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    How to Sail – SH Pontoon Launch: Part 2 of 4: Launching Common Mistakes & Key Learning Points
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    How to Sail – SH Pontoon Launch: Part 2 of 4: Launching Common Mistakes & Key Learning Points

    August 18, 2019


    Tying the boat to the pontoon broadside to
    the wind, this will make it difficult to hoist the sails as the boat won’t be lying head
    to wind. Tying an unsuitable knot. The boat could either
    break free and float away, or the knot could be difficult to untie. Key learning points for launching Understand where the wind is blowing from,
    and how that affects where you need to position your boat on the pontoon. Only use the downwind or leeward side of the
    pontoon. Look out for slip or trip hazards on the slipway
    prior to launching. Secure the boat to the pontoon itself with
    a suitable knot. Try to be as close as possible to the end
    of the pontoon. When manoeuvring your boat be careful not
    to trap your fingers between the side of the boat and the pontoon. When stepping into the boat make sure you
    are as close as you can be to the centreline. Never step on the side tanks as the boat could
    tip over. Sail away from the pontoon on a close reach
    point of sailing.

    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Clean a Sailboat Engine
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    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Clean a Sailboat Engine

    August 18, 2019


    Hi, I’m Ches Rainier, welcome to Expert Village.
    Today we’re going to be talking about some techniques used to clean a fiberglass boat.
    So one thing you really want to have is a clean engine compartment. You want to get
    rid of all, any grease from when you changed the oil, and any diesel fuel that may have
    spilled on your diesel engine. If you have a clean engine, it really helps you spot problems
    early with a fuel system or oil leaks before it becomes a big problem, because you don’t
    want to pollute the marine environment. So, if you’ve got a clean area, then you know
    if any oil’s dripping out. I like to use Simple Green. It works pretty well; it’s a good degreaser.
    Just squirt a little Simple Green on the engine and then wipe it clean.

    Security on Sailboats – Sailboat Burglar Alarms DIY (Theft Defense) Patrick Childress Sailing #10
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    Security on Sailboats – Sailboat Burglar Alarms DIY (Theft Defense) Patrick Childress Sailing #10

    August 18, 2019


    years ago we had just dropped anchor in
    the capital of a coral atoll we were there to leave our sailboat Brickhouse
    for two months while we came back to the US the problem is we had just heard that
    eight other boats cruising boats had recently been broken into so what to do
    we had to set up deterrence one thing that we do on a daily basis anyway is to
    leave sandals on the side deck that always makes it look like somebody’s at
    home and if something decided to take these sandals they can have them that’s
    a donation the other thing is to hang laundry up as though it’s drying the
    third thing that we did was to leave a bright LED light burning inside the
    cabin as though somebody’s home it would be burning all 24 hours a day but those
    lights use as much energy is probably the ship’s cat Lily right Lily hey hey
    wake up the fourth thing that we did the fourth thing that we did was turn let’s
    turn on the stereo oh hey quick bite my foot we turned it on to the local
    station and turn the volume way up so you could hear it well off of the boat I
    mean doesn’t everybody turn their stereo off and they leave the boat so at least
    it made it sound like somebody was at home on the stern arch we have a
    360-degree anchor light and when we left to return to the US we had removed the
    cockpit awning so that this light not only spread across the boat but also
    into the cockpit along with this photosensitive light actually
    unfortunately these aren’t available anymore the company went out of business
    light underneath the shines down into the cockpit so at night the boat was
    well illuminated we left this anchor light on and the one at the top of the
    mast they use such little energy that the
    solar panels had no problem at all keeping up with the energy demands of
    these anchor lights and the stereo running 24 hours a day so when we went
    away we took off our heavy locks and put on these little luggage locks other
    boats that were broken into were pry bar depart they destroyed the forward
    hatches lifting them up so that the dogs were broken and so we figured if
    somebody’s gonna break into this boat I want to slow them down but I don’t want
    them tearing the boat apart so we’ve just put on these little luggage locks
    not only on the main hatch but on the two cockpit lockers fortunately we never
    had a problem they never got that far to start breaking in they figured that they
    were going to just lift up the dinging these people were experienced they’d
    broken into at least eight boats they could lift up the dinghy and they knew
    the hatch underneath would be open for ventilation and that’s what stopped them that even hurts my ears
    but I’m just finishing up the installation of this alarm I’ll mount it
    up here somehow and put an awning over it to help keep the water off this is
    replacing this alarm which was mounted higher up just below the radar dome and
    that alarm saved us they kept burglars off of our boat scared the heck out of
    me but this is the material just some Sunbrella that I just draped over it I
    think you know it doesn’t look factory finished and that’s for the better it’s
    nice and camouflaged it’ll help to shed the water away from the horn even though
    that horn is supposed to be waterproof they never last that long so we’re good
    to go on that one this is the mousetrap that protected
    brick house from the biggest rats the thieves that were trying to break into
    our boat you can see here there is an electric line attached to the wood part
    of the trap and another connecting line which is soldered to the wire frame when
    that trap is tripped it closes makes the connection and sounds off the alarm we
    had three of these one was in the Ford peak and the trip line right here was
    attached to the hatch in case that was opened we had another one set in the
    main saloon and the trip line would go up through the main hatch and attach to
    the handle of the dinghy which was turned upside down and stowed there then
    we had this one in the aft just sitting on the companionway steps and this line
    went up and attached to a screw in the upper slat so somebody pulled it would
    set off the trap me alarm would go off the alarm was so loud and woke up the
    whole Anchorage the waterfront and another a mooring area about a mile
    north all of those boats heard it 20 of the thieves jumped in the water our
    cruising friends jumped in their dinghy at 2:30 in the morning and the guys
    disappeared but in any case our boat was saved this is our latest burglar alarm
    this is a hundred and ten decibel alarm it’s powered by a 9-volt battery that
    sits in this case here it’s very effective very loud this is the trip
    mechanism pull that makes the contact of those two screws and it’ll scare the
    heck out of any thief I’ll set this up in the top of the Coach roof hook this
    in somewhere put a rag over it this stretches across to the lifeline or any
    place else that a thief might go when he passes through it sounds such a big
    alarm it’ll scare the sandals off of them too often when you go to a store to
    buy some kind of burglar alarm those things aren’t any louder than a
    frightened canary these are effective one problem is soldering these wires
    onto the top of that screw it’s very difficult I end up melting half the time
    the whole clothes pin assembly and I have to start all over again a better
    way is to just go ahead and put your screws in make them adjust long enough
    so you can put a nut on the top put ring terminals on the end of your wires and
    you’re done except for of course all of the hot gluing of the rest of the parts
    well hopefully some of these idea will help to protect your own boat while
    you’re out cruising if so please give us a thumbs up and a subscribe and we hope
    to see you soon

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    Welding a SAILBOAT for the DESERT? – in California

    August 18, 2019


    When I was growing up, I
    really wanted a sailboat. But my parents
    were rock climbers and we spent a lot of family
    vacations out in the desert. So a couple of
    years ago, I decided to mix these two things
    from my childhood, and I built a land yacht. This is a sailboat with wheels. It goes like 45 miles an
    hour and it’s a total blast. But I’ve always wanted to
    bring friends out with me. And I figured, you
    know, if we came out with just my boat it
    wouldn’t be that much fun. One of us would be
    sitting around waiting while the other sailed. So I decided to
    build a second one. Right now I’m headed
    over to BayShore Metals to pick up the steel tubing
    I need to make the frame. They typically serve
    construction workers so they close real
    early, so I got to catch them before they
    leave for the weekend. Hi there, how’s it going? Good. How about you? Good. Two things I need here. 1 inch, 0.12 wall thickness– 8 feet of that. Is there any way I
    can get you to cut it? Yeah, we can cut it. OK. This is 20 feet metal mortar? Yeah. OK. I’ll take 20 feet of that then. I need a round tube, 2 and
    1/2 inch, 0.12-inch thick. Well, I think that’s about it. This stuff’s heavy,
    and big, and oily. Time to get it to Noisebridge. So, first things first, we
    need to build a chassis. And the main part of the
    chassis is the spine. It’s the big tube that runs
    underneath from the front wheel to the back wheels, and it’s
    what the mast connects into. And I’m using this
    really heavy, thick pipe. It’s because there are
    a lot twisting forces on the mast and the wheels. It’s probably more
    than I need, it will make it a
    little bit heavier, but at the end of the
    day, I’d rather just have to be super
    solid and not break. So, time to start
    cutting and welding here. It almost looks like
    I know what I’m doing. It is now time to build the
    front steering assembly. And honestly, this is the
    hardest part because the angles have to be perfect. So what I’ve been
    doing is drawing it here out on a piece
    cardboard to scale, so I can make sure
    that everything’s going to fit together properly. The boat’s going to be
    level and the wheels are going to fit and everything. So let me show you
    what I’ve done. So this right here, this line
    right here, is my ground. And I’m just fitting
    the wheel like that and then fitting all these other
    pieces where they need to go. This is another angle, here, on
    this 30-degree line, like that. So that’s going to sit there. This is the point
    in the chassis where that steering tube comes out. And then there’s going
    to be a piece here– not quite that long. And then another piece
    that goes up, there. So this will go here, and
    then that will go up there, and then there will
    be an axle that goes down through the wheel. It sounds easy. Now, it’s time to cut everything
    out and try and weld it according to these
    angles and specs. We’ll see how
    accurate I can get it. So, I think I screwed up. The front wheel isn’t straight. I think I know what I did wrong. This front bracket here is
    not straight to the spine. So, I think there’s
    only one thing to do, as much as I
    don’t want to do it, which is to cut it off and
    start over on that piece. Ugh. well, it’s not straight again. So, I don’t know. I give up. I think I’m just going
    to roll with it as is and we’ll hope for the best. It’s time to put
    together some wheels. Rims, go together like that. Inner tubes, sweet. And wheels. This hitch pin is what
    holds the wheel on. So I got to drill a hole
    for that in the axle. Just like that. Sweet. One down, two to go. Now to do the front end. This is going to
    be a little tricky, I’m not quite sure
    how to do this, how to get everything lined up. We’ll see here. Next, I need a place
    to put the mast. I need mast step,
    which is the tube the mast goes into that holds
    it to the spine of the boat. And you can either put
    this at 10 degrees– kind of canted backwards–
    or you can put it vertical. And on my previous
    boat I did 10 degrees, and it made the back
    end a little fishtail-y. So I’m going to try vertical
    and see how that goes. Time to weld on the mast step. I’ve got to get this pretty
    much exact so the mast doesn’t lean one side or the other,
    too far forward, too far back. So, going to have to
    be careful on this one. I screwed up. So, I used hot rolled steel
    for the steering column and for the axles. And hot rolled steel
    is a little bit bigger than what it’s supposed to be. It’s got a little bit
    of mill scale on it. So I turned it all
    on the lathe to get it to fit of the bearings on
    the wheels and the washers that I’m using for
    bearings for the steering, but I didn’t make the
    steering columns quite small enough for these
    bushings that I got to hold the steering in place. So, everything’s already welded
    together, it’s all ready to go, and these bushings don’t fit. Ugh. 11th hour and I think
    I’m going to have to redo the whole front
    steering assembly, because I can’t figure
    out how to take this apart enough that I can
    get it back on the lathe. So, not what I needed. We’re supposed to leave
    tomorrow to go try these out, and guess I’m going
    to start over. Dang. Actually, maybe there’s
    a way I can hack this. The square stock that
    the foot rest fits on, I might be able to just
    use that as a color and not worry about it. But I’ve got to get the
    drill hole just perfect. So this is going to
    be a little tricky. I think that might work. It’s worth a shot if
    for no other reason than if I screw it up I’m going
    to have to start over anyway. So, may as well give it a shot. Other than that it
    looks all right. Well, it’s 10:30
    at night, the day before we’re supposed to
    leave to go sail these. But I think I’m pretty much
    done with the metal work. Check this out. So, that’s the old one and
    that’s the shiny new one. They’re pretty much identical. They’re all the same plans. There’s a few minor
    tweaks here and there. Next, I’ve got to build a seat. I’ve got to build
    a seat, and I’ve got to rig all the mast
    and sails and stuff. So, I think I’m going to go make
    sure masts fit and that kind of thing, and then we’ll
    figure out a seat here. All right. Time to set up the masts now. The only place they fit in
    here is in the skylights. So the first time that
    I built a land yacht I scored a huge treasure
    trove of free sails off Craigslist– free
    windsurfing sails. I’ve got, let’s
    see, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6– I think I’ve got
    something like seven sails that I got for free. So I’m digging through them
    now to see what will work. Some of them are labeled,
    some of them aren’t. So, I don’t know
    how big this sail is but I’m going to compare
    it to the one I was using on the other boat and
    see if it’ll work, if it’s about the same size. These are pretty
    much the same size. I think this’ll work. I’ve got one big piece
    left before we hit the road and go sail this thing. I need to build a seat. And I think I’m just going
    to copy the seat that I have on my previous land
    yacht, because we just got to hit the road here. I’m running out of time. So this is just basically like a
    pan, it’s just a flat seat bed, there’s a seat that comes
    up the back, bolts together in two places, pretty simple. Not the right tool for the job. That’ll work. Hole. I got to find some screws now. Fortunately, there
    are a lot here. These actually
    might do the trick. Just need enough to hold
    the glue while it dries. That’s one side. Yup, it’s going to work. This project’s beating me up. I’m really sore. I forgot to do one thing
    before I glued everything up. The old boat here has
    these rounded corners on the back, which
    looks super nice. But I totally forgot to do
    that before I glued everything so I don’t think this
    is going to have those. I think we’ll just wing it. Now, it’s time to
    build the back. So this is what the
    old back looks like. It sits in there like
    that, sits down here, going to do the same thing. Pretty straight forward. Or My friend Blake is here. He is going to come
    sailing with me, and he’s agreed to
    modify the sail. So, say hi, Blake. Hey. I just realized it
    wraps around the mast. Yeah. That’s interesting. So, let me show you
    what we’re doing here. OK. So, I basically just
    drew a line here. I think we should just
    remove this back one. Somehow get this up here in a
    way that you feel comfortable [INAUDIBLE]. Basically, just
    stitch [INAUDIBLE].. That’s exactly what
    I was thinking. Yup. I love it. Cool. Thank you. I will finish that seat and
    get everything else rigged, and then we’ll hit the road. So, I chopped it and
    moved the bottom up. And I left enough space
    down here to wrap it over. Really enough space. Oh, sweet. And then the grommet’s– The grommet’s right inside here. Perfect. So, probably just going to
    punch it whenever I’m ready and do some more
    sewing around here. I’m going to then adjust
    the mast sheet thing and move it up. And touch it up on the edges. Sweet. OK. One lesson I learned is
    turn it off when you’re– When you’re sticking
    your fingers in there? Yeah. That’s how I got this guy. Cut away, cut away
    from yourself. Smart. Good Lord. What am I doing? Look at this. Oh, we got so much shit. I have no idea what we’re doing. We have a freight elevator
    filled with land yachts. And it’s like 7:00 at night. We’ve got seven hours
    of driving ahead of us. It’s going to go great. All packed up and ready to go. Blake’s picking up some
    tamales for the road and then we’re going
    to go get camping gear and get out of here. So we made it as far as
    Lancaster last night, as of what? 2:00 AM? Something like that? We finally decided
    to stop and get a hotel for the night,
    which was probably one of the shittier Motel
    6’s I’ve ever been in. Better than sleeping on
    the cold ground though. Yeah, it was really
    cold last night. It was like 30? So we opted to wimp
    out, and get a motel, and try again this morning. We’re getting a late start, it’s
    almost noon, but we’re close. Like, half hour out maybe? And it’s looking like
    there’s a little bit of wind. Just got to find the lake
    entrance and pay our permit and be off sailing. There’s a big, huge
    dust storm here that we’re about to
    head into, which bears good things about the wind. But maybe will not
    be super pleasant. I don’t know. We’ll see. All right. Here it is. That right there is the
    entrance to the dry lake bed. It’s super windy. This is going to be awesome. You ready? Yeah. So, what I’ve
    learned the hard way, is that when we get
    out on the lake bed, we should close all of
    the windows and doors. Because all of that dust
    out there will get in here. There are no speed limits
    out on the dry lake bed, so we can go pretty
    much as fast we want. There’s not a lot
    to hit out here. It’s just a question of
    how comfortable we feel. I wish we could get some wind
    like this out in the Bay. Right? All right. We’re here, and it’s windy, and
    I can’t wait to get sailing. Time to set up some boats. All right. Time to try out the new boat. I’m so excited. I’ve been working so hard for
    the past week or two on this. Didn’t know if we were
    going to make it down here. So, it’s really exciting
    to be out here, the wind, gorgeous day. I can’t wait to get out
    on the dry lake bed here. The wind is dying,
    and we’re just trying to make it back to
    camp before it dies entirely. It’s doing pretty well right
    now but there have been spots that have been pushing. Land sailing is
    all about momentum. You just got to keep your
    momentum up no matter what, and stay out of the ruts. Well, we just ran out of wind. So, now instead of land
    yachts, they’re skateboards. They’re not great
    skateboards, but it does work. I’m going to pick up Blake here. He’s walking back
    instead of pushing back. Hey there, sailor. You want a ride? Well, what about my boat? Wait– is something
    broken or are you good? I’m good. It’s just hard to steer it. I’m walking it. Yeah, you just sort of
    kick it as you go along. Yeah. That’s what I’m working on. Getting there. Yeah. Cool. Yeah, what did you think? First time land sailing, right? Pretty fun. I was surprised when
    there were no brakes. Yeah, you just got to like
    put your feet down or turn up into the wind and
    hope for the best. Sheet out. Yeah, sheet out. There’s lots of space out
    here, so not too much to hit. Yeah, man, thanks for
    coming down with me. I know it’s just like
    a crazy adventure we had done at the last minute. It’s been a long two two days. Yeah. It was a lot to try
    and make this happen. But, yeah. Land sailing is one of my
    favorite weird pastimes, and I’m really happy to be able
    to share it with someone else. Thanks for coming down. I’m Scotty, with Strange Parts. If you like this video, hit that
    subscribe button down below, and stay tuned for
    more adventures. I’ll see you next time.

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    Bluewater Sailboat Tour-INSIDE a Valiant 40 -(Our Tiny Home)2 Of 3 Patrick Childress Sailing #31

    August 18, 2019


    Valiant 40 Part 2 Hello I’m Patrick Childress on the sailboat Brick House … welcome aboard today is part two of the valiant 40 tour
    down below so let’s turn the cameras around we’ll go through the hatch board
    and take a look at one time all the trim around the companionway was teak now
    it’s very low maintenance polyethylene bottom wash board that’s
    also solid polyethylene very low maintenance very sturdy so let’s go down
    below we’ll take a very quick tour of this valiant 40 and then we’ll come back
    and look at some of these items in much closer detail on the right side the
    starboard side is a hanging Locker for all the foul weather gear and we also
    keep our flares in there just forward of that is the pantry with several shelves
    and very deep storage for lots of food storage and on the port side is the aft
    cabin which we often call just the bedroom and the port side of course is
    the galley and we’ll come back and take a closer look at the galley in just a
    few minutes. On the starboard side is Rebecca’s domain the nav station she
    installed a lot of these electronics and she maintains the electronics since she
    does all the navigating for us makes it easy for me she just tells me to turn
    right turn left how far up ahead to go and in the next video she’ll actually do
    a little orientation on the electronics what we have and how useful they are on
    the starboard side is a water tank under the settee that one is about 60 gallons
    capacity there’s a tons of storage behind the backrest they go all the way
    out to the hull and we have the stereo cabinet up here behind that white door
    and then there’s another 60 gallon water tank underneath this settee on the port
    side and in the next video I’ll go through what we did to save these
    aluminum tanks they were very heavily pitted and it was gonna cost a fortune
    to rip these out and try to fit something else in so we have a remedy
    that has worked for all these years and we’ll go into that next video up
    here on the left is even more storage and there’s also lots of ventilation in
    this boat lots of hatches and port lights so we really don’t need wind
    directors to force more air through these hatches this is a hanging Locker
    on the starboard side and more clothes storage in shelves just forward of that
    on the port side is the head it’s just the right size it’s not too big not too
    small so we’re not too cramped some people have problems with their Jabsco toilet. We just don’t have problems with ours and I have a few tips I think that
    might help you out which we’ll cover in the next video but I like the size of
    this head we have a shower curtain that goes around to contain water when we’re
    taking a shower it has all the amenities that we need to be comfortable on this
    boat. Stored up forward is the Barracuda sewing machine very similar to
    the Sailrite, a lot of the parts are interchangeable. and the v-berth is not
    for personal storage this is where all kinds of parts and supplies are stored
    stainless steel nuts and bolts fiberglass, fiberglass resin, glue, all
    kinds of extra stainless steel parts are stored up in these shelves sandpaper,
    tools you name it so we are pretty self-sufficient out here if something
    should break and the same for the storage up here on the starboard side in
    all these shelves and a way up in the chain Locker we’ll
    get to that in the next video we have a hundred and fifty feet of chain that we
    store up there and then in that PVC tube that comes out of that is a is where the
    other hundred and fifty feet of chain goes to down below the V Berth – we like
    to keep as much chain as low and aft as possible. To the hanging Locker and we’ll
    get started there oh there’s one other thing I forgot to mention we’ll also be
    taking a look at the main bilge pump underneath this floorboard and we’ll
    take a look at the emergency electric bilge pump that is much farther forward
    way up underneath one of these floorboards and of course we have the
    high capacity hand operated bilge pump in the hanging Locker normally we try to dry the gear before
    it goes into this locker but even if it did go in here wet any water would just
    drip down into the bilge work its way there there’s a nice big shelf up here
    another shelf a little further down plenty of storage space and this is also
    where we keep all of our flares and emergency signaling equipment. This is
    also where the emergency hand operated bilge pump is located. What was in this
    space originally was a Whalegusher 25. It wasn’t installed properly the
    discharge went directly out over the side of the boat without a high loop so
    it was very easy for sea water or rain water just to back right down
    that discharge hose and settled inside of the pump. A proper discharge loop starts
    at the discharge thruhull going out the side of the boat and then goes up
    just as high as possible before it goes back down to the pump so
    when I went to rebuild this it was so heavily corroded inside it just wasn’t
    repairable so we replaced it with a very high capacity Edison pump it’s a
    tremendous pump it’ll pump one gallon per stroke if I had two inch hoses on
    there but because of area restrictions in the hose run I could only put in one
    and three-quarter inch hoses so it’s a little bit less than one gallon per
    stroke. On the discharge side I have a very high loop but also one of these
    see-through check valves certainly it’s not the best idea to have a check valve
    in any kind of a discharge bilge pump but at sea water no other water is going
    to be backing up and just sitting in this pump it’s going to be fully
    functional if we ever need it down here is where all the water in the boat
    collects in a stainless steel sump that measures six inches by eight inches
    across so it’s a very tight squeeze putting the pump and the float switch in
    here but I can squeeze it out, take it all
    apart and clean it out occasionally because muck does at times keep the
    float from going up and down properly is over here this is the sump discharge
    from the shower so the shower pan goes through that green pipe and comes out
    into the sump here and then gets pumped overboard the important part though is
    to put a screen on the end of that discharge otherwise you get all
    of this muck they hear the soap scum everything you would go into the sump it
    helped to clog up the pump so this way we capture it in the screen I can take
    it out dump it into the garbage can wash out this little plastic screen and then
    slip it back on keep all that hair and gunk from clogging up the most important
    bill bilge pump on the boat now I’ll take you up forward and show you the
    emergency backup bilge pump that has never seen water and hopefully it never
    will. in this forward bilge area, this is an area that just never should ever get wet so water has to get
    in this bilge up to this float switch of course before it’ll finally turn on so
    that’s pretty darn high in this bilge area when it does turn on we have that
    round alarm this is the largest bilge pump I could possibly fit in this area
    and you can see there’s no way that I could attach it at the base like you
    normally would it’s held in place with this PVC pipe
    that I just cut the section out of to make a ring that hole slips over the top
    and then this PVC horizontal piece is attached to that ring and then to each
    side to the vertical piece attached to the frame of the boat to finish up in the hanging locker this
    is where we store the hatch boards we have these two teak twist locks that
    securely hold them in place and then the hatch screens get stuffed on the far
    side of those and they’re wedged in nice and securely… and this is the pantry it
    was way back in here this is the single sideband radio and of course the control
    head for that radio is at the nav station the next shelf down is more food
    and then the very bottom shelf is a lot of hand tools which are always getting
    used as they’re in a very convenient spot along with over here in the galley
    we have all these drawers but this drawer is dedicated not to silverware
    well it’s not aware that I like to use more than all the other, because we’re
    always using all kinds of screwdrivers all the Phillips head or on that side
    and the flat heads are on this side these are always being used I can’t be
    digging out things from the engine room or some other storage space all the
    time but one thing I changed very quickly on this boat were these little
    finger holes with the latch behind I could only imagine my finger breaking
    out in the middle of an ocean and in fact a commenter on one of the earlier
    videos on galley tips said that’s exactly what happened to him he was
    reaching in to unlatch the door the boat hit a wave and his finger broke 90
    degrees in anticipation of something like that happening I did away with
    those latches and I installed these twist lock latches up here I’m actually surprised that they’ve
    lasted over 12 years now this is 2019 but just as a backup we have
    this little latch down here in fact in rough weather when things might be
    coming out and slamming against the door we always put on these extra security
    latches at the top of the door to help hold these open especially in rough
    weather are these Springs so the door can’t close push and now it’ll close
    easily so we don’t have to fight with the door along the ocean so to close the
    hatch you just pop the spring thumbs down real quick and easy any
    water that becomes a waterfall down this companionway which has happened out in
    bad storms will come down and eventually work its way down to this grating and
    then just simply runs down into the bilge.. another great idea.. oh hey there
    Lily she just woke up from her little hiding spot way in the back of the boat. I
    really like the layout of the aft cabin. Underneath this cushion is the V Drive
    and the transmission so it’s very accessible this white panel pulls out
    and up here is the storage cabinet and the bunk is 6 feet 10 inches long in
    four feet wide the only problem that I can really see is this side deck in this
    location the person sleeping on the outside can have a little difficulty
    crawling over the person on the inside. (but that could be a nice thing!)
    Underneath this area it’s all storage it is full of stuff all kinds of spares
    there’s no personal storage here there’s all kinds of electrical supplies wires
    in the back section is the hot water heater the regulators for the hooker and
    the scuba tank are stored way down in here just all kinds of repairs and
    Spares. and of course way down underneath here are the batteries we have six
    Trojan batteries golf cart batteries (T-105) one day I’d like to get caught up with
    modern technology and get some lighter batteries that have equal if not more
    amperage capacity I like the way the galley is laid out
    and actually the nice close U shape so you can’t really bang around too far
    you can always brace yourself against something while you’re working around
    the galley it’s a really good idea also on this boat we have a galley strap so
    we can lean against it while we’re cooking
    or at another position we can actually lean forward and keep from
    being thrown into the stove these countertops are solid plastic it was
    originally Formica and this work was done in Cartagena Columbia by a man
    named Eder who does a lot of this work and he did a pretty good job it is in
    Corian quality but it’s the next best thing and for $800 for doing
    everything here I think we got a pretty good deal this is a soap dispenser this
    is fresh water foot pump saltwater foot foot pump and this is the product water
    for the reverse osmosis system that we never use we just don’t need it we get
    all of our fresh water from the faucet on shore from the rain and sometimes a
    very clear stream but for washing dishes we use the salt water we rinse in salt
    water and then rinse in the fresh water we hardly ever use the pressure water we
    only use the pressure water really at the sink occasionally because we have a
    filter down below to filter the water that comes out of the fresh water tank
    and Rebecca likes to use that I’m not nearly as fussy about the water I drink.
    and back here is a big storage bin way down to the bottom of the boat all kinds
    of pots and pans we don’t have anything out here because I try to clean up for
    our ‘company’ and threw it all down here to hide it out of the way like throwing
    it under the carpet yeah we don’t normally live like this… and over here is
    the refrigerator yeah we got the freezer here it goes down very deep normally we keep these exercise mats on top of
    the refrigerator to help with insulation a lot of this is covered in video number
    22 which is galley tips and you’ll also get a very good look way down inside of
    the freezer how we defrost it and the things that we put in there to help aid
    the airflow in the freezer also in video number 20 about provisioning we go
    through a lot of these lockers pull things out and show a lot of different
    foods and how to store items on your boat and what to buy what not to buy
    while you’re out cruising long distance there’s tons of storage back here
    Bob Perry did a great job of using all the storage capacity on this boat and I’ll
    show you more of it as we move around these cabinets are full of dishes and
    cups all kinds of silverware so we’re not lacking at all for storage capacity
    well I hope other people have had better luck with their gourmet II princess
    stove than what we have had. we installed the stove in 2012. right from the get-go
    we had problems with rust it was rusting just way too fast and
    then up on the burners there was always a yellow flame and the company just
    wasn’t that helpful with us trying to figure it all out but eventually after
    trying so many different things we discovered that it was the caps that
    were not manufactured quite right and so when we got new caps and put those on at
    her own expense through a different source that took care of the yellow
    flame and now we have some nice blue flames the way they were supposed to be the original pot supports for this stove
    seem like in no time they started flaking off hunks of rust so we had to
    have new ones made out of 304 stainless and these are holding up far better
    sinks this sink on the port side was originally made far too deep seawater
    would back up through the drain hole and flood the sink when we’re just slightly
    heeled over to port. when this sink was about 38 years old I just couldn’t
    patch it up anymore on the bottom it was just rusting through so much that
    Davao City Philippines we had this one made to replace it and I only made it
    about an inch and a half less deep I probably should have gone to two or
    maybe even three inches less deep just to make sure that we are well above the
    waterline but it’s been adequate but this is simple to make the old one
    actually I cut out with an angle grinder starting from one side work down the
    bottom and brought up it was very simple to do and then just took it out and the
    people at the sheetmetal shop used that as the template for making this new one
    so it’s very simple to make with the curved sides and the very flat back and
    the flat front and it does have the flanges on each side for mounting up
    underneath these sink on the starboard side of the galley this is 43 years old
    now and it’s rusting on the bottom I haven’t had a patch it up just yet but
    when we haul out in Durban South Africa in a couple of months we’ll have a new
    one made there the sink on the port side was this 304 stainless hopefully in
    Durban they’ll have some 316 stainless to make this new sink. Once again time
    has really gotten away from me I just keep seeing more and more things to
    point out as we go through the boat so certainly there’s gonna be a part 3 part
    4 maybe even a part 5 we’ll just keep it going until we run out a boat hey but
    thanks a lot for all of the positive comments that you have been making
    that’s great encouragement to keep doing what we’re doing
    also of course if you can click on the thumbs up button down there and
    especially the subscribe if you haven’t done already that’ll be a big help so
    thanks again and we’ll see in a couple weeks for the
    next part of the Valiant 40 Tour – down below

    Lead Acid Batteries can EAT a SAILBOAT! (Patrick Childress Sailing #44)
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    Lead Acid Batteries can EAT a SAILBOAT! (Patrick Childress Sailing #44)

    August 18, 2019


    can you believe this rotten mess came
    out of our sailboat hello we are Patrick and Rebecca
    Childress on the sailboat Brick House, a Valiant forty and we are
    hauled out in Richards Bay South Africa doing a lot of work on this boat
    actually Rebecca’s back in the US right now for six weeks and that gives me some
    opportunity to dig into cabinets fix bulkheads tabbing all kinds of things
    and now investigate what happened inside of our battery box about a year ago
    while we were out in the Indian Ocean I saw a dark spot the upper one kind of
    growing and I did not see that as a good sign I only figured ahead to have been
    battery acid so now that we are in Richard Bay South Africa hauled out this
    is the time to dig in there and find out what’s going on in that battery
    compartment so first I had to take all the batteries out of the compartment
    there are six Trojan batteries in here so disconnect all the wires yanked them
    all out I pull this pad out which we had originally installed long ago as a
    cushioning underneath the bad reason if any acid spilled to help protect the
    wood surrounding it so I got out a screwdriver and started poking around I
    uh oops what a surprise I mean how could
    these batteries have not fallen through that flooring and even this the support
    column was just eaten up by acid this was a total surprise and very
    frustrating I used to fix rotten houses in Rhode Island so I recognize the
    problem here you just have to start taking things apart and taking more
    things apart and keep taking things apart until you finally get back to
    where you might find some good wood and so I started demolishing everything
    unscrewing some of these screws though had been in here for a while carrying
    supports that they just would not turn so I had to get in with a dremel and a
    cutting disc and cut the heads off that way I’d be able to yank the
    screw through but grabbing hold on the support on the other side this is inside
    the galley just below the sink of course there’s always the fear of catching
    something on fire so I did have a spray bottle of water right next to me and
    every once in a while I would just stop the grinding of the screw heads and
    spray down the area with water and unfortunately the boat didn’t burn down
    but I was able to then he yanked the screw issue right on through that
    three-quarter inch plywood wall and you can see the damage on that wall between
    the battery compartment in the galley very soft wood in that area and this
    horizontal support this is actually pressure treated lumber and it wasn’t
    nearly as soft as some of the other wood so this floor I had no idea that it
    would just pull right up it was actually just setting in there so that was the
    easy part to get out but that wood was very saturated with moisture it didn’t
    harm my fingers I wasn’t wearing gloves so maybe the acids were neutralized I
    really can’t explain anything more than what I suppose caused the damage but now
    I have to figure out how to get this panel out so I start tapping up the trim
    strip on top of the three-quarter inch plywood panel I want to save all the
    wood for the installation the last thing you want to do is take nails and pound
    them back through the way they came into the wood that’ll rip out the
    nice-looking wood on the far side so just grab some wire cutters and twist
    the nails out in the direction that they were pounded that’ll leave the face of
    the trim strip intact so then as a matter of prying things loose
    fortunately this wasn’t glued it was just all nailed in but it was hanging up
    on the far left side so that would call for the multi-tool which is a very nice
    little tool for getting into tight places and cutting wood but I didn’t
    want to harm the teak finish on this cabinet so I put two layers of
    blue tape and went to work with the multi-tool just cutting straight in
    making a nice straight cut and of course vacuum cleaner trying to suck up as much
    of that dust as possible along with every touch so these are punch cuts just
    going straight in so I go all the way through and back out and make the next
    punch cut and of course that vertical support that’s going to be changed
    that’ll come out we don’t know what caused the battery acid leakage whether
    it was somehow over charging the batteries maybe that bad storm that
    we’re in in the Indian Ocean that shook the water out something to do with the
    battery caps we really don’t think we had the batteries overfilled so so far
    it’s just a mystery to us be real careful because it’s very soft down here
    I don’t want to break it it’ll be like a magic trick disappeared
    I thought I might be able to get away with just scraping back a layer of two
    of the plywood flooring and I scraped in I scraped and it never got any better
    the moisture meter just showed that everything was very wet no matter what
    it looked like it was still incredibly wet so that meant I had to cut the
    tabbing out that was sort of holding it in place and use a small dremel with a
    rotary cutting disk cut that tapping back out and he yanked it out of here
    and then I would gain more access to that second flooring and there is more tabbing to be cut
    along that partition wall between the F cabin in the galley area just below the
    sink there is so much of that area that would have to be cut out and be replaced
    also with new wood amazing what acid will do how far it’ll go and this is one
    reason why it’s good that Rebecca is back in D who have there’s just not room
    for two people so much has to come out of these cabinets and storage
    compartments and there’s just no place to put it all so we have four Trojan
    batteries sitting out here in the main passageway we have two more under the
    chart table and this is where they sit all day while I’m working in the half
    cabin at night I’ll put two batteries in here and hook them up in parallel so I
    have 12 volts just to run the lights around the stereo the computers didn’t
    have enough to get me by it also runs the refrigeration I used a little 18
    volt Sigler saw to start cutting out the bad area between the battery box in
    below the galley sink and then I decided I’d better sand the good wood in that
    area in prep it now for fiberglassing that way later on I won’t have all that
    dust flying into the galley sink area so we got that cleaned up nicely and then
    went back with the multi-tool and squared off the corners where the
    circular saw couldn’t get and then did a little chiseling and the old rotten
    board was ready to come out timber well somehow in cutting out this panel I
    didn’t cut into these water pipes I tried not to but you know trying doesn’t
    always work sometimes it takes a bit of luck at least three eighths of an inch
    of plywood out of here and still it’s damp
    I checked it with the moisture meter it reads very high and I can feel with my
    fingertips underneath here the moisture does go back underneath the flooring so
    what I’m gonna have to do is pull up the flooring and I’ll come back to this
    stringer no matter what happens I just can’t go back any farther than the
    stringer I’ll have to put new plywood from here all the way over and replace
    that okay so this is what we have all the
    rotten fluorines out of here good underneath here this is all solid
    this is good very sturdy and we have a little gap in the framing for the hoses
    and wires to run Oh once again I got lucky
    good I didn’t hit anything with the sauce oh look at that and down here
    okay this frame of this stringer is the foam right here it just never got fully
    encapsulated in fiberglass at the factory so yeah I don’t know I’ll
    probably put something on top of it and glues clean this up real good and put
    something on top of it to help carry the load because we have just a tiny little
    speck back here to carry the after end of this subflooring so yeah I’m gonna have to build that up
    and no work on that tomorrow and then just get the materials to put everything
    back together so good the end of the destruction everything else is looking
    good and solid back up in here this wall maybe I’ll stand this and get it ready
    for varnishing while everything is out of here okay the worst is over with now
    just putting it all back together well what just took 11 minutes in video
    took two days in real time and there’s even more rotten bulkheads and just
    pieces off to the left side as we’re looking into the cabin here but I didn’t
    think you needed to see every gory little detail but it’s incredible just
    how much damage battery acid can do so it was this goes back together
    everything will be all fiberglassed if it isn’t fiberglass it will be
    fiberglass so if there’s ever again any acid spillage it won’t be a problem it
    won’t be able to escape its containment center and that’ll all start going back
    together in the next video I certainly do appreciate you watching and sticking
    it through all of this terrible destruction and if it was worthwhile for
    you please give it a thumbs up down below there below the screen and if you
    haven’t already click on the subscribe hey thanks a lot for watching and we’ll
    see you on the rebuild next time

    Wind please go AWAY!! [Yacht Refit & Restoration Week 81] (Ep.90)
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    Wind please go AWAY!! [Yacht Refit & Restoration Week 81] (Ep.90)

    August 17, 2019


    We’re gonna start prepping the mast I’ve
    got to show you all my master splicing tricks and all of those are done and
    everything organized man ugh, so frustrating It’s 8 o’clock in the morning just
    dropped Simone off at the boat she’s busy editing to kick out another episode
    and here’s our list to do for today so we’ve got upholstery and we gotta sort out
    some rigging so I’ve got a collect rigging that’s waiting for us for the
    two fore stays then we have to phone southern ropes for our final order of
    all our new lines and some mooring lines and some rode. I always tell Ricky
    when you get a parcel wait till I can film you opening it do you think he does
    that no he’s too damn eager to open up his parcel. So our new two fore stays freakin
    awesome actually the first time I’ve ever played with the stuff other than
    obviously removing ours we’ve got a stay lock we’ve got our bottom
    turnbuckle this is a little one for inner fore stay ,guys we got to that stage where the mast is outside. We’re gonna start prepping the mast and
    I don’t mean prepping a sense of haylards and that. We’ve cleaned it and washed it
    and done all of that stuff terms of gear and that means installing our tricolour
    light with anchor light that’s below this very nice setup that they got, believe Lalizas does this they’re super nice really neat looking like that
    and we can do it because we are vessels just under 12 meters and this is for
    vessels just under 12 meters so we’re lucky on that we don’t have to do the two bow lights but we
    still need a steaming lighting we still need a we don’t actually need stern light
    because this one has one in the tricolor but we will install one anyways at the back
    mount for our VHF aerial and that looks like that’s one of these whip tips.
    and this is also AIS enabled one probably a later stage we’re probably
    gonna change it and run a secondary aerial to run the AIS independently but since
    our VHF has AIS built in we’re gonna run with one of these those will connect
    up with simple bracket that mounts in goes in there , thought about figured out
    how to mount this bracket in large spot that it’s not in the way of anything
    else and then we got our anemometer that we need to mount with Raymarine they come with a nice
    little base bracket mounted like that probably have it aft facing so that if
    we peek out of the out of the Dodgers it will be very easy to see if we put it to either
    side we might have a bit of a shadow or whatever we’re gonna put it to the back
    that backwards something like that there we got our deck lights, pretty much shines
    on on a well, workinglight, deck light shines on on the deck of the boat so
    that we can see everything at night if we were working if we want to do
    something something goes wrong we could turn that light on a good good light and
    then we got to have our steaming light on there and then our radar and this bad
    boy Quantum Raymarine, so awesome, we bought this
    in the beginning of the project and maybe thankful that we did because we
    have we gotten to this stage might have not been able to afford one, we would have allocated the money to
    other more important things but radar always a great great thing to have and
    yeah we luck to have got one. Here’s our steaming light for vessels less than 12 meters according to the call regs.
    what’s great about those lights that come with these and it’s a 3M double sided tape so all i’m gonna do is put it on drill the holes that need to be drilled
    and screw/tap into that One of the things i’ve discovered lately is using 3M VHB tape as a dissimilar metal barrier, so a barrier between stainless and aluminum ,slap
    some 3M VHB tape there it adheres to and then you can do your fasteners onto that, got
    some of this stuff Duralac tough to get here in South Africa for some reason
    can’t seem to find it, not much around but there’s a guy I helped out with some other
    stuff one of the old sailors helping him with some other gear and he says use
    this and I have seen this all along this mast it’s been green stuff read up a little about it, seems to be pretty good anti corrosive joining
    compound inhibits electronic corrosion between dissimilar metals so
    yeah so if you guys can get a hold of that seems to be good so all the connections we did with
    those and if you don’t know them it’s a solder and then two seals and
    then a heat shrink and over that I put two heat shrinks to seal everything up on top of that. We drilled
    the holes in the bracket that our radar sits on the electronics will only be
    mounted once the mast is already up We then ran all the wire through the mast
    for our lights and connected them up I didn’t get a bracket with the with the
    light obviously you never get brackets with the lights so gonna make one
    just got a piece of stainless steel that is lying around piece of scrap
    marked all my lines where I need to do bends and then the line where I need to cut off and
    we’re gonna fit it over here, we’re gonna have a little steaming light over here
    and our that’s our deck light working light so that’s the bracket pretty much as you
    can see and will rivet it on to the mast over there , we’ll just bend them in a bit
    more thosee tabs and it will be done! putting some of this Duralac stuff it’s
    just to isolate the two material from one another some VHB tape there on the back
    to just to isolate it from the mast to and it’s purely a barrier we just got this little power pack
    it’s a 12-volt power pack and all we’re doing is just testing the light to make
    sure that everything works then I check the tricolor up top. Sweet! sweet Moses helped us out the weekend
    and we got started with our rigging a little bit of corrosion there and on top
    that’s for our Furler so we’re just gonna clean all of that up nicely Lube it up
    maybe even add some anti-corrosion compound and put everything back
    together and inspect all the pins replace all the split pins So this is what she looks like before.. As you can see there’s just a single strap over
    there and then just have you have to take either one of the back stays and
    what I’m going to do is I’m going to standardize these holes are not standard
    I want to go to 13 ml I’m going to get another plate to this like that’s recut
    and then we’ll go down to the standard which is a 13 ml hole and then like
    that’s the whole rig is standard if we need to get gear anywhere it’s easy to get make new
    pins and it will fit, we’ve got a new strap for the other side
    These pins have been in there without compound so they a little bit tight and a little
    bit seized we’re just gonna smack it out that’s pretty much how how our two back stays
    are gonna be, the only thing that’s going to change here is that plate we’re gonna make a new
    plate on Monday with all the wires metal supplies closed today so that’s a set
    up for front one it’s going to go on to a stay lock we have a Norseman here but
    it’s gonna take us a stay lock up front Check at this wind the windsock over there, check at that windsock
    forecast is gusting 45 knots clearly what happens with this marina if it
    blows from the west it flattens everything out but if it was the east
    there’d be one heck of a swell in here on to these dead eyes we’ve got the dead
    eyes which we got from Kraken Luke in the US and we’re gonna make all of these
    lashings so there’s our super 12 from southern
    ropes we’re gonna get all of that turned into these so that we ready hopefully
    Monday to get it on so one of those things have been really on my mind to
    talk to you guys about is doing a boat build in like an open area like
    we’ve done exposed to the elements 24/7 seven days a week and if anyone knows PE
    they’ll know how brutal this environment is the wind pumps here it’ll be sunshine
    in the morning will be raining this afternoon and you’re trying to build a
    boat outside it’s freaking tough so if anyone’s ever considering doing a boat
    build or a refurb or something try your best to kind of get it to somewhere even
    if it’s upper stream somewhere into a little warehouse or something like that
    just to help you out a bit because the weather will really sometimes get you
    down but yeah I think Simone needs some help let me go help her out, at least we got some indoor
    splicing today I’m gonna show you all my master splicing tricks I’ve only been
    doing this for like two months.. no you’ve been doing it since Luke taught you.. joking been here since Skywalker has been
    here so Luke left me a whole bunch of these goodies like this thing I think he
    said this is to start the engine when it doesn’t fail.. Marlin spike. ah Simone knows them! it’s got some of these these apparently
    to do shoelaces .. fids.. splicing fids..I’m clever hey!! Too smart! Simone;s got it she’s got it down
    thanks to Luke well it’s not as neat as when Luke left it here. Luke check
    at this what is going on at this box and all of those are done and
    everything organized so we got each one attached to a sexy Deadeye man so
    frustrating so we’ve prepped up the mast pretty much we’ve run our rigging on the
    mast we’re ready to haul up the mast but do you think the weather plays right
    with us no, this wind never freakin stops which is great for sailing but really
    crappy when you have to work so we’re trying to finish up our little things
    that we still have to do and hopefully the weather clears up sometime this week so
    that we can hoist up the mast So all our Dyneema rigging is run.. check out those are the custom spreader
    tips that we put that we made out of HDPE and check theres our oh man almost
    looks like carbon fiber but it ain’t it’s super 12 from southern ropes
    with chafe sleeve cover on it and now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna seize these
    tips on so we’re gonna literally will run lines over in a figure eight like
    that so it’s secure and doesn’t move so that’s what the mast looks like at the
    moment VHF aerial super awesome LED light and that’s where anemometer is
    gonna go plug in to there I just took it off because I don’t want it hanging outside
    here, secondary fore stay that I made out of Dyneema out of super 12 just for
    the moment so we can get the gauge length
    there’s our backstay’s check how nice that looks man now that’s another one’s
    missing cause I’m waiting for that toggle for the guys to bring the
    toggle , there’s our solid thimbles and the whole rig is done like that check at
    that man that’s beautiful whole mast is set up
    Show you down here what it looks like our white steaming light
    Also LED with our deck light Hella, so we’re gonna have lots of good
    light at night you want a party on the decks so yeah the only thing we need to
    do, our furlers on the side see that long aluminum one there that’s a
    furler and we still got the drums at Basil’s house hopefully we’ll get out to
    that this week get it all done all the wirings in conduit in there and those
    lines are all gonna get replaced with new lines but for now we are ready to go up It’s Wednesday today, we’ve been
    waiting since Monday for a crane and obviously cause we trying to get the
    discount the crane can only come on the day that they’ve got work inside the
    harbor so we wait for them for those days and when they pitch up then we just
    use them once they’re done with the other work that they need to do first
    and then obviously it’s at a much reduced price much cheaper so it’s
    affordable for us to do it and that’s going to get our mast on but the boat is
    looking sweet check at that anchors on everything’s
    finishing up real good gotta give you guys a better view! check at that get my
    head out of it , that looks awesome man,so much work, year and a half down the line and we’re finally
    getting ready launch super excited just wanna freakin go sailing
    already travel eat food surf not that I can surf but we’ll try something check at those
    bad ass solar panels 1000 watt’s baby let’s get to work don’t forget to
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    How to Sail – SH Pontoon Launch: Part 3 of 4: Recovery – how to land
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    How to Sail – SH Pontoon Launch: Part 3 of 4: Recovery – how to land

    August 17, 2019


    Now let’s look at the recovery process The first thing to decide when approaching
    the pontoon is which side to use. This MUST be the downwind or leeward side of the pontoon. Recovery on the windward side can result in
    damage to your boat or injury to yourself as the wind forces the boat onto the pontoon
    and you will be unable to de-power the sail, so this is to be avoided at all times. If you misjudge things you should simply tack
    around and sail away and then come back for another go. The best point of sailing to approach the
    pontoon is from a close reach, as this will allow you to easily control your speed by
    releasing the mainsail, and keeps you out of the no go zone. Travelling slowly, at the last minute turn
    the boat deliberately into the no go zone to stop, and step ashore taking the painter
    with you and tie this to a suitable fixing point on the pontoon. In this example we are
    using a round turn and two half hitches. You can then step back aboard and de-rig or
    lower the sail. Then, raise or remove the centreboard and rudder. Be careful moving about the boat once the
    centreboard is raised as things will be less stable as you move around. Pull the boat closer to the pontoon and step
    ashore, untie the painter and walk the boat to the slipway. Tie your boat to a cleat whilst
    you get the trolley from the dinghy park or ask a friend to this. Then recover the boat
    onto the trolley. Tie the painter to the trolley and get ready
    to pull the boat ashore, but watch your step here as the slipway can get very slippery.

    Attempted robbery! – The darker side of sailing around the world! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 127
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    Attempted robbery! – The darker side of sailing around the world! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 127

    August 17, 2019


    [? They got ?] [? it. ?] Hey. Hey. Over here, over here. Over here. Brady, over here. Brady. Kazza, what’s happening? Is it a guy right there? Yeah, he’s right here. [MUSIC PLAYING] Previously on Delos– we do
    some more underwater exploring, we have one final sail
    with Greg and Cheyenne, and we say a sad
    goodbye to Camilla. It was 3 AM and we
    had just been woken up by an incredibly loud noise. We ran out on deck
    to find someone attempting to steal our dinghy, Kazza, what’s happening? Is it a guy right there? Yeah, he’s right here. [INAUDIBLE] We had come home early that
    night and did as we always do, lift Maggie a few meters out of
    the water, turn out the lights, and crawl into bed. Unfortunately, a
    local from the village thought it would be a good
    idea to paddle out and see if he could get his hands
    on our outboard motor. Once he realized the motor alone
    would sink his little canoe, he decided to stand up and
    cut through the haylard that was holding all 150
    kilos of Maggie. The ridiculously loud noise
    of Maggie falling two meters onto his canoe woke
    us up immediately. I turned the deck lights on and
    ran outside with a flashlight to find a man standing
    in Maggie, attempting to paddle her away. Half naked and half
    asleep, my first reaction was to yell, hey you, [BLEEP],,
    which scared him enough for him to dive out of the dinghy and
    disappear into the dark water surrounding us. Brian appeared with a
    machete, also yelling and screaming like a crazy man. Get the [BLEEP] out of
    here, you son of a [BLEEP].. We immediately
    sprung into action, jumping into Maggie just
    before she drifted away. We re-tightened the outboard
    motor and began the chase. There was no way we were
    letting this asshole get away without trying to capture
    his face on camera. Where’s he at? He’s right under the boat. Right here, right here. Under the water. Swimming back over. This dude was an
    incredible diver, going back and forth
    under the keel of Delos and least six or seven times. He’s over here, Brady. He’s right here. So [BLEEP] scary, though. He’s over here. Our plan was to scare him, scare
    the shit out of him, actually. And hopefully get
    him in the dingy and take him to
    the police station. Hey, I’m going to
    get you [BLEEP].. Don’t [BLEEP] I don’t
    know if I like this. I know he’s [BLEEP] tired. He’s right here. Yeah. [INAUDIBLE] Is there just one of them? [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Come here. Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Come here
    in the [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] I don’t– They’re going to
    get him in the boat. It’s– I mean– he’s
    a [BLEEPING] pissed, but you don’t– I don’t know. We don’t want him to drown. We don’t want to hurt him. So the boy’s getting him now. [INAUDIBLE] No, no, no Don’t let him rest. Don’t let him rest. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] All right, starboard. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] We’re not going
    to kill you, bro. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] We’re not going to kill you. He doesn’t want to go
    in the boat, though. Yeah, get his face. Get his face. But it’s– No, no, no [INAUDIBLE] Blurry. [INAUDIBLE] He’s slippery, bro. You almost had him. [INAUDIBLE] He’s hard to grab, bro. OK. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Guys. Brian, do you want to call
    somebody or should we– Yeah shouldn’t we be calling? Nah, we’ll get him first. He’s right here. Well, I mean, he’s never
    going to hand himself in. Yeah, he’s not. After a while, we figured
    it would be a good idea to call some of
    our local friends, get some advice on what to do. After all, we were in
    Madagascar and wanted to play by the local rules. The security guard. Should we call, like,
    Bruce Bruce or Rudy? Yeah, I think he swam to the
    other boat and [BLEEP] I mean, it’s really dark out tonight. Must be just like hanging on. It’s no moonlight. Yeah, he might be
    hanging onto something or is drifting, right? If he drifts down it’s
    real hard to see him. So I think we’re going
    to try to call somebody to figure out what to do. But, I don’t know. Yeah. I kept hearing
    these crazy noises and I thought the bow of
    the dinghy was full of water because it was like banging
    and making a weird noise. then I just got this [BLEEP]
    feeling, a really bad feeling. So I flipped the
    lights on on deck and came out with a
    flashlight and somebody had cut the halyard for the dinghy. Really? And was trying to fucking
    steal the outboard in a sinking canoe. Like, [BLEEP] is he going to do? Absolutely didn’t
    think about it at all. His canoe is totally
    under water and it’s gone and he’s trying to steal
    our massive outboard. Trying to swim to
    another boat to lose us. Come on, let’s go
    over there, quick. [? Go, ?] go. Why do people do shit
    like this, though? Like, what the [BLEEP]. I don’t know, it just
    makes me really sad. Like a beautiful place
    like this and then can just be completely
    destroyed, in a way, by people think that it’s OK to
    steal from other people. It’s just real shit. Just makes me sad. No luck? Nah, we lost him. We’re going to try
    and find his canoe. So I just need
    Mares dive lights. Can you [INAUDIBLE] I think we– I think
    we lost him in the dark and he’s something
    between the boats and we couldn’t
    get him on board. We kept grabbing him and his
    shirt kept ripping apart. But we found the canoe. And he probably stole it
    so if we collect the canoe and hopefully we have
    this face then we can maybe track him down. So the guys have
    just gone off now and there’s a lot of
    whistling going on and I think quite a few
    other boats are now awake. And I feel like it’s
    [? something that’s ?] going on at land. So maybe he got into land. I’m just happy other
    people are awake because then at least
    other people can help and locals can be more– I don’t know. I don’t like when it’s just
    the guys because you never know even– I mean, what do you
    even do with somebody? If we would have
    caught him, like– I guess we all have
    different feelings about it but for me it’s
    like, I don’t know. Like, if you want to get
    involved with the police in that way in here. I mean, Madagascar
    is amazing but I don’t think you want to get
    involved the police here, unfortunately. And me and Cheyenne
    are having a cup of tea because I need to calm down. Have you ever been
    robbed before, Cheyenne? From my locker in high school. Not like this. Yeah. It’s definitely
    a little sketchy. And it’s different when
    you’re in a country. Like, it’s not in Sweden
    where you can call the police, 911, boom, somebody’s there
    in 10 minutes, you know? It’s different. You have to deal
    with it yourself. You have to take action
    that you don’t need to in another country. Yeah. Yeah, just trying to stay calm. Where it’s like
    you said, back home it’s like you call someone
    else to come and help you. Where here there’s
    five of us and we all have to help each
    other and then look out for all of these people’s
    boats and make sure that everybody is like
    aware of what’s going on. Yeah. So it’s good that you
    got a shot of his face because now at least there’s a
    name to what’s been going on. Yeah. And it looks like
    there’s a spotlight search from– is that a boat? Do you see that? Is that the boys? Every once and a while. See that? Yeah, that’s probably them. Meanwhile, we were
    scouring through the jungle with about 10 of the locals. After a few hours of searching
    the sun started to rise and we called it off. The thief had escaped
    into the darkness. What a manhunt that was. Did you find him? No. Very close. Really? Very close a few times. He was up in the jungle. I think they saw him
    climbing the rocks here. Yeah, we spent the
    last couple of hours in the jungle
    trying to track him. No luck. No luck. Torches started
    dying and he gone. He’s gone. I think he was in his canoe
    trying to take the outboard off and that wasn’t working
    because it’s so fucking heavy. Ah, yeah. And he’s probably like– Because when you lift
    it the whole thing– The whole front, exactly. Goes up, right? So then he’s like, OK. So you have to be two
    people in two canoes to be able to push
    [? straight to ?] front. Yeah. So then he’s probably
    standing there next to it and just started
    cutting the lines and those were the loud
    noises that sounded like the anchor was pulling. Every time you cut a
    line the dinghy’s like– and then he had it. I mean, it was gone. It was loose. [INAUDIBLE] Yeah it was– He cut all the lines and
    the bow line was cut. Really? Yeah. It was floating right
    next to the boat when me and Brady came out. Yeah. I just stepped into
    it and then we– It was like this fucking close. Another, 10, 15
    seconds and it would have been drifting that way. We came out and it was gone. I mean it, I had pieces of
    shirt that kept ripping. Yeah. Then you’d grab his arm and
    he was a little slippery. Real slippery. Madagascar [INAUDIBLE]. We got a canoe. We got a canoe. That’s pretty cool. We did. Yeah, we found his canoe. I’m happy you guys didn’t get
    hurt or witness any brutality. Yeah, I was on
    the way back and I started seeing there
    was probably 10 people involved looking for him. And on the way back,
    we passed the people that were on the
    trail if he ran out, and they all had
    knives and rocks. And we’re like, well, maybe
    they’ll hit him a few times and then grab him and
    take them to the police. Or maybe their brain will
    flip and then he’s dead. I don’t think the
    kid deserves to die. No. That’s what we were saying, too. He deserves to get the shit
    scared out of him like he did. And he deserves to get caught. It sucks because we’re
    not going to sleep well and every little noise
    is going to wake us up. That’s the worst part
    about it is [INAUDIBLE].. The last time it happened
    it took months for me to be able to sleep again, you know? Yeah. So we have some
    boys here that think that they know who
    the canoe belongs to and they want to take it. I don’t think they
    speak good French and they definitely
    don’t speak English. And French is shit. But it sounds like they
    know the owner of the boat. The chances that it was his
    canoe is pretty slim, right? Yeah, I don’t think
    it would be his. He looked quite young. I don’t know,
    generally the people that own the canoes
    that are proper fisherman they’re not
    bad people, you know? They have a livelihood
    and they like the sea and they kind of have a
    respect for each other. So it could be his
    uncles or it could be somebody that knows him, right? Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Sorry about that. Huh? [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] They’re like, shit. I don’t think they knew
    that we [INAUDIBLE] Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Brady, it’s true? You got to have picture of– Yes, on my phone. On your phone? Yes. You can show me the face? Yes. Yeah. Yeah, we can. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Things are happening. I don’t know what but people
    are gathering and talking. We’re going to carry
    it on to dry land. Only one guy, no? Yeah, one guy. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] I don’t know what
    they’re saying but it sounds– they said a few names. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Is he black? Yes. Yes. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Maybe young, young too. Yeah, he’s young. 20 maybe. 20. About 20. Yeah. Or something. Not much more. You don’t know? Or you recognize him,
    but don’t know the name? [INAUDIBLE] Yes, yes. Yeah, we know his name. Oh you do? And he’s the guy who
    makes something wrong here every time, every time. Last night only one
    person, just him. Yeah. Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] I know this face. I know this face. Yeah? I’m 80% sure. Yeah? I’m 80% sure. Who’s the canoe? Huh? Who does the canoe. This canoe is for the man who
    will help you to bring it here. The man who has the cab. I asked him who
    asked you yesterday for the [NON-ENGLISH]. Anyone ask to ask me
    for the [NON-ENGLISH],, he just kept the [NON-ENGLISH] Do you think he stole
    it last night from– Yeah he stole this
    [NON-ENGLISH] and– OK, so those kids had no idea. They were just like, my dad told
    me to come get his canoe back. And we were like, no, it’s ours. So we were apparently
    80% sure who the thief was by this point. Over the past year,
    things had gone missing from a few other yachts. In fact, our friends had
    their laptops stolen not long before this incident. The system here in
    Madagascar is a bit different than most places. Matters like this
    would normally be taken care of by the village itself. They call the village justice
    and it actually works really well for crime prevention. If you’re caught
    doing something wrong, you are shamed and
    possibly beaten. If the offense is really
    bad and you’re directly affecting the livelihood
    of the other villagers, there’s a chance
    you will be killed. There is no room for dishonesty
    among the culture here. But we were foreigners, and
    the last thing we wanted was to get mixed up
    in village justice. So we called the police. We called the police. Yeah. And we’re going to show them
    this guy and the picture [? of you ?] and then– So Bruce called the local
    [? agent ?] [? amery, ?] the local police department and
    his friend that is the police officer there. So they don’t feel the
    need to come down here. Bruce said that we’ll make a
    report, print the pictures, and then we’ll come and
    we’ll give it to Bruce and he’ll translate it in to
    Malagasy and then he’ll go and he’ll take it to the
    police station later today. OK. So– And then we’ll see. If Bruce wants to do that. It’s not like we’re– Yeah, no, he said
    this is the best plan. Or else he said it’s
    just like you just leave it and you’re
    just, OK, well let’s just be lazy about it and he said– And then he’s going to be
    out there next month, too. Yeah. We’re about to go in and
    give our official statement. Da da da. Wherever that is. [INAUDIBLE] And I’ve printed
    out some pictures of our little [BLEEP]. It totally looks like a
    wanted poster, doesn’t it? It does. And Brian put this little
    thing together just in case the police have a
    computer with a USB. The thief of Madagascar. We weren’t the first people
    to have problems around here. Everyone from the
    local village was pretty sure they knew who
    was causing all the trouble. The only problem was no
    one could ever prove it. Everyone wanted to come and have
    a look at the thief in action. So Bruce has just finished
    translating everything into Malagasy and he even
    wrote on behalf of the marina, too, how important the
    matter is because it’s not normal around here
    and it ruins tourism and it ruins
    sailors coming here. It’s a beautiful place and
    if one person can ruin it, nobody will come here anymore. And they understand that
    here for tourism, you know? So all the local
    fishermen around here and everybody that
    works here and everybody in the closest
    village is very, very against this sort of thing. I think we’ll go to
    the police station. The police station
    in [NON-ENGLISH].. OK. Just five kilometer or
    six kilometer from here. OK, not far. They won’t let us film
    in the police station anyway so we’ll just go and
    turn this stuff in and see what they say. Sounds good. Maitenant? Yes. OK. The story. So– Oui, oui, oui. So Bruce took me to the police
    department in [INAUDIBLE] way on the top of the
    hill somewhere. And we gave them the
    form and the photos and it was pretty cool. They had computers in
    there so I was able to– and he had a hard drive
    so I used the tablet and transferred the video
    and they loved it, man. They were trotting around
    watching the video like, oh, look at him. Laughing their ass off. And they said, we need to
    go see the local security force because the police–
    there is not enough police to do anything about it. Yeah. But there’s like a private
    security force that’s here. It’s 30,000 ariary per
    security guy to go capture him. So how many security guys? Three? Three. So now I go with
    this man to find him. If he’s really at
    home or not and then I phone them and come
    now and they [INAUDIBLE].. We need to capture him,
    he’s bad for the clients, for the tourism, and
    that’s really bad for us too here for the marina. And for the future of the
    marina it’s very, very bad. Yeah. And we need to make some
    example, something like that. The little [INAUDIBLE],, the
    Windows tablet, game changer. High five. They were like, what? You caught it on video? Never seen any crime
    caught on video before. And it’s on this
    little tablet thing? Like, what? And then the guy
    has a hard drive and he’s like, put it on here? I was like, yeah. They were like, whoa. And then he watched it on
    his computer like 10 times. He was like, aw, look
    at him, ha ha ha. Luis. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] OK. OK, so they said that
    they captured him. So it sounds like– oh no, no [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]. It sounds like they
    got him, I think. And he’s like, they’re going
    to meet at the local police station just up
    here for us so if we want to go and make sure it’s
    him we can have a look at him. Let’s go. Let’s do it. So we’re going to organize
    a taxi to go up there. It’s kind of weird because
    you never really, like– You never get closer. You never get closure. I think– That’s what the
    guy was telling me. It’s like, we
    never get a reason, we never know who it
    is, we never have– They wake up and
    their shit’s gone. Maybe they see
    somebody swimming away but they never can capture it
    and they don’t know who it is. And if this is the guy
    then it’s great, man. It’s kind of like
    an episode of Cops. And then things got
    even more bizarre. We met Bruce on the
    side of the road. A few guys who we assume to
    be the private security force piled into the back
    of the taxi with us. It turns out one of those
    dudes was the thief. What’s up Bruce Bruce? Yeah? How are you? Fine, and you? Yes. The man is just here. So– Yeah, that’s the one. From last night? Oui? Yeah. Are you sure? Yeah. Yep. The same dude we were
    chasing in the dinghy and swinging paddles
    at last night was sitting right
    next to Greg and Brian in the back of the taxi. And you guys? Are you sure? I need to see him in the light. OK, hold on. Wed need you to
    put the light on. Put the light. I can see your– Video. Yeah, yeah. Oui, oui. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Yeah. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Yeah, I mean, look at that one. Oui, oui. As soon as I saw him
    and the light, I– Yeah. I see. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Cool, man. Well Madagascar
    justice actually works. Who knows what’s going
    to happen after this. And it was civilized
    justice, so far. Very civilized. Nobody’s– I mean, he just– Nobody– We got in the taxi with
    him which surprised me. That’s kind of awkward. That was a little awkward. You’re like, dude, I was trying
    to smash your face in last night and catch you in the
    jungle and now you’re– And now we’re paying for
    a taxi ride to take you to the [NON-ENGLISH]. Yeah. OK. It’s very weird situation. I think– I’m glad the girls didn’t come. [INAUDIBLE] They would have been
    like sitting in your lap with him next to them. I think that’s a
    bit traumatizing. Yeah. Yeah. Looks like he accept. He accepted. He accept. He says, it was me. To be there on the boat. OK. He said it was him last night. Confession, 100%. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] OK, go. OK, OK, OK. [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] So he accept. He accept. He admitted. Accept. Yeah, yeah, accept. Because he don’t want to– because the [INAUDIBLE]
    they force him, they force him again and
    again and he accept finally, you know? And they know the
    [NON-ENGLISH] on his face– From the fight. Yeah. Yeah. But let’s go now. OK, let’s go now. We did good today. Yeah. The thief ended up
    spending about two months in the local jail. After learning more
    about him it turned out he was a young
    father without a job and was trying to make ends
    meet and provide for his family. This is in no way an
    excuse, but his story is pretty universal worldwide. Just like in every
    other city in the world, if you leave things of value
    around or leave your house or car unlocked,
    there’s bound to be an opportunistic
    thief looking to take advantage of the situation. The friendliness and
    honesty of the locals here reminded us that Nosy
    Be, Madagascar is just like everywhere
    else in the world– 99% friendly, honest, and safe. Unfortunately, all it
    takes is one incident for word to spread and people
    to have a preconceived notion about a place. We have never found
    Madagascar to be dangerous and will not let this
    one-off experience change our perception of this
    paradise we love so much. So, it is our last dinner. Oh, shit. The last supper. I cannot believe. How do you guys feel about
    inviting a bunch of strangers on your boat? Just us. Oh yeah, we were
    kindred spirits before. I feel like I already knew you. I already knew you guys. Are we wicked awesome? Wicked awesome. Yeah. Wicked smart. Wicked smart. Thank you guys for
    being such a good crew. [MUSIC PLAYING] So, it’s 6:30 in the morning. I just woke up and
    we fly out today. And I don’t know if
    I’m ready to fly out. There’s been quite a lot
    of commotion the past day. And we had somebody
    try and steal Maggie. I was kind of, pretty
    shaken up by at first, just to be woken up by
    somebody else on the boat. Then you have mornings
    like this that are so calm and there’s such a
    beautiful sunrise and there’s already fishermen
    waving and so many happy people that it’s like, you
    just know it’s going to be OK. I just want to say,
    thank you guys. And I’m going to
    miss you all a lot. [BLEEP] But no tears because
    adventures will happen again. Everything’s packed. Sadly. Unfortunately. I know. Thank you so much for having us. It was such a pleasure to meet
    you guys and we will see you in [? Aman. ?] All right, it sounds good. Thank you so much. Our pleasure. It was awesome. You guys were an awesome crew. Thank you. Great crew. So much. You fit in so well. [INAUDIBLE] sad. Absolute legends, mate. It was a wicked awesome trip. Wicked awesome kid. Dude. Dude, it was killer. Bye, see you soon. Bye. And just like that, it
    was only three left. [PLAYING GUITAR] Next up on Delos– we celebrate Kazza
    birthday in style. I’m the king of the world. Not really, but
    it’s my birthday. A beautiful day
    filled with diving, exploring, and watching
    a solar eclipse. (SINGING) Count the
    stars, I’m fighting sleep. So let it wash over me. I’m ready to lose my feet. Take me out to the
    place where [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGHTER] [INAUDIBLE] First thing in the morning. It’s a wrap. (SINGING) –wake up
    [INAUDIBLE] part of me. [INAUDIBLE] I’m
    blind [? to see ?] find how far she go. Everybody got their reason. Everybody got their way. We just catching and releasing
    what beats [INAUDIBLE] today. Like it? I like it a lot. (SINGING) –your body. It flows right
    through your blood.

    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Wash Sailboat Windows
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    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Wash Sailboat Windows

    August 17, 2019


    Hi, I’m Ches Rainier, welcome to Expert Village.
    Today we’re going to be talking about some techniques used to clean a fiberglass boat.
    Okay, once you’ve dried your windows, and they’ve had a chance to dry, you can hit them
    with some window cleaner. Make sure it’s for plastic windows. This boat has plastic windows.
    You definitely want to read the back of the can and make sure it’s going to be compatible
    with a Lexan window, or glass, and you know you want to test a little corner of the area
    first to make sure it doesn’t scratch up your window. That way you don’t just go crazy on
    it and end up with a ruined window. It’s always a good idea. So, this stuff is pretty simple.
    Just spray it on, and wipe it off. And you’ll see there’ll be a little haze over it as you
    start to wipe and you just want to buff all that off. And this stuff actually leaves a
    little residue on it, which is going to help repel water and make it easier to see through.
    And then you just go through all your windows like that.