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Rent a motor sailers in Greece

A Motorsailer, aka “motorsailor” (US), is a type of sailing vessel, typically a pleasure yacht, that derives propulsion from its sails and engine(s) in equal measure.[1]

Whereas most sailing yachts above a certain size will usually have an inboard engine, they will not be “motorsailers”, as their principal source of power is sail, and the engine is only for auxiliary drive and maneuvering. A sailing yacht with an auxiliary engine will typically have a small propeller that automatically feathers when sailing, whereas a motorsailer may have either a large fixed propeller or, ideally, a variable-pitch propeller.[2] Compared to such “pure” sailing yachts, a motorsailer will typically be heavier-built, with less delicate lines but with more spacious accommodation. A motorsailer will have an enclosed cockpit, or “doghouse”, whereas a pure sailing yacht would have an open cockpit. A motorsailer may have a higher freeboard, and, coupled with the doghouse and other superstructure, will have considerable side windage. The motorsailer’s sail area will typically be rather smaller than an equivalent yacht’s, and any masts may be shorter. Also, while a sailing yacht will often be rigged as a Bermuda sloop or a Bermuda cutter (both types having a single mast), the motorsailer will more likely have a multi-masted split-rig, such as a schooner, ketch or yawl.[3]

Motor Sailers in Greece

While the sailing yacht appeals primarily to the purist sailing enthusiast, the motorsailer is more suited for long-distance cruising, as a home for “live-aboard” yachtsmen.[4] The special features of the motorsailer (large engine, smaller sails, etc.) mean that, while it may not be the fastest boat under sail, the vessel is easily handled by a small crew. As such, it can be ideal for a retired couple who might not be able to handle large sail areas. In heavy weather, the motorsailer’s large engine allows it to punch into a headwind when necessary to make a landfall, without endless tacking to windward.

Greek Islands :

CORFU

Corfu, an island off Greece’s northwest coast in the Ionian Sea, is defined by rugged mountains and a resort-studded shoreline. Its cultural heritage reflects years spent under Venetian, French and British rule before it was united with Greece in 1864. Corfu Town, flanked by 2 imposing Venetian fortresses, features winding medieval lanes, a French-style arcade and the grand Palace of St. Michael and St. George.

PARGA

Parga is a town and municipality located in the northwestern part of the regional unit of Preveza in Epirus, northwestern Greece. The seat of the municipality is the village Kanallaki. Parga lies on the Ionian coast between the cities of Preveza and Igoumenitsa. It is a resort town known for its natural environment.

MYKONOS

Without any question Mykonos is one of the most famous and picturesque Islands in the Mediterranean and a jet set spot, known for its night life, whitewashed landscapes and beautiful sandy beaches. A walking tour of Hora must include visits to the windmills, to the Paraportiani Church, the Maritime and Cycladic museums and stops at designers’ shops and Little Venice cafes. Make sure you meet “Petros” the Pelican, the mascot of Mykonos.

NAXOS

The island of Naxos is the largest and most central island in the Cyclades. Approaching the island by boat, you can see two small islands to the left and right of the harbour, one with the little church of Myrtidiotissa, and the other called Palatia which is linked to Naxos Town. The imposing gate, Portara is an ancient marble temple dedicated to Apollo. Ligdamis ordered this to be built in the God’s honour in the 6th century B.C.

PAROS

Paros is located in the central Aegean Sea. It became known for its fine white marble. A must see is the bay Naoussa, a natural harbour, closed by a chain or boom in the ancient times. The three villages of Dragoulas, Marmara and Tsipidos, situated in an open plain on the eastern side of the island occupy the site of an ancient town. They are known together as the “villages of Kephalos” after the steep and lofty hill of Kephalos. On this hilltop stands the abandoned monastery of Agios Antonios (St. Anthony).

PATMOS

Patmos is a small volcanic island in the Aegean Sea. It is at the coast of Asia Minor, to the south of Samos and west of Miletus. The island of Patmos is famous in history as the place of St. John’s exile: “I John…… was in the island which is called Patmos, for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 1:9); there according to general belief the Beloved Disciple wrote the Apocalypse, the imagery of which was part inspired by the scenery of the island. The spot where St. John was favored with his revelations is pointed out as a cave on the slope of the hill, half way between the shore and the modern town of Patmos.

SANTORINI

Santorini is today what remained after an enormous volcanic explosion which occurred some 3600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization destroying the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island and leading to the creation of the current geological Caldera. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, has made the island one of Europe’s tourist hotspots. A giant central lagoon surrounded by high steep cliffs on three sides. The capital Fira, as well as Imerovigli and Oia –a must see- cling to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon.

PAXOI

Paxi or Paxoi and Antipaxoi or Antipaxos is the smallest island group within the Ionian Islands. In Greek it is a plural form. The largest islands are Paxos and nearby Antipaxos. Antipaxos is famous for its wine and two of the finest sand beaches in the Ionian Sea.

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