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3798 Concepción 36°50'-50S 73°06'-50W (PA) c/s CE 254kHz 10kW 24hrs

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General

Talcahuano is a timber and fishing port and a Chilean Naval base. It is on a peninsula on the west side of Bahía de Concepción. The harbour is dirty and reeks from fishmeal processed in nearby factories. Shore facilities are fairly basic (better facilities in Concepción, half an hour by bus) but there is accommodation and there are restaurants. Mainly, however, it offers safe shelter in winds from every direction.

The municipal nautical centre, Cendyr, which oversees the moorings, has a helpful staff who will allow the use of their telephone.

Approach

Isla Quiriquina may be passed either side. Cargo vessels are advised to use the east channel, Boca Grande, where there is a traffic separation scheme. The west channel, Boca Chica, has irregular streams which are strong at springs.

Mooring

Pass 1814Banco Belén (3-5m) and pick up one of the municipal buoys at the entrance to the commercial harbour or anchor.

Formalities

Check in on Chi6 and the Armada will come and inspect the ship's papers. To check out, a visit to their office is necessary.

Facilities

Repairs; try at the Navy yard (but they are not used to yachts).

Fuel by can from the COPEC station, about half a mile from the Cendyr office. Covered market, basic shops and a supermarket. Club de Yates - restaurant, lavatories but no washing facilities.

Communications

Bus to Concepción every half hour; eight daily to

Santiago, Puerto Montt. Airfield at Concepción.

Telephone Area code 41 CTC Avenida Colón

Passage

A traffic separation scheme operates at the entrance to Bahía San Vincente, off Punta Guálpen. Most of the coast line north and south of Isla Mocha (which can be passed either side) is sandy beach, usually with heavy swell. South of Punta Nihué (39°18'S 73°14'W) there are rocky headlands interspersed with beaches.

Puerto Talcahuano. (Charted positions)

1*26 Caleta Trana

Talcahuano-50-Trana-17 5-Valdivia Charts

UK 3074, 3075 US 22290, 22312 Chile 600, 604

Going south, this makes a welcome stop with shelter from the strong southerly winds. The anchorage is tucked in behind the point of Cabo Rumena. It is a small bay with a sandy beach, no officials and one small farm.

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