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.
20 August 2018 | Lingga West
19 August 2018 | Benku Island
18 August 2018 | Pulau Bukit
16 August 2018 | Pangkil
15 August 2018 | Pangkil
14 August 2018 | No Name Anchorage
13 August 2018 | Tanjung Punggai
12 August 2018 | SW of Anambas
11 August 2018 | Tarempa
11 August 2018 | Tukan Bay
08 August 2018 | Temburn Waterfall
06 August 2018 | Pulau Mandariau
05 August 2018 | Badjau NE
02 August 2018 | Kiabu
25 July 2018 | Padang Melang
23 July 2018 | Tukan Bay
20 July 2018 | Pulau Ayam (Jemaga)
18 July 2018 | Tarempa B
16 July 2018 | Pulau Mubur NE
13 July 2018 | Pulau Semut N
Recent Blog Posts
20 August 2018 | Lingga West

Anchored near the equator

20180820 Lingga West Lat 00 Deg 01.569'S 104 Deg 29.413'E Well here we are anchored on the Equator, or 1.571 Miles south of it. This is a nice spot on the west Coast of lingga Island, we have anchored a fair way out, I'm sure you could push in further but we decided not to. We anchored in 7.4 meters with 1.4 meters of tide at Tanjung Butun, the anchor bit well, there is a little swell coming from the South but its quite comfy, the little swell went away after a while last night. The wind was quite light today and we motor sailed down here, taking the opportunity to make some water. That was the first long motor in a long time, it was a nice trip, pretty hot, but quite scenic, there were a lot of beaches and less mangroves. This spot is surrounded by fishing structures, I did a rough count and there were 75 that I could see, they are a Bamboo structure with a net in the middle and a little hut on top, probably 50 foot or so square, Its a bit of a worry as I doubt they remove the legs when they get old and fall down, we could see a few just sticking out of the water. We might head through the Channel a mile or so to the north of us in the morning, then down to Pulang Berang, we will see what its like on the other side of Lingga. Well that,s plan A we will see what happens. So alls good, feeling a bit lazy, we were going to go to the beach for a walk but both fell asleep this afternoon and left it a bit late.

19 August 2018 | Benku Island

Change of plans

20180819 Benku Island Lat 00 Deg 19.304'N Lon 104 Deg 17.949'E We had a change of plan this morning, it was blowing 18 or so knots this morning maybe 20 from the SE, and as we were heading that way it was a bit uncomfortable. So we decided to bear away and wind our way across the top of Temiang and sail down the Western side of the islands, it was a nice trip quite scenic, the coastline on this side has quite a lot of mangroves. We came in here for a look and decided to stay, its quite nice but a bit far out, the wind is offshore but there is a little swell rolling in from somewhere, were not rolling too much but are bobbing up and down a bit, its quite an open roadstead anchorage, but will do for a night. We anchored in 10.7 meters, with 1.1 meters of tide at Tanjung Pinang, the bottom felt like Mud, the anchor held well. So we didn't get far, but then we are not really going anywhere in particular, just exploring we have to be back in Nongsa in about 10 days as our visas will expire. So all good here, just messing around in boats in Indo.

18 August 2018 | Pulau Bukit

Nice KIds

20180818 Pulau Bukit Lat 00 Deg 27.024'N Lon 104 Deg 25.631'E We didn't move far today, we got up early to get going but when I put my foot on the windlass switch nothing happened. So I spent a few hours sorting that out. By then it was a bit late to make Kentar if Mesanak turned out no good which was highly likely in these conditions, (SE). So we motored around to Benan Island, but there was quite a swell rolling through the anchorage there, so Jan picked out this spot. Its quite comfy now and has been for 4 or 5 hours, hopefully it stays that way. There is a small village on shore so we went in for a look, the kids took us under their wing and showed us all around, it was a nice afternoon, there was a Womans Volleyball match on, we didn't watch for too long, but from what we saw they are pretty good at it. Its a a very small island, pretty basic, but clean and tidy. Not much else to say, we will push on south tomorrow. We anchored in 13 meters with 1.4 meters of tide at Pelabuhan Kijang, I'm not sure what's on the bottom, It didn't feel like rocks, or Coral, there is no indication on the chart, but the general area seems to be Stone, Sand, Mud, or a combination of. The anchor bit well. I need to get an echo sounder that gives a better idea of what the bottom is like.

16 August 2018 | Pangkil

Another Great day Sailing

20180816 Bansa Island Lat 00DegBansa Island 28.036'N Lon 104 Deg 23.033'E We had a nice day today, just a bit long. There was a nice breeze and we left at 1st light, I thought we might have had the current with us for the first couple of hours, but that was not the case, we motored into it for an hour or so to charge the batteries, then we started sailing. The breeze was from dead ahead at about 13 knots, so we had full sail up and were powered up nicely, it was a bit of work as we were in a channel, and every time we got half way across there was a Tug towing a barge in the way, and we would have to tack back early, we must have tacked a dozen times, but once clear of the channel, we were laying the islands and had a great run for 10 or 15 miles. Once here we motored through the islands, checking the charts against google Earth and visually, everything was pretty much on the money. The place we had wanted to anchor at turned out to be a dud, it was a nice spot in a channel up against the Mangroves, but when we anchored the wind blew us too far out into the channel, and we had just seen quite a big local cargo boat go through, so we decided to move. Our second option was quite exposed today, so after some wandering around we decided on this spot just on sunset, a bit late but it seems ok. The chart says the bottom is sand and stone, which probably right as the anchor took a bit to set, it held in the end, but I guess the holding here may not be the best. We anchored in 16.5 meters with 1 meter of tide at Pelabuhan Kigang. So all good, we might scout around here tomorrow if we have good light and see if we can find a nice anchorage.

15 August 2018 | Pangkil

Making Water Day.

20180815 Pangkil Lat 00 Deg 49.415'N Lon 104 Deg 21.009'E We had a bit of a mixed day today, we had to make some water so Motored for most of the morning, but all good the tanks are full now. We tried a few anchorages but there is a SE swell running and it was getting into the 2 we tried, Sembulang would have probably been ok, but it was running into Karis Island, so we thought we would try this spot, and as we approached it started to look familiar, we had anchored here in 2014. So I pulled up the blog and had some info on where to anchor. I ended up a bit SW of last time, but its good, there are a lot of stilt houses and this leaves us well clear, but out of the swell, we are in the current though, its holding us stern into the wind, we may roll a little at the turn of the tide but it should be ok I hope. We will push on down to Senimpan tomorrow, we will have to get going early to try and miss some of the current. We anchored in 14.8 meters with 1.3 merers of tide at Tanjung Pinang, it felt like a Mud bottom. Oh and as I found out this morning the hard way, the flood tide flows NW.

14 August 2018 | No Name Anchorage

Another sucessfull crossing of Singapore Straight

20180814 No Name Anchorage Lat 01 Deg 00.292'N Lom 104 Deg 08.371'E After a lousy night bobbing up and down last night, We got away early and had an trouble free crossing of Singapore Straight. Then we enjoyed some nice sailing for the rest of the day, we had a look at a few anchorages and settled on this one, it seems quite nice, the current is holding us side on to the wind, but its no problem at the moment. It will be good to get a nice sleep tonight, it was a nice run down here from the Anambas about 150 miles as the Crow flies, we sailed almost all of the way, it was on the nose but not too strong, I enjoyed it, and the boat made easy work of it as usual, she goes to weather OK, but doese'nt like it when you pinch too much.( Jan didn't enjoy it as much as me). We have wanted to have a good look around this neck of the woods for a few years, as previously we have had to rush through. So alls good with us and the boat, apart from looking a bit scruffy (Us and the Boat) alls well. We dropped the pick in 13.3 meters with 1.2 meters at Tanjunguban, It pulled up well, Mud would be my guess. I got this anchorage from someone but not sure who, thanks to whoever it was, its a nice spot.

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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