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Location

Florianopolis is the capital of the State of Santa Caterina and sits in the middle of the Ilha da Santa Caterina, linked to the mainland by 2 modern bridges. It is a popular tourist destination.

Both the north and south bays between the island and mainland are shallow, but can be safely navigated with attention to charts and tidal flows.

Position 27° 34.94'S, 48° 33.95'W (just N of the bridges)

Clearance

Read Brazil Formalities for full details on clearing into and out of Brazil.

It is now fairly easy to check in and out of Brazil here, although the 3 offices you have to visit (Policia Federal, Customs and Capatania) are rather spread out so you will need to use buses or taxis.

Customs is located close to the centre of town at the corner of Av Paulo Fontes and Rua Hoepcke. The man in charge, Ricardo Krzyzanowski, speaks good English and is very helpful.

The Port Captain office is available for clearance procedures at all hours. He speaks some English and it might be possible to obtain a 'Escalas proviso' which will permit visiting other Brazilian ports without clearing in each time.

The closest alternative clearance ports are Itajai or Imbituba.

Last updated February 2018.

Docking

NOTE: Beware of the bridge heights marked on the charts.The lower of the two bridges linking the island to the mainland town of Sao Jose has a clearance is less than 17m.

If you can get under the bridge there is an anchorage with free moorings off the seafront on the island side soon after passing north under the old suspension bridge.  Apparently the moorings were laid by the ICSC in 2014 for a racing event.  This is a better place to be in southerlies than off the yacht club.

The yacht club ( ICSC-Veleiros da Ilha) is approximately 1 mile south of the bridges, on the island side. Anchor in front of the club, or pick up one of their moorings, and land at their dock.

The ICSC also has a base near the northern end of the island at Praia de Jurere. There is no option to moor at the end of jetty here, other than perhaps short term.  There's a large field of mooring buoys. On arrival you will likely be approached by a club boat asking if you want a mooring.

Yachts can also anchor closer to the main beach at Jurere and dinghy ashore.  This is a good spot for strong southerlies, good holding in thick mud.

There is also a small marina at Santo Antonio de Lisboa, where many locals keep their sailing boats on moorings. The owner (Mr Cid) doesn't speak English but is friendly and helpful.  Anchor here in about 3 metres in soft mud.  It gets uncomfortable and untenable in strong southerlies, when you should go to Jurere.

Also off the north of the channel is the bay of Enseada de Ganchos which has several anchorages and a small jetty belonging to the Iate Clube de Caioba who also have several mooring buoys there. The bays provide good shelter from the south and east but are open to the north.  They are quite busy with fishing boat activity and shellfish farming buoys line the sides of the bays.

Anchorages
The beach of Jurere is covered in resorts which can be crowded, but there are some undeveloped islands and nice anchorages close by. Protection from winds can be found in various anchorages in the north part of the canal.

Shore services
Floripa is a modern city with shops, restaurants and services to suit all tastes.  Transport options are also good: local and long distance bus services are efficient and reasonably priced.  Taxis and hire cars are also affordable.  Santa Caterina has a good road infrastructure and it's well worth exploring inland.

Last updated January 2018.

ISCS Jurere Annex
Location 27º 25.98'S, 48º 29.05'W ,
Tertuliano Brito Xavier Highway, 3052 - Jurerê , Florianópolis, Brazil
Tel:+55 (48) 32661280 / (48) 9.91050387 ,VHF Channel 68 'Bravo 26'
There are mooring buoys or you can use your own anchor in in 3 to 5m in sand/mud. The yacht club has showers, WiFi, fuel pump, bar and resturant.
It is also possible to tie stern-to at the yacht club jetty for a short time to load/unload, take on water or use the electricity.
Open to the north.
There are supermarkets, restaurants and shops within walking distance (less than 1Km). Also a self service laundry. Bus into the town.
Iate Clube de Caioba (ICC)
Enseada de Ganchos
Tel:(48) 3262-2000 ,VHF Channel 16
This is an out-station of the yacht club and lies about 15nm north of Florianopolis.
Anchor in front of the jetty or arrange to pick up a mooring by VHF. The clubhouse has water, showers, fuel and a restaurant.
Iate Clube de Santa Catarina (ICSC)
Veleiros da Ilha , Rua Silva Jardim, 838 - Jose Mendes , Florianópolis - SC - 88020-200 , Brazil
Tel:+55 (048) 3225 7799 ,VHF Channel 68 'Bravo 20' (Bravo veinte)
Well-kept docks, guarded facility, large end tie, accessible to large yachts. Moorings also available. Drinking water; limited fuel dock, restaurant, limited chandlery. 15-minute walk from downtown stores, fish and produce market. Few staff speak English.
Fees 2015: First two days free. Moorings are 109 Riais per day inc. water taxi.
Haulout facility and repairs possible.
Marina Santo Antonio
Santo Antonio de Lisboa
Tel:(48) 3233 0009
Popular spot for local sailing boats on moorings. The owner (Mr Cid) doesn't speak English but is friendly and helpful. Anchor here in about 3 metres in soft mud. In strong southerlies go to Jurere.

Yacht Clubs

ISCS Jurere Annex
Location 27º 25.98'S, 48º 29.05'W ,
Tertuliano Brito Xavier Highway, 3052 - Jurerê , Florianópolis, Brazil
Tel:+55 (48) 32661280 / (48) 9.91050387 ,VHF Channel 68 'Bravo 26'
There are mooring buoys or you can use your own anchor in in 3 to 5m in sand/mud. The yacht club has showers, WiFi, fuel pump, bar and resturant.
It is also possible to tie stern-to at the yacht club jetty for a short time to load/unload, take on water or use the electricity.
Open to the north.
There are supermarkets, restaurants and shops within walking distance (less than 1Km). Also a self service laundry. Bus into the town.
Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Feb 20, 2018 11:12 AM

Posted on behalf of Dan Stroud

There are two bridges to go under approaching from the north. The chart says 17m and 28m clearance. I reckon my clearance to be about 14m so figured all was fine. It turned out that the 28m clearance bridge was actually LOWER than the 17m one. Proceed with caution!

lavirnnyl
lavirnnyl says:
Apr 06, 2015 02:58 PM

The ICSC-Veleiros da Ilha has visitor moorings. The first 2 days are free then we paid 109 Riais per day. This includes courtesy boat. They use VHF channel 16 'Bravo vinte'. Few staff speak any English but they are all very friendly.

lavirnnyl
lavirnnyl says:
Apr 06, 2015 02:50 PM

There is customs in Florianopolis, close to the centre at the corner of Av Paulo Fontes and Rua Hoepcke. The man in charge, Ricardo Krzyzanowski, speaks good English and is very helpful. It's fairly easy to check in and out at Floripa, though the 3 offices - Policia Federal, Customs and Capatania are spread out so you need to use buses or taxis.

Thiago1979
Thiago1979 says:
Sep 04, 2014 05:32 AM

Even though Itajai has been one of the Volvo Ocean Race main stops in recent years, I emphasize what Noon Site already cautions Sailors about. Be careful of the youth, they are the most likely to do you harm. Basic profile of the common Itajai outlaw are young men between 15 to 25 years of age. Skinny golden tan, loose clothing, baseball cap, cheap Colorful Sunglasses and sandals. Drugs in Itajai are frequent problem ever since I was a young boy, today nothing has changed. Corruption is present between Military and Civilian Police. I highly recommend a point of contact so your stay can be pleasant.

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