A personal list
of favourites and not so favoured, which in no way reflects the opinions
of others - just myself! The list is of course open, and
subject to amendment at any time.
MARINA's IN THE UK.
Sovereign Marina, Eastbourne - close to supermarket, cinema, other
shops. Chandlery in town. Parks and boating lakes close-by.
Fuel at marina exit.
Eastbourne - exceptionally clean - open 24 hours - spacious.
Eastbourne - 24 hours, helpful and friendly.
(because I couldn't find anyone to pay before leaving!!)
BEST OVERALL MARINA.
Southsea Marina -
entry/exit times from Langstone Harbour are limited by tides and the
approach is a winding channel with a narrow entrance into the marina
itself. Staff OK, fairly well stocked chandlery on site.
Whilst showers in main building are shared gender (not a problem!), they
are closed after 10pm and usually flooded the rest of the time.
Those at the opposite end of the marina are an awful beach hut type of
abomination and should be bulldozed.
and the rest..........
Ramsgate is indifferent to everybody, staff are impossible to find and
it's showers which used to be good, have deteriorated over the
years. Dover is friendly, close to town, good facilities.
Marmaris Yacht Marine, Turkey. Chandlery on site, gym, swimming
pool, bar, restaurant, lift out, wi-fi, laundry, kids club and shop, but fuel is a bit
of a problem and has to come by tanker. Town 8km away by road, bus
every half hour or free ferry from marina - chandleries, upholsterers, sailmakers, stainless steel fabricators, woodwork shops - everything you
Sunseeker berths in Mahon, Menorca - absolutely spotless!
Only open during office hours.
BEST STAFF. Not technically a marina, but the award has to go to Sunseeker berths in
Mahon - all were helpful and accommodating.
Milazzo in Sicily. (At the time of my visit, off-season, 60 euro's for
CHEAPEST. Rochella Ionica in Italy. First five nights free!
BEST OVERALL MARINA.
Despite office staff
being a bit 'offhand' I have to choose Gouvia Marina in Corfu for this
category. Although not the cheapest, I found it the most
THE WORST. There have been some bad ones, but Cherbourg has to top the list -
a) because it's French, b) because the staff were arrogant, c) because
the showers were dirty and cold and d) because I just didn't like the
and the rest.........Cameret
was ruined by the guy running the office and fuel pontoon. The
showers were a five day camel trek away, sited on the public roadway and
with nothing much to show for it when you got there.
AND TOWN QUAYS
The jury is still out on this
Rhodes; it's almost impossible to get a berth, the harbourmaster is
unfriendly, unhelpful and downright rude, and the place doesn't really
want yachts to visit at all. If the Aegean had piles...this is
where they would be. The options are to anchor in the cruise liner
port(s) which are open to the sea and swell or go on the high concrete
wall of the 'overflow' harbour and prepare to be pushed onto it and
suffer damage. Don't try to get into the 'new, as yet un-built' marina,
where the gypsies are - it's been closed off with rope which is
invisible at night (26th Oct 2009). Alternatively, you could hire an
agent to get a berth for you.....and pay through the nose.
No doubt about this one!
"Latitude 38" in the
marina at Cascais, Portugal gets the gong and five stars. The meal was
service was friendly, quick and without hassle. The presentation was
superb. Everywhere was spotlessly clean. A
little pricey, but well worth it!
No outright 'avoid at all cost'
and the rest...... Second best
is the marina restaurant in Marmaris Yacht Marina, renown for the
peppered steaks which are superb - however....prices soared in
2008 and most liveaboards started to boycott it and use The Orange
Restaurant in Aktaş village instead. Zorba's in Gouvia serves good
food, friendly management, and as cheap as chips! Tony's Grill on
the road into Corfu town is recommended.
Amazon Creek in Turkey because of the peace and tranquillity, and the
fun of trekking through the woods to and from the campsite for an
evening meal with charming company.
Rhodes.....open to the sea, riding out an F7 at night when anchored 60
metres from the rocks of Mandraki harbour is, in no sense of the word,