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The trend towards buying yachts and boats in Bulgaria is growing particularly with the construction of some first class marinas on the Black Sea coast. The largest marina located in St Vlas on the southern coast covers 26 decares with an aquatorium of almost 40 decares. Docking for 300 yachts is available, including moorings for 50 boats over 25 meters in length. Boats are anchored on six floating walkways with access to power, water, mobile re-fueling facilities, Internet, cable TV, telephone and fax available at each mooring space. The marina is enhanced by a 24-hour manned security service with a surveillance camera system.

Facilities open to the public will include a five-star hotel, fish restaurants, a piano bar, a sailor bar and other entertainment enterprise, a supermarket, shops, a sports and recreation center, a doctor's office, and a bank. The new development will accommodate the offices belonging to the port administration and border police as well as a border checkpoint and conference halls.

Yacht owners will be able to take advantage of the specialised yacht equipment and repair shops, a 50-ton boat hoist with haul-out opportunities and a slipway to get boats into the water. At some stage in the future, a customs office may be established making St Vlas a point of entry into Bulgaria.

The newly enlarged port at Balchik can now accommodate yachts with up to two-meter drafts. The marina currently accommodates up to 60 vessels, but will be extended to hold 150-160 vessels. The promenade leading to the marina is now filled with chic café’s, hotels and restaurants - all part of the new development. More coastal areas are set to include yacht marinas as part of the ongoing development and Bulgaria’s move up-market. A group of Dutch investors plan to construct a marina able to accommodate 25 to 30 yachts in Byala on the Varna coast as part of a Dutch-Norwegian resort complex. Pomorie and Achtopol municipalities announced last year that they were in the process of creating companies to build marinas in three coastal towns.

Bulgaria has several authorised dealerships for yachts and cruisers; Transcommerce – Yachtshop Ltd. ( based in Varna, sell the Bavaria yacht range along with equipment and accessories for small boat and marine sports. Yachting BG ( based in Bourgas are the official and exclusive representatives for Azimut, Atlantis, Chaparral and Frauscher in Bulgaria. Last year they sold 50 yachts, with the most expensive sale coming in at 3.6 million leva. Their plans include the construction of their own marina on the coast as the numbers of interested boat owners grow.

There are many vessels to choose from in a multitude of price ranges. The Bavaria Cruiser 31 is an exceptional boat with indisputable upgrades on its predecessor. It is equipped with the renowned Bavaria ventilation, a new style interior and features usually associated with larger yachts. Its length is a compact 9.67 m; the engine is a Volvo-Penta D1-20, 13 kW/18 PS (hp). The fuel tank holds up to 90 litres and the water tank 155. There are two cabins each with two births. The Bavaria 31 costs 55, 378 euros. The Bavaria 50 Vision is one of the flagship cruisers, with a massive interior, outstanding ventilation and superior build quality. At 15.7 m in length, it is a serious contender in the 50-foot class. It is powered by a Volvo –Penta D2-75 41kW/75HP four blade folding propeller engine, the fuel tank holds 320 litres of fuel and the water tank 790 litres. There are three comfortable cabins with six births. There are a range of additional extras such as TV’s, DVD’s and plush upholstery Prices start at 195,000 euros without extras. Further up the ladder, the Atlantis 42, retailing at 388,878 euros is 12.54 m in length with a fuel capacity of 900 litres. It is powered by a Volvo D6-310 EVC DP (2 X 285hp) engine and has two cabins each with four births.

If yachts and cruisers are out of your price or ability range try a jet ski! There are a wide variety particularly from Yamaha and Kawasaki and prices are much lower than in Western Europe particularly for second hand models. Most jet skis are imported with new high-end models retailing at around 40 – 50,000 euros. Alternatively, if you would prefer to try your hand on the high seas, you can hire a jet ski for around 45 leva for 15 minutes at any of the beach resorts.

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