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SAILING DÉJÀ VU III … 2012

 

Who was it said “Sailing has its moments”!

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*** DJV AFTER SIX MONTHS ON DRY LAND AT PREVEZA, GREECE … 2011/12 ***

I returned to Greece from Australia on 3rd April, 2012 … still a month early I found as Preveza, Greece was still freezing cold (snow on the nearby hills) … plus, I was slowly dying with a throat infection I had picked up on an aircraft when returning from New Zealand.

Six weeks later with the anti-fouling paint and 100 other jobs complete, Déjà vu was lowered back into the water. It was now the 10th May, it seemed half the year had evaporated and I hadn’t sailed anywhere new in the Mediterranean.

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*** RAY AND ANNETTE, RECENTLY RETIRED YACHT CHARTERERS OPERATING FROM CORFU, GREECE ***

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*** DJV IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO A VERY LARGE FRIEGHTER … DURRES HARBOUR, ALBANIA ***

With the loading-on-board of €277.00 worth of benzene and a heap of food/gas/water I pointed DJV north to the Island of Corfu, Greece. Spent a few days with friends Ray and Annette at Gouvia Marina and then took off again for Albania. No room to describe this trip just to say I sailed over many square miles of World War 2 marine mine fields hoping to hell that was an acceptable practice (large ferries and all sorts of vessels were doing it) … and stayed five days in the harbour of Durres, Albania … a very poor town/city.

Then to the town of Bar, Montenegro where I was refused entry due to not holding a `Certificate of Sailing Proficiency’!   “But I’ve just sailed from Australia; doesn’t that say something for my proficiency”? The Harbour Master was harsh … “No, our Law says you must have a Certificate, you don’t, so buzz-off” … or words to that effect.

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*** PULA, CROATIA … A SERIOUS SHIP BUILDING TOWN ***

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*** VLRUJE, CROATIA … A VERY PRETTY LITTLE TOWN WITH VERY LITTLE TO OFFER BUT TWO RESTAURANTS AND SHELTER ***

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*** THIS WAS A VERY SCARY TORNADO WHICH HIT THE MARINA DJV WAS BERTHED IN … LUCKILY I SAW IT COMING! ***

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*** THE SERIOUS BUSINESS OF REPAIRING TWO VERY TIRED LITTLE YAMAHA OUTBOARDS ***

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*** A SERIOUS ITALIAN `SUN LOVER’, NICE! … BRINDISI, ITALY ***

Then northwest through Croatia to a town called Pula. Again I must shorten the story, but sufficient to say I was apprehended by the Coast Guard for not having a Permit to pass through Croatian waters … and was hauled before a bottle-blonde female Judge who was kind enough to fine me 4700 Kuna (AU$800) and send me on my way. This was proving tougher than sailing the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. I was starting to feel very `unwanted’ in these regions … so I sailed across the Adriatic Sea to Venice, Italy. Ten days in Venice (very nice) … surviving a really deadly tornado … and it was soon time to take off south to Brindisi, Italy … one of my Yamaha motors was telling me it was sick. By the time I arrived at Brindisi, they were both telling me the same thing.  Tied up at the `di Brindisi’ Marina, (no motive power as both engines were in many pieces) and spent two expensive month (from 1st August, 2012) waiting for replacement parts from the US and Japan via Singapore.

As well, a huge thunderstorm raged all night recently filling my dinghy with water leading to a torn seam on one pontoon. Bugger!

Then a waste/sewage blockage led to the need to replace a sea-cock (which is a very perilous task. Glub, glub)!

Just to top off my week, news from Yamaha-Japan … my replacement parts won’t be ready ‘til late September! Much, much more cursing!

I don’t really need to confirm … this lifestyle has its many tough moments”!

 

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Visit to New York … 1977

Early February 1977 my wife and I travelled from Western Australia to attend a Motor Vehicle Convention in New Orleans (NADA) … arguably the largest such convention in the world. A wonderful experience followed by time in Florida and then New York . The snow and ice was still a metre thick in places around New York … it was COLD! They were much happier days for the people of United States of America, as the Trade Buildings were a major tourist destination and we enjoyed the wonderful view from one of them … a sign in the lift to the top of one building reading: “You are travelling ¼ of a mile into the sky!” Just great!

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* I'M SURE NOBODY NEEDS AN INTRODUCTION TO THIS STATUE! (Image compliments Wikipedia) *

The statue of Liberty was another favourite visit, as were the Plays on Broadway, although we didn’t have reserved tickets and had to stand at the back of the theatres for the duration of the shows. Better than not seeing them at all.

New York, I’ll go back there again soon!


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PUTTING `DEJAVU’ TO BED … RETURNING TO AUSTRALIA … DECEMBER 2011

I’ve now returned to Perth in Western Australia to spend the cold Mediterranean winter … in the hot Australian summer. Much more liveable for me as the `COLD’ of any winter just seizes me up!

*** GOOD SAILING FREINDS (SHAZ & TONY) FROM EASTERN AUSTRALIA ... SPENT A FEW WEEKS WITH `DEJAVU' IN CROATIA ***

 

My last four months on Déjà vu seemed hectic … with the new (to me) country of Croatia taking up a good part of time and energy to explore. I had many visitors through this period and they are always welcome.

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*** `DEJAVU' OFF THE `OLD TOWN' OF DUBROVNIK, CROATIA -2011 ...

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*** LIFTOUT AT `CLEOPATRA' MARINA, PREVEZA, GREECE ... NOVEMBER 2011 ***

I’ve put Déjà vu to bed at a town named Preveza, Greece (Just about 60/70 miles south of Corfu Island) on the far NW corner of Greece.

 

 

 

 

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*** `DEJAVU' HARD AGROUND AT CLEOPATRA MARINA ... FOR THE WINTER 2011/12 ***

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*** A SMALL BUNDLE OF ROPES/LINES/SHEETS/HALYARDS/PAINTERS ETC ... READY FOR STORAGE BELOW. ***

Also, I was employed by the manufacturers of my Seawind 1000 Catamaran … to tour the eastern states capital cities of Australia (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) … followed by Perth, Western Australia …

… to give a talk to yachty types, on the experiences I’ve had from the time I bought Déjà vu in 2004.

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*** A WONDERFUL UKRAINIAIN FAMILY MET WHILST HOLIDAYING IN CROATIA ***

`Seawind Catamarans’ want me to return to Sydney in January 2012 for another presentation … and are considering a deal to have me speak in New Zealand. This has been a new and very rewarding experience for me, which I have enjoyed immensely.

Hope all have a Great Christmas!

Lloyd Price

from Perth, Western Australia.

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A Look at Today … Latest News from Split … Croatia! ‘Til the 15th August 2011

Corfu Island, Greece … 29th July 2011

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*** THE SE CORNER OF CORFU ISLAND, GREECE. ***

I took my fold-up bike ashore at the CYC and rode into the main City area and around the shoreline to the harbour. Many Cruise Liners visit this port, along with scores of inter-island ferries.! The main City is a labyrinth of narrow streets/paths, as they had been in ancient days … and at night scores of restaurants light up to attract the tourists to town.

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*** ART DECO POWER BOAT-CORFU GREECE ... ANYONES GUESS AS TO IT'S FUNCTION? ***

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*** GOUVIA MARINA, CORFU, GREECE. LARGE AND EXPENSIVE! ***

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*** FOUR GORGEOUS KIDS WASHING THE DISHES AT A FIRE HYDRANT!! ***

So, with Déjà vu fully topped up with fuel, water and food … it was time to head north to Croatia!

Erikoussa Island, Greece … 1st August 2011

In attempting a journey north from Greece to Croatia, you must be very aware of the country of Albania … a non-EU country with a poor reputation for hospitality. In other words, they can be friendly, but, their past performances make everyone cautious! Therefore, I had planned to sail 20 nmiles off their coastline, to Montenegro (an EU country) which is tucked between Albania and Croatia ... then on to Croatia.

On leaving Corfu the weather was dead-calm for the first 26 nmiles, demanding I motor Déjà vu. Then a 30 knot breeze developed from the WNW … exactly the direction I needed to travel. I `tacked’ Déjà vu for 24 nmiles and this resulted in us moving just 11 nmiles towards our destination. It was hard, rough work and obviously, it wasn’t going to work. Therefore, I jibed Déjà vu and sailed (very quickly, downwind) back to the island of Erikoussa, Greece, and spent an excellent night in the lee … along with 20 other yachts.

At 06:00 the next day I took Déjà vu out into the same conditions, with the same result. Therefore, it was time for a MAJOR executive decision! I decided to sail broad-side to the wind (a broad reach) and land in Italy wheresoever this course took Déjà vu! Then I would take Déjà vu along the eastern coastline of Italy to Brindisi … and sail across the wind again to Cavtat, Croatia. A long way ’round but, I had the time and Déjà vu had the ability.

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*** `TRICASE', ITALY ... A TINY HARBOUR BUT WELCOMING. ***

The rough, but fast 56 nmile journey across the Adriatic Sea, took me to `Tricase’, surely one of the smallest harbours in Italy. And out rushed a power boat to shepard me into the last berth available. Just Great!

Brindici Marina, Italy … 4th August 2011

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*** SEEMED TO ME TO BE AN UNFORTUNATE PLACE TO SINK ... `BRINDICI' HARBOUR! ***

  • It has a major Headquarters of the United Nations situated here …
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*** A MYSTERIOUS FLYING BOAT ... SEEMED PART OF THE UN STABLE! ***

  • Brindisi is also a hub for the Italian Customs office called `Guardia di Fianza’.
  • And a hub for large Inter Island Ferries.
  • Also a Port for the Italian Navy.

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    *** `CUSTOMS' VESSEL ... NO USE TRYING TO OUTRUN THIS ONE! ***

The next morning at 06:00 Déjà vu was heading north under motors in calm conditions.

15 nmile north and up sprung a 15 knot NNW breeze … so up went a full main and the screecher was unfurled. We were heading NNE again. With the Chart Plotter/Auto Pilot under `Wind Vane’ setting we sailed all day, very rare … BUT, the breeze slowly turned north and our course slowly turned south! At sun-set Déjà vu was 20 nmiles south of her rum-line to Cavtat, Croatia. That was OK as we were getting some easterly movement from the sailing journey … and giving the motors a rest.

From recent experiences I was confident the wind would die to a dead calm soon after sunset … and this it did! Down with all sails and the time was right to fire up the two `steel maidens’ (9.9 Yamaha outboards). A course was set directly for Cavtat, Croatia and kept ’til arrival at Cavtat 120 nmiles as the crow flies from Brindisi, Italy. (We actually covered 139nmiles with tacking … in 31 hours … an average of 4.5 knots).

One surprising and disappointing aspect of crossing the Adriatic Sea was to see such a large quantities of plastic in the water … very sad!

Now it was my turn to jump through the Croatian hoops of Immigration, Customs and the Harbour Master at Cavtat.

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*** THE HARBOUR-FRONT OF `CAVTAT', CROATIA. ***

Cavtat is 7 nmiles south of the famous old Croatian City of Dubrovnik … and the favoured harbour from which to enter and leave Croatia.

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*** THE `OLD TOWN' OF CAVTAT, CROATIA. ***

The Official side of entering Croatia was OK … although a touch expensive.

  • `Yacht arrival notification’ Fee: 1,205 CK (AU$216.00)
  • `Sojourn Tax’ Payment: 500 CK (AU$90.00) for one month, with another 500 CK for an extension of one month. A yachts stay is limited to three months.

The main stress with `clearing in’, comes from berthing stern-to at the quarantine wharf, in my case, without crew. This becomes extremely difficult and nerve-racking when firstly dropping your anchor mid-harbour, then backing in to nudge between multi-million dollar power boats. Thankfully, the owners and crew of these vessels keep a sharp eye out for slightly out-of-control vessels such as Déjà vu … and fend-off to keep things scratch free and legal.

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*** THE `OLD TOWN' OF DUBROVNIK-2011 ... WITH SEAWIND 1000

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*** LLOYD BOARDING DEJA VU ***

 

I’m presently in Split, Croatia … and will update ASAP.

More, much more on Croatia in the Website from November, 2011 … www.svdejavu.com

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Just an update on my recent happenings … ’til 30th May 2011.

MOSTLY ABOUT FIXING MOTORS AND SAILS!

I was trapped, through ignorance, (I’ve got plenty of that!) … to staying in Greece six months straight.

What I didn’t know … when you may stay in any EU country/s for 6
months, cumulatively … you must then get out for six months! Bugger,
Bugger!!

How stupid is that … `go off and spend your money in another
country’.

* THE BEAUTIFUL `BLUE MOSQUE' ... IN THE CENTRE OF ISTANBUL, TURKEY! *

Therefore, I’m now in Istanbul, Turkey, a city of 10 million(at the last count in 2007 … a little less than half the population of Australia) and it has the smog to prove it!
I’m here primarily to have a new Mainsail made … and to have a new UV strip put on the jib. The costs are OK, but, I have yet to see how the quality is, or how long I will have to wait for them?

* AN EMPTY SAIL-BAG ... WAITING FOR A NEW MAIN-SAIL! *

On the 25th May 2011 … at a great deal of expense and time, I visited the Doyle Sail loft and was suitably impressed. They are franchised to the Name … Doyle Sail-making Company, in NZ … and all their sails are designed by the NZ Parent company. I was relieved about that and feel confident about a good outcome. Again, the Turks don’t rush into hard work … but, can make all the `promises in the world’. Therefore, I’m skeptical about leaving Istanbul before June end. My Visa runs out then anyhow, so I can see a `Visa-run’ to Bulgaria coming up.

* A-TORN-MAIN *

They did such a great job to get me here (1150 hours each in 16 months) but now both exhaust manifolds have burnt out and I’m having them repaired (aluminum welding … I’ll see how long that lasts?) There are no parts held here! At the moment both my motors have been taken ashore … and I’m in the dangerous position, at anchor … with no `power’ source to move me! So, I could be here for a month, or two, or three?

* THE NEAR-NEW YAMAHA ... I DID EXPECT MORE FROM THEM! *

When I can remove myself from Istanbul, I’ll head for Croatia …

… (non-EU) for a few months … and then, at the end of September, onto Venice, down the east side of Italy and back to Marmaris, Turkey … to put DJV on-the-hard for winter of 2011/12. I’m going home for 4 months to try to get to know my Grand-Daughter better … and to visit my daughters, family and friends.

Look after yourself … and please drop me a note.

Regards

Lloyd

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DARDANELLES (ANZAC MEMORIAL) … SOUTH OF ISTAMBUL, TURKEY …. APRIL 2011

My rough idea of a near-future itinerary … is to arrive in Croatia late June and visit my younger daughter on Kefalonica Island (Greece) … near Corfu (MAYBE) … then onto Croatia.  I cannot legally come back into any EU country before early October (a long Visa story!) BUT, I’ll keep you informed!

Re passage of the Gulf of Aden etc.  Yes … you couldn’t possibly consider a Red Sea journey now and maybe not for many years … until the Yanks clean-up the pirates in the Arabian Sea.

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* DOGS LOVE ME! *

In leaving Lipsi Island (Greece) I have sailed to Pithagorion (Samos, Greece) … Kusadasi, Turkey … Ayvalik … Cesme … Yenilimana … Ayvalik … Babakale … and have strolled north to Canakkale, in the Dardanelles (about 150 nmiles SW of Istanbul). I’ve met the `Mother-of-my-Daughters’ here for a three week tour north to Istanbul … although we won’t have the time to go that far.

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* A PROUD TURKISH FISHERMAN! *

I’ve had my first trouble with one of my GREAT little 9.9 Yamaha outboards! It seems after much cleaning of the carburettor and other things … that I need to have a diagnostic computer put on the motor to tell where the electrical trouble is. I cannot get this service in Canakkle and must somehow struggle against the outgoing current and NE winds to get to Istanbul for this service.

Bugger, there’s always something … but, these little motors have been just great.

My computer also crashed south of here about a week ago … but, I have been VERY lucky in finding someone in Canakkale who was able to do major surgery on it. I now enjoy Microsoft `7′ … and all the attached `Works’! Still need to settle them in though and learn how they work.

My pained jaw (absess, maybe?) has settled down pretty well, after a heap of anti-biaotics … and I’m thinking I may call back through Lipsi in 5-6 weeks and have a gorgeous Dentist work on it.  Only trouble is … I wouldn’t have a Visa????  Maybe I wont?

ooOoo

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THE DOWN SIDE TO `WINTER IN GREECE’ … 18th MARCH 2011

***  Double Click on photo to enlarge.

Not any worse than we experience at home in Perth, Western Australia. 

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* THE HAIL SOUNDED LIKE BEING PEPPERED BY A THOUSAND MACHINE GUNS! … LIPSI ISLAND, GREECE *

The heavy hail did worry me a little, as it sounded like a million machine guns were firing on the yacht. 

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* MORE HAIL! *

The most serious aspect of the storm was the tidal surge of over half-of-one metre.  This lifts the yacht high against the wharf … and all the fenders pop-out and rest on the deck of the wharf.  This leaves Déjà vu rubbing against the concrete side of the wharf.   

VERY UNSUITABLE AND NOT A THING I COULD DO ABOUT IT … until the breeze, then blowing at 50 knots, died down!

 

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`A LOOK AT TODAY … and Recent Times’ … Mostly Photos!

*** Please `double-click’ on image to enlarge!

* A QUICK TRIP BACK TO `BODRUM, TURKEY' TO RENEW MY GREEK VISA (IT'S COMPLICATED!) <28th December 2010> *

* FORCED TO STAY IN TURKEY 'TIL 3RD JANUARY 2011, I TRAVELLED TO `MARMARIS' AND VISITED THE MARINA! <2nd January 2011> *

* LIPSI HARBOUR FROM TOWN CENTRE … <> 29 OCT 2010 *

 

* IT’S REPORTED THERE ARE 46 CHURCHES ON LIPSI … THIS ONE IN THE CENTRE OF TOWN MUST SURELY BE THE SMALLEST? <> FROM 25 OCT 2010 *
* LIPSI ISLAND, GREECE … MY CHOSEN WINTER HOME 2010/11. A GREAT, QUIET LITTLE TOWN WITH FRIENDLY PEOPLE! <> FROM 20-OCT-2010 *
* THE DAY MELANIE-JOHN LEFT … `BRAVO’ SPEED ARRIVED FROM ENGLAND … SHOWN HERE AT THE `BAKERY’ IN THE MONASTREY ON PATMOS ISLAND, GREECE <15th October 2010> *

 

* ELDER DAUGHTER MELANIE & PARTNER JOHN … ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA TO SEE SOME OF GREECE FROM `DEJAVU’ <1st October 2010> *
* THE CUTE, VERY CROWDED HARBOUR OF `SIMI ISLAND’, GREECE <26th September 2010> *

* `RHODES' ... MUST BE THE CRUISE SHIP CAPITAL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN ... THEY JUST KEEP COMING <28th September 2010> *

* THE INTER-ISLAND (GREEK) FERRY SERVICE IS GREAT … GREATER THROUGH THE TOURIST SEASON THAN WINTER <5th November 2010> *

 

* CHANGING OF THE GUARD OUTSIDE `GREEK PARLIAMENT’, ATHENS <19th July 2010> *

 

* A SPECTACULAR AMPHITHEATRE ALONGSIDE THE `PARTHENON’, ATHENS, GREECE <21st July 2010> *
* A TYPICAL BAYSIDE RESTAURANT ARRANGEMENT – WHEREBY THEY PROVIDE A BERTHING `FREE’, BUT EXPECT YOU TO EAT AT THEIR CAFE! ORPHANIYE, TURKEY < 2nd August 2010> *
* A CORNER OF THE OLD SCREECHER, GIVEN TO 1ST MATE BEVERLY AS A MEMENTO-FINEKE, TURKEY <25th June 2010> *

 

* THIS HUSBAND/WIFE TEAM MADE PANCAKES ALONG-SIDE, WHILE-U-WAIT … GEMILIER ISL, TURKEY <1st July 2010> *
* 1st MATE BEVERLY ON THE JOURNEY FROM MALAYSIA TO THE MED. HARD AT WORK IN THE GALLEY JUST BEFORE LEAVING DEJAVU <28th June 2010> *

 

* ANCHORED AT `ORPHANIYE’ … A SMALL BAY, WELL PROTECTED AND A CONTENDER FOR `WINTER HOME’. <4th August 2010> *

 

* THE €220.00 ANSWER … A STAINLESS STEEL REEL FROM MARTI MARINA <3rd August 2010> *

 

* I HAD TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE HABIT OF YAGHTS/BOATS BACKING INTO THE SHORELINE AND TETHERING … HOW TO STORE 80 METRES OF 16MM ANCHOR LINE? <2nd August 2010> *
* `MARMARIS’, TURKEY IS ABOUT YACHTS, BOATS OF ALL SHAPES … AND CHARTER `GULETS’ … PLUS, THIS INFLATABLE WITH 4 X 350 HP OUTBOARDS ON ITS TRANSOM?? <1st September 2010> *

* THE SILVERY THING BEHIND THE RUSTY CHAIN IS A `GYPSY' .. PART OF THE ELECTRIC ANCHOR WINCH ... AND IMPORTED FROM THE UK ... AT WHICH TIME TURKEY CUSTOMS STITCHED ME UP WITH `DUTY' TO THE VALUE OF AU$730.00 <7th September 2010> *

* THIS A UNIQUE SHIP WHICH PARTIALLY SUBMERGES TO LET ITS CARGO OF SMALL YACHTS/BOATS POWER INTO PLACE ... AND THEN RE-SURFACES TO STEAM AWAY ... I'VE MENTIONED IT IN MY WRITINGS ON `SINGAPORE'. <8th September 2010> *

* THIS IS THE LARGEST `TRAVEL-LIFT' I'VE SEEN, CAPABLE OF LIFTING CRAFT TO 350 TONNES. A NORMAL SIZED `LIFT' IS ALONGSIDE! MARMARIS YACHT MARINA! <9th September 2010> *

* TURKEY BOAT CHARTERS ARE FAMOUS FOR THEIR `GULETS' ... AND THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THEM TRAVELLING AT GREAT SPEED, IN ALL DIRECTIONS! <12th September 2010> *

* THIS 60 METRE `GULET' IS THE LARGEST I'VE SEEN ... ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT YET IN THE WATER. THE BUILDER TRIED TO SELL IT TO ME FOR TL2,000,000 (AU$1,300,000) <16th September 2010> *

* `SELIMYE', TURKEY ... A PROSPECTIVE HOME FOR WINTER <17th September 2010> *

* TWO GORGEOUS GIRLS ... KATHERINE OF `SV SOUTHERN CROSS' AND ELLEN, A CLOSE FRIEND FROM QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA <3rd August 2010> *

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