02/09/15 Ordered my new shower drain pump from Defender.
Went into town to ferry terminal and booked ticket to KK for Friday, had
lunch in Murphy's and watched Man United game on tv whilst there.
03/09/15 Rob (Jolie Brise) left this morning to
return to Kudat.
04/09/15 Caught the 8am ferry to KK and checked into
Cititel Express Hotel for 3 nights. Met up with Anna from Manila
who is now working in KK and had dinner with her and her Mum.
05/09/15 Wandered around town during the day, ordered
couple of new embroidered shirts (boat name) before again meeting up
with Anna after her work finished at 5pm. Had dinner and browsed
shops in Centre Point.
06/09/15 Anna's day off, and spent wandering around and
visiting her Gran in Sembulan. Italian Grand Prix on tele in the
07/09/15 Karamunsing and the computer shops! Legs and
hips giving me problems, perhaps I have overdone the walking?
08/09/15 8am ferry back to Labuan, arriving 11.30, do some
washing before Garry (Inca II) showed up from Kudat on a visa run, had
dinner with him in marina cafe. My pump from Defender has been in
Sepang, Malaysia for couple of days.......awaiting clearance??
10/09/15 Phone call from Garry.........bus blew a front
tyre and went off the road into a ditch on way back to Kudat and he now
has stitches in face and leg!
My pump finally arrived in marina at
4pm - I suppose 8 days from ordering in the US to delivery in Malaysia
11/09/15 Heavy rain this morning so washing bedding is out!
Removed old shower pump and fitted new one - not as difficult as first
imagined but awkward nonetheless as all had to be done "by feel" using
my left hand only.
12/09/15 Had dinner at the yacht club with Alison and Paul
from Brunei - a nice Kingfish that they caught on way over from Serasa......very
nice! Thanks guys!
14/09/15 Another anniversary of my sailing date from
Gillingham! Not a lot happening, just normal day to day
activities, weather is variable with a lot of haze being carried up on
the breeze from clearance burning to the south - Indonesia's yearly
16/09/15 The haze worsens over the last week or so, news
reports that Singapore may have to make alternative plans for the Grand
Prix this coming weekend. Some here are suffering ailments due to
the polluted air. Why does Indonesia have to burn off such large
tracts of land at one time? 20/09/15 Met Anna at the ferry terminal for her short visit
to Labuan. In the evening we met up with Ann from the marina cafe,
her husband Mark and children Juliana and Julian, and had dinner
together at the Red Onion. My "thank you" to them for bringing me
meals and shopping when I was unable to walk.
21/09/15 Engine won't start!! Battery was the
immediate suspect, but now think differently as start button produces
absolutely nothing! At the Red Onion again tonight with Paul,
Alison, Alistair, John and others.
23/09/15 We went out with Barry, Precious and Matt for meal
tonight, then onto Havoc night club.......Barry and I carrying Matt out
at home time!!
25/09/15 My favourite job of emptying the nav berth and
crawling into space behind instrument panel in attempt to track down
electric fault on engine start. Removed start button and spent
whole day looking for replacement in town.
26/09/15 Removed starter motor and stripped it down.
It was 'serviced' in Kudat but it is obvious that only the Bendix was
touched as the fault became evident when the rear cover and the brush
locator plate was removed - two of the four brushes were not in
contact with the commutator and the whole thing was choked with dirt and
carbon dust. Cleaned and reassembled.
27/09/15 Fourteeen of us at the yotties lunch table in the
Dorset Hotel today! My battery charger has not been used for some
months and although it is now switched on, it seems not to be doing
anything - the solar panel continues to keep batteries topped up.
28/09/15 We walked into town and had lunch of Roti Chanai
before Anna caught the fast boat to Menumbok on her way back to KK and
work! I had my ears lowered and did a little shopping before returning
to the boat.
29/09/15 A day of doing nothing much......woke up to rain which
gave way to a sunny morning, then rain again in afternoon.
30/09/15 I emptied the nav berth again and with Bill's help
(my arms are not long enough to reach both sides of bulkhead!) fixed in
the new starter button before I replaced the starter motor and battery
cables - only managed to cut myself once! Engine now starts and
runs OK. Still somewhat puzzled by battery charger which is
obviously not working as it should and is now switched off again.
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