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Old 10-12-2008, 17:28   #31
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TI KI HUT/BAR , sports on a TV and good snacks. Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese and the place will be sold out!

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Old 10-12-2008, 19:59   #32
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I agree, GREAT ideas. And the best way to start a new working schedule is to ask the people what they want/need. This forum shows that if a place is sub-standard, it will get around by word of mouth, QUICK!!! And I know that word gets around like wild fire within the cruising community.

I commend you on asking the very people that will be populating your business. Good luck with it and I hope to see it in the near/distant future!!

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Old 18-12-2008, 07:43   #33
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Originally Posted by Weyalan View Post
From my point of view:
1. Available drinking water, preferably free, but certainly not expensive
2. Available diesel, at not more than 10% above the nearest service station's price (otherwise I will jug my jerry cans there and back, just out of spite)
3. Reasonable security
4. A reasonably clean toilet, preferably a shower too
5. A pub within walking distance
6. If at all possible, a place nearby where gas cylinders can be refilled
this guy has almost got it, (possibly suggest a supermarket & laundromat) but it amazes me that nobody has mentioned safety, after what happened with a tsunami in asia a few years ago where so many yachts were destroyed because the marina fingers floated above the perimeter..

here in nth australia tropics the marinas are all lock bound because of the tides & cyclone surge, ergo folk usually have to pay a fee to enter & exit and many simply leave their yachts there because they are too bloody lazy to go sailing whenever, few live aboard. the marinas are seen as a knobs spot to live or visit so us dinkum working class yachties just live in the harbour and spend the money we save by not paying marina fees on dodgey home brew butterscotch schnapps and other flavours of sly grog...

face it if a dinkum cyclone comes by wouldnt you rather be up the creek than in a locked enclosure.....
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Old 18-12-2008, 08:11   #34
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The first thing I judge a marina by is how large the fairways are.

The marina I'm currently in provides a weekly pump-out service at no additional cost. How cool is that?

cruising is entirely about showing up--in boat shoes.
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