IT’S THE SEASON WHEN SUPERYACHTS SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME PORT TO SPEND THE WINTER MONTHS. THESE ARE OUR SELECTION FOR BOTH OWNERS AND CREW
Article by Chris Clifford
KARPAZ GATE MARINA
Award-winning Karpaz Gate Marina offers a safe and cost-effective east Mediterranean base over the winter months in a peaceful North Cyprus setting. Away from the crowds and hassle in other areas of the Mediterranean, staff at the 5 Gold Anchor-rated marina are able to devote exceptional attention to all the yachts and superyachts in its care. Karpaz Gate Marina has one of the best boatyard facilities in the region and a 300-ton capacity travel lifts. Owners and captains can take advantage of a completely free lift-out and anti-fouling application for their
yacht as annual contract packages include a free haul out, hull wash and anti-fouling package with 14 days hard standing. Cyprus was recently ranked as one of the safest countries in the world and the marina is located in a secure and sheltered harbour with CCTV and 24/7 security.
35°33.5’N/34°13.6’E | Max length 60m | VHF 10/16
At the heart of Biscayne Bay, between Downtown Miami and South Beach, Island Gardens is home to the most glamorous superyacht collection in the United States. Currently operating 5,000 linear feet to host the world’s largest yachts, Island Gardens Marina is North America’s only marina designed exclusively for mega-yacht dockage. Inspired by the global yachting circuit, Island Gardens is a mixed-use development that is tailored to become the premier waterfront destination in the Americas. Amenities include: luxurious marina lounge, business
centre, laundry facilities, BBQ areas, courtesy cars, valet service, 24 hour security, water taxi to Miami Beach. The facility also has numerous spaces for events; Palm trees sway in the breeze, while music pulses through the air as wine glasses clink and cameras flash along the waterfront. Miami’s skyline accompanied by docked superyachts, is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening in Miami, whether it’s daytime blue sky or one of the incredible pastel sunsets.
25° 47° 06 N 80° 10° 43 W | Max length 152m | VHF 16/71
GRAND HARBOUR MARINA
Set against the picturesque, historic backdrop of a UNESCO World Heritage site, this marina will take your breath away, by day or by night. The 500 year-old exquisite architecture of Valletta and Vittoriosa creates a captivating atmosphere, further enhanced by the waterfront buildings, which house chic restaurants, bars and café society. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Mediterranean, and whether for cruising, as a home-port or winter stopover. Malta has suppliers and agents for most marine manufacturers, as well as a shipyard and a full range of
facilities for all yacht repair and maintenance work. The nearby superyacht shipyard has the capacity to service, maintain, refit and repair some of the largest ships afloat. It includes a 160m long graving dock and a 140m covered dock, all provided with shore services, workshops, storage facilities and offices for administration and crew.
35°53.5’N 14°01.0E | Max length 135m | VHF 13
Marina Genova is the Mediterranean nautical centre of excellence: 500 berths, 100 for super and megayachts up to 130 metres, a shipyard area for all maintenance operations, maritime agencies and several other services dedicated to superyachts, restaurants, hotels, commercial activities and events for captains and crews. A recent agreement with Marina of Portofino has launched Marina Genova, 22 nautical miles west, as an essential stop-over ensuring technical, logistic and hospitality services to super yachts up to 130 metres waiting for the Portofino mooring
slot call. These include, among others, alongside berth supplies, agency services, shuttle service to and from airport for arriving and departing guests, fuel duty-paid and duty-free docks (from 100 to 150 metres), as well as the opportunity to visit the wonders of Genoa and to know the excellence of the surrounding area.
44°25’00” N; 8°50’27” E | Max length 130m | VHF 71
Alcaidesa Marina is situated next to the western slopes of Gibraltar, within the natural harbour of the Bay of Gibraltar offering excellent shelter and deep water access in all weather conditions. Alcaidesa Marina’s 624 berths provide safe moorings for boats ranging between 8 and 90 metres LOA, as well as modern boatyard facilities equipped with a 75tn boat hoist and specialist workshops. Its privileged location, just a 10-minute walk from Gibraltar’s International Airport means that you will not have to use any other means of transport to enjoy your boat.
Alcaidesa Marina is well connected by modern roads and motorways providing rapid access: the A-7 motorway or AP- 7 toll road from Malaga and the A-7 motorway from Jerez. Alcaidesa Marina is accessed directly from the La Linea`s promenade and a designated slip road ensures that any traffic due to the Gibraltar Border crossing is avoided.
36º09’31’N, 5º22’03’W | Max length 90m | VHF 9
MARINA PORT TARRACO
Marina Port Tarraco is a deep water marina located in Tarragona and is specifically designed and equipped to offer absolute privacy and security protocols to ensure personalised services to any kind of superyacht available on the market today, their owners, managers, captains and crew, without any limitation. Marina Port Tarraco offers 33 berths between 45 and 160 metres and complete range of berthing facilities including: 24hr security and CCTV surveillance, ISPS code complaint, shore power connections up to 1,600 amps at 400 V and 6,600 V / 2,000 VA
electrical connection, waste pickup, MARPOL certificate, fresh water, high speed internet and TV satellite services, berthing operational assistance on arrival and departure and exclusive concierge service to satisfy any possible request. The marina is also certified as an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) to bring great economical advantages to their clients assisting them to manage all procedures to comply with European Union customs regulations.
41°06.5’N/01°14.7’E | Max length 160m | VHF 6/16
MID HARBOUR MARINA
The Mid Harbour Marina, which offers more than 500 metres of deep-water berthing for superyachts in the relatively sheltered inner harbour, continues to attract some of the biggest superyachts in the world and with enhanced infrastructure including the provision of fresh water and reduced berthing fees for longer stays, Gibraltar is becoming a ‘must stop’ port. Gibraltar also offers a wide range of other services, including highly competitive – VAT free – fuel, waste oil disposal, spare parts and logistics, maintenance, repairs and surveyors and
with the support of excellent yachting agents, customs clearance and crew visa arrangements can also be easily dealt with. There are daily links to the UK available from the local airport, with excellent medical and dental facilities are also on hand along with superb restaurants, bars and entertainment just minutes away. Gibraltar is fast becoming an important stopover between the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
36°8’5”N 5°22’5”W | Max length 90m | VHF 71