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    With the Turkish economy in free fall ,are people moving back there to live aboard
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    We wintered in Turkey on our anchor from 2001 to 2011. The country and people are fantastic.
    Whilst we wintered the last years we noticed a chance in attitude the Turks had for us liveaboards.
    In the “early” days we ware very welcome, after all we spent all our living costs in Turkey.
    Later, the big spender east block charterers came, and the Turks liked them a lot. I remember Memet who was given a 50 $ tip for a few beers ( and Vodka ) All the sudden we ware second hand sailors.
    Not that it mattered, we ware self sufficient. The big supermarkets did not discriminate.
    There was also a change in attitude by the government officials. Coast guard, passport police ( The worst ) even the doctor ( Health department ) wanted money for a stamp. You could avoid the bacschisch by hiring an agent who then paid the bacschisch for you. For a big fee.

    Many may have changed in the 7 years we left Turkey. It just amazes me that where in the past half of all sailing treads had Turkey as a subject, now..... zero. ( This one is the exception )
    One other remark, the last winters ware a pain because half of the internet sites ware censored. I hear it is even worse now.

    We are not going back, even if the Lira falls even further. Money is not that important.

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    It's worth abserving that although daily life is conducted mostly in T£, marina bills are generally paid in euros, which obviously haven't been impacted by the plunge in exchange rates.
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    We've just been back for a fortnight, including the days when the lira was in free fall. Most of the Turks were as welcoming as ever, the cost of eating out remains low, and no signs - yet? - of shortages of imported goods. Tourism seems to be much improved over the last two years which have been quiet.
    On the negative side, police roadblocks are springing up in odd places, and the currency devaluation must work through to even higher inflation soon.

    Of course the sun shone all day every day and the sea was wonderful. We will return next month!

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    In the event of a Brexit no-deal, I think the status of cruising in Turkey May become more important to British cruisers who are located in the eastern Med.

    In an ideal world, if we are restricted to 90 days in the EU, it would be handy to spend half the summer in Turkey and the other half in say Greece.

    But six months is a long time. By next Easter, we could have a leaving agreement with the EU that keeps some form of free movement, but also, Turkey could have lurched further to the right and become unstable.

    The quality of the cruising ground is the one thing that is unlikely to change.

    Garold

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    Garold, I really hope you are right regarding an agreement, we’ve been waiting 20 years to go off cruising the med, we’ve just put a deposit on a boat and it would be so disappointing to have a 90 day restriction on some of the places we love.

    I’m sure Turkey is lovely, I’ve seen the coastline from the air many times ar work over the years, but it has slipped further down our list over the last few years.

    Chris

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    This is a truly wonderful country, a fantastic place to live, a boater’s paradise but probably not for the Don Quixote types who would have the whole world live exclusively by their particular perception of what is right and good.

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    Irish Rover, I’m sure it is, seen a lot of it from the air and we are very open to travel as we are currently living and working in Vietnam. It’s just that there are other places we want to do first and being in slightly more familiar waters for our first year aboard will be a great way to start.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Rover View Post
    This is a truly wonderful country, a fantastic place to live, a boater’s paradise but probably not for the Don Quixote types who would have the whole world live exclusively by their particular perception of what is right and good.
    For several years, in fact 9 I used to spend a couple of weeks on the Kas peninsular and got to know a few of the local merchants and restaurant owners. I used to travel a fair bit and one year spent a couple of days in the far East as the guest of a carpet merchant in his home village ( I bought several carpets from him over the years) I do miss the friendly open people, the games of backgammon and I doubt very much that that has changed but the change in politics makes me feel uncomfortable about going again and my wife who has business contacts mainly in Istanbul and the West of the country won't go for a holiday.
    It is a great pity because Turkey as a country and people have much to offer but politically it seems to be descending into the dark ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fr J Hackett View Post
    It is a great pity because Turkey as a country and people have much to offer but politically it seems to be descending into the dark ages.
    I feel the same about the United States but it won’t stop me visiting my son in New York or enjoying a holiday in Cape Cod. I’m perplexed by the lunacy of Brexit but it won’t stop me visiting the U.K. I abhor the racist, fascist policies of the Austrian government but it won’t detract from the beauty of Vienna when next I visit. I could go on.

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