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Old 12-06-2011, 00:36   #1
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Cruiser Myths and Poopy-Copters

We have been circumnavigating for over five years, leaving St. Thomas, VI and currently in the Greek Islands. We are constantly amused by "cruising myths." Most are exaggerations of some speck of truth and some have no basis in fact at all.

A recent example occurred in Turkey. We were invited to a coffee joining about 8 "residents" of a marina who filled us in on everything we needed to know about Turkey. BTW, "residents" we define as people who have not moved their boats in at least 4 years. And "Mayor" we define as the resident who has been there the longest. One of the things they told us about was what we refer to as the poopy-copters.

The story, as told to us, is that Turkey has a fleet of specially equipped helicopters that fly over marinas and anchorages looking for brown spots of water being ejected from boats. When they spot the poopy violator, they land and issue a hefty fine. This story was told in all seriousness and repeated to us several times by other residents.

We have decided that one of the things that we can do is create a list of all of the cruiser myths we have heard on our circumnavigation.

Please help us ensure that our list is complete...we know that you can help.

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Old 12-06-2011, 00:40   #2
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Re: Cruiser Myths and Poopy-Copters

Sooooo... did you test the myth before you called it 'confirmed'?

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Old 12-06-2011, 00:50   #3
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Myth? Its not a bad line for residents to use to try and deter visitors/itinerant's from fouling their backyard.....
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Re: Cruiser Myths and Poopy-Copters

Please, don't make this thread a typical off-subject thread...let's stay on the subject and come forth with myths...we have a list to publish!

And, BTW, these "residents" were fouling their own back yard...there are the marina rules, but since these folks never leave the dock and since there are no pump-out facilities, they hold by day and dump by night.

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Please, don't make this thread a typical off-subject thread...let's stay on the subject and come forth with myths...we have a list to publish!
It's a myth that theads are typically off-subject.

BTW; what kind of anchor do you use in Turkey?
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Three " myths " enumerated by another: 1 You will have lots of time.
2 You will be comfortable.
3 Technology is your friend.
I say : "sometimes" .What say you all?
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Re: Cruiser Myths and Poopy-Copters

Hey Bill,

That sounds like you were in Yat Marine, Marmaris

Every place and group puts out Cruiser BS.

Great Myth:
All yachts going through the Panama Canal get damaged.. They don't!
No yachts are allowed entry to Galapagos. They are allowed.
All yachts in the Galapagos need a scientist on board. No. Wrong!
In the Galapagose its illegal to buy fuel except though your agent. Wrong. Go buy it yourself for half pirce. (this is the same in many countries!)

God we're only 1,000 miles into the Pacific!

Great Cruiser BS of the Caribbean Hurricne Season (I am learning this now):
The last Hurricane in XXX was 50 (or 100) years ago. WRONG!! Trinidad had one in 1995. Many in Grenada 2004 (2 actually incl 1 TS- Earl), 2005, 2000, 1988, 1954, 1955, and 5 in 10 years in the late 1800's.


Glad to see you guys safe in the Med. You must be breathing much easier
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Hey Bill,

That sounds like you were in Yat Marine, Marmaris

Glad to see you guys safe in the Med. You must be breathing much easier
Mark,

Unbelievable that you identified the actual marina we were in based on the cruiser myth that we heard. Yes, it was Yat Marine! And yes, we are breathing much easier now that we are safely in the Med.

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Re: Cruiser Myths and Poopy-Copters

A boat shrinks a foot for every day you're out to sea (when others are on board)
Women on board are bad luck.
Whistling on board is bad luck.
That should be enough beer for this trip.
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* It never gets cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey these days (when did you last see a brass monkey on deck).
* There's NEVER enough room to swing a cat, not in my little boat anyway.
* There are no devils to pay on modern sailboats.
* You can't get three sheets to the wind on a sloop rig.
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