Corporate-cultured marinas? God help us!
13 June 2014
Friday 13 June 2014: Corporate-cultured marinas? God help us!
This morning we had the upholsterer take away the bimini for repairs and cleaning and the plumber checking out the work to be done on the two heads (toilets) to repair and connect blackwater tanks and pumps and finally the stainless steel man give us a quote to install a frame on Clio's stern to house solar panels to keep our energy-munching fridge running. After concluding all our business we head to a lovely little restaurant on the waterfront for a delightful lunch enjoying a heavenly sea breeze, yes it is getting very warm here now.......
Tolga joined us for a coffee and after some enquiries as to how we could go about acquiring a tax file number to open a bank account and to apply for residency, he very kindly offered to drive Francis to Fethiye 30 minutes away and take him to a well-hidden office to obtain the number that will establish our presence in Turkey. A very different experience than in Greece we have achieved in one day what might have taken 3 weeks to do in Greece.
We decided perhaps we should now get to the Marina office to officially check in and discovered that Turkish bureaucracy is no different to anywhere else. The Marina office is about 800 metres away from the actual marina completely out of sight and tucked into the rear of their boatyard.
After some discussion about contracts and chartering, we were handed 14 pages of rules and conditions and asked to sign each page and an invoice for TL 1,227(over $600) for a 10 day stay prior to our charter contract commencing. Francis was not impressed and after scribbling an initial on each page without reading any of it (to stay sane, he claims), asked why they could not just bring the date of the charter contract forward by 10 days which is charged at a cheaper rate. They responded 'oh yes we can do that'!!! Its only $599 now :).
We had discovered that we needed another electricity adapter to plug into the electricity box. The monster-size adaptor reflected the boat sizes around us. It was about four times the size of our biggest plug and allowed 65 Amp to flow to the connected boat. To give you some idea: one hour of 65 Amps is equivalent to our total usable battery power 10 times over (14,300W).
We asked at the office if they could provide us with an adapter, 'no sir you have to buy one' (you can recognise corporatisation by staff calling you 'Sir' in a very demanding tone). They also neglected to tell us at the time that we would also need to purchase electricity credit from them as well. Tolga came to the rescue, he spoke with the technician back at the marina and was able to organise an adapter for us. But another 1.6km walk back to the marina office to then purchase the credit in order to make it work.
We wonder if these super-duper, corporately owned marinas (inheriting their legalistic and imposing command-and-control culture) where 14 pages of rules are presented to the happy campers, obviously designed by corporate lawyers, with corporate admin staff ruling the roost, no services are included in the hotel-room prices of 60m2 of water surface, are going to be the future of sailing amenities. One thing is sure: we will never again complain about Greece's slowness in privatizing her harbours and marinas.