Sunborn Gibraltar makes a fabulous and super-glamorous setting for the most special of occasions. I think we have around 13 articles all about Crete on the website… Crete, however, is not a major sailing destination. Some of the most popular Mediterranean wintering spots include Valencia and Barcelona in mainland Spain – both excellent options with major airports nearby. She doesn’t want to leave her dog. They spent their first winter sailing from the Balearics to Tunisia and their second cruising in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and Israel. Facebook. Why have you decided to stay in Caribbean rather than the Med? Motorsailers) ... On his blog Living-Aboard, Mike Miller writes that, as a water resident, “you will get rid of all of your furniture and most of your books, knick knacks, and art” as well as “learn to cook dozens of varieties of one-pot meals” and “keep your wardrobe to a minimum.” 3. Diners Club, credit and debit cards. -there will be two couple. Curt. Agios Nikolaos, Gournia, Mochlos and Vai Beach. The definition of this type of boat is typically a boat that someone makes their primary residence. They’ve spent each winter living aboard in marinas, staying in Marina di Ragusa (Sicily), Agios Nikolaos (Crete), Roccella Ionica (Italy), and Cartagena (Spain). Initially they were looking for the typical “sailing schools near me” and realized they could create a learn-to-sail-vacation in tropical locations. 1) Avoid Spain and the EU altogether... it's got very expensive anyway unless your income is in Euros. Key factors to consider when choosing include: The shoulder seasons tend to bring the fiercest winds across the Mediterranean. I told her the dog could live in the guest house (dinghy) but she wasn’t amused. The brand new 33m/108ft luxury yacht ‘December Six’ is offering a 20% discount on Mediterranean yacht charters this June as she cruises towards Naples in Italy. Mediterranean winters feature regular storms (one to three per month on average) and the weather varies a lot between countries. Sloops. Charters must be for a minimum of five days. or Marriott International, Inc. Renderings are artistic concepts. Ive looked at plenty of websites showing gulets for sale and you really can get a lot for your money and some of the larger boats are going cheaper than the smaller boats. Check it out! A few minutes later, I received photos that the pre-school sent to the marina, and then the marina forwarded to me! Living aboard a boat in the Mediterranean was going to work great for us. By removing your sails, you reduce the amount of resistance to the wind that you get so the boat won’t blow around as much. There’s a beach to the east that stretches as far as the eye can see. You need to do this in neutral. It also moves the grease along the shaft and propulsion unit. A Glamorous Wedding Aboard A 5 Star Yacht In Gibraltar. Sounds like you have been a lot of places and have a lot of experience with live aboard. We are very excited and just getting our boat ready for our last uk season, we have a Jeanneau 49i which we love and whilst we have been very tempted to upgrade to a moody 54 or a chap is selling an oyster 61 near us, we have decided to keep the cash in the bank until we know if we will like it or not, we are obviously chickens!! When the next season starts, you simply tie the halyard or sheet (ropes) onto the mousing lines and pull them back into place. I hope you keep updating your blogs as they allow us wannabes and soon-to-bees to live vicariously whilst we plod the final mile. Two years into married life on board, we started talking about having a family. All types of boats for sale could be classed as a liveaboard boat. Came across your blog, very inspirational and informative. Thanks! Living aboard is a big, exciting adventure. ICC, VHF, Powerboat and diesel engine courses. The difference in price is a lot of years cruising for us or a rental property generating another source of income. Take care and we’ll meet you soon. Discover the Mediterranean aboard a sailing yacht Please contact CharterWorld - the luxury yacht charter specialist - for more on superyacht news item "Discover the Mediterranean aboard a sailing yacht". The minimal costs involved and the freedom is swaying me to the sea. Also, have the engine tick over in forward to make sure the shaft moves. Owning a boat in the Med may be the stuff of dreams for many people, yet it can be a surprisingly easily achievable goal. Later that day the marina rang me to request my email address. I’m assuming that I will need to get residence in Greece (UK Citizen) to get around the 90 days in 180 Schengen situation but I’d be really interested in anything you are picking up locally regarding this as the Greek government haven’t said which way they’re going to jump yet and therefore buying a yacht mightbecome a rather large white elephant!! But what do cruisers do once the typical sailing season comes to an end? That is why at Garcia Yachts, we never allow ourselves any compromise, so we always offer you the best. Everyone around the marina speaks perfect English so we asked a staff member to call the pre-school. Not only do other liveaboards join in but so do the locals! Come spring you can sail towards Greece and Turkey, or Sardinia and the Balearic Islands. Thank you for leaving a comment…Big smiles, Kim, My daughter Leanne and Husband John Lovatt from NZ who also have an Oyster Yacht, have given me your sight to read and its so amazing, to see where you sold up everything to do this. I am a single woman of 70 years of age I love to deep dive with scuba gear. I guess you will be heading to Gran canaria if your doing the ARC so a quick stop in to say hi with a few drinks would be great. Among the many vacation styles to choose from, have you ever thought about a gulet sailing cruise along the coast of Southern Turkey? Today, we live in a house on the shores of Lake Superior. The best way to explore the stunning turquoise coast is by yacht with ScicSailing. Living In A Marina. Avoid anchorages close to charter bases and famous hotspots like Shipwreck Beach on Zakynthos or Port de Soller on Mallorca. Prepare the boat for life aboard well before you make the move. 65 plus. Winter deals usually last six to eight months, so it’s important to pick the right marina if you’re planning to live aboard full-time. Another one of me – this time enjoying the views! And today I received an email from a boatie working on a once a month dinner event. Out of interest how many youngish… We are early 40,s people doing the same thing have you met on your travels…not that age matters! These prices are for a 56’, include the full six months but do not include water and electricity. There are three options for full-time liveaboards in the winter: secure a six-month deal in a marina; haul the boat out; or keep sailing. Regarding the livaboards – there is a massive mix…and I think you’ve done right by keeping the cash to extend your years of cruising! These sailboats are often ideal for one to two sailors to live aboard. Here is me walking in the shallows with the sun on the water. Lifestyle. Head for less-travelled areas by the end of June. Transport to the airport is cheap, although flights are more costly than from Europe. If you’d like a good summary of our time in Sicily, read Visiting Sicily. Really got me thinking of doing the same but have no experience on a sail boat but spent over 20 years at sea in all weathers as part of my previous job. From the spacious saloon, made wider by its asymmetrical design, to its comfortable flybridge, Beneteau has fused contemporary design with traditional trawler practicality. We’re calling Marina di Ragusa, Sicily, ‘home’ for winter and I think we made the right choice! I always had this idea that the majority are in late retirement, I.e. Absorb the meaning of the word “paradise” aboard a charter yacht in the Bahamas, discover the chic elegance and lofty living aboard a yacht charter in French Riviera, set foot in the white sandy beaches of Sardinia aboard a yacht charter or adore the antique civilizations aboard a yacht charter in Greece. Boat maintenance can be carried out in most of the marinas mentioned and their associated yards. Are most livaboards on heavy displacement boats or is it a broader mix? Not to mention a dream come true. Gmail. And during our stay in Rethymno Marina, Crete I discovered that our neighbors winter their boat and themselves in Egypt! We used the Imran pilot guides for the Med. 5 Tips To Making Living Aboard a Sailboat A Breeze. These are called a foresail and a mainsail. Mediterranean Yacht Charter – Yachting around Sardinia and Corsica. Hi Kim, Share on Facebook. Cruise Yacht OpCo Limited d/b/a The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection uses The Ritz-Carlton marks under license from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and if you do where do you sail between September 23rd and October 21? As summer approaches, the Mediterranean starts to become crowded with local motorboats, charter fleets, and cruising yachts enjoying the hot, calm weather. Next. There are three options for full-time liveaboards in the winter: secure a six-month deal in a marina; haul the boat out; or keep sailing. This moves the saltwater through the engine and gets the oil to splash around a bit. A foresail can also be called a headsail or a jib. Most cruisers leave their yacht in a protected berth or on the hard and fly home for the wint… You’ll learn about living aboard a Bluewater cruising yacht. Twitter. I have a guide coming out about how to find RIGHT boat for you…that might be a good one for you to read. I’ll write more about them later and include some of the amazing new skills that they’ve taught us. If so, where do you intend to go and why? Add. Factors to Consider Before Living Aboard. In Greece, while you need to pay a cruising tax (€33 per month up to 40ft), town quays are low-cost or free. I’ve never had a boat in Spain…perhaps you can ask a FB or other cruiser group in the Mediterranean? It has been our dream to become livaboards for at leSt double that.. We have a 17 year old son who,is off to join Merchant Navy in 2016, so our GO date is 1st August 2016 when we finally set sail in our recently purchased 50 foot sailing boat with no fixed finish date…. I’m considering buying (and living aboard) a sub-40′ boat in the Ionian before Christmas but for the life of me, I can’t find out much from either the RYA, British or Greek govts about what will happen to liveaboards after Jan 1, 2021. Bordered by Europe, Africa and Asia, the Mediterranean Sea --- 3 miles deep in some areas, and frequently disturbed by strong winds blowing from all directions is a fascinating international destination and the perfect place to spend warm summer holidays. Hey Amy! As far as winterizing goes, we ‘wintered’ our water maker as we’ll have no use for it for the six months. The nature of its geographical location makes for the perfect sailing winds. Mildew and condensation will become a part of life and you’ll need a whole new set of cleaners, tools and skills when you move aboard. I assumed that people either sailed around the Mediterranean all winter or left their boats there and flew home. we are looking to leave here for Italy actually Palermo, Sicily and I was wondering if you had any information about the area. We’re surrounded by a group of about 50 other boaties that are likeminded and spending the winter here too. Sailing this spring/summer/fall and would like to be there for more than three months. Safe travels. In terms of reputation, the Med Sea is sailing paradise. Hello Kim and Simon, We intend to do 2 to 3 years in the med before heading over the pond then follow our nose until boredom kicks in or money runs out. Make sure your boat is as much a reflection of your home as possible and that includes connectivity. Remember when you finish wintering (before the end of May) leave the country for the rest of the year. Hi Kim. Hey Mora…I was led to believe that you can get an extension. It’s a cool way to earn money traveling the world! Then they came across an ASA School called Nautilus Sailing that offers live aboard sailing lessons in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Mexico and Tahiti. Sorry, iPad made me press button before finished… I was trying to say we have found your blog fascinating as we are on a similar road. It seems you have been in and about the Caribbean for some time subject to a stint enjoying the barnacle infestation in Carolina. Many yachts, especially in the eastern Med, started their lives in charter fleets. Souvenir shop in Bodrum. This is wonderful. This page describes general characteristics of the Mediterranean (weather, when to go, yacht support), then briefly compares the main Mediterranean cruising areas - West Med, Adriatic, East Med, The Levant and N Africa coasts. Explore Mediterranean Sea aboard sailing and luxury charter yachts in 2015. You’re surrounded by other Brits, Americans, Kiwi’s, etc and the host country wants you there as you’re spending money to keep the local livelihoods going. Try Sailing Aboard a Yacht in the Mediterranean December 31, 2018 / Eulanda / Travel. I am so excited I have been jumping up and down for the past twenty minutes or so and I can’t wait to share the incredible news with you: In September, the husband and I will be doing a Mediterranean Yacht Charter with Intersailclub, and you can come with us – WITH A 20% DISCOUNT! We have three grocery stores, a butcher, a few bakeries, and quite a few little shops. Migrants from Eritrea, Egypt, Syria and Sudan, are assisted by aid workers of the Spanish NGO Open Arms, after fleeing Libya on board a precarious wooden boat in the Mediterranean … If you would like to get in touch or having any questions, here are our details. If you would like to earn a commission on promoting our t-shirts, guides, club or experience, join our affiliate program. Want to avoid the worst of the crowds? The boat broker we have worked with says the Caribbean is great if you like palm trees. Written by The Crew. See the stunning islands of the Eastern Mediterranean aboard 2017-built sailing yacht ALL ABOUT U. by Mirya; 21/10/2016 ; Blog; 1; Holidays abroad is an exciting experience. Who hasn’t dreamed of living aboard a yacht? ... washing down the hull and navigating through the beautiful Mediterranean seas, it’s nice to also slow things down . Berth prices are high, but the historic city is gorgeous and the airport is just around the corner. Note: For information about sailing in the Mediterranean rather than wintering, read this instead: Sailing in the Mediterranean. Below Deck Mediterranean The series follows nine crew members living and working aboard a 150’ mega-yacht as it undertakes a new charter season in the Mediterranean. Living Aboard a Floating Apartment. Before moving onboard your boat, you should ask yourself some questions: Is this just for a period of time before you go cruising or is this a lifestyle choice? We lived in Northampton and sailed boats on the east coast driving the 2.5 hours every Friday and back on Sunday for 10 years. Alamy Stock Photo. As we walk to and from the boat, we’re always met with smiles and something to discuss. Marina prices in these places tend to be cheaper, too. Live Aboard Letting go of everything you own on land to be free on the water is a dream come true for many. This has been our dream for a very long time so now we are doing it.Any advise or information you can give me would be much appreciated. The Latitude has five decks, six double staterooms, a beach club, and a sky lounge. Stella Maris is top-notch. hello do you take passengers? Water and electricity are usually included in a winter deal and car rentals are as cheap as €5 per day at major airports. From here, you can head to the Balearic Islands, France, and Corsica. Three possible routes for a relaxed summer cruise. Moving on, after all the preparation tasks are taken care of, it’s then time to create a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly routine to ensure that the boat stays in good condition. to read my review. Valletta hosts a small liveaboard community. The options are endless. Furthermore, all the areas that cater to sailors shut up for the winter. There’s loads to do, many great new people to meet. We added a freezer / fridge, upgraded the electrical system, and improved the storage. Jan 18, 2017 | Summer Wedding Venues, Venues in Gibraltar. All the best They normally take around 6 or more guests on board and offer excellent freshly cooked food. This morning I had a lovely conversation with a Dutch couple about the best brand of slow cooker. Be sure to research the marina before assuming you are welcome to live aboard your vessel. What is a liveaboard boat? Smiles, Kim, I wrote them into the blog post…so I updated the original to the one you read , Congratulations on your amazing adventure So inspirational factual and real .. We (Pete & Desi) leaving from our home town Australia are about to pick up our Helia 44 catamaran in La Rochelle France from there we will be making our own adventure through the Mediterranean..and looking forward to making new friends and learning as we go ..I will certainly be following your leads Thank you for your blog I feel I have made a new friend already But if you persist you’re rewarded with empty anchorages, quiet towns, and cheap mooring fees. I’ve come to realize that there are those that live on land during the winter and only use their boat in the Mediterranean for holidays or during the summer. Smaller boats pay a lot less as the price is based on the length of the boat. Blue's Upgrades. We also use a few apps on our Ipad for weather and maps as a backup and for planning… Best wishes on your plans, Smiles, Kim. All About U – beach club. The cheapest offer starts at £6,995. Rihanna charters the 812-ton vessel for $300,000 per week. Perfect for someone who wants to cruise the coast or use as a live-aboard. When you commit to moving aboard, make checklists of necessities and talk to your partner about deal-breakers. I watched your video and I loved your courage and I would love to hear more of your adventures what a lovely way to raise your beautiful daughter; Hi Ho to your skipper..; Hey Christine – yes, we take guests! Paul Mckissick, Hey Paul! However, although an alternative lifestyle may sound exotic to you and your workmates, it’s best to be well prepared for the realities of what it takes to move and live on board a boat. For affordable berths in the Balearics, sign up to Ports IB – the local, state-run marina network. I assumed that people either sailed around the Mediterranean all winter or left their boats there and flew home. Just keep visualising/imagining how great your new adventure will be and that will give you energy to keep going. All they were concerned with was the flag of the boat…, Thanks for sharing.This is an inspiration to us as we are in the prep stages of buying a boat in the Med this winter. Hi all! I have dear friends that purchased a large Gulet and it’s turned into a nightmare. Once someone has a big boat they realize that the effort and cost to keep it going is overwhelming. 51. This one is a BIG one! These comfortable boats are the perfect way to enjoy a peaceful and comfortable trip … I am looking for the cheapest live aboard for a week out of Crete in early June. Check out Hvar. There is one liveaboard that invites others to do Tai chi on the beach. First published in the March 2020 edition of Yachting World. By. This 5 star yacht hotel is the last word in luxury for couples in search of an unforgettable celebration in a truly unique location. I am a friend of Helen Harkola’s and she has shared your sight. Share. For me, the term living on a megayacht is pretty easy defined. It would even make a nice live aboard! It's just part of the First Mate duties. How do boaters handle live aboard dogs and their excretions? And congratulations on your qualifications You go girl! Seeking dry and mild weather, winter sailors often head east towards Crete, Turkey, Cyprus, and Israel. (I think they’re called Imran…I put all our pilots in storage as we’re not in the Med). In the Mediterranean, most liveaboards find a ‘home’ marina to live in over the winter months. “We could have kids on a boat in Chicago,” Mark said. These people live on their boats full time. We were living aboard a boat in the Mediterranean and getting great service. With plenty of airports located along the most common cruising routes and cheap flights within Europe, keeping a yacht in the Med is easy and convenient. People who work as yacht & sailboat crewmembers for a living. The holding is not that great and the marinas are a mess. Single bloke (50) thinking of motoring through France and living in the Med for…..!?. Forget the beach resort cliches of Southern Turkey. Marina di Ragusa Sicily Marina Review Winter Season. My question is, as a newbie, do I purchase a big boat right away for the extra space or start small and progressively upsize. They’ve taken to the sea full time and live a somewhat nomadic life moving slowly or quickly from one destination to another. This has nothing to do with your residence. Ryan Osborne working on his Tayana 37 in Almerimar. And if you want to see me experience a Sicilian Fishing trip, watch this video: Come fishing with me on a traditional Sicilian fishing boat‘. They are likely to be well-specified for sailing there, including well insulated fridges with that minimise battery drain, biminis for sun protection on deck and powerful electric anchor windlasses. Share Video. See the outcome of of Blue’s improvements. ... For the past six years my husband and I have been cruising the Mediterranean as full time liveaboards. Read my review: Marina di Ragusa Sicily Marina Review Winter Season. Right! The area is more than living history; it's a delicious, sunny destination. I definitely know bad service when I get it and now I know the opposite. For detailed listing of port plans and local regulations affecting anchoring, manoeuvring close to the shore or in nature reserves, see Imray I was shocked when we sailed state-side and couldn’t find anything remotely as good as the Imran guides. The Grand Banks 64 is an unmistakably proud-looking boat. and is not an affiliate of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. I love your blog. You also protect the sails from the damaging UV rays. Additionally, in this particular marina, every morning at 9 am there are announcements about excursions. But, before we decided to move forward with buying a boat, we had to be sure that this lifestyle would work for us financially. Come fishing with me on a traditional Sicilian fishing boat, Sailing Sicily to Corfu Via Mainland Italy. Both my husband and I cannot recommend the Stella Maris team enough. Here’s Katie: For more travel friendly job ideas, check out my ultimate guide: Best Travel Jobs To Make Money Abroad. So: are you ready to sell the house and begin your life as a live-aboard? The 62m/203ft luxury yacht ROMA from Viareggio SuperYachts is offering a 15 percent discount on charters taking place in Mediterranean hotspots such as the South of France and Corsica throughout June 2018. This image is featured as part of the article Complete guide to sailing in the Mediterranean in 2020/21. 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