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Old 01-07-2009, 07:00   #16
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Enjoy it while you can.

US CONSORTIUM PLANS US$100 MILLION CASINO RESORT FOR ISLANDS
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THE Cambodian government is negotiating with a US-based business group, which proposes “large-scale’’ tourist development of two islands in the Gulf of Thailand, according to officials. Deputy Tourism Minister Thong Khon said Island Development Group Inc., a consortium from Las Vegas, Nevada, has proposed investing US$100 million to build a casino and hotel resort on Rung and Rung Sanleum islands.
Most if not all the local islands have been signed up on 99 year development leases. Koj Pous is either finished or nearly finished, including a road bridge from the mainland to the island (I'm not sure this has made the local charts as yet - it might be considered something of an itsy-titsy hazard to shipping, like I have something in my rigging).

Development on the other islands has wither not started or significantly reduced/delayed. This is a combination of events, from the Global slow down, the arrival of a significant onshore development to the commissioning of the new extended runway at Sihanoukville which will enable international flights. There are calls on the government to review some of the stall projects: The deputy director i\of the Cambodian Investment Board issued a warning to the investors, hoping the delays on 99year projects will be brief. The government is also under pressure from environmentalist over the impact these developments will have on the ecology - several proposed 18 hole golf courses which would have seen much of the virgin forests cut down..

What will be interesting to see if visiting yachts will be welcomed on these proposed destination islands - will the potential new restaurant customers win over he 'get out of our exclusive bay' mentality. Someone with more Caribbean Resort experience might be able to add pointers here. Maybe I need to drop a line to Sboang Sarath, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, to ask how cruising will be accommodated/promoted in this area. Potentially, the waters here have lots to offer.

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Old 31-10-2009, 13:27   #17
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John Welsford Designs
I looked at the Swaggie and one of my design criteria ruled it out.

I started looking at a custom design when the original limiting criteria changed: That's put Swaggie back on the shopping list - having built ply boats (stick'n'glue) before means this is well within my capacity.

The only sticking point is his 'off-watch seats'. Personally when single-handed, I am either at the helm or asleep. His off-watch position means I cannot see the sea which I think is unseamanship-like for a single-hander. In my original custom design I designed an interior nav area with 360 visibility - you are comfortably inside in the warmth and dry yet still able to keep a good lookout. I've just discovered this nav area will neatly fit in the Swaggie layout - I just lose one quarter berth.

I'll need to run the mod past John re weight and structural strengths issues but this design might be it.

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