After our successful visa run to Kuala Lumpur and completion of refit work at Yacht Haven, extensively described in Refit at Yacht Haven, Phuket and A Grand Day Out , we left Phuket and spent two perfect days sailing to Krabi by way of the Koh Dam Group. Unlike the previous time we stopped here we found a quiet anchorage, away from longtail and speedboat traffic still bringing tourists on day trips to sandy beaches outside the high season.
The passage from the Koh Dam Group to Krabi takes a couple of hours, and must be timed so that arrival is at high water, preferably towards spring tides. The passage up the river to the marina is relatively easy with the waypoints supplied by Krabi Boat Lagoon, but care must be taken…
Waypoints to the mangrove entrance provided by the marina are as follows:
WP1: 07 57.9N 098 55.2E
WP2: 07 58.4N 098 55.7E
WP3: 07 59.1N 098 55.9E
WP4: 07 59.7N 098 56.5E
WP5: 08 00.1N 098.57.3E
WP6: 08 00.8N 098 57.4E
The entrance to the marina through the mangroves is narrow; on the approach we spotted this monitor lizard!
The climate in Thailand is so harsh at this time of year that covering Pipistrelle with tarpaulins to protect from the UV rays from the sun, and daily rain we understand in August and September, made a lot of sense. We also bought and installed a window aircon unit that is sitting on the saloon deck, timed to come on twice a day, and keep the humidity under control. Added to these precautions we installed “roach hotels” and ant poison, to eradicate these insects, which are prolific. Thus Pipistrelle has been thoroughly ‘winterised’ while we spend a few months in Europe.
Krabi Boat Lagoon has air conditioned apartments in the marina complex for rent at The Cleat Condominium, which made life far more comfortable than living on board. The humidity in this season is thoroughly unpleasant!
We were delighted to find that two geckos had climbed on board at some point, probably while we were in Yacht Haven. Geckos live off insects, and whilst not frequent visitors on yachts, are considered to be lucky to have on board!
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