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  • Turkey has more coastline than any other Mediterranean country - some 8400 kilometres. There are so many bays and coves, one can almost always pick a pretty anchorage within minutes of deciding to drop the anchor. Its diverse terrain covers nearly 800,000 square kilometres and shares borders with Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
  • Marinas are generally first class with technical support and repair and haul-out facilities. Istanbul and Marmaris offer the most extensive technical support, though technical service is available almost everywhere. Some of the finest marinas are Park Kemer, Gocek, Bodrum and Atakoy with prices to match. Marina prices continue to rise every year.
  • There are many pretty small harbours, such as Kalkan, where one can Med-moor to a quay or jetty with electricity and water. Overnight fees tend to be much more reasonable than those at marinas. A cruising guide such as Turkish Waters and Cyprus Pilot by Rod Heikell is essential to make the best of this country.
  • In recent years there has been a considerable easing of formalities for yachts, however, 3 month visa restrictions, difficulty with residency in Turkey and rising prices has deterred many long-term cruisers from spending long in Turkey.
  • Most cruising yachts sail in the southwest of the country, along the Mediterranean coast and the Aegean Sea, although the Sea of Marmara is also worth exploring and a sail through the heart of Istanbul is an exhilarating experience.
  • Turkey's history spans almost 10,000 years. Along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts there are acres of ancient remains - many world-renowned - from the ruins of Greek cities to sunken Roman harbours and crusader castles.
  • Although the Black Sea coast of Turkey lacks natural harbours, there are several sheltered ports while the spectacular coast can be enjoyed when day sailing from one such port to the next. Some of these ports tend to be crowded with local craft, so it pays to be there during the closed season for fishing, in July and August, when most trawlers are hauled out. A useful source of information for this part of Turkey's coast is to be found in the RCC guide, The Black Sea. See for the details.
  • Buy 20’ of chain for stern tying to rocks in Turkey. Chafe gear for lines used to tie to trees is necessary to avoid damaging trees. One can be fined for damaging trees. A 200ft line is necessary too.
  • Holding tanks are required in Turkey so sort out any holding tank problems. The "Blue Card Scheme" (see reports adjacent and restrictions ) now applies to the whole of Turkey's coastline, although it is sporadically enforced.
  • For latest updates from cruisers in Turkey go to the Marmaris Bay Cruisers Blog.


Yacht Security

Turkey's coast and islands are a safe cruising destination and reports of crime are few and far between.

Reports of boardings and thefts however continue to be received from yachts in more popular anchorages, mostly during the night when the boats were unoccupied and the owners ashore.

Anchorages from which noonsite has received break-in reports are Keci Buku, the bay south of Datca and Aksazlar Bay, north of Fethiye Ece Marina, Gocek Bay near Skopea Marina and Ucagiz Limani, Kekova.

Thieving is an annual occurrence in the Spring in anchorages in many areas globally.

Safety Advice - Black Sea Coast

Cruising yachts are advised not to be at sea after dark during the commercial fishing season due to the number of large trawlers out at night along this area of the coast.

Foreign Government Advice re Travel to Turkey:

Due to the ongoing conflict in Syria, the areas bordering Syria and Iraq should not be visited. Terrorist attacks, shootings and violent demonstrations have occurred in these areas.

The situation has calmed following an attempted coup on 15 to 16 July 2016. A state of emergency imposed after the coup attempt in July 2016 has been lifted, although some restrictions remain in place.

In some busy areas, especially Istanbul, the Turkish authorities are stopping members of the public to conduct ID checks. There’s also a larger than usual number of police checkpoints on main roads across Turkey.

Consult the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines and the US Department of State guidelines before travelling to Turkey.

Last updated:  March 2019


Turkey's climate is varied, but typically Mediterranean with hot summers and mild winters. Lighter winds prevail along the Mediterranean coast and nights are usually calm. There is a heavy swell along this coast. In summer, the Aegean is dominated by the northerly Meltemi wind, which blows from May till the end of August and at its peak can be very strong. The Black Sea has more extremes and is more humid with the most rain.

Weather forecasts from Antalya every 3 hours available in summer time on VHF Chanel 67 preceded by an announcement on chanel 16. Same information is available on Navtex for current 24 hours with brief description of outlook for the next day.

Further forecasts can be obtained from

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Aegean Sea: Altinkum (Didim) * , Ayvalik * , Babakale , Bodrum * , Bozburun * , Bozcaada , Cesme * , Datca * , Dikili * , Ekincik , Eski Foca * , Gulluk * , Güzelbaçhe , Izmir * , Karaca (Gulf of Gokova) , Kormen , Kusadasi * , Marmaris * , Oren (Gulf of Gokova) , Orhaniye , Port Atami , Sigacik

Black Sea: Akcakoca , Amasra , Caylioglu , Cide , Eregli * , Fatsa , Gerze , Giresun * , Hopa * , Igneada , Inebolu * , Kefken , Kurucasile , Ordu , Rize * , Samsun * , Sile , Sinop * , Trabzon * , Zonguldak *

Bosphorus: Bebek , Poyrazkoy , Rumeli Feneri

Dardanelles: Canakkale * , Gelibolu

Eastern Med: Alanya * , Erdemli , Iskenderun * , Mersin * , Tasucu *

Istanbul: Istanbul *

Marmara Sea: Bandirma * , Erdek Harbour , Gulf of Ismit , Guzelce * , Karabiga Harbour , Mudanya * , Port Marmara (Marmara Adasi) , Saraylar (Marmara Adasi) , Tekirdag * , Yalova

Northern Cyprus: Northern Cyprus

Western Med: Antalya * , Fethiye * , Finike * , Gocek , Kalkan , Kas * , Kemer *

* indicates port of entry

LeeZe says:
Nov 01, 2018 07:14 AM

I renewed my transit log in Eski Foca in August and had not experience this. I had heard rumors about this. I tried to nail down the laws in question but to no avail. Lee onboard LeeZe Üçkuyular, Izmir Turkey

Kevin Black
Kevin Black says:
Oct 25, 2018 09:05 PM

***Further UPDATE on the 185 day Turkey customs issue 26/10/2018 ***
Further to my last update I am sorry to say that although we were told the issues had been cleared up.... They haven't!!
Many foreign flagged boats where the registered owners are living in Turkey are still being refused entry! We are now told that there needs to be a change in the law, which means that this wasn't a misinterpretation at all!
Didim & Kusadasi are the last ports we have heard have been refusing entry, and according to agents more ports have also been informed!

Kevin Black
Kevin Black says:
Sep 03, 2018 02:05 PM

***UPDATE on the 185 day Turkey customs issue ***
Following a meeting in Istanbul between leading customs officials, members of the CA, the Turkish Tourism association & marina managers, it has been confirmed that the information used to deny us entry into Turkey without Kejstral was a misinterpretation of a regulation that is meant for land vehicles.
This has now been cleared up and all ports along the Turkish coast have been informed.
The correct regulation states that a foreign flagged boat may stay in Turkey up to 5 years, as long as the owner uses the boat once every 2 years. If the owner takes the boat out of Turkey the clock is reset and can remain for a further 5 years.
I would like to thank Tuncay Ozses (Kas Marina manager) for all his help & assistance in the correcting of this misunderstanding, without him and the Didim marina manager this would never have been resolved!

Kevin Black
Kevin Black says:
Aug 26, 2018 05:44 AM

Please read this, it may concern you or sailors you may know!

A few days ago we sailed from Kalymnos to Didim with the intention of checking back into Turkey.
We moored in the marina and headed for the Harbour Master, who entered our transit log details onto the system and then stamped our paperwork.
From here we were sent to the Port Police who immediately stamped our passports and then on to Customs. This is where our whole world was turned upside down!!!
Initially all seemed ok, but then faces began to take on a serious look and phone calls began to be made. The room now began to fill up with everyone from customs officers, Port Police, shipping agents and the Harbour Master.
Something was wrong, we could feel it !!!
Atilla the agent then began to try and explain what was going on, and it all revolved around the boat being Foreign flagged!
Customs head office were under the impression that being foreign flagged, we, as owners must spend at least 185 days out of Turkey within a 12 month period before we are allowed to bring Kejstral back in!
Neither ourselves, the Port Police, the agent or the Marina manager (yes he had joined the party now too) had ever come across this regulation!
More phone calls and more discussion culminated in customs informing us we had to leave immediately and go back to Greece!
We have Turkish residency and a Turkish marina contract, but none of this was taken into account, and we were forced to leave!!
It is now 4.45pm, there is 28 knots blowing from the NW, the sea state is awful and we have to make our way to the nearest Greek anchorage before dark! We didn't make it to Xerokambos in Leros until 8.45pm and had to drop the hook in total darkness.
We have since been in contact with various ports along the Turkish coast, and everyone has been informed by Didim to refuse us entry 😢
Kejstral has now been forced to take shelter in Leros marina, where we have had no option but to take out a 12 month contract.
We never spend 185 days out of Turkey as we live there, so on this ruling we will never again be able to enter Turkey with the boat..... Stupid!!!!

We are told by a few that this has been a miss interpretation of the rule and will be resolved soon...... I won't hold my breath!!!

Gordon Thornton
Gordon Thornton says:
Jun 14, 2018 08:38 PM

14 June 2018. Anchored in Western side of Ucagiz Limani in the bay about 5 minutes dingy ride from the main harbour (36° 11.625' N, 029° 50.589' E) Went ashore to dinner at Hassan (good restaurant). Upon returning to the yacht +/-2200 found that the boat had been broke into. Two forward hatches were forced open breaking the Lewmar locking mechanisms. For reasons unknown nothing was taken, perhaps they were disturbed. We had been advised by another British boat the day before that they thought their yacht had been entered when they were in this area but surprisingly to them nothing of value had been taken. As a precaution we had placed all items of value out of sight. Trying to make a report to the local Coast guard but there is a general lack of interest. Sad to say this is a yacht break-in risk area!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 23, 2018 01:14 PM

From an e-mail sent by Gwen Bylund (SSCA), based in Turkey.

In general, in the Marmaris area and along the coast, "things" are quiet. It's not because it's winter but as a result of yachtsmen/women leaving Turkey over the past few years. In brief, marinas raised mooring and other fees, the government raised the prices of the transit log and visas/resident permits, and local chandleries/industrial areas have also raised their prices.

Keep in mind that some marinas have more vacant slips than they do have occupied slips. At the moment, Yat Marina in Marmaris Bay does have less slips since boat owners have an annual habit of leaving the area (and sailing): The owners leave for home (UK, Europe, Russia and Scandinavia) about the end of October, to return the end of April (7-8 months). Netsel Marina has moved any remaining boats to 2 pontoons only. Netsel says they can accommodate 1,000 boats, but there's too many slips unoccupied, especially the larger yacht moorings and on the hard standing places.

On the hard standing, the fee is 30% more than the mooring fee. The first 10 days on hard standing are complimentary but IF one wants more time, those ten days are added on to the additional days so you don't actually have the first 10 days complimentary.

The Blue card is still in effect. It is to be purchased upon check-in to Turkey. It doesn't expire. There is a fee for the card. Since fees rise constantly here (one reason why people leave!), the most recent price I could find was 25 TL.

Anyone here (women, children, men, yachtsmen/women and foreigners alike) require Turkish offered health insurance. This is calculated: single person, couple, entire family TL 480 per month. If anyone is over 65 years of age there is private company insurance available. Under 65 there is the state insurance at 480 Tl per month. Even if yachtsmen/women, et al have international health insurance they must still take on the Turkish insurance. This expenditure is another reason people leave Turkey.

pintohoo says:
Mar 01, 2018 04:55 AM

Hi all,
I am looking at a boat that has a portable toilet - like a portapoti or similar - how would that go in Turkey re. blue cards and the like? tia

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 31, 2017 01:07 PM

Posted on Cruisers Forum - 29 July, 2017
I have just completed 3 months cruising in Turkey, having bought my boat there in December.

The Antalya agent who set up my transit log charged me €400 (yes Euro, not Lira) because "boat had new owner".

When I left Datca yesterday, the agent there claimed there was a stamp missing on the paper work, so I must pay a penalty of €200 plus his fees. When I asked for a receipt I was told it would take time and I would have to stay longer.

So €625 in fees.

At the same time as going though exit prodedures, the local harbour police started hassling me, forcing me to buy a new Turkish flag (old one was ok but had a minor fray). I suspect in cahoots with the agent so I didn't challenge the "penalty".

If this expense wasn't a scam, then the fees are shocking.

By comparison, I entered Greece in Symi, did all clearances myself in less than an hour, total costs €45, and really helpful and friendly immigration staff and harbour police.

CostaOcean says:
Jul 25, 2017 06:07 PM

The Coast Guard issued (us with) a fine for the absence of the Blue Card. The Blue Card was not issued by our agent who did our CHECK-IN and TRANSIT LOG in Istanbul for $500.

Archie says:
Jun 17, 2017 08:56 AM

Ayvalik Setur Marina
In 2016 in June we stayed for 2 nights at a cost of 278TL.
In 2017 in June for 2 nights the price has gone up to 448TL, an increase of about 60%.
It seems that more the Turkish economy suffers the higher the prices are!

katherine1965 says:
Oct 06, 2016 08:39 AM

We would like to express our satisfaction with the complete refit and painting delivered by MAVIMAR YACHTING in Marmaris. Since coming onto the project, Mavimar's team has carried out incredible energy into ensuring that the project runs smoothly. We will definitely work with them again in future project.

svgoldenglow says:
Oct 02, 2016 11:37 AM

Wow, Amaroo, that's awful. We feel fortunate because we similarly left our boat in a Setur marina (Kas) in Turkey in the winter of 2015/2016 and didn't pump out between October and April and didn't have a problem when we did (but we did our last and first pumpouts at the marina, which perhaps made the difference. Also, we were never boarded by the coast guard as you were. We sailed up and down the Aegean, Lycian and Turquoise coasts of Turkey in the spring of 2016, pumping out every few weeks, but probably not more often that 3-4 and had no problems. So sorry for your bad luck and that astronomical fine. Ugh!

Amaroo says:
Sep 15, 2016 08:12 AM

"Boat owners also have to use the Blue card at least once a year or be fined"


Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 06, 2016 08:21 AM

Boat owners are responsible for maintaining the necessary official paperwork for any country they visit. Particularly important when leaving the boat behind in a country whilst you travel abroad is document renewal should the paperwork expire while you are out of the country. For instance, every 5 years a foreign flagged vessel must check out of Turkish waters and then check back in if they wish to stay in Turkey. Boat owners also have to use the Blue card at least once a year or be fined. Note too that the transit log expires annually and cannot be renewed unless the blue card has been used. A number of liveaboards in Turkey have offered the following advice:
- If a boat does not have a holding tank a friendly marina will just run the blue card through the system and no problems (this is not widely known...). Some people take a bag of rubbish and show it to the marina management.
- Using an agent can help a great deal with keeping your Turkish paperwork in order, up to date and avoiding fines. The key in Turkey is not letting your paperwork expire.
- If someone has an agent (to check in and out of Turkey, renew all documentation from the boat owner), then the agent takes care of this blue card thing.

Amaroo says:
Aug 02, 2016 11:36 AM

We pumped out in Antalya on arrival last year, September, and left the marina, and Turkey, the next day for 7 months overseas. Our vessel was on the hardstand the entire time we were away. When we returned to Antalya, we anti-fouled and launched the boat, sailing from Antalya to the Datca area in June.

We have exceedingly large tanks that can hold for several weeks before needing to pump out. We proceeded to Datca to pump out but they did not have the correct fittings at their facility to perform a pumpout. We were told to come back in a week and it should be ok to pump out then. We still had enough room in tanks, approximately 85% full since leaving Antalya in June. We were grateful that we had large tanks. Amazingly, in all the travels we have had in Turkey, it is very rare to see any sizable vessel pumping out on shore anywhere.

The day before we were due to return to Datca to pump out, or attempt to pump out, the Coast Guard visited the anchorage, 10 NM east of Datca, and looked at our paperwork. As we had not pumped out since September, it appears they felt we must have pumped out somewhere other than at a designated facility. They did not take into account the boat was unattended on the hardstand in Antalya for 7 months. We subsequently acquired a letter from Setur Marina Antalya confirming this but Coast Guard officials were not interested in seeing the letter or hearing anything about it. We were told that it is deemed that the usage per person per day for waste water is 30 litres. That means they considered that we have 60 liters per day going into our tanks. That is absurd. The Coast Guard informed us that we should be pumping out EVERY 2 WEEKS!

In Datca we were told that we would not be authorized to leave Turkey without paying the fine. We paid to the tax office 9,500.25 TL!! Paying within 30 days gave us a 25% discount on the fine which was 12,267.00 TL ($4,100.00 USD)!!

We enquired about appealing the decision but were told by all we spoke to that no-one has ever been successful in appealing, regardless of the facts or proof of any kind that can prove nothing was done wrong. We enquired at Customs, Datca, regarding the appeals process and they would not inform us where to start apart from saying "Go see your agent". Our agent, the biggest in Datca, said it was a waste of time and money to even try.

We do not understand the paperwork as it is in Turkish. I refused to sign as I did not know the contents. The paperwork was written on the deck of a gulet anchored in the same bay on 11th July at 1430 hrs, which, according to the paperwork they presented was when the offense occurred, but we are not sure. The officials were told our tanks were just over just over 85% full at that time and I offered to show them but they were not interested. I informed the officials that we tried to pump out in Datca and was informed by the official that "It is not our problem!" We have subsequently found out that the Datca pump out facility has been inoperative for a long time. Therefore, perhaps, virtually all the boats in Datca may be contravening the laws.


Rossi says:
Mar 30, 2016 09:34 AM

March 29, 2016 Travel WARNING(Not an Alert) was issued US State Department--This is for Izmir and Mugla provinces on the western coast most popular with yachts and previously considered not to be in a (too)risky area. The US Government is ordering the forced evacuation of all family members of US Government civilians in those provinces. ALSO, they have "restricted official travel to Turkey to 'mission-critical' travel only". The Warning is here-

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 02, 2015 07:04 PM

This comment from a long-term liveaboard/cruiser based in Marmaris.

Where have all the cruising boats wintering in Turkey gone?

In the past 8 years at least, during autumn, winter, and spring, the marinas in Marmaris have been full with 45-60 yachtsmen/women staying in Marmaris full time. This population, of course, is great for social activities and an interesting blend of personalities and cultures in the yachting community.

This year however, the yachting community population is so low that it’s a struggle to get 8-10 persons together for any kind of activity or get-together. I've never seen so few people in Marmaris Bay!

More yachts appear to be berthing for the winter in Finike, which is much further south of the usual and popular cruising area of this part Turkey, and many are leaving for a winter in Greece, Malta, Crete and other Mediterranean ports.

From emails I have received and face-to-face conversations with departing cruisers, possible reasons for this exodus may be:
1) An increase in marina charges (mooring, lift and launch, electricity, etc.) not only in Marmaris Bay but in Turkey in general.
2) A fear of political instability (although this hasn't had an effect on Marmaris and other northern/western ports and communities).
3) Changes in residence permits (1 year vs 5 years, application procedures etc.), plus local and governmental health insurance fees rising and their non-recognition of international health care companies.

About the only positive thing about Turkey reported to me by foreign cruisers is the favourable exchange rate of the GBP and USD (1 USD at today's rate is 2.98 Turkish Lira and 1 GBP over 4 Turkish Lira).

yalim says:
Nov 19, 2017 01:16 PM

I know it is a 2 years old comment but I wanted to reply. You need to change the list in transit log if you are sailing with your guests. They are all considered as crew. I went sailing on US flagged boat with my family (we are all owners of the boat.) and the coast guard said we have to change the transit log. Turkish owners of US flagged boats don't do that because it is usually not checked. We were lucky because the coast guard personnel was understanding but I am sure there is a fine if the people on board are different from the transit log.

LeeZe says:
Sep 17, 2015 06:57 AM

Transit Log: Regardless of what an agent tells you, you ONLY have to amend your transit log when you add or subtract CREW or CAPTAIN. If you have GUESTS coming, their names are NOT required to be on the transit log. If you are in Marmaris and using Ankar Agency for help, she will tell you differently. But she is wrong. Read the rules in English associated with the transit log. It never mentions the word "guests." If this was required, every Turkish owner of an American flagged boat would be updating his transit log every weekend. And they are NOT! So do not be fooled into doing so. The agents that tell you this are just trying to line their pockets with your money.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 28, 2015 02:13 PM

The general rule of thumb when cruising is to get 3 quotes for any service or product before paying any money.

Entheos says:
Aug 28, 2015 05:19 AM

On my way from Finike to Fethiye my alternator and/or my regulator stopped working and in Fethiye I was recommended an English engineer for repairs. When I phoned him he said, I will send my electrical engineer, but in fact sent someone from another company, who came and removed my alternator and regulator.

Next day he returned saying that they had bought a new one as the other would cost nearly as much to repair. Stupidly - I must have been mesmerised - when he said 'you don't want that old one?', I said no. That's not like me!

Next day I found that the new alternator was very inefficient and as I had since been told by my son that my Mastervolt alternator and Alpha-pro regulator were expensive and should be repaired and reinstalled, I asked the engineer to return them. When he did this we saw at once that the alternator he brought was not mine, this one had obviously been underwater for a considerable time.

To me, it seems the two are running a scam to not repair broken parts, claiming it would cost too much, selling the cruiser a new piece of kit and not returning the old one (i.e. refurbishing it and selling it on).

I want to warn other cruisers that this kind of thing is happening here and to take care.

bluewatersailor says:
May 24, 2015 06:32 AM


Checking intoTurkey
The cost at Datca Seher Tours it 280 TL and if you require then to supply a Visa EU boats it 25 euro .
Bozburun , lodos yachting 105 Euros < >

Hope this help .

Marika says:
Feb 12, 2015 02:57 PM

Checking in and out of Tukey and exchanging crew and skippers- no problem. I came to Istambul with crew, we made crew exchange- only needed agreement signed by both skippers, that we exchange crew there, and confirmation from charter agency, that htey know it. We had to purchase new transit log, that's obvoius. Check out was made in Ayvalik- highly recommend!With no agent and problems, You just need to take a walk to ferry termianl to do the clearance,and back to harbourmaster, which is close to the marina. I'll mention that yacht was Greek flag, I expected some turbulences, but was nicely surprised:)

Douglas Davidson
Douglas Davidson says:
Dec 24, 2014 03:42 PM

We purchased a US registered Farr 50PH in September '14. The boat was in Didim at D-Marin marina where we left her after a quick shakedown cruise. We are secured with YachtWORKS who are resolving a number of issues we discovered on the shakedown. Our experience with Can (John) the owner of YachtWORKShas been extremely good. They are professional and the pricing reasonable for the work to date...particularly a new epoxy barrier coat system. The marina is the best ive seen with travel lifts to 600 tons albeit 4500€ for the Winter including lift. Our survey experience was also exceptional with Yusuf Civelekoglu of Marine Solutions in Bodrum. Our short time in Turkey allowed is to sail onto the North side of the Datca peninsula which was a wonderful opening into Turkey. Landside a trip to Effes is not to be missed along with Didima. New to posting here so...more in the Spring of 2015

DavidAlegria says:
Jul 23, 2014 09:09 AM

Some Australian friends that had their boat shipped to Istanbul, and whose 90 day visa expires August 25, were told that it was absolutely impossible to get a residence permit, or even an appointment to see about a residence permit, before August 25.

They wrote to me and said that they would be wintering in Greece as a result.

I just spoke with Samet, an agent here in Finike, that I've known for about five years, and he said that it used to be difficult, but recently it is very easy. There is no longer a requirement for a Marina contract, or Turkish bank account. The only requirement is that you have health insurance, and if it is from another country, it must be international health insurance, that will cover you while you are here. And that needs to be translated into English. You will need some photos and other miscellaneous.

He says that if anyone wants to contact him, that he will be happy to help. :

If people will contact him he will help them to get it done in Kemer. N36.60120 E30.54262 (There are several Kemers.) He says it usually takes one day. It is now very easy.

I have no idea what his fees are, but he is a really nice man that has helped me many times over the years.

I know there is still a mountain of confusion about this, but Samet, felt that it was no longer difficult, if you had the translation of the correct kind of insurance. In my American case, my very inexpensive supplemental insurance, that is a supplement to standard Medicare, claims that it will cover me for emergency rooms here, at a maximum charge of US$50.00, and a medevac will cost me a maximum of US$500.00. But read your fine print. Mine actually sounds too good to be true. Best idea is to never need it.

And, it would be good if people can relay their actual, first hand experiences, on this subject. So many of the emails seem to be rumors. And the most popular rumors are the ones that make your eyes get big, and your blood pressure boil. So, be careful what you forward.


azucar says:
Aug 21, 2013 12:23 PM

If you want a reliable maintenance company to handle all your boat needs in or around Marmaris we highly recommend Mavimar, owned by Ercan Erkut, former naval officer,yacht builder and restorer. We have had Ercan oversee our winter work for the last 5 years on our 14 meter sailboat. We've had our boat entirely painted, electrical, plumbing, canvas and many other jobs completed ontime, at the agreed price and to our complete satisfaction. His office is located on the street opposite the tennis courts behind Netsel Marina.
Andy & Julie, SY Azucar

gcornett says:
Jul 01, 2013 01:18 PM

Checking out of Turkey at Bodrum: We just checked out of Turkey at Bodrum. We were told that we would need an agent, but when we asked the Harbor Master he said as we only had two people on board, we did not need an agent. We did contact our agent in Marmaris, Nadide, who entered our info 'into the system' for no charge. We first visited the Harbor Master, then the Port Police (passport Control), and finally Customs. No cost and about one hour--all three offices are right near the castle and are within walking distance. Nadide at Anker Marine, Marmaris, will answer any questions and she was a great help.

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Schengen Visas and VAT: Reports on Cruisers' Understanding (09 Dec 2016)

The Security Situation in Turkey: Comments from Cruisers in Turkey

The Security Situation in Turkey: Comments from Cruisers in Turkey (18 May 2016)

Izmir Bay, Güzelbaçhe: New place to tie up

Izmir Bay, Güzelbaçhe: New place to tie up (30 Sep 2015)

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Mediterranean Migrant Crisis Deepens (23 Jun 2015)

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Turkey, Datca, Kuyulubuku: Burgled at anchor - June 2015 (16 Jun 2015)

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Turkey, Dardanelles, Çanakkale: Yachting services update (06 Feb 2015)

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Ordering spares whilst cruising the Eastern Mediterranean (19 Jan 2015)

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Blue Card Waste Disposal System - latest situation (13 Jan 2015)

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Turkey South, Cavus Koyu (north): Burgled whilst ashore - September 2014 (24 Sep 2014)

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Mediterranean - List of Radio Nets (23 Sep 2014)

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Mediterranean: SSB Net - MedNet (23 Sep 2014)

Tenaya's Journey from Thailand to Turkey by Ship

Tenaya's Journey from Thailand to Turkey by Ship (06 Aug 2014)

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Turkey, Kusadasi: Experiences When Over-Wintering (17 Jul 2014)

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Aegean Sea: Don't clear at Eskifoca (19 Jun 2014)

Exploring Russia's Inland Waterways: Norway to the Med via the Volga River 2013

Exploring Russia's Inland Waterways: Norway to the Med via the Volga River 2013 (31 Mar 2014)

Wintering in Finike, SE Turkey: Cruisers Report

Wintering in Finike, SE Turkey: Cruisers Report (31 Mar 2014)

Circumnavigating Europe: 11 years of great cruising

Circumnavigating Europe: 11 years of great cruising (07 Feb 2014)

Tourist Visas Important Update

Tourist Visas Important Update (05 Dec 2013)

Overland trucking to avoid the Red Sea

Overland trucking to avoid the Red Sea (20 May 2013)

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Malta to Turkey via Greece: Anchorages 2011 (14 Mar 2013)

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Eastern Turkey: Mersin Marina Update (04 Oct 2012)

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Altinkum, D-Marin Didim Marina: Cruisers Reports (04 Jul 2012)

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We can all help Clean up the Med! (20 Jun 2012)

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Transport Experience with Seven Star - Maldives to Turkey (09 May 2012)

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An Alternative to GOA and the Red Sea: Desert Sailing (07 May 2012)

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Great Customer Service Bosch, Istanbul (18 Feb 2012)

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Hurghada Marina and Boat Maintenance (13 Feb 2012)

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New 90/180 Visa Regulation Explained (08 Feb 2012)

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Proof of Competency for European Countries (04 Nov 2011)

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Fethiye - Informal Information (22 Apr 2011)

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An Alternative to Marmaris Marinas - Maybe? (21 Jul 2010)

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Mersin, Turkey - Informal Information (30 May 2010)

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Kemer - a very agreeable place to spend the winter (21 Apr 2010)

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Turkey - Positive Changes Afoot for New Grey Water Regulations (17 Mar 2010)

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Turkey: New Rules for Cruising Yachts in the Mugla Area (Bodrum to Fethiye) (17 Feb 2010)

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Tips for Sailors Roaming with Mobiles in Turkey (28 Jun 2009)

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Netsel Marina Marmaris - Dissatisfied Customers (01 Jun 2009)

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Cruising Southern Turkey’s Lycian Coast (30 Apr 2009)

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Turkey Antifouling Regs. - a question (09 Mar 2009)

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Istanbul and the Sea of Marmara (09 Jun 2008)

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Importing Spares and Equipment into Turkey (03 Mar 2008)

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Thailand to Turkey 2007 Part Two – Massawa in Eritrea to Turkey (19 Nov 2007)

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Sailing in Yalikavak Turkey (11 Jul 2007)

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Great Cruising in Turkey (03 Oct 2006)

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Prohibition For Yachts To Enter Southern Cyprus After North Remains In Force (05 Aug 2006)

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Fines for Pollution Rearranged (18 Jul 2006)

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New Charts for Yachts by the Turkish Hydrographic Office (05 Jul 2006)

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Turkish Search and Rescue (21 Mar 2006)

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Environmental Fines In Turkey Being Applied To Yachts (21 Nov 2005)

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Netherlands To Turkey Via European Canals & Rivers (13 Sep 2005)

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The rich variety of Turkey's cruising grounds (19 Aug 2002)

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