01/08/17 Tues. Into town to the harbour master, immigration
and customs for check out, then the rest of the day getting extra
shopping, tidying the boat and getting the dinghy onboard.
02/08/17 Weds. After a leisurely breakfast we slipped the
lines and made out to sea. For some unknown reason the
chartplotter is now refusing to show AIS targets despite my attempts to
rectify the problem. It was all working fine when installed in the
first week of May so I will have to investigate that further. The
wheelpilot behaved very well with the new drive ring and we motored
across Brunei Bay at 5+ knots until the wind picked up closer in to
Muara and we were able to unfurl the genoa and pick up some more speed.
Because of the late start from Labuan, it was 3pm before we dropped
anchor off Serasa Yacht Club, so we left checking in until tomorrow.
03/08/17 Thurs. Inflated the dingy and went to Immigration.
Surprisingly, all went without hitch and we were in and out in ten
minutes - very unusual here! They still want copies of everything
and don't understand why we didn't call in at a print shop on the way
over to photocopy everything! The dinghy has developed a leak in the
airdeck so I had to repair that with contact adhesive - the only glue I
have. It will have to be repaired properly later.
04/08/17 Fri. Took down the instrument backing and the
deckhead in an attempt to find the fault with chartplotter not showing
AIS targets. All wiring and connections were OK but by accident I
found out that if the switch on routine was altered, everything works as
it should, which is very odd. My usual routine is to switch on the
instruments, then the plotter, then the AIS. If I turn on the
plotter first, then the AIS and lastly the instruments, all works
properly. I don't understand that!
05/08/17 Sat. Had a day in the clubhouse, did our laundry
and chatted with Ninet and Precious.
06/08/17 Sun. A day of rest, just watching the new bridge
08/08/17 Tues. Decided to go to Supasave for some shopping
- not a quick task without a car! We walked from the yacht club to
the ferry terminal before getting a lift into Muara, a distance of
several miles in high temperatures! Then we caught the number 38
bus to Bandar, then the 55 to Gadong. After shopping, the whole
process was repeated in reverse.......except we caught the 33 from Muara
to the yacht club for the final stage.
12/08/17 Sat. After ten days at anchor off Serasa Beach and
the Yacht Club, mostly watching the bridge being built, it was time to
move. As soon as the tide started to ebb, we took the dinghy down
to immigration and started the frustrating check-out procedure. I
had forgotten just how awkward they could be there! After over an
hour, we had our clearance and went back to the boat. With a
thunderstorm looming, we weighed anchor and made out to sea on the still
falling tide. Once out of the channel, we hoisted the genoa and
motor sailed at 6 knots to Labuan, arriving there and tying up at 7pm,
just in front of the rain!
13/08/17 Sun. Rained all night, clearing up around 10am. We
walked into town to check in with immigration (no problems here!) but
were unable to check in with Jabatan Laut (harbour master) as they were
closed. Rained again during the evening. Finally, after much
head scratching and frustration, I am able to update this website with
the new laptop - apologies if some pages are not showing as they should,
I will try to correct them as I find them.
14/08/17 Mon. Today it's the turn of internet to play up!
For some obscure reason, I received a message that I had reached my
quota for the month which I questioned with the help line.
Unfortunately, I could not really understand what the guy was saying,
nor do I understand why I should have reached my quota which is 33% more
than my previous plan..........and we have been away for 10 days of the
month with no internet connection! The previous plan never reached
it's limits and I have not changed the amount of any downloads or
my browsing habits. I will make further enquiries in the
shop and await the monthly renewal at the end of day tomorrow.
16/08/17 Weds. My monthly internet quota has been
re-started and yesterdays visit to the shop provided no real answers as
to why last month's only lasted 20 days. I will have to monitor
this month and see just how fast it is getting used! Heavy rain
continues each day, with strong winds.
21/08/17 Mon. With improved weather, we decided to clean
and re-waterproof the sprayhood and bimini top today. Watched the
latest episode of Game of Thrones in the evening!
25/08/17 Fri. So we've topped up the diesel tank and
refilled the jerry cans, filled up with petrol for the outboard, had the
dinghy floor repaired, sold a bike which was taking up too much
deck space on the stern and bought another (which folds) to replace it.
27/08/17 Sun. I've reached the 4000 day mark!
31/08/17 Thurs. The last day of August and Happy Merdeka
Day to my Malaysian friends. This is the celebration of
independence (1957) for Malaysia, the streets are decked with flags and
markets and food stalls have sprung up along the roadsides.
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