A new Croatian Marina... in TROGIR!
I have been quiet for a while now for several reasons, not least pressure of my day job which has been full-time since the start of 2013, but also because our Croatian cruise in 2013 was a bit of a disaster, the total lack of wind was not such an issue as was the viscous dose of flue we both caught on the plane flight into Split and which for me lasted the full two weeks - one thing is for certain, a boat is no place to be when every joint aches and your head feels like it has been stuffed in a box fool of cotton wool.
Anyway past is past.
An email that popped into the CIYC inbox last week has prompted me to put finger to key board. This email from a marketing rep at an investment company called Kermas was not the usual sales pitch (buy a berth at such and such a marina or attend a boat show) which we usually get bombarded with but was announcing a new marina development.
A new independent marina in Croatia - in itself unusual, I cannot be sure but the last development on this scale I am aware of was Frapa at Rogoznicsa. So I opened the prospectus and was amazed to find the site was in TROGIR!
Now those who follow this (intermittent) blog, the CIYC site generally, or any of our Facebook or twitter feeds will know that Trogir is our favourite destination in the Adriatic (more so than Split, Dubrovnik or any other Croatian Town) so my interest levels immediately spiked off the scale as did my surprise.
To my everlasting shame we have not actually made a visit to the city since May of 2012 when certainly there was no public evidence of this development to see. All of this is about to change!
By May of 2014 the new facility, to be called ‘Marina Trogir’ will have opened, occupying the site of the former ship yards that provided the industrial landscape that all nautical visitors to the town will be familiar with. This site, on the western tip of Otok Ciovo lies west and south of Trogir old town, forming the southern shore of the Trogirski Kanal and has been as much a part of the skyline of Trogir as the Medieval buildings of the World Heritage Site. Its part of the city’s distinctive character and has been since before the breakup of Yugoslavia.
It has however become increasingly derelict and disused in recent years as Croatian ship building declined, but now all that is changing. By the time the new facility opens in May this year, the site will have changed substantially. While elements of the ship yard will be retained, not least the sheds that form much of the distinctive skyline (a good thing I think) and ships will still be worked on on the southern side at the west end of the site, there will be deep water moorings for super yachts at the east end of southern shore (18-40m of water) and new pontoons on the north shore from the edge of the old ACI facility west to the tip of the headland.
This will add a further 170 wet berths and an as yet unspecified number of dry berths to the site. Furthermore the site will have facilities for maintenance, repair, dry-docking and lifting out at the largest scales, including apparently the use of at least one of the floating drydocks that has been moored there for many years.
Though located next to the ACI Trogir marina, this facility is completely independent from ACI. It will operate all of its own services including toilets, showers and presumably restaurants in due course.
So - new deep berths, a super-yacht facility including shore and floating repair options and pontoon mooring for another 170 boats... A good or a bad thing?
Well on the face of it it all seems good. Trogir like everywhere in Croatia relies on tourism for its income and this can only help, particularly by providing facilities for the richest boat owners. But us ‘mere mortals’ are likely to benefit too! Traditionally when the charter fleets have been in harbour they have made the ACI marina (one of our favourite ACIs) difficult to find a spot in, this usually means Friday and Saturday nights are out for visitors. Now there should be enough moorings for all concerned, relieving the logjam for smaller vessels on a Friday night and allowing for Trogir to become a week long, month round leisure craft destination without those small boats necessarily having to resort to their anchors.
And for the skyline and the shipbuilding industry? Well the plans we have been sent suggest these will remain, and perhaps survive longer and potentially prosper because the, much needed, inward investment.
So not all change is for the worst! I for one am looking forward to adding Trogir into my cruising schedule for June and trying out the new facility - reviews to follow once we have given it a thorough testing!
For more information on the delights of this great city and other information relating to Trogir check out our Trogir pages!
More as we have it.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014