Italy’s Marina D’Arechi Finally Finished

The newly completed Marina D’Arechi has been more than a decade in the making. Now fully done, it’s counting on a few advantages to attract boaters and yacht owners across the spectrum. It’s in proximity to the Amalfi Coast hotspots of Capri, Ischia, Positano, and more. It’s within a UNESCO World Heritage site. It offers homeporting and transient berths. And, it’s under Camper & Nicholsons Marinas management.

Marina D’Arechi is in the port of Salerno. Among its 1,000 berths are 80 for megayachts, both sail and power. Draft at its entrance is 26 feet, and the maximum LOA is 328 feet. With a basin exceeding 3.6 million square feet, it’s one of the largest marinas in the Med. Furthermore, Marina D’Arechi is an architectural attraction itself. Its breakwater, comprised of rocks, extends three-quarters of a mile, for example. The overall design is of an island connected to the shore by a bridge, too.

Even though it wasn’t completed until late last year, Marina D’Arechi has been welcoming megayachts for many months. Among the visitors last summer and autumn: the 230-foot Freedom, the 239-foot Yalla, and the 207-foot Irimari. Plans for the marina kicked off in 2000, with a decade-long delay before laying the first stone. The delay stemmed from legislative issues and the global economic crisis. However, by 2012 the first yachts were occupying berths.

Marina D’Arechi attracted Camper & Nicholsons Marinas’ attention in 2014. “When I visited the site back then, I could tell this project was something special,” says Dan Hughes, Camper’s business development director. The two companies kept in touch in the ensuing years. The marina’s developer then reached out when infrastructure completion occurred last year. Hughes terms the results “breathtaking” and adds that the staff is a significant benefit, too. “The service is friendly yet professional, which makes for a great atmosphere,” he explains. “All staff are fluent in Italian and English, with others speaking a third language. This is truly an international superyacht marina for the 21st century.”

With a restaurant, pastry shop, lounge, and more, the marina is additionally environmentally minded. Marina D’Arechi uses recycled wood for its pier decking, for example. The above-mentioned breakwater uses only real rocks. The facility also recycles water and waste.

One more benefit: Marina D’Arechi has a maintenance and repair facility. It includes a 220-ton-capacity yacht hoist.