I am planning to bareboat in the Saronic / Argolic soon. It will be my first experience in the area, since in previous ocasions I bareboated, I did it in the British Virgin Islands.
This is why, My first reaction was to compare this guide with the ones I used in the BVI.
Assuming it covers an area which is dramatically bigger than the BVI, I was not surprised with the size of the book, which, is big and bulky (certainly not a pocket one, or something you can read at bead, you need a table to put it over...).
I found the book is clearly written, easy to understand, with good diagrams. If I not rate it with a five (5), is because:
- Though it has a general map at the begining of each section, once you are inside a section, reviewing the different places, is difficult to place certain port in the big picture context. This requires going back and forward, which is certainly not easy considering the size of the book. I believe having the ports (or anchorages) diagrams refered to a bigger portion of the area, would be helpful. This would make easier to plan itineraries.
- Main ports and anchorages are included. But it seems the book lacks of information about secluded places, which may serve as lunch stops between main destinations.
- Would have expected more "local flavour" in the descriptions of ports, once you are in. Maybe more recommendations on where to go, or what to do. Or that kind of data, which really makes the difference between the so called "milk charters" or a "tailored" one.
This book is the default guide which you will find on board of many of the yachts in the greek area (as I could find out from many quotations I received when planning my vacation). But if you are going there for the first time, I strongly recommend to have the book far in advance, since is not the kind of book easy to use on board (mainly because of it size, you will only use it down at the navigation table, but not in the cokpit). Then, is up to you if you decide to take it with you in the plane... or trust the one you will find on board is in good shape. But the important thing is to be acquainted with it. Having said all this, I am very happy to have this book in my library while planning my vacations.