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From up on high
01/23/2015, Sands Singapore

View of the ships on anchor from the sky deck at the Sands.

Hot & Humid
01/21/2015, Orchard Street, Singapore

We are in Singapore and the prices are best reflected by the cost of a 750mL bottle of Absolut Vodka which I could buy at Albertsons in California for less than $9.95.

In Singapore, the cost is $111.40SGD = $89USD

Americans have it good!

View from the KL Tower
11/30/2014, Kuala Lumpur

Thought I'd upload a new GoPro video taken from the KL Tower while we were in Kuala Lumpur.

Transmission Woes in Puteri
11/18/2014, Malaysia

Well, everything was going so well and then suddenly we tried to put the engine in gear while pulling up the anchor...the engine just rev'd and we didn't have any propulsion. I opened the engine compartment to find transmission fluid splattered all over and I pulled the dip stick to find that the ATF had been replaced by sea water. Not Good! Not Good at all...

This is like one of those worst case scenarios you have nightmares about. We were sitting in 25 feet of water anchored off a small island called Palua Pisang in Malaysia 40 miles from anything or anyone and our transmission heat exchanger has sprung a leak into the oil side and pushed sea water into the transmission. In addition, the seas were six foot chop on the beam and there was no wind.

First thing I needed to do was get the sea water out of the transmission. So, I opened up the Racor filter and filled a couple water bottles with diesel fuel and flushed the water out of the transmission and reduction gear. I then removed the heat exchanger and inspected it for leaks. When I covered the ends with my hand and blew into the water intake, I couldn't hear or feel any air passing through. This basically meant that the leak was a small one and required lots of water pressure to push water into the oil passages. This also suggested that the leak had been there for quite some time and probably leaked faster the harder we pushed the when we motored hard up the river to Puteri against the current. This explained the noise we heard and couldn't find the source of while coming up the river. I'm pretty sure we had hydrolock and blew ATF out the aft end of the reduction gear seal.

The challenge now was to figure out how to get the boat back to a place we could repair the situation and replace the heat exchanger. We were 40 miles from Puteri and 35 miles from Singapore. We needed the fix to last 6 or 7 hours and move us through rough water at 5 to 6 knots before dark in the busiest shipping channel in the world. When I realized that the leak was slow, I figured it was our best bet to simply replace the ATF fluid to about half full and use the heat exchanger as is to get us back to Puteri. If it was a slow leak, it would probably last. The good news, it did last and we returned to Puteri safely arriving just as the sun set. The bad news is, after 4 days of emails and phones calls, there isn't anyone in Malaysia or Singapore that has the heat exchangers we need. Therefore, we will be leaving the boat here and taking the train to Phuket where we will fly home to get our parts and spend a little more time with the family than anticipated. Such is the cruising life!

The good news is that the transmission and reduction gear seem to be working well...I just need to replace the heat exchanger and rear seal on the reduction gear and we should be set. If there was serious damage to the transmission, we have a backup tranny on board which most people don't.

Photo shows the two heat exchangers off the engine. The short one cools the engine oil while the long one cools the transmission fluid and caused the failure. Both need to be replaced and they were already at the top of the list of items we needed to buy while back in the states.

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