Your Questions Answered Under Sail: Toilet Talk, Safety Procedures, CIGUATERA POISONING & more FAQ#2

October 23, 2019 posted by

– Welcome to Free Range Sailing
frequently asked questions. – Number 2. – Number 2. So these aren’t
replacing the normal episodes. It’s just that, sometimes
it’s hard to answer everyone’s questions properly. So we just like to do it this way. As well as, answering when we can. We’re not always in internet range, so. Um, let’s just kick into it. If you’d like to know,
we’re just on a ridge, heading down the Australian
coast at the moment doing six knots. So this is frequently asked questions at six and a half knots. (both laugh) Alright, so. The first comment Pascale, and we’ll see if you
can guess who it’s from. “Why did you choose a holding
tank, over a compost toilet? Curious minds must know, peace out.” – Ahhh! That our friend on the beaches! – It sure is. – And it’s a good question. – It’s a good question and
it’s a pretty common question. When we put our toilet in, we
had to go with a holding tank because there wasn’t room
for a composting toilet. We would have loved to have
had a composting toilet. And, we’ve got some friends
that have put one in and they think it’s great. We think it’s a great solution,
but we didn’t have headroom, in our head. – Yep. – Do we? We measured it.
We tried but it just, there was no space on our tiny 30 footer for a composting toilet. – Unless we’d be like, scrunched
up, like in a little ball trying to go to the toilet. – Yeah. – It just wasn’t going to work. – And look, even with the
toilet that we’ve got, and it’s tiny, have a look at
me compressed into the thing. So there you go. It’s just a joke. So, um, that answers that. Anyone that’s wondering,
we think composting toilets are a great idea. – Yeah. – I can see one in our future, but we do have to make some compromises to live on a 30 footer. And that’s the same, a lot of people, they’ll give us suggestions, “Oh, why don’t you do this?” Or, “why don’t you have
a fish cleaning table?” Or, “why don’t you have…”
any number of things. A billiards table or something. (Pascale laughs) We just can’t. We just
can’t on this little boat. We can’t even fit another sheet of paper sometimes it feels like. All right, so that’s that. Oh, and also, the other
question we’ve got here is, “could the toilet pump
be used as a bilge pump,” or, I guess, as an emergency pump? Absolutely. The only thing
that, I’ll just reach over and hang onto my computer for a second, it’s got bit rougher. Yeah, the only thing that really limits what you can do with any
pump is your imagination and, what you carry on board. So for it to be used as
a hull or a bilge pump, you need a hose that
fits the inlet of that and is long enough to reach
where you want it to be. Because of course, you can’t
carry your toilet around, can you? And, saying that, you can
also think about other pumps you might have on board,
because, their inlet, depending on where you, put that from, they can be any pump you like. If you’re gonna use your
main engine’s cooling pump, make sure that you run the suction, if you’re using it as
an emergency bilge pump. Make sure that you run the
suction through a strainer. Because the last thing you want to do is to take out your engine’s
raw water pump in an emergency, ’cause that is no
engine. Bigger emergency. So give it some thought, and yeah, you’ll come up
with all sorts of avenues. There’s no rules, when it
comes to saving yourself, getting out of problems. Well, the rules are, don’t
get into bigger problems. What else? “What do you prefer, tiller or wheel?” – Well I’ve never really had
a yacht with a wheel, so. I can’t answer that question but I do like using the
tiller, you can feel the boat, you know if the sails
are trimmed properly. – Yep. – It’s good for like a beginner like me, when I was a beginner. I guess, I’m a bit more
than a beginner now. – Hmm. Well I do like a
tiller, but having said that, that’s because I’m running
a boat with a tiller. But a tiller’s advantages are, that it’s an instant rudder indicator you know exactly what’s
going on and you really do have some feel for the boat. I don’t want to go down that whole, “you’ve got more feel for the
boat”, because I’ve had people once they’ve get experience with the wheel they can feel exactly
what their boat’s doing. And when you see some high,
high level racing skippers, they’re hanging onto it
like they’ve got great feel through the wheel. You’d have to have, a zero
feedback hydraulic system to lose all feel but people,
people are strange y’know? You sort of adapt. Once
you’ve had a boat a while, it doesn’t matter what
the steering system is, you get used to it. But, I do like a tiller, but
I’m not ruling out a wheel. – You’ve got, like, the option
of sheet to tiller though, don’t you? – Yeah. – If your autopilot fails, and
you’re doing a big passage. – Yep. – You’ve got that option
there. I don’t know. I guess that a load of boats with wheels have emergency tillers though, don’t they? – Yeah, if I had a, an aft
cockpit boat that had a wheel and I didn’t like it, I would just extend the emergency tiller and just steer with the
emergency tiller all the time. Probably make it look a bit fancier (Pascale laughs) but that’s an option but, if
people, if you’re dealing with a center cockpit boat, you’re just going to have
to grow to love a wheel. That’s all there is to it. (man sings) “Pascie, why do dolphins
play out in front of boats?” – Um. Well I don’t know 100% ’cause I don’t know the
psyche of a dolphin, but I reckon they get pretty excited by something bigger than them
cruising along in the water? Making peculiar noises and going fast. – All right. So well, in support of that, we’ve got a little bit of
footage, check this out. So there you go. That’s
like, that’s not necessarily a fast moving object, is it? A big momma whale with her baby,
checking out the coral reef but those dolphins were
incredibly interested, because, I think part of being
intelligent is being curious and having an imagination,
and wanting to have fun. – [Pascale] Yeah. Really, it looks like dolphins
just have fun doing it. Um, I think that when
we’re just cruising along, dolphins will come along and
they won’t hang out for long but when we’re making a
big bit of fuss, and foam and splashing around going, when we were, the last sail down, we were hammering down – Hammering down wind, yeah. – Hammering down wind.
And the boat was like, hissing down and the dolphins
were really pumped for it. – They were jumping out of the water. – They were loving it. – Yeah. – And I know that high
performance boats and catamarans and stuff like that, they
can get up to 20 knots. Like that really drives dolphins nuts. Um, but yeah, even us when
we get to about 8 knots, we definitely have better
interactions with dolphins. So I think it’s just
excitement for a dolphin. That wind’s picking up,
we’ve got a bit more sea. – Hopefully there’s not too
much wind noise on the mic. – I think it should be
all right. If anything, we’re just sort of yelling
and it might be peaking out. – A bit loud. – Um, what else? So someone, a couple of
people taking us to task. “Why no life jackets in the rough seas when you’re on your own in the cockpit?” Well, I’ll put this to you. If you can see us on camera,
we’re not alone in the cockpit. Someone’s got to be
hanging on to the camera. Um, and we do run harnesses,
lanyards and life jackets. – Particularly at nighttime. – At night time. – Yeah. – So what are the rules Pascie? – Well when Troy’s having
a kip and it’s nighttime I’ve always got my life
jacket on and I’m clipped on. And I’m not really allowed
to leave the cockpit so I can’t go and do any sail trimming or anything like that, so. – That’ll change won’t it,
as you’re more comfortable a few more miles and stuff like that and then we’ll see how we go. – Yeah. – But, and usually when
I’m out here at night time, Pascale won’t let me go too far if there’s any sort of sea running without actually clipping on as well. So we do do it. Most at
the time it’s at night. We don’t really film at night, we don’t have the camera gear to do it. Um, and in rough seas. I don’t know if I class, I mean,
it looks exciting on video, I guess, and you might
think it might be rough. But at 2 and a half meters sea, it’s not really going to clear
anyone off a 30 foot boat. Because, whenever you’re
getting around Pasc, it’s like, there’s handholds
everywhere, isn’t there? – Yeah. – It’s like monkey bar gym on this one. – It does feel really safe on this boat compared to other boats I’ve been on. – Yeah, big open deck catamarans or, let’s say you’re on a big
80 footer with a flush deck which I have, you know, done that. You are definitely clipping
on harnessing on all the time. Because you’ve got a bit
of a runway. You know? You’ve got a bit of space
to build up some momentum and woo, you’ll clear those lifelines. But, on this boat, we sort
of shuffle around on our bum. And we’ve always got that
one had for yourself, one hand for the boat thing going on. Sometimes, yeah, definitely
at nighttime, lanyard on, and as we go further
south, even in the cockpit, I think, put the lanyard on. Particular if we’ve got
to seas at like 4 meters or something like that because we could get knocked onto our beam ends. And I’d like to stay with the boat. I think that would give
me a lot more options for sorting out trouble if I’m still on board.
– Yes. (Troy sings) – Ciguatera poisoning. What do you know about
ciguatera poisoning, Pascie? – Um, I know that it occurs
in the tropical waters. Mainly in the Pacific Ocean. – Yep. – And it’s generally occurring
in areas of reef that have been damaged by cyclone activity. – Hmm. Coral reef, isn’t it? – Yes. Coral reef. Yes. – And it doesn’t have to be cyclones, it can be people blowing the place up – Oh, okay. – to try and get aquarium fish or. – So any damage really, yeah. – Damaged reef. So, um. – I guess that you could explain, like, the biological, ah, the
biology of ciguatera? How it builds up in the
system in the predatory fish? – Yeah, there’s, I’m
by no means an expert, but people have asked so
I’ll tell you what I know. See, you’ve got small organisms. – I’m getting really wet. – Well, you wanted to sit there. – Huh? Ah sorry, we’re
just getting a bit wet. – A wet bum? – Yep. That’s all right. Continue. – The seas are building as we sail. – Yeah. – What are we doing now? Oh yeah, we’re still doing
six and a half knots. (Pascale laughs) Um, yes. So little organisms,
um, little dinoflagellates if you like, they’re
building up on the reef. And as small fish consume them,
it builds up in their system and it doesn’t affect them. And then it, sort of, concentrates as it goes up the food chain to the larger fish. And those larger fish tend to
be what people target and eat. Um, and so this small organism, once it goes into the
fish’s body and breaks down, it leaves a poisonous residue behind. Like I said, the fish
doesn’t, isn’t affected by it. But when, but when mammals eat it. So, if you have the ship’s
cat and you feed it some fish, and it gets sick, that’s
a good way of testing for ciguatera but it’s
a bit cruel to the cat. Um, when you eat it, it
gives you a food poisoning that affects your nervous system. So you can get, when I’ve had ciguatera, the symptoms were that I felt
like general food poisoning, upset tummy, I had the 30 second warning and I had to get to the
toilet, really quick. And as it progressed, then it
felt like a really bad flu. Where really sore skin, sore
scalp, and things like that. And then later, it went even further, when I would touch a cold bit of metal, it felt like a minor electric shock. And I even jumped in some water for a swim and it was like getting
a minor electric shock all over my body. (Pascale laughs) It was pretty wild. So I was knocked about
for about two weeks. Um, and then you know, I
just sort of came good. I haven’t had any reoccurrence, we’ve been on a fairly steady fish diet. – Yep. – Ever since. So, no. It never happen… Pascie wasn’t with me at that time. I was just sort of cruising
around doing my own thing. But yeah, we’ve eaten plenty
of mackerel ever since. And particularly over
in western Australia, you don’t have very much ciguatera at all. So fish that might, lay you up here, you can go over to west Australia, eat them and they’ll be just fine. So here we have things like
red bass, Chinaman fish, paddletails. – Barracuda – Barracuda isn’t on the,
like those fish that I listed are actually the Department
of Fisheries have said these are no take species and that’s why. – Oh okay. – Because they run a high risk. That barracuda thing is just my prejudice. – Oh okay. – That you’re picking up on. – Right-o. (both laugh) – Um, do we have a house? Um, no. Do we have a home or
is it the boat Pascie? – We don’t have a house
and our home is the boat. – The home is the boat. (Pascale laughs) we’re not, um, we’re not
taking up any more space than what you see. This is our home, and
office, and everything. We’ve got a really good, um,
backyard, put it that way. Small house, big backyard. – Yeah. (Troy sings) – A couple of people have asked about, do we always notify the
coastguard when we’re heading out? What do you reckon? – If it’s a bar crossing
we’ll notify the coastguard. – Yeah. – Yeah. – Now that we’re heading
into New South Wales, and the videos will catch up don’t worry, um, we do speak to the coastguard. Usually, what will happen is
you talk to the coastguard or the volunteer marine
rescue of that area. Just to find out what the situation is… Hang on! Sailing while you’re filming. We’ll find out what the
situation is, just at the bar, and any, um, safety information
they want to give us. And then just while we’re doing that, we’ll just generally tell
them our plans anyway. You can bring the
coastguard in on your plans, get the most out of your tax
dollar, again, it’s up to you. Um, it’s your responsibility
as the skipper to decide, do you think it’s quite a risky passage? Notify the coastguard
and they’ll want to know when you leave, how many
people are on board, what size boat, what’s it look like, what should we be looking for? And they’ll ask you to
estimate your time of arrival at the other end. And you can generally update that. Most of Australia we’ve sailed without notifying the
coastguard because… – There is no coastguard. – There was so coastguard, was there? – Yeah, and also I think
that you’ve got to remember if you notify the coastguard,
you’ve got a responsibility to report to them. Otherwise, if you don’t report to them, they might come out looking for you, so. And if you don’t have your radio on, and you just forget, and
you might put anchor down, go to sleep for twelve
hours. Could be all bad. – Yeah, that’s a really good point. Once you involve the coastguard, they have a responsibility
to look after you, but you have a responsibility
to not send them on a wild goose chase because, you know, someone else might be in danger and you’ve tied up the
resources of the coastguard. So, they’re definitely
there and just make the call as the skipper, whenever you do, you think coastguard, no coastguard? Whatever. You’re safety equipment should
definitely be up to spec, that’s not up for debate. – We’re at seven knots now. – Hoo! – The wind’s boosted. – I think that’s, I think
that’s pretty much it. So, when we released our
video, a lot of people, were just sending in info
on processing prickly pears. – Yeah! That was great.
We’re pretty excited to try prickly pear margharita. – Yep. – And I’m really partial to
tequila, so, that’ll happen the next time we find a stash
of of prickly pear fruit, I think. – Yep. So it’s really great
that it’s a two way street. I mean, we try to pass on
what knowledge we have, hopefully in a way that’s digestible. But, look, you guys help us out a lot and that’s just amazing. There’s never any ending
to the learning for us. But we’re heading down
the coast of Australia and we’d like to just ask, if anyone’s got any info
they’d like to share about foraging for. – Seaweeds. – Temperate region seaweed in Australia. Um, obviously as we go further afield, we’ll ask for temperate
region seaweed somewhere else. – Yeah. – But if you or a friend,
um, do it commercially, we really want to hear from you. Um, but yeah, if anyone’s
got any info, feel free to, you know, drop us a line, and
we’ll really appreciate it. – Yeah, for sure. – And while I’m saying thank you. We often have people give
us links to information, and, one of our viewers
when he was listening to me sort of going “ah, I don’t really know
much about lithium, yet.” He passed on a great website
which is So if you, if you, check that out. We’re not associated with them in any way, but if you go and check that out, I think you’ll find some
really useful information. I think that guy does really great job. I mean, he’s very thorough. And I think the way he approaches things is really, really professional. So, I enjoyed it and you might as well. Do you want anything else
to bring up there, Pascie? – No, thanks to everyone for tuning in to this Q and A segment. – Yep. – Please share it with anyone that you think will find it interesting. And remember to subscribe to
our channel, to stay notified. And it’s a really great
way of supporting us if you can’t help us out, um, you know, through Patreon or PayPal, then subscribing is a
fantastic way to support us as a channel. – Subscribe, hit the notification button and also tell your friends. (both laugh) All right, we’re going back to sailing so. Hopefully the sound is okay. And we’ll catch you at the other side. – See ya!


73 Replies to “Your Questions Answered Under Sail: Toilet Talk, Safety Procedures, CIGUATERA POISONING & more FAQ#2”

  1. JB Burton says:

    R u going to circumnavigate Australia

  2. comsubpac says:

    Greetings from Germany!

  3. finpainter1 says:

    Thumbs up

  4. Igor Samosa says:

    Greetings from Ukraina !!!)

  5. Grumpy John TX Redneck RC says:

    Why Do You Need A Toilet When You Can RePurpose Use Your Stew Pots? And Ifin The Water Is Toilet Deep It May Be Too Late To Use The Pump!? LMAO PS It's Also Quite Difficult To Find Saw Dust, Grass or Straw For Composting At Sea! ;~)P

  6. Bill Brockmann says:

    Nicely done. The learning never stops. And it's fun. Fair winds and following seas.

  7. sail away says:


  8. Pearl OfQatar says:

    ahhh but wait a minute….we don't have a coast guard as such (US style) or has it changed, (ain't been home for 10 years).
    VCP, MSB and Water Police was all there was before…..

  9. Brian Petersen says:

    Excellent Q&A.

  10. Anders Jakobsen says:

    I think people at home talk more about safety onboard than the sailers out sailing.
    Fair winds and greetings from the top the world ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด,,,/),,,,

  11. Peter Staples says:

    A good bilge pump when the situation is not good is a 2 gallon bucket through the companionway emptying into the cockpit in the hands of a terrified crew member.

  12. American Born #WalkAway says:

    You two are Awesome!!!!

  13. heavy impact says:

    @ Free Range Sailing
    ..Why doesn't Pascal run around au naturel like she used to ? She's very beautiful and I didn't mind at all. Thanks for the entertainment.

  14. MiQ Bohlin says:

    Great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ as always. Thnx for your shown patience on the repeating questions, asked over and over again. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ Thereโ€™s been a good deal since Kimberleys and your way of telling the viewers like it was the first time is indeed inspiring. I like this form of answering, which also leads to an ongoing dialogue. Thnx again m8โ€™s!

  15. Fred R says:

    Greetings from illinois America.
    What is your experience with Bruce Roberts designed boats?

  16. Steven Davies says:

    Do you sail through the night as well? If so how can you see where you are going and spot any dangers?

  17. theislandpackrat says:

    Hurry up, someone's got a wet butt!

  18. matthew center says:

    Watching ya'll almost could get me on a sailboat but my time in the coast guard keeps me from doing that. thank you for making your channel educational also.

  19. Trends with Benefits says:

    Sound Quality was perfect…. Always enjoy your videos, stay safe.

  20. Captain Blue says:

    I really enjoy your channel!

  21. Joe Brown says:

    Ah this is great & thanks for answering my question about the Dolphins. I guess they like to have fun like the rest of us. I have no doubt that the both of you are very safe sailors. Maybe 2-3 times a year this Q&A would be great.

  22. David Lintner says:

    Tequila! Thereโ€™s a reason for wearing a safety harness. Not a bad idea even on a bar stool.

  23. Andrew Keir says:

    The most effective and reliable bilge pump is a frightened man with a bucket

  24. Paul Beebe says:

    Dolphins use the bow wave to get a boost=go fast with less effort…

  25. Cory Brown says:

    I thought I would say you both look nice , for the first time your cloths look clean and white not that I care what they look like you live on a boat. ( new) any ways good answers . I enjoy your videos and look forward to the next.

  26. Andrew Keir says:

    I removed my wheel steering from my Swanson 30 and built a nice tiller to replace the emergency tiller. (It was also due to the totally seized and corroded bearings in the steering pedestal and the rotten aluminium casting at the base of the pedestal) , but tiller steering gives you immediate feel for the boat and you can do things like steering with your body by straddling the tiller while you play with sheets travelers etc. Also a lot less to go wrong. A lot less friction.
    Mind you, I am going to have to move my main-sheet traveler now.

  27. Charley George says:

    Dolphins get a free ride actually from the wake off the nose. Yes they do look like they have fun doing it. If you look at them in front of you they do not use their tails to move.

  28. Good_king_guitarman says:

    You have an awesome house!!

  29. Kieran Palmer says:

    love the Q&A sessions. hope your having a lovely sail today.

  30. Brian Brown says:

    Excellent as usual!!!

  31. patrick coleman says:

    Your gunna need a bigger boat.๐Ÿ‘

  32. Charley George says:

    Check this out. It might be loads of info all at once but all the info needed is there. If you watch a few time it will come. You can use other batteries. I will include the second video with the other batteries he uses. different batteries he also explains in previous videos on how to create a 40P set of batteries with different batteries. I hope that all makes sense. It should when you watch the videos. this is pretty good video, informative and funny

  33. Jim Nickles says:

    Great to see you Unexpected. Two Free Ranges in a week, Excellent. Troy, you're MUCH more Patient than I am, after first time of using that Head, I'D have one of those bulkheads torn out and over the side! Cramps by themselves are Bad Enough, but BEING Cramped, Too? INSUFFERABLE. Next Project, right? I think all the squawking about Safety lines is Directly Inspired by the Governments Regulating Every Thing you do and every Move you make these days. Back when I was a kid, NOBODY wore seatbelts in cars. That I Knew Personally. Now that it's Required by the Almighty LAW, we no longer have a Choice. I still REFUSE to wear one. The way I see it, it's MY life, and My car. Whether I'm wearing a seatbelt has ZERO Bearing on Anyone's Safety but Mine. Same with ALL Safety Gear. As long as I risk nobody's safety except my own, others need to mind their OWN business. NOWADAYS people Lose Their Freakin' MINDS if you don't Buckle Up before moving. Not me. Doug Jackson discusses this In-Depth on SV Seeker. But I blame the Safety Hysteria these days on Government Brainwash. You know your boat, you know The Sea. You know When it's Time to Tie On. I don't see you and Pascale doing ANY Careless or negligent stuff. Sure, you do stuff I wouldn't, like swim with SHARKS, but you KNOW Sharks. I don't. Your Boat, Your the Captain. What YOU say Goes.

  34. PJ Southpaw says:

    Heads up you two. I'm recently informed east coast Bunyips now have a piracy programme in full swing. You know what they are like with a belly full of bundy rum. Even the cute ones can't be trusted. so keep an eye out for stowaways too. Funny but informative video. Thanks for the poison fish info. A good morsel of wisdom to file away for when I hit the seas again. Your doing us bloody proud, rock on you two.

  35. TBone MC says:

    Bilge pumps are only as effective as your last remaining power source. Typically batteries are low down in or near the bilges so the odds of pumping out a very flooded boat are extremely remote. You rarely see salvage operators trying to use ships systems to pump out a vessel preferring instead to bring in their own pumps and power sources. I guess they are necessary but if they aren't keeping up they probably won't be pumping for very long.

  36. Alan B SV C'est Si Bon III says:

    Its not Nice video, if you get to Melbourne any time soon, I will run through what I know on the lithium subject. BTW, how are your flexible solar panels going? are the junction boxes waterproof? have they separated from the solar panel yet?

  37. Dnihilist says:

    MaineSail (Rod's handle on many sites) knows his stuff

  38. 2Moza says:

    Nice Vlog , Stay safe.

  39. parkerfilms1 says:

    Great information and a nice visit!

  40. Scott Junner says:

    Modern usage of the word composting is a little misleading. Mostly people really mean Moldering. If it was actually composting, it would generate enough heat from it's own biochemical processes to also run a hot water system. If it's not generating that kind of heat, it's moldering. Knowing the difference, and how to do both is worth investigating for health reasons. The Humanure Handbook is a reasonable book on the topic, if at times a little righteous. There will never be a real composting toilet on any boat ever! Economy of scale, and physics, says no.

  41. Ronald Miller says:

    I thought Pascale had ants in her britches the way she was moving around. Guess she was sitting in a puddle, ehhh? I was watching one of the Chuffed Adventures yesterday when Janet (?) pointed out a pod of dolphins. As the boat continued on forward she kept the camera on them and you could see them turning to continue toward the boat, and then they fell in at the bow doing their thing. After all my sea duty and the numbers of dolphins, porpoises, and whales I have seen, that is the first time I had seen them do anything like that. I always imagined the boat, or ship in my case just wandered onto them. I think it is just something different for them and like us when we see something out of the ordinary, it intrigues them and they have to check it out. Okay, I'm done now. Great Video!

  42. Lk M says:

    Dolphins are dogs that swim and chase cars

  43. Lindsay Giles says:

    Hi there, dolphins like to ride the bow wave which pushes water forward creating a pressure wave under water and they get a free ride. Also dolphins have fantastic hearing way better than I think any other animal so whistling or singing can attract them. Cheers love your channel

  44. Brian Boys says:

    My mate had it for a couple of years. excruciatingly itchy legs and wiped out. Just saying.

  45. Fred Weaver says:

    Hi Kids! Sound was perfect thru the whole video…. Troy, you are always fun to watch while being so matter of fact. Pasci, good to see you smiling thru the whole thing. You guys are living the life. LOVE YOUR backyard! Hahahahaha…. Go catch some fish! Have Fun, Weav

  46. Kitty says:

    Glad someone else asked about the lifesaving jackets. I have wondered but figured that you two were taking safety measures that weren't obvious.

  47. Colin Boniface says:

    An old Polynesian lady told another youtuber couple, that if the ants won't go near a fillet of fish, then it has Sagiteria (sp). If the qants go for it, the fish is clean… Who knows but the youtubers replied to me saying they hadn't suffered from it…

  48. hillbilly bob says:

    I enjoy the vids and the Q & A's. As well as most of the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚ … I couldn't tell ya anything about seaweed, but I could tell ya about pond scum. Patiently awaiting your next video. Cheers!

  49. Jack Gates says:

    Nice T&P ! Love that you both are keeping it real, so real. Also, you may not meant it, but loving the retro fashion, very 30's guys…….. โ›ต๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘…….. super sensible advice too…….

  50. SADฤฐ DฤฐKER -GrandTรœRK says:


  51. 1011001101 says:

    Dolphins ride the shock wave (bow wave) created by the bow to save energy. Different but similar to drafting (slipstreaming) behind a truck on a bike. Are they playing? We may call it playing but I'd consider dolphins like all organisms are in constant search for hard to acquire energy, and that means saving energy wherever you can.

    I'd like to say thank you for sharing your adventures, knowledge, and simpleness of your life on a boat.

  52. Bunyip Dan says:

    I agree with Troy and Pascy they are curious, intelegent and joyfull, interested in all sorts of things which they can interact with. For my mind dolphins really enjoy riding the pressure wave….free tow from the wake and bow wave (like surfing), if you happen to be going in a suitable direction they don't mind hitching a ride for a while. Generally the faster the better (to a point, pushing water…displacement rather than planing can work really well) but it depends on the sea conditions and if they want to play or looking for a feed.
    Not all dolphin species interact with boats…..bottlenose dolphin, dwarf spinners, false killer whales are common species that bow ride in the Top End. You may also notice that as with people, juveniles tend to have less boundaries, more spare time and less inhibitions, they are usually the first to interact with your boat.
    Best to keep a constant speed and direction, no sudden course changes, don't chase them down or approach head on, let them interact with you if they choose to. They don't just hoon along for the ride, you will see them rolling onto there side having a good look at you, so vocalising and whistling can attract them but again don't be too eager, nothing spoils a quick video of your encounter than someone acting the goose. Different States will have different guidelines with how you interact with dolphins and whales…….best rule to work with is Respect.

  53. Tristan Stephens says:

    Check out Tim Lows books on Australian bush foods, pretty sure he has a part on coastal seaweed.
    From the coast I forage sea lettuce, wakami, sea blight or sea fern, kalkalla, salt bush, sanphire, sanphire shrub, sea parsley. I can send you some picks if you have an email.

  54. mick mccrohon says:

    Is it true if you put a bit of fish on an ants nest and the ants avoid it has ciguatera?

  55. bluejeans725 says:

    Composting toilet for your size boat with 1-2-3 ppl is actually a dessicating toilet, needs a full time fan extracting the moisture laden aromatic vapours from the Thunder Box to outside plus a manually driven paddle to churn the fresh contribution into the 'pile' or alternatively cover by addition of dessicant, but not as effective as churning. It doesn't have time to completely compost before requiring disposal ~3-4 weeks, although the bacteria does start, speeded greatly if a little of an older batch is mixed into the new lot of dessicant (dried sawdust, dry shredded coconut husk etc) on changeover, either as a mixed and diluted liquid or crumbs. C-Head is a very good brand and there are others incl one made in Brisbane. Pee goes into a separate bottle than the 'pile'.

  56. Philip Steers says:

    while you are on the subject of Q & A are reef sharks edible?

  57. Curtis Jones says:

    I've done a lot of solo offshore sailing – day and night – 1000's of miles over the years. Harnessed up when conditions require, otherwise not. Have had cause to be thankful of the harness twice – once – many years ago as a much younger bloke, got swatted right over the side in heavy weather on my own. Had a hard time getting back on board (phenomenal drag, with all that water rushing over you) but without the harness would have been left for dead. Second time, more recent, at night, went forward to do a thing in brisk (but not heavy) conditions and copped a weird lurch as you do and brained myself really badly on the mast itself. Knocked me out. Laid on deck getting thrown around for some minutes – no idea how long – but the harness kept me from being rolled OB until I managed to regain senses and get back to the cockpit in limpet mode. Took forever and the headache was killer for days but nothing broken. Twice I've really needed a harness in three decades – but without wearing one – would not be here now. They're worth it – but I push back against any move to make them mandatory. I'll be the judge of when I need to be harnessed.

  58. Gil McLauchlan says:

    Love the white gear, are you dropping in to a lawn bowls club for a game on your way down the coast๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜. Seriously though, you were talking about lithium batteries but have you heard about aluminium air batteries? Apparently they have way more power (we're talking 2400km aluminium to 640 km lithium) in a car. Easy Jet are talking about them in all electric aeroplanes . If you're interested I saw a youtube clip from BBC Click posted 18/10/19 in a segment they did on electric cars.

  59. Luhta The Finn says:

    Hey Troy…If you ever need extra money…try acting…you would make a great Abe Lincoln ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. pav says:

    you two are a mine of usefull information
    keep it up and i will watch
    {:-) PAV uk

  61. M Swede says:

    Not saying you want to do it, but, you could have a larger boat and teach people how to sail. The knowledge is certainly there.

  62. AMarie Shearer says:

    Troy you look good!

  63. Rory says:

    Can you talk about owning an old sailboat and whether or not to repower one? Specifically the risks of delamination and other major sailboat problems.

  64. William Bunting says:

    Youโ€™re both looking very glamorous. Nice outfits for a lovely day!

  65. Joe C says:

    Depending on where you are in NSW you might connect with Dangar Stu for local info. His DangarMarine channel is really good for mechanical insight and helped me do things like replace water pump impellers, replace hydraulic steering and install a fuel filter/water separator. And he seems to know that area well (Dangar Island)

  66. Lyfan Deth says:

    A strainer is a galley tool. A strum box goes on the bilge pump hose. FWIW.

  67. RV Curious De Warren says:

    #2 is appropriate for composting subject

  68. twdarcy says:

    Well done, I appreciate you and your time. Thanks.

  69. Scott Swineford says:

    No billiard table? Oh dear, what ever do you do to pass the time? Y'all are great. As many vessels I've seen this year lose the rudder a stern mount rudder and tiller makes sense to me.

  70. Kym Bouckaert says:

    My boat has some similarities to yours. Same motor, what do you feel a good a rpm for the 2 cylinder Yanmar. My mechanic says I'm too soft on her

  71. Bradoutnabout says:

    Troy & Pasqy, also maybe worth pointing out that Australia doesn't have full time professional Coast Guard like many other countries. Our 'Coast Guard' and VMR's are basically volunteer organisations mainly based around major population centres.

  72. Jeff Ram says:

    Dolphins just think yachts are upside down dolphins!

  73. CorwynGC says:

    As a long time user of composting toilets (on land), I can say that the choice depends on your circumstances. Generally a composting system is far better than a standard sewage system (individual or municipal). To use one you need a supply of carboniferous material, and a place to dump the compost when it is full. This can be tricky on a boat if you are away from land a lot, and it takes up some space. On the other hand, a holding tank can be an issue if you are anchored in human crowded areas, but without facilities. On the high sea, dumping will under way has less impact than say one of those whales.
    So as with so many things the simple answer is: It depends. I would say you have made a good choice for your circumstances (or what I know of them).

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