03/07/20 Fri. My diaphragm arrived yesterday afternoon, two
and a half days behind schedule so not bad. Today, I stripped down
the pneumatic governor, removed the old diaphragm (which had a split in
it) and replaced it with the new one. The engine now revs at a
more manageable speed. However, the overheating problem still
remains, in fact it's worse now and we were up in the 90's just 15 mins
after running the engine at 800rpm. Tomorrow will be a long day of
checking everything possible.
04/07/20 Sat. On checking the water level this morning, it
was down considerably. I topped it up again and fired up the
engine. It ran fine for an hour at idle revs, not going above 65oC,
then I put it in gear to load the engine and upped the revs to 1400, ran
it for a half hour and it stayed at 74oC.
I don't think the thermostat opens until 78/79oC
so it looks like it is just difficult to fill from totally empty due to
airlocks. I will do a bit more to it before being satisfied!
06/07/20 Mon. I had my haircut yesterday, it was driving me
nuts touching my ears! We walked up to the garage this morning at
6.30am and got some more diesel, petrol and ATF oil for the gearbox.
During the afternoon, I drained the engine cooling jacket again and also
the gearbox oil - which I then replaced with the new ATF. I have
put one or two photos on my 'workshop' page regarding the change of
governor diaphragm which you can see
here should you be interested!
07/07/20 Tues. Time for another moan! My elapsed time
from Gillingham count-up timer is no longer working as you can see
below. This is because Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, have
Windows 10 Pro version it is possible to enable scripts again, but for
me with the Home version, it is impossible. Why do Microsoft have
to be so bloody awkward!! I can't find any other way of making a
timer, it isn't possible with HTML code, so unless someone lets me know
of a way to write a new script, I will have to delete the one at the
foot of the page.
09/07/20 Thurs. OK, a bit of a mishap yesterday morning, we
were walking to the garage again to get another 20 litres of diesel.
My right foot slipped on a wet patch of slime across the pontoon and my
following (left) foot automatically came down fast to stop the slide.
It came down mid step and toes first - and crashed into the concrete,
making me say a few choice words. I should have gone back to the
boat immediately and put it in cold water, but we continued to the
garage and back with the diesel. That afternoon and evening were
absolute agony! I didn't get any sleep last night, and today I
have a big toe 75% bigger than it's opposite number, the nail is cracked
and the toe is rainbow coloured. The rest of my foot is also
swollen. So, today I didn't do anything except sit and read!
11/07/20 Sat. My toe is much better now, not hurting nearly
so much. I can't really walk or wear flip flops just yet, but I
can get around the boat! We lifted the dinghy up on deck this
morning - it's been in the water since pushing the boat over to A Dock
two weeks back, was full of water from the daily rains and the bottom
needed a good wash to remove marina dirt and barnacles.
16/07/20 Thurs. After two and a half days with no water, it
was finally reconnected this morning - takes a long time to fix a simple
plastic pipe leak here! B Dock still has no electricity, that's 3
weeks now. We are now looking at leaving and heading up to Kudat,
the visa problem is a worry but I guess it will all work out in the end.
We went into town this morning and started to stock up with canned food,
fresh chicken and veg in preparation for leaving. As I type this,
a terrific storm is raging, thunder, lightning, torrential rain and 30
knots of wind from the East - which of course is the way we initially
have to go!
21/07/20 Tues. We did plan to check out today and sail in
the morning but Ana was feeling a little off colour today (nothing
serious) so we decided to postpone for a day. The weather is
fairly stable at the moment but we still have nightly rainstorms.
22/07/20 Weds. Checked out today with all the relevant
authorities and we will sail tomorrow morning about 0600.
23/07/20 Thurs. Slipped at 0700 and made our way northwards
to Pulau Tiga. On approach, the wind picked up to 30 knots which
would have made our anchorage on the south side of the island far too
exposed, so we turned to starboard and anchored in about 10 metres in
the lee of Kuala Penyu headland. Around 4pm, a terrific
thunderstorm rolled in right over the top of us, sending multiple bolts
of lightning down around the boat (maybe 200 feet away) - extremely
scary and I was convinced we would be hit by one! All was well
though and after an hour or so, it passed over us.
24/07/20 Fri. Weighed anchor at 0500 and continued northwards to
Teluk Usukan (with an option of Pulau Dinawan if the weather got bad.)
6 miles short of Usukan, the heavens opened and we had a serious
downpour. It was 3pm and we had navigation lights and steaming
lights on, visibility was almost nil all the way into the bay and
standing at the bow dropping the anchor in pouring rain is not much fun!
25/07/20 Sat. This morning, I am full of a cold!! Day
of rest, the bay is calm, almost zero wind, clean water and the resident
turtle swimming around - can't be bad.
26/07/20 Sun. We decided to stay another day relaxing.
27/07/20 Mon. Today's plan was to head 30 or so miles
further north and anchor in Teluk Agal because winds were forecast to be
favourable for that particular anchorage. I've anchored there
several times before, and aborted once before because the waves roll in
and break on nearing the beach if from the SW. 10 miles out, it
was obvious that we were out of luck with the wind, so we altered course
and headed for the tip of Borneo, rounding it at 1500. Then it was
just a couple of hours down to Kudat. Something seemed not right
with the steering, it was becoming vague and I could hear a 'clonking'
noise sometimes. We were too tired to bother with inflating the
dinghy and readying stern lines to moor in the pond, so we continued
past Kudat Pond and anchored in the bay off the town.
28/07/20 Tues. Weighed anchor at 0630 and motored around to
Kudat Pond. We had arranged to pick up Neil (Shelley) from
Penuwasa to help us with the mooring and it was a good job we had!
On entering the pond, we experienced a total steering failure! So
my suspicion of a problem yesterday was correct. Things could have
been worse of course, it could have failed anywhere on the journey,
especially rounding the tip of Borneo. We used the boat engine to
push us forward while Neil pushed my bow with the dinghy to steer and
picked up Neil's vacant mooring lines. A quick look then at the
steering, and the fault is obviously inside the steering pedestal which
is going to be a real problem to a) take apart, and b) to get spares
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