This weekend’s boat-related accomplishments were pretty mundane but at the same time absolutely necessary. I busted out the World’s Most Expensive Brush and some car wash soap (good because it’s pretty mild and won’t harm the wax finish on the boat’s gelcoat) and scrubbed down Oia’s deck, vigorously. It took the better part of three hours and was pretty exhausting, but now the deck is as clean as it’s been since I’ve owned the boat.
At the same time, Charlene worked on the cockpit, and then later did some dusting and wiping in the cabin. She dismantled and cleaned out the turbo fans, which probably hadn’t been cleaned in a decade or so.
So, things are decently clean.
Other small accomplishments: replaced all the cords on the forward awning since the existing braided nylon ones were disintegrating, and fixed a loose wire on one of the turbo fans.
I also spent a few frustrating hours trying to find somewhere to buy used scuba equipment in Singapore. I should have learned this lesson by now. Really, there’s enough evidence to turn it into a scientific theory:
Kris’s Unified Theory of Singaporean Durable Goods: Singaporeans only buy new durable goods, never used ones.
Corollary 1: As there is no market for used durable goods in Singapore, it follows from the Laws of Supply and Demand that it is impossible to buy anything secondhand in Singapore.
Anyway, mumbo jumbo aside, my quest was a (completely predictable) failure. However, I now have a good sense of what’s available in Singapore as far as new BCDs and regulators. Looks like a low-end set (BCD, first stage piston regulator, primary second stage, backup second stage, and air pressure/depth gauge) runs around S$950. This weekend Charlene and I are going to Bali for the Hari Raya Puasa holiday, so armed with my new knowledge I’ll go shopping there and see if I can get a better price.
I did pick up a weight belt and 3 kg of weights, which will help me be neutrally buoyant when working under the boat, even without scuba gear. I could have just tied some heavy stuff to my waist and saved a few bucks, but the weight belt has a quick release, which makes it a lot safer.