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Axel Sonne Axel Sonne wrote it 5 January 2022 kl. 22:56
On such a river trip through Europe - where / what did you do with the mast?
I could read of 3 week men rigging it off - but in some subsequent pictures I expected it to lie on some bucks across the boat. It did not.
What were your considerations in relation to the mast, and what did you do with it?

Thanks for many lovely videos.

sailing greeting - Aksel
carl arable
Hi Axel,
We chose to have the mast transported by car to Port Napoleon. The mast was rigged at Boeb's shipyard in Travemรผnde (these are the three men you can see in the video.) The company Fastmast (https://www.fastmast.com/ca/) was responsible for the transport and the mast was rigged by Global Nautic in Port Napoleon.

Everything seemed perfect.

But good things cost money and it was certainly not a cheap solution. I have seen more people join forces on transport. Thus, one can get it a lot cheaper.

Some choose to have the mast on the boat. It is of course much cheaper and also has the advantage that you are not bound to sail to where the mast is located. The downside is that one risks damages, which can very easily be much more expensive than the cost of transportation

But as I said. It can of course be done to transport it yourself.
Ole Steen Frederiksen Ole Steen Frederiksen wrote it 6. September 2021 kl. 12:15
Dear Carl and Pia,
Thanks for the story. I sat in excitement to the last, whether this time you should be so lucky that Heron was in order and ready for the autumn sailing. Reassured, I wish you good wind and trip to Athens.
carl arable
Hello Ole,

Thank you for your greeting. After all, the reunion with Heron went beyond all expectations. This is how long-distance sailing can also be ๐Ÿ™‚
Birger Jansen Birger Jansen wrote it 29. March 2021 kl. 7:35
Thanks for the nice report. We bought a Columbie 451 ds on Samos. Starts on a trip to Gibraltar d 1 July with a circumnavigation of the earth in mind. Have you declared and declared in each EULand or do you know how it goes?
We wish you both good luck in 2021 and look forward to good news again.
Dbh Birger and the guy
carl arable
Hi Birger,

Congratulations on your new boat. It is a lovely boat that you will surely be happy with.

No special declarations and declarations must be made when you, as an EU citizen, call at another EU country.

Greece is special. Here, yachtsmen (regardless of nationality) are charged a fee for sailing in Greek waters. The fee is called Tepai and must be paid for the period the boat is used in Greek waters. If it is taken ashore, no tax must be paid and if it is stored in a marina, no tax must be paid. In the latter case, the boat's papers are deposited with the local port police.

Much has been written about how cumbersome it is to pay Tepai. But the tax can also be paid online. It's a lot easier. (if you do it right). We have spent a lot of time figuring out why the payment did not go through, Finally we found the solution. You can see it here Click here...
Allan Vestergaard Allan Vestergaard wrote it 22. February 2021 kl. 18:25
Hey both,
Then I finally got to update myself completely on your fine story (s) - well you are in
good luck - and wild what you experience ๐Ÿ™‚
Here in Farum, we are still in luxury prison ...
Allan & Markela
carl arable
Hello Allan,

Nice to hear from you. We have been ยดgroundetยด in Denmark since October and hope that the world will return to (a new?) Normal soon. We do not yet know when we will return to Greece. Some could suggest that it will not be until sometime in August. Kuยดbe nice to meet before
Steen Frederiksen Steen Frederiksen wrote it 21. October 2020 kl. 7:42
Hi thanks for the report, but it is not clear where the boat was on land.
We are just on our way to Aktio Preveza to look at our boat, just a short trip.
carl arable
Hi Steen,

Thanks for your mail. You can be completely calm. Heron landed on a place on the mainland opposite Corfu. We have just landed at Aktio Marina.

It is difficult to guard against a burglary like the one we were exposed to and when it happens you should (rightly) be able to expect support from the company you have paid money to store your boat (even if they are not responsible for damage and theft to the boat).

I'm pretty sure Aktio Marina would have approached the matter differently if this was where the burglary had taken place.

Heron is also on lane 8
Klaus Klaus wrote it 20. October 2020 kl. 19:40
Hi Carl and Pia,

I also have an Oceanis 36cc and am located in Spain. I'm on Instagram with some pictures from my trip.

Let's have coffee if / when we're once in the same area.

carl arable
Hi Klaus,

Thank you for your message.

Well, let's finally meet when we have the opportunity.

How long are you staying in Spain?
Lisbeth Lisbeth wrote it 7. July 2020 kl. 10:19
Thank you for bringing us others into your dreams ... we dream and enjoy your stories.
We are ready to go on our own in 2022, and are well underway with the improvements (and savings) Do you want to share a little about the financials of sailing around the Mediterranean ... what does it typically cost to stay in a port in Italy and Greece? Do you think it is difficult to be wise at what a port space costs, find prices from 20-100 Euro on the net ... Maybe there is just this variation in prices ..?
Hope you soon have the opportunity to continue the dream. Looking forward to new stories
Kh Lisbeth
carl arable
Thanks for the nice words.

Exciting that you are planning a trip. (You can enjoy yourself)

For us, port money has been a nice part of the cost of sailing in the Mediterranean.


when it is said (or rather written), it must be added that we as Danes also sail as Danes. That is, we go to port every night. Many others are at anchor. Some only to supply and bunker water and diesel and then spend the night at anchor. Others go to port maybe a couple of times a week and spend the rest of the week at anchor.

Prices vary from country to country, from port to port, but also within the year.

Of the three countries we visited, the most expensive was Italy. Greece the cheapest, while France was slightly cheaper than Italy.

A small impression of the price variation:

In Porto Rotondo in the Northeast Sardine, a port site for Heron costs โ‚ฌ 218 per day in August (Yes you read right). โ‚ฌ 142 in July, โ‚ฌ 65 in June and September โ‚ฌ 35 in May, โ‚ฌ 18 in April and โ‚ฌ 8 from October to March.

Typically, the price in Italy is around โ‚ฌ 60 - 90 per day during peak season and slightly lower in France.

In Greece the price is โ‚ฌ 20- 25 per day in the municipal ports and โ‚ฌ 50- 60 per day in the private (here is also a great comfort).

We recommend downloading the app "NAVILY". Here you can enter data on your boat and get the port fees per day in most ports in France and Italy and a few in Greece. You can also (free) book a place, which may well be necessary in high season. The app also has an excellent overview of anchorages and user comments and weather forecasts (wind and waves) for each site.

The port fees in the canals are low. Typically โ‚ฌ 8-12 per day. But you can also lie for free at a resting place, of which there are many in Germany, Holland, Belgium and France.

Hope this answers your question. Of course, feel free to ask for more.


Carl & Pia
Peter Brinch Peter Brinch wrote it 18. December 2019 kl. 9:22
Hi Heron!

We are a family of 4 sailing in the Mediterranean for the 3rd year. Right now we are in Spain. In the spring we will sail back to Italy and on to Greece. When autumn sets in, the plan is to land the boat (Hallberg Rassy Monsun 31). I have followed along a bit in your journey and can see you standing on land on Corfu.

Was it a good and safe experience for your boat, and what prices do they work with at the yard?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Greet the entire crew at S / Y Libra
carl arable
Hey Peter,

We are on land at Cara Yachts in the small town of Plataria. It is located on the mainland a few and twenty miles southeast of Gouvia Marina. We are four Danish boats standing on land there this winter. The yard leases a crane for pick-up and handles transport from the dock to the boatyard (about 200 meters) and storage on the boatyard. A Parklev trailer is used for transport and PARKUP EVO (steel racks) for storage. The seats (there are two) are monitored. We pay DKK 12.500 all inclusive (ie picking up, launching and space rent) until October 2020. The yard is owned and operated by an Irishman (Mike), who is assisted in the administration by his daughter Niahm.

We were very pleased with the Gouvia Marina in Corfu. But overwintering here cost $ 10.000 more than at Cara Yachts. On the other hand, getting to and from Plataria is a little more difficult and there are not as good service and repair workshops as at Gouvia Marina. (It's really good here)

... all in all, we feel comfortable having left our home at Cara Yachts in Plataria
Christian Christian wrote it 1. November 2019 kl. 17:48
Hi, enjoy reading their report on sailing from Sicily to Corfu. From the Messina Strait to Corfu about the same route as we walked ours.
We have now put our boat Bijou in stock at Action Marina at Preveza and came home yesterday. I will be starring next season in late April and will spend a few weeks at the Ionian Islands before heading back to Italy. We have sailed in the Cyclades this fall, but I must say that Ionian Islands are more appealing. When are you going back to the boat?
carl arable
Hi Christian.

We came home last Thursday, Heron is on land in Plataria. It is located on the mainland well 20sm southeast of Corfu. We are already looking forward to next season (it is cold wet and foggy here in Denmark).

In 2020 we stay in Greece and sail slowly around the Peloponnese.

We don't yet know when to start, but shouldn't we be able to meet?

Does your AIS work?
Thomas Rรธnnow Thomas Rรธnnow wrote it 28. September 2019 kl. 20:56
Hey. We met in the pool in Gouvia last week.

Hope you are well here. Are you still down there? If so, then I could use your help. Will you call / write to me at 22943318.

Sincerely. Thomas
carl arable
Hey Thomas,

Yes, we are still ashamed.

Calling you a little later today
Else Lyhne Else Lyhne wrote it 7 AUGUST 2019 kl. 14:14
Hi there.

We sail in the boat Thistle and are on our way to the Mediterranean, which we reach before September. We saw your suggestions on winter ports from last year and found on your website - lovely stories to be sure to read.

Well, but we are in search of a winter harbor and can see that you have been to Menton. We live aboard and are therefore interested in the life of other boats (preferably long-distance sailors like us but not necessarily). Is it the case in Menton or do you have other / better bids.

Our own blog can be found here, should you be interested?
carl arable
We spent the winter in the new port of Menton in the winter of 2017/18, but did not live on the boat ourselves. 'Live-aboard community' was not large according to the port office about 50 people spread over an unknown number of boats. However, it did not appear that all 50 were there at once. There was not much life at the long concrete pier we lay by. It seemed as if there was a little more life on the boats at the drawbridges. Therefore, insist on getting a place there if you want to spend the winter in Menton.

The new harbor where we were located has nice facilities, but is troubled by southwesterly winds. We got a lump out of the hull as the city was hit by an 10 year storm from the southwest for the second year in a row. Watch our video [url Watch our video ....

We liked the city very much. Here is life all year round. Christmas was very atmospheric and not far to Nice, from where there are many and cheap departures to Copenhagen.

We were also very happy with Cannes (the old port) but here we were too late to apply for a winter location.

Loano in Italy could also be a possible wintering haven for you. The harbor is almost brand new, is much better protected than Menton and has some of the nicest toilet and bath facilities we've seen. (They were also fine in Menton now)

In Lavandou and Sanary-sur-Mer, the residents themselves complained that too much shut down in the winter. These are now otherwise nice towns.

You can also download the Navily app. You can reserve space and read reviews of most ports in the Mediterranean.

Heikel's pilot books and the French port pilots we also enjoyed
Cato Cato wrote it 29. July 2019 kl. 21:37
I follow their journey but can't find a letter to read since Corsica.
carl arable
Nice that you want to follow us. There are several ways to find the next stories. The easiest is probably to click in the "next" in the bottom right corner of the individual report.

You can also go to the "Stories" page. Here is an overview of all reports. The stories from Corsica can be found under the tab "Menton to Porto Rotondo"

Let me know if it solves your problem
Lars Klรผver Lars Klรผver wrote it 18 May 2019 kl. 17:13
Hi Pia and Carl. Then I saw 13. section and now understand that the boat has wintered in Sardinia. It was some beautiful pictures - both from the sea side, but also from all the small cozy towns where you have sat and been able to enjoy the good Italian food and their equally good wines. You must still have a good trip, with some great experiences.
And then I have to say you are scared to edit your video recordings. They are really very professional.
Many greetings to both of you
Camilla Holm Camilla Holm wrote it 2 AUGUST 2018 kl. 22:56
Hi Pia and Carl.
Yes, then we got off ourselves. Thanks for the info on mast transport, it went like lubricated? We are now at Cassis, with plans to sail to Italy to find a winter harbor. We hope you get good wind and many good experiences. If you would like, please visit our website https://holmlauritzen.wordpress.com/. Best regards Camilla
carl arable
Hello Camilla,

Nice blog you made and where do you look like having fun.

Have a great trip.

Do you have an idea of โ€‹โ€‹where you will winter ?

We are located in Corsica and expect to winter in Olbia, Sardinia.


Carl & Pia
niels larsen niels larsen wrote it 19. March 2018 kl. 8:11
Have read your report with great pleasure, have even sailed the channel, both in my own boat and with friends since 1975. Have a good trip.
carl arable
Hi Niels,

Thank you for your kind comments.


Carl & Pia
Camilla Camilla wrote it 11. December 2017 kl. 12:39
Hi Pia and Carl.
Thank you for your prompt and good response, you have been very helpful.
I have called and talked to Rainer, a very kind man, we await an offer from him, he should just wonder it, because he will also need a diver compressor delivered. He has recommended that we also investigate Baltica marina in Travemรผnde, where he also collects.
Nice to hear that it is a beautiful trip that awaits us.
Once again thank you very much.
We will follow you on your exciting trip.
vh camilla
carl arable
Hello Camilla.

Nice to help you with the planning of the trip.

Now we do not know your planned route, but think our logbook might be of interest to you.

You'll find it here...


Carl and Pia
Camilla Camilla wrote it 8. December 2017 kl. 9:48
Hi Pia and Carl.
Nice to read about your trip.
We are leavin May 2018, with our 2 children.
I can read that you got your mast transported down there, we have also thought that we think the mast takes too much space on the boat.
Who did you get hold of and how did you organise it ?
Enjoy the amazing trip, we are looking forward to our trip.
The best regards from the cold Denmark.
carl arable
Hello Camilla,

We obtained several offers for the transport of the mast from Travemรผnde to Port Napoleon in the Mediterranean. We decided to use the firm Fastmast (they were the cheapest or should we not say least expensive)

Fastmast has an excellent website - www.fastmast.com. The proprietor is Rainer Petras. He speaks good English. You can reach him on the phone 00 49 171 486 1820. It's a good idea to call him already. He is trying to collect the transports.

The mast was unstepped at Boeb's yard in Travemรผnde, packed together and lay there until Fastmast picked it up and drove it to Port Napoleon.

Very simple; but also a little nerve wrecking to leave the rig to a transport company without any documentation other than a few SMSs and phone calls. But Rainer is a good and honest man. So no problems. Mast and rig lay waiting for us in Port Napoleon. Nicely packed after the transport.

Boeb's yard is skilled (also to write pretty large bills for unstepping the mast). We have heard there should be a boat builder in Lรผbeck. It should be good and significantly cheaper. (Fastmast may also pick up the mast there).

Enjoy your journey. It's a great nice trip. (We were especially excited about the route from Namur in Belgium to the Mediterranean).


Carl & Pia
Kaja Uggerby Kaja Uggerby wrote it 8. November 2017 kl. 17:21
Hello Heron
Thank you very much for an exciting story, we also dream a trip through Europe, this year we have been a trip through the Gรถta Canal. It was absolutely fantastic and will be expecting to take the trip again in 2 years, next year will be spent on arranging the boat that we bought 3 months before departure, so we found out on the trip what we would like to have done about ... .. looking forward to following your continued journey etc. Kaja
carl arable
Hi Kaja,

Thank you for the nice words about our blog.

We sailed through the Gรถta Canal in 2013. It was a nice trip. Looking forward to the trip through Europe.

// Carl & Pia
Ole Larsen Ole Larsen wrote it 14. September 2017 kl. 16:18
Hi and thank you for the awesome stories and films.We are getting ready for the trip, starting in the middle of 2018. However, we have a small (big) problem, 175 in draft does not mean there is a problem in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, but in some of the French channels. Do you have any idea of โ€‹โ€‹which might be a problem.
Mvh Ole
carl arable
Thank you for the nice words about our blog.

On our trip to the Mediterranean the "critical" stretch was from Givet at Meuse to Corre at the end of the Canal des Vosges.

The guaranteed water depth is here 180 cm. Same as guaranteed on most other channels in France.

When we went through May, the warranty was fine and we met a couple of the same depths as you.

Later in the season this year it counted less than normal. Therefore, there was a lack of water in the channels. I think the route closed a couple of weeks for that reason. But thinking it has not been a problem in the last few weeks.

Keep an eye out for the messages at www.vnf.fr and look forward to a great trip from Statte in Belgium to Port Saint Louis, in our opinion, was very nice.

// Carl & Pia
Jรธrn Jรธrn wrote it 13 AUGUST 2017 kl. 22:09
Can I find your videos on youtube?
carl arable
You can find them in the video tab on this website.

They are also located on Youtube at the address


// Carl & Pia