We had a great time sailing in Italy. Our contact persons where very friendly and the arrangement was very professional. Going through all parts of the boat and things to know. The boat was nice and had the level of quality that we expected.
May 2017, Salerno with Hanse 312
Offseason cruise with Sun Odissey 439
Two friends and I chartered this SO 439 in mid March this year. The boat was from 2011 with 4 cabins, 2 heads, furling genoa and main, bowthruster, sturdy bowsprit and Bimini, powerful anchor with 70 mt of 10mm stainless steel. The boat turned out to be in very good conditions and quite fast, possibly thanks to the sharp angled hull design (and in spite of a smallish jib). We left Alimou marina in Athens and spent the first night in nearby Aegina. Woke up early for a non-stop 100 miles navigation south south east to Milos island, propelled by 20-30 knot winds from west and south west. Over the next days we mad our way back via Serifos, Hydra and Poros. We made good use of the on-deck life lines, automatic life vests with steel rings, and harnesses. It’s was lovely sailing off season and enjoying empty marinas, beautiful villages without tourists, and quite good weather actually. We had a wind instrument my functioning which the professionally run charter company sought to repair twice by sending local technicians. Failing that, we requested and they gave us a discount. Fair enough. All in all, another great Marenauta experience.
First of all, the sailing experience was fantastic. The Dodecanese are beautiful and very special. Our route was Pserimos, Kalymnos, Nisiros and then Symi. Beaches, cliffs, volcanos and serenity, And our SO 42i was great to sail. Perfect for 4. On arrival, the base manager was very welcoming, offered good advice on itinerary, and were quick to get us going. Essential when you're eager. We had a few issues along the way, which should be expected from a boat that has achieved a certain age, but both the base manager and Marenauta were very responsive and flexible in helping us deal with the issue at hand, as well as accommodating our preferences. Really professional. And this is also why we're returning customers.
Our experience had several goods and bads.
The Eolian are a great location for a charter. The Catamaran was good and spacious.
The original crew were fired by the owner the morning we were going to embark. The company had to hire a Captain and a sailor/cook the same day. We had to wait till 10 pm for the Captain to arrive the boat. We stayed at the marina instead of sailing to the first stop.
The crew was kind and tryed to please the group.
However the GPS/Sonar was not working and because of that, the last night the boat hit a small sand peninsula and we were stuck for several hours. It could have been very dangerous if it was rocks instead of sand.
The vacation was excellent. We had a problem with the dingy - in the last moment before leaving the marina it turn out that that dingy on the boat could not be used. The crew did not have a reserve one, so they gave us another old dingy that
leaked and it was risky to use.
February 2018, Mahe with Lagoon 440
Very fine days on a catamaran
Very nice helpsome people at Bat O Bleu. They helped with all our requests.