Here you can find detailed instructions how to find Gradina bay. There are maps,wind descriptions, charts, numbers and all other needed information for safe arrival. Please use this guide because you will end up asking for a helicopter to pick you up.
The Adriatic Sea is a part of the Mediterranean Sea that separates the Apennine Peninsula from the Balkan Peninsula and the Apennines from the Dinaric Mountains. It is predominantly a closed sea connected with the Ionian Sea and through it to the Mediterranean Sea. The borders of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea are Otrant’s Gate 75 km wide between Italy and Albania.
The Adriatic Sea is predominantly shallow. In the southern part of the Adriatic Sea there is an abyss where deep falls at maximum depth of 1233 m.
The Adriatic is a relatively warm sea – temperature does not fall below 11 ° C in winter and rise up to 26° C in summer days. Despite high temperatures, winters on the sea are not calm and warm at all.
In the Northern Adriatic sea, a stormy bura is more common – extremely cold wind capable of making real feal temperature of -10° C. Bura is NE wind, catching its strenght from the tops of Dinaric mountains. In the South Adriatic, stormy jugo is something to worry about – quite dangerous for navigation. Line where those winds colide is in between Mid Adriatic Pit (1) and Palagruža Sill (2). So please check your reliable forecast station for stormy winds before you sail.
Directions and wind names
The wind direction is determined on the side of the wind where it blows. Nowadays the following names of the roses of the wind are common:
• North Wind: tramontana
• Northeast: Burin, Bura
• East: Levant
• Southeast: Jugo
• South: sharp
• Southwest: lebić, garbin
• West: the pulenat
• Northwest: maestral
South Adriatic sea
DUBROVNIK – Gruž Port
42 ° 39’03 “N 18 ° 06’49” E
42.651 ° N 18.114 ° E
There are no dangers besides having to take into account the intense traffic of ships of all kinds. Yacht berths start after the lighthouse on the head of the ferry dock.
Berths are organized along a 120 m long dock. On side there are murings, as well as pillars with water and electricity. Depths along the coast are 3 – 4 m. Yacht port has a marina status and berths are charged.
The harbor is well protected from all winds except for W and NW which cause less waves.
There is a small tide when the south wind blows.
Water and electricity on the coast. Fuel on W Coasts near JK “Orsan”. Market at the marina, fish market, Post, banks, Harbor captain, Police, Customs…
Permanent border crossing
Ticket and nautical publications
Road links with Split and to the south with Montenegro
Boat links with Split, Rijeka, Italy, Greece
Aircraft with Zagreb, Rome (airport is 22 km from Gruž port)
PORT OF DUBROVNIK
Ivory Coast Ivory II, No.1
20 000 Dubrovnik
T: +38520 313 333
F: +38520 418 551
Location: Middle Dalmatian island
Area: 276 km2
Length: 47.7 km
Coastline: 181.7 km
Highest point: Klupca, 569 m
City of Korčula
Ancient town on eastern end of the island also called “little Dubrovnik”.
Picture tells you why…
Admiralty Chart: 1611
Admiralty Pilot: 47
Time Zone: GMT + 1 h
Locode: HR KOR
VHF channel: 17, 16, 12, 9
Water and electricity supply – Available
Provision – Available
Fuel – Available
CITY OF KORČULA PORT AUTHORITY
Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana bb
Tel: 0385 20 711 178
VHF 10 and 16
Vela Luka bay
42° 57’6 N 16° 43’1 E
Time Zone: GMT + 1 h
Locode: HR VLK
VHF channel: 16
Water and electricity supply – Available
Fuel – Available
Vela Luka town is situated on the island west end. The harbor area consists of the coastal land part and the associated aquatics. Port is open for public traffic under these conditions…
Port Vela Luka consists of 3 harbor basin:
Harbor Pool 1 – covers the port area from the beginning of the ferry dock to the bridge in front of Hotel Posejdon on the Vranac coast – preferred place for spending a night
Harbor Pool 2 – terminal – covers the port area from the shipyard Montmontaža Greben until the completion of the Naval and Passenger terminal Vela Luka (southern side of HP 1) – NOT preferred for spending a night
Harbor Pool 3 – includes the bay of Gradina, 4NM away from Vela Luka – your destination.
Harbor Pool 1
Harbor Pool 1 total surface area is 19,09 ha, and it is shattered on the operational part of the coast, communal part of the coast, nautical part and anchorage.
The operational part of the harbor includes the southwest part of the ferry dock in length of 60 meters with the depth of the coastal wall of 3 to 4.50 meters, and the needle for liner shipping with two docks in length of 141 meters with depths from 4 meters to 7.30 meters where two larger ferries can be accepted. The operational part of the harbor includes the southwestern part of the Vela Riva (INA- pump station) in the length of 42.5 meters with the depth of a 2 to 5 meter coastal wall. In the north-eastern part of Vela Riva, there is also a position for taxi boats and boats in length of 20 meters.
The communal part of the harbor includes the southwest part of the coast on a ferry dock in length of 42 meters northwest of the coast on a ferry dock in length of 90 meters, the coast of Pod Boriće and Culan bridge 118 meters long, the coast on Bad with the Englez Bridge (363 meters), Velu Riva (120 meters), Mali Mandrać (72 meters), Veli Mandrać (200 meters), Tranul Bridge (66 meters), Obala Kale (510 meters) and Obala Vranac (510 meters). Port capacity is 460 communal berths.
Nautical part of the harbor includes part of the Vela Riva in length of 70 meters with the depth of the coastal wall of 3 to 4.50 meters and the forehead of the Male Riva in length of 17 meters. The Nautical part of Vela Riva is equipped with three cabinets for supplying electricity and water. There is also the seasonal international sea border crossing II. Categories.
The harbor is equipped with mooring facilities, two harbor lights and a ramp for ferries. Immediately adjacent to the port area border there are waste collection containers (6 waste separation containers and 10 general waste containers), and INA gas station.
Anchorage in the harbor includes two locations. The first location (φ = 42 ° 57.6 ‘N; λ = 016 ° 42.7’E) covers the coast of Obale Bad and is equipped with an anchor system with anchored blocks and 16 bays. The second location (φ = 42 ° 57.7 ‘N; λ = 016 ° 42.9’E) is located in the port between Obala Vranac and centar of Vela Luka town.
Harbor pool 2
Harbor pool 2 terminal has a total area of 6.06 hectares, of which 5.43 hectares are underwater and 0.63 hectares of land under the harbor. The port of the harbor comprises 193 meters long sea-going passenger terminal.
The communal part of the port covers the coast from the shipyard Montmontaža-Greben to the end of the 345 meters long Maritime Passenger Terminal and is equipped with 68 communal berths and a boat stretch. There are also municipal waste containers (4 pieces) along with the port area, and a container for oils and oily liquids (1 piece).
Port Authority Vela Luka
A: Street 58 no. 15
20270 Vela Luka – Croatia
T: +385 20 813 520
Call Sign: VELA LUKA TRAFFIC
R: VHF channel 09
42 ° 58.2 ‘N 016 ° 40.5’E
Gradina bay is situated on the north side of the Vela Luka bay, which is covered by most winds.
It is facing west, so in the summer afternoon you can enjoy the gentle breeze of the maestrala and the beautiful sunset. The southern and southwest side is protected by the island of Gubeša and the peninsula Glavica Sv. Ivana, and it is ideal as anchorage for small gas boats up to 4m.
The sea is shallow, and in some places there is sand which is extremely suitable for bathing children.
Dislocated port area – Cove Gradina is covering surface area of 17.2 ha. It is located about 4 NM west of Vela Luka, equipped with an anchor system to accommodate a 10-nautical sailor. The communal section is 280 meters long and is equipped with 25 utility berths. Also, in the bay of Gradina, near the port area, there is a municipal waste container.
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