I left so many blogs half-written in Baltimore. I have been waiting to write about more recent events until I catch up with the burgeoning blog backlog. But it is time to consider them jetsam. At some future point, I might try and resuscitate them.
So, for now, while we are waiting here in Istanbul for our boat to arrive in Izmir (about an eight-hour car ride from here) here are some shots of how our boat got loaded onto a freighter.
I am submitting an article on “How to Ship a Sailboat” so I can’t talk too much about the details of our experience here, since the publishing world wants fresh material and not recycled blogs. So for now, let the photos tell a thousand words.
|We approached the freighter just before 0800 and stood by while they put the cradle into position on deck.|
|Once alongside, they lowered a single line for us to use while we continued to standby, and a Jacob's ladder. Just beyond the ladder, you will see an oval bulkhead hatch, which you will see open in photos below.|
|They modified the container-loader by adding slings to it.|
|After A LOT of struggling, our Hans Christian 33 was finally set down into the cradle on the deck of the freighter. Yes, that's me in the foreground, next to the ship's loading supervisor. Neither one of us are happy.|
|Our Hans Christian 33 sailboat is ready for transatlantic shipping on a freighter.|
Phoenix is due to arrive in Izmir sometime around Aug. 16. We are able to track the freighter's process via Marine AIS as it makes it way from port to port throughout the Mediterranean. I've never worried about mailing something as much as this little package.