Previously on Delos! We check out som local jelly fisherman. Officially check into Thailand. And weigh our options of changing the rig on Delos. We woke up with the sun to get Delos into the Royal Phucket Marina. Today was a huge day for us! We were gonna dive head first into the replacement of our standing rigging. It was something that was absolutely necessary to do before crossing the Indian Ocean. So we really don’t know what we’re doing really. But we’re gonna try and go with it. So we’re thinking the first things we could take down would be- obviously the hardest one is gonna be the forestay. So we’ll take down the foresail first- the genoa. Get that down on deck. And then we’ll run a halyard from up top replacing what the forestay would be doing. To brace it. And then we’ll have another halyard coming off of the mizzen mast. To brace it, to support that. And we’ll ease the backstays so everything kind of comes forward. And we’ll have slack to pull that off, then we’ll pull the furling motor off. And then…. It all that goes really smooth then that’ll be supported, the backstays on the mizzen will be supported then we’ll get a forestay on the mizzen coming down. And take the triatic off, a backstay on the main coming down. If we have enough lines. And that’ll be the first run! Let’s do it! Sweet!! So this is the halyard that we use for the genoa and we’ve just basically taken it off and attached it to the bow of the boat so we can use it as a temporary forestay. Electrics are done! So I’m hooking up a bridle in the stern cause we have two backstays for the mizzen but we want it to come down the center. And pull straight back on it. Tighten this down a little bit, but then we need to ease off on the backstay for the main and we also need to ease off on the backstay for the mizzen. So…. Round 1 here we go! Alright Max- so what we’re gonna do is when these things unscrew they are reverse thread. One thread is different than the other. So as you unscrew it both of these sides move out. Yup. So if we tape it here and we tape it here. And then we loosen it then we get to the dock then we tighten it and we know what the eye to eye length will be when the rig is in tune and that will help us put it back on later. So what you want to do is go around each one and just put a piece of tape just like that. Alright are you ready for tension on? Hold on to your panties Breeeyawn! Weight on! All the lines good? Lines looking good. Alright let’s do this. Do you have the give me shit line tied to you? I think so. Is that this one? Yeah just make sure this one runs free. Ok coming up! Good luck Breeyawn! Don’t shit your pants! Alright so we’ve got the backstay- the temporary backstay sorted and we’ve eased off the mizzen stays so they’re nice and loose so now we just gotta take the pins out. And Brian’s up top doing the same thing. Make sure nothing falls in the water. Time for a beer and a pickle sandwich! A pickle sandwich? Karin prepared. Nice! What do we got going on now? Oh I’m just getting the furler motor off I’ve got all the pins out. I’ve got the bolts out that hold the foil into the furler motor and I’ve popped this pin out. Down here, so I can pull it back and then that should pop up. Which should allow us to loosen the turnbuckle. Alright, well we got the mizzen off that was pretty easy so now it’s time for the tricky. So we’ve gotta figure out a way to get the furler down. Which I’ve actually never done before. Soooo…. We’ll see how that goes. Nice and slow! Ok. Take em out slack! Ok! Weights on. You guys are looking good! Oh man it’s so f**cking hot! I have a pretty intense headache going on. We need to drink more water bro. Yeah. So what’s coming down now Brady? Ummmm. The triatic will be coming down soon. Right now Brian is just unattaching the pin for the forestay. Yeah, you don’t want to hear that! Oh yeah he’s taking out the…. or loosening up the forestay so we can get the foil out of the furler motor. And then once we get that we’ll lay the forestay all the way out on the dock. Alright bro tensions on the bucket. Then on the way back down we’ll take down the intermediates. How are you feeling man? Yeah alright. Yeah it’s f**cking hot. I gotta pretty good headache. That’s a good sign of mild headstroke or some shit. I’m just watching Brian up there f**cking hammering away at the mast. As the forestay’s slacked and the backstay’s slacked. We’re in good shape though we’re being extra safe. We’re got everything sorted. I can still be safe I just drank a couple liters of water. I’m in the shade, I’ve got a bit of breeze. Ok ready? Oh Frida can you maybe film? So we’ve got the forestay off now. Ok wait. Ok hold. How much line do you have left? A couple meters. How’s it going guys? Oh man. All good! Good. We’ve gotten 5 out of the 7 stays we were gonna get off today. Awesome! Hot day though isn’t it? Yeah. We’re all dehydrated I think. We’re trying to drink liters and liters of water but it’s hard to keep up. The boat’s just destroyed with shit laying everywhere. All of our stays are laying down the dock. Welcome to the Royal Phucket Marina! So Max you think one week is enough for this? I think so. Do get everything down and up. Yup. Well maybe 9 days! It’s gonna be tricky to get it all back. But I think we can handle it. Yeah. What are you doing Karin? Herregud!! I’m sweating my balls off here. It’s so hot isn’t it? Imagine Brian he’s been up there for like half of the day, most of the day. He refuses to come down. Ha Ha He He! NO! I’m gonna stay up here! F**cking insane man. Ummm. How are you doing up there Bri? I’m tired! Yeah! My manskraft is not enough! Multipurpose penetrant lubricant. That’s the stuff. That’s the stuff dreams are made of! Ok ready? All good. Ready Max? Yup. Coming down! Is um Brian coming down soon? I think he’s gonna stay up there tonight and continue to work through the night. Yep. Yup. No he’ll probably be coming down in like 45 minutes or so. We tried to get him down but he doesn’t want to come down. We just have to pass him up beers in that bucket. Yeah I think we have like 10 in the fridge. Beers and coconut oil! He He He. Just dripping it all over the f**cking deck. Gross! Hey shut up up there we’re trying to sleep! He he He. Yea it would be one of those he went up and he never came back down again. Like his lunch, his brekkie everything is sent up. That’s good. Yup that’s good. So it is what you thought it would be, like with the rigging? Did you think that this is what it would be like? Getting everything down or has it been harder? No I think it’s actually…. When we first thought about it we have no f**cking idea what it was like or how hard it was we just imagined it was some crazy rocket science but it’s pretty straight forward and mechanical and just some real strong wires holding up a mast. Ohhh. shit… We got 7 stays down today! Out of? Out of oh f**ck I don’t know. Alot. 18. Not yet are you ready Bri? Yup. Coming down. 18. So we have 11 left. Yep. And he’s coming down! Ohhh yeah!!! Oh yeah!!! Let me down more! Ok. How those balls feel bro. F**ck! Karin will do a Swedish massage tonight for you I’m sure. Du! So how do you feel Brian? You’ve been up there all day. I’m f**cking exhausted. I just wanna drink a big glass of water, lay down, and have a beer. Right after the water. Yeah. Well you did really good. Like you did the most you could for one day huh? Well the mast didn’t fall over so that’s good. That’s awesome. I was pretty sure it wouldn’t. We got everything done that we thought we were gonna get done. Or actually we didn’t think we’d get done. Yeah we got more done than we thought. We got the forestay off which is awesome. I was really worried that would be really hard. And we got the backstay off the main. We got the triatic stay off the top, we got the backstays off for the mizzen. And we even got the intermediate shrouds port and starboard off for the main. So it was like… 1,2,3,4…. 7. Yeah 7! 7 we got off today. I think we were worried about…. Yeah, just getting the forestay off. Yeah. Now we gotta figure out how to get this out of here ’cause it has one of these on both ends. And this hole is too small. And there’s bearings inside this that allow it to spin. So I’m not really quite sure about that. There’s rivets here. And neither end is mechanical is it? No. So the two options are you cut it and take it out and then when we put the new one in that end will be a mechanical swage fitting instead of pressed. Or we figure out how to take this apart which it probably would be good to service all the bearings anyway. Imagine getting this thing apart? How does it even come apart? There’s not even any screws in it. I think there are parts that slide out of each other. Hmmm Hmm Hmm. You’re always saying that! They slide in and out of each other smoothly. It’s beautiful! Or if that cap is off will it fit through then? I can’t imagine the bearings are that big. They should be the same size as the wire. There’s quite alot of gap in there. So after about 30 seconds of looking at things trying to get this thing apart we decided to just try and pull it. And it seems to just come right out!!! Compared to other forestays that we’ve heard about it’s all a big bearing system with the swage on the other end which is this guy that really crimps onto the wire won’t fit through the bearings. But I don’t know either if there’s not any bearings in here if there needs to be or if the swage just fits through because that’s the way they designed it. But either way we can just pull it out and not have to take this shit apart. Beautiful! Beautiful! It’s just a really greased stay. That’s all it is. It’s fantastic. A greasy stay! So the new one we just gotta grease the shit out of and and stick her in!!!! Pkkkkk! The next day David from Rolly Tasker came by to grab our old standing rigging. We were real keen to see the process so we set out on a little Delos field trip to the rigging shop. So we found the car? It’s a Caroll! Oh that’s a nice car! F**ck look at that thing! It’s like a sauna. You’re sweating from the inside out. We all have sweat mustaches. And the breasts it’s just like sweaty boobs! So we’re here at Rolly Tasker in Phucket and we’re gonna go downstairs to see David about sorting out our rigging. So they came and picked up 7 of our stays at like 12:00 today and it’s maybe 2:00 now and they’ve already gotten 3 of them done. We got both mizzen stays and the main backstay brand new. and shiny. Yeah it’s 20 past 2:00. That’s like fricking 2 hours. Yeah. So it’s cool. We’re gonna see how they do it, how they press all the swages on and the whole process. What’s your thoughts Karin? It’s really cool to see how they’re made, how everything is just in this warehouse kind of feeling. It’s very exciting! This wire before swaging you push it to this… through here. And you keep one diameter length where you don’t swage. Why? Why is that? Because when you swage the wire’s expanding a little bit at the end. So its make like ahhhh. A wider diameter. There is more chance to slip if you swage form the beginning. Because it’s like a bulb at the bottom. Yes. But if you don’t swage here. So the wire just… a little bit and you can see also so this is the rest. This was here before so we’ve cut in half. You can see how thick it’s going. Yeah wow. The strand of the wire inside the swage. That’s why uhhh sometimes people ask me for inspection on boats so we go we look but you cannot see where it’s… the failure will happen most of the time because 90% it breaks inside the swage. This is some strands which break. This is one wire which we get. We receive and when we check for measurements we got like this and CRACK it breaks by hand. We have to finish to cut those 3. So it doesn’t really rust down here it rusts in the first kind of. It’s maybe not rust huh. It just uhhh metal fatigues. So a check on standing rigging doesn’t mean nothing. Just for insurance. You say it looks but with that I cannot guarantee that uh ha ha. It looks good ok. But looks good doesn’t make doesn’t means too much. You wanna tell us what we’re doing bro? This is the mizzen forward lower the one with the strand that we noticed was broken. And we’re going to… It looks like there’s actually two strands broken. Yeah. I don’t know if you can see that. Good. Yup. So there was one that we noticed when we were checking everything with the pick and one broke off. And it looks like when we cut it now, cut the wire, there was another one here so we’re gonna cut the whole thing open and see what’s going on inside. Should be cool! The swage is almost split all the way in half. And we’ll see what’s on the inside! Cool man! Give us a big smile! You look like an American now! Hmmm some rust is deep huh? This is the top. That is? So the rust is all the way down. Yup. This is the top because you see the broken strand just here. Yup. Yeah Yeah. I’m surprised to see rust so down. Yup. Probably because of those damn shroud covers. This broken strand wasn’t the scariest part though. This cracked pin came out of our forestay which could have brought down the entire mast. How in the hell did the rig inspector miss this little gem? Check your own rig guys, and check it really good. The industry kicks around a lifespan of 10 years for a typical rig. For bluewater cruising insurance most companies will make a fuss if your rig is any older. Ours was the original for Delos and 15 years old. So whattya doing? I am measuring. To the bottom of this. This here. Okay. And then… Wo go like this right? Yup. To see where the bottom of it is. Yup. Right? So why? Why 12? Cause when we press this together… Cause the diameter of the stay is 12 mill. Yup. So when we press this together the bottom of it will billow out and there’s now way it can come out. Yup. You got it. Now we are ready for swaging. Okay! Let’s do this! You have a choice to put it. To put the marks here. Or here, or right actually here would be good. Okay. So you have to open it a little bit more. It’s the one on the left right? Just try you will see. So after- you go slowly. You go with the left i think. You have one hand here I think and one hand here. Keep it straight. Okay. And you go very very slowly to the place where you marked to start swaging. So right…. Yup, right there. Okay. Till it grabs it. Push a little bit. Okay I think. So come back. Is that good? A little bit. No no no. Yes Yes! Yeah. So you just go until the bottom of it is all the way squished? Yes, squish all the way. That’s cool! All the way through? Yep all the way. It’s hot! Yeah it’s hot. You see how long. Longer than before. Ohhh cause it got squished from the end. And your start was close to the mark. Do you approve? I approve. Did I pass the test? I am now a riggers! So now walk that eye all the way down and put it on top of the other one. Oh so we just measure the old one and then just exactly replicate that. Okayyyy! Good? Yup. Do you approve? Approve! So the electric wire cutter is broken, not working. No we have but it’s easier with this. And more precise. Okay. So we’re doing old school manual. Manskraft! Manskraft! Now I just go fast? It’s okay. I can let go? Hands off. Okay!! Which stay is this so we know? Ummm. Which one is this? If this one breaks we’ll know it’s the one that I did…. Intermediate… Oh that’s a good one! Okay. Okay finished! Finished. So I push the other one? Then after you release it. Oh easy- Brady could even do one probably. Cool. 100,000 USD you said for this machine? Wow! German machine! German machine 100,000. Normally it lasts for years. How old is this one? This one is 12 years so. Okay, look at that! My first swage. It’s warm, still warm from the machine. Cool! Up next! We continue hammering away on our projects, we take our old standing rigging to the recycler, and get asked to leave the marina. Probably for making too big of a mess. Come on don’t be such a wiener! Uh uh uh… Ha Ha he he. Seriously? I saw the thai lady that works here doing this in like 20 seconds. She must have big guns…. Uhhh Uhhh. Fuck. It’s really fucking hard. He’s gonna have to go change his panties after this. yeah Yeah.