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Oppies are fun

Oppie championships

 

It’s been hectic; shopping for boat parts and fixing things, filling up with diesel again after all that motoring up through Indonesia, catching up with friends, job interviews for the skipper and hosting visitors. Somehow we have also managed to fit in Kevin’s 50th, the last races of the series on Wildcard (thx Keith and Jerileen for having us onboard), a couple of afternoon sails on Temptress to Pulau Ubin and a renaming ceremony for Michael and Danielle’s new-to-them Oceanis.

We can highly recommend Sebastian at Alltek Marine, Singapore. He not only gave us a competitive price for the Camino-108 class B AIS, throwing in a free GPS aerial when there was doubt whether our existing one would be compatible but also delivered it himself the following afternoon.

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Fixing a water pump problem – one of the many occasions the saloon has been turned upside down recently

It took a bit of effort but we also tracked down a quantity of sunbrella from Ho Canvas in Syed Alwi Road. and some YK zips from a shop near the mosque in South Bridge Road so once I’ve restitched the sprayhood and bimini I plan to make a couple of “wings” or awning extensions. These it’s hoped will stretch out to the guardwires on either side of the bimini to keep the rain out of the cockpit whilst still permitting airflow.

It was lovely to welcome our friend Annie back to Temptress. She and her family last sailed with us in Trinidad a couple of years ago, this time work brought her to Singapore coincidentally on the weekend of Kevin’s Birthday so Annie extended her stay to visit us at Changi. It was great to play tourist for a few days and not worry about boat jobs. Amongst the places we went and things we did together the new Indian Heritage Centre in Campbell Lane was a real highlight as was spotting a sea otter on the beach here on Annie’s last evening. Great fun but sadly far too short a visit.

Now we need to source some countersunk bolts to refix the cockpit table hinges to the table, change the engine oil, give the cabin woodwork a good clean down and a host of other maintenance tasks. The lightning also took out the battery charger so a new Mastervolt unit had to be bought, not cheap. Kevin fitted it in an afternoon when he took over most of the boat either to chase cables or to pile the contents of lockers on. It just needs a couple of hours alongside on mains power to ensure everything is working correctly.

Meanwhile the waterpump started playing up which required another upheaval of cushions and locker contents and of course the AIS and aerial installations saw the aft cabin emptied into the rest of the boat to run the cables through from the stern to the nav station. Hopefully there won’t be too many similar upheavals for a while but at least the linen cupboard is extremely tidy as towels, table clothes and sheets have been refolded and restacked at least four times since we arrived in Singapore!

Then there is Christmas; Temptress will be spending it in Sebana Cove, Malaysia as it is cheaper than Singapore and rids us of the hassle and cost of renewing the skippers crew visa every fourteen days. Apologies to family and friends that we have not sent cards this year, it was too late to post abroad from here.

Merry Christmas to everyone and Best Wishes for 2017

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