HALEKAI Sailing Around the World

Nancy and Burger invite you to read about their adventures afloat and ashore.

06 April 2017 | St Lucie Inlet, Florida
02 April 2017 | Stocking Island, Exuma
01 April 2017 | George Town, Exumas
30 March 2017 | George Town, Bahamas
22 March 2017 | Elizabeth Island, Exumas
09 March 2017 | George Town, Exumas
04 March 2017 | Thompson's Bay, Long Island
03 March 2017 | Stella Maris, Long Island
02 March 2017 | Long Island
26 February 2017 | Crossing from Water Cay to Comer Channel, Jumentos
25 February 2017 | Double-Breasted Cay to Thompson's Bay, Long Island
23 February 2017 | Double-Breasted Cay, Jumentos
19 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Jumentos
16 February 2017 | Duncan Town, Ragged Island
15 February 2017
14 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Jumentos
10 February 2017 | Hog Cay, the Jumentos
06 February 2017 | Duncan Town, Ragged Island
05 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Ragged Islands
05 February 2017 | Duncan Town, Ragged Island

Farewell to Marmaris

05 June 2012 | Bozburun, Turkey
Nancy and Burger Zapf
It was hard to leave Marmaris, which had begun to feel like home after our several months living aboard at Netsel Marina. Our departure was made easier by sailing together with cruising buddies from the South Pacific, Felix and Monika of sv Makani, who live in Germany and keep their boat in Turkey. First stop was twenty miles down the coast to Bozuk Bükü, a sheltered anchorage where we shared a big fresh grilled fish at the taverna that night. The next morning we all hiked to the ruins of the ancient citadel guarding the entrance to the bay.

After lunch we set sail and rounded the peninsula to the small town of Bozburun, and anchored in lovely clear water outside the harbor. Felix and Monika put us to shame, swimming in the chilly water, so we braved the shock of the first plunge and took a dip. Delightful! Burger was unhappy to find the hull covered in algae growth, despite having just cleaned it two weeks before. He fired up the diving compressor, got out the hookah and cleaned the bottom, a big job. I made dinner and we spent a quiet evening aboard.

Next day we visited town to clear out of Turkey. We needed an exit stamp on some receipts to get a sizable VAT refund on boat parts we had purchased in Marmaris. After waiting over an hour for the Customs office to open, the official told us that he wasn't qualified to issue the special VAT stamp. We would have to go to Customs in Datca instead.

Exploring the Southern Coast of Turkey

26 May 2012 | Marmaris to Kekova Roads and Back
Nancy and Burger Zapf
When the weather warmed up enough and most projects were done, we left mid-April for a four-week cruise of southern Turkey. We met up with cruising friends we last saw in the Bahamas and the South Pacific, and we took a 3-day car trip to Antalya, visiting lots of ancient ruins. Our report about our southern coast cruise was published in the SSCA Commodores' Bulletin.


Wintering Aboard in Marmaris, Turkey

15 April 2012 | Marmaris, Turkey
Nancy and Burger Zapf
We spent the winter living aboard Halekai at Netsel Marina, busy with yet more major refit projects (rebuilding the engine, a new mainsail, etc.) and socializing with other liveaboards. I volunteered as the clubhouse librarian, giving me first dibbs of all returned books and DVD's. We were the decorating committee for the Leap Year and St. Patty Day parties.

We also went sightseeing (camel wrestling! Ephesus!). Winter was chilly but electric heaters kept us snug aboard Halekai.





My birthday was celebrated in style with a special dinner together with friends, with a delicious birthday cake for dessert.

On Easter Sunday we went to Netsel Marina's Easter party, and I took part in the Easter bonnet contest, using the pink silk roses from my birthday bouquet.

A link to our report "Wintering aboard in Marmaris" is on the right menu of this web page. It was written for cruisers, and is published in the SSCA Commodores' Bulletin.

Istanbul to Marmaris, Turkey

30 July 2011 | Marmaris, Turkey
Nancy and Burger Zapf
As soon as Halekai was hoisted onto the ship's deck early June, we flew from Phuket to Istanbul. We marveled at the Blue Mosque and Topkapki Palace, ate kebabs and Turkish Delight, explored the maze of the Grand Bazaar, and learned what a Whirling Dervish is.


We then bussed across Anatolia, stopping to sightsee in Safranbolu (where saffron comes from), Cappadocia, Konya and Pamukale.





We arrived in Marmaris in time to greet the ship as she sailed in the bay bearing Halekai and a more than a dozen other salt-encrusted yachts. After she splashed we moved to a berth at Yacht Marine, and set to work cleaning her up. What fun to find old friends Manfred and Gini Schubert aboard their sv Mindedal, in the same marina! We last saw them when they visited us in the Chesapeake many years ago.

We spent a month in Marmaris, doing boat chores and getting acquainted with the area. One evening we stumbled upon the finale of a national Turkish folkdance competition at the huge Marmaris Amphitheatre. We were the only tourists in the audience, and it was free!


Vessel Name: Halekai
Vessel Make/Model: Alden 50 Center Cockpit
Hailing Port: Berlin
Crew: Nancy and Burger Zapf
We sailed around the world in stages aboard Halekai, leaving Annapolis, Maryland in 2004. After several seasons in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, Halekai was shipped from Thailand to Turkey to avoid the pirates in June 2011. [...]
We left Germany aboard our first boat, Phantasus, a LeComte NorthEast 38, and crossed the Atlantic in 1975. Six years later we spent a year sailing her from the US East Coast to the South Pacific. After acquiring Halekai, our Alden 50, in 1993, we cruised extensiviely up and down the US East [...]
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