Originally Posted by Buena Vista
Therefore we are looking for a good safe maina with good facilities and good management. Any help you can give us would be appreciated.
We favour Yat Marin in Marmaris for the following reasons:
1. It's cheap
- well, they raised the prices this past summer, then lowered it a bit, but out of big marinas
they are still at least EUR 400 cheaper for 6 months for us (35 foot monohull).
2. It's big and they are professional - that said, people who have been coming back to this marina for years (it's only our second year there) say that it's all gone downhill in the last 2-3 years: management is less friendly, workers don't do favours any more, etc. We don't see a problem with that as they do all account management well, you can extend contracts with them over phone/email. Maybe it's a difference in expectations: we don't expect marina staff to be our friends, we expect them to do their job well. Yat Marin staff do it well. If you decide to call them or when you come to the office to do the check-in and everything, ask to speak with Meliha. She's the best out of all staff there.
3. It's safe - all territory is fenced, only one gate with security
guys on mopeds constantly do rounds around all territory and docks.
4. They've got a swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, bar, canteen, laundry
, pibrary, pool hall, doctor, hairdresser, gym, supermarket, chandlery
, and all boat services.
5. The marina is in Marmaris bay which has milder weather
than more northern marinas, good sailing, nice snorkeling.
6. Next to the marina there is a nice protected "island", actually peninsula, to hike around with ruins, caves, and views.
7. Yat Marin does a free trip [on a bus] to Istanbul
for Istanbul Boat Show
in the winter. You will need to pay for the hotel
8. [for all marinas in Marmaris bay] There is a very strong live-aboard community with a good daily net, organized trips, meets, lessons, etc.
Cons of Yat Marin:
1. Not within Marmaris - 20-30 minutes by car/bus or the dinghy
2. If you want somebody from outside the marina to do any boat work, the marina issues a comparatively high surcharge.
3. It is less protected from winter storms than Netsel Marine
(another marina in Marmaris) - but the guys tend the boats very well, so it's not a problem.
Note that high season in Turkey ends for Westerners in the beginning of September, for Turkish - in the second half of September after the school
Also note that Ramazan [Turkish version of Ramadan] falls on July 20th - August 18th 2012. During Ramazan/Ramadan Muslims should not eat or drink
anything from sunrise to sunset, including water
You will see many less Turkish people on the streets during the day at that time, and, especially in the first 7-10 days
, people at work will be less alert and not as attentive very frequently making mistakes
. Whatever you have to do during this time period, check your paperwork very well.
However, every night right after the sunset you'll find big line-ups to bakeries for chocolate puddings and all restraurants will be full. You will see empty streets one minute, and the next minute all people will be out and already in restaurants eating and drinking.
Calls to prayer performed by muezzins during Ramazan seems to be longer than usual (though I don't know for sure).
Big holidays after mid-July (more people, more excursion boats out, offices, banks, and some shops closed):
Seker Bayram: August 19th - 21st (people eat and exchange A LOT OF sweets during this holiday)
Kubran Bayrami: October 24th - 28th (sacrifice of a sheep, common foods, drinks, and celebrations)
Republic Day: October 29th (fireworks)
Also, in 2012 Asure Gunu is celebrated on November 24th. Nothing is closed, but people eat a sweet pudding called Asure made out of grains, cereals, nuts, and dried fruits and berries. I heard that this dish was eaten on Noah's Ark as a celebration for the end of the flood, but who knows for sure, eh?