02/03/20 Mon. Over the last week, I have noticed the lower
cabin step getting warm - it's immediately above two of the house bank
batteries, one of which is decidedly warmer than the other, indicating
an internal fault on the overheating battery. Went into town and
bought a replacement and swapped it out. I fitted all four of
those batteries in November 2014, so I guess they have done OK, just
hope the other three last a while longer!
03/03/20 Tues. We finished the recovering of the sprayhood
grabrail, that's five long turk's heads, finished with two (different
size) ordinary turk's heads on each side of the rail. Each long
one takes 25 feet of cord and I'm not sure of the ordinary ones, lets
say 325 feet altogether! The orientation is actually vertical, not
horizontal as shown here.
04/03/20 Weds. Checked out this morning, did a little
shopping and slipped our moorings just after midday, motoring over to
Muara for our monthly visit.
14/03/20 Sat. After a 10 day visit, we checked out again
with Immigration and sailed at 1400 back to Labuan. During our
time there, we had a trip upriver with Pete on his boat Osprey,
to fill up with 2200 litres of diesel. It made a change for us to
ride on a powerboat!
15/03/20 Sun. Made our presence known to Labuan Immigration
(no problems this time with Ana's time limit, or with the coronavirus
restrictions). Started on the problems which have manifested
themselves on the trip over and back to Brunei. We lost the port
navigation light due to a fault in the deck plug/socket - I couldn't
find another, although I am sure I have one somewhere onboard!
Ordered two new ones from UK.
16/03/20 Mon. Engine maintenance time! We had the
overheat alarm sound in Brunei, and on the way back here. Today, I
removed the raw water impeller and inspected it, (OK), re-tensioned the
belt, topped up both the water pump and injector pump with oil.
Obviously I cannot really check the overheating symptoms until we are
next out, if it still does it, then I will change the thermostat.
Maybe the cooling jacket around the block is partially blocked?
22/03/20 Sun. So here we are in the Covid-19 lockdown
situation, all shops closed except supermarkets, movement restricted to
one person per household and travel to other countries forbidden.
It's going to be a long time before these restrictions are lifted I
On the engine front, there is a small vent pipe from the cylinder head
(just above the fresh water pump) to the coolant elbow from the head.
a blockage there, (there was) I began to remove it for either clearance
or renewal but ran into some problems! The two securing clips on
the rubber section are both rusted solid and refuse to 'undo' and worse,
the banjo bolt into the cylinder head sheared off when I tried to remove
it! After a day of trying to get it out by use of easi-outs, I
today drilled it out by using progressively bigger drill bits until I
reached the limit without hitting the threads. However, getting
the remaining threads out is proving impossible so I will have to wait
until I can get a new bolt in order to measure the thread and tap a new
thread into the cylinder head. Of course, to do all this
work, I had to remove the alternator, the water pump, several hoses and
associated pipes as well as the injector fuel pipes!
23/03/20 Mon. Walked over to Alistair's boat (the only
other marina resident) to make sure he was OK with this social
isolation, spent a couple of hours with him chatting about various
things. Back in April 2019, I renewed the fuel filter system,
primarily because access to the secondary filter was impossible and even
when I had disconnected it, I could still not remove it from the engine.
While the alternator, water pump and various pipes are off, I took the
opportunity to remove it from the engine - and it was still difficult!
On removal, I opened it up and I'm surprised any fuel ever got through
the clogged filter. An inch of crud was in the bottom of the
housing also! Now it's gone in the trash, not needed since fitting
the new filters last year.
26/03/20 Thurs. Happy Birthday to
my brother Clive! Tried to phone him 7 times this
morning but no answer!
27/03/20 Fri. The MCO (Movement Control Order) has been
extended to the 14th April, the Malaysian Government originally said
they would review the order on the 30th March, but they have pre-empted
that and brought the extension in early. It may cause us some
problems with Ana's visa which expires on the 13th April but I am fairly
sure that an extension will be allowed.
All my engine parts are on order now but how long they will take remains
to be seen. I have been looking for thread inserts - just in case
the broken banjo bolt thread in the cylinder head is not repairable, and
it's time for a bit of a rant! The usual method is to drill the
hole slightly larger than the broken thread and insert a 'helicoil' of
the right size. A better method is to fit a thread insert, but
neither are available here in Malaysia. So....the common trade
name of thread inserts is 'Time-Sert' and an internet search shows
several suppliers, none of which will ship to Malaysia! That's not
quite true though, I did find one in the US who would but.....the
inserts and tool are priced around $70 which is fine but the delivery of
same is $185 which is not fine! We are talking of a package
weighing just 200 grams, UPS Global, FedEx, TNT, DHL will do, I don't
want Donald Trump to deliver it personally in Airforce 1 for crying out
loud! Needless to say, I didn't place an order (I do have some
helicoils of the right size).
29/03/20 Sun. Nothing is happening here, as expected.
The marina is very quiet, no boat movements apart from the odd local
commercial boat. I could voice my opinion of the measures taken to
curb the spread of this Covid-19 virus by various governments but I'm
sure the majority of the World's populations are as equally baffled as I
am by the stupidity shown by said governments and corporate industries -
as well as groups of individuals who haven't grasped what's going on
31/03/20 Tues. I've spent the last two days doing a five
minute job. Well, I thought it was a five minute job, I should
know better by now! This was the port navigation light, which
ceased to function on the way back from Brunei. I fitted the new
deck plug which arrived Monday morning and replaced the wiring between
socket and lamp, but still no electrickery at the lamp - no power to the
deck socket. Empty the forward cabin to access the hatch to the
chain locker, crawl in and trace the wiring back. OK, some
previous owner had piggy-backed the port nav. light onto the stbd. nav.
light and the wiring in the starboard deck socket was corroded.
Off with the starboard lamp and deck socket, fit new socket, plug,
wiring and back into the chain locker, spend a while lying upside down
on 100 metres of chain and rope while trying to fix a junction box with
individual cables to each navigation light deck socket. Finally
done, and Ana replaced all the stuff which had been removed from the
fwd. cabin while I showered all the sweat and chain debris from my back!
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