01/01/18 Mon. HAPPY
Our view this morning at 0600 - another new day
and the start of a new year.
02/01/18 Tues. Time to check out again, so we took a dinghy
ride to the ferry terminal for the excruciating, painful performance of
a simple stamp out. Not bad though, only an hour and visits to 9
offices! Weighed anchor at 1230 and motor sailed back to Labuan,
mooring in our usual berth at 1600.
06/01/18 Sat. Nothing much happening, obviously we checked
back into Malaysia on Wednesday, last night we went over to Craig's boat
for a couple of drinks and a chin-wag and the plan now is to go back to
Kudat on Monday on the bus, and launch Dulce for the trip back
08/01/18 Mon. We caught the 8am speedboat to Menumbok for
the journey back to Kudat, arriving in KK at 1200. After checking
into Cititel Express Hotel for the night, we set off to Karamunsing to
get Ana's phone repaired (only 7 weeks old!), then onto Colombong for
some fibre glass matting.
09/01/18 Tues. After breakfast, we got a mini bus to Kudat,
an awful journey because of a whining differential beneath my seat!
The heavens opened on arrival and it poured with rain for the rest of
the day and night. Onboard Dulce, I tried both engines, the
stbd started ok but the port one wouldn't because of a starter motor
fault again! Stripped off the starter, cleaned all the terminals
again and checked it while out, refitted it to the engine and the engine
started ok. Arranged for an 8am launch on Thursday 11th.
10/01/18 Weds. Into town this morning to pay the yard
bill and check the boat out with Jabatan Laut and Customs.
The pic is of Dulce this afternoon, - just about ready for
11/01/18 Thurs. Launched at 0830! After a brief
trial, we set off towards the Tip of Borneo in torrential rain, then the
seas got much worse and the wind picked up to 30 knots. We could
hardly see anything in front and I considered turning around and going
back to the pond in Kudat, but thought that if we get around the tip,
the seas will ease and we would have some shelter from the land.
Once around the tip, we had following seas of about 2 metres and a side
wind. Neptune came onboard and stole my shoes! We motored
down to Usukan and anchored in the bay there at 6pm.......after some
trouble with the windlass remote, which would not switch off!
12/01/18 Fri. After the horrors of yesterday, we decided to
remain at anchor today, even though the weather was beautiful, and have a
rest (apart from a few odd jobs on the boat).
13/01/18 Sat. Up at 4am for a 0500 start, but a squealing
alternator belt on the starboard engine put paid to that! Finally,
after fitting a new belt and having breakfast, we weighed anchor at 0600
and motored down the coast past KK, anchoring off the beach at Tiga
island around 3pm (that's around 6knot average). Stripped down the
bow navigation light and
fixed a bad connection in the lamp.
14/01/18 Sun. Underway at 0600 for the final leg to Labuan,
dry but cloudy day with gentle winds and fairly calm seas. Moored
alongside in Labuan at 1130 - just as a fresh water pipe on the heater burst!
Had that happened earlier, the tanks would have emptied into the bilges
and been pumped overboard.
15/01/18 Mon. Went into town to check Dulce in with
Jabatan Laut, have some lunch and buy a few bits of shopping.
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