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01/01/17 Sun.  HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL FAMILY, FRIENDS AND READERS!

The new year starts the same way as the old finished......raining! With a day of grey skies and cool temperatures (it's 27oC......yes, I know that's high summer in UK, but here it's cold!) we were not able to do much.  The rain continued into the night.

02/01/17 Mon.  A holiday in the yard, so no workers in today - which is just as well because it's still raining!  Not continuous today but intermittent heavy showers until around 4pm.

03/01/17 Tues.  Great.....a mostly dry day and Jeff doesn't turn up for work!  We need to start laying the fibre glass and because we need three people to do it, today was lost!  Ana and I cycled out to Kim Chok hardware and bought a new grease gun, then cycled into town in search of a second 14" Stilson but were unsuccessful in that.  Maybe tomorrow at different hardware shops.

04/01/17 Weds.  Back to the rain!!  Continual rain from about 3am until 3pm today, so once again nothing was done.

05/01/17 Thurs.  OK, was up from 2am until 4am being sick!  I have no idea what caused it - hadn't drunk anything, not eaten anything suspicious, very strange.  Sunny today and Jeff turned in for work, so we made a small start on the fibre glassing, but it's not easy to get it right and I just hope we get better as we go along!

06/01/16 Fri.  Back to the rain......started at midnight last night and rained all day so once again nothing was done.  Going to be here next month too at this rate!  For some time I have been trying to find an audible alarm for the engine coolant temperature but the trusted 'mechanical' alarmed gauges all come with a temp. sender that has 1/2" NPT thread, and the existing sender on my cylinder head has a M14 X 1.5 thread.  Apparently there are no adaptors available, so it looks as if I will have to go the electronic route, which I don't really want to do.  All this is to avoid another engine overheat scenario, I cannot watch the temperature gauge all of the time when motoring!

08/01/17 Sun.  Two good weather days and progress made on the laying up of fibre matting.  The only thing that stopped us today was running out of resin around 2pm and as it's Sunday, the workshop and all the hardware stores in town are closed.

09/01/17 Mon.  Another good day, 4 more 30" sections of hull glassed over, just give us two more days like this and I'll be happy, we can then restart the sanding!!  My new seacocks are, as is usual with Malaysian workers, held up in Kuala Lumpur - it has taken 36 hours to get from UK to KL via Germany and China, and has now sat there in KL for over three days!  Cycled into town after work for some dinner instead of cooking, then did a bit of supermarket shopping.

10/01/17 Tues.  More fibre glassing done - maybe one more day and it will all be complete!  My new seacocks arrived late afternoon, had to pay the GST on them of course, but that was expected.  Rob from Jolie Brise returned from Australia today, so it was nice to see him again and catch up.

11/01/17 Weds.  Sunny again today so most of the fibre glassing done and would have been complete had we not lost a couple of hours waiting for the sun to go over the boat and allow us to work in the shade!   That's 32Kg of glass matting and just over 40Kg of epoxy resin applied.......minus the weight of material ground off before we started.

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