This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @marc-allaria: BORNEO - Stop #6 - Kudat et l'escale technique...!
As my primary language is not English, there are probably some mistakes in my translation.
Remember that the person who speaks here is NOT me, Vincent Celier (@vcelier), but Marc Allaria (@marc-allaria), a French guy.
Aurora in the fairing area
It's been two years since Aurora took me from country to country, forgiving all my mistakes as a beginner and my laxity in maintaining a boat so robust that I thought that nothing could happen to her. It is now time to stop with this lazy reasoning and make a technical stop during my trip.
Kudat is the perfect place for that. It is the point of entry of Borneo by the North and also a stopover perfectly known by the navigators to fix their boats. Two states share the island of Borneo: Indonesia for the most part and also the poorest, and Malaysia for the far north and the richest part. We should not forget either a micro-state made extremely rich by the gas it operates but will not be on my way, Brunei. But before visiting this new island, I have to take Aurora out of the water, put away my scuba tanks for a while and open my toolbox.
The technical stop is also the opportunity to resume the habits on land that I tend to quickly forget. The hustle and bustle of a city, the joy of finding plenty, the port of fishermen always full of history and surprising boats, good restaurants, are always the first good reunion with civilization. But very quickly the pollution, the expenses, and these damn mosquitoes absent in happy moorings, take over and push me to finish with the work as soon as possible.
With the boat ready, it is now time to leave the comfort of the presence of a city and return to the more uncomfortable isolation but in which I feel so well. Direction the islands !!
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