FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MARMARIS YACHT MARINA,
01/02/09 Another beautiful sunny day! More fitting of
'new toys' and a trip into Marmaris for instrument panel switches.
02/02/09 Read this morning of heavy snow in London and Kent,
confirmed by the BBC radio news at 7am. Here, it's a little cooler
than the last two days, but still warm and sunny. Fitted new
switch panel and wired it up in preparation for powering the radar
and chartplotter, measuring up for a new 'cupboard' to hide all the
instrument backs and wiring. Said 'cheerio' to Roger who was
heading back to the UK for a couple of weeks, he's picked a good time -
I hope that Gatwick airport is open for him. Like me, he has gone
back to pick up parts and equipment. I also booked a second return
flight to the UK to collect equipment left there on my visit a few weeks
03/02/09 Into town for dvd discs (more film copying) and some
cable for wiring in the new instruments. Returned to the marina
and dinner in the restaurant before watching a film in the evening and
catching up with some e-mails.
07/02/09 Happy Birthday Roger!
Continuing the struggle with wiring runs to both radar and chartplotter,
got the new wood panel in place to cover the back end of the radar
display, and also the folding shelf in which to store the DVD player.
09/02/09 Last night saw winds in excess of 30 knots which
brought the foreshore (rocks, boulders, pebbles etc) up onto the roadway
outside the marina again. This morning, all was still until
9.30am, then the rain started and the wind went from 0 knts to 43 knts
in the space of a few minutes, and continued until 5pm before once again
dying to nothing. Dodging the heavier rain, I went into town for
more electric cable and connectors.
11/02/09 Still cable running, chartplotter feed, radar feed,
fan feed and additional LED lighting cable has now been run, some
switching has been modified and the original switch panel repaired after
several of the connectors broke off through poor soldering. The
marineros have today been and put two more stern lines to my boat -
they are expecting strong winds again!
12/02/09 Woken at 5.30 by the reverberations through the boat
caused by the rigging shaking in the wind. 42 knts showing on the
wind instrument - and dead astern again. The wind later dropped
and we had a beautifully warm and sunny day - not that I saw much of it,
as I spent the whole day trying to thread a 12mm cable through the
saloon, in the small space between head lining and coachroof. The
marineros turned up again mid-morning and put two more bow ropes on for
me, telling me that a storm was expected. The office have
been giving out gale warnings all day on VHF, advising everyone to take
extra precautions with boat security for tomorrow and Saturday.
13/02/09 Friday the thirteenth.......I'm not a superstitious
person....but the dire gale warnings from the office, repeated on VHF
this morning DO have a worrying effect! The gale is supposed to
hit this evening and last throughout tomorrow, so we wait and see.
Weather sites and grib files show nothing out of the ordinary but most
residents of southern England will remember Michael Fish's "There will
be no hurricane" comment of some years ago. This morning started
with black skies, thunder, lightning and hailstones, the wind coming and
going with the each downpour.
14/02/09 So......we all survived the night.....and the much
publicised storm did not materialise! Wind speeds stayed around
the 30 knt mark, but nothing to worry about. It's sunny at the
moment but squalls are expected throughout the day - and it's
Valentine's Day! The appropriate parties are planned for the
bar/restaurant, and also at Dominoes in town. Not being part of a
couple, I will not be attending any of the events and remain onboard as
I did last year.
17/02/09 Not much happening at present, I'm gearing up for yet
another return flight to the UK on the 19th to collect my (heavy)
water-maker. The inside radar work is all but complete now
- some photo's here
- but I should have
thought to run additional cable for the water-maker whilst I was at
it....never mind, another job to do! My friend Jan has let her
apartment for the next 12 months so I have removed the link to that and
replaced it with another friend's apartment - which is available for
holiday lets should anyone like to visit Turkey - take a look at the
18/02/09 A morning of rain.....and problems with the delivery
of my cruising chute.....which is being held in customs at Istanbul.
I spent most of the day on the telephone to either Joyce, Tolga Anik or
Mr Volkan in Istanbul (who are all involved in this) trying to get it
sorted out - and without success. It seems that because my name
isn't actually on the delivery notes, I cannot authorise customs
clearance and that Tolga should phone the custom's office.
Furthermore, they are telling me that I will have to collect the package
from Istanbul or alternatively, Izmir. It's a joke.....Istanbul is
some 14 hours away by road and Izmir is maybe 4 or 5 hours away.
The carrier, DHL, have been paid to deliver to an address here in
Marmaris, not the other side of Turkey!
19/02/09 Off back to the UK again....taxi to Dalaman at
1240.....take off at 1635,
anticipated arrival at Gatwick just after 7pm UT. I'm not
looking forward to the dreaded Thomas Cook flying cattle truck.
Still, I have no luggage for the outward journey, so no problems at
baggage reclaim! Coming back on the 26th will be a different story
as I am bringing back my water-maker. This photograph shows my
boxed radar (front) which I brought back on the last flight, and the
much bigger and heavier water-maker behind it. I will have to
split it down into more manageable sizes for travel as it's almost
impossible to lift off the ground at present. That's it, no
more updates or e-mails now until I return to the boat in a week's time.