Pacific Transit 2013 to Asia and Thailand 2016

We spent 2014 in Fiji, 2015 in New Zealand and 2016 in Malaysia and Thailand. Always Saturday was sold in 2016 in Malaysia

07 February 2016
24 January 2016
14 January 2016
12 January 2016 | Phe Phe Lee
31 December 2015 | Debut, Indonesia
27 October 2015
29 September 2015 | Medana Bay, Lombok Indonesia
16 September 2015
07 September 2015
01 September 2015 | Hoga
20 August 2015
26 July 2015 | Debut, Indonesia
21 July 2015 | Horn and Thurdsday Island, Australia
16 July 2015 | Thursday Island and Horn Island, Australia
07 July 2015 | Lizzard Island, Australia

Pangkor Island Marina, Lumut, Malaysia

10 December 2015
Singapore is definitely first world! The streets are in good condition with expensive stores, buildings, cars well dressed people, and lots of luxuries. There is a hustle around town with lots of commerce. The supply stores are loaded with inventory. People are working. We saw no homeless people on the street. The hotels are expensive as are the restaurants. That is excepting if you eat in the food courts where there is a good deal of cheap Asian food. No evidence of economic downturn here. .

Our next destination was Pangkor Island Marina where the rally was to meet. We spent 3 weeks with diesel mechanics and welders getting our needs met and left as soon as we could. It didn't take us long to discover that the diesel mechanics left much to be desired and we had a persistent leak of diesel fuel as we had to motor 35 hours to our next stop. We had to stop every few hours to clean up the diesel under the engine. In the end we discarded about 15 liters of fuel!

What was most memorable and interesting was our trip down the Malaaca Straits. Commercial vessels travelling west all have to go down the 200 mile stretch of channel. They on average pass every 12 minutes. Out of the channel, small and medium size fishing vessels lay out fishing nets perpendicular to the direction of traffic. Travelling at night, therefore is too hazardous unless one stays in or on the fringe of the main shipping channel. During the day you have to concentrate just to avoid collisions.

To avoid the small traffic we had to get in close to all these large and sometimes huge ships. Many travelled at about 25 knots so they came up fast and were about 100 yards or more away from us. During the day we got used to it. At night it felt more dangerous, however, since we have AIS we could see all the boats and they could see us so our anxiety level wasn't off the wall. We travelled all night and by the end of the darkness we exited the channel and headed for our destination. We wanted to arrive at marina ahead of our friends so that we could arrange to have our engine worked on without having to wait in line for workers.

So here we are now. 3 weeks later and we hope today our engine will be reassembled and will work.

We had a nice trip to Kuala Lumpur. We had a lot of fun at the Chinese market and toured Petronus Towers. It too is a rich city being the financial capitol of Malaysia. The Malaysian Ringgit has bottomed out against the USD and is very cheap which allows Americans to see bargains in everything purchased. Labor is very cheap here and menial laborers earn about 3 to 4 dollars a day. Many boat owners come here to refurbish their vessels and although we still want to sell Always Saturday we still need to have work done on her to keep her in working order.

So we hope to be on our way soon! On our way to Langkawi and then Phuket, Thailand

From the crew of Always Saturday
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Vessel Name: Always Saturday
Vessel Make/Model: Ross-Brewer 12.8
Hailing Port: Cary, NC
Crew: Ron Epner and Nancy Bertha
Home Page: svalwayssaturday.com
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Assorted photos around the marina and boatyard
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Small village of boatbuilders by hand
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Photos from Cairns
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Trip to Australia and Arrival
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Damaged Propeller, Bottom Painting, Installation of Solar Panels
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Annual Regatta including superyachts
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Photos from the most northern tip of NZ, Cape Reinga Light house with view of surroudings. Cathedral Cove, a tourist attraction on the east coast of the North Island at low tide. Newmont Mining gold mine on the North Island of NZ
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First Few Days in San Crlistobal Galapagos
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