Barefoot Gal has three Turkish “evil eyes” on her, plus more on the key chain for the engine. We’ve gotten some questions . . .
Despite the name, the eyes don’t DO evil; they’re to protect you and your stuff from “evil,” bad luck or as a woman I met in Turkey put it, “bad juju.” In the spring of 2002, we spent 6 weeks in Turkey – 3 traveling by land and 3 on a crewed charter. We saw Turkish eyes when we were traveling by land, but they were just EVERYWHERE on the boats we saw. There must have been 20 or more on the 50’ boat we were on.
It was during that trip that we decided to get a cruising boat and cruise full-time. And so we bought a Turkish Evil Eye to put on whatever boat we’d get. The first thing we did to make Que Tal “ours” was to put the eye on the tip of the bowsprit.
During the years we owned Que Tal, we were within 50 miles of the eye of a hurricane 5 different times. Our only damage? A couple of popped fenders and a bit of damage to our rub rail (that’s what a rub rail is for, right?). Two other times, we were anchored near other boats that went on the rocks in weather that popped up overnight, yet we were fine.
Coincidence, or the power of the eye? Sailors are known to be just a tad superstitious . . . and we’re not about to take any chances.
Barefoot Gal now sports three eyes – one on the bow of each hull, and one watching over our drive leg (known to be a little cantankerous on Geminis). They’re no substitute for maintenance and prudent seamanship, but we’ll take all the help we can get to keep “bad juju” away.
Want to know more about Turkish Evil Eyes? Here’s the best description I’ve found.
And since I’ve been asked where we bought ours – we got them on Amazon. And yes, they were the first thing I bought for our new boat.