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Old 20-11-2010, 22:10   #1
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Hi,

I'm planning a trip from Australia to the United Arab Emirates, probably via Christmas Island and Maldives.

Has anyone done this route recently?

Any suggestions / observations gratefully received !

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Old 21-11-2010, 00:43   #2
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Steer clear of Somalia??
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Old 21-11-2010, 02:36   #3
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Oh, so is Somalia a dangerous place then ?
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Old 21-11-2010, 03:45   #4
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Has anyone done this route recently?
No, but did Thailand to Oman this year.

This years attacks on the areas you intend to travel are shown below.

Live Piracy Map

As you can see Maldives to Gulf of Hormuz has had a number of attacks. The coast of India looks fine, but not so much wind there.

I doubt you could insure a boat going through there.
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This years attacks on the areas you intend to travel are shown below.

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And you will notice that they are all COMMERCIAL vessels.

What does the map of PRIVATE vessel attacks look like?
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What does the map of PRIVATE vessel attacks look like?
Yes, you are right.

Its absolutely safe to sail through that area.




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It's hard to read for me, are the yellow pins attempted attacks? Seems that the pirates aren't very good at their proffession overall.

Hard to believe that someone could have asked the orginal question not knowing about the pirate issue in the area.
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Yes, you are right.

Its absolutely safe to sail through that area.




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Where did I say that?

All I was pointing out was to use a map showing attacks on commercial vessels as evidence of the dangers to private vessels is a bit disingenuous.

If it is such a dangerous area one has to wonder why you sailed through there to get to Oman and how you did it without being attacked and held hostage?
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If it is such a dangerous area one has to wonder why you sailed through there to get to Oman and how you did it without being attacked and held hostage?

You and Goboatingnow can go up there yourselves. In fact I wish you guys would instead of putting half lines without your intentional meaning.

I'm not an idiot and I don't like being treated like one.
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I'm well aware of the pirate situation thanks.

The only useful information I've gained so far from the bitching here is the wind is lighter hugging the Indian coast.

Kind of a waste of thread so far.
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Hi I live in the UAE (Dubai)- nice to live but not so sure if it is that nice to sail:

- Maybe some folks may disagree but the coast is not that spectacular
- The harbors are nice but its more motor boat orientated
- You have to take care while navigating in the Persian gulf as you may cross the border to Iran which can by quiet challenging
- Avoid any time from June to September (temp over 45 and 80 -90% humidity)
- For sailing I would prefer Oman

Feel free to contact me trough pm if you need any thing to know

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I'm well aware of the pirate situation thanks.

The only useful information I've gained so far from the bitching here is the wind is lighter hugging the Indian coast.

Kind of a waste of thread so far.
Oh I dont think so, the end of the world has to start somewhere why not right here.
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SimonV, the Aviation forums I normally cruise around are rather lively at the best of times, it's good to see more of it here, though it has its place.

I'm already here in the UAE in a beautiful coastal Emirate called Ras al Khaimah. It's a bit of a shock to the system, even after Far North Queensland. However here we are, and unfortunately our boat is still in Australia.

So, I'm looking at bringing her here. I know it's a fair hike, I've read about the physical route and the pirate problems. I know the trades are NE in Dec / Jan etc etc.

However, nothing beats chatting to someone that has physically done the route, or can offer advice like 'India isn't quite Cruiser friendly yet'.

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When I lived in Arabia, we drove our Defender through all of the Emirates and Oman. I would be happy to have a sailboat in your region of the world. I would figure out a way to cruise the fjiords of the Musandam.

One of my friends used an ocean kyack to paddle from Musandam all the way to Salalah and had a great trip.

I suspect that you do some interesting cruising in that section of the world as long as you did it in a smart manner.

The yacht club just outside of Muscat is large with quite a few sailboats.
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