05/06/14 Over the first few days of this month.....Al and I
have completed two coats of paint and granules on the whole deck and are
now waiting until it is hard enough to lightly sand off the high points
and put on the final paint coat.....photo on right. All varnishing
is complete. The dinghy keel deflates overnight and is in need of
a new valve - a different one from the spare I have onboard! I
managed to get the outboard engine running sweetly again, but there was
no cooling water coming out, so it was another strip down which revealed
a major problem - the gearbox is held on with four bolts which are
always submerged in salt water, and corrosion over the years has taken
it's toll. Three of the four bolts sheared! Unable to drill
them out because of the corrosion, I decided the engine is now dead.
Until such time as I can find and afford another engine, I cleared out
the cooling water passages, checked the impeller and then 'glued' the
gearbox back on! It won't have to come off again, but it might
just fall off when in use. I have taken the fridge compressor out
of it's cupboard and found a leaking filter tube which has now been
replaced by a local repair shop, re-gassed and is now working as it
should. Hours have been spent online searching for a solution to
the waterproofing of my sprayhood - FedEx have agreed they will ship it
but for a minimum charge equivalent to a 500Kg load, irrespective of the
shipment. As I only want a 5 litre container, that charge is out
of the question. There is a glimmer of hope that a company in Kota
Kinabalu may have the liquid that I am looking for and I am awaiting
confirmation of that.
06/06/14 D-Day 70th anniversary. So the company in
Kota Kinabalu send me a photo at my request.......and it turns out to be
Scotchguard for sofas and chairs......great for kids dropping ice
lollies on your furniture but not much use for a tropical monsoon!
A second KK company can supply 303 Fabric Guard (as recommended by
Sunbrella) but have no stock at the moment. Now I am waiting for a
price and an anticipated delivery date. Tonight I saw a rat on my
finger pontoon - the first I've seen inside the marina, and it was right
next to my cockpit area!
07/05/14 Rene told me this morning that he'd had a rat
onboard during the night! I think maybe I did as well......perhaps
the same one? Doors and hatches closed early tonight.
08/06/14 Deck anti slip now complete, three coats of paint
on; how long it will last remains to be seen. Start on dinghy transom which is made of marine ply and is
open to the elements along it's top edge - so sand it down and sheath it
with glass fibre matting and resin. Having problems now with the
internet which is provided by Celcom.....it's been fine for two months,
now they have slowed it down for me, to the point where it is unusable
and I am having to revert to the marina wi-fi system.
09/06/14 Roland the rat was caught in trap on Rene's boat
last night - he is now deceased! Completed the sheathing of dinghy
transom, just got to put all the bits back on when it is fully dry.
Collected my repaired windvane bottom bracket from Penuwasa shipyard.
12/06/14 Internet problems continue......infuriating!
The company in KK, DekkersOutdoor, have confirmed they can get 303 Hi
Tech Fabric Guard for me - but it is expensive and will not be in Sabah
for some weeks yet. I decided to go ahead and use the dinghy glue
that I bought some time ago in KK, I figured that without hardener it
will just take somewhat longer to cure. The hardener is just an
accelerant....right? Anyway, I am trying it and have glued the
first of the keel pads down. My search for a replacement outboard
engine continues, the later models are too heavy for my little dinghy
but I have someone looking in KK for me at this moment. Stripped
out the main bilge pump today and opened it up - the diaphragm was
split; a little worrying that it only lasted from KK to
here....effectively about three days. Not good when compared to
the original lasting some ten years!
15/06/14 The dinghy keel is glued and seems to be fine,
just need to get some new valves from the UK now but the company there
seems to be taking it's time in replying to my requests.
Waterproofing troubles continue but are getting nearer to a solution.
The weather is unpredictable now that we are well into the season change
and we usually have a strong breeze during the afternoons - good if
you're going to the Philippines, not so good for heading to Brunei.
17/06/14 Not much happening, things have ground to a halt
and I'm having a few days of doing very little. Need to get up
some enthusiasm to continue with all the jobs still outstanding.
20/06/14 Still doing very little in the way of reducing the
jobs list, I seem to spend all my time chasing companies for information
about dinghy valves and waterproofing products. They are not very
forthcoming or prompt with their replies! Some are quoting a three
month delivery, others say they can get the stuff but at extortionate
prices - it's so frustrating! My mate Rob in the UK is trying his
best to get suitable waterproofing gear to me but the company tell him
one thing and me another, plus there is the problem of shipping 5 litres
of liquid by air safely. Now a company in New Zealand is looking
like my best option. The KK company can and will get me 303 Fabric
Guard if I wish, but £185 for 3.5 litres?? That's about six times
the price of same thing in the UK.
Today is my birthday too.......so thank you for the e-mails and birthday
wishes! Been a bit of a lonesome birthday though - in fact I
haven't seen or spoken to a soul all day! Time to crack open the
malt whisky and have a wee dram!
22/06/14 Decided to spruce up the varnish areas of the fwd
cabin, so stripped everything out and got Al to start sanding all the
woodwork. How does the dust get into every nook and crannie on the
boat?? Nice to see old friends Barry and Gerrie on 'New World'
arrive in the marina. Even better to be invited onboard for
dinner! They are here to haul out in Penuwasa prior to returning
to Miri and onwards to Australia.
23/06/14 Went into the Immigration Office this morning to
request an extension of my visa which runs out at the end of the month.
The officer there was very helpful and agreed to a sixty day extension
but told me that if I have it today, the clock starts ticking
immediately and that it would be better to come back next week and do it
then, thereby getting the full 60 days worth. So, I have to go
next Monday (the 30th). Moved the sanding operation into the loo
and made more dust!
26/06/14 Not been too good for the last three days.....sore
throat, coughing, sneezing, bunged up - haven't had a cold in a long
while though, so can't really complain. Sanding and varnishing has
now moved into the galley and main cabin areas. The fwd cabin and
loo have one coat of varnish on but will need another two each.
Barry and Gerrie came over last night for a meal in the marina eatery,
good to have company and a natter. Thinking today of my mate Trev
who is in hospital for another heart operation, hope all goes well for
30/06/14 Back to the Immigration Office this morning and
after a lengthy delay, I finally got my passport back with an extension
of sixty days on my visa. Varnishing continues on the boat and the
main cabin now just needs the table and nav. area to be sanded and
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