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24th April 2009, 12:31 AM
Cruising the Turkish coast and offshore islands.

Aegean Turkey's climate is varied, but it is 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 early June to the the middle of September. The meltemi can be very strong reaching gale force but these gales last only 2-3 days.

The Black Sea (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Black_Sea) has more extremes and is more humid with the most rain. The local saying is that the Black Sea (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Black_Sea) has four good harbors: Samsun (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Samsun), Trabzon (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Trabzon), July and August!

Arrival and departure procedures

Ensure that your first landfall in Turkey is made at an official Port of Entry. An official Transit Log (a strict requirement) is issued at the first port of entry and is valid for 1 year.

All vessels arriving must fly the Q flag and complete the formalities at an official port of entry. Formalities must be completed in the following order: Health, Harbourmaster, Passport Police and Customs. Most marinas will undertake the clearing in formalities on your behalf and obtain the yachts Transit Log on your behalf. It is therefore prudent to make a marina your first port of call.

Details required for the yacht's Transit Log are: Full details of the vessel, skipper, owner (incl. documemtation), detailed crew list, Turkish destinations (and route) and full inventory. Any changes to this information MUST be noted in the Transit Log and authorised by the Harbourmaster of the port in which the change has occured.

Note: The Turkish officials are very strict on illegal chartering - paying crew will be deemed as "charter".

Departure from Turkey MUST be from an official Port of Entry. The Transit Log must be surrendered as well as full clearance procedures with the Harbourmaster, Police and Customs. Each re-entry of the yacht back to Turkey requires a repitition of the clearing in procedures and a new "Transit Log" as the Transit Log, though valid for 1 year, is for a single entry only.

Note: In most Ports of Entry there are agents, usually operating within a marina, who, for an extra fee, will undertake to do all the clearance legwork for either entering or exiting Turkey. Since often the various offices (Health, Harbourmaster, Passport Police and Custom) are scattered around the town, this extra expense is worth the convenience. You just hand your papers and passports to the agent and after a few hours he brings them back dully stamped. In the meant time you and your crew are free to come and go.

In most ports there is no need to make advance reservations. The exemption to this are some popular marinas, especially during the peak cruising season form June to September. See individual ports for details.

Note: Once clearance into Turkey is obtained, a Transit Log is issued. The authorities request you very rarely to show this Transit Log.

See TURKEY (http://www.cruiserlog.com/wiki/index.php?title=Turkey) on the World Cruising Wiki for immigration and customs procedures, ports, approaches, marinas, islands, anchorages, etc.