I stopped into the dockmaster’s office this morning to ask about Singapore’s HARTS transponder system and whether I’m required to have a transponder on my boat to take it out in Singapore waters. The answer is yes (although if you have an AIS transponder, which I don’t yet, that’s also acceptable). Luckily they have a couple HARTS transponders for rent at S$60/3 days, so I rented one.
Technically since Oia‘s not a Singapore-registered yacht I’m actually supposed to clear out of the port and then clear back in later, but they told me I could avoid doing that if I’m just going out for a few hours for a “sea trial”, which I guess is in fact what I’m doing.
The current plan for tomorrow is:
- In the morning, put on some fins and a snorkle, tie lanyards onto my knife, a brush, a paint scraper, and maybe my waterproof video camera, and go for a swim under the boat to cut off what appears to be part of a fishing net on the prop shaft, then scrub and scrape off some barnacles and grime. Charlene will supervise, I think.
- Take a shower because the water in the marina will probably make me sick.
- Go through the cabin and stow or secure all the random loose stuff that’s lying around.
- Take down the awnings and stow them.
- Clean up the cockpit a little, and bring out the shiny new cockpit cushions.
- Move the air conditioner over to the dock temporarily.
- Unplug the shore power.
- Meet Brian, Harish, and Harish’s wife, go over a couple things, and plan a not-too-complicated route.
- Take the boat out for a spin, and hopefully not have to get towed back into the marina. I think we’ll just head out for a few hours. Technically I’m not supposed to raise sails within the port limits, but I’ll probably break that rule at least for a few minutes since I really want to unfurl the sails and take a look at them, and in particular give a tug on the main halyard since I think the sail may have lowered a bit somehow before last being refurled. I also want to try the autopilot, which was giving us a lot of problems on the trip down from Langkawi. It may need to be recalibrated, which we can probably do tomorrow if I can figure out how.
- Hopefully, manage to dock back in the same orientation (stern in) I’m in now.
- Have a barbecue of some sort.
No doubt it’ll be a tiring day, but I’m pretty excited to bring the boat out again, finally.