Italy’s Portofino (above) is renowned for its charm and intimacy. That intimacy is, unfortunately, also an issue in the high season in summertime. The city’s Marina di Portofino only offers a little more than a dozen moorings. Since it’s so popular with megayachts, sometimes securing slips is a problem. However, thanks to a new agreement with nearby Marina Genova (below), yachting tourists need not head somewhere else. The two marinas are collaborating on providing berths as well as related logistics.
Marina Genova sits 22 nautical miles to the west of Portofino, in Genoa. It also devotes 100 of its 500 slips to megayachts, up to 426 feet (130 meters). By contrast, Marina di Portofino has just 14 slips, plus a tender dock. The slips aren’t entirely for megayachts, either. In fact, they start for boats of just 33 feet (10 meters). The limited total, plus maximum LOA of 262 feet (80 meters), makes the marina all the more in high demand. So does the proximity to the picturesque village square with restaurants and shops.
The new agreement lets Marina Genova serve as a sort of stop-over slip provider. Megayachts awaiting an opening in Portofino can benefit from a number of support services. For example, Marina Genova will provide provisioning and other berth supplies. It will also provide agency services and fueling. (One of the two fuel docks has duty-free fuel.) If you’re flying in to the international airport in Genoa, you’re in luck, too. Marina Genova provides transportation to and from Cristoforo Colombo International Airport. It’s just five minutes away, in fact. Of course, the marina staff can recommend places to visit in the city of Genoa as well. The marina sits a few minutes from the city center.
There’s yet another benefit of the new agreement. Marina Genova has a working shipyard section, for maintenance and repair tasks.