During the trip from France to Hamble Point, Adrian suffered engine failure due to contaminated diesel. He decided to redesign the fuel system to ensure that this coul not happen again. He installed two heavy duty fuel filters in series, with fuel from the tanks passing into a day tank before reaching the engine. Making sure that the engine received clean fuel was very important because the engine would only be used to charge the batteries and to provide power in emergency conditions when failure could prove disasterous. bb.firetrench.com www.alphaglobalex.com
One essential task that Adrian attended to was the fitting of an effective heating system. Being able to dry clothes aboard is important for the long distance sailor, but effective heating would be vital during the transit of the Russian Northern Sea Route amongst the Arctic ice.
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
Barrabas was re-rigged to face the punishing conditions that Adrian expected to face alone in the depths of some of the least hospitable waters and with a temperature range from temperate, to tropical, to arctic bb.firetrench.com www.alphaglobalex.com
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.