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Con equipaggio

. Maxi 80 - West Med
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. Swan 77 - Med
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. Oyster 655 - Mediterranean
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. Sun Odyssey 54 DS
. Dufour 525 - Sicily and more
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. Oceanis 51 - Thyrrenian
. Oceanis 510 - Ionian Greece
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. Bavaria 50 - Croatia
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. Swan 47 - Thyrrenian
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. Grand Soleil 46.3 - Greece
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. Grand Soleil 46 - Thyrrenian
. Lagoon 440 - Greece/Sicily
. Swan 44 - Provence
. Gib Sea 44 - Sicily
. Grand Soleil 40 - Croatia
. Privilege 12 - Greece
. Oceanis 35 - Provence

. Bavaria 46 - Thyrrenian
. Bavaria 49 - Adriatic
. Jeanneau 47 - Croatia n
. Barberis 56 - Amalfi/Ponza

Antarctica & Patagonia
. Kanter 56
. Custom 15m
. Custom 13 m
. Cigale 16m

Caribbean (Antilles)
. Preles 72
. Catamaran 57
. Jongert 22
. Fountaine Pajot 46
. Moody 44
. Jeanneau 47
. Trimaran - (San Blas)
. Beneteau 50
. Lagoon 500
. Galapagos Catamaran
. Galapagos Schooner

. Swan 59
. Swan 55
. Burma charter
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. Catamaran 56 - Tahiti
. Lagoon 500 - Bora Bora

. Catamaran 46

. Ketch 40

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At sea

. preparation of the cruise
. weather in your cruising area
. prepare your boat
. heavy weather sailing
. safety at sea
. first aid at sea
. Imray pilot books and charts

Before you leave

There are only two ways of sailing: with a lot of time on hand, or without much time. It's a sad fact that most of bipeds belongto the second group and will have to sail with a dateline and be back in port at a certain hour or a certain day. Not many of us know that shortage of time at the end of a cruise is the first cause of accidents at sea. It is therefore essential, for the normal sailor, to make a good use of the time he has allotted and leave with as much information as possible. The more the captain and the crew know before the cruise, the better and safer the cruise will be.
First, buy a cruising guide of that area. It's unlikely you'll have time to indulge in that beautiful activity that is anchorage search or cove exploration, let alone surveying properly.
So spend some money and buy a book. If time is money, a pilot book and a chart are the best investment you can do, and is more or less equivalent to a couple of hours of boat rental fee... A couple of hours that you'll easily save is you know where to go beforehand! Never forget that Francis Chichester learned how to sail just reading books! You can order the most reliable Pilot Books at Imray. Connect to the Imray website for ordering.
Our itineraries will be also of great help to prepare the general itinerary of your cruise.

Once you have some paper to look upon, you can start to do some planning. Here follows a plan for a cruise 160- mile cruise around the Balearics, between East Mallorca and Menorca.

Once you have the chart, before leaving you connect to this site, you put in the coordinates and you get something like that:

It's rather obvious that if we want to leave from Porto Colom on October 31st, we'd meet a rather strong breeze but from a perfect direction for a dash north... We could make a good use of it and let go the anchor in one of the very pleasant coves by Cap del Freu. On the 1st we could do with a calm day to explore the beauty of Capo Formentor and Pollensa, then cross to Ibiza on the 2nd, again with a very favourable 20 kn breeze. The weather will be appropriately calm with thermal breezes for the following 3 days, perfect to explore the N coast of Minorca, before going back to Colom when the weather is good.
Everything will be very different if we have a standard charter boat and we must leave on a Saturday, therefore the 1st. In this case a choice is needed: either we make a good use of the S wind to cross to Ciudadela, or we follow the first plan but keep in mind that the crossing will be done with Diesel wind conditions... In any case it's clear from this simple example that proper cruise planning saves precious time and allows a safer cruise! Do not hesitate to contact us for advice about you cruise!

. The boat

‘Ships are all right, it’s the men in them….’   Joseph Conrad
We cannot agree with Conrad that vessels are rarely to blame for incidents, but itdoes not mean we have to overlook its care and maintenance, or fail to grasp its basic systems and characteristics. 
Even if we call ourselves sailors, the importance of the engine cannot be overstressed. Only a well maintained engine will be able to reach a safe anchorage, to help us fight a storm, to keep the batteries charged and the pumps going, or help us in mooring. The RNLI underlines this:
All research seems to indicate that engine failure is responsible for a significant proportion of incidents. The RNLI knows this from its records, and the MCA similarly is aware of the issues. Running out of fuel is also a common cause of service and fits neatly with engine maintenance as a simple safety message. If you have an engine in your craft then we would strongly recommend that you know the basics of starting, running and maintaining it. Appropriate spares should be carried on board and fuel should be calculated on approximately 1/3 for the outward trip, 1/3 for the return and 1/3 as spare. Do not reply on fuel gauges as these have been know to be faulty. Where possible, an alternative means of propulsion should be carried. Engine failure alone is not a distress situation: it does not warrant a Mayday call or the use of flares unless lack of power has put the boat and crew in grave and imminent danger.

Apart from the usual controls (water, oil and filters), we strongly recommend to know well:

  1. how to start the engine without the keys (bridging the cables, for example, but watch the sparks…)
  2. how the cable that stops the engine works: many times this jams and the engine cannot start again)
  3. the position of the seacocks, to be sure the cooling circuit is open;
  4. the fuel lines: sometimes diesel impurities stop the flow before the filter;
  5. the ways the engine starts and feeds itself: a diesel engine rarely stops alone;
  6. in case of a gale, start the engine frequently to make sure that cooling water does not enter the cyclinders;

Safety equipment
Many sailors put more attention to the safety of the boat rather than its safety equipment. It’s the school of thought we belong to: it’s way more important to know how NOT to lose a man overboard than to know perfectly how to save him (a manoeuvre that in many cases is altogether impossible). Here is a list of the essentials one must have aboard:
- lifelines where crew can hook to and stilòl be able to move freely from stem to stern;
- storm sails;
- perfect knoledge of the reefing tecqniques even in the dark;
- lit compass;
- a good radio;
- radar reflector
- a good dinghy, always inflated and well tied up on deck (some keep water tanks attached to it, that works as ballast and water reserve in case of emergency);
- fire extinguisher;
the usual legal stuff (fireworks, liferafts and lifejackets).

Remember that one never goes down into a liferaft, but only climbs in.

Before leaving harbour
And also in case of worsening weather, crossings and doubt:

  1. study the course, the lights, the characteristics and the location of the closest harbours and shelters;
  2. have some safe GPS waypoints ready;
  3. check the forecast well;
  4. close hatches and lockers. Close the air vents in case of gale;
  5. prepare harnesses, lifelines, compass light, and a wistle for the helmsman;
  6. prepare watches, the crew and a basic diet.

Anchors and anchorages
The importance of the anchors and the anchoring tecqniques cannot be overstressed. We have 3 anchors aboard, Faith, Hope and Charity. Always verify you have a second anchor aboard, with a complete rode for it. Also check the second anchor can be easily shackeld to the main anchor rode. This weighs down the main chain and dramatically improves the holding power. Remember that the anchor is not a magnet and one has to let go AT LEAST 3 times the bottom. Chose the anchorage according to the weather that is coming. SET THE ANCHOR WELL. Always have a safe anchorage in mind. Remember that sudden squalls with winds of 40 or 50 knots are common in the Mediterranean summer thunderstorms.

Heavy weather sailing
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