02/05/12 A couple of hours fitting the
new ignition lamp holder achieved nothing! The ignition/charging
circuit problem remains unresolved, so it's back to fault tracing - and
that is proving difficult. I also have a broken battery master
switch which will have to be sourced from the UK over the next day or
04/05/12 Another day across in Labuan
with Barry and the guys onboard Fourth Dimension. On our
return, Astrid was straight over in my dinghy alerting us to a problem
onboard Storm Dodger - the engine room bilge was filling with
water! The lads from the clubhouse had already been over and baled
most of it out and partly shut off the seacock to the generator.
Once I had the seacock fully closed, the water stopped coming in and we
were able to pump out the rest. I stayed onboard for the night
just in case there were any more problems.
05/05/12 This morning I took off the
leaking raw water pump from Roger's generator, stripped it down and
examined it. It's clear that whoever overhauled it last, fitted
metric seals into the imperial pump body and consequently damaged the
seal which then leaked and ruined the two bearings. I took the
pump ashore for refurbishment before catching the bus into Bandar to
sort out my cell phone registration. On returning from Bandar,
some yobbo on the bus pestered me for money, eventually producing a
knife and waving it toward me. I should have said, " You need to
ask yourself if you feel lucky......go ahead punk, make my day," but I
didn't, I just loudly told him that he had about three seconds to put it
away before I shoved it up his ass. All the passengers on the bus
and the driver turned around and the kid panicked and shut up.
There are serious jail sentences for having a knife - and the death
sentence for having a gun.
Birthday Tracey! On Storm Dodger this morning to
sort out a fresh water pressure pump problem (corroded supply wire
worsened by the ingress of salt water). We were supposed to be
going to the 'spit' this afternoon with either Fourth Dimension
or Tarali but very low tides would have trapped us down there, so
Astrid, Barry, Ranald and I just went out for a couple of hours sailing
on Fourth Dimension.
11/05/12 The usual Friday run over to
Labuan with Barry and Fourth Dimension. A couple of boats
we know were there at anchor - PFM and Tramontana but I
was unable to talk to any of them.
12/05/12 Went over to Storm Dodger
this morning and re-fitted the raw water pump to the generator, ran the
engine up and tested it - all OK. During the afternoon, we all
drove the 60Km or so to Kuala Lurah, walked over the border into
Malaysia and back again, thereby getting another 90 days on our visa's.
14/05/12 PFM arrived in the
anchorage this morning and we had a chat with John and Sheila, exchanging
15/05/12 As I now suspect that my
ignition fault is an internal problem of the alternator, I removed
it and took it ashore for checking.
16/05/12 PFM left this morning
for Jerudong and Miri but we will probably see John and Sheila again
later in the year as they also intend returning to the Philippines.
My alternator proved to have a fault and has been repaired, I just have
to collect it now and refit it to the engine.
17/05/12 Early this morning, before the
sun became too hot, I refitted my alternator and tested it - all is well
and the fault is no longer evident.
18/05/12 Over to Labuan for the day with
the usual Friday crowd onboard Fourth Dimension. A
big crowd there in Murphy's Bar today - apart from us, there was a group
of pilots from RBA, over for the day on a speedboat which on return to
Muara, we towed for a while.
19/05/12 'The Collective' were playing
in the yacht club this evening, so we were ashore for the
20/05/12 A day of rest after last
21/05/12 Roger returned from the UK this
afternoon with Yolly (his Mum), having had a few days in Bangkok and
Kuala Lumpur en-route.
28/05/12 A week of catching up with the
news from England, ferrying Yolly to and from the yacht club, the usual
Friday visit to Labuan (this time on Paul's boat) and a Sunday run
onboard Fourth Dimension to Pulau Kuruman so that Barry could
clean the barnacles off the bottom - it's very clear water there.
That is a job that desperately needs doing on my boat, they are thick
and I expect the prop is just one big mass of them after so long at
30/05/12 Roger is planning to take his
Mum sailing for a few days, visiting Labuan and the
Klias Wetlands, places we have
visited before but think that Yolly would enjoy. He and Astrid
asked me to join them and take a few days out from Brunei.
31/05/12 Onboard Storm Dodger for
our trip to Labuan and the River Klias. We slipped the mooring and
made our way out to sea but not without a little hassle. Today is
a public holiday and the 51st anniversary of the Brunei Military, so
there was a scheduled display off the dockyard, with several warships
moving slowly in line ahead from sea to the harbour. We were
escorted by police launches and directed well to starboard of our normal
course, passing channel markers on the wrong side and constantly
watching the depth of water. Finally we were clear of the dockyard
area and heading out along the extreme starboard edge of the dredged
channel to sea whilst helicopters and fighter trainers flew overhead
streaming smoke trails. We set course for Kuruman Island and
picked up a buoy there for a few hours while Roger dived and cleaned the
bottom of the boat and the propeller. Just as we were leaving,
Ranald turned up in Tarali and picked up the adjacent buoy but we were
unable to talk to him as we made our way toward Labuan. We
anchored in Victoria Harbour around 5pm and went ashore, meeting up with
Alistair and Loren for a few beers.
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