Welcome to Emerald’s web page. Emerald is a 1979 Kelly Peterson cutter, ourĀ home as we wander slowly around the watery world. This blog provides a place for us to documentĀ our travels and the work we do to upgrade and keep her maintained. We hope you enjoy it.



Turkey to Skyros via Agathonisi and Samos As the days passed by and the forecasts firmed out it looked like we really were going to get a couple of days of light, southerly winds. Operation Aegean North West Passage was on! Step 1 : Check out of Turkey It was […]

Our Cunning Plan: to Traverse the Aegean North West Passage


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Little Boxes on the Hillside A song kept popping into my head as we headed north from Bodrum. ‘Little Boxes’. The coast is dotted with thousands of white cubes tumbling down the hillsides. They’re summer homes and holiday villas, but we wondered how many of them will actually have people […]

Bodrum to Didim – the Coast of Little Boxes


Pamukkale and Heirapolis June: Our second inland trip took us first to Pamukkale to visit the travertines and Roman ruins of Heirapolis. The drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale took about 3 hours, passing through some lovely countryside. Most of the roads were quiet and well made, although there were sections […]

Turkey Inland Part II – Pamukkale and Aphrodisias



We didn’t fully intend to go into the Gokova Gulf when we did. Ours summer plans were all over the place and changed daily, but on leaving Knidos we’d intended to head over to Bodrum and decide from there whether to head inwards or not. The wind had other ideas. […]

Gokova Korfezi (The Gulf of Gokova)


We’d lingered a little longer than expected at Orhaniye. It wasn’t any problems with the boat that was keeping us there, it was just so difficult to leave – good holding, good shelter and plenty to keep us having fun ashore. But eventually came the day we upped anchor (and […]

Around the Datca Peninsula


Cappadocia – Three Days in the Land of the Beautiful Horse Turkey is such a vast country with some amazing inland sights and we were really keen to see the other-worldly landscape of Cappadocia. During our summer cruising, we don’t get to do much inland travel. Usually it’s because finding […]

Cappadocia – Three Days in Fairy Chimney Land



Orhaniye From Bozburun to Orhaniye it was a 20nm hop around the end of the Bozburun peninsular. A light winds start, we’d hoped the wind would pick up enough for us to sail down the Hisaronu Gulf. A few yachts out for a bimble from Marti Marina were managing to […]

Orhaniye – Spares, Repairs, a New Anchor with Waterfalls and ...


Off to Turkey It was a flat calm morning as we set off for Turkey and it stayed that way all the way across. We saw only one other ship leaving us wondering where everyone else was. As we approached Bozburun the silver domed roof of the mosque was unmistakable. […]

Merhaba from Turkey


Panormitis, Symi 8th May: After 6 days of easy life in Rhodes it was time to crack on. The two crows that had hidden a stash of bread in our mainsail cover were probably sad to see us go although looking at the way they were attacking the window covers […]

The Sounds of Symi