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    How to Sail a Sailboat : How to Sail a Boat in Traffic
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    How to Sail a Sailboat : How to Sail a Boat in Traffic

    January 20, 2020

    The tugboat is coming at us. He’s a powered
    vessel, but he’s a larger commercial vessel, he’s restricted to the channel, which is the
    red day mark that he now has to his starboard side and there’s a green buoy that he has
    to his port side. So he’s restricted to the channel. The rules for two boats under power
    is similar to driving your car. You just pass on similar sides and were going to just get
    out of his way because we don’t need to be in the channel and he’ll come by on our starboard
    side. Commercial traffic on the San Francisco Bay can be very heavy. There’s a lot of the
    rules of the road that you need to learn before you get involved in sailing in an area with
    a lot of commercial traffic. We’re like a car. We would just pass like you’re driving
    a car. One person, you’d stay to the right and that’s just the normal one. If we’re a
    sail boat then there’s another set of rules. There’s a hierarchy. Whether you’re restricted
    by draft or fishing or a sail boat or a power boat. There’s a whole hierarchy of who has
    the right of way. In this case we’re just like two cars driving and we just pass the
    the right or we just get completely get out of his way.

    Southampton Boat Show: 21 hours to see it all! | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵
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    Southampton Boat Show: 21 hours to see it all! | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵

    December 28, 2019

    Good Morning! We are going to the
    Southampton Boat Show and I’m late for my train so let’s get going. I’m gonna make
    my way to the station on this little thing that I bought when I got here,
    because our car is in Italy, so I’ve got a little folding bike for the boat
    super-handy weighs 13 kilos it was nice and cheap as well – from Argos in the
    UK if anybody’s interested. Well that was a nice early-morning
    workout the roads were they’re quiet really nice to cycle here there’s the
    castle, and cathedral, and I’m just waiting for the late train to go into London with all the
    commuters has probably gonna be very busy. I like travelling on trains actually, when I was in the R.A.F. I used to travel a lot on the
    trains, and I really enjoyed it, and I’m gonna be trying to sort out a kind of
    chartplotter system on the train today. I bought a cheap Android tablet and I’m gonna
    be downloading OpenCPN and get myself a little cheap plotter set up. I absolutely love London. This is where Rossella and I met so it’s very special to us. And there’s such an
    amazing energy in this city, I really do enjoy visiting. Emma look. Hi! This is good isn’t it?
    Daddy’s with you in the bath even though I’m in a different country. Yes darling, I’m on the train. I’m on the train, and you’re in the bath. Well I’ve only been
    here maybe 15 minutes and I’m already really impressed. Really impressed!
    There are some really interesting things here. Halyards and different lines in there half
    price – that’s not an inflated price then price it’s a kind of, you know, a decent
    price and you only pay half, so that’s good for us because we need new lines on
    Britaly. SUPs. We’ve got an SUP there £225,
    that’s a good price and there’s something else that I’ve seen that I’ve
    never seen before, so I’ll show you now. Despite the fact that
    I used to be a boat dealer and we sold trailerable boats, and trailers, I’ve
    never seen this before… Stainless steel boat trailers. I haven’t aksed prices or anything like that, I’m sure they’re gonna be expensive as you would
    expect but yeah really quite innovative of course it’s nice to be able to dunk
    the trailer and with galvanized trailers that’s
    doable but no doubt, in the longer term stainless steel trailers are probably a great
    option, again I don’t know the price – I’ve just never seen it, so I thought I’d show you. I was just walking past the
    Coast Guard stand here and I saw something that I recognized the NautiNav Buoys we had them recently in a giveaway and we’ve given away five
    sets of those to people. This is a very large boat show there are
    over 600 boats here and about a hundred thousand visitors during the course of
    the show. It’s not just boats though there are
    other things: here’s a trailer… I’m always tempted by that sort of thing whether it
    be building a teardrop trailer or doing a campervan conversion it’d be nice to
    have options for extra accommodation like for example now while with while
    I’m working on the boat it’d be really nice to have somewhere where Rossela and
    Emma could stay, and yeah something like that
    or a camper that would be very handy. Well that was cool,
    I’ve just met Dan from Sailing Uma I didn’t get the camera out because I wanted to say
    hello to him, you know “Oh hi, here’s a camera in your face!” So yeah it’s
    really nice to meet him and hear a little bit about their plans as well.
    Now time is marching on and in 12 minutes I’ve got to be at the Guinness Bar, because that’s where I said I was gonna be from 12 till 3 so
    it’s time for me to get off the pontoons and go and have a Guinness I mean one
    Guinness, I’m only having one, but it’ll be really nice to stay there – I put word out
    so hopefully somebody will be there, some of our viewers and I can meet them and say hello! I was just walking over to the Guinness bar
    and I bumped into Dan again and Kika this time. Well, that was
    £5.50… Cheers guys! You will notice the lack of crowd. I am
    here on my own, twiddling my thumbs. Hopefully someone’s gonna say hello soon, but
    if they don’t that’s alright, I’ve got you guys. Well the first person who’s been to say
    hello – Nick cheers Nick, so yeah I’ve not been a
    complete Billy no-mates but I’ve only been here about 15 minutes and
    there’s a really nice atmosphere: a glorious sunny day it’s about 23 degrees C today
    which is just fantastic for the end of September that’s just wonderful Well it’s been a bit of a whirlwind I’ve
    not been on camera for a while because there’s been lots going on: Brian from S/V
    Delos was here as well and he gave a really interesting talk about there
    they’re cruising, and yeah it’s just been nice to see some of the people who understand
    what it’s like to be the other side of the editing screen – they are really
    inspirational people as well. So let’s go and have a look around. There are boats here to suit all tastes: motor
    boats, sailing boats, very big and very small and the fact that it’s here on the
    water it feels a lot less like a static display it’s more of a live event, and it
    feels more real. Okay guys it’s time for some dreaming
    here we’re gonna have a look at a Hallberg-Rassy 57, there are the stats
    Swedish boat of course very nice area there for all your toys – it’s like a garage isn’t it of a house, men
    always want to see what the garage is like and on a boat your lazarettes and
    storage areas are what we want to see. [Boat tour: Hallberg-Rassy 57] Hello there, can I
    just stick my camera in there as well… Wow! Very nice
    gigantic Cummins generator, and this is the aft cabin – I’m selling the house! There’s a Hallberg-Rassy 340 as well
    which for me feels a little bit more realistic: that kind of size boat, the 57
    that’s just so far outside my comfort zone that it almost feels unbelievable I
    don’t know if you kind of catch my drift anybody who’s maybe been on a really
    large boat like that might understand a little bit of what I mean but a 34-foot
    for example that feels a lot more manageable / achievable /
    possible. Wow! Beautiful classic design.. Ok there’s the world premiere of the Oyster
    565 but again these kind of boats for me are
    so far removed from reality that my brain can’t really process them.They are
    beautiful, absolutely beautiful… Let’s go and have a look at something a little bit
    smaller shall we? There’s Uma, a 1972 Pearson 36. Dan & Kika, a lovely couple, they’ve have put a lot of work into this boat and they deserve all the success in
    the world. Kittiwake 14, that’s a pretty boat isn’t it?
    This has been out in the bay taking people sailing. This is interesting to me because I saw this
    earlier on and I was imagining what it might be like to sail it and here we
    have someone doing just that. So this is a new brand new product, which is gonna
    be sold in Decathlon which is just a kind of a sports store that has branches
    around Europe. It’s an inflatable sailing boat which fits in a car. It’s kind of
    like a a very large SUP almost in design with a couple of detachable keels in a
    kind of bilge keel configuration underneath, and it actually seems to sail
    pretty well. So these are all children out here sailing, there’s a safety boat there
    of course, and the little boy in charge of that Decathlon – what does it say Triboard 5S – he’s probably around nine years old I would say. He’s doing a grand job Seek and ye shall find: I posed question earlier,
    and the universe has just answered it Very tidy little boat, quarter berth there
    centreboard, nice shallow-draft for getting up all the little creaks
    and nooks and crannies, you can explore pretty much anywhere in a boat like this. A very tidy British made boat. Solid
    traditional rudder design there. There’s a 21 ft Cornish Shrimper here you see on both of these boats how the
    mast folds down, both for trailering and also also for going under bridges potentially. This show runs for around ten days.
    I think I could spend ten days here and still not really see all the things that I want to
    see. However, life is busy I’m only here for the day I had a three-hour train ride to get here three hours back – that doesn’t leave me
    long in the middle, but I’m doing my best for you That’s heartwarming to see: a little girl
    on a SUP picking up a plastic bottle out of the water. Let’s go and have a look around on this tall
    ship then shall we! For me this is a bloke’s dream, a beautiful vessel. I would absolutely love to go sailing on a ship like this, it’s very, very nice. The rigging on this is absolutely
    beautiful. It’s fabulous that these skills are
    being kept alive. The human race has probably lost a lot of knowledge over
    the past couple centuries you know, we’ve gained a lot, but when it
    comes to seamanship and carpentry skills I don’t know how much progress we’ve
    made to be honest, perhaps we’ve even gone backwards in some respects. Big capstan: they would have put long
    levers into these holes and then you would had a bunch of guys pushing around
    to rotate the capstan to bring up the chain or whatever it was that they
    wanted to put under tension. They’ve got these latches at the bottom, which can go in one direction or the other, and they
    stop it from slipping backwards. Simple, beautiful and very functional. Well it’s time to buy some stuff just
    before the show closes. As you know Britaly is in a bit of a state: all
    the running rigging is very very old very dirty, some of it is damaged.
    I’ve been inspecting it you’ve got an external cover and then within that
    you’ve got the strength most of the strength is in the core and
    I’ve seen on some of our halyards they’ve thinned out so you can see by
    the diameter of the line it comes down and then it gets thinner and then it goes
    out again so lines like that must be replaced, so I’ve come here with a bit of
    a list and I’ve got myself a whole bunch of new halyard lines. I’ve never
    heard of this company before rotamarine the prices here are really
    interesting. I think I mentioned it before but basically just pick up a line
    at random 12 mm, 20 metres £64, but at the boat show you only pay half the
    price that’s displayed on the lights so it’s really interesting, they’ve got moring
    lines all kinds of different lines you know they’ve got a bit of everything including
    Dyneema. I’m going to be replacing our lifelines with Dyneema
    I believe. In that case this will be what I need I’m going to contact the guys and
    make an order further down the line when I’ve got all my measurements and
    everything. So there we are thought I’d point out because I’ve never heard of
    them and it’s quite interesting company. Well I just got off the phone to Rossella
    and she asked me when I ate and it just dawned on me I haven’t eaten for
    12 hours 20 minutes. I had two Egg & Cress sandwiches – two packets so it
    was like four sandwiches – at 09:30 this morning and I’ve not even since, so I’m gonna
    go and get some food now to give me the energy to cycle for half an hour with
    this monster on my back. It’s 00:40 in the morning, I’ve got my little backpack on
    which is digging in quite nicely into my shoulders I’ve got about 30 minutes on the bicycle
    now. I’m looking forward to going to bed! Not exactly convenient: it’s kind of like
    having two tourniquets, one on each shoulder but there we are, I’ll
    survive. I’ve re-jigged my jacket to pad out my shoulders, that’s a bit better, I could do without these hills though! I don’t mind going downhill it’s uphill that’s the struggle. Okay it’s 01:25 in the morning and I’ve been
    on the go since yesterday morning at 04:00 so it’s been a long day but, very
    enjoyable, very memorable and I’m really glad that I went there. As I came through
    the security barrier there I was handed a little envelope but I didn’t really
    know what it was – from Germany – I thought “What is that? I don’t remember ordering that.” It is a anti-glare screen protector, so before if
    you were watching this video looking at the little plotter thing and thinking
    “Ooohh, it’s a bit shiny Chris, you’re not going to be able to see much of that in
    the Sun” Yeah, this should hopefully help a little bit with that. It will probably
    need to Sun cover as well to be honest you know to give you some shade to see
    it really well – when it’s really bright sunshine – not that that’s too much of a problem over the next few weeks, because it’s forecast to be very wet and windy.
    Speaking of which, I’ve got to get up early tomorrow and crack on and fit
    these halyards before all hell breaks loose with the weather, so that’s enough
    blabbering from me. See you next time! Ciao! you

    DIY Back Stay Replacement w/ Norseman Fitting & Mechanical Terminals – PC Sailing #7
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    DIY Back Stay Replacement w/ Norseman Fitting & Mechanical Terminals – PC Sailing #7

    December 15, 2019

    okay today we are going to put on a new
    back stay sorry for shining that right up at the Sun in your eyes but the first
    thing to do is to take this single-sideband antenna off last time we
    changed the backstay was in Tahiti and at that time we got rid of the insulated
    back state I just didn’t like the idea of risking other parts to fail I’ve
    never heard of an insulated back stay failing but I didn’t want to take a
    chance and it’s a good thing we got rid of it and put on this easy to install
    antenna single side band antenna which just slips up the back of the stay okay we’ll take off this stopper piece that
    keeps it from sliding down and see okay perfect
    now this will slide right down. I was afraid it was gonna be stuck, and get the
    standoffs out of the way yeah see these white ties they just don’t last out here
    in the Sun so I’m switching over to the black ones I hear they stand up much
    better to the ultraviolet rays of the sun. look at that I can break that right
    off. these standoffs are just little pieces of PVC tubing that one’s a little
    tougher that one was probably made in America it’s just like slipping on
    plastic chafe guard on the stays if we had an insulated back stay on here would
    be in a world of trouble. much more cost, much more difficult getting things to
    the same measurements and this is holding up very well to the
    Sun.this had been on here gee, how many years seven years eight years so must be
    PVC. okay before I loosen this up the turnbuckle, I want to set up some lines
    from the port and the starboard side over here that’ll come up and then those
    will attach to the main halyard way up the top come down and that’ll be our new
    back stay while we take this one off we normally don’t attach the main halyard
    to the end of the boom like they teach you in basic sailing class we only do it
    when we’re at a marina we’re in a very secure Anchorage where we’re gonna be
    for a length of time right now we’re in Trincomalee Sri Lanka off the east coast
    of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka of course is a large island off the southeast coast of
    India. if you suggest to a Sri Lankan that they are Indian well you just
    better not do it very insulting. quite a different country. OK so I just lowered the
    topping lift and I’m gonna use the topping lift as part of the new
    backstay; temporary backstay. I’ll attach that now and then I’ll get the
    spinnaker halyard and bring that back so we’ll have double lines that’ll allow me
    to go up on the main halyard which I feel a lot safer on the main halyard than on the spinnaker halyard. The spinnaker halyard is just certainly they can carry my weight but
    why risk it. Now I have one end just tied in a bowline in there the other end comes
    around and ties to a cleat so I’ll be able to adjust port or starboard with
    this line so it’ll be centered okay so I just attached the topping lift
    so we set the boom down on the starboard side and it’s on a pad here on the
    lifeline and Rebecca just hauled me up on the bosun’s chair so I could take the
    spinnaker halyard and pass it over the spreader into the aft part of the mast
    so we have them both tied up here now. I’m going to pull tight and get things
    stretched out. topping lift. spinnaker halyard this is the main halyard I’ll go up the
    mast on. I’ll pull this tight then I’ll go back and adjust or what do you want
    to call it? saddle? all right we’ll call it a saddle. so it’s centered
    it’s nice heavy line normally I’ll hoist this up the mast on the spinnaker
    halyard and then use it to help pull myself up. That’s looking good. ‘good and shnug’. Germans “Tourk.” then we can
    pull tighter on the topping lift there’s no winch for this one. nope, yes
    and I’m gonna pull it through the center just like you’re not supposed to do okay I think that’s pretty good and
    tight. now I can start loosening the turnbuckle. Even though I have some
    tape on here as the mark, I could possibly you know when we take this apart just
    make the wire a half-inch shorter from the existing but this will be a double
    check on my measurements so that we can have more clearance more ability to
    tighten the the backstay I’m running out of space here running out of threads out
    at the top end I’m gonna make sure that when this is completely unthreaded I
    don’t drop this over the side I don’t feel like scuba diving today there we go I’ll give this a couple of
    twists make sure i t stays on. good. So since I have a lot of Lanacote on these
    threads and it’s a bit sticky it could make a mess if it touches anything on
    the boat but also to protect the threads I’ll wrap it all up in this rag. okay now
    it’s time to go up the mast and drop it from the top so we’ll have to get
    Rebecca out here to help me out she’ll hoist me up. “go go-go-go okay just take a second” Back in
    1979 I left Miami Florida in a 27-foot Catalina to sail around the world
    and it was in my head at that time that if you aren’t in good enough shape to
    climb your mast by yourself you should not be sailing. Oh kind of like Mick
    Jagger saying that he’s gonna stop rockin when he turns 30
    but of course a 27 foot boat the mast was half this high and I did weigh a few
    pounds lighter, not that much more. so as I’m grabbing the mass with my knees and
    something else that I can grab hold up I lift up Rebecca pulls the chair up
    behind me. normally I’d have a big fat rope hanging on this side off the
    spinnaker halyard so I could really hoist myself up and she pulls the chair
    up behind me but now of course we have the spinnaker halyard going that way as
    a temporary back stay along with the topping lift. okay break times over
    ‘okay ready? go go go go go’ okay so while were up here I’m
    gonna put the anemometer back on that we just disassembled, put a little oil on the
    bearings okay so that screw that screw is just sitting in there. now those
    threads are just a little stripped out so I’m gonna use some contact cement
    shoe goo. shoe goo good for fixing the soles of your shoes okay so this is one anemometer that’ll
    last for a long time coming now the backstay I’m just gonna tie this off
    up here that’s why I don’t like going up on the spinnaker halyard yeah it’s a
    little funky here it’s got a little chafed. you know just when are these
    shackles gonna give out? I much prefer going up over the sheaves of the main
    halyard this is just some of that really cheap
    line you get like 50 feet for five dollars. it doesn’t stand up in the
    sunlight – these arent much good for anything else really other than small
    jobs like this for tying things off temporarily. okay down we go “okay you
    ready to take it Rebecca? Here it comes” ah okay croaky
    I mean crow poops sorry crows. I mean down in Coconut Grove Florida they have
    starlings by the millions well here we have crows by the hundreds so we’re
    always chasing them off to other people’s boats and they chase them back. I
    threatened these other guys that aren’t here on their boat that I’m gonna set up
    a bird feeder for them ‘okay ready let me down’ okay so we have our new wire stretched
    out next to the old wire and we’ll pull that tight and measure a
    length of the new wiring cut it after we take off the Norseman terminal hello, how are you doing okay we just cut this cut that one off cut that one right there with
    the angle grinder oh no thanks good then we wrap it all back together all nice and symmetrical (I’ll tell you
    what I put it up so you can look haha..yeah we’re just waiting for Rebecca to come back
    with a Lanacote) so I can put it on the threads here. Lanacote is lanolin and
    you put it on the threads so that when I take it apart later it isn’t all frozen
    together it doesn’t rust together later very easy for taking apart this time. Its
    very sticky like flypaper. yes I told him he’s gonna go to, well maybe not
    Hollywood, but he’ll have to settle for YouTube oh you have to do me a favor you go to
    my youtube channel it’s brand new and look up Patrick Childress and you’ll see
    the projects that we’ve been putting up on YouTube and you have to give it a
    like, a thumbs up. we need all the help we can get. Its getting there.
    Lanacote. good we have sealant coming out-that’s a
    good sign- let’s spread that around a little bit and then we can clean up and go put it
    back together on the boat, just that fast and easy. no big mystery. okay now we’re
    back at it. see this nice shiny clevis pin it’s grade five titanium. you can
    tell it’s titanium it has a dimpled end on it as opposed to most clevis pins
    like this one, that this flat on the end. grade five titanium is three and a half times
    stronger then 316 stainless steel and it’s about half the weight. this will
    last forever. it’s impervious to the saltwater environment. I got to use
    from Allied Titanium in Washington state they have a manufacturing facility there
    the same place we got our chain plates and our new bow roller assembly. Will it fit or will it not? Did I cut it too
    short? hey would you hang on to that for me put
    a little Lanacote on all this stuff you can always cut it shorter. I made it a
    little shorter because I needed more adjustment I was running out of threads if I made it a half-inch shorter but you
    never know till you put it together! (Someone else speaking) you know it’s really sticky
    this stuff I we put this on in Tahiti and I used Lanacote then and it’s still
    no problem at all taking it off it worked all those years.. yeah we bought one in Tahiti and then it
    was too short oh just by you know like three inches –
    but within like 10 minutes a friend came on into the marina on in his own boat oh
    and he just happened to have coiled up in the back
    2 stays that were too short for his Boat! it was perfect for us what luck, what
    timing okay it’s the end of the day and everything is back together so
    shortening the backstay by about a half inch centers my threads perfect just
    what we needed to do and you can see where it was before when we started and
    how many more threads now I can pull down tight and I can take the tape off
    of the top end here which we put on just so the butyl caulk wouldn’t be getting
    on anybody or anything that stuff is like flypaper once it sticks to you it
    just pulls off in long threads so yeah we have our new backstay everything is done
    the hardest part of the whole project is putting on the single sideband antenna which slides
    up the backstay. it’s much better than an insulated
    wire which just runs into too many complications when you want to renew
    things. now Im lubing it with some lithium grease it took two of us to push
    this up to the height that it was originally and even when I installed
    this in Tahiti years ago I about eight nine years ago it was extremely
    difficult to push up at that time. It hasn’t gotten any easier which just
    shows how robust this PVC plastic is It really just stands up so well to the
    environment. Well thanks a lot for watching. I hope this video was helpful to
    you. and if it was please give us a thumbs up
    down there on the bottom of the screen and also subscribe and we’ll see you next
    time as we kind of fade off into the Setting Sun with some rain on the way.
    thanks for watching see you later1

    How to Sail a Sailboat : Weather Safety Tips for Sailing
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    How to Sail a Sailboat : Weather Safety Tips for Sailing

    December 14, 2019

    O.k. as part of safety go, we went through
    the “S”, “A” is for atmosphere. You not only want to know what the weather is like, conditions,
    whether it’s cloudy, overcast, sunny, rainy, foggy, but you also want to know the direction
    the wind is coming from, and how hard it’s blowing. Cause, believe it not there, you
    can take your boat out, raise sails and you can sail all over the bay, but where you’re
    going to run into difficulties is when you’re coming back and docking the boat, or leaving
    the dock. So, the main thing to remember if anything else is the direction the wind is
    coming from and how hard it’s blowing, cause it will do goofy things to your boat, o.k.
    “And, how do you really determine the wind? Do you listen to local channels? Do you have
    a weather device on board?” Yea, there’s certain different ways out there, you can listen to
    the weather forecast in the morning there, or you could get a hold of any of the news
    channels out and lot of marinas also have anemometer with, gives you what the wind is
    blowing, but also, when you’re in the marina, you can just feel it on your face, your hair.
    Also, one of the other indicators that you will be able to use to tell which direction
    the wind is coming from, is wind indexes on top of the mast of the boat. So, if you’ll
    kind of look up on top, the arrow up on top is a wind indicator and that points in the
    direction the wind is coming from. So, the front of the arrow there is pointing in the
    direction of the wind. It’ll swing around there, depending which ever way the wind is
    coming. And other indicators are flags on boats. “Tell them to show you which direction
    the wind’s coming from.” We also have other indicator’s to get the, some information on
    when it’s coming from such as burgees and flags, flying on other boats, which we have
    over here on the kings slip behind us.

    Offshore Sailing Tips: Storms at Sea, Tame the Autopilot + Mainsail Battens – Patrick Childress #38
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    Offshore Sailing Tips: Storms at Sea, Tame the Autopilot + Mainsail Battens – Patrick Childress #38

    December 13, 2019

    hello we’re at Patrick and Rebecca
    Childress on the sailboat Brick House a Valiant 40 and we have been fighting
    our way south along the east Africa coast trying to get to Richards Bay
    South Africa but bad weather it just keeps tripping us up if you could click
    on the subscribe button that’ll be a big help if you haven’t already and also in
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    supporting some of the equipment that we use to make these videos possible that
    would be greatly appreciated so now let’s get moving south after nine days
    and 1,000 miles on the ocean we were finally safely anchored in a very out
    island called Bazaruto off the Mozambique coast and we will sit here
    day after day after day and check the weather and see when the southerly winds
    this strong southerly wind will finally shift directions and allow us to
    continue on south to South Africa when we came into this area with the sailboat
    we had a motor around quite a bit and survey at the bottom the water was way
    too shallow in one area to feel comfortable anchoring but then it
    immediately dropped off to very deep water but we finally found a plateau
    that was large enough to drop the anchor in 30 feet of water and the anchor could
    set and even if we dragged a bit in one direction or the other we wouldn’t go
    into shallow nor would we go out too deep so it looks like we got here just
    in time that’s what’s blowing out there right
    now and it’s fairly uncomfortable in the Anchorage and probably pretty
    uncomfortable out there what I see in the next week and a half to two weeks is
    all south wind strong south wind with a few breaks here and there for a day or
    two but you know a day or two is not long enough to go the 500 miles to
    Richard’s Bay or even the 330 or something it is to the other bailout
    point so we really can’t leave I mean we could leave and we could have a nice fun
    amusement park ride you know tacking east and tacking west and
    tacking east and tacking west because we could not make any south with these big
    waves and with the wind so I think we’ll just stay put so we
    settled in for the long wait and we had another visit by the local fishermen
    this time they had a bucket full of very large squid and I traded some
    monofilament fishing line three hundred pound test a big coil of it and an old
    pair of shower sandals shower shoes flip flops and our trash bags that was very
    nice of them to take that off of our hands for us but I’m not a big fan of
    calamari ordered in a restaurant it always seems to taste like a bunch of
    rubber bands and actually with no flavor at all but Rebecca cooked this up simply
    sauteing in butter and a lot of garlic it was excellent very tender very sweet
    certainly something that I would order again in all the days that we spent to
    this anchorage we never launched the dinghy and we never went ashore we were
    told by other cruisers when they would did go ashore here that the natives were
    not very receptive and the operator is at the very exclusive lodge that cost
    the thousand dollars a day to stay at we’re not impressed by having people
    invade their Shore in small dinghies and and walk in and and be startled at the
    price of a hamburger and we’re also warned just not to leave our sailboat
    unattended so we camped out on our boat for all these days and that gave us
    plenty of time to do other things but all this time on our hands it gave me
    the opportunity then just to sit in front of the computer eight nine ten
    hours a day day after day and make videos it it is incredibly
    time-consuming work tedious work it takes me to sometimes even three hours
    to make one minute of viewable video however one day rather than strong winds
    we had absolutely zero winds and that wind was just the best day it was the
    only calm day we ever saw in this whole east coast of Africa and we took
    advantage of that calm to take down our 11 year old mainsail which has now had
    more rips than ever before and it probably would
    last through a storm I was getting every mile out of that sail as I as I could
    get and it was time to put the new one on but that old mainsail still had a big
    use coming up and it would be a very helpful drop cloth when we haul
    Brick House out of the water in South Africa. We chose not to go with full
    battens for our new main sail nearly every sail maker that we talked to
    wanted to sell us full battens for our mainsail and this is the reason why we
    didn’t want them if we’re on a beam reach the sail will be resting on the
    aft lower and the intermediate half shroud and that’s a chafe point we never
    had a problem with chafe because we always had chafe gear like PVC tubing on
    the shrouds however if we had full-length battens then that would
    cause a hard spot where it comes in contact with that chafe gear and
    possibly cause sail damage the only place we could get away with a full
    batten would be the very upper the number one batten and at the very top also
    if we had full battens and they were pressing up against the a floor shroud
    and the intermediate shroud causing wear spots in those areas it could also be
    acting like a lever and prying up against the sail slugs or in some cases
    on some boats the roller cars with this caused unnecessary wear or unusual loads
    on those areas I don’t know but I’m just staying with what it’s tried-and-true
    are in our boat and what I know will get us across many oceans to come Rebecca we’ve been here for almost nine
    days we’ve been checking the weather every day what’s the weather looking
    like for tomorrow and thereafter well the good news is that there’s gonna be
    east wind and about 15 knots so beautiful
    well not perfect but beautiful in the sense that yeast is better than anything
    else that we’ve seen for the last nine ten days yeah I think it’ll just be a
    little hard getting out of here but then once we get far enough out
    we’ll be able to be able to make something good but it’s only a three day
    window and it’s 500 miles to Richards Bay yeah that’s not gonna happen what’s
    our next bailout area? Inhaca, outside of Maputo which it’s about 380
    miles away so I think we should be able to make that three days that’s what’s
    coming in again in three days that’s like 25 or 25 30 you notice on there I’d
    like to be in somewhere before that wind against the current I’d prefer not
    to since this is ocean sailing with the big waves against us we end up against
    25 knots of wind we end up tacking east and we end up tacking west we can’t make
    any southing if this was a bay we would not have those large waves holding
    us up so we would be able to make some southerly progress but we’ve been also
    finding what, contrary currents along this coast? contrary sometimes not contrary other times
    you know sometimes helping us. but yeah yeah I mean I’ve always heard all these
    terrible stories five knots occurrence along this coast oh look out and
    especially if the wind is against the currents well so far the current hasn’t
    been there I think we found what two nights three notes at the movies yeah
    we’d always kind of find it I mean you know they were never as strong as what
    they predicted but then again the two or three different models were always
    different from each other which always indicates that uncertainty uncertainty
    yeah all right so I checked the tide tables tomorrow we have to get out of
    here before sunup if we have if we wait until after sunup the third will be the
    tide will be coming in and we don’t want to have to fight that on our way out of
    here so I checked we would have to get up and leave at least two hours before
    sunup to get a helping current out of here so we will leave in the pitch dark
    that’s exactly what I was thinking all right yeah it’s a good thing we have
    such a good close track on the way in we can have no problem getting out of here
    in the dark everything was deeper when we came in
    anyway than we expected it to be so I’m comfortable with that we can go out all
    right great all right so let’s eat a good dinner go
    to bed early ok..I will make you a nice dinner.. Oh looking forward to that and then we’ll get out of here
    early ok it’s like a good plan yay we finally
    get to go TEN left! Ten left.. another 10 left! 10
    left… Patrick the other left! oops! I’m just the trained monkey all I
    have is four buttons to push a response to Rebecca’s voice commands so I have
    the easy part Rebecca has the more far more difficult
    part of keeping us off the rocks and she does an excellent job of there so when
    the black of night we work our way back out through this labyrinth and we feel
    perfectly comfortable doing it we work our way up to the north end of the
    island and then head out the best to it as we can to go east and tack out to sea
    to get some clearance away from the island but while we are in close to
    shore like this were threading our way through very narrow channels I set the
    sensitivity up for the autopilot that is the wheel will turn and respond much
    faster on the Raymarine control head it is called rudder gain and then the
    narrow confines of this channel I need a very fast response on the wheel so I’ll
    push the negative one and the positive one button simultaneously and hold it
    until the rudder gained menu comes up and then I’ll push the positive one
    button the number of times I need to bring it up to number seven and that is
    a very good response rate the settings are from one to nine number nine is just
    way too fast of a rudder gain response rate once we get back out on the ocean
    I’ll push the negative one and the positive one simultaneously again to
    bring up the rudder gain menu and set everything back down to number three my
    normal setting and this is plenty fine out on the ocean it doesn’t swing the
    rudder so fast and quite so much it saves on
    electricity and also wear and tear on the machine and we just don’t need to
    steer that tight of a course and generally out on the ocean if the waves
    really pick up and the weather picks up and I’m not using the monitor
    self-steering vain and we choose to use the autopilot then at that time I might
    set the rudder gain to one of the more middle numbers like about five or six of
    course the lower the number of rudder gain that is used the less energy and
    the less wear and tear that will be on the steering system so we head off shore
    and we want to get at least ten miles out before we tack on around in head
    south and what happens when we do check around and head south
    well we head right back towards Shore again but fortunately a more southerly
    point of the shore so all that we can do is stay on that tack and hope that
    something happens to the wind when we get closer to shore till shift down on
    around and it helped us to go south rather than Southwest and after two and
    a half days our new hiding spot was in sight and the weather had certainly
    cleared up look at this not a cloud in the sky except for a few once just over
    the islands that we’re gonna be hiding behind a beautiful day and a nice beam
    reach would ever suspect that there is a 35 45 knots storm on the way
    I wasn’t liking the looks of this this is an open road stead where we were told
    that this would become a Mill Pond during a southwester blow I have never
    seen an island open to the ocean where waves did not wrap around the island and
    make everything an untenable Anchorage but we were assured that this is the
    place to go in a southwester we could anchor safely underneath this lighthouse
    so we reconnoitered the area took a lot of sounding as and determine just
    exactly where we would anchor in 20 feet of water to leave us plenty of swinging
    room but also to snuggle up underneath this island in the lighthouse
    once that was complete we followed the range marks away from
    the lighthouse towards a channel that had no more existent buoys or markers of
    any kind so Rebecca’s eyes were once again fixed on the chart plotter to
    thread us through this channel while my eyes were fixed on the water ahead
    we worked your way over to the west side of the island we found a place to anchor
    and we settled in and waited we had a very comfortable night in this anchorage
    and while waiting the next day we overheard the conversation between a
    large ocean-going tug boat and mo puto harbour control which was 10 miles to
    our west the tugboat was on his way to Cape Town and decided to turn around and
    come back and anchor in the large shipping anchorage of Maputo he also
    wanted to take shelter from the storm this made us feel much better for our
    decision for doing the same but the following day we had to pick up anchor
    and leave this nice calm place because the wind was coming out of the south and
    it would be building soon it was time to take shelter underneath the lighthouse
    so we retraced our track back out and around as night came the waves did wrap
    around the island it became a real toss-up was it actually safer and more
    comfortable out at sea or sitting in this terrible anchorage waiting for the
    chain to break for the anchor to drag so we decided to pick up and ahead out so
    we’d be sailing into all the things that we were desperately trying to avoid and
    we kept going we had no alternative eventually the storm passed and we
    headed on south to Rich’s bay so we had the rodeo ride we fully expected but the
    boat held together there weren’t any leaks Rebecca took
    shelter in the aft cabin wedged herself in who knows we’re Lily at the ship’s
    cat one two and I kept a watch outside but also monitored all the electronics
    until I just couldn’t stay awake anymore then Rebecca took over for me and I took
    my turn to watch myself in to the aft cabin
    we had fought against the weather in the wind all day but then suddenly the wind
    shifted out of the north and hovered around 30 knots perfect we would set the
    sails and squeeze every knot out of that wind in 30 knots of wind off of the
    starboard quarter there’s all the good reasons in the world not to have a
    mainsail up having a mainsail up with the wind off the quarter in these high
    of winds it has the effect of the center of effort being too far aft and torquing
    the boat around making it much less stable and much more difficult to steer
    a straight line it also blankets the wind getting to the jib so without the
    mainsail up all we need is that full genoa at 120 percent and I also had
    pulled out the little stay sail but that’s when the wind was only blowing
    215 but once it did get up to 30 knots I finally did have to take it down it’s
    just overpowering the boat we weren’t going to go any faster with that extra
    sail up so we got that roll it up out of the way and we just carried on with the
    full 120 percent genoa if the wind had picked up any more than 30 knots I would
    have started rolling up the genoa and just make that smaller and we still
    would have gone just as fast so we push hard we had to get deep 192 miles south
    to Richards Bay as fast as we could another storm was coming out of the
    southwest and this one would be even more intense we wanted to get to the
    safety of shelter and possibly even tying up to a dock before the bad
    weather hit somehow we were able to do it as we approached the channel to
    Richard’s bait the harbour control asked us to stay out of the shipping channel
    but just parallel it on the North End and keep an eye out for their
    ships they have the priority no problem if they didn’t even have to tell us that
    that of course entering the harbor this is quite different than in the United
    States Green is on the right and red buoys are on the left
    how nice to be in the safety in the shelter of enclosed area and work our
    way through a little bit of a labyrinth of deep water this time and pull into a
    dock and then as it got dark the wind shifted to the west and picked up too
    strong the rain came down and hard but we didn’t care in the next episode we’ll be preparing
    our boats for the hard life out of the water and dealing with monkeys as

    How to Sail a Sailboat : How to Rinse Off a Sailboat
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    How to Sail a Sailboat : How to Rinse Off a Sailboat

    December 12, 2019

    OK now we’re going to rinse the boat off.
    The saltwater is really bad on the gel coat of the sailboat, so you always want to finish
    your day by rinsing down your boat. You also want to scrub it if you have time too, but
    we didn’t get it dirty today so we’re just going to rinse off all the salt water so it
    doesn’t eat the side. The other thing that you want to do is you want to rinse up on
    your sails, you also want to rinse any mechanism that moves: the roller furlings the blocks,
    the pad eyes, the boom bang, anything where the salt might get to it and start corroding,
    because salt’s pretty corrosive so we want to make sure to spend special attention on
    those items.

    What if a sailboat HITS A WHALE or a Whale Strikes a boat? (PC Sailing #53/ Tips from the Pros #3)
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    What if a sailboat HITS A WHALE or a Whale Strikes a boat? (PC Sailing #53/ Tips from the Pros #3)

    December 8, 2019

    hello I’m Patrick Childress this is
    third in the series tips from the pros and in just a minute we’ll get with Hank
    Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities and see how he dealt with
    his whale strike the whale strike that you saw at the beginning of this video
    happened to my wife Rebecca and I while we’re sailing on our sailboat Brickhouse
    off the coast of Madagascar fortunately it was a small whale and it was a
    glancing blow so I’m sure he went away and very well unharmed
    there have been sea survival stories though about whales sinking sailboats and
    two of those books happened in the Pacific west of Panama and those people
    had to take to the life raft and spent months drifting around on the ocean
    until they were rescued in one book definitely the whale was out to sink the
    boat the other situation it’s questionable so it’s rare it seems like
    but it does happen and whale strikes can be a problem the second time I’ve had a
    Whale strike was when I was delivering a swan 48 from Bermuda to Rhode Island and
    we were well out of the ocean deep water and into about 200 feet of water coming
    up on the banks off the coast of Rhode Island and that’s when on this pleasant
    day full main sail full jib were sailing along and all of a sudden the boat just
    sort of lurched forward as though the keel was digging into a mud Bank and we
    came to a stop sails were full you look over the side no water is moving past
    the boat that was the strangest thing and then all of a sudden the boat
    lurched again and the bow picked up and we started sailing and getting speed on
    one croute happened to be watching behind the boat and did see a whale come
    up and then disappear so these things do happen fortunately it isn’t always a
    catastrophe like that sea survival stories but it is something to be
    concerned about there is a possibility of maybe operating the stereo or running
    some kind of acoustics to let whales know that you’re coming you think that
    they have great senses but somehow sailboats do sneak up on them
    so let’s get with Hank and see how he dealt with his whale encounter hello I’m
    Hank Smith captain of the Swan 48 avocation we’re here in beautiful
    Huntington Long Island but six weeks ago coming back from Bermuda we were in
    between Bermuda closer to New Jersey and we actually had our first whale strike
    at night we knew it was a whale because when we did hit we did fall forward but
    it wasn’t like hitting a container or a log where you just stopped instantly and
    after we got up took a look at by the time we said what was that I just looked
    over my shoulder and there we saw the whale so of course whale strike first
    thing you want to do is check and make sure you’re not taking any water on
    checking keel vaults and through holes for your transducers so that’s something
    we’ll do in a few minutes another thing that you might want to do is also check
    underneath to see what the bottom looks like because as you’ll see we didn’t
    have any damage down below but you still want to go down below and check and see
    if there’s any damage to the keel or the forward part of the boat we were not
    worried we knew we weren’t sinking we also want to go in the water and take a
    look and while we’re doing that we’re also going to take a look at the bottom
    of the boat but first we’ll go below and take a look where the keel boats are and
    the transducers that you would want to take a look at first and we get on our
    trusty tool to get our access we want to check our keel pulse transducers to get
    anything out of the way on Salons we have the suction cup to open up the
    floorboards to our through bolts right here or bilge pump we would see any
    water that might be coming in from another compartment but as we can see of
    course it’s dry here so that’s very good keel is nice and secure so your bilge
    and your kill bolts right here you have access to the center of the boat your
    kill bolts of course is what you attach your keel to so if you did have any
    damage from hitting something you would see some cracking or some
    looseness hopefully not any water ingress but everything certainly super
    tight here no issues at all other places where you would look for ingress would
    be the transducers for both your depth sounder and your speedo because they
    protrude a little bit and certainly hitting a whale or any
    object could open up a place for water to come in and then after that it might
    be thruhulls that you check it well but the big thing is just to see if you
    have any water coming back from any part of the boat so then you can get an idea
    if water is coming in which direction after 250,000 miles we had our first
    whale strike eventually things catch up to you so it was very still so very cold
    up in New York so we waited till we returned to Bermuda to go ahead and
    check of course we were very wondering what things look like below so we’re
    gonna jump in the water and take a look and see see you at the bottom looks like Thank You Hank for all that great
    information the two books that I referred to at the beginning of this
    video are survive the savage sea which was published in 1973 about the
    Robertson family spending 38 days in a dinghy after their boat was sunk by a
    whale the other book is 117 days adrift about the ordeal of Maurice and Marilyn
    Bailey after their boat was sunk and that book was published in 1974 of
    course we have all seen whales that breach and accidentally come down on a
    sailboat but can that really be intentional but even a simple collision
    between a sailboat and a whale can certainly leave a boat very damaged
    especially if it knocks out the rudder it does seem though that there’s an
    increase of collisions between sailboats and whales and there’s two good possible
    reasons for this one is whale conservation and the increased numbers
    of whales but then too there is a big increase of cruising sailboats passing
    through whale territory so why don’t whales just get out of the way whether a
    ship or sailboat there is speculation that whales being the biggest thing in
    the ocean they grow up never having to change course for anything they just
    don’t know to move our collision with the young humpback whale at the
    beginning of this video is a very good example of that that whale could have
    easily avoided us but it chose not to that might have been a very good
    learning experience for that young whale that not all large rounded things in the
    ocean are as soft and friendly as mother that learning experience just might save
    its life one day one would think that a whale should hear the approach of a
    sailboat apparently it is a very noisy ocean down there and becoming more noisy
    with the increase of ships fishing boats and all sorts of surface craft but also
    military submarines maybe in some extremely noisy areas close to
    civilization the whale might not hear the vessel coming however it could be well
    worthwhile for a sail boat in whalel territory to create noise by playing the
    stereo which can be heard through the hull
    turn on the depth sounder especially one of the new Raymarine depth Sounders that
    uses a sweep of frequencies not just the standard 50 or 200 kilohertz or even
    turn on the engine a diesel engine is very noisy underwater when in whale
    territory it would be good to slow down in some whale feeding areas ships are
    restricted to a speed of no more than 10 knots many sail boats would be fortunate
    to go that fast but the slower the better to give whales and the sailboat
    more opportunity to avoid each other know before your sail if your boat will
    be in a whale traffic area subscribe to Whale alerts for your particular area
    unfortunately these are concentrated in the USA but ask Google for something like
    whale tracking in South Africa should give you some information to be aware of
    try to travel during the day so you can see whales on the surface better some
    whale species spend a lot of time at night resting on the surface finally as
    if that wasn’t bad enough in their migrations and search for food
    many whales spend much of their lives and precisely those waters that are the
    most dangerous for them often frequenting both commercial shipping
    lanes and recreational hotspots taking the same route that migrating cruisers
    follow so keep a good lookout make a lot of noise and try not to hit any whales
    if this video is worthwhile for you please give it a thumbs up and if you
    haven’t already click on the subscribe button that will be a big help and in
    the video description there is a link to the tip jar if you don’t mind helping
    out in that direction so thanks a lot for watching and we’ll see you soon you

    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
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    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