Stella Mia

21 July 2019 | Didim Marina
17 July 2019 | Yalikavak, Turkey
14 July 2019
13 July 2019 | Asin Limani
13 July 2019 | Somewhere
13 July 2019 | Somewhere
11 July 2019 | Didim, Turkey
10 July 2019 | Turkey
08 July 2019 | Didim, Turkey
07 July 2019 | Posionion, Samos
06 July 2019 | Kusadasi, Turkey
05 July 2019 | Kusadasi, Turkey
05 July 2019 | Celcuk, Turkey
03 July 2019 | Korman Adasi, Turkey
02 July 2019 | Turkey
02 July 2019 | Por Alacati
01 July 2019 | Alacati, Turkey
01 July 2019 | Alacati, Turkey
30 June 2019 | Turkey

Didim Marina and our anchor windlass

21 July 2019 | Didim Marina
Dierk and Sabrina
Anchors aweigh, again.

Remember the musical Anchors aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, two young NAVY guys on leave that got into all sorts of misadventures in comedy and song, well what has that got to do with this next post...dunno, just thought I’d mention it, totally irrelevant apart from the word “anchor”

Enough of that frivolity......

Since lifting the anchor in a bay at Naxos in the Cyclades, the anchor windlass has been somewhat slower at retrieving our anchor. Gradually getting worse, we had it checked in Lesbos. At that time it was reported to be strong and normal, but the little voice in my head thought otherwise, but thought also it may be a battery issue because we had to change those out also at the same time.....

In Alacati in Turkey Nathan noticed that a plug was missing from the gearbox. It looked as though it had been knocked off. In an effort to find it we emptied the chain locker of 100m of 10mm chain, but the nut was not to be found. Perhaps the issue was the gearbox had leaked its oil and the extra friction caused the windlass to slow and pull the battery voltage down.

We filled the gearbox with gear line and there was definitely some improvement, but still at 50% of retrieval speed, but strangely enough the windlass still had enough torque to pull the anchor free from the bottom and set it into its cradle, just...

We got away with it until retrieving 60m of chain from the quay at Yalikavak. Nathan reported that the windlass stopped working. It wasn’t until he reversed the windlass that it continued, but at a very poor state. This was sufficient issue for us to go to Didim and get it checked out. An anchor is a vital bit of kit. It would be extremely difficult to pull up this anchor and chain by hand. You would have to jury rig ropes and the jib winches and pull it up in stages, not good if you have to leave at night in a hurry.

Once in the marina, Nathan pulled out the windlass in the searing heat and disassembled it......bingo, the seal between the motor and the gear box had failed spewing oil into the motor bearings and internals. Bits of carbon brush were suspended in the oil as the motor end cap was removed. Not only that a brush holder had disintegrated and the motor bearings were undoubtedly contaminated with crud.

We took the windlass to a service agent in the marina, hoping it could be repaired. A new windlass was worth 1500 Euro....cough, gasp.

As it turned out, it was repairable. Nathan does a lot of 4WDing and knew what the issue was and probably could have repaired it as he has done to his own, but we had to wait for parts and Nat was going to leave for Melbourne, so it was prudent to get the marina’s agent to fix it.

They did in fact do that. I saw the bench test. We got it back the day after Nat and Meaghan left. I reinstalled it with no issue, not bad for a two left handed non mechanically minded individual. Now the windlass run at warp speed...





Yalikavak, Turkey

17 July 2019 | Yalikavak, Turkey
Dierk and Sabrina
15 - 17 July

The village of Yalikavak is a rapidly growing tourist resort and a number of hotels and villas have been built around the coast. When you first enter the bay, Yalakavik Limani, it is immediately obvious as to the oppulance that exists here. There are a great number of super yachts in the marina, anchored in the bay and scattered around the shore line.

In our previous post we mentioned the marina is definitely geared toward the super yachts, where there are high end shops in clouding the likes Channel, Lois Vuitton etc. The gates are manned by nicely dressed security guards and entrances from the outside have metal detection booths.

When we first entered here the staff were very friendly, but the price to stay one night was far too expensive. We left the marina and sought to find an anchorage.

Anyway we had significant problem achieving good holding. The anchor would not bite through the copious weed on the sea floor. It took us around three hours to finally settle. At one stage the 175 Euro a night fees was looking good.

We were finally secure at around 5 PM. Nathan and Meaghan took Quack Quack and went into town. As we were anchored in the head of the bay near the shipyard, the town was not far away. He took our hand held VHF radio to maintain contact.

Typical Nathan, he went to enquirer if there was a public town quay, and guess what there was. He negotiated a place for us, but we decided to remain at anchor and check in the following day. The price was about 100dollars a night. Much cheaper than the marina, so we took it.

That night at anchor we fired up the flame thrower (BBQ), cracked a coldie and settled in to a quiet night. We did set our anchor watch though, just because of the dodgy holding.

The next morning we raised the anchor and headed over to the quay. The quay is very central to the town, always an advantage. As it turned out we were the smallest vessel by miles here, but at least we were secure. Edwina and Mark from Take Five told us the shopping here was magnificent. So, after eating at a restaurant on the quay adjacent to Stella, Sam and Meaghan went shopping and blew on a Sisha, whilst Nathan and I kicked back on the boat. Note the image is of Sam and Meagan at the restaurant with Stella in the background. How lucky....

This town is a definite must see. But, we had to leave the next morning for Didim to finalise the pending Upholstery and Inox works on the boat. We had sixty meters of chain out, and on pulling it in the windlass stalled. It had been playing up, but now was becoming unreliable. So, whilst in Didim we would get it checked.

Took a hat trick today

14 July 2019
Dierk and Sabrina
Took a hat trick today

Asin Limani to Yalikavak

Some days just go pear shaped right from the start. We got up early in the morning to track west to this coastal village named Yalikavak. Going west can sometimes be problematic if the Meltimi wind gets up, so you make some westing at least before it becomes too hard.

Nathan is on the anchor winch for not more than 5 seconds. "Hey dad, something is wrong, the windlass won't budge. Sure enough the chain is tight so we are stuck on something. Fortunately we are only in six meters of water. On go my goggles and down the chain to investigate. Unfortunately the water was quite turbid, but as I reached the bottom I could see the chain wrapped twice around an old admirals anchor.

As the boat swings with the wind during the night the chain moves around the sea floor and on this occasion it must have swept past this anchor...twice.

Up for a bit of hyperventilation then down to the bottom to unwrap the chain. Done in a heart beat...we are free. Libero, and Sabrina cranks the throttle and off we go.

About an hour later whilst sailing under full sail at six knots or so a small fishing boat looms up on our starboard side. His relative bearing does not change. He does not alter coarse. Sail has the right of way over vessels on motor. He does not yield despite our yelling. In the end, we tacked behind him rather hurriedly, and saw he was trolling lures, so even then we had to go completely about and not pass through his stern. He just looked and Kept going. That was really bad seamanship on his behalf. All he had to do was throttle back a bit and let us pass. Anyway, crisis avoided.

As we approached Yalikavak we had decided to spend one night in the marina and the next at anchor before going back to Didim. We were aware that the bottom around the area was poor holding for anchoring. Many boats were in the bays however.

Once tied up in the Yalikavak Marina we presented our papers to the front office as you do. That will be 175 Euros a night....gasp...gulp. We decided in this case to leave and go to anchor. The marina is certainly way upper class and looking at it, it seems to cater to the super yacht market. Good on them....so we bid the staff farewell and left.

Out to an anchorage. The Turkish waters pilot states that anchoring is very difficult in this bay. Boy were they right. It took us 2 hours to secure th e anchor in several places. We tried lines to shore, anchoring deep then shallow. Finally at the head of the bay we found a patch of sand and hooked in. At last...all in the adventure.

Asin Lamin, Turkish Ionian Coast

13 July 2019 | Asin Limani
Dierk and Sabrina
Didim to Asin Limani

13 July

Further to our previous post the route to Asia Limani should have been straight forward were it not for the numerous fish farms. The further south we went, there were more farms and more farms.

These aquaculture sites produce fish for an insatiable demand for sea food. They are circular compounds that float on the surface anchored to the sea bed with numerous types of utility craft around them, probably harvesting and feeding their fish. More often than not they are well marked, but you have to be aware that in great numbers you must have clear passage. You do not want to crash into one of these.

Anyway as we were trucking southwards in a freshening breeze at around seven knots, Sam went up forward to spot for obstacles. All of a sudden she yelled "turn sharp left NOW".I was on the helm and immediately turned the boat up into the wind. In doing so the jib swung the wrong way across the forestry and it was pan domino for a few seconds. We had clearly avoided the obstacle but now had to sort the jib out as it and all the sheets (ropes) were flogging and starting to look like a birds nest.

We put the boat back off the breeze a bit and she was bucking like a bronco for a while, but we eventually sorted the sail out. After that Sam came back rather sheepishly and told us that she had seen arrow of white buoys across our path. But as we approached the "buoys" all took off in unison. They were birds, not buoys. She did the right thing in any case, it is better to be safe than sorry.

After this event we had decided to head out of the fish farm area and find a clear track to Asin Limani. Although longer, it would be less stressful path.

We entail approached Asin Limani in a very fresh breeze. This anchorage is under craggy slopes with a fort atop the eastern side and a small delightful village at the head of the bay. The ruins of ancient Iassus lie amongst the olive groves with goats grazing in the area.

It is an almost landlocked inlet. The remains of the ancient submerged breakwater from the western side leave a very small entrance to traverse to get into the bay. You must locate the minaret in the village and enter on compass bearing of 350 magnetic, which we did with no issue. Again in transit we put someone up front to make sure we were on the money.

Eventually we anchored in around 5m over mud, great holding. There is a small town quay, but it was full with some yachts and tripper boats. Although there we a couple of spaces, they looked suspiciously like berths for tripper boats that wee out on excursion only to return at dusk. On this occasion our gut feel was correct. Two or three oats returned in the evening.

Nathan set up Quack Quack and he and Meaghan went ashore to investigate.

At the head of the village is a restaurant with a big picture of JR Ewing from the old 1980 soapie series Dellas. On a closer look it was a photo of the owner with the JR hat that JR wore in the series. I guess he capitalised on some similarity between himself and the movie star. People came and got their photos taken with him wearing his hat.....well why not I guess.

We booked dinner there on the second night. The staff as usual were extremely accommodating. We noticed that there were flags of different nationalities on their back wall, so we gave him a Aussie flag. He was absolutely stoked, so if by any chance you ever go there the Australian flag was donated by the crew of Stella Mia

We also explored the ruins, and did run into a family of grazing goats...priceless. The ruins (Iassos)have their mythical origins as being founded by the Peloponnesians from Argos, and the artefacts recovered from the site indicate that it was indeed occupied in Mycenaean times and later colonised from 900 BC. This site is really enchanting as the Temple of Zeus, the city wall, the agora and the theatre proper can still be seen today.







The useless information draw

13 July 2019 | Somewhere
Dierk and Sabrina
Anchoring.

Because we anchor in bays a lot we often get asked if we are worried about the anchor dragging.

The simple answer is that any one who anchors always sleeps with one eye shut, conscious of any irregularities. For those who have read this blog, we always post the dramas we have on occasions, but you know there is nothing better than anchoring in some remote bay that has crystal clear waters and a briallant sky at night, the clouds of Megallan, the planets and shooting stars.

If the boat creeps out of the circle the alarm goes mental.....it even sends you an email...


Asin Lamani, in transit from Didim

13 July 2019 | Somewhere
Dierk and Sabrina
Ionion Sea, Turkey

We decided to head south to Asin Lamani, an anchorage in an almost landlocked bay, great sail with breeze between 30 to 35 knots and boat speed on occasions between 8 to 9 knots off the breeze....smiles all around...glad not beating to weather, kirrabunga!

Vessel Name: Stella Mia
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 45
Hailing Port: Melbourne Australia
Crew: Dierk and Sabrina Meyerheinrich
About: We've been married for over 30 years and have always had an enduring passion for the ocean. Surfing, sailboarding and sailing has always been a huge part of our lives, and now for the next chapter....
Extra: We would love our family and friends to follow our adventures over the next few years......
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