Whimoway has been on the hardstand here for 9 months whilst
the restoration of the yacht Cariad continues. The yard is on a river, and the
town where it is located, Ban Che Bilung, is home to a large fishing fleet.
A large barge navigates through here laden with bricks and
whilst we were on the mooring we had to be on constant alert
for its arrival, as there is not much room for error.
We have made many friends here and how they manage to do
their work with limited modern equipment never ceases to
They moved a mast weighing 2 tonnes one day by lifting one
end with a crane and placing the other on a ute!
They climb into drums which are lifted by crane to construct
frames or even change light bulbs! As boats come in to
be docked they swim under them to place them in position
on the trolleys. At the moment they are constructing a
new concrete jetty basically by hand although they built
a piledriver on rails to ram in the concrete pylons.
It is a very busy yard and caters for local boats as well
as foreign yachts. For Chinese New Year the management
provided staff with a feast of food, entertainment and
karaoke and on Mike’s birthday Miss Oh made him