28 january 2020: work and work environment

Instead of just talking about work on the boat and technical things, today a bit of another story. I’ll give you a guided tour of the marina in Pangkor, my life environment for the moment.

But first, let’s have a look at the overhaul required on the saildrives and the propellers. Often people think boats have exclusively a propeller shaft between the engine and the propeller. Well, there are some exceptions to this principle, of course mainly for small sized boats. You can either have an outboard engine (think Evinrude!) or you can have a saildrive. A saildrive is some sort of transmission element that routes the rotating movement from the engine downward to a position under the hull by making two 90° direction change.

The saildrives installed on Saliara date from 2004. They are still good to operate but need an urgent revision/cleaning and some critical parts need to be changed. So before you can enter the saildrive from the outside, you have to take off the propeller. My boat has VOLVO Penta folding propellers, a simple but miraculous system. At idle, the blades are folded and when turning they open! That means less drag under water when you are under sailing conditions!

The propeller is in bronze, this material is both strong and offers good resistance to seawater corrosion. This resistance is improved by means of the use of anodes. Anodes actually protect all metal part of a boat by principle of a sacrificial scheme: they are made out of an alloy that corrodes easily, this means they attract the corrosion to them and spare the rest this way. Of course, this only works if you replace these anodes on a regular basis.

Now we can proceed by taking off the propeller main body. But why not already start cleaning it, after all the axis of the saildrive is a perfect workbench!

OK, now it’s time to open the saildrive and see in what condition the drivetrain inside is in. What is the first thing we meet at the end of the saildrive? Yet another anode of course!

But hey, what do you usually find back in a drivetrain? Think a little about the gearbox of your car, it’s full of oil of course! In this case, I should open the oil cap underneath the saildrive to drain all the oil, but this requires an 18 mm Allen key I don’t have… So I do it my way, just open the door and prepare for an oil shower!

I will have to order new seals, including some spares. New anodes as well of course. As long as these accessories are not available, the saildrive will remain open like it is now. Not an issue right? We are on the hard!

OK, time for a little guided tour now. It’s Tuesday morning, I woke up early and head out for the laundry while it is still dark out there. When walking outside, I see the guard on his little sidecar motorcycle, he gives me a ride to the laundry 🙂

At the entry of the marina you have a little guard post. Any ressemblance with ISAF HQ in Kabul or other is pure coincidence! Bikes and cars for rent can be found here as well.

Next to the guard post there is a little internet café. It’s nothing more but a container with two wifi routers inside and an excellent air conditioning system!

As we walk into the marina and the yard, we see boats, boats and more boats on stands! all waiting to be fixed, some ready for an imminent return to water (also called “to be splashed”).

View on the water side.

Now, this is an interesting feature here. A boat shed for those who need protection from the top when performing open hart surgery, or better said for works where the deck needs to be kept dry. The condition to get access: mast taken off the boat!

The haulout point and the boat lift.

Want to see the sanitary installations? Like in a Camping. Not a Glamping…

Walking back to the boat, I see the local workers digging a hole in the ground underneath the rudder, because that is the only way to remove it without breaking the axis. A little view of the surroundings as well.

Let’s have a look inside now.

Management of electricity.

My personal suite!

That’s all for today folks. See you next time.