Why is there a hole in our boat? – Free Range Sailing Ep 54

Why is there a hole in our boat? – Free Range Sailing Ep 54

– We’re at Wallaby World. – This hatch has to go. It doesn’t belong in the cockpit. A heat gun and a scraper
can save you a lot of time. – It’s been raining for
more than a week now, every single day. We’ve been pretty busy with David, making those seats and reinforcing the transom of the dinghy. We did that the other day.
– Yup, that was great. – And we’ve been really busy. We purchased a new computer with our PayPal and Patreon funds because we really were struggling
with our old Mac Books, our eight year old Mac Books. So that’s been great but it’s been a big learning curve for us. So we’ve been spending a lot of time in front of the computer
learning how to use a new editing software, Da Vinci Resolve, which we really love. But yeah, it’s just learning a
new programme, it takes time. It has been raining for nine days. So it’s been a little
bit of a blessing for us because had we had been able to get space on The Hud to pull the boat out, on the hard to pull the boat out, – We’d be paying $70 a day
and we’d be looking out and I’d be gnashing my teeth. I guess for some of it, we
could’ve set up big tarps and everything else like
that, but it’s never ideal. – Yeah.
– You want– – Trying to do boat painting
and stuff in the rain, it doesn’t set. It happened in Darwin.
– Yeah, you can’t. Like I said, there’s a limit
to the humidity that you get to successfully be able to paint with. There’s a big community of
wallabies that are up here. – [Pascale] Oh yeah? – See if they’re just loitering
around around on the road. – We’re at Wallaby World. (laughs) (gentle music) -Let’s see if they’re just
loitering around around on the oval. There’s just no vacancy, but there’s still some things that we can do in water. And I’ll just show you a couple of things that I was a bit concerned about
and I have been for awhile. Little bit of a tight squeeze. This hatch that’s been put in here, you can see that the hole was cut out, and well, I don’t know. Maybe there was another hatch
there before or whatever. But it was a pretty ill-conceived job. If we look up here,
there was a hatch there. And this hatch here. And heres the backside of the Morse cable, the throttle, and gear control. And it’s just been sort of
stuck straight in the wood, and maybe a little bit of Sikaflex. But it really is a terrible job. So all of those items,
to no one’s surprise, has in heavy weather, let water get into this area inside the boat. And also unsurprisingly
we can look down here and we can see the ravages of
seawater getting to the boat. To that end, this hatch
has to go, all right. This wiring run’s not too bad now, but there is some other wiring in here that needs to be just gone. Right, it’s old, it
doesn’t need to be there. And you can see up there,
that goes into the lazarette. I’m actually going to put some hatches so I can access that a lot more easily. And you can see up there,
that goes into the lazerette. but I want them to be
watertight and dogged down. So If you’re going along and
you’re inspecting a new boat, if you see that the previous owner’s just sort of stuck
hatches into the cockpit, stuck hatches out there
where they might leak, that’s not a deal-sinker,
but I would definitely be, it definitely should cost them
$1000 off the price, right, ’cause they should be gone unless they are really
good-quality hatches, because you just can’t let
seawater get inside your boat. That salt, if it doesn’t sink your boat, what it is going to do is carry salt in. And it’s just not acceptable. So yeah, this is my first boat. And when I saw this, when
I actually got this boat, this whole bed area had been blocked off by a little sort of cupboard,
here where I’m laying. And I guess the previous
owners had put these hatches in so they could access stuff in here. But I don’t understand why. It’s led to some evil
things happening here in the starboard quarter berth. All right, so we’ve pulled all
the screws out of the hatch. Let’s have a little bit of a look at what she was and why it was leaking. All right, so we’ve pulled our hatch out. And I mean, it’s a fairly
tough old hatch, this one. But it doesn’t belong in a
cockpit, you know what I mean? It’s like every time you
get inundated with water, and a cockpit’s sort of built for that. You know, like if a wave comes in, you need to have your boat waterproof. So these sort of hatches,
they’re just not going to cut it. If I want to repair this hole
and use the minimum of glass, what I’m going to need to do
is go and get some plywood and stick it in here to make up the gaps. I don’t have that here,
but that doesn’t mean I can’t make some forward progress. What I’m going to do is I’ve
got an orbital sander there, and everywhere that I’m
going to want to glass I need to take back whatever paint. I need to get back to
the parent glass there, or at least some nice clean resin, wash it down with acetone,
and then I’ll be ready to fibreglass once I have that plywood. Now that I have this great
big hole, look at this boat. You can tell when Pascale’s not around, ’cause everything goes
to hell, doesn’t it? I’ve pulled everything out of every locker and it’s just everywhere. But back to what I was just saying. I’ve got a big hole in
the side of the boat. And if I just take to it with
a power sander right now, of course all the dust is going to go straight into that quarter berth. I’m going to have to clean it up. So out in one of the shipyard bins, well, not the shipyard,
one of the trawler bins. It looks like they’ve
gone and got themselves a nice buffet for the trawler. (upbeat folk music) And then I can actually
just fill in any gaps with the hot glue, just like that. Too easy. And that’s fairly strong there. So I’m just going to prep this area here. I’ll be able to just put
a bit of hot glue on there and put the timber in place,
and it’ll be pretty flush. And then it’ll be a case
of putting in the bog and glassing over. (gentle folk music) If the paintwork starts to go off, you might be tempted just to leave it. But I would recommend chasing it. Just keep going until
it stops flaking off. I know it’s going to make a bigger job, but you might as well, while
you’re having a go at it. Don’t be tempted to leave it, ’cause we can see we’ve
got this rotten wood here. That’s going to get addressed. But look, we found another bit
here that sort of crept along under here where this
damage is, and it’s there. That sounds pretty good. Hollow. That sounds good. That doesn’t sound good. (gentle folk music) I really like having an open-ended and a ratchet spanner all in one. These ones you have this little switch, and you can get the angle that you want and then slide the
locking thing into place, and it’s locked there. That’s a nice feature to look for. And while we’re talking
spanners, you’re going to need a 13 mil, a 12 mil, and a
10 mil a lot of the time. So don’t let anyone borrow
them and never give them back. And it probably pays to have a few spares. I know on some boats also, when you’re bleeding your
fuel lines on your diesel there’ll be a set of spanners
that you require for that. Some people will paint those up because they’re in the engine bay, so you know that they
belong in the engine bay. And they’ll leave them
there next to the engine. Because sometimes when you
want to bleed that diesel and get it started, you
want to do it in a hurry and you don’t want to be
digging around for tools. So that’s just one other
little tip that I would give that you might not see somewhere else. Find out what spanners you
need for bleeding your diesel and find a spot in the engine room where you can securely
stow them there, all right? And don’t take them out of it. Hopefully I’m not teaching too many people to suck eggs on this one. But if you have to knock a bolt out of something like that,
what we’re looking at up here, it really pays to put the
nut back on the end of it as a surface that you can tap against. Ideally you want a soft-faced hammer. But you would still be doing this to increase the surface area. So you put the nut on the end of the bolt. And this, like I said, this is
for newcomers to this stuff. There’s plenty of people watching this are starting to yawn, I guess. But throw that nut on the end there and you’ll have something to hit against. I, I’m ashamed to admit, haven’t had a soft-faced
hammer for about eight months. So I do have this old carpenter’s hammer which I’m sort of getting by with. So I’ll have a bit of a tap with that. But you know, just gently,
gently is the way to go. And whack it.
(hammer tapping) Okay, so we’ve done a little bit of evil there with a hammer, but those threads are
still in good condition. Okay, we’ve done a fair
bit of the prep work. And now I’m just going
to get the sander out and start heating it up. And that’s a really good
point that I’d like to make. It’s worth having the
inverter on your boat if you think you might be doing a bit of work as you’re going along. Now, we didn’t have any space to be pulled out on the slipway, so we don’t have access the
shore power electricity. But I can still, well, not welders, but I can still use all the other tools that I have onboard that run onto 40 volt. You know, as long as they’re
only going to draw 10 amps or so, I’ve got a 450 amp power battery bank. That’s lead acid
batteries, so practically, it’s about 225 usable
amp power battery bank. And because we’re not living aboard, the sun is well and truly
keeping up with the demand. You know, we’re not running
all the other things. So yeah, I think a pure sine wave inverter so you can run your
computers and stuff off it is a really great investment,
and I would go with it. Another really good investment
is breathing protection. It’s not a big investment, but it will save you a lot
of money in the long run. Easy to overlook. (gentle folk music) One of the handier tools
you can have on your boat, for measuring, anyway, is a Vernier. With this one, we’re going to
use this little depth gauge. If you ever had a Vernier and you’re mucking around
with it and you’re wondering, oh, what’s that little thing at the back? That’s what it’s for,
measuring the depths of things. So we’ll just use that. It looks like 3/4 inch ply,
but we’ll just measure it. 18 mil, I know I swap
between metric and Imperial. It’s just a bug. 18 millimetre plywood. So I’ll actually probably get it a little bit slimmer than that and I’ll make up the difference with glass so it’s nice and strong. (gentle folk music) So we’re going to strip
off the old varnish, sand back this weather damaged
wood, and revarnish it. So rather than just hit it
straightaway with sandpaper, back in my old boat maintenance days, our head maintenance guy used
to like us to just hit it with a heat gun first,
mildly, with a bit of care, and just bubble the varnish. Then you can scrape it up and it saves on the cleanup in the end. Any way you do this is going to be messy, but we just found, and
particularly if we were working all over a large ship,
cleanup was a big deal. So if we could save any
sort of work, we tried to. So there you go. Progress in the world
is made by lazy people. Shall we? – Able assistant is going
to plug in the heat gun. – Thank you, David. Oh! (laughing) – [Pascale] That’s pretty bad. – Sorry, but I had to.
– You did lower the bar. – So if you haven’t seen it before, a heat gun and a scraper
can save you a lot of time. To sand that would have been a bit of time and a bit of cleanup. But you know, a heat gun will
strip varnish off really well, and you won’t have to really get in there. And this is really soft wood, probably just cheap old plywood. With the heat gun I
don’t have to (grunts). ‘Cause look, if I didn’t do it, I’d really have to hit it with a scraper and it’s not a good look. A bit of heat and
(whistles) off she comes. And I’m not going to have a
lot of scars on the timber that I’m going to have
to spend hours sanding. ♪ I hear the asteroids flying by ♪ ♪ So this could be our last goodbye ♪ ♪ No time to worry any more ♪ ♪ I may not be all right for sure ♪ – Righty-o, well, I’ve
cut out a nice bit of ply. And I just used the old
hatch as a template. Okay, doesn’t need to be particularly neat because it’s going to be hidden by glass. So that just needs to be sealed with a bit of
epoxy and put in place. What we can see now,
this board that’s here, I’ll give that a bit of a cleanup. But now I can just put a little bit of that hot glue on this
template, put it in, and it’s not going to fall into the boat. So it’s done double duty there. It’s stopped all of that stuff from getting into our
nice little boat there, making us all itchy
sometime in the future. But it also gives us a
backing where we can put that. I’ll glue it in place,
fill in these with epoxy, and then like I say, I’ll
put a number of layers of glass over and that will
be a really strong patch. And most importantly, it
won’t let water in the boat. So that’s one more leak
that will be dealt with. Wash it down with a bit of acetone first. And the main thing that
you’re trying to do here is really get into those gaps. This is not fairing. This is just getting this filler right in the gaps between everything. And we are looking to get
rid of that step, obviously, so the glass has something nice to go up, like a bit of a ramp. But this is not the fairing stage. Had a beautiful couple of days of weather. – Yeah.
– Yeah, it’s not. (laughing) – So we are taking the
sails back to the boat, and we’re going to clean
it up and get it ready to put our things back
inside, all from the house. – Yeah.
– Pretty much it. – No matter what’s
going on, rain or shine, there’s always something
to do, isn’t there? We can always, like I said, move forwards. – Yeah. That’s a pretty sweet ride you got there. – [Troy] Looks good, doesn’t it? – [Pascale] How do you
feel about our new dinghy? New-looking dinghy. – New-looking dinghy. – [Pascale] She looks pretty neat. – [Troy] It’s a lot less scabby. – [Pascale] New white ropes,
new flotation, new seats. (laid back electronic music) – Okay, we’re going to
go put that head sail back into the furling unit. Normally what happens is
that someone’s hauling it up. You got to feed it into the slot. We’ve actually got this
little roller here. So the sail gets trapped in behind here, the actual bolt rope, and this
feeds it in, helps out a lot. So we’re just going to secure that, and then we’ll secure the lines to it and we’ll put that sail up, put it away. There’s not too much
wind at the moment, so– – It’s good.
– Yeah. We should be able to get it done. And because those shackles are going all the way up there,
we’re going to mouse them. – [Pascale] Yes, we are
going to mouse them. – This lower one I won’t mouse, because I’ll always be
looking at it, it’s down here. But I will make sure it’s nice and tight. – [Pascale] Yeah, give that
shackle pin a good tighten. – Yeah, I moused these,
like oftentimes I mouse with stainless steel wire. I haven’t moused these ones like that, just in case something happens and we need to get up there and drop it. Like if all this failed or
something and I had to get up, and the only way to get it
was sort of cutting these. I don’t want to be dealing with wire. I just want to be able to quickly just go through a zippy tie. – Yeah.
– Yeah. And look, that’s enough to
hold it, because you don’t have massive forces trying to turn the pin. All the forces are just
trying to pull the pin through the cheeks of the shackle. So that’ll be fine,
I’ve done it for years. You don’t need to go all the way up sometimes with your mousing. When you’re mousing an anchor, I’d definitely always use wire to do that. (laid back electronic music) Okay, so we’ve got Pascale
to tie on the sheets. And now just here on the bolt rope I’ve put our little gadget. And that’s just going to hold this close to the furler foil as we pull it up. It’s just like having
another hand, really. You put it on first
and secure it in place. I wonder if we can get this
done before the rain starts. What do you reckon, Pascale? – [Pascale] Yeah, looks good. Slow and steady, Joe. – Pretty unlikely, isn’t it? So there’s these grooves here. And that’s all that holds these sails on. They’re not hanked on okay? It’s a big foil. You’d need massive,
massive hanks to do it. This is going in there, fit the slot. And now if I can just make
sure that this leads all right. And you can see this thing is just– – Oh yeah.
– Leading it in, really, really easily.
– Yeah, really nice. – Well, there we go. She’s a functioning sailboat again. – Time to get a-cleaning. – Get our clean on. – She’s a mouldy boat. – It’s not as bad as it has been. Come on, let’s do it. All right, the weather’s
just a little bit too wet for me to continue doing
my glassing out there. And another thing that I wanted to do was just replace my exhaust hose. Now, it was one complete
run that just went from the exhaust pipe and
out to the lift chamber. But I just want to put an elbow in there, nice stainless elbow, and
just make a nice redirection. And then I’ll be able to support
the hose along its length. No big deal. If you’re new to dealing
with metal fittings, and also hose and fittings,
just a few things, a couple little hints that
might help your life along. Thread tape. This is just a type of Teflon tape. And I’ve seen quite a few people, when they’re putting fittings together, just really wrap threads up
with it, hoping to seal them. What it’s really doing, ’cause it’s Teflon and it lubricates those
threads a fair bit, when you put it on it just means that as you’re tightening
it, you can just get a little bit further in there and really snug the threads home a bit more than you
would if they were bare. Also with stainless fittings,
it prevents galling. And galling is when stainless
steel grabs really small, microscopic particles of
steel off the main faces. And the heat that’s generated
as you’re turning it, in a very small, confined space, it actually welds the steel
together to some degree. So thread tape actually prevents that. When you’re putting the tape on, there is a right way to
put it on and a wrong way. If you just put your thumb on there and just turn it clockwise, righty-tighty, how you would screw it in, that gives you some idea of
which way the tape should go. So if I turn it like that, my
thumb wants to go that way. I want to put the tape that way. None of it’s rocket science, is it? But if you haven’t seen it before, it’s probably just good info to know. It’s good. And I’m just going to go
down a couple of threads. Down like that, and that is it. Give it a nice push, and that’s
what it should look like. Again, not just loads and loads and loads, hoping that this stuff is
going to give me a good seal. Let’s have a look. I’ve already put a bit
of hose on this one. But I want to show you one more
thing when it comes to hose. That feels nice and
smooth as it’s going in. And like I said, preventing
galling is a big deal in case I ever want to
get this undone again. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, galling, if you’ve never heard of it, it’s probably worth googling
galling in 316 stainless steel. All right, that’s pretty tight already. After I finish talking to you
I will be just putting that in a more secure, like in a vise, and just giving that one more nip up. But that should be fine with
that tape in there like that. Now the second bit is I’m going to put a bit of hose on this
other side, obviously. And later on I’ll be cutting it. First I want to talk about
when you’re putting this, and this is some nice expensive Lloyd’s-approved marine hose. And when I say expensive, I’m
talking $108 for 1.2 metres. But it’s worth it because
my boat won’t sink. So it is wet exhaust gas hose. And that’s important
in your exhaust system. Even though this stuff, it
shouldn’t be dealing with in the normal run of things. It’s coming out of a wet
exhaust so it shouldn’t really have to deal with hot
exhaust gases that much. It should be pretty wet, pretty cool. But what if something goes wrong? So it wants to be able to
resist that temperature for a certain amount of
time until you realise, oh, hang on, there’s no water
coming through my engine. Because the water that’s
supplied in the wet exhaust is coming via the cooling water pump. It’s going through the engine, doing its cooling job, coming up, and then being actually
injected into the exhaust line. So if that pump fails, we could
have some hot exhaust here, working through this hose. And then you’ve got a hole in the hose, you’ve got a hole in the boat. Anyway, enough about how much I paid for my hose, skating away. If you went and just wanted
to sort of stick it in there, it’s rubber on steel, it really grabs. So yet another use for
the old Morning Fresh. And when I say another use, we use this ’cause it lathers in seawater. So does a lot of shampoos, actually. Just a little dab will do you. Just chuck it on the inside there, give it a nice wipe around. I got plenty of splooge all
over me now and on that. And that will act as a
lubricant to put that on. Before you put it on, you
want to get your nice, expensive T clamp hose
clamps, these ones that have a screw to bring it together. They’re the ones I like to use on exhaust. Maybe check the legal requirements. Maybe you have to on commercial vessels. These are what you have
to use on exhaust lines. On yachts you can get away with more. But if you can’t, for a very long time on fishing boats, and it’s probably still the
case, two hose clamps on there. If you’ve got the screw
top ones, double them up. If you can’t, if you don’t
have the good T clamps. This one I’m not going to use
just ’cause it’s secondhand and I’ve got a bright new
shiny stainless steel one. But if you can’t get those,
double up your clamps. And when you put any clamps on, just think about sometime in the future. Here we’re out in the open,
it’s really easy to access them. But just have a look at where it’s fitted. Sometime in the future you
may have to get these off. And it’s a tough job already. So just think about your access, which angle you’re going to be able to get tools to, and stuff like that. Just always think about your future self and give yourself a bit of self-care just by making things easier. So if you’re going to put those clamps on, access from the same
direction’s always nice. And always plenty of clear
working space if you can. I know it’s a boat. It’s pretty rare that that can happen. But I’m just going to stick this on ’cause I’ve got a free
end to just put the clamp, rather than tear off and
edit this video some more. So wow, look at that. That just slides right in there, he says as he grits his teeth and strains. But look, that’s in. And if you’ve ever
wrestled with rubber hose, you’ll know that that
was actually quite easy. So another use for your
dish washing liquid. So I’ve got my other T clamp on there. Access from the same direction. I’ve looked and that will be, in the future when it’s in place, that will be the open spot. And T clamps are great because you’re not using a screwdriver. Using a spanner, you can
really get a great grip. Good surface area. And if you look at this secondhand one you can see it’s got this
sleeve in here and all around, and it really gives
you a great, firm grip. If you are going to go for screw clamps, sometimes you’ll see that they’ll have a little shield around here
and all you’ve got is the slot. I do prefer the ones that
have a hex head as well so you can get a small spanner on there. That’ll probably be about an eight mil. You can go overboard. These little things here,
if you really wrench on that you can snap those out and
they’ll go back to the next one. And they can actually loosen on you. And that’s why these T
clamps are so much better. But like I said, you can double them up. Magnets. This little handy light pen that I’ve got has a fairly weak magnet there and a pretty good magnet there. When you’re going off and you’re spending all your hard-earned
money on marine fittings, you’re going to want 316 fittings. Now, 316’s magnet is non-magnetic. Stick a magnet on, nothing. Often with your T clamps though, you’ll feel, well, this
is a good quality one. Look at that, no magnetism
whatsoever, beautiful. Let’s have a look at this one. Okay, none, none. All right, Trident, I’d say these are. Yeah, Trident, good quality clamp. This one, excellent. All of it. So this particular T clamps here, what I’ve seen is that this
is all 316 here, non-magnetic. But the actual bolt itself
is slightly magnetic. And that’s probably because
it’s 304 stainless steel. 304 is slightly magnetic. The reason for that,
I would say, is again, to prevent that galling
that I spoke about earlier. You’ve used two different
grades of stainless steel. It’s much less likely for them to bind and jam so you
can’t undo that again. So that’s what you might find. If you’re going to take a
magnet to your marine store, check the quality of your 316. Yep, that’s pretty good. Oh, hang on. It is, like in some T
clamps they will do that. They’ll put 304 bolts in there. Something else. I’m pretty happy with that quality. There’s some spanners. So there we go, not stainless, is it? Looks stainless, but not. What do we got? We bled everything. We’ve got the new exhaust. We’ve got the new fuel pump. And now is the moment of truth. So let’s check it out. (machinery beeping) There’s my alarms working correctly. (engine rattling) (machinery beeping) I was just checking for leaks. I had my rag in there, I
was just putting it around. Just be really careful that you know where the tail of your rag is,
preferably not door-to-door. Have it nice and short if
you’re checking for leaks or wiping anything away and having a look. If the end of that was
to catch into a belt and maybe wrap around your hand, you can cause yourself a fair
bit of mayhem and damage. This little 16-horsepower engine, it’d probably have a hard time doing that. But some of the powerful engines, especially if they’re operating at operating revs (snaps fingers) Happen before you know it and
that will tear an arm off. So something to be careful of. Probably bad practise on my part. Okay, now while Mirrool’s at anchor, I’ve shut down the engine. So I’m going to, just because I’ve done a repair on the fuel system, I’m also just going to
shut down that fuel lever. And I’m also going to shut
off the water going to it. There we go. So if there’s some sort of hose failure or something like that,
my boat won’t sink. Normally I don’t do that when I’m onboard, ’cause I can monitor things. But if I’m going to leave her here and I don’t get back tomorrow, that’s the least I can do for her. So that’s pretty much it. The bilge pump is good and operational. The bilges are dry at the moment. I’ve turned off all the seacocks
letting water come on in. The bilge outlet is far,
far above the waterline so I feel fairly confident. Mirrool hasn’t sunk yet. (laughs) So we’re pretty happy. All right, I might pack up and go and see my delightful girlfriend. All, right, well that’s the hole. The timber’s in, put some bog in, two layers of glass,
and epoxy over the top. So that’s all nicely set. So I just gave it a quick
sanding with 120 grit and a wipedown with methyl. And I’m going to give it another wipedown so it’s absolutely dust-free. And then I’m just going to
put some thickened epoxy over, just to fair it off so it’s
level with the rest of it. And then we should be able to paint it and you’ll never know that there was a horrible great hole in our boat. And I guess that’s the joy
of fibreglass, isn’t it? It’s really, really easy to modify. Steel is easy to modify as well, if you’re a competent welder. But if you can paint
and you can fill a hole, you can fibreglass.
(laid back folk music) It’s well within most people’s reach to do a bit of basic fibreglass repair. – [Pascale] Thank you for
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100 thoughts on “Why is there a hole in our boat? – Free Range Sailing Ep 54

  • October 12, 2018 at 4:36 am

    As a young teenager I was small enough to get into a tight spot to help a family friend connect up his head. I wrestled and fought with a rather rigid 3" hose for about 3 hours to get it seated on it's hose fitting. There was no mention of dish-soap!!! I even had blisters in the webs between thumb and index fingers! Another trick I (eventually) learned along the way is to beat the end of smaller hoses with a hammer to soften them up sufficiently to coax them onto a fitting. Always love the way you pass on your own learning.

  • October 12, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Alienware rulz!
    Just on the subject of using rags around running machinery(engines), I purchased a bundle of a dozen pairs of cotton gardening gloves, the universal type that fit either hand, and I use those for checking for leaks.

  • October 12, 2018 at 4:59 am

    I'd watch even if it was on an iPhone with no editing….!

  • October 12, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Great video, great tips, get yourself a rubber mallet for your tool box. 👍👍

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

    "Progress in the world is made by lazy people" possibly my new favorite quote!

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Troy and Pascal, its the same every time, whether you are under way, at anchor or exploring your surroundings; always first rate.

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Love your videos. Your wife is a babe. Very attractive and a great first mate. You’re a lucky man!

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:36 am

    galling aka firing

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:37 am

    Yes i found a boat like there's for $15000 but i like the compass

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Troy, have your tried "High pressure thread sealant (HPTS )"? When replacing my thru hulls and seacocks the old fella at boat store recommend it.
    He described how most of us have used Teflon tape in our lives numerous times and had it fail. Then explained how you could run a bead of HPTS start thin at the leading end and getting thicker around the thread, which makes a parallel thread almost like a tapered thread.
    Works a treat. Little pricey, but so much easier to use.

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:51 am

    Excellent tips and tricks video Troy thanks for all the effort you both put into the videos – really enjoy and look forward to them.

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Holy cow that dingy looks entirely like a different boat I hope you two rechristened that dingy Lord knows it deserves at this point and so do you guys great job on that….

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:05 am

    When you do the egg sucking video, I’ll watch that too! Interesting about the galling. I had exactly that happen with a new high priced Volvo shaft seal clamp, that had to come off (hanging in a travel lift and leaking up the shaft seal). The bolts luckily just sheared off, but I didn’t know what the cause was until I saw your video.

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Some excellent tips

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Yet another excellent episode. I always learn something, but am also entertained. And someday when I reach out to hand you that beer (or more likely those beers since there are two of you) you'll actually be there. In the interim I'll just have to be content watching my friends teach me new things. Many thanks for sharing all of this with me and all of your other viewers.

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:59 am

    sweet 😍💘🔥👙

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Had to laugh at the pic of food for the initial hatch cover. Best sailing channel on YouTube!

  • October 12, 2018 at 7:12 am

    What a bargain $70 a day on the hard in Sydney its 250 a day. Another great vid .Troy did your lift pump stop??

  • October 12, 2018 at 7:59 am


  • October 12, 2018 at 8:10 am

    How to make mundane maintenance jobs interesting 🙂

  • October 12, 2018 at 8:21 am

    May I suggest paper towels instead of cloth rags to check for leaks on running engine. Your videos are very informative and a pleasure to watch. Thanks.

  • October 12, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Good stuff Troy. Guys I saw your next boat yesterday and thought of you both. Search for Cera the Cape Barren Goose on yacht hub. I have no commercial interest in her. I just thought I would pass on that I saw her for sale. I actually read about this boat many years ago in a book called cruising Australians. She was anchored near my Cape barren goose for many years. These boats are very special. Just think she would be perfect if you are seriously thinking of sailing the north west passage. Wig.

  • October 12, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Very clever man 🙂

  • October 12, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Best YouTube watch by far, follow all the episodes 😊 learned a few things as well. Keep up the good work guys 👍

  • October 12, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Troy, any time you want to cash that boat in and perhaps go into a slightly larger boat with someone to share costs – give me a call buddy as need someone like you to bring my dream alive…you are the encyclopaedia of sailing and boat maintenance. Oh Pascale is the + 1 = 3 🙂

  • October 12, 2018 at 9:42 am

    You have 44k subscribers but it is like your videos are just talking to me individually like you know what projects I have going on.

  • October 12, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Don't want to be negative but not keen on the idea of using neat dish soap on rubber as it can eat into it over time, much better to use it diluted.
    Thanks for another great update !

  • October 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Love your videos. I have a clansman (hull 41) and found and sealed leaks around the scuppers which were dripping on to the engine! I think your explanations and tips etc are just first rate – keep em coming.

  • October 12, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks again for an enjoyable video. Love the humor and tact in your replies. Congrats on the life you two are building. I like your style. Be safe!

  • October 12, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Did you just say 'spooge' on YouTube?

  • October 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I Love your posts.

  • October 12, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Seeing an Australian bloke in a dust mask made me a very happy camper this morning. I was wincing a bit about those exposed bolt heads though….i came to grief on some like that when i dived into the quarter berth on a boat that i was looking to buy….i hate it when boatbuilders leave over-long bolts because they are too lazy to trim them.

  • October 12, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    I don't have a boat but enjoyed the video. I am just like you very thorough with everything & always thinking ahead like tools at the ready etc. Pascale is in very good hands my friend. Happy sailing.

  • October 12, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    "Progress in the world is made by lazy people"….. words to live by. …. Thank Ya'll for letting us into Your ship and tips words of wisdom.

  • October 12, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Wow, Malcolm Douglas turns more and more into Mc Gyver

  • October 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Don't forget to recommend coating those tools you leave in the engine room with your favorite rust inhibitor, they turn into a real mess very quickly if you don't (ask me how I know!).

  • October 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Cool vid boat fixing essentials your in safe hands pascal all that rain might as well be in Manchester uk ha ha

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    If I didn't know better…I'd think you're anchored at:
    16°56'46.69"S, 145°47'18.37"E
    Pretty close, eh? Let me know.
    Better than anchoring near the entrance, affectionately called the SKATING RINK, as boat swing in ALL directions.

    I chose the about Lat/Lon after suffering the SKATING RINK.

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    if you use a plastic bag, like a lunch bag, fill it with the thickened epoxy. You could cut the corner off and use it like a cake decorating bag and it may be easier to fill the cracks and holes by squirting in the epoxy deeper in the hole or crack. Just a suggestion.

  • October 12, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Guys, Love Your "Knowlege"!!!….Who would of thought a lawyer and an Ole Salty would be the future of the Homo Sapiens???…You can survive Anywhere.in the next extinction event!!!!…..Bon Voyage!!!!!

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Great information. Stuff I learned the HARD WAY over the years. I love ratchet wrenches.

  • October 12, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Some great nuggets in this episode. Troy, I hope at some point you can talk us through your choice of rod's, reels and tackles for cruising. I'm in the process of putting a set together.

  • October 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    It takes years to accumulate the knowledge that you have. Nothing like experience to educate one's self. Thanks for all the hints and good information. Smooth Sailing to you both.

  • October 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    you should have turned that piece of cardboard around, then you wouldn't have had to think of food the whole time you were doing that job

  • October 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Another super episode both. I really appreciate how much effort you have both given to record, edit and produce such a long episode. I have said several times before but I am sure has been lost in the myriad of comments you receive… if you are ever wanting a break and happen to be in Wales (probably as far away as you could be from your current location)… I don't have much, but I do have a warm home, food, wine/beer, and some spare rooms so you are more than welcome. Great work both.

  • October 12, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    You should get that buffet. It looks nice.

  • October 12, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Love your work. Love you videos. On our Cat (which has separate tanks for each engine) we only ever use one engine unless docking. Heading into get fuel with a bit of wind we need both engines to dock. When one engine started to lose power I knew it was out of fuel. While my partner put our emergency can into the tank I quickly looked on you tube for a possible quicker way to bleed the fuel system. Success. Fuel into a small spray bottle, remove air cleaner spray mist straight in while cranking. Instant bleeding in around 10sec. wish I knew your dishwashing liquid lube trick years ago.

  • October 13, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Thanks troy

  • October 13, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Important tip on the T-bolt clamps…could never understand all the cruiser's fiddle-diddleing with double wormers.
    "When I was young I knew very little, now I'm old and everyone else knows everything." 😂

  • October 13, 2018 at 2:55 am

    great video thanks…

  • October 13, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Is there no end to your skill sets, Troy !! Great stuff.

  • October 13, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Most of the tips I think i knew but I'm sure I picked up something I'll use in the future. Really cool that you are working with resolve as your editing software

  • October 13, 2018 at 6:12 am

    leave the ply off and it looks like your boat is huge and someone is passing beautiful food up from the galley, 😉

  • October 13, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for another great video guys! Always entertaining and insightful.
    At the end you made mention of thickened epoxy Troy. Do you purchase a specific brand that is thicker or do you thicken it yourself and if so, how do you accomplish this? Can you use Wood flour? I’ve got a few small holes to fill on the bottom of my closed cabin Mistral 16 and I feel that a thicker epoxy would be handy when working against gravity in my particular situation.

  • October 13, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Sucking eggs is good when it jogs the memory but you forgot "Like this, do that.".

  • October 13, 2018 at 11:35 am

    hi guys,i recently watched this video-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTop73PNHvc&t=560s-at around 6 minutes he discusses using styrene monomer instead of acetone to wipe your fibreglass as acetone has a detrimental effect.

  • October 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    All boats have a hole in them. Just make sure it stays at the top.

  • October 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Very informative, as usual. Thanks.

  • October 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I've got one of those in the same place but it's about twice as long. It was originally a 12" circular one but I fitted it as part of a refit for access to stuff in the locker like that. Some versions of the boat have a quarter berth in that place instead and it does have one on the other side. I use it for storage of spare fenders, boat hooks, tools etc. It's never let in any water so far. I have a large hatch at the front of the cockpit floor above the rear of the engine & propshaft area that is part of the boats design. This has a 3" lip around the hole to stop water ingress and the grp cover has a seal around the inside. It locks into place with a wood piece that braces over the inside of the hatch with a thumbscrew although I normally leave it undone as it's a fairly tight fit anyways. Never had any water issues but I've never had a large amount of water enter the cockpit.

  • October 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Give us a look at the finished repair!

  • October 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Thumbs up … Enjoy sailing : )

  • October 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I need a Pascale also.
    There is nothing worse than, worthles stupid women of these days.
    ,,,,HAA,,,, thank you for letting me vent, I feel better now. Thinking happy thoughts.
    Alligator bait, yes.

  • October 13, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Please don't worry about the sucking of the eggs Troy! That's your thing, and why we follow your channel. We're building our own 12m cat ( https://pauseandreflect.blog ) and just the other day I was looking at my hose clamps wondering if there is a way to check if they are 316 … Thanks for your attention to detail.

  • October 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    by far the most interesting sailing channel on youtube

  • October 13, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Good Job from Venezuela

  • October 13, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    +Troy Are you the last mechanic to be using a Vernier Caliper? I still have mine but it got retired for a dial caliper in '73.

  • October 14, 2018 at 1:00 am

    after he fixed that hole i got something to eat

  • October 14, 2018 at 1:33 am


  • October 14, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Wet steel NO DEAL!

  • October 14, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Another great video. What happened with the tiller pilot? Did I miss how that turned out?

  • October 14, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Great discussion on mousing shackle pins. the thing to hold the pin is how you tighten it in the first place. The mousing is just a back up. So I think a zip tie should be fine for 3-5 years in tropical sun. Unless it is a high wear location like an anchor rode. I think SS might serve better there. As you mention, if you need to get it off in a stress case you can twist past a zip tie where SS wire might require another tool.

  • October 14, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Hello Free Range Sailing ,are You a Son of The Bush Tukker Man?Bush Tukker Man was Years ago on Television here in the Netherlands.m.v.g.Simon Lich Oostwold Oldambt Netherlands!

  • October 14, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Hello my friend,all time you should repair or fix something on that boat why you d'on sale if is so bad??

  • October 14, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Agree with all the comments about how enjoyable these vids are. Another great one here.
    Only one minor thing (apologies for being pedantic) but the Vernier is the secondary scale on your calipers which enables you to size things to 0.1mm rather than the 1.0mm graduated markings on the main scale. Having said that, I too grew up calling them 'verniers'… oops.

  • October 14, 2018 at 11:29 am

    A holy enjoyable and informative episode.
    Thanks guys.

  • October 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Excellent video!

  • October 14, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I could go and on, in that way we may have common ground…. You 're correct that 316 has more corrosion resistance than other like 304. When one points out a magnet as a test, there is all kinds of argument to the contrary. I was confused over this for years and I know many in the business of scrap. Molybdenum is the metal in the 316 stainless that makes it best around sea water. 316 is slightly magnetic. Here's just one of many links that confirm the magnet test is not a good one.http://auskogroup.com/the-magnet-test-for-stainless-steel-is-not-accurate/ The other is removal of varnish by heat gun. Much of the fifties were crazy about a lighter look on boats by using a lead based stain. I have sanded and torched off all kinds of bottom and top sides paint and haven't died yet. But women planing to one day have children might choose not to around lead. People really thirst for the knowledge you teach. Thank for your VERY informative program.

  • October 15, 2018 at 12:53 am

    This was a great one, you’ve outdone yourselves.

  • October 15, 2018 at 2:48 am

    10 Mills are always missing.😂

  • October 15, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Is the exhaust heat a problem with the teflon tape?

  • October 16, 2018 at 12:14 am

    That wallaby park is just down the road from my place. Every night & most likely early morning they move into the Trinity Beach suburb to feed on front lawns. When I get up in the morning I find the lawn covered in wallaby poo which when mowed over makes good fertilizer. Funny thing though, in all the years I have been living here I have never actually seen them on my lawn when I look outside at night.

  • October 16, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Hey Pascale and Troy! Greetings from Turkey. Since 5 years i've been watching sailing channels on youtube. 6 Days ago i met with your channel, Dang!! i just met the best sailing channel ever been made! i swallowed all your episodes in 5 days ( gimme some credits :)) ) Iam sure Free Range Sailing channel will be like my bedside / reference book. Iam so happy, i can't explain my feelings about you guys!
    Big problem is, YouTube never recommended your channel, i just came across to you while iam searching some good music. i subscribed many sailing channels, so YouTube knows my interests, and never recommended this mindblowing REAL channel! Damn….Thumbs up for your all videos and will try to share your episodes on every sailing platform in Turkey
    5 Days of watching all episodes showed to me, how insatiable better said greedy i was for a REAL Live a board channel 🙂 Honor the the old big menthors of sailing, you guys just become my Adam and Eve , your channel become elixir of life !!
    Personally iam preparing to do the same as you guys in 1 year or so. Everyday Jobs are , reading learning watching learning, practice, helping other ppl near my home – there is a marina, and sailing on friends boats… Aimed to be a Sea-citizen on my 50th Birthday! I really hope to meet with you guys somewhere at Seas.
    My contributions will appear soon at your Pay-pal account + Patreon.
    Thank you for sharing your brilliant and nature friendly behavior and precious knowledge

  • October 16, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Thanks again you two. I do enjoy your videos. I feel a little bad though because I do like to watch Troy repair things on the boat. Of course this means things have to wrong with the boat in the first place and nobody want's that! But because you come at us with such a wealth of knowledge and experience it's actually kinda fun to watch… Sorry 😀 Anyway. Great video editing and sound music accompaniment too.

  • October 16, 2018 at 5:48 am

    where are you guys now ?

  • October 16, 2018 at 7:23 am

    That was one informative video mate ..thanks ~

  • October 16, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Nice work there Troy, I like to say “ if you’ve got a sense of humour and can use a paintbrush and a pair of scissors, you can Fibreglass “

  • October 16, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Quick question: there was an episode where Troy did a neat trick looping rope around itself to make it easier to pack. Could you point me there? I haven’t been able to find it using descriptions. (I want to share it with someone who studies how looped configurations help chromosomes pack efficiently in cell nuclei. There truly is no limit to the wisdom to be found in your videos.)

  • October 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Do the zip ties on the furler (Head and Tack connections) oxidize and weather with the sunlight? How often do you change them?

  • October 24, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Excellent as usual!!!

  • October 24, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Great video, thanks for sharing. Maybe it's a difference based on US requirements, but I was recently on a pre-purchase survey where the surveyor mentioned always needing hose clamps doubled AND reversed in direction. While I can certainly understand how much more difficult that could make future accessibility, I wonder if it's any more secure or if it's just one of those requirements that may not make a lot of difference in practical use?

  • October 26, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Another great video, I have learnt so much from you both, thank you.

  • October 28, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    love your how to do projects videos. Great idea with the cardboard for the hatch job

  • November 7, 2018 at 8:56 am

    The bolt being 304 may be because it is a little stronger than 316 and so less likely to stretch in that application. But I'm no expert, just a mechanical design drafty and a welder in a past life. Might help with galling as well, as you said.

  • November 13, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Also 306 is very hard and brittle and can snap if tightened to hard.

  • December 6, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Thanks for the VLOG and all the info. Revisiting and explaining what seems basic to some is very useful and welcomed by me. Always good to hear especially as I am in the process of getting my boat ready for some time on the water. Winter up here in the Pacific Northwest now 🙂
    Thanks for your efforts.

  • December 25, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Did Patreon buy your new utility vehicle? 26DEC2018

  • January 2, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    need to get a long radius 90 for that.

  • January 7, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Dig the salty DIY. And, especially love the silent blades whipping around in the background. Must be heaven.

  • February 24, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    David… what a great guy to offer and give assistance. A nice reaffirmation of the generosity found in certain humans and as such, he fits with this channel quite nicely.

  • July 11, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    The trouble with zap straps is the sun burns them out in a year, then they break.


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