Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fu Kyo Sails No More Sunsets.

Sad News.

Fu Kyo is awaiting an other Future.

Right now she is on the hard-stand getting some TLC and then looking for a new owner.

We would like to thank You All
for the wonderful Sunset Sails and loads of happy moments.

Over the last 3 years we have welcomed 
many people on board.
I think, for at least 95% of You 
it was the the first experience to go sailing.
And for an amazing 90% of You
it was the first experience to see Fukuoka City from the Sea.
Those facts make me a small & happy captain.

Proof of the Many Happy Moments.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Beauty of Catamaran Sailing

Good Times Sailing
with Food, Wine and Friends.

It's blowing 10m/s hence a reefed jib and mainsail.
Still doing 8 knots and Fu Kyo is not heeling at all.

That's Shikanoshima, at Hakata Bay.

An other nice sunset as seen from the deck of Fu Kyo.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fu Kyo goes Fishing

Fu Kyo goes Fishing.

It was a a perfect day to get the fishing rods out 
and to chase the Big Catch.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Friday 8 May, Fu Kyo On Air at TNC

 More and more people are discovering 
Fukuoka Sunset Sailing.

Including the makers of Fukuoka's 
Most Famous HAKATA BEN show.

On Air, 
Friday 8 May at 19:00
TNC, channel 8

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sail the Sunset and Sleep the Night.

Vicky and Tsubasa joined Fu Kyo to
Sail the Sunset
and to have a good experience sleeping the night on board.

Amazing neh!

This is what they wrote at TripAdvisor:

My wife and I are on a 10day vacation and after reading great reviews about Fukuoka Sunset Sailing, we decided our first stop will be this.

What an amazing experience it was. The ride was smooth, the wind was refreshing, the sunset was amazing and on our return we saw the night view of the port including the colorful illuminated ferris wheel and the lit up chapel.

We also stayed overnight on the Sailing Catamaran which includes shower with hot water, beds and a kitchen! 

I would like to say big thanks to the Captain Yap and crew member Rick who made this trip a memorable one. We now have interest in sailing and we hope to sail you soon in the future!

Thank you Tsubasa and Vicky.

Indeed, hope to Sail you Again.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ON AIR: BS ASAHI, Tuesday 21 April 2015

Tuesday 21 April 2015,
BS ASAHI TV will do a documentary
about our life in Meinohama Port, Fukuoka.
The program is between 19:00--21:00

Besides Fu Kyo it will feature 
Alishan, the Meinohama fishmarket (x2),
Nokonoshima, cruising Hakata Wan and Genkai Sea,
 and some of us.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

なんしょうと? on board of Fu Kyo

Fukuoka's popular TV program なんしょうと?
came on board of Fu Kyo for a Sunset Cruise.

On Air:
Friday 8 May 2015, 

Loads of fun and pretty sunset.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

More about the Birdwatching trips with Fu Kyo

Bird-watching Out at Sea.

Ever tried to do so on a mono-hull?

Marijke made some great updates.
Here are the links to what was seen those 2 days.

Part 1 & 6 are the main reason to go on 
this bird-watching trip with Fu Kyo the Cat.
And indeed it was a success.
Fu Kyo is just an ideal vessel for this kind of events.

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Great Pictures, Marijke!
Thanx for sharing.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Fu Kyo is looking for crew.

Fu Kyo is looking for crew (1).

If you like to go a for Sail on the Bay
and are happy to share a hand,
 hoist a sail and help the customers....
please let me know.

As you can understand,
 this is not a regular job,
doesn't have regular hours and
doesn't get paid the regular salary
(but we do pay some).

Experience isn't needed: training while we are sailing.
But: Luff for the Sea is a must.

How many crew doesn't NIPPON MARU need to go for Sail?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 Bird-watching Trips with Fu Kyo to Eboshi Jima

 Eboshi Jima, 
half way between Hakata Bay and Iki Shima, 
is known to the birders as a unreachable bird-haven island. 
You can't go there unless you have a boat.
 AND it must be flat calm to see the tinny little sea-birds that use this island as a base.
For the real bird-talk, please check out Marijke's blog:

So, off we went one Saturday morning with a group of keen bird-watching camera men & women.

AND a reporter for BS Asahi TV.
Yes Fu Kyo will be On Air:
21 April 2015 between 19:00 --- 21:00.
All Japan.

First thing to see that morning (06:15)...

Pretty Sunrise. 

 Eboshi Jima, 
half way between Hakata Bay and Iki Shima.

3 Days later, a second group of birders came on board.
Fu Kyo sailed the same course and again we spotted those tinny little amazing birds..
(see marijke's blog)
and more..

...need bird-watching service..?
We land the birds on our deck for you!

How about this hitch-hiking night heron?

Friday, February 13, 2015

The days are getting longer ....

Yes indeed, the days are getting longer.

These days, this is the Sunset what we see 
from Fu Kyo at Meinohama Port.

Accross the pond is Marinoa Outlet Shopping Mall.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Fu Kyo went for a her yearly haul-out.

Fu Kyo went for her yearly haul-out.
Hmm, January/February...not the best of times for
sunny and warm cleaning and painting days...
But it's also the quiet period regarding bookings.

Here comes the trailer...
It's so huge...

Not too bad, the last time was more than 1 year ago. 
Just a few barnacles.
Also happy to see that the propellers are pretty clean.

 The Cleaning Party can Start...
Where is everybody...?

High and Dry on this grey Day.

She is so big...
It takes a lot of time to go around cleaning her...

Below the waterline the cleaning is done;
Ready to paint.

Propellers with a new coat of Prop Paint,
 and a new zinc block to the drive.

....looking good neh...

The paint fumes while painting kept me "smiling" for a few hours.
1 can of undercoat and 
4 cans of anti-fouling paint.
( remember Yap, next time you like to use 5  cans).

Fu Kyo looks sooo happy 
with her clean belly and hulls...
And of course being back at Meinohama Port 
is all that counts.

Ready and Happy to Sail You.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fu Kyo goes Bed and Breakfast

Since last month, Fu Kyo is connected to shore power and so the catamaran has become a great place for your 
Bed and Breakfast in town.

We have signed up with AirBnB, click the link:

But you can also contact us directly for a special rate.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Remember summer?....It will come again!!

It's winter now:
Days of Sailing in Sunshine are few.

But to keep you warm and tuned:

 a link to Fukuoka Sunset Sailing video channel

click here:

Greetings from Hakata Wan.