|View from our 2nd-favorite anchorage|
|Fish! Not many here.|
|This pump out boat roams Skopea Limani. Just call him over|
if you need to pump out. No need to return to a marina.
As always, click on any image for larger view. We enjoyed swimming almost daily. One day Bill and Elisabeth went to the restaurant to see if anything on the menu tempted them. Nope; just the usual stuff. And the "very reasonable prices" appeared to have about 20TL added per menu entree to cover that free dock. At least it seemed that way to us. Prices averaged about 20TL higher per main course than what we pay at Yacht Classic Hotel in Fethiye; and I am certain that the quality of the food served would not compare. Thanks; but we will stay at anchor and cook on our boat.
One afternoon a boat anchored off our starboard side. I was down below napping and woke up to loud "whoop - whoop - whoop" noises. The boat had one of those large wheels of nylon webbing and had used that to tie off to the bollard ashore. The wind was abeam and that nylon strapping was whipping round and round, making loud 'whoop-whoop' sounds. Extremely annoying. We have the exact same wheel of nylon webbing and don't use it for this same reason. That noise is very irritating. Figure if it irritates us then we should not impose it on others nearby. We often use the spool of nylon web strapping to attach to a bollard when we first anchor; but then we run real stern lines from cleats on each side of our stern to 2 widely-spaced bollards, and remove that nylon strapping and roll it back up. I would not recommend fitting one of these on a boat. We bought it when we first arrived in Turkey. It seemed like a good idea and the nylon strapping is 300 feet long so it allows attaching when must be a long way from shore. But we would never rely on it to hold our boat because you just never know when strong winds might gust down between these high mountains. Give us a couple of good strong ropes instead!
|Enjoying pasta & wine in cockpit|
|Almost daily swim at 2nd-favorite anchorage|
Next we went to Tomb Bay. Managed to tie up to the same bollard that we tied to 4 times last summer and already once earlier this summer. This is our favorite anchorage in the Skopea Limani area. Frank and Barbara on S/V Destiny were anchored across the bay. They joined us for a pot-luck dinner aboard S/V BeBe one evening. We enjoyed catching up with them again.
|Woke up one morning to see this leaving Fethiye.|
In background there is a mosque on right and left.
|High speed ferry between Fethiye and Rhodes. It raises|
up on "feet" and goes very smooth and fast.
|BeBe in Turkey on her 12th birthday|
|BeBe in Bonaire on her 5th birthday|
We were supposed to go to Gocek the following day but the work guys weren't quite ready for us, so we moved to a new-to-us anchorage. It was okay and was one of those very rare swing anchorages, but it was exposed to the west so if wind picked up at all we would have had to leave immediately. A calm weather only anchorage which was a good place to stop and cook breakfast. Then we ever-so-slowly sailed in the 2 to 5 knot winds over to Boynuz Buku, another of those rare swing anchorages. This anchorage is very buggy -- lots of mosquitoes because of the 2 small streams that feed into the end of the bay. There is a restaurant and dock located there but not appealing because of all the biting insects. But surely we could deal with the insects for only 1 night; we were going into Gocek marina early the following morning. Sure enough, at dusk the mosquitoes swarmed the cockpit. We hurried below and closed all the hatches; started the generator to charge the batteries for 1 1/2 hours; and turned on the air-conditioning in the main saloon. Then we put on the hatch screens and remained bite-free for the rest of the night. Don't plan on returning to that anchorage. Just is not worth it to deal with all those insects.
|Starting up the mast|
|Almost at first spreaders|
|Very proud she went up the mast|
|1st certificate, but didn't go up the mast|
|Promoted to First Class since she went up the mast|
We are berthed once again in Skopea Limani Mega Yacht Marina in Gocek while Emek Marine does some maintenance work on the boat. The new stern arch and solar panels should be installed next Monday/Tuesday. The injectors for the generator were removed, refurbished and new nozzles installed. The generator runs totally smoke-free now. The injectors for the main Yanmar engine have been removed and are also being refurbished and new nozzles being installed. Those should be ready tomorrow. We figured the boat is now 10 1/2 years old and it was time to do those maintenance items. The surprise was that the mixing elbow for the Yanmar engine has a leak and must be replaced. We had replaced the mixing elbow in Phuket in December 2010. Riza at Emek Marine said that his experience is that the mixing elbow on the Yanmar engines need replacing about every 1500 hours of operation. That is about the number of engine hours we have run since Phuket. Rather than replace with the factory Yanmar mixing elbow (about $725), Riza is fabricating a thicker stainless steel mixing elbow which will cost less than half the factory one. We will be the guinea pigs for this new item. Figure it surely will last as long as the Yanmar factory one; after all, 1500 hours is not very long; these should last longer than that. Hope the stainless steel one is better.