SmartPlug and the insurance rebate.

We discovered that our insurance company was giving $150 rebate once you install a “SmartPlug“. For anybody who has been around a boat for more than a few hours and tries to connect the electrical cord, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that this is a weak link.

We had looked previously at changing it, do you remember the fuse melting incident? But when we were setting up the boat, the cost of around $300, made it a nice to have item… Now money talk and you can bump thing up the list quickly, when we did some research we discovered that we could be the proud owner of one for $184 deduce the $150 this make it $34. Bingo done deal will be installed soon.

Now being the romantic that I am, for the first 14th of February. Only one island was possible, Ko Samui in Thailand. This is where *V* and I spent part of our honeymoon, remember sweetheart? The sun-burnt we got, was so bad we couldn’t touch each other or the third degree burn on the scooter exhaust. Those magic moments cemented our relationship for ever. I LOVE YOU!!!! One more place to re-visit.

Ko Samui was probably first inhabited about 15 centuries ago, settled by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula and Southern China. It appears on Chinese maps dating back to 1687, under the name Pulo Cornam. The name Samui is mysterious in itself. Two likely origins are that either the name is an extension of the name of one of the native trees, mui, or else that the name comes from the Chinese word Saboey, meaning “safe haven”. Ko is the Thai word for “island”.

Until the late 20th century, Ko Samui was an isolated self-sufficient community, having little connection with the mainland of Thailand. The island was even without roads until the early 1970s, and the 15 km journey from one side of the island to the other involved a whole-day trek through the mountainous central jungles.

Ko Samui has a population of about fifty-five thousand (source: Samui Mayor’s Office) and is based primarily on a successful tourist industry, as well as exports of coconut and rubber. It even has its own international airport, Samui Airport, with flights daily to Bangkok and other major airports in Southeast Asia such as Hong Kong and Singapore. Whilst the island presents an unspoiled image to the public perception, economic growth has brought not only prosperity, but changes to the island’s environment and culture, a source of conflict between local residents and migrants from other parts of Thailand and other countries.
Reflecting Samui’s growth as a tourist destination, the Cunard ship MS Queen Victoria (a 2000-plus passenger ship) docked at Samui during its 2008 world cruise.