01/10/17 Sun. Today's gripe is water! There isn't any
water in the loo's or showers and it's Sunday so the office and workshop
are closed. Each night since we've been here, the water pressure
pump has been turned off at the end of the working day, which of course
is no good for us yotties wanting to shower and clean up after working
all day, so each night I have turned it back on. This morning that
isn't possible because the pump, which is in a cage, has been unplugged
and the cage locked. After making a few irate phone
calls......order was restored! Stripped remainder of pipes,
fittings, cables etc from the cylinder head and removed it from the
02/10/17 Mon. Ordered the head gasket from Singapore through the
yard and they say delivery will be about a week. Fitted the
missing u-bolts to the hull and clamped the exhaust pipe to the outlet,
bolted both exhaust outlets to the hull.
03/10/17 Tues. With the head gasket and bilge pumps on
order, there is little more we can do here on Dulce until they
arrive, so tomorrow we will make our way back to Labuan and the jobs
waiting on Rhumb Do!
04/10/17 Weds. Spent the day travelling! Left at 0900
by taxi from the yard to Kudat town and another taxi from there to KK
arriving at 1220. No time for any lunch as the bus to Menumbok
left at 1230 but Ana had made some sandwiches, so all was well.
Arrived Menumbok ferry terminal around 1615 and on the second ferry to
Labuan. Back onboard just after 1700.
05/10/17 Thurs. Time to think while on the bus yesterday,
and I've reached the conclusion (after thinking everything through) that
Bob's engine problem is not the head gasket! I now think it's
backwash from the exhaust pipe, cooling water has flooded back in
through the open exhaust valves. No worries though, the head had
to come off to clear the water and in doing so, I discovered broken hose
clamps and broken electrical connections.
06/10/17 Fri. Several jobs to do on my own boat, as
expected. What was not expected was a change of standing rigging!
The insurance company are now insisting on new rigging, so I will have
to measure accurately and get all the new wire and end fittings shipped
from the UK for fitting. An expensive job.
07/10/17 Sat. I have done a rough estimate of the cost of
parts to re-rig the boat, and it's frightening! I'm guessing
around £1200 for the rigging excluding the forestay, which would need a
complete new furling system (another £1200). Again, the 'marine'
tag kicks in with the cost of simple 'A' bolts for the deck (photo)
which retail at £175 a pair! I need 3 pairs, so I am not a happy
bunny at the moment.
12/10/17 Thurs. Into town today for epoxy resin, some
cable, fuses and switches - going to fit a washdown pump up fwd to clean
off the anchor each time it surfaces. Spent the last two days
fitting the two stanchion bases - six bolts took forever to get off, the
last one being in a most inaccessible place and fibre glassed over by
the builder! It's a good job Ana is small and can get into tight
spaces! The rigging issue is a constant worry which I still have
to sort out.
14/10/17 Sat. More contortionist moves over the last two
days, climbing into the anchor chain locker to glass in a wooden base to
which to screw a washdown pump, and run hose through to the seacock
under the fwd cabin bed. The weather over the last two days and
nights has been awful, strong winds and heavy rain, so it was a surprise
to see Paul over from Brunei yesterday and a speedboat today.
15/10/17 Sun. Fitted the washdown pump today and fixed the
chain locker pipework and electrics, just need to run the cables back
through saloon and into switchboard, and connect the pipework to the
seacock. Ana re-spliced the anchor octoplait to chain and made an
excellent job of it (it's not always an easy task!) then we stored it
all in the chain locker again.
16/10/17 Mon. We went to immigration, customs and harbour
master to check out this afternoon - planning to leave in the morning
for Muara but the weather is still awful and we got soaked on the way
back to the boat. Forecast for the rest of the week is no better!
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