24-Oct-2017 -- Looking at the maps we gathered that Sakom fishing port was the most likely place to find a vessel for going out to the confluence point. Near Sakom beach we met Mr. Sern Rongnayok (เสร รองนายก, tel. 0869630651) who had a boat and a small repair shipyard in the actual fishing port.
Next morning we met him at the port by his 15 meter long fishing vessel normally used for catching various types of fish, shrimps, and crabs. It turned out to be 11.5 nautical miles to the confluence point, about two hours' cruise out and the same back. The weather was good, no wind, calm sea, and a clear sky. On the way out we passed a few markings for fishing nets, apart from that not much to see. Briefly we saw a dolphin, but not other signs of life. No birds.
At the actual confluence point we managed 0 meters, but the vibrations of the engine and the reflections on the glass of the Garmin made it difficult to read it properly. Later I noticed that the date and time on the Garmin was wrong. The date shows 22 Oct. It should be 24 Oct. The explanation to that is that I put in the destination two days earlier in the planning of the visit. The time is also wrong as it shows Central European Time.
A net gave some shade on the deck, but the sun was strong and exhausting. Important for a mission like this is plenty of water: at least a couple of liters, a good cap, and a long sleeved shirt.
Half an hour before arriving at the port, the engine stopped. At the same time we noticed some dark rain clouds catching up with us. It took only a few minutes to fill up, they had not quite calculated the distance to the c.p. So it was no problem and the rain did not catch us.
Back in port we noticed a small fishing boat with a protest banner about plans for building a coalfired power plant somewhere in the area.
At a small cafe by the main north-south road we met the owner, had a good chat and had a lot of water! He is also a local civil servant, he understood the idea of the confluence point concept and was more than willing to assist others who might want to do the same as we did.
We then went back to Sakom beach, there are several small local restaurants where we had a good lunch.