What Is A Marina?
Meanwhile, the sea is a completely special world. International, salty, sunny world. Yachtsmen from different countries move after the summer from sea to sea, and from continent to continent. And in almost every seaport, a house awaits them.
It's called Marina. Marina is a fairly large piece of land fenced from the land. Yachts moor to the well-maintained piers of Kalkara Marina. The crew pays a certain amount per day of stay. Usually from 50 to 100 plus euros. Racks with electricity and water for refueling are equipped on the shore. Shower, toilet, a couple of restaurants, shops.
Yachtsmen sleep in their boat, in the morning they stretch ashore, disheveled, sleepy, multilingual, with towels and toothbrushes. In fact, the yacht, as they say, has all the amenities. But on the other hand, the showers and toilets of the marina are spacious and stable. And the flush system is not that complicated. And you don't have to save so much water.
However, in European marinas, it’s not just water. Rarely where the water flows continuously. All the time you have to press the cherished button. Saving. Environment protection.
Marina (yacht port) - a water area protected from adverse weather conditions with a coastal territory, equipped with berths for mooring ships, as well as main buildings, structures and equipment that provide both safe parking, storage and maintenance of pleasure and sports boats, as well as services to their crews .
Objects, facilities and services that ensure the production, operation and maintenance of yachts form the infrastructure of yachting.
A modern yacht is a motor or sail like Neel 47, technically highly equipped and environmentally friendly vessel designed for recreation, sports and entertainment.
A cruising yacht is a motor or sail-motor yacht that has cabins with berths, a bathroom and other equipment that allows people to stay on board for a long time, which does not require daily launching / lifting to the water and mandatory storage on land.
On the Mediterranean coast of France from the city of Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer to the border with Spain, 200 out of 220 km is a monotonous dull flat lowland, but in this section there are 28 large marinas!
In marinas, everyone speaks poor but understandable English. Marina workers wear glasses and slates. Tanned, weathered, salty. Oily fish swim between the yachts. They feed on what falls into the sea. There are even marinas on uninhabited islands. As, for example, in the Croatian Zut, where several people work during the season, and in the winter they turn off and leave for the mainland.
There is also a marina with a shower and toilet, a restaurant and a shop. There is a market with bananas, broccoli, and other vegetables. There is even the Internet, though still in an unstable test mode. Yachtsmen sit in the evenings on their boats. Singing songs. Especially the Germans. They love to sing along with the guitar.
Before entering an unfamiliar marina, it is worth clarifying the navigation situation on the pilot's guide. Usually there are descriptions of stops, with a map of the depths and the location of the berths. All facilities (showers, toilets, water, fuel, shops, restaurants) are also indicated.
The phone number of the harbor master is given - the main person in the marina, who helps with mooring, indicates where the boat should be.
When approaching the marina, it is worth contacting her by radio or telephone, informing her of the planned arrival, clarifying whether they can accept your boat. Some marinas have restrictions on the length of incoming boats. If you agree and everything is fine, go to the parking lot. Harbor master will show your place.
After mooring, you need to solve all the formalities - pay for parking, register the yacht. This will require a ship's ticket, sometimes they ask for the rights of the captain, a passport. But in most cases, you just need to fill out a form and indicate the name and registration number of the vessel, length, width and draft, flag, port of registry, name of the captain, his contact phone number.
Marinas are the basis of coastal coastal passenger traffic. In addition, they increase the urban security of the territories and the capabilities of the border service.