Originally built in 1992 for the Barcelona Olympics, the Salamanca Group bought Marina Port Vell in 2010 with an eye toward creating a place for large yachts to dock in the center of Barcelona.
A charter vacation aboard Penny Mae in Croatia will teach you a little something about the country’s history and its terroir.
We’ve had our eye on the development of Porto Montenegro—a Gulf of Kotor port city of one of Europe’s smallest, youngest nations—for quite some time. The idea of a Monaco-like marina and destination in the location was promising and now—six years after clean-up, restoration and development began in earnest—this area is thriving.
Beginning spring 2013, Sevenstar Yacht Transport will begin regular sailings to Porto Montenegro in the Bay of Kotor. Known for dramatic coastlines and tax-free bunkering, Montenegro has grown in popularity as a yachting destination in recent years. Upgraded improvements in the legal system and infrastructure and mild year-round climate has made the spot even more attractive.
For the rare uninitiated, VAT is Value Added Tax. For the past few years, more and more countries facing a shortage of revenue have put charter yachts under a microscope as potential sources of additional funds and began collecting VAT on charter fees.
It was the classic boats, including the restored presidential yacht Honey Fitz that attracted us to the 2012 Ocean Reef Club Vintage Weekend. But Classic Weekend is also about planes and cars and they contribute their fair share to this exciting event, which takes visitors back in time.
After building a buzz for a couple of years now, Marina Port Vell’s developer Salamanca Group is embarking on the marina’s second development phase. Ultimately, Port Vell will have berths ranging from 33 feet (10 meters) to 591 feet (180 meters) with a majority in the 60- to 90-meter range.
As usual before lifting anchor the boat captain reviews his engine and runs a checklist of equipment essential to today’s cruise: fuel, water, mooring lines, chains, extra long ground tackle, sturdy nylon trip lines, heavy hammer and climbing spikes. If this sounds more like a rock-climbing expedition than a boat cruise, it is because this is Norway where boaters like to anchor from the country’s very granite walls.