Originally Posted by FlyTheCoop
So, the questions are:
1. Should the boat be in the water or on the hard?
2. If on the hard, should it be undercover? Which marinas do this?
3. If in the water, what about fouling, security
and swell? Which marinas fare best here?
1. The boat does not have to be on the hard, in the areas you are looking for. There are many all weather
harbors. Actually, in some places, it is more dangerous to keep a monohull
boat on the hard than on the water, due to the fact they get very strong winds but no swell.
2. You should ask the yard if they offer it. Many motorboat here are covered with wrapped plastic while on the hard in winter months. Not so common for sailboats. The reason for covering is mainly to protect the boat from dirty dust (yards could be quite dirty places) and to keep the boat drier. Snow/Icing is not an issue.
3. Fouling is not an issue if you plan to anti-foul yearly in late spring. Security is generally good both in marinas and fenced/secured yards. I'd me more cautious (remove high value items aboard, etc.) if you choose a yard that put your boat in an area open to the public.
Overall, I'd recommend to check out the following places:
Sardinia: Cagliari (Marina del Sole - Boatyard), Marina di Villapitzu (Porto Corallo), Alghero
: Marina di Ragusa, Licata (Marina Cala del Sole), Siracusa, Castellammare del Golfo
West Italian Coast: Rome (Fiumicino Porto Romano boatyard), Riva di Traiano Marina, Punta Ala, Salerno
There are really dozens, if not hundreds, of places in the areas you are looking for.