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Old 16-10-2015, 20:22   #1
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Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

I am considering Langkawi as a seasonal alternative base to Subic Philippines.
Keeping the boat there during the Typhoon Season.

Anyone keeping your boat there.....and your thoughts?
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Old 17-10-2015, 04:51   #2
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Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

We have just come from there and the best option in my opinion is Rebak Island Marina, great facility, people and safe harbour.

Telaga Marina is also a good place.

I did NOT think very much of RLYC but to be fair they are renovating....

It also depends on what you wish to spend to moor your boat.


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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

We spent 6 months during the off-season on board at Rebak Marina in Langkawi. Hotter than **** and you have to take a ferry to get to Langkawi Island so it is not very convenient. The monkeys will steal stuff from your boat and the wind can go from 0 to 60 faster than a Porche but all in all it was an interesting/weird experience.

You are well protected from the weather and can spend time going back and forth to Thailand which has many more attractions on offer.

In the final analysis, would not be keen on doing it again.

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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

We left the boat at Rebak a couple of times to come back to the
States for 6 months. Its remoteness means your boat is very secure, but once we did have to wipe out an ant colony. It wasn't that hot because our first purchase on arrival in Singapore was a window air conditioner.
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Reebak is the best marina, telaga a good second but personally if I was living on board I prefer royal Langkawi as its a easy walk to shops and restaurants. It does get some swell in there during the South West.

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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Thanks for the comments.
My experience in Langkawi was for 6 weeks in August 2004 while waiting for new registration after buying Star Gazer.
We stayed in Telega then (before the Tsunami)

Someone told me then that you could slowly cruise between Langkawi and Phuket (or vice a versa) anchoring at night, without first clearing in

Is this True?
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Yup, we had no issues with that...:-)
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Wow....that's just sounds too good to be true?
I could clear out of Phuket with next port listed as Langkawi and take a week piddling south in Thai waters, before returning to my home port in Langkawi.

If so...I am thinking November to May in Philippines, then June to October based out of Langkawi
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

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Reebak is the best marina, telaga a good second but personally if I was living on board I prefer royal Langkawi as its a easy walk to shops and restaurants. It does get some swell in there during the South West.

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I think StarGazer had been hauled out at Rebak by previous owner

What months should I expect SW winds?
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Malaysia in general is very easy for a yacht - no time restrictions, leave it there as long as you like, no taxes or import duty for the boat. We went up and down Langkawi/Achalong (Phuket) several times, took 5 or six days, no-one said anything. We did come across one official in Penang who gave us a blast for not coming in the day we arrived (after hours!) from Subang in Indo, but other than that Malaysia was the most relaxed of anywhere :-)
Wish I could be there again - your plans sound great!
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Note that you must now activate AIS in Thai waters. We always use Langkawi as base, but leave the boat at Port Dickson if doing land travel.


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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Thanks Tientos

Which Marina in Langkawi do you use as a base?

Do any of them offer worthwhile berth discounts if they have a membership program?

As we are about the same size, I am interested in your recommendation for reasonably priced (but SECURE) Marinas, between Langkawi and Singapore Area.

Odds are we will have to leave boat for flights and land trips, so looking at those logistics, since you mentioned Port Dickinson?

One last query. I may have just shot myself in the foot, by changing my registration from St. Vincent & the Grenadines to Langkawi .....

If basing out of Langkawi with a Langkawi registry......would that affect the length of stay there, before any import requirements?

I had heard about AIS in Thailand and I guess that also applies to Singapore..
....Thanks again!
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Hi Pelagic
We don't use marinas where we can avoid them, but have used Royal Langkawi Yacht Club because of close proximity to shopping. Admiral Marina in Port Dickson is preferred option because 45 mins from KL International Airport. (And reasonable prices). Also secure Marina. AIS has been compulsory in Singapore for awhile. Malaysia does not have a problem with leaving yacht (many Singaporeans put theirs there because of lower prices), so if you have their registration, I wouldn't think you had to import, but I am not sure on that one. Cheers
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Hi Pelagic, Thailand allows 4 days for you to clear in. Yachts abusing this privilege are probably responsible for the AIS requirements now. We hop over to Satun, anchor off and clear in there if we want more time. The reverse is easier.
Oh and Admiral have good discounts for long term. Cheers
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Re: Langkawi-Pros and Cons as a yacht base?

Royal Langkawi is a little bumpy in the day with all the ferries. Rebak is expensive and requires a ferry + car rental to go shopping. My preffered marina when shopping is Telaga as the marina office rent out cars at a very reasonable rate. If you are going to Thailand I would recomment checking in at Koh Lipe in the high season or even Satun. The other option in Krabi where we generally keep the boat at Koh Lanta. They don't really care how long it takes to get there. And at this time are not asking about AIS although I have fitted it. PS this is not a cyclone area
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