07/08/2011, Pt Dickson
Phi Phi to Port Dickson by Gillen
This is part of my schoolwork so beware of the spelling.......
24th June Departed Phi Phi Don sailed to Ko Lanta and it was Mum and Dads wedding anniversary but that did not stop the wind being on the nose. 30nm sail but steering playing up so dad resetting everthing
My thoughts.....At least I am not getting sea sick anymore...
25th June Lousy day so sailed for Ko Bulan Yai but settled for Ko Bulan Le.
Lovely little place and beach but resort closed for the season. Storms, storms and more storms.
26th June Motor sailed to Pulau Datai on the north coast of Langkawi and we celebrated Mum and Dads anniversary at the resort.
Lovely anchorage so we ate we played, paddled and tried to play with the monkeys on the beach. 5 star resorts but off season prices.
27th June we stayed at Datai.
28th June we left for Telaga Hbr and checked into Malaysia. Purchsed 20L diesel. and 40L petrol for the dink.
29th June Large thunderstorm so we left for Kuah but only made it to north Rebak Island as rough SW seas. Anchored there and
hung out till wind went north and we had to leave by the east channel which is very shallow. Everyone was nervous but Dad showed us how to do blind pilotage. Storms all the way to Kuah.
30th June. At Kuah and donuts and our chocolate allowance spent. Yum. Dad bought 80l diesel from the barge. In Malaysia you cannot buy too much fuel as it is cheap and they do not like to sell it.
02nd July We dragged anchor even though we had 50m of chain out but the storm was bad at 50kts so we left at sunrise for Penang with everyone tired.
03rd July we anchored at a bay in the north of Penang and stayed the night
04th July the weather improved so we left for Pangkor Laut and anchored in the same place Mum and Dad did in Kajan 20 years ago.
It has changed since then and the beach restaurants were great with lots of kids stuff to do. No other kids though.
05th July Mum liked the food so we stayed again and leave tomorrow for Port Dickson which is an overnight sail or motor. Dad serviced
our new engines while we argued about school. No one won the arguement as usual.
07th July We are in Port Dickson Marina and leave tomorrow for Singapore. The Malacca Strait is horrible and none of us ever want to do it again. Storms, storms and more storms. We are all pretty good rough weather sailors or Dad says so anyway.
Talk again in Singers.
06/26/2011, Pulau Datai
Well, we dawdled out of Thailand and finally made it back down to Langkawi in Malaysia where we are parked offshore of two 5 star resorts that are not too expensive with Australia's dollar still in the clouds. The weather has not been too kind to us and we have had head winds or storms most of the way and I hope the weather improves a bit for our run to Singapore. We will probably go to Kuah on the 28th and stock up on beer and other extreme essentials.
Gill and Keely met a family of wild monkeys on the beach of a small island yesterday and the inquisitiveness was amazing. Keely was a bit scared at first but soon settled into life as a beach monkey.
School holidays in Darwin but we are trying to catch up here so no such luck for these guys. Gill keeps a written and an electronic journal after his maths and Keely does her school as well but mostly on the iPad. Her speech therapist told us about an app that we have downloaded (along with a zillion games.
Next step is to have a nice relaxing day then its is off to Kuah then a large leg into Singapore. Will post pictures this afternoon.
06/13/2011, Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina
I thought darwin was hectic but we arrived here on the 2nd June to a large amount of trades people finishing engines. Touching up stainless works on the pullpit and the upholsterers finishing off the new splash screens.
We hired a car from our good mate Sak and a condo at the Boat lagoon Hotel to allow us to not have to live on a work in progress but when we went for a drive to the beaches we were hit by a small motorbike. Wonder how much that will cost.??
We have installed another anchor and chain and have the best looking windscreen on a Catana cat that I have seen. But then again I have not seen too many. All the hatches are now resealed which is ;ucky as it is the wet season.
The boat splashed in with a bit of drama on Wednesday last week (8th) as one of the engineers installing the new exhaust systems had drilled a hole into the rudder casing and the boat started to take on water. It was corrected while we were in the slings and we moved into our new berth right next to the travel lift for sea trials the next day. !500rpm and we were sitting on 6 knots so a clean bum and new engines has worked wonders. We celebrated with a drive to Nai Thon beach for a quiet swim but the wet and the NW monsoon was very active and dangerous rips quite bad keeping the lifeguard busy.
We decided as the workmanship is so good to have a full boat cover made of Sunbrella and this will be installed tomorrow (13th).
Most of the shopping is finished and we have done a heap of it as dry foods are so cheap here compared to Darwin. But then again Antarctica is cheaper than Darwin. We now have enough tucker to get us to Mauritius and will restock with fresh food here and in Singapore and hopefully a little bit at Cocos. While Jo shops Gill and I play in the arcade or look at the electronics as we are both severely allergic to shopping. Keely loves it but prefers entertaining the shoppers with the Karaoke machines !! Not too sure what she was singing as it was in Thai but I think they were all totally confused as well.
We will move onto CH Thursday and leave for Langkawi on Friday to buy the alcohol and have a bit of a break from the hectic Phuket lifestyle. I sign back onto the boat as skipper tomorrow and we are then allowed to check out.
05/22/2011, Darwin and Phuket
It is hectic. We need to have left Australia by 01st June 2011 and airfares are booked to Singapore and onto Phuket but before we can fly there are lots of things to do that will allow us to disassociate ourselves with a land based life that has been ours for too long to remember.
There is the mail to be redirected and the mail redirection service (thanks Landbase) that will look after our mail for us. There are the many and varied innoculations and vaccinations (and robbing banks to pay for them) that we feel like pin cushions. There are the scripts for Ian's tablets that are necessary and letters to convince Doctors overseas that Ian needs his medicine.
There are the telephone disconnections, the mobile disconnections, the internet disconnections, the lists at times seem overbearing but we are gradually chipping away at our over-regulated life.
We have organised our furniture and effects to be stored and given away a great deal of "stuff" that would have been better off being used than stored. We will be leaving two of the more furry members of our family behind and they are going to good homes but that will not make it any easier for anyone to part from them.
We have made passage plans, checked the climate charts, read other accounts and pored over pilot books and passage accounts and feel comfortable over our plans.
We cannot wait to arrive next week and see our catamaran again. We will stay in a condo until she is ready to go back into the water then there are a zillion things to do before we can leave Phuket.
We need to check to new engine(s) installation, check and fix the watermaker if required as it has not been used for months, in fact check everything and get ready to leave. The sails need to be bent on after being checked and repaired at Rolly Tasker's and the lifelines need to be replaced and netting replaced to make sure the kids stay on the dry side of the boat.
Then there is food to buy, fuel to purchase and stow and many things to unpack and find places for. It would have been easier to have left from Darwin but it is all part of the learning curve and if you cannot open your mind to accept change of plans and situations then a life at sea is not for you.
The engines are out and have successfully made the transition to moorings. the new Yanmar's are ready to be disassembled and installed.
The new windscreen in coming along and all thru-hulls replaced. All running rigging renewed and standing rigging checked OK with the exception of a new forestay being required along with a new ProFurl C430 to keep it company.
She will be ready for us to move aboard and provision and put back in the water by late May and hopefully leave Phuket for Singapore by early June. I cannot speak highly enough of Precision Shipwrights of Phuket.
CH has been on the hard now for 6 weeks in Phuket Boat Lagoon ably tended to by Precision Shipwrights who are doing a considerable amount of work on her to get her ready for the Indian Ocean leg to Durban and beyond.
Precision Shipwrights are installing 2 new Yanmar 39hp motors and a new windscreen as well as checking all sails and rigging, resealing all hatches and giving her a good polish. We are also getting a new RIB as the old one at 18yo no longer wants to stay together in one piece.
I am going over in late March to look at works in progress as well as completing a few small jobs like trying to locate a good coffee source. We would like to leave Phuket by June for Singapore and a final provision before heading off to Cocos Keeling Islands where Ian was raised. It will be a different homecoming for him in July ! We would like to stay for at least 3 to 4 weeks so everyone can appreciate it fully. From there it will be off to Mauritius.
Jo is preparing to home schooling for Gill and Keely and we will both work at this. Both Jo and Gill really enjoyed the experience last time but this will be for at least 3 years with maybe a few weeks at schools along the way in various stop-overs.
Current passage planning suggests :
Singapore to Cocos Islands
Cocos Islands to Mauritius and Reunion
Reunion to Durban
Durban to Cape Town
Cape Town to Namibia
Namibia to St Helena and Ascension if we get the permits
St Helena to Salvador Brazil
Brazil to Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago to Florida via Caribbean
Florida to Panama via Cuba
Panama to Galapogos and onto the Marquesas
Marquesas to Fiji via Tonga and Cook Islands
Fiji to New Caledonia and onto Brisbane
Everyone is poring over maps and passage plans and working out where we can go and what we will see. A budget is being drawn up and last minute articles being purchased. The cars and a fair bit of our lives are on the market and to date have attracted the attention of a few scammers that made life interesting. Furniture storage people consulted and organised. Innocultations organised (the kids hate this bit) and accountants authorised. There are literally a few hundred bits and pieces to "disorganise" our lives from the land to go back to an uncluttered life at sea.
Charts have been purchased and the sextant calibrated once again, new barometers purchased and water makers and washing machine serviced.