I'm writing from Italy and I'm going to try to give you an update of the situation here. Summertime is peak season for boaters both on the west side and east side of Italy. The Tirrenian sea (West Side) is one of the most expensive places where to keep a boat. It is not unusual to pay 100 Euro (160 USD) just for mooring
to a buoy with no services at all.
Sardinia is a receptacle for the tycoons and show-people plenty of greens and sometime it is difficult to find a mooring
even if you are willing to pay big bucks. I went there twice myself with my boat and I pointed my bow toward Corsica
after 2 days.
can offer better bays and cheaper moorings as well as the Ionian
Sea but I would definitely avoid all the Italian West coast
. Filthy harbours (often with a difficult access way, expensive fees
, et., etc)
The Eastern side is cheaper. A good marina would charge you maximum 50Euro (75/80 USD) per day but it is quite common to find marinas
for 30 to 45 USD. You can also moor alongside fishing
boats or in what we call 'banchina pubblica' which is a pier or a section of pier where everybody is allowed to moor. Every port must have it (but I know by experience that in Sardinia that would be sold out as well and of course it is illegally sold out). The downside of the East side (but of the West side also) is that you can't find many protected bays in case you wanted to stay on your anchor
There is an organization which offer cheap
moorings to the members or to transit boats. It's called LNI (Lega Navale Italiana
) which stays for Lega Navale Italiana and they have a location in every port almost.
As for me, my favourite sailing places are Croatia
. Both have natural and protected bays and harbours where you can moor freely but in Croatia
you are supposed to pay an annual entry fee which for a 40-footer is about 300 Euro.
In case you had questions just let me know.
See ya on water