Monday 29 April 09:00LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
41 weeks on the hard.
The wet season is undoubted here, but that means also more clouds and “cooler” temperature which makes it easier to work.
Almost no progress to report… although we have started reassembling the boat and some details are in place.
For those who wonder how we can keep on working seven days a week not losing our minds. We can tell you that our brains has a marvellous way to focus on the job, leaving the rest of the world at rest.
Even plans for the future has been put on hold!
What really keeps us going is that Moon after finishing the project will be a stronger, tighter (water) and a better boat compared to the one that was launched 2001.
Now and then we get e-mail from sailors and other, and of course we are then reminded of the world outside the yard.
These e-mail makes our life a little complicated because it is hard to resist thinking about all those fantastic trips we will make when Moon is ready for cruising.
But although complicated, we love these e-mails , specially the ones with encouragements and questions about the project.
Sunday 5 May 21:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
42 weeks on the hard.
Thanks to the shed we are able to continue working with the repairs although the rainy season is here.
This week we made an final agreement for the moister repairs around the centreboard, rudder and hull. The compensation covers our expenses for these parts, but the projects we planed to do before the moister damages extent become clear will cost us a great deal, out of our own pockets of course.
The port side in the centreboard casing has now got its final graphite epoxy bearing so now it is time to repeat the procedure on the starboard side.
Coming week we have to do another visa run, and we hope to make it in one day and get three new months.
Monday 13 May 08:00LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
43 weeks on the hard.
After a “Visa run” to Thailand on Wednesday, we have now three more months to finish Moon, but we hope to launch before that…
A big event this week – we have started with the cork deck, finally. And the rudder is ready for painting. It has got three new bearings and a lot of new fibreglass as it was covered with a to thin layer of fibre with moister problems as a result.
But still no projects are fully completed so the list is as long as last week.
We have forgot to tell you – since a couple of weeks we do our own bread using the bread maker that came with the boat, and it is just very tasty.
Monday 20 May 09:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
44 weeks on the hard.
We woke up this morning at half past five to a big thunder right over the boat. Since then the rain has been pouring down for four hours. No wind so our deck is “dust dry”, that’s to say as dry as it can be in this humid climate. It will probably be a day of rest today…
We have during the week got the starboard graphite bearing in the casing in place and casted the graphite bearing surface on one side of the centreboard. The plan is to have a trial assembly, checking the play in the casing with the centreboard in place. After that we will decide the thickness of the remaining bearing.
Besides the priority work with the centreboard a lot of “small” works are going on such as the cork deck, rub rail and cap rail, support for hardware on deck (because the cork can’t take it), paintjob on the spars and a lot more…
Monday 27 May 08:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
45 weeks on the hard.
All graphite bearings are now in place and vi have tested the centre board in place several times with a little sanding in between. It looks really good.
It is not possible to check the alignments in fully extracted position – we are not high enough, so we have to wait with that test until we are hanging in the mobile crane. That is a little scary…
We have used up all epoxy and our distributer have problem to order, and after testing the local varieties with bad result, we hade to make a decision last week.
Result – we take our backpacks and fly to Sweden for 7 weeks holyday. We are leaving the boat on the hard and hope to finish all deck work, take down the shed and put up the mast before we leave.
Meanwhile we have now published another album with 47 pictures from the rebuilding.
Monday 3 June 14:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
46 weeks on the hard.
We are getting closer to the paint buckets again, centreboard and rudder are ready for some paint. As the mast and boom, they are painted and need some touch up.
Epoxy situation – we have got some more so we can finish the centreboard casing and the most of the keel. The new stainless beams around the casing and along the keel are under preparation. The old once don’t fit any more.
The cork deck is waiting for all deck fittings to get ready. We made a small sample area and the material is just wonderful to work with.
We look forward for the 7 weeks trip to Sweden by the end of July, but it also puts a pressure on us to finish all on the plan…
Monday 10 June 08:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
47 weeks on the hard.
A dry and very hot week ended in heavy rain.
But we have plenty of job on deck under the rain cover and also sown in the boat, so we continue working.
The cap- and rub rail are almost restored and it looks very nice.
The replaced steel plate under the mast step is in place.
We have started some remaining paint job.
The lids on the aft deck are almost finished so we can start cutting the cork.
Monday 17 June 08:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
48 weeks on the hard.
Last weeks heavy rain ruined almost all possibility’s for laminating, but we made some progress on deck with the beams for the anchor and the frames for the hatches.
Yesterday Annika started to cut cork for the aft deck and it looks very nice.
The quality of the tarpaulin is so bad here so we have now our fourth layer on the shed..
Monday 24 June 08:00LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
49 weeks on the hard.
A good week without rain and a lot done.
Hope you all have had a nice midsummer weekend.
Monday 1 July 08:00LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
50 weeks on the hard.
We have had a productive week with almost no rain.
A lot of final assembling have luckily been done, as our trip to Sweden is coming closer.
Monday 8 July 08:0LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
51 weeks on the hard.
Once again we are defeated by the time. We will probably not be able to take the shed down before we leave for Europe as planned.
Last week we have experienced the heaviest rain so far, continuously for 14 hours. We are happy to stand on concrete! A lot of water damages all over the island as a result of the enormous amount of water.
The cork deck is now coming on relatively ok, but the adhesive dries too fast. We might have to use epoxy instead. Luckily the new epoxy will arrive next week.
All hatches are set, and we can now after almost a year lock the boat again.
Monday 15 July 09:0LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
52 weeks on the hard.
Yes – that´s right – we hauled out July 19th last year… Not much to celebrate!
Still no epoxy and another problem came up last week – the cork shows signs of bad mixing.We are now waiting for a warranty shipment from Holland.
It will come by sea fright and arrive in time as we are back from our visit to Europe mid September.
This means the shed will remain, we just add another layer of tarp.
On the positive side we can report that the teak- and rub rail are finished, pull pit and push pits are in place.
Monday 22 July 09:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
53 weeks on the hard.
A cloudy week and almost no rain.
We got the epoxy late last week, rather late to be able to finish some works before we leave next week.
The centreboard is now tested in place for the last time and will now come out for the last laminating of the keel.
The windlass is completed and tested, even if the electrical connection isn’t the final one.
The shed will get it’s fifth… tarp this week to be able to resist the UV during our absence.
Monday 29 July 09:30LT 06.17,75N 099.47,33E B&V Marine Langkawi, Malaysia
54 weeks on the hard.
A cloudy week and almost no rain – again.
We have worked as hard as possible but still a lots left on the to do list – again…
Tomorrow afternoon we leave for some weeks well deserved time off.
It will be fun to meet old friend in Sweden again.
Monday 19 August – In Sweden
Working on our new Blog & Web – be patient.
More news in a day or two…
Monday 23 September – back in Malaysia
Back in Malaysia since a couple of days.
It takes some time to acclimatize to the heat and time change.
Luckily we had summer temperatures in Sweden almost all seven weeks, which means over or around 20C daytime.
We met a lot of friends in Sweden and had four nice sailing occasions.
What we now are facing is to work another 2-3 months before launching, which is the absolute first priority right now. The boat managed our absence without any problems.
Monday 30 September
We have been quite productive the this week.
The last big laminating was done Thursday.
It was on the starboard side along the keel and it took about eight hours to complete.
Almost 10kg epoxy and 10kg fibre glass was used.
The new cork for the deck arrived on Saturday and yesterday one bench in the cockpit was cut, but not glued. It looks really good.
After a dry week it started to rain on Friday, and still does.
That made it possible to clean mast and booms for the final paintwork.
The sun is just to hot so we have to find days with cloud cover to work on the rigging details.
In the time between work we are occupied with ordering sails and instruments, that is not easy either (noor cheap…).
Monday 7 October
Just another week in Paradise…
The rainy season is definitely not finished. But we can still work under the tarpaulin with the cork deck and prepare for glassing on the hull, although glassing is not possible in the high humidity during rainy days.
The negotiations about instrument is still going on. We will purchase B&G, but not sure from which dealer.
The measuring for the sails are done and delivered to the sail maker and we are now waiting for a respond on that.
Monday 14 October
Sunshine, rain and high humidity…
Several good things done, all possible stainless beams around the centerboard casing are now in place. Also the 1,8m along the keel plank at the very end, towards the rudder has got it’s stainless protection.
Now we have to wait until we have moved the two steal frames supporting the keel so we can laminate and finish the remaining stainless beam under the keel plank.
The cork in the cockpit is more than half finished.
We are now starting to prepare the under water hull for painting – which means sanding, primer, epoxy and then at least four layers of anti fouling… And the mast and boom are also ready to be painted when weather permitting.
Monday 21 October
A very wet week ended in heavy rain…
We have been preparing the laminated parts the under water hull for painting but still no paint.
Started to remove the old echo sounder sensor and the speed transducer. The new one doesn’t fit in the old thru hull.
Also finished the two new dorade ventilator boxes, now waiting for the cork to be glued on deck.
Only the cockpit floor is left to cover in the cockpit, and 20% on deck are covered with cork.
The bulkhead for the thrust bearing is ready to be laminated to the hull.
The chain locker lid have got its handle and lock in place too, recessed in the lid!
Monday 28 October
A mixed weather week.
No paint work this week either…
The new thru hull for the speed and depth sensor is almost ready, and the two old holes are filled and laminated. The bulkhead for the thrust bearing is laminated in place.
The cork deck is advancing.
Sails and instruments are now ordered.
Monday 4 November
Weather change – It is now very warm and some days showers in the afternoon.
Have started to paint, both booms, mast and the bottom.
More than 50% of the cork on the deck is cut, and 30% is glued.
Monday 11 November
A hot and rainy week…
Cork deck, more than 90% cut, 60% glued and 40% is caulked.
The thru hull for the echo sounder almost finished.
Some paint work done in between the showers.
Photos added to the blog.
Monday 18 November
Another hot and rainy week. We had 100mm coming down in a few hours the other night…
All cork on the deck is glued, but not caulked yet.
Center board, rudder and some patches painted with anti fouling.
Mast, booms and spreaders painted but some layers still remain.
Monday 25 November
Some days under 26 C and rain – freezing cold…
All cork on deck caulked. Center board back in its final position in the casing.
Still some painting left on mast and boom.
And had a nightmarish Friday as the freight forwarder didn’t find our new navigation instruments that had been delivered to the drop of warehouse in Sydney. Finally after several hours of intensive search they showed up and yesterday morning we picked up the four boxes at Langkawi airport.
Monday 2 December
Weather still unstable.
Started to sand the cork deck – and it looks very nice.
Made progress on many fronts.
Monday 9 December
A windy, cool and relatively dry week.
Started with the installation of the new navigation instruments.
The keel is ready to be finalized after we have moved both supports. Started to mount deck fittings after sanding the cork deck. Painting of mast and booms are still going on.
Monday 16 December
The weather – almost back to normal, which means the north east monsoon has started.
Work – almost the same as last week…
We spent three hours in Thailand yesterday to renew our visas for another three months.
Hope we don’t have to use them all…
Monday 23 December
A windy week continues the coming week.
It is nice as the climate in the shade improve when the breeze reach even us in our sheltered corner of the yard.
We had an early X-mas delivery yesterday!
All our new sails and a lots of rope to the running rigging came by air from Sweden.
Port side stanchions and cleats are in place.
The life line with it’s opening is mounted.
Odd to have the ladder back in it’s ordinary place after more than a year.
Almost the whole deck is sanded and most details on deck are finished. The mast and
boom are waiting to be sanded before the final layer of paint.
And we have started to replace the cables to the new navigation instruments.
Happy Holidays to all of you.
Monday 30 December
Still windy and no rain – nice.
We wish you a happy New Year.
Annika & Björn