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Old 21-10-2014, 00:12   #1
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Dubai to The Med

Has anyone had any experience taking a motor yacht from Dubai to The Med via the Suez Canal? I'd be interested to read of your experiences and if you'd ever undertake the voyage again?


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Old 21-10-2014, 07:31   #2
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Old 21-10-2014, 07:51   #3
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Unfortunately there remain Somali pirates out on the waters one would need to pass through that would see a private yacht as an easy target.
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Old 21-10-2014, 07:52   #4
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Make sure to have plenty of gifts (cigarettes etc.) and cash on hand to give to Egyptian civil servants. Many of them are corrupt. Put expensive stuff out of sight.

Should you have a woman / girl on board and decide to go sightseeing in Egypt stick to the tourist places and don't ever let her out of your sight. Rape is one of the most common crimes in Egypt. 99% of all Egyptian women have been the victim of sexual abuse and western women are considered 'fair game'. Rape in Egypt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 21-10-2014, 18:42   #6
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Re: Dubai to The Med

I did the transit by 48' sail yacht back in 2008. 65' FP Cat also in 2008 but from Egypt. Many time by ship. If your yacht is a superyacht, I bet your insurers would have a opinion.
When I did it by pleasure yacht we had lots of trinkets to hand out to part time fisherman/possible part time pirates. They have very fast vessels.
Suez pilot is compulsory, as the size goes up the more assistance you would probably be told to take. North RedSea many places to keep your vessel in a marina while you do sight seeing. I remember Port Galib just north of Herguada, another entry port down south but I can't remember name. The Suez transit is a pleasurable experience in my opinion.
Egyptians on this coast are fine, Fuel cheap in Red Sea, Fine diving many places in RedSea, Fishing pretty good.
I would suspect that other fisherman jumped on the Somalie band wagon, knowing the somalies would get the blame, but its probably no more dangerous than back in 2008. Trouble is with next to none doing it, there is no information. If your vessel is smaller, trucking to gulf of Aquaba is a option.
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Re: Dubai to The Med

Hello Dean,
How did your plan go in moving your boat from Dubai, I am thinking of moving my sailing boat from Dubai to the Med and would like to learn from your experience.
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my email is adel dot lootah at gmail dot com
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I'm yet to undertake the voyage & after reading that pirate activity is still a 'clear and present danger', I'm seriously re-evaluating the exercise. I have quotes to ship the vessel to the Med and that may yet be the cheapest, certainly safest option. I was working toward next year so still have. Plenty of evaluation time. Thanks to those that commented.


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Re: Dubai to The Med

I have sailed Oman to Med and other way too, once single handed and its easily doable. Winds are strong on the nose both ends of Red Sea.

Sail close to Yemen, drop into Aden for really cheap diesel.

I had some followers one night and met a Somali fishing boat near Socotra on another voyage, Thailand to Med, after running over a tuna wire, they got me off and took a bottle of whisky, but left some dried fish on deck in return....

On the 2nd time I did it I was armed but always thought I wouldn't show it as what really was I going to do so dumped it...

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Dear Deansy,

We are the organisors of The Red Sea Sailing Safari, we are in Egypt now and having a ball. Check out our Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/redseasaili...ref=ts&fref=ts

If you or anyone else are really interested send me a PM with your e-mail address. One of our participants shipped his yacht from Dubia to the Med before joining us. I'm sure he will be willing to point you in the right direction.

Most of the Red Sea is safe but way down south Yemen etc still has problems with piracy and I would not recommend going there yet.

As for all the other rubbish you see on here corruption etc. These people and many other people need to come out of the dark ages.
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