You know how it is....you buy the latest pilot-book and then find only a few changes from your present one. Not so here. Much has happened in this cruising area since the last edition in 2009 and as a result, we now have 394 pages rather than the previous 360.
Charge-bands for marinas and town-quays have been updated and, with a further two bands added, now show “very high cost” at over €70-100 per night and “highest cost” at over €100 (for a 12m yacht, in July).
The Visa Regulations (90 day rule) are explained, as is Turkish Residency, all very important. The Blue Card Scheme as to waste discharge is also dealt with pretty well.
Most importantly, Rod and Lu have updated marina and harbour information well. As to marinas, at least half a dozen new ones are described with plans. Improvements/changes to existing ones are similarly shown.
Where harbour walls/facilities have been improved, notes and chartlets reflect this. There are lots of new photographs, too.
For the very popular Fethiye-Gocek cruising ground, the new SEPA (Special Environmental Protection Area) regulations are listed, together with a good map showing exactly where they apply. Be aware or be fined.
Keeping my boat in Turkey, I’m going to replace my old edition with this new one.
Bernard De Saulles
Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd; 9th Edition; £34.50