Mürefte, Şarköy – Tekirdağ – Turkey
GPS : 40°40’32.6″N 27°15’53.2″E / 40.675732, 27.264787
VHF Channels : 16
Call Sign : ” murefte marina ”
Main Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°40’30.3″N 27°15’54.0″E / 40.675093, 27.264986
Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°40’34.6″N 27°15’54.8″E / 40.676286, 27.265232
Mürefte is a village in the district of Şarköy on the Sea of Marmara southwest of Tekirdağ. Mürefte, the town has a small square, a long seaport and a few fish restaurants near the seaside. Getting more lively in the summer, Murefte is famous for its permanently blowing wind, olives, grapes and wine. Its wine, olives and olive oil is world famous. The main livelihood source of the village are vineyards, olive groves and fishing.
Mürefte is a relatively new harbour constructed on the north coast of the Sea of Marmara, 22 miles SW of Tekirdağ and 50 miles NW of Çanakkale. The harbour is a useful port of refuge along the relatively poorly supplied north coast of the Sea of Marmara. In settled weather, a yacht is better off anchoring in the lee of the harbour just SW of the breakwater and, in unsettled weather, anchoring in the harbour itself away from the quays. Shelter in the harbour is good from the prevailing winds, but it is completely open to the SW.
The harbour is around 1.5 miles E of the town of Mürefte (which is not really worth visiting anyway). Nearest provisions 1.5 miles S in Mürefte.
Approach and Navigation
The harbour breakwaters are easily identifiable from all directions. The entrance is oriented SW. Depths in the entrance are 5 m.
Winds along the north coast of the Sea of Marmara are generally from N/NE, which can give some excellent sailing in flat water between the Dardanelles and Istanbul. Winds tend to be at their strongest in mid to late afternoon. When you enter a port between the two breakwater lighthouses faced dock is very safe for NE wind. When SW wind blow safe dock is beside of red lighted lighthouse.
General depth is over 4 m but a bank near red lighted lighthouse is less then 2 m.
The W quay is rather shallow, with depths of 1.5 – 1.75 metres. The best place for a yacht is at the end of the N quay, where a yacht can lie alongside in depths of 2.75 metres. This position offers excellent shelter from the prevailing N/NE winds. Second best option is to do an anchor moor on the S quay, where there is space for around 12 – 15 yachts. However, depths are uneven here and range from 1.75 to 2 metres, so deeper draft yachts may prefer to go bows to. However, in view of the exorbitant charge for mooring in the harbour, many yachts may prefer to anchor off or even avoid the harbour altogether.
In settled weather, anchor in the lee of the S breakwater, where there is good protection from the prevailing winds. Depths are 4 – 5 metres and the holding is good in sand. In unsettled weather, anchor in the harbour itself.
Capacity : 150 Boats
Outer Breakwater : 580 m
Inner Breakwater : 155 m
Lighthouses : Breakwaters
Maintenance & Repealing
Slipway : Max. 35 m – 100 ton
WC – Shower
Security : 24 hours security, Night Guard
Taxi : Available. Town center 2 km, by walk 20-25 minutes.
Marine Supplies/Hardware : Şarköy
Repairing & Maintenance : Wood and Polyester Works, others in Şarköy
Administration : Mürefte Fishery Products Cooperative
Shopping : Stores, Markets, Weekly Market
Accommodation : Hotel, Rental House, Apart Hotels, Motels
Bank : ATM
Health : Health Center, Hospital (Şarköy), Pharmacy
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Bakery
Museum : Wine Museum
Beach : Clean and deep water
Entertainment : Tea Gardens, Night Clubs
Special Shopping : Cherry, Wine, Olive, Olive Oil, Grape
The seaside village of Mürefte lies in an area of rich, fertile soil which is perfect for wine-growing.
The wines produced in this area are legendary and it is small wonder that most of the major wine producers in Turkey have vineyards in Mürefte. Several wine producers offer “degustation” sessions to let you sample their products. Some, but not all of them, charge a fee.
Fish Restaurants are very famous with their fishes, cooking and services. Fishes available due to seasons.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE MARMARA SEA
Minibus : Mürefte – Şarköy, Tekirdağ
Bus : Mürefte – Tekirdağ, İstanbul
Airport : Çorlu Airport, Atatürk International Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport