|Glittering church dome in|
distance when leaving Bar
We stayed in the marina in Bar only one night; got clearance formalities handled and finally found a courtesy flag for this country. It was hot and not an attractive place to hang around since there was no swimming pool to entertain the kids. They washed down the boat deck while I did a few loads of laundry. As soon as the clothes were dry we made a quick decision to just leave. There was no reason to hang around. Save that marina money for a better place elsewhere.
|Sometimes it takes so little to make her happy on|
a rainy day.
|Line 'em up!|
|Zach's first espresso.|
That boat also stopped at Bigova and they came over to S/V BeBe to chat over sundowners. Turned out we have some mutual cruising friends they had met at Marina di Ragusa a couple of winters past. Barb and Doug on S/V Plankton are also from Houston. They have been cruising the western and central Med for the past 4 years. They also are headed to Croatia for this summer so it is possible we might run into one another again.
|Fortifications on west side of entrance to Gulf of Kotor.|
Bigova is very well sheltered from every direction except north. But it is surprisingly rolly in that protected bay. The rolling nearly drove Bill mad. It was not particularly bothering me or Zach or Elisabeth, but it really bothered Bill. The exceptionally poor holding there bothered me. Our Wasi Bugle anchor has never dragged. Never. Not even in very heavy conditions. It always sticks solid.
Well, we cannot boast that claim anymore!
|Fortification on island near center of entrance to|
Gulf of Kotor. Venetian or Nazi?
|Fortification on east side of entrance to Gulf of Kotor|
The only reason we stayed in Bigova with its poor holding was that the weather was crappy. It rained every single day we were anchored there. Rain did clear for a few hours on a few days but most of the time it was drizzling or pouring. Sometimes with 30+ knots wind and lots of lightning. When this nastiness finally cleared we were more than ready to get the heck out of there. On the first pretty day we motored a bit farther north and entered the enormous Bay of Kotor, which is called the Gulf of Kotor on some of our charts.
|Saw at least 4 of these in|
distance. Had to look up
when got internet again.
Nazi WWII sub hidey-holes
|Hidey-hole for a submarine in years past|
|Look closely center top. There were at least a dozen of raised|
platforms like that hidden in the trees on mountainside
Do a Google search for Kotor WWII or Kotor submarines if you are interested in knowing more about this.
I would dearly love to see a blueprint or schematic of what was built inside and beneath that mountain by the Germans.
|Just beneath center, note that strange structure.|
What is it? What was it used for?
|Upper center right. What was that cone shaped thing?|
|Weird, weird boat. That guy way up on top was driving it.|
What a world of difference!
We stopped in the 'center' bay, anchoring next to Porto Montenegro Marina at Tivat. This is a five star marina constructed at what was a navy dock in years past. Our charts still indicate that this is a military site and is off limits to pleasure yachts. So very not true today! This is a luxurious marina filled with mega-yachts...those fancy large motor yachts familiar in the Med. The rich people boats. And the shops ashore are mostly for those rich people too. Way out of our price range.
|Tivat town quay being completely renovated.|
We have enjoyed this anchorage very much. There is free Wi-Fi provided by the municipality of Tivat. It is a slow connection but that is fine. I am finding it more and more difficult to gather interest in writing blog postings. We need to do something interesting to have something to write about. Tomorrow we probably will move on into the last section of this bay or gulf -- into the bay where the old walled city of Kotor is situated.
|Looking SE from Tivat anchorage near marina.|
Today we took a taxi to shop for parts needed to repair our aging outboard engine. Ended up going to 6 places and all the way to Kotor. Found most parts needed but still need something that will have to be purchased online and shipped to us somewhere in Croatia. We enjoyed getting a preview of Kotor. Looks like a neat little city.
|More of the town quay of Tivat and the swim area.|
|Looking north from Tivat anchorage. Much of that|
highest mountain is behind those clouds.
Very dramatic scenic views.