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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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NE monsoon on the East coast of Malaysia

We have been planning to do a trip for a week or so in early December, ostensibly to Pulau Tioman, which if it’s anything like Pulau Aur (where Charlene, Mike and I went for a dive trip last year) is … Continue reading


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Pulau Hantu and various other stuff

It was a pretty busy weekend on the boat.  I was off Friday and spent most of the morning wandering around Jalan Besar looking for a good orbital sander.  It’s pretty hard to find anything here other than random orbit … Continue reading

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Trip out to Pulau Hantu

Currently anchored  off the southwest corner of Pulau Hantu after an eventful trip.  Here’s the track: We motored the whole way in lots of traffic.  11.5 nm trip, about 2:18 underway.  We ran aground twice while trying to find a … Continue reading

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Paint; planning for Pulau Hantu

This morning I bought some paint for the lockers, cabinets, and other spaces inside the cabin.  I ended up grabbing a small can of oil based auto finishing paint (essentially Rustoleum, I think), which is high-gloss and durable.  I was … Continue reading

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Saturday sail and BBQ

On Saturday, Charlene and I met up with my coworkers Brian and Harish, along with Harish’s wife, to finally bring the boat out in Singapore waters for the first time.  I was really glad to have Brian along: he sailed … Continue reading

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HARTS; planning a quick sea trial

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 … Continue reading


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Once again I managed to get distracted from my original goal for tonight, which was to figure out my dead speaker, and instead ended up slapping the outboard on the dinghy and taking it for a spin.  Whatever fuel was … Continue reading

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