Little Green Boat

Spruce left Australia in July 2015. We cruised through Indonesia and arrived in Malaysia at the end of October 2015. Until February 2016 we cruised Malaysia and Thailand. Now we are doing some land/air touring to see a little more of Asia.

28 June 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
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Tempus Fugit

28 June 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
Andy & Sue
Time is whizzing past and we seem to be achieving so little progress on our jobs list. Obtaining parts and consumables is difficult, partly just finding places that have what we need, partly because recreational sailboats are not a big leisure activity in this region. Working in the sultry hot and humid climate is draining. Our focus mainly has been on discovering what is broken, so we can order long lead items, and getting started on big jobs that need to be subdivided into smaller stages.
Sue here makes a start on sanding off the boot-topping antifoul; we raised this when we loaded cruising weight into the boat. We plan to redo the lower area with coppercoat-antifoul and raise it higher instead. This is one of those particularly horrible jobs in high humidity conditions, wearing safety glasses and a facemask. Fortunately, the suction and filter on the sander makes this sufficient, at this stage…

28 June 2016
…unlike friends Belle & Ben, (s/y Ocean Jaywalker - soon to be renamed upon relaunch), who are fully clad to remove their antifoul back to bare hull. The photo does not capture the complete experience; remember 35 C temperature and high humidity. Drinking huge quantities of water is essential and not easy when wrapped up like this. When we start sanding our 5-year old coppershield back ready for an application of coppercoat our attire will be similar. Oh, joy!

28 June 2016
Our in-mast mainsail furling is back together after servicing the bearings, bevel gears. All checked and good to go for another 20,000 + miles. A shock came when examining the foresail furler. Initially, play in the swivel bearings seemed to be the issue. The cause of that play was less than satisfactory…

28 June 2016
The headsail lower swivel bearings are held in place by flanges that rotate through 90 degrees to lock bearings in place, then a couple of machine screws prevent rotation back to the unlocked position. The flanges on the inner part are broken off, thus making the locking screws the only thing holding the bearings in place. Fortunately, the load bearing properties that hold the mast up are not compromised. However, if the ball bearings were shed the foresail would not furl. Although giving a little more play the bearings remained in their cages. There is no way we want to sail on next year without fixing this satisfactorily. Selden reports the part as obsolete and no longer available. Options remaining are: A. Cut off the top of the part, weld on a new piece of marine grade alloy and turn down on a lathe to recreate the required profile. There is a local engineering works with the skills to do this work. B. Buy a brand new furler, it is expensive to ship things to our location. C. Find a suitable spare from other than the manufacturer. All three options simultaneously are being progressed. Our ideal would be to solve with C. but also to do A. to carry as a fall-back spare if the flanges should break off again.
Enough boring techie stuff, it just happens to be pre-occupying our thoughts, at this moment.

28 June 2016
It is surprising how quickly chain loses its galvanising when anchoring on rock and coral. Three of us clubbed together to hire a pick-up truck (Ute) to take chain north to near Penang for a hot dip. Brian (not shown) dropped it off last week. Sprucettes and Ocean Jaywalkers went to pick up this week. Photo shows Andy, Ben and Belle.
We made a day out of it. Well, sort of a day out. A trip into Penang checking out sources of hardware and a chandler on the quay was followed by a merry search for the galvaniser’s workshop…

28 June 2016
…while in Georgetown, Penang lunchtime was upon us so a stop at a Chinese food hall seemed a good idea. After an early start in the morning, munchies took hold furiously, so naturally we over-ordered from the succulent selection of Dim Sum and other fare on offer.
It felt like a good day’s break from boat jobs. Back to the chores tomorrow.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Will Sayer. Winner of the OSTAR 2009 in his Sigma 33 Elmarleen. Off snorkeling with the Sprucettes at Cul de Sac Anglais - Martinique.
Will Sayer. Winner of the OSTAR 2009 in his Sigma 33 Elmarleen. Off snorkeling with the Sprucettes at Cul de Sac Anglais - Martinique.
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