Cephalonia-Jónico Norte, Greece
VHF canal: 9
GPS: 38°10’53.1″N 20°29’41.4″E / 38.181403, 20.494835
The marina Argostoli Marina is located in Argostólion (Greece). All guests who moor there will have access to very basic services, such as water and electricity. Its users may take advantage of its highly varied basic range of services. It is an ideal marina for medium size boats and has mooring for boats with a maximum length of 30.00 m and a maximum draught of 3.50 m.
Most visiting yachts moor on the quay immediately S of the customs quay, where depths range from 2.5 metres at the S end to 3.0 metres at the N end. Shelter here is excellent from the prevailing winds but the quay is choppy in strong E winds. Alternatively, a yacht can berth on the E side in the uncompleted and rather forlorn Argostoli marina or anchor off at the S end of the bay, 200 metres N of the causeway that crosses it. The main harbour and yacht quay are to starboard, next to the town, and the ‘marina’ to port on the W side. The bay shallows quickly once past the customs quay and terminates after another 200 metres in a concrete causeway linking the two sides of the bay and creating an enclosed salt water lake to the S.
Yachts anchor moored on Argostoli quay
This is where most yachts usually berth as it has the greatest number of spaces and the best shelter from the prevailing NW winds. The quay is the section immediately S of the customs quay, avoiding the section with rubber tyres, which is used by tripper boats. Around 10-15 yachts can anchor moor to this section of quay in depths ranging from 3.0 metres at the N end to 2.5 metres at the S end. Once beyond the ‘elbow’ in the quay, depths progressively reduce, so only shallow draft yachts should consider mooring here as depths are little more than 2.0 metres. The quay is plentifully supplied with yellow-painted bollards for shore lines. You will dropping anchor in 4.0 – 5.0 metres at the N end and the holding is good in mud once the anchor is well dug in and assuming you avoid the visible weed patches. Shelter on the quay is excellent from the prevailing NW winds, but can become a little uncomfortable with strong E winds.
The entrance to the marina lies directly opposite the customs quay on the E side of the bay, with the entrance facing W. The marina is, like many in Greece, incomplete and rather forlorn-looking, with its quays and jetties partly clogged with abandoned and rusting hulks and forgotten vessels of all kinds. There is usually plenty of space for a yacht to go alongside one of the three concrete jetties, which are well supplied with (very rusty) bollards. Depths at the jetties are 3.5 – 4.0 metres. Shelter in here is excellent in all conditions, and the marina provides a useful bolthole if surprised by foul weather. There are absolutely no facilities here and it is a 15-20 minute walk into town across the causeway.
Proximity to an airport means that this marina is also accessible by air.
Length: minimum 4 m maximum 30 m
Draught: minimum 0.5 m maximum 3.5 m
Number of berths: 250