Inundation aboard Sunday as window drops out

Our adventure travelling north from Didim to Istanbul had been pretty uneventful so far but that was to change.

Travelling north had been uneventful so far

On our second night we anchored at Port St Paul, a quiet inlet purported to be the spot that was chosen to rest the oarsmen propelling St Paul towards Ephesus.

S/V Catabella scoping out the possibility of anchoring in Port St Paul

The main anchorage was crowded so we tried a couple of small inlets and decided to anchor in the second, Port St Nikolai, where we had a good but slightly swelly night, lit by a glorious full moon.

Who said we have a dim masthead light? A brilliant photo of the full moon on top of Sunday by Raelee
Waking up to a swell

The following day we headed for the bustling tourist town of Kuşadası – on the way sailing very close to Greece as we transversed the narrow strait between the island of Samos on the Greek side and Cam Daği on the Turkish mainland. The strait is less than a mile across at the narrowest part. We had to pay close attention so as not to stray into Greek waters!

Catabella on her way to the narrow strait between the island of Samos on the Greek side and Cam Daği on the Turkish mainland.
Greece on one side and….
….Turkey on the other

As we approached Kuşadası we could see a number of massive cruise boats in the harbour.

There were a number of cruise boats
in the harbour

Rather than stopping anywhere near those monstrously sized vessels, we decided to anchor in the shadow of the picturesque Byzantine fortress.

we decided to anchor in the shadow of the picturesque Byzantine fortress

The bay where we anchored was close enough to town to walk in and also very handy to get to the castle for a visit so we felt very happy with the location.

We were handy to get to the fortress

Later we strolled into town with the crew from Catabella and stopped first to have a look at the caravanserai, built in 1618. Here travellers, along with their camels, donkeys and mules could safely stay – protected from pirates and other vagabonds – to rest and recuperate from their long journey.

The caravanserai, built in 1618

On the roof, there is apparently a wide aisle behind the battlement and merlons designed specifically to enable the pouring of hot oil on any intruder or invader!

The caravanserai courtyard – safe from marauding intruders

We had an annoying and upsetting incident in Kuşadası when buying ice creams. The guy did the usual amusing performance that Turkish ice cream sellers are famous for, using sleight of hand to make your ice cream disappear just when you thought you had it firmly in your hand.

Raylee hanging onto her ice cream –
come what may!

His next trick was not such fun – he charged 300 Turkish Lira – the equivalent of $25 Australian (16.5 EUR) for three ice creams. We knew it should be more like 30 lira per ice cream and were left feeling very unhappy about being exploited. In the end, Sue managed to get 200 TL back but the whole situation – our first ever such experience in Turkey – left us a bad lasting impression of Kuşadası.

The colourful lanterns weren’t enough to make up for the ice cream upset!
Military WWl hero and former mayor of Kuşadası Kasım Yaman, who attached great importance to education and in
particular, to reading
Every town has several monuments to Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey
A fearsome grass shark ….
……who sadly had lost its teeth

After a wander round the town we returned to our boats only to find the most awful and uncomfortable swell had built up in our anchorage.

Wandering through the fish market
A delightful sculpture near the fish market

It was really extremely, glass-crashingly, crockery rattlingly, uncomfortable so we decided to move round to the town anchorage but it was really bad there too.

Looks peaceful enough but it was rocking and rolling out there!!

It was only 6.15pm and sunset wasn’t until at least 8.30 pm so Jonathan and I decided to make a dash for Çam Limanı just 12.5 nautical miles away. In the meantime Sue and John and Raylee, their guest, made an escape to the marina.

Bye bye Kuşadası
Making a dash for Çam Limanı

On our way to Çam Limanı the cross swell was really messy and combined with the strong wind right on our nose, made for an uncomfortable and jarring trip.

We just sat tight on the skippers seat and waited for it to be over. About two-thirds of the way through, however, Capt’n Birdseye went down below and discovered to his horror that the portside forward cabin was awash with sea water! It only took a nanosecond to discover the reason for the inundation – the large window had popped out and completely disappeared into the depths of the sea! Suddenly our trip ceased to be uneventful!

The window simply “popped out” and fell into the sea below

Feeling grateful that we weren’t on a long passage in the middle of an ocean, we pressed on, relieved that the pumps in the bilge were going for gold and that the swell wasn’t increasing.

It was almost dark by the time we arrived at the small sheltered cove in the western side of the bay. There were two gulets (traditionally built vessels used nowadays for tourism) that had lines ashore making it difficult to find a spot where we could swing freely without the danger of hitting a rocky reef if the wind changed.

After a couple of futile attempts at anchoring safely we eventually dropped our anchor a little further out and settled down for the night – all fine, just minus a window!

The following day the ever resourceful Capt’n Birdseye set about making a temporary repair using a piece of trim made of marine ply from under the window which he flipped upside down, and a shelf we no longer used which he cut up and used for strengthening. He then sealed the repair inside and out with lashings of Sikaflex (a marine version of bathroom sealant) and it was better than new!

The ever resourceful Capt’n Birdseye set about making a temporary repair
We were charmed to find the signature of the person responsible for fabricating and/or installing the shelf
Ready to be fitted!
Batons helped to secure the repair

To avoid future disaster he checked the rest of the windows and found that the one in the rear cabin of the starboard hull was also on its way to leaving the hull – so more sikiflex to the rescue!

The rear deck became a workshop

We thanked our lucky stars that he didn’t have to do any window repairs while we were on the move!

The repair in place – it worked excellently!

That afternoon we decided to move around the bay to the anchorage in front of the small village so we could go ashore later with the crew of Catabella, who were on their way from Kusadasi marina.

The beautiful clear water of Çam Limanı
S/V Catabella arriving in the anchorage

Soon after the Catabella crew had arrived we had a pleasant stroll along the seafront, admiring the sculptures of various musicians along the way and ended the day with a lovely meal in a beachside cafe.

Our boats taken from the seafront
One of the sculptures we admired
Sadly this guy’s accordion had gone AWOL

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

4 thoughts on “Inundation aboard Sunday as window drops out”

  1. More boat jobs just when you thought you had finished for the time being. You will probably not feel good about all the fixed glass until its all taken out and re-bedded and sealed again, plus the hassle of getting a new piece of glass.


    1. Hi Catherine not long and we will arrive at Viaport Marina where we will replace the window that dropped out and reseat the others. Just one of those things we should have checked before but didn’t! Fortunately no harm done!! Hope all’s well with you?


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