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Old 22-04-2011, 10:09   #1
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How Is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

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The "marina" south of Santorini is often silted... I Sailed there years ago. Does anybody has recent information about the deepness at the entrance ?( I : 1,90 meter draught)...
If it is OK we will be there in a week...
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Old 24-04-2011, 00:47   #2
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Re: How is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

Hi Jacques,
I've also not been there recently but thinking about it, they have multiple fishing boats that must draw 2 metres using the facility so maybe you've nothing to worry about.
Hopefully a local can come on and clarify.
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Old 24-04-2011, 01:06   #3
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We actually ran aground (hard!) in the entrance two days ago. Our draft is 2.05m. I was on the radio with the harbour master who said he'd guide us in and that he'd had 1.9 m and 2 m drafts in recently. We touched lightly in the centre of the channel so in another attempt moved further right following his directions and thump! Didn't feel like silt to me but quite hard sand. No damage and all is well but I wasn't very impressed.

We're currently sitting on a buoy below Oia which has an easy dinghy pier close by and steps unto the village. The views are magnificent!
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Re: How is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

Thanks a lot both 2...
Hugh, can you tell me more about "We're currently sitting on a buoy below Oia". In the Imray, it is not clear it is so convenient... Maybe things have improved ?
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You're right it's not well described in the Greek Waters Pilot. Oia is a small village on the far northern part of the caldera. Once in the vicinity of Oia you'll see the staircase and pier far below with a few small buildings (nothing commercial). There are about eight large buoys here (probably for cruise liners). Take a line ashore if you can because there's a cross current.

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Old 25-04-2011, 03:30   #6
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HI !
The "marina" south of Santorini is often silted... I Sailed there years ago. Does anybody has recent information about the deepness at the entrance ?( I : 1,90 meter draught)...
If it is OK we will be there in a week...
From Samos,
Thanks
We were stuck there last year, sitting out a storm for several days in may. Harbour entrance was silted up and scraped our way in through the sand. Had rod hinkles pilot guide which was wrong. Guide said keep to port when entering, when it was actually better to keep to starboard.
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Re: How is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

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You're right it's not well described in the Greek Waters Pilot. Oia is a small village on the far northern part of the caldera. Once in the vicinity of Oia you'll see the staircase and pier far below with a few small buildings (nothing commercial). There are about eight large buoys here (probably for cruise liners). Take a line ashore if you can because there's a cross current.

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Thanks for the info. I hope to visit soon.
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Old 25-04-2011, 05:06   #8
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Re: How is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

I would never moor in the so called marina yes have attempted too on two occasions and as i draw 2.1 i was scrapping the bottom it just gets continually silted up and hugh you are lucky to get onto a buoy at the moment in fact its the perfect time to use them as in three weeks the cruise ship season really kicks off and you wont get on them i have found anchoring of Perissa beach the best option of all, you have the bluff of the red cave rocks to protect you and you can anchor very close to shore with safety
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Re: How Is Santorini ( Thira ) Entrance ?

I was there at the first half of April this year. We came at night and run aground. Keep starboard as close as possible to rocks. It was the only way. The depth is less than 2 meters. It could be sand but keel got two good deep scratches after this.
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Oleo , and there is the reason for not entering it , so how do you know there was two deep scratches in keel and was it your own boat ?
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beneteau-500, charter boat, I dived and saw scratches.
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Re: How Is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

Jacques, I hope you give us an update after you have spent your week there.

Beneteau50, Did you have to watch the weather? Perissa looks like it would only be safe during extended calms. Panoramio - Photo of WAVES

What about Thirasia? It looks very protected with a fair amount of room and from photos it looks like you can anchor fairly far out.
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Re: How Is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

Thirasia is a good spot to drop the hook but the only prob is it does get packed out as for perissa beach you can get very close into the beach and cliff face there yes check wind direction only time it is a prob if wind is from s/w
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Re: How Is Santorini (Thira) Entrance?

Hi !
According to what I red on this thread, I have changed my plan and will not sail to Santorini (with my boat).... We left Nisyros this morning for Kalymnos... The meteo is not so good and we have some reparation (works) to do onboard.
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According to what I red on this thread, I have changed my plan and will not sail to Santorini (with my boat).... We left Nisyros this morning for Kalymnos... The meteo is not so good and we have some reparation (works) to do onboard.
For all those who are interested to sail to Santorini (I just came back): Vlikhada is indeed not deeper than 2 m any more nowadays (june 2011), so others sailors who went there, told me in Ios. You might find a place on one of the appr. 10 buoys near Oia. They were all occupied. Some were lucky that they could use one of these, but many turned around and around. If you have more than 2 m depth it is a problem to go to Santorini. There is also room for some boats on the Middle Island, but I think it is not recommanded to anchor there, and you still will have to find a boat that will bring you to Thira ... and back!
I left the boat in Ios (as suggested by a sailor in IOS) and took the fast ferry (45 minutes). It costs 33 per person. The ferry leaves Ios now at 10.40 and departure from Santorini at 16.20. It is short, but hire a car (25 ) and go directly to Oia. you will be there at 11.30 and stay there 2 hours. Spend the rest of the time in Thira (1 hour) and leave Thira at 15.45 to catch your boat at 16.20, as we almost missed it ... It is to my opinion the best option nowadays, unless you keel is appr. 170 cm. (I have been twice in Vlikhada years ago, when depths were still OK. Well sheltered, easy to go to Thira with a taxi. I loved the nice restaurant in top ...)
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