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The Moorings

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We chartered a Moorings 39.3, the latest 39ft design from Beneteau with all the luxury of three large self-contained cabins, two en-suite heads, excellent galley including a particularly impressive fridge-freezer (vital in the Med) and a huge amount of storage space (vital for a family). We also liked the huge cockpit with large table and split wheel steering for easy access to the transom and bathing platform, completely covered by a bimini, which provided invaluable protection from the Turkish summer sun.

Minimal hassle is a prime ingredient for enjoying a successful yacht holiday. On this occasion, it proved super-simple to shop at a well-stocked local food store and have the whole lot delivered direct to the boat. The Moorings shore team, managed by Constanza Meier, got a top rating for super efficiency at both ends of our holiday. In particular, they provided the best ever ‘yacht briefing’ which removed the chore of hunting down all the yacht’s equipment yourself.

The Moorings suggest one or two-week itineraries going west or east along the Turkish coast, which is helpful for working out a plan of where to go. No tide makes navigation straightforward, particularly when there are plenty of high hills and headlands to confirm your position, backed-up by a GPS plotter in the cockpit. An ample supply of paper charts was complemented by Rod Heikel’s pilot book, which provides useful information, spiced up by his own strong opinions about the area. We chose the eastern route, spending a week covering 100 or so miles to the inland sea known as Kekova Roads, then cruising back to Gocek along the same stretch of coast with a big enough selection of harbours and bays to stay somewhere different most nights.

Unusually for the Med, we had enough good wind to spend most of our time going places under sail rather than motor, which was fortunate with the daytime temperature always above 40C. The Moorings 39.3 coped well when the wind picked up to Force 5-6 on a few afternoons, with slab reefing and roller headsail making it worry-free for an averagely capable sailing family.

Parking the yacht along this stretch of coast was also generally stress-free. Because the water is so deep close to the shoreline, normal practice is to drop the anchor, reverse to within a few metres of the shore and secure a stern line which can be swum or rowed to a suitable rock or tree. With excellent holding, a secure parking lot was invariably guaranteed.

With thanks to:

The Moorings

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