Babar

21 April 2013 | Langkawi, Malaysia
01 February 2013 | Krabi, Thailand
20 January 2013 | Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
05 January 2013 | Phuket, Thailand
03 January 2013 | Langkawi, Malaysia
17 December 2012 | Penang, Malaysia
22 November 2012 | Malacca
20 November 2012 | Port Dickson, Malaysia
29 October 2012 | Johor Baru
22 October 2012 | Senimpan, Lingeh
11 October 2012 | Kumai, Kalimantan
11 October 2012 | Kumai, Kalimantan
11 October 2012 | Lovinna Beach, Bali
15 September 2012 | Lombok
05 September 2012 | Rinca Island
05 September 2012 | Rinca
21 August 2012 | Kroko Island, North Adunura
21 August 2012 | Kroko Island, North Adunura
21 August 2012 | Kroko Island, North Adunura
13 August 2012 | Lembata, Kawula Island

Tug-n-tow the bain of our day

20 November 2012 | Port Dickson, Malaysia
We are now travelling up the notorious malacca straits between Sumatra (Indonesia) and Malaysia. We are sailing (mainly motoring in fact) just outside the shipping channel leaving the big tankers to themselves!! its not the pirates that cause us grief but these tug and barge combo deals. For one, they are long with steel cable joining them and two, they continually change their course so that the barge can correct itself. So avoiding them at all cost is our daily grind especially if it happens to be raining and the visibility is low. The only worse scenario was in indonesia when we had to do some night sails and seeing these things at night was scary. Especially as they rarely had AIS (radar) and often travelled without lights. One such tug had the lights on but not the barge 50 metres behind!! Talk about flying blind!! Also just on that subject, early on when we weren't familiar with the tug-n-tows we thought from a distance that it was an unchartered island. Dan was madly checking the plotter and the paper charts only to find on closer examination that it was a tug carrying a barge with a very full load of sand!!
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Vessel Name: Babar
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 440
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Dan & Elise Barac
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Who: Dan & Elise Barac
Port: Fremantle