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

James Bond Island

07 February 2016
James Bond Island

January 31, 2016

Motoring in Phang Nga Bay is a little tricky as the charts leave much to be desired and you can’t read the water because it is too murky. Many areas are very shallow and the tides on a full and new moon range about 2 ½ meters so one must always know where you are.

We proceeded slowly and then followed some of the large passenger vessels to get to our destination which was spectacularly beautiful, especially on a sunny clear day. We ran out of water quickly and had to do a 180 to stay in deeper water where we anchored and quickly got in the dingy to go ashore.

Again there was a zoo. Here there were maybe 20 boats, some very large, with several hundred people on the shore obscuring most of the beach and the souvenir huts. The rock formations are unique and photogenic and we first did a circumnavigation of the island. One bay was buoyed off so that you couldn’t approach it from the beach. What we didn’t expect was the 300 Batts National Parks fee per person! That’s about 11 dollars per person. Unfortunately, Thailand does not sell a single National Parks pass so they charge at every island park and it becomes very onerous for cruisers who are living on a budget.

We look forward to returning with our guests and to watching “Man with a Golden Gun”. After another day we wanted to get away from the crowds and find a deserted anchorage where we can clean the bottom of the boat. The trip to Ko Roi was quick but we didn’t find desolation. This stop must be on the Sunsail/Moorings charter itinerary and we had maybe a half dozen sailboats per day visit this “remote” island. There was a small hong of little note but the water was clearer than anywhere else we’ve seen here in the Bay and after a few days we completed our set task.

Now we have been awaiting our company and not traveling much. Many chores and repairs have been completed and we are getting close now to sailing to Yacht Haven Marina to pick up Wendy and Byron next week. The weather has become somewhat gusty with large accelerations, up to 30 knots, next to the high islands and we have lots of scope out on our anchor chain! We don't wish to drag and hope the charter boats know how to anchor as well. We look at the charter fleet as “a new paint job has just anchored”..........

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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