Otok Brac: Pucisca
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. Here the harbour master/assistant is perhaps not the most immediately attentive (he watched us make preparation to come alongside on the harbour wall on the north side of the harbour and only waved us off once crew was stepping ashore to pass him lines) but once he engages he is very helpful in getting boats moored against the visiting yacht harbour wall.
Mooring here is stern and bow too in between 2-3 metres with boats being arranged at an angle of around 60-70 degrees to the harbour wall (with the bow pointing NE) so that the moorings can take the strain of strong Bora winds that sometimes blow down the mountains of the mainland around Omis on the mainland opposite, across the Bracki Kanal and then along the length of the Pucisca inlet before gusting into the harbour. Consequently you will find that the lazy lines are slightly offset to the east. This is only a problem if you are the first boat into the wall as all subsequent boats can follow suit on the angle of mooring - but the harbour master/assistant is quite helpful in making sure you get tied up at the correct angle.
When the Bora does blow even with the angled moorings the inner harbour is described as uncomfortable. Under these circumstances if you want a more restful mooring the nearest safe anchorage with all round shelter is Uvala Luka just to the east.
Generally Pucisca town 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.
The deep mooring to the north of the harbour (alongside in 4-5 metres) though empty during our visit is jealously guarded by the harbour master - presumably for larger craft such as gullets and day trip boats though it seemed if were staying for a few days we would have been allowed to moor here. If all else fails there is the opportunity to anchor either in the outer harbour in the middle of the inlet, in 7 metres of water, south of the masons school or in the eastern arm of the inlet (which may actually provide better shelter) though bare in mind the possibly of strong Bora gusts and ensure you have good holding.
Harbour wall - power and water
Harbour assistance (summer)
Fuel available at the jetty next to the fish factory in Milna or in Split
Shops and services
Buses connect with other towns on Brac
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
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