I was looking for a fairly new yacht for a week of sailing with our friends (5 PAX).
I got help in choosing the right boat for sailing from my Account manager, which I'm very grateful of.
The yacht was very sensitive to the rudder and we also hired the gennaker, which was perfect since the yacht did have a job and not a genoa.
The Alimos marina is big and it was a very hot day in June when we checked in. I don't like this marina very much because the piers are very crowded when all the boats are being cleaned and everyone is cheking in at the same time.
But the staff at the check in desk was very friendly and helpful.
We did check the yacht with the base manager and also he was very friendly. We got his number so we could ask for help via WhatsApp in case we got any problems during the week.
We actually needed some help since the control for the windlass stopped working, but the base manager arranged so we got that fixed in the next harbour.
Since we managed to get the boat in time on Saturday, we sailed to Aegina before sunset. Aegina harbour was crowded, but with some help form other sailors, we managed to get in.
Next day we sailed via Poros, which is one of our favorite places. In Poros you can choose a quite bay to anchor or you can have the nightlife by the town quay.
The third day we went to Hydra, another favorite. It's always exiting entering the crowed harbour and you have to be patient to find a place for mooring. And then there is usually a crossed-anchors-show.
Next day we sailed back to Poros to get the remote-control fixed. From there we went to Methana which was a disappointment. Plenty of room, some swell and not much to see there. From there we went back to Poros and Russian bay (where you can order food delivered to your boat).
Next stop was Vathi. We came in early and where one of the first to moore in the small harbour. In Vathi we took a taxi up to the volcano and from there we walked all the way back (4.8 km!). Make sure you have plenty of water with you!
Next stop was Epidavros, via Sunken City. From Epidavros we took a taxi up to the big amphiteather. For 40(?) euros the taxi will take you there, wait and take you back.
Last leg was back to Alimos, with a short stop for snorkeling east of Angistri.
Over all we are very satisfied with the boat and the service and we can highly recommend this yacht and the charterer.
Check in was somewhat tense and over the next few days it became apparent that there was no cohesiveness among the 3 person crew. One was let go after a couple of nights. Our captain Alexis let us sail and taught us many things, our chef Maria was the sweetest person who prepared us endless amounts of tasty food and delicious cappuccinos. The boat was brand new and the cabins well supplied with comfortable linens. One thing that could be added was some plastic wares so snacks and drinks could be brought up front or up top. We enjoyed many beautiful ports during the day but preferred sleeping moored in bays, so that we could have our morning swims and on deck stretching sessions. There were plenty of water toys on board; 2 SUPs, water skies, snorkels and a wakeboard and the comfortable tender was capable of providing fun experiences skiing and wakeboarding,
We were never instructed on "man over board" procedures.
Overall a great trip with our family of 4 and friends.
We had an excellent time on the yacht and a fantastic experience. The skipper was knowledgeable and friendly and we found the hostess invaluable. Easy and prompt communication, the boat was in great condition and the perfect size for our group.
We sailed the Saronic route. We had arranged a skipper and although we were "wary" about having to live with someone we didn't know for a whole week, our fears were immediately allayed as our Captain Gregorius was such a laidback and knowledgable sailor. He could really handle the boat too! We explored Greek Islands and ports with lots of swimming and hanging out on the front of the boat along the way. We would definitely rate this in the top 2 of holidays we have ever taken.