Our sailing in the bay of Göcek at the end of October gave us an extended lease on summer. We anchored in beautiful bays, visited historical sights, ate in good restaurants, and enjoyed swimming in the clear warm water.
My skipper was an outstanding professional. He was knowledgable about EVERYTHING about the boat, the Adriatic Sea, the towns and islands we visited, etc.. He was able to easily arrange for everything for us: dockage, dinners, car rentals, etc. He was also a great guy. He even cooked a meal or two. He was the kind of man you would want with you if you were in a dire emergency.
Very pleased with welcome, boat, skipper (Stamatis) , destinations and weather.
Taking risk with such a short notice paid off.
Great thanks to account manager Lisanne !
Me and my girls had a great vacation and many pictures to rember this.
we rented a boat for 7 people, half was in the see for the first time and wind forcast for first 2 days was around 15-20knts, but all went fine :)
Portorosa base is OK if you rent a car, if not - distances from enterance to boats and from boats to commercial center (where all shops and restaurants located) seems to be way too far (~1,5km)
Sailing sicily base manager (Simona) and technical staff are helping. Even got weather warning about thunderstorms coming )
Eolian islands are beautiful place and worth seeing,
waterpilots will tell you that good marinas are in Lipari, Vulcano and Salina island, that is so, but the town on Salina looks a bit deserted, waste of time up to me.
Lipari is a nice island and town is nice to walk around by foot.
Vulcano have thermal bath not far from marina and I would sugest renting a car too see the island from high spots.
Filicudi island is also beatiful if you get to hiking trails. thou no sheltered bays
Stromboli eruption at night is a magic scene, also mustsee point of this archipelago
Now what you come for ))
The boat is OK in general, most door handles and lockers works fine.
clean and dry under the boat floor, engine works fine.
sails and ropes looks new.
What is worth your attention when checking-in:
- a lot of windows and hatches drain water inside (aft cabins both do, saloon on the right side both do, crew cabin also do, bow right cabin hatch have a hole in it!). this probably woudnt be an issue unsless we had a 3 rainy days
- make sure you understand the way 3 water tanks are connected and how these switch works
- and last one, not to say issue but more a suggestion to charter company:
I do like mainsail furling but you should make mainsail-in rope leading to cockpit, instead of using that winch on the mast to take reefs or remove the sail. it is more convenient and safer.