04/05/19 Sat. Over the last few days, Ana has made an
awning for our neighbours Jay and Ta, but we have a problem with the
eyelets which we recently bought from KK. They are half inch
stainless steel and although we have a half inch die set to install
them, it doesn't fit! Obviously a UK half inch is not the same as
an Asian half inch!! So today we went in search of another die set
which of course are not available here. Luckily, we found a small
lathe shop who could make one for us.
05/05/19 Sun. We are still having problems with the fitting
of eyelets (grommets), the tool we had made yesterday is crushing the
sleeve rather than bending it over the backing plate. I will go
back to the engineering shop tomorrow and try to explain the problem to
07/05/19 Tues. Finally sorted out the eyelet fitting tool
and completed the awning for Jay & Ta - next will be one for Rhumb Do
and another for Neil on Shelley, but those will have to wait
until we have been to Brunei.
09/05/19 Thurs. Did some final shopping and visited Jabatan
Laut, Immigration and Customs - checked out to leave tomorrow for
10/05/19 Fri. Slipped our mooring around 9am and motored
(with mainsail up) across to Brunei, the wind was just off the nose and
gentle, so it was not a quick passage across. We had no problems with
the new fuel system that I fitted a week or so ago.
16/05/19 Thurs. After a week of varying weather conditions,
very hot in the mornings, squalls and heavy rain during the evenings, we
checked out of Muara and weighed anchor at 10am. Again the winds
were light and we motorsailed with the genoa up for half way, then
motored the rest of the way to Labuan.
17/05/19 Fri. Checked into Malaysia again, bought some
material to complete a job for Joe and Kirsten onboard Halo, and
to make awnings for ourself and Shelley.
18/05/19 Sat. Ana sewed the new casing for Halo's
lifesling this morning, and we then went over to Shelley to
measure for Neil's awning. During the aftenoon, Ana sewed together
the 3 sections of material (pvc) to make the basic shape for Neil's
19/05/19 Sun. Completed the PVC awning for Neil on
Shelley, it measures 5 metres by 4 metres, so was quite a job for
Ana to sew, complete with webbing and stainless eyelets.
20/05/19 Mon. Rhumb Do is becoming more like a sewing shop
than a boat! We measured and marked out the PVC material for an
awning for ourselves, and Ana began the sewing of that. A few
other sewing jobs for other boats are on the waiting list!
22/05/19 Weds. My discharge date from the Navy - 45 years
ago! Our boom tent/awning is up and keeping the boat cooler than it
was. The heat exchanger filler neck has become detached again for
some reason, maybe I cleaned it too well when epoxying it on the 30th
January. I will rough up the surface and try again today.
24/05/19 Fri. More sewing, this time fender socks for
Shalimar and ourselves, mosquito nets and halyard bags.
26/05/19 Sun. For some time now, I've been suffering with a
blocked ear which is throwing off my balance etc. I've been
putting warm olive oil in each evening, and all sorts of crap has come
out, I've been thinking of packing it up and sending it to Madame
Tussaud's to make a model of the Titanic or something. It is still
blocked, but not as bad as before......and now I have a cold on top of
that, so my head is full!
31/05/19 Fri. Yesterday I went to the docs, fed up with
this ear, she had a poke around inside and told me there was a small
infection in my right ear but more wax in the left ear, which is not
surprising because I've shovelled out a load from my right ear!
Anyway, drops in both ears 3 times a day and a 5 day course of
antibiotics for the infection. Now I can't hear a damn thing
because of the drops! Have to go back in 5 days time and she will
'hoover' it all out.
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