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Archive for May, 2011

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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