|The Brightly Colored "Lego Barge" Came Over The Horizon This Afternoon - At 2 Knots|
|Our Track Is The Black Line, With Destination Nongsa Point At Lower Right|
Right now, from our berth in the marina we can identify over 420 discrete vessels in the Singapore Straits, all individually identified and tracked on the plotting system.
The straits are very busy, and we find the AIS system essential for safe navigation here (see our AIS technology primers Part1, Part2 and Part3 for background).
Puteri Harbour had very few visitors, and lacks any useful services except fuel supply, though it is safe, clean and inexpensive. But I've never been in a marina that was so ....... soul less.
When the wind came up we managed to sail for just two hours today, roughly a quarter of the 8 hour voyage, which is about average for this part of the world. But the sailing was a delight, a reminder of why we chose this life style.
Here at Nongsa Point the welcome and atmosphere are completely different to Puteri Harbour. Staff are more competent and confident, and there are active sailors and cruisers on many of the boats here. The place has a nice buzz about it, with sail training yachts and dive charters moving about the harbour. The attached resort provides a pool, bar and meals, and the local ferry terminal has regular services to Singapore. We're impressed. We'll be here for a few weeks whilst we prepare for the next phase of our cruising life.