Barry's Blog # 57 - It's not what you know, it's who you know

My grandfather was fond of the saying "It's not what you know, it's who you know." Here in Kaş, Turkey I'm finding that to be very true.

Mike, who helped us to sail to Turkey from Spain, has lived here for 5 years and when we first arrived he introduced us to quite a few people around town. One particular person, who is now a fast friend, is Ismail the owner of Smiley's Restaurant.

Smiley's Restaurant in Kas harbour, Turkey

Ismail or Smiley as he's best known, helped to arrange our berth in the harbour for the winter months and he's a font of knowledge on pretty much anything boaties need to get done. He speaks English, German & Italian and his restaurant is open year round. So if you ever find yourself in Kaş make sure you introduce yourself to Smiley and do try some of the best cooked fish in town at his harbour side restaurant.

Magic Mechanic

Aydin's workshop

Everyone needs a magician in their life and luckily we have a magic mechanic who can create almost anything in his small workshop. Aydin was another introduction from Mike and since we've been in Kaş we've found his workmanship and ability to think outside of the box, when it comes to finding solutions, to be amazing. Before you spend crazy money on parts at a marine chandlers, check first to see if Aydin can help you out. His workshop is on the side road just up the hill from the weekly market area.

Our relationship with Aydin began when he serviced our outboard engine. He picked it up from the marina and dropped it back the next day after a complete service, including engine and gearbox oil replacement for just 450 Lira (AU$115). It now purrs like a kitten and runs like a dream.

Since then we've had all sorts of big and small jobs done by Aydin and some of those are featured in this week's Sailing A B Sea YouTube video. We're also going to get Aydin onboard to look at two small leaks on A B Sea's main engine before we leave Kaş in March.

The phone saga

I usually don't write about Aannsha's 'stuff' in my blog but the phone saga has had a big impact on my new found serenity. Long story short, Aannsha's screen died on her Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and our first opportunity to have it repaired was when we anchored in Fethiye, Turkey on the 21st October this year.

We, in good faith, paid upfront and were told that the phone would be ready in 3 days as parts had to come from Istanbul. Three days later back at the repair shop we were told that the parts wouldn't arrive for a further 2 days. That was no good for us as we had to leave Fethiye and get to Kaş before a week of big winds came in. We paid extra to have the phone mailed to us in Kaş once it was repaired.

Six weeks, several emails and numerous phone calls and every excuse under the sun as to why the phone was not in Aannsha's possession (Including telling us his mother had died) and we decided to take the bull by the horns and take a 2.5 hour bus ride to Fethiye to collect the phone. When we got to the repair shop the guy wasn't there and even though we were told they could finish the repair and have it ready by the next day we'd had enough of the saga and opted to just take the phone and get it repaired in Kaş.