The main engine for the Alpha Global Expedition was to be the sails. Expedition sponsors Kemp Sails provided a new suit of sails. What Kemp Sails saw early on was that this was an ordinary sailor in a boat that many would buy for far less demanding voyages, taking on an extra ordinary challenge. Many of their customers would buy similar sails and could relate to the voyage Adrian was preparing to undertake
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The new paint job really set off the unique artwork that adorns the bow. This depictation of Neptune was carved into the hull with an angle grinder, using variable depth cuts to produce a stunning three dimensional effect bb.firetrench.com alphaglobalex.com
With the uncoated titanium stainless steel and the new anti-foul, Barrabas looked like a new boat. bb.firetrench.com www.alphaglobalex.com
Once the old anti-foul had been removed, Barrabas was prepared for painting with masking covering the areas to be coated. A foundation was applied and then the anti-foul. bb.firetrench.com www.alphaglobal.com
The first task was to bring Barrabas ashore and remove all old anti-fouling. The tianium stainless steel hull above the waterline was to be left unpainted bb.firetrench.com www.alphaglobalex.com
After completing his USKA YachtMaster course, Adrian needed to find a boat. He decided to look in France where he expected more choice of steel yachts suitable for his planned vertical circumnavigation. He went to look over a second hand boat Barrabas and it was love at first sight. The deal completed, he decided to sail his new boat back to Hamble Point Mariner. On this trip, he experienced engine problems due to dirty fuel and decided one priority would be to install better filtration of te fuel supply.
Ashore, Adrian learned how to maintain and repair diesel engines and gearboxes at sea. Understanding the engine of a boat is important for any sailor, but crutial for a solo long-distance sailor. This knowledge helped Adrian to ensure the best possible installation of the fuel and fuel system on Barrabas and it helped him to avoid a disaster as he approached the Aleutian Island Chain.
How ever good classroom training is, the acid test is when the theory is put to practical use. Adrian was able to try theory out as a member of a crew on the UKSA yachts. This was ideal because he envisaged using a similar sized vessel for his expedition and would not need the transitional training that is advisable if a sailor is moving to a much larger vessel.
Adrian learned the skills of navigation and boat handling in the classroom and at sea on the UKSA boats. He also learned important additional safety skills including the techniques of firefighting and the use of Breathing Apparatus, BA, equipment.