Special Ports 2021: in search of the perfect marina

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Safety, cleanliness, sanitation, respect for the environment, support services but also tourist and reception services are the characteristics that boaters look for: from tomorrow

we present you with a choice of reliable and safe marinas

How can you tell if a marina is really the perfect one? Of course, the analysis that needs to be done includes objective factors but also subjective elements that change according to the different needs that each yachtsman has when he has to choose what will be the “home” for his boat. And it is precisely the concept of home that is crucial today when it comes to marinas and choice: also complicit in the revolution that this pandemic has brought on the standards of daily living of all of us, in fact, more and more a boat is being Seen as a real second home. A dwelling, a residence that can be used year-round, perhaps even for “short escapes” from the city, secluding oneself in the midst of nature, during times of health emergencies such as those we have unfortunately experienced repeatedly over the past two years. Certainly hoping that, especially thanks to the intense vaccination campaign that is being implemented relentlessly in Italy and beyond, the pandemic one is really a danger that we have mostly left behind, as we said, some things may have changed forever.

And even a tourist marina from today then is seen in a new, indeed renewed, light: it too is increasingly precisely a home and as such must provide all the comforts that a real home can give us. In addition to this of course it has certainly not lost its function as a “base” from which one should be able to easily depart to launch along fascinating and enjoyable cruise routes. So here then, today Italian marinas can really be a point of reference for all boaters who want to have a “safe harbor” available in which to leave their well-maintained and protected boat.

What then are the determining factors in choosing a “perfect” marina? Those related to safety and sanitation-even if they are the offspring of a contingency related to the health emergency with which we will still have to deal and deal for some time to come-remain precisely important, but there are others as well. The first of which is related to the possibility of being able to find a berth that adds to these factors of convenience and safety those related to a proper relationship between quality and price. And if once upon a time, not even too many years ago, finding a berth at the right price and convenient in Italy was virtually impossible – not least because the rates were steep for the pockets of the average yachtsman – today the situation is very different, first and foremost in terms of numbers.

In fact, the approximately 300 mar inas currently surveyed are well distributed along the 7,500 kilometers of coastline in the Boot, including islands, and host a total of nearly 90,000 berths. However, a number that even rises to 160,000 berths if we also consider those located in “old” ports. And if rates have not increased much from 2008 to the present, but rather in several cases have even decreased. This was probably also helped by the fact that, in 2016-2017 alone, the turnover of tourist marinas grew by 4.5 percent.

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