New Legislation Regarding Turkish Yachts in Greek Waters

As of 29 May, 2019 Greek Authorities are imposing heavy penalties on Turkish gulets and yachts for advertising Greece as a destination. These penalties are for each visit to any Greek island where it is proven that the vessel is being advertised as operating in Greek waters. East Med Yachting have now removed all references to any Turkish vessel regarding operations within Greek waters.

For more information visit the TYBA website

MEDYS Yacht Show Nafplio – Day 4

MEDYS Show at Nafplio

6th MEDYS Charter Show in the beautiful town of Nafplio – Day 4

Day 4 of the show (our third day) saw mixed weather yet again with sunshine, fluffy white clouds and the wind yet again.

Already thinking about the next show, tomorrow we travel to Yalikavak near Bodrum in Turkey for the 2nd TYBA Charter show

A little overshadowed by our travel plans for tomorrow with a 4 am start, need to get fuel for the hire car and the fact that someone in our office has messed up the hotel bookings in Turkey…………… Somehow we have managed to miss a day from the booking. Ah well maybe we will sleep on the beach.

M/Y Zaliv Dining Table

Here’s a gallery of some of the photos from MEDYS 2019 at Nafplio……..

MEDYS Yacht Show Nafplio – Day 3

6th MEDYS Charter Show in the beautiful town of Nafplio – Day 3

Day 3 of the show (our second day) saw mixed weather with sunshine, cloud and quite a bit of wind to stir up the sea.

As always we didn’t manage to view all the yachts we planned to…..

We did however get around to visiting 9 yachts, all stunning in different ways and each and every one of them more than ready to whisk you away on a Mediterranean journey never to be forgotten.

The highlight for Sue and I was most definitely Capri I, the 59 metre Lurssen Superyacht, it is one of my firm beliefs that a Superyacht without a grand piano just doesn’t live up to the title. Capri I definitely delivers here with her Yamaha Grand taking pride of place in the main deck saloon.

For clients who prefer classic lines and stately interiors, Capri I is a definite “must”

Capri I Yamaha Grand Piano
Capri I Master Cabin

Such a beautiful town……..

Forgive me for enthusing over Capri I, with many stunning yachts all under the backdrop of not one, but two castles the MEDYS event is overall a great experience for us, almost too much to take in.

The town of Nafplio itself is a wonderful place to visit, with a warm welcome from the local people, designer shopping in picturesque streets, cafes galore and all under the protection of Acronafplia and Palamidi castles, ever present throughout the town. The historic importance of Nafplio is further evinced by the Venetian harbour fort of Bourtzi standing sentry in the centre of the harbour entrance.

Our base (office if you like) has been Sokaki Cafe where we have been well looked after by Dimos, endless coffee and good humoured conversation. Sokaki is well worth a visit on your next trip to Nafplio 

MEDYS Yacht Show Nafplio

6th MEDYS Charter Show in the beautiful town of Nafplio

Day 2 of the show (our first day) saw mixed weather with sunshine, breeze and a little rain.

This years event is larger than ever with more yachts and larger yachts attending.

Taking pride of place is the gorgeous and massive O’Ptasia at 85 metres she dominates the harbour and is a delight to behold. Built in 2018 we wish O’Ptasia a successful inaugural season.

Old friends and new

Meeting Barbara from Fyly Yachting for the first time in over 10 years I was worried that I wouldn’t recognise her, but (unlike me) she hasn’t changed at all. Still beautiful and still a great conversationalist. I know Barbara from my days of chartering bareboats out of Alimos, she even remembered which yachts I had chartered.

Barbara introduced us to Giorgos, the captain of Fountaine Pajot catamaran “Number One”. Instinctively you can tell that this man is a great captain, he has incredible knowledge of his vessel and not only Greek waters but the whole of the Med (and beyond). Choose this catamaran and you can be sure of a great voyage.

Giorgos and Andy on-board Catamaran Number One

We’ve been Instagram friends for a while now and it is great to meet the people behind the profile. Panagiotis and Alexandros of Balaskas Yacht Supplies are the faces behind Greece’s premier yacht provisions company, with a presence in most major ports and marinas around the Greek mainland, if these guys can’t find what you need then it’s very likely not available anywhere.

11 Reasons To Take A Luxury Yacht Charter In Montenegro

So Why Should You Take A Luxury Yacht Charter In Montenegro?

“Montenegro is the new Croatia”, although it’s much more affordable and a lot more intimate than Croatia, due to its size. But in this case, size doesn’t always make the difference as Montenegro has so much more to offer for its visitors and the people who reside there. With over 180 miles of beautiful coastline and vast stretches of beaches, there’s no wonder that Montenegro is a yachting favourite. With so much to do in the country, it can be overwhelming choosing exactly what to do, but with our 10 reasons to take a luxury yacht charter in Montenegro, you will have all the information you need to get you well on your way with a luxury yacht charter in this beautiful country.

1) It’s Affordable

A place like Kotor can be enjoyed on the cheap, much cheaper than the Croatian coast anyway. Prices are reasonable in Kotor, especially considering the added value of the natural surroundings, which are free. Why not take the Great Montenegro Tour, where you can travel through magnificent mountainous roads and admire scenic lookout points and historical villages. You can even go swimming in crystal-clear waters at pebble beaches, try river rafting and sample local delicacies all for around 35 Euro, making it the perfect location for your luxury yacht charter in Montenegro.

2) Hidden Gems

Montenegro houses many hidden gems with the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. Take a road trip through the mountains of Durmitor National Park that has lakes, hiking trails and free roaming animals like goats, horses and dogs. You can also fall in love with clear waters and canyons of Piva Lake and Tara Canyon, where you can hike and go river rafting.

3) Stretches of Coasts

With 180 miles of beautiful coastline and 45 miles of beaches and a number of well-preserved historic towns and villages, you will never be far from a beach and with fewer crowds than Croatia, you can make the most of it. So why not take a luxury yacht charter in Montenegro?

4) 250 days of Sun

Montenegro has 250 days of sun a year with typical Mediterranean wind conditions. The summer sailing season comes to life in May and lasts through to mid-October, though the best time to be there is during the high season on June, July August where temperatures reach the mid 30’s.

5) Anchorages and Moorings

While exploring the coast, you will come across secluded anchorages, moorings in captivating bays and large marinas with an array of amenities to accompany your yacht charter.

6) Culture and Heritage

When you reach the shore, you will be welcomed by an abundance of culture in the city. There is so much to see in the old city and plenty to learn about the European history… The splendid city wall, narrow streets and Mediterranean mood make Kotor one of the most memorable stopovers in the Adriatic sea. The natural and culturo-historical region of Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is simply unmissable.

7) Accessibility

Montenegro is easily accessible, as Kotor harbour is nicely situated close to town, which has amenities, restaurants and a lively night life.

8) Underwater Wildlife

Fancy scuba-diving? Why not give it a try as nearby islands including Katic and Sveta is famous for it’s underwater wildlife. Montenegro has over 40,000 registered marine fish species, so what are you waiting for, the country offers a unique yachting experience like no other.

9) Charming Fishing Villages

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, Rose is a cozy fishing hamlet with a picturesque port. It manages to convey a true sense of relaxation and tranquility. Rose boasts quiet coves, sandy beaches and calm lookout points that allow visitors to experience Montenegro’s natural allure.

10) Bay of Kotor

The main attraction in Montenegro for people who rent a yacht is the UNESCO Bay of Kotor, described as Europe’s southernmost fjord, a submerged river canyon of the former Bokelj River. Kotor boasts the old town, the most famous part of Kotor where the history, culture and tradition are preserved. The old town has a great number of monuments including churches, cathedrals, palaces and museums.

11) Unique Experiences

Montenegro offers unique experiences incomparable to any other. You can try sailing in Herceg Novi, renowned for the clearest water in the Adriatic Sea, have a look at Blue Cave you won’t be left disappointed. Small boats can enter the cave and tourists can have a swim under natural blue luminescence hidden in the rocks. You know you want to take a luxury yacht charter in Montenegro.

10 Reasons To Take A Luxury Yacht Charter In Croatia

Croatia. One of the most popular holiday choices for those who visit and one of the world’s top sailing destinations. With over a thousand kilometres of coastline and more than 1,100 islands scattered around in the four major regions, there’s no denying that there is plenty to see and do there. But if you’re needing persuading on why to take a luxury yacht charter in Croatia, worry no more as we have 10 reasons why you should. And we guarantee that you will want to take one after reading this.

1) Favourable Wind Speeds

Favourable wind speeds in Croatia makes the country the ideal location for sailing and yachting. Throughout the Adriatic, winds are typically light or moderate and North Dalmatia is especially favoured by sailors for its winds speeds. Although, as with anywhere, there are occasional gales.

2) Natural Beauty

Croatia poses so much natural beauty, which is evident by the sheer amount of UNESCO World Heritage Sites it possesses. Plitvice Lakes National Park, for example, is made up of natural dams, which has created a series of connecting lakes, waterfalls and caves. Croatia also houses the Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe.

3) Abundance of Islands

Croatia’s Archipelago is the largest in the Adriatic Sea, and the country also has the most indented coast in the entire Mediterranean, where you can sail around more than 1240 islands and islets. With so many islands scattered across the four major regions of Istria, Kvarner, North, Central and South Dalmatia, the possibilities of exploring on your luxury yacht charter in Croatia, are endless.

4) Perfect Climates

The climate along the Croatian coast is typically Mediterranean with warm, dry Summers. Average temperatures during the Summer months can reach the mid 20’s although some days the temperatures can reach into the high 20’s and well into the 30’s with 10 – 12 hours of sunshine a day. Hvar is the sunniest island in Croatia, with around 115 sunny days a year, where you can enjoy all that Croatia has to offer.

5) Suitable For Everyone

No matter what sailing ability you are, Croatia offers something to suit everyone from experienced sailors who want to showcase their sailing abilities, to beginners who have the option to use the services of captains, skippers and sailors to make their yacht charter as enjoyable as possible.

6) Marinas and Anchorages

Croatia homes an array of marinas that provides amenities, bars, restaurants and shops, where you can be fully equipped with everything need to make your yacht charter comfortable for you and your guests. Or why not visit a particular favourite sailing ground, North Dalmatia, as it possesses the most marinas.

7) Beautiful Yachts Available for Charter

Croatia has some beautifully decorated luxury yachts available for charter including, motor yacht, sailing yachts and gulets to cruise around the country at your own leisure. Sail in style on board MIA, the deluxe custom gulet perfect for relaxing and entertaining, or bask in the sunshine on Rosa, the lavish motor sailer. Or why not take Lady Sunshine out for a spin and utilise the Jacuzzi on deck?

8) Diversity

Situated at the interception of the Pannonian Plain, the Adriatic Sea and the Dinaric Alps, Croatia is a small but diverse country. The country boasts well-preserved areas of natural beauty, unblemished seas and offers the ultimate dining experience, another reason why you should consider a luxury yacht charter in Croatia.

9) Dubrovnik

Croatia is home to coastal favourite, Dubrovnik. Situated in South Dalmatia, the city is renowned as a gem of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean and is protected by UNESCO. The region is renowned for being an attractive, entertaining and jam-packed location, with culture and stunning landscapes. Just one of the many reasons to take a luxury yacht charter in Croatia!

10) Clean Sea Water

97% of the sea water in Croatia is clean, so feel free to dive into pristine oceans knowing that the ocean is nearly 100% clean. So what are you waiting for? Book your luxury yacht charter in Croatia, today.

12 Reasons To Take A Luxury Yacht Charter In Turkey

Turkey has so much to offer as a country, making it the perfect location to embark on a luxury yacht charter. Sample the rich and varied history, beautiful coastline, immaculate waters and the ideal moorings, to accompany your yacht charter. However, if you feel spoilt for choice of things to do during your yacht charter, we are here to help with 12 reasons to take a luxury yacht charter in Turkey.

1) Beautiful Coastline

With over 8.000 km of coastline and over 436 blue flag beaches, Turkey makes for the perfect location to relax and unwind on the vast stretches of unblemished beaches. The Turkish coastline has some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches in Europe with heavenly backdrops, that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own private yacht on your luxury yacht charter in Turkey.

2) Sample the Food

The food that Turkey has to offer is enough to entice anyone to visit. Turkey offers a mixture of exquisite Middle Eastern, Asian and European food that is waiting to be sampled. Turkey is renowned for its wide variety of high-quality fresh fruit and vegetables, a variety of fish and fresh meat, desserts and a large selection of traditional produce. Wherever you look and wherever you go, you won’t be far from excellent food and drink in Turkey.

3) Areas of Natural Beauty

Turkey has some spectacular areas of natural beauty, located in the East Mediterranean sea, which makes it no surprise that Turkey is classed as one of the best holiday spots in the world. Turkey boasts a range of UNESCO heritage sites including Istanbul, Goreme, Troy and the awe-inspiring Cappadocia, where it’s arid rock formations will leave you amazed. Yet another reason why you should take a luxury yacht charter in Turkey.

4) History

Turkey’s history spans almost 10,000 years and along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, there are acres of ancient remains, much is world-renowned. If you are looking for a bit of culture on your yacht charter, Turkey will not disappoint as you will have the opportunity to unveil stories of the past for a cultured city break like no other. Take a step back in time by the Glory of the Hagia Sophia museum built in 532 and 537 AD. Or visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque or the Underground Basilica Cistern.

5) Thermal Waters

With over more than 1,000 thermal springs with waters that cure many illnesses, Turkey is renowned for its thermal pools that withhold healing qualities. Visit Pamukkale situated in Western Turkey, famous for its thermal waters flowing down a scenic terraced hillside – it calls on those looking for a relaxing experience.

6) Immaculate Waters

Turkey offers stunning, immaculate waters, within a stones-throw away of coves and bays that are perfect for being explored on a yacht charter. The picturesque views are visible from 360 degrees and are definitely unforgettable.

7) Ideal Moorings and Secluded Anchorages

On the western coastal towns of Bodrum, Didim, Yalikavak, Kusadasi and the gulfs of Gokova and Hisaronu, you will never be far from the ideal mooring, where you can secure your yacht and never be too far from a significant landmark in Turkey.

8) Stunning Yachts Available for Charter

State the obvious but Turkey has some luxurious yachts to charter including lavish motor yachts, sailing yachts and gulets to cruise around the country at your own leisure. Sail the seas with Rox Star, the sailing yacht, the perfect platform for entertaining and relaxing. Or why not try gulet Mare Nostrum, offering a lavish experience incomparable to any other. Or why not take Monte Carlo the motor yacht out for a spin, in style and feel the luxuriousness of the interior, designed by Ralph Lauren.

9) Blissful Weather

The average weather in Turkey is around 28 degrees, offering a warm climate to make whatever you are doing in Turkey that little bit more enjoyable. Especially for those days where you are relaxing on the deck of your luxury yacht charter in Turkey.

10) It’s Safe

Turkey is a safe cruising destination and reports of crime are few and far between.

11) Marinas

Turkey’s marinas make for the perfect location for yachting activities. Why not visit Marmaris Marina, home of many yachts as well as restaurants, bars, a shopping complex and a swimming pool.

12) Yachts with Toys

Fancy an adrenaline rush? The majority of yachts in Turkey come with a whole host of toys and activities for you and your guests to utilise. Toys available on board include: Donut, fishing gear, jet-ski, kayak, kneeboard, snorkelling gear, wake-board, water-skis. So what are you waiting for? Book your luxury yacht charter in Turkey today.

Rosa Refit – Part Five

Rosa Motor Sailor Refit – Part Five

Over the last few weeks we’ve watched as motor-sailer Rosa has been steadily revamped, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Captain Andi and his partner Ivana. We’ve seen the new galley, the slick new paint job, and lots of other tweaks and changes that will enhance the experience for all guests who choose to charter Rosa this summer. Let’s take a look at some of the latest updates, and see how Captain Andi and Ivana are getting on!

In one of our earlier blogs, we showed you the new screen rails being ‘dry’ fitted – now it’s time for the final installation, which will revamp the entire windscreen area.

Here’s a great picture for comparison. The old glazing being held up shows exactly how much bigger the new windscreen will be! This improves visibility for everyone on board.

This is just before the windscreen went in – can you spot the welder in the background?

This is Pero – the only specialist working on the Rosa refit. He’s completing all of the welding to position the new windscreen perfectly. Aside from Pero, you may remember that all tasks are being complete by Captain Andi and Ivana.

This is where the brand new windscreen wraps the corner – those stylish raking lines look fantastic! We think guests are going to love the view from here.

Here you see Pero’s welder again – it’s a TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welder, which uses non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld. It goes over our heads a little, but Pero knows exactly what he’s doing with this device!

A great picture of Pero in action with the welder. You can also see a better angle of the raking lines.

Check out the master at work! As you can imagine, it’s hard to capture exactly how bright the welding process is on a camera – we’ll have to leave it to your imaginations.

Sheer concentration. We’d like to thank Pero for all the hard work he’s done making the new windscreen look great!

This is how Pero cleans up the joints after welding. During the welding process, the stainless steels can become a little smudged and marked, and we don’t want to leave it this way. Pero uses a special acid to remove the marks, then simply wipes away the substance for a flawless finish.

That’s all for our fifth instalment – check back next week to see how Rosa is progressing!

Rosa Refit – Part Four

Rosa Motor Sailor Refit – Part Four

Welcome back to the East Med Yachting blog for another update on the refit of our motor sailer, Rosa. There’s been amazing progress made since we last posted – Rosa has been hoisted out of the water to receive a new coat of paint, some new antifouling and a stylish new vinyl logo. Let’s see how Captain Andi and Ivana got on.

We hardly recognise Rosa ‘on the hard’– the nautical term for being on solid ground. Here, she’s being prepared for a new coat of paint.

This picture was taken just underneath the hull as Rosa was prepared for some new antifouling. This is a special coating which protects the boat while it’s in the water, preventing the growth of barnacles, weeds and other marine life.

After being prepped for her new paint job, Rosa receives a layer of gel first. This smooths over the surface and ensures it’s able to receive the high gloss paint that will come next.

This is Captain Andi smoothing down the gel coating before the high gloss finish goes on.

Looking good so far! We know the sky looks exceedingly strange on this picture – it can be hard to show accurate progress of the boat from certain angles, so
we’ve tweaked the photo very slightly to make sure we show Rosa in her best light.

While the paint job is being completed on the superstructure, the entire deck needs to be covered with masking sheets. If a blob of paint were to fall onto the (newly-sanded) timber, it would be disastrous!

This image shows the top of the hull – the gunwale. More masking sheets have been positioned to protect the deck from stray splashes of paint.

The antifouling is now complete! This will ensure Rosa is protected when she enters the water. We know that the supports and wedges don’t look 100% secure, but we assure you, this is the tried-and-tested method used by boat builders for hundreds of years! Why tinker with tradition?

Her paint job is almost finished! As you can see here, Rosa looks super glossy and really impressive. We’re sure guests are going to love her new look.

The last finishing touch is a new logo applied to the stern. This is made from tough vinyl, as it will need to stand up to the elements, the sun and constantsplashes of sea water.

Another logo on the forward hull to complete the job.

To ensure there was a clear divide between the antifouling and the paint, masking was applied. Here you can see Captain Andi removing that masking to reveal a sharp, accurate edge – supervised carefully by Ivana, standing on the deck!

Last but not least, she’s back in the water, lowered in very carefully by a crane. Doesn’t she scrub up well?

Check back next week when we’ll be meeting the only specialist involved in the project (Pero the welder), as well as getting a glimpse of the new windscreen as it goes in.