Originally Posted by Dimitri
Does anyone know of a cheap, safe place to put a 45 foot cat on the hard in Greece? Any info would be appreciated.
There are three boatyards
near Preveza actually Aktio (30miles south Corfu on mainland greece), all 3 can haulout cats and have been operating for many years. One Cleopatra has 300 ton travel lift
, the others hydraulic trailors. But all three are experienced in hauling cats and store 800+ boats a year. Personally I used Cleopatra last winter - no problem hauling and launching my Orana
44, the crew were careful and the boat was stored with ample space for working on it. The cost for 9 months was about Eurs 3600 (haul out/relaunch Eur 600). Good for DIY work - not recommended for non-DIY work. From my conversations with other boat owners all 3 yards are NOT cheap for boatyard work and it is practically impossible for outside companies to work on your boat - PM if you want to know more. However 0.5m away is Preveza town quay (afloat only), free or very cheap if you need it and usable by other companies to work on the boat. There are numerous yacht facilities in the area, in Lefkas and Nidri. There is a regular bus service
to Athens, 6hrs away. Some charter
flights from Europe
, from May-Oct to Preveza airport
I have no personal experience of Messolonghi Marina other than what I have read on another internet
forum - its generally cheaper than the Preveza marinas
. It is further south down the Greek mainland and just inside the gulf of Patras. It is relatively new and its not yet finished? There was an incident in August 2010 whilst hauling a yacht and I suggest that you search on ybw.com forums
(liveaboard) for further information.
The other place I know of is the island of Leros (north of Rhodes), again no personal knowledge but I've met various boat owners who recommende it. Again cheaper than Preveza and Turkey
Do some research
and search the forum I suggested and I think you will find somewhere suitable.