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.