Dalaman – Muğla – Turkey

Tersane Creek
GPS : 36°40’06.3″N 28°55’44.3″E / 36.668414, 28.928975

Tersane Adası is the largest island in the Gulf of Fethiye. The bay on
NW affords all-round shelter. A deep channel provides easy entry to
the inlet of Tersane and the eastern side of the bay provides a
protected anchorage for charter yachts. According to ancient sources
the island, named Telandria, was used as a ship dockyard during the
Ottoman period.

In the days of the Ottoman Empire, the Greeks lived there. But after
their deportation to the island, there were only a few old houses and
a church left that you can still see the ruins. Previously, the small
cove of the island used to build gulet yachts. For this reason, the
island is named as “Tersane” which means boat yard .

We know that the Island of Tersane which was formerly called
Telandria, was inhabited in the past, but the remains of the ruined
houses of the island, which are seen from the land and sea, total only
about 140. There are the remains of two churches, one of which is near
the well and the other is on the hill; and the tomb of the chief of
the people who lived here in the past, is in the west. The island was
inhabited in the past as is evidenced by the many ruined houses, fruit
trees and goat herds. There are also remains of two churches and a

You will notice a watch tower and shipyard as soon as you arrive from
which the island was named. There are two bays on the island named by
sailors as winter and summer harbours. Many blue voyage yachts or
daily tripper boats anchor in these two bays during their voyage.
After entering a narrow channel you will be in calm waters. Due to
this feature many sailors use this bay as a shelter to escape from
unexpected winds.

Tersane Creek lies at the NW tip of Tersane island at the northern “entrance” to Skopea Limanı. It is a charming creek surrounded by olive groves and with the ruins of what appears to have been a Byzantine or Ottoman dockyard and ship servicing facility at its head (Tersane: Turkish for shipyard).

Anchor on either side of the inlet and take a line ashore to a bollard. Most yachts seem to prefer the western side. If you can get far enough into the inlet, you may even be dropping anchor in as little as 8 – 10 metres. At the head of the inlet, there are two coves to the NE and SW which are full of underwater ruins and should be avoided. Anchoring is permitted in Tersane Creek at the NW tip of the island, where there is also a restaurant jetty with laid moorings for customers.

In the centre of the head of the creek is the Tersane Creek Restaurant, which has a (rather rickety) wooden jetty accommodating some 10 yachts on laid moorings. Shelter is very good here, being open only to NNW winds, which only have a fetch of little more than a mile. At night, if the creek is silent you will hear tawny owls calling to each other across the cove.

Anchoring is permitted in Tersane Creek at the NW tip of the island, where there is also a restaurant jetty with laid moorings for customers. In addition, there are three further anchorages outside the gulf on the eastern side of the Kapıdağı peninsula, which offer reasonable shelter in the prevailing winds but are open E round to SE.

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Dalaman, 48770 Dalaman/Muğla Province, Turkey

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