Plus a list of recent wrecks and, revealed for the first time, why your Indo crew won't take you anywhere without cell phone reception etc.
Wanna know how many boats are swinging their anchors in the Ments? Forty two.
I remember, back at the turn of the century, when a dozen boats and twenty in the water at Lance’s Right felt like the apocalypse.
It ain’t a surprise.
Earlier today, I received an email from John Caldwell, who is employed by Martin Daly’s Indies Trader, explaining that he’d compiled a detailed list of every charter boat operating in the Menatwais.
If you’re into boats, and the Ments, it’s interesting as all hell.
It’s a sort of soft sell to get you on Marty’s boat, of course.
Jump on a cheapie and it ain’t gonna have a satellite phone. Belt your head open somewhere remote like The Hole where there’s no cell towers and, well, at least you bled out doing something you loved.
Recent wrecks and their causes are listed. (BeachGrit takes absolutely no responsibility for subjective judgements about crew etc.)
Quest 1 – Sank (Rescued by Trader 3) – Incompetent crew, poor maintenance
Katika – Burnt near Rags Right – Gallery Fire
Indies Explorer – Burnt in Port-Bungus
Star Koat – Hit the reef and caught fire (rescued by Ratu Motu)
Midas – Caught inside by tsunami at Macaronis
Sea Dog (Anjing Laut) – Sunk – Fiberglass delaminated off wooden planked hull
Sri Wedana – Washed aground at Lance’s Right, anchored in Keyhole overnight hit by a squall, no radar, bad judgement, no qualified crew
Lautan Megah – Rick Cameron’s boat that caught fire – Karma
MV Diane – Washed on to the beach in squall , bad ground tackle only one of 2 main engines operable near Macaronis (Trader 3 Rescued)
KM Alissa – Sunk due to hull integrity failing, no bulkheads in moderately rough seas.
And here’s an interesting point about going on a boat with all-Indonesian crew.
Cheaper boats with an all Indonesian crew like to stick to breaks that are near cell towers so that they can use their cell phones while the guys are surfing. They’ll come up with excuses as to why they can’t or shouldn’t visit other breaks but in reality they just don’t want to be bored without cell service. A lot of the Indo captains also have a bonus scheme where they will get more money if they use less fuel. Ask about the company’s optimal travel itinerary as well as their back up plans in the case of weather/swell changes. Check if your boat has 24/7 satellite internet to avoid having to stay close to the cell towers.
The Indies guys recommended the following boats: