Sunday 4 March 2018

February Newsletter 2018

News from the Crew of Matilda
February 2018

Ships log:
Matilda spent the entire month of February on the hardstand at Pangkor Island Marina being spruced up. She had her hull completely sanded back to mostly fiberglass. She then had 2 coats of epoxy barrier coat painted on. Followed by 2 coats of epoxy primer: Safe Guard and then 3 coats of anti foul. Plus an extra coat on her points, being her bow, front of the keel and on the front facing of the rudder. Her topsides have been polished so they shine like glass and her water line green stripe has been given a new lease on life with a fresh coat of paint. Once being splashed back in the water and tied up to the 'fuel dock', she was washed and polished all over. All back to beautiful and ready for her trip up to Penang, Malaysia.

From that to this.
Head quarters for the yard boys - always a hive of activity. 

Marina Island Jetty complex. Loads of shops here to shop and eat.

The under cover area.

The marina.

Not sure what the purpose of the tanks on pillars are for, but they are very colorful. Pangkor Island is in the back ground.
Crew log:
We arrived back to Matilda round midday on the 2nd of February. The 9 hour evening flight from the Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur International airport (KLIA2) is never fun. It is very difficult to sleep in such cramped conditions on the Air Asia flights. Once landed, we collected our luggage, and had some breakfast. Then jumped on the Star Shuttle bus for our 5 hour bus ride from the airport to Sitiawan (one of the main towns near the marina) and then had a short taxi ride to the marina. What we did enjoy was the seats in the bus. They are massive recliners complete with foot rests. We dozed all the way from the airport to Sitiawan along with the other 5 passengers on board!

Our bus for 5 hours from the airport. Huge comfortable seats that fully reclined!
Since we arrived back Bruce has worked every single day on Matilda getting her ready to go back into the water. From 0630 till 1700. Some days were longer and he worked non stop for 28 days. I think he is well due some R & R. It's very hot most days in Malaysia, but some days seemed hotter when the sun was out than others. Those days Bruce came back upstairs continuing his work doing inside jobs.

The yard dog: Diana. She was always coming over for a pat and checking on everyone. 
We have known since we bought Matilda in 2010 that her hull needed to be bought back to fiberglass and all her paints done fresh. It is no mean feat and we are glad to have done it properly knowing we will never do it again. The task is mammoth, but the outcome is sensational - a very smooth paint job on her hull.

Some tasty treats from Aeon - yes they were delicious.
The removal of the old anti foul was done while we where in Australia. The final decision to employee Islam and his team was made after a chat with James, the marina manager who ensured us Islam and his team are excellent workers producing very good outcomes. We did note they used 16 grit sanding disks to remove some anti foul. We thought 60 or 80 grit was tough, but to use 16 just showed us how difficult a task it was to remove. It took two men the better part of 2 months to complete the job. Glad we lashed out and paid for the pleasure!. 

16 Grit!!!!!!
As mentioned in the January newsletter, we had Matilda's prop shaft straightened. The spare fixed prop was serviced and polished. A new rope cutter was slipped on to the prop shaft. A new set of PSS bellows were installed and a new cutlass bearing was put in to replace the damaged one. All new sacrificial anodes where secured to her prop shaft, rudder bearings and rudder so as to avoid the metals from being eaten away.

Newly polished prop, new rope cutter, new shaft anode all on the newly straightened prop shaft. 
For those interested, here is a list of the services we used: I have put their business name, contact name and phone numbers here. A full list of available contractors can be obtained by contacting Ruz at Pangkor Marina. Also a copy of their business cards is at the end of this post. If you use Google Maps: key in the business name and it will appear. We did this for all these business's and found them without any issue.

AJ Harware. AJ is your contact: +60123229868. We bought all our anti fouling and most supplies off AJ.
Bulat for stainless steel and other works: 0182752834. Bulat did our anchor bash plate.
Mr Chan - Straits Marine Engineering Sdn. Bhd.: 0125162989. Mr Chan straightened our prop shaft and did various other repairs for us.
Islam at Islam Yacht Services: 0142141913. Islam's team removed most of our old anti foul (a rotten job for them in the heat and humidity, but did a sensational job).
Prestige Marine Services: Contact Jimmy or his wife Audrey +60195741308. We went to Jimmy to buy hard to get epoxy's, buffing pads, incredible polish and waxing products. Jimmy and his wife are extremely knowledgeable. Jimmy and his team amongst other jobs paint hulls, and one day when we have the money, he is our man. The job they do is simply incredible. Their paint jobs look like glass.
Lee Electrical: 0125231927. For every thing electrical!
Koay Brothers Hardware: 056851212. for bits and pieces. 
Finnscrew for our prop. Contact is Pekka: 0195701737. 

2 ringgit shop - (near the 4 ways before you turn left to go to Jimmy's). for cheap brushes, buckets and cloths.

AJ & his Uncle with Bruce outside their family business.

One of Bulat's workers putting on our stainless steel bash plate for the anchor.

Jimmy, his wife Audrey with their boys and Bruce out the front of the their family owned shop: Prestige Marine Services.
Bruce holding our newly serviced propeller. With him is Pekka, a Finnish gentleman who has been the owner/manager for 25 years. We found Pekka most informative, honest in his opinion and we really enjoyed our tour of his propeller manufacturing business plant. 
Bruce & Pekka looking at a newly made propeller ready to be shipped out. 
All the work was not only on her hull. When the heat and humidity just got too much Bruce did loads of work inside. The install of the prop shaft PSS seal etc took some time. He replaced our toilet seat which was broken. He made a new mesh for the sea strainer. He straightened and epoxy'd the bracket for the sea strainer. Improved work on the fridge, including installing a paddle wheel/flow indicator so we could see the water flow (our fridge is water/air cooled). He tided up, improved and removed electrical cables. Installed a new gas detector. Spent days removing, making and installing new anchor winch relays. Put new depth markers on the anchor chain. And spent loads of hours doing little bits and pieces to make life on Matilda even more comfortable and easy for day to day living. 

Bruce reattaching the prop shaft. Working in tight spaces is never easy.
And what was Deb doing while all this work was going on? She became chief cook and bottle washer. Wet the occasional paint brush to apply epoxy. Kept the inside of Matilda clean as possible. Kept general duties on track. Did all the correspondence when needing special materials ordered and picked up. Got to use the sewing machine on various occasions. Master record keeper using excel. Tried but failed to keep the cockpit clean - an impossible task when the boat next door is sanding teak daily. Attempted to keep the clears clear, that didn't happen until Matilda came off the hard stand. Kept water up to the hard worker down on the ground floor.  Did a fair bit of writing. Passed loads of forgotten bits down in the bucket to keep things running smoothly. She was Chief morale booster and entertainment director. And most importantly always made sure the fridge was full of Tiger's for that well earned chilled beer at the end of the day for Bruce.

Bruce enjoying his Tiger Beer. He is dog tired and wasn't to impressed with me taking this photo.

All our running around was made easier in the first couple of weeks by securing a hire car. This time we had a Cube car and it was very reliable. 

Here is a sequence of photos from haul out to splash total 4.5 months on the hard stand. Hull work took 28 days. Bruce went through 3 pairs of work boots (thongs haha) and 5 sets of work clothes which we just threw out once the job was done.

Out of the water.

Islam's boys working hard.

 A bare hull, ready for work.

Mixing the epoxy resign to fill in some gouges made by the removal of the anti foul with the scraper or grinder.

Mixing the epoxy fairing resin for the water line.

Water line being being tied into the hull line.

We had 10 supports in total, we could only release 2 at a time. This is the first coat under 2 supports of the epoxy barrier coat.

First of many coats. This is the epoxy barrier coat going on.

2 coats of epoxy barrier coat.

2 coats of grey epoxy tie coat done!

The final coat of anti fouling.

The happy crew ready to pick up Matilda.

Yard boys getting Matilda ready to be picked up by the Sea Lift.

The boss 'James Khoo' minutes after one of the boys noticed a hydraulic hose had blown out. 

The team inspecting the blown hydraulic hose.

And the polishing begins. 

One very polished hull.

Final coat of the waterline.

Pulling the tape off the water line - a happy man.

Done,,,splash in!
We would like to close the month by saying that as hard as it was, doing the work in the yard at Pangkor Marina is one of the best places to be in SE Asia. With regards to the availability of goods, services and workmen, it is a fantastic location. The owner/manager of Pangkor Marina - James Khoo works very hard at ensuring everyone is safe and well looked after, we were no exception. All the lads who work in the marina moving us about on the Sea Lift couldn't do enough for you and we love their relaxed attitude to life and beautiful smiles. At any time we needed local information, assistance or advise, Ruz and the ladies in the office where wonderful and easy to deal with every single time. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble. 

If your reading this James, Ruz & co -  we really do thank you for everything. 

Ruz, Miss Wong and Akina in side the Pangkor Marina Office.

Bruce with James beside the Sea Lift.
Now, we are off to Penang to get our Thai visa's and enjoy the journey back up to Phuket, Thailand to enjoy and celebrate the purchase of our friends new boat - Basanti.

A very happy man!

1 comment:

  1. Very comprehensive write up of the services at Pangkor, and can be used by others for reference. Good work.