Our Home on the Reef – Free Range Sailing Ep 57

Our Home on the Reef – Free Range Sailing Ep 57

– Most of these hang a little bit deeper, than what our draft is. Like, all the actual
line itself will be down. If you’re just gonna jump
on a boat or do most of your free diving, I would recommend
just getting a weight belt. – So, we’re off to the outer edge. (slow techno music) – It’s a pretty hefty old coral trout. So, I actually think that
that maximum size limit is to protect anglers against ciguatera. (slow techno music) – We’ve just dropped the mooring. We had a good dive on that bombie. Saw some Dogtooth tuna. Troy got down to 25 meters. I reckon I got down to 20. You can see the marks on my
face from the mask pressing on my head and now we’re going to
go anchor on this sand quay. And, it’s going to be beautiful
calm weather tomorrow. So, we’re going to out
exploring on the wild side. Where you can see the waves
crashing at the moment. Yeah, lots more to do
tomorrow and lots more diving. It’s awesome. (heavy bass music) – So that blue cylinder
is a GPS unit solar panels and stuff like that, and, you
can see that there’s a strobe strapped to it as well. At night time that will kick off. We got a nice big pinkie there. Most of these hang a little
bit deeper than what our draft is, like all the actual
line itself will be down. – [Pascale] Yeah. All the hooks and that. – But this, this is not one
that’s drifted in from Asia. This is one of the local Australian ones. So hopefully, I mean this
has drifted off where they would have wanted
it to have been deployed, but they’ll come back
and pick this one up. Everything is in really
new condition, you know. This is not like a ghost line. – [Pascale] No. – It’s just in the wrong spot. But it’s definitely, if you’re
going to be cruising around in the coral sea and you see
something like that, [laughs] Be very careful around it you know. That’s a tuna long line. I wanna get some nice clean sand. I don’t wanna touch any
coral with the anchor chain. – [Pascale] You don’t
want any grading, yeah. – (heavy bass techno music) – Move to the bomby. – [Pascale] We had two dives. – The bomby. We checked out a long line. – [Pascale] Oh, we
checked out a long line. And, we saw Dogtooth tuna, and you dove to 25 meters. – Doggies. 25 meter free dive. – [Pascale] I probably dove
the furthest I’ve ever dove. – You did pretty close. Like you did between 80 and 20, I reckon. – [Pascale] Yeah, I think
those last couple of days, looking at the clown fish were quite deep. – It was interesting to use the torch. That under water footage
that we just shot then was our new Sony cam. (laughs) Attached to a metal plate. Alright, to give it some heft and I threw my little lead
lens a torch on there as well. – [Pascale] Your _ – So, there’s a pretty janky
sort of set up, wasn’t it? I made sure that when I had the camera it was sort of aimed in the same … I can’t undo it now. In the same direction that the torch was. I had it actually down like that. Well, I think that those
Dogtooth, they came right up. So, I think they were quite
intrigued by the little light. – [Pascale] The light, yeah. What’s that? – Not much scares a dog tooth
tuna, because they’re just heavy metal machines, but
yeah they’re very curious. You know, they really want
to investigate things. – [Pascale] This is the charging station. How much have was got? How many hours are coming up? Three hours are coming up. – [Troy] That’s not too bad. – [Pascale] So, we’re charging the Canon battery. That’s flat. See one flash of red light. We’re charging the Lanza battery. Troy’s iPhone 4S. I don’t even know how this
thing still works, but it does. – [Troy] I’m only charging that
to get the sat phone number for my mate Tim. – [Pascale] Yeah, you never use the thing. – No. – [Pascale] You use it to make phonecalls. – As soon as we put a
little bit of charge on, I can open that and get that number out. That’s it (laughs). If you call us you
normally speak to Pascale. – [Pascale] But anyway and
I’m using my phone right now, and that’s charging too. So, three point one apps. – [Troy] And this camera
will soon be going back in, as soon as I’ve got it loaded. – [Pascale] The Sony’s flat. So, you’ve got to charge that too. – Alright, we’re going
to go for another dive, and we’ve had a number of
questions about our dive gear. Mainly, actually people
asking what’s this red vest. And, it’s just something
made out of vinyl. Stitched together and basically
it’s just a whole series of pockets that you can put these, whoops. So, you’ve got these three pound or one and half kilo dive weights. They’re pretty common. They go in each one of these pockets. As however much you need. What am I swimming around
with at the moment? I’m swimming around at two
and I’ve got them right there. The main thing is when
you’re a commercial diver, like I was, it’s not
unusual to spend about five, six hours a day in the
water, and if you’ve got your weight belt on the small
of your back, you know, like I felt it could
lead to some problems. And, also I was a hookah diver. It sounds a bit dodgy,
but what it really means is there’s a compressor on
the surface with a long hose, about 100 meters feeding the air, and that hose got caught in the current, sometimes if you were
free swimming with a boat following you, they
would be pulling on you. So, it would be always better
to have it attached here to your jacket, and then your shoulders could take the strain, much
like a dog in a harness. But, I don’t really need it any more, but I’m loathed to throw anything away. So I’ve kept it. And, I just find that it
gives, the way my weight is, just because the way guys are built. My legs are heavy anyway. My bum doesn’t float, like
Pascale, she swims like that. I don’t, I sink anyway, so
just having my weight uppermost gives me a nice flat
position in the water. But, I wouldn’t go racing
out and spending hundreds of dollars getting one of these made. If you’re just gonna jump
on a boat or do most of your free diving, I would recommend
just getting a weight belt. You’re not going to give
yourself a sore back just an hour or two a day at most. If you are gonna go for it, I like rubber. They’re comfortable, but
also as you’re diving down, if once you get good
at it, as you dive down water exerts pressure and
if you’re wearing a wetsuit, or anything or even your body,
that pressure squeezes you. You get skinnier. [Laughs]
Alright the wetsuit and you. A rubber belt, if you
have it nice and snug, and firm on the surface will actually, it’s in a stretch condition, and as you go down it
maintains its same tension. So, make sure on the surface
that they’re fairly tight, and when you go down you
won’t have your weight belt slipping up around your
ribs and looking silly. In another throwback to my
commercial days I still use these big long free diving fins and
it’s really for free diving they are the best. If you not that experienced
and you’re still mucking around with your buoyancy, these
things can probably cause a fair bit of damage to the coral. So, you know just be careful. But, these foot pockets, I’ve
actually had these for years, and this one I actually
took a hole punch to. If you find your fins
are a bit uncomfortable, say on this bone of your foot, it’s totally okay, and a
commercial sort of thing to do, to go get a hole punch
and whack, put a punch in. Try and get a nice circular hole punch. Don’t just cut it with something ragged or any sort of little nick
will lead off to a tear. This one I’ve sewn up
with a baseball stitch, probably about a year and a half ago, and it’s still hanging in there. But, if you make that a nice circle, if there are any tight spots in your fins, you can alleviate it by doing that. So, we use those. These are carbon fiber
blades, because I wore out my other blades commercial diving. We were doing what 500 hours
a year or something like that under water, so you run out of things, you know, you wear things down. So, we’re doing that and you’ll notice that I’ve got a full foot pocket. When I get these fins my
favorite way of fitting them on is you should be able
to just slip them on, and they’re quite loose, ‘cos fins push their way onto your foot. But, if you don’t want to end
up with a million blisters, go out and get yourself some
3ml mia-primed soft socks. You can get away with
footy socks or work socks for a little while, but nothing
really compares to these. They’re a bit more slippery,
you won’t get blisters and you’ll keep your little
tootsies a little bit warmer. – [Pascale] And, if you’re like me and you’ve got small ankles,
then you get thicker ones. – You get thicker ankles
after swimming (laughs). – [Pascale] (laughs) I never sprain my ankles actually. Like, I can roll my
ankle and I’ve never ever had a sprained ankle, a
rolled ankle or bruised ankle. Just because I’ve spent
so much time in these, I think that my ankles are
about the strongest part of me. Well, apart from my head. Dive masks? I don’t have too much to
say, ‘cos each one of them you really wanna suit your own
face and what you wanna do is when you’re buying a dog mask,
is you should be able to just put it on your face,
breath in very gently, and take it away, and it
should be a nice vacuum all the way around. You shouldn’t have to really
suck to make it stick. It should just wanna stick
there and the other thing is when you put it on, just
push the space where your eyes would normally be. If you just push there, make
sure there’s no contact. If I got hold of Pascale’s
mask and put it on. where it’s got this bit of plastic, that contacts that bone
right between there, my caveman bone, and after
just a small amount of time that would really cause an ache. So, they’re the things that you wanna get. You wanna get a nice seal for your face, ‘cos every face is different
and you wanna make sure that that part doesn’t get pressure on it, because that’s a total killer. I’ve seen a few people come up
onto our boats with a big red mark there and they’ll
retire with a headache, and they’re stuffed for the day. That’s about it. What do you reckon Pascale? – [Pascale] I’m about to get in the water. It’s rolling and I wanna (laughs). – Oh, one more thing, with snorkels, you can get all sorts of fancy snorkels, with little valves here and balls there. I like a really simple one,
particularly one I can fold up and put in smaller places. I don’t go for the big fancy
clearing valves and all that. I just want a simple one
with a decent size hole. You don’t want it too big,
so you’ve got a big dead air space and when I’m clearing
my snorkel, you’ll often see, if you’ve watched the
footage, just before I hit the surface, I’ll be tilting
my head back like that and I’ll be blowing the air out. So, when I come up my
snorkel’s actually clear. A lot of people you’ll see
they come to the top and then (snorts) they need a big
charge to blow it out. But if you tip your head back,
look at the sky and blow, (blows) just as you bring your head up, you’ll find that your
snorkel’s nice and clear, ready to rock and roll. – So, we’re off to the outer edge. Gonna do some diving. Looking for Gutters at the outer edge, so they’ll be some action. (bright techno music) What are we doing? 80? – I had to rank it up
just off the wild side. Here are Holmes Reef, this
is mostly where the waves are crashing on here, so
there’s not going to be lots of big delicate corals. There’s going to be some low
coral and things like that, but more we’re looking for rubble pans and it’s more of a fish dive here. I don’t you might have a
shark come up and see us. There’s deep water, it just
goes, ‘whoo’ just over there. – Yeah, out there is
just the deep dark blue. – Yeah, but this is nice and clear here, so it’s really great. – Yeah. – So, yeah just need to slip
into something less comfortable and dive in there. It might look like that we’re sponsored by the Carpentry Company here, that’s my mate’s Robbo’s company. He’s about as good a chippie
as he is a fisherman, so if you want some good timber
work done, give him a call, if you’re living in Cairns. (laughs) The Carpentry Company. (bright techno music) – [Pascale] Oh, we can
just jump off the boat and have a snorkel. (orchestral techno music) – That’s a pretty hefty old coral trout, but these are a blue spot, and they are also are hood boiler trout, Petraplomlavis, if you
wanna get really fancy. There’s a bag limit of five
but also the size limitation says a minimum size of 50 centimeters and a maximum size of 80 centimeters, because they’re a type of cod
or a grouper, if you like. They start life as
female and shift to male. So, the bigger ones would all be males. I actually think that
that maximum size limit is to protect anglers against ciguatera, because trout particularly,
on these coral sea reefs, and as you go further east
to Vanuatu and things, the larger groupers, the
larger reef predators, they start to become a ciguatera risk. So, this trout is, he’s
probably about 70 centimeters. Going by a hand span a meter. So he’s within size. That’s about as small as
they get around here as well, (laughs) it’s crazy. It’s not a great reef for coral, but it’s just alive with fish. (fish sizzling) I like these short trips
of only a month away. Got lemon with our fish. Let’s have a look at what we’ve got here. – [Pascale] It’s cooked in
butter and garlic and salt. Big flakes. – No knife required. – [Pascale] Coral trout flakes. – Well that was the end bit. Hmm. But … – [Pascale] Hmm. Simple pleasures, hey. – Golden cooked fish. Yum. – [Pascale] With sprout salad afterwards. – With lentil–
– [Pascale] – Lentil sprouts. – Once I’ve made some room in this bowl, then I’ll have some … (gentle techno music) – I hope you enjoyed this weeks episode of Free Range Sailing, and if you did give it like. Give it a thumbs up. Now, this is just a reminder
that our campaign on bonfire for a tee shirts is now
running and you’ve only got one more week to grab your tee
shirts, so you better hop to it and click on the link. Link? (laughs)

100 thoughts on “Our Home on the Reef – Free Range Sailing Ep 57

  1. Very impressed with the images coming out of that camera, and as always the edit on this was fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Enjoyed as always. Keep living the dream guys. I'm sure it ain't perfect all the time but you two seem to make it seem to be. Cheers

  3. Ciguatera….larger fish have more. “If it’s longer than your arm, it’ll do you harm”….that was the rhyme I was taught. In the Bahamas, they toss a silver coin in the pan with the fish. If the coin turns black, they say the fish is poisonous…..

  4. A bit late watching these last two videos. Laid up in hospital since 10/17. Cleaning branches from some of the trees in my yard and made a misstep on the last one. Fell off the ladder from five feet at foot level. Six broken ribs, two non-displacement fractures of the pelvis, bruised and lacerated right lung, and a broken thumb. Never a dull day, but should have stayed at sea, ehhh??? Wonderful videos once again and, I ordered a s sweat shirt. Have fun guys and I’ll keep my feet on the ground under doctors orders!!!

  5. Top video. Really liking the impressive camera work, but watching you eat the Coral trout was torture on account of being hungry. Tried some raw a while back and it was about the best raw fish I’ve ever had.

  6. Always a treat to watch your vids. I'm not going to comment on Pascal's bum but would it be true to say sharks are less of a danger when you are below the water line and have 'situational awareness' as opposed to your head above water and being oblivious to what is below you?

  7. Most exelant. Being an old diver I love the under water footage. It brings back good memories.

  8. Beautiful snorkelling there!! Spear fishing; no need for bait….apart from the click bait of course 😉
    Nice one guys 😎👍

  9. Hey guys, again awesome show full of handy tips, ordered up a couple of T shirts I think they will make great Christmas gifts for my family members who sail/cruise too.
    Qu; did you shoot all that underwater footage on the new Sony ?
    Cheers from SV Breezy 🌬⛵️🌏🇦🇺

  10. That was a great episode. Just came home from the recent purchase of a 30 footer currently on the hard – what a great way to get reminded of why I do all this work.

  11. nice one! A note on charging stuff: while inverters are quite efficient nowadays, most chargers for 220V/110V sadly are not. Often it's much more efficient to get DC/DC chargers, especially for power hungry equipment like laptops. DC chargers also vary in efficiency, a good one is like 98% efficient, on comparison a bad wall charger can be around 70%. rule of thump: if it gets hot, it's inefficient.

  12. Yet another top class video. I love how Troy always gives a lesson about something, as well as the fantastic images. Troy – I've said before you are one of the luckiest men alive. A partner who is beautiful, fun, intelligent, great cook and sailor. What more can a man want? Does she have any unattached twin sisters ?? !!

  13. Nice! Good info again. A little bit further though and this is for both of you. Why sometimes upper body fully covered and sometimes not? Stuff in the water, temp of water, coral scratches or just personal preference? Unreal, middle of the ocean and sitting up like you were on a beach. 🙂

  14. We never know what you will bring us in each episode but we do know that whatever it is, it will be inspirational and thanks once again for delivering my weekly glimpse into your unique perspectives.

  15. Ready for some critiques? If Not Skip This 🙂 Really like your skill at giving instructions, and getting direct to the point without lengthy introduction on what you're going to talk about, the lack of background music is good too, but I do find and I don't know if it's only me but, when the music minus the voice comes on, it's usually twice louder as the voice portions, why this is I don't know but I end up turning down the volume every time and it is annoying, like I said this not only on your videos. Your underwater footage is good too, Sony seems to have a pretty good stabilizer, but I find stabilization software can be an added plus if needed. Also, adding a red filter for the deeper dives really helps add color, but you can also color correct within a good video editor, down side it is adds an extra step. Cheers Guys!

  16. Oh man that was great vid you lucky bar stewards what a back drop,ya fridge must be full luv the free dives also the coral looks in good nick too encore

  17. Beautiful underwater shots thanks for sharing them… Also very good info on diving gear,,, My day of underwater are over age and your body have their way of letting you know… I never got to dive salt water but did my share of fresh water VERY COLD fresh water… LOL… Great video over all. Thanks for the time y'all put into making it… I sure do enjoy watching your videos as I lay here in this bed… Be blessed… BBE..

  18. Being from Canada I have a very limited knowledge of coral and I'm curious about the colour. Are you seeing bleached out coral, in particular the beige? Is it still alive and indicated by the colour? Lat question, what are you looking forward to?
    Keep up the great work; love your vids and thanks for sharing. Can't wait for my shirt to arrive

  19. 14:43 thats when you know you have been diving in Australian waters, when you swim back to the boat with the fish as high out the water as possible haha! hows goods Holmes for spearing aye! Think the vids are getting better guys.

  20. Another beautiful video, great music too! Watched on Friday evening in the UK, and the village chippie (fish & chip shop, not the joiner!!) is just too far to walk in the rain…damn.

  21. Great job. I noticed right around 21 minutes you shot some corals that were migrating through a pre-death bleached phase when they were purple. Do you remember what temperature the water was at that point? It looked like you were no more than 2 meters depth.

  22. just ordered my FRS T-shirt. Thanks for the very informative videos guys! They sure help me to learn a lot on my new (to me) Cat27.

  23. Very nice underwater photography. Next time you need a snorkel, try the Head snorkel with the little extra piece of silicone that fits against the roof of your mouth. It is very comfortable and the mouthpiece lasts forever. The tube end that is at the waterline has a stupid notch in it. I ran some Tyvek tape over the notch and the same tape has been in place for 3 years.

  24. Great footage and editing, love the spearing. It appears swimming with fins for severals hours a day is a great posterior workout……..look at the butt on him….. 😮

  25. Troy need to ask the pulley system on the tiller, I'm interested t make my 20hp outboard a bit safer and less tiring to steer for my Mrs. Can you show. W setup

  26. Troy – do you use vaseline or similar product on your mustache to keep a good seal? BTW another amazing vid, thanks!

  27. Hi guys…
    Love the videos…keep them coming..
    A few weeks ago you showed how you received weather fax details via your radio…
    Could you give some further technical details as to the setup you used…?
    As an expat Aussie…having not lived in Aus for 20 Years (curently living in the Canary Islands) looking at your episode's make me think about sailing back home..
    Who knows, one day I may…
    Keep up the great work and relaxed style of the productions…
    Cheers for now..

  28. Damn Troy…your beard grows fast…LMAO…another awesome informative vid…love you guys…that trout looked delicious, what does it taste like? One day I'm gonna show up in my boat, really!!! Favorable winds!

  29. Sailing and diving, especially free diving go so well together. The freedom, the grace, and the thrill. All combine to provide a special calm when you have a still moment. Thanks for sharing the beauty.

  30. Just loved it all . Great footage and great narration ,ooo n Pascals butt footage . I could cope with a lil more o that . ,lol. Cheers guys 😉

  31. If you crave lemon. Look up salt lemon. Its basically lemon in salt. It ferments and gets a nice mild flavor and last for month! And the best… it gets better with time!

  32. Just curious do you guys ever eat shark? When I do a lot of sailing and Shore camping we barbecue it quite often as a steak…

  33. I saw an Episode where you were having issues with braided line. Here's what you need to know about braided line and saltwater. If you do not rinse your real thoroughly with fresh water the salt water will crystallize inside the brade and it will just cut the shit out of it within the braided line itself. I learned this lesson the hard way and it wasn't until I put the line under a microscope so I could see what was happening. I had my suspicions but I needed a microscope to confirm my theory.
    I hope the this helps you in the future.
    Waven four fingers an a big ol thumb from Salem Oregon Salem Oregon BAT SHIT Crazy USA😊

  34. Great video Guy's can't wait to try your snorkel trick out. never seen that before and I'm only 57 this month.
    Id love to get that deep. fair play to you both

  35. Granted I’ve really limited experience but when I have snorkeled I’ve always had trouble with water around my nose due to my mustache. Is it just that I’ve chosen the wrong mask or is there a trick?

  36. Jeez, I have to remember not to watch these just before dinner. That fish looks soo.. good. LOL I'm on my boat in the Pacific Northwest with instant ramen left. Anyways, much love and grats for taking the time to create these.

  37. The new wind generator blades are just amazing! It was a quite unnerving sound the old ones made. It made it hard to listen to your first videos.

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