Montenegro’s Dukley Marina Joins 1782 Club

The 1782 Club of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas has a new member. It’s Dukley Marina, in Budva, Montenegro.

The 1782 Club was formed a few months ago. It groups together marinas primarily in the Mediterranean and Caribbean under a cross-promotional umbrella. (Additional marinas in emerging markets are in discussion.) The properties further benefit from Camper & Nicholsons’ Marinas operational and managerial expertise, which extends to developing marinas as well.

Dukley Marina will benefit from the latter. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas and the Dukley Marina team are finalizing a redevelopment project. Among the plans: increasing berths by 60 percent, and adding a “substantial” breakwater. Currently, the marina has 330 slips and moorings. Furthermore, Dukley Marina will gain shops, restaurants, service facilities, public areas, and even residences.

The goal is, of course, to bring more traffic to Dukley Marina. It already benefits from healthy small-boat traffic and some superyachts. Surely, that’s largely due to it being the first marina upon entering the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea. The staff is also accustomed to dealing with the largest megayachts. Pilotage service is provided for private yachts of more than 1,000 gross tons, for example. It’s also provided for commercial (a.k.a. charter) yachts exceeding 500 gross tons. The largest LOA accommodated so far is about 230 feet (70 meters).

Other benefits of Dukley Marina include its location in Budva. Budva is the center of Montenegro’s tourism, with beaches, vibrant nightlife, shopping, and more. There’s also Stari Grad, which translates to Old Town. Dukley Marina is adjacent to the Old Town, in fact, which is popular with tourists and Budva residents alike. Theatrical and musical performances are often held there in summertime, adding another attractive element to the marina.

Dukley Marina shares ownership with Dukley Gardens, a high-end residential development a stone’s throw away. Tender service connects the two and will continue to be offered.

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