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



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    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 are still alive and practise this skill in Kuala Terengganu on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

    Now, end of March 2020, the boat is sitting on its mooring in Kuah the main town of Langkawi, near the ferry terminal. The hotel it was working for is closed as all hotels in Malaysia. The country is in lock down mode to fight the Corona pandemic.

    When the boat was still chartering, the skipper was always looking forward to share his knowledge with one or two helpers and teach them how to run and maintain a classic wooden boat in return for their help. No sailing skills were 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. The skipper will be delighted having you.

    When the Corona pandemic will have blown over and things are back to "normal" the owner will have to fly home to Germany for a couple of month. The owner is looking for one person or a couple to babysit the boat during his absence. The babysitter(s) will live on board, a few hundred meters away from a jetty, town, supermarkets and food stalls, all within easy reach. The babysitters will use the boats tender (dinghy with outboard) to go to town, go shopping for food, eat out or cook on board (money for food will be provided). Fully equipped galley with fridge, spacious double cabin and good telephone connection is available. The babysitters have to look after the boat, keep it clean, ventilated, close up everything when the rain comes and be on board at night. The boat is sitting on a very strong mooring and will be save even if it comes to blow a bit strong. A motorbike is provided to get around the island a do the shopping.

    This is an opportunity to live on board a unique wooden sailing boat, lay back, relax, explore the island during the day and meet the people of Langkawi and the owners of the yachts anchored near by.

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  • 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


    Babysit a classic wooden boat, keep it clean, keep it ventilated, maybe do little maintenance works, close the boat up during a rain, open up after the rain, be on board after dark, switch on the anchor light for the night, switch it off during the day. Monitor the bilges and pump if necessary.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Malay: Fluent

  • 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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week max

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