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Strolling along Alona Beach on Bohol, I noticed a palau on the beach. When we took a closer look at it, we were approached by a German speaking man with a dark-brown sun-tanned skin and seven-day old beard, who introduced himself as Charly, and who asked us whether we would like to join him for a sailing trip on this craft....

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Tere wrote:
Sunday, 21 October 2012 16:14:20 PHT
Was Capt. charly returned to sail again? we are going to be their by the end of october or first week of november. we just want to have a remarkable and unforgetable vacation. Thank you
Mark Myatt wrote:
Sunday, 22 July 2007 23:39:50 PHT
I advise caution when dealing with Andy Smith or Junction Boatworks. See http://www.brixtonhealth.com/AndySmithBoatworks.html for a cautionary tale.

Although unrelated to Charly, this story saddens me. I am always happy to see businesses operating in Bohol, to bring much needed employment and income, and Andy's initiative sounds very good, as there are plenty skilled carpenters and boat-builders on Bohol. However, if businesses want to serve international customers, they will have to do business according to international quality standards.--Jeroen.

Nina Dumpa wrote:
Friday, 19 January 2007 12:24:26 PHT
I live in Manila but originally from Surigao and I have families in Cebu city, Cagayan de Oro city and of course Surigao. I learned that my dad's ancestors are coming from Bohol(no wonder I love sabaw/soup-in fact, I starved for soup of any kind) thats what Boholanon are famous for when they are being teased. I've been planning to travel Bohol since I was in college that was 10 years ago but couldn't make it. I didn't have enough reason or information to come there other than seeing the chocolate hills and the beaches. I don't have any idea which beaches is convenient to the town. If anyone can suggest to me on what to do while I'm there for one week? Will I be able to explore the island for 7 days? Like to visit all the tourist spots that the Boholanon has to offer for one week. Is that possible? What are the activities available in last week of July 2007? I'll appreciate for the information you can share. And if there any one out there with the same surname I have please give me a sign maybe its our chance to meet-hehe. Thanks! Nina
Dave wrote:
Friday, 14 July 2006 01:49:58 PHT
Contact Andy Smith, a boatbuilder on Bohol info@andy-smith-boatworks.com - who should be able to point you in the right direction
Stacy Carpenter wrote:
Monday, 28 March 2005 05:42:30 PHT
Great article, I have been searching for information a good day sailing trip and this is just what I was looking for. Thank you so much and please send me any info on how I could possible make contact with Charly when I get to the island about scheduling a trip. Stacy

Unfortunately Charlie left Bohol sometime ago. He was the only one who's having this type of sailing boat on Bohol.--Lyn

Banoi of Bunga mar, Jagna wrote:
Sunday, 12 September 2004 09:39:17 PHT
Wow....Balicasag! I hope, ikaw Cheche ng is still there in Balicasag. Wa mi madajon last summer anha diha kay na short sa budget..sa sunod na raman Che. Hope we can have diving..tudloi ko Che ha...
Larry wrote:
Saturday, 10 April 2004 19:17:48 PHT
I was also interested about safety issues as I would love to go with Charly but am frightened of being lost at sea or have any problems getting back. No radio means a person would really have to trust his seamanship and good judgement. At least he has life preservers so maybe everything would be ok even if the boat capsized as long as it was not too far from shore. Just trying to talk myself into a great adventure with Charly..lol..
Sandra wrote:
Tuesday, 2 March 2004 16:26:49 PHT
Does he still sail until now? I'm going there by the end of March 2004 and am interested to take a trip on his Palau.

I'm sorry I don't know, if you meet him, give him my regards, and tell us how he is doing.--Jeroen.

Bolanon wrote:
Sunday, 4 May 2003 18:31:40 PHT
It is nice to see what Capt. Charly did what others still dream, including me. There is another that I'd like to do anyway - sail around Panglao island on a windsurf. Do you know where we can find some reasonably priced ones, for sale or rent? But that romantic trip on Capt. Charly's palau sounds pretty exciting for me and my better half. Anyway, thanks for keeping Bohol the way it is, as my father gave it to us all to enyoy and as his fathers before him.

I haven't seen any windsurf boards for rent on Alona beach, but didn't specifically look for them. When you find one, do check whether the sails are still somewhat reasonably new...---Jeroen.

Gerald wrote:
Wednesday, 19 March 2003 07:15:03 PHT
I really liked the article because it not only shared the islands that people can visit while in Bohol, but it also provided some info on the boat ride to get there. I think Charly is doing a good thing for the visitors in Alona Beach. I hope I would be able to see him this summer. Where exactly is he located and how do you contact him???

You'll find him on Alona Beach, or, if you can see his boat (named Sugar Brown Reggae) but not him, he might be still staying at Bananaland resort, about 150 metres from the Beach.--Jeroen.

Fem T. Buslon wrote:
Thursday, 13 March 2003 14:52:01 PHT
Whale watching sounds exiting and would like to try on our coming vacation this May. Is there a bigger boat that will go to Balicasag and Pamilacan Island on a one day trip? Thanks.

Charly's boat can take six, including himself, but much bigger motorized banca's, taking 25 or more people can be organized for dolphin watching by Jojo Baritua, see his website for details.--Jeroen.

Sonia Again wrote:
Thursday, 6 March 2003 18:43:54 PHT
Does Helmman Charly provide lifesaving devices? or do we have to board at our own risk! Does his boat have a dinghy, just asking?

He does have life jackets on board, but no dinghy -- a palau is nothing more than a small out-rigger boat with a sail, not a lot of space --, and he keeps a look on the weather, and won't go sailing when the clouds are too dark. I have pictures of Charly and his boat, already on this site, but will add them to this article soon.--Jeroen.

Sonia wrote:
Thursday, 6 March 2003 18:13:39 PHT
Hey hey hey nice story!!!!!bravo!!!! but i think its more fun if you accompany some snapshot because i missed my home province for a decade now, and i want to see what Charly's boat look like.it is just a motorboat or what? hope to read more articles if you go back there... GOD BLESSED

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