How We Spent over $16,000 in the Boat Yard
Recently. We encountered, a problem that. Was initially to take two, to three weeks and her have 2000 euros to fix in reality. It cost, around four and a half months. In over, 16 thousand. Euros this, is the, story of our, nightmare. All out. This. Is a situation that I don't completely, understand, and I'm not sure how much of it is my own ignorance lost. In translation. Laziness. Happenstance. Or, actual. Malice but, to quote to Napoleon. Bonaparte. I want to never ascribe, to malice, that which is adequately, explained, by, incompetence. And Tim Ferriss added, or busyness, and I would like to add or, laziness. Never. Ascribe, to malice, that which is adequately. Explained. By incompetence. Busyness. Or, laziness. That being, said I'd like to lay out this situation as objectively, as I possibly, can in the hopes that we, might all learn, something to. Set the stage the three of us set up from Spain close to 10 months ago as to, be expected from life as we were moving forward we, encountered, many obstacles that together we overcame, mistakes, were made and lessons were learned but, entering into Croatia, we, see the first signs, of real, trouble. The other day we lost reversed, gear, went. To put it in gear. And it wasn't, there. Scavenger. Jack shining up Jackson had to catch his flight to North America, to finish his degree in filmmaking. While Tara and I head north towards pula croatia where. We are scheduled, to film with made on the road UK, and have a balkan campervan, scheduled, for rental to explore croatia. We. Made a stop on the island of molly lotion, or friends of alessandro. Came and diagnosed, the problem with, the gearbox. These are lamella they allow you to shift into forward into, neutral and into, reverse by gripping and not gripping the gears the, ones in this gearbox, it's like, a Polish you know and that's enough for the. Grip, to. Make. To, make. Good. Connection, for the reverse. We, were told we should prepare for a rebuild, of the transmission, not, having reverse a big problem but it's not the end of the world because we could still move forward so we continued, north to our obligations in Pula this is where it starts to get weird, we contacted at Baris, in Marina Verona in pula, croatia patrick. Came to the boat and told us that it would greatly reduce the cost of time labor, and headache, to have the whole engine, removed rather than struggle in the cramped engine bay with a big heavy gearbox for hours, but this, would necessitate a, haul out initially.
We Thought this idea was absurd, but, then we came to the conclusion that if we could spend, a few weeks on land we could make some needed repairs and upgrades to Audion drive now instead. Of the original plan was at some point in the distant future to have a haul out in Tunisia Africa. Which is where Martin recommended, we also had a van for a week so this meant that we could leave Adi on Rudd on land in a safe secure location. While we explored, Croatia, the idea was beginning, to look all right the next morning as we were making breakfast Patrick, called in 45, minutes later he and this boat arrived, and they were ready to take us to the crane for a haul out the pressure of this sales tactic, is intense. We agreed, to the haul out this, is turning out to be an eventful day. Within. Two hours, our deann rod was out of the water in the engine was completely, detached, and she was prepped for open, engine, surgery. The. Following day Addis Patrick's, boss and his crew arrived, and we commenced, the engine removal. Before. Noon her old battered. But still solid heart was removed in the gearbox was on its way for, inspection. It was also determined that we needed a new clutch and that the parts would be difficult to find. We'll. Check if, we can to to. Find. The new. Part. Returning. To the gutted vessel slightly, dazed we cleaned out the engine bay as best as we could. This. Is where the situation, becomes really muddled. Addis. Comes. And tells us that they don't think that they can repair the gearbox because it's an old engine and it's impossible to find the parts and if they can find the parts it will cost around 8,000, euro to rebuild the gearbox, and fix everything his solution was instead of repairing it it might, be wiser to just shell out another five thousand, euro to purchase a brand new Yanmar engine from, him of course with a warranty, for security, for the years to come we, would be back on the water in three weeks and it would cost just, over thirteen thousand, euros, now he made some good points the engine is old in the parts where it can be difficult, to find and it's arguable, whether or not a new, engine is more reliable the, question, really becomes if you plan on crossing.
The Atlantic, and beyond do you want an old repaired, engine, or do you want a brand new one this was very difficult to hear and I turned to read it and I found a complete Kanzaki, KH, 18, gearbox, in the USA, to replace, ours it could be purchased for $1000. But shipping, importing. Installation. All said and done it would cost near eight to nine thousand, dollars we also looked seriously into converting to electric, as the dream is to one day be completely, off of fossil, fuels we're going to a factory to look at electric motors but, it seemed for us it was gonna cost at a minimum, of 12,000. Euros to give us maybe 30, minutes of motor usage, every couple, of days over 30,000. Euros would give us a diesel, electric system, that we could then maybe, be 30%. More efficient. Basically, in order for us to be able to keep any sort of schedule for filming an, electric, system was gonna cost anywhere between 30, and potentially, even over. $70,000. Meanwhile, we, asked addis if we could have our gearbox returned, because i wanted to see if we could find somebody else to fix it we, were returned, a box of gears, not, a gearbox, I'm still. Not sure how I feel about that we ended up going with the beta marine 38. Horse, our engine, over, our other seemingly, less ideal, options, with the decision, this costly, I was definitely not gonna let somebody pressure, me into purchasing. An engine that I was not completely, on board with we, ended up flying to Morocco for two weeks because we needed a change of atmosphere. We. Returned and we continued on repairs while we waited for the new engine we. Got a new Genoa. A. Professional. Sail maker here, in Pula, Elvis. No. Sunbrella. We've. Removed and reinforced, the davit plates we, extended the davits aft 30, centimeters, as well, as added cross supports, all completed, by Robert I stripped. Roughly, 20 kilograms, of unused, electrical, wire and hose from Audion rod we, save maybe five kilograms, as supplies, and cleaned up the distribution panel it took me two and a half days to buff body on rod.
And. We. Completed, many other smaller, projects. It. Ended, up taking around, seven weeks for the beta marine engine to arrive and once we knew it was coming we were moved into position so the crane could access, arjan rod. Wow. It's. Really pretty a quick. Aside we were never able to sell our wounded but functioning, Yanmar 3qm. 38, engine, because we didn't have papers. For, it to. Me it seems like if you live in Western, society, specifically. The European, Union then you live in a society that values, documentation. Over form, and function, in this, hinders. Creativity. And I do not believe that a socio-economic, system, that. Squashes. Individual. Creativity will, endure, but I digress, because, the engine was delayed by two weeks it arrived three, days after. The workers at the marina took off for holiday because, in Europe it is common, for many people take a couple months off of work in the winter and, it's told us that he would not help us and instead, we should try to find somebody else to help us because he would be on holiday but all the mechanics, were on holiday, and so the only help that is actually, provided. Was a number, for, a contact, and split a man named Igor who, he bought our beta marine engine from and then after that we never saw or heard from addis, again. I. Had. Resolved, to install, the engine I've removed the old coupling, and I found that the propeller shaft was 32, millimeters, in diameter and our new coupling, is made for a 30, millimeter propeller. Shaft we, need to remove the propeller shaft and turn it on a lathe to reduce the diameter by 2 millimeters. I do not have access to a metal shop and I do not have the tools to pull a propeller, finally, I contacted, Robert who had made adjustments to, our davits, he, agreed to reduce the shaft replaced, the Cutlass bearing stuffing, box seacock, strainer, basket and, install, in align the engine off for 2000, euro plus materials we, thought this was a bit steep but we agreed is we had finally found someone, to help us. So. Then does, this corrode. Because. You have this same comment, no no, bronze doesn't. It's. Been four months and three days in today we, are installing a, new engine. It's, like a hundred and thirty eight kilos. Which. Is around 60, kilos lighter than. Yes. Down. Little, bit more it'll, be more. Food. Stop, go. Back okay. We. Need to be down I. Will. We. Can stop. Stop okay, we can from. Go, go. Go, go down. Down. Little. Bit up up, just a little bit oh, stop. We. Did. The. Right back. So. Far so. Good. Going, out and cut the tube a little bit maybe five centimeters, and. Okay. So. Here's, the problem this. Is too. Close, we. Have an, adapter. A rubber adapter it's, about five centimeters, has to fit in there and there's. No space between. Here and this, is the coupling the. Transmission, the. Stuffing box this. Pipe right here this. Through-hole we, need to cut that and then, move this stuffing, box aft maybe. Five centimeters. And then we have to cut the propeller, shaft, so. That it's the correct length and then, we can have, this space in between here, the. Two couplings, so. That we, will, be able to attach, on but the alignment, looks good, we need five extra, centimeters, here. In. Front side Roger, okay. What. We're, great up front no yes. But the way the. Okay, and, then now. I'm going inside. A new burst a. Zombie, -. Gotcha. A the most potent you is formal enough pretty my mo forward. Yes. A little bit. Okay. Stop. This. We must cut yep. Eight. Centimeter, eight, centimeters. You're hot. Except. You. Say maybe it's. Hot and it's. Going. Yes. With. Motor. Is. Up. I'll. Be fluent in Croatian, in no time. Dora. Down.
Donate. See gluten. Crisis, darling. Get. Down, Golan. Don't. Let but. Fool down yes. Perfect. In. Gym, installed. Now. Just to improper. Alignment secure. It down and then hook it off should be ready to start up tomorrow, I, think we'll give it a test start we, installed, the raw water cooling, system and, the fuel lines. Then, we realized the exhaust system needs, to be adjusted with a high-rise that right, there that's the problem otherwise, it would run the risk of water entering back. Into the engine and blowing a cylinder from the rapid expansion of the water vapor the next day we added oil and, coolant and we hooked up a new battery and tried to start the engine for the first time. Robert. Created, a custom high-rise for around 200, euro the, other option was to wait four weeks and spend over 300, euro to get one from the war. We. Installed the high-rise and tested the engine while supplementing. Fresh water for the raw water cooling system we. Used a temporary transparent. Exhaust tube to be certain that all the water was straining into the water line. Like. A sheep. I. Couldn't. Stand the thought of throwing the old yanmar out and instead gave it to Robert we. Determined, it was time to launch our neon rod. And for, four and a half months, of bleeding, money in suffering. Stagnation. We, watched in amazement as, Audion, rod was put back in the water. As. Soon as we were in the water we started the engine in check for leaks, starting. The motor for the first water. Test. Ready. Give. It just a little bit of throttle. For, this module dragon, shows. The table at each emergence Malcolm dragon but your meal a cold I. Know. They, they. Asked if they can put away the. We. Were then promptly, shoot off the docked people we were settled in we, were literally being pushed off the dock and told to go find a slit as it was raining in the wind was blowing around ten knots they, told us they needed the space immediately to, lift another boat which, they lifted an hour and a half later once safely in our slip Robert, helped us install our long-awaited, Kubik, mini wood stud. We. Thanked Robert for his honesty, his hard, work and his flexibility. And then, we prepared, to set sail. The, period, from September, 2018. To, January, 2019. Was, one, of the most stressful and, by far the most expensive, period. Of my life but, that's, good because I learned that slow of a valuable, lessons, here are three of the many lessons learned from our nightmare, fall out number. One never. Let anybody hurry, you. Especially. If you have to pay them slow. Down slow, is smooth, smooth. Is fast. That comes from the US Special. Forces. Lesson. Number two, regular. Rest prevents. Downward. Spirals. Rest, regularly. Or you will exhaust, yourself and when you're exhausted you, will make a series, of poor decisions that. Will begin momentum. In a downward, spiral first. You, have to halt that downward, momentum, before. You can turn it around and, create, upward. Momentum, to, prevent a downward, spiral from, happening in the first place regularly. Rest. Working yourself to death is, not helpful for anyone in lesson number three, always. Expect. Things, to be more difficult and, to take more time than, you anticipate. In the DAO de Jing Lao, Tzu wrote something, like this in chapter 63, the, stage, expects. Everything, to be difficult, and therefore never. Encounters. Difficulty. This, concludes, season. 1 of, SV, Audion, run season. 1 was 13, episodes, and took about ten months to create it, produced around a thousand, dollars in revenue, and costs over 50,000 dollars to create and that's without me. On payroll, if you enjoy, these videos and, would like to see more and would like to enable us, to create more share. The, series, with, your friends, the, best way to support the channel to, support floor, support.
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