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    Waterspout, lightning, squall, running aground + how we hoist the dinghy – Sailing Ep 172

    November 14, 2019


    From 1,500 rpm we’re doing just over 1
    knot. That’s a waterspout, and that’s right above the anchorage we’re trying
    to get to. It was a really close call, the closest I think we’ve ever come to
    running aground. This is what you call wind against current against tide
    against fetch. We just came through this channel. We were hitting 7 knots so there
    was obviously current pushing us through but of course we were battling through all the waves
    that have built up over the hundreds of miles in the Java Sea coming the other way.
    Meanwhile the wind is coming this way and it’s very shallow. And this is the result.
    And this is when you want to make sure your engine is in good order.
    It’s times like this when I sh1t myself Can’t get over how beautiful it is
    around here. I think it helps that it’s a lovely day with blue skies and little
    fluffy clouds adds to the atmosphere but so much greenery around us and there’s
    some big mountains as well. This area kind of reminds me of Turkey a bit it’s
    a big open area with lots of little islands and a great big playground for
    sailors because with the South easterlies which are consistently
    coming through, certainly at the bottom end, a great place to hang out. The only
    difference is of course that it’s much more shallow here than it is in Turkey,
    so you’ve got rocks and reefs to contend with. Anyway we’ve now got to the top of
    Lingga island and we just would poke our nose in over the top. There’s a couple of
    tiny little channels that we may be able to get into. Difficult to tell, only a
    hundred meters wide. Might bottle it when we go and eye them up. But if not then
    looks like there’s a nice little anchorage just at the top. It just gives
    us a little bit of protection should the weather come in. And a nice easy exit for
    when we leave tomorrow. We got through the channel not very pleasant, but
    fine. The current took us through. We’re now out of the worst of that wind, and we’re
    looking for somewhere where we can put the sail up. It was far too windy there.
    So we’re going to be going through a channel once again. Navionics, of course,
    isn’t quite right so we’re using Offline Maps as well. And we’re hoping when we
    get into that channel we should be really well secluded and find a good
    spot just to drop the anchor and get the sail back up. A little bit disconcerting
    just came in and put the boat in to tickover and we were doing six and a half
    knots. In tickover. So rather than just dump the hook I thought I’d just check to
    see what it’s like if I turn the boat around. So I’m now aiming to go back out following our track in. From 1,500 rpm
    we’re doing just over one knot. So it just makes me a little bit nervous about
    dropping the hook anywhere around here. It might just be this particular spot
    here. But I think what we’ll do is we’ll go back out and we’ll check out
    along the coastline which again is fairly protected, but it seems like
    there’s a very very strong current here, which we had been warned about. So this might put it in perspective. As you look down… Look at that, it looks like we’re
    making good progress. But if I bring it up and you use a transit on that back
    stay there, the green line with the sandy patch behind, and look how slowly it’s
    passing it. Barely bloody moving at all. And as you
    can see over there, I’ll zoom in, you can see those over overfalls or current. This is really quite vicious. And a little bit scary. As you can see
    (I don’t know if you can see) that it’s all quite close. Little bay there and there’s
    one channel through there. There’s two channels through there. And then there’s
    this little bay here, which is where I thought perhaps we could anchor but I
    don’t really want to be anchoring in six knots of current. Just whilst we’re killing some time
    I just thought I’d show you a little tip when you hoist your dinghy up. And it’s
    something that I’ve only just started doing. Thanks to Ian on Icey Red
    who recommended this. Now normally when we hoist the
    dinghy we leave it hanging using the blocks that actually hoist it. Now we tie
    off lines across like this to stop it from moving backwards and forwards. But
    it still had a tendency to move slightly Plus of course it puts a lot of strain
    and weight on that block system. A couple of weeks ago one of them gave way
    and the dinghy dropped in the water at 3:00 in the morning, which is not ideal.
    But let me just show you this. To be honest I’ve no idea why I didn’t do this
    before and I’m sure some of you out there probably saying well you’re an
    idiot, this is the obvious way to do it. But you can see I’ve taken that Dyneema
    line, you can just see that black line there. So it goes over the davit and it
    goes down to the same clip as the block system. Now that’s where I’ve
    currently tied it off, but really that should be some kind of carabiner or
    something that I can easily clip and unclip. And of course we’ve got the two
    Dyneema lines which run across like so to there. And, by the way, in case you may
    have noticed, this happened. When we were in Sabang – I didn’t mention this
    at the time because I didn’t want to upset anyone – but when were in Sabang
    we tied the dinghy up and left it for a day on a Sunday. When we came back there were about 30 kids who had basically – I don’t know what they’ve done actually – they had played
    around with everything. They had ripped various fittings. They ripped this off.
    They were playing around with the outboard, it was in a funny position… blah
    blah blah… I went to see the Harbormaster but no-one seemed to want
    to take any responsibility for it. It’s just one of those things…
    Sunday afternoon all the kids are out playing, so it’s an obvious thing for them to play with.
    But, yeah, a little bit angry about that. So that explains the state
    of our dinghy. The other thing I’ve done as well is to tie underneath another
    line. Now this one runs to the wheels on the dinghy and that helps give it a bit
    more stability. And then quite often I will take the painter under here and tie
    that off as well. Since doing this the dinghy has
    remained very steady. And bear in mind for the last two days we’ve been in some pretty
    rolly seas. So very happy with that set-up. Bit of a hectic start this morning. The
    wind picked up throughout the night and, as you can see, the swell picked up as
    well. So trying to weigh anchor was quite interesting because the wind was pushing
    us one way in the current the other. But we did it. So now we’re just cutting across,
    which means going into wind, which we haven’t done for a long while.
    So we have to cut across this bay and then we start going down It’ll be interesting
    to see what the current does because I think the tide will be turning soon and
    we’ll have the current with us. It’s quite a tricky passage today. A few
    narrow entrances and obviously the usual rocks and reefs,
    so let’s see how we get on… In case you’re wondering what the hell’s
    going on we’re trying to get through this little channel. It’s 0.2 miles wide
    and lots of overfalls everywhere, including in the channel. So it’s a
    little bit rolly. Speed’s down to 2.6kts. The real troublesome thing here is
    that the boat naturally wants to get pulled to starboard, which pulls us
    into the island just there. It’s that close. The autopilot is on fast. It’s on quick
    setting, so it’s compensating the other way. Problem is that when it does that
    it then shoots over to the other side, so it pulls it all the way over to
    starboard again, in fact we go towards the island. And this is all happening at 1.7knts Some pretty hardcore overfalls
    actually, I don’t think I’ve been in anything quite as as tough as this.
    They’re having a big effect on the steering. It’s exciting, but it’s also
    scary. It seems as if we’re past the worst of it.
    But actually our speed has now dropped right down to half a knot… …at 1500 rpm. So we are now going past this island
    where there’s a shallow patch very very slowly.
    It’s like everything is in slow motion. Local fishing by over there probably
    looking at us going “what the — are they doing?” Because there is actually a back channel,
    but we’re not sure that we can get the boat through. Unsure of the draft. But
    that’s obviously the place that these guys go through.
    Much easier. 1.2 kts now. Don’t know how well you can see that…
    That’s a waterspout and that’s right above the anchorage
    we’re trying to get to… Lightning now as well. So we’ve got waterspout, lightning, black cloud… And that’s where we’re supposed to be anchoring. And I would rather lurk around out here before we go in. That’s two anchorages in three days that we’ve
    approached with a squall. Don’t know if you could hear what Liz was saying but
    there was a water spout in among all that lot. [And lightning]. Sort of above where we’re
    supposed to be anchoring – but actually if you look at the weather, the radar,
    you can see the cloud is somewhat behind it. Don’t know what to do… Well that really was one of the
    strangest sails we’ve ever done I think. Very interesting, but very frustrating.
    These currents get really really strong. And as you saw when we went through that
    little cut, we got down to half a knot. But that’s where the adventure only just
    began because shortly after that – the bit that you missed, that we didn’t record
    because we didn’t know it was happening till the very last moment – was when we
    almost ran aground. Now on the charts, just to the east of an island, is where the depth dropped from 20m to 10m. But, in fact, there’s a reef there.
    Now the problem was is that we were using our phones to look at the
    satellite imagery but for some reason mine didn’t show anything. Turns out I
    had to reset my phone for the sat image to reload. Very strange. Anyway, it was an
    horrendous experience because as we were approaching it we could see eddies –
    there were eddies everywhere (overfalls) but these were particularly strong and
    as we got to it I was thinking “well I know the depth gets shallow here.
    But 10m, 9m, 8m, 7m, 6m, 5m…” At that point of course
    put the boat into astern. The lowest depth I saw on our depth sounder was 1.7.
    When it hits 1.4 that’s when we hit bottom. Bear in mind of course with all these overfalls we’re moving like this as
    well. It was a really close call, the closest I think we’ve ever come to
    running aground. So that put the willies up us. So we went to back out.
    Then we tried to get out of this area. When we reloaded our phones to find the true
    satellite imagery, well it was littered with reefs. So to get out of that we had
    to go back on ourselves. And then, of course, the current picked up because we
    were coming out of these islands. You can imagine all these hundreds of islands.
    The amount of currents and eddies and overfalls that it creates is quite
    phenomenal. So yeah, it was a bit frustrating. It wasn’t literally
    until the last hour or two that we could actually pick up a bit of speed. And then,
    of course, as we came into this anchorage, as you saw from that footage, big
    westerly squall came through. There was a waterspout, lightning. [Laughs] Really bizarre. We only did 35 miles today, it feels like 200. It makes for an interesting
    passage I suppose. But it was just a little bit, I think ‘frustrating’ is the word.
    But hey, look at this place. We’re anchored by a little village on an island that
    doesn’t even have a name. How weird is that? But it seems pretty secluded this
    is a recommendation from a Facebook friend, Mark Bongers. Thank you, Mark. This
    looks like a pretty safe place to just rest for the night. Tomorrow, early
    start, hit those currents. And it’s the last stop before we hit Malaysia.

    How to Rebuild a Battery Box (LEAKING lead acid batteries on a Sailboat!!) Patrick Childress #46
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    How to Rebuild a Battery Box (LEAKING lead acid batteries on a Sailboat!!) Patrick Childress #46

    November 14, 2019


    this boat is 41 years old only recently
    did battery acid do an incredible amount of damage underneath the bunk in the aft
    cabin this is putting it all back together far better than when this boat
    was new but there is a terrible time crunch
    Rebecca is in the US and due back to Africa in a week and a half two people
    cannot live in this boat because of the total disarray of the major construction
    that is going on I have to get it completed before she returns hello we
    are Patrick and Rebecca Childress on the sailboat
    Brickhouse a valiant forty we are hauled out in Richards Bay South Africa going
    through everything on this boat preparing it to cross the Atlantic from
    Uruguay and points out okay the worst is over with now just putting it all back
    together this is under the bunk in the aft cabin okay so I’ve got things
    cleaned up in this area now I need to cut out some of this foam just a section
    maybe about an inch to allow proper drainage from this hole after area down
    into the bilge and then I need to clean up the top of this foam so I can glue a
    block of wood to help support this flooring and the new flooring that’s
    going to go on it I’ve tried different cleaners and that’s not going to do well
    enough to get the discoloration off so I’ll try this er form file and that
    looks like that’s going to clean it up so I’ll work on that and then get ready
    to make the block to glue in there so easy when you have the right tools Jenny this piece came out of here it was
    just barely held in I don’t know we just with one nail at the top
    kind of strange wasn’t glued or anything so and it’s a little wet it’s a little
    damaged so I’m gonna make a new one that will go in this other one that’s up here
    rather flimsy I’ll take that out clean up the edges that’s going to get glued
    and screwed in place along with the one that I make and at the same time we’ll
    make the spacer to go into here so down here on these cutouts in the framings
    for all these hoses and everything to run I just pulled hoses and wires out of
    here I don’t like it it’s just a sharp edge I could grind that down but I’d
    rather just put something over it so we just cut this plastic tubing cheap
    plastic tubing long ways and then made slits perpendicular so that maybe I can
    fit it over that saddle and then take the heat gun and melt it in make it fit
    we’ll see how well this works another experiment your own brick house
    I mean it’s been this way for since 1976 nothing has ever apparently chafed
    through no hoses or wires but I just don’t like the way it looks so we’ll
    give it a try much better some boat owners in this
    yard including myself don’t see this as a dumpster but a trading bin where junk
    goes in but treasures come out hmm look at this today my lucky day that
    looks about 20 mils 3/4 of an inch thick foam sandwich very dense foam fiberglass
    on both sides this could be a new floor okay this is the old floor it’s three
    quarters of an inch 20 millimeters thick no that’s the wall this is another
    little piece of some flooring you know it’s a little short here but I think I
    can live with that and just make it up with fiberglass cuz it’ll all get
    fiberglass over anyway yeah this can be sanded down make it look good
    clean up all this putty somebody’s been mixing on here and that’ll be a nice
    subfloor in preparation for installing the first piece of flooring I first had
    to clean up the whole area with detergent and acetone get all the greasy
    oil stuff off of here and then sand the area with 36 grit paper I’ve got my
    thickened epoxy thickened with camel sill we’ve got our flooring right here
    it’s all been fitted ready to go now to lather in all of that thickened epoxy
    and set the floor board in place oh jeez oh the camera didn’t turn on or I didn’t
    turn it on but I had all of this all of this thickened epoxy and I had the floor panel off out of the
    way I took the thickened epoxy and just laid
    down a big bead around this upper edge where I knew it was going to meet and
    along the frame on the tops of the frames and along the edges where it’s
    going to meet the rest of the flooring and then I very carefully set it all
    back in place and dropped it and then screwed it down oh darn I can’t believe
    we missed it on the film but anyway what I’m gonna do now is go back and mix up
    some more thickened epoxy and just build this up along the edges here fill in the
    gaps and then we’ll get ready for laying some cloth this is a sample of the cord
    fiberglass panels came out at the trading bin got recycled
    is now in the floor on this boat so it’s very strong very dense cell foam in the
    middle and fiberglass very thick fiberglass on each side although some of
    the other panels that I used were plywood in the middle and maybe just
    fiberglass on one side but if it was plywood
    it was marine grade what you could call a marine grade plywood very nice thin
    flies and many of them wood and no nuts and of course exterior smooth so there
    was no delamination of the plywood a lot of good stuff that comes out of that
    training good I’ll give you a close-up of this these court panels are made
    right here in the hall out facility on a thick table of glass and a vacuum
    bagging process they can be made with any kind of a core to any thickness that
    the customer wants and with any kind of finish on either side including a teak
    veneer that the customer can varnish and maintain all that he wants so the next
    day after all the glue is dry I washed it with a little soapy water with the
    dishwashing detergent and then gave it a very good rinsing with fresh water to
    remove the amine blush amine is in the hardener and that creates a oily or waxy
    feeling surface on cured epoxy and actually acts as a release agent
    so that has to be washed away before anything else is done including sanding
    so after washing everything I gave it a great sandy and then it was ready for
    the layers of fiberglass I think this is gonna come out nice and smooth anyway
    but I’m going to put the peel ply on it and the peel ply will make it so it’ll
    be nice and smooth in case I do want to put it any more layers over this so when
    you pull this off the mean blood comes with it there’s a fine texture equal to
    the weave of the fabric that’s left behind an imprint in the fiberglass so
    it’s a nice tooth for the next layer of cloth and resin to adhere to after a bit
    of a disaster with some generic epoxy resin which I showed in the last video I
    asked all the yard contractors here what they use and where did they get it from
    and they get all of their materials from a company called a MT which has a home
    office in distribution center in Cape Town as well as distribution centers in
    Durban and Johannesburg so now I get all of my epoxy resin and
    supplies from them delivered directly to the boat they supply great GU RIT resin
    and I’m using Verret SP 106 which they assured me is the equal to west system
    105 and we have a roll of peel ply and assorted different types of cloth I’ll
    be using a lot of biaxial cloth on this job and this is 25 kilos of the SP 106 resin
    that I’ll be using this newly installed subfloor is not wide enough for the
    batteries to sit side by side because of the curvature of the hull one row of
    batteries would be severely tilted so we have to install spacers to raise the
    next floor up high enough so the but the batteries can be accommodated I just got
    so lucky today at the dumpster at the trading bin and these these strips of
    marine plywood were just the right thickness 3/4 of an inch just the right
    height and I just had to cut them to length it looks like somebody was
    working on a project and then scrapped it and it saved me hours of work so we
    buttered these up very heavily with thickened epoxy and we’ll set these in
    place we’ll have two rows one along the outside edge following the curvature of
    the hull and one on the inside and that’ll prepare the bed then for the
    next floor to rest on so these batteries will clamp the glue and everything in
    place until tomorrow morning and then we can set the next subfloor in place so
    everything had been pre fitted in here now it’s time to lay down a heavy bead
    of thickened epoxy on those spacers and on the outside edge of this next floor
    panel this is a big step towards completing this project although there’s
    still a long ways to go you can see off to the right side an l-shape piece of
    white panel on the wall that was cut out bad area and the panel placed in there
    glued in and very securely fiberglassed along all the seams these screws are
    just holding the panel in place temporarily so everything sets up so I
    can continue working on the space that is on the left side over near my hand
    there’s another area of the wall that needs to be filled in so now the second floor is all
    fiberglass tin to the hull on the outer section of the hull the wall on the
    right side where you see the L shape and the left wall it’s all secured so we can
    pull the peel ply off and get ready to install the back wall of the battery box
    now this sheet of plywood has already been fiberglass on both sides and to
    hold it in place temporarily I installed a cleat off to the forward end of the
    wall and also on the aft end of the wall and clamped it in place at that point
    and set a battery up against the wall to help hold it securely in place while I
    put in a tab of fiberglass along the bottom edge on the outside of the wall
    and in the hull and then on the inside edge of the wall to the new floor and
    once all that was set up I could pull the battery that was help holding
    everything in place get the plastic release off of there and now I can pull
    the peel ply and off to the left and right and fill in that little gap for my
    amateur fiberglassing ways this is the easiest way for me to make a fill it put
    down some blue tape first as an outline and cram the thick and epoxy into place
    and once the epoxy is set up then not hardened but just somewhat set up then I
    can pull the tape off and that’ll be a nice filler so that the fiberglass when
    I put on two layers here you’ll just fold around won’t have any air bubbles
    behind it well the time crunch is on today’s
    Friday Rebecca is coming back on Monday and I don’t know if I can get this job
    finished I mean I look at how little I’ve gotten done actually it’s a lot but
    it doesn’t look like it it’s been taking me about a day a full day to manufacture
    a piece cut it fiberglass it and install it and there’s been a lot of pieces to
    go back in here if I had to pay somebody to do this work I would be very
    disappointed and a little has gotten done in such a long time and what the
    cost would have been but I’ve been working from morning until late at night
    and this is what I have to show for it but today I have the panel outside I
    laid it up last night I cut it and then fiberglass it on both sides it’s outside
    the peel ply just has to come off of it and that’s what I’ll be installing today
    the end panel for the battery box and hopefully today I’ll get the panel
    that’s being manufactured to go here it’s white on the outside and just
    fiberglass on the inside it’s a foam core and that’ll certainly be an all-day
    project to install that because I’ll have to make a template to make sure it
    fits exactly right there’s no second chance if I cut it too short then I have
    to put fillers and all kinds of things on the end which I don’t want to do and
    hopefully we’ll get something completed in here before Rebecca gets back so we
    can get a lot of this junk out of the main saloon and stored back in this
    compartment using some spray in contact cement to secure it now is the time to
    install closed cell foam padding in the storage compartment spin hole is on the back panel of the
    battery box there will be another vent hole on the front side on the finished
    panel after that one is installed okay good so I have all the structure pretty
    well set I have a cleat here so the panel can push up the new panel can push
    up against that one we have this for the new panel to push up I just put another
    cleat in down here and we have most of the bird’s nest of wires out of the way
    and I’ll deal with straightening up the rest of that later I’ll probably just
    hire somebody locally here to come in and and set it up most properly there’s
    just too much work for myself and ship to be doing so that would be a nice easy
    job for an electrician to take care of um let’s say I need to take some
    measurements here to make the cutout in the template for these wires need to cut
    out from there to there and then I can bring the template in and see how it
    fits here is a cool tool for driving screws it’s an extension for the screw
    bit but it’s a lot more than that it’s actually a holder for the screw that
    collar slides forward and you put your screw in with the just protruding a
    little bit then as you start the screw into the wood this collar pulls back and
    leave the screw in place makes it very nice for getting into these very hard to
    reach places like down in here perfect are you Lily
    how you doing kitty come in to help it took about eight trips in and out of
    here with the six millimeter 1/4 inch thick plywood template to shave it sand
    it and shape it exactly right to fit then I took that template traced it out
    on to this fish panel and cut it it’s a nice tight fit although I did have to
    cut out the floor just a little bit more to accommodate the thickness of the
    panel and then we had a very good fit here it is ten o’clock I’ve been at it
    all day since 8 o’clock this morning very dark outside now but I think I
    might have it I pick up Rebecca tomorrow afternoon but I just finished up tabbing the new panel in place so I have all the
    fiberglass down here a couple ears on the sides on the bottom back over in
    this corner so it’s pretty well tabbed in it’s all glued in with the fill it
    along the very top edge here and of course it’s all faced in with glue along
    here and everywhere that I can possibly face it in couple screws helping to hold
    things in we’ll leave those clamps in place until probably noon time tomorrow
    and actually I can start tomorrow putting things back in this storage
    space back here and get some of that stuff out of the main saloon so it isn’t
    completely finished there’s still some touch-ups but it’s good enough for now
    so we have the exhaust fan right here with the on/off switch the covers for the batteries are made of
    mdo plywood medium density overlay it’s a
    very high grade plywood there’s no knots or voids in the plies
    it’s made with exterior glue it’s faced with a paper product that’s impregnated
    with epoxy resin so you can get a good one side or good both sides sign
    painters use this for exterior signs or you can also use it through cabinets
    because it paints so well and I went ahead and put another layer of epoxy on
    both sides of these covers just to ensure that the battery acid won’t
    bother them and this is just a piece of plywood with fiberglass on one side the
    vent hole in the back the vent with the fan in the front we’re pretty good shape
    here the one thing I need to do is secure them somehow so if we do get
    healed way over they won’t come falling out of this cabinet I’m thinking about
    having some straps fibreglass to the inside of this finished wall and then I
    can bolt them on to the back wall but this is where I could need some help if
    you have any good ideas really how to secure these batteries in place please
    let me know down in the comments and the rest of the boat in the main
    saloon or our living room is what we call it is pretty well cleared up people
    can actually sit on the starboard bunk now we have room under the table for
    more storage of things that Rebecca is bringing home so the boat is livable
    again finally or two people and one cat so let’s go to the airport and find
    Rebecca I’ll never know how Rebecca was able to
    handle these for way over heavy bags plus two overstuffed carry-on bags all
    the way from USA to Africa but what a lot of treasures she brought back to the
    boat far better than anything I could ever pull out of my trading then over
    here in the parking lot so thanks a lot for watching I hope this video is
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and if you haven’t
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    helping out in that direction and we’ll see you next time thank you
    all

    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France
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    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France

    November 14, 2019


    When did we get here? Two days ago? The sail over here two and a half days ago we were sailing along, all the things were
    great, life was good, and then we saw some dolphins and we thought, “Hey, that’s great. Good omen, dolphins” and then literally as soon as the Sun set and the Dolphins
    said goodbye our davits broke. What just happened? And then within 20 minutes we had a dinghy that was upside down in the water
    and no outboard motor. Um, yeah. All of our plans were now halted. Priority number one was to find an outboard engine. We arrived on a S unday so we had a picnic and we went to see a flick at the world’s oldest cinema. Also, while we were in La Ciotat we need to find a welder to reattach and reinforce the davits to the transom. Being in our first time in
    France and except for pleasantries none of us speak French, Lise & Eric from Bon Fond, we’re very gracious and helped us find a welder so we met up with Julien and we attempted to communicate some sort of solution. We visited a few different places looking for an outboard motor and there was none to be found. One guy even told us that there are no outboard motors within the area that
    were being sold and that instead we would have to buy a new one and that it would
    take two weeks, but right next door we found a store that was selling a
    refurbished 9.9 Yamaha outboard motor and that was actually the only one being
    sold within a 20-mile radius. Wow, that sounds so much better. Way quieter. And there they go. What happened? It stopped running. But it was going so well! Going over there to talk to the guy. Apparently in France gazole is not
    petrol. It’s diesel. SP 95 is petrol. I put diesel in a petrol engine. Understandably we had some miscommunications with Julien and after a week of trying to
    dissolve a solution and us needing to be on our way we just straight-up bolted
    the davits to the transom. Only having 14 days left to exit the EU without violating the Schengen Agreement we had almost 1,000 nautical miles to Albania.
    1000 miles is near 10 days on the water. We had a smooth sail to Corsica where we stopped for a day to film with Thibault and Jelena. We sailed in the Gulf di Talabo and then sailed down around Le Bocche and across all the way,
    there’s Roma, that’s where we are now. We beat windward to exit the bay and headed south. As we rounded the island beginning to
    pass through the Strait of Bonifacio we read both pages with pretty much a
    straight shot to Rome. The plan was that I was gonna man the
    helm until around 2 a.m. Just as the forecast had suggested, as the Sun was
    beginning to set, off to the north east about 15 miles I could see rain clouds
    developing, but I thought if those rain clouds develop into a storm the wind is
    coming out of the due west so the storm should stay to the north of us. But just
    around midnight as I was watching the storm grow and it began to move south right in our path the decision was made that we were to turn around and head back for
    Sardinia. We don’t actually have any footage of this because it was all hands on deck, midnight and hectic so this will stand in as Arianrhod. With the wind blowing a 6 on the Buford
    wind scale we had to remove sail so we could head back to Sardinia. We were able to furl in the jib with ease. Though Sardinia lay off to our
    starboard quarter, we turned on the engine and turned to port to spill the wind from
    the Genoa so that we can disconnect the whisker pole and furl it in. It took
    all my effort to disconnect the whisker pole and in the process the Genoa was
    luffing aggressively. Beating against the pole the Genoa tore like it was
    confetti. With the whisker pole finally stored, I crawled to the bow and furled
    in the Genoa by hand. The bow was heaving at the crest and crashing into the
    troughs and I bear hugged the sail to stay on the boat as I made incremental
    progress. After three hours of motoring and a total of 15 hours on the water, we
    finally dropped anchor and rested for a few hours. Midday we decided to head for open water and finish our sail to Rome. Upon arrival in Italy we tried to lower
    the obliterated sail, but it was just too windy so we secured it the best that we could because we only had a single day to visit Rome. Decimated head sail. The boat looks fantastic right now. Subscribe.

    S2E8 Not the best day on the sailboat… stormy 29 knot wind The Boat Life sailing travel vlog
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    S2E8 Not the best day on the sailboat… stormy 29 knot wind The Boat Life sailing travel vlog

    November 13, 2019


    Quick boat life recap. We were on a buddy sail from Venice to Cayo Costa We’re not making good progress, wind was against us. We decided to turn back ended up back in Venice still having issues Think we may have picked up a crab trap, but also still had our overheating problem so we decided to leave Venice and head back for Long Boat Key Figure out what was still the problem with our motors? This is The Boat Life. We bought our very first sailboat just over a year ago. Now we’re full-time liveaboards making our way to the Caribbean We have learned a lot but have so much more to learn Because basically we started with no sailing skills and very little boating experience. Did I mention this is our first boat? Subscribe now so you don’t miss out on our adventure. I guarantee you’ll be entertained. I can tell you that much for sure Leave a comment below tell us what you think about our videos. That’s The Boat Life. Thanks for watching! Alright, you want to use the Navionics and see what the… -Yeah He’s getting pushed around by the wind, I think. -Pretty boat. -Which one? -This one. -Oh yeah. Hey nice job on the timing of the bridges. Yeah! Nailed it. No spinning around in circles for 25 minutes like going South. -Which was not fun, but we did it. Wooo. -Rolling over. *Bridge siren* Stickney Point bridge, thanks very much for the opening. We just missed the bridge we’re going to have to hang out for 20 minutes. We were only supposed to get there at 2, so we got there quick. Right? No. -Yeah. It was gonna take us an hour to get from bridge to bridge. Yeah. We’re not there yet. We’re 37 minutes away. OH, ok. That’s what it’s saying. Ok. Well it’s not looking to good back here. The weather continued to get worse and worse, so we decided to anchor and a friend of ours came out on his fishing boat So we could hang out in the marina since we were only about a mile away, but we were making no progress babying the engine. Jeffrey! What? Do you want a line? Made it. -What a way to meet Rolf. After waiting a couple hours and hanging out. It was total glassy conditions. Really easy to motor back. Melissa was done boating for the day. So our friend Rolf helped me bring the boat back into our slip. That’s The Boat Life. Thank you for watching. See you next time. Don’t forget to subscribe and tell your friends. The Boat Life. Next time on The Boat Life we diagnose engine problems in our lovely marina, on Longboat Key.

    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Soap & Scrub a Sailboat
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    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Soap & Scrub a Sailboat

    November 13, 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.
    Alright, now we’re going to talk about some techniques to use with the soap of the boat,
    because you’ve got to put a little soap in sometimes otherwise it just won’t get clean.
    So you’ve got to get yourself a good biodegradable soap. So a little drops, not too much, and adds some water. Most of the time you
    can get away with just a rinse down and let it dry. If you keep up with your maintenance
    then soap really isn’t necessary. What I like to do is hit all the bird droppings
    and areas where there’s a lot of stains going on the boat first, and then go over the rest
    of the boat lightly because it doesn’t need to be scrubbed quite as hard. This is just
    a plastic brush you can get at any hardware store. I tested it out on some of the surfaces
    here and it’s not too abrasive on the finish of the boat so that’s the main thing you’ve
    got to watch out for. You need it to be abrasive enough to get off whatever you’re trying to
    scrub off. Some of these bird droppings can be pretty stubborn, but you definitely don’t
    want to ruin the finish of the boat.

    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Polish Sailboat Windows
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    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Polish Sailboat Windows

    November 13, 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.
    All right, in this clip we’re going to talk about polishing the windows. If you’ve got
    some of these Plexiglass or Lexan windows that are getting kind of hazy and hard to
    see through, you want to pick up some plastic polish and just make sure it’s for your application.
    Read the directions on the back. And always start in a little area first to make sure
    it’s not going to stain or damage the window in any way. Depending on how hard it is to see through, you can really
    take your time on here. See the grime we got just with doing that. And, if you polish it
    up really nice it’ll get all the little scratches and things out, and the haze marks from improperly
    washing.

    Sailboat Refit – Episode 1 – The beginnings of a year long refit
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    Sailboat Refit – Episode 1 – The beginnings of a year long refit

    November 12, 2019


    When a boat’s been sitting for over 2 years,
    its hard to know where to begin. I mean, It needs everything – power, running water, refrigeration,
    and a place to sleep. But opening a boat after it has sat for this
    long was like opening a time capsule – it was strange – everything preserved by the
    previous owner – just as he left it – like he’d be back at any time to pick up where
    he left off. Spices, hand soap, and toothbrushes were all still sitting in their assigned places.
    Provisions were still in the ice box and pantry. But with the power cord plugged in, it was
    time to prioritize “the list.” We began by adding 4 gallons of distilled
    water into the highly neglected batteries in a desperate attempt of saving them. Then, we flipped the switch controlling the
    refrigerator….. and crossed our fingers. In the meantime, Tami spent the first few
    days cleaning and organizing – everything; going to the laundry mat; and then cleaning
    some more. Every dish, drawer, and cabinet were sanitized. The old food, and spices were
    thrown away and replaced. Every panel was sterilized with bleach…and then more bleach. But getting rid of the “clutter” was half
    the battle – it seems like everything was left behind…..bills, letters, even credit
    cards. Old monitor-styled TV’s with built in VHS
    players…..and, of course, VHS movies themselves. Everything was tossed. But soon…. projects start getting marked
    off “the list”. Holes were drilled for the new cockpit instruments…
    then they were carefully mounted into place. A new radar was installed. The entire battery bank was replaced. And a fancy new chartplotter and monitor were
    added. We even installed a camera at the top of the
    mast….. that can be display on the chart-plotter. The engine rooms even have their own inferred
    cameras. And its was nice to see that both sail-drives
    engage in forward and reverse after Mark installed new seals and zincs. We also had to replace a leaky water-pump
    on the generator. And The delamination repairs seem to be never-ending
    …they’ve been at it for months now. We had new window screens and a cockpit enclosure
    installed. A new mattress was cut to fit…. and actually
    makes for a great nights sleep. A wifi router was installed for that all important
    free internet. Our $2000 Groco strainer would not power up….so
    we removed it….and we still couldn’t figure out how to disassemble it…so we sent it
    to the manufacturer for repair. But in the meantime and during all these repairs,
    we still made time to buff off years of oxidation. And then one day….the mast came down…….the
    running and standing rigging are all being replaced….it was exciting and nerve racking
    all at the same time… —- especially when he couldn’t get the turnbuckles to release
    – after heat was applied….and pry bars were used,….just beating the shit of them seem
    to work best. See how hard they’re working? See how stressed
    out they are? It was a stressful day. But we still make time to visit Duvall Street
    every now and then to see the street performers.