Via Roma 20, Cefal 15, Palermo, Sicily
GPS: 38°02’21.7″N 14°02’04.1″E / 38.039359, 14.034476
The town and marina of Cefalu are situated roughly in the centre of the N coast of Sicily, around 35 miles E of Palermo. Originally a defensive settlement on the huge rock that looms over the town (Cefalu = Greek headland), the town was re-established at the foot of the bluff by the 12th century Normans, who also constructed the tiny harbour west of the town and the magnificent cathedral that towers over it. Today, cruising yachtsmen visiting the town are better served by the pontoons in the Porto Nuovo, a purpose-built harbour constructed on the more sheltered eastern side of the headland. The town itself is one of the most atmospheric in the whole of the island, its picturesque fishermen’s houses huddled around the old harbour, and is justifiably one of Sicily’s most popular tourist destinations.
The marina Porto di Presidiana is located in Palermo (Italy). 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. This medium-capacity marina has moorings for large size, because it has moorings for boats with a maximum length of up to 12.00 m and a maximum draught of 6.00 m. For those who would like to carry out maintenance work or need to repair their boat, the marina Porto di Presidiana has a travelift for boats up to 100 tons.
The huge bluff that looms over Cefalu is visible from several miles off. The Porto Nuovo is situated immediately west of the bluff, sheltered by a long breakwater extending ESE from the shore. There are depths of 5.0 – 6.0 metres in the entrance. Beware of rocks around the end of the breakwater and others on the southern side of the harbour.
Yachts berth on the three pontoons running out from the shore in the centre of the harbour, between the mole and the concrete T-jetty at the southern end of the harbour. Berthing here is managed by the Società L’Ormeggio e Allegra. There are further berths on the two pontoons extending from the northern mole, which are managed by the Società Eolo. There are a total of 300 berths on laid moorings, 40 of which are supposedly reserved for yachts in transit. Maximum length 40 metres. Depths and the piers range from 3.0 to 5.0 metres.
Berths on the concrete T-shaped jetty are reserved for fishing vessels and members of the Cefalu Sailing Club. Shelter in the harbour is good with W or NW winds, but any strong onshore winds make it extremely uncomfortable in the reflected swell. A strong NE gregale would probably make Cefalu untenable.
In any sort of swell, the floating pontoon is dangerous but the concrete pontoons to the side are a little better.
Boats anchor outside the marina and also over in the lagoon created by the outside breakwater
Max. load: 100 Tn