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Old 02-01-2014, 11:33   #1
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cruising charter from Bodrum

We ( family of six) ( senior couple, adult couple and two adult singles) are going to be cruising out of Bodrum in June 2014. for one week. We are all sailors of varied experience and will have a captain on board. It is a 50' sloop. I will be spending winter time arm chair cruising.

l would like some sense of how far we could cruise on a daily basis and best places to go. We will likely stay in Turkish waters and head southeast out of Bodrum. How far would we likely sail a day. I am thinking under way by 0930 and want time to explore in the afternoon. I am thinking we would be sailing for 6 hours a day perhaps more and likely cover about 30-35 nm. Does this sound reasonable. Any thoughts on must see places under these conditions. Should we be planning on a more disciplined morning start?

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Old 02-01-2014, 12:34   #2
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Re: cruising charter from Bodrum

Sounds fantastic! We sailed out of Marmaris in 2007 on a charter yacht of your description. Best time of our lives. Your mileage sounds about right but don't be too restrictive. One of the best parts of that coast is the pristine coves where you will want to drop anchor and swim and snorkel in crystal clear water surrounded by cliffs and solitude. In fact the sailing wasn't the highlight. Next time I'd have the skipper sail us at night to our day stops. Marmaris itself is fun for the younger set. If you aren't into outdoor discos and wild partying give it a pass - then again the old town is definitely worth a daytime tromp around. The secluded spots around Marmaris will enchant you. At the entrance to Marmaris bay is a place called Kumlubuk. It features its own dock, you can stay at and an amazing restaurant and private paradise, beach, etc. You can't miss that place! Further down the coast check out the town and bay of Gocek. That's my two cents worth - basically you can't go wrong in that area. And.... hate to say it, but toss the schedule out the port-hole.
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Re: cruising charter from Bodrum

Assuming that you will be sailing Bodrum/Bodrum, you basically have two options;
-bodrum towards the Gökava bay,
-further south bay of Yeşilova(sometimes refered as Hisarönü bay)

For Gökova, Mersincik, Yedi Adalar, Çökertme, Karacasöğüt, Knidos and the bay of Okluk (not in specific order)
For Yeşilova bay, Knidos, Selimiye, Dirsek, Bozburun or Söğüt, Bencik, Datça.

Generally speaking Gökova is a bit more exposed to waves while Yeşilova is more protected, prevailing wind meltemi noth easterly more easterly as you are in the either bay.
The meltemi doesn't show up until noon and usually dies with the sun set. So, you should plan spending yr time on boat, on shore, swimming, etc in the morning and set sail after launch. 20-30 nm a day is reasonable.
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