03/09/19 Tue. I ordered a new winch for my mast on the 23rd
of last month, prior to going to Brunei, thinking it will have time to
get here while we are away for a week........ha! It seems that it
is still in the 'packaging stage' and will be dispatched on the 7th Sept
- 15 days after paying for it??
06/09/19 Fri. Woken by a big thunderstorm at 5am this
morning, but it cleared by 8am. Our watering hole, the Back Yacht,
has closed down for reasons unknown to us at this moment - perhaps a
contract issue? I have replaced all the deck fittings (twistlocks,
and lift-the-dot fasteners) for the sprayhood, the new ones had
different screw hole dimensions which of course meant filling in the
'old' holes and drilling new.
07/09/19 Sat. Back to the troublesome sprayhood
today! We are getting closer to the correct fitting at last, just
a few more alterations to make and I hope it will soon fit. In
between, Ana made fender socks for our two remaining (unsocked) fenders.
A hazy but very hot and humid day.
10/09/19 Tues. My parcel (new winch) is finally on it's way
by UPS. It took 18 days from payment to being handed over to the
courier - not good! It is now in Lithuania and scheduled for
delivery on the 12th which I think is a little optimistic. Fitting
that is another job which will be difficult and has possible disaster
issues, so I'm not really looking forward to it.
13/09/19 Fri. The annual burning of vegetation in Indonesia has
brought the usual thick smoke to Malaysia and Singapore. The
Indonesian Minister of Environment, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, denies it is the
fault of Indonesia and blames Sarawak and Malaysia for the haze despite
the overwhelming evidence of weather patterns and satellite imagery.
Another politician who has no bloody idea of what is going on and lies
through her teeth!!
14/09/19 Sat. We have had several days of atrocious weather
with F7 winds and torrential rain as the air is being sucked north by a
tropical depression in the Philippines, and of course the worst of it is
always at night! Another day on the sprayhood, this time we are
going to leave it as it is..........it's not as good as it should be,
but after over two months of messing about, we have both had enough - it
will have to do! Still have to fit two zips to the front window
panel for us to have an opening section though. My parcel, as
expected, is not here yet, nor will it be until Tues 17th at the
earliest, as Monday is a holiday.
15/09/19 Sun. It's now 10 years since my Mum died but it
seems like just yesterday.
Mum and me in July 1985.
16/09/19 Mon. Malaysia Day - a public holiday for the day
in 1963 that the Federation of Malaysia was formed.
18/09/19 Weds. So the sprayhood now has a roll up section
of window to allow breeze through and we are now making a new bimini top
to zip to it.
19/09/19 Thurs. This morning I went out with Craig on his
powerboat (Tripple Nine) for a short sea-trial, there are some problems with both
gearboxes engaging, which will need to be sorted out before taking the
boat up to KK. The port engine will not engage astern and when we
came back into the marina, the starboard engine would not engage ahead
but Craig handled it very well and we moored without incident. The
plan is to take it to KK tomorrow.........and tow Kanaway the
20/09/19 Fri. We all went down to Immigration this morning
to check out (5 of us) and at 1000 hrs, we cast off the lines and
motored outside the marina to Kanaway at anchor. We first
tried to raft up to her for towing but the difference in toerail height
did not allow that, so we rigged the tow astern with about 50 mtrs of
tow rope, then set off toward Tiga. We were making about 5 knots
on one engine, Kanaway is around 25 tons, and we passed by Tiga
in the dark, continuing toward KK.
21/09/19 Sat. A few problems along the way, a slightly
leaking stern gland on the port engine, a navigation lights failure, an
internal leak on the hydraulic steering - mostly either fixed underway
or endured. We approached the channel into Wawasan anchorage just
after 0200, shortening the tow to about 15 mtrs. The first two
channel markers were unlit, so they were initially difficult to spot.
Craig made a good job of navigating to the last two markers before
turning to stbd a little too tight and running Kanaway onto the
mud. It took about an hour to manoeuvre around and pull the tow
off before we were able to continue into the anchorage. By 0400,
we were anchored and Kanaway rafted alongside - all of us tired!
Bodge and Tony both live in KK, and they went ashore to home, Craig, Ana
and I all went to bed for a few hours. After breakfast some hours later,
we noticed that the tow rope from last night (a 1" x 3 strand
polyester/nylon) had in fact frayed through one strand, close to the
cleat onboard Kanaway.
Craig and I launched the dinghy and he took Ana and I ashore. We
visited Ana's Grandma before heading off to Cititel Express Hotel, a hot
shower and a sleep!
22/09/19 Sun. Refreshed after a good night's sleep, we went
for breakfast before walking through Kampong Air to the bus terminal
opposite City Hall - except it had gone, the terminal was no longer
there! We asked a local taxi driver where it had moved to and got
him to take us there........it's now opposite Wawasan Plaza, almost
where we came ashore in the dinghy yesterday morning. We took the
bus to Menumbok, and a fast speedboat to Labuan, arriving back onboard
23/09/19 Mon. My parcel finally arrived today - only a
month to deliver - that has to be the longest wait ever.
24/09/19 Tues. Ana woke this morning feeling unwell, she
was cold even with several layers of clothing, complaining of a sore
throat and a temperature of 101oF.
She remained in bed until afternoon and then I took her to the Docs for
a check up and some medicine.
26/09/19 Thurs. Ana is still unwell and can hardly talk but
the fever is diminishing. Alain and Violetta (Gladiateur)
came back yesterday so now there are two boats in the marina with people
onboard! There are only 7 yachts in total, 3 catamarans and 4
28/09/19 Sat. Checked out for our monthly trip to Brunei.
The new bimini is fitted but needs some adjustments, however it will do
for this trip!
29/09/19 Sun. Slipped our mooring and made our way across
to Muara - a good crossing albeit into the wind.
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