01/12/15 Happy Birthday Ann! Unable to travel, I extended the hotel stay by a
day and remained in bed - not eating or drinking much because nothing
stays inside me.
03/12/15 Stay extended again until Sunday the 6th.,
beginning to feel a little better and have antibiotics now but no point
in tempting fate by getting on buses or ferries.
06/12/15 With the 2 day stay now at 8 days, we got the 8am
ferry from Jesselton Point back to Labuan, arriving lunchtime.
Feeling back to normal now thank goodness!
07/12/15 Shopping day, restock on food items. Paul
and Merissa are back from JB, Neil from Oz and Lyda from Oz, so we had a
chat with each to catch up a little. Ordered new instruments from
Defender in the USA - now wait for delivery before the big job of
fitting and running cables, a lift out will very likely be needed in
order to fit new transducer sleeves into the hull.
08/12/15 Ana and I went out with Amelia and Gilles to The Red Onion
for dinner during the evening.
11/12/15 Lyda, Ana and I were invited to John's house for
dinner, so spent an enjoyable couple of hours there chatting on the
balcony (15 floors up!)
12/12/15 I have neighbours again! Rene and Lesley
returned to the boat (Crib) from their extended stay in France -
nice to see them again.
13/12/15 My parcel of new instruments made the usual rapid
journey from the USA to Germany, China and Malaysia......and has now
been languishing in Kuala Lumpur facilities for the last two days -
nothing new there then!
14/12/15 Terrific thunderstorm overnight last night, very
heavy rain and loud cracks of thunder with almost constant lightning.
15/12/15 Electricity supply went off in marina at about 8pm
last night.......for 20 hours! Back on this afternoon, so should
get a reasonable nights sleep and not be in a sauna for the night!
16/12/15 Ana caught ferry to Menumbok and bus to KK this
morning to renew her visa there. Tracking app for my parcel showed
it to still be in KL, yet at 8pm tonight it suddenly showed it as
delivered at 9.15 this morning!! Oh well, have to collect it in
the morning now!
17/12/15 All power off again from 10pm last night until 8am
this morning - reason unknown. Again the power went off at 5pm
this evening after a whole day of rain without respite. Did manage
to collect my parcel from the office, even if I did get a little wet in
18/12/15 Still no power this morning, Paul and I
went up to the office to complain yet again and insisted on them getting
an electrician in to sort out the problem. A contract electrician
was brought from the building site on the other side of the island but
employment differences prevented him from doing much apart from what
Paul and I had already been doing. Four hours later an electrician
was flown in from Miri and although the power is now on (1.30pm), no
remedial work has been done so it will probably trip out again!!
Opened my parcel and it is now seven smaller parcels!
20/12/15 Rain, rain and more rain, the fall out from a
recent typhoon in the Philippines which very unusually turned south
after passing through the central region of the Phillies and passed
close to the western side of Labuan. This evening, a thunderstorm
produced a lightning strike which was very close to the
boat and cut my power (and only mine), and on
resetting the breaker I noticed the galvanic isolator was no longer
working, so that will have to be investigated tomorrow.
22/12/15 Two days of investigating the electrics of the
galvanic isolator turned up one blown fuse but even when replaced, the
isolator refuses to work. I can only imagine that the strike,
which was only a few metres from the stern of the boat, sent a power
surge "the wrong way" through my earth system, blowing the electronics
before reaching the fuse protected power 'in'. Although very
annoying, the upside is that little else seems to have been affected.
23/12/15 Another problem!! This afternoon, I
discovered the water tank was emptying far too quickly than it should -
investigation showed the bilges full of water and lapping under the
engine sump. This is all I need at Christmas time........why does
everything go wrong at this time of year?? Christmas Eve will be
spent disconnecting the batteries and removing them to get to the hatch
underneath them so that I can access the tank. The tank is a
flexible one, and the possibilities are a leaking filler inlet
connection, or a split tank!
24/12/15 Spent the day taking out batteries and the water
tank while Ana went to the market for meat and veggies for tomorrow.
It is the filler connection that is leaking, the fabric of the tank
coming away from the inlet fitting and leaving a small tear in the vinyl
25/12/15 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!
I spent the morning making a temporary repair to the water tank (new
tank needed). In the afternoon, we cooked a nice full roast dinner
and watched films.
26/12/15 Replaced the water tank and partially filled it,
the repair is holding but I am no longer confident with it and will
look into finding a replacement in the near future. Lesley from
Crib was admitted to hospital in the early hours of this morning,
she has been unwell since returning to the boat two weeks ago and is now
"under observation" in a ward, I sympathise.....memories of Boxing Day
29/12/15 Lesley out of hospital, still not completely well.
31/12/15 Rented a car for a couple of days and did some of
the distant shops for parts. Ana and I joined Lesley, Rene, Anna, Craig and Lyda for New Year's Eve meal in the Waterfront Hotel - very quiet at
midnight, no fireworks, just a few flares and ships in the harbour
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