Maratea

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Maratea
39°59.25′N, 15°42.57′E Chart icon.png
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Maratea harbour from the E

The harbour of Maratea lies on the E side of the Golfo di Policastro on the Calabrian coast of Italy, along the ‘instep’ of the peninsula. The harbour is better developed for yachts than most of the other harbours along this coast and therefore is usually busy, especially during July and August. The harbour provides a total of 600 berths for vessels of up to 45 metres on its pontoons and quays. Shelter in the harbour is good, although strong southerlies cause a swell.

Charts

British Admiralty
1908
Italian
915
11

Weather

Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze that kicks in in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from some of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation.
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16.
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia).

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

None.

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The white marble statue of Christ dominating the village from the cliffs above is conspicuous from many miles off. There are no dangers in the approaches to Maratea, though strong gusts off the mountains will be experienced with even moderate northerly winds. The harbour is entered from NW and has depths of 8.0 - 10.0 metres in the entrance. Entry can be difficult in strong winds from NW and W.

Berthing

The pontoons and quays in the harbour are operated by various concessions. There are ostensibly 50 berths allocated to yachts in transit (but little sign of them on our visit in 2003 --Athene of Lymington 17:59, 17 December 2010 (UTC)). Maximum length 45 metres. Visiting yachts may find a berth on the three pontoons to the W of the harbour. Alternatively - and commonly in summer - visiting yachts berth alongside or stern-to the rough quay on the mole to the SE of the fuel station. Depths at the quay are from 3.0 - 6.0 metres. There is water and electricity on the pontoons but no facilities on the mole.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

None.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.

Repairs/Yards

Travel lift (40 T). Fixed crane (5 T). Hard standing. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Fiberglass boat repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay (0800 - 2100 in summer). Water and electricity on the pontoons but not on the mole.

Things to do Ashore

Tourism

The village of Maratea climbing up the cliffs above the harbour is quite picturesque. The walk up to the statue of Christ on the cliffs is a good stretch of the legs.

The statue of Christ above Maratea harbour

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Good provisions shops in the village up from the harbour.

Eateries

  • Trattoria on the harbour
  • Restaurants and pizzerias in the village.

nternet/WiFi

None.

Laundry

None.

Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the harbour.

Transportation

  • Rail station with regular trains to Rome and Naples

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

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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