Monthly Archives: November 2010

Final preparation; Singapore port clearance

Last night we continued provisioning (one more trip to the grocery left, hopefully) and preparing random stuff here and there.  Filled up the water tanks, mixed oil into the outboard gas, did laundry, and so on.  Everything is mostly ready. … Continue reading


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Oven; DCSM; electronics; sea trial; engine

Another full weekend of installing things, fixing things, testing things, and generally getting ready to leave for Malaysia Wednesday morning. On Thursday (Thanksgiving!) I did some shopping in the morning and picked up various small electrical stuff.  I stopped by … Continue reading

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Tioman route plan; oven; AIS; shopping

Yesterday I put together a first-pass route plan for our trip next week.  It’s a little ambitious (65ish miles on the first and last days), but we’ll see how it goes.  Here’s the route plan: Briefly, we’ll head out Dec … Continue reading


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Vendors in Singapore

The more work I do on Oia, the more I interact with various marine, hardware, and other vendors here in Singapore.  I am slowly working out which ones I like and would recommend, and which ones I don’t really think … Continue reading

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More electrical work; tank senders; chartplotter

This weekend also ended up dedicated to the new electrical system.  Last weekend was the hard slog of wiring all the individual loads back to terminal strips and bus bars.  This weekend was all about the heavy duty core wiring … Continue reading


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New electrical system

Had an exhausting long weekend — four days straight of nonstop electrical work, most of it on my back, half crammed into the tight space under the companionway and behind the electrical cabinet. Thursday morning I took a trip up … Continue reading

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Marine electronics in Singapore

Speaking of large intermittent purchases, one of the things I’ve recently been thinking of (finally) picking up is a chartplotter.  Until now I’ve used my laptop or paper charts, but that’s just about run its course and I’ve realized it’s … Continue reading


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Living on a boat in Singapore: a six-month cost comparison

Some time ago after living aboard Oia for a month I crunched some numbers and came up with a premature analysis to see how expensive living aboard is relative to renting an apartment in Singapore. Now that I’ve been living … Continue reading


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New panels; painting

Last Wednesday evening, Neo from Best Marine Electrical came by to drop off the electrical cabinet door with new DC and AC panels installed.  Here they are from the front: And here they are from the back, with leads installed … Continue reading

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Electrical; Lexan; oven

Time on the boat over the last week has been almost entirely consumed by the electrical system.  The contractor drama has dragged on with yet more overpriced quotes and unexpected delays (or maybe they’ve become expected at this point).  Doug … Continue reading


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