We have stayed for a second week here in Netsel Marina in Marmaris as this past week was a purposely slow one after Christine’s knee surgery the week before to repair a torn meniscus. She has been very diligent in following her surgeon’s orders to rest, ice the knee regularly for the first week and slowly start putting more weight on it with short walks around the boat. Swelling was down and feeling better each day so she took her first trip ashore in almost two weeks on Friday. We walked a few hundred meters up the concrete docks here in Netsel Marina in Marmaris and enjoyed dinner out at a small café on the docks. Weather has been ideal with daytime temps just over 30C/86F and cool sleeping temps around 20C/68 at night.
Marina life is not our cup of tea but it was just what the doctor ordered and made the most sense for a full recovery of Christine’s knee. The marina here in Marmaris is quite large and very full of charter boats of all shapes and sizes. We spend a lot of our time up in the SkyBridge on Möbius and this is the view off our bow where there is a constant parade of boats going in and out of the marina.
Makes for great entertainment with little guys like this coming in to either pick up or drop off guests or make a very $$$$ stop at the fuel dock which was where this guy was headed.
Christine has started a new edition of her Sailing Writer newsletters using SubStack and in the latest one she published earlier this week she wrote about her whole experience of “Living the Dream” as the cruising life is often described. You can read that HERE and also see the other newsletters she has written and subscribe to get them automatically in the future if you like.
We are also both using this time to ease our way through the transition out of full on boat building mode that we’ve been in for the past four plus years and back into cruising mode so I’ve been tackling at least one boat job a day, researching and designing new bits of kit for the boat and getting back to reading about topics that pique my curiosity such as quantum physics and some of the fascinating new thinking about time. As one of my all time favorite teachers and mentors Richard Feynman once put it “If you think you understand quantum physics, you don’t understand quantum physics.” and “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” , which definitely includes me but I do like trying to understand it a bit a little bit better and find the whole topic just mind bogglingly interesting.
One of the more satisfying jobs I got done this past week was finally buttoning up Mr. Gee by bolting on the valve rocker covers that I had polished up to give him just a wee bit more Gardner style “bling”. I have left them off most of the time up to now as I wanted to keep a close eye on things as I put on more engine hours and one nice feature of these LXB motors is that they don’t spit any oil when the valve covers are off. Also made it easy for me to do several valve adjustments along the way to make sure those are all just right.
But with about 40+ hours now and all going well I wanted to seal and bolt these covers on to keep out any foreign matter and to give him a bit more polished and finished look.
What do you think?
Tomorrow I will head into some of the many marine stores in town to pick up some of the supplies I need for other boat jobs on the list such as oil for the first oil change on Mr. Gee after the last rebuild and some hardware and lines that I need for rigging the paravanes.
Then on Monday afternoon we will head out of the marina which is the blue dot at the top center of this sat photo, and go over to a nice little anchorage for the night just the other side of island you can see in the bottom left. Christine needs to go back to the hospital in Antalya so we will cruise back over to our winter port in Finike which should take us about 10 hours and we can get an early morning start off our anchorage.
We know Finike well and it is a short drive to Antalya which makes it easy for us to provision and work on Möbius to finish the boat jobs we want done before we head out for Athens to meet up with our granddaughters and family the first week of July.
I hope all of you have June and the summer off to a good start and thanks so much for taking the time to join us on this adventure. Please keep the comments coming in the “Join the Discussion” box below and we’ll see you here again next Sunday.
I trust you’re going to read “Existential Physics: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions” by Sabine Hossenfelder and a follower of her emails and channel?
Hi John. I’ve got Sabine on my books to read list which I am only this week getting back to. I do have quite a few other books on that list which only ever seems to grow and never shrinks, which I take as a good sign. Really appreciate the recommendation and hope you and others will send more as you think of them.
With a lot of uneducated thinking, I’ve just about parsed-out the difference between entropy and decoherence. Mmmm…maybe…or more likely, maybe not.
It is fascinating stuff that seems to boggle even the greatest minds so I guess “mere mortals” like you and I can feel a bit better about how this twists your brain in knots. Part of my fascination is how I ‘ve come to better understand how math is really a powerful and unique language and much of the struggle to understand comes from what gets lost in translation when the maths simply cannot be explained in words of any other language. I don’t think I’m up for the challenge of becoming “fluent” in advanced mathematics though I do try to add a bit more over time to my math skills and is part of what I love about the learning involved in studying quantum physics and the mysterious and spooky world of sub atomic particles. A lifetime worth of learning there alone so a rich treasure trove to keep dipping into.
It is amazing how ice can ease pain. It is all about the inflammation and ice reduces the swelling which reduces pain. Curcuman supplements helped me more than ibuprofen and acetaminophen though the last two help my wife r d cover from multiple shoulder surgeries.
Hope the recovery is fast and as painless as possible.
Christine asks to pass on her thanks Dan. Inflammation seems to be on the run and we went for a short walk last night to the restaurant here in the marina and that went well and was Christine’s first time off the boat since we got to Finike so that was particularly uplifting for her spirits. Every day seems to be a bit better and we’ll just hope that continues. Thanks again for sharing your experience and advise.