Sun Odyssey 33.1
The following letter was sent to us by Mr Robert C (Argentina)
as soon as he returned from his sailing holiday on Sophia. Here, we reprint
it in its entirety...
"My wife and I and our two sons,
rented Sophia (33 foot Sun Odyssey) for a two week sailing holiday (Saturday
18th July to Friday 1st August 2003). Back home now, we would like to
express our appreciation to Panagiotos PTOHOPOULOS, Georgio A..., and
Saturday 18th July in Skiathos, and as instructed
by Michalis, we contacted Georgio. During the very first few minutes with
him, Michalis phoned to check up that we had met ! Georgio pointed out
where Sophia was, and we met Panagiotis on board attending to the previous
crew. He then gave us time to
inspect the boat whilst he went off to attend to the Port Authorities.
We immediately had a very good feeling for Sophia.
It had been thoroughly cleaned, particularly well equipped, perfectly
organized with instructions for each equipment and instrument. It soon
became clear that we were on a boat cared for and maintained impeccably
by her owner. I am convinced that few bareboats rival Sophia in terms
of being well equiped and maintained. My heartiest congratulations to
Panagiotis for maintaining in perfect condition a 10 year old boat used
20 weeks each year by different crews, every clew, every hinge, every
latch, every everything was in reliable
working order. Panaiotis returned and gave us a neatly prepared folder
with the Port Authorities documents, answered my questions, and patiently
gave us instructions on the specific aspects of Sophia, her electronics,
electrics, fluid circuits and mechanics.
Within a few hours we gently motored out to have
a most exceptional vacation in that very attractive part of the World,
a reliable wind, numerous islands, endless bays to anchor out for the
night, and occasional stops at animated but very relaxed villages to do
some shoping or a meal in
a nearby taverna.
400 delightful miles : Skiathos > Skopelos >
Alonissos > Perastera > KiraPanazia > Evstratos > Lesvos >
Skiros > Skantzoura > Platania > Tsoungria > Skiathos. Big
tanks, so no need for water nor fuel for two weeks.
Back to Skiathos on Friday 1st as arranged, a colossal
congestion of boats fighting to get a mooring, Georgio came with his wife
and daughter to the quay side to battle with whoever is in charge. We
then washed the boat, in and out, tanked up. Shortly later Panagiotis
arrived from Volos, we moved
the boat, I told him the very few items that went wrong, a few minutes
to scan the boat, he knew it had been treated like if it were my boat.
For about an hour we had a beer together, he asked what could he add to
improve even more the comfort of Sophia : we could only say a big 3x4
awning to be strung over the boom between mast and toping lift to complement
the Bimini (the beautifully built spray hood gives more shade but less
breeze) . Good bye to Mr Panaiotis, we slept on the boat and left early
To sum it up, you certainly put is in good hands
and gave us a good boat !
Keep up the good work !"