02/05/18 Weds. Started patching the dinghy floor again!
Motorship, when they repaired it, put a large patch over a smaller one
that I had previously glued on, and of course it leaks. In Brunei,
the floor was deflating in around 4 hours. I removed the two
patches today, sanded the area again and applied the first coat of
SC2000 cement. Tomorrow, I will apply the second coat and the
patch, then move on to any other leaks we may have! The sewing
machine finished it's round the World trip today and arrived at the
marina, so we unpacked that and assembled it. To be fair, the
delivery was forecast to be today, so at least FedEx got that right,
even if they did send it to China from KL! Now waiting for another
parcel from Jimmy Green in UK.
05/05/18 Sat. Rented a car yesterday for 24 hours, this
morning we bought 40 litres of diesel and 10 litres of petrol - that's
us topped up again! Then exchanged the gas bottle which was
getting low, for a full one. Ana has been making mosquito net to
fit the hatch of Bill and Lyda's boat, the first job with new machine!
The dinghy repairs are complete for now and it's in the water, fully
inflated for a short trial.
07/05/18 Mon. Dinghy stowed away along with most other
gear. Into town to Jabatan Laut, Immigration and Customs for check
08/05/18 Tues. Slipped at 0815 and made out to sea.
With a gentle WNW wind of 10 knots, we unfurled the genoa and cruised
toward Brunei at 6 knots. The wind increased as we approached the
channel into Muara, to the extent we had to furl some of the sail away,
slowing to allow a ferry to enter ahead of us. We anchored off the
yacht club at 1300, taking the dinghy to Immigration at 1500.
10/05/18 Thurs. We have had two very peaceful nights at anchor,
no bad weather. The bridge is all but complete. I hear the
official opening is on the 18th and they have put up coloured lights
(marching ant type) along the entire length of the bridge in
preparation. There will be a huge amount of fireworks on that
night, so we are thinking we may stay until it's over......after all, we
will have a grandstand view from our anchor point! Sad the island
has be de-nuded of trees now and the new refinery is in full view,
somewhat spoilt the view from both the anchorage and the yacht club
11/05/18 Fri. Borrowed Barry's Land Cruiser today and went
shopping in Gadong. Coming back, it started to rain and we got
soaked going back to the boat in the dinghy - of course it stopped when
we got onboard!
12/05/18 Sat. Ashore in the yacht club for the morning, Ana doing
some sewing for Barry. We saw the rain coming across the bay but
were too slow and again got caught out going back to the boat!
Ashore again early evening when it stopped.
16/05/18 Weds. With no confirmation of the bridge
opening date, we decided to head off back to Labuan. After a
beautiful dawn this morning, we took the dinghy down to the ferry
terminal and did the painful check-out process. Apart from a few
words to show my displeasure, I keep out of it all now and let Ana do
the checking out.....helps keep my blood pressure down! Then we
went to the yacht club and had some lunch, paid our bill, said our
goodbyes, went back to the boat, hoisted the dinghy and stowed it before
weighing anchor and motoring out of the anchorage. We hoisted the
genoa and motor sailed out of the channel, passing Barry and Precious on Fourth
Dimension going the other way. After a very nice quick sail
back, we ran into a squall about a half mile from Labuan and the genoa
UV strip tore along it's entire length before I could furl the sail!
I was never very happy with the repair by Rolly Tasker, or the material
used, so I won't be going to them again!
On this night, in 1943, Wing Commander Guy Gibson led Operation Chastise
(the Dambuster Raid) on the dams of the Ruhr Valley. Of the 19
Lancaster crews that set out, 8 did not return - remembering the 53 men who lost
their lives that night.
17/05/18 Thurs. Into town for check in and a little
shopping. Also made a follow up visit to the surgery where the Doc
made me an appointment with a dermatologist in KK - sadly not until 10th
19/05/18 Sat. So...........Prince Harry and Meghan are now
married! We watched some of it on BBC (laptop) during the evening
as it was screened live in UK. Most of the day was spent doing
things with the sewing machine, Ana making a dress for Precious, and
winch covers for Bill next door. I need to get hold of some
material to make a new sprayhood, bimini and renew the UV sacrificial strip on the recently torn genoa,
not easy unless you import it from either the USA or UK.
20/05/18 Sun. Took off the shower/toilet door again and
shaved a little off the bottom edge where it was touching the frame,
re-varnished and re-hung it. Removed the toilet lid and seat, made
new rubber washers for the hinges and replaced it.
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