01/05/21 Sat. Another very hot day - did 3 hours helping
Ana to reassemble Neil's chair after she had recovered the upholstery,
until it got too hot to work.
06/05/21 Thurs. The visa/immigration saga lumbers on but we
will wait until the latter part of June before going back to the office
- which is what we told to do last time. Perhaps the Malaysian
Government will come out with a more precise requirement soon!?
Spent a day cutting the stainless steel tube to the right sizes, then
took it in to a workshop yesterday. Today we picked it up and
brought the now assembled framework back to the boat. Also visited
the Health Department and registered for the vaccine, whether that will
do any good or not remains to be seen as we are already registered on
the My Sejahtera app.
07/05/21 Fri. Took down the old solar panel and framework
this morning, drilled boltholes in the new framework and fitted it to
the gantry. Then I put the old panel back on top for the time
being, just to get a little charge in the batteries for the latter part
of the afternoon.
09/05/21 Sun. Hauled the new solar panels up onto the
framework today and drilled the boltholes for them, loosely bolted them
on before soldering new connectors on the four cables. Tried it
out late afternoon, and was putting in 9 amps even though the sun was
way past overhead. During dinner tonight, we heard a scratching
sound on deck and so went out to investigate, thinking a large bird or
worse ...a rat! When we both got into the cockpit, there was a
very large monitor lizard on the side deck! These things are
normally very timid but can give a nasty bite when threatened,
fortunately he was facing away from us and could not turn around on the
narrow side deck. When he saw us, he scurried forward and dived
off the bow of the boat. He had boarded by climbing onto the back
of the dinghy, along the tube and up off the front onto our deck,
obvious from the wet claw pattern on the dinghy cover.
10/05/21 Mon. Varnished a new shelf this morning ready for
fitting, then monitored the new solar panels which were putting out
plenty of amps by 11am.
11/05/21 Tues. Another monitor lizard onboard this morning
just before 6am! Strange that none have ever come onboard in all
the years I've been in Asia, and now two in as many days! I spent
the day doing some more odd jobs, polishing stainless steel fittings,
bolting down the new solar panels to the framework, taking off other
fittings which are no longer in use or needed and trying to get my head
around the immigration rules which keep changing on a daily basis.
Apparently, we yachties can now stay until 31st December providing
you are in a marina or repair facility. If you are at anchor (like
us) then you have to leave Malaysia! It seems we do not spend as
much as the marina/repair yards would like us to do, so get out!
Quite where we are supposed to go, with all countries borders closed is
a question nobody seems to be able to answer.
16/05/21 Sun. I've been doing a bit each day to the
instrument pod, it's slow because I can only do a little at a time while
waiting for the epoxy glue to set, having no example to follow and
making it up as I go along! We have done nothing about the visa
situation and my current thinking is to follow the last instruction
given by the Immigration Officer - come back on the 21st June.
20/05/21 Thurs. Still doing a little each day to the
instrument pod and I am still having troubles with my Smartgauge
battery monitor as well, every few days I get the error Code 11 come up
and over the months I've tried just about everything to cure the
problem, all without success. Tomorrow I will have another go at
it and move the incoming power leads to another battery bank.
21/05/21 Fri. Another day, another problem! Today it's the
turn of the heads pump to cease pumping, and a full day of trying to fix
it. I removed the pump and it had an 8mm thick calcium skin
throughout the inside which took approx 2 hours to chisel off.
Reassembly came to a halt when we realised that Ana had inadvertently
thrown the main diaphragm securing nut overboard with the dirty water.
I did have another (new) pump, a Whale Mk 5 which I could replace the
Henderson Mk 5 with and so we set about doing that. The hose
spigot connection is a little longer and I couldn't get the hose to fit
on properly. When I looked inside, that also was caked up with
calcium! Removing the hose proved very awkward as the hose clamp
screw disintegrated and had to be cut off with a small cutting disc on a
Dremel.......hanging upside down! By nightfall, I had enough and
postponed the end of the job until morning.
22/05/21 Sat. The heads are back up and running,
thankfully! Today was spent trying to track down the fault on the
Smartgauge which is now doing all sorts of weird things. A full
day of that achieved nothing and I still have the fault.
23/05/21 Sun. Stripped out the nav. berth yet again and traced
every cable from the Smartgauge, Smartbank and solenoid, labelling some
to correspond to the wiring diagram in the manual. Each time I
repower the units, I think it's fixed but a few hours later I know
24/05/21 Mon. Rented a car this morning and took the
laundry into town along with 4 old batteries from Neil's boat, which he
sold to the battery shop. That's as far as the day went to plan!
I visited the Post Office to send my licence application back to UK,
queuing outside in the sun for sometime, only to be told that no
international airmail could be sent because of Covid. This really
is just ridiculous, there has been a ban on sending mail out since 2nd
August 2020, yet they are happy to hold elections and feast gatherings
after Ramadan which sends the infection rates sky high again......but
you can't post a letter? To add further insult to injury, we then
went to the Community Centre to ask about our 1st vaccination as we had
been told to come on the 24th during a previous visit about 4 weeks ago.
The first girl we asked said, "today is for 2nd vaccinations only, try
in the main hall." In there, another girl said, "no, we don't
vaccinate foreigners, this is for Malaysians only." I am rapidly
becoming very disillusioned about the Malay people. At least on
our return to the boat, I did find a slight fault in one of the cables
of the Smartbank which I fixed and powered up again, let's just hope
it's fixed the problem - but only time will tell.
25/05/21 Tues. Well, the Smartbank went back into error
code this morning! Another day changing the solenoid control
cables to get it working as it should, but once again in the afternoon,
it starts connecting and disconnecting at random and tomorrow morning I
am betting the error code 11 is back!
26/05/21 Weds. The error code didn't wait until this
morning, it came back just after I had written the log for yesterday!
This morning, I couldn't power it up without getting the fault, not
until I had connected the battery banks manually and waited an hour or
two - then it worked fine until after 6pm and we turned on a saloon
light, at which point it disconnected......just as it should do.
What will happen tomorrow? Watched the eclipse of the blood moon
in the evening.
29/05/21 Sat. All my time is still being taken up in trying
to solve the problem with the Smartbank and today I think maybe I have
found the fault - fixing it is another matter!
30/05/21 Sun. There is no way that I know of to fix the
fault on the Smartbank and I've exhausted my limited knowledge of
electronics, so unless the field engineers in UK can come up with
something new, it will have to be consigned to the bin and go back to
the manual way of doing things. Moved Neil's boat to the marina
pontoon today in order to fill up with water, not such an easy task with
the wind blowing both boats about, and his anchor ripped holes in our
sprayhood and pulled a stanchion base from the toerail.
31/05/21 Mon. We took a taxi to town today and did some
shopping before exchanging our gas bottle, which ran out yesterday.
Tomorrow sees the return of a full lockdown for two weeks, followed by a
further 4 weeks of restricted business opening and a further 4 weeks in
Did you enjoy your visit onboard?
Please sign my
For previous logs,