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Update regards Covid19

Due to the Covid19 virus we are no longer taking mixed group tours until further notice.
Tiare will be available for single households or family groups only.
The health and safety of our customers and crew are of primary importance and we look forward to welcoming you aboard Tiare in the future.


Covid19ウイルスの影響により、現在混合グループツアーは実施しておりません。
ティアレは現在、単一世帯または家族グループのみでご利用いただけます。
お客様と乗組員の健康と安全が最も重要であり、近い将来ティアレで皆様とお会いできるのをお待ちしております.

What has been happening? [Sea Japan – Ep23]

Has been a while since I last uploaded a video.
In this video we
1/ Travel to Sado Island in Niigata to an open day for a Miyadaiku trade school
2/ Enjoy a local Shrine festival
3/ Hang the rudders back on Tiare

Video gets me close to current times.
Next video will be up to real-time

Part of the delay is that I have been trying to find a direction and purpose to the videos, other than as a personal diary.
So this episode I swap over from Go Sea Camping to Sea Japan, although the adventures of SV Tiare will continue.
I really hope to show Japan as the absolutely fantastic cruising destination it is.
But more on the direction of this channel over the next few episodes.

Hope to have Tiare up and sailing towards the end of August,
Next episode will cover the exhausting, yet somewhat successful, drama of getting Tiare back into the water., along with problems and solution to my aft mast issues.

Music from Artlist.io
Artists:
1: Spring in Barcelona by Ian Post
2: Burdens by Derek Gust
3: Vietnam Theme by Hanjo Gabler
4: Burnin down the house by Saint-anyway
5 Brown Eyed Girl, written by Van Morrison and performed by Sam, Tom, Taiga and Micheal live at Okappa cafe

Painting the hulls – Scrape • Sand • Paint

 

Well, I have finally done it. I’ve gone and painted my topsides.
And prepped my hull for a new generation of anti-foul.

This is a major milestone for me. Tiare has needed a hull repaint for a number of years, slowly becoming a little more drab with each small knock the tender makes on the side, and with the passing of time wearing thin the top-paint.

Now that she is on the hard, and I have access to some high quality and affordable paints, along with the time to spend on doing the preparation work. It feels good to take my time to do it right.

This was my first repaint and a steep learning curve, I  definitely acquired some new skills. Paint scraping is an art, sanding and painting is a trade.

Doing it right means I take all the old anti-fouling off, scrape and sand back to the hull’s base coat, and then apply several layers of super smooth epoxy coating before a final coat of a modern super slippery, long lasting anti-foul.
I have not yet decided on the final anti-fouling system, there are a few options available but I will make that decision closer to when I re-slip Tiare.

Took longer then I had anticipated, as my hands seized up daily after four to five hours due to  Carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you’re my age, and a tradie, you’ll know what I mean. If you’re reading this and you’re young, look after your hands!! Waking up every night at 2am, with your arms and hands on fire gets tiring real quick.
So although one hull side would take around 18 – 20 hours total to scrape clean, it would actually take around 5 days. And there are four sides!
Fortunately, we have an onsen/spa (hot baths) close by, a soak after a day of scraping felt really good and made the CTS manageable.

I didn’t do a roll and tip, as that really only works well with paints that are thinned out. Thinning out a paint reduces its gloss and you need to put more coats on to make up the thickness.
What I did was a coach or carriage style as it allowed me to put on just four thick un-thinned coats of top paint.
I wasn’t going for a mirror finish, as that takes considerably more effort in sanding and preparation, I think my hands would have failed if I had tried, and then there is the stress over the final application of the top coats.
What I wanted was multiple coats of solid un-thinned top paint of at least 3 coats (I ended up with four coats).
I am very happy with the results.

Marine Paints from CMP

For the epoxy primers and the top-sides finish coat, I have used CMP (Chugoku Marine Paints) here from Japan.
One of the deciding factors on using CMP was that they make their paint AND catalysers here in Japan.
When I order the paint it usually takes a week or so as they make it to order, it arrives very fresh 🙂 All 4kgs or 18kgs of it.
It is also inexpensive, e.g. 4kg of white is 6000¥ ~ 60 USD for a quality two-part urethane, with the top end Fluorex Finish at twice the price at around 12,000¥ ~ 110USD.
18Kg of epoxy primer, Bannoh 1500, was 12,000¥ ~ 110USD. 18 kg did four coats below the water line.

Links below

Coach painting

CMP – Chugoku Marine Paints
https://www.cmp-chugoku.com/global.html

Bannoh 1500 ( .pdf )

Click to access bannoh1500_en.pdf

Fluorex Finish ( .pdf )

Click to access fluorex_2p_en.pdf

Final repairs to our rudders plus a typhoon

 

With the starboard side rudder wood dried out. Both rudders are ready for sanding, glassing and filling ready for epoxy undercoats.

The starboard back stern repairs are all done and we go through a couple of typhoons. Nothing major and I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with being on the hard in a very sheltered area.

Next video it’s all about scraping 12 years of old antifoul and getting the hulls ready for an epoxy primer and new top coat.

Rudder Repairs, Woodworm, Kimonos & Fireworks

 

This episode I discover some unwanted guests in my SB stern post.
Find out that a scraper is my best friend, and I visit Yuge island’s summer festival.

Woodworm, every old sailing boat novel I read as a kid mentions the dreaded woodworm.
So what appeared to be a small crack in the paint, turned into a “worst case” scenario of woodworm boring through my sternpost, a real stomach dropping moment.

But although was bad, the epoxy glue lines seemed to have stopped it from spreading further.
So was a matter of taking the plunge and cutting a large chunk out of the sternpost, took a bit of nerve to make the first cut.
After that was a relatively simple job of carving a replacement part, fortunately I had been carrying some very hard wood onboard since Malyasia some 5? years earlier.
The wood, locally known as Chengal, a traditional boat building timber is very hard, glues well is rot resistant and also easy to work.
Wikipedia link here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neobalanocarpus

The rudders are off, the port side needs a simple scrape before fairing and new anti-foul.
Without a vacuum system electric tools are no good, plus I find that a simple scraper is the most effective tool for removing old anti-foul.

Yuge Island had its annual summer festival, the weather holds up and it was a fantastic afternoon.

Next video I repair the starboard rudder, which was damaged when we dragged in a typhoon 4 years ago.

Metal thru-hulls replaced with Composite

 

The summer heat is ongoing and slows progress down. Fortunately, I am working under the boat and in the shade but still, the humidity and heat takes the energy out of you.

Replacing our metal thru hulls and valves with Trudesign Composites.
http://www.trudesign.nz/marine.
Learn how to remove extremely well stuck thru hulls and drill holes for replacement thru hulls, along with a quick look at some thru hulls that had been eaten from the inside out.

Playing with acid

 

Now Tiare is out of the water, I take  down our Sillette Sonic Drives to replace the anodes, bellows, shaft seals and clean and fill the corrosion pitting on the lower legs, then give acid washing a go before acid etching  and a repaint.

Last winter I discovered that the SB side leg had water getting into the shaft so hoping it was just the shaft seals that needed replacing.

The PS leg pins were getting sloppy in their brackets, the answer was to fit some steel sleeves into them. Along with adding some high wear aluminum epoxy, to replace what the corrosion had eaten away around the pins.

And finally, time to grind off the 5 year old bitumen I had put on in Malaysia, and give the legs a good clean and fill up the bad pitting. Replacing grungy black/brown with a nice bright white.

Catch up Time – Ep17

Well it has been a few months since the last video.
Quite a few things have happened. Winter has gone, Spring has been and gone and we are now into the rainy season.
Sam our eldest son is now in living in Japan, Tom has gone up to Hokkaido for six months as an IT intern. And Tiare our 55 foot Wharram sailing catamaran was hauled (dragged) out and ready for a 12 month maintenance and makeover.
There is a very long list of jobs.

Would have liked to take more video of Tiare as she was hauled out but totally forgot about the video until she was out. Shame.

Sailing & Cruising with Kids

Introduction

But the biggest factor that makes taking kids cruising and the level of success is you.

Its how you approach the issues of safety, health, education.

And it’s your OWN expectations that are going to influence your life afloat.

Cruising with kids

In my mind, there is no doubt that taking your kids for an extended cruise is beneficial on so many levels.

Kids will accept things readily and adapt. It’s your own values and actions that often bring the conflict, especially as kids get older.

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If you are the type that is constantly stressed, has a “my way or the highway” attitude or find it difficult to adapt, then cruising with older kids is going to be challenging.

Especially when it comes to what you consider to be the right way. As you know better, cos you’re an adult.

YOU’RE THE ADULT SO YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO DEAL WITH IT.

We have seen a number of cruisers with teenagers that have given up simply because they couldn’t deal with the kids “attitude”.

From where we were it was more a parent inability to just let it go. Laugh it off.

And I know it’s not always easy to be so relaxed. There is so much for you to worry about their imagined future.

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What I have learnt is that cruising kids have a pretty good grasp on what life is really like.

After all they are traveling the world by sailboat, they learn that most people are poor, by our standards, that most people don’t have the opportunities they have, that most people have to work very very hard just to get by and that the world is a really big place and to succeed takes an effort. All this while they mumble, yell and say life’s unfair and sucks. Of course not all teens are like this 🙂

Safety

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Safety is a biggy. For us the biggest concern is falling overboard while underway. Setting an example is key,

If they need to wear a lifejacket outside of the cockpit at all times, so should you.

If they need a lifeline attached, so should you.

No exceptions.

Other than falling overboard, learning to swim and gaining confidence in the water is a must.

Being able to climb back onto the boat unaided

Swimming around with a fitted life-jacket is a great way to build that up, along with a knotted rope over the side.

Most other safety issues are obvious. you’re surrounded by water and often in a strange country, where language and customs are not like back home.

We have found that most places are “more” relaxed about children and they are more openly accepting of kids.

Being able to read the sea state, understanding waves, rips etc on beaches is also important as a lot of time will be spent hanging out at these places.

The “look” don’t touch Rule, which is not only good for their health but also good for the environment. Lots of pretty looking animals have parts that break off inside you, should you pick them up.

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We found an essential piece of equipment was a good pair of jewellers tweezers and a freezing spray. Digging out see spines is difficult and painful without these.

Can use an ice pack but takes longer. Stainless Steel flat head and sharp nose tweezers. A sense of humour.

 

Health

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Get yourselves immunised. Lots of weird diseases.

Fortunately being on a yacht you can anchor off far enough that the worse of the mosquitos.

Although we did learn that an on-shore breeze bought the mozzies out as they knew they had an easier* time to get back to land.

So the usual cuts, grazes, sprains and broken bones.

Taking a first aid course is a good idea. Along with books that show you what to do. Have them available for the kids to look at the pictures or read.

The biggest health issue for us was infections from scrapes and ear-ache. Making our own ear drops for after swimming, a solution of alcohol, vinegar and water.

Things we have dealt with
Cuts n Grazes
Fevers
Dengue
Mozzies
Heat rash
Infections
Broken arm
Deep splinters
Food poisoning

Learn first aid. Let the kids be a part of it. Don’t make a drama about it and be prepared. And a sense of Humour

Education

This is again more about the parents than the kid

Any of the established systems, like GSCE, Calvert for younger and the various Govt’ school systems will do well, it’s up to you.

We found that our kids did well, got through the work with high grades. Sometimes a day at school would take three hours, others 8, totally depends on where we were.

Friends and the beach, snorkelling close by and school would be done in dusted in 3 hours, other days it would be getting close to “ Dinner not ready until you finished your school work” 🙂

When we started out there was not the choice of internet-based schools we have now, also the internet was not as well developed.

We used Calvert, which we found to be fantastic, truly impressed with the material that arrived and the feedback from the onshore teachers.

When they out-grew that we moved on to Wolsey Hall and the English based GSCE system.

Did they miss out on areas, possibly, chemistry labs?

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But that was made up for being in places where they could see geography, physics, history, biology, maths, reading etc had direct practical experience.

Obviously, everyone has different abilities and skills. Our middle son never wrote anything down, no notes nothing. But he always did well, passed with high grades, even today he still doesn’t write notes!

Balance

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Cruising is as much about the community of cruisers as the places you visit.

With kids onboard, you meet others and friendships amongst the are made instantly.

And not just within their own age group, everyone helps everyone. It was great to see my own kids look after and play with younger and also get on and be part of a much older group as well, no peer pressure.

Also, they learn to talk and work with other adults, Helping cruisers with tasks and being treated as equals is great for their personal growth.

And as you cruise you meet so many different people with totally different lifestyles, from “freedom fighters” to owners of large global companies and everyone in between.

The old saying “that it’s as much about what you know as who you know” is very true, and you do get to know a lot of interesting people.

Cruising kids seem to turn out as well balanced, rounded kids with a good sense of what’s right.

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You have a unique opportunity, no bubbles of peer pressure, allowing them to explore different ways to think. Listen to others.

Cruisers come in many many different shades, often shades that you would not normally have the chance to associate or hang with

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