its that "Blue" time of year again.
30 April 2015 | Marmaris Yacht Marina
Hello to all our friends, family and fellow sailors. Paul and I arrived back in Yacht Marina near Marmaris in Turkey 2 weeks ago. During that time we have washed, scrubbed and polished Paradise until she gleamed and sparkled. One of the last jobs that have to be done before a boat is put back into the water is the antifouling. For those that have not heard of antifouling, it is a process when special paint containing copper and biocides is used to paint the lower hulls, keels and rudder. This paint prevents the attachment of molluscs and other forms of sea life to the bottom of the boat, which otherwise would slow the boat down. This procedure is recommended to be carried out on a yearly basis. I actually enjoy this task, I find painting therapeutic but unfortunately no matter what protective gear I wear, blue paint seems to get splattered all over me, so every year without fail the end result is a very blue Ness!
One of the best parts of the last 2 weeks has been meeting up with some old friends who also have their boats at this marina and also making new ones. Most of these will be cruising in similar areas so we look forward to meeting up with them on the high seas over the summer. Something else we enjoy is taking the dolmus (small bus) to Marmaris town centre. There we browse, shop, stroll along the front and wine and dine at one of the numerous restaurants that Marmaris has to offer. The ride there and back gives one a chance to view the beautiful scenery of this area, however it can be somewhat scary as it is along a very uneven road with hair pin bends at regular intervals where you are likely to meet other vehicles on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to avoid the bumps in the road.
All in all a very good start to the season but we can't wait to be off. Paradise is launched back into the water on Monday and we plan to leave the marina 2 days later. I will keep you posted on how it goes and our adventures.