İnteresting discussion.. I agree with all other comments. Couple of more comment;
-even "obvious reason" sometimes is rejected.. When I was cought in Simi, I said to the cost guard that my propeller
was fauled (and it was, I was in the water
trying to get rid of the ropes..) , he simply smiled and said "yes I know but pls follow me.."
-the biggest problem to sail "illegally" in some waters is the insurance
.. If someone hits you or something happens to yr boat in greek or turkish water while you are not authorized to be there, you will have hard time to explain it to the insurqance company. I would strongly suggest that you don't do it with leased or chartered boat.
-Turkish flag in greek waters is exremely welcome at least over the last two years. In simi 9 tables out of 10 in tavernas are occupied by turks and spend good amount of money
. The tourism Business is not doing at all good in the islands, maybe they still don't like us, but truly appreciate the money
we spend there..
-I was never asked to show VHF
licence. But the insurance
is key and you must have the ORIGINAL form. Charter
companies usually doesn't give the original. One charter boat was confiscated several weeks because the insureance was not original..
-All what I was saying is valid up to Samos height. I did only twice İstanbul to Marmaris and I was told that in northern greek islands the cost guards are much more serious, so I didn't try..
-Dardanel is a very challenging strait and don't ever attempt to do it by night. (I did it and will never do it again) There is a very strong currents from Marmara to Aegean Sea up to 2-3 knts in some places + very heavy traffic of mega tankers..
-Boacaada in the entrance of the strait and Ayvalık are definately worth a day to visit.
-In Marmara sea up to İtsanbul there aren' really very interesting place to visit. As you cannot make up to İstanbul in one step, there are two possible anchorage: first on the northern cost a place called Mürefte (small marina, a restaurant, water available, fuel
I am not sure) or Marmara island in the south. Here also you have a small fisherman harbour, not very nice, couple of restaurants, water and possible fuel
as well. The prevailing winds will be from north east usually around 10-15 knots in summer.
-The only place worth visiting in Marmara is the prince islands south east of Istanbul.
Boshorus is obviously beatiful but because of very strong currents, no place to anchor
or marina is making this area less attractive. (İt is strictly forbidden to sail in Boshorus and Dardanel straits. It is somewhat tolerated in Dardanel but never in Bosphorus
You may even consider leaving the boat in Bozcaada, take a ferry
+ bus to İstanbul.