Leaving Istanbul

Leaving Istanbul

Viaport Marina, Istanbul
ViaPort Marina, Istanbul

Liveaboard yachts, as the name suggests, are floating houses. They have all the conveniences of their land-based cousins (although usually a little less convenient due to limited space), such as a kitchen (‘galley’), toilet (‘head’), bedrooms (‘cabins’), and seating areas (‘saloon’). Houses require maintenance, and liveaboards are no no exception. Add in sails, rigging and engines, and it takes a lot of effort to keep a yacht in working order.

The last two weeks in Turkey have been spent preparing the Skipper’s 46 foot liveaboard catamaran. It’s taken a little longer than planned, but from my experience that’s pretty standard with boats. However the last of the professional work has been done – rigging replacement and tuning – and we’ve had a successful test sail.

Leaving Istanbul
New rig shakedown, Tuzla Bay

We have to finalise our transit permit, which has been delayed due to public holidays, but as soon as we have it we’re leaving Istanbul. From Turkey we’ll take 3-4 weeks to reach Tunisia, our final destination. On the way we are planning to explore the Turkish coast, some of the Greek Islands, and a visit to Italy and Malta. We are a crew of four, including a 18 month old retriever.

Leaving Istanbul
Yep, they make life jackets for dogs

Our late departure, tension between Turkey and Greece, and the second wave of Covid-19 may all affect our route somewhat but the Skipper is still confident we can stick close to our original plans. I’ll let you know how we get on.

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4 thoughts on “Leaving Istanbul

  1. Oh Oooh oh !!
    Madam looks like a gorgeous girl ! (Does she have “Fine Lines” ??)
    And as for having a legit “Sea Dog” on board …. can barely contain myself !!! C’mon – don’t hold out – what’s the adorable retrievers name ??

    1. She has fine lines indeed. She’s a 46 foot Fountaine Pajot cat, Kat. And as for the sea dog – her name is Ida (Eeda)

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