Fresh Air, Salty Hair (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 57

There’s no better way to start your morning than a bit of yoga on deck, fresh air, and a swim. We explore the magical Moorea, one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen on our voyage. Oh and I break the propellor 🙁 Let’s not forget that hey Riles. Sorry pumpkin. Love you. I’ll fix it even if it takes all year and I have to use scary power tools and stuff.

Song Credits:
00:08 Adam Yoo – On My Way Home
01:00 Deeds – Thomas A Major
04:07 World in a Jug – Andrew Rothschild (Hi, Elayna here, just letting everyone know that if Riley and I ever break up I am actually marrying this album ‘The Stampede of Life – Andrew Rothschild’ and we are going to have 16 cute little CD babies and live happily ever after.
06:08 Water Park – Neverland
08:59 Saltwater – The Dinlows
14:53 Misfit – The Dinlows
15:51 Shark Harbor Instrumental – Wheeland Brothers


Comments 40

    1. Even if you just consider the energy saved it makes way more sense to dispose of rubbish on land. Yes there are badly managed landfills but there are a lot more examples where resources are recovered/recycled. Those landfills will be mines sometime in the future if we keep abusing the resources we have. Plastics are an absolute plague in the oceans right now, as I’m sure you’ve seen in some areas, and should never be ocean dumped. Organics I have little problem with, unless I am close to land and then can usually find a place to compost or bury. They get broken down pretty readily. The best solution is to really look hard at what products you take aboard. Buy bulk. Buy basic. Avoid over packaging.

  1. Another fun episode and a nice afternoon break from my routine to sale with you two. Thank you for taking us along.

    As for your question about rubbish. Having grown up a surfer and by the sea, I would never drop anything in the ocean, even deep water, because of all the sea life at different levels of the ocean. Here we recycle everything and hopefully one day all countries will follow that lead.

    Stay safe and congratulations on the 100,000 subscriber YouTube plaque!

  2. Following your adventure and your short films are addictive. What makes them special is you are real and genuine people, good people, not contrived in any way and not reality TV improvised acting. I feel what we see is who you really are.

    I learned to sail as a teenager in Navy whalers and cutters. I served on HMNZS Endeavour in Antarctica. Nowadays I am a film and TV producer. On the one hand I enjoy your ‘we don’t know what we are doing so we just do it’ approach which is refreshing but please don’t have any accidents with yourselves or your equipment. I was half expecting the outboard motor and Riley to lose balance and fall in to the water. A lanyard tied to the motor and the other end to the boat before manhandling the motor as a safety measure would be normal sailor practice. When I was in the Navy we had man overboard drills. Finding someone in the dark at sea is almost impossible. At night on watch or when alone in the cockpit please wear one of those inflatable life jackets and may I suggest, an orange cap with reflectors. You are both excellent swimmers but what if it takes hours to find you should someone fall over the side?

    If you come through New Zealand (a circumnavigation has to include New Zealand) may I suggest The Bay of Islands. You can clear customs and immigration there. Captain Cook anchored there and it was the first Capital of NZ and the first European Settlement at Russell. It is also where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed which created the nation of New Zealand. American novelist Zane Grey wrote ‘The Angler’s El Dorado’ about The Bay of Islands and he had a fishing club on one of the islands. I would then suggest sailing down the East Coast of NZ to Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island which was Captain Cook’s base on all his voyages. There is a wharf there and excellent anchorage. I don’t know how far south you want to go but Fiordland is one of this planet’s top places to see. From there though it is head winds to Australia unless you come back up north along the West Coast of NZ then across to Australia when you pick up the easterlies to Australia which prevail December to late March off the top of NZ. Best to head north again by mid March lest it get a bit chilly and stormy.

    Keep up the great adventure. You are both great people doing something special.

  3. Hey Dudes,

    here’s (in link below) a super easy chart to follow for the prevention of pollution requirements laid out by the UN MARPOL (Marine Pollution) convention. There are 6 Annex’s to the convention and number 5 deals with prevention of pollution by garbage from ships. On any commercial vessel these are displayed so everyone knows what you can and cannot chuck out. But who polices it?? for private boats no one… can be pretty hard to police even the big boats unless there polluting on a massive scale.

    More so on the moral obligation, Check out the link at the bottom, this is footage taken at the bottom of the Mariana’s trench, the deepest part of our ocean and even it can’t escape the impact from humans. And at 10km dow there is life… a lot of it and a lot that provides a huge impact for our world. One big one is that the sea floor and the organisims that live down there act as a HUGE C02 sink, thus it helps regulate the earths climate and soaks up soooo much of the carbon we put in the air. Very little about the creatures that live down there is known, thus who knows what impact rubbish could have… plus it messes up there home which sucks.

    I’ve spent a lot time at sea and dumped some big things in the ocean thinking its going to 10km down never to be seen again… but not sure that the truth now i’m a little more educated on the matter. everything breaks down and either adds micro trash or contaminants or minerals or chemical that don’t noramlly exist in that environment. I was super lucky working on some epic science research ship around the globe past 5 years, I saw alot of where you are now, diving, fishing, shark tagging and working with some rad crazy scientists! Now I’m studying engineering for building underwater vehicles and has lead me to learn a bit more about our deep ocean. What I do know now is that a little impact by one can have a huge affect due to the number of us on this world, so I say keep you tin cans and see them go to a properly managed land fill site and educate those on your travels the importance of proper garbage management.

    love ya work guys 🙂

    Dispolase at sea table (placard)

    more official web page:

    Mariana’s Trench and her rubbish..

  4. Been watching for a while now. I am a big fan, keep it up.
    On now to the rubbish debate, the effect plastics have are much more considerable in terms of animal life in the ocean than on land, the production of almost all packaging used massively effects the environment and therefore biological life, but in the ocean it has a much more direct effect, bioaccumulation of plastic, some metals up the trophic levels quickly have obvious consequences. As small amounts are consumed at the bottom level as large numbers of these individuals are consumed by their predators, and vast quantities of them are eaten by their predators etc all the way up to humans the levels of contaminants become ridiculous. On land whether it be landfill or recycling plants, the damage is contained, as your friend said the waste is kept in a concentrated area and therefore affects fewer organisms/ environment as a whole. plastic doesn’t break up fast on a landfill, which isn’t a good thing. but compared to the effect of it breaking up in the ocean is much less damaging.
    love the show
    -a marine scientist/ scuba instructor /big fan

  5. Recycle – wash your containers and keep them on board until you can take it to a recycling depot or dump on land. I’m not sure if recycling depots are available to sailors or where you have to check in – surely google will have info.
    We live by the sea where the fishing industry is huge, our home is also a deep sea port where we have large grain and fertiliser ships visiting. The amount of foreign rubbish, plastic and metal that is found washed up on our beaches is incredible. The rubbish isn’t just foreign as we also have plastics and netting wash up from the fish pens, oyster and muscle farms. Plastics aren’t biodegradable and can cause so much harm to our sea life.
    So recycle recycle recycle if you can. ? I’m sure you guys already do, ?

  6. LOL, carrefour is pronounced “car four”. You’ll have to practice your french pronunciation if you are going to get on with your new sponsors! Otherwise they’ll start calling Geraldton “geeraldtoon”

  7. Plastic is a tough one. Ideally, we’d be mass producing hemp plastics which break down much faster than oil plastics. Tin cans can be recycled, but the linings in them often contain BPA which is toxic. Reusing your own glass containers at bulk bins is the best, and always buy glass over metal, and metal over plastic. Personally I can’t bring myself to throw rubbish in the ocean, but I don’t blame you for it. You guys use diesel, but apart from that you’re living pretty Eco friendly lives 🙂

  8. Glass, fill with water and over the side in deep water far from shore. If it’s got a narrow end like a beer bottle break a hole in (empty bottle not full of water) the bottom with a small pebble by shaking side to side over the side first so no small fish grow inside and get trapped. This is the best way to get rid of glass but make sure it’s far enough out to not get stepped on.

    Food waste and paper, over the side when at sea, compost if available in port.

    Metal cans, some say over the side but many are lined with plastic and that ends up in the food chain, aluminum also leaches into the food chain and both are easily recycled.

    Plastic is cancer to the planet, micro fibres, micro beads, leached chemicals from the breakdown of plastic gets into the fish you eat and then you eat it. The best solution is don’t buy plastic packaging, or use single use plastics like straws or cutlery etc. Any plastic you find should be stored until a reasonable drop off location is found. Buy products like Ethique bath bars instead of bottled products (New Zealand company, may give you free samples for YouTube exposure)

  9. Simple answer to your rubbish question – consult Marpol 73/78:
    Basically, defines what can be disposed of overboard at sea and at what distance to land. regulations agreed to by the international community. All commercial and navy vessels follow these regulations. Try to get your hands on a simple placard, usually $10 USD at a marine store.
    Never plastic, and always a good idea to weigh it down like you mention in video.
    Good Luck and thanks for the videos!

  10. Your question about rubbish does not have a correct answer. …Fact is Plastic should not exist end of story and can not be dumped anywhere.
    I grew up with paper, cardboard, tin and glass and it worked fine, as a kid we would collect glass bottles and take them in for money, same with paper drives, bringing in bundles of newspapers.

  11. Hi Riley , a very interesting debate about , disposing some rubbish at sea in very deep water , water depth over about 700 metre deep , starts to get very low in oxygen , so throwing tin can over the side in 5000 – 10000 metres deep , means it will take a long long time to break down laying in the sand or mud , so although it sounds ok in deep water , somethings as simple as a tin can , just won’t rust away for a long time , if u want an idea of things Laying on the bottom , look on utube at the hospital ship that was sunk of the Queensland coast in ww2 , laying in approx 2000 metres of water . There r parts of the ship , laying there for over 73 years that look like they where put there yesterday , ships name Centaur .
    Keep up the great work guys , we love ur adventures

  12. Hi guys, great episode…keep it up. I continue to enjoy being a patron as well.

    I totally understand Riley’s argument, out of sight, out of mind, but two issues, one someone mentioned earlier and on the episode, there is s lot of sealife at all depths and plastic is not in their dietary agenda, but many critters might just go for a try eating the rubbish and that can kill them. Second, not everything that appears to sink actually does…the dead birds on Midway and Frigate Shosls stand testament to this. Check out Not a pretty outcome.

    Landfills are not a great answer either due to leakage over time into groundwater sources and leaching of chemicals into the soil…that said modern landfills, properly managed are probably a good place for anything not recyclable, which nearly everything is.

    We humans cause a lot of damage to the world just living, producing food and running our economies…that damage cannot be eliminated, but it can be minimized. Asking the questions, which is better?, what should I do? Is the first step toward minimizing our personal impacts and building sustainability into our daily lives…

  13. I do not throw anything overboard that cannot be eaten by marine life – i.e. chopped up organics / food waste is ok, but not plastics, metals, paper or glass. I save those items for recycling ( or landfill if that’s the only rubbish handling available).

    I certainly agree with a previous comment about attaching a safety line to your outboard when lifting it. Way too easy to “lose it” on an unstable platform.

    I noticed a metal lifter being used in your non-stick fry pan to prepare those veggie burgers. Better use plastic implements or your pan will soon be joining the rest of your rubbish !

    You guys are living what is an awesome dream for so many of us – thanks !

  14. With regards tithe prop, I have a quick fix to share… You’ll need…
    Aluminium auto body repair tape ( the heavy duty thick stuff if you can find it)
    JB Weld it’s a two part epoxy that dries as hard as steel, it’s great stuff,
    I’ve patched cracked outboard engine blocks with it!

    1. File or sand the broken areas of the prop to roughen the metal so the JB Weld will adhere.

    2. Using the tape build up a mold on the upstream side of the prop to hold the JB Weld in place while it sets

    2. If you keep JB Weld on board mix the two parts together,

    3. Apply generous amounts of JB Weld to the areas needing repair or even replace!
    3a. I’ve rebuilt props that I’ve sheared 1/3 or even 1/2 of the blades are missing!

    4. Allow 24 hrs to cure, remove the tape and using a coarse file start to shape the blades as best you can.

    You will enjoy this, it’s a easy fix and as long as you don’t hit anything with the repaired parts of the prop, it will last forever!

    Regarding the rubbish…

    There must be something you can sink that will be OK, like glass for example, that will become a home for some small coral creature, logic applied here, they sink whole ships into the ocean that become artificial reef systems, so use your better judgement here.
    Anything organic like apple cores etc… Obviously are a food source, plastics and non degradibles must be disposed of or recycled on land…IMHO

    I’m sure my 2 bits on the garbage will bring no new wisdom to you, however your gonna love the shit outta the JB Weld prop fix!

    Keep on Keepin’ on!



  15. Hi Elayna & Riley,

    Hope you have gotten over the navigation mishap and can laugh about it now.
    Elayna was so cute while in hiding from Riles…in her regret, shame and guilt lol, glad Riles kept her
    away from the power tools to fix it!!!

    Plastic is a major problem in our oceans, plastic composites breaks down into small microscopic pieces
    that lasts hundreds of years and ends up in everyone’s food especially the oceans bottom feeders but
    migrates up the food chain to fish and into us.. We can now see plastic and chemicals in our tissues of and our
    food, this pathogenic pollution is all those tiny white specks you see when snorkeling as it floats often at the
    surface reflecting heat and warming the oceans.
    Plastic is a real threat to our planets health & future as a species as the BPE (estrogen) causing male
    sterility and cancer in our gummed up tissues among a long list of other health concerns..

    Check out this Youtube channel

    The oil and plastic companies are manipulating us into big plastic agra and pharma consumption
    to the point it is making the planet toxic. Don’t get me started on the threat from antibiotics in
    the food supply.

    The best way is to Live clean – not use or reduce plastics, store food in mason glass, do not buy items overly packaged
    in plastic and this usually means a better diet of higher fiber natural nutritious foods as a result. but this is the
    best thing for our health aside from exercising.

    In a waste dump there is often a clay geo-membrane and earth covering but this also includes
    burning which is also toxic. Terra, She is a beautiful planet we have and we “Know NOT what we do…”
    (to her) Glad to see you concerned about her and the health of our oceans you sail.

    A solution is to have a diet and food preparation/storage system that is personally & planetarily safe and
    good for the budget, canning fruits and preserved items in mason jars and you will save money and maybe you can start producing and canning food and fruits gathered fish you catch, banana chips (dry storage pantry). Keep starches in larger plastic gallon containers in foods & starches like peas, potatoes, rice and bran. etc.

    The avoidance of processed & packaged foods high and sugar and low in fiber is the cause of our health care
    obesity epidemic and childhood diabetes. Every MD has there opinions on nutrition AND mine is fiber is
    the solution and culprit to both increased pollution & processed foods but feeding and nourishing the planet economically
    and sustainably is our most important challenge today.

    The problem is deficiency in our “daily bread” or our starch based staple, and guess what white bread has 0g fiber,
    while a single serving of shredded wheat has 100% of fiber we need daily.
    Significant Fiber comes from bran breads is 70g-99g of fiber per 100g. The stripping of fiber from our daily bread/starches source is practically societal mass suicide and judging by childhood obesity rates.

    I was out with my sister and she had a ice-cappachino, a steak sandwich and a donut. She consumed above a total calories intake of a whopping 1800 calories and barely a gram of fiber (living plant tissue phytonutrients/polyphenols) fiber is what makes you feel full and they don’t want you to feel full or stop consuming and its NOT our fault we become obese just don’t know any better. The good news is it is so easy to turn it all around by baking our own high fiber bread!

    I am a alternative medicine physician and from watching the SLV videos you both are in amazing health, fun loving
    in good nutrition and fit. So keep up the good health lifestyle!

    In a corporate greed infested world and constant media lies and manipulation it is up to us to make the right consumer decisions as the corporations & advertising industry, govts and media only lie and profit while our people, animals & planet are dying they continue to dump and pollute and lie…evil pays really well, sadly!

    The average person eats 1500-1900 lbs of food a year, think of all the plastic containers used ie. in a DQ meal, the wrappers, cup straw, plastic covering the straw, etc. If you store up starches, peas, beans/lentils bread flour etc large containers and fill them or re-can you could reduce and baking your own bread high in fiber which is missing from store bought sources normally.both the cost of food and resulting burden on our planet.

    So create a pantry of canned & dry foods you like, maintaining a living food fiber diet will keep you healthy and sailing
    for a 100yrs more. oh and an apple a day!


  16. Plastic is a big NO NO in dumping into the ocean, anywhere. It never goes away and it breaks down into little pieces that end up in the start of the food chain, and is now coming into the fish that we consume. Buy less product in plastic, or repackage product before you leave the dock. Glass is wonderful product, except when it comes to sailing. Hard not to break it and it takes special care so it doesn’t break. I get rid of my glass that I don’t want to re-use by wrapping it up in an old rag or towel and breaking it up into smaller pieces and then dump overboard. It doesn’t take the ocean long before it is well worn sea glass that eventually will just become grains of sand again. All carbon metals I throw overboard. Tinned metals, which I am sad to tell you is what most of our cans are made of, are extremely toxic to the ocean. Although the salt water eats this stuff up rather quickly, it kills plant life in the ocean. As we all know, plant life in the ocean is the start of all life on the earth. So, I wash out my cans, and then I crush them for easy storage. Paper products, well, here is one area you need to ask someone with more knowledge then me. I have been throwing mine overboard without really knowing what it is doing to the ocean. Been meaning to do some research on that. So, love your videos, love your music selections, You guys are really fun to watch. Two things have really bothered me in watching your videos, especially since I have been to most of the places you have visited, and you have even become friends with some of my friends. One is how the heck are you guys able to send in these videos and get them on the web so timely? I did not see that you had a satelite on your boat or not but how are you guys doing this? Second, how the heck are you guys navigating and what and where are you getting all of these charts? Keep it up guys! Chao

  17. Awesome!!.Happy Birthday Elanya .. Glad the tender motor is ok. I can’t wait to see you in the catamaran..As for rubbish, I would say ocean. The in a land fill the rotting process is faster then sitting at the bottom of the ocean. As cold it is on the bottom it would take years more then above ground. Burning it gets rid of it right away, no land fills. But the emissions let into the air not good. Either way you look at it. all three are bad. So the toss up is. which take’s the longest to decay. Water or ground. The average animals weighs the same as ocean creatures that will be exposed to it. Even though there is more water then land. I would have to say, water. Most of what lives on the bottom are bottom feeders, and humanity wont be eating it. No fish I have ever heard of that’s eaten by humans or other fish searching for food that far under. If you don’t do it to where the whole world knows about it.. then I would say it’s fine. Take care / safe sailing..

  18. Excellent video, as usual, guys. With regard to rubbish in the water, I’d generally try to avoid when I can, but also tend to come down on Riley’s side of the argument… it’s all going somewhere on the Earth, the big question is, which is the lesser of the two weevils? (Loves the Master and Commander reference!!)

    Josh & Candace

  19. Howz it goin u two? When flyin for Auss Customs in the Torres Straits, saw some horrendous ‘dumps’ on most islands, as you would have Riley/Elay, some even on pestine white sand beachs (Duan Island) and other places – Vanuatu, Solomons, Barli etc. Tuff call Riley but kinda agree: the tin would deteriorate prety quick. The other stuff I would hold for landfill. Packaging is/has ruined the islands of the Pacific: with hardly any islanders growing their own anymore, the island shop and its weekly/2 weekly deliveries of packaged items, is the norm. Beautiful Barli is perhaps the worst example! Congrats on the Youtube award.. love your episodes. Logan Sharplin (NZ)

  20. Hey Elayna, Riley and Elayna’s friends

    Thank you for your video and for a very thought provoking debate, I have always been concerned about what we are all doing to out planet and I am pleased that you have had a great response from people who know what they are talking about.
    It was lovely to see you all enjoying yourselves and it was a shame about the prop I hope Riley didn’t go on to much lol.

    Best Wishes and keep sailing safe.

    Alan xx

    Ps Riley you worried me when you were trying to fix that motor on your beam. take care Mate.

  21. Thanks for another enjoyable video!

    Regarding the rubbish debate – I agree with many who have posted here: don’t throw it in the ocean.

    If we “dispose” of our waste in landfill, at least we know exactly where it is. And, who knows, in years to come we may develop technology which can reclaim and recycle what we’ve buried in landfill. If we throw our waste into the ocean, then we lose control of it – we don’t know where it is and what has happened to it, and trying to reclaim it in future may prove to be very difficult if not impossible.

    Interestingly, there is a phenomenon called “black reef” caused by iron leaching from steel in the ocean. It causes an imbalance in the nutrients and promotes the growth of certain organisms to the detriment of others. Some examples of this – and successful clean-up activities – include Kingman Reef and Palmyra Island(s) in the Pacific. Sure, these instances of “black reef” were due to shipwrecks, but think of what a few “tin” cans could do to a microcosm.

    Cheers and safe sailing,


  22. Dear Riley and Elayna,
    Love to see your stories and follow such a nice adventure around beautiful places in the world. I would hate to see those places full of plastic and garbage but unfortunately many of these paradises have been trashed by our unmannaged and careless uses of our oceans for centuries. Throwing garbage at deep sites may not be a good idea. This is a sort of management practice (or at least has been in the past) in many places. But a good part of the trash may not reach the bottom, as water masses don’t always have the same density from top to bottom. So, plastic may be trapped at mid water and ride sub-surface currents and eventually pop up at the surface somewhere in the planet. Once at the surface it may wash upon a beach, be eaten by a turtle (or any other animal that likes jellyfish), or worse, be broken down into really small pellets and be incorporated into the trophic chain (you may look at the plastic deposits in the world ocean on the internet. It is a sad story). Small, fish eat plastic, big fish eat small fish, birds, mammals and men eat the big fish and incorporate several plastic toxic components. My point is, take it to land where trash may be managed properly. It may be sent to a special landfill, recycled, and you will know exactly where it is and what has been done. Keep up the good work, have lots of fun for that is what life is all about, and have a safe journey. If you ever come to Rio de Janeiro, give a call and we will be happy to host you here.


    (Marine Scientist, PhD)

  23. Great videos – I love watching your adventures unfold.

    Litter at sea. The answer I’m sure, is please don’t. I did once chuck cans and glass on an Atlantic crossing and now I feel quite ashamed.

    Compostable waste on a long voyage has to be dumped and hopefully does no harm but who knows what an orange peel does on the mud at 5,000 metres or in the stomach of a passing turtle who thought it was food.

    Tins – wash, crush and keep for recycling on land. Glass and plastic – again wash and store for disposal and recycling ashore.

    Paper and cardboard – hopefully you don’t have any/much as it is highly recommended to remove paper labels and cardboard boxes before storing products aboard (don’t forget to re-label them with a waterproof marker pen!) as paper, cardboard and their glues are often blamed for insect (read cockroach) infestations aboard. Also, if they get wet, they are pretty useless for identification purposes and when they migrate to the bilge they are great at blocking bilge pumps and their filters.

    Plastic – this is the biggy. Large pieces get eaten by large species and can directly kill them by blocking their guts, or starving them because there is no nutritional value. A typical example is plastic bags being mistaken for jelly fish by turtles. Smaller pieces get eaten by smaller species with similar results.

    But there is a time-bomb here – plastic tends to break down by breaking into smaller and smaller pieces and tiny bits of plastic (often microscopic) have a huge surface area, which can absorb poisons from the water. These are ingested in harmless quantities at the bottom of the food chain but as the little beasts are eaten by bigger beasts these toxins concentrate moving up the food chain as they don’t tend to get broken down or excreted readily. The process is called bioconcentration or biomagnification and the result can be toxic fish for us to eat. This is how Ciguatera occurs with predator reef fish concentrating enough algal toxins to seriously incapacitate people who eat the fish.

    In summary – it must be best to dispose of everything possible on land where we (humankind) at least have the opportunity to control and/or avoid poisoning the planet.

  24. Opportunity is knocking for you two to experiment eating directly from the environment and storing foods that are pickled or still in their own protective shell like grains.
    Having taken the sound advice given by others reducing the amount of waste packaging it would be interesting to see what you two get up too and influence the one hundred thousand viewers you currently have to a healthy planet diet!
    Dust of them barrels, and crock pots , grain mills , salt and pickling fluids. You could even improve our taste buds by your natural methods.
    Did we open a can of worms here? ? I hope not!

  25. take it home into a ground fill site. How would you like some fish to swim by you and throw its shit all over your boat, and if it’s the new cat old Pumpkin Riles would blow a fuse. Love you both, well not you Pumpkin, have a safe happy sail, and no more throwing tin cans into the lovely blue sea. How would you like a dive into an area that yatchs had been over the last 20 years and see all the tins instead of the corral and fish.
    Love the u tubes

  26. Hey Riley and Elay,
    Plastic is not good, whether disposed of on land or at sea. But it is illegal at sea, by MARPOL rules adopted by many countries including Australia and the US. Pieces of plastic do become smaller over time, but it takes a very long time to break down completely if indeed it ever does. There is an area of the North Pacific called the North Pacific Gyre in which most of the pollution aggregates and which is effectively a dead zone with little or no marine life. Below is information on MARPOL and the North Pacific Gyre. (PS: I go out of my way while sailing or volunteering for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary to pick up plastic , particularly mylar balloons).

    Background of MARPOL Annex V
    Garbage from ships can be just as deadly to marine life as oil or chemicals.
    The greatest danger comes from plastic, which can float for years. Fish and marine mammals can in some cases mistake plastics for food and they can also become trapped in plastic ropes, nets, bags and other items – even such innocuous items as the plastic rings used to hold cans of beer and drinks together.

    Unless expressly provided otherwise, Annex V applies to all ships, which means all vessels of any type whatsoever operating in the marine environment, from merchant ships to fixed or floating platforms to non-commercial ships like pleasure crafts and yachts.

    The original version of Annex V prohibited the disposal of plastics anywhere into the sea, and severely restricted discharges of other garbage from ships in coastal waters and “Special Areas”.

    The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean discovered between 1985 and 1988. It is located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N and 42°N. The patch is characterized by exceptionally high relative concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.

    Estimates of size range from 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) (about the size of Texas) to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres (5,800,000 sq mi) (0.4% to 8% of the size of the Pacific Ocean), or, in some media reports, up to “twice the size of the continental United States”.
    Some of these long-lasting plastics end up in the stomachs of marine animals, and their young, including sea turtles and the black-footed albatross. Of the 1.5 million Laysan albatrosses that inhabit Midway, nearly all are found to have plastic in their digestive system. Approximately one-third of their chicks die, and many of those deaths are due to being fed plastic from their parents. Twenty tons of plastic debris washes up on Midway every year with five tons of that debris being fed to albatross chicks.

  27. Another great episode from you two wonderful people….you and your friends are having Way Too Much Fun…good for you…as far as the garbage I would not throw anything overboard unless it is food waste…feed the creatures….waste like bottles, cans, and especially PLASTIC should never be thrown overboard…you should and can find a way to store it aboard until the next port. By the way congratulations on your u tube award but I know now it’s way past 100,000. Their a bit late but a nice award. Keep up the videos, we all love them, and the Beautiful Islands you visit…..Fair Winds and Calm Seas….God Bless you both. Captain Dave.

  28. Hi guys,

    great vid as always – if you go around NZ make sure you come to Dunedin!!

    On the rubbish – seeing landfills and often the burning is stink – but in reality for anything to biodegrade it needs to be incontact with active biology, warmth, etc. This means the bottom of the sea is less than ideal. So i’d only put plant and animal matter (incl poop) into the ocean and recycle what i can, and send the rest to the tip. Unfortunately some things take longer than others to break down – but the only thing known that doesn’t have some kind of biological or natural breakdown in the environment (sadly for us) is the car tyre.

    Minimizing is always best.


  29. Hey kids, just watched a video on “You Tube” called “chasing bubbles-full documentary”. An amazing story about a young man doing what you love. You even have to watch the credits. It’s a little long, (1 hr., 25mn.) But I’m sure you will both appreciate his journey.

  30. Recycling is the best way to go before we deplete all our resources.

    Of course, some things can`t be recycled so I feel burying it is best as long as it doesn`t affect ground water.

    Dumping anything in the sea is bound to have complications with wildlife and burning causes air pollution.

    Congratulations on 100,000 subscribers.

  31. It’s been interesting to learn about the rubbish problem on here.

    I’ve been following this on twitter for a while now.

    Someone who’s trying to clean up the rubbish in the ocean. Hope it’s of interest.

    Thanks for the videos….all the very best

  32. Shame on you Riley … I was a big fan and had respect for you untill now. We also made a big trips but we never dropped waste into the ocean. It ‘s just not done !

  33. I don’t see anybody talking about getting the garbage out of our minds (meditation) first and only than all the good stuff/answers comes. I mean nobody will throw rubbish away in a stupid manner and there will be no more problems 🙂 Until than we will loose.. big, our time debating. With respect, love

  34. Hi, guys!
    I love to see your movies and to follow your adventures at sea.
    I envy you a lot, being a sailor myself, but not being able to make a living out of it…

    Keep your adventure. Maybe one day we meet somewhere at the sea.

    Regarding the litter thing, it is never good to let garbage alone, being on the sea or on land.
    But at sea it’s even more dangerous.

    Just have a look at:

    You will understand…

    Enjoy your fantastic life.



  35. Hi,
    I just love you guys and you have such beautiful vibrations, even on bad days you seem to hold it all together. I love following your adventures. I wish I could do the same but you never see people over 60 which I am sailing the world. I suppose this will have to wait until my next life unless I meet a great guy with a boat. But back to the feedback you wanted regarding putting the cans in the ocean, I would say this; if God wanted those things there He would have put them there himself. In today’s world, there are so many pollutants bombarding the wild life that we should do our best not to contribute to that. I know it is convenient to send it to the bottom of the sea, but imagine this if you will. Perhaps you are a small creature living in a pristine environment in the sea for your whole life and then all of a sudden things start dropping down into your world that begin to make you sick. You find that these things might make a good habitat for you until your children start dying because unbeknownst to them and yourself there are chemicals leaching into their pristine pure little bodies and they have no defense against them. You yourself begin to feel sick as well and cannot navigate your world as you should, but you cannot stop it because as a small insignificant creature in the sea – you are powerless against the force that has interrupted your world. How would you feel? What would you do? It is easy for us to justify our behaviors sometimes but when we stop to really think about the lives that are impacted by our decisions, I think we will know the answer. BTW Happy belated birthday Elana

  36. Great episode as always. You might find the book Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn interesting reading. He talks about trash in the ocean and the repercussions and it’s also pretty entertaining.

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