the boat was marvellous, very well equipped, with AC and many other optional.
we have cruised around the Aeolian Islands with Stromboli erupting lava, nice baths in many beautiful bays.
many thanks to Marin from Globesailor for suggesting this boat and the great support we had during the booking!
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.
Yacht is very clean and staff really nice. But this yacht is quite old and has a lot of nuances. For example - autopilot display is completely leaked and it is impossible to see something. Wind direrction display sometimes stop to work. Sealed gaskets on the portholes and hatches flow during the rain and on the bed in the bow cabin and in the mess room there are puddles.
We had no hard troubles during sailing, but all small "surprises" took us in a tonus.
that was very nice cruise! the charter company is very helpful and opened!
the yacht was perfect, everything worked very well