Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
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Dive! Dive! Dive!

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
Andy & Sue
Three days with time spent beneath the waves gave an insight into local marine life. Two dives on a reef local to our anchorage, one dive at Mabul, two at Kapalai and three plunges at Sipadan gave a reasonable spectrum of what can be found in Sabah, Malaysia’s eastern most Province. This shoal of Big-Eye Snappers was happy to come close to slow moving divers.

19 August 2017
Interesting colourful smaller creatures positively glow: this one a Nudibranch, a sort of slug-like animal, is but a single example of many different types seen at Mabul. The fronds on its back are gills. There are artificial structures at Mabul, which certainly attract a wide variety of creatures. The “dive resort” complex is a stilt village built on the reef at the site of a former fishing village. We are not fans of these types of development; it would be far more ecologically sound to bring divers by boat from properly serviced centres on shore.

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A much bigger animal, a Crocodile Fish, shown here, blends into the background, camouflaged to seem like coral bedecked stones. It would be easy to swim straight past if you did not have your eye tuned in to spot these weird fish.

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An old favourite is the Clown fish. Several different species bathing luxuriously in the fronds of exotic Anemones abound. Sizes vary from tiny to around 100mm: a feisty fish that faces challengers fiercely, but is always ready to seek the relative safety of its stinging host.

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Larger still are these chaps, securely wedged into crevices to avoid the current sweeping them away. The bigger animals at Sipadan are mainly confined to Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Jacks lurking in the periphery of visibility and …

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… Sharks. Mainly Reef White Tips but it is excellent to see Sharks in these waters have not all been slaughtered to sacrifice their fins for the Chinese market. So far, in SE Asia, sharks seen have been very few. The elderly lone specimen seen three months ago in Tioman Island was the pride of the local dive shop; he was, however, a sorry comparison with those seen in previous years around the Pacific reefs and Islands. Sipadan showed signs of being a much more balanced eco-system, although smaller fishes were in fewer numbers than we expected. That might be due to the large numbers of sharks and other predators located at this oceanic pinnacle island.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Our first sunset on the Pacific.
One of our resident Geckos.
The friendly launch driver from the Balboa Yacht Club.
Spruce on a Blaboa mooring boy.
Time for a rest in the shade.
A canal transit, champagne and a sunny afternoon wipes out Paul.... who sleeps like a baby!
Paul and Kate leave for a night out in Panama city.
Milaflores lock Panama Canal
Going into the last set of locks
Champagne and cake to celebrate a safe passage through the canal.
Marian on board Pitufa, does her bit line handling the bow line.
Mark on Pitifa.
Spruce just about to enter the Milflores locks.
Bill tends the bow line.
Spruce is walked through the lock by the line throwers.
The old lock gates.
Paul enjoys the sunshine.
Winston keeps an eye on our transit.
Are we nearly there yet?
Winston takes the helm
Winston meets Larry our Canal transit Advisor.
Caroline dries out on the fore deck after loads of rain.
Sue points out the old machinery used to keep the canal clean.
Canal dredging.
Not crocodiles just rusty pipes!
Paul has to stoop to take the helm. there were lots of trees floating by after all the rain.
Kate takes in the view
Bill on the bow.
Gatun lock all lit up
All rafted up, there is not a lot of room!
Goodbye Altlantic!
Andy ready at the helm.
Notice the helpful arrow! Its this way folks.
Bill tends the line in the rain.
Sue and Paul watch the lock gates closing on the Atlantic.
A cheerful smile from Paul in the rain.
Birgit and Christian on the other side of the Catamaran Leo.
Andy leaps into action on board Leo to make sure the spring line is nice and secure.
Gatun locks all lit up.
The center boat in the raft for the transit
The Canal Transit Advisor arrives.
The shoreline  of Gatun lake..... no crocodiles to be seen?
Pitufa in Gatun Lake.
Our farewell committee at Shelter Bay Marina, braving the rain to give us a send off. Reta, Robin, Susie, Andy ( Who should have been on the boat!) and Gert.
Paul flakes the lines so that nothing gets caught up.
All the waiting is enough to send Paul to sleep.
The Canal Transit Advisor, gets ready to jump on board Leo, the Cat we tied up to in the canal.