Alcatraz the new Rebak.

20th May 2014.

Well as far as marinas go Rebak is a bit isolated but Moe’s description as Alcatraz is a bit harsh, I reckon its pretty good fun, yacht’ys bar, happy hours, pool bar, entertainment, big bar, more happy hours, dancing even and a ferry to get you to the mainland seems more like paradise to me.IMG_0066

Fish and chips was excellent, crumbed dory although not on the menu is becoming popular, Dylan the owner doesn’t think much of it but he was away so there were quite a few takers. The ride back to Cenang was incident free and Raffi’s was what I have come to expect, fun. We then hit Champor Champor for the last time as Theo and Uma are off to Europe for holidays. A couple more cohorts joined the gang this week and were pretty funny so I think the Friday tradition lives on.

Next day, my birthday and hung over and sorry for myself, it was time to shift out to the boat, still crap everywhere but liveable, the AC is cranking, we have gas again and the job list is deminishing. Sofea, my landlady for the last couple of weeks, bought me a birthday cake which was a really nice of her, I even got a hug although she wasn’t that keen, some religious thing perhaps. Once on Rebak we had a boat renaming party to go to, big turn out, the outboard man came and we decided the old outboard needs a new carburettor as the other one is rooted but it has to come out of America, 6 weeks, that wasn’t going to happen, so we are now the proud owners of a brand new two stroke 18 HP Tohatsu Ever Run. Hopefully get my hands on it in a couple of days, it weighs in close to 20 kg’s lighter than the oldy, that will make Jens end easier to lift.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Next went for a beer and a swim in the pool and then it was happy hour, Bloody Mary’s and frozen Margaritas for rm12, expertly made and very drinkable, we then moved down to the Dock Bar for tea and my birthday cake. This is where Moe called it quits, bad move as we all headed back up to the main bar where there is live music and happy hour number 2 was just starting, a Phillipino singer who dragged me up for a dance was a good looker and the other twenty or so patrons were clearly partying on. I guess 52 isn’t the age you slow down which is comforting.

Back at the boat we have put the headsail back on, I have cleaned, brightened and oiled the teak in the saloon which flogs you, hands and knees scrubbing and rubbing and more rubbing, inside is getting tidier with bits disappearing from table to who knows where but she is looking a bit more like she used too. We bought a thing you plug your hard drive into and then your TV, it is unreal, worked first time, Moe thought she knew how to scroll but didn’t, up the oldies, and we watched a pretty funny movie, the . Good call Murray I am impressed and so small.


Moe has been to the big waterfall with Michael, all dayer, seen a few places and had a feed at Teo’s all aboard the bike, she seems quite comfortable on it now so not so worried anymore, she even hit the mainland herself the other day for some shopping and probably a few at Raffi”s.

Tomorrow its off to Klang for me, return airfare was rm162, but I have to get a cab to the place thats sells Iridium sim cards and spare minutes, he’s also going to set up the new computer for satellite wifi then we will be cruising. Its longer in the cab one way than in the air both ways, Air Asia are okay. I’m hoping for a talkative Indian taxi driver so we can talk about the cricket. They aren’t that cocky anymore after our last couple of test series’s.

The week has flown by, it is now Sunday, it is hard to remember what has been fit into the last 5 days but it goes a bit like this.                                                              Klang was a successful mission and we now have sat phone coverage all over the planet so hope it works in Indo, got a hair cut, asked for a number 4 got a 2, saw the results of 2 cars going to fast, horror crash, went for 3 light poles, thats how many were flattened, and took out heaps of armco rail down the middle of the highway. There was a traffic jam both sides, our side was due to all the people parked up taking photo’s. Boon, Iridium man, offered to take me back to the new airport, KLIA2, so made it back in plenty of time, had a good yack, nice fellow. He couldn’t believe I had flown to KL for a sim card, but sometimes the things you must do to get things done just make for an adventure and it is not as though I had something better to do. Back at the airport bought some steaks that came from Harvey, at the grocers in the mall, this is one hell of an airport, It takes close to half an hour to walk from one end to the other, just like going to the city with all the shops you can think off, unreal, and it was built to service Air Asia, Malaysian Airlines and some other orange and white one. I didn’t realise how many Air Asia planes there are, love their motto to, Now Everyone Can Fly, they are cheap and seem fine to me.IMG_0039

Next day back on Rebak we had happy hour at the beach bar, bloody mary’s and frozen margaritas, a going away party for Mike off Blitz, great bloke, from Townsville and a really good Joke teller, funny as. Moe somehow was in charge of the BBQ, probably in hindsight not the best choice although to her credit there was nothing left to eat. But we stood back in amazement as 2 of our steaks were ripped from the barbie, still rare and chopped up and the middle strip from both devoured, Jen came to the rescue and salvaged the remains and the one full one that was left. Sabina was hungry and it looked like it, Jen wasn’t backing down and a standoff ensued, I just sat back and watched in awe. We ended up with only one full steak and the remains of the other two, but the meat, the fatty bit which was apparently my bit, was beautiful. Homemade frozen margaritas and the Rolling Stones is about all I can remember after that. Woke up at 1030 with Noah sitting outside waiting to hoist me up the mast, took a couple of hours to get me up there, suffering big time and so was he. Dropped the new aerial as soon as I reached the top but other than that it all went to plan, although I changed a light globe that was probably OK, just got my anchor and steaming lights arse about, blurr.

We are now running in our new Tohatsu 18 HP outboard, it is so smooth and quiet, gave me back a pinch getting the old one off, Abu from the marina helped me, it is bloody heavy, the new one was a piece of piss to put on. The boat even looks lighter. Cant wait to see how quick it goes, Moe can drive it to Telaga on Tuesday when we leave. Moe and Michael have been touring Langkawi  on the bikes while we have been hard at it on the boat but Moe said, in front of everyone at Fish and Chips, that she would help polish the boat. Time is running out but it will be done, probably by me.  On the food side we have hit Scarborough’s again, same result, Jen and I hit Teo’s for lunch yesterday, we have had numerous meals at the Hard Dock Cafe on the island. Had a huge plate of fried rice at the Pier for rm5, didn’t need to eat anything else that day.

Went over and checked the swallows, there are only 3 now so perhaps LFB has died.

MOE POLISHED THE BOAT. All day job, sweating like you know what but it looks great. The outboard is a ripper and is almost run in.

All jobs complete on Sunday 25th May. Spent a couple of hours in the pool. Off to Telaga tomorrow for a fuel up, food shopping, some new fold up chairs and top up the drinks cabinet.




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.