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. Heavy rain from
8pm onwards, thunder and lightning all around.
22/05/18 Tues. We took down the genoa this morning,
measured the leach and foot in preparation for ordering Sunbrella to
renew the UV strip, then folded it and stored it for the timebeing.
Hoisted the other (newer) genoa. Yesterday, I went to the Post
Office complaints dept? and asked about a package from UK which left KL
at 0046 on the 15th and has not yet arrived....8 days for a 3 hour
flight?? There should also be another package, posted at the same
time, both via Royal Mail Airmail. They reach Malaysia and then
everything stops, no tracking, no delivery, nothing. Earlier this
year, 3 other deliveries went missing and have never shown up.
24/05/18 Thurs. Unbearable heat again today, 42oC
in the cockpit and we are plagued each day by swarms of flies which are
driving me nuts! Today's package tracking shows my parcel being
'processed' in KL.......very odd because it was supposedly sent out from
there on the 15th? Ana visited the loofah tree for a new shower
aid - not that I ever use one!
25/05/18 Fri. Barry and Precious on Fourth Dimension
over from Brunei, so Ana gave her the new dresses she has made for her.
Barry also gave us a sack of rags, which was once a mainsail cover, and
asked us to repair it!
We also went to Dulce as Anton and Pam have returned for a few
weeks and the starboard engine was refusing to start. After
cleaning all the electrical connections to the starter motor, the
problem still existed so I removed the starter motor for overhaul.
26/05/18 Sat. Stripped down the starter motor from Dulce,
checked the armature, commutator and brushes - all OK. Took out
the planet and sun wheels from the drive 'gearbox', cleaned and greased
them. Reassembled it all and tested both motor and 'bendix', all
good. Took it over to Dulce and fitted it, tried to start and
exactly the same problem occurred, so it can only be the battery at
fault, even though it is showing 13.3 volts.
27/05/18 Sun. I have fond memories of my time in Turkish
waters and the news on various yacht forums is depressing! In my
mind, the Turkish Authorities have now made it very difficult, if not
impossible, for a small foreign flagged boat like mine to visit places
like Marmaris. Marinas along that coastline are suffering with
vacant berths because yachtsmen/women have been priced out by the blue
card, health insurance, transit log, berthing fees and various other
charges. Additionally......the Egyptian Government have raised the cost of a southbound Suez Canal transit for
a yacht of my size from $40 to $652! That is for port clearance,
there is also a $400 charge for canal dues on top of the agents fees. Now that is just
Completed the remake and repair of the mainsail cover for Misteeza,
Barry's other boat.
28/05/18 Mon. Stbd engine battery on Dulce is
confirmed as the fault, dropping to 6v across the terminals when the
starter is energised.....but just to be sure, we swapped batteries with
the port engine and got an immediate start! Ana measured up the
saloon cushions while we were there, as Anton and Pam want them
29/05/18 Tues. Today we removed the old obsolete LMR400
wi-fi cable from the high gain antenna to the chart table and ran new
cabling for an anchor light. It should have taken several days to
do, but with Ana's invaluable help (she is small and has small hands!)
we did it in a day. Without her help, I would have been cursing
the small openings for hours! The two packages which we chased up
on the 22nd have still not materialised although one (according to
tracking) has been in Labuan for two days - it's now 19 days since they
were posted via Royal Mail International Delivery. Sorry Pos
Malaysia, but your service is crap!
30/05/18 Weds. Maybe a reason my package has not yet
arrived is the number of public holidays in Malaysia? In the UK,
we have 6 days a year, here they have 24! Yesterday was Wesak Day,
today is Harvest Festival, tomorrow is Harvest Festival Holiday.
Normal business on Friday - except they are all off praying on Fridays
and Saturday is Nuzul Al-Quran. Sigh!
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