08/10/18 Mon. After a week relaxing in Brunei we sailed
back to Labuan yesterday afternoon. Paul loaned us his dinghy for
our stay and I did a job up his mast for him. Not much chance to
test the rigging or furler, only used the mainsail on the way over to
Muara and no sail on the way back (flat calm, no wind). Today we
did the usual check in procedures with Jabatan Laut and Immigration.
In Brunei, the deckwash pump once more refused to work and we had to
wash the anchor chain off with the time honoured method of a bucket on a
rope! Today I found the in-line fuse holder for the switch was
trapped in the junction box, which had severed the cable, so fitted a
bulkhead mounted screw in type holder instead - hope that will solve any
further issues! My dinghy has not yet been sent from Phuket as
they needed my phone number for the transport package. Should be
on it's way here soon!
11/10/18 Thurs. Over on Brent's boat this morning to reset
his port engine tappets, then back in my engine room to refit the
repaired exhaust elbow as I cannot find any engineering shop to make a
new one. Discovered a load of crap and water in the fuel filter
sight glass, so stripped that, cleaned and new filter inserted, bled
fuel lines.....a bit worrying though as the tank was emptied and cleaned
in Kudat about 2 years ago. Also fitted a wire net, sort of like
chicken fencing, across the soundproofing on the engine access hatch.
15/10/18 Mon. We've been busy with the sewing
jobs.......mostly for other people! Late this afternoon, we took
off my mainsail and the 'stackpac' cover with a plan to make a new cover
over the next couple of days. My new dinghy is currently in Kuala
Lumpur airport, or was at the last tracking check-in 3 days ago.
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