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Cruising Update Maldives January 2004 (2)

By doina — last modified Mar 30, 2004 09:32 AM

Published: 2004-03-30 09:32:26
Countries: Maldives

**Update to Polly Hester’s report of Mid January, 2004**

Clearance

We also agree that you use an agent – in fact, it’s impossible without. We also strongly recommend Abdullah Jaleel at AMSCO. His services are above and beyond reproach. We found him extremely friendly, reasonable in cost and very effective. When you call him on channel 16 go to 72 with him. Ignore the fellow that comes up asking you to go to channel 25 who tells you agents' services are free – they’re not – we know a few who tried! Unfortunately, it is not possible to go to the Hulhumale anchorage directly although Abdullah is trying to arrange this. We just circle around and let the dhoni come to us. AMSCO can be reached by E- Mail in advance at : amsco@dhivehinet.net.mv

Getting work done in Maldives

This trip was strictly a working visit for us. We had established on our last visit in Oct, 03 that we could get a replica 10’6” Boston Whaler built of high tech materials, weight being a prime consideration. This was constructed on Tilafushi Island by Ahmed Luthfi of Guarantee Fiberglass Fabrication, (mb5m@dhivehinet.net.mv). We are absolutely thrilled with the dinghy. It weighed in at 63 kg without the stainless fittings, is extremely roomy and has a lockable locker up front. Price $US 2,500. We also contracted with Michael Koh at Palm Tree Marine, (Boatyard@palmtree.com.mv), to haul us for bottom painting, also in Tilafushi – they also have a store in town. Since they don’t normally haul sailboats we had to pay for the extensions to the poppets but they are available for other cruisers. They have a 50 ton Travel Lift. The yard is extremely clean, toilet and shower facilities good and the staff, mostly imported from Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh are superb. They have excellent workshops in all categories. Since we had to wait for the dinghy we decided to go the whole hog and have the boat completely re-painted. We are delighted with the results, the price was right and highly recommend their services. Visiting town from Tilafushi is not difficult and if you want to save the cruising chips you can, as we did, travel by "Garbage Scow" back and forth for free! There are several good chandleries in town, two of which are owned by Ahmed Lufti and his one store is almost like walking into West Marine!

If anyone wants further information they can contact us at : KO6AV@winlink.org

Keith and Diane Holmes, SY Lady Guinevere

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