Help us maintain a traditional wooden sailing boat here in Langkawi, Malaysia




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    Hello, my name is Christoph.
    I am a German sailor and run an old style classic Malay sailing junk here in Langkawi. We were building the boat in the years 2004 to 2010.

    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. In 1980 I built my first Malay junk in Kuala Terengganu and sailed it round the world. These traditional Malay boats are built in an archaic technique with wooden dowels and caulking bark. The art of building them is rapidly dying out and very few masters are still alive and practise this skill on the island of Duyong in the estuary of the Terengganu river on the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula.

    Since August, all Corona restrictions in Malaysia have been lifted and people can enter and travel the country again freely.

    But the tourist business has not bounced back yet, so the boat is currently not doing any charter work or sailing. I am living on board and do little maintenance works. If you are here in Malalysia, you are most welcome to come and help. Lots of tasks!

    I am always looking forward to share my knowledge with one or two helpers and teach them how to maintain a classic wooden boat in return for their help. No knowledge of boating is required but a will to help and an ability and a liking for manual tasks. Carpenters, mechanics and electricians or other trained craftsmen are always welcome. I will be delighted having you.

    If you come with a lot of time on hand, you are welcome to apply. Since it needs time to get accustomed to boat life, I do not take short time helpers. A minimum stay of 4 weeks is expected.

    If you have enough time, this is an opportunity to live on board a unique wooden sailing boat, learn a few things about wooden boats, lay back, relax, put in a bit of work and explore the island of Langkawi.

    The boat is sitting on a safe mooring near down town Kuah, the capital of Langkawi we have a car and a motor bike to go shopping and see the island. There is a motorised dinghy to go on shore and return.

    This might be for you!

    Check it out!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help


    Maintain a classic wooden boat, keep it clean, keep it ventilated, do little maintenance works such as painting, varnishing, sanding etc.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Malay: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    You will live in one of the guest cabins on board with private toilet / shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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. Water sport (except for diving or snorkelling - no visibility), 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.

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    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    25 hours a week max

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