Hello, my name is Chris. We are a Swiss-Malaysian family and operate a small restaurant and had been running a charter business with a small fleet of boats here in Langkawi.
While we stopped this charter business, we are still in good contact with one of the boats that worked with us. This boat is quite unique as it is a traditional Malay wooden junk schooner of almost 100 feet and the only one of her kind for charter in Malaysia. The builder/owner/skipper of this boat had a very similar boat built in the 80ies and sailed it round the world. This Malaysian boat is built in an archaic technique with wooden dowels and caulking bark. The art of building these boats is rapidly dying out and very few masters have still been practising this skill on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.
Now, May 2019, this boat is sitting on her mooring in Kuah, main town of Langkawi while the owner went to Germany for some family business. After his return in July he will assemble a team to take the boat up on the hard and do the yearly maintenance work on the hull. The skipper is always looking forward to share his knowledge with helpers and teach them how to run and maintain a classic wooden boat. The work in the boatyard will be hard work for about 14 days and the helpers will learn a lot about how a wooden boat is built and maintained. As a reward for their help the owner will take the team for a sailing cruise around the Langkawi Archipelago before he will continue to run the boat as a charter vessel based in Langkawi. In case you like to stay long time on board and help, check it out!
If you are a trained electrician, a carpenter or a mechanic, the skipper will be most happy to show you how a wooden boat sails and feels in return for your help. But even unskilled helpers are welcome. No sailing skills are required, but a will to work and an ability and a liking for manual labour. Volunteers should be physically fit - no couch potatoes!
Caution: Since it takes a while to get familiar on a boat, helpers who want to come for a week or two are not accepted. Short term helpers do not need to apply, helpers are expected to stay on after their training if they fit into the team. Minimum stay is one to two month!
This is an opportunity to live on board a unique sailing boat, learn what it means to maintain a wooden classic and learn how to sail a traditional junk rigged boat.
Check it out!
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will meet people of all walks of life, on the island you can still find old kampongs (villages) where the Malays live as in the times before tourists arrived. You can practise your skills in Malay language and explore a virgin rain forest.
Maintain a wooden boat. Maintenance includes polishing the stainless, cleaning before and after a charter, oiling, some ropework, which we will teach you.
German, English, Malay
You will live in one of the guest cabins on board with private toilet / shower. Food is provided by the hotel.
Langkawi is a well known holiday destination in Malaysia, an archipelago of 99 islands at the edge of the Andaman Sea, 60 SM north of Penang. A substantial part of the island is covered with virgin rainforest, good for jungle trekking and bird watching: eagles and hornbills are abundant. Watersport (exept for diving or snorkeling), kayaking, bike riding. You can explore the island with a rented motorbike or just relax in a tropical environment. Quite frequently we see groups of dolphins, even in harbour.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
25hours a week max
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