Kuzu Limani

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Kuzu Limani
40°13.600'N, 025°57.500'E Chart icon.png
lat=40.22667 | lon=25.95833 | zoom=14 | y
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Satellite view of Kuzu Limani harbour, Gökçeada

Kuzu Limani is the old harbour and ferry port for the Turkish island of Gokceada, 15 miles NNW of the Dardanelles. It offers very few facilities for yachts but is well sheltered from the prevailing N/NE winds. The harbour is quite remote and the only link with the rest of the island is a regular bus service to Gökçeada town, or Centrum as it is also known. It is best regarded as a safe haven if overtaken by bad weather or a brief stopover en route to the much nicer harbour of Kaleköy three miles NNW or to the Greek island of Samothrace 18 miles NW.

Charts

BA
1086 Srimonikos kólpos to Edremit Körfezi
Imray-Tetra
G2 Aegean Sea (North)
NIMA
54360 Thessaloniki to Canakkale Bogazi Dardanelles
54369 Approaches to Canakkale Bogazi
Turkey
2134 Anafartalar Koyu - Tavşan Island
Greek
32 Thrakiko Sea
322 Limnos & Ay. Efstratios

Weather

See Aegean Sea.

Passages

Kuzu Limani is a convenient staging post on passage between the Dardanelles or the Turkish coast and the islands of Samothrace and Thasos or the coast of northern Greece.

Islands

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The N end of Kuzu Limani harbour from W (coastguard jetty on left)

There are no dangers in the approach from S or N, but note that there are extensive shoals off the SW and W coasts of the island, which are avoided by passing at least a mile offshore. In the approach to the island from S or W, note also that there is a significant W-going current along the southern side. The long northern breakwater of Kuzu Limani and the shorter southern one are clearly visibly once rounding the headlands to N or S of the harbour. The harbour is entered from SE.


Berthing

There are several berthing options for a yacht in Kuzu Limani, none of them ideal but suitable for a range of weather and wind conditions.

  1. Coastguard jetty - Note that this is not the berth where the coastguard vessel usually moors, but the short jetty in front of the coastguard offices at the northern end of the harbour. The jetty is just long enough for a yacht of up to 15.0 – 18.0 metres to lie alongside, with plenty of mooring bollards (unlike other parts of the harbour) and depths of around 2.5 – 3.5 metres. Be careful of some rock ballasting towards the western end of the jetty, which may reduce the depth in this part. Shelter here is excellent.
  2. Old ferry quay – this is the high quay along the root of the long, northern breakwater, just east of the coastguard berth. Depths here are over 6.0 metres. Much of the quay is lined with huge black tyres and mooring bollards are few and far between. However, there are two gaps in the tyres, at the end and towards the middle of the quay, where a yacht can squeeze in alongside. The quay here is very high and low freeboard yachts will struggle to get their lines ashore. This quay is occasionally used by cargo vessels and may be occupied on arrival. Shelter here is very good.
  3. New ferry quay – the ferry now berths on the north side of the small dock at the S end of the harbour, and there is space on the south side for a yacht to moor in depths of 6.0 metres or more. There are also plenty of bollards and mooring rings here. Again, the quay is quite high. The only disadvantage of this position is that it is rather exposed in strong winds from N/NE and, although not dangerous, an unpleasant chop will be experienced in these conditions. Shelter is therefore no more than adequate except in settled weather.
  4. Small boat harbour - note that the small harbour at the NE end of the harbour, beyond the coastguard berth, is too shallow for most yachts, especially on the N and E side, and is in any case usually full of local boats.
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The NW Side of Gökçeada
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Coastguard jetty' looking SE
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Old ferry quay from SW
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New ferry quay from SSW
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Small boat harbour at NE end

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

There are a few anchorages along the S side of the island which can be used in settled weather, but none of them is really suited for overnight anchoring.


Amenities

Facilities
Water There is an outlet on the quay
Electricity There is an electrical junction box on the old ferry quay, but it is invariably locked
Toilets N/A (Not Available)
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage A couple of bins near the harbour
Supplies
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Car rental in Gökçeada town (Centrum)

Provisioning

None. Nearest provisions in Centrum.

Eating out

None, just a simple café.

Transportation

Several buses to Gökçeada town (Centrum) and on to other destinations at irregular intervals over the day, depending on ferry arrivals.

There are ferryboats to Çanakkale and Kabatepe on the mainland.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

While Kuzu Limani itself is a depressing place, the port of Kaleköy on the north coast of the island is attractive and has numerous cafes and restaurants along its waterfront. Also, there are several picturesque villages with some restored houses in the interior of the island, such as Tepeköy (Agridia) and Zeytinli, which are worth a visit. There are buses to Gökçeada town (Centrum), which is unexciting as a tourist destination, at irregular intervals over the day, depending on ferry arrivals. From Centrum, there is a regular hourly bus service to Kaleköy. Visits to other parts of the island will call for a taxi. There are also a couple of places in Centrum where cycles can be hired.

For further information, see Gokceada.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

List links external to the wiki such as in Wikipedia & Wikivoyage.

References & Publications

See Turkey.

Comments

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  • Kuzu Limani is best regarded as a harbour of refuge or an alternative to Kaleköy if the latter is simply too full to squeeze in. --Athene of Lymington 13:54, 22 June 2011 (BST)


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