A glimpse at underwater archeology in Bodrum, Turkey

Photo: Bodrum Harbor, Turkey. Credit: Lisa Borre.
The view of Bodrum Harbor from the Castle of St. Peter which houses the excellent Underwater Archeology Museum. Photo by Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Date: 4/17/10
Distance: 24 nm
Sailed from: Knidos
Lat: 37°02’N
Long: 27°25.4E

Despite warnings from other cruising sailors who did not like the marina in Bodrum (mainly because it caters to charter yacht fleets and is therefore expensive), we decided to put in at the marina for a night anyways for the convenient access to shore. We arrived around noon after motoring from Knidos since there was no wind for sailing. Continue reading A glimpse at underwater archeology in Bodrum, Turkey

Anchoring among ancient ruins in Knidos, Turkey

Photo: Tayana 37 Gyatso anchored in Knidos, Turkey. Credit: Lisa Borre.
We had the anchorage in Knidos to ourselves on our second day underway in 2010.

Logbook Entry

Date: 4/16/10
Distance: 32 nm
Sailed from: Dirsek, Turkey
Lat: 36°41.07N
Long: 27°22.5E

We anchored in Büyük Limani harbor at Knidos on the western tip of the Datca Peninsula by late afternoon on our second day out from Marmaris. We rowed ashore to visit the ruins of ancient Knidos which are scattered around the surrounding hillsides. It must have been quite a place in its heyday, but now there is not even a modern-day town on the site which was famous for having been home to the first nude statue of a female figure: a marble statue of Aphrodite by Praxiteles. From our guidebooks, we also learned that this was the home of Eudoxos, one of the founders of Greek geometry. Continue reading Anchoring among ancient ruins in Knidos, Turkey

We’re off to Dirsek, Turkey

Photo: Tayana 37 Gyatso at anchor in Dirsek, Turkey.
Gyatso gleaming at anchor in Dirsek on our first day underway in 2010. Photo by Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Date: 4/15/10
Distance: 38 nm
Sailed from: Marmaris, Turkey
Lat: 36°41.05N
Long: 27°58.9E

Today we departed Marmaris and set sail for the 2010 cruising season. After two months of polishing, painting and varnishing to prepare Gyatso for another season, we don’t even mind the first spray of salty water over the bow. In fact it’s a real thrill because it means we’re off on another adventure. Continue reading We’re off to Dirsek, Turkey

Marmaris, Turkey: Ready for Departure

Gyatso’s refinished mainsail boom in the sea of yachts at Marmaris Yat Marine.

Logbook Entry

Date: 4/14/10
Location: Marmaris Yacht Marine

We spent the past two months since arriving back in Turkey working nearly every day on refit, repair and maintenance projects. Today we decided that we had completed enough of the work to declare ourselves ready for another sailing season. We put away the tools and washed down the decks in preparation for departure tomorrow.

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Galley sink and countertop refit

Photo: Tayana 37 galley sink refit. Credit: Lisa Borre.
The upside of installing a new water heater was replacing the sink countertop in the galley. Credit: Lisa Borre.

Logbook Entry

Date: 4/11/10
Location: Marmaris, Turkey

While wintering-over in Marmaris, Turkey, we installed a new countertop for the galley sink. The old one was cracked when we bought Gyatso five years ago, and we’ve lived with it that way until a corner piece actually broke off last season. 

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Mainsail boom refit

Photo: sailboat refit. Credit: L. Borre.
David sands the mainsail boom during our refit in Marmaris, Turkey.

Logbook Entry

Date: 4/2/10
Location: Marmaris, Turkey

Refinishing the mainsail boom was another refit project we tackled on Gyatso while wintering-over in Marmaris, Turkey. As far as we can tell, the painted aluminum boom had not been touched for 25 years. As a result, it was becoming badly corroded in places.  We received a quote for the job that was beyond our budget, so David stepped up and took on the task himself. It took two weeks working part-time to complete. He used an article from Good Old Boat magazine as a guide. 

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Life Aboard Our Floating Home

Photo: s/y Gyatso at anchor in Turkey. Credit: L.Borre
s/y Gyatso at anchor in Turkey.

Logbook Entry

Date: 3/24/10
Location: Marmaris, Turkey

In hopes of the galley countertop project being competed today, we’ve decided to move back onboard our floating home after five months of living on land even though the cabin is a total wreck (see Galley sink and countertop refit). Lisa tried to look at the bright side and commented, “At least I don’t feel like a fish out of water anymore.”

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Around Town in Marmaris, Turkey

The kebab shop owner was happy to have a new fan.

Logbook Entry

Date: 3/21/10
Location: Marmaris, Turkey

On aspect of our cruising life is getting to know where everything is in the many towns we visit. It’s like a treasure hunt finding our way around a new town and figuring out where to buy groceries and other necessary supplies. We also search for reasonably-priced restaurants and shops to sample the local food specialties. We spent this winter living on land while Gyatso was hauled-out in Marmaris, Turkey, but the process of discovering our temporary home was no different than when we’re living aboard.

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Daily Life at the Boatyard in Marmaris, Turkey

Photo: dolmus minibus in Marmaris, Turkey. Credit: L.Borre.
After a long day of work at the boatyard, David boards the dolmus (minibus) that operates between the town of Marmaris and Yat Marine on the other side of the bay.

Logbook Entry

Date: 3/7/10
Location: Marmaris, Turkey

We’ve rented a small apartment in town and commute by dolmus (minibus) to the marina where we are preparing Gyatso for another sailing season.  It’s a 20-minute ride that we really enjoy — it gives us a chance to watch spring unfold in this part of the world.

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Preparations Underway in Marmaris, Turkey for Another Sailing Season

Photo: Tayana 37 refit. Credit: L. Borre.
It was nice not to live aboard while refitting in Marmaris.

Logbook Entry

Date: 2/22/10
Location: Marmaris, Turkey

The decks are scrubbed, the topsides are washed down, and the bootstripe is re-painted. But these are just the first three things on a list that is two pages long before we re-splash in two weeks. At least the guys in the yard can get back to work on the second coat of bottom paint while we work the rest of the list.

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Adventures while cruising to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Black Seas in a Tayana 37 sailboat

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