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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Molat Island in Croatia.

Molat
44°13.71′N, 14°50.28′E Chart icon.png
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The small harbour of Uvala Lucina, Molat
POI icon.png Interactive map of harbours and anchorages

Molat Island lies off the mainland coast of Croatia, two miles NE of the island of Dugi Otok and 17 miles NW of the port of Zadar. Shaped rather like an arrowhead, the island has an area of just under 23 square kilometers, supporting just three small settlements, Molat, Zapuntel and Brgulje, all of which were established some distance inland for protection from pirates. In consequence, the shoreline of the island supports only small harbours or jetties with little habitation around them. Inhabitants of Molat support themselves by agriculture, sheep rearing, fishing and, increasingly, tourism, including yachting tourism. There are just two (more or less) organized berthing facilities: the quay and laid moorings of Uvala Lucina, the small harbour which serves the settlement of Molat Town, and the mooring buoys of Uvala Vrulje, which is the sea outlet of the village of Brgulje.

Map of Brgujle inlet

Charts

British Admiralty
515
2773
Croatian charts
MK 11
MK13
Imray
M25 (Otok Rab to Sibenik)

Weather

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.

Passages

See Croatia.

Islands

Communication

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Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

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Entrance

Mali Losinj is the nearest port of entry. In summer only, Bozava on Dugi Otok is also a port of entry.

Berthing

There are several berthing options on Molat Island. The deep inlet of Brguljski Zaljev which runs nearly three miles into the S side of the island contains the small harbour of Uvala Lucina; the even tinier harbour and mooring buoy field of Brguljeki and two sheltered anchorages at Uvala Podgarbe and Uvala Luka. On the N-facing coast of the island are two further anchorages, the bay of Luka Jazi half a mile N of Molat Town and the inlet of Uvala Zapuntel, off the hamlet of the same name in the channel between Molat and Ist islands, which has mooring buoys. Click on link at top right of page for Interactive map of harbours and anchorages or for full details see below.

Ports

U. Lucina

U. Lucina/wiki/Molat#U._Lucina
Harbour icon U. Lucina [[Molat#U. Lucina|U. Lucina]] 44°12.670'N, 014°52.200'E
The small harbour of U. Lucina is the main harbour of the island and is situated on the E side of the inlet of Brguljski Zaljev at the head of a natural cleft. It offers around 20 berths for yachts, most with laid moorings. Shelter is excellent in all but strong SW winds. See separate Wiki page Uvala Lucina for details.
Brgulje has a tiny and shallow harbour

Brgulje

Brgulje/wiki/Molat#Brgulje
Harbour icon Brgulje [[Molat#Brgulje|Brgulje]] 44°13.532'N, 014°50.295'E
Yacht moorings at Brgulje
Brgulje lies around two miles NW of Molat Town and half a mile inland from a tiny harbour and mooring buoy field sheltered from W by the small island of Bruglje Otok. The harbour is too shallow for yachts, but the municipality has laid 17 mooring lines on the outside of the N breakwater for visiting yachts. Depths here are barely 2.0 metres, so it is best to go bows-to if using these. There is water and electricity on the breakwater and toilets and showers are available. Alternatively, pick up one of the 92 mooring buoys that have been installed between the harbour and the island of Brgulje Otok in depths of 4.0 - 6.0 metres. There no facilities on the buoys although refuse is collected. Charges on the mooring lines (November 2012) are Euros 2.2 per metre including water, electricity, toilets and showers and on the buoys Euros 1.91 per metre including refuse collection. Shelter here is good in all but S winds.
U. Zapuntel from NW

Uvala Zapuntel

Uvala Zapuntel/wiki/Molat#Uvala_Zapuntel
Harbour icon Uvala Zapuntel [[Molat#Uvala Zapuntel|Uvala Zapuntel]] 44°15.659'N, 014°47.892'E
Alongside in Zapuntel harbour
The bay of U. Zapuntel lies off the hamlet of the same name, in the Prolaz Zapuntel, the channel between Molat and Ist islands. The harbour at the head of the bay is protected by a dogleg breakwater with depths alongside of 3.0 - 4.0 metres, where it is possible for 2-3 yachts to lies alongside on the E side if there is space. The W side is used by ferries. Alternatively, pick up one of the mooring buoys laid in the bay in 7.0 - 8.0 metres. A charge is made. Finally, it is possible to anchor clear of the mooring buoys in 6.0 - 8.0 metres if desired (although it is possible you may still be charged). Shelter in the bay is excellent in all conditions, although a strong NE wind sends in an uncomfortable swell.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

U.Podgarbe

U.Podgarbe/wiki/Molat#U.Podgarbe
Anchorage icon U.Podgarbe [[Molat#U.Podgarbe|U.Podgarbe]] 44°12.877'N, 014°51.718'E
U. Podgarbe is a wide, U-shaped bay lying just half a mile NW of U. Lucina. Anchor in the NW corner in 5.0 - 6.0 metres where convenient. The holding in sand is good. Shelter is good from all directions except S and SW, when U. Lucina offers better shelter in all but strong SW winds.

U. Luka

U. Luka/wiki/Molat#U._Luka
Anchorage icon U. Luka [[Molat#U. Luka|U. Luka]] 44°13.824'N, 014°49.268'E
U. Luka is situated at the NW end of the inlet of Brguljski Zaljev, just over a mile NW of Brgulje harbour. Anchor as far into the inlet as your draft permits in depths of 5.0 - 6.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and mud. Shelter here is excellent from all directions except S. In strong S winds it is untenable here.

Luka Jazi

Luka Jazi/wiki/Molat#Luka_Jazi
Anchorage icon Luka Jazi [[Molat#Luka Jazi|Luka Jazi]] 44°13.321'N, 014°52.754'E
The inlet of Luka Jazi lies on the NE coast of the island, half a mile N of Molat Town and a mile S of the islet of Otok Tovernjak. It is the best anchorage for a visit to Molat Town when there are strong southerlies prevailing. There is a small rocky islet at the NW end of the bay which should be left to starboard if approaching from W as there are shoals between it and the shore. Anchor near the head of the inlet in 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The holding is good in sand and mud. The small harbour at the head is too shallow for yachts. Shelter here is good in winds from W through S round to E, but the anchorage is unsuitable if there is anything N in the wind. Molat Town is 10 minutes walk up the hill from the harbour.

Facilities

Water

U. Lucina/wiki/Molat#.5B.5B.23U._Lucina.7CU._Lucina.5D.5DWater icon U. Lucina [[Molat#U. Lucina|U. Lucina]] 44°12.670'N, 014°52.200'E Water at all berths.

Brgulje/wiki/Molat#.5B.5B.23Brgulje.7CBrgulje.5D.5DWater icon Brgulje [[Molat#Brgulje|Brgulje]] 44°13.532'N, 014°50.295'E Water at the breakwater.

Electricity

U. Lucina/wiki/Molat#.5B.5B.23U._Lucina.7CU._Lucina.5D.5DElectricity icon U. Lucina [[Molat#U. Lucina|U. Lucina]] 44°12.670'N, 014°52.200'E Electricity at all berths.

Brgulje/wiki/Molat#.5B.5B.23Brgulje.7CBrgulje.5D.5DElectricity icon Brgulje [[Molat#Brgulje|Brgulje]] 44°13.532'N, 014°50.295'E Electricity at the breakwater.

Toilets

?

Showers

?

Laundry

None.

Garbage

?

Supplies

Fuel

No fuel.

Cooking gas

None.

Chandlers

None.

Services

Repairs

None.

Internet

Internet café in Molat Town.

Mobile connectivity

Is there mobile telephone signal such as G4, G3, GPRS in the island? How strong is the signal? Are there any blind spots?

Vehicle Rentals

None.

Provisioning

U. Lucina/wiki/Molat#.5B.5B.23U._Lucina.7CU._Lucina.5D.5DProvisions icon U. Lucina [[Molat#U. Lucina|U. Lucina]] 44°12.670'N, 014°52.200'E Grocery stores.

Villages/wiki/Molat#VillagesProvisions icon Villages [[Molat#Villages|Villages]] Grocery stores.

Transportation

  • Ferries to Zadar on mainland and adjacent islands.

Eating out

  • Villages
Please specify POI name /wiki/Molat#.27.27_.27.27Eatingout icon [[Molat# | ]] Restaurants.
Please specify POI name /wiki/Molat#.27.27_.27.27Eatingout icon [[Molat# | ]] 44°12.670'N, 014°52.200'E Café.

Tourism

History

Give a short history of the island.

Places to Visit

Molat is unspoilt and peaceful and an excellent spot for walking, which will be enough for most visitors. Although the villages are not unattractive, there is little of real historic interest (if one discounts the fact that King Edward VIII of England visited here in 1939 with Wallis Simpson).

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 Croatia.

Comments

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