We are always happy to make recommendations where we have received good service in some way and so we have tried to list below the people and companies, by country in case it helps anyone looking for this information.
We do not recommend people lightly and so these places have all done us proud. Please tell us if you find differently.
Istanbul - Marinturk City Port Istanbul (Pendik Marina to you and me) Still under construction whilst we were there, but nearing completion (July 2009) and very pleasant and helpful staff and just a 3 TR train ride from the city attractions. Also just a few minutes from Sabiha Godek airport (Easyjet). 0090 5327422 381
Kusidasi Marina Restaurant on the quay. You need to folow the quay round from the reception heading past the tennis courts and hardstanding area. Brilliant food and great service and not too busy as it is so hard to find!
Yacht marine - Marmaris
This is the place to leave your boat for the winter. Huge and sometimes a bit impersonable perhaps, but the marina is well run and has every facility for yachtsmen doing what we do. Excellent on site restaurant as well as a staff canteen you can use which is very basic but sound food at a fixed price, 7 YTL (3 euro) per head in 2010) which is just the job if you are trying to live on the boat whilst it is out of the water at the end or start of the season. On the social front there are so many boats based here throughout the winter that there is a thriving community and all sorts going on with frequent social events. The bar has a happy hour to rival any we have seen!
There are also any number of very good companies based here and in Marmaris itself who can do just about any job you can name.
We can fully recommend Demir Marine here. They are a large and well run outfit and whilst you need to keep on their case all the time (never make the mistake of letting these companies work on your boat when you are not there) they do very good work. not the cheapest but out here you tend to get what you pay for! Stainless steel work, rigging, carpentry and electrics etc. Pretty much the full range. Ask for Ilhan or John.
DEMIR Marine 0090 252 422 0055 email@example.com or visit www.demirmarine.com
Boat Electrics. We bought cable and bits from Aydin Marine (ask for Mesut Silin) who were really helpful and full of advice and suggestions.
Raymarine have an agent at yacht marine who are first class (but very busy).
Sailmakers: Moby marine who are agents for Elvstrom Sails are very prompt and effecient. They laundered and looked after our sails for the winter and made us a new gennaker of which we are very proud. www.mobymarine.com.tr 0090 252 419 2351. Ask for Yelin but they mostly speak good English.
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Great place and some first class engineers etc. (and they all speak proper English!)
Brilliant little shop and more importantly a workshop where they can repair and recover most problems!
Link 2000,bate Rigord Street, Ta' Xbiex, XBX 1128
Phone: 356 21 - 339165
RLR Yachting are the agents in Malta and at the time of writing this, Matthew Gusman is the operations manager. They are your first port of call for anything to do with Raymarine and they on the front near the bridge to Manoile (pronounced Manuel) Island.
156 Ta' Xbiex Seafront, Gizra GZR 102o
'Phone:00356 2133 1192
But you really need to know that the man they then call out to your boat is called Kurt Casapinta and his mobile is 00356 9942 9584. Kurt is an electronics wizard and appears to be trained by Raymarine, Mastervolt and a host of others, so for most electrical and electronic faults he is the man you need, but getting hold of him is another thing.
I recommend using email first firstname.lastname@example.org
See Kurt Casapinta above, but also we had fantastic service in fixing our Icom SSB unit from:
Medcomms Ltd. Their best engineer for such things was Stephan and I cannot praise him highly enough. These people are agents for Garmin etc. so between them and Kurt you have pretty much everything covered!
4 Msida Road, Gzira,
00356 2133 5521 or 00356 2133 0147
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Queensway Quay Marina
PO Box 19, Ragged Staff Wharf, Gibraltar.
Phone: (00 350) 20044700
Fax: (00 350) 20044699
By far and away the better of the two marinas in Gibraltar so you do need to call or email them in advance to secure a mooring. Very handy for all the shopping, although the town is small enough that nothing is too far away. If having stuff sent out, remeber that you can get stuff sent duty free here, which is very worthwhile. more to the point the courier firms are very helpful, but most stuff sent by ordinary service will come via Spain and other points in Europe which means plenty of unreasonable delays! Worth paying extra for express.
You can get work done here, but it can be a bit dear and the quality varies. The marina can give you details as our info is out of date.
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