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In Topic: EU based keelboat for retirement

07 August 2015 - 01:51 AM

Plan to keep the boat in Turkey, a non-Shengen country.  The sailing is great, and a 3-month visa costs 20 euros (there is also a multiple entry visa, but I don't know about those).  You can shuttle back and forth between Turkey and a Shengen country (e.g. Greece) every 3 months.


You really want to be in the Med, not the Baltic.

In Topic: Yet another help me choose a boat thread!

07 August 2015 - 01:32 AM

Budget?  If the liquor business is lucrative, I'd suggest a Morris 34.  Lovely boat. 


28 feet is too small, even for a couple.  Been there, done that.

In Topic: First time singlehanding

07 August 2015 - 01:27 AM

You said "self-steering."  You don't have an autopilot?


The hardest thing will be picking up the mooring IMHO.  I have my methods for doing this single handed, and I'm sure others do as well. 

In Topic: Sailing in Turkey

27 June 2015 - 05:53 PM


Glad to hear you have enjoyed your time in Turkey. I am a Turkish sailor from Istanbul. I keep my boat, a Frers designed Swan 40, in Gocek near Fethiye. I purchased Marinara in Newport, RI in late 2013 and had her shipped to Italy last summer.

June, September and October are the best months for yachting in the South Coast, and if you do come back, I recommend you make a stop in Istanbul for a few days. I am sure you will find the town fascinating.

S/Y Marinara


LOL, the Americans we met in Kocabahce also had a Swan.  It was around 40 ft. but maybe a little more or less. They keep their boat in Maramis.  We went to Gocek; it's a lovely town and close to the airport.  We also enjoyed the Roman and Byzantine ruins at Kaunos, near Dalyan.  It's interesting that Turkey also has loggerhead turtles, which we also have in North Carolina.  


BTW we spent 4 days in Istanbul but it wasn't nearly enough.


Yes, many of the charter boats in Turkey are registered in Delaware, but not USCG documented.  They fly a small U.S. flag and the Turkish courtesy flag.  I believe this saves Turkish taxes as well as the EU VAT.