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May 2000 Diary

28th May 2000 Rhodos has us back. We visited friends from our winter time here. Roland, Arina and Sarah live as well on bord their sailing yacht Arrow, a small self build Van de Staadt design.

This night our guest Juerg arrived. He is a friend from Switzerland and will sail with us to Crete Island, Greece. We will be offshore for a while. I hope I have the time and opportunity to update about the passage soon.

26th May 2000 Logbook of SV AMBERELLA

time course speed oG remarks position weather/wind
0700 - - in Capi Creek sail changed to small jib, went up the mast to change halyyard Capi Creek Bay clear 0-2 N
0800 - - lift both anchors, 1 fishing boat fault anchor 1, but was liftet easy - -
0915 238° 4.9kn engine



clear 0-2 N
0940 300° - engine off/ Main + jib+ 2. jib clear, Rhodos in sight 30 nm away, 3 N
1130 270° 4.7kn Main + jib+ 2. jib



0.5 wave 1014mb 3-4 N get's rougher
1145 270 6- 6.5kn wind freshens up, ready to reff the main 4-5 N-NW
1430 250 3-4kn main 2. reff, 2. jib down 5 N-NW Meltemi
1445 3. reff



5-6 Meltemi from west, dim signt
15.25 235 3kn engine + jib+ 3, reff hard on wind 5-6 W / 1.5 short swell
1700 - - changed diesel filter 6 W / 1.5 swell
1830 235 3kn changed to storm jib plus 3. reff 6 W /Rhodos lost in dim weather
1955 240 2-3kn engine + storm jib + 3. reff



6 W eases to 4-5
2030 290 3kn with engine to the anchorage
2045 - - Sefiros Beach Rhodos,

Fethiye-Rhodos the second try: After our little disaster last year, see log Ferthiye to Rhodes99, we wanted to have an easy trip this time. We left early and planned to stop at Baba Aba Island, a small turkish island on the way to Rhodes. We knew the wind would change to west and with the Meltemi get stronger in the afternoon. Therefore we sailed as far North as possible in order to have the wind not on our bowl when it would shift to west. With up to 7 knots of speed we thought we would make it easy to Rhodes and Baba Ada was not well protected from the Northern wind, so we decided to go high up North and sail later directly to Rhodes. But in the first hours of sail, we could not make it far up enough and got hit by the Meltemi too early. We had to tack against it and lost a lot of time. The short waves stopped the boat and sometimes we made as little as 2 knots. The engine was fine, but I had to change filters on the way. AMBERELLAs old sails were not up to make it hard on the wind. We arrived in Sefiros Beach just when the sun was down, but this 11 hours were nothing compared to our last years 56 hours experience. Nastasja slept most of the time. She recovered from chickenpox and needed much sleep. Selina was easy to handle too and we hope we have them this way on many trips more.

25th May 2000

24th May 2000 Time passes to quick. Money and Work: The last weeks gave me a headache how we can manage our plans. Money is tight and I have to earn some for our travel budget. I made a website for a dive center in Turkey, at and a booklet for The Boat House, who's website I finished earlier. I got twioSkipperjobs for different charter companies and was paid well for a delivery of a 50ft Oceanis. It is not too hard to find paid jobs and with my computer skills I could even start a business here, but we had not planed to stay. When I work, AMBERELLA is not getting any better. I have to find a compromise.

Doing charterwork: the disaster charter I Skippered a Beneteau First 38 named VIVA for three days to Torunc, close to Marmaris, Turkey. I was helping out a Skipper who could not make it in time to its job. Those 3 day alone are worth a story in my diary. The boat was a compete wreck. I had to start it with a screw driver. No electronics worked, no VHF, no harness, no nothing, the engine runs sometimes only on 3 cylinders, the rig was a laugh, but the refrigerator worked. I was wondering how it is possible to charter such a boat. There were not enough blankets and other housing stuff on board. ..The three guests Rita, Angela and Petra understandable felt like they lost their holiday. And so disaster began. On the third day of our journey, while sailing in the open sea, the anchor broke from it's secured place and run with 70m of chain out. I still don't know how this could happen. Now we had about 200 kilo on our bowl and and of course no functional anchor windlass. There was one, but her motor was not working and the handle for hand cranking was missing. For about 2 1/2 hours I tried to winch the chain back with the help of the genoa winches from the cockpit. One of the women had to sit up in the bowl and change the chackles. With the short and hard waves the boat heeled a lot and seasickness was invited very quick. I myself was not very comfortable and stood on the reeling with my finger in the mouth. This is usually working for me and I feel much better after. The chain that was led over a almost broken bowl was just to hard to pull up, and after 1 hour I had about 10 meters back in the boat. Looking at the chart there was no place to beach the anchor, and the failing engine just did not invite a trip to the coastline that lay in luv. So we decided to drop the whole mess and give the anchor to the sea.

When we came to Torunc a new anchor and chain was installed. The owner was obviously too embarrassed by the condition of his ship and the complains of the charter guest and he did not even bother to make anyone responsible for the case. When I the I left the boat, it made it's last trip, - to the wharf near Marmaris. The engine had to be repaired and a list of other things. After a lot of telephone calls with the agency, the 3 woman finally got another boat and could continue their long deserved holiday.

dream boat: I am really not fond of those plastic charter boats like Beneteaus, Gigsy and how they all called. They look to me like hospital rooms with a little mahagony garnish. The boats are full of berth and no space of living. But I took a job to deliver a 50ft Oceanis single handed to Finnike 90 nm from EGG Yachting, based in Gocek. That was fun. I saw a charter boat for the first time that was in perfect condition, although 10 years old. It had all the tools needed to do long passages. I switched on the Autohelm and got bored at night, because I forgot books to read. Unfortunately I could only sail 4 hours in the 15 hours trip, because the wind shifted (as usual in the Mediteranean) right on the nose. I played with the radar all night and was desperate for a cigarette, for I forgot to take a lighter with me and the boat was coompletly cleaned out. In Finnike I gave the boat to it's new crew and took the bus back to Geöcek, near . For the first ime I saw the beautiful costline in the south of Turkey. It reminds me a little of Monte Carlo in France, or the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne of Australia. I was enjoying the bus drive a lot and watched the whole time. I saw the women on the field, working like 100 years ago, I saw the ancient theatres built by the Greek and Roman Empire.... It was as if I wanted to take a lot more impressions from Turkey, before we would leave for good.

All those jobs filled our travel budget for the next weeks. AMBERELLAs work had to wait and I could only finish the very important things. Now we have things to maintain, before we even finished the boat. It's a 24 hours job and cost money, money money. There are a lot of excuses not to go, but to stay and finsih. But if we don't go right now


4th May 2000 Big cleaning day. The girls arrive in 2 days and I just try to organize my mess. I had another run with the gear box. All seems fine now. I startet to put tools away, organize the mess in the cockpit and washed carpets and cushions. The grease went pretty easy off those carpets:)

Paragliding: In the meantime I was waiting for a phone call. I have the chance to take part in a tandem paraglide for free. The day before yesterday we drove up to Baba Ada the 2000m high mountain at Olüdeniz. It's south of Fethiye ,Turkey, a famouse beach and Mekka for paragliders all over the world. But the weather changed badly and a local thunderstorm washed all my hopes away. But I hope to fly with in the next couple of days. Until monday I have a chance to do it. The paragliders will call me as soon as the weather is favorite. Pictures following...

3rd May 2000 I won. The gearbox is back on the engine and works. Man was I sweating to get the 45 kilo heavy piece screwed back. With the bhelp of Georg and a pulley we managed. I hope I fixed the leaks. I learned a lot about gearboxes in the last days, especailly mine...and am very positive about other technical jobs now. I had some help from They send me a scetch of the gearbox and part lists.

As a result of this succesful day I managed to finish the special report about Tlos and Saklikent.

2nd May 2000 After one evening drinking out with paraglide pilots I am invited to join in a tandem flight. We drove to Olüdeniz, but the weather changed and we could not even go up the mountain. A few creazy Russian Gliders flew anyway . Some of them had trouble coming down because the reain cloud pumped them up the sky again. There was the story of 4 Russians droped down the day before. They fall the last 100 m of their 2000m journey right into the water, one crashed on the beach. So I went back to Fethiye and started to work.

I repaired the spinnaker pole I traded for my aluminium windlass case. And I cleaned the bilge, before I want to put back that gear box.

1st May 2000 The biggest job - taking apart my gearbox is almost done. AMBERELLA has an hydrolic gearbox, brand Paragon. I found the website of and they could provide me with an exloded view of the model.Der grösste Job mein Getriebe zu zerlegen ist fast getan. The problem I had was a leak and the prop shaft would in neutral.. I was hesitating long, because I was not sure if I can fix it, and if I would get parts for it if nessesary. I was looking for a specialist, but with my experiences in Turkey I decided to read some books and do it myself.

With a pulley I craned it on the jetty. I started to unscrew whatever I found nessesary and made sure not to mess up the parts. I marked all imported things, wrote messures of adjustment screw etc. The oilseal had to be changed that was sure. But while I was on it I wanted to clean it as good as possible. One of the oilseal was hard to get too and I had to go to the carshops to press a bearing out of the case.But than I made a mistake. I pulled the wrong bold and click click click, I heard a needle bearing inside the gears falling apart. Damnit now I had to take the whole things apart. Every gearrim sported a loose needle bearing of 64 pieces and there were 6 planet gears rims. In order to open the part I had to go to the gear specialist anyway, because a special tool was needed ( the kind of like to unsrew an oilfilter but much bigger). So I encountered again a turkish "specialist". He told me to come back in two days. but I insisted to stay there and take part in that operation. I was right to do so. I dealt with the Turks so often and was not impressed with their workmanship. If someone can use a hammer he is called here a mechanic and if he is able to get the nail straight into the board, he is called an enginer. It sound sad, but it is the truth. And just to confirm my thinking, the specialist took a hammer and a srewdriver and wanted to hammer the plate off its thread. He spanned the shaft hard on a vice, which alarmed me allready and when he came with his hammer and pliers I was sure I want to leave with my parts right away. Just in time I found the device which is needed to unscrew the plate properly and showed him how it should be done. He was a bit pissed of by that, but what the heck. He ask me if it is possible to work in a German workshop without asking and I said no, but there the workers are not too lazy to use the proper tools, becaus .theys care. I told him that in Europe an apprentice would get a lot of trouble if he uses a hammer, like him!!! to set an oilseal or a bearing. The last thing of our discusion was that I just can't afford a new gearbox for 3000-4000 Dollars.

Well at least he took a gauge to messure the exact setting of the plate. But he pulled another of those bolts and spilled about 200 pins right on the his dirty table. I spent 3 hours running after him and picking up my little pins off the ground. When I glued them back with grease I was amazed that all where there. When everthing was cleaned a ready to put back I saw another worker starting to grind some exhaust pipe and all metal partikels flew right on my parts. I went berserk, covered everything and told him to look what he is doing. It is really time to leave this country. I just can't stand all this ignorance anymore. The Turks are very friendly, have good food and infrastructure, they make very good friends etc, but they work like 100 years ago. If you want somethinmg done professionally? not here, at least not in all the palces I spent my money the last couple of years.

I was happy to spent my afternoon with the "specialist" saved my gearbox a dozen times, went back to the boat put it toghether myself. I gave him 15 Million Lira (at the moment 25 US$) which was still to much for his job, because basically I did it myself. The next day I had to go back to him, because the only 2 screws he put in were set wrong and I had him fix it.

Later on I found one crew thread damaged. It had to be recut. Since I don't carry tools for imperial screws and threads (only metric) I could not fix it my self. But I did not bother to go back to the workshops. I asked an American sailor , SV Rumb Line, for the right size stardart (imperial) tap and die and fixed the thread myself within 5 minutes.


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