01/06/18 Fri. Yay! My package arrived this afternoon,
22 days after posting in the UK. Another untracked package was
sent at the same time but that has not yet arrived.
03/06/18 Sun. Pam and Anton left today to fly home.
Took the repaired sail cover over to Barry on Misteeza and tried
to complete an order form for fabrics and fittings from the USA - to
make a new sprayhood, bimini and sail cover for Rhumb Do.
04/06/18 Mon. We are still being plagued by flies........hundreds
of them in the cockpit and saloon, they always seem to be the worst
during the Ramadan period? Bill and Lyda went up to KK for a few days
this morning, so we are looking after their boat.
05/06/18 Tues. Completed the replacement of the heads light
today, the old one had gone to half power and 9 of the 18 leds were out,
so I've fitted a led strip light in it's place for now. Placed my
order for Sunbrella and various other materials with Sailrite in the USA
- delivery scheduled for the 12th.
06/06/18 Weds. D-Day Anniversary. And I am on the
attack with a few places here in Labuan because I am tired of waiting!
An electrical repair shop has had my Dremel drill for 5 weeks now and
still not repaired, so they have until 5pm today. I am still
missing a parcel, so went to the main post office to complain, they said
I have to go to another office (where I went before) so that is
tomorrows mission. It was posted on the 10th May but untracked.
The package which arrived on the 1st was posted the same day. 3 packages
posted last year have also failed to arrive and I'm fed up with it.
Surely the Pos Malaysia organisation have a duty of care to deliver to
the addressee? I think that anything which is 'untracked' and sent
from a western country is not 'lost' but stolen by either sorting office
staff or delivery staff.
07/06/18 Thurs. Round to the electric repair shop this
morning and surprise, surprise, they had completed the repair!
Having said that, the guy told me the armature needed rewinding but they
were unable to do that and so had done a 'temporary fix' which was not
guaranteed to last........hmmm. Then off to the post office
complaints department where the girl took my name, address and phone
number, saying she would look for the missing package but was unable to
do anything about the other 3 packages as it was too long ago. Now
we wait and see again.
10/06/18 Sun. Ana busy sewing again! I removed the
dinghy valves for cleaning and tightening, then inflated the dinghy to
see if it remains up overnight.
the fitting of the new (stern) anchor light minus the lamps which have
still not arrived. My VHF screen has got the black death.
At first I thought it was moisture on the inside and was about to take
it apart to clean but closer inspection with the backlight on
........and it looks like delamination! So, although it is
possible to renew the screen, the amount of time and effort required is
more than that of getting a new unit!
11/06/18 Mon. Patched another couple of holes in the dinghy
today, it has done very well to last 15 years - so I don't believe
everyone who says you have to have a hyperlon version in the heat!
Mine is PVC and on deck all the time, has no covers fitted when in use,
nor does it get 'sticky' in hot weather! I guess a new one is
required soon but they are so difficult (and expensive) to find, all the
new ones I have seen friends buy have all failed in the first year.
Ana removed the liferaft cover this afternoon and made it a better fit
as it was always too loose.
12/06/18 Tues. Rented a car for 24 hours and went out of
town to New Tech hardware, bought a single mattress - purely for the
foam inside! We have been unable to find foam anywhere to make new
cockpit seat cushions. My two parcels from the USA arrived, so now
we have the material to make a new sprayhood, bimini and sailcover, as
well as renew the UV strip on the torn genoa.
13/06/18 Weds. Returned the car at lunchtime, had lunch in
Sharifah cafe before returning to the boat. Ana then made a new
dodger for Bill and Lyda to replace their worn out one. Tomorrow
we will check out for departure to Brunei on Friday.
15/06/18 Fri. Sailed to Brunei, enjoyable trip, enough wind
to have all sail up and anchored in the usual spot. On the way to
the anchorage we could see what I thought was light rain heading in on
the port side but just after I had zipped up the mainsail, the heavens
opened and it poured for an hour!
20/06/18 Weds. Happy Birthday to me! A very nice
sunrise this morning showing some of the new Pulau Muara Besar
21/06/18 Thurs. A terrific squall started around 5.30pm,
just as we got back from shore and lifted the dinghy engine off.
The sky was very black, the thunder and lightning intense with numerous
very close strikes. At 6pm, while standing in the companionway,
looking aft and keeping check on our anchor position, we saw Paul's boat
swing side on as his moorings broke and the boat was driven off towards
the bridge. Visibility at the time was very poor and we were
unsure if the boat hit the bridge column or narrowly missed. With
no phone my only option was to call Muara Harbour control on the VHF and
warn them of a boat drifting in the harbour, they in turn contacted the
yacht club and several Filipino workers eventually went by dinghy to the
dock area and recovered Paul's boat, bringing it back to the anchorage
with a police escort boat when the squall abated. Fortunately,
Barry had departed in the afternoon, so his mooring was vacant for the
night. Thankfully, there seemed to be no damage to Paul's boat.
22/06/18 Fri. After an enjoyable week in Brunei, doing the
usual things along with a 3 day job repairing Barry's mainsail cover for
Fourth Dimension, we went down to Immigration to check out.
Groan!!! They really do live in the 18th century, drowning in
paperwork and not doing the job they are paid to do. It took us 2
hours to check in last week, and checking out was no different. It
goes like this.......first visit Health Department where you have to
first fill in an A5 form, in triplicate, with no carbon - exactly the
same form as you filled in on arrival except the departure box is ticked
instead of the arrival box. Then another form giving same details.
Then it's the Marine Department (the guy is seldom there) where you
again fill in a 3 part A5 form, hand in 4 crew lists and get all
stamped. Then it's Customs, who ask where the other form is!
Hold on, ......what form? Ah, you need this other 3 part form from
the Marine Department, so back there.........and the guy has gone!
Back to Customs, tell them no one is in the other office, they phone him
and tell us to wait as he is coming. 40 minutes later, he turns up
- by which time steam is coming out of my ears and I tell him that
whatever his salary is, it's too damn much! No apology, just a
shrug and eventual production of said form. Back to Customs, hand
in the yellow copy of form, take white copy back to Marine Department,
keep blue copy to light a fire. Then it's immigration, passports,
another copy of crew list, questions about when are we leaving (yeah, 2
hours ago), and finally we are free to go. Back on the boat, I
told Ana we would stay and go tomorrow as it was too late now.
23/06/18 Sat. Up at 4am, but the weather was awful, deep
black skies, thunder, lightning and rain. Waited until it eased
and brightened at 10am before weighing anchor and heading out to sea on
the ebb tide. Back in our berth in Labuan around 1.30pm. Joined
Craig and his Mum Barbara for a BBQ on his boat, along with Bill, Lyda,
John, Carol and Alistair.
24/06/18 Sun. Wandered into town to check in with
Immigration - total time in office 5 minutes. Brunei take note!!
25/06/18 Mon. Received sad news this morning that my mate
Bob Rigg passed away last night in Manchester. We were run ashore
oppo's on the Hermes and had some great times in Asia and Australia.
We had lost contact after leaving the Navy but regained it while I was
in Turkey and he and his wife Sue were living in Cyprus. They came
to visit me in 2009 while in Marmaris and we had a wonderful weekend there.
Rest in peace Bob.
27/06/18 Weds. My new furler which was ordered from the USA
in March and was out-of-stock, was finally delivered yesterday.
Interestingly, the UPS tracking service showed an estimated delivery for
the end of day, today. Yesterday morning I received notification
that the estimated delivery was now Friday 29th - yet it arrived
yesterday afternoon! The tracking service is still showing it in
Kuala Lumpur with another revised delivery time of today. I don't
think they know where it is! Another parcel, with new VHF radio
was ordered and sent on Monday 25th from the UK via DHL and is now in
Kota Kinabalu - good going so far!
28/06/18 Thurs. Said goodbye to Bill and Lyda this
afternoon as they sailed to join the Sail Malaysia East Rally in Kudat
for onward passage to Tawau, Sandekan and ultimately Australia.
Ana busy all day making new cockpit cushions.
29/06/18 Fri. My new VHF arrived safely - now I have to fit it
and sort out a wiring problem at the same time!
30/06/18 Sat. My favourite job again today.......taking
down the deckhead and bulkhead panels in the nav. berth! We ran
the new cable for the VHF remote mike to the aft cabin and replaced all
the panels - an all day job, only to find the saloon lights no longer
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