• August 8, 2020 at 11:02 am #47636

    Hi Liz and Jamie,

    We are enjoying your vlogs and find them useful. We are only sailing local waters at this stage but hope to venture further afield in the hopefully not too distant future. Can you do a segment on how to get hold of pilot books, anything else that is useful that is better on paper etc? I’m sure I can google all this but nice to hear from experienced sailors. Thanks, Ruth

    September 14, 2020 at 4:18 pm #47798

    Hi Ruth, our apologies for not getting back to you sooner. We got tied up with the rally but now we’re back online and are doing some catching up.

    I’m trying to work out how we could cover this off in an episode. For us we tend to buy a pilot book either when we’re back in the UK visiting relatives and planning to move the boat on in the near future, or we swap books with other yachties who are passing in the other direction. There’s really not much more to it than that. In SEAsia there are few pilot books of note, but the ones that are used frequently can be purchased locally. One pilot book, the Indonesian guide, was not available in Malaysia, but we were able to purchase the digital version and use the ipad to view it. TBH this can be a pain – a pilot book is one of those references that work best on paper as you’re frequently flicking backwards and forwards through the pages.

    Other pilot books are infrequently updated. The one that comes to mind is the Red Sea pilot. It is an excellent book and the only one available for that area I think, yet it was last updated many years ago! I think that is an Imray publication.

    All that said, we will bear this topic in mind for a future episode. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I’m interested to know your plans. When are you looking to venture further afield?

    Peace and fair winds!

    November 27, 2020 at 4:49 pm #48318

    Hi Jamie, sorry for my slow reply! I look at your site all the time but hadn’t twigged that you had replied … duh. I’m dreaming of doing Indo. I’m a doctor and have learned Bahasa, so have fantasies of visiting small islands and trying to do a bit of good along the way. Pipe dream stuff I’m afraid, as you need to bring a lot of meds in and Customs take a dim view of an Aussie bringing stuff in. Also Fiji of course. We’d love to sail around Tasmania. Stunning waters with history +++. Anywhere really! Thanks for your vlogs. It’s our weekend treat and we’ve learned heaps. Really practical advice and balanced views. Ruth

    November 27, 2020 at 5:11 pm #48324

    I’m a doctor and have learned Bahasa, so have fantasies of visiting small islands and trying to do a bit of good along the way.

    Ooooh, so many of them need your help! The Anambas islands and Mentawais immediately spring to mind, but there are hundreds of others. Did you see the video about the doctor we met in the Mentawais off west coast Sumatra? He’s a Kiwi who’s been helping the local people since the Tsunami in 2004. Here’s the link to our video

    Dr Derek Allen and his charity, TROPPODOC – http://www.troppodoc.com/

    Peace and fair winds!

    November 28, 2020 at 7:06 pm #48344

    Yes thanks Jamie for the reminder. I’ll try to get in touch with him. We just have to get #3 child through her final year of school then we’ll be off!
    thanks, Ruth

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