Originally Posted by Zven
I will get maps and hopefully a pilotage book ... just trying to plan a bit ahead, for now.
Sven, the IMRAY pilotage books
that I use split the area into two books
Pilot (5th edition)" and "Italian Waters Pilot (9th edition)" which covers the Western and South coasts of the Italian mainland and all the Western islands including Sardinia so you would need both to cover your cruise
. They are about £30-£35 each in the UK.
(You can apparently download rip-off pdf versions off the internet
but they appear to be of earlier editions. I haven't looked at these as I prefer to be able to look at the books whilst in the cockpit
instead of risking the laptop
but you could possibly download these to assist with your planing).
I know there will be other forum members with more direct experience of the area who can give suggestions but I have taken a quick look through the books for you.
The French book shows several anchorages near Cap Ferrat and then none that I can see before one either side of Cap Martin just past Monaco, and another off Menton (on the France/Italy border).
Remember of course that the Riviera from Nice to Menton is actually a very short length of coast, about 15 miles or so!
The Italian books shows calm weather
anchorages off Aregai (which is 15 miles into Italy), Porto Maurizio (another 5 miles along), and Diano Marina (another 4 miles east).
Once past Genoa
there seem to be more frequent anchoring
possibilities on the stretch down to La Spezia.
When entering Italian waters watch out for their many Marine
Reserves, some of which provide mooring
buoys (so that the sea bed
isn't damaged by anchors and anchor chains). One such example seems to be the Portofino Marine
Reserve just SE of Genoa
but I can't seem to find out any details online. (See my initial post on this thread asking for information about a park on the west coast of Sardinia). You also have to watch out for the restrictions on activities and navigation
in the parks, each of which seem to have different rules!
I know what you mean about staggering marina charges in high season in this area Last month we got hit for 125 euros for parking a 46ft boat for ONE
night in Capriaia! (We did also find some that were less than 40 euros).
Hope this gets the planning moving....