12 June 2014
Thursday 12 June 2014: Motorboat Mafia?
As we could not afford another night stay in Kapi Creek, we had to move on, so we motored 6 NM into the very busy MarinTurk marina in Gocek. At the entrance we were met by a man in a nice rubber dinghy and we were signaled to follow him. With his help we managed to find our way to our assigned berth with yet another slightly different way of connecting to a mooring line. Chris had to secure one of our lines to the port bow cleat, and toss it to the marine attendant in his dinghy who thread it through the underwater mooring line and reconnect it on the starboard side. All this was accompanied by the attendant's Turkish shouts and pointings to the helmsman to indicate full thrust forward and backward until we were moored at last with enough tension on our mooring lines to hold the QEII in place during a hurricane.
Once we were securely berthed it turned out that our 47 ft yacht was dwarfed by very large (and expensive) motor boats around us. Only our 20m high mast proudly peeked out just above our neighbour's roof. It felt that we had infiltrated the motor-mafia's or a Marine Angels camp and would be found out any moment now. Would we wake up with a dolphin head in our bed tomorrow morning?
After a short wait we finally met our wonderful charter agent, Tolga. He is very friendly and extremely helpful and he and Francis immediately set to work on a list of things to do to get Clio charter ready. After 10 minutes Tolga already was on the phone to his network to mobilize his troops to come and quote for various work the next day. They don't muck about in Turkey, that much has already become clear.
After the flurry of Tolga's mobile meetings, we went to a very nice (bit of 60's atmosphere) restaurant for coffee with Tolga for more info how things worked in Gocek, a very pleasant and informative meeting. Under cover of darkness we slipped back into our little boat and locked her flimsy doors behind us.