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 Turkey - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +3

After a year without time changes, Turkey has decided to reintroduce Daylight Saving Time (DST), starting October 28, 2018. Clocks in Turkey will be set back 1 hour from 04:00 (4:00 am) to 03:00 (3 am), local time.

Yachting Essentials



Voltage: 230 V

Frequency: 50 Hz


Propane Gaz bottles are available and, with the appropriate fittings, foreign bottles can be re-filled.

Turkish-made bottles are now subject to new regulations which require the gas bottles to be matched with the ID of the purchaser. There is currently no timescale for the application of this new rule and is unlikely to affect foreign yachts with foreign gas/gaz bottles.


Diesel is difficult to obtain as tanker lorries can no longer supply small ports. New regulations require tankers to have a specific (and expensive) license to supply yachts, as opposed to gulets. Plan fuelling stops well ahead and carry spare cans.

Fuel is available at most marinas. Duty free fuel is available in larger quantities only (e.g. 3000+ litres) but it is quite difficult and far more expensive to get duty free fuel North of Cesme, or east of Antalya.


Water is available at all marinas - expect to pay for the water. Some marinas may charge you for the night, just to take on water.

If there is a municipality or fishing boat marina nearby, it may be worth trying to take on water there instead as long as you assure them you simply want to take on water and then will leave.

Note: There are marinas with in Turkey and Greece that try to get you to stay overnight if you want any services, including a black water pump out. Legally, all Turkish marinas that have foreign flagged and privately owned yachts' pump out equipment cannot charge you to stay the night. If necessary, get the Turkish Coast Guard involved. The fine for dumping black water if caught is very high. (Note, most municipality marinas cannot pump out a non-commercial vessel.)


Technical support and repair and haul-out facilities are not difficult to find in Turkey. Istanbul and Marmaris offer the most extensive technical support, though technical service is available almost everywhere.

Last updated February 2017.

Opening Hours

Public offices 7 businesses : 08:00-17:00(Mon-Fri)

Shops : 10:00-20:00 (longer at weekends)


New Turkish Lira (YTL) in use from 2005. It is the equivilent of . 1,000,000 old Turkish lira (TL)

The sub-unit of New Turkish Lira is "New Kuruş" (YKr). One New Turkish Lira = 100 New Kuruş.

Until 2015 the old notes can be exchanged for new at the Turkish Central Bank.

ATMs are widely available and debit and credit cards are accepted in many places.


International Dialing Code for Turkey is +90.

WiFi is available at many marinas and even small places have internet cafes.

Mini-modems from Turkcell give good coverage on the water - 3G and sometimes even 4G. Approx. 80 Turkish Lira for 10 gigabytes.

July 2016: Holidaymakers coming to Turkey can now use their mobile phones in Turkey for up to 60 days, before it is blocked. (This has been extended from 30 days). After this time you must register your foreign mobile with the telecommunication ministry so that it can work in Turkey. For more details on how to register your mobile phone see


Istanbul has a new international airport as of April 7th, 2019. IATA airport code ISL during move - but will revert back to ILT once the move has concluded.

Address: Tayakadin mah. Terminal cad.No1  34283 Arnavutkoy Istanbul.

There is a public bus (IETT), Havaist and taxi’s to the airport. More information can be found at these links: &

It is recommended printing the E Visa before going to the airport.

For more information about the new airport go to:

Diplomatic Missions


Eastern Mediterranean Yacht Rally: Normally April to July. or Tel +90 242 323 66 80.

August - Ramazan- a period of fasting, from the Islamic calendar.
It is followed by a 3 day national holiday called "Şeker Bayram" - on 19th, 20th & 21st August. The first day of Şeker Bayram is known as "Eid al-Fitr", (the breaking of the fast), when Muslims gather to offer a prayer of thanks. You can also expect to see people celebrating at this time. As "şeker" means sugar, this particular holiday is marked by a feast of sweet things - it's especially nice for children.

November - Kurban Bayrami, is when sacrificial animals are slaughtered and the meat is distributed to poorer families.

Banks and other official offices are closed during these festivals.

DADDrally Mediterranean
Posted April 2019.
Organized by an amateur sailors association based in Turkey, called DADD: Denizlerdeyiz Amatör Denizciler Derneği, founded in April 2017. This is the first Mediterranean Rally organized by DADD and follows the footsteps of ancient civilizations surrounding the southern shores of Turkey. Starts September 1st 2019 from Orhaniye Marina, heads to Iskenderun, then Cyprus and back to Ecesaray Marina/Fethiye on October 15th, 2019. Will be an annual event.


Medical Assistance and Ambulance - Dial 112

A free interpretation service is now offered 7 days 24 hours for
foreign persons calling the 112 emergency call  command centre.

Police - Dial 155
Coast Guard - Dial 158 or (+90 (0)232 712 68 10)
Gendarmerie - Dial 156

Fire - Dial 110
Forest Fire - Dial 177


Imray & Adlard Coles Pilot Books can be purchased with an exclusive Noonsite discount of up to 15% by visiting our Imray store if shopping from the UK or Europe.
For North America and the rest of the world visit Bluewater Books & Charts. When ordering through Bluewater be sure to enter the coupon code NOON during checkout to save 10%.

Mediterranean Almanac 2019/20
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell (11th Edition)
Publisher: Imray
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
See this Noonsite review of 2015/6 edition.

East Aegean
By Rod Heikell
Published by Imray (2nd edition 2012)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
Rod Heikell's latest guide, East Aegean, covers Patmos, Kalimnos, Kos, Rhodes, and islands in between on the Greek side. On the Turkish side the ports of Güllük, Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye and almost every anchorage on the coast and islands between as far east as Kas and Kekova.

The Black Sea
By RCCPF/Barker and Borre
Publisher: Imray (1st edn 2012 / updates 2017)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
The latest and very comprehensive guide to all the countries bordering the Black Sea.

Turkish Waters and Cyprus Pilot
By Rod and Lucinda Heikell
Published by Imray (10th Edition 2018)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
This guide covers the coast of Turkey from the Bosphorus to the Syrian border and Cyprus. There is also a chapter on the Black Sea coast.
This new edition includes all the latest information and marina developments, with new plans and photos.

Turkey Cruising Companion
A Yachtsman's Pilot and Cruising Guide to the Ports and Harbours from the Cesme Peninsula to Antalya: Izmir to Anatalya
By Emma Watson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (2010)
Available from Amazon
ISBN: 978-0470721667
Covering the Ionian, Carian, West and East Lycian Coasts, the Turkey Cruising Companion is the essential pilot guide for anyone cruising the area.

The Western Shores of Turkey
By John Freely
Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks (2004)
Available from Amazon
This book is the distillation of a succession of journeys that John Freely made along this coast - an odyssey spanning a quarter of a century.

Cruise the Black Sea
By Doreen and Archie Annan
Publisher: Atakoy Marina, Istanbul (2001)
Available from Amazon

For those who want to follow Events in Turkey, here's an adequate web site to keep you up to date and with history as well -

Turkey Cruisers Forum

Sailing Information and Directory of marinas

SY Gyatso Log Book - Around the Black Sea
In 2010, SY Gyatso circumnavigated the Black Sea, visiting five of the six countries beginning in Turkey and continuing in a counterclockwise direction to Georgia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria before returning to Turkey again.

MY LeeZe - Mediterranean Cruising
Lee and Zehra cruised Turkey in the summer of 2014. Their blog has some good recommendations and interesting info.

A useful site for sailing information for Turkey

Rod Heikell - Mediterraneo
Information on cruising in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and the rest of the Mediterranean.

Marmaris Bay Cruisers
Information for cruisers in Turkey

Things you might want to know about life on land in Turkey

Blog by a British couple who have made Fethiye their home for years, but they cover much more of Turkey than just the Fethiye area. Some very useful reading.

Update History

April 2019: Airport information updated with opening of new international airport in Istanbul - from Viking-Turizm.
March 2019: Security section updated using US Government guidelines(
December 2018: Security section updated using UK FCO guidelines.
September 2018: Customs section updated re length of stay permitted by Customs.
April 2018: Blue Card information and cost updated by Gwen Bylund, SSCA, for both restrictions and fees section.
October 2017: Notice posted that visas suspended for US Citizens.
July 2017: Security advice updates from Marmaris Bay Cruisers.
March 2017: Security advice updates from MY LeeZe.
February 2017: Water and fuel update from MY LeeZe.
August 2016: Update to Residence Permit regulations.
March 2016: Security section updated and new paragraph placed in FACTS following US State Department Warning for travel in Turkey.
January 2016: All formalities checked/updated.
November 2015: Residence Permit information updated with new requirement for health insurance to be Turkish.
June 2015: Residence Permit Application information updated with introduction of new e-system online & checked by Finike Yachting Agency.
May 2015: Publications reviewed/revised.
March 2015: Residence Permit information updated using information from Marmaris Bay Cruisers.
January 2015: Blue Card Scheme information updated under Restrictions.
April 2014: Residence Permit new law passed.
February 2014: Clearance and Customs formalities checked.
May 2013: News of the translation services offered for emergency and health services sent by Samet Golgeci of Finike Yachting.
April 2013: New law for residence permits from
January 2013: Agency recommendation from Peter & Cindy Barker of SY Bowtie Lady.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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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