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Old Feb 8, 2008, 1:48 AM   #1
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Squid fishing is a very profitable industry in Thailand. These two boats are part of the armada that go about 20 miles offshore to fish every night. Each boat is equipped with 64 500-watt light bulbs that are used to light up the water attracting the squid to the surface. In case, you have not done the math that is 32,000 watts of light per boat requiring the use sunglasses? Instead of seeing the starry sky in total darkness, the horizon is aglow as if were from a large city across the water.



This phase of the trip is a 2 nights and two-day cruise on a 44-foot ketch. That is a big sailboat with two masts. We my girl Babs and I had the boat to ourselves except for the captain and the first mate because nobody else signed up. There are very few pictures of the sailing because one, it is very difficult taking pictures on a sailboat. The only successful shot I was the squid boats and that was the best of 20. The main reason for the lack of pictures; I was living my dream. Who wants to bother with a camera when you are at the helm doing 10 knots, about 12 miles per hour?
Did I mention this 1985 boat weighs 17 Tons?


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Captain Frank



First Mate Steve



I am not a drinker and before we boarded I was asked the question to which I politely said no. Well both these men were English and were not be deterred. It turns out there was a good deal of cola drinking going on all the time. They did not fool me; how can you tell if they had a swagger on a sailboat?


Below deck Captains table



The galley and our stern sleeping cabin.

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I thought sure I commented on I like the boats and the story.....but I must have pushed the wrong button
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the good thing about photography is that you get to see pictures of places you may never visit in your lifetime
by seing this and your other series i was kinda transported there




you also get to learn things
never knew they had a squid boat that caught them through light trickery
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Hello Gene, Thanks for looking and commenting. No words can describe the feeling. Even through he was the Captain it was my boat for two days. He would continually say and do "you are in charge whatever you want to doand wherever you want to go.
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deterpawson wrote:
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the good thing about photography is that you get to see pictures of places you may never visit in your lifetime
by seing this and your other series i was kinda transported there




you also get to learn things
never knew they had a squid boat that caught them through light trickery
thanks

Thank you for looking and commenting. Yes, digital photography and the
Internet can open up your eyes to the world. Most everyone can do this trip
in his or her lifetime. I was very careful with my money and did the trip for
$3,000 per person for 16 days, including airfare. The most expensive piece is
the airfare. Average good hotel with breakfast, is $42.00 for the room per day. Average
meal $7.00PP and taxi from airport to Hotel $11.00.


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Old Feb 10, 2008, 12:46 AM   #6
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Most interesting that squid boat information. Those boats are quite well decorated. And good seeing all the faces also. It does sound like a dream vacation.
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