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youmeandthed 20-08-2012 11:58

What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Just to get a few ideas about what everyone out there looks for in a cruiser friendly marina.

Currently we are staying at a great marina with a horrible reputation and just as bad management.

Any thoughts?

Sailmonkey 20-08-2012 12:05

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
Clean showers, a common area that can be used for project sprawl without offending someone.......maybe a few good dock neghbors. We're pretty simple though.

rgscpat 20-08-2012 12:20

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
Value, security (different kinds), convenience/access...

ohdrinkboy 20-08-2012 12:40

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
A loaner truck is usually a big plus.

skipmac 20-08-2012 13:25

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
More or less in order of importance.

1. Not outrageously expensive.

2. protection from waves, wakes, etc

3. strong, safe docks, cleats and pilings.

4. Showers and heads that don't offend the wife.

5. Nice neighbors

6. Docks without giant splinters to gouge your feet.

Anything else is mostly gravy.

Bash 20-08-2012 13:44

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
wifi.

belizesailor 20-08-2012 14:08

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
...

- Good bar/restaurant
- Good potable water at the dock
- Fuel dock w/ good fuel
- Good electrical (many in developing countries have crap for wiring)
- Access to town

...

barnakiel 20-08-2012 16:11

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
- clean toilets and showers, HOT WATER in the showers,
- quiet neighbours,
- wifi,
- no cats, dogs, etc. allowed,
- not too far from everything,
- not too many 'vagabundos del mar' per dock,
- knowledgeable management and staff that will take adequate action when necessary.

b.

reed1v 23-08-2012 06:23

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by belizesailor (Post 1017432)
...

- Good bar/restaurant
- Good potable water at the dock
- Fuel dock w/ good fuel
- Good electrical (many in developing countries have crap for wiring)
- Access to town

...

perfect. i use to put bar and women at the top of the list. with booze and sex, what more do you need? now too old for that stuff so silence is at the top of the list. sure miss those old drunken orgy days. of course back then the worst thing could happen was a bad hangover.

Bash 23-08-2012 07:42

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
--a short walk from the yacht club
--access to good sailing without having to motor more than two minutes.
--within a 15-minute sail of an America's Cup venue.

belizesailor 23-08-2012 08:22

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by reed1v (Post 1019740)
perfect. i use to put bar and women at the top of the list. with booze and sex, what more do you need? now too old for that stuff so silence is at the top of the list. sure miss those old drunken orgy days. of course back then the worst thing could happen was a bad hangover.

Well, there are still places where you can find that too.

reed1v 23-08-2012 14:37

Re: What do you look for in a cruiser friendly marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by belizesailor (Post 1019821)
Well, there are still places where you can find that too.

copenhagen, havana, and perth about the only places nowadays for out and out safe bacchanalas, imho. singapore, old bombay(mumbai), cote d'azur, and most of the carib use to be wild in the 60s. really wild. all gone to the new worldwide puritanical movements or to the crime cultures.

S.V Brava 23-08-2012 14:44

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Clear water, clean fresh water, workshop, wifii, security...

Billy Higgins 23-08-2012 15:14

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
A free and secure dinghy landing at the marina with a nice anchorage not too far off . . .
Then the marina would have a nice gas dock, pay-for showers, and perhaps a store which we could patronize to help offset the marina's costs for providing the convenience of the dinghy landing.

Kettlewell 23-08-2012 15:35

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Since I usually only go into a marina rarely to do stuff, my list might be different:

1. Cheap and clean fuel
2. Free or cheap fresh water
3. Convenient location for whatever repair I am looking to do (in other words, if you need new batteries, don't pick a luxury marina by the beach, choose one downtown near the stores.)
4. Convenient groceries
5. Inexpensive
6. Decent protection if I am planning to stay for a few days
7. Floating docks preferable
8. No nearby restaurant or music venue so it isn't noisy at night. Besides, there are usually better and cheaper restaurants around than the ones at the marinas.
9. I like funky--old and dilapidated with a mixture of crazy old boats is always fun. I've tied up with the fishing trawlers and amongst the local fisherman, and they're usually a colorful lot. Funky usually means cheaper. Though on the other hand I have by necessity pulled into what looked like the ritziest place around and paid no more or even less than the crappy marinas, so it pays to ask around.

Keep in mind that I rarely stay in a marina if possible, and usually then only for a night or two.

gettinthere 23-08-2012 18:26

Specifically while cruising, stopping only for a day or 2...

Inexpensive
Clean, free drinking water
Clean harbor water
Free pumpout
Good laundry facilities
Good groceries close by
Floating docks with full length finger pier

We don't use marina showers, most are definitely not worth the effort. If they provide water and we have a shower stall aboard, what's the point?

Celestialsailor 23-08-2012 19:42

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Like minded people.

The Blue Heron 23-08-2012 19:44

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Clean Showers
Good access to docks and pumpout
Clean Showers
Marina T-Shirt
Good LEE

The-Captain 22-09-2012 10:45

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Clean, hot showers, preferably free.
Wifi.
Close to some good eateries.
Fuel handy.

gettinthere 22-09-2012 14:31

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
OK, I give...why all the fuss over clean showers? Does nobody have a shower stall aboard their boat? Am I part of the 1%?

I did know a couple who lived aboard in the summer. They NEVER used the head aboard their new 49' yacht. Didn't want to get it messy. So every morning they would load all their stuff into the car, drive to the marina head and shower & dress before going off to work. Anytime day or night, when nature called, hop in the car and off to the marina head. Is that what is at the heart of this?

Randyonr3 22-09-2012 15:12

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by youmeandthed (Post 1017336)
cruiser friendly marina.


Any thoughts?

Now isnt that term "Cruiser Frendly Marina" an Oxymoron statement?
Not to knock you, but if you're a cruiser, you're not interested in a Marina as you're on the move.. you're Cruising....
And as cruisers, your stay is just a brief one and your on the move again.. so why would you care if the marina was friendy or not..

Therapy 22-09-2012 16:30

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Randyonr3 (Post 1042007)
Now isnt that term "Cruiser Frendly Marina" an Oxymoron statement?
Not to knock you, but if you're a cruiser, you're not interested in a Marina as you're on the move.. you're Cruising....
And as cruisers, your stay is just a brief one and your on the move again.. so why would you care if the marina was friendy or not..


So you get to keep your dingy and motor?

Randyonr3 22-09-2012 18:01

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Therapy (Post 1042071)
So you get to keep your dingy and motor?


you'll have to explain that one to me.. I only leave my dink where it is secure and with the permission of the landowner or the manager of the property where I leave it.. if its going to be an ongoing issue with work, I make arrangements to pay for a parking area for the dink..
At present we're tied to a private dock on the Georgina Slough in the California Delta.. my canvas and sail shop is at OxBow Marina about 1 mile up the slough so I commute by dink daily. I have a slip where I share the expence with 3 other people that have small boats.. Being a friendly marina has nothing to do with it.
If you leave your dink somewhere where you have no right to do so, its your own fault if its gone when when you return..

Therapy 23-09-2012 10:00

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Randyonr3 (Post 1042115)
you'll have to explain that one to me..
..

A friendly marina would have a low crime rate.

Randyonr3 24-09-2012 06:04

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Therapy (Post 1042639)
A friendly marina would have a low crime rate.

your just grabbing crap out of the air now, unless you have stats to back up what you say..

We all know marinas are different, for hevens sake, I do as We've been in hundreds of marinas over the years and could write a book on the pros and cons of being in such.
One thing we've found in common was the restroom cleanliness and how it reflected with the rest of the marina.. we've seen older marinas with restrooms that sparkled and uasally the whole marina is clean and a pleasure to be in.. and on the other side, we've seen new marinas that have mold growing in the corners of the restroom floor..
We've never chosen a marina because it was friendly or not, we really didnt care.. the marina is a business and we treat it as such.. but we would chose on its LOCATION.. wether its near a buss line or stores, being near down town,
and let us not forget, the water itself, does it have a tidal surge, or maybe a fuel dock where boats are comming and going all day and night..
But being friendly or not, never an issue..

something you might want to concider when picking a marina, Marinas are business's and a business in there to make money, not friends..
approch it as such.. find out if you get a discount if paying up front for the full time you'll be there. because it is a business, you always have room to negotiate..
and often marinas, at least on the west coast, you can stay as a cruiser for 90 to 120 days without being classified as a liveaboard..
And knowing this, we've pulled in, stated we wanted a slip for 4 months and would pay in full up-front.. many times we've gotton as much as 20% off, no deposit required, and electrical free.. and I really dont care if they have a smile on their face or how friendly they are..

JoanK 27-09-2012 12:56

Re: What Do You Look for in a Cruiser Friendly Marina
 
1. Safe and secure
2. Good docking
3. Clean bathrooms, showers, laundry
4.easy walking into town, groceries, loaned car is a plus.
5 shore power water close by


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