Karabiga Harbour

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Karabiga Harbour
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The commercial harbour of Karabiga lies at the western end of the gulf of Erdek in the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. In addition to a busy fishing fleet, the harbour is also used by bulk tankers loading coal and aggregates from its long quays and a regular ferry service. Karabiga makes no concessions to yachts at all, and visitors here need to fit in where they can amongst the coastal freighters, fishing boats and ferries. However, it is a useful port of call for an overnight stop en route from the Dardanelles eastwards along the Sea of Marmara.


2941 Ports in Marmara Denizi - F Karabiga

See also Sea of Marmara.


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The headland of Kale Burun two miles NE of Karabiga is easily identified from the row of ruined mediaeval towers along the neck of the peninsula. The headland should be given a clearance of at least half a mile in the approach from W and N as there are dangerous reefs off it. Once round the headland, the long breakwater of Karabiga harbour will be clearly seen. Two white towers with port and starboard lights on them identify the entrance. The harbour is entered from ESE. Depths in the entrance are 6.0 – 7.0 metres and at the quays from 3.0 to 5.0 meters.


Yachts normally moor stern-to the outside of the quay of the fishing harbour, directly opposite the entrance, although it is lined with heavy black tyres and the mooring rings are difficult to locate (especially since the fishermen pile their nets on top of them). Shelter here is, however, only moderate and an unpleasant swell rolls in with even moderate E or NE winds. Better shelter can be found alongside the commercial quay at the northern end of the harbour, but you must be prepared to move off at short notice if a ship is due to berth there.

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It is just about possible to anchor in 5.0 – 6.0 metres under the harbour breakwater, clear of the 2-3 small mooring buoys there, but the position feels very exposed and may obstruct big ship movements. A better option is in the cove a mile NE of the harbour, in the small bay under the mediaeval ruins, where shelter is good from the prevailing N/NE winds.


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  • We anchor moored on the fishing harbour quay in a moderate NE going ENE wind and experienced a very uncomfortable swell. Later, in winds gusting around 20 knots, we and two French yachts alongside us all dragged. Luckily the commercial quay was free that night and we all went alongside gratefully. Point is, the holding is suspect here and Karabiga is not a place to be with strong winds forecast unless you know you can get alongside on the commercial quays. --Athene of Lymington 16:09, 18 May 2011 (BST)

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