We are enjoying doing nothing. Weather is gorgeous. Just absolutely gorgeous. Very cool at night and warm during the day. Occasionally some wind but mostly very calm. It is to the point that we are running the generator mostly to run the water heater because the days of wanting cold showers are over for this year.
|The Big Boys are in town!|
In Gocek recently; 83 meters length.
That is 270 feet long!
One night while docked in Gocek a bit of wild weather passed through for a few hours. Boats were dancing all over the place! There were some drunk Russians on a large catamaran docked on our port side that caused us some worry, but they got sorted out and then proceeded to party for hours. The drunk chunky young Russian blonde woman with over-done enhancements pole dancing on the rear patio of the catamaran was entertainment for our end of the dock. Mostly, people were afraid she was going to fall overboard. Drunks on boats in bad weather = a bad combination. We tired of listening to their loud Russian rap music and were glad they departed early the following morning.
|Charter catamaran not properly attended to by charter "captain" during|
rough weather. Chewed up the stern against concrete dock.
We hung around another night at the dock because high winds were forecast. I do not want to be anchored somewhere with a stern line tied ashore and chance getting cross-beam high winds. I just hate that! So we stayed docked until wind forecast improved. Glad we did.
On the fifth day, with generator heat exchanger nicely cleaned and reinstalled and no coolant leak, we departed Gocek and motored over to Fethiye to meet up with Tom and Fran on S/V Hamamas. They had just returned from sailing the Greek isles over the summer and stopped in Fethiye en route to their winter berth in Finicke. We enjoyed drinks with them a couple of times and lunched one day in town. It was nice to catch up with them again. They also will be on the group land tour with us in a few weeks. Turns out we know 5 of the 15 people in that group tour.
We also caught up with Peter and Sue aboard S/V Rockhopper of Lune here in the anchorage in Fethiye. Very nice people and we enjoy their company. They had hoped to dock for the winter at Yacht Classic but could not get in. Eventually they got a contract at Yat Marin in Marmaris for a very shortened winter period. Glad they found a spot for this winter. For some reason the docks here in Turkey are very full this season and several boats have been turned away from multiple marinas.
|We call this boat Kon Tiki.|
|Bubble-butt boat for sale in Gocek. Very nice!|
Four more days until we are supposed to dock for the winter. We are still at anchor in Fethiye, but at a different location in the bay than usual for us. Rather than anchoring between Yacht Classic Hotel and the coast guard dock, we are anchored way across the bay near a small beach. And six people were actually swimming at that beach yesterday. Must be from very northern climes. There is nothing that could entice me into that cold water!
We thought about sailing to Wall Bay and then over to Gemelier to see the ruins on that tiny island. But instead we are both perfectly content to sit right here at anchor. The thought of moving just to go see more ruins simply does not appeal at the moment. Rather, enjoying lunch ashore sounds more fun. IMO, sailing is done for this season.
|The ugliest boat ever built. The scale on this monstrosity in totally wrong in every way. Docked nearby.|