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`SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007′ … 6 OF 24 … Kalabahi Island of Alor from `2nd August 2007.

***   FIRST HALF OF RALLY … DARWIN TO BALI, INDONESIA   ***

KALABAHI, ISLAND OF ALOR … LEFT AT 0630, 7TH AUGUST 2007

HOUSING, BOATS AND KILLER CURRENTS …

IMG_0487 Deja Vu

* Deja vu using wind and currents! *

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* LOCAL INDONESIAN FISHING BOAT WITH UNIQUE SAILS! *

WHERE TO BUILD YOUR HOME?

Fishing huts on sandbar

* FISHING HUTS ON SANDBAR … ONE STORM WOULD REMOVE THEM! *

The winds and sea are very slight and I had to motor almost all day (apart from 2-3 hours when we (Déjà vu and I) enjoyed a 10 knot NE’er. Boring information really. Quite a few of the fleet anchored at mid-day, which I thought a waste of good time.

So, tomorrow I expect more motoring with our destination being an island called Lembata. We are getting reports of theft from yachts here in Lembata and yachts are leaving as a result?

The fleet is having trouble connecting with Brunei Sailmail so my communications are a bit dysfunctional.

SINKING FISHING BOATS …

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* THE CONSTANTLY SINKING FISHING BOAT FLEET! *

These small dinghies are usually crafted from a single tree trunk … with the boat-builder using a number of hand tools … primarily a flat faced tool, similar to a mattock, attached to a pick handle and swung much like an axe. A new dingy came along-side at an anchorage called Monkey Beach … in company with two other dinghies … and I was told `in private’, the new dingy was only two days old and wasn’t any good … it leaked … well, well, what a surprise!

These designs were the outrigger style with the outrigger being a length of 150 mm diameter bamboo and the collection of tree/bush knuckles used to connect the outrigger to the canoe defies description by word … I did, however, take a few photographs and will forward them to those interested in Indonesian dingy design!

NOISY SINGLE CYLINDER DEISEL ENGINES …

Another `constant’ amongst Indonesian fishing boats above the dingy size … say, 6 – 13 metres … was the addition of a single cylinder (made in China) diesel motor … the bigger the craft, the bigger the single cylinder motor. These motors were attached directly to the propeller shaft … no clutch, or gearbox of any kind … therefore, the craft had to be pointing in the general direction it was to travel, to avoid hitting obstacles … such as Sail Indonesia cruising yachts … before the motor was started! And to come alongside without major collision, required the motor to be `cut’ 30-40 metres from its destination (i.e. a Sail Indonesia cruising yacht) and most of the time paddles were employed to get alongside. If a craft had to nose into a tight berth, with the need to reverse out … they would drop a stern anchor about 20-30 metres from the berth … and come time to reverse out, would simply pull the stern anchor in … clever little devils. One of our yachts wasn’t so lucky and a large hole was expertly punched into its side as a result of a `T Bone’ collision from a poor approach by a supplier of fuel! I often wondered how the Insurance Company reacted to such a claim Cause of collision. “Rammed by out-of-control fishing boat acting as a fuel supply merchant!” Most of our supplies came to us via this method and a `fee’ is applied for this service.

These boys were also the `Middle Man’ in the trading of pearls and I’m certain, made handsome profits. They did from me!

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* LABUAON BAJO-INDO SEPTEMBER 2007 … LARGE BOAT, BIG NOISE! *

With larger craft (ferries which ran regular services to outlying villages and heavily laden with people) … around 15-17 metres … where more speed and therefore, more power was required … just stick-in another motor and duplicate the prop shaft rig etc. … put the second propeller shaft through the hull at a different angle! Now, with two engines under full power, we had a SUPER noise … and lots and lots of dirty diesel fumes, as I suspect the fuel is poorly filtered and the diesel engines received little sophisticated servicing. The exhaust dirt was hard to hide, as the entire craft is black with soot!

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* ALOR – INDONESIA – 4 AUGUST 2007 … ISLAND COMMUTER FERRY. *

BEWARE … MANY LIGHT HOUSE ARE NOT FUNCTIONAL …

A good time to note that many navigation lights in Indonesia do not work! A little further down the track, the navigation beacon; on a significant island (again inhabited by fishermen’s huts and families) had been removed entirely, leaving just a large concrete block base. A nasty situation if you are relying on them at night.

They are showing on your Chart Plotter!

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