Brac, Pucisca Outer Harbour
The stone masons’ town of Pucisca sits at the back (south end) of a long straight inlet on the north shore of Brac and offers one of a number of interesting harbour moorings in this area. The approach is down a wide and very straight inlet that runs south into the interior of Brac for 1500 metres at a width of around 250 metres before forming two short forked arms at its southern end.
Do not be put off by the substantial limestone quarry at the entrance to the inlet on its east side - it is from here that the stone masons of Pucisca obtain the famous white limestone (that which was used in the Washington White House amongst other famous buildings) which they work into all sorts of products from tourist trinkets to lamp posts and everything in between.
The town of Pucisca is located around the western fork with the mooring for visiting yachts being on the southern shore within the inner harbour below the spire of the church. The alternative is to drop an anchor either in the Outer Harbour or in the eastern arm of the inlet.
Anchoring in the Outer Harbour is in 5-7 metres of water and should be towards the centre of the inlet opposite the Stone Masons’ School which is located on the north shore of the western inlet behind the deep water quay. Care should be taken not to obstruct traffic either to the deep water quay or the inner harbour. The holding is unreported but if the Bora is reported this anchorage could be hazardous.
There is also the option to moor in the eastern arm of the inlet in 5-6 metres of water though this area of the bay is known to be dangerous in the Bora which sometimes blows down the mountains of the mainland around Omis, across the Bracki Kanal and then along the length of the Pucisca inlet before gusting into the harbour and the eastern inlet.
If the Bora is forecast and you either do not want to take to the harbour wall (which may also be uncomfortable by all reports) or there is no space anyway then the nearest safe anchorage with all round shelter is Uvala Luka just to the east.
Pucisca itself is delightful with pleasant walks through the streets of the town and out along the shores of the inlet in both directions from the visiting yacht harbour wall. The nearest bathing areas are to the east from the mooring (though the harbour is clean and you can swim there too). To the west you will soon round the end of the town harbour and be heading east again along the shore past the school where stone masons are trained and on to more bathing areas.
There are the usual range of cafes and basic services including post office and cash machines as well as several smaller supermarkets and a number of well thought of restaurants. Pizzeria Marin (currently un-reviewed) was well spoken of by other sailors during our visit and for those who are on a none Pizza night we found the Restoran Lucica very nice (4 Flags). Generally this is a popular spot with the yachting crowd, but there seems to be plenty of space on the harbour wall (which was less than half full during out visit) though to the west of the church the depths available are less than 2 metres.
Shelter: Good with the exception of the Bora which is channelled into the inlet
Depths: 6-7 metres
Hazards: Ensure you are not obstructing traffic to the deep water quay on the northern shore of the outer harbour. The harbour area is generally reported as extremely uncomfortable during the Bora and may be dangerous at anchor. The eastern arm of the inlet is said to be particularly susceptible to gusts during the Bora and is also thought to be dangerous when that wind blows.
Services: Several shops, cash machine, post office, cafes and restaurants
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
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