Sailboat Haul Out Preparation for Major Refit: Richards Bay, South Africa (Patrick Childress #39)

Sailboat Haul Out Preparation for Major Refit: Richards Bay, South Africa (Patrick Childress #39)

today on Patrick Childress Sailing we’re
going through all the steps to get this boat ready to haul out of the water and
especially on a travel lift that has the weight capacity but not the physical
length to accommodate our rigging something has to move! Hello we’re
Patrick and Rebecca Childress on the 1976 Valiant 40 ‘Brick House’. Anytime
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video description. Thanks a lot for all your support! Now let’s go get this boat
ready to haul out!! What a relief to be able to tie up to a
concrete dock like this in Richards Bay South Africa and have all those long
coastal passages and storm dodging behind us. Now we can relax a little bit.
but a storm did move in on us that night with high winds and torrential downpour we were buffered at the dock but it finally did ease up and it became a pleasant day
late in the day the following afternoon but where else in the world can you tie
you to a concrete dock like this for free at least for the first month and
have access to fresh water and electricity the only other place we know
of is possibly Rodrigues Island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean there you can
tie up to the concrete dock and have fresh water but no electricity so these
are only two places in the world that are incredibly unique and generous to
passing through cruisers there are there is a downside to free though just across
the road off to the port side of Brick House is a very loud boom boom disco
which every Friday and Saturday night they played their big obnoxious music
until 3:30 in the morning and then also behind Brick House is another commercial
dock where large tugboats and other work boats tie up and they have the loudest
almost unmuffled diesels I’ve ever heard but it’s cool here so at night we close
up the hatches and the port lights and that certainly helps to muffle those
outside sounds but now that we’re here we can get busy cleaning the boat and
getting ready for the haul out but first there’s a number of things we have to
tend to so we got right into hosing down the decks cleaning up the boats and then
of course right away I wanted to check the city water here and see what we are
dealing with I started the microbe test yesterday over 24 hours ago and the
color is still the that golden yellow so there’s no microbes that
we can detect in this water so that’s a good to go
let’s test for TDS I’ve already used this hose for several hours today that’s
a little high for city water but I tested the city water at a very upscale
mall yesterday in the city and the bathroom faucet at the mall it tested
the same 290 parts per million so that’s their standard here in this city in
South Africa Richards bate and everybody here drinks it everybody says they have
no problem with it and especially if they had problems it
would be because of microbes and the flavor the water is fine I don’t taste
anything unusual about it so good drinking water here so far in South
Africa the next thing to do was to wash out the bilges so I had taken the water
hose down inside the boat and thoroughly washed the bilge starting at the very
front and worked my way back to the mast paying special attention to the base of
the mast to get all the salt water that might have contaminated the mast area
and give that a fresh water rinse and the scrubbing all the way back to the
sump pump then I started back in the engine room and worked my way forward to
the sump pump and thoroughly washed everything got everything nice and clean
in the sump and just before we left the dock to go over to this hall out
facility I brought in buckets of water and filled up the sump and flushed that
out and also disassembled the check valve that we have in the spillage pump
line and then thoroughly dried everything I want this boat just as
clean as possible and so it can dry out easily
while we’re hauled out of the water and have everything nice and clean inside of
the bilges I hate these stupid little finger holes so let’s see oh here we go here’s some
liquid ant bait and there’s another type too it’s a very dark color we’ll try
them both out on these ants I found that one in poison doesn’t work for all so
I’m gonna put a little bit of both out here I’ll take one of this packets out
of here now it didn’t take long before the ants found us they crawled from the
dock across the docking lines and onto the deck of our boat we once had a
terrible infestation of ants that we caught in Cartagena Colombia little tiny
sugar ants they called them and we tried all kinds of ant baits and it was not
until we got this kind in this plastic container that finally got rid of them
and it has helped to kill a lot of other ants that would have invaded us the
active ingredient is sodium tetraborate decahydrate 5.4%
we spent nearly one month here at this stock getting to know the area working
on the boat waiting for our haul out which had to happen on a high tide but
while we were here the strong winds either blew us away from this concrete
or at other times blew us right up against the barnacles that were
encrusted on this concrete our fender covers wouldn’t have stood a chance
against those barnacles so we had to resurrect the fender board which has
been stored on the deck for the past 11 years and used once
it’s a pressure-treated 2×6 piece of lumber with a rope secured on each end
of it by the time we left here however those lines securing the fender board
were nearly chafed through it would have been a much better idea to drill a hole
through each end of the fender board as it’s shown here but then drill another
hole through the very top down – those holes so that the lines securing
the fender board would come down through the top and then a stopper knot tied so
it would rest inside of the horizontal hole well out of the safe range of
anything on the concrete pier finally the day came that we could haul out at
the Zulu land Yacht Club in Richards Bay and to go up on their little travel lift
I would have to take the head stay in the inner forestay apart actually just
undo it from the titanium chainplates I didn’t want to have to take the sails off and
undo the turnbuckles inside of those roller furlers there are some travel
lifts that have adequate tonnage to carry our boat and haul it out of the
water however sometimes they’re just so small physically that we have to undo
the head stay in the inner forestay to fit on the structure of their travel
lift and unfortunately that’s a situation here at Richards Bay so we
have to take the head stay and the inner forestay off but I don’t want to have
to take the sails down I don’t want to have to fiddle with the turnbuckle
inside of those roller furlers so we are going to disconnect the headstay and
inner forestay from the chain plates and we’ll start by setting up the
spinnaker halyard on a bridle forward and also the running pole topping lift –
a bridle that will attach to the base of two lifeline stanchions
that’ll give us forward pressure so then when we release the backstay or ease
that up greatly we’ll be able to take the clevis pin out of both the head stay
in the inner forestay before we do anything to the backstay turnbuckle we
want to mark the threads where they are sitting right now in relation to the
turnbuckle that’s so when we reassemble everything and we tighten the turnbuckle
back we want to know exactly where it was previously so we can have the same
amount of tension on it so we’ll use blue tape never use regular old masking
tape that glue is miserable miserable to try to remove after it’s been out in the
Sun and dehydrated for quite a while blue tape is always easy to remove
for the most part so we’ll put a wrap on the top of the turnbuckle threads and
also on the at the lower end of the turnbuckle to mark our position they
will pull the cotter pins those only have a 15 degree bend to them so they’re
easy to pull out and then we’ll loosen up the turnbuckle well loosen the
turnbuckle almost to where we have no more threads left in the turnbuckle we
want it as loose as possible so that we can get the clevis pin out of those head
stays but once it is all loosened up it’s best to use some kind of a
anti-seize compound whether it’s Lanacote tefgel or any number of other
products there’s a lot of them out there put those on the threads so the next
time when you have to unscrew the turnbuckle it’ll happen very easily you
won’t have to put a torch or any kind of severe heat to it to break the rust in
corrosion that’s holding it together so once the turnbuckle is wide open as
far as we can go then we go back to the mast and tighten up on the spinnaker
halyard and on the running pole topping lift to give as much forward pressure on
the mast as we can to relieve the pressure on the clevis pins of both the
head state and the inner force day it’s a bit stiff like that I’m gonna
crank down on that halyard again we still have quite a SAG in here that’s
plenty of sag a punch and a hammer is very helpful to finish knocking that
clevis pin out but also I have used a block and tackle attached to the roller
drum of the roller furling and then down to the anchor down to the anchor
assembly and that helped to pull the SAG out of the head stay and gave just
enough clearance to either remove the clevis pin or reinsert it as we released each head state we lifted
them up and over the side of the boat so that they could hang freely without
having any kind of a curve to the foils and where they came in contact with the
cap rail we cushioned them with a some heavy towels or scatter rugs and then
tied everything securely so they couldn’t move forward and aft and we
were ready to head over to the marina to get hauled out there was one more very
important thing that we had to do before leaving the dock and heading over to the
haul out facility and that was to mark the side of the cabin with blue tape
exactly where the slings should be placed there are some haul-out
facilities that take absolutely no responsibility where the slings should
be placed and require the owner to direct them where to put them other
times divers do go in the water to help place the slings but they don’t always
make the best decisions so the best thing to do is to reference old haul out
pictures take broadside pictures of your boat hanging in a sling and always use
that as a reference then for the next haul out on where to put the blue tape
on the side of the boat so that the slings can always be placed in the same
proper spot you don’t want slings bending up your prop shaft or in our
case far forward I don’t want the slings strapping underneath our fairing blocks
for our depthsounders and as soon as our boat was parked we
got to meet some of our new neighbors they might be cute but we have been well
warned if we don’t lock up the boat when we leave they will make themselves at
home especially in the galley and they do make quite a mess and they do not
clean up after themselves and now the real work begins See you next time! Thanks for watching!

37 thoughts on “Sailboat Haul Out Preparation for Major Refit: Richards Bay, South Africa (Patrick Childress #39)

  1. Thanks everyone for watching, and for commenting below…and subscribing…and Sharing with your sailing friends!

  2. Wow, thats a lot of work to haul out. Glad you had that board to protect the fenders. Its hard to have everything you need in all situations. Even if I had all the stuff, Id prolly loose them in the boat somewhere. Good job yall.

  3. Liked the video before the add was over because I know the content will be good.
    I'm part time crew on Britican and helped in the haul out last year and will be helping them again this year.
    Britican is an Oyster 56 so it's pretty big and before hauling out there is, like you showed in this video, a lot of square meters of space to clean.
    They also do full service on everything that needs servicing.

  4. Hi Mr. Patrick !
    Excellent instructional video !
    Question for you Sir , what kind of camera do you use for the videos ? They looking so great !!!

  5. Another fun episode……..check out the blisters, huh? Likely as not all repaired by now, where you heading next? Good pointers for everyone planning to haul whether locally or abroad. Thanks…will check out your "tip jar"! Andrew

  6. Thanks again for an excellent video. Are there good websites where a person can get information on marinas/boat yards etc.?

  7. Hi, a good guy to get hold of for any info on repairs etc. is Plastique. If you ask for him, most people know him. He might be away though.

  8. Another good one Patrick! I'm getting the macgregor 26s ready. I'm replacing the rigging and putting kiwigrip non skid. Lord willing, this will be our first year on the ocean. I'm excited . .

  9. Curious about your comment to another about how 43 ft might be a better fit. My wife and I are planning on buying a boat in 2 years, and heading for the Caribbean, and I have been looking in the 36-38 foot range. Mostly older sailboats that are considered good for passage making. Currently, I think a Pearson 36 Cutter, also called the 367, checks a lot of boxes for us. But if you would go 43, you must have a 43 footer in mind, what is it?
    Thanks for all your videos, they have educated and motivated me, hopefully I can make it 2 more years!

  10. Patrick. It looks like it has been a long sail! When you are tying up to the pier your hair looks so long! Or is it just that we always see you wearing a hat? That fender board idea is terrific. I will have to remember to have one of those on board for just such an occasion.

  11. Not a boat owner, but love the videos. Great tip on flushing the bilge with fresh water and testing it before filling the storage tank.

  12. Hi,

    Has anyone told you about the hippos, sharks and crocodiles in the Mzingazi Canal yet?

    Not seen too often but they do visit now and then… At least they don't get into the galley.

  13. Please bring back your old intro music. It was one of my fav things about your vids. The new intro music sounds militaristic and uninspiring. Thanks

  14. Why could you have not sprayed the lines to prevent the ants from crawling on to the boat. Would that contaminate the lines?

  15. Wow! Lots of blisters to grind out. Are you going to do a video on how to repair them? I am guessing you have to paint rather than have gelcoat in the future.

  16. Thank you very much for making these videos. Faced with removing the forestay in the new future. Very timely information. Question for you. Looking at 11:08, it appears that there are three places that sideways pressures on the forestay can be relieved by pivoting, at the connection between the chain plate/stem and the toggle, between the lower toggle and an upper toggle, and between the upper toggle and the ProFurl. Seems that one toggle is not needed if you can rotate the bottom two plates of the ProFurl 90 degrees and the forestay is long enough. Are both toggles needed for flexibility?

  17. for the bugs problem can't you put some sort of sticky funel on the rope close to the deck that way there is a barrier a sticky one they cannot cross

  18. I drank water in South America out of a tap when I could not get bottled water.
    Locals who could not afford $1.35 for 5 gallons of purified water drank it all the time as well.
    I don’t want to know to this day what was in that tap water.🤪 I felt fine only drinking enough to not dehydrate.

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