2014 – First thoughts – February

Drafted while on a bus from Marmaris to Antalya airport (6 hours, £12, complimentary refreshments) and a flight direct to Glasgow (5 hours, £50, refreshments extra) and a taxi to Burntisland (1 hour, £85, no refreshments)


We came to Marmaris Yacht Marina to get a stainless steel bimini frame and a swim platform. As I write the preparation for the copper-coat antifouling is complete, the stainless steel bimini cage and swim platform will be mounted in my absence next week, the deck has been removed and I watched the replacement teak being cut this morning, the mast rake has been reduced, the boom raised, the mainsail headboard reversed, reefing lines rerun, a new diesel filter installed, the rod-kicker removed for the addition of a gas strut, three hatches resealed, saloon windows resealed, two folding steps added to the forward cabin to improve access to the hatch and forward bunks, in hand, the bimini itself, a new spray-hood and the replacement of the steering cables. From which you could deduce that the Turks are very persuasive salesmen.

So where are we going in the rejuvenated Selkie Dancer?

The Turkish Visitor Visa limits us to 90 days in any 180. Assuming we arrive in Turkey on or about 20 April we need to be crossing back to Greece by 15 July. The initial plan is to head east to Cas before doubling back to meet Maggie Drum (Duncan and Caroline) off Gocek or Marmaris and continuing up the Turkish Aegean coast lingering in the Bodrum area before heading north again for as far as time allows.

After crossing into Greece and the new “boat tax” regime we may head south, possibly to Crete before heading north to the Saronic Gulf for August. From there we will head for a winter location that will allow easy access for a surveyor and position Selkie Dancer for next year’s opening trip to Istanbul. In any event our season closes with Selkie Dancer coming ashore in time for my mother’s memorial service in Somerset at the end of September.

There you have it – bids to join us are very welcome!!!!


15 Feb ‘14

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