01/05/08 Said goodnight, (or was it good
morning?) to Roger and Astrid around 2am after another rum do
onboard Rhumb Do. Unable to get the early morning ferry
because it was packed to overflowing. I caught the 9am dolmus instead
and took my depth module in for investigation, had some breakfast in the
sunshine and watched the world go by. The town is now beginning to
fill with tourists and the British ones are as usual, easy to pick out.
You've all seen them, .....late 30's, Man. United - Liverpool - Chelsea
football shirts covering beer bellies which hang and wobble over extra
long 'shorts' which almost reach the sandals with socks (!), couple of
kids in tow ('cos it's cheaper early season), skinhead haircuts, arms
and legs covered in tattoo's, fag hanging out of the side of their
mouth........and that's just the women! In the evening, four of us
(myself, Roger, Astrid and Paul from Balena) had our meal
in The Orange Bar in Aktas and it seemed that many more from Yacht
Marine had the same idea!
02/05/08 Wall to wall sunshine again
today and a few more little jobs completed in preparation for sea again.
Still awaiting delivery of a re-worked instrument panel in which to fit
the new VHF before I can replace the nav berth deckhead, and of course
I'm still waiting for news on the depth sounder. Roger took Leah
and Jordan on a tourist trip to Ephesus (site of one of the Seven
Wonders of the World) which I would like to go on but don't have the
time at present. Astrid, missing her family, accompanied me to The
Orange Bar during the evening where as usual, there were several other
yotties, including Kev and Karen from Nisroc.
04/05/08 0200hrs - another late night
chatting onboard - this rum diet works a treat......I've lost three days
already!! Re-fitted the nav berth deckhead as I can now work around the
instrument panel fitting, then cleared unwanted items from the bilge
under that berth.
05/05/08 Feels like I'm coming down with
that damn cold/flu again.....and only just managed to shake it off!!
Continued clearing the bilge of engine parts, cleaning and greasing
whatever is considered necessary to keep. Went with Roger, Astrid,
Leah and Jordan to the staff canteen in the evening for chicken kebab
and chips, then back to Storm Dodger where we were joined by Kev and Karen, Paul from Balena, Dot from Reality and
Eve for chat and laughter until midnight.
09/05/07 The depth sounder saga
continues! The repair shop is unable to do anything without a
circuit diagram of the PCB (which I didn't have), so several days,
numerous requests on boating sites and much internet searching and many
e-mails later....I now have a circuit diagram AND information that it
may well be a particular resistor which is at fault. So today, I
took the diagram (in PDF format) to the repair shop along with the
information I have gathered - and we will see what they can do with
10/05/08 A different awakening this
morning......I woke, stretched, and something 'squidgy' was between my
feet and the forward bulkhead. Half asleep, I pushed it again,
testing the squashiness of it, and it felt like a hot water bottle.
I'm not using one of those, so I sleepily looked down......and there was
a small cat curled up at my feet!! Now, I like all animals, but I
don't want one onboard, especially one who is making himself at home, so
the visitor was rapidly ejected through the escape hatch! Two
minutes later, he was back. The same process ensued a couple more
times before I resorted to using the hosepipe to deter him....but now
I'm up....and it's only 5am!!
12/05/08 Not much happening.....same
things each day.....fitting instrument panel, chasing depth sounder
repair shop, dinner with Roger & Astrid (yesterday) and clearing up!!
Man. Utd. are Premier League champs but I missed the game, never mind,
perhaps I'll see the UEFA Championship one! Went into town
again, primarily to buy a ferry ticket for my impending 'visa run', take
one of my instrument display heads and a connecting cable into the now
familiar 'sounder repair' shop and also to get a few bits for Roger.
Astrid came with me, and during the day we stopped in a restaurant I
haven't used before for some lunch. Now, imagine Faulty
Towers and Manuel.........in Turkey it is considered offensive to leave
a 'dirty' plate on the table (along with 'pointing' and 'blowing your
nose in public') and the waiter must have been watching us like a hawk
because scarcely had I put the last fork of rice in my mouth, when my
plate and everything else on the table disappeared leaving me with my
cutlery in mid-air. "Do you want coffee?" the waiter asks,
"No thank you," I reply. "Why not?" he demands!
Astrid and I collapsed in laughter, it was so funny.
13/05/08 Still no luck with the depth
sounder but the new DSC VHF radio is now fitted and the re-designed
instrument panel replaced. Arranged with Sami, the carpenter, to
fit new window surrounds in the forward cabin and also arranged to have
the liferaft cradle redesigned and moved forward of the mast to move
some weight from aft. I have recently deleted the route maps on
this site and replaced them with a map which is hosted by Google - in my
opinion a better map (others were getting hard to find) and
you can zoom very close in to some of the anchorages and marinas, or
select map, satellite or terrain views.
I have tried to ensure no mistakes in the information panels but should
you find any, please let me know and I'll try to 'fix' them!
16/05/08 I've become impatient with the
electronics repair shop. On phoning yesterday, I was told they
hadn't even looked at my depth sounder yet (that's sixteen days
wasted!). Sometimes, the
Turkish people are so damn unreliable. We see it all the time with
engine fitters, stainless steel fabricators, electricians and most other
'tradesmen' - even the marina staff.....they say we'll do it on
and we have to ask 'which Tuesday?' It's infuriating!
Anyway, I told the shop I would be in today to collect my unit and take
it elsewhere, and on arrival at the shop, guess what? My
depth module was on the workbench, in pieces, with various test
equipment connected to it and a request to give them until Monday (which
Monday?). Amazing! Returning to the boat, I found I had
a further mail from Navico UK advising me of another known resistor
failure within the unit and duly phoned Murat in the repair shop to tell
him. At 6.15pm I received a call from Murat telling me that he
had been successful in repairing it.......er, exactly who
searched for relevant information. Who provided a circuit
diagram? Who told him which resistors and transistors to
check? Never mind, as long as it is working again, I don't care
and I've learned a lot more about electronics in the process.
17/05/08 I should have known better!
Returned from town with the 'repaired' depth sounder and refitted the
module, transducer and display head, powered it all up.....and nothing!
Still a zero reading on the display, and worse....the transducer is not
now 'ticking', that is to say, it's not sending out a pulse, which it
was doing when I took it in for repair. Phoned Murat and moaned
somewhat but I now have to dismantle it all again and take it back to
the shop on Monday. I'm tempted to take it elsewhere, but as I've
now paid for the 'repair', I would actually like it to be working.
18/05/08 Removed deckhead
(ceiling) from the aft cabin and unbolted the liferaft cradle in
readiness for Ahmed to take it away tomorrow for alterations. The
lovely weather continues and is forecast to get hotter by 1o
each day up to 31o on Wednesday, but we all know what happens
19/05/08 Monday - start of another
working week (for some!) Ahmed collected my liferaft cradle
whilst I was in town taking my depth sounder back. I managed to
get a galvanic isolator which I have been trying to source for a week or
two, but was unsuccessful in finding rope guides to fix direct to the
deck, replacing the ones which were clamped to the LR cradle. Had lunch
with Astrid in
the Casa Bonita (Mexican) before returning to the marina.
20/05/08 Liferaft cradle returned
with altered feet, just need to fit it now....not too easy because
deckheads in saloon, fwd cabin and heads have to come down as the feet
straddle all three places! Depth
sounder appears to be working (I'm told) but will remain in shop until
Saturday for further testing. Sami (carpenter) is scheduled to
return on Saturday also, to fit new window surrounds in heads and fwd
cabin. Around 6pm, I went with Roger and Astrid in their car to a
restaurant out in the sticks, which we had previously tried to find
without success, and we had a good dinner there before returning to
boats around 10.30pm.
22/05/08 Manchester United are EUFA
Champions.....and I missed the game again! I had intended to go up
to the bar last night to watch it, but was busy taking down the
deckheads, keeping an eye on the internet sport channel as Chelsea
lost out on penalties. Today I moved the liferaft cradle forward
of the mast and spent several hours trying to get it to fit, before
replacing the deckheads. Sami turned up two days early and got in
my way by trying to fit the window surrounds in the fwd cabin....but
they didn't fit, so he has to remake them and will return on Monday.
23/05/08 Roger took Astrid and I down to
the ferry port and we caught the 9am ferry to Rhodes. Now that
summer is here, we don't have to travel on the old, slow car ferry but
catch the more modern fast catamaran and the journey only takes an hour,
so you get much longer in Rhodes town. We first went to the
chandlers, where I managed to get my rope guides and two courtesy
ensigns, then had brunch before wandering through the town shopping
(they have BHS, Marks & Spencer etc), finally catching a taxi to Spavos
supermarket to stock up on various foods which are difficult, if not
impossible to find in Turkey, then back to the port for the 4.30pm ferry
back, and of course, a new 90 day visa! Jamie and Liz from
Esper were waiting in Marmaris to give us a lift back to the
24/05/08 Collected my depth sounder from
Murat and ran into Jamie & Liz, who again gave me a lift back to the
marina. Reconnected the module, display and transducer and it
works,.....well, sort of! When lowered over the side of the
boat, it reads 20 metres but intermittently flicks back to zero or
'old', which means the reading is not being updated. When
placed inside the boat however, the pulse isn't strong enough to penetrate the
hull and the display gives a reading of zero, which of course is
completely useless! I'll have to phone Murat again on Monday
morning - it's beginning to wear me down.
Decided not to go to the 'Welcome to Summer Party' in the pool and
garden area and had an early night instead.
25/05/08 More clearing up and stowing of
little things, like CD's! During the evening, Roger and
Astrid very kindly came round to help me empty some bottles!
26/05/08 Made it into bed around 4am,
happy in the knowledge that I now have some more storage space available
which was previously taken up by the aforementioned bottles!
Sami, the carpenter completed the fitting of window surrounds in fwd
cabin late afternoon and I spent the evening with Roger and Astrid at
the Orange Bar, along with Paul and Gabby from Balena/Ganova.
27/05/08 I took my depth sounder back
to Murat early afternoon and left it with him for a few days again.
Astrid wanted Tansas supermarket, so came with me into town and we had
some lunch before returning to Yacht Marine, where I managed to get hold
of the elusive Mehmet and ask about the possibility of a new bimini and
sun awning. Later in the bar with Roger, Paul, John
(Odin) and Wolfie (Lady M's) - who I know from years ago when
he bought his first boat in Gillingham Marina - a few beers followed by
rums on Storm Dodger and Rhumb Do.......and another 4am
28/05/08 Roger experienced a 'first'
today. He fell in!! No serious injuries, just minor
abrasions and bruising from the passerelle and stern ropes.
A rinse down with fresh water from a hose wielded by Astrid (never
trust a woman with a hose) turned into a water fight, with everyone
in a ten foot radius getting soaked and puddles forming round the bar
29/05/08 Market day and shopping at Kipa
with Roger, Astrid and Gabby. I also managed to get a couple of 3
metre lengths of anodised aluminium tubing with the intention of using
it to stretch canvas over the foredeck to keep the sun off. Later 'happy hour' in the bar turned
into a happy 5 or 6 hours but I went back to my boat at around 11pm,
leaving the others to continue into the early hours again.
Now where did I put my shopping??
30/05/08 Another very hot day, it's
around 35o each day now, with very little wind during the
mornings and an increasing breeze in the afternoon - which everyone
tries to 'scoop' into their boats. Still no word from Mehmet about
my sun awning, so much for him phoning me with a quote....but then
again, we all know how unreliable he is with regard to time-keeping.
Roger and Jordan left the marina around 7pm and flew back to UK for a
week or so and I have been 'volunteered' as chauffeur of the pool car in
Roger's absence. 'Found' my shopping!
31/05/08 End of the month and still no
depth sounder! Phoned Murat who told me that he is still awaiting
parts from Istanbul. No sign of Mehmet, or his quote for sun
awning over after part of deck. Spent the afternoon mixing resin
and fibre-glassing the holes left by the removal of liferaft cradle
under the after cabin roof, then replaced the deckhead.
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