Boat rebuild progress

Today was one of those marker days. As usual nowadays, the Engine was fired up and transmission also spun. This is just to make the heart of the boat “feel” important (pickled too)….. a new Alternator was built in. 120 Amps, instead of the standard 60, so this is actually an improvement. This means charging 2 start capable batteries charged as I had already built in a 1-3 diode for this purpose. (We want 2 Start and a House battery, to be able to offer worry free, continuous operation).

Little bad news on the steering side of things… the restauration of the hydraulic steering cylinder, instead of $110 will be more like $350. Still worth it though. A new one is twice that and I will not operate with a leaking one. Picking up and installing it maybe as early as tomorrow, but probably more like at the end of the week.

Taken out ALL the wiring. I never really could trust the wiring. None of the color coding matched the manuals, so… knowing the boat had been under water and now being in the yard with Schrodinger corroded wires, we better take them all out. New harnesses and C-type panel are on their way, together with new bilge pumps, Auto, Man, off – Bilge pump switches, High Water Alarm, Johnson switches, Navigation lights and cables, speaker cabling, new audio, speakers… the works. Enough cable for the speakers this time to mount the speakers out enough for our Captain Goliath (Bert) not to hit his head 7 times a day.

Then Measured out the marine ply for the new stern. As you might have seen in an earlier post, the starboard side of our stern was horribly disfigured. So…. we will be renewing the whole stern. Starting with tracing the port deck and then mirroring it to starboard, Attaching the ply, Then working on the vertical part….Later this week 5 Gallons of Epoxy and appropriate hardener will be arriving and the dirty work can begin. Hull should be leak free and ready for the yard to put BIO-FRIENDLY antifouling by the beginning of next week, which is another biggie! We plan to be lifted in the water by the 21st…. and then finish building on our own lift, or just simply docked.

We had an inspection/meeting with RCCL yesterday and they were happy and impressed with all our new equipment for our tour. With a little bit of luck and a ton of work… we might actually run a tour on November 5th with them. No platform, but at least with a working boat. Keeping our fingers crossed!

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform/boat (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)
You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)


We will keep you posted each week with our progress.
Thank you much!!!
Mich

Rebuild Progress Update

Hi there all. Thanks to your donations and hard work on this end, we are taking leaps forward. This morning, I was able to start the boat engine and it runs GREAT!! The transmission also seems to work nicely, so propulsion is a fact. The leaking steering ram has been taken to the workshop for a rebuild.

There is a lot to be done still, but having a beating heart for the boat is huge…. Tomorrow the plan is to mark all the perforations of the hull and prep them for repairs. Our transom, which, by the slap in the face Hurricane Maria was, has disappeared nearly completely, will have to be rebuild…Well… I guess that needed some work anyway. So marking, sawing and installing ply and then waiting for the fiberglass and epoxy to arrive. That will be a week………….. We want to be ready to go back in the water by the 21st… and rebuild the top of the boat in our own lift or on the dock if we have to. Maybe we will be in the yard somewhat longer. We’ll see! As for now, we’re right on schedule and that feels really good. This is mainly due to the donations we have received as it enables us to keep going.

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)
You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)

We will keep you posted each week with our progress.

Thank you much!!!

Mich

Rebuilding in full speed

After taking care of the house situation, and after we stopped crying in our beers, the SNUBA SXM team has started making progress with the rebuild. The first problem to tackle, was un-seizing the boat engine. Because we could not remove the boat from the boat lift immediately after Hurricane Irma (there was no electricity to the lift), Hurricane Maria took the boat of the lift for us and deposited it into the marina. Unfortunately she made water. She can’t sink, but the engine was half way under water. It took us 2 and a half weeks, many hours, lots of lube, blood, sweat and tears, to get ANY movement in the engine after the boat was put in the yard. But, on October 2nd, the mix of 50/50 Acetone-ATF, finally resulted in the pistons breaking free by manually manipulating the flywheel with a screwdriver. Since then we have been able to spin the engine multiple times a day using the battery and a new starter, that was given to us by our friend Sam.

This, obviously gave us an enormous amount of energy and the hope is now  by this Friday, to have a working engine again so we do not have to worry about that anymore and we can move on to making the boat better than it was before the storm. This is what still needs to be done:

  1. Replace oil and oil filter
  2. Check / Rebuild transmission
  3. Replace / Rebuild leaking Steering Ram
  4. Rewire / Replace electrical wire harness
  5. Replace bilge pumps and switches
  6. Rebuild console
  7. Repair and recoat hull below the waterline (yard job)
  8. Repair and recoat the rest of the hull outside
  9. Repair transom
  10. Repair and repaint the deck
  11. Put new cleats on the boat
  12. Repair / Replace huge parts of the bimini framework
  13. Replacing all Navigation lights
  14. Making and adding Splash deflectors to the bow and adding splash guards to the console
  15. Installing Audio.
  16. Reestablish mooring in Little Bay

When this is all done, at least we will be back in operations and we will start rebuilding our platform. We hope 1-16 will be done by November 10th and the platform by the end of December.

With this, I would like to thank our friends, family and caring former guests for your donations so far. It is great to see how many people care for our little company.

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)
You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)

We will keep you posted each week with our progress.

Thank you much!!!

Mich

 

Hurricane Irma

And here she is… Right over our little island. Hurricane Irma, a hurricane of category 5, completely shut us down. Of course she had a little bit of help from the gutless looters who took materials that were spared by her.

So… SNUBA SXM needs to be rebuild from scratch. But, we will and we intend to do it soon. We are working hard to find resources to build a new platform, get new equipment and find some sort of boat.

Do you want to help? We accept PayPal donations! For donations of 50$ or more, you will get a unique shirt… $75 or more will get your name somewhere on our new platform (plus the shirt) and $100 and more, you also get a voucher for SNUBA for two when you are next on island. (and the shirt and the name on the platform)

You can donate right here (even if you have no PayPal account. PayPal will take you to a page where you have options)

 

Great Stuff. We hope you are part of the rebuild.

 

Warmest regards,

 

Team SNUBA SXM

 

Overherfsteren in de tropen?

Wie wil er een paar maandjes naar Sint Maarten komen. Als je al rescue diver bent helpt dat, maar Open Water Duikers worden ook gewaardeerd.

Geen rokers. Wij zoeken per direct een of twee mensen tussen de 20 en 35 jaar die voor een paar maandjes komen rondhangen en helpen met ons bedrijfje. Je verblijft in een twee kamer apartement dat door ons is gehuurd. Wij leiden je verder op, terwijl je meedraait met ons.

Het is helemaal niet super druk in deze tijd, dus het is geen zware opgave. Je zult onder meer:

  • Veel SNUBA duiken met onze gasten, na opleiding tot guide.
  • Tanks vullen/sjouwen.
  • Meehelpen in onderhoud duikspullen, platform en boot.
  • Fotoos maken onder water, deze door een serie filers halen en online zetten

Je kunt als DiveMaster vertrekken of als SNUBA Guide. Ligt aan je instroomnivo.

Ons platform
Ons platform

Intern(s) wanted

Interested in spending a few months in the Caribbean? We are looking for a few interns. See our Internship Page RIGHT HERE to see if you would qualify.

We are looking for candidates for the period starting the third week of August. You live in our very nice Intern Apartment, only need food money. You will have a share in tips after initial training period.

Geinteresseerd in een leuke Caribische stage? Wij zijn op zoek naar een paar leuke interns. Kijk op onze pagina HIER om te kijken of het iets voor jou is.

We zijn op zoek naar kandidaten die de derde week van Augustus willen beginnen. Je verblijft in ons gave Intern Apartement. Je betaalt alleen je eigen eten. Je krijgt een aandeel in de tips na een initiele trainingsperiode.

Records are there to be broken

SoundSystem for SNUBA SXM
Sound on the SNUBA SXM Boat!

In June 2017, we had as many as 340 participants, which is a new record for SNUBA SXM. of course we are very proud of this accomplishment.

Speaking of records… or MP3 or something… we also installed a new Bluetooth amplifier and speakers on the boat, so we are ready to continue the party with many more of you in the near future. Keep checking in!

Excellent according to 170 Tripadvisor guests.

SNUBA SXM Certificate of Excellence
SNUBA SXM Certificate of Excellence

After only a year and a half of hard, dedicated work, SNUBA SXM has received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. It proves to the world that so far, we have delivered great tours for our guests. Let’s keep this thing going and elevate it even further.

Thank you team for your wonderful dedication towards this important goal. Kelly, Bert, Eva, Georgi, Emmeke, Jaimie and Thomas… I would not have even dreamt of doing this without you guys. For those of you still here…. think we need a small celebration soon.

Thank you SNUBA International for your continued support.

Mich

 

Booking Payment Problem fixed

As some of you have found out in the last few days it seemed impossible to get thru to book yourself on one of our departures due to PayPal giving us a problem. If you have seen the screen message below while trying to book yourself on one of our tours, please accept our apologies. The problem has now been fixed and your bookings can again be processed. We hope to see you soon for some great underwater SNUBA fun!

Warmest regards, Mich