The harbor of Merichas lies on the west side of the island, five miles south of the cape of Kefalos at its northern tip. The main harbor used by the ferry boats, Merichas lies at the SE end of the homonymous bay and offers reasonable protection from the meltemi (the Etesians), which mainly gusts here from the NE.
Visiting yachts can moor stern/bows to the quay (or even alongside in quiet periods) SE of the short ferry jetty, where depths are 3.0 – 5.0 meters and the holding good in sand and mud. Shelter is good in the prevailing NE winds, which blow a yacht off the quay, but poor with anything W in the wind.
Strong westerlies would probably make the harbor untenable. The surroundings here are not very attractive, but Merichas is a useful port of call when strong NE winds make a passage round Kefalos challenging.
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Edition: June 2009
It is the first GIS map of Kythnos, meaning that this is the first time the island is mapped with a topographic precision in proportion to the map scale.