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Summer cruises – Golfo dei Poeti

The vast expanse of boats of all kinds and sizes at anchor between April and October says more than a thousand words about the appeal of Golfo dei Poeti among those who sail the Tyrrhenian side of the peninsula. The big cove between Lerici and Portovenere – and La Spezia lying in the middle – is a must for summer cruisers sailing through the Mediterranean (large vessels included) as well as a meeting point for sailors longing to spend some days in one of the best Italian scenarios.

Summer cruises: Gallinara island

Seen from the sea, Liguria offers spectacular views. However, from a sailor’s point of view, things are not that simple. From La Spezia to Ventimiglia almost no natural shelters are available to protect from southerly winds or coves deep enough for a boat to safely moor for the night (except for Sestri Levante roadstead, which is always overcrowded in summer). The only island in this sea area is Gallinara, just over a green cliff on Riviera di Ponente, off the coast of Albenga.

Asinara Island, our local Caribbean scenario

Asinara Island is one of the favourite destinations of those who have decided to spend their holiday cruising to Sardinia. It is a natural paradise in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, so beautiful to be more than comparable with the Caribbean Sea.

Marine toilets: joys (and sorrows)

ands up if you have never spent some minutes (in the best of cases) or a couple of hours (in the worst of cases) of your holiday time kneeling by the WC or, even worse, with your head in the toilet bowl or by the seacocks. On-board toilets or better, marine toilets, bring joy and sorrow to all yachtspeople. Joy, as there is nothing better than having a toilet within a few metres when you need one urgently. Sorrow, as when something goes wrong – which happens quite frequently – the necessary repair work is long-lasting, complicated and as unpleasant as you can imagine.

It doesn’t matter if jack or bag, provided that it is “lazy”

Most sailboats are equipped with lazy jacks and lazy bags and most sailors would surely say this is worthwhile as not only they have never regretted the choice, but they couldn’t do without!

The life jacket

Life jackets are safety devices per excellence and a must for boaters. Yet they are too often left stored and unused, and not only by amateur yachtspeople.

The compass: definitely an evergreen!

The compass has been for centuries, and still is nowadays, the safest and most reliable instrument you may have on board. This is why it is useful not to lose the habit to have a look at it every now and then instead of keeping on staring the plotter multicolour screen.

Welcome a warm winter at sea

Let us therefore look at what are the best heating options for dinette and cabins and the most popular heating systems for a comfortable boat even in winter unless you prefer shivering or risk a bronchitis cuddled up in your sleeping bag!

Sailing courses: what is not said but should be

For those approaching sailing for the first time, the first natural step is to have a look at the programmes of the sailing courses offered by the myriad of more or less renowned schools scattered throughout the whole Italian peninsula. The range of the courses,…

Cartography: can we do without paper charts?

If we do an excursus on the most recent sailing yacht layouts, we can notice that, gradually, the dimensions, the chart table’s importance and functionality have changed significantly. Particularly, we can notice how the table’s dimensions drastically reduced and its functionality has changed clearly in…

Osculati antifouling paints: how to choose the right product

Any boat left in water longer than a fortnight needs to be treated with antifouling paints. The growth of algae and fouling organisms causes increased fuel consumption, performance reduction and, on a longterm basis, phenomena of osmosis with consequent possible damage to the grp hull….

Osculati – Boating Simply

Welcome to the new blog Osculati: Boating Simply ! We’re going to use this space to make boaters’ life easier. We’ll propose reviews, guides and updatings on all that the marine world is about. Our wish is not to tell you what to buy but to…