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Old 16-06-2012, 07:44   #1
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Anchoring at Alacati, Turkey

Does anyone know if you can drop anchor in the bay where Port Alacati is located (I think it is called Agriler Limani) without being a general menace to society? (I know that there is a lot of windsurfing and other water activities going on there). If so, how is the holding, and any tips would be appreciated?

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Does anyone know if you can drop anchor in the bay where Port Alacati is located (I think it is called Agriler Limani) without being a general menace to society? (I know that there is a lot of windsurfing and other water activities going on there). If so, how is the holding, and any tips would be appreciated?

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Rod Heikell in his "Turkish Waters and Cyprus Pilot" 6th ed. pg. 129 says
"There are several places where a yacht can anchor:
1: on the W side, in a bight just past some low cliffs. Reasonable shelter from the meltemi. There are windsurfers everywhere and you may decide that right under the hotel is not for you.
2: In the bay on the E side, off Kocak. Poor shelter from the meltemi.
3: Near the head of Agriler Korfezi. Care must be taken of shoal water off the western side and at the head of the bay. The bottom is mud and good holding."

I'd invest in the book if I did not have it:-) There's a lot of good info there, and it's great to have a good read around before you go gunkholing.

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Old 18-06-2012, 10:39   #3
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Re: Anchoring at Alacati, Turkey

Thanks Kesey,

I've actually got the book, but it's on board the boat, and I'm not right now!

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Old 23-06-2012, 11:55   #4
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Rod Heikell in his "Turkish Waters and Cyprus Pilot" 6th ed. pg. 129 says
" Care must be taken of shoal water off the western side and at the head of the bay. The bottom is mud and good holding."
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Yes, my keel knows it:bang head: Hopefully it was very slowly and we had no damage and it was quite easy to get out of it and sail again in direction of the marina. It looks like the sand is moving and not so easy to appreciate the depth in the approach of the marina...
Just to say, there is a marina, it is one of the most windy spot for Kite-surfing .... Why mooring there ?
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Why mooring there ?
Going kitesurfing.
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I was in Agrilar Limin 16th June 2013 and was given a Formal Declaration by a staff member of Port Alaçati.
The declaration read – The harbour master of Çeşme and Turkish Coast Guard Officer declare that ; “Alaçati Bay is forbidden for anchoring. Especially in front of marina and surfing areas” Please kindly obey these formal rules.
Later the coast guard came out and told me “ No anchoring – you must go into the marina” I told them I didn’t need the marina and would leave the bay. After a long phone call they headed back to the marina, returning half an hour later with a piece of paper with the Lats and Longs of the 'No anchoring areas'. The three areas are - In the shallows at the head of the bay – (too shallow for a keel boat). Immediately south of the marina and in the shallows in the South East corner of the bay.
There is now a buoyed channel leading to the marina, as long as you are north of that, there is plenty of room to anchor before the ‘no anchoring area’. There were five other boats anchored in that area and the holding seemed fine.
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On the subject of no anchoring.
On the 26th of June 2013 I was anchoring in the bay under Deveboynu Burnu just south of Eskiföça (listed in Rod Heikell’s Pilot book ), when a Turkish army truck turned up with six soldiers armed with rifles. They were deployed along the beach using the grass as cover. Ooops ! A few minutes later a fast RIB turned up and I was told quite firmly - “This is a military area” and was escorted out of the bay.
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Now that beats a guy in a dinghy hands down!!!!
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I was in Agrilar Limin 16th June 2013 and was given a Formal Declaration by a staff member of Port Alaçati.
The declaration read – The harbour master of Çeşme and Turkish Coast Guard Officer declare that ; “Alaçati Bay is forbidden for anchoring. Especially in front of marina and surfing areas” Please kindly obey these formal rules.
Later the coast guard came out and told me “ No anchoring – you must go into the marina” I told them I didn’t need the marina and would leave the bay. After a long phone call they headed back to the marina, returning half an hour later with a piece of paper with the Lats and Longs of the 'No anchoring areas'. The three areas are - In the shallows at the head of the bay – (too shallow for a keel boat). Immediately south of the marina and in the shallows in the South East corner of the bay.
There is now a buoyed channel leading to the marina, as long as you are north of that, there is plenty of room to anchor before the ‘no anchoring area’. There were five other boats anchored in that area and the holding seemed fine.
It seems they don't want people anchoring in the sailboarding area (Immediately south of the marina), or in the kitesurfing area (in the shallows in the South East corner of the bay). I ended up anchoring in the Eastern part of the bay for several days, but kept clear of the kitesurfing area, and no-one approached me saying I had to move.

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Re: Anchoring at Alacati, Turkey

I've been wind surfing for many years and have anchored couple of times in Alaçatı.

What Mr. Heikell is saying is either outdated or bulls..t..

Not a place for anchoring, forget it.. There are many shollow spot (less than a meter) and these sand bans moves each year. Generally the buttom is sand and mud but there are also some weddy spots where the hold is not good.
Moreover, this is the paradise for the kite and wind surfers and they hate boats mooring in this bay

Alaçatı marina is reasonably priced (in Turkish standards) and lovely. If you want to spend some time there, I could recommend them. Don't miss a trip of 2-3 km to the center of Alaçatı, it's beatiful.

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Re: Anchoring at Alacati, Turkey

Hi guys,

I'm contemplating a trip to the Med in 2014, leaving from Panama. I'm getting married in November and my wife holds a Croatian passport.

We don't have money for Marinas and I'm looking for information on sheltered free anchorages in Turkey.

Any info would be great.

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