October 8, 2020 – Nautics has emerged this year as a tourism segment that is quite resilient to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Small communities, hidden coves, and natural isolation make nautics stronger than corona.
This year, as in previous years, the Nautical Patrol of Jutarnji list organized a research route through Croatian marinas, from Umag to Dubrovnik. Their goal was to explore and find the best marina according to the answers of the surveyed boaters. Marinas were also rated by an expert jury, and the results will be announced soon.
They set out on their journey with the hypothesis that nautical tourism has the highest chance of a speedy recovery, precisely because of its specificity. And they were right.
During their patrol, they did not encounter a single case of coronavirus infection in any Croatian marina, so their hypothesis was confirmed. Nautical tourism is sustainable even in a pandemic.
What makes nautical specific?
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most commonly used words around the world has been “isolation”. People around the world sought to stay in their homes thus creating their own isolation. But for boaters, isolation is a lifestyle.
They live on their own or rented boats in small communities, which makes it possible to isolate themselves, and that’s exactly what most of them want. That’s why they like hidden coves and quiet anchorages that form natural isolation, and on the Croatian coast, they can find them in abundance.
Nautical tourism is sustainable even in a pandemic / Copyright Romulić and Stojčić
On the other hand, they also love our marinas because they provide them with a safe berth. Also, since marinas are organized as a kind of closed settlements, it is easy to implement control and protection measures in them.
During the pandemic, the use of delivery services increased worldwide, and that is also possible in Croatian marinas. Everything the boaters needed was delivered to their boat.
Infection stronger than corona
Another specificity is their self-discipline. As reported by Nautical Patrol reporters, adherence to epidemiological measures in marinas was at a high level.
However, boaters generally adhere to the accepted rules of attitude towards the environment in all circumstances, especially in emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic, because they spend a lot of time adrift at sea.
In other words, “nautical” infection is stronger than corona, and this has been confirmed over the past nautical season.