|New villas and pools added to Yacht Classic Hotel|
|Notice the heavy vegetation to the right of the|
hotel, beneath the green minaret on the hillside.
That is now new villas and swimming pools.
When we returned in July, the changes were shocking! Man! Did they ever get this built fast! Five new hotel villas with their own private pools, overlooking the new large pool and new bar and a large lounging area as well as a tiny beach. It is all just beautiful. Just very surprising that it happened so quickly. Turkey is not known for rapid construction. This looks top-notch.
|How it looked when we left early Dec 2012|
|Guy in the blue boat yells instructions to the rowers|
We enjoy being anchored here. Almost every day there is some form of entertainment on the water. A guy in a small blue boat operates some kind of school teaching various forms of water sports.
|These young men row really fast! A few rowers are girls,|
but they are always in a single person boat, never with boys.
|Finally can drive the dinghy --- slowly.|
This week Bill discovered a new way to lift the dinghy. Only took 7+ years to think of this. We usually lift the dinghy at night. Not always; but usually. It helps prevent marine growth from fouling the bottom, which reduces our scrubbing maintenance work. In the Caribbean the mantra is "Lift it; Lock it; or Lose it" because the theft problem there is so bad. A dinghy like ours and outboard costs about $6,000 to replace, so sailors do whatever they can to prevent theft. Not so here in the Med and especially not here in Turkey. Dinghy theft or outboard theft here is almost unheard of. Nice! Anyway, back to the explanation of the new way to lift our dinghy.
We used to own a sloop and sometimes we still think like sloop owners rather than owners of a ketch. For years we either lifted the dinghy on the stern davits at night when at anchor or we lifted it alongside in the front area. Because we used the winches and halyard on the mainmast to lift it. After all, that is what sloops do. Unfortunately, our winches on the mainmast are all manual. That meant I was the one cranking and cranking and cranking to raise that dinghy while Bill fended it off the side of the boat. Don't want any rub marks on the hull, not even rub marks from soft hypalon against waxed gelcoat on fiberglass.
|New place and method of lifting the dinghy -- almost effortless!|
When we were in New Zealand Bill purchased a new preventer for the mizzen boom. The one we had was still serviceable but had developed a tiny crack in the wheel of the block. Luckily, Bill saved this old cracked preventer. He used it to replace the forward attachment line of the 3-point lifting harness that we use to lift the dinghy. Now it is really simple to change the length as needed when lifting the dinghy whether or not the outboard is mounted on it. The weight of the outboard obviously changes the centerpoint of gravity when lifting and storing the dinghy on the halyard. Using this old preventer makes this job ever-so-simple. Now we can lift the dinghy in a couple of minutes with almost no effort at all. It does still require Bill being physically capable of climbing from the dinghy at water level up onto the deck of BeBe. Thank goodness he is still physically capable of doing that; I'm certainly not. If he continues to do this every day or two, maybe he will be able to do it for years.
|L-R: Barbara &Frank of DESTINY; Paul & Gloria of|
SKALLIWAG, Elisabeth, Judy & Bill of BeBe
and Riza, everyone's newest Turkish friend
Last evening we joined a fellow cruiser to celebrate his 65th birthday. You know that is a big one, especially to Americans. It was a very fun evening. Frank and Barbara treated everyone to all we could drink and eat at the restaurant at Yacht Classic Hotel. Their guests included Paul and Gloria aboard S/V SKALLIWAG, Riza of Emek Marine who has become a good friend to all of us, and the 3 of us aboard BeBe. Bill arranged for the restaurant to provide a birthday cake for Frank. It was indulgently delicious; chocolate, of course.
|Birthday boy in his hat|
|Call us the giggle girls|
Bill made a Certificate of Entitlement for Frank, complete with wallet-sized cards, since Frank has reached the official age of several types of entitlement.