Bruadar

Vessel Name: Bruadar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 373
Hailing Port: Liverpool
Crew: Mike & Cathie Hall
About: In 2009 we both turned 50 years of age and embarked on our dream of sailing the Mediterranean. We worked our way from Skiathos, Greece and after a few adventures settled in Marmaris, Turkey before moving to a new marina in Cyprus.
Extra: Our original plans to sail to Spain have changed for numerous reasons and despite having had some wonderful adventures and met some great people we're now going to have to sell our boat and with a bit of luck continue our journeys by road, but thats a good few months away yet
09 January 2013 | Blighty
20 April 2012 | Karpaz Gate Marina Cyprus
09 May 2011 | Home on the Wirral
04 April 2011
01 March 2011 | Yacht Marina, Marmaris
28 October 2010 | Yacht Marine
13 September 2010 | Yacht Marina, Marmaris
27 August 2010 | Skopea Limani
30 July 2010 | Kekova Roads
31 May 2010 | Marmaris Bay
30 April 2010 | Marmaris, Turkey
31 March 2010 | Yacht Marina, Marmaris
20 October 2009
05 October 2009
26 September 2009
25 September 2009
17 September 2009
15 September 2009
10 September 2009
Recent Blog Posts
09 January 2013 | Blighty

End of an Era

Sadly life has changed forever, Cathie finally lost her fight against cancer on Christmas Day 2012. She'd fought hard but just couldn't beat it this time. To say she will be sadly missed is a massive understatement, the church was packed to the rafters for her funeral so thanks to everyone for their [...]

20 April 2012 | Karpaz Gate Marina Cyprus

Floating Caravan For Sale!

Well we're back on the boat in Cyprus despite all the odds! Cathie's coping well the way she has throughout her treatment for breast cancer, but it's meant that we will have to sell our beloved boat!

09 May 2011 | Home on the Wirral

Quick Visa Run Goes Wrong

We flew back to the UK at the begining of April as our 90 day Turkish visas needed renewing, and crazily it was cheaper jumping on an EasyJet flight to the UK, than getting the ferry over to Rhodes.

04 April 2011

Cappadocia

Regular mini bus tours of Turkey are organised locally in Marmaris and we've taken full advantage of this. The latest trip involved a round trip of around 1500 kilometers to the ancient region in cetral Turkey known as Cappadocia. This is a truely facinating place which has been occupied by man for thousands [...]

01 March 2011 | Yacht Marina, Marmaris

Istanbul Boat Show

We managed to escape some of the cold weather in the UK by flying back to Turkey on the 3rd January 2011. Fortunately it was a direct flight from Manchester to Dalaman but the pilot had to abort the landing due to a thunder storm and we spent two hours on the tarmac in Rhodes before successfully getting [...]

28 October 2010 | Yacht Marine

End of Another Season

Unfortunately our immediate sailing was cut short when we had to fly back to the UK for the funeral of a close friends daughter. Rachie was only young (24 years old), suffered from diabetes and will be sadly missed, but always fondly remembered. A poem that she wrote for us has pride of place on Bruadar: When [...]

Istanbul Boat Show

01 March 2011 | Yacht Marina, Marmaris
Still Changeable
We managed to escape some of the cold weather in the UK by flying back to Turkey on the 3rd January 2011. Fortunately it was a direct flight from Manchester to Dalaman but the pilot had to abort the landing due to a thunder storm and we spent two hours on the tarmac in Rhodes before successfully getting back on Turkish soil.
The weather over the past couple of months has been varied with fairly heavy rain and thunderstorms interspersed with sunny days, with an average high temperature of around 15-18 degrees C with lows of around 8-10 degrees. Although there have been colder snaps and the electric heater has been well used even after some days when you'd been in shorts and tee shirt earlier on!
The boat went back in the water mid January and we got into the live aboard life style, which centred around film nights, quizzes, ten pin bowling and sweating it out in the sauna. Plus of course socialising at happy hour most evenings in the bar.
Each year Yacht Marina organises a free return coach trip to the boat show in Istanbul, which can only be described as fantastic from start to finish. Especially the cruise on the Bosphorus which went up to the Black Sea and back, and included a free bar excellent food and live entertainment. They even provide fleece jackets, tee shirts and base ball caps, all we had to pay for was the three nights hotel accommodation.
So all things considered a brilliant experience!
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