Boaters who intend to sail to Corsica are being warned of a new and ‘incredibly expensive’ swinging anchoring tax in public waters – and the signs are that the tax is being introduced throughout the French coast.
Boaters are being urged to boycott Corsica as long as this tax is in existence. The tax only applied to marine protected areas managed by public authorities but there are fears it will spread to all areas.
Gilles Archer, UNAPPRO-SNAVPRO secretary-general, contacted PBO to warn readers, saying: ‘This new Corsican tax will guarantee that nearly all yachts will flee towards friendlier waters.’
The Cruising Association is also very concerned by the introduction of this law, because there’s every chance it will be expanded to cover a large portion of the French coast; some estimates say as much of 50% by 2020.
A spokesperson for the CA said: ‘We know this law is already unpopular with towns and villages that welcome visiting sailors, and that opposition is being rallied in areas like the Arcachon Basin. We will monitor the situation carefully and represent our members’ interests very strongly.
‘If it is introduced widely we know from feedback from our members, many of whom sail on tight budgets, that they will choose to stay away from affected areas of the French coast.
‘Interestingly, the regional government of the Italian island of Sardinia introduced a similar tax in 2006, only to have to withdraw it in 2009 as coastal communities reported a 50% drop in waterborne business and a severe impact on local economies.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The Bavaria Sport 330 will be available in hard-top and open versions, with UK prices starting at just over £106,000 (ex. VAT)
Bavaria has released details of its latest model, the Bavaria Sport 330, which will be unveiled at the Hanseboot Acora Boat Show in Neustadt (May 29-31).
The new model will be available as both the Bavaria Sport 330 Open, Sport 330S and Sport 330HT (pictured above), all of which boast a completely redesigned cockpit with a convertible seating area/sunpad.
Despite the announcement of this new range and the recently confirmed Bavaria Sport 300, the German firm was keen to stress that it would still continue building the popular Sport 29 and Sport 32 models.
Meik Lessig, Director of Sales and Marketing for Bavaria, said: “The Sport 300 and Sport 330 offer owners numerous possibilities for space usage but the main focus is the fun of driving both motorboats. They are very agile and have very sure driving characteristics.”