Please select your home edition
Ocean Safety 2021 - LEADERBOARD

SV Red Roo - To Turkey in two hours

by SV Red Roo 30 Nov 2021 09:10 UTC

It was just 2 hours - 11 nautical miles to Turkey (Datça), it was within sight the whole time. In fact it had been insight for the last week as we finished the last few islands in Greece which are just off the Turkish coast.

It was a clear and beautiful day but without wind, so we motored over to Turkey and anchored off the beach right in the town.

We are in a New Continent - Asia !!
That is our third for the year; Africa, Europe & Asia all in Red Roo.
Pretty amazing when you think of it like this.

Checking into the country was next, which in Turkey is a little different as you cannot complete the formalities yourself, you need to engage an agent to do this for you (which means money). We had been recommended an agent and after the traditional Turkish welcome of drinking tea with him and his wife he then went off to complete the formalities (and we went off to find an ATM and get some Turkish Lira to operate with) two hours later we had a stamp in our passport and a Turkish Cruising Permit for Red Roo.

The following morning a smaller yacht anchored beside us and says G'Day. Allan is Australian but married a Turkish lady (Hale) and although they are Australian they are currently living in Datça (where we were anchored). We later went to their home and enjoyed a drink and lovely chat gaining some great local information on operating a boat in Turkey and some land travel suggestions.

For the next 9 days there wasn't any sailing winds forecasted and we were actually already very close to our marina where we have our winter reservation for 3 months. So we anchored in 7 nearby anchorages whilst making our way to the marina (averaging just a very short 12 nautical miles or around 2 hours under motor between each anchorage) very relaxed.

Our Passage from Greece to Turkey to our winter Marina:

1 Symi (Greece)
2 Datca
3 Çiftlik Koyu
4 Bencik
5 Orhaniye
6 Dirsek
7 Bozukkale
8 Ciftlik
9 Marmaris Yacht Marina

We are now secured in the Marina for our winters rest - otherwise called winter maintenance and jobs period (not a lot of rest to be had).

There are some perks to marina life such as shore facilities; toilets and showers (no limits on hot water, oh how I love a good long shower), we are plugged into shore power, no sleepless nights at anchor, we are next to a national park so can step off the boat anytime for a walk amongst the wonderful forest. There is a supermarket and laundry on site (can't say that I am missing the bucket for laundry at all). As well as a bar (with pool tables), restaurant, library and a swimming pool (but its a little cold - that's from first hand experience).

This is a big boat yard... I mean really big, with lots of boats in and out of the water being rebuilt and under maintenance, so big that there is also an actual staff workers cafeteria serving breakfast lunch and dinner. We went to investigate and for $20 turkish lira, that's $2.15 Australian dollars you get 4 courses. The menu changes daily and is published each week, the day we went we enjoyed chicken casserole, pasta, salad & fruit as well as bread and tea and water. Many of the cruisers in the marina eat here daily saying you can't cook for that price! My only concern is that this Saturday they are serving Engineers for main course! Turns out it is actually artichoke and potato.

The marina is located 12 kilometers out of the main town of Marmaris and their is a "Dolmus" which is a cross between a bus and a taxi (a minivan) that goes to town and back each hour for 5.50 local currency (59 cents Australian). We have familiarised ourselves with town and been to the weekly market where again we were very impressed by the local fresh fruit and vegetable produce as well as the prices.

We have gotten straight into the boat jobs ticking a few off the list already and are also planning to do some inland travel and adventures to see a lot more of Turkey.

There are some perks being in a Marina for a little while...

This article has been provided by the courtesy of SV Red Roo.

Related Articles

Off again, sailing into 2022
We couldn't believe it was May already We couldn't believe it was May already, and we are only just leaving the marina. Well I guess we didn't park up until November last year and the winter flew by with so much work on the boat and lots of travel in Turkiye. Posted on 20 Jun
Travelling Turkiye III – Gallipoli
Pamukkale meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish is a natural site famous for carbonate mineral After two weeks touring the Black Sea, North East, Central Turkey and Istanbul, we headed back to the boat to catch our breath for just three days before heading off again on final Turkey adventure in a hire car to explore the West Coast and North West. Posted on 6 Jun
Travelling Turkiye II – Istanbul
We spent three full days in Istanbul and thoroughly enjoyed it We spent three full days in Istanbul and thoroughly enjoyed it. For a city with a population of 15.6 million the old central historical area, whilst busy wasn't too overwhelming for us in regards to people or bustle. Posted on 27 May
Travelling Turkiye: The Black Sea and Inland Train
Turkey has had a name change since we have been here With Red Roo having been booked and paid into the marina for a six month stay, we took advantage and used the time after winter and after all the boat jobs were done to travel Turkey. Posted on 20 May
Red Roo winter makeover video
It was a long seven step process to sand and polish Check out three minute video which condenses a month of work on Red Roo out of the water in Turkey this winter! Posted on 19 Apr
SV Red Roo - Talking Turkey
Our biggest project for the winter was to build a hard aluminium dodger Winter has again flown by so quickly, we have been at the dock since mid November and upon arrival it felt like we had so much time to do all we wanted but time goes so quickly, and we are now planning our last few weeks at the marina. Posted on 21 Mar
SV Red Roo - 2021 the year that was...
As another year draws to a close and we celebrate the next one As another year draws to a close and we celebrate the next one making plans of all it may bring, it is also time to reflect and tally what we achieved over the last 12 months. Posted on 10 Jan
SV Red Roo - Exploring Cappadocia, Turkey
A trip was planned with our Canadian friends Jean and Yolene (Caffe Latte). We had been in Turkey three weeks, Red Roo was safe and secure in the marina, our most pressing and immediate winter jobs under way and we were itching to get out and explore some more of this wonderful country, we wanted to go inland. Posted on 30 Dec 2021
SV Red Roo - Goodbye Greece
From the island of Amorgos it is a 40 nautical mile sail to our next destination We were in our final 10 days in Greece, and can actually visually see Turkey, it appears easily within eyesight on the horizon as a prominent grey hill shape - we are so close. Posted on 5 Nov 2021
Boat life - Fabulous or frightening?
SV Red Roo from Greece includes sailing and visits to some iconic destinations Our latest update from Greece includes sailing, a visit to some iconic destinations, as well as a couple of small hiccups - the reality of the cruising lifestyle. Posted on 24 Oct 2021
Noble Marine 2022 SW - FOOTERHenri-Lloyd M-PRO FOOTER SWCyclops 2022 May FOOTER