Visas and Snubbers

The weather is still trying to make up its mind, as you can see below there are still some spectacular squalls passing through, but I think this week might see an end to it all.clouds

The main job this week was to get the visas extended, however the new sails were finished on Tuesday, so I combined a trip to the immigration office in Phuket town with a trip to Rolly Tasker’s sail loft.

First the immigration office was very busy, and after a bit of flapping with photocopies, passport type pictures and initial paper checking we were ready to get a ticket and join the queue, just then the power failed and we were told to come back in the afternoon and join an even bigger queue. So off we popped to the sail loft.


The sails looked great, I particularly enjoyed seeing them folded up perfectly. Something you can never really do on a boat cruising, as there’s never that much space, either on the boat or dockside.


This is the Yankee pictured above, clew on the bottom left. It’s massive. I have no idea where the term Yankee originated, but it’s quite an old term, as this type of setup I have with the front headsail flying from the tip of the bowsprit is a very traditional arrangement, not usually seen on modern boats.


This headsail has an adjustable leech line and foot line, I have no idea why it has a foot line, perhaps it will become obvious when I start sailing with it. The Leech line goes up to the head and back down the through the luff, as you cant reach the clew from the deck, it flies so high.
After the sailmakers we headed over to AME at the boat lagoon to get bits and pieces. I have read enough from the anchoring book to feel confident that I have to have a nylon snubber in my anchor setup, and that it can’t run from the anchor platform roller, in a F8 the twisting forces on the bowsprit are massive, also without a snubber, the chain has no slack once you get to 35 ish knots of sustained wind, so the shock loads on the anchor and deck gear are excessive. I have decided to rig up a snubber that runs from the lower bobstay fitting at the waterline, for 5 meters to the chain. I have sketched the theory below.anchor-snubber

The snubber line cost me some £40 in bits, I bought a proper chain grip like this one, which is designed to hold the chain properly.



This design looks the part, bad-hookbut after reading my anchoring book, I found out this puts a lot of stress on the link it pulls on, and when calculating loads in the overall anchoring system, from, holding power, to breaking loads on chains, it really is a case of knowing ‘your weakest link’. Sorry about that 🙁


From the chandlers, back to immigration, and we were relieved to see the traffic lights working again on the way, hopefully meaning the power was back. Not so relieved to see scores of people queuing outside the office, but it seems that was for something else. We got in the extension queue and only had about 8 people ahead of us, so after an hour or so and we were done. The man ahead of Kathy had overstayed by two days, and received a heavy fine, as he got the passport back, the immigration officer told him that next time he saw him, he might give him a ten year visa, when the man looked at him a bit confused, the officer said quietly, “for your prison stay” and then waved him away.

From there we headed out to a beach overlooking Chalong bay for a drink and rest.westcoast-beach

Then onto the west coast via a cross country route we hadn’t used before. I had a lovely swim at Kata beach as Kathy watched the sunset;kata-beach

We then popped into Patong town for some shopping and then home.tigers

On Monday we set sail for ten days, before coming home. Im thinking we will head up towards Myanmar, and look at the NW coast of Thailand, we can do Phang Na bay on the way south in January. I have agreed to get the bowsprit replaced in January as well, so it’s going to be busy then.

Paul C.


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