Mazara del Vallo

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Mazara del Vallo
37°38.842'N, 012°34.916'E Chart icon.png
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Mazara del Vallo from the S

Mazara del Vallo is a commercial port situated at the mouth of the River Mazaro, around 16 miles SE of Marsala and 35 miles WNW of Sciacca in Sicily. One of the busiest fishing harbours in Italy, it is the nearest harbour to the coast of Tunisia 95 miles to the WSW. The city sprung to international fame in, when an ancient bronze statue called the Dancing Satyr, believed to have been created by the famous Greek sculptor Praxiteles, was dredged up from the seabed off the town by a local fishing boat. The statue is now the centerpiece of a dedicated museum in the city. The harbour is usually crammed full with fishing boats, but a yacht may find a berth on the pontoons operated by the Associazione Diportisti Nautici Mazarese and the Italian Lega Navale immediately to starboard once inside the harbour.

Charts

Admiralty
2122 - Bizerte to Capo San Marco
Italian
916

Weather

The prevailing wind on the south coast of Sicily during the summer is a SW sea breeze, which rarely gets up much above force 4-5. Most of the harbours along the south coast are liable to swell in strong southerly winds which are, however, rare outside the winter months.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • There is a continuous (computerized 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 Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)

Passages

See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.

Islands

None.

Communication

  • Harbour Master on VHF Channel 13

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

In the approach from E, keep at least half a mile off Capo Granitola to avoid the shallows extending off the headland. The harbour is entered from SE along the line of the western breakwater. The area to the north of the shorter, eastern breakwater is shallow, as is the NE corner of the harbour where the river channel starts. Depths range from 6.0 - 7.0 metres in the outer harbour to 2.0 - 3.0 in the inner harbour.

Berthing

This is the largest fishing harbour in Italy.


Three further pontoons laid on a N/S axis from the eastern breakwater and equipped with laid moorings are operated by the Italian Lega Navale. Space may be available here during less busy periods.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Adina Marina

Adina Marina/wiki/Mazara_del_Vallo#Adina_Marina
Berth icon Adina Marina [[Mazara del Vallo#Adina Marina|Adina Marina]] 37°38.932'N, 012°35.122'E

The Molo Buon Vento pontoon operated by the 'Adina Marina is immediately to starboard once inside the harbour and offers 110 berths for vessels up to a maximum of 20 metres. Laid moorings. Depths at the pontoon range from 2.0 - 3.5 metres. Water and electricity are available on the pontoon. Toilets and showers. 24 hr Security. Max. length 25 m.

info@adina.it; Tel: +39 (923) 906 700; Fax: +39 (923) 906700; Mob: +39 (342) 000 9333;VHF channel 10
Address: Piazzale G. Battista Quinci – Molo Buonvento, Mazara del Vallo, Trapani, Italy
Hours:

Mazara del Vallo Marina

Mazara del Vallo Marina/wiki/Mazara_del_Vallo#Mazara_del_Vallo_Marina
Berth icon Mazara del Vallo Marina [[Mazara del Vallo#Mazara del Vallo Marina|Mazara del Vallo Marina]] DD.dddDD.ddd

Three further pontoons laid on a N/S axis from the eastern breakwater and equipped with laid moorings are operated by the Italian Lega Navale. Space may be available here during less busy periods. 250 berths. Full facilities.

mazaradelvallo@leganavale.it; Tel: +39X (923) 946 388; Mob: +39 (340) 546 0679; VHF channels 10 & 16
Address: Piazzale G. Battista Quinci – Molo Buonvento Mazara del Vallo, Trapani, Italia 91026
Hours:

Anchorages

In settled weather only or moderate winds from NW round to SW, it is possible to anchor to the E of the end of the eastern breakwater, clear of the fairway and in depths of 2.5 - 5.0 metres. The bottom is sand and mud and good holding. Be careful not to stray too far to the north as the bottom shallows quickly towards the shore.

Amenities

Facilities
Water On the yacht pontoons
Electricity On the yacht pontoons
Toilets In Adina Marina
Showers In Adina Marina
Laundry ?
Garbage Bins around the harbour
Supplies
Fuel Fuel station on jetty at western side of harbour
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Services
Repairs Slipway and mobile crane (60T). Travel lift (500T). Outdoor storage. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, GRP and steel repairs. Divers
Internet WiFi in Mazara del Vallo Marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town

Provisioning

Numerous provisions shops around the harbour and in the town.

Eating out

Restaurants and bars along the waterfront. More in the town.

Transportation

List transportation (local and/or international.)

Tourism

The famous Dancing Satyr

The famous Dancing Satyr, believed to have been created by the famous Greek sculptor Praxiteles, is on permanent display in the Museo del Satiro in the church of Sant'Egidio.

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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