Sitting around at home, wishing we can be on our yacht and resume our world cruise, I just added our Easy Anchor Rope/Chain Ratio Calculator in Acrobat Reader interactive (fill-able) format in the DOWNLOADS section of this website. While you are there, have a look at the growing list of other downloads.
The Easy Anchor Rope/Chain Ratio Calculator is supplied as freeware and you can use it or modify it for your own needs. In addition, the Acrobat Reader file is not encrypted (password or otherwise) which means you can add further functionality if you have Acrobat with Form Designer.
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UNBELIEVABLE but true! It is now more than 15 months after we were struck by lightning and our insurance claim is still not settled! You can read previous posts of all the problems we encountered with this rubbish insurance company. We received a 3 month visa when we checked into Trinidad & Tobago and due to the extensive delays in the insurance company settling this matter, we had no choice but to suspend our world cruise and return to South Africa. Neither can we move the yacht to another country as the damage sustained in the lightning strike rendered the yacht not to be seaworthy anymore.
With the yacht in Trinidad, we in South Africa, our plans are in a mess and we are incurring big expenses due to all this bullshit. Whilst we are paying marina fees in Trinidad, we also have to pay for local accomodation and have been renting a vehicle for the past 13 months.
In addition to other problems (some mentioned in previous posts), the insurance company is trying to squeeze their obligated pay out to the bare minimum. They are trying to undercut every single legitimate expense. They offer about 35% of the actual labour fee to repair the yacht. Despite stalling for almost the entire time, they refuse to pay the marina fees we had to pay in the interim. They do not want to pay for new equipment which were complete destroyed - instead, they want to pay a repair fee. This includes a sail which was lost at sea! How the hell do you repair something which no longer exist? So they keep stalling and stalling - obviously trying to wear us down and apply pressure on us to accept their paltry pay out.
Our attorneys have been dealing with them for the past 4 months and has made some progress but we are still too far apart. If we do not sort out this mess within the next month or so, we will have no choice but to issue summons to Mutual & Federal and AIB Insurance Brokers.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I found this After Effects video template, thought it was funny and quite descriptive of us "Flintstones" trying to sail around the world. Hahaha ....
We received some additional images from Garth Walker of the Awlgrip spray painting job under the bridgedeck.
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.
Media bias - far beyond reasonable! Quite despicable!!!
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.
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.