We kept our Beneteau
473 with 2.1 m (7 feet) draft
in the same channel - in a marina just next to Lepanto.
There was a boatyard in the same chanel where they had launched performance sailboats with 3m and more (10 feet) draft
. They might have been plowing a bit in the soft mud at the bottom and of course taking highest tide they could get.
I needed about half tide to feel comfortable to enter or exist.
- brackish, almost fresh water
: all seawater creatures fall of your bottom after you come there. Freshwater creatures start developing until you sail out into the salty Adriatic
and they fall off. My bottom was never that free of marine
- bora wind
is a dry wind
, so during winter your boat
will be dry and you will not have problems with mold
. Lepanto is so far inland that the wind diminishes a lot by all the trees all around the area. Yes, bora can blow hard, but you are 2 miles inland.
And you have no swell, no waves and no salty spray. There are trees left and right to brake the wind.
- it is Italy
, so no clear in or out if you sail to neighbor country Slovenia
(both EU) or if you want to explore Venice for example. No high fees
- you are 2 miles inland, you can not go fast in the channel so you need some time to come to open water. And that open water is Trieste harbor. You need a few hours to come to any water you really want to swim in. And you need 100 or 200 miles to come to really great places. It is OK for a year, then you might get bored as you explored it all and want to move to other (nicer) cruising area.
- trees offering protection from bora have leaves. Expect leaves in your cockpit
and in any space they can get into. They can clog drains.
I can't comment on people in Lepante as I was in Nautec marina, at the very end of the channel, just passed Lepante. Nautec people were wonderful. Management and staff - we felt like at home. Very friendly atmosphere. They had a good restaurant too. You can always walk 50m from Lepante to this place to eat. They also had reasonably good workshop. I repaired some stainless and was happy with the service
. I am sure Lepante can not be much different.
It was only one hour drive from our house. I liked that. We stayed there for a year, then moved the boat
further south to Croatia
, where prices are higher and service
is bad, but the sea is more beautiful.