Exploring Corfu on a Moorings powercat charter

Like many of you, I’ve spent more than my fair share of hours poring over the pages of MBY reading about everybody else’s Mediterranean cruising adventures with a mixture of envy and desire.

If the photos are to be believed, the sun always shines, the water glows iridescent blue and the boats sparkle like sequins on a Strictly dancer’s dress.

And yet I’ve never spent more than a few fleeting hours on some sea trial or other verifying if that vision really does hold true or is merely a myth perpetuated by homesick boaters secretly yearning for the joys of a windswept Solent.

Naturally, I’ve toyed with the idea of chartering in the Med but if I’m honest, both the expense and the responsibility of renting a motor yacht big enough for it to feel like a holiday rather than an endurance test have put me off. It’s a preconception charter specialists the Moorings have been battling to overcome.

Its fleet of comfortable cost-effective powercats are surprisingly easy to handle and with charter bases all over Europe and the Caribbean, you can always find a sunny destination at any time of year. Article continues below…

Leopard 43PC

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The flagship of the fleet is the Moorings 514 PC built by South African yard Robertson and Caine and sold in Europe as the Leopard 51. This four-cabin, four-bathroom craft can sleep 8-10 people in some style and privacy, meaning two families can split the costs between them.

Our friends Matt and Fen were keen to join us; now all we needed was a destination. In the end, the limited availability of 514 PCs during the summer half-term break and our wives’ insistence on a location as far south
as possible all pointed to one place – Corfu.

Other than what I’d read in Frank and Fiona Walker’s MBY articles about cruising in the Ionian, I had no idea what to expect. In hindsight, I can’t believe how lucky we were – it’s hard to believe we could have chosen anywhere better.

Read the full cruise report in the October 2017 issue of MBY.