Tale of two marinas


For those cruising either the Andaman Sea or the Gulf of Thailand, there are two littleknown marinas that are worth visiting — Krabi River Marina on the west and Racer Marina on the east coasts of southern Thailand.

On the west side of the peninsula, Krabi River Marina (8.03.335N, 98.55.208E) in Phang Nga Bay, is situated a half a kilometre from bustling Krabi town with its multitude of restaurants, street markets and handicraft stalls. The marina offers service on call — you contact the office and they send an escort vessel down to meet you at the entrance to the estuary and lead you safely to the marina.

The docks are simply linked-together polyethelene blocks but nothing is missing as far as marina facilities are concerned. There is power and water, fuel, service and repair, showers and toilets, a choice of on-site restaurants, security cameras, accommodation ashore in three dormitories (with eight bunks in each) plus three private suites (with double beds, facilities and wifi) — very nice if you want a break ashore or want to work on your boat.

The marina is part of a larger recreation area, Thara Park, one of the biggest in the region. Macro and Tesco supermarkets are a 20-minute taxi ride away. The owner of the marina is Thai and an agent for Quintrex and Donzi boats, and Jetfloat marina systems. Khun Witthaya Techasopan speaks excellent English.

For more information, contact Krabi River Marina, Thara Park, Krabi Town, Krabi, Thailand. Tel: +66 (0) 75 611 115 / +66 (0) 81 640 7136 or Email: wityanan@yahoo.com or Web: www.krabirivermarina.com

On the eastern side of the Thai peninsula (on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand), is Racer Marina(12.40.7524N, 99.97.8570E) in Pranburi. Facilities include a 35-tonne travel lift, 65 tonne travel lift and 200 tonne slipway, repair and service centre, fuel, antifouling service, captain / boat boy, a clubhouse,
cafe, toilets and laundry. There is 24-hour security and wifi.

Hua Hin City, a tourist destination, is 20 kilometres away with the taxi charging around Bt500. For provisioning, there is a Macro and Tesco about 9km away in Pranburi.

Racer Marina is a joint venture between Thai, Swiss, American and French partners. Managing the marina is Vladimir Yakovleff. FH visited this facility many years ago when it was derelict and there were only Thai fishing boats using it for free. The changes have been remarkable and there are ongoing improvements.

Incidentally, Ocean Marina Pattaya on the other side of the Gulf of Thailand is a 60nm day-sail away. For more information contact, Racer Marina, 5/2 Moo 1, Paknampran Pranburi Prachuapkirikhan 77220, Thailand. Tel: +66 (0)32 632 206 or Fax: +66 (0)32 632 207 or Email: contact@racer-marina.com or Web: racer-marina.com

Note: Sail Malaysia and Sail Thailand organise cruiser rallies in Asia. They are working on an East Coast Malaysia and Thailand rally where participants will stop at Racer Marina as well as Chumpon where a new marina condo complex is also planned. Most of the hops are day-sails, including the one from Racer to Ocean Marina in Pattaya. From there, the rally is likely to pop over to Cambodia to Sihanoukville and cruise the local islands.

The rally is tentatively planned for May and June 2018 as an extension of the Sail Indonesia, Sail Malaysia and Sail Thailand rallies already operating for some years.

For more information contact Sazu Kamal Basha of Sail Malaysia. Email: mail@sailmalaysia.net or Web: www. sailmalaysia.net

More information can be obtained from SM Yachting Sdn Bhd. Tel: +603 6186 0188 / +601 2209 4418.

Another contact is MrsMarieke Derks of Sail Thailand. Email: marieke@ sevenstar-asia. com. Marieke is also the Seven Star Ship transport agent for Thailand. Find them at www. facebook.com/ SailThailand/.

Noonsite contact for the rallies is Bob Mott. Email: bob@noonsite.com or Web: www.noonsite.com

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