Aannsha’s Blog #176 –Marmaris to Bozzukale and Arykanda

Updated: May 1

Choosing an anchorage

We take a few factors into consideration when we’re planning an anchorage. The wind is a big part of that consideration.

Firstly, we check to see whether we’ll have wind to sail with, will we have to motor (have we got enough diesel?), or will it be too high and therefore unsafe to travel? Which direction will the wind be blowing from when we get there and how strong will it be? We then select at least a couple of anchorages to include the forecasted wind state and one that gives us protection should the wind be actually blowing from the other direction. Because that can happen.

We generally look at predicted wind gusts on Windy.com and Predictwind.com as well as the local weather forecasts. We’ve found that wind gusts commonly give a more realistic sense of the true wind state.

After that we sit down and look at Google Earth because that presents a great top down overview of all the bays in the area. We also get an idea of the holding (whether it’s a sandy or rocky bottom) and how deep the water is (whether it’s actually viable to anchor there).

Navily App is our next stop, and I get that up on my phone as Baz steers around Google Earth and we compare the bays we’ve chosen on Earth to the App. If there are designated anchorages on Navily with decent reviews then we fine tune our choice. One of the issues we have with Navily is that the reviews are often subjectively written by holiday-makers. They often share more about whether they liked the view or restaurants and often present useless actual anchoring information.

The pilot guide comes next. In our case it’s Rod Heikell’s Turkish Waters Pilot Guide. This gives more useful detail about anchorages for sailors than Navily App, but it doesn’t include all of the anchorages along the coast.

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Once we’ve made our final decision of our three best anchorages ranked in order of preference, we scoot up on deck and check out the chart plotter which has up to date information and the possibility to zoom into each anchorage closely.

After that when the day to sail arrives, we prep the boat and off we go!

Marmaris to Bozzukale

Baz worked out that if we had to use the engine without refuelling as we headed up to Didim, we’d practically be running on fumes by the end of the journey and we didn’t want to do that. As we left Netsel (Setur) marina in Marmaris, we stopped at the fuel dock and topped up the tank.

Barry’s calculations had been pretty spot on. It turns out the engine eats about 5 litres of fuel per hour.