Are We Going Broke? Life Behind the CameraJun 17, 2021
goingto be like the fun workplace where you get the things you really want, like a boat, a new sail, a water maker. the actual marina is probably pretty hot and all the marinas here seem to be on these rivers and these little ones like me ben thats ashley together we did the unimaginable we sold everything and then set off on a mission to sail civilization around the world until then 20 countries later and more than 25,000 nautical miles we are only halfway around the world i have no idea what will happen subscribe to continue the adventure as we finish this left we find ourselves once again in a marina but this time we are floating in the last few months we focused on all the high priority tests that were below the waterline and now we are focusing on the high priority tests that are above the waterline thank you there goes our cylinder head.we're struggling with the whole top of our engine, buddy, this is all preparation for embarking on the second half of our circuit Navigation, which will take us to places that do not have spare parts or specialists to fix things, how did it go? at a hundred bucks a night I don't think what, seriously I thought it was 70.
No it's 2,500 a day which works out to about 100 Canadian dollars tonight that's more than what we're paying for an apartment yeah , it's a lot, do you want? you're getting pretty tall honey you're stealing daddy's list we should put it back up. I keep having to move my sticky notes higher and higher. the boat is busy this is what we came here to do and i'm so excited it's all coming together it's monday morning 9 50. we're already starting it works yes this huh you're mixing elbow a little dirty no he's stopped ok is he is the piston damaged? no no so the v alve just sticks sticks and pushes and the pushrods can't push down why does that just bend ah there's the pushrod you got the pushrod the valve didn't hit the piston the valve just stuck and then the pushrod couldn't push it and then push to the right so that's good news the fresh water pump is
goingto be replaced the raw water pump is going to be replaced and the seal on the crankshaft is going to be replaced too it looks worse than it is we have never had this much on top of the engine before this is also the first time we have had a mechanic working on these engines so if you just have to have a mechanic a real mechanic will . this once every six years i think we're doing pretty well i'm ok with this but let me show you what's going on down here the guys are just putting up a stand for the water maker basically the water makers they can be mounted on the engine so that it has the same vibration as the engine, so our large 40 horsepower diesel will feed the watermaker that will produce a large amount of water for us 200 liters per hour our water tank is only 300 liters so its like a lot of water i can spray anywhere ben is drinking wet drinks and thats awesome tattoo i think this will get done you think done tonight finish tonight not tomorrow tomorrow 100 tomorrow 100 tonight we finish 90 per hundred a little for me I bring a little strength my office is fine today and then yes don't worry tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow we drink a lot of water, okay, I think we have to take a little of I rest here let me let me find Ashley wait so I'm editing this video and I'm thinking people are going to have two questions: one, why do we hire so many trades?
Why do not do it? us and two where the money comes from so we usually do all the work ourselves we are low budget sailors i guess you can call it and everyone likes to be frugal here when they sail around the world its not cheap i think its frugal That's the right word, so who do we hire? We hired a water maker technician to install the water maker. We hire mechanics to fix the engine and service them. And we hire refrigerator technicians to fix the refrigerators. season is coming for crossing in the north indian ocean so our passage plan is totally out the window we are already over a month late and looking at probably another month here our whole timeline is driven by the seasons we are under pressure to get out of here before the monsoon season starts there have been a couple of tarantula storms already and they will continue to pick up as we get to april here so yeah again we could have all ourselves but we would have been here next year when i hire experts they will take it to their shops they have all the tools they need they have help it takes them half the time if not less than half the time which would take you now, the main concern is to get g south of the equator from thailand before the real monsoon season starts because to get there we will be encountering c winds against and headwinds and a boat that won't mix well so it's a struggle right now to get out of the marina to fix everything to get everything working and to do that we need to hire help the other thing to mention with all these trades it is that we are in thailand and in thailand yes, the parts are more expensive, but the labor rates are quite reasonable, it is about a quarter to a third of what are the rates in the United States for the same skilled labor, you also need to realize that this is a ship that sails the high seas and that is not the same as driving your vw bus down the road and then being able to pull over to put the dots on your t-shirts, cross the eyes and, yes, or vice versa, so where does the money come from?
We had an estimate for this repair. We have been saving some of our clams for the last year and saving for what we knew to be rig costs was a known cost the water maker was an assumed cost I think we were looking at prices in the US and then when it you imported to thailand goes up so we didn't have the budget so with all these increased costs or unforeseen costs where does the money come from you ask me yeah we had to go back to what we hate to do and basically go into debt so great part of this has gone to our credit card and the credit card is being paid off a line of credit which is a low interest line of credit and we will pay it off slowly once we go out on our cruise our costs will go down a lot as if everything out groceries and not a lot of grocery places to buy so basically there is hardly any cost once you are browsing so when you are doing a repair tion basically what happens is it's like a tsunami at the end of a tsunami it just sucks everything out to sea including your wallet everything your soul has your will to live overhauls are so hard and they aren't hard on them they're tough mentally because it's a lot i don't know why why they're so fucking tough mentally it's like you just wanna get going maybe and we're still waiting for things it's no fun spending money even though we're happy happy fun fun they're gonna get lucky luck in front of the
camerait's actually not that much fun behind the
cameraspending as much money as we've been spending so much to hire trades to buy parts and hang out in marinas that we don't really want to spend time in yeah and the cost of being there to get people on board, it just all adds up, it's like a mental like not doing it.
I don't know why you just get a little depressed it's a brain fog that settles on you when you're in the middle of the refit and it's like the hardest part comes out the back of the refit it's just ah oh the other thing that was unforeseen is the job of the prankster yeah that's awesome so we had one of the swaps on board in portugal damaged part of the gel coat it was unintentional as far as we can find out but it was accidental damage , it was significant and we were trying to fix it and the first attempt they made is not working so now we have to go back and this is also at our cost so it's a huge cost that we didn't have and didn't anticipate again it's like damaging his boat so there's a lot going on and this puts him super down like it's like he doesn't know it's like you're bound to like these people and you can see it as you add up the days it's you're at the marina and the time it takes for these people like to finish the job you're like when are they going to finish how much money is it going to cost me if we finish it on a high note because it's been a little serious here yeah and i mean it's serious it's serious when you're at it but you really do this because it's about endgame and endgame is getting going sailing and we're about to go sailing the light is like shining bright at the end of the tunnel we've almost It's over and when we're done we can go out and see amazing cultures amazing places we cross oceans and the boats are safe and you feel comfortable on them and it's worth it really worth it yeah and the costs you'll pay because as soon as you get out of these areas where there are shops and businesses and all these things you can't spend money and your costs are reduced to nothing, yeah, and it's fantastic, yeah, and by explaining all these things, what we're trying to say is that we're like you guys we have money problems we probably have some depression problems but that's that the game you have to play i can already imagine catching my next mahi mahi i can imagine i want a tuna tuna sure you can have a tuna if you want a tuna i can imagine taking willa on our first ocean crossing that's going to be amazing i can imagine freediving again and kiteboarding g and there's so much that's so worth it it's just a matter of getting over these kind of bumps and then you have to go and it's been a while since we've had a big bump like this yeah it's been about three years three years two and a half since new zealand yeah yeah yeah so it just so happens that this is an ongoing thing if you think you're going to come here or that you will never do a repair maybe you have a new boat and maybe you plan to buy a new boat every five years but otherwise if you are on an older boat like ours things are going to come up so we are looking at the minus another month here which is totally fine we're going to have a little bit of a cruise in the middle and we're really excited to see a little bit of thailand and then our plan now is to head south and south of the equator and across the indian ocean from the south in what form it takes, I'm not sure when we'll leave.
I'm still not sure yeah there's a lot we're not sure about right now but we're excited it's almost gone I'm super excited super excited to be leaving in probably about four weeks yeah a month yeah let's do that Man, just to give you an idea of how busy he's been. until the 9th hour and I'm literally pressing upload and post and you guys watch it so it's more than real time it's basically live back to video this fan has been amazing we bought this fan for 60 bucks why no no it's air conditioned and it really cools the boat down and it doesn't draw as much amperage so it's nice sometimes it's really hard to film if you haven't noticed it here you want some tape have some tape it's really good tape ok and if you get bored of that here is a screwdriver you can poke your eye out with yeah there you go stick it in the eyeball back to the engine its the water maker can you see it?
So that's our motor, that's the watermaker, so what did dad give you? Can you take it off? It's hitting the ground. What were you thinking or even a screwdriver for a baby? Heard I've been down I've been everywhere but I'm alright now I'm alright in my own despair but I'm alright now yeah baby
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