Jan 27 2018

Looking forward to Easter

No, not particularly because of the bunnies and the chicks….although, they are cute!

No, Patrik and I are planning to drive to Loano, Italy, which lies approx. 60 km west of Genoa. There lies the beautiful “Marina di Loano” and that’s the object of desire!

It all started a few weeks ago, when a new idea appeared. Since we cannot buy a catamaran yet, but somehow want to get started with our plans, a new idea popped up. Why not buying a monohull and rent it out to tourists? Like an apartment, or – if desired – rent it out as a bareboat charter.

We found “Beds on Board” and it seems to be a type of holiday accommodation that people love. Well, we certainly would prefer that, instead of staying in a hotel or rent an apartment.

For us it would be a great way, starting a business without too high of a risk. See first, how it works out, if it really is such an attractive way to spend your holidays. Sailing or not sailing, one can also just stay in the marina and enjoy a different kind of accommodation.

After settling on that fabulous idea, the next step was, finding a marina, with a) long term mooring places, b) affordable ones, c) reachable for us by car. So, in the end we spotted “Loano Marina”, which is about a six hours drive from us – perfect!

Plus it’s such a beautiful and well maintained place, we almost couldn’t believe it. Another sympathetic point is, the prices are catamaran-friendly. That means, you pay the same amount for a cat than a monohull! Not that Patrik and I changed our Malta plans to Italian ones, but you never know where we’ll end up in the beginning, right?!

Anyhow, Patrik then sent an offer request to the marina, costs for a monohull, up to 14m long and a stay between one to three years. After a few days we got their offer, which was so incredibly attractive, that we decided that we had to visit the marina and let us show and explain everything.

So Patrik thanked for their quotation and asked if it was possible to have a look around and get some information. And if they could recommend a hotel nearby. “ Of course, they gladly would show us around the marina and its facilities”, was the reply and enclosed we found a special offer for the hotel “Yacht Club Marina di Loano”!

Amazingly, the price for the two nights including breakfast was about a third less than usual, so of course we gladly took the chance and booked a room!

So, that’s settled and we look forward to a fantastic weekend in Loano – how cool is that?!

Meanwhile, Patrik and I are driving eachother crazy with looking for suitable monohulls. I’ve just told him this week that the boat he wants hasn’t been built yet…..

Wish you all a great week 🙂

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