Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Tangier Marina
Ron Hynes <riffhynes@...>
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I stayed there in May. Surprised new marina is still not open as it looked
just about readyin May.
As most everywhere around the Med, the swell can get
Naturally, it all depends on the direction it's running. The pilot books are very helpful.
Be prepared and patient with
what I doubt you've ever experienced before. It's all in how you
react. We thought it was funny
and were constantly giggling. Another cruiser raft
dalong side us
at every turn and was told to leave.
It seems the two major authorities, the police and customs are each vying to be most important. We had a minor engine problem and decided to stay another night. Fine said the police captain who I had some rapport with. An hour or so later, the chunky little customs guy is doing his rounds and spots us and goes non-linear. You must come with me immediately to
wasat least a quarter of a mile
away. Once there he shuffle
dpapers for 10 minutes or so then tells
mehe is going to hold the ships registration papers and that I must return at 0900 to get stamped out and get my papers returned. Naturally, at 0900 there were no customs officials to
dealwith, so in desperation I went to the police captain who personally escorted me through the
unfathomableprocedure. We had perhaps a half hour together and he told me of their plans to make Tanger a cruising destination with their new marina and the commercial development planned for the area. In turn I tried to politely tell him the entire
check inprocess needs to be revamped as most cruisers aren't going to spend 90 minutes
or so processing.
But they just don't get it!
He said its very difficult to control smuggling, etc. without the procedures they follow. I asked if they intended to move their offices as the new marina is even further. He said no; boat captains would simply have to go further!
All in all, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Wandering around the old city and the Kasbah is an experience. I enjoyed the food and the night time views were spectacular. One of my all-time cruising highlights! Fuel is even less expensive than Gibraltar although it has to be "arranged" for delivery through a middle man.
We were moored along side a commercial wharf and I sustained some damage to my rubbing strake from an iron ladder I hadn't adequately fendered. There is no electric or water. We paid 25 Euros per might but I think this was negotiable.
My advice...don't miss it!
Swan Song, Amel Meltem currently in the Canaries
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