Singapore to Bali via Lombok and Gili T

Digiboat's "Product Testing"
Simon Blundell
Mon 21 Nov 2011 23:31
00°39.9577N 104°01.2085E
22/11 0400LT
Departed Singapore 5pm yesterday for 950nm passage to Medana Bay Marina in Nth Lombok. Then a quick stop over at brother Matt's resort on Gili Trawangan before heading down to Bali to pick up the guests for a surf trip to Sth Lombok.
It's like a mini-Myanmar sovereignty onboard with 4 Burmese crew and myself. A new Cadet, Wyan, from the Uniteam company in Yangon, joins us along with our now very seasoned other Cadet, Win, who's been onboard for a few months and 5000 miles. Evan and Han Thaung from the Yangon NABU Shipyard round out the crew list.
Feels good to be back on passage after our 3 week stop at Raffles Marina. Busy with many repairs after our China Sea Odyssey. The boom repair looks promising, a local metal worker welded it up and then put a giant sleeve around the outside. It initially looked like a Frankenboom but after Evan worked his magic filling, fairing and painting, the joins are barely noticeable.
The other big-ticket job being construction of a new freezer as the old one was not  holding its temp anymore and sweated badly. The new freezer not quite finished so will continue the fiberglassing en route. Wilson, the freezer tech, has fitted quick connect fittings for the evaporator plate and compressor so we can connect ourselves when construction complete, then just need to find someone in Indo to vacuum and gas it.
Unfortunately our autopilot didn't make it back from repairs in time for this trip, so the Cadets (our new rice-eating autopilots) will get much helming experience over the next 1000 miles!
Currently motoring down the W side of the Riau Island group with no wind worth mentioning. Hoping for some good sailing over the next week....