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JUN
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New set of sails

We are about to order a new set of sails from Ullman for Revelations - mainsail, genoa and spinnaker. Considering all the available materials is complicated and complex - with no easy right or wrong answers, nor a "perfect" solution. For blue water cruising, sails simply have to last – it is false economy using a cheaper product if it fails mid ocean. Most of us have sailed with a spinnaker or cruising chute at some time and you may remember the sail is flying unsupported from the spars, hence occasionally the sail will fill and collapse. Often this can be be with quite a 'pop' and for this reason we want the sail to absorb some of that 'shock' and so we choose a slightly forgiving fabric.

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We usually choose Nylon as it has a little more elasticity as a fibre and it's usually woven in a form these days that we call Ripstop. Which means it has a square weave pattern that is formed by periodically twisting a few fibre together to increase tear strength, or occasionally by added a larger fibre into the weave at even spaces.

So, Nylon downwind sail fabric is very light, a little stretchy and surprisingly strong. The fabric weight is usually expressed firstly within a generic weight category - such as '3/4 ounce', or '1 1/2 ounce' and then as a style name with a more detailed weight that may well now be in grams.

Most importantly these materials are available in attractive colours so you can personalise your sail and keep the crew entertained! Either of the weight categories will 'fly' in quite light winds even as smaller sails - but often the heavier wind range sails (or more all purpose sails) will be in the 1 1/2 ounce weight range. Because the lightest material comes at the expensive of some durability and tear resistance if the sail handling isn't quite as slick as you had planned for!

In cruising sails usually 3/4 ounce is good for light symmetrical shaped spinnakers and 1 1/2 ounce is best for heavy symmetrical shaped spinnakers, asymmetric and cruising chutes. There are also heavier weights of downwind sail fabrics for bigger yachts and for racing sails there are lighter ones ... some are more heavily coated with a stabilising resin to make a harder 'crispier' feel and support that unsupported flying sail shape.

Upwind sail fabrics are more complex and since there are more variations in weight and factors of construction to consider. The absolutely most robust and longest lasting sailcloth available in the world is Dimension-Polyant ‘Hydra-Net’. If the boat is going to be extensively cruised, particularly long offshore or in adverse conditions we recommend a style of material called Hydra-net. This material is a woven mix of Polyester and Spectra producing the most rugged and reliable sailcloth available. This material is very low stretch and provides ultimate reliability; ‘Hydra-net’ therefore provides the most rugged long lasting Blue Water sail cloth available on the market. ‘Hydra-net’ is also the softest fabric option available and is therefore the easiest to handle; this is relevant whether the sails are for roller reefing or folded into Lazy Jack systems. All other materials will be quite firm and therefore bulkier than your existing older sails and would be harder to fold away, however ‘Hydra net’ is soft and pliable and easily rolled and folded, this means that ‘Hydra-net’ is ideally suited for short-handed cruising. The final advantage of ‘Hydra net’ is that it has excellent UV resistant properties. Hydra-net is the fabric of choice for blue water cruising yachts. The ‘Hydra-net’ fabric comes in two different styles, one suitable for cross cut sails and the other for radial constructed sails. The cross cut version is fairly balanced with Spectra/Dyneema running in both directions. This fabric is the absolutely most robust and softest/easiest to fold/roll fabric available on the market, for a Blue water cruising boat or an aging family crew where soft and easy to handle sails are desired then the cross cut version of ‘Hydra Net’ is absolutely perfect. This material also has a unique to Dimension-Polyant a UVi coating in the resin that helps to protect the sail from harmful UV exposure and can increase the materials lifespan by around 15%The fabric performs better than most woven Dacron but is stretchier and therefore inferior in shape retention when compared to laminates or the radial version. The stretch that does occur is fairly elastic so any elongation that does occur is not permanent, but it does mean that although a high quality product this material is aimed at ease of handling rather than performance.

‘Hydra-net Radial’ has far more Dyneema running along the warp and offers far superior shape retention and therefore performance, yet the fabric is almost as soft and easy to handle as the cross cut version. ‘Hydra-net Radial’ out performs all other woven materials including ‘Vectran’ and most laminates. For a blue water cruising yacht where performance and shape retention is desired ‘Hydra-net Radial’ is the perfect material. The radial version is far better suited for high aspect sails and this is the style we have quoted for This material also has a unique to Dimension-Polyant a UVi coating in the resin that helps to protect the sail from harmful UV exposure and can increase the materials lifespan by around 15%.

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18
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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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AUG
10
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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.

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AUG
03
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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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JUL
21
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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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JUL
03
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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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JUN
30
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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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JUN
14
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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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JUN
10
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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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MAY
20
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Video spray painting job

Here is a video received today from Garth Walker, Trinidad (taken on his cell phone) of the Awlgrip marine paint spray painted on Revelations. Although the picture quality is not fantastic nor high definition, it certainly gives one an idea of what the end result will look like. Check that paint gloss!

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MAY
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Clear coats and Anti Skid

The workers in Trinidad have now completed the charcoal colour coats of paint to the hull and they are now busy flattening these coats of paint - sanding it with a very fine grid sandpaper. This is a required process for the three clear coats of paint which needs to be spray painted on top of the charcoal base. The three clear coats will create a deep lustre in the finished paint work and help protect the charcoal base.

Once the clear coat have been applied, Garth Walker will apply the anti skid paint on the deck. This is detailed work and requires a lot of careful masking to paint the anti skid patterns over the entire deck. To minimize heat absorption, we opted to do the anti skid in a light grey colour - white and black paint mixed in a 9 to 1 ratio.

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MAY
12
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Revelations getting painted

Revelations is getting a entire new respray in a two tone colour scheme. The hulls and deck will be sprayed in Awlgrip Charcoal and the upper cabin structure will remain white. The work has already commenced and much progress has already been made - the spraypaint job shold be complete within the next month or two. Unfortunately it is not that easy to get regular or quality pictures of the work that has been done. However, here are a few pictures - I can't wait to see the end result.

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AUG
13
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Bare Poles

The sail people from Ullmann came around earlier yesterday morning and removed the mainsail, stack pack and jib. So Revelations is now bare pole without any sails. I will be going around to their loft later today and discuss the various bits of work which needs done. The also took the torn spinnaker which is beyond repair, they will use this to work out the dimensions for a new spinnaker. A mast rigger came around and spend about 2 hours trying to remove the broken topping lift which fell back into the mast - only partly successful. The remainder of the topping lift is stuck higher up in the mast, so we will have to see whether it can be done. I also learned that the electrical wires within the mast are not in tubes or channels - this means that the up and down movement of ropes will eventually chafe through the wires. To fix this, the mast must be taken down - why the job was not done right first time by Sparcraft in Cape Town beats me.

In the interim, Sue has been packing everything within Revelations into boxes for soon the boat will be swarming with workers doing all sort of repairs. She should be more or less done by Friday. Shit, we have a lot of stuff on board!

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AUG
05
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Pulled out of the water

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Early this morning, Revelation was pulled out of the water on a custom built flat bed trailer. We untied the yacht at the fueling dock, slowly moved away from the jetty and motored to the slipway where a bunch of crew from PowerBoats were waiting. It was a bit tricky to maneuver this big yacht around the tightly confined spaces - but it all worked out in the end.

The flatbed trailer was partially submerged and it was a simple matter of lining Revelation up in a straight line and slowly motor onto the waiting trailer. The workers then made quite a bit of adjustments to the various bits and pieces of the flat bed trailer before tying her down. A big tractor was initially employed to pull Revelations clear of the water and up the 10 degree or so embankment. But the tractor was not up to the task and they then brought in a small bulldozer to do the job. Soon after this, Revelations was steered into her allocated spot and lowered to the ground with supports under the keel and struts at the front and back of the hull.

Water and electricity was connected and we can now go through the entire boat making list of all the things damaged, needs replacing or to be repaired. A short while later, a small tractor with a compressor built onto a trailer arrived to high pressure clean the hull in preparation of new anti fouling paint. PowerBoat must have well over 1000 yacht of various shapes and sizes in the yard and the place is a beehive of activity. There is nothing quite like this anywhere in South Africa - not even all the yachts in the entire South Africa will be able to match the scale of this boat yard alone - let alone all the other boatyards. It is simply astounding to see so may yachts in one place and the shear scale of work going on here. We are meeting with the yard manager tomorrow morning to discuss and arrange all the work which needs to be done on Revelations.

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JUL
28
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Port engine fixed

In the heat of the day (read tropics) and almost 90% humidity, enough to pass out into a sweaty slumber, it was time to see what was going on with the port engine. I climbed into the cramped engine room and immediately broke out in a heavy sweat. There was no breeze, the air was stifling and I had to contort my fat as a pig body in weird shapes to fit into the available working space. With sweat drops dripping on the inside of my glasses, I at least had a distorted view of the various engine parts as the rest of the lenses fogged up almost completely.

Sue started the engine and I took the GoPro video camera and stuck in a opening facing the water leak. Then it was back to the computer to view the footage and I could clearly see where the engine coolant water was gushing out in a strong flow. It was a water pipe which leaked at the hose clamp. Back to the engine room I went, went through the whole rigmarole of contortion Houdini would be seriously impressed by. Man, did i battle to get the water pipe sorted out. The heat was sapping my strength and each attempt to force the water hose over the moth of the relevant metal pipe, was weaker than the previous and the one before that. After perhaps 40 attempts, knuckles badly bruised, bolts and screw viciously attacking and near penetrating various bodily parts, small droplets of blood forming where I scraped myself against sharp protrusions - I finally managed to get the water hose to slide over the metal pipe.

But that was just half the battle won for I still had to tighten the hose clamp. I could barely get my hand into position, let alone still use a screwdriver. Now completely soaked as if I just had a shower, with hands cramping up, I finally managed to get a small ring spanner into position and was able to start tightening the hose clamp - a quarter turn at a time, then turn the spanner around and do another quarter turn. It felt like ages, but slowly I managed to tighten the hose clamp with each hand cramping quarter turn.

I topped up the inter cooler with freshwater and adding some anti-freeze which will prevent further the inner engine rusting any further. I then ran the engine for a couple of minutes and now need to again check the coolant level again tomorrow. But for now, everything seems to be back to normal and we once again have the use of our port engine. Holding thumbs that it remains the situation.Roll Eyes

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