Lets float this boat.

15th May 2014.

Well now, Boomerang is ready to go back in, yesterday was taxing to say the least, I walked back and forth from the jetty to the boat once, the chandellery 3 times and lunch once. Must be close to 4 kms all up, you get thirsty by the time you get back.

Found another seacock to replace, dickhead, 1430 so walked down to the shop, I thought about taking it off first, should’ve , climbed into the engine compartment contortionist style and found I had returned with the wrong one, so back again for the right one, back again, down in the hole and install at 1515 so missed the boat. The late boat makes it a big day. Made my little mates, the swallow chicks, a new house for their nest out of a small bin, the parents didn’t seem to happy, but taking them out on the water was not an option, hope they all survive, they have been chirping away for the last 2 weeks and have been quite good fun to watch down under the boat in the heat of the day.

A couple of boats got hauled yesterday, both from Fremantle, the guys on Tigress Too know Robert, Jens brother, and it is good to go and have lunch with them, they could remember us from FSC before the race to Bali. Its funny they have a son that has just moved out of their home and they are going home to rent it out for a proper sum, reminds me of someone I resemble.

Speaking of Moe, her and Jen arrive 1600 on Wednesday, I reckon they will be hanging around air conditioners for a few days so no real effort time wise to get the boat tidied up, took some photos of it on the new iPhone but do you reckon I can get them to jump into the new MacBook Air, technology, Moe’s first job. This iCloud and iMessage and ianything else  is okay but you need someone to set it up for you, well I do anyway. Phone won’t do MMS, but what the fuck is MMS anyway.

The others, Noah and Joe with their boat Cestacean are also excellent. Noah has single handedly stripped his engine down in bugger all time, he has also pulled his rudder assembly to bits, going hard and onto it big time. They have been doing this since 2004 I think, seasoned cruisers and it shows.

The boys on Beachouse On The Moon took off to Penang yesterday to get their visa’s for Sumatra, they went on their first sail the other day up to Scarborough’s, bit late for lunch, shot a couple of fish, climbed to the top of a lighthouse, slept the night up there and headed back to Rebak. The front hatch was left open and as always, water found its way in, Aaron went to remedy, head down in the bilge, then went down the back of the boat, lied on the floor and started spewing, he reckons that is the worst feeling he has ever had. Jimmy and Jai poured water over him to cool him down and wash him off. The excitement in their voices as they explain just about anything is infectious, good fellas to hang around, I am sure too learn some new vocabulary.323 copy

Got up, hit the roti cannai, then off to Rebak and once again walk over to Boomerang, hopefully the last time, the guys were waiting so shifted the swallows to underneath Felix, the cat next door, who we saw in the far north of Queensland in 2011, there were a couple of turds near them so mum and dad must be looking after them, felt better. A bloke by the name of Noah helped me out to put Boomerang back in, although not for long as one of the thru hulls leaked so back out she came, no real stress but sweating like a rapist again, not normal, it is just pissing out of me. We repaired it with help from Mark from Seaspray and let it cure for a couple of hours, had a pizza and drank about 5 litres of water, not normal, then the boys lowered us back in and alls good. Started up port engine, all good, started up starboard engine, all good yeeha, had another check and no leaks and out of the straps we go. Well this is meant to be the finarlly but dickhead Rod forgot all about the dinghy not being completely up, quite a bit down actually and out to sea we went, I turned around as the fuel tank get sucked out of it and all the other shit was already gone, whacked her into reverse and Noah collected all the stuff floating around. Thank god it wasn’t in the marina in front of everyone. More sweat, but lowered dinghy down and it was flat again, we were lucky it couldn’t tip right over and only went on its side, then as I went to raise it the rope disappeared down the davit tube in front of my very eyes, what a disaster, more sweat. In the end no real damage or loss  but  a couple of new jobs to add to the list, not really the start you want. We headed back into the marina and I said to Noah, I hope my driving skills haven’t deserted me but we had it all parked up in no time.

Run into the boys from Beachhouse at the ferry dock, all visa’d up, fippered up, Aaron in some pretty gay looking ones, and ready to go sailing, they were pretty excited and so they should be. I think they head for Thailand soon then the same as us.

Done it again, had tea once again at Theo and Uma’s, seafood spaghetti, medium, glad I didn’t get spicy, had a shower and straight to bed, it was just going dark, now it is 0140 and I am wide awake. The boat cleaners, Jen and Mollie arrive today, but have organised an apartment for the first couple of nights, air conditioned and a pool to hang out by.photo[3]

Took Moe to the motorsikal hire place and scored her a blue one, flash as, she seems to like it which is good, I had a go on it tonight and no wonder she likes it, if she had to ride my piece  shit she would be part of the pavement by now. Anyway we went on a tour around the local districts, Cenang, Matsirat and Port Langkura with no major hiccups and then we hit Rebak and the boat. First job today was to get the dunny going, we found the problem, the pipes and valve are all clogged up with shit, not really, but they are clogged with crystal like stuff that is so hard you need to use a chisel to free it up, vinegar and boat hull cleaner is working well. Moe has taken this job on with gusto, which has shocked me but once again there you go. We also got the genset going, although lack of memory cells came into it again, I forgot to reset the breaker, dickhead, but I hadn’t pulled to much apart before I realised. We tested the deck wash pump as well. I even went for a spin in the dinghy, not much chop but it does go, got hold of Cazaley, called him, Up There, he said, no Wan, but he is coming tomorrow. So could be good or could turn to shit just as quick.

Moe and I walked over to me mates the swallows this afternoon to find one dead and the other two sort of hanging in there, bummer, so for the first time I handled them. The first one started flapping around and jumped out of my hand and just as he hit the deck his little wings got flapping and off he went, I was so stoked I was jumping around and cheering him on, so was Moe. HIs little sister was not quite as ready and her first flight was not quite as successful, looked a bit like she had atrial fribulation, her wings were going flat out but not really getting too far, then the wind got her and off she went until she run out of puff and hit the deck. We hunted her down and found mum and dad standing around, probably saying, cmon the stupid featherless dickhead is coming. During the search Moe squealed, you almost trod on her and I looked down and we have one LFB, see if you can work it out, L is for Lucky. Anyway I picked up LFB and took her back to the nest but she just sort of slunk away so I said to Moe what do you reckon give it another shot, before she could make up her mind I had plucked LFB up and let her go again, this time she was off, the AF was not as obvious and she battled away getting height with mum and dad and sibling by her side, she flapped and flapped against the wind going nowhere and then all of a sudden she saw Mum, or dad or brother, Sam and thought bugger this slow down and off she went. I was yelling go for it, then the 4 of them went into a tight arc over us and she went splat, joking, they happily flew away.  I do actually like birds although I don’t think much of eating them, especially chooks.photo[1]

Fish and chips Friday, Moes first one, should be good and then off to the boat we go. Big party on Saturday at Rebak for a boat name changing, could be an expensive exercise for them but its got to be done by the book. I will keep you posted.







Friday Fish and Chips

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.


Dockers flog Eagles, Sanding and Antifoul.

4th May 2014.

Well I am not what you would call running amuck, barely make it past 2100 each night, although I got to watch the dockers yesterday live, no volume though. One of the Scarboroughs crew, Jeffery, is a dockers supporter so that was fun, an eagle came in in the last quarter, she was good value, same with her husband although a Saints supporter. She took it pretty well, mad keen footy freaks, her dad played for South Freo, Tony Morley.

Well today was anti foul day part 1. It took fro 0915 to 1645 to put the first coat on, there was 20 minutes for my lunch and the boat gobbled up 8 litres, in Australia 10 litres did 2 coats, they only sell 7 inch rollers as well but i reckon the big ones would be to hard as it is a bit tacky going on, Janet said to put it on thick so thats what is happening, more like squidgying it on but it works. As usual I got covered in black dots from head to toe, had a turps body wash followed by an Indo hose wash. Bloody sore wrist.

Day two was pretty much the same but persistence has paid off with a boat with a nice black bum. Really bloody sore wrist. The hulls need to be sanded back to the fibreglass but this will have to wait till next time when hopefully I will be able to get someone to do it, not much chance here as no one is interested, the guys at Seaspray Marine are booked out for a year, not real handy if you need anything done and they seem to be the only people allowed to do this work on Rebak Island.

We have picked up a couple of chicks, swallows that is, they are in a nest in one of the scuppers under the boat. They better hurry up and learn to fly or they might be needing to learn how to swim. The parents used to dive bomb me every time I went under the boat now they have got used to me and skip around me on the ground picking up bugs. The male has got two weird little feathers on it’s head, funny looking things. When they are finished might get to eat the nest.

Also today heard a racket going on up in the boat, so went to investigate and found 2 geckos going at it big time, like a stand up gecko boxing match which kept on going even with me watching them, must have been some good territory up for grabs but they finally quit with all the noise, loud little buggers.

Went up to Telaga this afternoon, gave the girls their T-Shirts, they loved them, then had to get photos as usual, they were so excited it was great, next went past the boys at the Lebo restaurant, they all mobbed me, shaking hands and just a really nice welcome back, just like the girls their faces lit up, what a crack up, young noisy was wearing a pink shirt so gave him heaps, reckon thats the last we’ll see of it. By the time I got to Cath and Little Keiths boat, Mike was there and had made himself at home yacking with Keith. These guys have been here a while so Mike knew who owned their boat previous and so on.

Rode home in the dark with a bottle of wine under the belt. Made it in time for sizzling bean curd and rice with no chicken and prawns, not having to good a run with the prawns lately so they have been cut, especially the little ones.              Cenang is at its quietest now and in a couple of weeks lots of places shut down for the wet season but hopefully by then we will be on the high seas or getting close anyway.

Well today was a late start, went to bed at 2030 and woke up at 0905, unbelievable, I was making excuses to stay in bed  until the lunch time boat but got me arse into gear and got to the ferry right on time for the 1015. I was just milling around and finally put the first layer of aluminium anti foul on the sail drives and thought I may as well finish the final tin of black, 4 hours later it is done, 3 coats of really thick anti foul and you got to believe it, I am not touching a paint roller for a bloody long time, horror sore wrist, but it looks good, now back to the other stuff, need to make a list.

Have just had 3 coronas at Champor Champor, a restaurant bar over the road run by a bloke by the name of Theo who is good value, coffee fiend thats for sure. They make the best Tom Yum Goong and Bean curd I have ever had, it gets you sweating but some of the weird arse things, fungus’s and herby stuff that you pull out the bowl are superb and as I don’t go the chicken they load it up with bean curd. Theo’s missus is Indian Malay and she is a classic, loves her wine, from over one side of the restaurant she asked for a top up but Theo I reckon pretended not to hear, next thing you hear is, HEY WANKER, top of her voice across all the customers in the place, I had tears in me eyes and could not stop laughing for ages, even when I got home sitting in bed I pissed myself again.


Labour Day holiday.

1st May 2014

Short day today as when I got to Rebak it was pissing down, in the end walked in the rain to the boat, It must be close to a K from where you get off the ferry to Boomerang. It was good though as it was cool so got stuck into sanding the anti foul, sometimes it is easy and you fly along then all of a sudden it is a real chore and it is the pits. It might have had something to do with beer as well due to running into an excellent couple, Andrew and Christie and their kids from Canberra at Raffis. It started out slow and steady, then Andrew ordered some chilli anchovies and boy did the drinking pace pick up after that. It was a good night with lots of laughs.

Have met a really nice couple John and Janet who are working on their boat as well, it is really handy as we keep borrowing stuff off each other which is saving a fortune. They have a house in Kuah and have asked me over for dinner but looks like it might be Raffis tonight. There is another yacht called Beachhouse with 3 blokes on board who are heading to Sumatra at around the same time as us so that should be good if it all pans out as they seem like good crew, already been checking some battery stuff for them.

I have changed out all the seacocks except one that I can’t get undone at least it still works, will have to drill it out with a hole saw next time by the looks of it, most of the others were a struggle, ended up buying a huge socket, extension bar and a handle to both undo and do back up with the new valve. Good old Limp Wristed Len showed up, the one seacock he was responsible for, water maker, was only siliconed in and spun which just created a whole new job, onya Len I was spewing, hard to be in the bilge and outside at the same time but got there. The freezer has come good which is great and everything else seems like it works.

Well tomorrow is Friday which means fish and chips up at Scarborough’s and get to see the gang, I hope so anyway, bit lonely when you don’t know anyone, the wankers next door keep it a bit lively though, they don’t drink but they party till 0400 every night, had a go at 3 of them this morning yelling and screaming at each other at 0200, don’t even know if they understood me they are incomprehensible to me, they shut up though.

Well fish and chips was a hoot, I had got to about a K away and a storm came through so pulled over under a big umbrella to wait it out and low behold Mike rode past with an umbrella up and the give away was his beard hanging over both shoulders and visible from behind him, gave him a yell and he turned around and come back, great to see him and then we hit Scarboroughs. All the mob turned up plus a couple I hadn’t met, deep fried dory and salad, superb.

Later on we hit Raffis where in rolled Little Keith and Cath as well, just coming in for a beer, lucky for me I didn’t go to Telaga looking for them. Another thing that happened today was I switched beers to Carlsberg as everyone reckons Tiger gives you gout, which has been  just hovering in the background for the last few days, guess what it has gone so thats the end of Tiger beer for me, in fact after this last week it might be time for an alcohol free marathon, see how it goes.

Back to the grind stone or is it?

Jens Birthday. 28th April 2014.
Its bloody hot, I have been sweating like a rapist.
Been chipping away at the anti foul and then started sanding, glad the sanding disc shit itself. There is always tomorrow, it is more of a morning job anyway. Just washed all the crap off me and got a tiger and 30 minutes to spare before the ferry takes me back to the mainland so I thought it was time for my first live action blog entry.

Woke up around 0300 yesterday and packed the ute, mum got up to say goodbye, dad took me out to the Perth airport, had a grand tally 0f 72kgs plus hand luggage and the Air Asia chick was all smiles so the worrying about to many bags was for stuff all, I sat around for 2 hours then off to KL, watched a movie about some old drunk who reckoned he won a million bucks but hadn’t, saw the President of the United States’s plane and a big black one that probably follows it around, then another 2 hour wait in the domestic airport, don’t ever winge about Perth Airport, then a quick up and down to Langkawi.

As the bags come out I saw the surfboards, then the sail bag, then the huge 28kg suitcase but sadly that was all for me. Another friendly Air Asia chick, this time in cool jeans, came  to my assistance and off we went to make a report. After last year with Ray and Bev and the case of the missing Porterhouse steaks and snaggers I was not to bothered as they will do there best to fix it up. The only problem was, the case that was missing had all my clothes in it and the ones I had on were 36 hours old and a bit sticky. Eventually got to Adina Motel in Cenang, good spot, Sophia and Eizenhow, mum and son team, completely looked after me and hows this, the Air Asia chick with the cool jeans is Sophia’s daughter and once the bag arrived she had it delivered to the door, mind you it was 5 past midnight but you have got to like their form.

Boomerang is looking good, dry as inside but we may have a problem with the freezer, we’ll see how that pans out tomorrow. Found some really rough sanding discs, some new sea cocks in Kuah Town this arvo, had a fair few beers and mahpoo tofu and fried rice for tea at Teos, actually scraped the plate clean, old Teo was happy to see me again and asked about Jen which was pretty cool after 5 months. All the food and 2 more tigers came to rm23 or about 7 bucks, the only bummer is I got a bug in me eye riding back to Cenang, it’s gone all puffy like some one has snotted me but I guess you get that.