[FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Although the Turks are very friendly, helpful and good people the traditions of upkeep and even more importantly safety
is not always the first priority.
We have only been in Turkey for a month and found is as safe as any where else and a lot safer than some and they have a real respect for the water
. Ask the Greek fishermen who stray into their waters. The Turkish people so far have been very helpful and polite and gone out of their way to give us assistance even if they get nothing out of it.
[SIZE=3][FONT=Calibri]Another quite cost effective (in comparison) place to rent a charter is in Croatia. You will be close to Greece and Italy and not too far of the Turkish coast as well. Croatia is not in the EU and is still consider a bit of a budget former Yugoslav country but the prices are slowly conforming to EU standards as Croatia is one of the favorite holiday destinations of Germans. Therefor you should go there already next summer or you will end up with similar prices like in Italy, Spain
He is right in the Croatia has a fair number of charter boats and a lot of territory to sail and explore. We know people who spend the who summer there and still not seen it all. It can be expensive depending on where you go but lots of places to anchor
. The weather
is nice and water
But you ARE NOT close to Turkey it is a long way off. Western Greek islands
are close and manageable. So is Montenegro and Albania.
If you can find charters from Monte Negro this would probably be the best option. Good people and very low cost country.
We found Montenegro to be one of the most expensive countries we went to. Not much there that a couple of days you can see and leave. But be very aware of the weather as some of the winds come rolling down the mountains and across the fjord and can cause real problems. We where there when one came through on a front and somewhere around 17 boats were sunk. So you really have to watch the weather.
Then there is Albania but although pricing is the lowest in Europe on pretty much everything the country is still corrupt in many ways
THIS IS INCREDIBLY WRONG. How do I know we have been there 2 years in a row and it is an incredible country. We just loved it. You do have to follow their rules but no big deal. We had a great time. From the north you check in at Schengjin and when you leave and check out (you have to check in and out of each port) you tell them you are going to your next port but will be anchoring in between. No big deal. It is not set up for cruising sailboats except Orikum where there is a small marina. From there south there is only a couple of places to anchor before Sarande where you can tie to a wall at a very low cost.
On the east side of the Corinth Canal there are a number of charter companies and lots of islands to explore. But you must be aware of the winds as it comes out of the north and stay there all summer and the Med can get nasty with short choppy seas that can make live terrible.
By the way the east coast
of Italy does not have a lot of anchorages
. Some but not a lot and most are open to the weather so fair weather anchorages