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Berthing Fees in the Canaries vs Italy

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 21, 2013 02:28 PM
Government run marinas no longer the cheaper option.

Published: 2013-06-21 14:28:50
Countries: Canary Islands , Italy

Berthing Fees in the Canaries vs Italy

Fuerteventura: © entremontanas.com

Along with other cruising destinations the Canary Islands Government are short of money.

We used to keep our boat in Gran Tarajal, Fuerteventura. For a change we moved to mainland Spain about a year ago. Then we thought it would be a good idea to be in the Canaries during the winter and the mediterranean for the summer. So we returned.

As everyone knows, the cheapest place to keep a boat in the Canaries is a government marina. Not anymore.

Everything is charged by the square metreage of your boat, plus some! Now they have added 0.35 metre to the beam of the boat to pay rent for the bit of pontoon finger you're attached to. If you have a catamaran, you guessed it, finger pontoon both sides therefore double.

This poses the question about pontoon finger length. Not a problem as the finger is deemed to be the same length as the boat regardless of its actual length!

This adds considerably to the cost, but it gets worse.

There is now a mandatory charge on a daily basis for water and electricity based on the square meterage of the boat. Even if you are not there, not aboard and not using the services.

Worse again is that you have to buy water and electricity for the pontoon 365 days a year, and  if your boat is longer than the pontoon you have to buy water and electricity for a length of pontoon that does not exist.

The net result is a doubling of government marina charges but cloaked so as not to be obvious.

Hence, we are heading for Italy. The government in Italy has emptied many boats out of marinas while trying to collect taxes. It's costing us 8 months for a 45 foot cat  -  1000 euros   -   bargain!

We did like the Canaries though!!

Nick Thwaites

Previous reports from Nick Thwaites: Gibraltar: Turned Away - November 2011

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