Janice & Mick on Zoa

Vessel Name: Zoa
Vessel Make/Model: FWM 39
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Janice & Mick Johnson
About: Janice & I have recently retired to try out the Cruising Lifestyle on board our Yacht Zoa, a Fairweather Mariner 39.
19 April 2019 | Gan
12 April 2019 | Faresmaathodaa
10 April 2019 | Maarehaa Kandu
09 April 2019 | Thinhadoo
08 April 2019 | Fulangi
07 April 2019 | Fenfutta
05 April 2019 | Another Atol
02 April 2019 | Yolo's no name Anchorage
02 April 2019 | Veymandhoo
29 March 2019 | Kadufushi
28 March 2019 | Hulhudhelee Dekunu
27 March 2019 | Jinnathugau
22 March 2019 | 20190323 Dhigurah
21 March 2019 | Maavaru Faru
20 March 2019 | Rasdhoo
18 March 2019 | Rasfari
14 March 2019 | Diffushi
13 March 2019 | Rasfari
12 March 2019 | Kudahithi
10 March 2019 | Diffushi
Recent Blog Posts
19 April 2019 | Gan

The rain finally found us

20190417 Gan Lat 00 Deg 41.151'S Lon 073 Deg 08.656'E

12 April 2019 | Faresmaathodaa

Had the sails up.

20190412 Faresmaathodaa Lat 00 Deg 11.986'N Lon 073 Deg 12.909'E

10 April 2019 | Maarehaa Kandu

Hot Day

20190410 Maarehaa Kandu Lat 00 Deg 28.017'N Lon 073 Deg 33.386'E

09 April 2019 | Thinhadoo

Dropped in for some internet

20190409 Thinadhoo Lat 00 Deg 32.089 Lon 073 Deg 00.262'E

08 April 2019 | Fulangi

Thousands of Fish

20190408 Fulangi Lat 00 Deg 40.662'N 073 Deg 11.741'E

07 April 2019 | Fenfutta

Millions of fish

20190407 Fenfutta Lat 00 deg 43.168'N Lon 073 Deg 15.114'E

The rain finally found us

19 April 2019 | Gan
Mick
20190417 Gan Lat 00 Deg 41.151'S Lon 073 Deg 08.656'E

We have been in Gan almost a week now but I forgot about the blog. We are anchored in the lagoon I dropped in about 4.7 meters it was around High tide but I can't remember the exact details. It's quite tight in here but we have managed to find a reasonable spot I think, the holding seems quite good, but it's hard to find enough room for a decent scope, I am about 4 to 1 at High tide. It has been raining a lot, with some nasty squalls up to 30 knots or so, but we can't complain as we had great weather all of the way down here. Jan flew out today, so I am batching again. I have a few days of jobs to do before I head off, but it may be a while until the weather is suitable. So all good but I had better get on to these jobs, I have been pretty slack. I'm not sure if heading for the Seychelles is the best option, but I'm committed now, so we will see how it goes.

Had the sails up.

12 April 2019 | Faresmaathodaa
Mick
20190412 Faresmaathodaa Lat 00 Deg 11.986'N Lon 073 Deg 12.909'E

We had a nice day sailing today, the wind was on the nose and we had to tack several times, but it was a welcome change from Motoring everywhere. We had a nice time at Maarehaa Kandu, we went swimming, walked around the islands and went exploring in the dinghy, Saw quite a big shark in one of the channels. We have to thank Ocelot for this anchorage, it seems quite good, we arrived a bit late and the visibility wasn't the best so we are anchored a bit further out, I dropped in 20 meters, the bottom seemed pretty flat, the anchor felt like it set in sand, and pulled up Ok. This is pretty well the end of this Atol, next stop is Gan about 50 miles away, we will probably do that overnight, either tomorrow or the next night, it just depends on how much fun we are having here. It's been really hot, it was nice to have a bit of breeze today, apart from that all's good here.

Hot Day

10 April 2019 | Maarehaa Kandu
Mick
20190410 Maarehaa Kandu Lat 00 Deg 28.017'N Lon 073 Deg 33.386'E

After a good sleep at Thinadhoo we got under way at about 08:00, for a long motor over here, there has been no wind for about a week at least, and today was very hot. But it was worth while as this is a really pretty spot. Jan picked it out on Google earth, and we were hoping there was enough room to anchor. As it turns out it looks quite good. We dropped the anchor right on the drop off in about 18 meters and pulled back over the shallower area as we weren't to shure how shallow it was. But after having a swim around I think we could have dropped in 6 to 8 meters and still had enough room, but I'm happy with this the anchor pulled up well up the slope so we shouldn't drag into shallow water its all sand but there is reef closer in. We haven't been off the boat yet so will probably stay tomorrow and explore the near by islands. There is a village not too far away, and a couple of blokes who had been fishing dropped by for a chat, they gave us a some Coconuts and we gave them a couple of hats, nice Guys. So all good here just very hot, mind you we are only 28 miles from the Equator.

Dropped in for some internet

09 April 2019 | Thinhadoo
Mick
20190409 Thinadhoo Lat 00 Deg 32.089 Lon 073 Deg 00.262'E

We decided to drop in to Thinadhoo today as we needed some good Internet for a while. We went for a walk around town this afternoon, its quite a big place with lots of shops, we got a few things we needed, then we walked around the town, it is not a tourist town at all, but it was nice enough, we had a chat to a few people. We will probably move on tomorrow, as we are not really supposed to be here. The anchorage is fantastic, there is plenty of room we dropped in 6.5 meters over sand, with about 600 mm of tide. I don't think it went below 3.4 in the entrance channel, but I was looking where I was going a lot of the time. There are bommies in here, but we could see them without any trouble at 14:00 hrs. So all good here, we are getting towards the end of the Maldives, but we might head over to the other side of this Atol before we head down to Gan.

Thousands of Fish

08 April 2019 | Fulangi
Mick
20190408 Fulangi Lat 00 Deg 40.662'N 073 Deg 11.741'E

We had a nice day today, we had a nice snorkel at Fenfutta in the morning, it was quite spectacular, there were just so many fish, and they were not afraid of us at all. A couple of times big schools were all around us and they wern't bothered at all, lots of bright colours that would change with there angle to the sun. We then pulled the anchor up and motored around here. This is a beautiful spot, but the anchorage is marginal, we found a bit of sand, but there is coral and bommies all around, we are in about 21 meters of water. There is a nice Island to the NE so we went over for a walk followed by a nice swim. So all in all a good day, we will move on in the morning, probably to Thinadhoo, we want some good internet for a day or 2.

Millions of fish

07 April 2019 | Fenfutta
Mick
20190407 Fenfutta Lat 00 deg 43.168'N Lon 073 Deg 15.114'E

We had a nice time at Kolamaafushi did lots of exploring in the dinghy, some snorkelling, and went into the village. It was a nice town all very well kept, the locals were very friendly. It was election day so it was a holiday, but there were a few shops open. We were treated to a cup of coffee and some snacks for free, then one of the local Tuna boat skippers took us on board his boat for a look around, it was pretty impressive 105' Long 650 HP, does 14 knots. He did say how much fish it can carry but I cant remember, we had a good look around, he was a nice bloke and we enjoyed the tour a lot. We moved out here to the reef this morning, we motored down here slowly making some water along the way. We have been for a snorkel already, there were just so many fish of all shapes and sizes. They are not scared of us and we can just swim amongst them, its a lot of fun. We are anchored in 21 meters, over sand the holding seems OK. We may stick around tomorrow.
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