9th May 2014.
Another huge week and thank god its Friday. A day off and a sleep in until lunch time. Then off to Scarborough”s.
I have been clocking up the K’s on the bike, Kuah Town twice, Telaga twice and back and forth from the dock each day. The chandellery at Rebak has been shut for 10 days so have had to go hunting stuff down all over the place, but have found some good suppliers in Kuah. The bike has been a good investment at rm300 a month although it is a bit of a clanger.
Chinho’s on the left hand side of the road into Kuah near the big orange paint shop has plenty of stuff, I was saying to a bloke how the girls in the shop are very helpful and don’t leave you alone but was sadly informed that it is to stop yachties pinching shit, there you go, it is pretty expensive but they have all sorts of stuff.
Multi Quip, which is in Kuah Town proper down the road from the banks also have a good supply of chandellery items, paints, primers, seacocks, thru hulls, hose clamps, S/S and bronze fittings and even got the exact strainer that came off the boat so no new mountings required. You can get 25% of the tagged prices if you ask for the best price. Young Sam is cool and they will take back stuff if you haven’t used it, although I had to keep a few fittings as they had some thread sealer on them.
HE Trading is like Bunnings crammed into a shed, they have heaps of stuff, electric tools, pneumatic tools, sockets in all sizes, I got a 64mm one that fitted the seacocks. I would still be sweating my arse off in the bilge if I hadn’t found one, it bought joy and happiness. I have bought taps, drill bits, sanding discs, cutting blades, thread paste, 11/2″ valves, painting stuff. The staff know every item in the shop so it is worth asking where things are unless you like wandering around looking at tools and things, makes me forget what I went there for. HE’s is on the left as you come into Kuah Town.
Just 3 doors down from HE’s towards Kuah is a smaller Chinho’s, not as much stuff but great for painting stuff and make sure you ask for best price, Janet introduced me to the lady and set me up with good quality rollers, trays and painting gear.
There is also a paint shop and hardware at Matsirat near the lights, has big Jotun sign on the wall. Bit expensive but saved a few trips to Kuah for pissy little things like paint brushes, rollers and cleaning products.
The chandellery on Rebak is like Aladins cave, Noel the owner is an Aussie and not a bad bloke, he has so much stuff but I reckon ask him to find it for you otherwise you might be there a while. A bit expensive but very convenient and a proper chandellery that sells and supplies heaps of stuff. I have bought 100 metres of 10mm galvanised chain, 12 volt gas solenoid valve, LED light fittings, 3/4″ bronze seacock which Noel tapped out for me. Yesterday I was in the shop and just on a whim I asked him if he had an electrical drawing for a refrigeration compressor controller, up he jumped and straight over to where one of the controllers was tucked away on the shelf, opens it up and photocopied the instruction sheet for me, pretty handy I reckon.
Seaspray Marine, also at Rebak, are the preferred contractor for painting and preparation but as I have now found out do all sorts of stuff, the other day Mark, the owner, was installing a new wind generator to a boat. They are really busy but from all accounts do a really good job when they get there. I think it would be a good idea to book them in earlier than later.
Well it is Sunday again, geez time fly’s. Fish and chips was a hoot as usual, then off to Raffi’s as usual and after a big day I dropped Mike back at his boat up at Tanjung Rhu. The suspension on the scooter is not much chop and Mike was wondering whether to get off and walk a couple of times, reckon he is a fat little bugger, but we got there, had a cup of tea on the way, driver reviver, then headed back to Cenang. It is the water festival weekend in Cenang, they have stalls on the beach, bands and fireworks, Futbal where they have a yellow cane ball they bounce off feet, chest, head and kick it at an opposing team, it is really cool to watch. There is also the Mauy Thai Boxing amateur world championship happening so quite a few people walking around with black eyes, bandages on knees and ankles. I have seen people from all over the world strutting their stuff along the main road in Cenang. They all have their country shirts on trying to look menacing, don’t really have to try to hard. Had tacos for tea, 35 ringott for a couple of uncooked shells with gooey shit in it, won’t be going back there, ended up going the new favourite, Tom Yum no chicken, but only medium, still bloody hot. Phew.