New to the forum here and if all goes to plan the proud owner of an Oyster
435 within the next 6 weeks!
She is currently lying in Croatia
(near Split) and I would like to bring her back to the south coast of the UK over this summer.
thinking is to split the trip up into 3 or 4 legs of 2 weeks each. As it is likely I will be taking new crew for each leg (some experienced, some not) my thoughts are to do an easy week of day sailing
port/anchorage hopping then crack on to a big passage
the second week to eat up the miles.
For example leg1 could be island hopping from Split to Dubrovnik then a big passage
down to Messina or Palermo. Leg2 over to the balearics, leg3 the algarve and leg4 the Biscay.
I've had a lot of experience as a charter
skipper/cruising instructor in Croatia
and done many deliveries (biscay 3 times, atlantic twice, north sea, irish sea etc) but this will be my first time doing big passage planning as skipper
on my own boat so as you can imagine its a bit daunting.
I would love to hear from anyone that has done any similar trips?
what are your thoughts on my plan?
What essential reading is there? pilot books
/ cruisers guides for the med?
for the whole trip? totally essential or backup gps
Where are the best places to go on route
for the 'easy cruising' parts
Anywhere that's unmissable?
What good marinas
to leave the boat for a few weeks / month while i have to return to the uk for work? secure / friendly / accessible / not too expensive. Is it possible to get weekly/monthly rates?
I hope to crew through friends and acquaintances from sailing but if I need to get qualified people on board (biscay for example) where's the best places to go?
I'm looking forward to hearing all your advice and comments.