01/03/21 Mon. After yesterdays long day, I decided to take it
easy today and just do a few odd jobs........yeah, right! I
epoxied the back of the cupboard front, then decided to swap out the old
solar charger with the new MPPT controller. I thought it would be
an hours job at most but I should know better by now. The wiring
from the controller to the batteries was of insufficient cross section
for the anticipated amps (should I fit another solar panel in the
future), so I decided to change it now, which led to further re-routing
of cables and a complete strip down of the nav. berth - again. It
turned out to be another all day job, to be finished tomorrow!
02/03/21 Tues. By 0900, I had finished the rewire job and
the new controller is up and running. After a few other minor
jobs, Neil, Ana and I went over to the yard and rented a car for a
couple of hours to get paint and other bits from Kim Chok out of town.
03/03/21 Weds. Gave the cupboard front a coat of varnish today
but unfortunately it did not darken the wood as much as I anticipated so
we will have to think of something else.
04/03/21 Thurs. Sanded the varnish off again this morning,
then went over to the yard to rent Siti's car again and back out to Kim
Chok - or I should say the timber yard opposite - to buy some wood
stain. They did not have teak colour so we had to settle for
rosewood which of course is not the colour of the 'old' sliding doors.
Back onboard, I mixed 'honey pine' with the 'rosewood' to achieve an
acceptable match which I am sure will blend in over time!
05/03/21 Fri. Gave the cupboard front a coat of varnish
this morning, then started the stripping of trim, drawer and doors on
the lower cupboard front - an all day job!
06/03/21 Sat. Difficult to get enthusiasm up today so had a
07/03/21 Sun. Measured and cut the panel for the lower cupboard,
cut out the holes for two doors and a drawer, checked all the trim
fitted the cut outs before coating the reverse side with epoxy resin.
08/03/21 Mon. Fitted all the trim today and the door stops
- all delayed until lunchtime when the rain stopped!
11/03/21 Thurs. A little more progress, stained the cupboard
front and applied first coat of varnish (doors and drawers as well) over
last couple of days but everything on hold today because of rain.
At least we filled the water tank!
12/03/21 Fri. Sanded the cupboard front first thing this morning,
then took a calculated risk (of rain) and applied a coat of varnish.
We then spent 3 hours getting the oven out of it's compartment, cleaning
off years of accumulated grease and grime and painting the back of the
13/03/21 Sat. Final coat of white paint behind the oven
this morning, then fitted the oven back in it's space (what a job that
was!), made compartment dividers in the cutlery drawer. At
lunchtime, we went over to the yard to help Brent with his engine,
taking out injectors and lapping in the valves.
14/03/21 Sun. A day off today really - I fitted the
cupboard doors and drawer this morning and did a few little other jobs
before we went over to the yard for lunch with Brent and Shane onboard
Kaya. I did nothing afterwards, just relaxed in the
16/03/21 Tues. After another day off yesterday due to being
too hot to do much, this morning I cut out the 4 panels for a mosquito
screen door and coated them with resin.
17/03/21 Weds. Sanded the parts of the mosquito screen and
applied a coat of varnish (before 7.30am), then stripped down the
watermaker and spent a few hours figuring out how to replace the
membrane. In the afternoon, we rented a car and went into town and
Friendly Town for some essential engine and other parts.
20/03/21 Sat. Nearing the end of the long galley job now,
the watermaker is plumbed in, all the panels are now screwed back
together and the hardwood plugs cut and glued into the screw holes -
just a little sanding and varnishing to do!
21/03/21 Sun. Rest day - we all went over to Craig's boat
for a BBQ at lunchtime and I had my first can of beer in .....I don't
know how long...ages!
22/03/21 Mon. I had to postpone jobs again today because of
rain. Spent my time thinking of a new engine instrument panel and
how I could make one.
23/03/21 Tues. Over in the yard today fitting new piston
rings and big end bearings to Brent's engine.
26/03/21 Fri. A commotion around the boat last night, loads
of small fish (3") jumping high out of the water and onto our deck, Ana
and I were throwing them back in as fast as we could - over 50 were on
our starboard side deck. This morning, there were 22 more in the
dinghy which had unfortunately died in the fresh rain water collected in
the dinghy bottom. Into town for some shopping this morning, then
continuation of engine build for Brent.
27/03/21 Sat. I went over to Brent's boat again this
morning and fitted the crankshaft oil seals, all the valves, cam
followers, push rods and cylinder head.
28/03/21 Sun. Rest day, took it easy and just made two
spice racks, sanded them down and stained with 'rosewood'.
29/03/21 Mon. Fitted the spice racks to galley fwd
bulkhead. Tried to order VDO gauges from a German online site but
having trouble with the payment because the site will not accept my
mobile number (not a UK number!)
30/03/21 Tues. Over in the yard again today with Brent's
engine, set all the valve clearances, fitted exhaust manifold, rocker
cover, engine mounts. On Thursday we want to drive down to Kota
Kinabalu for various boat parts but it's all dependent on whether
inter-district movements are allowed or not.
31/03/21 Weds. Went to the police station today and
obtained a permit for Neil, Ana and myself to travel to Kota Kinabalu
tomorrow, then rented a car for the week.
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