Our Experimental eco-friendly antifouling project begins- Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 205
Every, few years it's time to halt dillos out of the water and give her a coat of fresh bottom eight. The. Last time we painted Ellis's bottom was in Malaysia, way, back in 2015. Since. Then we've. Sailed over, 25,000. Nautical miles and. Crossed two oceans in the process a little, bit of paint still clinging on has completely, lost its antifouling, capabilities. Which. Means we need to regularly scrape the hole now. This is what our bottom looks like after, only three, weeks and the tropical, waters of Grenada, we. Can easily lose a knot or two of boat speed a fresh. Coat of paint will mean less scraping, without, Dulles to slip to the water even easier, this. Will be my fourth time painting her bottom and each, of the previous, times I use standard, antifouling I've. Tried hard semi. Ablative, and fully, ablative, paints all with varying degrees of success and none, of them are perfect this. Time I wanted to try something different something. That would last more than a year or two and most importantly something. That wouldn't reach metals, plastics, or, toxic, chemicals into the ocean all, right let's, get started. So, basically try to figure out how, much surf beer surface, area the bottom eyes. Order how much paint how, many gallons doing. We play seven. Five. Our. Measurements, came out 266. Square meters measuring. Works but, you can also use this handy formula to estimate if. You work this out for Dulles, it comes out to 709. Square feet so, pretty close to our measured value. Today. Is day. One in the mission to get jealous, is bottom repainted, and it's. Been like four. Years since, we've done it last so, it's gone down so far from us cleaning it it's almost to the gel coat so. Today we're gonna have the guys. Sandblast. Everything, back. Down to the gel coat. Johnny. The. Man. So. Good are you doing good. Good. Morning since what yeah, couldn't. Be any better oh yeah. So. What's the plan. Gonna. Get your blaster today good. News before. They stand blast our mission. For the morning, is to raise. Our bootstrap, because we put so much, on that list the past years that if you can see. Water, line goes all the way up whereas. The, front. Does, not so. It looks like the stern is constantly, sinking, into the water yes. Six. Centimeters. Yeah. I think that's perfect. Man. The ladder was up against the whole like right at the concave. Taping. The water line and it just. Neither's. Or something. I'll, learn all, my weight went right down onto my fuel, there's. Like a weird clicking, sound I don't. Think it's broken because I can move. It I. Sit. Up. I'll, move it too much over here well. Can't, do much more today so you're. Gonna head back to. That, we're staying on. And probably, just do some editing and keep my foot up cuz, can't, even stand on it and it's useless me being here right now. Yeah. Making. Preparations, to. Whew a dustless blaster, wonderful daughter is he really just mr., Zac Posen. Is kind of just a little just a little. So here we have this big awesome machine over here is. That an air compressor. And. Then, you. Percent. And also, water too and. Then. You just go. To hell on the hole with the sand. And, can, you get you'll get all the way through the paints or even through the fit and what are you the diners down to the gelcoat I mean it just stops there. How. Long do you think it'll take. Yeah yeah that's, your guest. If, you finish it. Usually. We do a quick roughs and and slap, on a new layer of paint but, over the years the, old layers have built up and it's no longer adhering.
Well, This. Time we decided to go all the way back to the gel coat and start with a fresh layer of primer. I've, scented, a bottom before by hand and it sucks, it. Takes days and days, of sweaty, hard labor and in the end they'll, swear to never do it again so. Here we are and it was money well spent. So. Today. We, got a shipment in from. Texas to, FedEx, it picked up a, new. Anchor. Anchor. Our. Old anchor is a stainless, modified, cqr. Type and, has served as well but. Is trouble, setting and hard pack bottom conditions, the, new manthis anchor is a beast, and should set like crazy. Off. The old anchor down get, all the chain out, of the chain Locker and end friended we have a hundred meters of chain on Delos so, just over 300 feet and, most of the time we, only use the first 150, feet which, means that half of it is dragging off the bottoms while the other half just sits in the chain Locker every. So often we like to end for end the chain so that the galvanization wears, evenly. So. We'll put the bad, end first, into. The chain Locker we. Also spliced, an additional 20 metres of road onto the chain which, gives us a bit more scope, but, even more importantly allows, us to cut the anchor away should we need to get away quickly, in an emergency. I forgot. Away two men obviously Waker beast, and, the moment, of truth to see how it sits on the bow All, Right girls. Working, hard yeah good, you're. Pulling up or 82. Okay, and. Stop. Oh. I think it fits pretty good. Cool. So. We're. Getting in there I think we're gonna be priming, today, and. The, first thing we're gonna do is we're gonna wash the. Hole with. Water and soap and I talked to the guys in the yard to do this all the time they said to use laundry. Detergent, for clothes. Stop fooling. Anyways. Yeah. And. Then we got to get it dry and, we have to put denatured, alcohol and. Clean it with towels all over the whole okay. So. We put the primer on we. Have to wipe, everything with denatured alcohol this. Just gets rid of any, leftover, grease or dust or. Anything. That won't make the paint stick. And. Then it's. Ringing so. We may have to go right into it. We, can definitely clean in the right. Strong. It's. Nice that we can just walk over from the boat it's like literally a 20 second commute yeah which is a little bit dangerous actually. A. Lot. Of good stuff here. Yeah. They. Had to at the store here one, was the Internet, in a protects 2002, the, other one was the Seahawk tough stuff and we. Talked to the paint manufacturer, for the bottom paint that we're using and he. Said that this one worked just fine it'll. Give us good protection, from osmosis. And blisters on the bottom and. It'll seal up the. Gel coat real good oh. That's. My sister. It's like a good shirt. Mask. On. Here, comes the rain. We're. Getting there we got the first, coat of epoxy primer, the barrier coat on yesterday. We're gonna do three coats in total we're, gonna go with. A white coat on top of this one and then, another gray coat on top of this and that should seal it the primer we're using serves two purposes, first, off it seals the bottom and prevents, moisture from penetrating the, gel coat which could cause us Moses and blisters.
Secondly. It gives whatever bottom, paint you choose a good, surface to adhere to you, get the art of finishing. The. Last lots, of code, three. Yeah. Three. Coats. So. So, good though. Almost, there. Three, coats huh damn. Some, of you guys might know we've changed to, induction, stove. Because, our lithium batteries, are, pumping, out so much good power now we, can actually use an induction stove. The oven, has been a little bit of a question mark and we have now bought a. Toaster oven it's. Basically. A small, electric. Air, convection, oven, which i think is gonna be really cool takes what, 1300, watts per 1300. Watts so it's less than the stove agent we're gonna try and find a way to mount it on to the gimbal so that it sits under the stove and. Karen. Can make her sweet as chocolate cheeks, without them we're flowing while we're sailing to attach arms. At. The kind of four corners of this top bit I go, down and then, go underneath this so. It just hangs underneath all of that and, then, Gibble's together is one solid. Swing. Chair. So. We've taken all the proper measurements, and now we're, just kind, of bending, these, long pieces and. To, the right size. Our, metal pieces are all bent up the only thing is they only had like mild steel. Which. Is not corrosion, resistant so, we're just gonna put a layer of chrome. Aluminum is. The color of choice because I. Already. Mounted. We, tighten up the screws, put some more screws in. Put, some padding so it doesn't rattle. Look, at that thing. My. Lord. That's good enough. Yes. What. Are you up to now brother, today is step 22. Or, something on the bottom and we're. Gonna do the boot stripe today it, looks good semi, squiggly. Fire. Red. Sweet. Time. Now. It's time for the. Satisfying, part of removing, the tape. As, a clean line did, you learn anything about painting, a boot straight yeah. I think we learnt fought a lot. I think, we done the measuring, job really, well like it doesn't look too uneven. But. I think the hard part is, actually the taping, we should have done a better job really.
Taping It down. And. Probably put two tapes. Over each other because the paint, became so thick on top that it's like hard to get it off and. Then also, to. Not leave the tape for too long up there so. - like tape, it paint. It straight away and, then as. Soon as it's dry take it down because now that the glue of the tape is, like kind. Of melted. Because of the heat and everything so. It's like super hard to get off and when you then need, to use like a little tool, the, the, surface becomes an uneven. We, have decided to not just do one stripe, on the boot stripe but to do two stripes, one, red and one white. So. Me, and Brian just kind. Of taped it all last, night and my, first thing this morning, is. Task, number. One paint. The white so, it's actually quite fun today. We are also doing some, gel, coating. Brian is Rieger. Coating the front and. I used to the back step. Okay. Looking, good Jessa. Today, is a. Upgrade. Maggie kind of day and. We're, gonna be adding a. Tow. Bar it's so much wakeboarding. And now, that we have our foil board it's. So nice to be able to tow behind Maggie's, but always tow from down. Here low, and. With a full board, that's, especially a problem because you're up out of the air so, we. Had this thing, welded. Up and we're going to drill, some holes in here. And. We also decided, to get. Some some. Mounts rage mounts. Made to get the, stand. Up paddleboards on the side of the boats that are not clogging this deck area right here so being. Brady got these going the other days now we have all. This. Clear. Deck. Space. You. Just put. -, these. Hello. On here, captain, woof. Patting, on there so. Pretty good I. Know. That's, party, so is your in for activities. For. The the racks. That go on the outside, it. Was like almost, two hundred US dollars no, way yeah, we found those little things in the scrap metal behind, the. 25. ECT solar degrees so for like 10 bucks 10 bucks plus, padding, was like 40. Season. Zip ties. We. Were in for about $30, see, said and done. I've, decided to start the next project, which is finding. Out why the rudder is leaking, there's apparently a, nylon, nut on the top that can be tightened I got, this special tool sent.
In From Amell and I. Also got new, packing, material, to. Seal the rudder up and I gotta get all, this apart. We'll. Go from there. This. Quadrant, is really, stuck on here I've been sort of beating it with the hammer and, alternating, using. The gear puller and, wd-40. Kind. Of moving a little bit about what I've got to do is I think I'm it's just never. Been out ever, so. It's all created sources, the corrosion it was just seizing that on there it's been on there for what almost 19, years so, I've got to get this nylon, nut, out of there and then under that should be the, packing, material, I think so, we'll get this cleaned up. Turns. Out the. Packing, is, really packaged, in here it's quite. Tough to get out there, are three layers of packing material, and the idea is to offset them 120, degrees so that the gaps are evenly spaced in the center of an uncut piece when. The pocket is compressed, it makes a watertight seal on, the rudder shaft. All. Right I got the clutter, and all cleaned up and painted. The other day all the rust is gone and. Now it's time to see. If I can get it all together, again. The. Last thing I have to do is test, to make sure that there's good continuity, because. Our sacrificial. Sinks, are on the rudder so, there's not a good connection between the bonding system and, the, zinc. Electrolysis. Zero, ohms, which. Means that they have a good connection. To see that. Call. That one good and death. The, big question, is how do we paint the. Squares where, the, mounts. Are currently so these days right here we. Were able to get fire on and all the painting done except for this this, is the hurricane cradle, which. We had put, on while we were back, home visiting. Family and now we're back and so here's what we do is the hurricane cradle gets removed these, stands, get, put in, its place the. Weight of the boat is, still, resting, on the same place on the. Keel and so. These guys are here taking the entire thing apart, carrying. It away and then when this goes away this will, go I don't. Believe these in its place and we'll paint. People. Art. They said it was okay to put this speaker on - so we're gonna try it. This, is the final. Step. Before we spray, our. Seacoast. Dx10. Silicone. Make our cake. We've got three coats of primer on. Use an heirloom spray gun. And learn. How to use it first, and. Then spray, the, entire, hole, an. Idea is that a glass tube finish. We, wanted to try a different type of bottom paint this time around but, at this point you could pretty much apply any kind of paint you choose looking. Pretty serious that rope.
The. Paint we chose works by being slippery which makes it difficult for things to stick to the hole it. Doesn't release chemicals, or metals into the ocean and it relies on speed, through the water to stay clean enough, Paul goes well it should last for at least eight years we're. Hoping that this in combination, with the ultrasonic. Antifouling system, will provide a good eco-friendly. Antifouling, solution. One, of the most interesting bottom, paint jobs now it's the most interesting bottom band I've, ever done. Like, we normally just slop, on the regular. Black biocide, but this is enough. Some kind of a crazy. Ultra, smooth coating that doesn't what we're, turning Delos to do a Teflon frying pan I think. You're. A slippery. The big risk because if, it doesn't work a lot. Of work to go by that. Look. At those moves I. Learned. From the best, he's. Got moves. All, the way. Yeah. Is that it. Nice, - now into gallon, coats. Of gallons. Look, at how shiny, this thing is this like shimmering. Tiffany. We're. Gonna grease up the prop we've, got these research. Fittings on the side, got. My water, feature with um grease and watch right here. Like water as. You. Know which, is a good sign a new Greece is white. Is. Moving. We're, headed to jealous. Everything's done. In the water. Today. Yes. It's. Only been five months of hawks, and flights and vets and couches, and. Sleeping. Bags. No more no, more. Decided, always. A little. Interesting. Procedure. Everybody. Does a little bit different. Is used like this small. Little flatbed, truck because, they knock it in. And then it goes in the travel, they know what they're doing so. Shiny. And. Or it happens, you know. Like. A lot, of weight sitting, in, and the bottom adult is super smooth. Just crazy machinery, and. Sided asleep at home tonight. Making, sure that the transducer. We put back in let's not leaking and there's no water coming in. No. We're good no water what. Are you checking down there, well I need to open up the through-hole, get, water into the engine and then we. Need to start up the beast make sure she's written on all right it's, all clean and smelling, good down here.
Starter, Not even kicking overs and you know but, the fact that the fan turns on the battery is good, so, let's plan that we're, gonna open. Up the battery compartment so. That the. Starter. Engine side it's. Reading only six volts, we've, got thirteen. Point two which is good, on. This side of the switch we've. Got thirteen, point two on. This side of the switch we've, got six, and. If. You look at the other bottom, this is twenty. Seven. And the other side is, twenty. Seven so it's only the 12-volt, side, so. I wondered if this contact, inside, this switch has gone bad or maybe it wasn't fully engaged while they were like halfway alright, well let's try that. Oh. I was tripping on my wiring. Feels. So good. To be back on the water putting. The final anchor. Just gonna chill. First, time music. Yeah. If we tied it all good. Gun. Running, what. A. Calming. Calming. Way to. Wake up, makes. Me feel really happy to, be home, and, this. Is what I've been missing about living, on the water is. Waking. Up in the morning and just being able to poke my head out and watch the sunrise and. That doesn't get much better than that in my opinion it's. Something, small. But simple. And, add. So, much, quality to life. So. It feels really nice, to be back. Making. Coffee a million. Yeah. Everything's. Just as it should be we got bagels so. The. Other two working good. Just. Stoked to start the season I'm ready to start sailing and drenched, is coming in and a lot two days and, then we're gonna take off and we have no idea where we're gonna go but, we're. Just gonna see what the weather's like and sort. Of make a plan from, there. Rollin. All, right I am just putting, together the, second video in. Our haul out series, which covers, the bottom paint the experimental, bottom paint that we did and it remember the last video we did a whole lot of work that, was about $25,000. In labor for. A total project cost of thirty one thousand, one hundred and eighty two dollars but. What I've done is I, have put together the. Numbers. Just. For the bottom paint here and if. You look at the numbers the. Sandblasting. Which. Saved, us so, much time in labor that, came out to one thousand, five hundred and, eighty four dollars, we. Spent four hundred and forty dollars on miscellaneous. Supplies so that would be like sandpaper. Rollers. Coveralls. Like. The paint for the bootstrap, things like that for one hundred and forty dollars the. Primer is actually quite expensive so that was one thousand, four hundred and eighty three dollars for nine, gallons of primer whose remember we did three coats. Of primer to seal the bottom the. Rental, for the airless, sprayer was, actually quite cheap it was only $60, I think maybe the yard didn't charge us so much for that because it was the first time they used it and they didn't really know how, to do it either so we kind of figured it out together and then. The bottom paint that we used the C code vx ten which. Were trying out we, only had to use two gallons of that because. We. Sprayed it on with the airless sprayer that's three hundred and sixty, dollars a gallon for a total of seven hundred and twenty, so, all the the, sandblasting. And the miscellaneous, supplies in the primer and all that stuff that came to four. Thousand, two hundred and, eighty eight dollars I counted. Our labor for, mostly. Doing the bottom that, came out to a hundred and thirty-five hours, of Delos, crew labor we, did it over a period of about eight. Days and we worked pretty solidly, so. All, in all at an average rate of thirty dollars per hour here in Grenada by doing it ourselves we saved ourselves. 4050. Dollars which. Is super cool it was a heck of a lot of work but also, very, very very fulfilling, so, the total project cost I think if you were to do this on your own would be about, eight thousand.
Dollars But. We saved four grand by doing all the heavy lifting ourselves. It's, a. Really, interesting bottom, paint I'm, excited, to see how it works out, using. Something that's environmentally. Friendly meaning it has no toxins. No metals, leech in the ocean nothing like that so, the, next video that I'm going to work in now that we've done been, back in the water for a little while is going to be how that's working out for us we have installed, the ultrasonic. System from Sahni hull and, we. Have some results and I'll be showing those in an upcoming video so, be sure to stay tuned and thanks, for watching if you like these types of videos make sure to LIKE subscribe all. That good stuff and we'll. See you soon Cheers. That. Is your moustache. II give. This guy some, cheese at breakfast, or thank, you Bob. Baby. CPR. Yummy, tireless. PvP. On. A thousand, oyster tires. Business. In the front party in, the back.