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.

17 June 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
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Back to the Grindstone

17 June 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
Andy & Sue
Two weeks ago, we boarded a plane at Kansai airport in Japan and headed on to Kuala Lumpur via a brief stop to change planes in Singapore. Seventeen days in Japan gave us a rapid taster of this amazing country. Definitely, Japan remains on our list of places to visit by sea. Unless something forces a change of plan, we should be here in 2018 aboard Spruce.
For this visit, we sped along enjoying a last sample of the hyper-efficient Japanese rail system, before returning to a lengthy jobs list aboard Spruce. In Singapore, we delayed the re-introduction to an equatorial climate, remaining in the air-conditioned airport buildings. Once in Kuala Lumpur, baggage collected, we walked out of the terminal into the soggy embrace of vapid humidity. Almost forgotten sweat glands sprang to attention, and despondently attempted to achieve evaporative cooling, unsuccessfully. Airport food, we changed from Japanese breakfast, with each component carefully presented in separate dishes, to a more filling Malaysian/Indonesian styled plate of Nasi Goreng Ayam, Roti Bakar washed down with a frothy mug of Tee Tarik.
A slow coach journey from the capital north to Sitiawan was followed by a brief taxi ride to the marina. Our three-month, Around-the-World-Trip, drew to a close. Did we really visit all those places, and see so many friends and family across three continents?

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Reacquainting ourselves with many fellow cruisers took time as we slowly made our way across the yard towards Spruce. Sweltering heat confirmed we needed acclimatisation. Everybody, locals included, said it was very hot. The Southwest Monsoon is late, a few fits and starts but not properly here; it’s regular cooling daily rainfall not yet reached the west Malaysian coast.
The usual returning activities: where do we plug in for power, find a ladder, ventilation, where did we put those things. Surprisingly after 3 months absence the interior was dry, with no smell of mould. A few years ago, only two weeks away while ashore in Panama led to a veritable flora of fungi adorning bulkheads, fabric and implements. All we used were two crystal moisture-absorber cartridges and these were not fully consumed. Very pleasing that our Day-1 planned activity, cleaning the interior, was already ticked off as done.
Jobs planned for the next three months will cause major disruption to the interior and exterior of Spruce. Many fittings will need to be removed to line the inboard side of the hull with insulation foam. Upholstery is to be renewed; the original is much worn in the main cabin. Some of the caulking, between teak deck planks, needs replacement, a messy job. All things considered, particularly the equatorial climate, we decided that living aboard would be unpleasant and slow down the pace of achieving progress with the tasks in hand. We have temporarily rented accommodation in a studio apartment ashore. It is wonderful to continue with jobs each morning and then to leave the site ready for work to continue next day, without the need to create a domestic environment each evening.

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In addition, the view from the window is much nicer than looking out on boats stored ashore or in the throes of refit.

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Not to forget the interesting waterborne traffic that navigates between the docks, naval port, and Malacca Straits beyond. For days off, a break from boat jobs will be a delight, a return ferry trip to nearby Pangkor Island charged at the princely sum of 10-Ringgit can be had.

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Spruce was re-rigged and her furling gear was overhauled in 2011, since then around 27,000 miles have been sailed. After this pit-stop we aim to relaunch in early 2017 then sail some 13,000 miles to Mexico, via Borneo, Irian Jaya, Japan, Aleutians and Alaska, by the end of 2018.

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It is a good time to re-check the furling gear, bearings and conduct a thorough inspection of the rig, while the mast is laid alongside. Obtaining parts in Malaysia is often difficult. This job was undertaken first, in case we have a problem in obtaining parts. So far, nothing appears to need replacement, just a good overhaul.
Slowly we are learning where we can buy items required for our programme of work. Probably, this is the most difficult place yet to find boat bits. Ordering from the UK, US, Australia or even a drive to Langkawi or Phuket in Thailand may be on the cards.
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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Looking toeards the mountains to the north across the town of Fort de France... formerly Fort Royale prior to the French Revolution in 1792.
Looking toeards the mountains to the north across the town of Fort de France... formerly Fort Royale prior to the French Revolution in 1792.
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