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Lift Out in Boat Lagoon Marina, Phuket, Thailand

By Val Ellis last modified May 21, 2009 02:06 AM

Published: 2009-05-21 02:06:55
Countries: Thailand

For information to people planning to lift out in either Royal Phuket Marina or Boat Lagoon Marina, Phuket Thailand.

We lifted out in Boat Lagoon, Mr Sin and his crew were very efficient. The quickest, safest shoring, we have ever had the nine years we have owned the boat.

(1). The entrance channel is very shallow, ignore what the pilot books etc. say, we entered on a 2.8 metre tide, and went aground twice! We draw 2 metres. The first time, required the assistance of a Sunsail R.I.B. to pull us off!! (Thanks again guys). The second time was by the diesel quay! Coming out on a 3.2 metre tide, we saw depths of less than 0.5 metres under the keel.

(2). At all costs avoid entering or leaving when the fast tripper boats are using the channel. The drivers (I won't say captains) have no regard for other traffic and enter/leave the marina complexs at speeds in excess of 20 knots. This happened to us when we were aground, and one boat, fitted with three 200 hp outboards, missed collision with us by a metre. The driver had to alter course into the mangroves to avoid a collision. The channel was then full of branches....... The Marina Management were totally uninterested in my complaint to them over this "accident waiting to happen".

(3). Antifoul is very expensive in Thailand. It cost us over £600 to obtain 25 litres on special order from Jotun.

(4). All services and materials purchased in the Boat Lagoon Marina are subject to a 17% surcharge levied by the Marina. Buy what you can "off site".

(5). Living aboard is actively discouraged, we did, just, but it was not a pleasing experience showering off antifoul, paint and other dusts, on the boat.

We still like cruising in Thailand though!

Regards,

Jerry Flint
Yacht Mandarina

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