|Koh Yao Yai beach - not busy at all|
The jungle grows right down to the sand along the gracefully curving beach of Yao Yai. The water is warm and aquamarine, gently rocking Crystal Blues. A low key resort on the beach welcomes cruisers, with both meals and massages at reasonable prices. This is a big island, predominantly Muslim, very friendly and peaceful. We're anchored in 7 metres of water over sand and the beach is accessible at all times as there is no fringing reef. Perfect !
|Repairing the vacuum|
|Placing the modular units of the water maker|
So we now have an ECHOTec 390 AML. It is not fancy, a manually operated unit that is built strong and sturdy using "off the shelf" components. Yes we'll miss the automatic functions of the Schenker, but we won't miss the foibles and problems. Before we ordered the ECHOTec we spoke to many cruisers, read the online testimonials and then dealt directly with the man who makes them.
However we can't install the watermaker in the original location until we paint the surrounding area white (it's grey now), to reflect light and help our fading eyesight. This leads to relocating and tidying up miles of plumbing hoses, unloading two cupboards and then masking and sanding. We finished the painting yesterday, the other works can now follow.
So whilst we haven't finished our boat jobs (yet), the view from the cockpit is gorgeous and we can take frequent swims to cool down.
|View from our "back door" Shopping for fresh prawns|