Finally heading westwards

leaving the Yacht Marina after 4.5 weeks
leaving the Yacht Marina after 4.5 weeks

So finally we are on our way direction West. Well first of all we leave the Yacht Marina in direction customs in Marmaris.

 

 

Customs in Marmaris
Customs in Marmaris

and head south towards Rhodos. Only few miles we have some nice gently wind to start with, then quite soon we are happy to have installed the safety lines because we go with the 2nd reef and more than 5 beaufort up wind. As we haven’t sailed since last October we feel that we are a bit out of training, but fortunately we were well prepared.

Mandraki harbour
Mandraki harbour

Like this we soon reached the city harbour Mandraki in Rhodos and were told to fix the boat with the anker and two lines on the back. Interesting that we should not use the mooring line that were there.

after replacing the first lost swiss flag
after replacing the first lost swiss flag

While the paper work of checking into Greece was done by the agency we soon were able to take a walk in Rhodos.

 

 

the castle in Rhodos old town
the castle in Rhodos old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

together with these flowers of which I always forget the name ;-)
together with these flowers of which I always forget the name 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

at the harbour entrance of Mandraki
at the harbour entrance of Mandraki

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

finally the right beer comes on board ;-)
finally the right beer comes on board 😉

and most important finally bought the right beer ;-).

 

 

the diver has good practice in making the anker free from the mooring chain in the harbour bottom...
the diver has good practice in making the anker free from the mooring chain in the harbour bottom…

As we wanted to leave the next morning we then also understood why we had to use the anker instead of the mooring lines, the reason was we had to support the local divers who make their living from helping the boats getting their anker freed from the mooring line again. A learning for sure and for 50 EUR not even so expensive, but nasty somehow from the harbor and agency that they also had charged another 20 EUR only for helping us in the harbour, while not passing on the correct information. Well, we feel welcome to Greece and already do miss Turkey and the friendliness of the people there.

arrival in Ormos Panormiti on Symi island
arrival in Ormos Panormiti on Symi island

After a nice day of sailing we finish the day in the bay of Panormitis on Symi sein, and finally have time for good swim throughout the bay.

 

 

Ormos Panormiti on Symi
Ormos Panormiti on Symi

 

 

 

 

Monastery in Panormiti
Monastery in Panormiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

harbour in Panormiti
harbour in Panormiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the weather forcast telling us about some strong Meltemi winds coming up in the next days,we decide to head on and sail our first night through direction north-west.

the first sunset with the sun "falling into" the sea
the first sunset with the sun “falling into” the sea

So we enjoy the first sundowner with the sun going directly into the sea, how beautiful!
Thanks to AIS and Radar we travel quite safely through the night, and without any clear plan we change over for the watches every couple of hours when one is tired and the other wakes up. Also we learn that the large tankers don’t really care that the sailing vessel should have priority.

After Ormos Kalandhon at Naxos we travel to

Ormos Vathy at Siphnos island
Ormos Vathy at Siphnos island

Ormos Vathy at Siphnos, then Seriphos Ormos Koutala, then Mericha at Kithnos, every day a bit more North-West, most of the time the wind on the nose, but well, that’s the way it is while sailing…

Chapel and mole of Vathy
Chapel and mole of Vathy

With every day our confidence in our She San grows and we get more routine and feel comfortable in what we are doing.

Getting ready to go in Turkey (weeks 3 and 4)

After all the power management the next priority was to get the internet antenna working in order to  provide WIFI on SheSan. Having trained with the Radar two weeks earlier this was actually not even so difficult and with good work preparation it took us less than two hours.

Then we wanted to test the David for the Dinghi engine but on the first half meter it was bent so much that we were afraid to loose the engine into the water. So when we got our new cleats (that we designed ourselves 😉 ) we had to ask for rework on the David.

Sundays green market in Marmaris
Sundays green market in Marmaris

In between we also started to enjoy Turkey, at least on Sundays, when we did a bike tour to the local green market where the farmers came to sell their products.

 

the Jack-stays are mounted to reach the mast safely
the Jack-stays are mounted to reach the mast safely

On Sunday we got a very nice present from Mike from Jersey: he gave us his two folders with preparation for the ARC (Atlantic rally for cruisers) which should serve us well in our preparation especially in terms of safety precautions.

and to reach the forestay
and to reach the forestay

As we did have already quite some preparation ourselves this is not really new but a good condensed reminder of what we should think about and prepare.

Therefore the next days the concept for the Jack-Stays to be mounted all around the boat was defined and carried out.

the battery charger got some dust ;-(
the battery charger is filled with dust ;-(

Then we had the polyester strengthend so the new strong cleats would not result in a hole in the boat, unfortunately some of the dust landed inside the just recently mounted batterie chargers and also everywhere else in the whole boat ;-( that kept us busy cleaning for the next few days.

the david for the Dinghi engine version number 2, unfortunately again not strong enough
the david for the Dinghi engine version number 2, unfortunately again not strong enough

Then the second trial for the Dinghi david was done but unfortunately also not successful, since this time also the panel construction started to move in all directions and the nicely mounted panels were not at all straight any more.

Finally on the third time it had worked out and we were able to take the engine off the Dinghi in order to become prepared for sailing.

 

Armin's sailing generator is installed
Armin’s sailing generator is installed

Back to power management: Reto prepared the sailing generator that will serve for the additional energy needed during sailing.

 

 

the ferry that's supposed to run two times a day, but the captain doesn't always feel like going
the ferry that’s supposed to run two times a day, but the captain doesn’t always feel like going

while I was going shopping preferably with the ferry

 

 

 

 

 

with the ferry going shopping to Marmaris - feels like holidays ;-)
with the ferry going shopping to Marmaris – feels like holidays 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

the parts for the new rigg arrive as promissed
the parts for the new rigg arrive as promissed

And finally exactly as we had been promissed on Friday morning the rigger team came and started to install our new rigg. We were really impressed how they worked like crazy.

 

the forestay including firling genua are taken off
the forestay including firling genua are taken off

So after the rigg was newly installed we fixed the date for customs to check out from Turkey.  Fortunately then (and not later when we already would have left Turkey) the rigg made some strange sounds, so we called the rigger again, postponed for another day and make a sea trial in addition to ensure that everything works when we leave Turkey. We learn that plans are there to be changed ;-

first two weeks in Turkey

Today we are more than two weeks in Turkey, and who thinks that this is about holidays is completely wrong. We are working in general from 7.30 am until 8 or sometimes 9 pm and so far the only relaxing component were some very few bathing breaks, of course some important turkish tea times (Chai) and of course the obligatory sundowner beers. But we are both happy and it is the greatest pleasure when one after the other the things start to work.

The first big thing that we installed was the Radar, now – ok what means we ? – Reto is the one to do the tough jobs, I do the small jobs and run for the tools and so on, make the pictures and clean up 😉

 

Radar finally fitted to the mast
Radar finally fitted to the mast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the Radarstory actually already started when we flew in on Monday the 3rd and lost 3 pieces of luggage to the customs because the Radar was one of them and it was a bit too strange for them (or the invoice of it just to high…). With this we spent in total approx. 1.5 days on getting the luggage back out and also getting the fee back that we had to pay to get it out. All in all we were very much impressed by the friendliness of the customs officers and it was an interesting adventure to start with.

 

The radar and many other things captured by the Turkish customs
The radar and many other things captured by the Turkish customs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then a few days later we did the mounting of the Radar and in the end it worked and most interestingly we as non experienced Radar mounters did it still in 2/3rds of the time that the local shop had offered to us. This even though we did it for the first time, and we had to find out that the cable tube it was supposed to go in was full (the fishing ropes that we took in were perfectly fitting but not the thick Radar cable…). After all the the next days really getting that pot up was (almost) easy. Only that Reto after 10 hours in the mast almost couldn’t walk any more. At the end of the day it was the first feeling like christmas – yes, it works!!!!! And that makes us happy 🙂

Then the next large achievement was the solar panel construction. After having made some experience at home that constructing these things by ourselves is not so obvious, we now first had to take a decision on the type of panel to buy (we chose a Turkish brand) and – which was much more difficult was getting the construction to hold it done. As welding on the ships is not allowed this was not so easy our first ideas were soon changed, but in the end after many hours we again landed close to the first ideas. Then after an afternoon in 39 degrees turkish sun our meanwhile dear friend Mehmet and his collegue almost became crazy because their way of definition of straight was a bit different from Reto’s and in the end as well from mine 😉

Solar panels are delivering electricity. Now we supply our energy by ourselves
Solar panels are delivering electricity. Now we supply our energy by ourselves

The next day the “mounting and cabelling the panels part” we were on our own again and the same discussions about straight and not occurred between us (now I was the only bad guy), until Reto said “when the science of electricity would be as far as mechanical Edison would just discover the light bulb*
But just before sundown the target of the day was successfully achieved and we produced our first Amps looking again and again at the Batterie Monitor that had a + even not being connected to the power on land.

Next three days the electricity was topic number one and a 2000W inverter installed, an improved battery charging system for when the motor is running and a switch to change from shore power to inverter and many more improvements….