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In response to the Skippers suggestion of using a yacht tracker, Admin have tested it. The above screen shot is taken from my Android phone with the newly installed Boat Watch app.

There are many such apps, on both Apple and Google Play. Some are free, as is Boat Watch, but it pushes for an upgrade to the paid version to get some extra’s such as automatic updates on favourited vessels. In in this case Maranatha has been favourited. I may change apps later, after more research and experience with this app. While I am not recommending this one above any other, it does work, it is free and it is easy to use. I just entered the MMSI number supplied, into the search field and the app took me straight to Naxos, which is where the most recent email (below) puts Maranatha.

I may upgrade to the paid version of this app to receive automatic updates to my phone, or I may change apps. Whichever way I go, I can update the blog in between emails. This will be of particular interest to family and friends as she crosses the Atlantic.

Stay tuned!

Admin.

 

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Greetings Everyone,

On Wednesday we booked our tickets back to Turkey to leave Australia on March 1st. The next day Phil started having trouble with his left eye. This grew worse with blurred vision “like looking through a dirty windscreen” and “having a hair dangling in front of you”. He was concerned it might have a detached retina and booked a visit to the optometrist. The results were good and bad — the retina is fine but the jelly between it and the back of the lens has become partially detached and is floating causing the blockage to his vision. There is no remedy. It may detach further and move out of his main vision or it may remain and he will have to put up with it. He’s not impressed!! Please pray for Phil’s eye not to be a handicap to him.

I’ve had two small basal cells cut off my arm but otherwise fine with no further problems from my melanoma. The site has healed up well.

I am busy making the necessary courtesy flags for each country we will visit — something like thirty all up — anything from three simple stripes to the Gibraltar flag — a red tower with three turrets and a gold key on a white background and a red stripe at the bottom. It can be quite a tricky and creative task.

We will be in Sydney for the end of January and the Central Coast in February. We have not been able to catch up with everyone but do appreciate your ongoing friendship, prayers and support.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

I’ve been waiting to report some progress. Today we finally went in the water. We were booked to go in yesterday but it just didn’t happen. Time here is a bit like PNG time.

It was our first attempt at tying up Mediterranean fashion today. You have to drop anchor or pick up a mooring line and back into the wharf between two other boats with virtually no spaces left. Very tricky. Then you put a boarding ladder from the boat to the wharf and ours managed to untie itself and slide headlong into twenty metres of water. Phil is still debating whether to try to retrieve it with the scuba gear or not.

Now we are waiting for some very still weather (it’s blowing up to 34 knots) to get the sails back on their tracks — the main and two roller furling headsails and trying to work out how the you-beaut sail cover bags work and where the other half of the lazy jacks are. Phil went up the mast to retrieve the wind instruments that were not functioning and spent all day putting them back together. (Any excuse not go go back up again). We went to put the dinghy in the water and found it had no painter so have to look for it.

We are still swimming in the marina pool each day and hob-nobbing with the “idle rich” but I want to go SAILING and wonder if the day will finally come.
God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

I find it hard to believe but we are actually here in Turkey sitting in our new “Maranatha” at last.

The flights, Qantas to Hong Kong, Turkish Airlines to Istanbul and then to Dalaman, a 100 km bus trip to Marmaris and a twenty km ride taxi to the marina gave us almost forty hours of travel since we left and a rather exhausting time waiting in between flights. However, in Istanbul we met an interesting young man from Croatia who had been studying in Japan and had met a Chinese young lady there whom he wants to marry. We had a long talk with him and gave him a Gideon Testament which he promised to read as he said “our meeting seemed to be a co-incidence”.

Turkey is hot — 30-38 degrees each day and we are reveling in being warm and swimming every afternoon in the beautiful free pool at the marina. It’s 25 mtrs long and usually only three or four people are there when we get there. Food is fantastic. We went to the marina restaurant on our first night and ordered chicken in cream sauce with a salad. We were served with Turkish bread and olives for entree and then two huge plates of food and there was no way I could finish mine so they gave me a doggie bag to take back to the boat — all for the price of about $13 each.

Yesterday we went into town on the bus to provision and had lunch outside a small cafe with our own personal fan — salad, fresh orange juice and Turkish bread all for $6.50 each. It’s my sort of food and tastes delicious.

The boat is great — but leaving me with mixed emotions. It feels so like our old boat and yet is different — so pulls me back to the past and on to the future. Phil is wiring up the new chart plotter and I’m going through ALL the lockers and finding out what is here and writing notes.

We plan to go in the water the first week in September and can’t wait to be afloat and go exploring.

God bless,

Pam and Phil.

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Greetings Everyone,

Who was it said, “The best laid plans of mice and men ……?

Well our plans have gone astray and we are busy cancelling our arrangements as on the day we would have flown out of Australia, the 22nd May, I am booked in for surgery in Lismore Hospital to have a very invasive melanoma on my leg cut out. The operation will involve a large skin graft and possible removal of lymph glands in my groin. So — I will be out of action for a couple of months. Phil will possibly fly to Turkey to do the boat sale and secure it until we are ready. The owner has already flown over there to get it ready for us.

It is probably a blessing that Maranatha was damaged in the flood as otherwise we would have been leaving for PNG and would not have found out about the Melanoma. As it was, Phil had decided to get some medical checks done that he had been putting off for ten years and I went with him when he got his results (all clear) just to say good-bye to the doctor (he is a friend) before we left for overseas and the doctor noticed it and sent me to see a specialist immediately.

Please pray that the melanoma hasn’t spread to other parts of my body and that the skin graft takes. I am rather stunned but grateful that this has surfaced now and not half way around the world.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Well, some movement at last. We are booked to fly to Turkey leaving Australia on 22nd May and stopping for a tour of Israel on the way. The plans are to spend some time on the coast of Turkey and Greek Islands (yes, we have had many volunteers to crew this section) getting used to the boat. Then we would leave the Med in October to cross the Alantic to the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal in February and across the Pacific to reach Australia in November 2014.

Of course, as in the best laid plans, this one is negotiable. We are taking one step at a time and seeing where God leads us. The insurance company has definitely decided not to fix Maranatha and is still debating the final settlement. Please pray for wisdom in decision making and packing bags to required weight and that I don’t get sea-sick on the long ocean passages. Two of the passages are about 3000 nautical miles and will take 25 – 30 days each (not so many volunteers for these sections). Phil always built Maranatha to sail around the world so here is his opportunity and who knows what lies ahead.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

Please Pray. We are still facing constant frustration over our ongoing insurance claim. It’s been an emotional roller-coaster for us. The marina has submitted impossibly high claims, topping $175,000 for the repairs. The insurance company is not happy with that but not wanting to pay us out either and trying to reduce the costs on both fronts. We were told unofficially two weeks ago that it had been written off so we started looking for alternatives, then yesterday that there has been no decision.

We are torn between wanting Maranatha repaired and back in the water — the damage though expensive is not that bad and should be repaired — or alternatively buying an Australian registered boat in Turkey (the wife died and the husband wants to sell) and sail it home via the Panama and the Pacific. It is almost identical to Maranatha and fitted out exactly as we would need for our work and we would be happy to go that way. A new “problem” is that if we buy it overseas, even though it is an Australian boat we have to pay about 15% impost duty when we arrive. All we want is a final outcome, a just settlement, a good boat which meets our ministry needs and God’s direction on which way to go.

Keep praying.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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