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Chartering in Greece
Just returned from a 2-week charter with Easy Sailing. We took Sophia III, a 2003 OceanStar 56.1 out of Alimos and did the Cyclades. We experienced every type of weather condition from Force 8-9 out of Folegrandos (very hairy exit out of the tiny bay entrance) to no wind and glass sea out of Ios to Paros. This boat was an absolute pleasure to sail in all conditions. We felt safe and relatively comfortable despite double reefed or motor-sailing conditions during the meltemi, and enjoyed the luxury of the generator-power AC during the hot windless afternoons.
Aghis and Christos of Easy Sailing are both very courteous, professional, and care a lot about their boats and the people who sail them. I called Aghis several times on his personal cell phone during the cruise for various reasons (we were changing crews midway and he helped coordinate the transfers of incoming crew), and he was always there to answer with a laugh and helpful advice.
I have bareboated extensively in the Caribbean, as well as 3 times in France, Corsica, and Italy. Most of the time, I have chartered with Sunsail and the Moorings due to their large size and reputations. I had many reservations about chartering in Greece from any company after hearing some horror stories (many of which are listed in these message boards), but our trip with Sophia III and Easy Sailing was a dream come true!