With the wind on the nose we decided to motor the last few miles to Marmaris but it wasn’t without incident. As we approached the stunning mountains that surround the Marmaris area we received a distress call on the VHF. A UK flagged boat called MaryLou had lost its steering and it turned out we were only 200m away from it. I attempted to call them on Ch16 but they didn’t reply as the couple were too busy running around the deck panicking. The poor guy was so distressed he couldn’t remember the phoenetic alphabet for his boat name so we motored over to give them some assistance. I suggested that we tow them back to the marina so I started rigging up a line out the back but this time it was my turn to forget – I completely forgot how to rig up a butterfly knot, something I had done on my Day Skipper course when Esper had to tow another vessel that had lost its prop….
Whilst I was doing this a Dutch boat, Meteor, called up the Turkish coast guard and within 2 minutes they appeared and boarded MaryLou. Figuring that they now had enough assistance we continued on our way to Marmaris, but not without having a chat with some friends of MaryLou, a boat named Insomni, who were also on their way to assist. We agreed that to get a tow from the coast guard could cost them a pretty penny or two so Insomni said they’d go over and give them a tow instead. I’m not sure what the outcome was in the end but they looked like they had enough people to assist them.
We were always told Marmaris town wasn’t a patch on Bodrum so we weren’t expecting too much from this area. However both Liz and I agree that the surrounding countryside of the Marmaris bay is absolutely stunning. Green mountains, not grey, dominate the bay and parts of it have a real Caribbean feel. We hopped on a Dolmus to meet Mark in the Orange Bar and the journey round was incredible. Superb holiday villages tastefully presented dominate the eastern side of the bay and when we got to the bar we knew this was going to become our local! In terms of the sea and the countryside, give me Marmaris over Bodrum any day!