On the hard:

Post date: Jan 21, 2013 2:09:16 PM

at Krabi Boat Lagoon

It was time to relax and play in Lupari2 - or so we thought. After not moving the boat for 5 weeks we decided that after re-provisioning we would take the boat to a quiet island where we could dive in clean water and clean the propeller of barnacles before going to Phang Na Bay and explore for ourselves. What we found was sad. The prop shaft was loose in the bearing and the boat would have to come out of the water to fix it.

After a slow trip motoring up the east coast of Phuket island, to Yacht Haven marina. We anchored outside the marina and took the dinghy to the dock. There were some very large and expensive boats having work done there. We had a wonderful meal at a local seafood restaurant and then started to look seriously at the problem of where we could come out of the water for a couple of days to replace the cutlass bearing.We could not do it there.

After a few phone calls the most reasonable deal we could find was at Krabi Boat Lagoon, 40 nm across the bay, and the tide would be right for us to enter the channel in 2 days. That would allow us time to get there. Our first anchorage was on the bottom south west corner of Koh Yao Yai (N 07°55.206, E 98°34.429) sheltering from a storm that was threatening. It was a pretty little bay, not far from our intended anchorage but we wanted to anchor before the storm. The next day, after an encouraging start, all sails up and motor off we headed across the eastern half of Phang Na Bay, but the pleasure did not last long. Shortly after rounding the bottom corner of Koh Yao Yai we were faced with a headwind so it was with heavy hearts that we fired up the engine again and motor-sailed the rest of the way to Koh Dam group of islands. The anchorage shown on the guide was not really sheltered in the 15 knot breeze but nearby, under a high rock, was the prettiest location. It was beautiful, calm and quiet. (N 07°58.139, E 99°48.310). We only had 5 miles to go to the entrance of the channel to the marina the next day and the tide would be high enough at 1400 so we could enjoy this little spot for the next morning. It WAS quiet until the longtails and tour boats came past to other locations in the group of islands so we were glad to go when it was “peak hour” at our special little spot.

After negotiating the tricky channel, through shallow mud banks (think Wide Bay Bar without the danger) following the way points we had been given, we pulled into a berth for the night awaiting our turn to be lifted out in the morning. As it happened we were not lifted until later in the day so we could not organise the part we needed that day. The propeller, rudder and shaft had to be removed from the boat and the old bearing extracted and measured– destroyed in the attempt. Then it was the weekend and the chandleries were closed. Mmmm what to do. Now we knew the size we thought about hiring a car and to drive to Phuket to get it. Not that easy! Krabi Boat Lagoon is a long way from anywhere and the only car was in use so we hired a motor bike and rode to Phuket, where we knew there was a part waiting for us. It was a long uncomfortable day on the 125 Honda motor bike. 400Km, 7 ½ hours and rain through spectacular scenery. It was one of the most scenic roads we had ever been on.

The next day we were back on the job. The part fitted, boat put back together and we were ready to go back in the water.

hard at work on the "hard" at Krabi Boat Lagoon

Along with friends, while we were there at the marina, we hired a cab one evening and went to Krabi town for the traditional Thai Loy Krathong festival. It is the “Festival of Light” where people make very beautiful floral offerings with lit candles on them and float them out to sea with good wishes. Hundreds of people were there, families, friends, all respectfully vying for space at the water front. It was a lovely family oriented festival and we enjoyed being part of it.

paper lanterns boy with his krathong

Back in the water and everything was good again with Lupari 2.

Time to relax as we sailed across the bay