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  1. I would prefer bareboat but Im open to options!
  2. I love it! Did you charter it bareboat? Do you have any contact information for that boat?
  3. I am looking to charter an interesting sailboat such as a Formosa. Anywhere in the world. The more exotic the better. Perhaps a classic style boat like the one in this picture. Does anyone know where I can do this? Any information? Ideas?
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    I want to thank everyone who gave me info regarding Greece. My trip was incredible trip. I rented a Dufour 455 from Kiriacoulis and started off from Mykonos sailing downwind in 25 kt meltemi (which I enjoyed immensely but my some of my crew didn't). We stopped in Koufonisi, then Iraklia, then two nights in Santorini, then Ios, the Naoussa, and back to Mykonos. In Santorini I tied the stern to the shore with two lines and put two anchors out of the bow around the corner from Oia. The depth dropped off quickly so it was not "ideal" but it worked. I did get a little scare in the middle of the night when a ferry came by full blast and kicked up a serious wake (I was relatively close to shore ) but the anchors held and I was ready to fire the engine if they didn't hold. Here is a picture from a tavern at the base of Oia. Our boat is the first one behind the Octopus. I agree that Santorini is a bucket list destination. The girls in my crew definitely wanted to see Santorini and I was curious too and I am glad we saw it because it was certainly beautiful but I don't really care if I ever go back because the cruise ship crowds are pretty terrible. (but I kinda knew that before I went) The smaller islands had much more quaint charm and far fewer people. All in all it was an excellent trip and, again, I appreciate all the advice.
  5. Tharsheblows

    Jenneau, Dufour, Beneteau?

    That is a beautiful boat. I have always wanted to charter a Formosa or Baba or other "pirate" looking boat. What company did you charter it from in the BVI's?
  6. Nice! The breakfast essential part of a sailing trip!
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    Thank you! Yes, I understand that deciding to go to Santorini carries with it several risks! And I agree with Jackdaw said, that topography map is both cool and kinda spooky. The east bay of Thirassia islet looks like a good place for the night but my crew will still want to go to town. This presents issues. This is probably my main concern of the whole trip actually. I'm kinda hoping opportunity will present itself when needed. I have decided to charter a Dufour 455 out of Mykonos. Should be a pretty epic sail!
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    Great!-I'll look into iSailor! I usually leave my phone on in Europe because AT&T only charges $10 a day to extend normal coverage throughout most of Europe (I haven't checked Greece specifically but I think its included. That price isn't not to bad for a one week trip) I imagine there is cell phone coverage within a mile or two of most of the major cities in the Cyclades?
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    These look like great resources. For basic navigation and staying off the rocks I use navionics on an iPad. Do you have an opinion on Navionics?
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    Thank you! I'll let you guys know if my crew decides to go for it.
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    I have Rod Heikell's. Is the Eagle Ray good enough that I should get it too? Or is that redundant?
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    Wow! Thank you both! This is the kind of real info I was looking for. I'm convinced the bad news I have been reading about Santorini is real! Thats a scary picture. Im not sure what is worse- the wind or the prop wash from that massive ferry! Our trip is in May so its still early season but it sounds like I can expect the marina to about the same. (likely full). I will have to have a serious talk with my crew about how bad they want to include Santorini . (They all wanted to visit Santorini but some are not all that salty so I'm not sure they are down for that kind of "excitment"). Do you use multiple anchors with trip lines or run lines to shore for extra assurance? If you anchor on the south end can you get a taxi into town? I had been looking at those coves near Oia... that hike does looks serious, perhaps it will be easy to convince someone else to volunteer to stay with the boat, lol! Are there any other ports in the Cyclades that you recommend by sailboat? Perhaps under rated by land tourists?
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    Another quick Greece question. We would like to visit Santorini but everything I hear about the anchorages sound terrible. However, in my experience people tend to be real conservative when they discuss such things. Does anyone have any experience anchoring around Santorini. The charts show several places. I guess I'm asking- How bad is it really? At this point I'm probably gunna try to do it anyway. Anyone with real experience? Is that a really bad idea?
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    Bareboat Charter Company recommendation for Greece

    I am sold on the Pogos. I would love to sail the reef. I was lucky enough to sail a little Hobbie in Manly Beach a few years ago and would like to get back down under.