In this episode of Sailing A B Sea our 'to do' list gets shorter as we're nearly there! Plus our dive compressor gets delivered, there's a fishy smell in the...
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The boys are going to come a little bit
later on this morning and help us get
this on board, but while it's here on the
dockside I want to open it up so I can
actually see what sort of size it is
because we're got to find somewhere on
board that we can store this bad boy.
Coz we've got to find somewhere on board
that we can store this bad boy and it's
got to be somewhere handy for us to
refill tanks. So let's find out what size it is.
It doesn't look that much smaller on the
inside of the box!
This is our extension
hose for our air intake. Because it's a
petrol driven compressor obviously it's
going to be giving off fumes. So we put
the air intake as far away from the
engine exhaust as possible because we
don't want those exhaust gases going
into the air mix that goes into our dive
tanks. So very important.
So it's actually it's actually a very simple set up.
Petrol driven engine provides the power for the
compressor to compress the air and
basically it's a single tank that can be
filled at any one time and this
particular compressor is rated to fill a
11.1 litre tank in
approximately 20 minutes. So if the two
of us go out on a dive by the time we've
got back on the surface, stripped our
gear off, filled both tanks again, you
look at an hour and a half surface
interval, so on a fairly shallow first
dive we'd be able to go out for a second
dive fairly quickly after filling the
tanks up. That's great.
A final decisionon where the compressor was going to
live has been made simply due to
logistics. The original plan was to store
it in this locker at the back here but
unfortunately, although it's
certainly deep enough to house the
compressor it's simply not wide enough to
allow us to get our hands in there on
either side and lift out
compressor easily. It's just very
difficult to access this locker here. So
an executive decision was made and now
the compressor lives in this locker down
here. Now of course what we've got to do
is decide where this lot's gonna live. It's
musical lockers once again!
9 o'clock and for a couple of days we've
been having a smell in the fridge and we
thought at first it was like a leaking
fishy kind of thing that we'd bought
like octopus or boquerones. And then
we sort of like ate all of the fishy stuff
and the smells still in there and the
smells getting worse so there's
obviously something in the fridge
freezer that's gone off and it's very
rank. So now at nine o'clock on Monday
night we've got to empty the freezer
empty the fridge and it looks something
Now down in the bottom of the freezer
there is two drain holes. We've taken the
plugs out but because the way the boat's
lying at the moment it's not draining
out completely so now I've got to use
this and a sponge and suck all that
scumee...sh...water out of the bottom.
It's a horrible job
but someone's got to do it and
thankfully it's Baz!
One of the reasons Baz is actually
cleaning out the fridge is because of
its a very deep chest freezer and I can't
actually reach the bottom of the fridge
and he's taller than I am so he's doing
It's er almost like a ballet movement there Baz,
what you call that?
This is the
Bazza ballet move. Right.
It's a specialist move takes years of
training. Yeah I can tell.
This is the first batch of of liquid
that I pulled out which is obviously not
Alright, so now it's clean in there. Does it smell?
Well do you want stick your head in?
It still smells ...
That empty box is going in. Why is
that an empty box going in?
This is an empty
box going in because it sits underneath
the fruit and veggie bag which is a
cooler bag and most of the fruits and
veggies go in the bag because when we
have the element turned really cold to
keep the meat and the fish as close to
freezing as we can we have to put other
stuff in there otherwise that freezes as
well and then it is just destroyed. But
it's too low down if we just put it
straight into the bottom of the fridge
so this is a builder upper and what we
found is is that it's really no point
putting anything in here because it's
just a pain in the backside trying to get
it out, so it's empty.
Let's just chuck em. Okay.
That's just just stuff you want to be
doing and 9 o'clock on a Monday night!
Probably nearer 9:00 / 9:30 / 10 o'clock now yeah. Oh yes
it's getting to Twilight it must be
closer to 10:00.
That's the trouble, because it's such a deep fridge you can't - you know like with a
normal fridge you can kind of like
look at all the different levels on all
the shelves. Coz it's a deep chest fridge
things could die down there like and you
Be lost in some black hole.
I'm happy with that
I think it's as good as it's gonna get.
Great. So that goes in. That's our
freezer box technically.
Alright so let's pop that down there for now.
That's it. That's everything? Yeah. Let's get the lid down. Allright.
Done. But there's no fishy smell ...
Yeah! It's on us now! Oooh! It's spread!
We're done. We're done.
There's nothing worse than
the smelly fridge especially when it's
as deep as that one. But I think we sussed it out. Nothing had really gone bad it
was just that and we had a bag of
octopus that we bought that had a
tear in the plastic and when it kind of
defrosted the octopus juices leaked all
through and made it smell very bad.
But it's good now!
Yesterday we went through the eight life
jackets that had been left on the boat
from the previous owners to see if
they're still usable. But what I did was
before we threw them away we salvaged
them for lots of useful things like the
plastic clips and the straps and I also
took the reflective strips off them and
I've got a whole heap of them here
because there are lots of reflective
strips on them and what I'm gonna do is
I'm going to put them onto the lifebuoys.
I'll show you. So we've got two of these
babies and these are really important
obviously and the lifebuoys have got
reflective strips on four places around
them. It's starting to not be reflective
so what I thought that I would do is I
would stick these onto here and then
these are good to go again. Then all
we've got to do is thread line on these
which we've ordered.
So the first job is
to wipe the old reflective strips clean
I'm using white spirits to clean the
original reflective strips that I'm
leaving on the lifebuoys so that the
glue sticks really well. And I've got
some contact gel. This sets in 15 minutes
and it's slightly flexible and it's also
good in water. So that's basically it. It's
got an easy job.
Child proof lock!
Okay so we've got the reflective strips
on and the last thing that we have to do
is feed this rope through these holes so
that if we do have to throw it overboard
to somebody they've got something to
grab hold of.
We've got a little bit of rope here!
It's not just for this project, it's for other things that we're going to need.
So let's see how it works.
I was talking to Barry and he was saying
you know if we do get rings in future we
won't get the hard ones cuz I mean
there'd be nothing worse than
throwing out a life ring to someone and
knocking them out as it hits them!
So see that? That really does hold it in place look.
So I'm really yanking on that so
when this is looped here and somebody
pulls on it it's not all gonna pull out
so that's really good.
Let's do a Stopper Knot
I'm just measuring how much I need and then
giving myself enough to do the stopper
Cut it about here.
So last little bit
So we've got our newly revamped lifebuoy
with its new reflective strips and its
new grab rope
And two awesome stopper knots!
There we go!
Look at the dirt. They came down with the
rain the other day. You'd think that rain
would clean the boat wouldn't you? But no. It just shows how much dust there is in the
Look at the solar panels, they're
meant to be like shiny. That's all dust!
Even the underside of the bimini has got
dust that's seeped through with the rain.
It's gonna need a good scrub.
Summer is coming
here and we've been leaving the hatches
open for air flow but that means we're
being bombarded by buzzing biting
mosquitoes. And that's just not on.
A couple of weeks ago we found an insect
screen that attaches around the hatches
with Velcro and that's working very well
but we have one big problem: The
companionway or front door.
Velcro insect screen just isn't made to be
opened and closed regularly so we looked
for another solution.
We discovered Insectstop which has a frame and
attaches around a window with a magnetic
strip. So we got that and I spent most of
the day changing the design to fit our
This is how I did it with a lot of help
Let's see if we've got enough magnetic
strip. Otherwise we'll have to go to plan B
You've got one insect screen you've got
magnetic strips and PVC edging and
corners and joining bits. This is a
diagram of the actual shape as I look at
it from the inside of the boat. So this
is the top the roof part and then where
it bends and comes down the stairs and
this is sort of the bottom edge. So I
think the sides need to be unbroken
and if I have to join any then I'll make
it the top part here and the bottom part there.
The issue that we have now is this roll
is 120cm long
and the actual length that we need is 130/135cm
So what we're going to do is fit it and keep as
much on one edge as I can because
hopefully that will give me enough to
place down at the bottom.
That took longer than we expected. I'm really glad though that we've done it.
As you can see it's in place
And it's a thing of
beauty isn't it? Look at that!
No mosquito is going to get past that
Because San Javier Airport is to the
south of the marina we're staying at
we're walking north along the beach to
try and put as much distance between us
and the airport as possible. I know that
the flight path goes directly over the
marina but I just want to be extra
cautious and get as far away from that
flight path as possible.
Join us next Saturday on Sailing A B Sea
as we take our Mavic Pro out for its
first test flight and we test some of
our personal safety gear.
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