The village and harbour of Maslinica lie on the W coast of the island of Solta in Croatia, sheltered from W by a group of six small islands and shoals. The harbour consists of a V-shaped inlet protected on its W side by a long breakwater extending from the southern shore. Visiting yachts moor stern or bows-to on the quay on the S sides of the harbour, using the laid moorings provided. There are water and electricity points on the quay. The inlet is protected in winds from most directions but is partially exposed in strong W winds. During busy periods, there is often little room for visiting yachts arriving late in the day and it may be necessary to go on to the equally busy anchorage of U. Sesula immediately S.
- British Admiralty
- Croatian charts
- M26 (Rogoznica - Split)
Diurnal winds among the islands are mostly moderate during the summer months, predominantly from NW and rarely exceeding force 4/5, although gusting is common in narrow channels between islands and on the lee side of headlands. At night, katabatic winds off the mountains affect some of the islands close to the mainland coast. During early spring and (especially) autumn conditions can be more unsettled, occasionally accompanied by violent thunderstorms - luckily of short duration - with winds of 30-35 knots or more and vicious, steep seas. In the winter the sudden, violent N wind off the mountains, the bora, is much to be feared, especially along the coast from Rijeka down to Zadar, although its effects can be felt as far south as Split.
Equally prevalent in winter - although not uncommon in summer - is the scirocco, a S/SE wind that blows up from North Africa, usually in advance of a depression moving E across the Mediterranean. Unlike the bora, the scirocco only occasionally exceeds gale force, but is still a phenomenon to be wary of, especially if on a lee coast.
For sources of weather forecasting, see Croatia.
Also see World Cruiser's Nets.
There are several dangers in the approach to Maslinica, but they should present no problems with proper attention to the chart. A shoal in the approach from S, Hrid Kamicic, lies about half a mile due S of the island of Balkun. In the approach from N, note that the channels between the islands of Polebrnjak and Saskinja and between Soskinja and Solta have least depths of 2.8 and 3.8 metres respectively and passage should only be attempted by shallow draft yachts and in settled weather.
The quay on the S side of the inlet, past the long breakwater extending due N from the S shore, has been developed as a yacht marina and is operated by the Martinis Marchi Hotel, the converted 17th century palace immediately next to the quay. The jetty on the N side of the harbour is used by ferries and tripper boats. Shallow or moderate draft yachts can moor stern or bows-to on the S quay in front of the hotel in around 2.0 metres. Deeper draft yachts go on the berths nearer the breakwater, where there are depths of just over 3.0 metres. There are a total of 50 berths with laid lines along the quay. Water and electricity points provided. Toilets but no showers. Wifi. Shelter here is good in all conditions except with strong W winds, when a heavy swell enters. A typical 13 metres yacht will pay between Euros 62 and Euros 75 per night, depending on the season.
If the quay is full or the depths too shallow, it is also possible to berth along the outside of the long breakwater, where depths are 10-15 metres. This position is only tenable in settled weather and certainly not in strong W winds.
Marinas & Yacht Clubs
The S side of the harbour is virtually operated as a marina.
The nearest anchorage is U. Sesula immediately S.
Fuel, Water, & Electricity
No fuel berth. Water and electricity on the S quay.
Things to do Ashore
Maslinica is a charming village and justly popular with tourists, including yachtsmen. Just next to the quay is the luxury Martinis Marchi Hotel, a former 17th century fortified palace now converted into a high-class hotel. The hotel can meet every need of visiting sailing sybarites.
Grocery & Supply Stores
Supermarket and other provisions shops in the village.
- Restaurant and coffee bar in the hotel
- Several other restaurants and café/bars in the village.
Via the hotel.
Bins near the quay.
Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.
List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)
- Maslinica at the Wikipedia
For other useful websites, see Croatia.
References & Publications
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Date of member's last visit to Maslinica and this page's details validated:
- August 2005 --Athene of Lymington 17:27, 23 April 2012 (BST)
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