My wife and I are from the United States, but recently had the great fortune to charter
39DS out of Toulon in July. We sailed along the cost past St. Tropez and from St. Raphael down to Corsica
. It was wonderful, of course.
I offer these observations about the med for those who are thinking about visiting the area (and you should!):
We found that anchorages
are plentiful, but you must take care of weather
because few are protected from more than half of the compass
. Those with good protection are often crowded.
We found that a night in a marina was usually between 40 and 55 Euros, or about 55 to 75 US dollars. Moorings were 15 to 25 Euros per night. Sometimes showers were a long walk, but our boat had a good shower
so we didn't bother.
We discovered, to our disappointment, that water
is not available at fuel
docks. You will find water
only at a slip. We and our friends (total of 4 pax) could only go 3 nights before draining the Jeanneau's 85 gallon tank, but we use a lot of water
. (We start every day with a hot shower
, clean clothes, and a nice cup of coffee, or we're not having fun. Your mileage will vary.) So, every fourth day we needed a marina just to refill the water tanks
We found that med mooring
was easy. The vessel had bow thrusters, which were quite helpful, and the forward tie-off points were always prepositioned. We never had to drop our anchor
and then back into a slip. Bring lots of fenders, though, including a couple of big ones for the stern.
was about twice the US cost - maybe $10 or $12 a gallon (can't be more precise - I just closed my eyes and handed over the credit card).
Winds were a bit fluky. The forecast
could call for 3 knots and flat water, and instead we could have 28 knots and chop because of a Mistral. This resulted mostly in more engine
time than we'd expected, and thus higher fuel
costs, when we needed to go somewhere within a timeframe.
We found the French people to be absolutely charming and delightful, from the gentleman washing
at the dock
in Monaco who gave us advice about crissing to Corsia to the cruisers on the docks to the vendors along the streets to the families around the restaurant tables, we saw warmth and courtesy everywhere.
Overall a great experience in a beautiful part fo the world.