03/06/08 Re-positioned the outboard
engine bracket and horseshoe life-ring in order to move the danbuoy to
the stbd side (it fouled the solar panel on the port side). Glass
fibred the underside of holes in the stern deck where previously cables
had entered the gas locker. A very hot day and unless spanners,
screwdrivers etc are left in the shade, they quickly become too hot to
pick up again! An early evening drink onboard Storm
Dodger with Eve, Kev, Karen and Astrid ended with another soaking
when Astrid went mad with the hosepipe again!
04/06/08 More 'glassing' of
redundant holes during the morning. Astrid wanted to take the kids
to Çinar restaurant for lunch, so I donned the chauffeurs hat and took
Leah, Catriona, Aiden (Nisroc) and Jordan (Zachariah) out
to this large open air eatery, set in an olive grove with trickling
water falls and streams, which is filled with ducks, chickens, fish and
turtles and where the kids can run around and 'explore' in safety.
After lunch, we drove over to Keci Buku and the village of Orhaniye, to
walk out on the sandbank into the bay - where the four little
ankle-biters, fully clothed, got absolutely drenched.
(photos) Returned to the
marina around 7pm.
06/06/08 D-Day for Paul, Toni and
daughter Jordan on Zachariah as they launch their boat for the
first time. I went with them to lend a hand berthing etc., first
taking the boat out into the bay to see how she handled under power.
Eve returned from Rhodes with the crews of Baleena/Ganova
and Nisroc, relieving Astrid and I of our 'dog-walking duties'!
(Kev and Karen have two big dogs, named Barney and Dino, onboard
Nisroc). Paul, Toni, Astrid and I went along to the
Orange Bar for dinner during the evening, rounding it off in the marina
bar about 1am.
07/06/08 Murat phoned to tell me
he thinks he's fixed my depth sounder, so a trip into town with Astrid
to collect it and also to find a shop making fitted sheets......we had
an address of 34 Sokak (34th Street) but despite looking for ages, asking
various people, we couldn't find it. I spotted a small back street
sail makers and decided to ask in there about a sun-awning as Mehmet
still hasn't phoned back, and also asked the non-English speaking owner
about 34 Sokak. His wife joined in the animated conversation.....
then it was follow me.... and around the streets asking butchers,
greengrocers and anyone else - but without success. Back to his
shop, sit down, he phones someone and then gives us tea and biscuits
while we wait. A guy turns up and starts asking what our problem
with air-conditioning is?? Give up!! He agrees to give
a quote for the sun-awning, tells us to finish our shopping and he will
take us back to Yacht Marine in his car, so off we go for sausages etc,
(and find 34th Street just around the corner - but no sheet shop!) then
return to his shop, and after more tea, he puts us in his car, serves
iced water and drives us back to the marina. After measuring up
the awning, it then transpires that he also makes fitted sheets and
curtains! You have to laugh, but he was so helpful and eager to
08/06/08 Sunday.....day of rest.....and
too hot to do much anyway! Joined the crowd on Nisroc
for a beer during the evening.
09/06/08 Re-fitted the depth sounder and
powered it all up.....nothing, no reading, no pulse 'tick', nothing!
Took it all back to Murat during the afternoon and also ordered my
sun-awning, fitted bed sheets and new curtains from the friendly
sailmaker we found on Saturday. He promises to have it all
finished by next Monday.....watch this space! Astrid, Leah and I
had a tour around a gulet in the harbour, courtesy of another Turk we
met in the sail makers, and it was very nice, eight double en-suite
cabins, large saloon and an enormous engine room - all for just 8,000
euros per week charter! Bought some chicken curry and rice as a
take-away from Tansas supermarket, which is now filled with bikini clad
Blackpoolesque types, and jumped on the dolmus back to Storm Dodger to eat.
11/06/08 Spent yesterday emptying the
after cabin into the cockpit area (can't move there now!), then tidied
up the wiring through the lockers before going over to Storm Dodger
to welcome Roger back from the UK. A simple drink there turned
into a bit of a party with a full boat ......and the inevitable water
fight! More work in the aft cabin today, then to the Orange Bar in
12/06/08 More clearing out of stuff that
has been un-used since Gillingham, threw away my pillows and bought some
new ones, took four bags of paints, varnishes, and all manner of
unwanted stuff to the bins. Mevlut, the sail maker came to measure
up for curtains and sheets (after I had chased him on the phone!)
but the completion date has already moved back by four days to Thursday.
It just seems to be the Turkish way of life! I had a
surprise phone call from Rob (Slip Anchor) so it was great to
speak to him - and there is a possibility of he and the family coming
out to Turkey for a holiday, so that would be a good reason to party!
13/06/08 Friday the thirteenth......I
should have stayed in bed! All seems to have gone wrong today,
Mevlut came with the new sheets, but only brought two instead of four -
and he'd made them identical to the old ones which are useless....why did
he think I wanted new ones? He then put a screw which was too long
into the curtain tracks and damaged the gel coat on the other side which
I will now have to repair. My boat insurance is due for renewal
and the company is making stipulations about single-handed sailing so I
will now have to begin the long-winded process of form filling to get
quotes from all the other companies. Who thinks yachting is
all about sitting in the cockpit drinking cocktails in the sunset??
Went over to Storm Dodger just before 7pm to say cheerio to
Astrid who was flying home to UK for a few days, then had some dinner
and watched a DVD.
14/06/08 Mevlut came again with the new
curtains, which I was not happy with and sent back.....along with the
sheets delivered yesterday. Part of the trouble with Turkish
trades is....they understand their job - but not boats, therefore it is
difficult to make them understand exactly what can and cannot be done
onboard. Went to the Orange Bar for dinner with Roger, taking the
two girls Leah and Jordan with us.
15/06/08 Ditto yesterday but without the
17/06/08 Woke feeling a little fragile
after going last night with Roger, Kev, Paul and Harry to the Taj Mahal in Marmaris
for a curry and on to Bar Street afterwards. Mevlut finally
finished the curtains yesterday and came again today with the sun awning
- which didn't fit. He kept telling me "problem" (the only English
word he knows) and pointing to my lazy jack lines. As he became
louder, so did I, much to the amusement of surrounding boat crews.
I finally took down the awning myself and told him, "problem...you
made it wrong. Take it away and fix problem - or no money".
I think he understood that! He will probably be back
tomorrow. Astrid returned in the late afternoon from her
flying visit to England and we all went to the bar for a beer, then a
rum onboard Storm Dodger.
18/06/08 Spent most of the day clearing
gear away so that Ann, who flies out tomorrow for seven days holiday
with me, will at least have somewhere to sit! I can't
understand where all the stuff has come from, I've been ditching
unwanted gear by the barrow load, yet there seems to be more than ever,
and worse......nowhere for it to go! Is my boat shrinking?
19/06/08 Collected Ann from Dalaman
airport at noon (mad dogs and Englishmen...!) welcoming her into the 43oC
of heat. Made our way back to Yacht Marine and a cooling bacardi
'n' coke (or three) onboard Storm Dodger. Ann then had a
'catch up' sleep whilst I made us a light salad meal before heading off
to the bar and Happy Hour. David invited us back to his boat for a
drink but Ann was by now feeling the pace of travel and heat and went to
bed. I joined Kev, Karen, Eve, and Roger at David's and we partied
on until 5am.
20/06/08 Started my birthday off with a
trip into Marmaris with Ann, Roger, Kev, Paul, Toni and Jordan for a
full English breakfast at the Pineapple restaurant, then G & T's back at
Storm Dodger. Mevlut came and finished the sun awning in
the afternoon, it still isn't what I wanted but I'm tired of the
struggle to make him understand, so I'll make alterations myself at a
later date. Decided on our evening meal at The Orange Bar with
Roger and Astrid, catching a crowded dolmus around 8pm and returning to
the marina bar about 11pm, where the televised Turkey/Croatia match was
being screened, then back to the boat for the obligatory bacardi and
21/06/08 Last night's surprise win for
Turkey puts them through to the semi-finals, so we've arranged to all go
down to The Orange Bar on Wednesday evening to watch them play Germany.
23/06/08 Went into town with Astrid,
Ann, Roger, Leah and Jordan - and Mutley the dog! Took Mutley to
the vet for his rabies injection and to have him clipped, it's too hot
for all that fur. Had some lunch in our favoured Mexican
restaurant (Casa Bonita) before returning to the boats. We all
went to the bar at Happy Hour to have a drink with Kev, who leaves
tomorrow to work in Egypt for a while, then, for the first time in ages,
we ate in the marina restaurant.
25/06/08 A relaxed day before going into
town in the late afternoon to collect my depth sounder, which is still
non functioning, and which I will now send back to the UK with Ann in a
last ditch attempt to get it repaired. Paul, Gabby, myself, Ann
and Yolly (Roger's Mum on a visit again) went by car to the Orange Bar
at 8pm, Roger, Astrid, Paul, Toni and Jordan going by RIB for our
evening meal and to watch the football semi-final. It was a good
game which had the waiters and locals dancing and jumping all over the
room each time Turkey scored but ultimately subdued at the final
whistle......and Germany go through to the final.
26/06/08 Ann left for Dalaman airport by
taxi at 0900, along with the couple on Kama, the boat next door
to me. It's been good to have company onboard again but a pity
that we couldn't actually go out sailing. Because of the
ongoing problem with the depth sounder and with insurance renewals, I am
now resigned to staying here for some while longer.....maybe even another
winter! I also seem to have contracted the Marmaris malady again
(cold/cough/sore throat) and spent most of the day in bed before
venturing out in the cooler evening to watch the second semi-final (Russia - Spain) in the
marina bar with Yolly, Harry and Astrid.
27/06/08 I was forced to cancel a trip
to the Turkish Baths today because of feeling rough.....and had another
day in bed! All who did go on the trip reported that it was great
and they would go again - so maybe next time? We had snow in the
afternoon!! Well, at least that's what it looked like, but it
turned out to be a big forest fire across the bay and the north-west
wind was blowing the high pall of smoke in our direction, covering my
boat and all others in falling ashes. Several helicopters were
dumping huge buckets of water onto the blaze but it was some hours
before it was extinguished.
29/06/08 Yet another very hot day!
A lot of crews have gone, or are going back to their respective
homelands for the two coming months as it gets very warm here during
that time. Astrid sailed onboard Chagazee with John and his
son Michael, for a few days in Gocek bay, and Roger, myself and Yolly
took the nippers Leah, Aiden and Catriona to Çinar for our evening meal
after which, we paid a visit to the Hetman Hospital to have Yolly's hand
X-rayed following an earlier fall in the marina bar garden - nothing
broken, just sprained, bruised and swollen.
30/06/08 Another month over and still no
nearer to sailing!! However, Storm Dodger's list of jobs is
coming close to the end and maybe I'll get to sail her for a day or two?
Hardly any wind today, so the humidity was high and the sweat rolled off
me as I tried to get some little jobs done. I should really have
gone back to the Hetman Hospital as an ongoing eye problem is beginning
to cause me some irritation. I'll try to get there tomorrow.
Dinner in the marina restaurant with Jan of Luturna.
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