We booked this boat in December. Check in and check out process was really quick. Staff was helpful. The boat itsel was in fair condition for a 10 year old boat. The finish on furniture and on the deck somewhat worn, but the boat was in full working order, sails in good condition, easy to furl and unfurl. The throttle handle was sticky and a bit tough to switch from reverse to forward. They said they were going to fix it. Awerall, it was definitely a great boat for the price we payed in December. Regarding the weather, we always had a fair wind, the temperature was a bit chilly out in the sea, but at the shore it was warm enough to sunbathe and swim. It gets quite hot when the sun is out. The seawater was warm(at least for a person coming from north). Marina Del Sur is a good place to start out for La Gomera and La Palma.
Marina de Lagos is very the comfortable and safety, Located on the Bay of Lagos, among the best beaches in the Algarve,
We can see the beaufitul beaches, dalphins and lanscape from the boat.
The local company Southwest people are very good and available to support any needs.
Nice boat: Beneteau Oceanis 34
Dufour was well equipped for sailing, including spinaker. Inside the boat, age (from 2008) was starting to show but absolutely acceptable. Initial briefing was very thorough and service excellent!
Wilfrid ( the charterer) was very helpful and the yacht was good -sailed well- it was roomy- the instruments all worked - good fridge and freezer.( 4 double berths: sadly no pillows.) Solar panel & wind generator were reassuring re batteries. Bow thruster was surprisingly useful in tight marinas. Can recommend attractive St Denis on Ile de Re , Sables d'Olonne ( get there early-space in the fishing harbour marina near the town is limited/ the larger marina is a long walk!) and the Charente river trip up to Rochefort (La Corderie,Hermione & restaurants) on the tide.
Difficulties: Globe Sailor offered a Saturday to Saturday charter whereas it later emerged with the Contract that the charterer was offering Friday to Friday -so we lost a day in the end, and had to find accommodation for Friday night before our flights back to UK on the Saturday evening. This discordance of dates needs to be sorted out. The security deposit is a colossal 5000 e , so we suggest you insure it with Ouest Assurance. we had no damage (of course).
if you do stay over- we can recommend spartan but modern Hotel Premier Classe des Minimes ( Booking.com) - £100 for 2 triple rooms -only 600m away. very efficient helpful staff. & the Carrefour Metro supermarket is close to this for stocking up- also 600m from the vast Marina. + worth 1km+ walking to the Market in La Rochelle for fish. galore.
The fireworks at La Rochelle at 11pm on Bastille Day were superb, and walking around La Rochelle the next day - lots of history, lovely architecture, the fish & fruit market and good restaurants. For UK charterers, Easyjet flights from Luton & Bristol (Tues & Saturday only) are very economical.