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Blog Updates

Whilst we are not sailing, posting regular stories and updates on this blog are just not possible. Right now we live a very ordinary life and there is not much exciting things happening - so we kind of have nothing really to write about. Boring stuff!

Our battle with the company is ongoing as we try and return the company to good profits. The damage inflicted by the previous owners was horrendous and far worse than what we ever imagined. It has taken us the best part of a year to recover and bring the company back to where it was when we sold it in 2014. When we took the company back in October 2015, little did we know what effort would be required to straighten the company and get it back in shape. The past year has been challenging in many ways, once again we have been tested to the limit.

But we have made some good progress. The work force is much more disciplined, we are once again selling at profitable margins, the company turnover has increased and things are starting to run much smoother than before. Hopefully, we can sell the company in mid 2017 and soon there after return to our world cruise. In the meantime, we have work to do.

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Glass and paint work now done

The glass and paint work on Revelations is now finally done. Garth Walker completed the glass and repair work during the last week of August 2016 and spend the past two weeks fixing all the deck fittings and doing final touch up work. What initially started as a small project, quickly ramped up and became a massive laborious and very expensive exercise. I am really happy that this work is now behind us, but soon to be replaced with another major project - replacing and repairing equipment damaged during the lightning strike.

However, our claim with the insurance company is still not settled and we cannot commence with this critical work. In the end, I gave up dealing with the insurance assessors as I find them to be a bunch of thieves. I had to resort to legal action and I am happy to report that our attorney is making progress towards a settlement. It is almost unthinkable how much difficulties one can have with an insurance company to get them to pay a fair settlement. Quite frankly, I am extremely disappointing and shocked at their cheating ways to reduce what they rightfully have to pay out. Hopefully, a settlement will be reached within the next month or so.

Here are some final images Garth Walker who did the work at PowerBoats, Chaguaramas, Trinidad emailed me recently.

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Disgusting politician - Hillary Clinton

This is how politicians play the ordinary voter for their support and then end up enriching themselves. This is the double standards, the lies and deceit we as ordinary citizen will normally never see. This is why some politicians so desperately wants to be in power. It has never been about the people, uplifting the ordinary citizen and improving the lives of all. It is disgusting, despicable and at the expense of the ordinary voter. This is why Hillary Clinton should never be allowed to become the President of the United States of America. Frankly, she has lied over and over again, she is a crook and should be locked up like any other criminal, she and Obama indirectly created the vacuum for the rise of ISIS - and so many other troubling issues.

The appointment of the President for the United States of America does not only effect America, it affects the entire world. As we have all witnessed, the past eight years has been disastrous in so many ways - international terrorism, a stagnant economy, devastating proxy wars, the killing of hundreds of thousands of people, millions of people have been displaced, refugees at unmanageable levels, entire cities and countries destroyed. The choice of the next President in the United States of America has never been more serious as now. For these reasons, Hillary Clinton should never be in a position of power again - NEVER EVER!

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Fittings

I received some images from Garth Walker, Trinidad showing some of the fittings being refitted to Revelations. Garth is now almost done with all the work he was commissioned to do on Revelations and he should complete the project by end of August 2106. There are still other work we have to do on Revelations but this will have to wait until we can get back to Trinidad.

Fittings

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Anti Skid almost done

Garth Walker from Trinidad emailed me some images of the anti skid work they have done on Revelations. As yet, I haven't seen the work but it seems like Garth has done a very professional job on Revelations. By sounds of things, they seem to be almost done with the anti skid and the next step will be to refit all the deck fittings they removed. According to Garth, all the work on Revelations should be done towards the end of August 2016. I certainly hope so as the Rand to US Dollar exchange rate is most certainly killing the available budget in leaps and bounds. 

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Brian Sellier, Caribbean Marine

The new MasterVolt Mass 24/100 charger bought from Marine Warehouse arrived in Trinidad last week sometime and was collected by Brian Sellier from Caribbean Marine, Chaguaramas, Trinidad. A couple of days later Brian fitted, tested and completed the charger installation on Revelations.

We are very thankful to Brian Sellier for all his support and advise he offered during the past 10 months. In particular, within days after arriving in Trinidad, Brian Sellier loaned us a temporary charger until this very moment. He offered the loan of his charger without asking for any money nor any favours in return - this is indeed remarkable generosity, bearing in mind that he was a total stranger at the time. Most generous, helpful and REMARKABLE!

Thank you Brian! We will not forget this!

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Spray painting continued

Based on a timelime previously received, I thought that the spray painting would be done be now. But it is not. Unbeknown to me (or perhaps due to lack of clear instructions), besides respraying the entire topsides, Garth Walker also started spraying the targa bar and bimini. Perhaps the targa bar and bimini looked bad to the rest of the newly sprayed yacht. Anyway, he is almost done with the bimini, and targa bar, he also did a bunch of other small repairs and patch ups. He taped off the anti skid areas and will be applying the anti skid within the next couple of days. Here are some images he emailed me today.

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Caveman video intro/logo

I found this After Effects video template, thought it was funny and quite descriptive of us "Flintstones" trying to sail around the world. Hahaha ....

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Spray painting - more images

We received some additional images from Garth Walker of the Awlgrip spray painting job under the bridgedeck.

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Colin
That's a LOT of boat to be painting with a little spraygun like that
Monday, 04 July 2016 17:56
Super User
Howzit Colin! Are you well? Yeah, that gun does seem small for the job ... but then, what I know about spray painting is dangerous... Read More
Monday, 04 July 2016 19:11
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Spray painting

We just received an update and images from Garth Walker in Chagauramas, Trinidad about the progress of the spray painting job on Revelations. They are now busy spray painting the upper deck and it should all be done withing the next week or so. After this, they will apply the anti skid on the upper deck - which will help with not slipping/falling when walking around on the yacht. This requires a lot of careful taping and masking to create the anti skid deck patterns. Once this is all done, all the deck hardware will be refitted.

This has been an expensive, long and tedious job stretching over the past 8 months. It would have been much cheaper for us to rather bring the yacht back to South Africa and have the job done locally. However, besides all the damage caused by the lighting strike making navigation difficult, we certainly did not fancy the long voyage of around 6 to 8 weeks across the southern part of the Atlantic ocean. So it is what it is and the work will soon be done.

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Media bias

Media bias - far beyond reasonable! Quite despicable!!!

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Caribbean - GPX file crime on yachts

Have a look in the DOWNLOADS section of this website for the GPX file depicting various crimes committed against yachts during the past three years. The information was extracted from the Caribbean Safety and Security Net website as at 30 May 2016 and then converted to a GPX file. You can import the GPX file into your navigation software showing each and every reported crime - including a short description.

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White paint to follow

Here are some pictures showing that Revelations is prepped and almost ready for the white Awlgrip spray painting job. It is taking far longer than anticipated, the work is going very slow, it is costing us a fortune on a monthly basis - but hopefully the job will be finished soon. But is fairness, there were lots of wet and soft balsa which had to be removed due to bad workmanship when Revelations were fitted out in Cape Town, South Africa.

Not only did they have to cut open large sections all over the yacht to remove the wet and soft balsa, all of this had to be repaired, filled and faired. A very big job indeed and hopefully never to be repeated. Garth Walker repeatedly stated that the spraypaint job cannot be rush, he seems to be quality orientated - so we hope the finished job will reflect these values.

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Renata and our Isreali friends

We just received an email from friends we met in Cabedelo, Brazil. It is Tanya, Oren and their beloved cat who twice sailed around the world with their yacht Renata. We again met up with them in French Guiana where we spend a couple of evenings together talking about a range of topics.

In the morning, after checking out in Saint Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana we saw this small yacht sailing towards us as we were sailing down the Maroni River, French Guiana on our way to Trinidad. As the small yacht got ever closer we could see that there were people in the cockpit. As we passed each other, sailing in opposite directions, we saw that it was a man and a woman with faces heavily covered up to protect themselves from the sun, they waved in what we thought was a bit over friendly. So we waved back as we continued our journey to the sea. The woman on the small yacht stared back at us as the distance increased between our yachts.

In the late afternoon, after encountering difficulties at sea, we decided to return to Saint Laurent du Maroni - which involved sailing up the unmarked river at night. The next morning, we once again saw the small yacht we passed on the river - now tied up to a mooring. Then to our surprise, Tanya and Oren emerged from the yacht! We passed our friends on the river the previous day without recognizing them nor their yacht. We felt foolish, apologized and took up on our friendship where we left off in Cabedelo.

Another week later, we left for Trinidad and they followed a couple of weeks later. But by the time they got to Trinidad, we already suspended our world cruise and were back South Africa. Since then, they sailed the Caribbean and visited places they did not visit on their first world cruise - Montserrat, Nevis, St.Kits, Statia and Saba. They have just completed their third Atlantic crossing from the Caribbean and have now arrived safely at Horta in the Azores.

Tanya and Oren must surely be some of the most down to earth people we ever met and we immensely enjoyed their company, stories and tales during the times we met. On one such visit, Tanya prepared the most delicious Humus we ever ate - a simple dish, but it was so much better than the store bought variety. We miss you guys and hope we can meet up again in the future.

Renata

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New MasterVolt Charger

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Despite the unsettled insurance claim we have with AIB (Associated Insurance Brokers), we have been repairing Revelations at our own expense. We have already replaced the MasterVolt ChargeMaster 12/35-3 battery charger and the MasterVolt Mass Sine 24/2500 Invertor - we are now replacing the MasterVolt Mass 24/100. It is a damn expensive piece of equipment trading at around US$2800 (R42,200) pre shipping. Whilst one can certainly buy cheaper, the quality of the equipment is superb.

Specifications
Nom. output voltage 24 V
Total charge current 100 A
Number of battery outlets   1
Battery capacity range   200-1000 Ah
Nominal input voltage   230 V (180-265 V) 50/60 Hz
Supplies your system without battery   yes
Display/read-out   LED display
Dimensions hxwxd   420 x 318 x 130 mm 16.5 x 12.5 x 5.1 inch
Weight   7.7 kg 17.0 lb
Approvals   CE ABYC A-31 RRR RS Lloyds DNV
Charge characteristic   IUoUo automatic 3-step+ for gel/AGM/wet/Lithium Ion
Charge voltage Bulk   28.5 V
Charge voltage Absorption   28.5 V
Absorption time   4 hours
Charge voltage Float (wet batteries)   26.5 V
Charge voltage Float (gel/AGM batteries)   27.6 V
Temperature compensation   -60 mV/ C -33 mV/ F
Voltage compensation   voltage drop compensation in DC cables up to 3 V
Power consumption (DC side)   < 1 mA
Full load consumption (230 V AC)   3500 W
Power factor control   > 0.95
Temperature range (ambient temp.)   -25 C to 80 C derating > 45 C -13 to 176 F
Cooling   vario fan
Sound level   < 48 dBA at 1 mtr
Protection degree   IP23
Protections   over temperature over load short circuit high battery low battery
MasterBus compatible   yes
CSI/DC alarm   integrated in the battery charger as standard
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