01/08/16 Mon. A very noisy night with strong winds,
halliards frapping, fenders and mooring ropes squeaking. I got up
at 0530, peered into the darkness and thought...."that doesn't look
right".......the boat opposite was very down on the stbd side.
Eventually managed to wake the two local crew who were sleeping onboard
(I think perhaps they should have noticed the list!) and after running
around like headless chickens, they finally started to pump the stbd
hull out - it took three hours before the boat was level again.
02/08/16 Tues. Congratulations.......
to my big bro Clive and his wife Barbara on their wedding anniversary!
03/08/16 Weds. Several nights/days of strong winds now,
removed damaged awnings from Neil's boat day before yesterday, this
morning it was Bob's boat in need of awning repair - not the weather to
be out at sea really!
04/08/16 Weds. One of those days when everything seems to
be going wrong! Decided to do an engine oil change, so ran up the
engine for 15 minutes to warm the oil.....and the pump for emptying the sump
refused to work, so I removed it from the engine and of course it
suddenly decided to spew black oil all over the cockpit! After
replacing it and emptying the sump, I went to aft locker to get new oil,
and it's full of water because of a blocked drain - cleared that out.
Went to get rain catcher from shop in town, got back to boat before
noticing they had left the slider part off the zip - go back to shop to
retrieve that! I should have stayed in bed!
05/08/16 Fri. This catamaran arrived in Labuan for haul out in
LSE - it is purportedly the largest sailing catamaran in the World, (145
feet long) and if you have USD 260,000 lying around and wondering
what to do with it.....you could charter this for one week!
11/08/16 Thurs. Rented a car for a day to get fuel and gas.
You are only allowed 20 litres of diesel at a time, so we went to two
filling stations and came back with 40 litres. Tomorrow, we will
get the other jerry can filled and exchange the gas bottle for a new
one. The plan is to check out tomorrow and sail for Brunei on Sat.
morning, stay there for a few days and then return here, in a effort to
avoid the hassle we had with Ana's visa in Kuala Lurah last
month.......we shall see!
12/08/16 Fri. We went out in the morning and exchanged our almost
empty gas bottle for a full one, then to the garage for another 20
litres of diesel before returning the car and checking out with the
Harbour Master, Immigration and Customs.
13/08/16 Sat. 0815 - motored out of the marina and across
Victoria harbour, heading for Muara. With 15 knots of wind on the
nose, and my problem with stern tube knock, it was a slow passage but we
arrived safe at anchor off Serasa Yacht Club just after 1300.
19/08/16 Fri. After spending almost a week here, meeting
old friends, thunder, lightening and squalls, it was time to return to
Labuan, so we went back to immigration and cleared out for a 1200
departure. On lifting the anchor, it was fouled by fishing nets
and another anchor........one morning at 1am we had a fishing boat
alongside trying to retrieve their net and they resorted to cutting it
free after keeping me awake for an hour! We motor sailed with
genoa out until the UV strip on the sail ripped as we rounded the point
at Labuan entrance - I have never been happy about the material Rolly
Tasker used for that when they made the sail. Now back in my berth
in Labuan marina.
20/08/16 Sat. After discussing my 'knock' over a few beers
last night, David and Neil came over this morning and we ran the engine
at 2000rpm in an effort to locate the sound and decide what it is.
The knock is not as pronounced when tied alongside, but they seem to
think it is the cutless bearing? I am not convinced and still
think it's an alignment problem of the stern tube itself.
22/08/16 Mon. Everything seems to be going wrong just
lately! First the worrying knock in the stern tube area, which
no-one (David, Paul, Neil, Bill, Me) can put an explanation to, then the
torn genoa sail and dead engine battery. On top of it all,
Microsoft have buggered up the e-mail programme and I can no longer read
or send e-mails in the usual manner but have to take a roundabout route
to do so! AND....the route map on this site cannot be updated
anymore because Google have decided to delete all map references from
the servers, so I will no longer be able to continue that. Checked the battery today and my relatively new and
expensive multimeter shows and open circuit unless switched to
automatic, then it reads 13.11 volts on the dead and disconnected
battery. I reconnected the battery and disconnected the domestic
battery bank, and it won't even turn the engine, so I have to assume it
needs replacement. Did some shopping in town, checked in with
immigration, customs and harbour master and went to the
dentist for Ana to have a tooth pulled.
23/08/16 Tues. Went into town again and bought a new
battery - not the A/hr that I would prefer, but all that was available.
24/08/16 Weds. Took down the damaged genoa this
morning and replaced it with my old one, then fitted the new battery.
E-mailed a couple of sailmakers in Hong Kong to ask for rough estimate
and shipping costs. Bill went diving under both his and my boat and
scraped off the accumulated slime and barnacles in readiness for the
trip to Kudat. In the evening we went to the marina cafe with
Bill, Paul and Merissa for a few beers and a chinwag.
25/08/16 Thurs. Paul came over and while Ana went to
market, we stripped out the prop shaft coupling and found a little play
in the shaft flange which gave a metallic sound when rocked.
Checking the securing bolts for the flange showed that the workshop in
Penuwasa had in fact fitted bolts just 2 mm too short to fully engage
the indents in the shaft, so we fitted new bolts, put the whole thing
back together and ran the engine (in gear) at almost 3000 rpm - we could
not hear the worrying knock! Maybe tomorrow I will take the boat
out for a short drive around and see if we have in fact cured the
27/08/16 Sat. Paul and Merissa joined us and we took the
boat out for a short trip around the harbour.......and the knock was
still evident as soon as we hit 1500rpm, so we cured nothing. It
can only be the cutless bearing that is worn through misalignment,
(something that I was never happy with when done by the "mechanic" in
Kudat in January 2013), so it looks like an engine out job in Kudat once
again and I shall replace the whole of the stern gear assembly.
Plan now is to sail up there in company with Bill on Viajero next
28/08/16 Sun. After a few hours on the computer this
morning, I managed to fix the problem with the e-mail - a patch issued
by Microsoft and not applicable to Windows 10 had been installed without
my knowledge, and it was this which had screwed up the LiveMail - thanks
29/08/16 Mon. Took off the exhaust elbow this morning and
Dave ran me into Elite services on the other side of town to have it
cleaned and re-welded, back onboard by 12.30 and replaced it on the
31/08/16 Weds. Merdeka day here in Malaysia, so most shops
closed. Bill went to Brunei this morning to get his passport
chopped and give him 90 days in Malaysia to do work on his boat. I
packed up the damaged genoa and took it over to Neil's boat (Shelley)
for him to take up to Cebu for repair. Then Ana and I covered the
dinghy and got it onboard ready to tie down on Thursday evening, walked
into town and rented a car for 24 hrs, drove over to Emporium
supermarket and bought our heavy stuff. In the evening we went to
Murphy's Bar with Bill and Neil for some grub and a couple of beers.
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