The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself - John RousmaniereA funny thing happened on the way to Ao Chalong...this was to be another eventful 'maintenance' trip. For some reason, Tientos does not like to be idle for long and throws tantrums, so for a few days it was a plethora of hiccups. Little did we know that 2007 would see most of Tientos' major systems overhauled.
|Calm before the maintenance 'storms'|
Anchoring at Koh Koi Noi for celebratory champagne to toast our refit, we discovered the shower wasn't pumping out, the head wasn't operating and the wind generator wasn't generating. The shower required a new sump hose; the head was a fuse; and the generator was a broken wire. All fixed! Yeah??? Keith also decided this was a good time to fit the boom vang he had purchased in Langkawi.
|Boom vang installed|
|An omen or just a blood moon?|
|Ao Chalong anchorage|
|The yacht club for gear box information|
|Stephen arrives looking the part|
|Nothing but stunning views|
|Even at sunset|
|Stephen hits the water|
|Meals on long tails?|
|Lobster dinner please|
|Come on in...|
|Remember count the kayaks; forget the tourists|
|Tientos from the Hong|
|The ethereal 'Clipper' appears from behind an island|
|Food choices on the beach|
|And on the water|
Doing the dinghy run around, we notice a dismasted yacht in the next bay; this was 'Devotion' that we had seen at Koh Hong. Their chain plates had all given way under sail. So we relocated to Ao Nam Mao to give them a hand to clear the mess.It is always so tragic to see this happen to a yacht.
|To the rescue|
Next it was off to Koh Dam Kwan (also known as the 'chicken islands); so many 'koh's', it was difficult to keep track.
|Chicken Islands for a reason|
|And a great anchorage|
At Phi Phi Don, given my lack of patience, Keith towed me behind the dinghy so I could snorkel the 'fish highway' in a hurry. This gave ideas to the numerous Russian and Chinese tourists who all wanted to hire the dinghy to do the same superficial practice! Naturally, we declined. Keith also had to rescue a broken down long tail to return him to his friends for a working bee on the motor.
|A working bee while the tourists roast|
|Deserted resort and anchorage|
After a wonderful fortnight around the bay, it was back to Phuket to say goodbye to Stephen and get the gearbox and pressure plate overhauled. This was ready a week later, installed by two mechanics (one chronically seasick) all for the heady sum of $AUD800. We were over the moon!
|Durian ice-cream in Phuket is a MUST!|
We caught up with old friends in this area and would like to have stayed but it was time for a planned trip back to Indonesia before returning North again for Merdeka in Penang.
|We will be back!|
May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!