Welcome ! - Langkawi Link Sailor's CornerIf you came here with a boat, here are things to know.  If you have any questions, please ask us. Sailor's Corner will then grow and help everyone.  We have also added Joke Corner, to which you are invited to send your jokes and anecdotes.  Please send questions/jokes/stories to me on our contact form.

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Tips on Living here:

For the tips on 'living here' - see Living in Langkawi in the Tips for Langkawi.

Need a new book to read?

In S.K. Intertrade (close to Bayview Hotel) you will find a good library in alphabetical order.
You pay a small depoisit - and if book isn't returned within one month, 'consider it sold'.

In "The Pier Restaurant" you can swap books for free.

When you're at SK Intertrade you might want to check this out:

SUGGESTION: The best cruising guide for this whole region is 'Sail Thailand', now in it's 4th edition. It includes Langkawi and the Mergui Archipelago. It's a great book and is a MUST for every sailor around here.

You can buy for RM75 at S.K. Intertrade in Kuah Town (Near the Bayview Hotel).

The book is high quality printing with a lot of glossy pictures - but the binding is very poor.
It will fall apart within a short time. S.K. Intertrade will re-bind it for you straight away when you buy it, with a perfectly fitting spiral binding - for free! Just ask them.

WARNING: Dinghies left in places with security, such as Jeti Pelancongan or RYLC, can be considered safe for temporary periods while ashore in daylight hours. However, as is the general rule anywhere in the cruising world, if left in remote places or with no security they are at risk and liable for theft. This also applies, while in any anchorage, for dinghies that are NOT in davits, or on deck, or not secured with heavy stainless cable and locks if they are left in the water overnight.  "Better to be safe than sorry"

Pierre: 30 Nov. 2009Kayu Manis - Langkawi Gazette

Langkawi has quite some beautiful, traditional boats that are available for charter.

Here we present the

Kayu Manis

Kayu Manis has two meanings:

1 - In common Indonesian and Malay it means 
     CINNAMON (The spice)
2 - Litterally, it means SWEET WOOD.

Langkawi International Yacht Registry:

Anyone can register a yacht in Malaysia.
You don't need to be a resident and due to
duty free status there's no import duty to pay.
By following the guidlines set out below,
you or your agent can lodge an application
at the Harbour Master office at Level One,
Jetty Point, Kuah, 9 - 5, Sun-Thu, 04-9666134
(which is the same office for Check IN/OUT)

Items needed: 

Completion of forms (which are supplied) for the following items: 
 1.  Application of Approved Name or Change of Name (if applicable)
 2.  Application to Register Yacht  
 3.  Declaration of Ownership. 
 4.  Particulars of Yacht.
One copy of other items required from either originals or copies:
 5.  Copy of front page of passport.
 6.  Builder's Cerificate (only if a new construction).
 7.  Bill of Sale. (from when you bought the boat)
 8.  Copy of Certificate of Previous Registration (whether current or expired) 
 9.  Deletion Certificate (from country where present registration was cancelled)
10. Colour photograph of boat. (printout of close-up digital shot is okay)

Applications will be accepted, ONLY when ALL items above are supplied.
Applications take approximately 6 weeks to be processed in Port Klang Head Office.
Applicant is notified by phone or email to collect new registration at Kuah office.
Upon collection, pay one time fee of RM1,140.00 plus RM380.00 one year registration.
Each year thereafter, you pay RM380 annual registration fee. The fees can only be paid by Bank Cheque or money order from the post office, or by your agent.

Note: Of above items, only # 3. (Declaration of Owner) must be signed by the owner.
All other items can be supplied/signed by an agent and lodged on owner's behalf.

For a fee of RM350, I can act as agent, which includes gathering all the above items, lodge applications and collect the new registration, and also obtain the fees from the applicant and pay everything on his behalf. This service is particularly suited to absentee owners, or those who don't wish to spend long periods in a Government office filling in complicated forms and getting Bank Cheques or money orders.

Call agent Bob McKean +(6)014-2535038 or email: info@yachtbroker-charters.com

The two seasons in Langkawi are the "Wet" South West Monsoon from June to October when prevailing winds of 10 - 25 knots are from the south west. The "Dry" North East Monsoon is from December to April,
with mainly 5 - 20 knot north east winds. May and November are the
'in-between-seasons' transitional months with variable winds.

A brief summary of the main weather features for each month:

December, January, February: Mostly fine & sunny. Great sailing with NE winds.
March, April:  Some showers & late thunderstorms. More humid. Light NE winds.
May:  T'storms & humidity increase as rainy season approaches. Winds variable.
June, July:  Rain most days. Strong SW winds and possibly 30-50 knot Sumatras.
August:  Less rain but strong SW winds. Some sunny days with occasional showers.
September, October:  Back to rain, strong SW winds & some 30-50 knot Sumatras.
November:  Less rain, more sunshine and variable winds, slowly going back to NE. 

Time and Time Again:

A doctor, examining a sailor, asked, "When was the
last time you had relations with a woman.
The sailor replied, "About 2000".

The doctor was more than a little surprised and
said, "That was a long time ago!"

Looking at his watch, the sailor said,
"Yeah doc and it's already 1300 hours the day after".

CARTOON OF THE WEEK:   The best of the nautical cartoons from Cartoon Stock will
be shown here and changed each week. Why? Just for fun and to brighten your day

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Oops!! Did I forget something??                   

Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied.

After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch..

So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. NOW REMEMBER...THIS IS TRUE. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.  (From Len, Tampa, FL .....thanks Len....Bob)


DID YOU KNOW THIS ? It was necessary to keep a good supply of cannon balls near the cannon on old war ships. But how to prevent them from rolling about the deck was the problem. The best storage method devised was to stack them as a square based pyramid, with one ball on top, resting on four, resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem -- how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others.

The solution was a metal plate with 16 round indentations, called, for reasons unknown, a 'Monkey'. But if this plate were made of iron the iron balls would rust to it. The rusting problem was fixed by making them of brass - hence, 'Brass Monkeys'.

Few landlubbers realise that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. But, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannon balls would come right off the monkey and roll around the deck. 

Thus, it was quite literally, "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.

And all this time, you thought that was just a vulgar expression, didn't you?

*** Submitted by Henry Qld. Australia.    (Good one ...thanks Henry....Bob)


A Letter to 'Dear Dr. Phil' ...subject: Fishing:

"Dear Dr. Phil,

When I retired, I could hardly wait to spend time enjoying my favorite pastime -- trout fishing.   I got my own little fishing boat and tried to get my wife to join me, but she just never liked fishing.

Finally, one day at the Bait & Tackle Shop, I got to talking to Sam the shop owner who it turned out loves trout fishing as much as I do.

We quickly became fishing buddies.

As I said the wife doesn't care about fishing. She not only refuses to join us she always complains that I spend too much time fishing.

A few weeks ago Sam & I had the best fishing trip ever.  Not only did I catch the best trout you've ever seen, only a few minutes later Sam must have caught his twin brother!

So I took a picture of Sam holding up the two nice trout that we caught and showed the picture to the wife hoping that maybe she'd get interested.

Instead she says she doesn't want me to go fishing at all anymore! And she wants me to sell the boat immediately!!!  I think she just doesn't like to see me enjoying myself.

What would you do? Tell the wife to forget it and continue my hobby or quit fishing and sell the boat as she insists? 

Thanks.     (P.S. I have enclosed is a picture of Sam with the two trout we caught.
As you can see...their a couple of beauties)".

"Dear Fisherman,

Get rid of that narrow minded wife.
That's a nice pair of trout!
Sincerely.........Dr. Phil "







(Thanks to Kelvin, Gold Coast, Australia.
I agree.... they're two lovely trout - Bob).