thanks for all the useful advice. just wanted to say that we completed our route along east-italy. started from Koper, arrived in Manfredonia. I'd share some of my experiences that may be useful and/or interesting
- found a very cheap
(and almost brand new) marina in venice (HOME
) so finally I spent enough time to discover this beatyful city
- east coast
is really "flat", but the marinas
, sometimes they didn't charge for one night at all.
- weather services were 100% reliable for me during this 3-4 weeks. every morning i checked windity.com (for wind, low clouds, and air pressure forecast), "Sea Weather" iphone
app (for weather reports, air pressure, sea state), "Sat24" and "WeatherMaps" iphone
apps for satellite images
, Blitzortung.org - Lightning maps and Thunderstorms: world-wide
for tracking the thunderstorms.
I had downloaded 20+ apps, subscribed to a lots of services, but these are the best ones for me that I kept using day-by-day.
- seas can be very big easily (as I expected but never experienced before). sometimes we sail on 2-3 meter high waves, that was tiring on a 33 feet boat. btw i wonder if the bigger sailboats (40-46 feet) can cope with it better?
- the landscape is getting to be interesting from Vieste. however english
is not common there (even no basics like "water"... they understand "aqua" only), but south-italian people are very kind and helpful, we always find a solution to get over the language barriers.
- it's easy to catch Mackerel on the way - which is a very tasty fish
- by trolling an artificial bait that you can buy in any fishing
shop. for me the small spoon + feather version worked well, on a 30 meter long line. see: https://instagram.com/p/9QgXruxcUH/?...by=magyargabor
- settled in south-italy, left the boat, will be continued next spring
again: thank you all, this was a really fascinating first route for us