Week 16 – We’re getting there.
After we’d cleared up all the dust on Friday afternoon we put our lovely new sprayhood on. Will take detailed photo of it later.
Saturday 16th May Bill fitted the winches and cleats to the port side which entailed taking the ceiling panels down in the quarter berth, the nav station and my wardrobe. Firstly the holes were drilled through the wood from below using the previous holes. The now hated blue tape (because every time I go out on deck I seem to see another piece of it) was used to mark out the position. Bill placed the winch in position marked round it and pealed off the tape in the middle. Each piece will have a layer of black Sikaflex 291 under it and we don’t want any excess leaking onto the wood.
The base of the winch is fitted along with a cleat and finally the top goes on the winch. Bill said the sheet winches were in pretty good condition considering how much they’ve been used.
The smaller mainsheet winch and another cleat were fitted at the back of the cockpit along with one of the last of the new grab handles. I was able to help with this job because there were lots of bolts that needed nuts on them and I have to hold the bolt still with a screwdriver while Bill tightens the nuts from underneath. I love this photo it shows the shiny cockpit and the beautiful curved new seat.
Sunday 17th we awoke to rain. Why does it always rain on Sunday’s all around the world? I still went for my run; I either get wet from the rain or wet from sweat it made no difference although it was quite muddy too. We pulled Camomile back over the pontoon so we could let the dinghy down onto it and then pushed Camomile back again. Bill spent an hour refitting the parts back on it. We let some of the air out so I could fit the new dinghy cover I made before I left for the UK. I spent the afternoon making an outboard cover.
Bill fitted a new piece of wood across the transom so the outboard won’t scrape the new paint. We re-launched the dinghy and fitted the outboard. I put its new cover on along with the new wheel covers. It looks a bit homemade but as a lot of Camomile is homemade we prefer the term lovingly crafted.
So T bag the dinghy is ready for the off.
Bill spent the day fitting the starboard winches, cleats and the last new grab handle. To do this the galley ceiling had to come down and the ceiling in my bathroom. Everything was upside down and I couldn’t possibly make dinner so we had a meal in the Hard Dock cafe.
Monday 18th We had a new mystery object in the cockpit – more wood. It’s been marked with black pen.
Bill got his circular saw out (they love him here!!!) and started cutting little groves in the wood.
This is the new wood laid out on the old seats – can you tell the difference? Apparently the old seats are a slightly redder teak but a blind man would be pleased to see it. We keep being asked if we are going to varnish the new wood or oil it. The answer is neither. Bill says once you start it’s a perpetual job so it’s just going to be left to weather with age.
The mystery object is going to be a wooden top for the instruments but the instruments housing is slightly curved so the little groves enable Bill to ‘bend’ the wood into place. You can see the gap in this photo –
– now it’s gone.
Bill and I spent the rest of the day fitting the bridgehead instruments with me holding the screwdriver on the outside and Bill tightening nuts underneath. We were so busy I didn’t take any photos but this is how it looked at the end of the day with all the instruments rewired back in place. To enable Bill to fit the wood top the VHF speaker had to be moved but it fits nicely next to the music speaker. So we have comms again. It was suggested we remove our old garmin GPS instead but that little gem has survived quite a few dousing and a lightening strike and still works magnificently. So it has pride of place among the posh new Raymarine instruments.
My side looks just as nice with the addition of a cold glass of wine at the end of the day. We were supposed to leave today but obviously aren’t ready yet so I went to the office to book for another 2 weeks. We’ll be leaving Rebak on 1st June – definitely.
Tuesday 19th I went for my run while Bill was finishing the edging on the renovated seats. We took the ferry over to Langkawi for a day in town. First job was a hair cut for me. My hair has grown quite a bit since I’ve been back and it makes me hotter so it had to go. Chris and Keith had invited us to lunch in their cosy apartment so we spent a wonderful few hours catching up with chatter before finishing our day in the supermarket. When we got back we noticed our German friends had arrived on their Westerly Fulmar. This photo is for our WOA friends who think their Westerly is too small to sail around the world Forty Two is from Germany and Carsten and Mercedes sailed her around the UK before leaving on their circumnavigation; and she’s a bilge keel!
Wednesday 20th These are all the pulley blocks that were taken off the bottom of mast when Bill was painting the deck. Bill put them all back on so I could rerun all the lines.
What a job, I think I did every one of them at least twice some three times. I got all the port side ones threaded through the front of the coaming and Bill realised he’d put the feeder on upside down so I had to start again. Grrrrr! The reefing lines on the starboard side were also wrong because Bill put their pulley block on back to front.
I found the start of a wasp’s nest under the front sail bag while checking the lines weren’t twisted. Luckily it wasn’t very big.
Eventually I got them all sorted. Bill fitted the rope bags in the cockpit and the lines were all tucked away. The winch handle pockets were also fitted, the winches are in them.
While I was doing all this Bill was fitting the Yachtleg lugs which meant me in the dinghy holding onto it while Bill was inside tightening nuts again. Sounds simple but nothing is ever simple on a boat. As the rubbing strake has been made wider Bill had to make a wooden plinth for them to sit on so of course the bolts weren’t long enough. He shaved a bit off the plinth so the bolts would fit but then the pin that goes through the two holes on the top and through the top of the yachtleg wouldn’t fit! So Bill had to plane a bit off the rubbing strake. Eventually all fitted. This type of thing is why we’ve been sat here for 16 weeks.
After lunch I changed into a swimming costume and scrubbed the decks. With a combination of airline fuel exhaust from the planes that fly over us landing at Langkawi airport and our dirty feet from walking on the dirty pontoons (for the same reason) the decks are filthy. Luckily most of the marks came off with just water and a scrubbing brush. Bill wouldn’t let me use any detergent because it would take the wax off the hull. There were also streaks down the hull that luckily came off with a sponge. I used the dinghy to clean the outside. Camomile is gleaming again.
Thursday 21st we emptied the deck locker. Wouldn’t this make a great photo for a caption competition? This was half way through; we’d stopped for a coffee break.
When we’d finished unloading it our wonderfully tidy bridgehead looked like this. There were a number of jobs Bill needed to do the first of which was reattaching the locker lid. It was another job with a screw on the outside and nuts to be tightened on the inside but Bill hadn’t been able to reach them. Also the engine stop control had been disconnected for painting and he couldn’t get it back on from the outside. My bathroom backs onto the deck locker and the radiator was leaking so once everything was out Bill was able to disconnect that and take it outside for repair and respray.
Friday 22nd After we’d finished with the water Bill emptied the water tanks so he could take the hot water tank apart to replace the immersion heater element, (another thing that had come back in my luggage) and the over pressure relief valve. The water maker needed attention too; Bill had to adjust the fittings on the inlet and outlet. The diesel eberspacher unit that powers the heating and the hot water had failed, so that needed replacing too but the whole system had to be drained first; nothing’s easy on a boat.
After refilling the water tanks we had a evening off and went to the music jamming session in the resort where a variety of yachties and their instruments get together and play, sing or whatever you feel like doing. As it’s also half price drinks at the bar it leads to a fun evening!
Saturday 23rd Bill put my radiator back on and filled the system with a 50/50 mix of coolant and water. The coolant is antifreeze, can you imagine how difficult it was to find here but we found it in a local garage because they use it inside car engines to stop them rusting, which is the same reason we’ve used it. The system had to be turned on to check it was working but we turned all the radiators down and the air conditioning up first. All worked ok. We went across to the resort for coffee to celebrate. Came back and filled the deck locker again. It’s like a 3d jigsaw but each piece has a place and there’s a place for everything. Bill and I have emptied and refilled it so many times we both know where every thing goes.
Poor Bill managed to drop one of the acrylic door panels on his foot. Unfortunately it fell between two of his toes and went through to the bone, he probably should have had a stitch in it but he wouldn’t let me try out my stitch kit! I had to bandage it up for him because it was in an awkward place to put a plaster.
We’ve both in the wars because I managed to twist my knee so can’t run at the moment. I cycle my bike around the same circuit ending up at the pool and having a swim instead. I don’t lose lots of weight with my running it just keeps my metabolism stable and allows me to have the odd biscuit and a glass of wine when I want.
9 more sleeps here then we’re off.