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CAPTAIN BULLY

On Friday the 13th, no less, we had an encounter with a gulet in Bozukale that left us shaking our heads in amazement.  We were swinging on anchor at the very head of the bay along with a half dozen other boats of various nationalities (French, German, Austrian) when just at twilight a large—and I do mean large—gulet entered the bay.  There are certain “rules” that apply to anchoring and one is that you make every effort not to cross or disturb another boat’s anchor.

OK so you're bigger, no need to bully us little guys

OK so you're bigger, no need to bully us little guys

There were numerous gulets already at anchor and tied to shore, and there were many spots open where this gulet captain could have easily anchored among boats his size and tied to shore as they were.   Bozukale is a very large and well protected bay, not one of the small ones where anchors are inadvertantly crossed as a matter of course.

Twilight is falling, but the Capt. can readily see he's dropping across anchors

Twilight is falling, but the Capt. can readily see he's dropping across anchors

However, this particular gulet captain decided that the best place for his vessel was smack in the middle of the “little boats” that were anchored and not tied to shore.  As he approached, I could see trouble brewing.

We're next in line as he backs across our anchor chain

We're next in line as he backs across our anchor chain

It became even more apparent when he started his turn to back to shore right across the bows of several boats—Destiny among them.  Kent was ashore with Jolie and I stood on the bow waving to bring his attention to the fact that he was laying his chain over our anchor to no avail.  When Kent saw what had happened he went over to address the captain directly about his disregard for the other boats at anchor, and did not receive any acknowledgement of the complaint. 

The next morning, we were trapped and could not leave until the gulet was ready to go which happened to be about two hours after we had planned.  Since the wind had shifted overnight our chain was now over and under his, making it necessary for us—and one other boat to move in order for the gulet to depart. 

Now its morning and we can't move until he does

Now its morning and we can't move until he does

The gulet capt. could care less that THREE boats had to move to accommodate his exit

The gulet capt. could care less that THREE boats had to move to accommodate his exit

The gulet from Bodrum is owned by a charter company.  While it was tempting to contact the company about this captain’s deliberate disregard for the other boats in this anchorage, we decided to caulk it up to Friday the 13th.  Hopefully, he will think better of his anchoring choices in the future.  He certainly didn’t make any friends in Bozukale that day. 

As a final insult he blew his horn and raised his fist at everyone as he motored out

As a final insult he blew his horn and raised his fist at everyone as he motored out

Most of the gulet captains we have encountered are very polite, professional and helpful.   This particular one we have nicknamed “Captain Bully.”

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