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Chart of Poyraz Koy

Poyrazκoy or simple Poyraz is located less than a mile from the Black Sea, on the Asian bank, is a good place to anchor especially when waiting for the fog to clear. It is also a pleasant place to spend the night before venturing out of the strait. It is much used as a sheltered anchorage by yachts transiting the Strait and is a popular weekend haunt during the summer for local motor boats from the various small ‘harbours’ along the Istanbul Strait.


224 Maramara Denizi
1005 Marmara Adasi to Istanbul Boğazi
1158 Istanbul Bogazi N Part NW Turkey
1159 Istanbul Bogazi S Part NW Turkey
1198 Istanbul Bogazi NW Turkey
55040 Sea of Marmara
55047 Southern Entrance to the Istanbul Bogazi (Bosporus)
55048 Istanbul Bogazi (Bosporus)
29 Marmara Sea
111 İstanbul Boğazı (Bosphorus) - Kefken
2921 Bosphorus
109 Ionio-Aegeo Steno Messinis mechri Thalassa Marmara


See Turkey.

For most of the time, even in settled weather, winds blow down the Strait from the N and can funnel strongly in the narrower parts. It is not advisable to attempt a transit up to Poyraz in strong winds from N unless your engine is exceptionally powerful. In the harbour, the winds come mainly off the land, although in settled weather a light seabreeze can set into the harbour from SW. This should be borne in mind if anchoring amongst other yachts in these conditions.


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




  • Bosphorus Control - VHF channels 11,12, & 13

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


In general navigation up to Poyraz is straightforward (see Bosphorus).

The harbour breakwater is easily identifiable just S of a conspicuous headland on the Asian side of the channel and the entrance is oriented SW. Beware of the dangerous rocky shoals towards the beach to starboard on entry. This section is usually buoyed off as a swimming area during the summer and there is also a prominent marker buoy to keep you clear of the dangers.

Danger: Very often there is a heavy fog and the strait is closed to traffic. Always listen to Bosphorus Control on the VHF (channels 11,12, and 13).


There is a quayed breakwater and a short J-shaped jetty in the harbour. However, the jetty is normally full of local boats and (especially during the close period of May to September) fishing boats occupy every centimeter of the quay.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



The Poyraz anchorage

Anchor off behind the breakwater where convenient in 5.0 – 6.0 metres. The holding is good in mud and weed – once your anchor is through the weed. Don’t be tempted to anchor inside the 5.0 metre contour: the weed is at its thickest there. Shelter from the prevailing N/NE winds is good and even westerlies do not send in much of a chop.

While daytime a lot of boats from Istanbul may anchor here for taking a bath. But in the night there will be enough space to stay on anchor. --Conch 10:37, 21 July 2017 (BST)


Water N/A (Not Available).
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Trash cans or take it with you
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A


Limited supplies.

Eating out

Several restaurants and cafes along the beach.


Busses to Istanbul.


Ashore there are several beach restaurants, which are popular with local motor boats at weekends. Limited provisions in the town.


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)



See Turkey.


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  • The anchorage is well sheltered, even with westerly winds, but suffers with swell from passing shipping.--Athene of Lymington 12:43, 13 June 2011 (BST)

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