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Oct 6, 2018

Santander

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Location - *

Ease of entry - ***

Staff - ****

Facilities (showers and toilets) - n/a

Water and electric - yes but needed a hose adapter that was a different size to ones we’ve used in UK and France so we couldn’t fill up!

WiFi - *

Price - *

Fuel - yes €1.25 per litre

 

We got to Santander and had seen on Navily that there were mooring balls so we were intending on picking one of them up for the night. Unfortunately, when we got there, we realised Navily was mistaken and there were no mooring balls. We tried to anchor instead but our anchor wouldn’t stick - not sure if the sand was particularly soft. As we couldn’t anchor, we had to go into a marina. We couldn’t get into the one closest to the town with our draft so we had to go to Marina de Santander.

 

The marina looked ok and there is a fuel pontoon, which we needed. One point to bear in mind is there are no entry points/channel markers to mark where to sail in and there are also mud flats that dry on either side of the channel when entering so be careful! Our charts are new but showed all the wrong depths.

 

A guy called Ricardo came out to meet us at the entrance to show us where to moor up which was really helpful and we appreciated.

 

However, we were not impressed at all with this marina. It was miles away from the town so we either had to do a very long walk or get a taxi (we had just finished a 37 hour sail so we didn’t bother) and aside from the marina bar, which was dead and not overly nice, there was nothing at all to do.

 

The price was quite unbelievable - It was €59 for one night which is the most expensive we’ve ever paid! We didn’t need to use any of the facilities but they didn’t mention they had any anyway. They also required a €20 deposit for the keycard that lets you in and out of the pontoon area, which is a pain (or handy for them!) if you want to leave when the office is closed.

 

There is WiFi but from our boat, which was pretty close to the office, we didn’t get any signal, even when we were stood out on deck. It’s also very close to the airport so you can hear the planes going over every so often too.

 

Compared to any of the other marinas we’ve stayed in, this has been the worst, we would definitely not go back there again, sorry Marina De Santander!

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