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Old 05-10-2008, 02:10 AM   #1
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Hi all. I've been reading your posts and they look interesting, enjoyable to read, and informative. We have been sailing our 48 ft Samson C-breeze ferro cement ketch since 2002. Left Vancouver, BC in August, down the coast to Mexico, across the Pacific to French Polynesia, cruised the several south pacific Islands to New Zealand. From there, we headed north through Vanuatu, Solomons, PNG, Palau and then to Southern Philippines. Now, we are in the Davao gulf, in a beautiful Island called Samal.

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Ellen,

Samal is certainly a beautiful Island - not many cruisers go there nowadays, suppose because of the proximity to perceived rebel activity. At least at 7 degrees north it escapes the typhoons!

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Thanks Richard. No rebels here that's for sure. We've been here since December waiting for the new slipway to finish so we can haul out. By the way, are you the Richard of Richard's Net? Just wondering ... cuz we tried checking in during our passage from Palau, but couldn't hear anything. Maybe too close?

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Hi Ellen,

That's me. The problem of communication this last year was/is lack of Sunspots = poor radio propagation. Also the time of day for the frequency meant talking to Palau would be very difficult - sometimes I could hear the boat but they would not hear me. Were you using a Canadian VE.... call? Whats the name of your C-Breeze? When you have time - send me details of the new haulout its LAT/LONG - cost etc (once it is operating) Is it designed mainly for the fishing boats ??

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Welcome aboard Ellen. We hope to hear lots from you.

Hope you can find time (& connection time) to contribute to the Cruising Wiki about that wonderful area where you are - and, of course, the Pacific that you transited.

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Welcome Ellen,

Yes Samal is an out of the way place. I married my wife for the second time on Samal. The first time was in the Oakland Calif. courthouse. The Gulf of Davao is my actual destination in life. As you look to the left of the city at Mt. Apo you are looking at my future home. Enjoy Davao, and go to Jack's Ridge for a wonderful view, and an inexpensive delicious dinner. The BBQ ribs are something the American south has yet to taste......YUMMMMMMY...One last thing to taste is Durianworld & JBC candies made from durian, and other fruits......ENJOY
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Cruisers certainly make the world a lot smaller !!!

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Mount Apo - the highest mountain in the Phippines
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Wow that is an excellent picture of Mt. Apo. Most of the time, it is hidden inside the clouds.

Our sailboat name is Wiskun and I have a KG6 __ call sign (took my exams in Zihuatanejo, Mexico organized by a few volunteer Americans). I am currently traveling and will be out of the country. I promise to post more info when I come back, about the slipway and how it is progressing. It is located right beside the Ferry Terminal and is meant for pleasure crafts as well as fishing vessels + the ferries. We hope to have our cradle built similar to the one we had in NEw Zealand, and yes we will be the first sailboat to haul out here.

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MMNETSEA,

Some cruisers just don't realize how small our community is. Some have found that their reputation preceedes them....lol

Ellen,

I would love to see some pics of the marina developing. There isn't much online about it. I was going to have a mooring ball placed for Imagine. At least that was my thought. Imagine is 23'3" at her beam. Is this something that will be able to be hauled there?

My wife climbed Apo for many years. I have driven up the mountain a couple of times to about 2,500 feet. The weather at that height is fantastic with the breeze. Looking forward to getting any information you can share....Thanks, John
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Hi John, I think lifting a catamaran would be difficult. Who knows? Here, plans seem to change just as fast as the winds . However, there is talk of making another slipway in the marina which would be wider. But construction is painfully slow here and I think that will not be ready until next year. FYI, below is a copy of my contribution to noonsite.com:

New Marina and slipway in Samal Island, Davao Gulf, Philippines

Created by doina. Last modified on 2008-04-27 10:44:37

Countries: Philippines

Construction is underway for a new Marina in the Island Garden City of Samal (711.94N, 12542.74E). It is located in the very northern tip of the Island as part of a real estate development including a subdivision, condominiums, a resort hotel and spa facilities. The marina has a capacity of 108 yachts ranging from 9.76 meters to 20 meters long. It will be complete with water and power connections, showers, laundry area, a pump-out station and a convenience store. The plan also includes a one-stop check-in and out facility with Port and immigration officials within the marina. The target finish date for the marina is late 2008 or early 2009. Visit their website at http://www.holidayoceanview.com/ for updates.

In conjunction with the marina, construction of a slipway and boatyard is in progress (707.25N, 12540.36E). This will be the only slipway in the gulf and is capable of hauling out up to 250 ton vessels. The slipway is almost finished, but the boatyard will not be ready until the 3rd quarter of 2008. Construction of cradles for yachts will start immediately as soon as the slipway is finished.

Davao City in southern Mindanao is typhoon free and winds are mostly not stronger than Force 4. It is a safe haven for riding out the typhoon season and for storing vessels while yachties fly home. There are direct flights to some southeast asian cities from here, or connections are available to anywhere in the world from Manila.

The Island Garden City of Samal is an island located in the Davao Gulf. The western coast facing the mainland is lined with resorts and hotels due to its nice beige-white sandy beaches. Here, village life is still enjoyed. It is tranquil and peaceful. However, should the need arise, city life, theaters, supermarkets and shopping malls are only a 5 minute ferry ride away.

We have sailed straight to Samal from Palau in December 2007. Currently, we are tied next to the slipway waiting for it to be finished so we can haul out. Anyone needing further information about this article is welcome to email me direct at wiskun@msn.com

Ellen Lee-Kwen, SV Wiskun

ps We have thrown in 2 cement culverts (chained together) and a mooring line. The current is quite strong in the narrow channel between Samal and the mainland, but we had no problems. Now, we are safely tied right beside the slipway construction where a hole was dug deep enough for our keel.
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I have added the info to the Cruising Wiki - Davao (and see "Offshore islands")
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Ok, I have tried to put in some items. I am still figuring out how to add items and pictures here. I guess this will be a slow progress-as-I-learn project .

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Hi John, I think lifting a catamaran would be difficult. Who knows?

Cheers,

Ellen
John and Ellen,

If the haul out is on a railed slipway , the type that is commonly seen in S.E.A. Then hauling a Catamaran is actually a lot easier than a mono-hull with a keel. They generally place planks across the wheeled chassis , then manoeuver the cat over the planks and bingo she is out.

Been there, done it.

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Ok, I have tried to put in some items. I am still figuring out how to add items and pictures here. I guess this will be a slow progress-as-I-learn project .

Cheers,

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Thanks for contributing to the Wiki - you're doing great. The more you use it the easier it gets.
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