|Boynuz Buku -- we are anchored down in center|
|Boynuz Buku -- restaurant dock|
|Boynuz Buku -- cove on side|
|Starboard neighbors in Tomb Bay|
|Little bollard in center to tie stern line.|
Hard to see these little things!!
|One of our neighbors in Tomb Bay.|
Note triple rock tomb in front near top of forward mast .
|Our stern line. Pretty water. Tomb Bay|
Just before sunset a charter yacht arrived with 8 German men aboard. They attempted to anchor off our port side. Totally mishandled that. Tried again. This time 1 of the men swam ashore with a very long rope and attempted to tie off to a rock. He could not do it. I have no idea what his problem was; but he could not tie that rope around a big rock formation.
|Looking out of Tomb Bay. Rope swing on tree.|
Another man swam ashore to help him. Now BOTH of them could not tie the rope around the rock. As the charter boat got closer and closer to BeBe. I dropped all our fenders on our port side as protection. They came within inches several times before finally giving up; moving forward and attempting once again to drop the anchor and back next to us. Nope; just could not do it. I could not understand why he was having such a problem. The helmsman seemed to know how to handle a boat quite well; he simply could not back up toward shore. Bill took our dinghy and picked up the 2 men ashore and their long rope, and delivered them to the charter boat as it circled the anchorage. Eventually that boat managed to anchor a short distance away next to a large motor yacht......... after 3 anchoring attempts in that location. Entertainment for the afternoon. Eight German men anchoring a charter yacht -- successful after only 6 failed attempts. Made me feel pretty good that we did it on our first attempt; and we had only 2 people aboard to handle the process. They had 8 people and couldn't do it.
|Triple Lycian rock tomb at Tomb Bay|
|Rock tomb down low|
On the mountainside there were several Lycian rock tombs visible. An adventurous person could hike or climb up that mountainside and check out the rock tombs. I was happy just looking up at them. BTW, I assume these were Lycian rock tombs. These could have been Carian. We are now at what was the border between Caria and Lycia during ancient times. From where we were anchored we could see 2 separate tombs at lower elevation and a triple tomb higher up. I believe there were more tombs on the farther side of the mountain on the opposite side of the bay, but those were not visible from where we anchored.
We stayed in Tomb Bay for 2 nights. We liked it a lot and will return this summer.
|Typical tiny European dinghy|
Next we motored a few miles to the bay called Sarsala Koyu. Someone familiar with this area had suggested that Sarsala would be a very convenient location to use for meeting someone at the Dalaman airport. Supposedly the airport is only 20 minutes from Sarsala. We did not go ashore but it did not appear that there would be any taxis or rental cars available in Sarsala. There was no commercial activity there at all, just some dirt roads with a few parked cars. There are red mooring balls placed all around the edges of the bay. Rather than drop an anchor and back up to the shore, here you must pick up a mooring (no pennants on these moorings) and then back up to the shore and take a stern line to tie off on a bollard. I guess we could manage that but it would be difficult with only 2 people onboard. I think we will wait until the grandkids are with us to attempt this procedure. Bill can get in the dinghy, feed a line through the mooring eye and hand the line back up to the kids to cleat off on the bow while I man the helm; then they can help Bill with the stern line. Extra hands make some things so much easier.
Since we did not want to deal with the mooring/stern line in Sarasale Koyu........ and since the winds were perfect for sailing back toward Fethiye........ we changed course and set off in that direction. Enjoyed a perfect day of sailing. Even saw a couple of places to anchor that are not shown in our guide book that we plan to try later. In Fethiye bay we anchored for the night. The next day we moved to the dock at the Yacht Classic Hotel. This was Bill's 65th birthday and he wanted to celebrate at the hotel restaurant. It was a lovely evening and the food was better than anticipated. As was the wine, resulting in both of us drinking too much of it.
The boat traffic to and from this dock gets very busy at certain times daily. Many Sunsail charter boats spend the night here. The deal is that you pay 30 to 40 Turkish Lira for the electricity and water. If you eat dinner in the hotel restaurant then the dock mooring is free. If you do not eat dinner in the hotel restaurant then the dock mooring costs 1 Euro per foot boat length (plus the 30 to 40 TL for electricity and water). This arrangement makes this hotel dock quite popular with charter boats. As soon as one leaves the dock it seems there is another arriving to take its place. We had texted the manager the previous day requesting berth for a night. Bill sat in the cockpit all morning waiting for a space to become available on the dock for us. Shortly after noon Mehmet, the dock manager, came out and said that a boat would be leaving soon and he would come out and guide us to the space.
When Mehmet headed out to get us Bill got in a big hurry to weigh anchor so we could follow Mehmet to the dock. This led to our first mishap of the sailing season. In his hurry, Bill forgot about the anchor snubber. He brought up the anchor and the snubber fell away from the anchor chain, as usual. But he forgot to pull up the snubber line and left it dangling about 8 meters in the water. When we arrived near the dock and turned the boat to back up, we activated the bow thruster......... and instantly sheared off the propeller for the bow thruster. Henri Amel designed this bow thruster with a nylon hub and nylon screws. If the prop becomes fouled with a rope or whatever, the prop shears off rather than damaging the bow thruster unit. I am not certain but I think that Henri Amel designed the first retractable bow thruster to be used in yachts. It works exceptionally well. (Such a shame that the Amel factory now uses an off-the-shelf bow thruster in the Amel 54 and the new Amel 55. The one designed by Henri Amel is superior to the one now installed in the new boats.)
|Bow Thruster motor separated from shaft|
|Bow thruster dropped for repair.|
Henri Amel also designed this bow thruster to allow maintenance without having to haul the boat out of the water. We should be able to replace the prop while BeBe was docked. We put the thought aside and enjoyed celebrating Bill's 65th birthday.
|Rope attached to dropped bow thruster.|
Towel and bung to keep sea water from splashing up
in case of a wave.
This morning Bill pulled out a replacement prop with new nylon hub and nylon screws, and the special tool supplied by Amel that would allow us to effect repairs in the water. Bill wasn't sure whether we should drop the bow thruster and bring it up to replace the prop (as per Amel instructions) or if he should kit-up with scuba gear and do the work underwater. After much discussion we decided to follow the Amel instructions.
|Replacing the bow thruster prop and hub. Special Amel tool attached|
to end of the shaft of the lower unit.
It worked like a charm. The process could not have gone smoother or been easier. Bill placed a clamp around the shaft of the bow thruster to keep it from falling. He used white liquid paper to mark the shaft alignment to the motor and disconnected the 10-hp motor from the top of the shaft. He placed the Amel-provided special tool into the top of the bow thruster shaft and tightened the set screws securely. He taped the tool/shaft connection to prevent water from entering the shaft. He got into the dinghy and I lowered the bow thruster using the long line attached to the special tool screwed into the shaft.
|Replacing collar to prevent motor from going too far down.|
Bill used a boat hook to retrieve the bow thruster and pull it to the dinghy. He removed the sheared hub and replaced it with a new one and screwed the new prop into place. He replaced the tape to make sure the water would be sealed out; and lowered the unit back into the water. I pulled the line back up through the compartment and the shaft came right into place. We were wearing our head phones and Bill directed me to turn 20 degrees clockwise, etc., until the thruster looked to be in alignment; and I pulled it up into place. It worked perfectly!
|All fixed!! Just need to replace the cabinet lower panel & leather cover.|
We are so happy about this simple repair that we are staying at the dock another night to celebrate again. But neither of us will be drinking wine tonight.