Ariana Time

Vessel Name: ARIANA
Vessel Make/Model: Deerfoot 61
Hailing Port: Henry Island, Washington
Crew: Nancy & Jonathan
About: Zen travelers of the floating sort.
Extra: What else could there be?
12 February 2013 | Gili Aer
17 January 2013 | Kandui Island, Pulau Mentawi
10 December 2012
24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia
24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia
24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia
26 October 2012 | Phuket
26 October 2012 | Phuket
21 July 2012 | Phuket
04 February 2012 | Indonesia
20 November 2011 | Phuket
20 November 2011 | Yes Phuket as in Thailand
12 May 2011 | Sorong, Indonesia
11 April 2011 | Kavieng, PNG
18 March 2011 | Morovo Lagoon
18 March 2011
18 March 2011
18 March 2011
15 January 2011 | Santa Cruz Islands
Recent Blog Posts
12 February 2013 | Gili Aer

Moving Along Through Indo

Picked up a mooring here at 1830 yesterday evening after passing through the reef entrance in low light. Never a relaxing exercise for yours truly but we had been in here before in 2011 when we were heading north to Thailand.

17 January 2013 | Kandui Island, Pulau Mentawi

Sumatra

At anchor off Kandui Island in the Mentawi Chain off the

10 December 2012

Finally able to upload photos from our 2011 trip through Indo.

24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia

Adios Phuket

Arrived Langkawi yesterday afternoon in a pretty constant tropical downpour following a few relaxing days cruising here through the islands of southern Thailand.

24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia

Adios Phuket

Arrived Langkawi yesterday afternoon in a pretty constant tropical downpour following a few relaxing days cruising here through the islands of southern Thailand.

24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia

Adios Phuket

Arrived Langkawi yesterday afternoon in a pretty constant tropical downpour following a few relaxing days cruising here through the islands of southern Thailand.

Moving Along Through Indo

12 February 2013 | Gili Aer
Picked up a mooring here at 1830 yesterday evening after passing through the reef entrance in low light. Never a relaxing exercise for yours truly but we had been in here before in 2011 when we were heading north to Thailand.
We are here after stopping at Bali “Marina” primarliy for “solar” (diesel) and provisions before continuing north and east to the east of Sulawesi. Bali is madness. It is great to be out of there and a beautiful Gili Aer. We have yet to go ashore but have our tender launched and are looking forward to our meal at Warung Sasak.
We departed Cubadak Island, West Sumatra on 26 January. Since then we have made some miles. We passed through the Sunda Strait after anchoring for a night of rest off the rim of what remains of Krakatoa’s crater. The baby volcano was rumbling and spewing ash just a few miles to our west. Pumice floated all around our hull.
It was nice to be out of the Indian Ocean swell and off the lee coats of Sumatra.
From the Sunda Strait we sailed east through the Java sea north of Java to the Karimunjawa Islands. A “Marine Sanctuary” with some very beautiful reefs, which are startlingly devoid of much fish life. More evidence of the relentless pressure placed on the fishery in Indonesia. After cruising extensively through Indonesia now for the second time, I am amazed that any fish survive the onslaught. While anchored at Kandui in the Mentawi off West Sumatra we were awakened by concussions against the hull caused by homemade depth charges being used by fisherman to harvest the reefs. Fortunately we were not diving or snorkeling at the times that this was happening. This bombing certainly made us just a little gun shy of doing any underwater exploration of the beautiful reefs in this area.
During our transit of the Java sea should any fish fin near the surface it is immediately surrounded by never ending nets that are released by an armada of fishing boats that suddenly appear out of nowhere. What will these islanders eat when all the fish are gone? This cannot be too far off in the future.
The officials and their corrupt ways require the ultimate of patience. With their reams of paperwork, forms and questions they look for any opportunity to extort some form of payment.
Time to move on. We are more than half way through our circuitous voyage to the Philippines. East Sulawesi is next.

Sumatra

17 January 2013 | Kandui Island, Pulau Mentawi
At anchor off Kandui Island in the Mentawi Chain off the
west coast of Sumatra.  Our approximate location is 01.54 S. Lat.;
99.18.45 E. Long.  Some of the best surf in the world rolls onto the
reefs around here.  Big barreling waves.  I am horribly out of practice
and have had some pretty big wipe outs.  Waves detonating on me. Dominic
met us in Padang and has been with us for a couple of weeks.  He has
caught some epic rides deep in the barrel (23 and a much better surfer
than I will ever be). We departed Thailand the third week of November.  We sailed south to
Langkawi, Malaysia for some additional provisioning and to primarily
restock our grog lockers.  Langkawi is a duty free port.  Wine and
spirits are virtually impossible to find in Indonesia.
We sailed from langkawi the last week of November for Sabang, Pulau We
off the north tip of Sumatra.  Crossing the north Strait of Malacca is
not what I consider pleasant, relaxing cruising.  Current, either no wind
or pretty nasty squalls, and pretty significant shipping lanes to cross
usually as a major squall closes in at night.  We had to make this 250
mile trip three times for reasons that we can discuss in more detail over
a beer or three.
We arrived at Sabang in a torrential downpour. We are flying our "Q" flag
as we have not cleared in.   We circle the harbor several times looking
for a suitable place to anchor.  It is a very deep harbor.  Typically
Indonesian.  Somewhat in a state of decrepitude.  Not facilities for
pleasure craft.  The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami hit this region straight on.

We end up anchoring in 20M off a beach that holds a few shacks that house
some local fishermen.  It is protected, with no roll.  Ahh some rest.  It
is still pouring and will continue to do so all night.   Nancy and I go
below to wash up and get some sleep.  Every so often I stick my head out
to take a look around.  I notice some locals sitting under the roof of an
open shed. It is Saturday and pouring.  There is not much activity on
shore.  An hour or so later I see a couple of brown uniforms sitting
alone in the same shed but think nothing of it.
About an two hours later we are cooking our dinner and there is a fishing
boat approaching.  The local boats have a unique design with a very high
bow and a stern that looks as if it was cut off by a giant buzz saw.
This one is painted a bright blue.  The two brown uniforms are
passengers. One rail thin and one somewhat chubby. It is pouring down in
buckets and they are soaking wet.  The heavier of the two flashes a gold
badge and asks permission to come aboard.  They are Coast Guard.  They
board mid-ship dripping wet.  They quickly explain that they had to hire
the fishing boat to come out as the Coast Guard does not have a boat.
This is somewhat unusual for an official, even here, to go to such
lengths for an inspection.  They start with paperwork then the life
jackets, fire extinguishers, flares, electronics and on.  The irony of a
coast guard with out a boat arriving on a handmade open fishing skiff (no
life jackets) inspecting our modern 61' ocean going vessel, was not lost
on us.  Off course all is in order.  They take our paperwork and ask us
to report to the Harbor Master on Monday and as they were leaving ask for
a "souvenir" of a bottle of liquor.  Now we get it.  We give them a
bottle of rum.  They are ecstatic.  The Harbor Master's office opens late
on Monday.  We are told that the staff is sick.  They all wander in late
looking somewhat hungover.
We head south from Sabang.  Once round the north tip of Sumatra pushed by
a 4 knot current we feel the large, big shouldered rolling Indian Ocean
swell.
The west coast of Sumatra is not easy cruising.  We have not seen one
other boat other than local commercial/fishing boats since leaving
Malaysia.  The volatile geological situation here has caused islands and
reefs to lift many feet out of the sea.  Some islands have tilted to the
east some to the west.   Some have just been moved straight up.  This
presents its share of navigational challenges.  The weather is also very
flukey here.  
Most of the natives have been sadly impacted by the earth's instability.
Most have lost family members to the quakes and tsunami.
We continue south from here through the Sunda Strait north of Java.  From
there we head northeast to southeast Sualwesi and then north up its east
coast.  We hope to arrive in Palawan by March.  Many miles ahead of us.
We will start making time as we pick up the northwest monsoon.
All good things to you all in 2013.  

10 December 2012
Finally able to upload photos from our 2011 trip through Indo.

Adios Phuket

24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia
Arrived Langkawi yesterday afternoon in a pretty constant tropical downpour following a few relaxing days cruising here through the islands of southern Thailand.
Nice to have water moving under the keel again. Phuket is a great place for parts and maintenance. ARIANA is in great shape.
A few days of provisioning here and we are off to Sabang which lies off the north tip of Aceh Province, Sumatra.
Ready to cruise.

Adios Phuket

24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia
Arrived Langkawi yesterday afternoon in a pretty constant tropical downpour following a few relaxing days cruising here through the islands of southern Thailand.
Nice to have water moving under the keel again. Phuket is a great place for parts and maintenance. ARIANA is in great shape.
A few days of provisioning here and we are off to Sabang which lies off the north tip of Aceh Province, Sumatra.
Ready to cruise.

Adios Phuket

24 November 2012 | Langkawi, Malaysia
Arrived Langkawi yesterday afternoon in a pretty constant tropical downpour following a few relaxing days cruising here through the islands of southern Thailand.
Nice to have water moving under the keel again. Phuket is a great place for parts and maintenance. ARIANA is in great shape.
A few days of provisioning here and we are off to Sabang which lies off the north tip of Aceh Province, Sumatra.
Ready to cruise.
ARIANA's Photos - Main
Various Pics of our months cruising from Jayapura to Kalimantan via Raja Ampat, Flores, Rincha, Lombok, Kalimantan May and June 2011. More photos to come from our current voyage down the west coast of Sumatra and onwards....
40 Photos
Created 9 October 2012
Some Random photos from a beautiful place off New Hanover.
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Created 22 June 2012
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Created 20 January 2011
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Created 14 December 2010
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Created 8 October 2010
Various photos of our first week cruising Vanuatu
31 Photos
Created 7 October 2010
Various photos of our first week cruising Vanuatu
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Created 7 October 2010
Various images of our time in Fiji
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Created 14 September 2010
Do you really need one?
21 Photos
Created 30 August 2010

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