For entrance formalities, see the section Passports and Visas. The coastline of Turkey, often green, rocky and indented with bays, coves, inlets, and a number of ancient sites near safe mooring spots, is perfect for yachting. Sailing in Turkish waters

Some recommendations:

   - International navigation rules should be scrupulously followed.
   - The Turkish courtesy flag should be flown from 8 a.m. to sunset.
   - It is best to avoid zigzagging between Turkish and Greek waters.
   - Yachtsmen should strictly refrain from taking any "archaeological souvenirs" from the coastal waters and keeping them on board, since the penalty is confiscation of the yacht.
   - According to navigation law, it is forbidden to take passengers on board between two ports in Turkey.
   - In order to preserve both nature and the environment, it is necessary to adhere to the internationally recognized norms (do not empty dirty and bilge water into the sea). If the above clauses are not respected, a penalty will be applied in accordance with international rules.


Note: Cellular Telephones entering the country must be accompanied by a certification form showing ownership. Ownership must be documented in the passport of the owner and will be checked on entry and exit. For more information contact the Ministry of Transportation, General Directorate at Tel:(312)212 35 72 - 212 60 10 (10 lines),Fax:(312) 221 32 26 or write to Ulastirma Bakanligi Telsiz Gn. Md. Emek - Ankara. In addition, Use of MF and HF radio bands is prohibited in Turkish harbors. When sailing along 'the Turkish coast: In summer, the winds normally blow from the northwest to southeast on the central and southern Aegean. This wind is commonly called as “meltem”, although in some areas such as at Cesme, Izmir and Kusadasi, it is called the "imbat." In the early and late summer, the "meltem" blows less and there are days of little or no wind at all. Generally, the meltem will die down at night and then resume the next day around midday. It can also blow day and night for days on end in the gulfs. The wind follows the coast from the west and becomes weaker towards the heads of the gulfs. Gusts are particularly violent off the north coast of the Gulf of Gokova and the Gulf of Hisaronu. The meltem also blows in a westerly direction along the Mediterranean coast as far as the Gulf of Finike. Around the Gulf of Antalya, there are both land and sea breezes with the latter predominating generally between the south and southwest. In the morning, there will often be a land breeze blowing from the north. Winds in the spring and autumn are almost equally divided between north and south, but in winter, winds and gales are predominantly from the south.


There is a meteorological bulletin on VHF 16, and 67, in English and Turkish, for the Mediterranean and Aegean region (Bodrum, Kusadasi, Marmaris, Antalya, Finike, Alanya, Anamur, and Mersin). It is broadcast everyday at 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 hrs. Each broadcast is repeated three times. For more information contact:


   - State Meteorology General Director (Devlet Meteoroloji IsIeri Gn. Md.), 06120 - Kalaba, Ankara.

    Tel : (312) 359 75 45 /ext 392, Fax: (312)360 25 51.


Marinas and resorts

All ports of entry in Turkey (listed in the section Passports and Visas) are in a position to receive sailboats year round. Supplies (food and motor fuel) are also available. Marinas provide mooring, maintenance, repair and dry-dock facilities, and tourist, social and cultural services for yachtsmen.


The following marinas maintain international standards: Istanbul Atakoy, Istanbul Kalamis, Izmir, Levent Marina, Cesme Altin Yunus, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris Netsel, Marmaris Albatros, Marmaris Bay Marina, Kemer Turban, Fethiye Club Marina and Antalya Setur and Kaleici Marinas. Antalya Setur Marina, which is managed by the Tourism Bank of Turkey, as is the holiday, village of Altin Yunus at Cesme, are open year round and are fully equipped.

Marina capacities Sea Land
  Istanbul Atakoy    700    100
  Istanbul Kalamis    540    200
  Istanbul Fenerbahce    1250    200
  Izmir Levent    70    60
  Cesme Altinyunus    125    70
  Kusadasi Turban    450    179
  Bodrum Turban    275      -
  Marmaris Bay Marina    50    70
  Marmaris Netsel    720    150
  Marmaris Albatros    150    350
  Gocek Club Marina    160      -
  Kemer Turban    180    120
  Antalya Setur    200    300
  Antalya Kaleici Turban    65      -


Facilities include connections for water and electricity. For further information contact the local Tourist Information Offices or;


-Turban Turizm A.S. head office: Karanfil Sokak, No : 32.Kizilay/Ankara Tel: (312) 417 41 92(8 Lines), Fax: (312) 418 54 69, Tlx: 944648 tourism tr; and
-The Yacht Enterprises Association (Yat IsIetmecileri Demegi) Neyzen Tevfik Cad,No:144


    Tel: (252) 316 62 83, 316 17 95 Fax: (252) 316 84 99 The coastline, especially between Izmir and Antalya, is quite varied and comprises numerous caves and bays that provide perfect mooring spots for sailboats. The depths generally range from 10-12 m and marine charts indicate the positions of dangerous reefs. Forbidden Mooring Zones: Certain zones are forbidden for security reasons. For more information, contact local authorities through the Tourist Information Offices.


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