Been there, done that. Several times, because I fully agree this is an exceptional cruising area.
But our sailing would have been a lot easier and much more enjoyable if we had this synthetic map
To check with the short term forecasts, of course. But these general wind patterns are indeed quite consistent and allow to avoid upwind courses as much as possible, with typically very uncomfortable wave patterns because of the strong winds and short fetch. Exactly what you don't want for a relaxing summer cruise.
And take advantage of the (also frequent) windless days to motor to a favourable location before the wind comes back.
And select a safe anchorage when it hits
This makes me think of going back sailing there, but now I certainly would'nt without having this map permanently on my chart table
Last year I had been on the Ionian and there the wind picked up in the afternoon and I remember very few days without any wind.
You talk about windless days. You are talking about Dodecanese and Cyclades in July/ august? No experience there but for what I have read they are pretty rare. Much more windy then the Ionian. Maybe I am misinformed. Can you give a help here.
Regarding motoring, I am in a pretty sailing only kind of voyage, not only for the money (that is important) but most of all for the fun and because using the engine is a limiting factor on my boat autonomy.
This year I would be sailing in Greece for three months, coming out of Rome. This map become necessary for me because there are too many Islands, too many information. After a while I had difficulty in visualizing all information and difficulty in planning a 3 month voyage.
Where would I find nice anchorages and most of all where would I not find them? If you look at the map you will see that there are big coastal areas without any decent anchorage. Of course this is just the beginning but know I can plan a Zig-Zag course that takes me through Crete and Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades, Coastal Greece and Northern Islands and back to Corinth Channel. The fine running goes next with a selection of the nicest places and the ones that I want to see and be there.
On that phase, that I have begun already I had thought on your boat and on the big advantage that represents the very reduced draft in what regards visiting small ports. With my draft I have some that I cannot visit but most of all I have the permanent doubt about the depth of the water near the quay and that is very important because it is where my ruder will be and it is a deep one (I guess almost 2.00m).
I had already that problem in Croatia, no in what regards anchoring, but in what regards going backwards to the quay. Many don't speak English and they are never very sure about the depth there. I am studding the possibility of mounting in the boat a forward looking depth sounder to make first a reading, bow to the quay, after turning around and set anchor, coming then backwards to the quay.
Do you know about someone that have used that kind of depth sounder?
On your boat it is a lot simpler...but then you need a bow thruster to move around in the port
. Even so, with that, yours (or Hannas's boat) are definitively the boats easier to explore those wonderful small ports that all small Islands have.
Nice to know that you find the map helpful
If you want PM me an email and I will send you a full size copy.