08/10/18 Mon. After a week relaxing in Brunei we sailed
back to Labuan yesterday afternoon. Paul loaned us his dinghy for
our stay and I did a job up his mast for him. Not much chance to
test the rigging or furler, only used the mainsail on the way over to
Muara and no sail on the way back (flat calm, no wind). Today we
did the usual check in procedures with Jabatan Laut and Immigration.
In Brunei, the deckwash pump once more refused to work and we had to
wash the anchor chain off with the time honoured method of a bucket on a
rope! Today I found the in-line fuse holder for the switch was
trapped in the junction box, which had severed the cable, so fitted a
bulkhead mounted screw in type holder instead - hope that will solve any
further issues! My dinghy has not yet been sent from Phuket as
they needed my phone number for the transport package. Should be
on it's way here soon!
11/10/18 Thurs. Over on Brent's boat this morning to reset
his port engine tappets, then back in my engine room to refit the
repaired exhaust elbow as I cannot find any engineering shop to make a
new one. Discovered a load of crap and water in the fuel filter
sight glass, so stripped that, cleaned and new filter inserted, bled
fuel lines.....a bit worrying though as the tank was emptied and cleaned
in Kudat about 2 years ago. Also fitted a wire net, sort of like
chicken fencing, across the soundproofing on the engine access hatch.
15/10/18 Mon. We've been busy with the sewing
jobs.......mostly for other people! Late this afternoon, we took
off my mainsail and the 'stackpac' cover with a plan to make a new cover
over the next couple of days. My new dinghy is currently in Kuala
Lumpur airport, or was at the last tracking check-in 3 days ago.
19/10/18 Fri. The new 'stackpac' sailcover is now made and
the mainsail back on. Ana has also made a new cover for the
outboard engine. The dinghy has arrived from Phuket and we are still
busy with other jobs prior to sailing north for a while. Today
would have been my Dad's birthday, still miss him even though he's been
gone over 40 years.
20/10/18 Sat. We unpacked the new dinghy this morning,
inflated it and gave it a trial run with the engine. Then we went
into town to buy some clear plastic non-stretch material with which to
make a pattern in order to make 'chaps' for the dinghy - a job neither
of us has done before and supposedly difficult to make, so we will see
if the end result is any good!
21/10/18 Sun. Trafalgar Day.
Today, after the rain stopped, we started making the pattern for chaps,
with a little disagreement along the way, but we perhaps have it sorted
now. Shane and Brent departed for Phuket at 0630.
23/10/18 Tues. With the chaps patterns all made, we cut the
Sunbrella to shape and Ana started to stitch the pieces together.
This is the progress so far, some minor adjustments may have to be made
as we go along.
27/10/18 Sat. We came to a bit of a halt on the dinghy!
The chaps are all but made and we need to glue on velco to the hypalon
fabric. I understand the process but the glue is another matter.
Polychloroprene based glue is hard to come by and the small tube
supplied with the dinghy for repair purposes is polyethylene glue, which
is a little confusing! I mailed the dinghy supplier in Phuket for
advice and he basically told me to get lost, which was really helpful.
Dunlop LP glue is available here (and various other places online) but I
cannot find a data sheet for it, although Amazon specify it as
polychloroprene. My tin of Rema SC2000 is a chloroprene
adhesive.......but chemistry is not my subject so I am further confused
by the 'poly' part (I know it means 'many'). I am thinking that I
will sand the area where the velco is needed - and use the SC2000 glue!
28/10/18 Sun. The GGR update - Susie is still in 4th place
(made because of the two dismastings), but still some 3,500 miles behind
the race leader. I gingerly sanded the dinghy tubes where the
Velcro will be fixed and applied the first coat of glue to the inner side
of the tubes.
29/10/18 Mon. Completed the gluing of Velcro onto the
dinghy tubes - took all day to do! We also filled Garry's gas
bottles from mine, then exchanged my depleted bottle for a new one.
30/10/18 Tues. The dinghy chaps are complete! OK,
it's not a perfect example but it's the first time either of us
has had a shot at making these things and I think Ana made a really good
job of sewing it all together. One thing is sure,....it's a better
job than a lot of others I've seen!
31/10/18 Weds. We hoisted the mainsail this morning while
there was no wind, to check if I had all the reefing lines rigged
correctly through the new sail cover. Later, it rained hard for a
couple of hours before we were able to go out to the shops (twice) for some
supplies in preparation for departure.
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