Brac, Uvala Lucice
This handy anchorage is located just 2 nm to the east of the Splitska Vrata on the southern shore of Brac. Here it offers the perfect rest-stop on one of the most busy routes in the Adriatic Sea, with traffic coming and going from the Port of Split (and other marinas and harbours within such as Trogir and Kastel) to the myriad of off-shore destinations on the islands of Korcula, Lastovo, Hvar and Vis.
Entering through the broad mouth of this inlet reveals an even larger open bay beyond, backed by low rolling, tree covered hills amongst which nestle a number of holiday homes and several restaurants. Once through the entrance there are plenty of options for anchoring in the longer narrow fingers of water on the north side of the bay (8-15 metres) or for larger boats just inside the bay on the west side. In all locations holding and space is such that it is recommended to take a line ashore. Out in the more open parts of the bay extreme caution with the anchor should be taken when considering the number of mooring buoys present and the potential for getting caught up in any number of mooring chains.
Throughout much of the larger western arm of the bay there are also neatly laid lines of mooring buoys (we counted more than 30 in total in 2009) which offer a very wide range of situations and locations within that part of the bay. It is apparent from cruising through them that depths vary from around 8-15 metres down to less than 4 metres and some appear to be located quite close to the bay’s rocky southern shore. On this basis choosing the correct buoy for your vessel is obviously important.
There is also some, very limited mooring against the small jetty in front of the restaurant that manages the moorings in the west of the bay. By late afternoon during our 2010 visit this was chaotic with 3 large boats moored stern too at very odd angles.
In terms of charges it not totally clear what the situation is. We made a lunch stop in 2009 and were not charged, but there was a dinghy from one of the restaurants going around some of the boats moored closer to that establishment. During 2010 we made a very pleasant overnight stop and were charged 90? Kuna for our mooring, the removal of our rubbish and a loaf of bread delivered in the morning.
One note of caution - this is a beautiful spot, no doubt, and quiet on a lunch time in early July. But with so many mooring buoys it can get busy particularly overnight, that said we did not feel crowded or imposed upon and it was generally quiet throughout our visit
Shelter: Good though swells will build up in southerly and south-westerlies
Depths: 3-15 metres
Holding: Lines should be taken ashore. Over 30 mooring buoys are available
Hazards: When entering the bay keep clear of the western side of the entrance where depths drop rapidly to less than 5 metres .
When anchoring be aware of risk of snagging existing ground tackle.
No other hazards reported.
Services: Several restaurants (all untested)
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
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