Where are you Scotty?  I need you to beam me up!

Actually, I don't want you to beam me up.  What I really want is for you to beam up Exit Only and drop her off at Kekova Roads in Turkey.  I'm ready for some Turkish cruising.  Turkey is the land of good people, great hospitality, and outstanding cruising destinations.

We spent two months cruising Turkish waters, and that's far too short of a time to discover all its wonders.  Unlike many cruising destinations, there are thousands of bays and inlets in which to anchor along its craggy coast, and the anchorages are secure.  The holding is usually good, and that means you can get off your boat and take a hike or inland trip without worrying about your anchor dragging.

While its true you have to take precautions and lock things up in the big cities, out in the anchorages you don't have to worry about night time boarders interested in your cash stash.  The only people we know who experienced skullduggery were med moored to quays in large towns where you are easy prey to petty thievery.  City thieves are slick operators; when they're in stealth mode, they can clean you out in a twinkling of an eye, and you won't know they were there until they're long gone.  But that's not unique to Turkey; that happens everywhere around the world.

There are lots of ways to rate cruising destinations, and what's important to a cruising sailor may mean little to a charterer who's more interested in marinas and fancy meals at the end of the day.  As far I'm concerned, Turkey gets five stars.  It has everything found in other great destination and so much more.

Turkey is special because it's different.  What sets Turkey apart and makes it head and shoulders above the rest, is that Turkey is interesting.  Crusader castles and ancient Greek ruins abound.  The ruins of Greece found on the Greek mainland pale in comparison to those found in Turkey.  A day trip to Ephesus will blow you away.  But you don't need to drive inland to discover the wonders of ancient Turkey and Greece.  You can snorkel among sunken ruins all along the coast.  If you ever wondered where Atlantis was, look no further.  It's lies in ruins beneath the waters of the the Turkish Coast.

The crusaders had a special affinity for building castles in Turkey overlooking the water.  I suppose seaside castles made a lot of sense, because supplying those fortresses by overland routes probably wouldn't work in troubled times.  Crusaders were invaders rather than invited guests, and they had to bring  much of their food and supplies with them or do without.  Bringing supplies in by sea was definitely the way to go when other routes didn't work.

Although cruisers may like the Hard Rock Cafe, they don't like hard rock anchorages.  You'll hear nothing but complaints from cruisers about anchorages that rock and roll.  When they put their anchor down for the night, they're looking for flat water.  We may bounce around the world when we sail offshore, but when we're at anchor, we don't want to rock and roll.  The picture at the top of this page shows a perfect anchorage with a mirror like surface reflecting the setting sun.  That's the stuff that cruising dreams are made of, and it happens nearly every day in Turkey.


Where are you Scotty?  I'm still waiting to hear from you.  It looks like Scotty is not around, and I'm on my own.  Oh well, at least I spent two months living my Turkish dreams.


Life is good.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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