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.
Very fast (8+ knots) boat, easy to handle, with the comfort of automatic toilets. Navigational instruments are placed a bit out of reach, but everything else was perfect.
Amazing to sail in Greece, beautiful sea colors and variety of landscape on the islands. We even saw dolphins near Athens on the first leg of our trip!
Warning 1: don't stay in Vouliagmeni marina near Athens, overpriced (€85/night) for not providing any services. For comparison, other marinas cost 5€ (Mykonos) to €17 (Naxos), in other places we didnt even have to pay!
Warning 2: mooring for a few hours in Thera (Santorini): they will try to rip you off €240 for just tying up your boat on a bouy and asking for a 200m lift to the port. Best avoided.
Highlights: Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Ios, Paros all amazing places
Boat is in really good condition and fully equiped for charter. Sails are almost new. Cabins are comfortable, especially front one. The only thing that was a bit lousy was autopilot. It wasnt properly set up.
My recommendation for fellow charterers!
I chartered MarMar with my two sons, plus one of their friends (23, 25, 30 yr olds, me at 66yrs) and a skipper recommended by owner Mr. George. While i have 30 years offshore sailing experience, a large catamaran in Med-style mooring in the Aegean was new to me.
Mr. Simiriotis is a meticulous operator, looking after the technical details of the vessel both for sailing - nearshore as well as the creature comforts of a living environment. The boat was sparkling clean and operated flawlessly in all conditions. We did have 23-25knots abeam (that had been blowing for a couple of days) so the passages had 1m waves.
The Alimos marina has a great restaurant, but the common WC/shower facilities do require better cleaning and care! The local area of Kalamaki is full of restaurants, cafe, bars etc which my boys enjoyed.
Needless to say our trip down the Saronic past Sounio to Kea, Siros, Rhemini, Mykonos (2 nights), Kythnos, Poros, Aegina and back to Alimos in 6 days will remain memorable. The skipper Mr. Kostas M. was also superb in his skills for the boat as well as local knowledge.