And from our window, Daddy's boat can be seen
Yachting in Russia

And from our window, Daddy's boat can be seen

Dwelling with berths may be the engine of yacht infrastructure development in St. Petersburg, but there are obstacles.
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Managing Partner of Zenith Property Management Ilya Andreev wrote a column for itBoat, in which he told about the state of the water real estate market in Zenith.Saint-Petersburg ..

St. Petersburg is called Northern Venice and the sea capital of Russia. However, the underdeveloped infrastructure for yachting and the extremely low degree of this hobby in the life of St. Petersburg citizens raise doubts about the merit of these titles.

There are a number of factors that prevent you from turning to Amsterdam or Venice. The most important of these is the lack of administrative support for water transport development in the city.

The historical context has made its contribution as well. We returned to private ownership only 30 years ago. In Soviet times yachts were made by specialized organizations like DOSAAF. The culture of yachting has not developed, and together with it the infrastructure.

Despite this, the infrastructure for private small vessels is slowly starting to develop here. And the main engines of progress - the builders offering elite habitation on water.

Today St. Petersburg has a number of residential complexes with their own berths.

The multifunctional complex «Imperial Yacht Club» on Bezymyanny Island is surrounded by the Middle Nevka and Row Canal. The marina «of the Imperial Yacht Club» can simultaneously accommodate up to 200 vessels, including 35-meter yachts with a draft of 2.5 meters.

The elite Royal Park complex on Petrovsky Island is surrounded by water: it stands on the shore of Malaya Nevka, next to Petrovsky pond and the river Zhdanovka. The project has its own marina 4.2 meters deep on 51 small vessels.

«Privileg»e Residential Complex occupies a plot of the coast of Malaya Nevka on Krestovsky Island. Local berth in the complex is designed for 39 boats and yachts. The maximum size of boats that can enter the marina is 15 meters, the draft is about 1 meter.

«Leontief Cape» complex is surrounded on both sides by the rivers Zhdanovka and Malaya Nevka, and on the third side has an exit to the bay. Capacity of the yacht harbor is up to 30 vessels up to 17 meters long (with draft up to 3 meters). The marina is open not only for residents of the complex, but also for guest boats.

«Premier Palace» residential complex is located on the Admiral Lazarev embankment, not far from where the Little Nevka flows into the Gulf of Finland. The berth on the territory of the complex is a small parking lot for the navigation period for all residents of the house who have water vehicles, and the places are not sold here.

Outside the residential clusters in St. Petersburg there are two yacht clubs - the old Soviet heritage on Petrovsky Island and the club on Krestovsky Island. In other words, it is the only adequate example in a very narrow premium segment of a five million city with a huge area, many reservoirs and access to the Gulf of Finland.

The offer is in place, but the marinas of elite LCDs are empty. Why? There is a misconception that in elite residential complexes people pay for maintenance of the object without looking, but it is not so, rather the opposite.

High-budget clients pay close attention to their tariffs and bravo keep management companies under constant stress. Residents of high-end residential complexes pay substantial fees for security and parking, maintenance of common areas and other stuffing, so they expect preferences and bonuses rather than a very high cost for keeping the boat under the balcony. All the more so as these yachts can be counted on the fingertips of the complex - which means that the high cost of the operator's services falls on a few yachtsmen heavy amounts.

Meanwhile, business in Russia does not have the possibility of long-term planning; it is afraid to invest in its development. In an unstable economy and constantly changing legislation, business tends to fight «back as soon as» possible, which makes its services even more expensive.

High cost of entering the world of yachting narrows down the already underdeveloped demand. At the same time there is no incentive from above - infrastructure, tax, credit.

That is why the real sector of yachting industry still has to wait for the market development, growth of its audience's welfare, and then for the formation of its own production and services, opening of marinas capable of attracting clients and surviving. And St. Petersburg yachtsmen still prefer to sail, store and service the vessel in the nearby European countries.

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