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26 October 2018 - Pangkor Marina, Perak Malaysia
We’ve been back on the boat since 26 September after a great three month holiday in Europe and Canada visiting friends and relatives. Since we’ve been back, we’ve been busy with a lot of small jobs, preparing ourselves and the boat for more adventures.
I cleaned the hull and discovered that the AutoProp blades were seized. The shaft was free to rotate, but the blades themselves should “feather” so that when we’re sailing, they change their orientation to present minimal blade drag resistance in the water. If they’re seized, this obviously won’t happen. Also, someone suggested that I simply start the engine, engage the transmission and spin the shaft - and that they should free themselves. Well, I didn’t think this was likely and didn’t want to risk damaging anything by spinning an eccentric propellor. So, I borrowed a pressure washer from another cruiser and took the wand underwater to blast the propellor blade bearings. After an hours work, I had all three blades spinning like they should, and I then re-bagged the propellor, so that further dirt and sediment wouldn’t clog the bearings. My home built hookah system came in very handy for this work.
I built a small pump assembly so that I can reach down to the bottom of the diesel tanks and extract a few litres of diesel and inspect the quality. I extracted about 5L, moving the tube along the bottom from one side to the other, in both tanks. I picked up quite a bit of dirt and debris, but the tanks have been completely idle for the past 9 months, so this should be a large proportion of whatever dirt is in there, having settled to the bottom. This operation was in lieu of having the tanks “cleaned”, which I had done when we were in NZ 2.5 years ago.
The base of our horn had disintegrated in the sun (plastic), so I had the foundry make me a new stainless steel bracket.
I replaced our anchor hardware (shackles and swivels) with high strength Crosby equipment. Since we’re using 3/8” HT chain, the largest shackle I can fit is a 7/16” one, and this is connected to a 5/8” swivel and then a 1/2” shackle. This is the best it can be.
I will be changing over our shore-power bulk-head connectors from the Marinco system to SmartPlug. The Marinco system is the North American standard from a design that dates back to the 1920’s. The SmartPlug system is gaining acceptance world wide and is much safer. I’ve installed a 30A 125V plug-in for North America and just today received a 16A 230V bulkhead connector and plug for “the rest of the world” - and that is the one we’re connected to here in Malaysia. I’ll probably change over the “other plug” (the one used in the rest of the world) when we’re on anchor and “not plugged in”.
We have taken out a “Professional” subscription to PredictWind (that we can access using the Internet) and bought an IridiumGO so that even on the open ocean we will have satellite access to telephone calls, weather and emails. The bandwidth is very limited at 2.4kbps but other cruisers have highly recommended it.
Diane re-inflated our dinghy and we have tested the outboard. Unfortunately, it ran “like shit” and we took it back to have the carburetor cleaned and the ignition coil replaced. We also bought a spare propeller and thrust bearing as ours is worn badly. The next chunk of coral we hit will prompt a change of propeller.
This item wasn’t even on our list, but copying our friends Ad and Marriane on SV Betty Boop, we put shrink wrap on our oars to reduce the degradation caused by the UV. The plastic is gradually degrading and turning to powder. This should buy us another few years!
We tried to hoist our StaySail, but it kept getting jammed in the foil. Since the whole assembly is now 17 years old (and I replaced the forward jib furler 3 years ago while in Fiji) we decided to replace it, this time with a ProFurl 420 model. We used the local sailmaker/rigger Au Wei for this, as he has a lot of experience and industry contacts. Within 10 days he took down our old one and had a new one installed.
We also installed our new mainsail (as built by Au Wei for Doyle sails). The existing mainsail was now 17 years old and although still workable, we figured it would need replacement in a year or two, and this was a great place to do it.
When starting up our freezer a few weeks ago, we noticed that there was quite a bit of frost around the door, so we’ve just installed a new gasket and are monitoring its performance.
I’ve tried to start up the water-maker but encountered a leak in the pre-filter. I didn’t even work on this! I have to get it fixed soon….
We inspected the rig, and found it suitable for continued sailing.
We both went to the dentist for annual inspections.
We’re nearly ready to leave dock, and expect to leave sometime in the 1-5 November timeframe, weather permitting. We’ll be heading first North to Penang, where we plan to get visas for Thailand and then on to Langkawi, the furthest point along the Malaysian NW coast - before Thailand.
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SV Joana is listed for sale at this site with Sailboatlistings.com. Our boat and home, is always "for sale", and we are always open to new "opportunities". The price is substantially below the actual built cost (over $500K for materials alone, not including any labour cost) in recognition of the fact that the hull and systems are getting dated - although well maintained. We've had many inquiries, and a few "lookers" but we probably won't sell until we get back to the North American market.
We have visited 36 Countries since we left our home, Canada in May 2009, and detailed in the Log:
Antigua: May 2011
Australia: November 2016 - July 2017
Bermuda: June - August 2009
Bonaire: February - April 2014
Bahamas: December 2009 - March 2010, December 2010 - February 2011
Barbados: March 2012
British Virgin Islands: May 2011
Cambodia: May 2018
Colombia: October 2014 - December 2014
Cuba: March - May 2010
Curaçao: May 2014 - September 2014
Dominica: May 2011, April 2013
Dominican Republic: March - April 2011
Fiji: September/October 2015
French Polynesia (Marquesas, Tuamotos, Tahiti and the Society Islands): April-July 2015
Galapagos: March 2015
Grenada: June-November 2011
Guadeloupe: March 2013
Indonesia: July 2017 - October 2017
Malaysia: October 2017 -
Martinique: March 2012, March 2013
New Zealand: November 2015 - November 2016
Niue: July/August 2015
Panama: December 2014 (San Blas Islands), (Portobello and Canal) January/February 2015
Puerto Rico: April 2011
Singapore: October 2017
St Lucia: May-June 2011, December 2011 - February 2012, December 2012 - February 2013
St Martin /Netherlands Antilles: May 2011
St Vincent and the Grenadines: June 2011, February 2012, December 2012, April-May 2013
Tobago: March-May 2012
Tonga: August 2015
Trinidad: May - December 2012, June - November 2013
USA: August - November 2009, June - November 2010
US Virgin Islands: May 2011
Venezuela: November 2013 - February 2014
Vietnam: January 2018
Before we went cruising, we also "had a life" and did our fair share of visiting (or living in) other countries.
We've also been to a few other countries, but just not with our boat. (36 countries so far)
Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia Herzogevinia, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland), Vatican City.