We just arrived at Pangkor Marina, which is also home to the boatyard where we will be hauling out tomorrow. We made good time on a very pretty day up the last stretch of the Malacca Straights we are going for now. The Pangkor area is home to a burgeoning industry of resort hotels on both the mainland, and on the nearby island west of here. Also, this seems to be a growing port and there is what appears to be a large smelter/ore processing facility with a major dock for loading recently built (not in earlier Google Earth imagery). It looks like a multi-billion dollar facility. There is also another huge dock being constructed as well. The terrain is mountainous nearby, so it’s pretty as well.
The marina, after a few phone calls, provided us with class service. They even sent a boat out to make sure we came the right way into the marina. I had waypoints from s/v LeuCat, but was glad to have the expert guidance. Three guys helped us tie up and we were set in no time. No paperwork since the office is closed on Sunday. Awesome!
The marina is located on a man-made island that is home to resort hotels and vacation condos. The island is called, imaginatively, Marina Island. There are also restaurants, a bar, and the boatyard. We’ll find out more about the place in the coming weeks while we are here. For now, we are enjoying the air as the boat cools down with both the shore power air conditioner and our boat’s A/Cs running to accelerate the cooling. We’re going to shower, clean up the boat a bit, and then go ashore and find the bar and restaurant for some well-earned refreshments after 5 days up the Mallacca Straights!