Winter is fast approaching, which means that for you boat owners out there, it’s time to take your vessels out of the water until the next season arrives or moor it in one of Malta’s numerous approved bays and marinas.
Mooring in an Approved Location
It is highly important for boat owners to take heed of the fact that boat insurance will not cover the cost of any problems they may run into should they choose to moor their boat in a location which has not been approved by their insurer.
Approved Bay and Marina List
There is a definitive list of bays or marinas in which mooring is possible over the winter months in order to ensure that boat insurance is still applicable in the event of a mishap. They are:
- Msida Yacht Marina
- Manoel Island Marina
- Msida Creek
- Lazzaretto Creek
- Sliema Creek (up to where Marks and Spencer is)
- Portomaso Marina
- Kalkara Creek
- Kottonera Marina
- Pretty Bay, Birzebbuga
- St. George’s Bay, Birzebbuga
- Wied il-Buni, Birzebbuga
- Bugibba (beneath Portobello restaurant)
- Marsaxlokk Bay
- Mgarr Harbour, Gozo (excluding pontoons B,C,D and E)
- Xemxija (behind Ghajn Razul breakwater)
- Sandy Yacht Marina, Ta’ Xbiex
- Laguna Marina, Valletta Waterfront
Why there are Approved Bays
All other bays around the Maltese Islands are not covered by boat insurance during the winter months. The reasons for this are obvious – the sea tends to get very rough between the end of September and the end of March, which could lead to tethers snapping, or even boats crashing against shorelines.
Resultantly, a definitive list of approved bays and marinas is in place where conditions are more favourable during the off-season.