Originally Posted by Kenlyn66
We are taking a trip to Italy and I want to rent a boat on Lake Como for at least a day. Would anyone have resources about navigating in Italy on inland Lakes? The boat has a GPS
, so I am not worried about that. Plus I will have my Navionics
app on my phone
. Mostly protocol, signs and docking
protocol. I don't speak any Italian other than conversational traveler lingo - Vino ...
The people renting
the boat out to you will give you the do's and don'ts.
Give the big tourist ships a wide berth, especially ferries, high speed catamaran
and the Hydrofoils.
If you want to be on the safe side Google
maps will suffice to spot the few shallow patches.
I spent many many summers sailing at lake Como and always loved it.
Never needed a navigation
Be aware of two winds, in summer you are likely to encounter "Breva" from the south, which usually sets in about 13:00 hours midday.
Nice, fairly stable sailing wind
, usually 4-6Bft.
The other one is Tivano a wind
coming from the north. Very gusty, very strong and can set in with little warning. More likely in the colder time of the year.
Always watch out for acceleration zones when Breva blows.
Typical ones are Colico & Domaso (many Kitesurfer).
Another one is the small Laghetto were Breva can be very strong and gusty.
Next one is close to the Olgiasca peninsula. And one other close to Sant Maria Di Rezzonico.
The west coast
is the prettier coast but also more busy with tourists.
Lecco is nice too though.
Lagi di Como - Lago piu bello del mondo!