Boat back in the water! — More to do

Yesterday FINALLY… our boat went back in the water. At 4pm, she was lowered from the lift and we pulled it out a little further before starting the engine for testing.

No water came into the hull, so the repairs were done right. Even this morning a quick check confirmed this. No water in the hull… whooohooow.

The engine started fine too and ran fine. Water came out of the exhaust within a few seconds, so the engine worries are over.

Unfortunately, the transmission now revealed a problem. It was scraping….so this has to be taken apart now and probably will cost a penny or two again. (this sh*t does never seem to stop.

Result is obviously–> we can still not drive the boat.

Hopefully I get to the bottom of this new problem by the end of this week so I can order the necessary¬† parts ūüôĀ

In the mean time Eva and Bert will be working on the inside. Benches and top rail need to be prepped, repaired and made ready for Poly-Urethane paint and The deck likewise…. And then….still the bimini-frame to be done.

All repairs done and to be done have been made possible by people who love SNUBA SXM who donated a little or a lot..

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!!!

Boat Progress

And another week has gone by… and we worked very hard. This time the results are way more visible. we basically finished the hull. see this:

 

 

 

 

 

The colors look way better than ever before. Basically, these are the three colors of our logo. lettering arrives on Monday and will go on on Tuesday morning. :)….

The stern was a special project that took me a lot of time. here’s a before and after (you will see which is which… I hope)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now…. with this behind us, we can breath again. Yard has been paid, we are scheduled to go in the water on Monday. Tomorrow Eva and Bert both have a half day off. I just return to the yard to do some more sanding. We have 2 days left in the yard…. I will use them!

In addition to the paint and antifouling job, I have changed the injector nozzle protectors and the injector seats in the engine and ran the engine for about 20 seconds… YES… no more diesel leak. Super cool!

Eva and I have also put in a new engine wire harness extension and the bilge pump and high water alarm cables. This time all cabling is official and according to i.s.o. standards….. and properly labeled. No more confusion.

The console has been taken off. This I will sandblast/sand completely clean, prime, fill and fair, prime again and then add a layer of gelcoat to make it look great. Expect this done before getting in the water (we kind of need the remote controls for the engine and the wheel…

In the mean time, Eva and Bert are sanding the benches. All will be semi gloss white. Either by the end of the weekend, or VERY shortly after.

We are definitely running on our last energy and also on our last funds. The Bimini might have to wait. We do have a brand new bimini… but the frame is in bad shape and needs cutting, bending and welding. Might be something that has to be rigged and fixed properly after the cruise ships come back and we make our first money again.

Hopefully, this will not take much longer. We are supposed to have the first ship in by December 17th… but as you might recall, we WERE supposed to have a ship in on November 5th. Unfortunately, this did not happen.

We, once again, thank our supporters and people who donated money to get us back in the water and running. It looks like it will not be too long now.

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 SNUBA SXM Progress

Hi there all SNUBA SXM supporters. It has been a very long time since I updated. Since we are in the process of numerous fiberglass repairs and sanding and this just doesn’t look like something is being done, I decided to wait till it is actually apparent that we are making vast progress.

The damage to the hull of the boat was enormous. There were some very big fiberglass repairs to be done above the waterline, which I, until a few days ago, took upon myself to get done.¬† I have never learned this much in this short amount of time. Types of fiberglass.. What it is used for?… epoxy resin or polyester resin? Why Acetone is important, Polyester gets REALLY hot when you overdo on hardener. It also gets pretty hot when you do it right, but it is already applied then so no burning fingers. Paint? Gelcoat? What grid sandpaper for what? How many sanders does the job take? Why preheat a repair area? Gelcoat does not like water. Underwater-Putty is a thing…. very useful. Why thicker starter cable is needed. Sanding the boat takes over two days. Sanding the boat needs to be done several times. (I should be having a fun cigarette — but I do not smoke) When done sanding…. just start over and sand some more. Wiring that was under water or is wrongly color-coded, needs to be taken out. What the H is 3M5200? or MekP? Aluminium is a bitch to grind, needs really to be sandblasted– need a sandblaster. Boat yards ask a TON of money for work I can do myself

Eva and Bert are great helps. A great team is becoming greater. By this weekend we are hoping to put on the first and second layer of primer and then on Monday we should be doing top coating…. Below are a few pictures. You can easily recognize which is before and after.

Nothing would have been established without the help of our supporters, who donated a little or lot for us to get the things we need to make it thru this enormous dip. We are now on our way out of the hole, the demolishing of stuff has stopped and we are building….¬† we will not be able to start a platform yet as of course at the end of the money, there is still boat stuff to be fixed.

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

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.

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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.