01/01/21 HAPPY NEW
08/01/21 Fri. We have been over to the yard a few times,
giving help to Brent on Kaya with his steering problems.
The NE monsoon gives us rain most days which has prevented me going to
buy plywood to make our new galley worktop. We were planning to go
to KK next week for a couple of days, mainly to search for materials and
to get new rudder stocks made for Brent, but the Covid cases are once
more spiralling upwards and I think that interstate travel bans will be
back in force very soon - and I don't want to be trapped in KK with no
way back to Kudat!
09/01/21 Sat. We have just heard (unofficially) that Sabah
will go back into lockdown tomorrow night, so no travel outside Kudat
district without good reason and a travel permit from the police.
I've just been watching the golfers on the course which surrounds the
'pond'........it's pouring down with rain but they continue to play!
10/01/21 Sun. The rains continue and prevent any ordering
of plywood or work outside being done. The Malaysian PM will make
an announcement tomorrow regarding re-installation of lockdown measures.
12/01/21 Tues. 6pm and the rain has just stopped
temporarily, that's almost 48 hours without a break! On Sunday
night we had around 15" of rain fall, my dinghy was full to the top of
the tubes, Craig's sank with the engine still attached, a couple of
power boats in the marina sank and the town was under 2 feet of water.
Ana and I went over to Craig's boat yesterday (in the rain of course)
and gave him a hand to recover his dinghy from the seabed and bail it
out. We are back in a sort of lockdown until the 26th, only 2 people allowed in a
car and no inter district travel allowed.
14/01/21 Thurs. The rain finally stopped this afternoon but
the skies are still very grey and threatening. However, it gave me
a chance to empty the nav. berth once more and see if I could find the
fault on the Smartbank charging system - I wait and see if I have cured
16/01/21 Sat. Sunshine.....finally! A good few
hours of sun today putting power in the batteries - and my Smartbank
worked by connecting all the 5 batteries together, so hopefully I have
cured the fault on there. We started making patterns for dinghy
chaps to fit to Mark and Kim's (Zizi) rubber duck. At 5pm,
the rains returned but nowhere near as heavy as we've had for the last
19/01/21 Tues. Humph! The Smartbank is still not
functioning as it should. With the engine running I still get an
error code 11, but on solar power, I don't! Time for another
wiring inspection. Been making more patterns for Zizi's
dinghy chaps and the rain still continues with large areas of Sabah
21/01/21 Thurs. I have twice run the engine today to top up
batteries, once this morning and once in the early evening and on both
occasions, the Smartbank worked as it should. I'm totally confused
now! Rained on and off all day again and we expect that to
continue until mid February. Ana spent a lot of the day sewing
panels together for Zizi's dinghy chaps.
22/01/21 Fri. Today was a sunny day for a change, and the
Smartbank happily connected and disconnected the batteries as needed!
We went over to the yard to look at plywood there, it isn't the best
quality but it will probably have to do for my needs as marine ply is
not available here.
23/01/21 Sat. We went to the yard, bought an 8 foot by 4
foot sheet of ply and cut it into approximate sizes to transport back by
dinghy. Ana continued with the chaps for Mark and Kim's dinghy in
24/01/21 Sun. I spent most of the day dismantling
cupboards above the worktop while Ana once more had a day of dinghy
27/01/21 Weds. A day in town searching for various bits and
pieces for the galley cupboards and worktop, without much success.
Yesterday we were over in the yard stripping down Brent's engine for oil
leak repairs and head overhaul, piston ring change. Our worktop is
now fully unscrewed and is ready to be lifted off for the next stage.
28/01/21 Thurs. Work on the galley worktop continues,
painting of the inside of the cupboards, removing locker lid trim for
sanding and varnish, making new support battens. This job started
off with Ana saying the sink was leaking a little and could I put some
silicone on it - haha!
30/01/21 Sat. Rain again all day but I managed to cut the
lower shelf before it started - it's a long job but at least there is a
little progress! Just a small note about paint fumes, sure we had
some fumes because of painting the locker insides but today it was
worse, and also more pronounced in the heads rather than the galley
area. A search of the heads locker unearthed an old can of spray
paint which was leaking and filling the place with obnoxious fumes!
31/01/21 Sun. I ordered a new mppt solar controller today
in anticipation of adding another panel at a later date - it has to come
from Holland, so I don't expect it for a few weeks.
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