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This world famous city hardly needs an introduction. It offers a wide varity of interests and entertainment. It lies on the southern bank of the Rio de La Plata and about 100nm from its wide entrance into the Atlantic Ocean.

Position 34º 35’S, 58º 21’W.

Clearance

For full details on clearing into and out of Argentina, see noonsite's Argentina Formalities.

All vessels over 50 tons are required to employ a pilot (at a cost of US$500) when ever entering or leaving the harbour.

Port control should be contacted on VHF Channel 16 for instructions on where to berth for clearance in the busy commercial harbour.

All formalities are normally completed ashore. Offices should be visited in the following order - Immigration, Coastguard and Customs. All are within 300 metres of one another.

Sufficient time should be allowed for the long trip up the Plate River. A good place to stop on arrival is at the Yacht Club Argentino, reached via a buoyed channel. Formalities are completed at Prefectura Naval.

Last updated March 2016.

Docking

Both Yacht Club Argentino and Yacht Club Puerto Madero have marinas most conveniently located to visit the Argentinian capital. Visitors are offered one-week's free docking at YC Argentina, with the first night free at YC Puerto Madero. Note, if you use the 1 week free offer at the headquarters of the city, you cannot use it at the YC headquarters north or Mar Del Plata.

The bridge to Puerto Madero opens every 2 hours, from 7am to 11pm, for entering and exiting boats, if requested at least 30 minutes in advance. The request can be made to marina personnel before exiting, or via VHF 71 when returning. All yachts departing Puerto Madero must sign a log book at the marina office (on the dock), stating where you are going. This rule is for all boats, whether local or foreign flagged.

Note: It is not advisable to use your watermaker in Río de La Plata. There is too much sediment here and the river algae can cause serious damage.

The most welcoming Club for foreign boats is Club de Veleros Barlovento. It offers alot of services and is located in the middle of a nautical area, so is ideal for parts and labour. It does require a local insurance policy, but is cheaper than all the other clubs or marinas.

There are good facilities available and also a good range of marine supplies in Buenos Aires.

Catamaran owners may find beam an issue in the marinas here. It's worth contacting them in advance to check options.

Yacht Club Argentino San Fernando has excellent facilities, however it is a private club and limited to visitors, plus it´s 20 miles up-river from the capital. There is a boatyard offering an excellent range of services and other marinas in this same area.

North Buenos Aires has a large and very friendly sailing comunity. Club Nautico San Isidro offers a free marina, travelift and services for fiberglass, steel and wooden boats. Club Nautico Sudeste no longer receives foreign boats.

The trip to Rio LuJan, where the majority of the yachts are kept, can be achieved in two ways: via the canal Emilio Mitre then canal Honda leading to canal de Vinculacion which ends at Rio Lujan; or the costal passage. This can be very shallow depending on tides, wind and the river.

In the area San Isidro, San Martine and San Fernando there are dozens of clubs and thousands of boats and then there is the Tigre area as well. Here it is possible to organise a berth by calling into each club as you move up the river or best anchor on the Island side of the channel and take the dinghy, the road system is such that it is very complex to do this by road.

Last updated December 2016.

Club Nautico San Isidro
Av. Mitre 1999 , 1642 San Isidro - Buenos Aires
Tel:(54-11) 4732-0600 Fax:(54-11) 4732-0606
North Buenos Aires. Free marina and excellent facilities.
Club San Fernando
Sarmiento y Escalada , San Fernando (1646)
Tel:+54 (0)11 4725-1438 / 54-11-4744-0647 ,VHF Channel 18
Located on an island across the river Lujan. A quieter berth with generally more space for visitors. All facilities, restaurant/bar, provisions. Boatyard and haulout.
Club de Veleros Barlovento
34 ° 26'40.92 "S - 58 ° 31'44.05" W
Tel:+4744.5227 / 4745-6110
Welcomes foreign boats. Good services and access to marine supplies and workers. Using this Club does require a local insurance policy, but is cheaper than all the other clubs or marinas.
Yacht Club Argentino
Viamonte y Rio de la Plata , Darsena Norte - 1107 Capital Federal , Buenos Aires
Tel:+54 114 314 0505 Fax:+54 114 312 9520 ,VHF Channel 16, 71
S 34° 35' W 58° 21'
Situated in Dársena Norte in the port of Buenos Aires. Has a clubhouse, moorings, haulout, changing rooms and workshops. Most repairs can be carried out here in a safe environment.
Yacht Club Puerto Madero
Dique 4, Puerto Madero , 1107 Federal Capital Argentina
Tel:+54 (11) 4313-8008 ,VHF Channel 71
250 berth marina with average of 7m depth. Full facilities available. 24 hour security. Launch service across dock to heart of city. Fuel and internet. Enquiry and booking form on their website.
See notes on the bridge above.

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