Orhanye hopefully picture in the right place!
Sunday, 9th June, 2013
Marti Marina in Orhaniye. Weather varies between 4knt one day and 35knts the
Our flag has taken a bit a battering
But, after a prolonged and unfruitful search we finally found this:
It’s a bit small and you can’t tell whether it’s upside down or not, but a vast improvement.
After Ciftlick we went to Bozburun where the water pump packed up. Bozburun now charges 60YTL for what was a town berth mooring but they do have water and electricity. Then Dirsek where the old lawyer has died, his daughters no longer serve and the food is still good but expensive (150YTL = £60). Most places we pay about 70. At least we no longer have to pay the bill in millions of TL. We are now in Marti Marina in Orhaniye which is almost Solent prices (80 euros/night) and they have us in a horrible berth as far away from anywhere as you could get, and up a massive hill. We have however found a lovely chandlers whose only failure was a 33mm serrated washer. He even came to pick us up at the top of the hill and will deliver anything he hasn’t got. His friend said he’d sailed a 15m boat past the pirates in 2011 and got away with it; apparently two unreported French were just killed the same year and the boat, complete with bullet holes, was taken to Somalia. Makes me feel ours was money well spent.
The Turks appear to shot themselves in the foot by, not content with rioting, pushing Islam, saying all women must cover their heads, and stopping booze have said that 85% of employees of foreign firms must be Turkish. The clubs were based on English childcare and RYA instructors so Sunsail and many others have simply closed down much of their operation. The charter boats are still going. This marina not only suffers from much of the above and ridiculous prices so is now half empty.
glossed over the delights of spending 2 hours upside down in a locker only to
find we had fitted the wrong pump and the process had to be repeated the next
day. While he had shampoo in the shower it packed up again. At that point we
headed for this marina and a proper man has got it working by undoing all the
hoses and doing them up again. He thinks the problem was crud from the
I was somewhat disconcerted to discover the cost of this place. The mooring rings aren’t even gold plated but we shall head off tomorrow.