|The new teak deck|
Well, here I am back in Marmaris with the winter refit drawing to a close and planning to set sail northwards on the 3rd of May. The new wooden deck on Kurukulla looks great, shame about the mess they made inside her whilst doing it. A lot of evidence of lack of supervision of the workforce, (I've got my old Superintendent Ships hat on); most of the cups, mugs etc. had been used and left unwashed over a period of months, plus dust and shavings everywhere. Not sure why we ever bothered giving the boat a thorough clean before we left her! Having said all that the workmanship on the deck is good and I have paid only just over half of the figure quoted in both Italy and Malta!
|Some of the debris!|
|On the way in, anti-fouling complete|
|Part way through antifouling|
|The on-site assistance including TMS the company who replaced the deck on Kurukulla|
Last Tuesday I was invited to drinks onboard Sandivina, Peter Wilson's yacht, which he keeps in Netsel Marina, situated on the outskirts of town. Peter is a friend from my Royal Navy days and has, like me, embarked on extensive sailing (and in his case golfing) for his retirement. By comparison Netsel is certainly a smarter and more upmarket marina. It is also popular with live-aboards but the down side is it costs more and has much less shore storage space than Yacht Marin where Kurukulla wintered.
|The swimming pool, Kurukulla's mast is in the distance.|
Flights are via Dalaman, where Easy Jet, Monarch or Thomas Cook are the low cost options, and then there is your transfer which takes an hour by dolmus and costs between 10 and 30 TL (£3.60 and £10.70) depending on demand; taxis are much more at €60 (£50).
|They certainly pack them in! Camilla on left.|
|Entrance to bar and restaurant.|
|BBQ garden with health centre (green) in background|
|East side of the four sided N, E, S, W, bar.|
Enough for now. More when I am under-way......