Pic: Sue with headlamp on ready to explore.
Pic: M & Bao sorting out the autopilot. Second worker is in the lazarette too!
Top Pic: M, Jon & Sue. Bottom: M & Alene at the bow.
Pic: Looking toward Phang Nga Bay from our anchorage at Naka Yai.
Pic: Our cockpit view of the marina office (lighthouse) and fuel dock just below it; the entry/exit channel into/from the marina complex goes right past it.
Pic: Pieces of the broken foot block
We've done a lot of little stuff these last few days. The motor to the autopilot, along with its hydraulic resevoir and hoses, was taken off to the shop for R/R. I haven't heard anything back yet, so that may be a good thing or it may not if needed parts aren't to be found here; we'll have to wait on that outcome. One of our reaching poles needed a few rivets replaced on a small padeye; cross that one off. The Perkins motor has been started every day; all good there. The yankee jib sheet and furling lines have all been led aft now and seven winches have been serviced. The refrigerator guy finally pulled his gauges off this afternoon, announced "all good" (the gauges have been there for days) and we're ready to fill up the freezer and fridge. (If you're stopping by, bring the beer....) A couple of small blocks have been put back in their places; the standoff tubing for the SSB antennae has been attended to, and we continue to stuff more stuff back aboard. The thermometer read 87F earlier this afternoon down below, so I'd think we'll be hooking up our A/C while we're at dockside for the next week or so. The rain has been intermittant and our solar panels have been putting in over 30A during the sunny periods. Nice. We cut off work early today and are going to see the movie "2 Guns" at Central Festival; all work and no play....
The rain spared us and it was another hot and muggy day. The thermostat finally arrived and installation was completed at 5:00 PM, a late day for the refrigeration lads. Final system check-out is tomorrow morning. After Sue chased for a 1m Simrad cable, it took me a while but I finally hooked up the GPS NMEA 0183 data stream to the autopilot. What should have been about a 15 min project turned into a two hour one as the wire colors for the two input/output signals had been changed during the GPS install many years ago back in Tarpon Springs and it took a while to figure. Things seem to be working but the fellow commissioning the unit will have to check it all out. In the cockpit, the bimini sun shade curtain retrofit had their final measurement and install in the afternoon, so all’s good. Clothes and food continue to be moved aboard; we’re almost there. And finally, we went to dinner with our friends Chris, Liz and Alene (Bruce was sick) to a new seafood restaurant in Ao Po and toasted to our wedding anniversary in style. Love you babe; may we celebrate many more in exotic locales!
The last few days have been chaotic. There have been way too many things happening at the same time, so I'll try to give a rundown of what I mean. With help from Chris (Rumrunner II), the liferaft and portable A/C units are now on the deck in their proper places. Down below, when I turned on the fridge and freezer, nothing happened. The thermostats were both toast, apparently having gotten water on their circuit boards at some time during the refit. I called one of the local refrigeration repair vendors, and both systems have been undergoing testing, one new thermostat has already been installed, and the other is being shipped from Bangkok and should arrive in the next day or so. OK then....The engine, which had taken us from the slipway to our berth when we were launched, decided to not start. Diesels are, essentially, simple creatures. They need clean fuel and an air supply; that's about it. In our case, we also need a source of current to the starter and solenoid, which originates in the starting battery. Our battery was pushing on in age, and its resting voltage was only 12.2V, so the first thing done after checking the fuel filters and making sure diesel was being delivered to the injector pump was to search out a local battery distributor and purchase a new starting battery with similar specs to the original. Done....The engine still wouldn't start. At first, there was a slight sound coming from the solenoid, but that stopped and the sound of silence ensued when the start button was pushed. Hmmm. Well, they say most solutions are simple ones, so I decided to go over (again) all the wires, traced and cleaned the connections, and found one loose wire at the back of the push button (to the starter) and one wire that had fallen off the relay that goes to the starter/solenoid. Ya think? The engine fired right up and ran just fine. It's been pretty rainy and cloudy these last few days and half our solar capacity was keeping up with the 12V refridge and freezer systems, but it sure was good to see 90 amps coming into the house battery. By way of saying thanks, I changed the oil and oil filter and continued to clean up the engine and wiring. What else...one of the local Thai guys has been helping us; his assignment was to polish all the stainless on deck, sand the teak at the bow platform, and sand and put two coats of Interlux Brightside LPU paint on our caprail. Done. I've wired up the new Simrad autopilot but had to wait for the local distributor to return to Phuket (today) to arrange for him to commission the unit (tomorrow). Another local guy is resewing our old bimini sun awnings to make them fit the new boltrope track that has now been fitted on the very outside of the hard bimini all around the cockpit. That project should be done this week....As should our moving out of this rental condo....As should the return of our rental car....We've also visited our friends in Ao Po and had another wonderful dinner with a small crowd of folks there as well as sharing Chris' birthday dinner with him here at Boat Lagoon. We're going to have to go anchor someplace just to chill out. Unfortunately, the forecast is for more heavy rain, strong winds, and flash flooding (in town) most of this week, so we and everyone else just have to accommodate and do what we can when we can in spite of the downpours.