01/01/18 Mon. HAPPY
Our view this morning at 0600 - another new day
and the start of a new year.
02/01/18 Tues. Time to check out again, so we took a dinghy
ride to the ferry terminal for the excruciating, painful performance of
a simple stamp out. Not bad though, only an hour and visits to 9
offices! Weighed anchor at 1230 and motor sailed back to Labuan,
mooring in our usual berth at 1600.
06/01/18 Sat. Nothing much happening, obviously we checked
back into Malaysia on Wednesday, last night we went over to Craig's boat
for a couple of drinks and a chin-wag and the plan now is to go back to
Kudat on Monday on the bus, and launch Dulce for the trip back
08/01/18 Mon. We caught the 8am speedboat to Menumbok for
the journey back to Kudat, arriving in KK at 1200. After checking
into Cititel Express Hotel for the night, we set off to Karamunsing to
get Ana's phone repaired (only 7 weeks old!), then onto Colombong for
some fibre glass matting.
09/01/18 Tues. After breakfast, we got a mini bus to Kudat,
an awful journey because of a whining differential beneath my seat!
The heavens opened on arrival and it poured with rain for the rest of
the day and night. Onboard Dulce, I tried both engines, the
stbd started ok but the port one wouldn't because of a starter motor
fault again! Stripped off the starter, cleaned all the terminals
again and checked it while out, refitted it to the engine and the engine
started ok. Arranged for an 8am launch on Thursday 11th.
10/01/18 Weds. Into town this morning to pay the yard
bill and check the boat out with Jabatan Laut and Customs.
The pic is of Dulce this afternoon, - just about ready for
11/01/18 Thurs. Launched at 0830! After a brief
trial, we set off towards the Tip of Borneo in torrential rain, then the
seas got much worse and the wind picked up to 30 knots. We could
hardly see anything in front and I considered turning around and going
back to the pond in Kudat, but thought that if we get around the tip,
the seas will ease and we would have some shelter from the land.
Once around the tip, we had following seas of about 2 metres and a side
wind. Neptune came onboard and stole my shoes! We motored
down to Usukan and anchored in the bay there at 6pm.......after some
trouble with the windlass remote, which would not switch off!
12/01/18 Fri. After the horrors of yesterday, we decided to
remain at anchor today, even though the weather was beautiful, and have a
rest (apart from a few odd jobs on the boat).
13/01/18 Sat. Up at 4am for a 0500 start, but a squealing
alternator belt on the starboard engine put paid to that! Finally,
after fitting a new belt and having breakfast, we weighed anchor at 0600
and motored down the coast past KK, anchoring off the beach at Tiga
island around 3pm (that's around 6knot average). Stripped down the
bow navigation light and
fixed a bad connection in the lamp.
14/01/18 Sun. Underway at 0600 for the final leg to Labuan,
dry but cloudy day with gentle winds and fairly calm seas. Moored
alongside in Labuan at 1130 - just as a fresh water pipe on the heater burst!
Had that happened earlier, the tanks would have emptied into the bilges
and been pumped overboard.
15/01/18 Mon. Went into town to check Dulce in with
Jabatan Laut, have some lunch and buy a few bits of shopping.
19/01/18 Fri. Rented a car for a couple of days and went in
search of a company which could make sliding doors - my shower/toilet
has a small cupboard with plywood sliding doors which have rotted away
because they are always wet. We found a small firm which could
make them but the frames (aluminium) would be much too big, so we
decided to keep the hardwood frame and have new doors made from a 4mm
sandwich of plastic and powdered aluminium.
22/01/18 Mon. Into the Digi store again this morning to
complain about my monthly bill which keeps showing "subscriptions" to
which I have neither taken nor wanted. Yesterday was spent doing every yottie's
favourite job - stripping down the heads pump! I took it out
because it had started to make a strange sound, and once out decided to
strip it, clean it and replace all the valves and diaphagm.
However, I had to do that four times because it leaked on every
replacement.....I finally discovered a hairline crack in the casing
which was letting air in and water out.
23/01/18 Tues. Stripped down the heads pump again and
covered the hairline crack with epoxy compound before refitting. Gave the
shower cupboard frame it's first coat of varnish.
24/01/18 Weds. In search of thinners suitable for polyurethane
finishes today but shop holders have difficulty in understanding, so we
ended up renting a car again and going further afield. Finally got
some (but only available in 5 litre cans!) from Motorship.
25/01/18 Thurs. More sanding and varnishing today, shower
cupboard 2nd coat, coachroof grab rails first coat.
26/01/18 Fri. Fitted the handles to the cupboard door and
Ana screwed the frame back in place. Looks a lot better now and at
least the doors will not rot again!
29/01/18 Mon. With the grabrails finished over the weekend,
we went into town this afternoon and checked out with Jabatan Laut,
Customs and Immigration. Tomorrow, we will sail to Brunei again.
30/01/18 Tues. Sailed at 0800 and made our way out across
the harbour, once out we hoisted the mainsail and motorsailed across to
Brunei against the current, arriving at the anchorage off RBYC at 1200.
After some lunch, we inflated the dinghy and went to the usual offices
of immigration etc to check in - this time with little fuss!
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