Friday 22nd October
Friday 22nd October 2010 towards P. Gedong (Port Klang)
0630 left anchorage in the dark - a long day ahead just
over 80 miles now we will see if all my repairs will hold up! Lots of
thunder and lightning first think this morning and anchored ships plus the
usual fishing nets to dodge off Malacca.
rigs close together just North of Malacca, we are glad that all the
surrounding ships are at anchor as we motor past!
Valerie made great egg and bacon sarnies for
breakfast, take a nap and am woken up to be told that the bloody engine
boiled over again! So changed the saltwater pump yet again thinking that I
may have damaged the impellor coming into the anchorage last night when the
water manifold was leaking badly. How stupid can you get? I took the
pump off got out the spare (I replaced the damaged impellor last night) I
then proceeded to bolt the one I had just taken off back on! So off with that
one and back on with the spare. Got everything running within a couple
of hours. Hands a bit cut and burnt off the hot engine. Two hours later
the engine overheated again. Took a look at the impellor on the unit I
removed this morning to find the impellor to be perfect! So I think the
previous damaged impellor was the result of a problem and not the
cause. I am beginning to think that it is the heat exchanger as there
is a lot of corrosion around it and find that if we top the header tank up
with about a quarter of a litre of water every 10-15 mins the temperature
stays normal. Cannot see any leaks or other problems.
2100hrs anchored inbetween Gudong and Che Mat Zin
Islands nr Port Kleang.
Position 2:55'.25n 101:15'.71e
Distance run 90.5 miles Average speed 6.24 knts
Saturday 23rd October
Set off at first light after a very comfortable night
great anchorage. Straight into 25 knots on the nose. The engine
overheated immediately although the header tank was full, as I could see no
leaks I naturally thought the worst that the heat exchanger had gone as it's
quite corroded. Thought about sailing south to Port Dixon to try to fix the
problem as the generator would not start either so we had no means of
charging the batteries! Gave up after a very short time as the wind died
and we could not get across the shipping lane in safety. Decided to
return to the anchorage and take stock of things. Sailed to windward some of
the way, then tied the dinghy alongside to tow us back to the anchorage
leaving the admiral to steer the boat whilst I operated the outboard that's
when the 30 hp comes in handy.
All going well until I heard from the driver that
we seemed to have stopped. Hard up on the mud on a falling tide -great
the icing on the cake!
(Valerie was trying to keep the distance to the
anchorage short and went too close to the mudbank we were going to shelter
behind. Being Spring tides, a lump of silt not on the chart got the
keel – although the chart said we were in 7 metres of water, and the
depth sounder was reading 12 meters, very confusing to find the boat was not
moving any longer!)
Trying to be comfortable with the boat at a 45
degree list for 3 hours s a challenge. Thankfully no harm done, just
time for David to take a rest and for us to decide what to do whilst we are
here, up the creek without a paddle!
1530hrs off the mud and back at anchor on an even keel
boat like this one got his net caught around our anchor chain, and tried to
haul it in, getting it wrapped around each side of the boat
0300hrs sounded if the anchor was dragging got up in a
hurry to find that some stupid fisherman had decided to put his net around us
and haul us in! It was a bright moon-lit night so not sure if he did it
deliberately to try and claim compensation off us! He finally got his
net clear of us and went off mumbling. What an end to a really great
day - feeling pretty down by now what else could go wrong no engine and no
generator. Also gearbox for mainsail furler seems to be on its' last legs!
Position as before distance run zero miles average
speed very slow!
Sunday 24th October 2010
Valerie volunteered to go by dinghy with Ollie to find
the Royal Selengor Marina to look at the possibility of getting things fixed
there. In the mean time we had emailed/sms'd friends for proper
waypoints for Port Dixion if we had to go there about 40 miles south.
the dinghy 10 miles to the Yacht Club and back, an arm aching job which I
would not have done with my (Valerie’s) arthritic joints!
Spoke to a recently made friend Ray in Danga Bay who
talked the problems through with me and gave me a lot of sound advice.
I finally found the problem a leaking hose to the hot water calorifier.
The header tank outlet had become blocked so it appeared that the cooling system
was full when in reality the system was empty! So sorted that and got
the engine running and the batteries charging and freezer getting cold
again! next the generator - swapped the battery with one of the engine
starter batteries so had a full battery to play with also discovered a wire
off the control box on the genset. Fixed that and had the generator
running again decided not to make water as there was a lot of silt in the
water where we were. Things were definatly looking up we were back in
Meanwhile Valerie & Ollie had returned with the
news that there was a good engineer based at the marina but no way would we
be able to get there without an engine. They had managed to do some
shopping and top up our phone card.
Selengor Yacht Club, Port Kelang
Club in traditional colonial style is very comfortable, holds regattas and
sailing events for the expats who are working in Port Kelang, the most
important port in Malaysia
I spoke to
the English couple who run the engineering shop here at the Club. They
said the September Equinox tide came right over the wall and flooded their
workshop last month, thankfully they saved all the important electronic
packages which were wrapped up in plastic on the floor!
facility at Royal Selengor Yacht Club is a railway
our phone top-ups and shopping at the nearby ‘Giant’ Supermarket,
Ollie wheeled ther trolley back to the Club straight past
police siting in the cafeteria where we’d had lunch, no problem!
At least we
could point and say what we wanted to eat, omelette, fried chicken, chicken
curry, mixed veggies.
Malaysian sail training ship on our way out towards the docks
We could not
get the spare fuel tank to connect to the engine, so Ollie tried to grab a
ladder close to the pilot station here, but could not get a grip on it as the
tide was running too fast. Nearly cut his arms to pieces as he held
onto the barnacled posts seen here in the background, as the lad in the photo
threw us a line to grab and pull us onto his dock to refuel with our spare
petrol in another can! (Moral to the story, we should have refuelled or
changed the fuel canister before leaving the Yacht Club of course!).
the dinghy going again, we quicly crossed the shipping channel as a hive of
activity was going on at the docks, including this container ship being
pushed into position. We had to manoeuvre around 4 ships all going up
and down the narrow channel.
large, the small trading vessel is just on the RHS, can you see it?
The joy of
seeing Kanaloa in working order, and us back safe and sound!
1500 we sat and demolished a bottle of red wine
between us and had a siesta followed by an excellent calamari and prawn
risotto produced by Valerie. Watched Bridget Jones' Diary for a good laugh,
and went to bed for a planned easy 40 mile trip tomorrow.