Help (!Tony) is underway
12 October 2014 | Gocek, Turkey
Francis and Chris
Sunday 12 October 2014: Help (!Tony) is underway
Friday Dinghy Repair Man came to give me a quote for gluing on a couple of lifting points on the dinghy so we can haul her up using the davit on the solar panel arch. His quote of TRY400 for two reinforced patches on the tube and two stainless steel eyes on the wooden stern gave me a spell of vertigo, looking down the abyss of our spending account. I had already asked around for those reinforced patches, but only got blank stares, so what needs to be done etc. (don't tell Chris please). He took the dinghy away with the promise to return it the next day.
That night Güçlü and Yukari invited me to join them for a quick dinner in town. It turned out a very nice dinner which was informative as well and again showed me new ways of having dinner in Turkey. We chose a couple of aperitif-like courses, some soup and flat bread. No heavy main meal, it was very enjoyable and I tried Turkish raki (very much like pastis or ouzo). Tolga joined us later and we had an interesting discussion regarding the two sides of boat charter, seen from the charterer and the boat owner's position. There is a high empirical correlation between Tolga and getting to bed late!
The next morning the new crew member from Oz, Tony, dropped me an email that he was on his way. Of course I acted as if I was expecting him, but in reality I had him scheduled in my head for Sunday (senior moments, don't you love them!). Tony was dropped off by the 7.5TL Dolmuş at the local petrol station, 5 mins walk from MarinTurk. So I wormed myself out from somewhere in Clio's innards and went and picked him up. He seemed as sane as can be expected after about 25 hours travel and was able to keep awake over dinner until eight that night when it was his coma time. Tony's partner Anna and their two sons Oscar and Ben, and his mama Olive stayed on Clio at the end
of last year when we were still in the process of wrestling Clio from the hands of the Greek bureaucrazy (see blog The first guests have landed, 13/10/2013). Unfortunately we could not take them out (sailing that is) because we lacked the necessary paperwork at that time. Tony will be on
board for almost three weeks, partly to get a feel of the 'nomads of the sea' life style after which he goes and puts a bid on the QE II before Anna can stop him.
As promised, Dinghy Repair Man returned with our dinghy, cleaned and enriched by some sturdy patches and stainless steel eyes on the stern. He guaranteed them for 5 years but was somewhat hesitant to agree and come to pick the dinghy up in case we lose some of the attachment points while at sea 500 NM away.
Sunday was used to start Tony off with some initial drill to prevent serious finger damage while handling ropes, a very real danger with a rope, your hand, a cleat in the middle and a 13 ton boat wanting to get away on the other end. Starting Clio's engine, using the VHF radio emergency
procedures, donning life vests, and activating the personal emergency beacon were also on the program, mainly to recover the skipper 'in the unlikely case' he would fall (or was pushed) overboard. Clio has a good charter manual which is a helpful source for people who want to get acquainted with the use of the various systems on board (e.g. showers, toilet, fridge, lights). After the initial briefing we went into Goçek for some sightseeing, shopping and coffee, and after dinner that night Tony needed some more comatose sleep, the next day we were going to leave. And the black-water tank still needed to be unblocked!