|Fethiye Bay way in background. Goodbye!!!|
We have finally left Fethiye...for the final time. It would be so easy to allow ourselves to be sucked into staying here much longer as we love this place, but unless we are going to live out retirement here in Turkey then it is time for us to get moving again.
|Bright flowers of spring|
On our final weekend we took a short walk with with Rick and Robin on S/V Endangered Species and Frank & Barbara on S/V Destiny over to the boatyard area to have lunch at a roadside vendor. What we would call a roach-coach in Houston. The setting was beautiful; again making us question why we are leaving here.
|Lamb sandwich on roadside|
|The women dress like this year-round. Even in the|
110F heat of August!
|L-R: Rick, Robin, Frank, Bill, Barbara|
|How they haul boats|
|And how they launch boats|
The boatyard was busy as could be with the sailing/tourist season rapidly approaching. The skids were out and boats were being launched and hauled. It is something to see those large gulets moved around on these skids. I would be a nervous wreck watching our boat being handled on those things!
|Note they use tree trunks to support the boats|
|Public pet watering stations are placed all over town|
Flowers were in bloom along the sidewalks on the hillside. The public exercise stations were in use as we walked toward the lunch vendor. But by the time we walked back towards the hotel marina dock all the exercisers had finished for the day. I do not know why we do not have public exercise stations like this back in the USA. I think it is a good idea.
|Public exercise stations|
On our final evening docked at Yacht Classic Hotel marina we joined Rick, Robin, Frank and Barbara for a nice dinner in the hotel restaurant. We each ordered the delicious braised lamb shanks which are so good at this restaurant. For 2 people who do not eat lamb, this was the second time in 3 days that we willingly chose to eat it. And enjoyed it immensely!
|Public exercise stations|
This was a farewell celebratory dinner as we were leaving the next day, heading to Goçek for a few days and then up to Datça to clear out of Turkey. Rick and Robin will be leaving YC at month end, heading down to Kaş to haulout and then beginning heading west soon as they will be crossing the Atlantic late this year. Frank and Barbara also will be leaving YC at month end, heading to Greece where they will meet up with friends to sail the Aegean before returning to Turkey for another winter. Likely all thee boats will again meet up somewhere in the Caribbean in a few years. As I said on Facebook, cruising is a constant series of hellos and goodbyes and may we meet again someday.
|Goodbye to Fethiye! 5 porpoises played in our wake|
Bill went to another supplier in Goçek and was told they would deliver 90 meters of new chain the next morning. When the truck arrived Bill inspected it and it also was re-galvanized used chain rather than new. What the heck is going on here! He told them not to even unload that used chain and he returned to the supplier's office where he was told that the men had made a mistake, and that 90 meters of new chain would be delivered Thursday at 5pm.
Bill then spoke with Riza at Emek Marine and learned that after that first supplier had tried to pass off the used chain to us that Riza had ordered 100 meters of new chain from Alti in Istanbul and that it also would arrive Thursday at 5pm. Alti is the oldest chain manufacturing company in Turkey. We would prefer to deal with Riza, so Bill again returned to the second supplier in Goçek and told them not to bother to deliver their *new* chain because we did not trust them after they attempted to give us used chain that morning. Finally, right on schedule at 5pm on Thursday we received 100 meters of beautiful new chain! Man, what an ordeal! I relate this story as a warning to always double and triple check anchor chain when purchasing. It is so important to have proper ground tackle.
|Our rebuilt AFMA (Reya) fresh water pump. Nice!|
We had several more cleats added to the stainless steel arch and a couple pieces of SS added at the bow to protect the rub rail from those Med-Moor lazy lines. They also are supposed to add a couple pieces of stainless as protection at the bow where the anchor chain sometimes clangs and chips the gelcoat. That is the only thing that did not get finished before the rain started. We are hoping that can be finished tomorrow. If not, we probably will leave without those 2 pieces of stainless protectors.
The flares are supposed to arrive tomorrow too. Those we do need before we can leave. We also have purchased a 20-liter container of Micron 77 anti-foul paint for our next haulout, which likely will be either in Italy or Spain next year. We have been told by sailing friends going ahead of us that it is best to bring your own paint because it is impossible to find good anti-fouling in most places. Now we are prepared.
We will be slowly working our way up to Datça this week. Weather is predicted to be beautiful.