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Old 18-03-2016, 14:01   #1
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Wintering in Almerimar, Spain

Does anyone have experience with wintering in Almerimar, Spain, on the hard? Any issues with security? Many thanks for any help you can provide.
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Living aboard while on the hard is frowned on for a start.. though there's plenty of apartments to rent from 250euro/mth upwards.
Been there many times over the last 20plus years.. never had any problems.. mind some of the other cruisers need watching as they pass through.
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Re: Wintering in Almerimar, Spain

Lower shelf and about average re security (meaning theft, otherwise: secure). A middle of nowhere place without culture and education. Be your own entertainment or watch others.

Spanish people as always: friendly, open-minded and tolerant. Some English spoken and siestas strictly observed. It takes getting used to and then it grows on you and you start liking it. Then you never want to leave. Etc.

Winter climate actually quite cool. Good wool socks available from mountaineers in the hills nearby.

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Re: Wintering in Almerimar, Spain

Thanks much for the replies. I will be leaving the boat for something like 6 months and am looking for a safe place to do so out of the water. Sounds like Almerimar is not too bad - I was actually looking at Cartagena which seems a bit more upscale but don't see any options there to keep the boat on the hard. Any other places in the area that would be better than Almerimar? Muchas gracias!
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Re: Wintering in Almerimar, Spain

I would do the following:

- remove ALL food and water (just give the food to anyone in the marina),
- set cockroach traps,
- disconnect all electric equipment,
- remove all sails and dodgers,
- lock the boat up very well and make sure the hatches are locked and secured,
- if there are liveaboards in the yard, make friends, ...

Depending on your batteries and systems, your batts may be caput when you are back - either remove them and store in the boatyards cool storage, or leave a small trickle charger on, your choice.

Do leave your phone NOT email with the manager. Call them up now and then and check if all is fine. Spain is not an email country.

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