I hope you didn’t read that as The Two Lezzies. Less’s as in the opposite of more.
All the hipsters will tell you that ‘less is more’. Well shall we find out? Currently I am homeless and jobless – two pretty major less’s in anyones life – but both at the same time? Bring it on.
It sounds a little harsher than it is in reality though. I do still have a house, just all the way down in Portugal, and being honest, that is close to uninhabitable right now. Being jobless is more correct but only until the 16th December when I head to Thailand to start my new job out there – so all in all, The Two Less’s was something of a misleading headline.
But officially – a jobless and homeless bum I am !!
I have been fortunate enough to be loaned a huge american motor home (America – Fuck Yeah!) for my following days of need – not a bad gig either. Got my Xbox set up and am ready to rock and roll.
I also got my hand over notes today for the new vessel. Sometimes I think I am something of a rarity when it comes to giving someone hand over notes. Usually mine spread out to a small novel, my last effort, whopping 49 pages. Today I got half a dozen pages. My initial pass made me think they were not all that but one cursory read had me shuddering in my boots. A hull breach due to electrolysis.
For the non tech minded of my readers, electrolysis is damage caused to a metal that is immersed in water due to an electrical current leak. Where the hull carries a positive charge, the damage is more severe, as electricity is always trying to travel from positive to negative, where negative in this case is earth – or sea water. It also doesn’t bode well that salt water happens to be a good conductor of water. The damage occurs as the electricity exits the positive side of the circuit heading for the negative. During this exit, it takes a little bit of the metal with it, creating pitting. If left for long enough, enough of the metal is removed to create a hole. Once the hole is formed, the process doesn’t stop but continues to expand the hole’s diameter.
Some metals are more easily pitted than others. Aluminium for instance, is not naturally resistive to electrolysis. It just so happens that the new boat is Aluminium. For the American readers (as it is an American built Trinity Yacht) I should say Aluminum. So there is my first serious dilemma to overcome.
I was also missing some basic data about fuel consumption, ranges and speeds, oil burn etc but I am about to send a mail to remind him of that. I am also going to ask if his technical files are up to date – at this point I expect him to shit himself.
Moving on – for those of you that know what I do for a living, this has lead to the need to update some basic training. Last week, I braved the Isle of Wight for three days to refresh my knowledge of Fire Fighting, Sea Survival and Advanced Fire Fighting. Being Officer material, I am required to study at advanced levels !!! That, in reality is irrelevant. What I really wanted to share was the fact that last week I had to go in the water in West Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The instructors took great pleasure in telling us that the water was a delightful 6ºc – I didn’t mis-type that, six degrees! My cock was like a drawing pin!
This week I am on the other side of The Solent in Warsash and spent the day on the end of a windy Pier, fooling around with life boats. My final few days winding up until I head out to Thailand for the first time in my life.
YES – I am aware that Thailand has a reputation for seedy sex and even more so Ladyboys. I plan to spend the first three months working solidly on board until I can take some leave in April so it wont be bothering me in the slightest but thank you for all of the warnings. Maybe I will make a photo album of ‘he or she’ when I get some time and let you guess which is which?
So this morning I will finish off all of my notes I need to complete and then head to sunny Southampton and maybe a trip up the Spinnaker. Been a few years since I went up there. Not being the most comfortable with heights, I think I should push myself to the top and stand on the glass floor.
More soon I promise, from Thailand
Have a moan - the beers are on me !!