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Yachts, Boats and Marinas

Italy - Yachts, Boats and Marinas

Italy is well known for its nautical tourism, which is not surprising since the country has a coastline of over 4,500 miles that is dotted with impeccably serviced and modern marinas. These marinas offer berths for various types of boats and yachts, as well as the basic services of water and electricity. Most marinas also offer showers, restaurants, and bars, along with sailing events, concerts, and shows.

There are several budget marinas in Italy that offer decent services for a modest fee. For instance, it is possible to get a berth for a 10.5-metre boat for just 40 Euros a night in Giglio Porto, in Vibo Valentia for 35 Euros, and in Tropea for 29 Euros. Milazzo would charge anywhere from 60 to 100 Euros, while Riposto would charge about 80 Euros. Policoro is a nice holiday village with a good value marina while St Maria de Leuca is a good staging point. Some of the small commercial harbours have free berths for visiting boats. The easiest way to find out about where you can get free berths is to enquire with the local coastguards who are always courteous and willing to help. (However, “free berths” sometimes have charges for water and electricity.)

Anchorage is not abundant in most places, with the exception of Ponza and Porto Miseno, and this would be a good option if the weather is fair. You will need to make a backup plan in case there is a sudden change in weather conditions. Keep a list of nearby harbours in several different directions, so that you don’t have to battle the wind in order to get to a marina. Some anchorages are cordoned off for swimming, and so boats need to anchor further out in deeper depths. It is therefore essential to have decent anchoring gear.

Three of the best marinas in the world are located in Italy:

1) Marina Grande, Capri
The Marina Grande in Capri has a separate basin meant specifically for leisure crafts, and it has an impressive 300 berths. The marina can even accommodate super-yachts of up to 60 meters long. Marina Grande is one of the most expensive marinas in the world, and a yacht of 55 meters would need to pay a handsome fee of 2,585 Euros for a slip for a single day! Reservation is essential, as it is very busy during the summer months. All berths have access to basic services.

2) Marina di Porto Cervo, Sardinia
Marina di Porto Cervo is located in a small and picturesque village in Sardinia with less than 200 permanent inhabitants. The Marina di Porto Cervo is one of the best equipped ports in the Mediterranean, and consists of the East Dock and the New Marina with modern pontoons. It has 700 berths for crafts that are below 6 meters in length, and all berths have water and electricity facilities. A slip for a yacht of 55 meters would cost 2,574 Euros a day during the summer months.

3) Marina di Portofino, Genova
Marina di Portofino has 16 moorings for medium size boats. It is situated close to an airport, which makes it very convenient for tourists and travellers. Yachts can avail of basic services such as water and electricity, as well as a gas station and a garage. It also offers Wi-Fi, weather services and laundry services, and since it is close to the town, boaters have access to the nearby restaurants and bars. A slip for a yacht of 55 meters would cost 2,100 Euros a day.

Calculating costs for mooring at a marina is not always simple, and the best way to plan expenses is to call ahead and confirm the rates at various marinas before making a choice. Many marinas offer winter low season rates as well mid-season rates, so one can plan a route accordingly. Parts of Italy are very expensive to cruise during the summer, and peak season prices run from June to mid-September. Marinas in Italy often change their rates without bothering to update their website, so it is advisable to call ahead and enquire about the latest rates. Rates are also not strictly influenced by inflation – they are extremely unpredictable, and can change radically for no apparent reason.

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