Saturday 18 january 2020

It’s been three days I think since my last report. Means I’ve been busy, right? Well yes indeed this is true in various ways. One of the essential things a boat (re)builder needs to do when established in a new location is to get familiar with the local supply sources. In this case we are talking essentially about hardware shops or marine stores if there are any.

When you work on something, there always comes a time where you need a specific tool or an accessory… that you don’t have! Not always possible to stop your activity, take a car and go buy it. So I spent a big part of Thursday to run down the local stores and buy what I need now, but also what I will need tomorrow. And yes, for sure I forgot a few things, reason why this morning I had to reiterate the process. No worries though, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Moreover, I start to know slowly where things can be found taking into account the best quality for the best price;

Don’t want to bother you with the things I bought, but here are just a few highlights.

This makes me think about something in relation with transportation. Marina’s usually provide the passing cruisers with rental cars of their own, think about it: you arrive with your boat after a 2 week sea passage, how are you going to resupply if the stores are at a distance like the case most of the time? This is also what I’m doing here, when I need to go somewhere I ask for a car, there was always one available till here. Of course, the steering wheel is mounted right… Malaysia carries UK standards. These cars are most of the time low on fuel when you turn the ignition on 😦 A passage to the fuel station is a must if you don’t want to be stranded somewhere alongside the road 10 minutes later. Look at the price of fuel in Malaysia!

The Malaysian Ringit equals about 0.22 €, this means the liter of super 95 costs around 44 cents!!!

Another thing I’ve been doing these last days is plan the mast removal. There is a professional rigger here in Lumut, he does most of the rigging jobs in the marina. We all know him as “Au Wei”, he’s Chinese actually! Today, he and his crew took off the mainsail and the boom. Monday a crane will be coming to remove the mast. Another milestone!

I ended this day with a last attempt to get the rudder stock freed from the quadrant and the tiller arm. Little reminder about the issue:

Confined space in the sugar scoop, so you know everything…

The only way to resolve the issue was to call upon Johnny Rambo again! Soft power is not an option to get parts separated when they have actually corroded 2 decades on one another. One of the reasons I had to go back to the hardware shop was to get some 125 mm angle grinder disks for metal; the ones I found in the boat were only 100 mm, unable to cut deep enough for the purpose of getting the rudderstock freed. And yes, these parts will never have a second life as you can imagine… Now, the quadrant you see down there is not made out of metal, it is a mix of foam and fiberglass. Not realizing this from the beginning, I was only wearing a mask but nothing to cover my arms and legs. Not only did I feel the little hot metal parts spitting all over from the angle grinder but moreover the microscopic parts of fiberglass got me in for another night of “glorious itching”. Body cream helps, but it is not a cure. Sweat lost during the process? About 2 liters 🙂