I have chartered from Athens to the Cyclades
. My advice
based on my experience, and some echoing of others:
1. Heikel book...mandatory reading.
2. Cut your stops in half, and enjoy the few places you stay.
3. Spend two or three land days after charter
in Athens in a hotel
. Don't "waste" those days on the boat
. Marina is awful and can be super hot.
4. Pay the extra fee and do a one way charter
. This way you can see more and relax the pace.
5. Use the fast ferry
system to island hop, where possible. Much faster than sailing around. You'll get to see and do more.
6. Get your own charts
for the regions you are visiting before you go. Imray is the publisher.
7. The Meltemi ( usually later in the summer) has a thermal component. It gets worse as the day heats up, and peaks mid afternoon. If you find yourself in that situation, leave early in the morning, as in first light towards your next destination
to minimize the impact of the wind
8. I second the monohull
, if you're not used to a cat for many reasons. Berthing being primary reason, and familiarity a second. The Med isn't the Caribbean
, and not a great place to learn cat sailing and maneuvering. If you do get a cat, most importantly, reef by the numbers. There should be a placard on the boat describing wind
speeds and what reefing configuration to use. Honor that and you will be fine.
9. Enjoy your trip!!!!
I apologize for the verbosity. I honestly didn't think I would ramble so much.