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Autumn 2006

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Angelo Colombo


A new Marina is to be borne on the North Eastern coast of Sardinia by the name of Olbia. The ten year old project took form with the construction at first of a residential area taking the same name, rising behind the would be Marina which is to complete the project. Built in accordance with the most recent building and environmental standards, using materials which easily blend the structure with the its surrounds, the Marina seems to form an integral part of the housing development it forms part of. The water reservoirs have been created out of two natural bays bordering with the Island of Cavallò and a series of emerging rocks. Thus, the internal separation has been taken care of by mother nature whilst sea level construction has been carried out by integrating existing rocks with pontoons and gang-ways. All this has been done to leave the environment unaltered but at the same time to offer 269 new births, of which 22 built to host yachts over 35 metres in length, 44 for those between 18 and 20 metres and the remainder being left to the 7.5 to 15 metre range. Another important factor is the matter of draught which never falls below 3.00 metres in the areas assigned to the smaller boats nor below 5 in the remaining others.

However the Marina's main asset rests with its vicinity to the residences of Olbia, which also include a shopping centre as well as being near to the Costa Smeralda international airport, and only a five minutes drive from Olbia city-centre. The New Marina di Olbia will be able to avail itself of the services of a number of companies operating in the area of the Gulf of Olbia, for any technical or indeed 'bureaucratic' assistance required. One of the main advantages of this Marina for those wishing to use it on a fixed mooring basis, lies in the very proximity with all the main connections to and from the island towards the continent. The commercial harbour and the city centre are near by, the airport may even be reached on foot if it took one's fancy. All this is very valuable for owners and crew alike, who may count on an urban centre where schools, services, shops and everything necessary for life on board even in full winter, can be found. The harbour will also host 508 car-parking spaces, a control tower, toilets, offices, equipment warehouses, quay-side sheds for guest use, refuelling station. The inauguration is scheduled for spring 2008.

For further information please contact 800029029 toll free.