Gladlee of Guernsey
An article for Yachting World magazine in 250 words.
NEW MARINAS IN ISRAEL .................... by Nigel Morley and Julie Smart
The recently opened 600-berth marina at Ashkelon, in southern Israel, is offering bargain basement rates to attract custom to one of the country’s major new growth areas: Dutch-style “box” moorings between concrete jetties cost a mere 1 shekel per meter per day, or around £2.60 for a 12 metre yacht. Ashkelon is only 120 miles from Port Said and is a port of entry, so it will be a convenient first or last port of call for yachts transiting the Red Sea. The low rates should attract wintering yachts too: Ashkelon has good shopping facilities, communications and other amenities, while the marina provides normal services (including a 100-ton travel lift) and the world’s first built-in cathodic protection system. The marina site is a little isolated as yet - it will be some time before the planned development round it takes shape - but the central areas of the pleasant modern city are within easy enough reach. Ashkelon Marina’s fax number is (972)-7-733823.
After a number of delays Herzliya Marina, 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, is also now operational: like Ashkelon it is part of a major site development which will take a while to complete. Short-term mooring rates (assessed per square metre) are high, with a 12 metre yacht paying about £17.50 a day, but very substantial discounts are offered for longer periods and most of the 800 berths will no doubt be taken by local boats on annual contracts. The marina’s fax number is (972)-9-565593.