Kos - sailing in the greek dodecanese islands Greece sailing report
In springtime and autum be aware of southerly- and easterly-winds, May to October mostly N-NW-winds, and by that reason easy and relaxed sailing with the wind
Kos has one of the few professional Marinas in Greece, the Kosmarina
The Kosmarina made a big carreer since itīs opening some years ago, all the places are booked out, and reservation is necessary all season long!
The facilities are very nice, the
organisation and cleaning of the Kosmarina is very well - they do
a pretty good job there!
The Marina market of KOSTAS offers fresh bread at 8 a.m. and all other provisionings on acceptable prices considering, that he offers norther european specialites like cheese, ham asf - boat delivering service, and fresh bread every morning from 8 a.m. available!
2 marina-shops of KAVAS and SELAS offer technical marine equipments and several maintenance companies offer
services for the boat.
Beaches are on both sides of the marina (3 min walk), so a morning-swim can start your perfect day!
Kos Marina is quite close to the town-harbour (10-15 minutes walk or a bus).
Before entering by boat to Kos-Marina, it is important to call the Marina-office at VHF Channel 77 and wait at the entrance for arrival of the yellow pilot boat. The pilot will check your boatsize and order a mooring-place for you. Stavros, Thomas or Petros, managing the pilot boats, feel responsible to get you in the mooring-place without damages. And the reason are the strong winds: usually, the wind is coming strong from north, so it is indeed recommended to be carefull manoevering inside the Marina. Following the instructions of the pilot is helpfull, he stays with you and pushes the bow to position with his inflatable boat. Note, that mooring alongside is charged double!
Technical services in and around Kos Marina
Parts and all equipments for the boat as well as maintenance material can be bought inside the Marina in 2 Marina stores. One, beside the external Tavernaīs seats belong to KAVAS, the other one is named SELAS specialized in maintenance of liferafts and automatic vests.
150 m to the right of the Marina main entrance, the serbian sailmaker ZLATKO is ready to repair any kind of sails and canvas! Ask for him, when he comes between 10 and 11 a.m. for a first cup of coffee in the Marina Cafe.
The owner of the former NATIONAL & ALAMO CAR RENTAL - the company was awarded the best and most fair car rental company in Kos island by german magazine STERN in 2009 - Dimitris, moved about 1 km outside of town direction Psalidi. His new company is named Enterprise Car rental - from own personal long year experience we can confirm that companyindeed! Go or call, if you want to rent a car (which is recommended to see the island)
Every problem with the engine, no matter if a 2 hp outboard engine or a several hundred HP megayacht-engine, will surely be solved by BABIS CHARALAMPOUS. He is official YANMAR representative for Kos and his office is around the corner from Pavlos´shop, but mostly one can contact him better direct on his mobile
Further technical service and good organisation and caretaking of boats and services ordered can be arranged by frenchman Pierre Dumont, who lives in Kos since many years, speaks greek and knows every technician alive on the island. His office is in the first floor area beside the charteroffices inside the Marina patio or phone him at +30 694 574 65 80!
Note, that the Marina asks a surcharge of 20% for all technical work done inside the marina.
the Kosmarina is full, but you want to visit the town and island of
Kos, you can either take one of the ports presented below, or try to
port of Kos.
If you come from Turkey, immigration paperwork is unavoidable!
The Immigration Policeīs office is inside the ferryboatīs arrival gate, which is the white building in the port-entrance, on the left side, some "sail-type tents" are seen, from seaside exactly left at the castleīs right corner. Go there first with crewlist and passports. After, you go to Customs next door (where they charge 15 , sometimes) , and finally with stamped crewlist you go to the Port Police. The office is exactly on the opposite side of the harbour. Present your PPMD (Private Pleasure boat Document), and if you have none, you must buy one. You pay immigration-tax (15 ) and mooring-fee for the time you are there.
Kos itself is very nice to stay, visit the castle, see the old plant of Hypokrates, the ancient philosopher and doctor, who is still the mental guide for medical doctors all over the world, have a walk through the narrow shopping- and Bar-streets up the hill, take a cup of coffee on the place right below the old Mosque, maybe take a day and go for a daytrip to turkish Bodrum, which is 35 minutes by ferry twice a day in the summer season.
you have the time to stay longer, you should, if you can ! Here
area around the village Zia and Evangelistria is very beautiful, and
one should not miss to visit the area - rent a moto or a car!
If you want to see more of Kos, take your time to sail around!
From Kos, mostly northerly winds might let you sail to the south-coast
But be carefull: the port is open to the north, where mostly the wind comes in, one can only go there on very calm conditions, and should always leave someone on board able to handle the boat.
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