THE CONCEPT

If you are going to get anywhere in the Philippines on land you are probably going to do it in a jeepney. Jeepneys are everywhere and are the basic form of land transportation in the Philippines. So when it came time to come up with a name for my 'people and stuff hauling boat service' there was only one choice -- Aqua Jeepney.

Bonbonon Bay is about 2 kilometers long, and about 300 meters across at its widest spot. It is a haven for cruising sailors transiting through the Philippines. It is surrounded by hills about 100 meters high, so any storm that passes by can't get a hold on the place. Also, it's believed that there has never been a typhoon pass right over the bay. It's located at the very southernmost tip of the island of Negros in the province of Negros Oriental.



At the time all of this started I was living with a local family in the barrio of Tambobo. It's just to the left of "P5" in the map above. Tambobo, when the road was good enough to get up and down the hill, was the 'hub' of activity for the bay. The beach there was kind of unique in that it was a gradual slope down to the low tide mark and then it dropped off rather sharply to a depth of about 15-20 meters. This made it a good place to park large fishing boats. And boy did they park them there. During "Full Moon Time" the place would fill up with 20-30 large fishing boats, and since Bonbonon Bay was a protected bay, it would really fill up with boats of all shapes and sizes any time a typhoon passed by. During the passing of one typhoon we had everything from one-person bancas to commercial ferry boats hiding in the bay.

DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
HOW BUILD A BIG BOAT
THE CONCEPT
THE BEGINNING
WORKING WORKING
ALMOST READY
JUST A COUPLE MORE THINGS
FLOAT TEST
A GOOD DAY
THE NOT SO POINTY END
THE OUTSIDE
THE INSIDE AND THE TOPSIDE
FINISHING TOUCHES
LAUNCH DAY
I THOUGHT I WAS FINISHED?
WHAT IT WAS BUILT FOR

2018-02-08