Last weekend there were elections in Singapore, which meant Monday was yet another holiday. Still, I didn’t get quite as much done aboard the boat as the previous weekend.
The main task continues to be replacing all the dodger glass. At this point I’ve got one window almost ready for final installation: just a tiny bit more grinding followed by some epoxy primer, and it’ll be time to mount the glass. I’ve found flap discs to be an awesome tool for grinding down epoxy. Unfortunately, I’ve been grinding with my cordless drill; the battery dies after 15-20 minutes and then I have to wait around for 4-5 hours before I can grind some more. Tomorrow I’m just going to spring for a real grinder so I can move things along.
Last night I removed the port side front window and cleaned out the old adhesive, then squirted on some penetrating epoxy. Should be able to begin fairing the frame tomorrow.
Monday morning Barry and Naomi, a couple visiting from South Africa, came over to the marina. They’re thinking of moving to Singapore and maybe living aboard a boat. We had a great chat! I like to encourage people to think about living aboard here. When I first arrived in Singapore and was looking at apartments, I told my real estate agent I was planning to live aboard a boat. She laughed and looked at me with total disbelief. Way too expensive, she said. Totally impossible. Well, no, it’s not. Living on a boat may not quite fit the traditional Singaporean ideal “life plan” of going to school, getting a job, getting married, and buying the shiny new flat to which everyone feels entitled. But I think there’s a growing segment of the population here that’s ready and willing to try something different. That said, I’ve never met a Singaporean living aboard.
Over the last few days I’ve ordered a pretty massive set of parts and other bits and pieces in the US, to pick up when I’m there in June. Defender got a lot of my business as they tend to have the best (or close) prices. Among other less interesting stuff I picked up:
- A couple electric water pumps (3 gpm and 2 gpm); I’ll keep one as a spare
- A couple air pressure switches for spares, as the bilge and sump pump ones seem finicky
- An ACR GlobalFix PRO EPIRB
- A Fireboy-Xintex solenoid valve for the LPG, despite Lee’s unhappiness with his old one
- A new Whale Tiptoe Mk IV foot pump
- Three more new low-profile Bomar hatches to replace all the remaining old small cabin hatches
- Two coaming boxes to add a little easily accessible storage space in the cockpit
- A fire blanket
- A couple nice strobe lights
- A Blue Sky MPPT solar charge controller
- A couple nice new headlamps since my current one is dying fast
- A nice new small flashlight to accompany my huge Maglite
- An ascender
Also yesterday I got in touch with the UK office of Beta Marine, and they sent me some pricing for their engines. After giving them a few of Oia‘s specs they recommended the Beta 38 with a TMC60 mechanical gearbox at either 2:1 (with a 15×9 prop) or 2.45:1 (with a 16×11 prop). That was pretty much in line with what I’d been thinking. With a few add-ons (externally mounted oil filter, a pretty nice C-type control panel, and custom-fabricated mounts so I can pretty much just drop the new engine in place) it looks like the total price will be somewhere around US$12k, shipped here (or maybe to Phuket). Not cheap but not horrific either. Of course installation will be a huge project and will cost a lot itself. I’ll probably look at a few other engines and then decide on one for a repower.