Monday, 26 June 2017

April/May, 2017 - TANGIER, MOROCCO

Another country, another continent, a new culture...

The "new" marina, partially constructed, still in not open, even though our cruising guide indicated that it was to have been completed two years ago.

We are placed on a high concrete wall just inside the fishing harbor.  It is subject to Atlantic tides and is impossible to get off the boat at low tide.  During our stay we move to a vacated spot further inside to avoid the swell.  Big mistake!  The inexperienced line handlers resulted in our sustaining major damage to our Pulpit.  To add insult to injury we also had our two spring lines ruined by chafe.

Absolutely no services and access to town via an active construction site, at a cost exceeding the full service marinas in Spain.

Check in/out procedures friendly, but bureaucratic and inflexible.  We wanted to leave with the tide/current at 06:30, but were told we could not check out the night before and would have to wait until they opened at 08:30.  Based on our experience it would mean we would not get away before 10:00.  We left on the evening tide, forcing us to navigate the Gibraltar Strait at night.

The merchants are aggressive negotiators. Enjoy the experience, but stressful for those not used to haggling. 

The sights, sounds and smells are very exotic.  The people friendly and helpful.

We are glad we came, but would not bring our boat again, at least until the new marina is finished.

Our boat is across from the fish unloading dock.

Our concrete dock.

Our first location at least had a ladder.

Morocco was the first county to recognize the USA and enjoyed(s) a special relationship, outlined in the American Litigation Museum.  Well worth a visit.

Lots of documents signed by early US Presidents.

The new unfinished marina.

Unfinished marina.

Passat II in the Fishing Harbor.

The waterfront, looking toward the new mosque.

The market was an experience in unto itself.

We take a taxi to the caves of Hercules.

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