Does anyone know whether, and where, it's possible to hire boats to go to Antipaxos? I know some operators forbid you even to take their boats down the west coast but I've heard others will let you go across the channel to Antipaxos. Is that right, and if so, where can you rent these?
I've always stayed near Lakka and rented boats from there, where you're allowed to go down the west coast in the mornings provided you reach Mongonissi by lunch time before the wind starts to get up. Starting from the northern tip of the island, I've never considered going across to Antipaxos.
Are there any rental places in Gaios that allow trips to Antipaxos? Does it require a certain size of boat or engine? And in practice, is it okay to do this or are you risking getting cut off if the wind comes up in the afternoon? Friends of ours tell stories of towing a motor hire boat back across the channel behind their yacht after it got too choppy for it to cross back!
I've been to Antipaxos a couple of times, both times on a boat trip to Voutoumi, but would love to be able to explore around a bit more in my own time.
Message posted by MartynG on 21 September 2011 at 6:19pm - IP Logged
I'm afraid that I can't help you with which rental companies will allow you to cross to Anti Paxos, although from what I have seen, a good many do, both from Lakka and Gaios.
However, in practical terms, any of the motor boat are CAPABLE of making the crossing in all but the absolute worst of conditions, but then it comes down to seamanship and the ability to deal with the heavy swell that can build up once exposed to the full force of the wind as it funnels through the gap between the islands - in practical terms, I'd go for one of the later 25 plus HP boats with a greater freeboard (distance between the sea and the deck) and more power to punch the wind and waves, if necesary. In any event, I would try and get away from Voutoumi by 14.00 hrs at the latest, just to be on the safe side.
It might also be better to start from Gaios (rather than Lakka) as it can get pretty hairy getting around the corner from Loggos into Lakka if the wind is really blowing, as, once again you are fully exposed to the wind.
I agree that the afternoon winds can be very strong and I've had some "interesting" experiences on yachts whilst crossing from Corfu/the mainland to Paxos and down the west coast.
Message posted by ElaineK (Paxos) on 21 September 2011 at 7:08pm - IP Logged
I think most if not all the hirers in Loggos have boats which they allow to be taken to Anti Paxos. As Martyn rightly says, you really need a 25 or 30 HP to cope best with any rough conditions that may crop up in the afternoon. The people who hire the boats keep a keen eye on the weather forecasts and will advise you when you take a boat out in the morning on where you should or shouldn't venture!
Message posted by Malcy on 24 September 2011 at 2:03am - IP Logged
Atzan -You will need to hire a 30hp boat to go over and then down the west coast and over to Anti P.
The best choice of boat is in Loggos. Roxi Bar is our choice but Capt Nikos and Panos also have lovely boats.
Weather OK with your boat man, go round the top of the Island above Lakka and then down the West Coast.
If you are comfortable with the swell and there is not too much wind, GO TO ANTI P.
We like to race the Captain Hook day trip boat after swimming in the caves.(cant find the Submarine)
As has been said. Leave Anti P by about 3.00pm as the wind starts to blow. Not a real problem as you are going into the swell but can get a bit hairy going up to Lakka beyond Loggos.
The boats are capable of more than this.
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