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    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
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    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
    neighbors

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

    November 11, 2019


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

    Provisioning for Sailing an Ocean, [An Exact Sailboat Provisioning List] Patrick ChildressSailing#20
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    Provisioning for Sailing an Ocean, [An Exact Sailboat Provisioning List] Patrick ChildressSailing#20

    November 8, 2019


    A New Headstay – that’s the project I’ve
    been working on today and how to change the the headstay inside of a Profurl roller
    furler. So far the hardest part of this whole job is to remove this
    titanium bolt from the aluminum housing that also goes into this stainless steel
    plate and into this nut that’s welded on the backside that took hours but right
    now what I want to talk to you about is Provisioning for an Ocean Passage and
    what could be better than to have a exact list of provisions that you will
    need you can just go to the store you go down the list throw everything in the
    grocery cart and before you know it you’re back on the boat ready to set
    sail so let’s go down below where it’s a little quieter we have this big ship
    making a lot of noise behind us and we’ll talk provisioning oh one other
    thing if this video is good for you about provisioning at the end please
    give it a thumbs up and subscribe. Lets go on down below. Hello I’m Patrick
    Childress on Brick House. Rebecca’s out shopping right now so that gives me a
    chance to spread out here in the main saloon and do this provisioning video
    for you the most important part about this whole video is this three-page
    provisioning list which is extremely accurate how I got this list was the
    first time I ever did a boat delivery between New England and the Caribbean a
    crew went with me down to the grocery store and every item that we put in the
    grocery cart I wrote down on a list once we got to
    the Caribbean anything that was left over I scratched off the list
    after three more trips I developed this very accurate list which is good for six
    people for twelve days at sea or two people for 36 days at sea
    with very little left over at the end of this video I’ll tell you where to go
    online so you can download this provisioning list, but rather than going
    through the grocery store and just watching somebody throw a bunch of
    things at a grocery cart I’m going to turn the camera around to the galley
    where I have some food items set out and we’ll go through them item by item tell
    you what to get what not to get and some things that can
    cause your problems. Everything I’m going to say here comes from my own personal
    experiences and observations but you might like jalapeno peppers I don’t I
    might say that American beef is the best beef in the world and your experience
    would suggest that well maybe Australian and South African is better but if you
    have comments if you have disagreements or anything you want to add just write
    it in the comments down below that could be a big benefit for everybody so let’s
    get started. Now my experience is for provisioning are through the Caribbean,
    Central America, and out across the Pacific all the way to Africa I don’t
    know anything about provisioning in the Med. however I can tell you that once you
    leave America that’s a very good chance that you’ll never see cheaper prices for
    food anywhere else in the world even if you stock up in Key West which you think
    is expensive wait till you get to Panama you would think things are cheap in
    Panama because the local economy but all their canned goods and a lot of their
    other items are imported from the US in Panama. However Panama is far cheaper
    than anywhere else just about across the Pacific
    Tahiti forget it… you really want to stock up in Panama and work your way
    to an American associated island say like American Samoa where there again
    you can find a very good variety and much lesser prices than anywhere else in
    the Pacific. the other place to go for provisioning would be the island
    nation of Palau which is a famous scuba diving destination food is a little
    expensive there but you have a lot of variety and items that you won’t find
    anywhere else in the Pacific. New Zealand has a lot of food that’s expensive
    Australia’s outrageous so we really do try to stock up in the American
    associated islands or before we leave the US. The one thing that Americans do
    that hardly any other culture that I have seen does is refrigerate their eggs
    just like these eggs are sitting out in the ambient temperatures in Mauritius,
    you’ll find this same scenario across the Pacific. Their eggs will last about
    four to six weeks just sitting out in the tropics sometimes the eggs are left
    out in the Sun and you have to really be careful where you buy your eggs from
    occasionally they sell eggs in grocery stores in individual cartons like this
    plastic also in paper we try to stay away from the paper cartons because
    there might be cockroach eggs in there and that’s not a great thing to have a
    little baby cockroaches running around your boat. so we’ll save these plastic
    ones we’ll wash them out and reuse them two four six eight ten it’s not like a
    dozen in America they go metric in a lot of these other countries and we
    refrigerate we have enough room to refrigerate maybe three cartons of eggs
    and the rest of them just sit out and we’ll use the ones that sit out first so
    like I say they’ll last four to six weeks just sitting out easily if you
    want them to last longer you can take Vaseline and smear around each egg and
    then put it in a carton that’s what they used to do long before most yachts had
    refrigeration and they would last a couple of months that way you just need
    to keep the air from penetrating through the egg shell.
    Milk – once you leave America fresh milk is very difficult to find and would
    be incredibly expensive so you learn to like powdered milk sometimes you see in
    these other countries like in the Bahamas they’ll have reconstituted milk
    in the refrigerated section that’s just powdered milk that’s been mixed for you
    and chilled. You have to check different manufacturers of milk powder and some of
    them mix easier with water than others let’s see Dairy Products Basic cheese – it’s not been
    a big problem. butter that can be a little more difficult but what we do if
    we’re really out in the boonies say like out in french polynesia somewhere
    we’ll always have a backup can of butter and this says pure Creamery butter Mon-
    tequila con Sal butter with salt and it’s actually made in New Zealand. New
    Zealand is a big exporter of canned butter and in the Bahamas back in the
    70s and 80s it was everywhere it’s a little more difficult now to find in the
    Bahamas because they have such good refrigeration and power generators
    in those far out islands they aren’t so far out anymore. Breakfast cereal
    breakfast cereal is incredibly expensive in all of these other countries
    cornflakes Weetabix and all that stuff and we just stay away from that Rebecca
    still buys some Muselix from time to time and I would eat the whole box in
    two morning’s but she can make it last a lot longer so it isn’t that bad
    of an expense for us but I’ll buy oat meal and always get the instant oatmeal
    the only difference between instant oatmeal and regular oatmeal is the size
    of the flake the regular oatmeal is bigger the instant or quick fix oatmeal
    has just more finely cut and ground so it cooks faster however once you meet a
    lot of other cruisers out here they don’t bother cooking their oatmeal. They just put it in with their powdered milk in the morning mix in some raisins
    some grated coconut and whatever else they want to make their own muesli the
    thing with oatmeal is you don’t want to buy Chinese oatmeal don’t try to save
    money Chinese oatmeal is full of weevils and
    it may not look like it when you buy at the store but they will hatch out.
    American and Australian oatmeal are certainly the best. I don’t know this for
    a fact but I highly suspect that they have a heating process during their
    packaging process that heats the oatmeal and fluffs it with very hot air to kill
    any of the weevil eggs that are in the oatmeal it’s just a natural fact that
    weevil eggs are in oatmeal, rice, flour, just any of those grain products
    now this oatmeal ‘jungle oats’ – guess where that came from this is a new experiment
    this from South Africa and so we’ll see how long it takes for any weevils to
    grow in here hopefully it won’t ever happen but the thing you don’t want to
    buy is oatmeal in a box and a box of does grow weevils they’ll be out of here
    in no time crawling all over your boat it’s disgusting so in a bag at least
    like this that is clear you can see the weevils growing and they will still gnaw
    a hole out through the bag as they get thirsty and they will start looking for
    water whether it’s condensation on the top of the galley or even I found a
    bunch of weevils down in our sump pump in the main saloon so Oatmeal, stay
    with the Australian or American brands don’t buy Chinese it’s terrible stuff. The weevils will see eat more than what you do Raisins to go in your oatmeal in the
    morning you can buy raisins anywhere These were made in Australia and
    you can also get the American made raisins no problem just about anywhere
    in the world as long as we’re on the grains
    this is flaxseed meal this is what I also put in my cereal in the morning
    surprisingly you can find this Red Mill brand of grains in a lot of places
    normally in the larger cities that are more westernized like Penang Malaysia or
    a big city in Thailand that has a westernized grocery store so it’s not
    everywhere as you cross the Pacific but it can be found
    a lot of these things you don’t want to stock up too much especially like flour
    flour and rice. now rice take a look at these weevils in this rice and I had
    this bag of rice I saw that a couple weevils were growing in there so I sent
    this whole bag out in the Sun all day and I even turned it over it was very
    hot that day and I thought for sure that would have killed the weevils and the
    eggs that might be hatching out and it didn’t. So yeah we lost a whole bag
    of our rice to the weevils and the same thing will happen to flour so you don’t
    want to over stock on flour or rice. get what you need and those are two very
    easy to get commodities anywhere in the world there’s one other thing about
    weevils and that information that I have been able to gather is it it doesn’t
    harm anyone to eat weevil eggs or even the weevils themselves even if you
    do it wrong so it’s kind of a disgusting thought but so it’s nothing to be too
    concerned about so cook them up and once one source says just like a cow goes out
    and eats grass and now you have protein to eat they say it’s the same with the
    weevils no thanks the other thing is tapioca. tapioca I
    always thought came in a box from this store and there are always a little
    pearls like in this bag but actually tapioca is the root of the manioc plant
    which grows throughout the tropics and natives will use that tuber to make
    puddings and desserts it’s a thickener basically and it
    doesn’t have any flavor unless you put coconut or something else in it so
    this is the only packaged tapioca that I have seen outside of the United States and I
    got this and they very out-of-the-way island of Rodrigues and where this is
    made…this is made in Thailand! popcorn popcorn once you leave America
    it’s all generic stuff unless again you get to an American associated island
    where you can get the gourmet popping corn let’s see.
    sugar. Sugars cheap wherever you go no problems at all so you don’t have to
    stock up that much. Tea…tea is growing in so many places in Australia, Sri Lanka,
    Malaysia don’t ever buy stock in a tea company I think those tea companies
    those big big plantations they make more money off of giving tours and selling
    t-shirts to tourists than what they do off of tea it’s a tough business now
    coffee is a little different story here in Mauritius if you just go down and buy
    a cup of coffee at the local cafe it’ll cost about three US dollars for just a
    little shot glass size… incredibly expensive and it’s also the same in a
    lot of other countries so stock up on coffee and when the Nescafe seemed to be
    a popular one. Peanut butter – you can get pretty much anywhere the problem then
    becomes jellies and jelly or we eat preserves so you
    can still get the Smuckers and some of the other good American preserves just
    about in any major city as we travel around the world but if you can’t get
    what you’re looking for the French products are just equal or if not better
    than some of those American preserves so even with these other products if you
    can’t find the an Australian or American the French products are just as good
    very good alternative. Pancake syrup don’t leave home without the maple
    pancake syrup it is very difficult to find or extremely expensive to find
    anywhere else in the world Sodas, Pepsi products, Coke products it’s all
    cheap wherever you go no problem at all now weevils getting back to weevils
    there are there is some information that says if you put bay leaves in a
    container that will discourage weevils what that means I really don’t know how
    do you discourage weevils does that keep them from catching out or certainly
    they’re already in the products that you’re trying to protect but it’s worth
    a try so if you take your Jungle Oats and put them in a big container with a
    lid on it and you throw some bay leaves in there I guess that would be a good
    experiment and see if it preserves your breakfast for you or your rice or your
    flour of course cockroaches can be a big problem in some of these foreign
    countries we had them once and what it takes to get rid of them and actually
    ants as well it is boric acid this is an old label
    you can’t really see it but it’s a white powder on the inside then you mix that
    with sweetened condensed milk to make a thick paste and then once you do that
    you just take it take that paste and put it up behind areas where the cockroaches
    might crawl and it dries it stays there forever they come to eat the sweetness
    in that sweetened condensed milk they ingest the boric acid and it
    doesn’t take long to get rid of the whole infestation of ants
    or cockroaches. Boric Acid even though it says acid, it’s really benign. They use this for eye wash. canned products say like if you’re in New Zealand you’ll see
    a lot of canned Chinese imports and it’s disgusting stuff the only Chinese can
    items that we’ll buy now from our failed experiences is maybe some cling peaches
    or mandarin oranges I mean it’s the same sweet and kind of artificial colored
    stuff that you buy in the US I mean how bad can you get. but we eat it like
    desert. fresh produce you can get that pretty much anywhere say like an island
    you can do a lot of trading. trading items they can be anything .clothes – I had
    one man he just so desperately wanted some britches for his five-year-old son
    and unfortunately I felt so bad for him that we didn’t have anything that small
    so you can bring children’s clothes adults clothes swim masks, swim fins
    anything that money would buy. I mean natives in a lot of these in
    out-of-the-way places they need things they don’t necessarily need cash
    they need the things that the cash would buy especially solar lights the solar
    lights are a big deal now not just flashlights but something like this
    movie light that I’m using this plugs in to a solar panel outside and this is
    what a native would really want something that’s rechargeable rather
    than using batteries another very unique thing that the
    natives would like is a gig like this they’re cheap you can buy them in
    America at most bait tackle stores and they would use this for either spearing
    fish at night or even lobsters very hard to get in the outer islands. propane
    propane tanks what we have on this boat is two backyard barbecue sized propane
    tanks that you see everywhere in America those have gotten us by although they
    did it get a bit rusty once we got down to New Zealand they used the same size
    tanks with the same fittings so we’re able to trade it to our old rusty ones
    for some very good new ones fully filled in the cost I think about $35 total for
    each tank and since then I’ve been very careful any time we haul out I’ll sand
    those tanks and prime them and paint them and keep them up we haven’t had too
    much trouble filling them with propane only in Indonesia could it have been a
    problem and we even bought special adapters so we could decant from one
    larger tank to another to our own but we never really had to do that somehow we
    always got by and so we have the connections to decant from another
    propane tank but it hasn’t been an issue just yet. One backyard barbeque sized
    tank will last us three months so we have a good six months supply of propane
    on this boat. but with the propane we really don’t do
    much baking because that uses up propane very quickly I might make some banana
    bread once in a while and that’s about it we can be try not to bake too much
    it’s just a tremendous use of propane we do have this other barbecue that we use
    very rarely now it was kind of a unique thing when we first started out sailing
    but I’ll use it now and then if we’re cooking fish or some chicken or maybe
    some steaks and I really want to keep the odor outside of the boat of course
    it just has to be a nice calm afternoon or evening to do that cooking because
    the wind just blows out the flame so easily. oh I forgot to mention meat
    products nowhere else in the world is there better beef than what you get in
    the USA what other country can afford to feed their cattle corn and from what I
    understand 80% of the corn grown in the u.s. goes to feeding cattle. Australia
    would be the next best bet for quality of beef, but still it just falls short.
    pork you can get pretty much anywhere except in some of the Muslim countries
    like Indonesia. Malaysia you have to go to the Chinese section of town to get
    pork and it’s available you just have to look around a little bit. chicken it’s
    universal anywhere you can get chicken and it’s very inexpensive. water on the
    boat fortunately I was able to go sailing
    around the world back in the late 70s and early 80s long before reverse
    osmosis watermakers were invented so that is my thinking now I just don’t
    need a watermaker we do have an RO reverse osmosis water
    maker on the boat but in 11 years we have never needed it
    we don’t use it and I have tested the water in a number of places like right
    here in Mauritius they come out of the faucet the total dissolved solids with
    85 compared to over 200 parts per million for most RO watermakers
    there’s no microbes in the water here the water I get out of a lot of these
    faucets that docks at marinas is much better than what most yachts can make
    with their RO systems but each to their own there’s a lot of people out cruising
    around the world that don’t have water makers they catch rainwater you put a
    little bleach in it a little sodium hypochlorite and you’re good to go so
    that saves us a lot of maintenance a lot of amperage by not having a water maker.
    well that’s about all that I can think of right now now have to get this
    provisioning list go to where is brick house dot com and if it isn’t right there
    when you open that page search for ‘provisioning list’ and that will come up.
    Well I hope this video has been helpful for you and if it was please give it a
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    How to fix that Damn Clanging Halyard on your Sailboat!! Patrick Childress Sailing Videos #9
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    How to fix that Damn Clanging Halyard on your Sailboat!! Patrick Childress Sailing Videos #9

    November 6, 2019


    Singing… So what is taught in basic
    sailing class is to disconnect the halyard from the sail at the end of the
    sailing day and move it to the end of the boom and then tighten up on the main
    halyard so it’ll support the end of the boom and it also prevents any kind of
    halyard ‘slap’ and we’ll do that if we’re in a nice secure marina but out cruising
    the islands will always leave it attached to the mainsail in just in case
    we have to make a quick departure in the middle of the night or the day we don’t
    know what the weather is going to be doing or what the local situation is
    going to be, so the problem then becomes how to stow the halyard. We can bring it
    around the bottom of the winch and tighten up on the halyard but the
    problem there is no matter how hard you pull on the halyard there’s always going
    to be some halyard slap especially when the wind picks up. And now it sounds like
    a cannon. So there’s two remedies we can take the halyard get a lot of slack in
    it and whip it out in around the spreader and then pull back
    That’s a much easier to do on smallish boats like 27 30 feet and it also is
    easy on those smaller boats to unwrap it but the problem on these larger boats as
    well as the wind picks up the halyard can get pinned against the spreader and
    makes it very difficult to unsnag it there’s no wind today so it’s really no
    problem. But what we found is the best solution is to attach a halyard hook to
    the bottom side of the spreader. So now I can take this halyard, whip it around
    catch it on the hook. bring it back underneath the winch and pull tight and
    cleat it off. Now we’re ready to leave the Anchorage anytime we want very
    quickly and we’ll never have Halyard slap. In all the years that we have used that
    halyard hook I have never seen any wear or any chafe on the halyard because that
    hook is so nicely rounded and smooth it just hasn’t been an issue. This is the
    halyard hook. It’s made of 3/8 inch plastic. you could go with 1/2 inch that
    might give you a bit more of a rounded area in the throat where the halyard
    rides but after cutting this out with a saber saw I took the dremel and just
    rounded all the edges. This has been a great tool. MI resisted buying one for
    years but now that I have it I use it for a lot of small projects around the
    boat. But what I’ll do is I’ll take this hook and I’ll draw it out on this sheet
    of paper. I’ll take all the dimensions I’ll hold it up to the camera so if you
    want to duplicate it it should be fairly easy to do you’ll hold this up and you
    might be able to zoom in on it and trace on your screen the same profile. It
    might make it easier to duplicate but also these are the dimensions With the angle of the halyard now coming
    back to the mast, because it’s out on the halyard hook, we used to tuck in the sail
    cover behind the halyard and fasten it. But now we have a slit in the cover that
    accommodates that angle and everything works out just fine. One major problem
    for halyards slap was the running pole topping lift. There was no way I could pull
    down tight enough to keep it from slamming up against the mast when the
    winds picked up so what I had to do was install a fairlead about three feet down
    below the turning block and another fairlead about three feet below that one
    and then the third block was about four feet below the middle one and at that
    point the angle coming off the mast was such that it just couldn’t slam up
    against the mast anymore. Well I hope this video was helpful to
    you and if it was PLEASE give us a thumbs up and possibly SUBSCRIBE to the
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    watching and see you soon!

    7 Sailing Tips For Blue Water Sailboats (How to STOP LEAKS on Sailboats)Patrick Childress Sailing#25
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    7 Sailing Tips For Blue Water Sailboats (How to STOP LEAKS on Sailboats)Patrick Childress Sailing#25

    October 9, 2019


    Finally we had some waves hopefully the
    wind will follow so we can stop this motoring and put up some sails hello my name is Patrick Childress on
    Brick House and today I have seven very important sailing tips for the
    long-range Cruiser and certainly number seven is the most valuable I think even
    the most experienced Cruiser will find from good use than tip number seven and
    at the end of this video I put together some segments on the large wooden
    sailboats in Madagascar and the tremendous amount of weight that they
    can carry and about the hard-working men who
    those quotes it’s they have all my admiration in the world for how much
    work they put in for very little money in Madagascar is way past the horizon
    and somewhere well over the horizon is Tanzania Africa and the island of
    Zanzibar I love the sound of those names but first we’ll be stopping at the
    island of Myatt out here in the Mozambique Channel so right now let’s
    get to tip number one when we are hard on the wind slamming it
    to big waves swimming into this port light and also sometimes on the windward
    side of the boat those port lights will also have a little drip and even though
    I’ve taken silicone grease and you can also use Vaseline I’ve rejuvenated the
    seal but we can still get small drips though an anticipation of extreme
    weather now I found it’s really best just to take out the screen and install
    a storm window this plastic is quarter-inch thick six millimeters and
    it’s just some smoked plastic that I found in a trash pile at a marina so
    it’s really easy to take out the screen and put in the storm window no more leaks tip number two how to keep
    the water out of the chained pipe for the windlass it’s pretty easy actually a
    nice wad of modeling clay will do the trick you just squeeze it in around the
    chain and have it overlap the base of the windlass and that’ll keep 99% of the
    water out the only problem is and very cold weather the clay will become very
    stiff then small rags we’ll have to do tip number three the hatch on the
    foredeck how to help that seal on the inside do its job to keep from big waves
    slamming up here and water dripping on the inside and it’s called chinking a
    little bit of line to help fill in this gap slows down the waves so that the
    seal can do its job it just goes around the edge and it’s
    tied in the back with a simple knot this is our 4 year old shits cat Lily we
    picked her up at the island nation of pullout when she was just a little
    kitten you know how when a lot whis is always
    being put in the lion with each coil but this is pretty much the standard way of
    doing it and stowing a line the problem is then when you release a line and it
    goes through quickly it’s all hung up because the twists are trying to come
    out faster than they can untwist so it gets hung up inside of whatever fitting
    it’s going through in this case a break so it’s much better to rather than coil
    a line to hand a line H a nd hand bring it over and back and over that way you
    don’t put those twists in the line when it runs out they’ll run out nice and
    clean nice and fair very quickly without any snags two-five catching rainwater you don’t
    need a big area to catch a lot of rainwater this bimini the water runs
    down to the hard Dodger and then downhill into this gutter which is made
    from thin walled PVC cut lengthwise and attached to the hard Dodger with four
    screws and some sealant along the top edge this line just sits in here has a
    knot to help hold it in place and the water runs downhill
    while angled aft and then through surface tension the water adheres to the
    rope and runs right into the bucket you number six hard to imagine sitting in a
    nice calm anchorage like this big ocean waves that can come over the side of the
    boat and fill the cockpit with water or even smaller waves they can come over
    the side of the boat these were solid and fixed permanently with twist locks
    there could be all kinds of damage these would have been destroyed long ago but
    when big ocean waves come crashing over the side
    they just don’t cause any damage they just get us wet on the inside these side
    curtains are held in place with just little snaps they’re of an oval shape so
    if you want to pull them apart by hand pull them up from the bottom oval not
    from the side through the top but from this bottom oval and they come right off it’s probably the most important tip of
    all in this whole video because it contains hundreds and hundreds of other
    tips and this is one very important book that I think every long-range cruising
    boat should have onboard offshore sailing 200 essential passage making
    tips by Bill Seaford bill Seaford has been in the boating business most of his
    life he’s quite the expert and I don’t care who you are no matter how
    experienced you are you read this book you’re going to find something very
    unique that’s going to help you out in any long-range cruising situation this
    was edited by Daniel spur he actually all these information into a book format
    daniel spirt was an editor at cruising world for many years and then he became
    the big man at practical sailor in r and practical sailor for many years and
    spurs guide to upgrading your cruising sailboat is another very important book
    to have on your long-range cruising sail boat full of expert information offshore
    sailing and spurs guide upgrading your cruising boat to excellent books to
    always keep on your boat here is the part about the wooden ships. Please SUBSCRIBE for More videos like this when they come out!

    Bluewater Sailboat DIY Repairs on our Valiant 40: Water Tanks, Chain Locker,- Patrick Childress #32
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    Bluewater Sailboat DIY Repairs on our Valiant 40: Water Tanks, Chain Locker,- Patrick Childress #32

    October 8, 2019


    Valiant 40 tour down below part three Last time when we left off I was just finishing up in
    the galley and Rebecca was setting up the nav station so in a minute we’re
    going to turn the camera around and let her show you everything that’s in the
    nav station and I’m always so impressed because if I ever have any questions
    because I get lost in some of these machines like the very powerful
    Raymarine multifunction display it shows radar chart plotters two different types
    of fish finders sonar it’s just so powerful that once in a while rather
    than going to the help menu to figure my way through I just ask Rebecca she’s
    got the answer right there and if we ever have any complications with any of
    the tools she has all the skills to fix them very impressive lady I’m very lucky
    to have her on board so she’s going to show you all that we have right now
    we’ll turn the camera around Oh I’m Rebecca I’m the navigator on Brick
    House and I installed a lot of this equipment so I’ll go ahead and give you
    the tour first off we have our Raymarine es 128 chartplotter
    it’s actually not a chart plotter it’s a multi-function display it shows the
    chartplotter, it shows the radar and a whole bunch of things it’s so nice and big
    that I can see it from the cockpit but we do have the wireless Raymarine
    instruments in the cockpit that repeat it all. We have the standalone Vesper
    marine AIS Watchmate mainly for redundancy and alarm functionality we have the
    iridium GO satellite Wi-Fi hotspot and it’s charged down here that device down
    there also charges our GPS Bad Elf Pro that goes by bluetooth to my iPad
    and so I can get my email and I can get my weather, my Predictwind weather right
    here as well or I could get it in bed! Up here , this is our old GPS which just
    keeps ticking and ticking. This is our Lowrance depth finder/fish finder..it sees down to 4000 feet inside here is our Raymarine transponder with the silence button and
    the alarm down here. This is our SSB radio and Pactor 3 modem that we hardly use
    anymore because I have the iPad and the iridium GO
    and this is our VHF and our electric panel, our Redport Halo long distance Wi-Fi antenna box, the Link 1000 Xantrex for monitoring electricity and I think that about covers it. SO I think that’s all – I hope I didnt forget anything.Again if you want a longer video about the details of our nav station in detail, please comment down below. Otherwise…see you later! Now that everything is out of the way we
    have access to the portside water tank under the settee, the starboard side water
    tank is set up the same way with an aluminum cover like this in the forward
    section it’s held in place with 5/16 inch screws that are threaded into the
    aluminum tank just below this cover plate they’re spaced three inches on
    center. That gives us access if we ever need to get into that area which I did
    only once and that’s when we refurbished the water tanks and that was I’ll show
    you how we did that in just a second the aft inspection plate is actually
    a clear plastic 3/8 inch thick cover so we can look inside the tank we
    can see if there’s anything growing in there we can check the water level, but
    this is what the water tanks looked like 12 years ago. Our aluminum water tanks
    were so deteriorated we really needed to replace them but we could not get the
    same size tanks through the companionway and I didn’t want to lose the water
    storage capacity that we had so the best thing to do was to utilize these already
    installed hatch accesses to the water tanks I went in and scraped away this
    old fiberglass resin that had been previously applied to try to save these
    tanks scrape chipped sanded did all the prep work in the worst of the divots and dings I applied Marine Tex to help fill up the voids and then apply a
    high-grade two-part epoxy paint direct to metal what we used was made by the
    Amercoat company and it was suggested by another cruiser. It turns out though it
    wasn’t food grade epoxy but so far we still have our eyesight we have 20/20
    vision we haven’t lost any teeth so I really don’t see any problems over the
    long run but it has saved us a tremendous amount of money and time and
    effort to paint the inside of our water tanks and after twelve years even though
    we add chlorine to the tanks they’re still in great condition.
    Now this is an important part right here for the galley table. This pin it just drops down from the top
    and goes into a hole right here on the mast. That pin is vital. I was sitting
    here one day in a bumpy seaway and a wave came and threw me that way very hard and this
    table wound up in my lap on the other side of the boat and ripped out the
    hinges and everything out of the wall over here so once I rebuilt it but it
    all back together I put in this one pin and that holds the table securely. Now
    we’ll go to the bathroom. Sometimes we call it a head but a head is really on
    an old sailing ship and it’s way far forward and this is a modern cruising
    sailboat so sometimes we call the bathroom sometimes we call it a head, The shower surround pulls around on this track and gives us a nice enclosure and
    these tracks and replacement parts for these slides the only place that we’ve
    been able to find is Sailrite the sewing machine people they sell sunbrella all
    kinds of cloth very good supplier just about anything you need for fabric work
    on a boat comes from Sailrite and what we’re gonna get into right now
    is the marine toilet but sometimes we call the toilet the head so we are
    multilingual. This Jabsco head is over seven years old and I believe we don’t
    have quite the trouble with it that some people have with their Jabsco heads, is
    because we keep a little bottle of cooking oil on hand and we lubricate
    this shaft, this stainless steel shaft about once a week just a couple little
    dabs of oil and put that in there and pump it up and down once a while we put
    some oil inside of the toilet bowl and pump that through and that’ll lubricate
    the rubber o-ring in the plunger that goes up and down in this area. If you’re
    ever in the Panama Canal where some where there’s some extremely fine
    sediment in the water or some estuary and you find that your
    toilet is squeaking because of that sediment just put a little cooking oil
    in the bowl flush it through and that’ll take care
    of it for a while, but I’m going to take this pump apart and show you just what I
    do on the inside to clean it up and make sure it stays working but I’ve already
    turned off the water at the thruhull, I want to make sure that this lever is
    over so no residual water will be backing up.
    Now I took this head apart just last week and cleaned it up so it should be
    in pretty good shape yeah it still is normally there’ll be a coating of
    calcium on this part of the pump and it just takes just a little scraper you
    know going back and forth roughing it up and then maybe a green scrubby to help
    finish get the rest of the calcium buildup off. Now deep down inside here is
    the o-ring that rides on this shaft I have this other old head here. this
    head assembly deep down inside of here is the rubber seal that tends to leak
    and that’s the one that I always try to keep lubricated and what happens with
    these seals is that there’s a spring that goes around the inside perimeter
    that squeezes the seal against the stainless steel shaft and that spring is
    just made of common steel so it doesn’t last very long but I think still without
    that spring we have a fair amount of success of keeping water from spilling
    out of the shaft when we pump because we keep it so well lubricated especially
    with silicone grease on that shaft when I put this back together I take
    silicon grease that I keep in this little jar put it on the plunger oring
    and I really lube up the shaft with it so it’ll help to make that seal work
    even better I put a little bit on the cap oring and put it back together looking into the chain Locker you can
    see that this is not the place to try to cram 300 feet of chain whether 5/16 or
    3/8 it’s just too small of a space for too much chain and that’s just too much
    weight high up and far too far forward so we cut a hole down here in the bottom
    of the chain locker to insert a PVC pipe an angled hole was cut through the
    top of the v-berth for the pipe to fit through properly and then the pipe was
    also cut off flush inside of the anchor locker so we store 150 feet of chain in
    the upper anchor locker and 150 feet of chain in the v-berth low and aft so the
    chain is directed through the PVC pipe underneath the V berth but it doesn’t
    just fall in there all by itself that would be way too convenient somebody has
    to be down below underneath the V berth and be pulling the chain back in and
    then it goes way to the back and there is a green line that attaches to the
    very final link of the chain to this ring and that green line is long enough
    to go all the way out to the front of the boat so an emergency we can cut that
    line and be free of all the anchor chain and the anchor. All these ceilings were
    made of masonite paneling which is nothing more than a compressed paper
    that’s been heat treated and like any kind of a paper product once it gets wet
    it really falls apart so all of these panels throughout the boat have been
    replaced with PVC panels like this one. This is a small piece of the panel that
    we use for the ceiling and they come in four by eight sheets that it’s 4 feet
    wide and 8 feet long and 1/8 and 1/4 inch thicknesses this is PVC polyvinyl
    chloride same stuff that water pipes are made out of. Very smooth shiny surface on
    both sides. Its aerated in the center so it’s light it isnt solid
    and but it is very flexible the only negative that I see about this is that
    it is a bit on the soft side you can actually take your thumbnail and really
    press in and cause an indentation so care must be taken when working with it
    it does scratch easily but once it’s up then it’s really no problem it’s very
    easy to clean with some Windex to clean off any mildew or maybe some dirt that
    somehow got up there good stuff lasts forever water doesn’t bother it. Okay guys,
    well thanks for watching and hope it was helpful if it was if you could give us a
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    Sailing Tips from the Pros – Crew on a Sailboat AROUND THE WORLD! Patrick Childress #41
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    Sailing Tips from the Pros – Crew on a Sailboat AROUND THE WORLD! Patrick Childress #41

    September 30, 2019


    this is Patrick Childress at the end of
    the video if you find that it was worthwhile please give it a thumbs up
    and also click on the subscribe button if you haven’t done so already also
    there is a link in the video description to the tip jar if you care to help out
    in that direction I’m going to start a new series called tips from the pros and
    these are videos tips from delivery captains who make their living at
    crossing oceans this first one is from Hank Schmitt who is the owner of OPO
    offshore passage opportunities which is a crew networking organization but he
    also operates the 48 foot Swan Avocation as a racing charter boat
    throughout the Caribbean racing circuit great way to get that big-time racing
    without the obligations of owning a boat Avocation is also part of the Swan
    fleet that operates between Saint Marten and Newport Rhode Island and
    that gives people who know how to sail the opportunity to get ocean time with a
    very experienced captain on a very solid seaworthy sailboat so it isn’t just
    Avocation…there’s other Swan sailboats that are part of that fleet and the
    captain’s they’re all incredibly experienced I admire all of them so
    let’s join Hank in st. Maarten he’s going to give us some tips on setting up
    the main halyard leaving the dock and then pointers on the reef mainsail after
    they’re north of Bermuda we’re here in st. Maarten getting ready
    to depart for our trip to Bermuda a beautiful day May fourth nice trade wind
    conditions now we’re getting ready to leave the dock and the job of the crew
    is to make the skipper look good job of the crew is to make the skipper look
    good you take a look whenever you leave a dock you see where is the wind blowing
    if there’s tide or something, anything that might affect the boat when you
    start undoing lines if you undo the wrong line then my bow starts going this
    way or that way I can’t do anything I don’t have
    thrusters I can’t put it forward or reverse so it’s really the crew that have to
    take a look at the lines which ones are slack we take care which ones we have to
    undo at the last minute so the boat doesn’t go out of control then I can’t
    do anything so again you make me look good just like when you have a boss to
    make you boss to look good everything goes well another thing I’d like to do
    when we do leave with the lines you know we’re taking off lines and fenders but
    rather than get a line or a fender put it in open the hatch close the hatch get
    everything together at once then open that forward hatch once put all the
    fenders in and close it that way it’s not gonna fall over on somebody’s toes
    or a fender you know make sure they roll off the side or anything in the same
    thing with the lines we gather all the lines together
    open the hatch once, put them in close not open close open close so that’s
    pretty much it so wind is almost on the bow blowing a little bit this way
    so we’ll look we took our spring line off that we had over here
    we have a line here that is lacking it so that would come off nothing will
    happen and that white one was the line that kept us from going ahead so we
    don’t need that the wind is pushing us back and everything so we’ll undo those
    three lines why don’t we have two people ashore so the two bow lines will have a
    ready to go and then it’s a little bit of a coordination because once you undo
    them since the dock is so short you have to come back and get on board we will
    start going out and then as I go back I see which
    Way the sterns going sometimes we just back out all the way that way the stern goes that
    way I’ll go this way it out with the main thing of course is just to keep us
    away from him since we have six crew this fender isn’t doing much either so
    we’ll take that fender off and treat it as a floater and if people understand
    with that rather than having a tied you just have the fender so I don’t think
    we’ll have a problem on this side but I’ll have one person take the fender
    there we just stand here and if we do go over to the dock you just hold it in
    between and that’s all okay so two people on the dock I’m saying okay good
    sure so two on the dock is just me once we say let go and go you just have to
    fairly quickly come back so Chris you wanted to be the floater right there if
    you want to collect in the lines right here the black line first and that white
    line can probably go and you’ll see that the bow wont go anywhere they’re the
    ones that have slack in it okay we’re On Leg 2, from Bermuda to
    Newport getting closer to the Gulf Stream wind has picked up some we’ve had
    a reef in since we’ve left Bermuda we knew we’d be getting into some weather
    so it’s much easier to put the reef in while we’re in the safety of the harbor
    we knew the wind was coming up so we’ve also got a little bit of jib in most of
    the rain has gone by and we have Clearing coming so we’re getting back to our
    course we can trim the main a little bit More and then we’re going to look at our
    Reefed main right here you can see a properly reefed main
    you want to get it today you’ll get wet or something But we want to be able to see all the full reefs
    And the reef is in to the full reef point we have the 4 nettles the 4 lines holding
    the mainsail up so the mainsail is not chafing and dragging on anything again
    your biggest enemy out here is chafe you don’t have the sail tied up
    it could be rubbing against a jib sheet it could be rubbing against the Dodger
    or something and over the course of a day or so that would wear a hole
    somewhere so we have the lines the nettles the sail ties just gathering the
    sail up not super tight that it tears anything but it just keeps the sail
    underneath Hank said that he would not normally tie the reef ties around the
    boom like this but there was an issue with the sail which at this time
    dictated this is the best procedure to use but he also said it’s very important
    not to tie those reef ties very tight and stress the grommets the grommets are
    not made to take a very high load they’re just there to help carry the
    foot of the sail when it’s reefed. normally he would tie the reef lines
    like on this boat where you tie you the foot of the sail back to itself and that
    way the wind just can’t be blowing the sail around it doesn’t chafe on anything
    so it’s a nice secure tight way of rolling up all that loose sail material
    at the foot of the sail one way to tighten up the sail because
    you do not have an outhall when you’re Reefed, you have your reef line. So to
    tighten up to make the sail flatter you would either tighten up on that reef
    line or an easier way is also to tighten up on your vang because your Vang will also
    pull your boom down and tighten your leech to get it flattered of course if
    the wind picks up you want a flat sail not a big belly of a sail so just a few
    more minutes of rain then we’ll have blue and we’re looking for your
    Gulf stream crossing you can see the showers that have passed us but blue
    sky is coming! So Its another fun day out in the ocean! There’s the bottom of our reef, we have a double reef in. Out in the ocean when it’s time to reef we just go right to the second reef. We aren’t racing…if we put one reef in, a few minutes later we just go right to the next one, so we have two reefs in… Ok, we can pull the main in a little more, the wind is getting lighter… and then go to our course… I think we’re going to settle into our
    Breeze now that we have we’ve been waiting the last 18 hours for the shift
    so we’ve got the shift and it should be a beautiful day ..ooh that sounds great! So we are on
    sort of a close reach now that means you probably come in a little bit more and
    we’ll be able to hold our course yeah about five to ten degrees OK that’s good …When it stops
    Raining I’ll give it back to you!

    Water onboard a Sailboat in Chagos-How to Survive on a Desert Island -Patrick Childress #16
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    Water onboard a Sailboat in Chagos-How to Survive on a Desert Island -Patrick Childress #16

    September 30, 2019


    Water – Whats in it? Can you survive on a Deserted Island? You came here to do laundry thank them
    off our communal well on target here right here that’s a good bucket now you
    can get a good picture took a little practice to get this thing going in
    upside-down to scoop the water that’s about how many times it took me to catch
    on oh you have to go in upside down all right Keith we’re gonna do a little
    science project here can you get me some water yeah I’m gonna test the water and
    see if there’s any microbes in it or actually more specific
    hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria and that would include most pathogens and
    most coral atolls where people live there’s pigs chickens people everything
    poops on the ground and then goes into the groundwater here there’s nobody and
    so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s anything living in this
    freshwater well you know on all the islands on all the coral atolls they
    drink the water after they boil it they know to boil it they don’t have access
    to chlorine so they boil it and then that’s the drinking water that’s all
    that they have other thing coconuts okay then this stuff is like it’s a gold
    powder yeah and what it does is oxygenate the water so
    there’s microbes in here it encourages them to grow 24 hours although depending
    some really nasty water which actually came from the public water supply in
    ebuy Marshall Islands about 3 hours to turn black and that’s how nasty
    contaminated the public water supply was okay so that’s a gold color and 24 hours
    we’ll check it if it’s black you know there’s microbes in it it
    smells like a nasty swamp you know hydrogen sulfide smells rotten
    egg okay the next test TDS total display
    solids okay right now it’s whoa it’s about high 380 to 384 but you know at
    385 but you have been stirring it up quite a bit 385 384 yeah so I might come
    back at high tide because I’m gonna measure now the depth at low tide it is
    low tide right now and I’ll measure the depth and then at high tide come back
    and see how much it raisins but the ocean tide now in small island
    Philippines I tested the water that came out of the faucet there it’s very
    calcified water and that tested at 285 parts per million so this is certainly
    has more nutrients in it more something more solids mineral water rainwater and rainwater which keeps
    coming down here in Chagos I’m sure the well was onshore going to be very full all of our buckets are full on the boat
    all of our tanks are full all of our clothes are washed we just don’t need
    any more water but this is the test tube from yesterday 24 hours later it’s very
    black in color that’s no big surprise I’ve never touched it well water on a
    coral atoll that didn’t turn black that wasn’t full of hydrogen sulfide
    producing bacteria but this test is made by a detached company H a CH and the
    individual packet inside is called path O screen so it’s something fun for me to
    do while we’re all cruising around in the islands in but in particular I use
    this for testing dock water at the marinas and I can tell you all through
    Thailand don’t drink the water Malaysia is very drinkable is very good
    water in Malaysia throughout Indonesia forget it add chlorine or boil the water
    and we’ll test this rain water for total displace olives PDS oh that’s nice
    nice to see I’ll push the hold on here it’s coming down at 4 four parts per million that’s about what
    you get when you buy drinking water in the bottle
    certainly not the mineral water but distilled water and that’s a quite
    suitable for battery the water putting in your batteries reverse osmosis water
    doesn’t even get down that much but we have all these yachts around us that
    have tremendous reverse osmosis capabilities but they’re up around 100
    parts per million one hundred and fifty we’ve had some people service their RL
    water I swear it tasted like seawater they didn’t realize how bad their
    membrane had gotten but not all rainwater is dis clean this is very
    unusual we’re out in the middle of the Indian Ocean
    there’s no cities there’s no pollution out here most of it’s all been washed
    out of the atmosphere by the time it gets to this desolate place if you go to
    Indonesia I didn’t even test the water the
    rainwater that we caught there it was so full of just contaminants in the bucket
    you could see mud around the bucket and if you taste it it tasted like auto
    emissions or like a forest fire just nasty stuff I wouldn’t put that in my
    tank I didn’t even want to test it to see what it looked like so rain water
    all around the world is not the same do you really have to be in a very desolate
    area like out here in Chagos to get good clean rain water even if it rains for an
    hour – in some of these places like Indonesia that isn’t enough to wash all
    the contaminants out of the atmosphere if I were to use the water from the well
    on this coral atoll or any other pressure bowl water source would
    certainly add bleach to the water and I would follow the World Health
    Organization guidelines of adding one eighth of a cup of sodium hypochlorite
    to 50 gallons of water since our tanks are 40 gallons were actually adding a
    higher concentration than what is recommended but that’s fine but there’s
    ever a chlorine smell or taste it gasses off very quickly it takes two or three
    days to dissipate to a low level and what I try to do in our tank water is to
    get the level up to the bottom coloration on the swimming pool test get
    one point one level and to test the water I add water into the test tube up
    to the mark and then add four drops of the test solution the right side the pH
    test I really don’t care about I never use it
    natives on all these coral atoll they know about the contaminants in their
    well water so they always boil it they have lots of coconut husks to use as
    fuel for their fires in the July 2015 issue of profitable sailor magazine I
    had an article called water what’s in it it covers a lot of these same things
    that we talked about just now in this video but you can always go back to
    practical sailor and do a search for water what’s in it or my name Patrick
    Childress and the article will come up that’ll be a good handy reference in the
    future thank you very much for watching I hope this video has been helpful for
    you if it has been please give us a thumbs up and click on the subscribe
    button thanks a lot and we’ll see you soon

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    A Simple Trick to Help You Moor Your Boat | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵

    September 20, 2019


    hi guys today’s sailing tips video we’re
    going to share something with you that we use to make mooring our boat a lot
    easier this is relevant if you have a setup like ours here where you have all
    the boats along the pontoon in a row and they’re secured at the bow by lines
    which go down to the seabed and then at the stern from your Stern lines the
    way that we used to moor on this pontoon and the way that everybody else
    still does it is actually quite difficult as you can imagine a day like
    today you come in with your boat you reverse to get into the correct position
    now if you’ve got boats on either side it makes it a lot easier so we were very
    happy when we’re going back into our slot and we saw there was a vote on each
    side but if you’ve got a boat or two missing this becomes really difficult
    what people do is they’re coming with their boats you have to stop the boat
    before you hit the dock pick up this line which is always tied
    to the dock and then you have to make the way all the way forward carrying the
    line not getting caught up in anything take it all the way to the bow, and it’s
    only when you pull up on that line and you take all the slack out then you get
    to the tight section of rope which goes down to a concrete block on the seabed
    and it’s only then that you’ve got control of your bow so in the
    intervening time when you’ve got wind from the bow like this you get blown off
    sideways it’s a complete nightmare and we’ve seen lots of boats get into
    trouble and crash into other boats because of this this is our really
    simple solution to that problem we’ve got a section of line here which is tied
    to the rope which will eventually go on to the bow of the boat and on the top of
    this we’ve got some floats and a loop basically when you come back in with the
    boat this float is obviously floating at the surface and the line that’s that’s
    eventually going to end up on your bow it’s shaped like this so if your boats
    up here you’ve got the line coming from the seabed it comes up into a kind of
    big lazy loop and then drop straight back down again so you’ve got a section
    of line going down from the floats to the top of the rope for the bow and the
    rope for the bow is down about two and a half meters away from the surface plus
    as you come in with the boat if you accidentally get too close to the floats
    the floats push away from your boat and basically it’s impossible to get your
    propeller caught in the line here so that’s one thing that you don’t need to
    be concerned about so all you need to do when you’re coming in with your boat is
    pick up the float and then this loop can go straight on to the cleat and then
    you’ve done your boat’s under control you’ll be headed into the wind and now
    you can sort out the stern lines and you can get on with the rest of your day
    with relative calm afterwards of course you use the proper large diameter
    lines coming from the concrete block on the seabed and this then becomes
    redundant and you can just tie it off out of the water and you just throw it
    back in again before you leave next time if you wasn’t for taste we wouldn’t be
    able to moor our boat on our own because I’m pregnant and I’m due next
    month and obviously can’t lift heavy weights and like this it is very very easy
    so hopefully it’s gonna help you as well if you’ve tried this trick, or if you have
    any other suggestions please comment below and if you like videos like these
    please leave a thumbs up see you next video ciao Ciao!

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    How to Fit a Hammock (or two) on a Small Sailboat | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵

    September 11, 2019


    Hello! In today’s sailing tips video we’re going to show you how you can fit a hammock onto a small sailboat. To stop the hammock from sliding down the shroud we’ve got this small diameter line attached to it which acts as a stop. Then you tie a knot with your hammock line. At the other end of your hammock attach the line like this… and now this can be put around the forestay, and the job’s done! Now it’s time to get on: Rossella is going to do that for us! First of all, put a leg on each side of the hammock, now from behind you stretch it out as wide as you can, while you gently sit down. Once it’s got your weight, you can lie back and enjoy some hammock time! This is a 30-foot boat and we can get two hammocks side by side so that Rossella and I can lie down and just chill out next to each other – it’s fantastic. Nothing beats lying in a hammock and looking at a view like this… [sunset viewed from bow of boat] Thanks for watching, subscribe for more sailing tips, and our other videos, and we’ll see you next time. Ciao [Ciao] you