The Marina in 1998. You can see the arm to starboard.
Well it has been a while now that we have heard the
stories of the new marinas and the other stories of the privatisation of the
only decent liveable marina that we have. Again we are getting the stories,
through the grapevine that it is imminent. We had a few live aboards
come in over 2007 but in the beginning of 2008 we again 'shot ourselves in the
foot,' as it was put to me, by a very disgruntled full timer.
These particular people are avid sailors who go out in the
bay to sail even in the winter months so they were not too impressed when they
were asked to leave their nicely accessible finger pier to go to an inner
berth which would be a nightmare to get in and out of with a long keeled
sailing boat. The motorboat which currently occupies the berth has no such
problems, not only because he doesn't actually go out in the winter, but also
because it is a shallow draft motor boat. Well they will be joining the
other sailors who have fled to the Turkish coast and their relatively cheap
and functional marinas in the last few years. They don't seem to like us
Brits, was one of the qualifying comments, and we don't see why we should
stay here, where the facilities are rapidly going downhill and when we are not wanted. Did you know that the cranes are not even insured!
Well, no I didn't. I was told that everyone is now asked to sign a
disclaimer when they want their boat lifted out of the water for maintenance
or anti fouling. The gossip has it that as they have dropped three boats
recently, "that doesn't exactly inspire confidence or comply with EU
regulations. Also, considering you are not allowed to bring in an outside
contractor to do the job who is insured - what was the phrase, cake and eat
it?" I was asked semi jokingly. But in all seriousness, we are yet again
biting the hand that feeds us, the news has travelled amongst the sailing
fraternity that Cyprus is no longer a friendly place to the intrepid
traveller, very few Kiwi's or Australians pass by here anymore on their
journeys to Europe, as they used to, they go instead to Turkey. Why do we
consistently try to send our business to the Turks?
I also heard the story of a young entrepreneur trying to
make an honest living who is being given grief whilst he tries to set up a
new business and a new addition to the water sports options available here.
He has put together a very nice package of a sport which is not covered by
anyone else, so he isn't standing on any ones obvious toes. He has been told
that he is not allowed to take his punters out to deep blue water via the
marina because they don't want boats going out and coming in all the time.
From a marina ! Now I have heard it all, we have finally gone just slightly
doo lally tap.
Most have left. A few die hards left who put up with
The facilities are slowly disintegrating, the laundry
facilities are pretty bad with only 1 machine working for which only a
few coins are available.
The lift in and out has become ridiculously expensive
at around 800 euros for a lift in and out for a 38 footer. I could go on
but it's too depressing.
Larnaca Marina Photographs
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The Marina Office & Customs House. The Garden of the
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The 2 Travel Hoists
The North Quay
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From the North Quay
Bonatha Yacht Club