01/10/17 Sun. Today's gripe is water! There isn't any
water in the loo's or showers and it's Sunday so the office and workshop
are closed. Each night since we've been here, the water pressure
pump has been turned off at the end of the working day, which of course
is no good for us yotties wanting to shower and clean up after working
all day, so each night I have turned it back on. This morning that
isn't possible because the pump, which is in a cage, has been unplugged
and the cage locked. After making a few irate phone
calls......order was restored! Stripped remainder of pipes,
fittings, cables etc from the cylinder head and removed it from the
02/10/17 Mon. Ordered the head gasket from Singapore through the
yard and they say delivery will be about a week. Fitted the
missing u-bolts to the hull and clamped the exhaust pipe to the outlet,
bolted both exhaust outlets to the hull.
03/10/17 Tues. With the head gasket and bilge pumps on
order, there is little more we can do here on Dulce until they
arrive, so tomorrow we will make our way back to Labuan and the jobs
waiting on Rhumb Do!
04/10/17 Weds. Spent the day travelling! Left at 0900
by taxi from the yard to Kudat town and another taxi from there to KK
arriving at 1220. No time for any lunch as the bus to Menumbok
left at 1230 but Ana had made some sandwiches, so all was well.
Arrived Menumbok ferry terminal around 1615 and on the second ferry to
Labuan. Back onboard just after 1700.
05/10/17 Thurs. Time to think while on the bus yesterday,
and I've reached the conclusion (after thinking everything through) that
Bob's engine problem is not the head gasket! I now think it's
backwash from the exhaust pipe, cooling water has flooded back in
through the open exhaust valves. No worries though, the head had
to come off to clear the water and in doing so, I discovered broken hose
clamps and broken electrical connections.
06/10/17 Fri. Several jobs to do on my own boat, as
expected. What was not expected was a change of standing rigging!
The insurance company are now insisting on new rigging, so I will have
to measure accurately and get all the new wire and end fittings shipped
from the UK for fitting. An expensive job.
07/10/17 Sat. I have done a rough estimate of the cost of
parts to re-rig the boat, and it's frightening! I'm guessing
around £1200 for the rigging excluding the forestay, which would need a
complete new furling system (another £1200). Again, the 'marine'
tag kicks in with the cost of simple 'A' bolts for the deck (photo)
which retail at £175 a pair! I need 3 pairs, so I am not a happy
bunny at the moment.
12/10/17 Thurs. Into town today for epoxy resin, some
cable, fuses and switches - going to fit a washdown pump up fwd to clean
off the anchor each time it surfaces. Spent the last two days
fitting the two stanchion bases - six bolts took forever to get off, the
last one being in a most inaccessible place and fibre glassed over by
the builder! It's a good job Ana is small and can get into tight
spaces! The rigging issue is a constant worry which I still have
to sort out.
14/10/17 Sat. More contortionist moves over the last two
days, climbing into the anchor chain locker to glass in a wooden base to
which to screw a washdown pump, and run hose through to the seacock
under the fwd cabin bed. The weather over the last two days and
nights has been awful, strong winds and heavy rain, so it was a surprise
to see Paul over from Brunei yesterday and a speedboat today.
15/10/17 Sun. Fitted the washdown pump today and fixed the
chain locker pipework and electrics, just need to run the cables back
through saloon and into switchboard, and connect the pipework to the
seacock. Ana re-spliced the anchor octoplait to chain and made an
excellent job of it (it's not always an easy task!) then we stored it
all in the chain locker again.
16/10/17 Mon. We went to immigration, customs and harbour
master to check out this afternoon - planning to leave in the morning
for Muara but the weather is still awful and we got soaked on the way
back to the boat. Forecast for the rest of the week is no better!
17/10/17 Tues. Sailed around 0830 into strong headwinds (26
knts) and a 1.5 mtr sea. I could have tacked for 20 miles but that
would have made the rolling worse, so I decided to just plough into the
seas and motor the whole way. We anchored off the yacht club at
Serasa around 2pm, and the wind continued to howl into the night.
18/10/17 Weds. Made a wet dinghy ride to the ferry port to
formally check in with the offices there, and we had the usual circus to
attend, run by the same clowns as usual. 2 hours later we were
legal and made our way back to the boat. Shortly afterward, we
went ashore to the club and said Hi to our friends there.
19/10/17 Thurs. The weather remains bad, nights are spent rolling
around with the anchor chain stretched taut, the dinghy doing
somersaults at the end of it's painter. This is all caused by a
typhoon in the Philippines which is sucking the air from this area and
making life uncomfortable. We did manage to get a lift into town
today from Regie, and did some shopping for the things not easily
available in Labuan. Our original plan to return to Labuan
tomorrow had to be shelved because of the weather.
20/10/17 Fri. Spent some time in the clubhouse to have a
break from constant motion of the boat in choppy seas and windy
conditions. Sunday is looking like the best day to sail back to
21/10/17 Sat. Happy Birthday Sandra!
It's Trafalgar Day again and for the first time in years, I have not
flown the flag of England at the mast - it would just get shredded in
these winds! We went to immigration at lunch time and checked out,
this time without much hassle apart from the run around between offices
and the countless copies of paperwork needed. Alison was having a
bit of a birthday get together around the pool this evening, so we
attended and met up with old friends for a drink or two and a meal,
making our way back in the dinghy around 10pm. The weather is
improving now and we should be OK for the trip back tomorrow.
22/10/17 Sun. Up at 5am and sat in the cockpit having
coffee before hoisting the dinghy onboard and stowing it away. We
weighed anchor at 0615 and went out with the tide, hoisting the genoa in
the Muara channel. The winds were light and from the SE, so we had
a good crossing to Labuan and tied up alongside in our usual berth at
0945, Ana cooking a full English breakfast then! Our
approach to Labuan showed some of the problems they had in the bad
weather, a ketch was aground outside the marina, lying over on it's
side, it must have dragged anchor in the night and gone up on the beach.
It later came into the marina seemingly undamaged save for the shredded
Russian ensign. The marina had suffered as well, broken pontoons
(not unexpected with big heavy boats on them), boats with awnings and
sail covers in tatters.
23/10/17 Mon. Into town this morning to check in and do a
little shopping for hose clamps. During the evening we went to
Kraken and Mortar with Lyda, Alan and Violetta as it was Violetta's 10th
birthday. Back onboard at 11pm.
24/10/17 Tues. Pouring rain again! Said farewell to Alan
and Violetta as they sailed at 0715 heading for Kudat - we will see them
again in a few days when we go up there to complete the work on Dulce.
25/10/17 Weds. Wired up the switch for the deckwash pump
and checked it all working - I now have a 60psi wash for the incoming
anchor chain, all concealed in the original foredeck anchor locker.
26/10/17 Thurs. We caught the 8am ferry to Menumbok, then
the 9.15 bus to Kota Kinabalu, arriving there around noon. After
lunch, we spent the afternoon searching the hardware stores for SC2000
adhesive for repairing dinghies - success eventually but he had none in
the shop at the moment! We can hopefully collect some on the way
back through KK later.
27/10/17 Fri. On the 8.30 bus to Kudat and arrived at about
12.30. Bus was almost empty, perhaps 10 passengers, so ample room
to spread out and recline the seats! Spoke with Eric, Alan and
Violetta in town when we arrived, bought a few essentials and took a
taxi to Penuwasa and Dulce.
28/10/17 Sat. Finally, the 100 metres of anchor chain were
delivered this morning. The rest of the day was taken up trying to get
the engine room bilge pumps to work, with only partial success. I
managed to get the stbd one working after finding a broken connection
but the port one is proving troublesome. There is no voltage at
the junction box supplying the pump and I thought I had found the cause
on discovering two blown fuses. A quick trip into town to get the
right type and size of replacements did not cure the fault.
Tracing the cable back to it's source is impossible as it disappears
into the loom and trying to find the connection in the DC switchpanel
only revealed a dead rat! So, has the now deceased rat chewed
through some cables and blown the fuses and shorted out the pump box?
I can't reach it as it is in a tiny space, so that will be tomorrow's
30/10/17 Mon. The rat has been
disposed of - Ana crawled into the small locker and managed to remove it
with a long broom handle! We mopped the area with disinfectant
afterward and now the boat smells a little better! On the
engine front I have come to a grinding halt - replacing the valve push
rods this afternoon and saw number 6 was missing it's top cup. I
hadn't noticed when dismantling as the rods were stored in a card in
order, the cap was stuck under the rocker arm by a film of oil. I
have never seen a rod damaged like this before. Now I have to wait
until replacements can be found/brought to Kudat.
31/10/17 Tues. Last night's excitement was a large
uninvited lizard in the shoreside showers, Ana and I running around
trying to avoid it, Ana screaming loudly, the lizard hissing and
snapping when jetted with water, both of us trying to push it out with
brooms while trying to levitate so it didn't get our feet!
Eventually, it bit the end of my broom and I was able to lift it and
carry it outside and put it in the grass. Today, we took the old
anchor chain out of the locker and replaced it in the port side locker,
fitted the anchor to the new chain and stowed that in the stbd locker.
A walk around the town market during the afternoon.
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