|Anchorage at the eastern end of Kekova Roads|
We've decamped from the Marmaris zone of influence. On Friday and Saturday we made our way very quickly down the coast to what is probably the last stop on our summer cruise ticket, Kekova Roads. The pictures below show the sun rising over the Fethiye Gulf - we were parked on the Gocek side of the gulf in a small cover which reminded me a bit of the north island of New Zealand.
Our next stop was in a bay opposite the very pretty town of Kas. Alex was utterly taken with the house jutting out into the bay. He said, "Can you find me something like that in New Zealand?" Please someone, take up his challenge!
We'll come back up the coast in two or three weeks, maybe sooner, maybe later, but certainly more slowly than we came down a) because the wind will most likely be against us and b) because we'll be happy to linger until the last moment before we take Enki into her winter berth. The late summer/autumn weather will dictate our pace more than anything else. In Kas, for instance, we saw our first sea mist rolling in. Beautiful. We haven't seen so much cloud clumped together since we left France.
We've spent a month or more revolving around Marmaris, for various reasons. Our latest visit to Marmaris Yacht Marina was to put to bed once and for all (we hope) the spectre of dirty fuel clogging up our finely-tuned engine, something which since Sicily we have felt as an ever-present danger. Alex had discussed various options with Burak and Erden at Marlin Yachting. What we ended up doing was replacing the three existing Volvo filters with Racor water separator filters with glass bowls, metal shields and electronic water sensing devices which shriek at the first sign of water in the fuel. As well as this, an Algae-X magnetic fuel gadget was installed in the main fuel line - whether this works or not is anyone's guess. There are plenty of positive testimonials and on Kukka, the previous owner Mr Tada had installed one. No harm done. While there were two (agile, young) bodies in the engine room, Alex got them to service both the Volvo engine and the Westerbeke generator. We also removed the inspection hatches from both fuel tanks to have a look at the clarity of the fuel and the cleanliness of the tanks. All good.
Frankly, Turkish mechanics win hands down over their EU counterparts - maybe we just got lucky but we'd recommend Marlin Yachting to anyone passing this way.
While Enki was getting all the attention, I staved off my impatience to be gone from Marmaris by looking at .... boats. Don't people invest so much hope in their vessels? There are more than a thousand yachts parked at this mega-marina, from the miniatures to the obscene, and every one, at some time, somebody's dream.
|My dream is to return one day to Vanuatu - this boat is registered there, its name Freedom|