This Blog serves as two things: a photo-diary of our lives between 2007 and mid 2011, when we saw some incredible things and met some amazing people; and a reflection of our more normal lives since then.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Propeller cleaning

Today we started cleaning the Africa Mercy's two propellers. Each one has four blades; each blade is about 7 feet long and the bottom of the lowest blade is about 18 feet below sea level - just a couple of feet above the silt of the harbour. Visibility was the best I've seen for ages, and the sun shone through the water onto the multicoloured fish that hung around waiting for food. After 85 minutes of hard work with scrapers we'd managed to clean 3 blades sufficiently; if they remained uncleaned the covering of barnacles would create more drag as we sailed, and reduce our fuel efficiency. More tomorrow and Wednesday mornings! Olly

Above, what propeller blades look like after they've been "parked" for ten months. Olly

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