresh water tank with shower, ice cooler, marine equipment, survival kit, tools.
Does the rib have an electric anchor winch?
Ribs larger than 8m are equipped with an electric anchor winch.
How many fuel tanks are there?
1 to 3 tanks depending on the model of the rib.
What is the ribs’ sound system and is it compatible with a cell phone or a tablet?
Most ribs have a Bluetooth connection available. If not, there will be R / cd with USB and Jack to Jack cable.
What shipping equipment does the rib have?
The ribs are fully equipped as the Greek Legislation and the Classification Society. The equiment includes the following:
Anchor, life raft, life jackets, lifebuoys, hook, ropes, 2nd anchor, lateral balloons, signaling flares-smoke signals, pharmacy, torch, toolbox.
Is there a back-up engine?
Ribs with one main engine include spare engines which need an extremely simple starting procedure.
What happens if something goes off while on board?
In case of any malfunction or breakdown, contact us immediately at one of the numbers we gave you before departing. Usually a direct solution is given following simple instructions over the phone and the problem is restored.
In case of a breakdown, we provide an immediate solution through an organized network of external partners available throughout Greece.
Is there a sun tent (bimini)?
All ribs are equipped with sun tents (bimini).
Is there a fridge?
There is no electric fridge. The ribs are equipped with an igloo (ice cooler). Ice is offered free of charge upon departure.
Where do we pick-up the rib from? Can we choose to pick-up a rib from a different spot?
Ribs’ pick-up spot is our headquarters in Anavyssos. If required we can deliver a boat to any destination with a respective charge.
DO we pick-up the Rib full of fuel?
Ribs are always full of fuel at pick-up.
How do you refuel at drop – off?
The refueling is done with a fuel track at our premises in the presence of the customer.
Which documents do we need to bring and what do we sign at pick-up?
Identity or passport
High Speed Operator License
A charterparty is signed on departure and a charterer’s credit card is charged.
Is there a Security Deposit for the rib’s rental? Can I rent it without paying for a guarantee?
A Security Deposit of 1500€ to 2500€ is applicable for chartering depending on the type of boat. The amount is charged at the charterer’s credit card and it is obligatory procedure.
High Speed Operator License
Speed Boat License under the compliance of EU for EU citizens or Typical Speed Boat License for International Waters (Licenses for just coastal trips, will not be accepted).
How and when do we pay for the rib?
The whole payment has to be completed before the departure of the boat.
What kind of insurance coverage do we get?
The ribs are covered by insurance company; third party liability and own damages are included.
Do we need to pre-pay to book the rib? What happens in case of bad weather?
In order to book a 40% down payment is required. In case of bad weather conditions on the day of the charter we may postpone the charter on another date.