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.
15 January 2019 | Kuah Langkawi
14 January 2019 | Bidan Island
13 January 2019 | Paujang Bay
12 January 2019 | P Talang
07 September 2018 | Pangkor Marina
06 September 2018 | Kg Sg Che Lias
05 September 2018 | Selat Che Mat Zin
05 September 2018 | Admiral Marina
03 September 2018 | Bukit Tungal
01 September 2018 | P. Besar (Water Islands)
31 August 2018 | Open Roadstead
30 August 2018 | Open Roadstead
29 August 2018 | P Malang Berdaun
25 August 2018 | No Name Anchorage (Bundar Island)
24 August 2018 | Pangkil Island
23 August 2018 | Pulau Abang Besar
22 August 2018 | Benku Island
20 August 2018 | Lingga West
19 August 2018 | Benku Island
18 August 2018 | Pulau Bukit
Recent Blog Posts
15 January 2019 | Kuah Langkawi

Great Day Sailing

20190115 Kuah, (Langkawi) Lat 06 deg 18.664'N Lon 099 Deg 50.245'E I had a nice day today sailing all of the way here, it was a great trip a bit fresh at first but good sailing making about 6 knots most of the way. It was good to sail back into Langkawi, I had forgotten how pretty it was. I am anchored at Kuah again, quite a way out, which is kind of usual for me. But I have plenty of elbow room, and a lot of scope out, so I can feel comfy leaving the boat. I anchored in 5.4 Meters with 1.8 meters of tide, the anchor pulled up hard, in Mud. So all good, that was a pretty good shakedown trip, no real issues apart from the stop button on the engine. I will be here for a few days, getting a few things finalised before I head out towards the Maldives.

14 January 2019 | Bidan Island

Nice Breeze today

20190114 Bidan Island Lat 05 Deg 44.679'N Lon 100 Deg 17.514'E I had a nice day today sailing most of the way here, I was thinking of dropping in to Penang, but as I approached the Northern end I had a good stiff breeze so decided to push on. Its a little bumpy here now, not too bad as we are straight into it, I would have anchored on the SW side of the island, but there were 2 big fishing boats working that area, this is OK and I know the holding is good as we have anchored here many times before. I anchored In 9 meters with 1.1 meters of tide, over a mud bottom. I will head for Langkawi in the morning, hopefully another day like today.

13 January 2019 | Paujang Bay

Lots of fishing boats

20190113 Paujang Bay Lat 05 deg 17.525'N Lon 100 Deg 10.226'E Got up at first light this morning as I had a long day ahead, only to find I must have been in the middle of a school of Fish, as the fishing boats were everywhere, roaring around me and dropping nets left right and center. Somehow I managed to get the anchor up and get out without getting tangled up in a net or rope. After that it was a pretty nice day, lots of trawlers and a mixture of Sailing and Motor sailing. I am anchored out a bit further than last time, there seemed to be some nets where we were previously. I dropped the anchor in 5.5 meters with a 1.6 meter tide. So all good pretty tired and looking forward to a good sleep.

12 January 2019 | P Talang

Back on the Move

20190112 P Talang Lat 04 Deg25.381'N Lon 100 Deg 34.726'E Well we are back on the move again, I managed to get a lot done on the boat whilst at Pangkor Marina, then had a great time back in Aus with the grand kids, and Christmas with Mum and my sisters. I had a lazy motor up here this morning, testing stuff after a 4 month stint on the hard, all went well except for the stop button on the engine which has had the bomb and needs to be replaced, I can still stop it manually down below easily. The water maker made some nice water, so off to a good start. The plan is to get to Africa this year, so we will see how it goes, I'm heading up to langkawi over the next couple of days, then hopefully over to Sabung at the top of Sumatra for a week or so, then on to the Maldives. I dropped the pick in 7.6 meters with 1.5 meters of tide at Lumut, it pulled up ok, I'm a bit further out than on previous visits. There is a fair bit of cloud about, so we will see what the evening brings. Not much else to say, besides its great to be back out on the water.

07 September 2018 | Pangkor Marina

The end of a great year sailing

20180908 Pangkor Marina Lat 04 Deg 12.670'N Lon 100 Deg 36.110E We arrived at Pangkor yesterday after a pretty long day Motoring, there was a fair bit of rain, thunder and Lightning, apart from that not much else to say. This will probably be the last post for a while, we are going on the hard, and after some maintenance on Zoa, we will be heading home to see the Family. Its been a good year, Lots of sailing for a change, went to some great places, made some new friends, a lot of fun. Zoa was great, she looked after us as usual, and was as reliable as ever, we did a lot of miles sailing mostly to windward, not too much Motoring for a change, which was great. Might have another go at the Indian Ocean next year, we will see.

06 September 2018 | Kg Sg Che Lias

Rain Rain go away

20180906 Kg Sg Che Lias Lat 03 Deg 36.995'N Lon 100 Deg 55.962'E Today was a pretty ordinary day really, I woke to what I thought was a bit of cloud breaking up, but it was actually building, it rained all morning, no strong winds, but some thunder and lightnening. The rain stopped at about 13:00 and left an overcast day, and sloppy sea with a bit of wind from time to time, we pretty much motor Sailed all afternoon. But can't complain the anchorage last night was great, we both had a good sleep. This however is only so so, there is a little swell coming from the NW causing us to roll a bit, hopefully it will go away, its not too bad and will do for a night and quick get away in the morning, we are miles out to sea, but well lit up. We anchored in 10.9 meters, with 0.7 meters of tide at Bagan Datoh, the holding was good, you could easily push in much further, but it was almost dark when we anchored, and I could see some sort of structures further in, so didn't want to go any further in the dark. So alls well, and hopefully we wake up to a nice morning, it has been raining or threatening to rain at sunrise for days now, the forecast from the Malaysian met office says it should be fine, we will see.

All going well

12 August 2018 | SW of Anambas
Mick
20180812 SW of Anambas Lat 02 Deg 29.206'N Lon 105 Deg 16.578'E COG 240 SOG 5.7 Knotts We are at sea tonight, all is going well, we have had a pretty good day, a bit slow at first, but going well now. We are approaching the shipping lane so have to keep on our toes, we will maintain this course or close to depending on the wind until we approach the coast tomorrow. Then we will beat down the coast.
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