Our flights back to Turkey were uneventful and on schedule; can't ask for better than that. Our granddaughter, Elisabeth, a/k/a BeBe, returned to Turkey with us for her summer holiday. Riza with Emek Marine, the Amel rep for Turkey and the guy who has been taking care of S/V BeBe during our absence, kindly offered to pick us up at the airport upon our arrival in Dalaman the evening of 2 July. Riza delivered us to the Dogan Apart in Gocek where we would stay while routine haulout maintenance was performed to the boat.
As always, click on any image for larger view.
|Entrance to Dogan Apart(ments)|
|Nice swimming pool at Dogan Apart|
Their pool was delightful and everything was very clean. Price during high season was 80TL per day; during winter season the rate is 50 TL daily. A good place to stay if hauling out in Gocek and don't want to pay the resort hotel prices.
BeBe was in the D-Marin Boatyard. It was about 3/4 mile walk to the boatyard from the hotel. A pleasant walk in the mornings and a hot walk back in the afternoons along a wide stone-paved walkway by the sea.
|That hated orange boot stripe is going away!|
|Finished Prop Speed|
|Removing bow thruster.|
|Bow thruster removed and read to paint|
|With painting crew manager beneath opening where|
bow thruster goes into up into hull
|The princess enjoying her DS|
while we worked
|Ice cream on the hot walk back to the apartment (daily)|
|She hates heights|
|By the time we finished in the boatyard she could|
climb that ladder and get on deck with no problem
|Cracked oil bottle leaked|
|Installing new AIS|
|New AIS transponder|
|S/V BeBe with her new colors|
|Preparing to splash|
Our Turkcell phone and 3G data modem had been deactivated and the account closed since these had not been used for so many months. We had to buy new sims for each and set up new accounts. No special tax or special foreigner registration required since these a Turkish devices. But this does mean that we now have a new Turkish cell phone number. If you have last year's number, delete it.
|And off down the way we go|
|He is driving the travel lift just like a|
remote controlled toy car
|About to splash|
|And down, down, down we go|
|It wasn't all work and no play. Each evening we|
enjoyed dinner at one of the many restaurants
that line the shore at Gocek.
|Elisabeth's newest favorite Turkish food.|
Pide (pee-DAY) is Turkish version of pizza.
The last full day in the boatyard BeBe had to be moved to another location because they wanted to lay drain pipes across a section on the concrete that would have left us stranded from the slipway. That was interesting. We've never taken our boat for a stroll before. A tractor backed a mobile cradle stand up beneath BeBe. The cradle stand was positioned and the weight of the boat transitioned to it, and the jack stands were removed. We walked behind the boat as she was moved to a location closer to the slipway, then jackstands put back in place and chained together properly. We are impressed with the D-Marin boatyard. They do everything first-class the way things should be done, none of those tree trunks pounded into place by hammers to support boats on the hard. It costs a little more but not that much more because the less-expensive boatyards tack on charges for every little thing that are standard procedure at a D-Marin yard.
|4 Amels docked at Skopea Mega Yacht Marina in Gocek|
S/V BeBe is the one closest to the entrance and is the oldest boat here.
The other 3 are Amel 54s, the model that replaced ours.
Yesterday we splashed around noon. Riza accompanied us on the boat as we motored over to 'his Amel dock' at the Skopea Mega Yacht Marina right at the center of Gocek. We were going to go anchor somewhere and give the boat a shakedown but Riza wanted us to come to this dock so his guys could come measure for the stern arch he is building for us.
|Happily back in the water and without that awful|
orange boot stripe.
We planned to leave this dock tomorrow but one of the handles that holds the outboard engine to the dingy just snapped off while Bill was testing the outboard. Guess we are staying here until that gets replaced. Who can complain! This place is great!
|Gocek as seen from the water. We enjoyed this nice Turkish village.|