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Old 02-12-2014, 02:00   #1
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Cape Verde or Canaries to leave boat?

Hi, wondering if any of you have experience of leaving a boat unattended (in my case it will be for about six months) either in the Canaries or Cape Verde?

Location wise, for the later onward crossing to Brazil, I would prefer Mindelo Marina in the CV's. They have no haul out and the marina has its fans and detractors. We were there for 10 days a year ago and the security seems perfectly good within the marina. The dire crime warnings, I thought looked pretty out of date and at least within the marina not relevant. The weather/sea safety of the marina is not 100 pct, as they don't have their own breakwater. The management swear protection is year-round. They apparently did have several boats that had been left there longterm in the water and there were 'boatboys' to check on lines etc, but I didn't talk to anyone with real experience of how a longterm, unattended stay had gone. Anyone done that?

If the Canaries, then where -- either in or out of water.

As far as I can see price wise there is little in it between CVs and Cs. More of question of whether boat is safely left.

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Old 03-12-2014, 07:26   #2
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Re: Cape Verde or Canaries to leave boat?

If I were you, its got to be the Canaries. Choose from Marina Rubicon on Lanzarotte, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria or Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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If cost is any consideration, I would leave it in Las Palmas as Marina Rubicon is much more expensive.

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Re: Cape Verde or Canaries to leave boat?

Hi, anyone else with experience in Cape Verde? The CVs take a good chunk of the onward passage to southern Caribbean or Brazil, where I might be aiming for later in the year, so their position is excellent. Canaries definitely have more opportunity for storage, but interested if anyone has had experience in Mindelo on anything more than a few days in harbor, which is what we did there a year ago.
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