In this episode of Sailing A B Sea we finally get around to reinstalling the mast on our yacht together with the new stainless steel standing rigging. There'...
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What's the plan today? Today we're going
to get rid of black mold off all of the
aluminium hatches. Okay and how we go
about doing that?
Well first of all we're going to wash it
off with water and then we're going to
go around and with a spray solution of
white vinegar and water and tea tree/
Melaleuca essential oil. Okay so let's
get it done! Okay!
So we're just finished cleaning all of
the topside windows and hatches. The
rubbers are in surprisingly good
condition considering the age of the
boat. There was only one little thing
with one hinge on the port aft berth - the
whole rubber sort of hinge mechanism has completely disintegrated. So we're
probably going to go and look for a
replacement for that tomorrow. But in the
meantime this is what the aluminium
frames windows now look like without all
the black mold on them. So I say that's
looking pretty spiffy. Time for a beer!
In last week's video I showed you the
four terabyte hard drive that I
inadvertently kicked off the bed and it
broke. Now ideally these things should be
taken apart in a clean room. Now we don't
have the facilities on board for that
obviously and we really can't afford to
send it off to a cleanroom to get done
because it's 4 terabytes worth of data
and they charge by the amount of data
they recover. So you're probably looking
at a three thousand Australian dollar
charge to get the data off this. So seeing as it's buggered anyway what I'm going
to try and do today is take it apart
find out where the heads are sitting
because the drive itself is spinning up
but the heads are not locking. So if I
can find out where those heads are maybe I can push them back where they should
be and maybe it will work.
So a specialist tool for this job because of
the shape of the screw heads and there
are six around the outside that need to
be removed. And then there's usually a
secret one which is right there
underneath the label - you can feel it
with your fingernail.
Yeah there's the hidden one. All right so
this is a delicate bit making sure we've
got no bits of fluff all over the place
and now we just have to prise the top
off so we can actually get in to the
inner workings. Now this is you discs where
are all your data's stored. This is your
drive head. Because it's a four terabyte
drive it's got lots of arms that go in
between - there's lots of - there's several of
these disks layered on top of each other.
It's got several arms there that go in
and read the data off the surface of the
There appears to be no damage to
the actual platter itself, this big
silver disk. However it's my belief that
the read/write heads is where the damage has actually occurred because and
to confirm that when I spin this drive
without the heads engaged (if you can get
that closer for a listen) Silence, but
once I engage the heads onto the surface
of the disks and then do the same thing
with spinning it - have a listen.
That's not a normal sound for a head on
a hard drive disk, so that tells me that
the actual heads themselves have got the
damage and once you've got damaged
heads ... Theoretically you could find
an exact copy from the same manufacturer
with the same numbers and same
everything and take this head out and
replace the head and you should then be
able to read the information off the
disk but with it making that noise it
means one of the heads is actually
scoring into the platter
and finding an exact copy to replace the
head is like trying to find hen's teeth
Oh yeah there it is. Oh show
them. You can't see it. Oh. It wouldn't be
able to zoom in that close. But
it's the ... if you look at the top two you
can see they're good. If you look at the
third one down and fifth one down you
actually see the heads hanging off the
end of the arm. Aah. I'm not sure how close this camera will actually get but yeah
the heads the actual read/write head on
the end of the arm - four of them are
hanging off and these are the heads here.
That's those: one and two. Very very
small objects that read and write the
data to a hard drive platter. So four of
those were hanging off the end of the
arms and so that essentially just says
No cactus. Ain't gonna work. Not in a
month of Sundays. And of course they will
have damaged the surface of the disc
Unfortunately, this one has gone
to hard drive heaven.
Today my job is lining the cupboards.
So I'm using this cupboard liner which has
got anti-slip bottom and it's quite anti-slip on the top surface as well and
I've done one. The fun thing about this
project is that every single part of
these cupboard - every single cupboard even the top to the bottom is a different
size because because of the shape of the
boat's hull. It you know it may be 39cm deep
here but it'll be 40cm deep in that one. So
I've got this one, I've got that
cupboard to do and that one and that one.
Basically all I'm doing is I'm measuring.
I have to measure the width up at the
back as well as the front and I have to
measure the width on both sides and then
I trace it, well actually then, that's the basic shape,
and so what I do then is I write the
measurements down on there, transfer them
onto here. Cut.
That's pretty easy. It's just bit fiddly
I'm pleased with how that turned out.
Three more cupboards to go.
So good news! Things are moving forward. We've got Jose at the helm at the moment.
He's taking us to the other side of the
marina where we're about to get our mast
re-seated in its proper place on the
foredeck and Jose's taking us all the way to
that place over there where that big
crane is going to put our mast which is
hanging from it already, back into that
socket on the foredeck there.
So the mast climber was just to release
one of the backstage cables that was
actually wrapped around the other side
of the mast. So now Jose's got the slack
to be able to get them across the top of
the Bimini and through the holes
designated for them so they can be
attached to the back of the boat.
And now we're getting the foresail re-attached to the forestay.
They really made quick work of that,
installing the foresail and the lines
and running them all back to the winches
and the jammers in the cockpit. So now we
have a headsail or foresail,
or jib. See everything's got a
really different name and sometimes lots
of different names for the same thing.
As you can see from the back end of the boat,
today's the day that the stainless steel
davits and solar arch gets installed. The
guy should be arriving in about an hour.
But of course we'll show you the full
installation process in next week's
Sailing ABC video.
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