In this episode, let's go sailing! We arrive into Langkawi, Malaysia for some final provisions before we begin our second attempt at sailing to Indonesia. With a great weather window we are hopeful to be leaving but are held up due to the harbourmaster which delayed our departure by 2 days. Now pushing to get out by midday to hopefully cross the busy Malacca Strait before the expected bad weather hits us. It is a mad rush to make our final preparations but somehow managing to stick to our schedule, we leave Malaysia and happily watch the hills of Langkawi disappear on the horizon. Welcome back to the sailing life as we settle in to our 240 nautical passage. If at first you don't succeed, TRY AGAIN!!
In this episode, we are on the move again! We were stuck for 2 extra months in the boat yard whilst we waited for parts to arrive for the prop. But now with a rebuilt prop and a spare stowed away, Nandji is ready again for the big blue. Leaving the marina for the second time around, we felt much more at ease and extremely confident that we will not be returning again. With the weather looking great for our passage across to Indonesia, it is time to shake out unicorn fart and fly down wind! YEW!
In this episode, after 9 days in the doldrums and receiving a tow for 50 nautical miles back to port, we are safely back in the marina. Let's get stuck into the boat work and search for what went wrong with the prop that caused it to fall apart at sea. You will be surprised what holds these together and discover what failed causing us to turn around. With only a one sentence apology from the manufacturer, this prop is maybe not the best prop for cruising.... Think we need to carry a spare!!
In this episode, the battle continues as we try to reach land for repairs. Not being able to use the engine as our prop fell apart, we have tried to sail the 200 nautical miles back to Pangkor marina in Malaysia. With countries borders closed, getting to land is only the first battle. Struggling to sail any distance n the right direction due to light winds and an opposing current, we have our tender tied to the side to try and make headway. With limited outboard fuel, we need to use this sparingly. Finally after 9 days, we reach close enough to the marina where we are rescued and towed the final 50 nautical miles into safe harbour.
In this episode, we make the decision on where we should try and sail too for repairs. As we have sailed in circles but are now getting closer to our destination, we can start using the dinghy outboard to try and motor us sparingly towards land. Life in the doldrums is full of long periods of light winds, throw in an opposing current it is difficult to make headway. But life onboard floating around the Malacca Strait is not actually that bad. We have accepted we need to to turn around and are now enjoying the journey once again.
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