The waiting game 

We had planned to leave Boat Lagoon Marina a couple of days after returning from a three-week break in Australia but it wasn’t until ten days after that we finally got away. 

The “lighthouse” (marina office) at Boat Lagoon Marina
The delicious and cheap lunches (Aus$4 between us) were a compensation for all the waiting

The fitting of a new Balmar alternator and a smart regulator took time. The first alternator was apparently faulty and had to be sent back to the manufacturers and we had to wait while another one was ordered and delivered. 

Staying in a modern marina you could be almost anywhere in the world – until you see sights like this that is!
Waiting was tedious but we filled the time swimming in the pool, doing other boat jobs, catching up with correspondence, doing our tax returns and all that good stuff. And there is always plenty to see and observe which can be entertaining. 

Health and Safety in most places wouldn’t allow children on a travel lift but there were two perched up there!
This was an exciting moment for the family and they had a little ceremony en route to the water with incense burning and prayers
The Boat Lagoon Marina is situated on a huge area which as well as the marina and massive haul out area includes two hotels, condominiums, houses, a supermarket, several chandleries and many other shops, cafes and even a couple of massage places, hairdressers, dentist, clothes shops and a manicurist. 

No motorbikes allowed in the boatyard – so everyone has to park theirs in a multi storey motor bike park!
Next door is another marina and it even has a multi storey boat park
Every day in the cooler air of the evening we set out on a walk round the campus. There was always something interesting to see. 

A military memorial we discovered on our walk
This door looked as though it was painted on but it was in fact real
Once the second regulator arrived the fitting didn’t take long. However, there seemed to be a size issue with the two belts that were required and several times the electrician swapped the ones he was trying to fit for another size. This eventually dragged into days but then at last the job was done!

More of the military memorial
Running out of time to explore the islands over on the Krabi side, before our daughter was due to arrive, we decided to do a little shake down sail to Ao Chalong just to make sure everything that had been newly installed worked. 

Through the mangrove fringed creek on our way out to the bay
We set off along the meandering creek that leads into the Phang Nga Bay, with a pilot of course. 

About ten minutes after the pilot left Capt’n Birdseye discovered the newly installed alternator  and “smart” regulator had stopped working. 

Didn’t like the look of this loose wire
Now it is well known that yachts and other vessels with a deep keel can only navigate the approach to Boat Lagoon at high tide and even then, should only do this with the assistance of a pilot. The tide was high when we left and of course was on its way out again – there was no returning to the marina. 

We managed to get in touch with our electrical contractor who promised to send the electrician out to see what the problem was. Less than hour later he came out on the pilot boat. 

I think the electrician felt a bit seasick
Just some fuses blown he said -so he swapped the 10 AMP fuses that had gone, for 20 AMP fuses. 
Kerbside assistance!
Everything worked fine again and off we went to anchor for the night nearby. But a little voice in the back of my head was saying “fuses blow when something is wrong – they protect your equipment by blowing before anything else does”. Was it wise to put in bigger fuses I wonder?

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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