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Old 14-02-2019, 14:25   #16
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Re: Lack of Wind in Phuket

Combine the average lack of wind with the preponderance of invisible bombies and the large fleet of unpredictable fishing vessels – not my idea of a good sailing area...
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Combine the average lack of wind with the preponderance of invisible bombies and the large fleet of unpredictable fishing vessels not my idea of a good sailing area...
Plenty of that in Australia if you get out more.
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Old 14-02-2019, 19:37   #18
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We were up there for about 18months back in 2005 just after the tsunami. Yes there is a lack of wind but it is not that bad but I guess it depends on how well your boat sails in light winds. I remember thinking how useless our 2 wind generators were the whole time though. However don't let it put you off. It generally is a beautiful place esp Phang nga bay and there is some wind most days. Such an easy and cheap place to be for a long stop.

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The other thing. How are those averages worked out? If over a 24 hr period it means little as at night out is often windless which would affect the figures. Lies, damn lies and statistics!
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I livaboard a 40ft catamaran in Phuket and have just had 2 five day trips to nearby islands. About 9-10 knot winds until around 11.30 am then it dies - every day, almost on the dot so we used engines most of the time. Lovely surroundings though!
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Re: Lack of Wind in Phuket

I have been sailing around the Krabi.and Phuket area for a few years on my.sailboat.and I often have to motorsail. It is not always wind strengh but wind.direction with so.many islands/mountain the wind would switch directions and strengh. It.is a nice area to island hop so many places to go.and see. The same.thing happened to me.sailing around Philippines . In Thailand most sailing cruisers sail in the winter months and go back to there home in the summer.
Thailand is.a great place to travel and experience but if you are.looking to sail 100% and if you are.on a short schedule. not so easy.
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Thank you for the informative responses.
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I sailed there twice, most recently a year ago December. Wind was disappointing, but the rest was fantastic. Try to get a boat with a Watermaker, not many places to top up water tanks. Made a short YouTube video, you can watch here: https://youtu.be/zFjAPDsRZI8
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I sailed yesterday on the west coast of Phuket in 15-20 knots of wind. I was anchored off Patong and the gusts were so strong that it bent my anchor.
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