Condensation, storm preparation and red dust – Sailing A B Sea (Ep.055)

If you’ve been following our story
you’ll know that we are spending the Northern Hemisphere winter months in
Kaş Harbour in Turkey and whilst it’s not as cold as some northern European
countries with snow and frost and ice the temperatures at nighttime can drop
quite a lot into the single digits. I think one morning we actually had it
down to zero degrees and this causes a certain phenomenon to happen inside A B Sea
it’s called condensation and you might be thinking condensation that’s nothing.
Well on a boat it’s quite a lot because what happens is as we are either
cooking our dinner at night or boiling a kettle to make tea or coffee then of
course we’re getting condensation inside the boat. We’ve got the hatches all
closed down because we’re trying to stay warm inside the boat and to be fair
it’s been pretty rainy consistently rainy over the winter here in Kaş
today of course is the exception. So what happens is we are locked inside this
plastic capsule with condensation being created from cooking and so on but also
more importantly condensation coming out of our mouths. And what happens is over
time this condensation builds up mainly on the aluminium frames around the
hatches and on the perspex of the hatches but also it builds up onto the
underside of the deck that I’m sitting on and then eventually it gets so wet
that gravity takes over and the drops of condensation start dripping
and many is the morning that I’ve been rudely awakened by drops of condensated
water dripping down onto my forehead and onto my pillow around me. So this is just
another one of those little challenges that you have to work with when you live
on a boat but I do believe that summer is coming and so this problem will soon
pass. Just like the wild lions of the African deserts these tame Leos also
like to doze in the midday Sun. Here’s one that we’ve got but don’t say anything we
don’t want to wake it up Are you awake now? I am yes. Oh okay
dozing you the midday Sun. It’s really nice it’s the first sunshine we’ve had for ages and I thought I’ve just got to come up on deck and get some fresh air it’s lovely
Mm-hmm Meanwhile I’m slaving away down below
slaving I tell you – about time you never do anything! Slaving Hunched over a hot hard drive. We’ve been told that
just two and a half kilometers walk east of Kaş there is a place called Big
Pebble Beach and apparently it’s quite nice and it’s a nice easy walk so today
being Sunday afternoon nothing much else to do better we’re gonna take the walk
and see what we see when we get there I’ve also got the drone with me so
hopefully we can you get some nice drone shots Apparently that’s where we’re going and it’s only
500 meters it’s quite a short walk At this time of the year obviously
mid-December it’s definitely offseason but apparently in summertime this place
is chock-a-block you really have to come early if you want to get a spot on the
beach to sit and enjoy the water and the sunshine and a lot of the bars here
around the edge around the perimeter they all offer you free use of their
showers toilets Wi-Fi and sun beds as long as you eat and drink at their
restaurant and if you really want to be pampered on the beach they will actually
bring whatever you want to where you’re sitting so you can have your food and
your drinks brought you wherever you’re sitting on one of their sun beds. I’m
sure it’s a fabulous place when it buzzing with activity but right now it’s
just quiet and sleepy. It’s kind of the way I like things It’s Wednesday morning and I’m on the
outside wall of Kaş Harbour and you can see behind me there are two big
freighters that have come into the bay here for protection from the wind so
that’s always a sign that things are going to get a little bit hairy. An
interesting little visual as to the forces that were at work when the last
storm came in these here steel beams that support the decks outside of the
restaurants on the sea front here these were all straight-line solid steel beams
and this is what they look like now. I think the lesson here is don’t mess with
Mother Nature and certainly don’t mess with the sea or the ocean because it
will always win The weather forecast has changed as
we’ve got closer to the predicted gusts of wind that are going to come through
so now we’re looking at slightly lower wind gusts around about the 40 to 45
kilometer range but stretching over a longer period of time so Wednesday night
Thursday all day and then into Friday morning and these are the fun things
that you’ve got to think about on a daily basis when you live on a boat even
when you’re moored in a harbour such as here at Kaş in Turkey. Getting an overview of the whole situation from the entrance of Kaş Harbour here we can see
that due East is pretty much over the top of that hill there which is where
the majority of the wind is going to come from Wednesday night and then as we
move into Thursday morning where the wind is really going to pick up it’s
going to swing to the south southeast which again is fairly well protected and
both of those angles if the wind stays coming from those angles won’t allow
enough fetch for big waves to come sweeping into the harbour. At least that’s
the theory. We will prepare anyway. We don’t need to
move I did speak to the Harbour master earlier this morning. We are prepping our
storm lines and there’s a few things I want to do. Yesterday when we had a bit
of big wind I noticed that the bow was moving quite a lot and that tells me
there’s a lot more tension that we can put on the lazy line to just keep the
bow in a better position we’re also going to swap out a couple of lines at
the back and we’re gonna put a couple of midship lines on too so come up forward
and I’ll show you what we’re going to do up here. So this here is our lazy line or
slime line and that’s tied to a great big ship’s chain in the middle of the harbour
that runs up and down the middle of the harbour. This is quite elastic and we know
from what we saw yesterday that this can be tightened up a bit more so Aannsha
of the Incredible Knot-tying Skills Department is going to put a slipknot of
some sort on here – we’re gonna call the Slipknot a rolling hitch for the purposes of this exercise and then we’re going to run the line back to a winch in the cockpit so we can really use the
mechanical function of the winch to get this way on tighter and then once we’ve
got it pulled up we can tie off on the cleat and hopefully get a better
stabilization at the bow. Our current stern lines in particular this starboard
line is looking a bit frayed and I don’t want to take the chance that that’s
going to break on us when the big wind comes in so we’re swapping that one out
in fact we’re swapping both of the white lines out also the way that they’re
attached to the quayside at the moment leaves them open to more chafing because
of the way they’re attached so we’re actually going to put bowlines on the
end of the lines and then run that through the rings on the key side and
that will just make them sit in one position and there’s no no chance for
them to be chafed backwards and forwards See that’s already moving us away from
that gullet and once we move the bow a bit tighter we’ll be further away from that gullet because I mean there’s no damage
happening but at night time when the fenders are squeaking it’s just annoying. So I’m just gonna tie this one up for now and we’ll come back to that and all the
others once we’ve got everything lined up and make sure they’re all good and
good and strong. So now the midship line we’ll send the intrepid explorer Aannsha
across the… Aye aye Captain! We’ll send the intrepid explorer Aannsha across the passerelle of doom
with the midship line and I’ll stay on board doing the easy stuff as always
you know. I’m the captain I get all the easy jobs – yeah Okay so we’re just gonna rinse and
repeat on the starboard side All right that’s all of our lines prepared as best
as we can for when the wind starts howling in from the east on Wednesday
night and Thursday morning. Well the storm that we prepped for really never came
to much we did get a bit rocky and rolly here in the harbour
but because the wind was generally out of the out of the east it wasn’t too bad.
I can actually hear the waves crashing on the outer seawall right now. I think we
got off fairly lightly I believe that a couple of days ago in Antalya a cyclone
passed through there and ripped it up real bad. I think two people were dead
one’s missing and 11 people were injured So that’s just just a little way
down the coast. It’s now Saturday this is not fog here this is is just dust that’s
suspended in the air. Some people are saying it’s coming from Libya, we don’t
know. I can’t find out any information on that but yeah just having a look around here
you can see you can see how hazy the mountains look. Normally they’re very clear And if we look on deck here at the
hatches you can see how much dust has fallen out of the sky So I’ve been whinging on recently about
all the rain that’s been falling from the sky, now we’ve got dust falling from
the sky and what I’m praying for is for more rain to fall from the sky so it
washes the boat! I’m never happy never! Next time on Sailing A B Sea we visit the
eternal flame at Olympus in Turkey. We’d like to say a special thanks to our
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