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    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #54)

    December 9, 2019


    your boat doesn’t have to come out of
    the water looking like this on sailboat ‘Brick House’ we’ll show you how we clean
    our bottom and then we’ll go to Hank Schmitt from Offshore Passage Opportunities to give his tips from the pros number four how to keep your bottom
    clean. Hello I’m Patrick Childress in over twelve years of living on our
    sailboat Brick house Rebecca and I have never found a bottom paint that does
    what it’s supposed to do what the advertising says that it will do
    we’ve always ended up having to scrub the bottom much sooner than ever expected so we
    normally use a hookah and up here we’ll put a link to video number 12 which
    shows how we use the hookah for scrubbing the bottom especially after
    we’ve been sitting for several months in one harbor and the marine growth really
    does accumulate and at the end of this video will show you some underwater
    scenes from that video but Hank Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities has
    a very good system for using a scuba tank which you don’t have to strap to
    your back and be so encumbered under the water so he’s going to show us how to
    start with scrubbing the waterline and then go deeper using the scuba tank and
    not wear it into the water okay so we’re getting set up to go ahead and clean the
    bottom of the boat I’ve been cleaning bottoms for about the last 25 or 30 years
    and at first we’d set up like most divers with a BC jacket and and
    regulator and all the weight belts and everything but I found it was much
    easier just to have a tank and a long 25-30 foot hose which I’ll set up right
    here in the middle of the boat and if you have a dinghy you could also put it
    in your dinghy but this keeps you from having to get a BC jacket and the weight
    belt when it’s time to clean your bottom and you’ll see how we can actually clean
    most of the bottom and we’ll demonstrate that in a little bit just by
    having the tank set up in the middle of the boat. we open it up so it’s
    ready for us we all the way open and back a little bit and I’ll just leave it
    right here in the middle I’ll go ahead and get set up to enter the water and as
    you’ll see I can clean most of the boat without having to use the tank and I
    just have that ready for me when I need it so I’ll go in the water and it’s all
    set to go when I need that for cleaning the prop for the bottom of the keel
    maybe the bottom of the rudder we’re gonna go ahead and get in the water now
    and we’ll show you how you can clean your boat pretty much about as big as
    forty forty five feet without using a tank if you didn’t have a tank if you
    weren’t certified but of course having a tank makes it certainly easier for
    cleaning off your prop or the bottom of your keel but really to clean the bottom of your boat
    the water isn’t that cold you don’t need a wetsuit or anything you just need a
    few things so we’re gonna go in with our swim fins
    a scraper of course for getting any barnacles or anything if you have
    barnacles on the bottom of your boat or anything then you really should you just
    be hauling the boat out and painting it a diver is not to keep from having to
    paint your boat once a year or once every two years for scrubbies they’re
    actually three different grades of scrubby’s one is like a sponge almost
    and that’s when you’re racing or you keep it clean a lot then the red want a
    little bit more abrasive and then you might be familiar with the black ones
    which are really for cleaning your barbeque grill and if you have to use a
    black one again I would usually just tell the owner of the boat save the
    money that I would charge you for diving and putting it towards a short haul so
    you shouldn’t have to be taking barnacles off the bottom of your boat if
    you have barnacles on the bottom you vote you need to paint but I know our
    bottom is not that bad so I’ll be able to use the lightest grade scrubby you
    can you don’t want to use anything more abrasive because then you’re taking the
    bottom paint off and again bottom paint as you know is very expensive 250 to 400
    dollars a gallon so the idea isn’t to put it on and then scrape it all off so
    again you want to use the the lightest scrub you can also very important are
    the suction cups because again imagine you’re in the water and as you’re
    cleaning the boat you’re pushing yourself away so they sell these at your
    marine supply stores also any glazier windows they also have suction cups for
    moving big pieces of glass so you want suction cups I put a line on there so I
    don’t lose that and then I’ll just have the scrubby on the other side I do use
    gloves again for barnacles you don’t want to scrape your hands if it’s really
    cold water you’d want to use a wetsuit but it’s not too cold today so just swim
    fins again if you want you can use booties my booties are more worn out
    than my gloves so I don’t use booties anymore and up here where the water’s
    dirtier I do like to put on a hoodie as well with a mask just any any mask I
    don’t use the snorkel at all because again I’m gonna be holding my breath
    cleaning the bottom of the boat and coming back up and you’ll see that
    demonstration in a little bit so again you don’t need a lot of a lot of tooling
    a minute ago you saw we set up our tank so we don’t have to worry about a BC a
    buoyancy control jacket or a weight belt even you’ll have enough with the suction
    cups to be able to take care of that so you’ll eliminate a lot of gear a lot of
    maintenance without the BC jacket so just a tank, a tank and long hose in the middle of
    the boat or you keep it your dinghy in the middle of the boat and I’ll just
    need that really for cleaning anything off the prop or the bottom of the keel
    so with that we’ll get suited up and see you in the water
    okay so I’m all suited up with my stickems – my suction cups…and hopefully I’ll get
    away with just my sponge type and I leave my other scrubby and my my putty
    knife near me so I could reach it when I’m in the water so just go in make sure
    you hold your mask okay we are in the water I generally
    like to start at the bow you see just okay so you could see the contrast where
    it was already cleaned and where it’s not and basically it’s my suction cups
    in one hand and I’m right-handed so I have this scrubby in the other and I’m
    just doing wipe wipe I hold my breath as I go down get to the middle of the
    bottom of the boat then work my way up the other side and I just continue that
    and that way I can do probably 90% of the boat without the having to use the
    tank or the regulator so it saves you from using a lot of air so when I was
    commercial diving I could do eight or ten bottoms with one tank so I wouldn’t have
    to make as many runs to do it and again if you’re out cruising around you don’t
    have to go and get your bottle filled as often. They do sell smaller pony bottles
    which you could probably do the whole boat bottom with just a small five or
    ten-minute pony bottle because again you only need it for your keel and for
    your your running gear your prop and your shaft if you have any barnacles
    there so it’s really just hold my breath wipe wipe….. and i come up again…work on down, more wipe wipe I don’t even have to hold my breath on
    the top. And I head back down. And i just keep going, all the way around. Probably once every 2 month if you’re not racing if you are racing then you
    might want to do it before each race. Very simple.
    okay so I’ve cleaned 80% – 90% of the bottom I have my regulator set up
    25-foot hose connected to the tank on deck. It could be on your Dinghy I just pull the
    hose down now because I’m ready to clean the bottom of the keel then I’ll get the
    putty knife and I’ll go ahead and clean the the strut, the prop, and the
    shaft and then we’re all done so I only need this for the last part of the last
    part of the cleaning the bottom. Thank You Hank I hope this video was
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and also click on the
    subscribe button if you haven’t already also there is a link to the tip jar in
    the video description if you don’t mind helping out in that
    direction now here’s some of those scenes from when we were anchored for
    three months in Sri Lanka (cleaning the hull, cleaning the chain, cleaning the prop on the bottom of our sailboat Brick House) Propspeed from Oceanmax worked great for 2 years, so it made cleaning our bottom a lot easier than before. After 2 years, we are applying it again (hauled out now for Coppercoat, Propspeed and more)

    Episode #27  Used Sailboats for Sale (Deck Stepped Mast or Keel Stepped Mast – which is better?)
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    Episode #27 Used Sailboats for Sale (Deck Stepped Mast or Keel Stepped Mast – which is better?)

    December 8, 2019


    the thing about that is people are religious about that issue
    and there really is no one right answer the argument for keel stepped masts go back in
    history to the idea that if you had a mast that was stepped on the keel (especially with
    wooden boats) but with any boats it adds one extra panel to the mast, one extra structural
    section to the mast and therefore allow the mast to be stronger, stiffer, and smaller in
    size. When we went to the CCA Racing Rule the emphasis changed on how rigs were designed
    because the rule pushed us to masthead rigs and masthead rigs are pretty easy to step
    on deck. Frankly the structure between the deck and the bottom of the boat between the
    deck and the keel became something that was a simple structural compression post and therefore
    for boat builders that gave them quite a few advantages. People at that time, recreational
    sailors, were pulling their boats out of the water for the winter made it easy to take
    the mast off the boat so maintenance got to be less and these masts were so stiff when
    they went t aluminum masts compared to the wooden masts that preceeded them that extra
    panel wasnt necessary but as we learned about sail shape and sail design and rig design
    those stiff masts were just not a great thing the risk with the the deck stepped mast was that
    if you lost the mast it was over the side and there was no way to recover it out in
    the ocean there was a feeling that all you could do was cut the rig away and hope that
    it didnt put a hole in the boat before you got it loose so for cruising boats there was
    a sense that you had to have a keel stepped mast. The reality with that though was that
    keel stepped masts take water down below the decks are always the keel is always there
    always water in the bilge there often water across the deck if you turn around youll see
    there water that came down the mast during the storm and ran across the deck and into
    the bilge so its a nuisance to have a keel stepped mast if you dont need one now in my
    mind the best solution is actually a deck stepped mast that has a moment a structural
    connection at the deck so that the load gets transferred through the deck to a structural
    post thats in bending you gain the extra panel you gain the ability that the mast is still
    attached to the deck because the other issue with a keel stepped mast is if you lose the
    mast theres this piece of mast thats beating you to death its folded over and the waves
    are pushing it against the boat and you end up having to try to cut this tree trunk down
    to keep from sinking your boat if its really in the most extreme conditions and so to be
    able to unbolt it at the deck and send it over the side in my mind is the best mix

    Bulkhead Repair on a Sailboat- Using a Laminate Trimmer & Plastic -Patrick Childress Sailing #57
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    Bulkhead Repair on a Sailboat- Using a Laminate Trimmer & Plastic -Patrick Childress Sailing #57

    December 1, 2019


    this is part two of changing this to
    this and making sure that the upper shroud chain plate bulkhead will never
    deteriorate again hello we are Patrick that Rebecca
    Childress on the valiant forty brick house
    we are currently hauled out in Richards Bay South Africa going through the boat
    doing a lot of things making some modifications and getting this boat
    ready to Atlantica but first we have to finish up this project isolating this
    wood bulkhead from any possible leakage from the upper shroud chain plate and I
    made one template using two pieces of cardboard it’s a lot easier to do it
    that way and then tape them together then we’ll bring them downstairs lay it
    out on top of the FIR mica and then start the cutting process for me the easiest way to cut plastic
    laminate like Formica or wilsonart is another brand name is to use a laminate
    trimmer and that is a small router that spends a two-bladed cutter at very high
    rpms and in this case I’ve already marked out the template onto this big
    sheet of plastic laminate but it’s just too big to deal with I want to cut it
    down to a smaller size and make it more manageable so I’m setting up a straight
    edge hold in place with clamps and then I’ll run the base plate of the laminate
    trimmer along that straight edge and make that as my first cut to cut out the
    finished product on this job I’ll be using two different cutter bits these
    are both 90-degree bits as opposed to beveled bits beveled bits would
    generally be used on countertop edges so that you don’t have such a sharp edge to
    rub against the orange bit in the machine right now I would use as a
    plunge bit making plunge cuts in the center of large sheets of Formica to
    open up an area that would then be made larger later on in the work process to
    make a long straight cut using that orange bit the base plate of the machine
    would then write against a straight edge that would be clamped to the work the
    yellow bit has a ball bearing roller guide on it so that will follow any
    profile that is clamped below the work surface of the plastic laminate whether
    it’s straight or curved this is the same yellow roller bearing guide bit running
    against a straight edge cutting a piece of polycarbonate and it will be just as
    straight and smooth as the guide that the roller bearing is following these
    bits rotate in a clockwise direction looking down from above so it’s best to
    move the machine at a direction so it tends to throw the chips and bits away
    from the work rather than into it it seems nothing ever fits right on the
    first try so a little marking here and there and then a trip back down to the
    ground it was easier actually to put 150 grit paper in
    sandir in sand to the blue line rather than set up the laminate trimmer and try
    to trim it out that way I had a problem when I went to the
    hardware store to buy the glue that I needed to put the Formica on to the
    bulkhead I asked the clerk standing in the aisle for contact cement and no
    matter how I asked him he assured me the smallest amount that they had was a
    50-pound bag so I was standing in the paint section I knew it had to be close
    by and then I finally saw the cans on the shelf contact adhesive they call it
    in these other countries so we had a good laugh about that one
    but I finally did get what I needed so now we are ready to stick the first
    piece in place this smelly solvent based adhesive works far better than the
    useless water-based contact adhesive and generally it takes two coats on the
    Formica or on the plastic laminate and I’ll just put one coat up on the wall in
    this case I’m just putting some around the perimeter this is risky business
    once this stuff sticks together there’s no manoeuvring it around it has
    to be a perfect exact plop up against the wall and there’s just no room for
    error so I’m just going to put some around the edges here it doesn’t matter
    if it’s not adhered in the center there’s going to be a bracket to hold a
    shelf in the middle and some other things so it’s going to be well adhered
    but it’s most important right now is just to get it glued in around the edges
    without messing up the project now that little projection up at the top left of
    the sheet of plastic laminate that’s where the old chain plate hole used to
    be but that’s all been filled in with epoxy and fiberglass over on the outside
    it’s totally sealed because we’re going to be making a new hole on this side of
    the plastic laminate so I made another template to match the front of this
    cabinet took that down cut out the Formica plastic laminate and then I mark
    the inside edge of the door opening with a magic marker
    and I’ll take that back down cut that out again it just makes it a little
    easier for putting on the contact cement and doing the final cutting do the exact
    dimensions of the door frame work with two coats of contact adhesive on the
    backside the plastic laminate and it is all dry
    almost dry to the touch of a fingertip to the glue it’s ready to set this in
    place it’s a very delicate precise operation to make sure everything gets
    lined up exactly if I really made a terrible mistake there’s a chance of
    getting a hair dryer set on high or using a clothes iron or maybe even a
    paint stripping heat gun set on low to heat up the plastic laminate and
    especially the glue underneath to loosen it up to pull it apart and then give
    myself a second try today is a lucky day now to route out the inside edge of the
    door frame so I set up the yellow bit with the bearing guide set that just
    deep enough to right inside of the door frame in to cut the plastic laminate
    going around in a clockwise direction so it throws all the chips and bits away
    from the work I just slowly follow the inside of the doorframe until the base
    plate of the laminate trimmer this won’t go any more we get hung up on the far
    side on the far right side but that’s no problem we’ve got a solution coming up
    and it isn’t doing it by hand putting the trimmer bit in an electric
    drill allows one to get it into some very tight places but the electric drill
    runs at a much slower rpm so you have to work slow and carefully or risk chipping
    out the work this boat is 43 years old and there’s
    things that just fall off of it like these cleats that are supposed to be
    adhered to the fiberglass hull and they hold up the horizontal deck slats so we
    cleaned things up a bit of sanding mix up some thickened epoxy with Caviezel
    and butter it all up and squeeze them in and then find something to help hold
    them in place until the glue sets taking everything apart to do the rebuild on
    this project not everything especially the teak pieces come out intact so some
    of the trim has to be glued back together with epoxy oftentimes clamps
    won’t hold it but rubber bands do fine and the rubber
    bands they don’t really get epoxy done it doesn’t adhere to well through the
    rubber bands and they can easily be sanded off anyway and that is sips job
    the whole time I’m inside doing this work sip is outside sanding teak and
    doing all the varnish work all of these flats were originally
    installed at the valiant factor using common steel grads so over the decades
    those grads just turned into a rusty mess they barely held anything it was
    really the compression fit the good work of the carpenters who cut exactly right
    and is that compression fit that was holding most of these slats in place and
    then the big problem was getting those rusty nails out of the wood they would
    just fall apart so most of them I had to drill out and then use putty to putty up
    and smooth and over those holes for reinstallation of all of these slats I
    used stainless steel pan head screws and set up string lines to follow to try to
    get as straight of a line as possible and the time came before putting up the
    fiberglass ceiling panel to cut the new access hole for the chain plate but
    first I put up very thick duct tape to help protect the new Formica and then
    using a multi-tool did a vertical plunge cut right up through the very thick
    fiberglass decking and it would be easy enough to avoid that hole from outside
    of the boat the multi-tool is a great tool to have on a sail boat and it has a
    blade that oscillates side-to-side and obviously can get into some very tight
    places to make sure that there was no rotten balsa coring in this area we
    opened the area up and dug everything out and then built it up with layers and
    layers of 1708 which is biaxial cloth with a chopped strand mat backing is
    solid it took a bit of reaming with a drill bit to open up the chain played
    hole and then this whole area was painted the chain plate was installed
    and then sealed in place with butyl sealant butyl tape actually and the heat
    gun was used to help liquefy the butyl a little bit make it more pliable and then
    crammed down into the gaps on either side of the chain plate for many
    applications especially around chain plates I prefer butyl in a caulking gun
    tube it’s just more pliable it’s easier to pump into the voids but unfortunately
    this butyl tube is empty but I save it just to show everywhere
    trying to buy more of it it’s american-made butyl and that’s the only
    kind of butyl in a caulking gun tube that is worth using Chinese all the
    foreign made butyl is just a lot of junk and it just isn’t the same stuff after
    that the only thing left to do was to install the shelves which was easy
    enough and then figure out what to do to replace that ready old insulation that
    was on the inside of the hull up in the stereo cabinet so let’s go into the
    marine store and see what they might have for insulation to glue up along the
    hull so the option for insulation to glue up
    on the wall was this rubber mat or this rubber mat 12 millimeters thick which is
    a little bit less than 1/2 inch and it felt like a rubber exercise mat and it
    came in either black or like early american-made cars black there was no
    option here on what to use so unless you’re dealing with Space Shuttle winged
    tiles where you can put a blowtorch on one side and comfortably put your hand
    on the other a half inch of anything available at the Marine store isn’t
    going to give us much insulating value aerogel is another super insulator but
    aerogel and space shuttle wing tiles are bit pricey and certainly limited
    availability especially for gluing up on the inside
    wall of sailboats so if you know of anything that works especially well
    that’s affordable for cruisers for insulating the inside of their sailboat
    if you can leave that information down below in the comments section that would
    be a great help to a lot of people so this insulation is really there to help
    prevent condensation inside of the boat don’t click off just yet we have a video
    progress report on the outside work of this boat
    well the bottom is already for copper coat all the puttying and patching and
    painting on the outside has been done we’ve gotten a lot of work done on this
    boat over the last 7 months there’s still a few more things to do but I’ve
    got a lot of video to put together so we have a lot of DIY videos coming up so
    thanks a lot for watching I hope this was worthwhile for you and if it was
    please give it a thumbs up and also click on the subscribe button if you
    haven’t already thanks a lot and we’ll see you soon a sip
    hey there’s my friendship yeah yeah thanks do you got it all
    started SIPP went to work full-time for a contractor here so I’m happy to give
    them a start and now we’ve got a lifetime job forever and this is our new
    guy the little rainy day today so we’re just finishing up polishing up some
    propane tanks do a little sanding on them and primer good rainy day work

    3 Sailing Tips to Save your Sailboat and Yourself!!  –  Patrick Childress Sailing  #26
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    3 Sailing Tips to Save your Sailboat and Yourself!! – Patrick Childress Sailing #26

    November 11, 2019


    today on Brick House How the U V rays of the Sun affect your eyes, sometimes requiring surgery and how some
    unexpectedly inexpensive sunglasses can be better protection than the designer
    brand, and then shock absorbers for the main and jib sail when the wind dies but
    the waves are still up take that terrible snap out of those
    sails, how to fish out and patch a broken jib leechline
    a day on shore with the natives and some local yachting Madagascar style keep the
    bailer close by. Hello my name is Patrick Childress on the sailboat Brick House. I
    grew up in the southwest section of Miami and in the summer’s out of high
    school in the late 1960s if my friends and I weren’t waterskiing on the nearby
    lake then we were out scuba diving on the nearby reefs. In those days no one
    paid any attention to what the UV rays of the Sun were doing to one’s skin or
    their eyes. In 1979 I left Miami on a 27 foot sailboat to sail solo around the
    world. After completing that trip the worst
    part of that whole voyage was having to have both of my eyes operated on for
    pterygium. Pterygium effects anybody who’s outdoors a lot; construction
    workers, farmers, sailors, anyone who is exposed to constant eye irritation like
    dust, wind and especially the UV rays of the Sun. Pterygium starts out as a
    ‘pinguecula’. Take a look at this pinguecula. A pinguecula starts on the inside
    corner of the eye nearest the nose and it generally has a yellowish cast to it
    and it’s complete with blood vessels as it grows across the white of the eye and
    encroaches on the cornea, the clear lens of the eye, that is then called pterygium
    and is spelled with a PT. It can actually pull and deform the eye like a muscle
    and cause an astigmatism and certainly at that point it needs to be operated on to
    be removed. The sunglasses that are just open to the side they’re a benefit but
    they allow far too many rays of the Sun and wind in to damage the eye. A hat
    certainly helps but really the best thing is to use wraparound sunglasses as
    long as you don’t need prescription glasses – you can’t get wraparound
    sunglasses in a prescription as of yet. Some of the best glasses are
    actually the least expensive. These are safety glasses that you can buy at any
    hardware store for five or six dollars. The most important thing is to look for
    the ANSI – the American National Standards Institute designation on the
    Temple of the eyeglasses this will show that the safety glasses have been tested
    for impact resistance in UV protection along with other measures, These glasses
    are made of polycarbonate polycarbonate which is a natural inhibitor of UV rays of the Sun. Even if the glasses are clear like these safety glasses they’re 100% well
    did they ever say one percent 99.99% UV resistant. When the wind has died but the
    waves are still up what to do to take that terrible snapping slamming out of
    the main and the jib when you still have to sail? The best remedy that I have
    found is to use a snubber just like this anchor snubber that normally attaches to
    the chain. It can be looped around the boom of a mainsail and hooked back on to
    itself or a separate line can be tied around the boom and then the snubber
    attached to it or if the line is long enough on the outboard end of the
    snubber it can just be tied around the boom with two wraps and then tied with
    the bowline back on to itself and if you’re hanging out in Southeast Asia
    you’ll always see these old motorcycle inner tubes laying along the roadway.
    They may not be good enough to hold air but they’re great for shock absorbers
    whether at a docks or for taking that shock loading out of a sail while you’re
    still out at sea. So when we set up the shock absorber on this mainsail there’s
    a bail already on the boom its easy to attach to and it’s in a set up so when
    the shock absorber reaches its full extension then the mainsheet will take
    over the load. This certainly eases the pressure on the
    gooseneck and the sails. This shock absorber is set up on a Swan 53 and it’s
    so easy to set up the shock absorber on a Swan because there’s so many winches
    and cleats and all kinds of options to attach the bitter end to. Of course
    there’s a preventer tied to the other side of the boom. In this situation the
    shock absorber is set up as a jib sheet and once it gets to its full extension
    then the jib sheet takes over its loading in this light air it’s just nice
    to have a running pole, a lightweight running pole, to help hold out the jib so
    it doesn’t have such a throw for its movement. The outboard end of the pole is
    attached to a sacrificial loop of line that’s tied through the clew of the sail
    it also acts like a great hinge point and these light winds for my own use I
    just don’t see any sense in going through all the trouble to set up fore and aft guys and topping lifts. It’s just as easy to man handle these running poles and
    especially these smaller lighter what I would call whisker poles. In this
    situation the jib sheet is doing what it’s supposed to do but shock absorber
    is easing the vertical slamming on the sail and here you can see a close-up of
    the sacrificial loop of line to which the upward end of the running pole is
    attached to, so shock absorbers are a big help to save the sails, save the
    gooseneck, save the rigging, and also to ease all that terrible sounding noise. On
    the jib of Brick House and this is the clew of the jib and this is where the
    leechline used to be. iIt chafed through on this little cleat and we have no more
    adjustment, so if my problem is how to get the leechline
    out so I can tie a new piece to it and get us back in business again. So I cut
    just a tiny hole with a razor blade knife right through here being very
    careful not to cut the remainder of the leechline.Then I took this lighter
    and singed the threads so nothing would come unraveled. So now I’ll take my
    rigging knife and dig out that broken leech line and I’ll have about this much
    left to tie a new piece of line to, and get us back in business again. That was easy enough – sometimes you get lucky. On the staysail we had the
    same problem of a damaged leech line because of that cleat, but there, there was
    enough line exposed at the bottom of the pocket of the leech lines where I
    could grab it and pull it down and raise the sail up away from it and then clamp
    the leechline with vice grips the jaws of which were wrapped in tape so that I
    wouldn’t be biting through and breaking the leechline so that gave me enough
    exposed leech line to where I could tie it to a new extension and that was a
    much easier process getting us back in business. So I joined this Dyneema to the
    old leech line and I left a little extra here because there was a worn section in
    here I don’t want to risk tying to a bad area and having that break so I’ll shove
    this down it has a bit of stiffness to it and I can feel it coming down if I
    run into any snags and I can use a retrieving tool like this to shove up inside and grab the line and
    pull it down. But I think this is gonna work out okay. There it is, good
    I had a long pair of needlenose pliers I could have also stuck up in there to
    help pull it down. I’ll give myself plenty of line to come through… I don’t even
    like using this anymore because of that chafe factor. I’m gonna go around it and
    just use the eyes since we don’t really adjust the sail that much and I’ll give
    myself plenty of line. So I wrapped the new Dyneema extension through the eyes
    several times and then tied it off bypassing those terrible sharp jaws of the
    adjusting cleat. I don’t want to turn this into a destination YouTube channel
    but there’s just so many fun things that we get into I just feel like I need to
    show it to somebody… so I have a series of videos here that I’ve strung together
    and this shows our new friend Paul who showed us around his island and then
    took us for our sail in his dhow. This is the son of my sister …oh the son of your
    sister so your ‘nephew’. A cruiser had given Paul a solar panel and a 12 volt battery
    AND a single light bulb so he has enough power to also run some simple
    electronics. Very cool…look at the little kitten – a little snowball! How many kittens? Are there five? four? ONE? Meow Meow…Only one little baby hah? Better bring you back to your mommy before she misses you too much ha? This roof is made from palm..and the wood is for planking. Oh yeah…. This was the middle of the dry season so
    there wasn’t the waterfall that we had hoped for. But does the pig get smart yeah yeah yeah…and learn not to go…maybe he sees trap, and not to go yeah yeah yeah so maybe he see trap he see food but nah.. too dangerous…no
    no no no he like some food yeah because you you like some, you
    love some Rafia.( a flower seed) And how often do you catch pig? Maybe one or two weeks like this, they come in. Yes, On the first day, you make some seed and the pigs you come in to eat one day.
    ????///Oh ok… A Frenchman had been living on
    this island and went away for a couple of weeks at which time he died but while
    he was away a bad storm came along and washed his sailboat way up onto the sandy
    beach near the mangroves and it’s been sitting here now for several years. We had a fantastic fish lunch with rice
    and mango salad Singing… Thank you Paul for a fantastic day!

    How to Fix a Sailboat Deck, BEFORE the Windlass RIPS OUT!!! (Patrick Childress Sailing #48)
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    How to Fix a Sailboat Deck, BEFORE the Windlass RIPS OUT!!! (Patrick Childress Sailing #48)

    November 7, 2019


    there was a little bit of weakness in
    the foredeck underneath the windlass so now is the time to take the windlass out
    open up the foredeck and get rid of water saturated balsa and make it strong
    like it should be hello we are Patrick that Rebecca
    Childress on the 40 foot valiant and Brick House
    we are hauled out on the East Coast in South Africa in Richards Bay and we are
    going through the entire boat trying to find problems and correct them before we
    head out across the Atlantic to Uruguay what’s this? this is the money that we
    save because Patrick has the tools and the know-how to fix this boat without
    his knowledge all this will just be down the drain of
    course it’s only about ten bucks anyway down in the description down below
    there’s five or six different ways to support our channel you’re not
    supporting our lifestyle you’re just supporting the cameras and all the time
    and effort that Patrick has to put into doing this he works 12 hours a day on
    this boat and then he comes in until he can’t even keep his eyes open anymore at
    night and edits the videos hope you appreciate it I’m hope you like them if
    you do give them a thumbs up subscribe share the link to your local yacht club
    do what you can to share the word that really helps us out
    thanks a lot for watching because of the heavy wide backing plates underneath the
    windlass there never was that much flexing of the foredeck when we’re
    picking up our ground tackle unless we also were picking up someone else’s
    abandoned anchor or an old mooring but now is the time to dig into this whole
    area and make sure that everything is going to be structurally sound so we
    don’t have any problems in the future but first I had to squeeze upside down
    through the little access hole into the chain Locker and undo the bolts to the
    windlass and the deckplates while our friend Bert who we met through our
    youtube videos helped out up on top once everything was out of the way that
    structural surgery began I’m using a diamond-tipped blade but just a regular
    masonry cutting blade would work as well this is all solid no no I guess not and
    it’s all wet so now we have to scrape all that old balsa out of here clean up
    the area and you can see some hunks of fiberglass that are in here and if I can
    knock those out those are old repairs we’ll get those out of the way and just
    redo them and with this tool that’s twisted 90 degrees I reach way in
    underneath the decking and trying to grab as much of that old balsa out of
    there and dig it out as well as possible learn how to during this and cartina
    Columbia when we were hauled out there we had the guys dig into a lot of the
    side decking to remove the saturated balsa especially around the chain plate
    areas so I wanted that area made as strong as possible so for two days we
    had the hairdryer set on low blowing warm air into these areas deep into the
    cavity where I couldn’t reach with a 90 degree probe I’ll come back yeah it’s pretty just
    free I’ll come back with a wire brush why your brush all of this and clean it
    up and wipe it down with some acetone and vacuum it really well and I’m going
    to go over to this a dumpster for some pieces of fiberglass that I can use as
    filler to help build this up instead of using all of my expensive valuable resin
    and fiberglass cloth I’ll have already made chunks of
    fiberglass to help fill this up and make it strong and I’ll be able to shove them
    up way back up under here – to help fill up the gaps along with those chunks of
    fiberglass I’ll also use that 90 degree vent tool to shove fiberglass in resin
    way up under here to help filled up the voids also here we go solid fiberglass panel that’s
    just what I needed for filler perfect this will be more than enough and I’ll
    sand the shiny side get that roughened up yes this is just what we needed these pieces of fiberglass panel along
    with larger pieces out in the field will be set in place amongst fiberglass cloth
    and residue this fiberglass panel wrapped in plastic will be screwed up
    from the bottom to help seal the holes for the chain and the other wiring holes
    in bolt holes to make sure that resident cloths don’t go dripping through but
    I’ll also plug up these holes with some butyl tape that I have I could have used
    clay modeling clay it probably would have been just as easier and actually
    cheaper but I need something to maintain these holes in their placement so I can
    drill back in the exact same spot when we’re ready to install the windlass so
    now it’s time to cut off the protruding screws holding up the panel just below
    us and then start wetting things out and get it ready for the fiberglass cloth
    and the build up on the left there you see a big hunk that was solid fiberglass
    that was a previous repair that was done in Columbia and I’ll talk about that a
    little more in a few minutes and I’ll have to grind that down from above a
    little later on as we build up these plies without this 90-degree probe it would
    have been very difficult to get the wetted out fiberglass cloth and even
    these scree cut panels way up in here where they were needed to fill up the
    gap so one layer two layers three layers we
    keep building it up but I had to stop at four layers and let things cool down too
    many layers at one time and you get a heat buildup and you could actually get
    things smoking if you’re not careful so I took a lunch break and come back and
    find more layers and the next morning I’ll come back and check my work okay
    this is the morning after everything is well set up I’m going to clean
    everything up here vacuum and then wash this area down with the little soapy
    water and some fresh water but right now I can feel on here it’s like a greasy
    waxy feel that’s the amine blush that comes out of epoxy and then I’ll get out
    the big grinder and grind this out I’ll grind this down a bit and grind it way
    out to the sides all the way around and put the Belleville in there for getting
    ready to do the layup and the final layups and patches you just can’t have a
    hard spot here we need to bevel this back and get the
    adhesion on to the rest of the surrounding fiberglass I know what
    you’re thinking why didn’t I grind that bevel out into
    the white area first and then I could just run all of those plies of laminate
    right up on to the bevel and be done with it
    well sometimes I just worked harder rather than smarter and that would have
    been a great idea but I discharged it into the project and this didn’t plan
    ahead all that much but having a double-double like this it’s gonna be
    good and strong and I just won’t have any problems with it see here in the
    pieces but if I had to do it again I would do the outward devil first and run
    the flies up onto it while digging while sanding everything here I found a void
    not a void but another pocket of balsa and so I dug all that out it’s all
    cleaned out and had the hairdryer sitting on here for the past hour and a
    half so it’s all dried up nice and ready for patching so mix up some thickened
    epoxy will really fill this in nicely this was not that large of a void but
    still I couldn’t fill the whole area up in one go with the thickened epoxy as
    that would cause too much of a heat buildup in the curing process and it
    caused smoking and maybe even melting of the surrounding area and then start
    laying in the cloth one big section first and then get to smaller pieces as
    we work into the center and then one big piece to go over the whole thing and of
    course some people would start with narrower pieces and work up with wider
    pieces till you fill up the whole valley and sometimes I do it that way myself so
    flip a coin it’s all just dick one big big batch of polyester resin
    about 12 years ago in Colombia I had some guys dig this area out well they
    should have dug this area out too but they dug this area out they pulled out
    the rotten coring the saturated coring and I told him on the rebuild I wanted
    it layered with fiberglass cloth and resin then I went away for five minutes
    I come back and his whole area is just full of just resin and no cloth I
    thought ah geez that can’t be strong but here it is 12 years later this area
    shows no sign of cracking or any other structural defects so polyester resin
    give it some mass and it’s surprising how robust it can be especially when you
    cover over the top of it with two layers of fiberglass cloth
    however polyester resin in just a thin layer say like 1/16 of an inch sheet
    with no reinforcing like fiberglass cloth or fiberglass mat it’s extremely
    brittle however give it that reinforcing of mat or cloth and that 1/16 of an inch
    or two sixteenth of an inch reinforced polyester then becomes extremely robust
    so enough layers or cloth or laid around the perimeter to make everything level
    and then one large layer of cloth to help smoothen things out goes down and
    then the peel ply is applied and that’ll help to make everything nice and smooth
    and require a lot less sanding for the final preparation and the end the faring
    out so in the morning we pulled the peel ply away the Amine blush goes away with
    the peel ply so I don’t have to wash down the area also the Peel ply lays
    down all the fibers of the fiberglass cloth making for a much smoother surface
    and a lot less sanding in preparation for the next step and then with a
    utility knife I cut away all of the dry fiberglass cloth that I didn’t need to
    saturate with resin that’ll make it a lot easier for sanding
    I don’t have to send all that up in to dust
    so just a bit of feathering in around the edges and then a little bit of sanding out in the field and we’re
    ready to do the fairing now I get to use S-Fair 600 fairing compound it’s a
    two-part epoxy you just mix it up 50/50 in the quantity that you need and go to
    work far easier than trying to mix certain additives into epoxy resin and
    then get it all spread before it all sets up so this is easy to sand not
    terribly easy to sand but it’s very doable and certainly much better than any other
    system that I’ve used before so we get this from AMT composites out of Cape
    Town after getting all the compound in place then I use this 10 inch 254
    millimeter wide compound knife to smooth and everything out but I had to work
    fast there’s only about a 10 minute work time before this stuff starts to set up
    so after a quick sanding with a random orbit sander we wipe everything down
    with acetone and paper towels we don’t use rags because we just don’t know how
    clean the rags are they might be contaminated with a bit of oil or grease
    that could mess up the work so paper towels are a much safer bet for the
    final wipe down and then Prime with two-part primer the only primer I could
    get was green in color so we had to go with that and then two coats of two-part
    white paint on top of that and next time we’ll be ready to install the windlass
    the backing plates and I can show you some repairs that we previously did on
    the bulkheads inside of the chain Locker and our new 3/8 inch Maggi chain made
    in Italy order from Maggi chain USA but there’s more to the story which we’ll
    have to cover in the next video I hope this video is worthwhile for you if it
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    Rigging Our Sailboat (Part 1 of 3) Sailing SV Delos Ep. 61
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    Rigging Our Sailboat (Part 1 of 3) Sailing SV Delos Ep. 61

    November 5, 2019


    Previously on Delos. We island hop through the beautiful waters of Thailand. Find a hidden cave. And go on a search for Leonardo Di Cappuccino. Look the shrimp! They light up when they’re agitated. Come! So this is what I found the other day. That’s defenitely a broken strand. So that is not very good. We’re supposed to leave to cross the Indian as soon as possible and start heading for the Andaman’s. Get me down! Slowly, slowly please! There’s a f***ing ridiculous shackle up here! Whoaaa… (Winch creaking) There is a four Millimeter shackle up there… Ok… Ok… I’ve been up on that one about two dozen times. Is it rusted or corroded? Mmmmm brownish…. You don’t feel comfortable? No I don’t feel comfortable to spend the time up there. Ok… Sorry.. My opinion is oh that you should do something. Before going to South Africa. But you don’t see any evidence of things that are…. No I don’t see any crack because usually you start to have the failure crack here on the swage. And then is that indicitive of rust inside the strand starting to fail? That’s the ultimate. Like holy shit. Because fundamentally. you have so much pressure inside that it’s… it’s splitting the swage. And the rust and the corrosion inside causes the crack. The pressure…. So…. I mean the rig obviously needs to be replaced at some point. At some point…. It’s just a tough decision whether to do it now or In South Africa for me. And the main reason is the timing. yeah. Yea well fundamentally it’s getting a little bit… a little bit close if you want to cross fundamentally you have to cross it now. But I also don’t want to cross if we’re going to get into trouble somewhere or…. Um… Just a moment. Rigging boats…… I think it would be like at least a month setback, maybe two months. And the boat would have to come out of the water again which means all the bottom paint work we just did was for nothing. And it’s 20,000 dollars that I don’t have. Look have a second opinion. That’s what I may suggest. I don’t know that was the best value for 1,200 ringit that I’ve ever spent. Yeah. Why do you say that? I don’t… I just don’t think that he was as thorough as he could have been. I spend more time up the rig looking at everything and checking the welds and checking the cracks and the pins and he didn’t barely… I have to ask him to look at the back stays. I was like do you want to look at the back stays? Oh I might as well… Yeah, you should! But none of them are showing signs of failure which is good. There’s no cracks there’s no broken strands, there’s no broken pins or anything like that. So we really didn’t trust the inspection 100% He even got the boat name wrong on the repot! So that is not very good we’re supposed to leave to cross the Indian as soon as possible. And start heading for the Andaman’s. So it just.. It really pisses me off that we paid a guy to come out to the boat. We paid him a lot actually like 1,200 ringit, which is over 300 US to do a thorough rig inspection. He looks at a few things on the port side he didn’t hardly look at anything on the starboard side and this is what we wanted to find. And it’s just like yeah once he heard the rig was a certain age he was done. He just kind of made up his mind and that was it. But if we would have found that we could have made a decsion we could have started making plans to replace everything earlier. So it’s you know… It sucks. But it is what it is. And that’s what a broken strand looks like. Yep so we’ve gotta head to Phuket and change our plans. And get it sorted cause we can’t cross an ocean like that. It was already almost the end of February and the weather window for crossing the northern Indian ocean was slowly closing. The northern Indian Ocean doesn’t have tradewinds conditions like the Pacific or the Atlantic. Instead it is ruled by the monsoons. From November to about April the breeze comes out of the North East, making a passage west easy. But after April the monsoon switches and the breeze comes from the South West, the exact direction we needed to go in order to cross the equator and make our way to South Africa. So just like that our plans had changed. Instead of leaving for the Andaman Islands in the next 7 days it looked like we might not leave for another 2 months if at all. We immediately set sail for Phuket and began to research our options. We’re about to leave our nice calm anchorage and go sailing. So we don’t know what’s out there… Start again!!! Just say we’re getting the boat ready cause…. Ohhhh. Ha Ha Ohhh. Ha. So we’re about to go sailing and leave our anchorage. So it’s time to get the boat ready. We’ve got Karin putting away the wind scoop. We gotta put all the dive gear away. Hey!! Get ’em boat ready! (music) Checking the oil? (peeing noise) Getting the boat ready! Getting my body ready. (flushing toilet) How’s your wrist? It sucks. I feel like I’m about to go f**cking bowling. I was snowboarding over New Years and I fell on it. And it bent back like that. And it didn’t really hurt but over the past couple months it’s botten bad and it hurts and I can’t put any pressure on it like that. And I can’t bend it that way. Mr. Brady! You check em oil??? Yessss! Here we go! This is the outhaul. So you’re gonna turn that at the same time that you’re unfurling. That’s tightening it though right? Yup. So that’s pulling the sail out and this one is unfurling it from the mast. So you have to do it at the same time. Shall we compare? Have we done well? How long has it been? I don’t know. I haven’t shaved my legs since I got to the boat. Yeah. So one month I think. Yeah, we’re doing good. On the way to Phuket we spotted a fishing boat that seemed to be collecting a lot of Jelly fish we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go talk to these dudes. Is it for food? Yeah. And then what you… you dry? Dry in the sun? You lay? Sorry no english. No no. Okay! Who really knows why these guys were catching so many jelly fish. Because of the language barrier we couldn’t be sure it was for food. It turns out jelly fish aren’t just dried and eaten these days. They are used in a huge variety of products including cosmetics, paper towels, diapers, tampons, and even mail enhancement supplements. It’s kind of hard to know what’s sustainable cause like there’s jelly fish f**cking everywhere right? It depends if they in this area have a lot of that one and it doesn’t matter if they pick like… I don’t know like… Cause they might pick like thousands a day. They probably had like a thousand in there right? Yeah. There was quite a lot in the boat. I guess taking anything in that quantity is really bad for the environment. But, yeah. It’s hard not to be like what are you doing? What are you doing taking stuff form the ocean but we have no idea of their culture and no idea what they use them for. Yeah cause he said that they chopped it off. Something they chopped it off and threw it back in. Interesting….. Interesting… Yeah yeah! Alright. So we’ve to two missions today. Mission number 1 we have to go check into Thailand because we left Langkawi like 2 weeks ago and we’ve kind of been cruising through Thai waters so we need to get that sorted out. And mission two we need to figure out a way to measure these stays. I think our longest one is 18 meters and we only have like a 3 meter tape. sooo we’re gonna seek out a hardware store and try and find a way to get good measurements that we can get to the rigger so we can get a quote for new rigging! (music) (jack hammering) So Thailand actually has a pretty cool system. They’ve got an electronic system which I’ve never seen before so you just go online, you fill like the yacht forms. And then you go to Immigration, Customs, and the Harbor Master and they’re all in one place so it’s pretty sweet! Frida is on a very funny mood today. She’s trying to tickle me cause that’s the only time that I get panic. Like I really panic from it. Then I laugh in a specific way and she thinks it’s so fun. And she’s like.. Right now she’s like I’m gonna do it when you least expect it. Alright! That’s it! We got our clearance papers and we’re now legally in Thailand! Nice job everybody. How does everybody feel about this? (clapping) The whole family is gathered. We have 30 days to get our shit done and go! So while the others headed off to the market for some much needed provisions Brian and I rented a cute little scooter and headed off to the hardware store. (music) So we totally spaced out filming and forgot to film anything in the store but we scored! We got a 30 meter fiberglass tape for measuring the stays. Missions for the day complete! The others did some awesome provisioning and it was Mexican night on Delos. Ummmm mmm Ummm! So good. So after our research online we headed to the local sail maker Rolly Takser to check out their rigging department. After meeting with David the manager of the rigging department we realized we actually had 3 options for solving our rigging dilemma. Option 1- Measure the stays and order them pre-swaged from France. Cost- 10,000 USD. Time- up to 2 months. Option 2- Use a professional rigger and have a team of guys handle all of the work. Cost- 16,000 USD Time- 3-6 weeks. And option number 3- pull a do it yourself Delos style. And use the facilities at Rolly Tasker but do all of the manual labor ourselves. Cost- 10,000 USD. Time- Anywhere from 1 week to never! After deciding which one of those options to go with we had to choose whether we were going to take the mast out by crane and do the work on solid ground, which would have cost us another 600 USD or leave the mast up and change the stays in sections. What’s going on? Well we had a good meeting with one of the riggers yesterday. So we’re looking at 6 weeks form now if we order it now. I think. Versus if we just do it here and…. I think we could have it done it a week. From like you know.. Cause we start tomorrow right? We say David, let’s do it! We start tomorrow and we get the forestay and everything into him and it’s almost the same price. I mean it’s more work on our part yeah yeah but that’s all good. I think it would be cool to have a hand in making the fittings and the swages and all that. So you mean the option of the dude that you met yesterday? Yup. Ohhh. And um… It sounds pretty promising so far so… The next step is head to a marina where we can inspect the forestay. Cause the forestay is the big question if we can get the foil apart. So we gotta get Delos into somewhere where it’s not moving around and where we can get off the boat with a dock next to us so we can lay the foil and stuff out. Yeah, it feels good! It feels good to get going. To get started. What are you doing in the hole Breeyawn? Ahh the air conditioning has stopped working and we’re about to head into a marina tomorrow so it’s like CRUCIAL that the AC works. So I think it’s the coolant water pump so I’m gonna start testing that and see if the motor is f**cked or if it’s an electrical problem. Yea so it looks like there’s no voltage at the motor. I tested it with like 3 different meters just to make sure. So the next thing is the check… There’s uh.. Like a relay system over here that connects all the AC units to a relay that then turns on the the water coolant pump. So maybe something happened to that relay. Maybe. So the relay’s all good? I found a blown fuse and I replaced it and it just blew again. So… Oh shit. That pumps just gotta be drawing way too much current. So we’ll have to take that out and see what’s wrong with it. Never easy! Alright, got this beast out. I couldn’t tell if that was sweat or water cause you’ve been in a sauna. It’s a little mixture of both. Ha ha. Gross. Okay. Let’s take this f**cker apart! It’s sooo rusted! Ohhh well I think we found the problem. Well that’s a problem. The motor’s not supposed to be full with water! Hmmmm. Ha Ha. Okay! Just using a little brake cleaner here. To get all the rusty bits out and drive some of the moisture out of there. This stuff works pretty good to clean and then it evaporates leaving no residue behind. Cool. Oh yeah! Get outta there! Nasty shit. Look at all that! But the magnets and everythings in pretty good shape isn’t it? Yeah. So we’re on our way to the Royal Phucket Marina to start the rigging work. And it’s a pretty shallow little channel. We’ve got like about, like about a meter. under us which is alright. We had to wait for high tide to sneak in here. But hopefully we’ll get in without hitting the bottom and start some work. It’s a f**cking weird channel. It’s not like a channel with markers on either side. It’s just these posts on the port side and you gotta stay kind of close to them but far enough away. And they kind of go and then wrap around this corner. But it’s really, really shallow around here. This place looks really funny. It looks like a resort. This is the yacht party. Yacht party and the tourist party! Step outside. She’s waiting! I want that one! Which one? That one! Yeah. Next up on Delos! We learn a lot about rigging as we try and change it ourselves. Beer and a pickle sandwich. A pickle sandwich! Karin prepared.

    Provisioning a Sailboat for 6 Months- Sailing SV Delos- Ep. 64
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    Provisioning a Sailboat for 6 Months- Sailing SV Delos- Ep. 64

    September 17, 2019


    Previously on Delos! Not knowing anything about rigging the boys give Delos a new rig while at the dock. What are you guys up to? We’re writing a shopping list. A massive shopping list. For like 6 months! And we’re putting it in categories. Really? It’s that big. What categories do you have so far? We’ve got dry goods, other stuff, cleaning products, toiletries… And snacks! You gotta have snack one. Spices and sauces, that’s a very important one. Peanut butter! Hey Hey everybody! While half of the crew was changing the rig the rest of us went provisioning. We already bought heaps of stuff in Malaysia but it was now time for a final massive provisioning. Our goal was to leave Thailand with enough food to last us for 6 months. Let’s do this people! Do we have any more white flour left? Yeah. I think we have like 8 packs or something. So we could just get like 100, or another big pack of earl grey. And then like a big pack of green tea. Well how many bottles of alcohol we drink per month so we can figure out how much sugar we need. Because that’s mainly what we use sugar for. And then we have to include some baking. How many bottles of alcohol will we go through a month? 10 we think so far… If not more! I would say like 15. So if we do 10 bottles a month…. So yeah. 6 kilos. 40 KG’s of sugar for 6 months. Just for the alcohol. So we’re off to do our first provisioning run! Oh man, it’s fricking hot. We’re sweating A LOT. And we’re going to go to Makro which is like a bulk food store. Big provisioning! So we’re gonna see our cruiser car now. And because when you rent a car you can either get like a regular car or a cruiser car. And a cruiser car is WAY BETTER. No power steering, no AC. Yeah. It’s usually a piece of shit from what I’ve heard but it’s cheap. And it’s exactly what we need. It’s a nice car. It’s the upgrade. F*uck yeah look at that thing. I haven’t driven a manual in a while! Let’s do this! Ummm. So we’re at our first stop. This is Makro which like a bulk foods store. Yes! You can see the trolley’s ahead. Like they’re massive. So we’re gonna try to find heaps of stuff. This is our first stop But like 4 or 5 stops to go to. So this is the start. But we have a list. Let’s do this! So we’re gonna go and get some canned foods first. We’re gonna come back here a few times. We don’t have a lot of space in the car so we’re gonna start with that and then check out if they have any good snacks here too. Snacks!!! That’s our mission! See you in a bit! Okay. Babs and I. We’re on the dry goods. Oh shit it’s backwards No it’s not! Dry goods. Okay so we’re gonna go this way. Perfect! Ah to the left, here. This is what we need mate! Big packs of rice. So here we are at Makro in Phucket and we’re actually meant to be filming in here so we’re trying to be real hush-hush about it. So we need 30 KG’s of rice. That’s like 15 bucks. Ha ha, for 30 kilos of rice. And that’s feeding 7 people for 6 months. And we’ve got 10 of these! Tea for Brady’s Kombucha. Yeesss! This store is f**cking awesome! Yeah so we can’t pay with credit card apparently so we’re trying to find an ATM to get 32,000 baht to pay with. And yeah, let’s go! We tried to withdraw enough cash but our daily limit didn’t allow us not our day today! So you’re not allowed to film in there unfortunately. We’re been for about 3 hours now F**ck tired. And apparently or unfortunately they didn’t take card either. So we had to like scramble together all our cash. I don’t know. We got it paid and we’re outta here! Let’s get the f**ck out of here! It felt insane to buy so much food. Funny thing is though when we made our shopping list we kind of half guessed the quantity we needed for everything. But at the store we followed the list religiously. Round 1 check! Put your feet in here I think we can fit you. Hi Karin! That was a f**cking shit show mate! Yeah. She’s pointing something. What? I think our car is too low or something is falling out. Open up the door. What? Are we too low? I don’t know. Oh flat tire! F**ck! Oh my god! You’re kidding me. Mate! It’s not flat. It’s defenitely not flat. I think we just need air. Nothing is working for us today. So we just pretty much all of the heavy shit out. of the car, all the cans and stuff. And um. We’re gonna go to the gas station and get some air in the tire and then come back, put everything in and see if it’s okay. Thank you! It works I think. We rented this today. F*cking cruiser car. That’s a cruiser car! Sweet, yeah perfect. Yeah thumbs up. So now we’re gonna go. Oh thank god! So now we’re go and eat something cause we’re f**cking starving. The car is full of stuff. And it’s now night time. We are tired! So we just putting everything into the boat. And I’m sweating ’cause it’s like 8,000 degrees in here. And yeah, it’s a hot one! The next morning we spent hours trying to organize our shopping. Even though Delos has a lot of storage space this was pushing it. It was only the beginning. And we were a bit scared everything wasn’t going to fit. Especially since we bought over a thousand beers in Langkawi. Yep, that’s how we roll. Beers first, survival later. Hello there! Hi! I’m making pancakes for breakfast. So we have pancakes, Swedish style. And I got some strawberries as well. We’re just putting all the cans away. We bought like 400 cans. F**cking mission! Yeah so we also managed to get, um, to use the freezer for the restaurant so we chucked all of the rice in there today which is good so we’re gonna go back today and buy some more flour and stuff which we also need to freeze. Which is awesome, ’cause we don’t really have much space in our freezer. And why do you freeze them? Because the eggs from the bugs are already in the package. So they will hatch and then you have like instead of rice you have a full bag of black bugs. We want to avoid that happening. So many tourists! The highlight of the day going provisioning is getting in the car with AC We’re gonna get um toiletries like 150 rolls of toilet paper. 100 boxes of milk. And all the other random crap that we didn’t get last time. That was our 3rd provisioning round and we still need more. Yeah we’re stil not ready yet. So we have a lot of stuff. So now we’re just going back so the boys can help us unpack and everything. In the V-Berth we put all cereal stuff. Sugar and flour some snacks and a lot of nuts. And as you can see all cubbards were full. Brady and Josje even had to clear out some of their things to fit it all. Ready to go to the store. Um, yes, yes very ready! None of us slept good for the whole good for the whole week. It was sooo hot in the marina with no wind. And of course when we could have used the AC it stopped working. My favorite time of the day was showering at the marina restrooms ’cause it had both AC and awesome showers. It saved me that week! (Music- Summer of ’69) We tried to buy toilet paper for the whole trip, but it takes up a lot of space. We decided that we were only allowed to use 1 square per time. You gotta plan ahead! So I think we did pretty good! I mean I don’t think we need to get much else apart from So I think we did pretty good! I mean I don’t think we need to get much else apart from…. And we still need like some dried fruit and that kind of stuff. Yup. And chick peas. We were so lucky to be anchored in the marina when doing our last provisioning. Imagine this load of stuff on dinghy rides back and forth. It saved us sooo much time! By the way, here’s the complete shopping list unedited! We’re here to pick up some stuff. Okay. Yeah I have to go a lot of times though back and forth. Cause it’s like a large pack. Is he there? Yeah. Okay, would it be better if we come back tomorrow? Shall we come back tomorrow is that better for you? Morning time. Morning yep. We’ll come back tomorrow morning. Okay. Let’s go to the other place that’s where we have most of it anyway. We have some stuff in your freezer. Pasta and rice. Rice? Yes. So we just are coming to get it. 4 days ago we put it in your freezer. Oh there he is! Hi, hello! Thank you so much! Come on Karin let’s go! Come on Karin let’s go! Hey hey hey! Pick up the pace ladies! Pick it up! Pick it up! What are you doing Max? Taping. Taping what? Chips! To the wall, or under my bed. This is my bed and this is my secret stash. Nice! We made it! Man, that was a lot of hard work. You guys helped us through it though. You had been buying us beer so Brian had a surprise for the last night. Japanese Sushi all you can eat buffet with drinks! We got so excited! 7 hungry sailors and two hours to eat as much as we could. I could not believe we were done shopping. The boat was defenitely lower leaving the marina then when we had arrived. We counted that we had bought 25 trolleys of food this week. Where did we put it all? I had never bought that much food in my life. What a unique experience though. Now Max had learned yet another new part of the sailing lifestyle. And preperation and teamwork is super important. Next up on Delos! We meet a local expat that owns a mexican restaurant. We go to a Ping-Pong show. And get ready to sail to India!