• What can we do with boat/yacht around Singapore waters?

    By TBSA Admin 13, Nov 2016, 12:16 PM
    I've been boating for the past 3 years and each time I go out, I would wonder where next... My destination when I got a boat in 2013 was Lazarus island. I was so excited about getting my 1st boat that I drove around the island 3 times going past sisters, kusu, st john's... Slowly, I started visiting other islands such as Pulau Hantu, Jong.. I even anchored once near Semakau and canoed around the area.  After a couple of months, I moved up north and started visiting Pulau Ubin, stopped by the kelongs to buy lobsters and fish, and even went to smith marine for lunch before heading back just in time to catch the national day fireworks
    A year after I started boating, I decided to venture further... I started making trips to Puteri Harbour to stay for the night with family and friends, went to Tanjong Puteri to visit R&F developments, and even made a trip to Nongsa point, which was probably the most scary trip I've been on... probably the most memorable as well... The region still beckons... I'm now planning a trip to Bintan, Telunas and possibly beyond, so if there are any suggestions and guidance from lao jiao's out there, please go ahead and ...

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  • Yacht Maintenance & Repairs

    By TBSA Admin 13, Nov 2016, 12:39 PM
    I was a new boat owner 3 years back and I struggled with finding a good mechanic to maintain my boat. As I kept my boat in the wet, maintenance was supposed to be more vigorous. I've virtually tried every single mechanic in Singapore after 3 years and I'm still wondering if we could find some one who is more reliable. I've started this thread for us to discuss this. Perhaps the 'old birds' can share their experience and how best to handle and manage our mechanics. 

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  • Welcome to TBSA Forum!

    By Elliot Homan 13, Nov 2016, 04:14 PM
    Welcome all boaters to TBSA's forum!
    This is the place to discuss all boating topics and related activities.
    Please check back to the Announcements section for any updates and news related to TBSA

    Thanks & happy boating,

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  • Want to join us sailing a J24?

    By Elliot Homan 22, Nov 2016, 11:03 PM
    We are planning to take a J24 out for a couple of hours over the next few weeks, looking for a keen sailor to join in. You don't need to be an expert, just have been on a sailing boat before and know the difference between a sheet and a boom ;) Let us know if you want to join us

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  • Water Toys???

    By Clement Chua 23, Nov 2016, 01:02 AM
    Boating is not about driving a boat for hours on end. True, its about the drive, the ride, and it is also about the company, the fun we have together, the food we share and the activities we enjoy. I bought a watermat a year back, it was an amazing invention. We had 6 burly guys wrestling on the mat and it stayed afloat! Recently, I got a towable shipped in from the US. It was pure joy and I instantly gained many friends!!! Took it out weekend after weekend with different groups of friends and family..I must say that this is actually quite addictive as people who try that actually requested to do it again...

    lets discuss what other water toys we can get to increase our enjoyment on the water..


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  • Re: Yacht Maintenance & Repairs

    By Administrator 17, Nov 2016, 02:45 PM
    There are plenty of mechanics around, who is the best?

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  • Re: Welcome to TBSA Forum!

    By TBSA Admin 14, Nov 2016, 12:38 AM
    Thanks Elliot, happy to be part of the community.

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  • Re: Welcome to TBSA Forum!

    By TBSA Admin 14, Nov 2016, 12:38 AM
    Thanks Elliot, happy to be part of the community.

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  • Re: Welcome to TBSA Forum!

    By Clement Chua 17, Nov 2016, 02:47 PM
    Thanks for starting this forum

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  • Re: Yacht Maintenance & Repairs

    By Henry Tay 18, Nov 2016, 11:24 AM
    The best boat mechanic? It's subjective. Criteria for best should be stated. Skills, cost, integrity, customer service?

    I should say for modern boats that are highly modular and computerized, the agents are the best! But be prepared to pay.

    Currently, am using a mechanic who has the diagnostic software (to troubleshoot a computerized engine), very experienced and quite skillful, charges reasonably, but he's still struggling to fix one of our 2 engines. It kept on dying after it was started. Have changed fuel filter, fuel pump, but problem persisted. A second opinion was sought from another experienced mechanic to diagnose the fault to no avail. It's a trial and error solution, not efficient, short of calling in the agents to fix the problem.

    Technology has relegated many skilfully mechanics to lesser standings. Seeking for alternatives from our immediate neighours in Johore or Batam may not yield the required skill sets for quality. Pricewise, definitely, there'll be considerable savings, but the cross border hassle and trust factor dampens the price difference.

    In conclusion, the search for the best mechanic is still like navigating in the dark.


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  • Re: Yacht Maintenance & Repairs

    By Elliot Homan 18, Nov 2016, 11:39 AM
    Great advice Henry. A good mechanic is the right mix of being reliable, honest, skilled, open and available. Like most things in life, each of those qualities comes with a cost, so having all qualities means bigger cost!
    And Henry "navigating in the dark", so you mean can use radar to find a mechanic?! I learn something new from you every day!

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  • Re: Yacht Maintenance & Repairs

    By Clement Chua 23, Nov 2016, 01:06 AM
    I've been boating for 3 years now and looking for a reliable mechanic is definitely not easy. Agree with Henry that we're often navigating in the dark and sometimes when you are lost, you grab hold of anything that comes by and that could mean disaster if you grab the wrong person... We also need to acknowledge that certain mechanics are good at certain things so keeping a team of them working for you may mean that you have access to more skillsets and also the availability of a bigger pool rather than just 1 person.

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  • Re: Want to join us sailing a J24?

    By Muhammad Ashri Bin Mustaffa 28, Jan 2017, 04:08 PM
    I am in
    Mustaffa

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  • Re: Water Toys???

    By Elliot Homan 24, Nov 2016, 08:34 AM
    My personal favourite is the 2 seater inflatable with a beer bucket in the middle - genius invention! Having said that, watching Jason fly around on the inflatable was fantastic fun!

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  • Re: Water Toys???

    By Clement Chua 25, Nov 2016, 10:18 AM

    My favourite has to be the watermat!

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