Originally Posted by merylkatz
We are a family
of 5 (2 adults, a 14 year old daughter and 10 year old boy/girl twins) chartering a Bavaria
44 out of Cagliari (returning to Olbia) for a month beginning 15 July.
We have been reading the cruising and piloting books
and are beginning to have a ton of questions.
- what is a good month long itinerary including Sardinia and Corsica?
- Things look crowded, do people try and reserve marina space ahead of time? Or just anchor?
- Or does that depend on where you stop?
I have only done 7 weeks in Sardina / Corsica and other members of the squad have a lot more experience of the area, but I will give you some of my thoughts if only to see if it gets the others to respond.
July / August is high season so yes there will be a lot of boats around in the north of Sardinia and around Corsica (not so crowded in the South of Sardinia).
When it comes to using the marinas
high season means HIGH prices on many of them, but not all of them. In July last year with a Bavaria 46 we paid between 40 and 125 euros a night and were trying to do two nights at anchor and then one marina to re-water.
We did book some of the marinas
in advance, particularly those where we really wanted to ensure we found a space but the problem can then be that you have to get there regardless of what the weather
is doing or lose what you have paid. So booking too far ahead has its pitfalls.
I won't even try to plan an itinerary for you, it will depend on what you like to do but I will make a few points.
1) Avoid Villasimius marina, it is over priced for the area and there is a nice anchorage nearby (or one on the other side of the peninsular if the weather
is up and coming from the south or south west).
2) Porto Corallo marina has very few local facilities but is cheap
It also has a fuel
quay but you shouldn't need it as it is too close to Cagliaria.
3) Santa Maria Navarrese is very popular and has a lot of resident boats so call ahead if going there. Nice scenic harbour and shops etc close by.
4) La Colletta harbour had free parking on the hammerhead part of the quay when we stopped there last year.
5) There are anchorages
and some cheap
spots around Portisco (I can't comment on the marina prices as it was our boat's base so we didn;t have to pay.
6) Avoid Porto Cervo unless you have very deep pockets! But there are some nice anchorages
south of it.
7) You could easily lose a week or more in the Maddellena islands and the surounding bays. Plenty of anchorages but ring ahead to reserve a marina stop if you need one. Watch out for the need to get a permit
for the national park.
8) Put up a French courtesy flag and head
over to see Bonifacio before it falls into the sea!
9) I stopped in Porto Vecchio last year but would be tempted to find an anchorage if I went there again.
10) The east coast
of Corsica is sparse as regards marinas but we stopped in Solenzara and anchored just north of Macinaggio.
11) Isola Capraia was our most expensive stop last year at 125 euros.
If I went that way again I would go straight to Elba
12) Elba is only 30 miles from Corsica and has some great bays and harbours. I expected Portoferraio to be expensive but coming after Capraia it seemed cheap. I would book that one ahead if only to get the scenic spot among the superyachts, but there are alternatives close by.
Well that is my three-happence in now lets see who else come in with ideas.