01/12/20 Tues. Happy Birthday to
Ann in the UK! Not a particularly good start to the month!
Ana told me (somewhile ago) that the sink was leaking a little.
While we were in KK we bought some silicone to seal the joint between
sink and worktop. This morning, we started the job......and it's
turned into a major galley rebuild!! Water has rotted the shelf on
which the watermaker stands and the worktop itself which is ply and
formica (not easily obtained in Malaysia). It took us all day to
strip out the front of the main cabinet, remove the sink and under
shelf. Now of course, we have no sink for the foreseeable future
while we search for replacement material for the worktop. I know
there is a place in KK where you can buy 12mm pvc type board in 8'
X 4' sheets but I would still have the problem of getting it to Kudat,
and storing it somewhere while I cut out a new worktop and shelf, and I
don't think that material would be suitable for a kitchen worktop?
05/12/20 Sat. Early morning trip in the dinghy, over to the
yard for a case of mineral water and a chat with Jamie of Esper,
then a day of stripping out the nav. berth (again!) to run main cable
from battery compartment to the new Victron gauge. Yesterday's new Covid
cases for Kudat are down to single figures although Sabah remains the
worst affected state of Malaysia.
07/12/20 Mon. I've run the cable from the Victron to the
battery compartment, now changing all the terminals on each lead to the
shunt - because the new shunt is a larger size and all the existing
terminals will not fit it! I made a new 'main' negative battery
lead yesterday, crimping and soldering the terminals on each end.
Inter district travel restrictions were lifted today and the road blocks
removed, so travel to KK will now be easier (for the time being!)
08/12/20 Tues. 2 new Covid cases in Kudat yesterday, hoping
we keep them this low for the next month or two. Completed the new
shunt terminals today, all crimped and soldered now and the new Victron
installed and working though not synchronised yet. I will do that
tomorrow midday when the batteries are fully charged (if it's a sunny
day of course!)
10/12/20 Thurs. With the Victron now synchronised, the
Smartbank, Victron and NASA instruments are all within 0.2amps of one
another. I still get an error code of E 11 on the Smartbank when I
start the engine but it quickly disappears - I still cannot figure out
why it has started to do that! We will be going down to KK again
(Neil's hosp. appt.) at some stage next week and I will look for Formica
laminate there as there is no supplier in Kudat, then I can start the
rebuild of the galley worktop and cupboards.
14/12/20 Mon. Today we went into town for a) some
battery cable and b) to post a letter to the UK. Well, that was
the intention anyway! Hardware store had no cable bigger than 120
amp and only 1 metre of that. The post office was even worse, we
queued outside in the heat for over an hour, did the check-in, temp
taking routine and then we were told by the counter staff that we were
not able to send a letter outside Malaysia because of Covid. On
return to the boat, I checked online in readiness to send a blistering
e-mail of complaint, and sure enough.......no letters, parcels or
postcards can be sent outside of Malaysia, effective from 2nd August
until further notice. All international post is suspended!
15/12/20 Tues. Brent was supposed to be hauled out this
morning and I was to go over to the yard to give him a hand, and to help
drop his rudders whilst in the hoist. He called me at 8am and said
he had a problem with his steering, the boat would only turn to stbd,
and not port. Craig and I went into town, Brent picked us up at
the police jetty and we all went out to his boat to look what could be
done. The stbd rudder was doing it's own thing when the port
rudder was turned, so we removed it and plugged the resulting hole,
cleaned the propellers and limped round to the pond. Sadly, the
yard could not now lift him out until the morning, so he is anchored in
the pond for the night. The stbd rudder has come adrift from it's
stock and will need to be rebuilt.
16/12/20 Weds. Craig, Josephine, Ana and I went over to
Brent's boat at 7.30am and we hauled out at 8. The bottom of the
hulls resembled a marine park with tons of growth which took a couple of
hours to scrape off and we could not drop the port rudder because of a
very tight keyway and no available chisel small enough to get in the
17/12/20 Thurs. Gave Neil a hand today to strip his outboard
engine leg and gearbox, in an attempt to discover why the engine seizes
when left for a few days. The only things we found were two worn
oil seals and the engine tends to jam up when the water impeller is
fitted. Without the impeller, it turns without any resistance!
18/12/20 Fri. Booked a KK Hotel for a couple of nights from
Sunday evening. We went over to the yard during the afternoon, now
that Brent has removed the port rudder and cut both open. What a
terrible design! Where I expected steel plates to be welded onto
the rudder stock were small diameter steel rods - and not welded to the
rudder stock, so were able to move around and destroy the surrounding
expanded foam. I would be redesigning those if I were in his
20/12/20 Sun. Picked up the hire car and drove down to KK
during the afternoon.
21/12/20 Mon. A full day of shopping for Formica, tools,
glue, outboard engine spares and various other bits. Neil, Ana and
I all went for a steak in the evening but the great conjunction of
Jupiter and Saturn was not visible due to low clouds on the horizon,
fortunately we saw a very near approximation of it two days ago, and I
suppose none of us will be around for the next one!
22/12/20 Tues. After breakfast, we started back towards
Kudat, calling at a couple more shops in Inanam, then at CKS for some
grocery shopping. The rain started about 10 miles out from Kudat,
so we got a bit wet loading the dinghy with all the stuff. Took
the car back before settling for a relaxing coffee!
23/12/20 Weds. I gave Neil a hand this morning to rebuild
his outboard lower leg and gearbox - all good now.
24/12/20 Thurs. We went over to the yard this morning to
see Alastair, Brent, Shane and Roy. On return, I emptied out the
Nav. berth yet again and refitted the false bulkhead which had been
taking up space in the front cabin.
26/12/20 Sat. Yesterday, about 15 of us yachties got
together on Craig's boat, all taking some cooked food and drinks with us
for an afternoon of eating, drinking and chatting!
27/12/20 Sun. Today was my outboard engine's turn! I
stripped the carburettor and gave it a thorough cleaning, greased all
the moving parts of the lift mechanism and reassembled it.
28/12/20 Mon. Refitted the outboard to the dinghy and ran it up,
all seems ok, just fine tuning needed. Took Ana and Neil ashore to
go to town.
29/12/20 Tues. We joined Brent and Shane on Kaya in
the yard, along with a few others for a spot of late lunch and a chat.
31/12/20 Thurs. Slowly things are coming together with the
galley worktop area. I changed the sink outlet seacock yesterday
and today painted the inside of the cupboard. The front of the
cupboard is already unscrewed and just propped in place at the moment to
hold up the worktop. In the new year, I will get some plywood and
start to make the new top and shelf although it isn't going to be very
easy because of lack of workspace. Oh for a nice dry workshop!
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