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Yacht highlights
Powerfull air conditioning
Tropical air conditioning at all interior areas
Watermaker for big autonomy
Produces 160lt/hr of water
Queen size beds
Enjoy your sleep with the comfort of a 5 star hotel
Refitted in 2022
The boat is constantly refited to match our high quality standards. See refit info
2 x Paddleboards onboard
Aquamarina for unlimited fun onboard
All bathrooms ensuite
Large bathroms with separate shower
Private Trip
You have privately the whole boat for the week
Unique Deck Space
Incredible volume and skylight in the master cabin
Cockpit sofas and bow sunbeds
For endless relaxation and breathtaking sunset views
Enhanced Clean Protocol i**
The boat complies with 5 step cleanning process
Large refrigerators and freezer
Will keep beverages ice cold at all times
Beach towels included
Numbered so every towel is unique
Cocomat pillows for unlimited comfort
Made and filled by exceptional natural materials
Carefully selected bed linen and towels
Exclusive fabrics for maximum comfort
Separate skipper quarters
For maximum privacy
Dinghy with outboard
Handled by your crew, you may easily apprach the shore
Certified by the Lloyds registry
Yearly inspection protocols for maximum security
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Description
by Eugene Theodoridis
In the boat industry since 2005 - 16 years
All photos and videos represent the actual boat - All information is verified

Refitted in 2022!  5 cabins exclusively for the guests, separate cabins for the crew, equipped with all the amenities of a 5 Star floating hotel! Huge living space, large fly bridge area to relax when sailing, fast cruising speed and unique forward lounge area to chill as you sail the Greek seas. Combined always with our professional crew as great hosts in the Greek islands. Air conditioning in all areas, comfortable cockpit cushions and sunbeds, carefully selected bed linen, towels and mattresses, usb sockets in all cabins and saloon will welcome you in Greece and offer you a unique vacation experience. Come and meet true Greece like never before!

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Cabin Configuration
Detailed specifications
Characteristics
Yacht Name:
THE BIG DEAL
Yacht Type:
Sailing Catamaran
Shipyard:
CNB Lagoon
Yacht model:
Lagoon 500
Year of Built:
2009
Refit Year:
Full refit in 2021
Water Tank (Lt.):
2 tanks total 1000 lt
Fuel Tank (Lt.):
2 tanks total 1000 lt
Detailed specifications
Characteristics
Capacity and layout
Comfort & Amenities
Reviews 2022-2023
57
comments
5.0
An unforgettable sailing adventure on the Big Deal with Captain Platsakis and Yachtsailing.gr
TripAdvisor member katherineleeanne

Imagine vibrant blue waters, warm sea breezes and soft sunsets. If there was only 1 trip you could take sailing through the Greek islands with Yacht Sailing,Gr and Captain Platsakis on The Big Deal.
We had 9 people on our boat and Captain George graciously accommodated our wish list. His great knowledge of sailing and warm personality put us at ease. We would all come back fir more!

sailing in the Saronic Gulf
TripAdvisor member Y6926ZGbarbarah

We sailed on the Big Deal in April 2023. This company was the best I’ve ever worked with. The behind-the-scenes folks were superb: attentive to every question, clear and thorough. So a giant thanks to Eugene, Maria, and Alex and to everyone else who keeps the boats in tip-top shape.
And then there’s Cpt. Platsakis. He might introduce himself to you as your captain, but he’s really a magician. He made our one-week adventure on the Big Deal in April 2023 one of the very best I’ve ever had. We were a total of five women of three generations who wanted to do something vague like “Have fun on the Aegean.” He won us over within 5 minutes of stepping aboard when he led the singing of “Happy Birthday” to my youngest granddaughter. Seeing immediately that our group had a variety of interests, abilities, and attention spans, he mapped out a possible itinerary around the Saronic Gulf. We had the time of our lives. George helped us plan on-shore excursions, joined us for dinners, interpreted menus, taught us how to toss dock lines, cleat sheets, and watched with amusement as the teenagers performed dance routines up on the bow. He fixed minor mechanical glitches, called ahead for dinner reservations, and taught a pre-teen that she could indeed be responsible for hosing off the anchor line.
I can’t say enough about Captain Platsakis. He’s utterly competent--as I suppose most captains are—but he’s also funny and quietly observant with highly developed interpersonal skills. He made our trip the dream we’d hoped it would be.

On the Big Deal with Cpt Platsakis (George)
TripAdvisor member annemariemact

Capt. Platsakis was extremely competent, adaptable to weather and sailing desires and a pleasure to be around. He speaks English well and is knowledgeable about the Islands geography and history. He also has a great sense of humor. We had the trip of a lifetime. There was plenty of true sailing, paddle boarding, and beautiful swimming. Be flexible with island choices and trust Capt. Platsakis’ wisdom, sailing experience and understanding of the best fit for the Island sailing time you have. He is the King of Captains.

Vacation of a lifetime
TripAdvisor member alexcZ4084KW

Couldn't have had a better time. George is the man: he took us to some spectacular spots, and took great care of us.

To Greek God & Goddess: aka Captain George and Chef Anastasia,
TripAdvisor member 89cuquib

To Greek God & Goddess: aka Captain George and Chef Anastasia,

We came from Texas with expectations and our reality was way over the top. Every bay and town felt so new, but also just like home! The suggestions and relationships (coolest tour guide George) you arranged were the best and in between every awesome experience was elevated with food from the iron goddess chef Anastasia nectar from the gods. From one meal to the next she outdid herself and your heart was an every meal! I just don’t understand how to strangers in Greece can in one day feel like part of the family! We will forever be grateful for your guidance and companionship. Your impact on our lives will never be forgotten.

All our BIG TEXAS love, The Baums

Big Deal with Cpt Platsakis
TripAdvisor member nocegalj

Capt. Platsakis and the catamaran "the big deal" (as well as the back office heroes), made our trip a pure joy. It was the trip of a lifetime! Thank you Captain "George!"

Spectacular!
TripAdvisor member Sherpa57043216681

The trip of a lifetime! We sailed on The Big Deal with Captain George and our wonderful hostess Anastasia. From the moment we got on the boat, they treated us like their most important guests- like their family! We were two couples traveling together for our first time in Greece. The trip exceeded all of our expectations. George brought us to the most beautiful islands, including Folegandros and Antiparos. There was time for swimming and exploring the beautiful towns each day. Anastasia is an incredible cook- every meal was delicious and perfectly suited to our tastes. They both took care of every detail and did everything possible to make sure our trip was perfect. I recommend this company and this trip wholeheartedly. It truly was the trip of a lifetime!

Say yes, then sit back & enjoy the experience!
TripAdvisor member nikekicks33

This will go down as one of our very favorite trips ever. We travelled from United States to Greece with another couple. (Have travelled together before successfully which is important Bc we were living in close quarters.) Having never chartered a boat before, none of us knew the treat we were in for. Captain Platsakis & Hostess Anastasiya on The Big Deal were spectacular skipper and hostess. (HIGHLY recommend getting a hostess…she was a game changer)

Recommend coming to Greece a few days before departure Bc we ran into flight issues that delayed us several hours, and could have missed departure time which you would not want to delay. In addition, we were able to recover from any jet lag prior to getting on the boat which also made it more enjoyable.

From the moment we got on the boat, we knew we had the best crew. The best advice I can give is to trust them and take their advice on where to travel and how to eat. They are both excellent at what they do and continued to surprise us throughout the journey. We came into the process thinking we wanted to travel to certain islands, but we were very flexible and wound up putting our full itinerary in their hands. So so happy we did that. Each island was more spectacular than the next. Cpt Platsakis was so awesome and very engaging. His ultimate goal was to make sure our trip was perfect…and it was.

Words can’t express how much we enjoyed this trip and how much we are going to miss Anastasiya & Cpt Platsakis. We will miss waking up every morning to the most beautiful views, eating the most delicious breakfast and yummy beautiful lunches & swimming in the bluest water we’ve ever seen. Wouldn’t change a thing.

The Big Deal - Capt Platsakis
TripAdvisor member M1324HDbobm

The holiday of a lifetime !! Capt Platsakis on The Big Deal knew the most amazing coves, beaches, swimming spots and restaurants. An amazing experience for all the adults and teenagers on board. Gina our hostess took great care of us with traditional Greek meals, and the well maintained boat was easily big enough for 2 families. The holiday exceeded our expectations in every way. Would give six stars if possible.

Perfect from start to finish - Captain Platsakis and Big Deal
TripAdvisor member louisehR8712TS

We had high expectations of our sailing trip but they were surpassed at day one. Captain Platsakis (George) and Gina became our friends instantly.

BIG DEAL was spacious, comfortable, clean and cool (it was particularly hot that week!!). It was equipped with everything we needed and more. And very obviously a well cared for boat. Eugene had already answered our many questions and taken note of all our provision requests. Really impressive.

We left everything to them, not needing to know where we were going, what we were eating, we knew we would love it all. And we DID.

Every bay, every port was stunning. George worked out by the end of our first day what we enjoyed and planned our week accordingly. He ensured there was always something for everyone. We were in safe hands at all times which meant we could totally relax.

It’s been the best holiday we have been on and we have been lucky enough to have travelled a lot! We will be back and we will 100% be asking for Captain George and Gina on the BIG DEAL.

THOROUGHLY recommended.

Captain Platsakis and The Big Deal
TripAdvisor member fselmo

We went earlier in the season and it was amazing. There was a fraction of the amount of people that go during peak season and we felt like we had it all to ourselves. Captain Platsakis, George, was the best skipper we could've hoped for. He really knows the area and goes above and beyond for you. We love traveling and this was one of our favorite trips ever. A must do.

Paradisiac Islands
TripAdvisor member morganav972

A week sailing around the Greek Islands with Cpt Platsakis was fantastic!
He took us to the mostparadisiac islands away from the big congregation of tourists. We could enjoy the pristine blue waters, swim, sun bath and taste the amazing Greek cosine in every island.
Thanks “George” for the wonderful memories that we will never forget.
We will be back!

Captain Platsakis from “The Big Deal” is a must!!!
TripAdvisor member X4229SYamandap

Captain Platsakis from the Big Deal gave us an amazing experience sailing around the Greek islands. I live and boat in Miami, FL and it was such a different experience and full of fun adventures! Captain Platsakis took us to the best destinations with the highest recommendations on sights and food. We sailed for 7 days and other than getting used to the tight quarters with 9 of us, it was a trip of a lifetime and I would go again in a heartbeat!!! I highly recommend Captain Platsakis and “The Big Deal”!

AMAZING WEEK aim the BIG DEAL with CAPTAIN PLATSAKIS and MARIA MANOLELI, BEST VACATION EVER!!!
TripAdvisor member-vacationmama245

If you are looking for crowds and cruise ships, this experience is NOT for you. If you prefer a relaxing personalized sailing vacation (sometimes motor sailing) to beautiful less crowded Greek islands on a spacious 50+ foot catamaran with your family/friends…book this trip! We flew to Athens direct from Boston and spent two nights adjusting to the time difference. After a walking tour of the acropolis and some shopping in Plaka, we were ready to begin our Yacht Sailing adventure. We met our captain, George Platsakis, and our hostess, Maria Manoleli, at Alimos marina and they immediately made us feel like family. George suggested that he take us to the same places that he would take his friends and family and we agreed to trust his suggestions. We are SO glad that we did! The boat, BIG DEAL, is huge and amazing and 8 of us had plenty of room to relax. Our routine each day was to leave port early and sail for a few hours toward our next destination. We would stop at a beautiful swimming spot to swim and eat a delicious lunch prepared by Maria. We requested provisioning and Greek food and Maria delivered. She made stuffed peppers, souvlaki, bolognese, seafood, omelettes, meatballs, salads and served cheeses and pastries from every small island that we visited. After the swim stop (about two hours), we would sail to our next beautiful port. Our captain somehow managed to get us a perfect spot at each island and a great dinner reservation. Our group consisted of myself, my husband, my sister, my 80 year old father and four “children” ages 15-27. We ALL agree that this vacation was the best one ever. We cannot thank George enough for his positive and fun attitude, helpful advice, drone footage of our group and very capable boating and sailing skills. He made docking a 50 foot catamaran look easy. We are also so grateful to Maria for her kindness, sense of humor and excellent cooking. She took amazing care of our family. While we explored each island, she purchased local cheese, bread, milk, and restocked whatever we needed. There were so many great moments on this amazing vacation. One of our favorites was watching the sunset from a beautiful church high on a hill on one of the islands that we visited. I overheard someone say, “if this were Santorini, there would be thousands of people here trying to take pictures.” Exactly!!! We were so impressed with with our entire Yacht Sailing experience and we really hope to see George and Maria again!

Best vacations ever, Strongly suggest to do it.
TripAdvisor member Mrdids

I had the best vacations in my life. We had one week with a catamaran in several greek islands and it was amazing. We had the best crew with Gina and Captain George Platsakis. Best captain and an amazing person who made our vacation a dream come true. I would strongly suggest to try sailing greek islands as an experience and ask for Captain Platsakis if you need added value to your vacations. For sure will repeat these vacations again.

Tripadvisor member - mikereiman
Great Experience on the Big Deal
This company is exceptional! We traveled with three other couples the last week in September on the Big Deal Lagoon 500 with Captain Thodoris (Theo) and First Mate Evi. Plenty of room for the group and big enough to have your own space when needed. We visited Poros and Ydra in the Saronic Gulf and then Serifos, Paros and Kythna in the Cyclades. Evi was a great hostess and cook and always had food prepared. Theo found some great coves for swimming and was a skilled captain in the small marinas (we experienced some unskilled ones along the way). I recommend staying overnight in one or two ports to have a better experience of an island. We stayed overnight in Paros, rented scooters the next day and explored the island including the beautiful mountain top village of Lefkes and the Santa Maria Beach. Eugene and Joanna made the booking process easy and gave me confidence early that this was the right company to choose.

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Tripadvisor member - Andrew T
Highlight of our trip in Greece ! - The Big Deal
From day one our captain Theodore set the tone with his wit & humour! Travelling the Saronic Golf we as a family were excited to set sail and get a taste of Greece from the ocean. We were impressed by the level of flexibility the company offered with visiting our relatives throughout the trip. We made unique stop overs to swim, visits to secluded beaches and bars, and even had a choppy day on the water which was both scary and hilarious ! Our skilled captain Theodore made all this possible and by the end of the trip he truly became a friend to us all ! Would like to thank Yacht sailing Greece for this amazing time, and also Theodore for being fun and adaptable to all our needs throughout the week ! 10/10

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Tripadvisor member - sparkee
Amazing tour of the Cyclades on the Big Deal
One week with friends on the Big Deal with Theodore as our skipper, and it as a great experience. Theodore consulted with us on the type of trip we were looking for and helped plan our itinerary to accommodate while suggesting edits to accommodate for anticipated winds on part of the trip. His expertise really added to our experience. We also spent two nights in the port at Paros which allowed us a chance to really explore one of the islands (my favorite of the trip). The professionalism of the whole yachtsailing.gr team was great and made for an unforgettable experience.

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Tripadvisor member - Gavinar67

Experience of a lifetime!

We sailed with Theodoris as our captain on The Big Deal for a 7 day trip celebrating a friends 40th birthday. Yacht Sailing as amazing for on every step of the process... from booking to provisioning and boarding... from Eugene and Joanna everything was great...all of our questions were answered quickly and clearly! The boat was incredible... clean and roomy... the lap of luxury! The best part was our captain! Theodoris was amazing ... very accommodating and competent making us feel safe while ensuring we had the trip of a lifetime! Highly recommend.

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Yacht location - in Athens
Sat 2 March - Sat 9 March
Check in: Saturday 14:00
Check out: Saturday 09:00
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16/03/2024

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Departures take place mainly Saturdays
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We are located in Alimos marina
Athens main airport is 30min drive
Main currency is Euros
There is an ATM in the marina in case you need cash
We can arrange your transportation from/to the airport
Provisioning can be arranged to be delivered onboard
Practical information
Embarkation takes place on Saturday around 14.00
We can arrange a menu according to your preferences
We sail towards the Cyclades or the Saronic
Itinerary is weather dependant
The route is fully custom according to your preferences
We offer mainly weekly trips
Why a catamaran
A lot of space onboard
Catamarans do not roll or heel
A better sense of stability and safety
More and better anchorages due to lower draft
Catamarans offer a 360 view when onboard
Closer to the feeling of a floating hotel
Better for non boaters/first time sailors
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