'Yacht alone' for a week in Kemer

Sue & Alan
Thu 3 Dec 2015 17:33
It's second-best being on the yacht without the Bosswoman although it's good not to leave it too long between visits. In this case little over a month has passes us by since the clocks changed, or didn't for Turkiye!  My decision to book a hire car affords more flexibility and has come in very handy. My first work-day, yesterday, was bright sunshine, almost no wind and a pleasant 24ºC early afternoon. First decision being 'job for the day' which was launch RIB, disconnect anchor chain and carefully dump 100m anchor chain into RIB then load chain firstly onto quay (next to Ticketeeboo) then reverse hire car to chain and load, more like overload, chain into book of hire car without causing any damage. Job well done, even more so when Hamza had couple of his staff do the last bit (load chain carefully into boot). It then took some time for me to be certain where I was going to deliver the chain and I wanted the destination accurately entered into my sat-nav before setting-off. Driving round Antalya is dodgy enough because Turkiye drivers certainly don't take prisoners and seem to delight in being dare-devils. Hamza's directions were very good and I spotted the galvanising factory as I entered the correct Sanayi (Industrial Estate) where everyone speaks incredibly good Turkiye - and very little English. I had assumed this to be the case so had written-out what I wanted to say using Google Turkiye (almost). After benefiting from Turkiye hospitality whilst they organised someone to unload our chain, as well a bottle of Father's wine, I was back on the yacht for four o'clock, having stopped to do a grocery shop. Driving in Antalya is a bit like playing snakes & ladders with a loaded dice thrown-in. Anyway I made it back none the worse.
I was planning more outside jobs today. Unfortunately the wind got up yesterday evening, gale warnings on Navtex indicating F8-F9 here-abouts until tomorrow morning. They were right. The wind howled all night and all today. This being the case I set about repairing Sue's iron (which took longer than expected because I had to do some unexpected soldering. I then decided to get stuck-in and replace our for'd heads cabinet door mirrors with a pair of silvered-mirror perspex, which I'de bought in UK and brought out with me. Two mirrors and five hours later job-done! The original mirrors proved to be 6mm thick. I ended-up using my lump hammer to knock sh-one-t out of each mirror, which are firmly bonded into the door recess. A job and a half requiring patients and care because this creates numerous potentially lethal glass shards. I came-up with the idea of wrapping the doors in cling-film and this helped minimise the risk. We now have tow lovely clean-looking perspex mirrors in place of ugly-looking salt-water damaged glass mirrors. Seems daft to have an opening hatch close to fittings which deteriorate so quickly should seawater get in! (As it inevitably will at some time).
If it's not blowing a houlie tomorrow I hope to resume top-side jobs, like servicing our 2 x furler drums, which I need to dismantle to check the our for's stays foot-fastenings, as well grease the bearings. That could take me the whole day! I'm also wanting to re-paint the furlers. Unfortunately Selden seem to be unable to make furlers which can keep black paint on! The paint on our furlers has migrated to the deep making them look scabby. Something I want to fix and make look pretty. Same goes for our Selden mast furler, which used to have matching grey paint on it's outer surface. That too needs a paint-job doing. Me thinks that day-job will probably go into 2-days?



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