What you won’t find in
, yet! (The good, the bad, and the ugly!)
Perhaps the single most difficult consideration for yachts arriving in
is the lack of dockside fuel availability. Although a petrol station is within walking/taxi distance, and diesel may be delivered via tanker by special arrangement, it is not possible to refuel conveniently at the harbour. Thankfully, potable water is readily available at multiple locations.
The shoreside toilet facilities are also lacking. There is a toilet at the harbourmaster’s office but the building is closed outside of office hours. As this is a commercial facility rather than a recreational one, normal 9-5 working hours apply to harbour staff. If you have issues at other times, it may be difficult to find assistance. There was a rudimentary shower facility established during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, but it is not clear if these facilities will be made available at other times.
With the water exchange being limited inside the harbour to one hour around slack water when the gates open, the water inside tends to get a bit stale. Be prepared to clean your hull and decks after you leave.
And since the locks only open for a short time, dinghy access to the inner harbour is also limited for vessels on moorings in the outer harbour. Dinghy’s can tie up, however, at the outer harbour wall where there are stairs coming up to the street level.