One night away turned into two! It was so nice to get out of the marina and anchor overnight. We sailed for about 2 hours to a little bay with a small town called Turunc Buku. Our friends joined us with their 60 ft catamaran and dropped their anchor first and we tried to raft our boat alongside but it was quite windy and after two failed attempts we decided to drop the anchor as well. We dinghied into town and had a wander around. Overnight it got quite windy but the anchor held fine. We were woken up by the sounds of the minarets and after breakfast and some schoolwork, we sailed around the corner to the next bay to find some turquoise water for snorkelling. Absolutely stunning. It was such a nice spot we decided to stay out for another night. This time we rafted up no problem as it was much calmer. Early evening we got some unwelcome visitors, hundreds of wasps! I never saw so many wasps in my life! We had to eat inside until they all disappeared after sunset. We had a lovely evening admiring the moon and the stars and this morning woke up early as the wasps reappeared. We made a run for it and were back in the marina by 10 am! We now feel a little bit more comfortable having sailed the boat but we also have a few more things to fix. Yesterday one of the engines cut out and after some investigating Seathan discovered the fan belt had come off. He managed to fix it but it needs to be replaced and the engines need a good servicing too. We also had some trouble with the VHF radio and will need to replace the unit. And finally, the pumps in the bilges need replacing too!
This afternoon they tried to stick the new name stickers on but the material didn’t seem to hold very well so the guys are coming back tomorrow morning to try a different way. We need to have the new name on the boat before we can register it in its new name (we need to send pictures as proof). Renaming and re-registration of a boat is serious business and there are many rules to comply with …
Some good news yesterday was that the mastervolt unit has arrived in Amsterdam and is on its way to Rhodes!
Stay tuned! It looks like we will be in Marmaris for a little while longer.