Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Now land/air touring to see a little more of Asia in between doing a long list of boat maintenance jobs.

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26 July 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
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28 June 2016 | Pangkor Marina - Perak - Malaysia
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Georgetown Delights

12 August 2016
It was time for a short weekend break from working through the jobs list aboard Spruce. A drive to the north, 200 Km distant, lays Georgetown on the island of Penang. If readers have converted that distance into 125-miles, and a mere 2-hour drive, think again. Take your minds back to UK roads in the 1960s. Many single carriageway roads, uneven undulating surfaces and hold ups at each town. Things did improve once we reached the spinal toll road, a dual carriageway running the length of peninsular Malaysia. The driving here is quite an experience. Maybe a blog devoted to that topic later, suffice to mention that deaths are something like 8-times higher than in the UK. Defensive driving has not reached these distant lands yet; anticipation of potential consequences of careless driving tactics appears absent.
The photo shows Sue with Meillia (s/y Per Ardua) on the right and Farina to the rear, enjoying a “Banana Leaf” lunch at a restaurant in Little India, Georgetown. Many of the inhabitants of this neighbourhood are descended from people moved here from Tamil Nadu in India during the days of the British Empire. When reading modern day political commentary on immigration concerns in the UK, it brings a wry smile to our faces having witnessed the effects of former British policy of “encouraging” people to move around the world during the days of empire.

12 August 2016
Our timing for end of July coincided with the normal “last weekend” events and the commencement of the Georgetown Festival. Saturday evening took us to the Khoo Kongsi temple, managed by one of the larger Chinese descended clan houses in Georgetown. Normally this temple is closed after dusk, the lighting as darkness fell illuminated gloriously decorated carvings and mouldings. The splendid 3-dimensional Chinese Junk vessels adorning the roof are quite striking.

12 August 2016
The lion dancers pranced aloft atop steel posts. The rear end player oft lifted the lead character above his head, precariously balancing on poles that would inflict a terrible injury should he slip. All the while a brisk tempo maintained by a team of musicians beating drums…

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…they continued apace after the lions retired to show what they could do with percussion: an uplifting performance by an enthusiastic team.

12 August 2016
After a short weekend in one of our favourite spots in Malaysia, we bade farewell to our hosts: Peter, Meillia, Sam, Erin and Islay. Waved goodbye to the crowds assembled before us and motored back to Lumut and the seemingly never-ending list of boat chores.

12 August 2016
This one involved adding inspection ports to one of the fuel tanks. Marine tanks contain baffles to prevent fuel sloshing from end to end. This tank had but one opening, that prevented access to the two other sections which certainly baffled the tank-cleaners, us. The only simple solution, apart from steam cleaning, possibly removing the tank into the bargain, was to add inspection ports into each baffled section. Through these new openings, the tank has now been rendered squeaky clean.
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.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/littlegreenboat
Spruce's Photos - The St Lawrence Seaway
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Obviously not a mad dog or an Englishman. Most folk had awnings fitted to the boat but this one looked lovely.
An old windmill from yester years
Pontoon boats. Andy thinks these things look like a Star Trek space shuttle. Two floats, sun and insect protection with a big outboard engine at the rear... wouldn
Montreal from the Seaway.
Sunday afternoon bedlam! We thought it was looking pretty close to fit us both in the channel (rules say pleasure boats must not impede safe transit) but Sunday drivers are a law unto themselves in this area. Further on there were kids playing "chicken" swimming across the canal and back... and boy racers with big-engined offshore racing power boats challenging each other in the same waterway.
Another ship passes by...
... carrying wind turbine blades.
Two nights the insects were terrible, nets were essential and in the morning the deck was covered with dead bodies. Apparently we had the May/June plague in July.
..and another big ship comes steaming by.
A lifting bridge on its was to some 22 metres clearance.
They pack all sorts of cargo on these Laker Ships.
A lifting bridge.. srtill waiting for it to lift and let us pass on our way.
Approaching a lock.
Leaving a lock much lowered from our earlier elevation.
Ready to leave a lock. All that water (91,000 tonnes) just for little old Spruce ... ,maybe $CAN 25 per lock isn
One of the strange looking double ended ships that ply the Great Lakes. The bridge at the front and a lower superstructure at the rear presumably housing the domestic facilities for the crew.
Spruce
A ship about to leave the lock going upstream to make room for our passage downstream.
A ship has entered the lock and is waiting to be raised.
 
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