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

    December 9, 2019


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

    Burning Ghost Ship of The Northumberland Strait | Maritime Mysteries #2
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    Burning Ghost Ship of The Northumberland Strait | Maritime Mysteries #2

    December 9, 2019


    Throughout the ages, since ships have been
    lost at sea, there have been tales of ghost ships from around the world, and the Maritimes
    is home to one of the most famous. For over 200 years there have been numerous
    group sightings of a burning ghost ship in the Northumberland Strait. The details are generally consistent, with
    sightings year round, though most often in the month of October, particularly just before
    one of the regions Nor’easter storms blows in. Booming sounds, like cannons, are heard first,
    followed by a large ball of flame visible from both shores, that resolves itself into
    a three masted schooner sailing fast and engulfed in flames, with men running about the deck
    in a panic. So realistic is the phantom, that many have
    rushed out after her to rescue survivors in their fishing boats, row boats, and even the
    inter-provincial car ferry, but the ship and her crew disappear as they draw close. No one knows the origin of the phantom, though
    some suggest it’s a pirate ship hunted and sunk by the British Navy in the early 1800’s,
    or it may be the ghost of several vessels which have been lost to these treacherous
    waters and storms. Skeptics have a variety of theories as well,
    such as an atmospheric mirage, or undersea gases igniting as they bubble to the surface.
    However even a study by the United States Geological Survey was inconclusive, and the
    mystery of the burning ship of the Northumberland Strait remains.

    How We Spent over $16,000 in the Boat Yard
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    How We Spent over $16,000 in the Boat Yard

    December 8, 2019


    Recently we encountered a problem that
    was initially to take two to three weeks and around 2000 euros to fix. In
    reality it cost around four and a half months and over 16 thousand euros. This is
    the story of our nightmare haul out. This is a situation that I don’t
    completely understand and I’m not sure how much of it is my own ignorance, lost
    in translation, laziness, happenstance or actual malice,
    but to quote to Napoleon Bonaparte “I want to never ascribe to malice that
    which is adequately explained by incompetence”, and Tim Ferriss added, “or
    busyness”, and I would like to add or laziness. Never ascribe to malice that
    which is adequately explained by incompetence, busyness or laziness. That
    being said I’d like to lay out this situation as objectively as I possibly
    can in the hopes that we might all learn something. To set the stage the three of
    us set out from Spain close to 10 months ago. As to be expected from life as we
    were moving forward we encountered many obstacles that together we overcame.
    Mistakes were made and lessons were learned but entering into Croatia we see
    the first signs of real trouble. The other day we lost reverse gear. Went to
    put it in gear and it wasn’t there. Scavenger Jack signing out. Jackson had to
    catch his flight to North America to finish his degree in filmmaking
    while Tara and I head north towards Pula Croatia where we are scheduled to film with Made On The Road UK and have a Balkan campervan scheduled for rental to
    explore Croatia. We made a stop on the island of Mali Losinj where friends of
    Alessandro came and diagnosed the problem with the gearbox.
    These are lamella. They allow you to shift into forward, into neutral, and into
    reverse by gripping and not gripping the gears. The ones in this gearbox…It’s like a polish you know and that’s enough that under the pressure he don’t have a grip to make good connection
    for the reverse. We were told we should prepare for a rebuild of the
    transmission. Not having reverse is a big problem, but it’s not the end of
    the world because we could still move forward so we continued north to our
    obligations in Pula. This is where it starts to get weird.
    We contacted Ad Maris in Marina Veruda in Pula, Croatia. Patrick came to the boat
    and told us that it would greatly reduce the cost of time, labor, and headache to
    have the whole engine removed rather than struggle in the cramped engine bay
    with a big heavy gearbox for hours BUT this would necessitate a haul out.
    Initially we thought this idea was absurd but then we came to the
    conclusion that if we could spend a few weeks on land we could make some needed
    repairs and upgrades to Arianrhod now instead of the original plan was at some
    point in the distant future to have a haul out in Tunisia Africa, which is
    where Martin recommended. We also had a van for a week so this meant that we
    could leave Arianrhod on land in a safe secure location while we explored
    Croatia. The idea was beginning to look all right. The next morning, as we were
    making breakfast, Patrick called and 45 minutes later he and this boat
    arrived and they were ready to take us to the crane for a haul out. The pressure
    of this sales tactic is intense. We agreed to the haul out. This is
    turning out to be an eventful day. Within two hours Arianrhod was out
    of the water and the engine was completely detached and she was prepped
    for open engine surgery. The following day Adis, Patrick’s boss, and his crew
    arrived and we commenced the engine removal. Before noon her old battered, but still
    solid heart was removed and the gearbox was on its way for inspection. It was
    also determined that we needed a new clutch and that the parts would be
    difficult to find. We’ll send the gearbox to Rijeka. We will check if we can find the new part because we don’t have new parts this old. Returning to the gutted vessel slightly
    dazed we cleaned out the engine bay as best as we could. This is where the
    situation becomes really muddled. Adis. Comes and tells us that they don’t think
    that they can repair the gearbox because it’s an old engine and it’s impossible
    to find the parts and if they can find the parts it will cost around 8,000 euro
    to rebuild the gearbox and fix everything. His solution was instead of
    repairing it, it might be wiser to just shell out another five thousand euro to
    purchase a brand new Yanmar engine from him, of course, with a warranty for
    security for the years to come. We would be back on the water in three weeks and
    it would cost just over thirteen thousand euros. Now he made some good
    points. The engine is old and the parts for it can be difficult to find and
    it’s arguable whether or not a new engine is more reliable. The question
    really becomes if you plan on crossing the Atlantic and beyond, do you want an
    old repaired engine or do you want a brand new one? This was very difficult to
    hear and I turned to Reddit and I found a complete Kanzaki KH 18 gearbox in the
    USA to replace ours. It could be purchased for $1000, but
    shipping, importing, installation, all said and done it would cost near eight to
    nine thousand dollars. We also looked seriously into converting to electric as
    the dream is to one day be completely off of fossil fuels. We’re going to a
    factory to look at electric motors. But it seemed for us it was going to cost, at a minimum, of 12,000 euros. Meanwhile we asked Adis if we
    could have our gearbox returned because I wanted to see if we could find
    somebody else to fix it. We were returned a box of gears, not a gearbox. I’m still
    not sure how I feel about that. We ended up going with the Beta Marine 38 horsepower
    engine over our other seemingly less ideal options. With the decision this
    costly I was definitely not gonna let somebody pressure me into purchasing an
    engine that I was not completely on board with. We ended up flying to Morocco for two weeks because we needed a change of atmosphere. We returned and we continued on repairs
    while we waited for the new engine. We got a new Genoa. A new sail, a Genoa.
    We shredded the other one. And all the sail makers said that, “well, you could repair it, but it’ll definitely break again really soon.” Because it’s been repaired multiple times. So this one made by a professional sail maker here in Pula, Elvis. Genoa with the Sunbrella. It’s got this here to tension the foot. We removed and reinforced the davit
    plates. We extended the davits aft 30 centimeters as well as added cross
    supports all completed by Robert. I stripped roughly 20 kilograms of unused
    electrical wire and hose from Arianrhod. We saved maybe five kilograms as supplies
    and cleaned up the distribution panel. It took me two and a half days to buff Arianrhod And we completed many other smaller projects. It ended up taking
    around seven weeks for the Beta Marine engine to arrive and once we knew it was
    coming we were moved into position so the crane could access Arianrhod. This is our new engine. Wow. It’s really pretty. A quick aside we
    were never able to sell our wounded but functioning Yanmar 3qm 38 engine because
    we didn’t have papers for it. To me it seems like if you live in Western
    society specifically the European Union then you live in a society that values
    documentation over form and function and this hinders creativity and I do not
    believe that a socio-economic system that squashes individual creativity will
    endure, but I digress. Because the engine was delayed by two weeks it arrived
    three days after the workers at the marina took off for holiday. Because in
    Europe it is common for many people to take a couple months off of work in the
    winter. Adis told us that he would not help us and instead we should try to
    find somebody else to help us because he would be on holiday, but all the
    mechanics were on holiday, and so the only help that Adis actually provided was
    a number for a contact in Split. A man named Igor who we bought our Beta Marine
    engine from and then after that we never saw or heard from Adis again. I had resolved to install the engine.
    I removed the old coupling and I found that the propeller shaft was 32
    millimeters in diameter and our new coupling is made for a 30 millimeter
    propeller shaft. We need to remove the propeller shaft and turn it on a lathe
    to reduce the diameter by 2 millimeters. I do not have access to a metal shop and
    I do not have the tools to pull a propeller. Finally I contacted Robert who
    had made adjustments to our davits. He agreed to reduce the shaft, replace the
    Cutlass bearing stuffing box, seacock strainer basket, and install and align the
    engine all for 2000 euro plus materials. We thought this was a bit steep but we
    agreed as we had finally found someone to help us. So then, does this corrode? No.
    Because you have the zinc on it? Bronze doesn’t corrode. Doesn’t corrode.
    Agh, I did not know that. It’s been four months and three days and
    today we are installing a new engine. It’s like a hundred and thirty eight
    kilos which is around 60 kilos lighter than previously. Slowly down. Little bit more. Little bit. Good. Stop. Going back. Okay. Slow. Little bit down. Stop. Okay, we can proceed. Go, go, go. Stop? No, go down. Down. Down. Stop. Little bit up. Up just a little bit. Stop. Stop. So far, so good. Pull it out and cut the tube a little bit
    maybe five centimeters and cut the shaft. So, here’s the problem. This is too close. We
    have an adapter, a rubber adapter, it’s about five centimeters has to fit in
    there and there’s no space between here and this is the coupling, the
    transmission, the stuffing box. This pipe right here this through-hole we need to
    cut that and then move this stuffing box aft maybe five centimeters and then we
    have to cut the propeller shaft so that it’s the correct length and then we can
    have this space in between here the two couplings so that we will be able to
    attach on, but the alignment looks good. We need five extra centimeters here. We’re good up front. Now the back. Yes, but put away the…take them out? Yes. Okay and then now I’m going inside and you must stay up here then we pull out the motor. Forward. Yes, a little bit. Okay, stop. This we must cut. Yep. Eight
    centimeter. Eight centimeters. You’re hot. They say maybe it’s hot and it’s
    going…yeah, expanded? Yes. Without hammer, nothing. I’ll be fluent in Croatian in no time. Doran? Is that what you said? Down? No, down is dolje. See. Told you. Fluent in Croatian, no problem. Dolje. What’s up? I mean that everything will be perfect. Perfect. Yes, everything will be fine. Engine installed. Now just to do proper alignment, secure it down, and then hook it up. Should be ready to start up tomorrow.
    I think we’ll give it a test start. We installed the raw water
    cooling system and the fuel lines. Then we realized the exhaust system
    needs to be adjusted with a high-rise. That right there that’s the problem.
    Otherwise it would run the risk of water entering back into the engine and
    blowing a cylinder from the rapid expansion of the water vapor. The next
    day we added oil and coolant and we hooked up a new battery and tried to
    start the engine for the first time. Robert created a custom high-rise for
    around 200 euro. The other option was to wait four weeks and spend over 300 euro
    to get one from Igor. We installed the high-rise and tested the engine while
    supplementing fresh water for the raw water cooling system. We used a temporary
    transparent exhaust tube to be certain that all the water was straining into
    the water log. Woo! Woo-hoo! I couldn’t stand the thought of throwing
    the old Yanmar out and instead gave it to Robert. We determined it was time to
    launch Arianrhod. After four and a half months of
    bleeding money and suffering stagnation we watched in amazement as Arianrhod
    was put back in the water. As soon as we were in the water we
    started the engine and checked for leaks. Alright, starting the motor for the first water test. Ready? Ready. Stop. Give it just a little bit of throttle, Tara. What? No, no, they asked if they can put away the…crane? The crane. And then, we’re good? Yes. Water don’t come in. We were then promptly shoo’ed off the dock before we
    were settled in. We were literally being pushed off the dock and told to go find
    a slip as it was raining and the wind was blowing around ten knots. They told us
    they needed the space immediately to lift another boat, which they lifted an
    hour and a half later. Once safely in our slip Robert helped us install our
    long-awaited Cubic Mini Wood Stove. We thanked Robert for his honesty, his hard
    work, and his flexibility and then we prepared to set sail. The period from September 2018 to January 2019 was one of the most
    stressful and by far the most expensive period of my life but that’s good
    because I learned a slew of invaluable lessons. Here are three of the
    many lessons learned from our nightmare haul out. Number 1: never let anybody
    hurry you especially if you have to pay them. Slow down. Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast. That comes from the US Special Forces. Lesson Number 2: regular rest prevents
    downward spirals. Rest regularly or you will exhaust yourself and when you’re
    exhausted you will make a series of poor decisions that will begin momentum in a
    downward spiral. First, you have to halt that downward momentum before you can
    turn it around and create upward momentum. To prevent a downward spiral
    from happening in the first place regularly rest.
    Working yourself to death is not helpful for anyone. And lesson Number 3: always
    expect things to be more difficult and to take more time than you anticipate. In
    the Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu wrote something like this in Chapter 63: the sage
    expects everything to be difficult and therefore never encounters difficulty. This concludes Season One of SV Arianrhod. Season One was 13 episodes and took about
    ten months to create. It produced around a thousand dollars in revenue and costed
    over 50,000 dollars to create and that’s without me on payroll. If you enjoy these videos and would like to see more and would like to
    enable us to create more share the series with your friends. The best way to
    support the channel to support FLORB to support SV Arianrhod and Alternative
    Living Spaces is to share these series with your friends. Get more people
    excited about sailing vessel Arianrhod and Alternative Living Spaces. If you
    enjoy the videos and you have the means support FLORB on Patreon. Even if you can
    support one dollar per episode all of it helps us be able to create
    more for you. Let’s Explore Life Together. And check out this crazy Floating Orb
    that we all live on and share and call home. Big Love. See you soon.

    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

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    How do you dump trash on a sailboat? Sailing Q&A 18

    December 7, 2019


    Hello and welcome to your questions, in
    which we take one of your questions and we answer it for about five minutes or so.
    And I think this one is going to divide the audience. And I think having had a
    quick discussion with Liz about this it’s going to divide us as well! So
    the question is, and we get asked this quite a lot, is what do we do with our
    rubbish whilst we live on our boat? It’s a big question because of course it does
    open up lots of discussions about the environment and rubbish disposal and so
    on. I guess we should start with just describing what we do. Basically
    anything that you can eat, and anything that’s organic goes over, and it goes over whether we’re at anchor or in the middle of the
    ocean. So if it’s completely biodegradable basically if it’s biological, it goes over
    the side. A couple of months ago we did a video which we entitled “Living
    like Robinson Crusoe” and in that video we went on to show how we picked up rubbish.
    And it opened up a huge debate about what we should be doing with this
    rubbish. A lot of people suggested that we can burn the rubbish. I think the
    the point to make is that the rubbish we picked up was all
    plastic. It was plastic specifically that we picked up. Having said that, people
    are suggesting that you can burn plastic. Now when we came to Tioman, which is
    where we are now, we came via a little island called Tinggi and we had four or
    five bags of rubbish, and it wouldn’t have been fair to have taken
    that rubbish ashore there, because it has a population of about 1,500 people… so
    what would they do with it? They’d probably burn it. In Tioman we were happy to see
    that they have recycle bins with little signs that say “recycle your rubbish”, and
    you can divide up your tin cans and your plastic bottles. The only thing is
    that every night as we sit here in anchor we can smell burning plastic. It’s all
    burning ashore. And, of course, probably most of you know that burning plastic
    releases dioxins into the atmosphere. Carcinogens, toxins… yeah they can be
    extremely harmful to ourselves and to the environment and
    to the atmosphere. And I mean even the the professionals out there are divided
    about whether it is actually effective to incinerate. so the argument is that if
    you incinerate at high enough temperatures, and you filter the smoke
    that comes out of the incinerator, then you control those dioxins. But some
    people aren’t necessarily in agreement with that either. So you know, should we
    be burning plastic when we go ashore to help the Islanders not have to do it for
    us? Because that essentially seems to be what happens. We carefully package
    it all up give, it to them to be recycled and it gets burnt anyway! And that’s
    actually getting us nowhere at all. We know of a lot of yachties, and we’ll
    admit that we did it ourselves, a lot of yachties will throw tin cans over the
    side. Now aluminium beer cans, there’s a
    special way that if you rip it and you throw it in the water in such a way, it’s
    guaranteed to sink. So a lot of yachties do this. And I know we used to do it as
    well… then we got told off didn’t we? We got told off! There’s a couple of
    reasons for that. The first thing is that aluminium cans are actually lined with a
    plastic, to not only hold in the ink on the outside and the labeling, but also
    inside it actually acts as a kind of preservative. That obviously takes a
    while to break down. Do you know how long it takes it an aluminium can to break down? I
    don’t know, tell me Jamie! 200 years. For a… an aluminium can. A
    tin can is 50 years. Okay, so when we’re talking tin can we mean a tin can that
    you keep your peas and your baked beans in. Yes. All right, but the drinking
    cans for Coca Cola, Fanta and all that crap, they’ve got plastic in them?
    So what we were arguing about just now was… While I agree with you on the plastic
    coated soda cans: Yeah they should go. But the tin cans that we
    keep our vegetables in, I don’t have a problem with throwing those over when
    we’re quite a way out, when you’ve got a mile of sea beneath you. Hey, isn’t that
    just kind of again the whole out-of-sight out-of-mind thing? You know,
    it’s not my problem if I dump it over the side and it sinks to the bottom a
    mile in the ocean. If it was carcinogenic, if it had toxins, if someone would
    tell me that by doing that I’m actually releasing toxins into the water which
    are gonna hurt the animals, then I would rethink it. I haven’t found that
    information anywhere, but as far as I understand you’re just putting tin back
    into the earth. And my biggest, the BIGGEST thing that pisses me off
    generally about recycling and generally getting rid of rubbish, is that this
    earth is 7/10 ocean. Only 30% of the earth is covered in land, so why do we
    think that it’s OK to shove everything on the land in landfills, or
    whatever it is we do with it, and the other 70% is is so pristine we mustn’t
    put even one tin can in it. For me, a tin can in the middle of a very deep ocean
    if it’s not causing any harm is no worse than putting it in a landfill. OK, yeah I
    get your argument. I I think at this point I’m just going to put a little
    overlay over this discussion now, and show you some photographs of aluminium
    beer cans that have collected. Now I assume this is in shallow water, so these
    are in anchorages. So you can imagine an anchorage with a whole load of boats , they
    were all having a party and they chucked their tin cans over the side. And you
    shouldn’t do that. Definitely you shouldn’t put anything in the harbour or
    where you’re anchored, nothing except for foodstuffs. Nothing else goes in there
    because it will just rest there. When you’ve got a mile of ocean beneath you,
    okay well it will rest at the bottom but it will gradually disintegrate and it
    will eventually go to back to tin into its elements. As long as it
    doesn’t cause harm to the animals… and I do know that some environmentalists say
    that some things, for instance glass or things that are not not harmful, will act
    as little homes for some great sea creatures. So you know I think we’ve got
    to be very careful about what we do and we don’t throw over the side, and what we
    do and don’t put in the earth, it’s the same thing. Glass is an interesting one, because we attempted to smash the glass on the bow of the boat to break it up. It’s a
    bit dangerous though because you get glass splinters all over the deck. So do
    you then just fill up the glass from the tap, fill it up and throw it over the
    side for it to sink to the bottom? I haven’t got a problem with glass going into the ocean,
    again it needs to be a way out, because when I was little I used to collect the
    glass, the bits of glass that used to end up on the beach and have been rolled
    in the surf. They’ve got that gorgeous lovely texture, all rounded and pretty, and lots
    of different colors. We used to get them all over the beaches in the UK, you just
    don’t see little bits of glass anymore. And that’s because we’re all using…
    PLASTIC! Did you know, glass though, they can’t actually even decide how long
    it takes to break down when it’s smashed up. Of course it gets ground down, but a
    whole glass bottle if it were to sink to the bottom of the ocean takes so long
    to decompose they actually don’t know how long it takes. Some people reckon it
    takes a million years. But why is that a problem though?
    Look at a glass bottle that’s not producing any kind of dioxins, it’s
    perhaps giving a few sea creatures a home, perhaps it’s going in a little bit
    shallower and helping to form part of the coral…
    Isn’t glass made from sand in the first place? Here’s some other interesting
    facts, just on decomposition: so cigarette butts between one to five
    years; tin cans 50 years; aluminum cans 200 years; plastic beverage holders, now
    these things are evil, these things, you know they’re when you get a six-pack
    of beer, they take 400 years. 400 years to
    decompose! Now plastic does decompose in the water, let’s get
    our facts right, it will decompose, but if it takes 400 years to decompose that
    thing’s floating around in the ocean and we’ve all seen photographs of turtles
    and dolphins and marine animals that either swallow these things or they
    get caught up in them. It’s all coming back to plastic. Yeah, it all comes back
    to plastic. And the problem with this bloody planet, and the human beings on it,
    is that we seem to love plastic. And the manufacturers can’t stop making
    plastic CRAP. There’s too much plastic on it. Just stop making plastic now, just
    stop it. When I grew up, your milk came in a milk bottle, and it was delivered and
    then the next day the bloke would come back (the milkman), he’d take the bottle
    away, wash it out, and then bring it back again. Actually we do see that, we have
    seen that. In places like Turkey you could recycle your beer bottles, and in
    here they do a lot of that kind of recycling as well. You used to get a penny
    back didn’t you, when you took your bottles back to the shop. This
    is all very well, but this doesn’t help us. As yachties, what do we do? I
    think the only thing that we can do as yachties is to try and minimize the
    amount of plastic that we buy in the first place. Absolutely. And that’s
    from going to the supermarket and taking your hessian, recycled shopping bags – trying to avoid… and of course the other thing when you go
    into shop, and they immediately put all your gear in plastic bags. In the UK now
    I think they’re obliged to ask whether you want plastic bags, and they charge
    you for bags. They don’t do that in some of these countries, so it’s up to you as
    the person buying this gear to take… yeah, take your shopping
    bag with you. That is all we can do… We can do better, I mean only today I was
    desperately thirsty and I bought a plastic bottle full of water, so that
    will go into the rubbish, and it’ll go onto the island to possibly get burnt tonight.
    So really places like Lipe in Thailand, they provide you with a
    stainless steel container and they have little spots all around the island where
    you can just fill up with water. They’re trying to stop plastic bottles
    and it’s great. There are lots of initiatives around the world, there’s no
    point in getting too upset because there are loads of initiatives. We should just
    mention that Liz is talking about TRASH HEROES, and this is a nonprofit
    organization set up by both tourists and the local people on Koh Lipe. And they
    now have lots and lots of different factions around, not just Thailand, but in
    Malaysia and Indonesia as well, and these guys are doing a great job. The sad thing
    is is that it’s from the bottom, it’s done from the bottom up, you know. There’s
    no government incentive. It seems as if there is no government incentive from
    the top down to incentivize people to not buy plastic. So there we go.
    Interesting discussion. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Don’t
    forget to hit that subscribe button, and if you think this is an interesting
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    there. Let’s see what people have to say. In the meantime… Peace, and fair winds.

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    Massive kitemare off the coast of Marocco – Ep99 – The Sailing Frenchman

    December 6, 2019


    All right, pretty good start we’re going Right, let’s start to look at the options. We have costal wind at the moment. It’s just the effect of the land
    which is warmed up by the sun The wind will be changing soon though. So we need to see a bit of options and for these we have time zero so as we see all the fleet here, moving And yeah, we’re not bad, we’re here,
    one here, two here, Not too bad so far, but you know, it’s a one month race, so much can go wrong then The weather, so that’s the weather
    that we’re gonna have soon Hisham, one month at sea what do you think? Looking forward to it, unless when I’m seasick But you won’t be right, you have your sea legs already from last race Alright, welcome to the doldrums We are right out of Portugal The first day and which has become a kind of weird area west of Gibraltar not much wind we placed ourselves not too bad, I think light wind, spinnakers helming smoothly and hopefully this afternoon we get some higher pressure This area here, see wind is coming in this area So we should benefit from this
    but let’s see how it turns out What are you up to Manuel?
    Can I help you? No you can’t
    No ? OK That’s a good thing so could you, have you been able to tighten it maximum or yeah, there’s a bearing it’s something inside, stuffing So this is actual footage from my bunk,
    I’m not even enhancing the sound, just wait for it… It’s the spinnaker sheet going through a low friction ring, and it’s like this every 30 seconds Have a good night This is not my hat It’s one of the maintenance guys that forgot it. I feel like I’m selling drugs in the desert Good morning Hugo, did you bought that hat or were you given it? It’s Blake’s He forgot it It just never stops All right, so it’s day three into the race,
    we left three days ago from Portugal We’re about like 500 miles into this journey, and we’ve been doing pretty good so far, sticking along the the Moroccan coast,
    gave us a good advantage. We are with a group of 5 boats, still such a long race It’s hard to say it if we we’re first or last, but we’re definitely not last, we are towards the front of the fleet, which is pretty good Yeah, everyone is working their ass off. So it’s pretty good. It’s starting to get warm as we go south A 100 miles away from Canaries now. Last time I came here was with my boat and just had the best time there.
    It’s sad not to stop and see my friend José Still a long race, still lots of things, working with daily problems But so far, the boat’s moving.
    So we hope we continue to do this way, getting really good at helming with spinnaker,
    so that’s nice I’m able to stay here in the nav station just do a bit of tactics and just overviewing the sail, it’s really nice. It’s going well You’ll see in the next day we should have more wind coming, as we pass Canaries and then we’ll go for the scoring gates. Scoring gate is just like 2 marks, 2 virtual marks, somewhere and the first boat to pass these two marks gets 3 points the second boat 2 points and the last boat one point and all the rest going through the gates gets nothing So it’s always good to go for these extra points like we did on first leg getting second on this ocean sprint so yeah, we’ll try to go for this Hi Josh, how are you doing ?
    We gybed, we are 1.6nm from Sanya Nice, good job What do you say a lot when you are at the helm?
    Bare away, head up, stop flogging, trim, trim trim….etc HeyJohn what does bare away mean ? which way ? Bare away, or the other way It’s left or right, 50/50 That’s our problem I think At that point we had been three or four days at sea and we had just passed the Canary Islands Making our way towards the Cap Verde and the scoring gate that was just north of it We were constantly under spinnaker our code 2 was up and we were doing good speed So good that we were in the lead with Visit Sanya, Jorge’s boat Sometimes second, sometimes first, switching places But the afternoon right after that watch I was having a nice nap in the sail locker when I felt the boat slowing down and some shouting starting I always keep my life jacket when I have a nap, so I jump on deck and can only witness the inevitable It’s there, the mother of all wraps. The spinnaker, because of mistakes from the helmsman got wrapped not only around the forestay,
    but also around the inner-forestay No way to solve this from deck Within seconds, I had the climbing harness on, and the crew swept me up the mast Started a now and off battle to enwrap our code 2, me from the top and the crew from the deck We eventually got it back on deck with only minor damage and within minutes we had our code 3 up and we were racing again But this one and a half hour at reduced speed made us lose quite some ground on Sanya and allowed Quingdao to come back to our level. This one mistake definitely played a huge role in the rest of that race So again, lessons learned, never ever let down your guard Never get complacent and never stop trying to do things better and faster

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    How do you dump trash on a sailboat? Sailing Q&A 18

    December 4, 2019


    Hello and welcome to your questions, in
    which we take one of your questions and we answer it for about five minutes or so.
    And I think this one is going to divide the audience. And I think having had a
    quick discussion with Liz about this it’s going to divide us as well! So
    the question is, and we get asked this quite a lot, is what do we do with our
    rubbish whilst we live on our boat? It’s a big question because of course it does
    open up lots of discussions about the environment and rubbish disposal and so
    on. I guess we should start with just describing what we do. Basically
    anything that you can eat, and anything that’s organic goes over, and it goes over whether we’re at anchor or in the middle of the
    ocean. So if it’s completely biodegradable basically if it’s biological, it goes over
    the side. A couple of months ago we did a video which we entitled “Living
    like Robinson Crusoe” and in that video we went on to show how we picked up rubbish.
    And it opened up a huge debate about what we should be doing with this
    rubbish. A lot of people suggested that we can burn the rubbish. I think the
    the point to make is that the rubbish we picked up was all
    plastic. It was plastic specifically that we picked up. Having said that, people
    are suggesting that you can burn plastic. Now when we came to Tioman, which is
    where we are now, we came via a little island called Tinggi and we had four or
    five bags of rubbish, and it wouldn’t have been fair to have taken
    that rubbish ashore there, because it has a population of about 1,500 people… so
    what would they do with it? They’d probably burn it. In Tioman we were happy to see
    that they have recycle bins with little signs that say “recycle your rubbish”, and
    you can divide up your tin cans and your plastic bottles. The only thing is
    that every night as we sit here in anchor we can smell burning plastic. It’s all
    burning ashore. And, of course, probably most of you know that burning plastic
    releases dioxins into the atmosphere. Carcinogens, toxins… yeah they can be
    extremely harmful to ourselves and to the environment and
    to the atmosphere. And I mean even the the professionals out there are divided
    about whether it is actually effective to incinerate. so the argument is that if
    you incinerate at high enough temperatures, and you filter the smoke
    that comes out of the incinerator, then you control those dioxins. But some
    people aren’t necessarily in agreement with that either. So you know, should we
    be burning plastic when we go ashore to help the Islanders not have to do it for
    us? Because that essentially seems to be what happens. We carefully package
    it all up give, it to them to be recycled and it gets burnt anyway! And that’s
    actually getting us nowhere at all. We know of a lot of yachties, and we’ll
    admit that we did it ourselves, a lot of yachties will throw tin cans over the
    side. Now aluminium beer cans, there’s a
    special way that if you rip it and you throw it in the water in such a way, it’s
    guaranteed to sink. So a lot of yachties do this. And I know we used to do it as
    well… then we got told off didn’t we? We got told off! There’s a couple of
    reasons for that. The first thing is that aluminium cans are actually lined with a
    plastic, to not only hold in the ink on the outside and the labeling, but also
    inside it actually acts as a kind of preservative. That obviously takes a
    while to break down. Do you know how long it takes it an aluminium can to break down? I
    don’t know, tell me Jamie! 200 years. For a… an aluminium can. A
    tin can is 50 years. Okay, so when we’re talking tin can we mean a tin can that
    you keep your peas and your baked beans in. Yes. All right, but the drinking
    cans for Coca Cola, Fanta and all that crap, they’ve got plastic in them?
    So what we were arguing about just now was… While I agree with you on the plastic
    coated soda cans: Yeah they should go. But the tin cans that we
    keep our vegetables in, I don’t have a problem with throwing those over when
    we’re quite a way out, when you’ve got a mile of sea beneath you. Hey, isn’t that
    just kind of again the whole out-of-sight out-of-mind thing? You know,
    it’s not my problem if I dump it over the side and it sinks to the bottom a
    mile in the ocean. If it was carcinogenic, if it had toxins, if someone would
    tell me that by doing that I’m actually releasing toxins into the water which
    are gonna hurt the animals, then I would rethink it. I haven’t found that
    information anywhere, but as far as I understand you’re just putting tin back
    into the earth. And my biggest, the BIGGEST thing that pisses me off
    generally about recycling and generally getting rid of rubbish, is that this
    earth is 7/10 ocean. Only 30% of the earth is covered in land, so why do we
    think that it’s OK to shove everything on the land in landfills, or
    whatever it is we do with it, and the other 70% is is so pristine we mustn’t
    put even one tin can in it. For me, a tin can in the middle of a very deep ocean
    if it’s not causing any harm is no worse than putting it in a landfill. OK, yeah I
    get your argument. I I think at this point I’m just going to put a little
    overlay over this discussion now, and show you some photographs of aluminium
    beer cans that have collected. Now I assume this is in shallow water, so these
    are in anchorages. So you can imagine an anchorage with a whole load of boats , they
    were all having a party and they chucked their tin cans over the side. And you
    shouldn’t do that. Definitely you shouldn’t put anything in the harbour or
    where you’re anchored, nothing except for foodstuffs. Nothing else goes in there
    because it will just rest there. When you’ve got a mile of ocean beneath you,
    okay well it will rest at the bottom but it will gradually disintegrate and it
    will eventually go to back to tin into its elements. As long as it
    doesn’t cause harm to the animals… and I do know that some environmentalists say
    that some things, for instance glass or things that are not not harmful, will act
    as little homes for some great sea creatures. So you know I think we’ve got
    to be very careful about what we do and we don’t throw over the side, and what we
    do and don’t put in the earth, it’s the same thing. Glass is an interesting one, because we attempted to smash the glass on the bow of the boat to break it up. It’s a
    bit dangerous though because you get glass splinters all over the deck. So do
    you then just fill up the glass from the tap, fill it up and throw it over the
    side for it to sink to the bottom? I haven’t got a problem with glass going into the ocean,
    again it needs to be a way out, because when I was little I used to collect the
    glass, the bits of glass that used to end up on the beach and have been rolled
    in the surf. They’ve got that gorgeous lovely texture, all rounded and pretty, and lots
    of different colors. We used to get them all over the beaches in the UK, you just
    don’t see little bits of glass anymore. And that’s because we’re all using…
    PLASTIC! Did you know, glass though, they can’t actually even decide how long
    it takes to break down when it’s smashed up. Of course it gets ground down, but a
    whole glass bottle if it were to sink to the bottom of the ocean takes so long
    to decompose they actually don’t know how long it takes. Some people reckon it
    takes a million years. But why is that a problem though?
    Look at a glass bottle that’s not producing any kind of dioxins, it’s
    perhaps giving a few sea creatures a home, perhaps it’s going in a little bit
    shallower and helping to form part of the coral…
    Isn’t glass made from sand in the first place? Here’s some other interesting
    facts, just on decomposition: so cigarette butts between one to five
    years; tin cans 50 years; aluminum cans 200 years; plastic beverage holders, now
    these things are evil, these things, you know they’re when you get a six-pack
    of beer, they take 400 years. 400 years to
    decompose! Now plastic does decompose in the water, let’s get
    our facts right, it will decompose, but if it takes 400 years to decompose that
    thing’s floating around in the ocean and we’ve all seen photographs of turtles
    and dolphins and marine animals that either swallow these things or they
    get caught up in them. It’s all coming back to plastic. Yeah, it all comes back
    to plastic. And the problem with this bloody planet, and the human beings on it,
    is that we seem to love plastic. And the manufacturers can’t stop making
    plastic CRAP. There’s too much plastic on it. Just stop making plastic now, just
    stop it. When I grew up, your milk came in a milk bottle, and it was delivered and
    then the next day the bloke would come back (the milkman), he’d take the bottle
    away, wash it out, and then bring it back again. Actually we do see that, we have
    seen that. In places like Turkey you could recycle your beer bottles, and in
    here they do a lot of that kind of recycling as well. You used to get a penny
    back didn’t you, when you took your bottles back to the shop. This
    is all very well, but this doesn’t help us. As yachties, what do we do? I
    think the only thing that we can do as yachties is to try and minimize the
    amount of plastic that we buy in the first place. Absolutely. And that’s
    from going to the supermarket and taking your hessian, recycled shopping bags – trying to avoid… and of course the other thing when you go
    into shop, and they immediately put all your gear in plastic bags. In the UK now
    I think they’re obliged to ask whether you want plastic bags, and they charge
    you for bags. They don’t do that in some of these countries, so it’s up to you as
    the person buying this gear to take… yeah, take your shopping
    bag with you. That is all we can do… We can do better, I mean only today I was
    desperately thirsty and I bought a plastic bottle full of water, so that
    will go into the rubbish, and it’ll go onto the island to possibly get burnt tonight.
    So really places like Lipe in Thailand, they provide you with a
    stainless steel container and they have little spots all around the island where
    you can just fill up with water. They’re trying to stop plastic bottles
    and it’s great. There are lots of initiatives around the world, there’s no
    point in getting too upset because there are loads of initiatives. We should just
    mention that Liz is talking about TRASH HEROES, and this is a nonprofit
    organization set up by both tourists and the local people on Koh Lipe. And they
    now have lots and lots of different factions around, not just Thailand, but in
    Malaysia and Indonesia as well, and these guys are doing a great job. The sad thing
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    Sailing the BVI – Giant Lobsters and Ship Wrecks (Sailing La Vagabonde) – Ep. 9
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    Sailing the BVI – Giant Lobsters and Ship Wrecks (Sailing La Vagabonde) – Ep. 9

    December 3, 2019


    after the crossing we landed in Tortola the British Virgin Islands and we Immediately treated ourselves to a pina, Colada which was much [ly] deserved [and] Then we got a few jobs, done Riley And I had to scrape the hull there was a lot [going] on down there It was weighing us down quite a bit
    all right show us your marvelous creation What have you come up with here for scraping the hull
    Riley: “in through the mouth, out through the nose” very simple I hope I don’t get Carbon Dioxide Poisoning And then Riley had to go up the mast and install a new wind speed indicator because the spinnaker halyard actually snapped snapped that off, so we had to do that and and then we had some people ride in from Utah and Texas and they wanted to come sailing with us in the BBI’s so we island hopped with them there are really lovely people and we had a Really good time and then riley and I did some more exploring before heading over to St. Martin I just got the best yawn on camera So what happened with [this] boat? Well this guy here with a kennel hanging off the side of his boat Just came over and asked us to help help him out a bit we um As the wind changed Direction last night we swing around and [found] his anchor a little bit Then this morning. He went to tighten up on it with his windlass and when he started the engine he caught his The painter for his mates dinging the rope that ties to the boat so now he’s got that caught in his prop as well So he just came over and asked us for a little bit of help, so That’ll be our job for this afternoon when the sun is at it’s peak. Yeah, it’s warm enough. I have a cute little red healer. Which I want Okay, I kid you not but that were just re-setting our mates anchor the dog house just floated into the mangroves and disappeared so uh I was going after these Snapper [or] there was a huge broker, but then there’s a little school of snapper And I went after them and one of them. Hid behind a rock I went down There was big bertha means a lot a lot from me under a little lips it good job Why he’s got like mop heads hanging from his rigging? I’ve seen that before the mop heads. [I] don’t know what its purpose is We are in Where are we soft old [Stoppers] hole? in [Tortola] on the Island of Tortola and it’s a Quite a nice little anchorage Fan our nose why they put mop heads on the halyards is it to stop the rats? Well. I don’t know unless rats fall from the sky. I don’t see how that’s my stop. No. No. They like climbing the mast there’s a shipwreck over here called Vagabond, so Rylie just jumped in the water and tired us off To the rack that was meant to be [a] mooring boy, but it wasn’t um What do you think excited? I saw a little bit of it? It’s quite big. There’s not great amounts of fish around, but yeah, I’m pretty excited Really lost that one will coming [in] and I saw on the map [Vagabond] [where] we come from [ah] Cape Verde But um we’re not too sure [if] it’s good luck or bad luck to be doing this yep, I guess we’ll see Alright, I’m sorry about the airplane noises, we are in Simpson Bay and its very loud That’s [thing] that I’m not those those homes my kitchen I feel his footsteps and I hear him breath [with] conviction Baby [asleep] on a floor. He smoked all [my] deals I knew something, but away to do The bar that’s not be [pee] Up above the but she’s [greasy] So needs andre and the stitching Are you nuts? Cuz I think that I’m not knows those songs my kitchen Come on, Mr. Whale Come Back! Oh my gosh, that’s so beautiful.Theres another one further on I don’t know if you saw it. Yeah. That was the first [one] Rylie got This is whats for dinner and a little Moreton Bay bugs Whose name is apparently [more] teeny? No, it’s not Alright so much baby eyes for your thoughts. How about we get the camera on me head first It’s not big enough Don’t be ridiculous [now] just balance it All right, so uh not taking part in this that cameras Gonna fall. You’re gonna fall. Yes. It’s a one-and-only camera It’s all right there baby eyes were Really good. I thought that because we were so close [to] America and [our] like a well-known place that they might little bit touristy which they were But there’s so many awesome spots there in such a close little Distance from each other that. It’s just really easy and [awesome] little spot. There’s Dive Spots and Fish there, which I didn’t think that they were baby but there’s still heaps of fish around [fatty] national parks and that in there kept like keeping everything alive and That’s what I saw I Thought it was awesome [there] were so many cool places to see and I think my favorite part was The people for sure [the] people were really happy and friendly and oh And I loved how they sing everywhere they go There was a man in the park who was just singing at the top of his lungs and I just open markets and restaurants They’re all just singing away, and I love that. I think it’s really cool. Your mate in the park Yeah, but is a little bit expensive BVI’s ours is a bit expensive, but I think it’s really really worth it We absolutely loved it I Literally just woke up We’ve got a fish! welcome to St.Maartin! you