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Odyssey First Mate, Joe Boreland.

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Photo: Chris Johnson

January 11, 2002
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This is Genevieve Johnson speaking to you from Fremantle in Western Australia, where the Odyssey and her crew are out of their element for a short time, high and dry on land. In order to continue a safe and successful expedition, it is neccesary to haul the boat out of the water. As with all boats, the Odyssey requires maintenance. The Voyage has so far taken us to some of the most remote places on earth in search of sperm whales, including the Galapagos Islands, Kiribati and Papau New Guinea. While in Australia we have access to facilities and expertise for the first time since San Diego. As we have learned over the last two years, we must sieze opportunities when they arise.

First Mate Joe Boreland describes the haul-out process:

A Travellift hauls the Odyssey out of the water and is placed on jackstands so the crew can get access to the hull below the waterline.
Photo: Chris Johnson

    "Any boat, commercial or recreational usually comes out of the water every 6 months. With the Odyssey, we run into a problem where with a circumnavigation. Travelling to remote parts of the world, we don't have the facilities take a boat like the Odyssey out of the water. With 100 tons we need a quite a large travelift or slipway to get it out . The maintenance we do is with the idea that it is not going to come out of the water on a regular basis. Odyssey nets 100 gross tons that's light on fuel, with the fuel tanks empty. We use a hydraulic travelift which lifts the boat up with slings just like a cradle underneath. It lifts the boat directly out of the water and then moves it over onto jackstands.

    Everybody tackles a specific job. This haul-out for Odyssey, we concentrating mostly on below the waterline. So any work during this haul-out because of the time restaint we have to get out there - we all want to get out there and do the work in Australia. So we are concentrating on everything below the 'bootstripe' which is like thru-hulls fittings which are any valve that is below the waterline that supplies a number os different systems."

    This haul-out, we are shooting for 7-10 days. The amount of work that we have to do, we are keeping the list small, to facilitate getting back in the water as fast as we can. Everyone is excited to get back out. We all want to get back out on the water, we all enjoy our jobs offshore. So once we go in, everyone is pretty exciting to get back into the regular daily work and the science we do.

Genevieve Johnson sands the hull in order for it to be re-painted.
Photo: Chris Johnson

Like any house on land, the Odyssey is our home. When at sea, the crew all have specific roles. During the haul-out however, we all pitch in, sanding, scraping, painting, there are no exeptions. Although the work is hard, the crew relish the sense of camaraderie and a chance to get really dirty. We all rely on Odyssey being in good condition for our work and are enjoying dedicating some time to her welfare.

Log by Genevieve Johnson

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