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    Most FAMOUS Beach in Greece – Family boat life unplugged  (Ep. #14)
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    Most FAMOUS Beach in Greece – Family boat life unplugged (Ep. #14)

    January 19, 2020


    Yeah, we made it to an other paradise Hey Sailors, come with me and have a look. Look this beautiful color we are here in a very famous beach. Probably one of the most know beaches in Greece no worries, there are roads too to arrive there are cars, motorhomes but arriving by boat no other boats arround, look perfect for some foto shootings nord west of Kefalonia you can find the famous Myrtos Beach the beach has a reputation do be one of the best worldwide they promote this beach in several magazines to be one of the most spectacular ones, worldwide Myrtos got rated top for it’s cleanliness and it’s natural beauty it’s crystal clear water and it’s turquoise blue water it’s very impressive cliffs and it’s vegetation are the mark of this beautiful beach don’t be disappointed, you can arrive by car or motorhome too you can arrive by road from where you can also look the beauty of this beach that is prox. one kilometer long yes, here are turles you ll need to jump, if no one can give us a hand there will be people, otherwise you jump, Atl. I help you? ok, I’ll do it Captain I’ll do it, captain What we ll eat? Lot’s of salads… I don’t have cucumber, but it’s taste is good let’s see what we ll eat the tabule from here it’s kind of thick Lou, do you like it? Yes… I love the tabule. and salads… What? some naked couples there naked? yes… don’t look, cover your eyes what a place! here they did a part of pirates of the caribbean now we are the pirates fo the caribbean we arrived just stones, I help you? just stones, and I let him wow, just stones what a surprise all this stones never been on a beach with just stones you don’t get dirty, no sand… who makes the best stone cake? 3,4,5,6,7,8, 9!, Bravo! now 10, this will be the highest what did you learned? Never stop believing in yourself learn what skills you need to do it look dad, looks like a tree this place has something terapeutic. laying here on the stones stones, more gravel to feel the warm of them on your body, super relaxing. never been on a beach like this listen do music and relax you feel the waves on your feets you can move the toes over the gravel water is not so warm, 29 degrees, 30 degrees. ok, more like 29 degrees celsius I’m used to my mexican caribbean temperature. So everything below 33 degrees, feels cold but it’s ok it’s very very relaxing to be here on the gravel a complete natural spa treatment time to go, back to we will not we will move away for the night the anhorage in the bay was not very protected so we will finde a bay that offers more protection I can tell you. Sometimes when the boat is rolling a lot it’s very uncomfortable to sleep. very strong we are looking for a calm night, no?

    FORAGE Making the Most of What We Have (Spearfishing and Fish Head Soup) – Free Range Sailing Ep 115
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    FORAGE Making the Most of What We Have (Spearfishing and Fish Head Soup) – Free Range Sailing Ep 115

    January 18, 2020


    (oysters cracking) – Having a boom trial. – [Troy] There’s been no loud cracks yet? – [Pascale] No. The frames of those two red Morwong and we’re just gonna
    make a soup out of them. Mmm, that’s nice. (relaxing music) – [Pascale] Welcome to Free Range Sailing – [Troy] Join us as we
    sail around Australia visiting its wild places in our 30 foot 50 year old sailing boat, Mirrool. – [Pascale] Living off the land and sea while sailing yacht that
    costs less than a new car. – [Troy] We show that it’s
    possible to have big adventures with a sea worthy boat
    on a very modest budget. (relaxing music) – [Casey] It’s gonna be a wild day, I’ll have my whole wet weather gear on. See you guys. – [Troy] Catch. – [Pascale] Bye. That was pretty awesome, one of my little brother’s friends, Casey, he came and visited us. He’s coming up the east coast
    in his little Hobie Cat. That’s pretty minimal. I thought we were minimal
    but that is minimal. (boat engine roars) (relaxing music) (water splashing) – [Troy] Hey, what’s happening? – I just put a stinky mullet
    in the pot and chucked it. It’s up there. – [Troy] (laughing) – His meat is over there. It’s out of the nave channel – [Troy] Pasce the pro fisherman. (relaxing music) – Am I driving? – [Troy] Yup. (upbeat music) ♪ When I die, ♪ ♪ Don’t you cry ♪ ♪ I just have to fly up ♪ ♪ In the sky ♪ ♪ Don’t you worry a bit ♪ – [Troy] (laughing) – [Pascale Voiceover] With
    nothing in the crab pot, we went and got some fat
    looking oysters off the pier. ♪ Well, all my life I never walk with ♪ ♪ someone standing by my side. ♪ – [Pascale] I’m just shucking the oysters that we collected at
    Shoulder Point yesterday. And my hair is wet cause
    I went in for a swim. It actually motivated me to
    shuck these oysters though. I was feeling a bit moochy. Now I am feeling motivated
    after getting in the cold water. Pry it. Got it. I think I’m okay at this. ♪ Close my eyes and sleep for a while ♪ ♪ There is something that goes round ♪ ♪ And round in my mind. ♪ – [Pascale] I’m set, wine and oysters. [Pascale Voiceover] Last
    week we broke our boom and carried out a temporary repair so we could continue
    our travels southwards. With the fiberglass cured, it was time to reattach the main sail, say goodbye to Port Stephens and take our boat out for a trial run. (upbeat music) With the sail back on we rigged up the raking lines
    and we were ready to go. ♪ When I die ♪ ♪ Don’t you cry ♪ ♪ I just have to fly up ♪ ♪ in the sky ♪ – You just watched us
    head out of Port Stephens. And it was pretty spectacular coming out of that entrance there. The rocks are pretty amazing and we’re having a boom trial How’s she holding up skipper? – [Troy] There’s been no loud cracks yet. – [Pascale] (laughs) No. We’re heading out to Broughton Island which is about ten nautical
    miles from the entrance of Port Stephens. We’re gonna have a look there
    and maybe go for a dive. ♪ Well all my life ♪ ♪ I’ll never work with
    someone standing by my side ♪ – [Pascale] We’re here. – We’re not here yet. – [Pascale] So there’s quite a large swirl invading into the spot that
    we had all marked to anchor in so we’re gonna go look around
    the other side of the island. Fingers crossed we find somewhere to go. (relaxing music) – Yeah well, we might
    just go and have a look just where the waves are
    washing over those rocks and where they trickle down off the back. We’re going to have a look at that. It should be something
    completely different to what we normally look at. – [Pascale] Yeah, it’s gonna be cool. – So, I’m out of my element now that we’re out of the
    tropics but I don’t know. We’ll just, we’ll just
    start with water movement. How about that? – [Pascale] Yeap. – [Pascale Voiceover] Not
    being familiar with this area we just started by looking
    for areas with current and wave motion in order to find fish. ♪ You think that everything ♪ ♪ You don’t know is a lie ♪ ♪ You think that
    everything I say is wrong ♪ ♪ Is wrong ♪ ♪ You feel little ♪ ♪ I feel little ♪ ♪ Floating around ♪ – [Pascale Voiceover] Diving down to check on the dinghy’s anchor,
    we immediately discovered a little group of Port Jackson Sharks. ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ And I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ ♪ No I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ And I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ ♪ No I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ (relaxing music) – We’ve got the frames
    of those two red Morwong Moro– morons (laughing). We’ve got the frames of
    those two red Morwong that Troy shot this morning and we’re just gonna
    make a soup out of them. We do this a lot in our pressure cooker and it’s really easy. We just chuck the frames in
    that Troy has scrubbed down with a brush to get rid of all the slime and a bit of the scale. Um, so yeah we just got
    the fish head in there, gutted, and the frames. Cause we’ve already put
    the filets in the fridge. So, I’m just gonna make
    like a tai style one. I’m just gonna put a
    little bit of sea water in, bit of fresh water, some
    ginger and some fish sauce and some chili. And that’s it. And then we’re just gonna
    bring it to pressure and cook it for about ten minutes. (upbeat music) (seagull chirping) We’ve got some pesky seagulls out there. Alright, so that’s on. The soups on and we’ll just leave it until it comes to pressure and
    then leave it for ten minutes and then we’re just gonna
    leave it on the stove and later tonight I’ll make a soup with it and I’ll show you what I’m gonna make. (seagull chirping) (fan blowing) – [Pascale] I’ve put you to work. – (laugh) never stopped. There’s not a lot to recover. Like it wasn’t too bad a fileting job but in between the bones
    there’s still enough flesh to make it worthwhile. Just, just to recover and we’ll just get these clean bones off. – [Pascale] Just a quick job. We’ve got really beautiful stock. I think we’ll add another filet in. (inaudible) There’s the stock and
    Troy picked the meat out and we put the meat in and
    we’ve added like a little bit of Brussels sprouts. Mmm, that’s nice. Something about cream corn and fish stock. They go really well together. The last of the coriander, very last. That’s a big bowl of soup. It’s good. It’s boiling hot but it’s good. (upbeat music) – [Pascale] Come on, stear boat. – Where’s the wind coming from? – [Pascale] It’s fine, we
    just, we rode down a wave and the wind came behind us so its uh. – [Troy] We’re flying along here. We’re going on a beam reach. So what that means, for
    any of you non-sailors, is the wind is coming straight
    onto the side of the boat and actually as a wave
    hits us on the nose, we scoot down uh have a bit of a surf when wind comes from behind
    us before the autopilot takes us back. So you might think that when
    the wind, and everything else, is right on the side of the boat that would be the roughest
    time for you to sail but it’s not actually the case. When we’re reaching like this,
    when the winds on our beam, it’s actually not too bad because the sails set
    out from the boat, ah. And except for the roll of the waves, the winds not pushing you over. When you’re close on the
    wind, when your close hauled, so if the wind is quite close
    to the front of your bow, that’s when your actually leaned over more but like this, it’s not too bad. The only thing giving us a
    bit of trouble at the moment is that uh sloppy meter,
    meter and a half sea. So yeah, it’s sort of rolling us around cause it’s hitting us exactly sideways but other than that it feels
    quite sedate, you know. Cruising down, um probably got about 15, sometimes gusting up to
    20 knots at the moment. So that’s, ya know, pretty
    neither here nor there. Percy’s out there making
    funny whoop noises. So, sounds like she’s getting excited. She’s been watching whales, for
    sorts of thing been going on it’s been pretty eventful coming down the new South Wales coast. I didn’t know what to expect
    but its been pretty fun. – There’s so many whales. You can look out along the coastline and you can just see
    spurts, they’re spurts like, blowing in the wind but
    you see a puff of water. They all seem to hug the coast. ♪ I made it through the eye of grace ♪ – Whoo! (laugh) – [Pascale] (laugh) – Come here Pasce. – I had to um, save some of the things. The pepper shaker went flying. – Ah man, so we’ve
    jolliped, we’ve come down and through the wind
    so we’re heading down. We’re going pretty much
    straight down weather now. What do you think about this? – Pretty good. I think we’re going like
    seven and a half knots still. – But it feels sedate. – Does feel much better. – We’ve shut down the wind generator and we’ve gone a bit lower and
    it feels a lot more gentle. Once you’re up on deck it’s, and particularly with the
    wind generator howling it just seems a little bit crazy. – Yeah it does. – Hmm, alright well this is um, hopefully this is our line til– – [Pascale] Til Newcastle – [Troy] For the next three hours. – Whoopa! Are we gonna get there too early again? – Yeah. – (laughing) – But we’ll have wind
    to go into the harbor. – Yeah, so we might be
    pushing a little bit of tide. – Yeah but sometimes what can happen is you’ll have tide coming out
    and if there’s a bit of waves coming into the harbor and stand it up. Make it more exciting. So its cut to 17 meters for
    big ships so there’s no bar. – Yeah. – But it doesn’t mean it can’t still be just a little bit uncomfortable going in. – Yeah. (upbeat music) – So this is uh, this
    is a pretty sedate way. – Oh, you put the camera on. – So this is a pretty sedate way to do six or seven knots really. Ahh, Pasce’s just doing
    some comic relief there. – There isn’t it rock and roll. – She’s just showing that it
    is actually on a, sailing boat at the moment. There’s no crash, there’s no splash. It’s not very dramatic. We’re making great time. – Do you want um, what sort of Tabasco do you
    want with your salt eggs, Smoked Chipotle or normal? – Yes. – Smoked? – I think Smoked Chipotle
    would have to be the winner. – You get the big tin. – Yes. – Oh sh– ship. – (laugh) (techno music) – You would have seen us coming into Newcastle the other night and the reason why we came here is because we’re picking up a new fridge lid and a new fridge basket
    for the rusty old angle. – This fridge lids been through a bit. We even had to custom make
    out of some scrap wood a timber handle but
    then I have this new one so this ones been repaired
    and renovated a few times but it’s actually starting
    to crack and come apart so. On a boat, there’s so much to do. I can see people now, why
    don’t you just fix it up again? But you really have to pick your battles. – [Pascale] Yes. – So making another
    fridge lid is not a battle I wanted to take on. Because as Pasce brightly
    pointed out to me, when I was talking about making a new one, she’s like I think there’s
    more important things to take care of. She’s right. Look at that. Your gonna be chipping a nail on there. – [Pascale] You’ll have
    to put the new basket in. It’s too rusty that one. New rust free basket. Just show them that its
    made the new plastic. – It’s got good plastic coating but I guess I don’t know. After time it starts to flakes and crack – [Pascale] Bye, rusty basket. Do you need the sponge? Is there lots of water in there? – Sure is. – [Pascale] Oh, am I ever
    gonna be able to get in? – [Troy] Try pushing down on it. – [Pascale] Tada! This is like a new fridge. Are you happy? – Not as happy as you are. I’m happy cause you’re happy. – [Pascale Voiceover] Make
    sure you join us next week as we encounter our
    strongest winds yet up sail. – Turn off the wind gene–. We’re only sinking a little bit. – [Pascale Voiceover] Thanks
    for watching this week and if you enjoyed the video, don’t forget to hit that thumbs up button. Also, when subscribing
    to Free Range Sailing, make sure you hit the bell button so that you stay notified of
    all our upcoming releases. (relaxing music)

    ⛵️We are so Excited!!! 🎉We are finally done installing our sailboat’s hatches!!! 😍#115
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    ⛵️We are so Excited!!! 🎉We are finally done installing our sailboat’s hatches!!! 😍#115

    January 14, 2020


    Third day of work. We couldn’t finish it last night because it was too dark. And now it’s time to finish it. Hopefully. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So, we are gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life, and then we’re gonna go back and finish the
    house. New episode every Monday!! Cleaning the dust. We’ve been away from the boat for like 5 days, maybe 7 days and the dust of other boats is just
    amazing. Check it out. That’s the problem when you are in a working marina. Working marina is just… people are working all around. You need to clean the boat. That’s it. So it’s time for some cleaning. That’s it. Yeah. Now that we cleaned the deck it’s about time to? Install the hatches. Or portlights, I’m not sure. This is a portlight… Portholes? Yeah, the side ones that open. And then after that we’re gonna start
    installing the hatches itself. We are anxious to see the boat with 100% of the hatches installed. But as we have 12 to do we’re gonna do it in turns. First we’re gonna start with this one. And for that we still need to sand a
    little bit here, apply the… But before that we need to show them how we installed the acrylic on the top of this. We can not skip steps. That’s true. Because right now the hatches are ready to be installed but we didn’t show you how we installed the acrylic. (Yes, we showed it last week – you can see it here) That’s a lot of work. So let’s start with the acrylic and then we’re gonna come to the installation of the hatches. Contact glue We need to wait 15 minutes for this (to dry). So meanwhile we are putting some tapes on the windows (hatches). Is it hard, babe? Up side down is tricky sometimes. So we are preparing the portholes for the primer. Yeah… we are preparing it to install the… To paint the primer so we can install it with
    the Sikaflex. Because Sikaflex with primer works so much better. So, we want to have primer. You got the point, right? It’s gonna take a while until we finish this. I’m doing this and Duca is doing that one. Primer time. Everything we do we have primer
    in between. That’s just the way it is. But this was expensive but we are using
    for a while already and we still have a lot. That’s pretty good at least. Let’s do this. Now is the tricky moment. If we can do these ones, the side ones, we can do the rest. These ones are the
    tricky ones. But we’re gonna manage to do them. We are installing our third porthole. We are learning. It’s actually a good result. Excited. It’s actually easier to install
    than the portlights. Yeah. Because we can communicate. That’s true. The sunset. We still have one to install and that’s it for today. Because the sun is going out and then
    it’s really hard to install this. So, this is the last one. Almost done for today. Yep. This is really cool. Check it out. You can see the sunset. The view… The view is not the best one yet, there is just a motorboat next to us that be sitting here for a long time. But, in the future hopefully we’re gonna have some water, clean water here, sunset right on the ocean. Dream is for free still. Yeah. Let’s keep going. Stop dreaming and keep working. Second day of installation of hatches. Yes. Almost done with this job. It’s simple but it’s long… it takes so long to get all the holes right. We’re just making sure we have the right screw (screw thread) I mean, the right… you got the point. Because the paint is really really thick, so… We need to be really really careful. Meanwhile… I’m organizing these things to glue the rubber. Hello. Hello. Second part. Third day of work. We couldn’t finish it last night because it was too dark. And now it’s time to finish it. Hopefully. Yesterday it started to
    get really dark. And black Sikaflex in a white deck with white hatches during the night… it’s not a good idea. And mosquitoes. And mosquitoes, yeah. So, now we need to clean the mess. Now that it’s dried. So, we need to clean this. I can use it like this for now. So yesterday… This is the result. done during the night. We are pretty excited with the result actually. It’s not bad. That’s the mess. We are still cleaning it. But, at least it’s in place. So far we did 4, right? (Actually 4+4=8) We hope we don’t have any leaks. Yeah, hopefully we don’t have any leaks,
    because I don’t want to do this again anytime soon. Check this out. We have this one… And we have this one, this one, this one, and this one. And we still have another
    3 to go, not 2. The huge one, another one of the big ones, and another huge one. The entry door. Yeah, that’s the entry door. So far
    excited? Yeah. I’m really… I think I’m clean now. Taking this off. It’s terrible. It’s like a challenge… to install white hatches in a white deck with black Sikaflex. Why we are not using the white Sikaflex? We don’t really like the white because
    it’s always… it always gets dirty and yellow and with like a lot of… Like this one. It’s a bad job. Don’t show them, babe. This is a bad job, it doesn’t look good because we have a cover on the top of that,
    so we didn’t care about it in. By that time we didn’t know how to use soap. Yeah, we didn’t use enough soap to smooth the Sikaflex. But these ones are getting good, so far so good. I mean, it’s not perfect, it’s just impossible to do it perfect because we have no experience with that. But at least we don’t believe
    it’s gonna leak. And that’s… You are dirty here. Yeah, it’s time to go for lunch. Hatch of the day. The huge one. Actually, this one went easier than we
    thought. We just forgot to record it. It went smooth in place. Taking off that I almost killed myself. We were trying this in place and we were walking… I mean I was walking with this huge one by myself through that hatch. And it was
    covered with one of those papers, and I stepped right in the middle. And I just twisted my ankle. And your arm? But it’s all good. I almost got seriously hurt, but it’s all good. The first bad thing that has happened here. The first job accident. Labor accident. Yeah, the first real one. I hope it’s the last one. So, we still need to put this one in
    place, and the entry door. And then we’re gonna be done with this. Why we are not using polycarbonate? That’s a good question. I think this one scratches… it’s harder to scratch. I mean, if it scratch you can still polish it
    and get scratch out. And it’s cheaper, it’s 5 times cheaper than… Yeah, other than the price… I don’t remember to be honest, it was 5 months ago that we decided it. But I remember that in between all the goods and bads we preferred acrylic. I just don’t remember the reasons. I think it was price. And I think it was the possibility of polishing it. You are tired. So, why did we paint the hatches with spray gun
    instead of powder coating? Because if we wanted to powder coat we couldn’t anodize. And at first we thought we were just gonna anodize, not paint at all, just anodize it. And if you anodize you need to choose in between powder coating or anodizing and we prefer anodization. We thought we’d prefer anodization. But now that we didn’t like the anodization we paint on the top of it and then if we paint on the top of it we would we would lose a 100% percent of the galvanization, I mean the anodization. if we powder coat it. Because they need to give a
    bath of chemicals. So in this way we painted it but we didn’t lose 100% of the anodization. And also we filled the little holes that we had. Yeah, that’s true. Any other question? Just leave the comment below. Finally, we installed all the hatches in place. But now we need to install these little things. And also we need to install this and all the finishings. We have a few finishings to do. But still, it’s a really good
    accomplishment. Now it’s about time to clean this little thing that goes on their hatches. So we need to take this apart of this. And to use kerosene, stainless steel cleaning some brushes. So, let’s get started. And now the final piece. So, what is this for? This is basically for ventilation of the boat. So, the air comes inside from here. And the water just stays here. It’s gonna just leak from here. Hopefully the water won’t do this way. But supposedly this is gonna let air in but not water in. And that’s a really good thing. If there’s a big wave I think the water ca go inside, because there is a thing that we can lock it, block… There’s… you can see this screw here… with this screw we can put a lid, a plug. We can put a plug underneath, so if we are in a really really bad weather, that we have waves crashing all the time on the deck, we just closed it to make sure no water goes in. But in a regular situation this is a way of closing the boat, but at the same time letting the air to be exchanged with the outside. It’s time for some water. Finally, we’ve been waiting to put some
    water on the deck for a long long time and now we finally have hatches. So we can clean the deck. And today’s the perfect day because it… today… It’s so hot. It’s hard to talk even. The sensation today is 47 degrees Celsius (117F), the weather sensation. As you can tell. The real temperature must be like 38 or 37C (100F). Around that. Perfect day for some water. So we’re gonna do some washing and then we’re gonna show you the result of the hatches. That’s just a sneak peek. Let’s do it. I cannot work with water today. Because… That means I’m just filming today. And someone else is working. So what do you guys think? It’s pretty good. The deck slowly is getting in shape. We have almost everything we need on the deck
    already. But there is something… I don’t know if you noticed it. There’s a few things missing that we took off the deck. But that’s for future episode. A tip: they are made out of stainless steel. You told them almost everything. It’s just a tip. There are a lot of stainless steel missing on the deck. And that’s for a reason, because we’re… We’re gonna talk about that in a future episode because we didn’t finish it yet. But so far… check it out. We have even lids. That’s pretty good. So, we have all the hatches done, all the lids of lockers done. What else? We just need to put the
    door in place. The entry door, yeah. We didn’t put the entry door in place because we are working on inside and it’s a really really dirty job. The tank. Don’t tell
    anyone. We’re working on the tank (Diesel tank). So we don’t want to have the entry door in place so we don’t get the entry door dirt. So right now it’s off but it’s ready to be installed. But that’s it for
    this week. It was a long week because it’s been hard to work this way. Poor, babe. Took a while for me to go to the doctor because I thought it was gonna get better on its on. But it was just swelling, swelling, swelling and then I went to the doctor this week and he said… The good thing is that it’s not broken. We took an x-ray, it’s not broken. But, in order to the swelling to… In order to heal… In order to heal he told me to use this for 2 weeks. And that’s gonna be a painful 2 weeks
    because it’s really hard to walk on the deck like… How is “esquilo em Inglês”? Squirrel. Our squirrel is… She say that I’m a little squirrel, that just keep walking
    everywhere and now the squirrel needs to sit down and that’s not that easy. But for this week that’s it because we’re just rambling and talking too much as usual. But we are really happy with all the
    hatches in place and now we can wash the deck. And it look really good,
    even the air exchange thing. The ventilation. It
    looks really good. We like it and we like the color of the acrylics and it’s just… I don’t know… We are in love. It seems like the boat is getting ready and that’s pretty good. But now we need to welcome
    on board our new Patreons for this week. So, welcome on board, Kyle, Gerard, Tracey, Matthew, Will, Titus, Craig, Stephane, Mark, Michael, Alexander, Emannuel, Antony. And we also want to thank the donations through our PayPal. Thanks a lot Michael, John, Cora and Michael. Guys, thanks so so much. We really really
    appreciate your support. And we see you guys next week. We’ll see you guys next Monday. Join the crew

    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #55)
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    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #55)

    January 13, 2020


    your boat doesn’t have to come out of
    the water looking like this on sailboat ‘Brick House’ we’ll show you how we clean
    our bottom and then we’ll go to Hank Schmitt from Offshore Passage Opportunities to give his tips from the pros number four how to keep your bottom
    clean. Hello I’m Patrick Childress in over twelve years of living on our
    sailboat Brick house Rebecca and I have never found a bottom paint that does
    what it’s supposed to do what the advertising says that it will do
    we’ve always ended up having to scrub the bottom much sooner than ever expected so we
    normally use a hookah and up here we’ll put a link to video number 12 which
    shows how we use the hookah for scrubbing the bottom especially after
    we’ve been sitting for several months in one harbor and the marine growth really
    does accumulate and at the end of this video will show you some underwater
    scenes from that video but Hank Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities has
    a very good system for using a scuba tank which you don’t have to strap to
    your back and be so encumbered under the water so he’s going to show us how to
    start with scrubbing the waterline and then go deeper using the scuba tank and
    not wear it into the water okay so we’re getting set up to go ahead and clean the
    bottom of the boat I’ve been cleaning bottoms for about the last 25 or 30 years
    and at first we’d set up like most divers with a BC jacket and and
    regulator and all the weight belts and everything but I found it was much
    easier just to have a tank and a long 25-30 foot hose which I’ll set up right
    here in the middle of the boat and if you have a dinghy you could also put it
    in your dinghy but this keeps you from having to get a BC jacket and the weight
    belt when it’s time to clean your bottom and you’ll see how we can actually clean
    most of the bottom and we’ll demonstrate that in a little bit just by
    having the tank set up in the middle of the boat. we open it up so it’s
    ready for us we all the way open and back a little bit and I’ll just leave it
    right here in the middle I’ll go ahead and get set up to enter the water and as
    you’ll see I can clean most of the boat without having to use the tank and I
    just have that ready for me when I need it so I’ll go in the water and it’s all
    set to go when I need that for cleaning the prop for the bottom of the keel
    maybe the bottom of the rudder we’re gonna go ahead and get in the water now
    and we’ll show you how you can clean your boat pretty much about as big as
    forty forty five feet without using a tank if you didn’t have a tank if you
    weren’t certified but of course having a tank makes it certainly easier for
    cleaning off your prop or the bottom of your keel but really to clean the bottom of your boat
    the water isn’t that cold you don’t need a wetsuit or anything you just need a
    few things so we’re gonna go in with our swim fins
    a scraper of course for getting any barnacles or anything if you have
    barnacles on the bottom of your boat or anything then you really should you just
    be hauling the boat out and painting it a diver is not to keep from having to
    paint your boat once a year or once every two years for scrubbies they’re
    actually three different grades of scrubby’s one is like a sponge almost
    and that’s when you’re racing or you keep it clean a lot then the red want a
    little bit more abrasive and then you might be familiar with the black ones
    which are really for cleaning your barbeque grill and if you have to use a
    black one again I would usually just tell the owner of the boat save the
    money that I would charge you for diving and putting it towards a short haul so
    you shouldn’t have to be taking barnacles off the bottom of your boat if
    you have barnacles on the bottom you vote you need to paint but I know our
    bottom is not that bad so I’ll be able to use the lightest grade scrubby you
    can you don’t want to use anything more abrasive because then you’re taking the
    bottom paint off and again bottom paint as you know is very expensive 250 to 400
    dollars a gallon so the idea isn’t to put it on and then scrape it all off so
    again you want to use the the lightest scrub you can also very important are
    the suction cups because again imagine you’re in the water and as you’re
    cleaning the boat you’re pushing yourself away so they sell these at your
    marine supply stores also any glazier windows they also have suction cups for
    moving big pieces of glass so you want suction cups I put a line on there so I
    don’t lose that and then I’ll just have the scrubby on the other side I do use
    gloves again for barnacles you don’t want to scrape your hands if it’s really
    cold water you’d want to use a wetsuit but it’s not too cold today so just swim
    fins again if you want you can use booties my booties are more worn out
    than my gloves so I don’t use booties anymore and up here where the water’s
    dirtier I do like to put on a hoodie as well with a mask just any any mask I
    don’t use the snorkel at all because again I’m gonna be holding my breath
    cleaning the bottom of the boat and coming back up and you’ll see that
    demonstration in a little bit so again you don’t need a lot of a lot of tooling
    a minute ago you saw we set up our tank so we don’t have to worry about a BC a
    buoyancy control jacket or a weight belt even you’ll have enough with the suction
    cups to be able to take care of that so you’ll eliminate a lot of gear a lot of
    maintenance without the BC jacket so just a tank, a tank and long hose in the middle of
    the boat or you keep it your dinghy in the middle of the boat and I’ll just
    need that really for cleaning anything off the prop or the bottom of the keel
    so with that we’ll get suited up and see you in the water
    okay so I’m all suited up with my stickems – my suction cups…and hopefully I’ll get
    away with just my sponge type and I leave my other scrubby and my my putty
    knife near me so I could reach it when I’m in the water so just go in make sure
    you hold your mask okay we are in the water I generally
    like to start at the bow you see just okay so you could see the contrast where
    it was already cleaned and where it’s not and basically it’s my suction cups
    in one hand and I’m right-handed so I have this scrubby in the other and I’m
    just doing wipe wipe I hold my breath as I go down get to the middle of the
    bottom of the boat then work my way up the other side and I just continue that
    and that way I can do probably 90% of the boat without the having to use the
    tank or the regulator so it saves you from using a lot of air so when I was
    commercial diving I could do eight or ten bottoms with one tank so I wouldn’t have
    to make as many runs to do it and again if you’re out cruising around you don’t
    have to go and get your bottle filled as often. They do sell smaller pony bottles
    which you could probably do the whole boat bottom with just a small five or
    ten-minute pony bottle because again you only need it for your keel and for
    your your running gear your prop and your shaft if you have any barnacles
    there so it’s really just hold my breath wipe wipe….. and i come up again…work on down, more wipe wipe I don’t even have to hold my breath on
    the top. And I head back down. And i just keep going, all the way around. Probably once every 2 month if you’re not racing if you are racing then you
    might want to do it before each race. Very simple.
    okay so I’ve cleaned 80% – 90% of the bottom I have my regulator set up
    25-foot hose connected to the tank on deck. It could be on your Dinghy I just pull the
    hose down now because I’m ready to clean the bottom of the keel then I’ll get the
    putty knife and I’ll go ahead and clean the the strut, the prop, and the
    shaft and then we’re all done so I only need this for the last part of the last
    part of the cleaning the bottom. Thank You Hank I hope this video was
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and also click on the
    subscribe button if you haven’t already also there is a link to the tip jar in
    the video description if you don’t mind helping out in that
    direction now here’s some of those scenes from when we were anchored for
    three months in Sri Lanka (cleaning the hull, cleaning the chain, cleaning the prop on the bottom of our sailboat Brick House) Propspeed from Oceanmax worked great for 2 years, so it made cleaning our bottom a lot easier than before. After 2 years, we are applying it again (hauled out now for Coppercoat, Propspeed and more)

    Wharram Pahi 42 Project Boat Tour & Update from Luckyfish – Ep 101 Sailing Luckyfish
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    Wharram Pahi 42 Project Boat Tour & Update from Luckyfish – Ep 101 Sailing Luckyfish

    January 12, 2020


    Well. It’s a bit of a mixed bag this week. It’s January the second 2020 and it’s already shaping up to be a really exciting year. Yeah, huge news is we’ve got new girl crew coming. Can you guess who it is? We take a look at Caleb’s Pahi 42 and have a look at a project boat. He bought it two years ago. He’s been working hard on it ever since. Maybe he can help you decide whether a project boats for you. At the end of that we’ll take you for a walk around Luckyfish. See what work’s been going on there. Oh yeah. I had the surveyor in during the week, how I should get his report next week and in the meantime keep an eye open for our launching. We’re going to be doing it live on YouTube probably early next week. At this stage we’ll be announcing it on Patreon also on Facebook and as long as you’ve got notifications turned on on YouTube, you should be able to join us. Okay. Let’s head out to the water with Leo as he wears the life jacket for the first time. Taking a lancha down to meet Caleb Wright. We thought this week we might do something a bit different and look at a couple of other Wharrams. Hey Leo what do you think about wearing a lifejacket for the first time? They’re not very comfortable and But it might save your life You can see the scale of it. For sure. Yeah. It’s bigger than the Tiki 38, that’s for sure. Okay. We bought the boat two years ago and we’d actually been interested in Wharrams for awhile. I’ve seen a few videos and I found out that Boatsmith is actually there in um, East part of Florida and my wife was talking to me about what kind of boat we wanted. Yeah. We stopped by and said hello and two hours later after, uh, after having a wonderful tour, beautiful boat, he was building, uh, my wife said, I get it. I get why you like these boats and you know, she said, this is a good idea. On the way out the door. He tells us, Oh well, you know, these do come up as projects occasionally. And I said, well, you know, I have a fairly long timeline until I’m able to go and I don’t mind projects. That’s an opportunity to get one, a good price. So it also takes advantage of your labor and some other things. So, uh, we said thats of good idea if you hear anything, let us know. And 45 minutes down the road, he said, Oh, on Wharram and Friends, they listed about 45 minutes ago. It’s the model of boat that you want, the sailing that you want to do. It’s priced well, be aggressive, good luck. So a few weeks later, I find myself here with the builder’s Jake and Kathy, and heard their story of building the boat in San Francisco. You bought it from the builders. Oh, that’s good. Good. And they cruised it all the way down to the Panama canal through the Panama canal and made it back here to Rio Dulce yes, and were just having a great time. But you know, eventually you end up with life forces that move you away from certain things and they recognized that, you know, it was time to let the boat go to a new owner You know, we, we came to an agreement. So, um, it was unfortunate timing for me because I had taken a hurricane disaster relief job and we actually closed the deal after I’d been stationed in St Croix, helping with them, Maria and Irma. And so I couldn’t come back down to the boat for six months. So six months, the boat was here in the yard and we had people working to correct. Any monor rot that had occurred. So was it in the water when you bought it or what was it? It was. I have a beautiful photo right when I rolled up to it, the water and there’s, there’s beautiful Palm trees behind and the tarps and it looks perfect. So you knew instantly that you were probably already sold even though you were trying to keep a level head about it. It was the love at first sight versus the engineer in me Yeah yeah, the conflict. Yes. Well, you always got to follow your heart in the end, right? You’ll never regret following your heart. She had been tied up over at the Marina nearby and she had lost her forward beam. Um, a tourist had hung on the motors and uh, knocked at least one of them off. And so they took them both off to get repaired and when they found out how much they were going to cost, they just sold them for the parts because they had been well-used at that point. So she didn’t have any motors and they had made some improvements or some modifications for the sailing where we sail which I felt were a good direction. And um, we had the forward beam was not really a beam was just a piece of wood. The, um, other beams had various States of issues from water ingress. So these all new beams with, um, the forward and aft beam are new and the mast beam is new. Everything else was reworked, stripped back down to bare wood. Hang on, there is only 4 beams… so that’s 3 of them are new. No, 1,2,3,4,5. You’re missing the short beam in the middle. Okay. Is there a short beam in the middle is there? Sure there is the mast step beam, so when the mast is stepped on this centerpiece here and then the beam just AFT of it is, is there one of those on the Tiki 38 Yeah. Okay. I don’t know much about Pahi’s. They are the femine version of the Tiki, thats all I know. They’ve sure got some sweet curves That’s exactly right. Well, you know, a lot of boating um, you know, ends up being fairly serious. People take their boats very seriously and they name them serious things. We wanted to be out having a good time and be friendly and happy and fun and uh, the curves of the Pahi were very appealing. We’re gonna go, uh, we’re overbuilt and simple enough to modify things as we need to as we go. And we’re going to be fine and have a good time. Yeah, it’s a doing boat. Exactly. Well, the original plan were just open deck boards and when I bought the boat, they had put part of the repurpose deck pod beneath the deck to store the dinghy and some other things in front of the deck pod and deflect wave somewhat. And we got into the cockpit and realized there’d been some water ingress and, and so I took it from one thing I like about the Wharrams you can kind of build on the shoulders of giants improve on them the way you’d like to be improved. So what I took that as is, you know, this is a good storage space. Um, I wanted to add some more systems, a board, and I didn’t want them to intrude in the living space. So this, this first beam, uh, here between the deck and the mast beam and this, this beam ends up being the, uh, anchor and rode storage, right? The windlass and potentially some additional tankage depending on how much space I need for my a windlass. But I think I could put a fuel tank there quite easily. And then, uh, this box that you see here is weather tight box that we fabricated to how’s the battery bank and the inverter and any other sort of, um, water sensitive electronics that we didn’t necessarily want in the cabin. So that’s what that’s for. We have this main helm area that’s a passage between the hulls Uh, we’ve got the helm, our controls for our two outboards and all of the electronics will get mounted in this box while it’s some of the, uh, switches or the navigation lights otherwise. And then you can see the, uh, the aft part of the cockpit, which was formerly, uh, two seats facing each other per the plans. When I got it. It was one seat facing forward with, uh, a little table in front, which was nice, but I didn’t really like that. Um, it’s hard to climb over the beam. My wife’s not very tall, so she wouldn’t have liked that. And also we, we had a few things. We wanted to have a board. I like to cook and my experience cooking on boats has been, it’s hot below and tends be a little seasick conspiring sometimes. Yeah. So I decided that what I wanted to do was to use that aft part of the cockpit as a big square space on a boat, which is hard to find. And I wanted to put all the propane and appliances so nobody wakes up dead. And uh, that’s it. So there are no propane going into any of the hulls It’ll house a brand new Dickinson stove we just picked up today. It’ll hold a precision temp, um, propane hot water heater for when we go into the colder climes up closer to home in the fall and winter. And then, uh, they’ll be plenty of countertop space for preparing food, uh, et cetera al fresco And then we have a two foot wide section at the end that you can’t see that’s going to be flex space. So if we want to put extra coolers in there or if we’re living somewhere, and maybe it’s nice to have one of the portable laundry machines, ice maker or whatever, we don’t know yet. There’s space for that. You really like that behind that. We extended the rear platform a little bit. So we’ve got a swim platform that’s maybe three feet deep and we have the motors mounted on the Wharram design sleds that’ll lower from there. And between this, the two motors which we mounted fairly wide, we’re going to have a four foot wide ramp that we’re going to make out of some aluminium extrusions. And I think we’ll be just perfect for the Takacat. Just slide up underneath the rear beam, haul up out of the water and be free. The below deck layout. Well the two hulls it’s slightly different but very similar, very forward compartment possibly in case you hit something is a watertight storage locker, which takes all the sails. And then behind that we have a, on the starboard hull we have a double berth, which is quite comfortable followed by a nav station, some more counter tops, oilskin skin locker and then uh, the head with the shower. And then behind that, the AFT, um, berth which doesn’t have sitting head room. So it’s probably gonna end up being storage or a space for children to stay in when we get here. And on this, on the port side, uh, so the port side is very similar. We have the storage locker, the forward berth. And then, uh, this area is, uh, an area for a settee, or at least it’s a table we’ve set up from both sides that’s convertible into more sleeping area, which is great. And then after that we’ve got a little open area to set bags down, uh, possibly Howes, uh, extra coolers and things for long passages if we decided to do that. And then the original galley is still down there. And so I’m going to repurpose that as a second head on the boat. And we’re using the nature’s head composting toilets. So we don’t have any tanks board and uh, I think they’ll save us some weight and some trouble being in various situations. So that’ll give us, uh, was basically a two, um, two room. Oh, you’ve got a port in the starboard and that’s your one big state room on each side. And each, each one has its own bathroom. And if you think of it that way, it’s a lot simpler. Well, may we go below? Yes, you may. It’s under construction, but uh, come on down these steps. Um, when you have construction done in Guatemala, you’re not here to explain. They take a couple iterations. This is a second iteration and there’ll be a third. So they’re a little tight low. Hello, this is fun. Do you like boats? I can tell this area gets a table. Um, there was a table when I bought the boat. He got put in storage. There are termites here. The termites got the tadpole. So now I get a new table, it’ll be of a cow, BA and mahogany. And, uh, that’s what I wanted. So it’s nice and uh, that’ll fold down into this position. Christians will be available here. This will be the forward birth that show up they started working on is where the, uh, the 4,200 BTU air conditioner I found out of Fort Lauderdale and that route power systems a unit and it’ll be, so you’ll run it off your 12 volt through an inverter. Will you, I found a nice, uh, grid tie, um, Magnum and Berger and it’s, it’s set up to supplement from the docs. Do you have a brownout? It’ll pull from your batteries and it’ll charge your batteries. It’s a combination charger and burner, which is very nice. What brand? Magnum Magnum Mica. Yeah. They’re out in the Northwest Seattle area, I believe. Maybe Oregon. Exactly. You crossed it out against the victims. And you know, I probably did not spend as much time looking at veterans as I should of Victorians seem to be very well regarded. Magnum does as well. And maybe not so much in the Marine industry, but as far as the rest of the industry goes, they seem to be very big and they were us made and I like that. So that’s what I bought. Have you had to dig a lot of rod out of the Bay? You have really, you know, there were a few areas we identified early on. Yeah. So what happened with the audit? I mean that leads me to ask what happened with the honor. I mean, what happened and what was the story that meant they Oh yeah. Um, that meant that I let it go, you know? Well, I think that they, uh, like so many people have a dream of sailing and they get here or they get out of, uh, they get out of their element where they are making some money and they have ideas. But it’s hard to make those ideas happen when you’re one having a lot of fun and two out of an economic zone that you have skills in. So I think that pretty common for people is that they go and they build up a kitty for cruising and then they go cruise until they run out of money and then they take the boat home and you end up with time to build up the kitty you get and go again. That’s a nice cycle. So it was good to balance. I think that the boat, this boat particular was not sea worthy and was not, um, you know, able to be moved anywhere. I used it in Guatemala for a number of years to die and then they were absent for a while. Is that what happened? And then that deteriorate? I don’t, I don’t know the exact details, but the gist of the story was that the time here versus time to make money, was that a balance as far as what needed to get done and the attention that needed to be paid. Because you know, they built the boat, they loved the boat. They weren’t going to just hand it over to somebody to build or fix. They were here working on it and, and so when you have the, the, the mindset that this is how it’s going to happen and we can’t do that anymore cause that’s the way I want it to be, then that’s the honest thing to do. And so they, I think they did the right thing. Salva did the right thing for the boat. Yeah. Well Dan did the same thing, was lucky fish. He didn’t let it go though, but he said it was going to guy, you know, he had a baby and held the drink. Yeah. Well, he built, he built the dream and then he sold it, paid any months and then they fell pregnant and he realized that he wasn’t going to have time to put into looking after a timber boat. So he put it on the market straight away. And of course, you know, we bought it when it was in prime. Pray by Nick you. It’s been an ambition to keep it that way, you know? Yeah. That’s been great. He may build a good bite and then he might’ve really responsible decision at the right time to get rid of it. You know, it’s hard to let go. Yeah, that’s right. It must’ve been so tough for him. For somebody in upper more upper bracket income these mornings deals when you, yeah, sure. That’s a good deal. I agree. States plugging those things on your channel actually. Again, you know, because you don’t have to give up your job. Right. And which is a huge sacrifice. Yeah. And the best thing is if you get a captain to do charters and he’ll look after your boat and you’ll have, your engines are a good shape, you know, you, they don’t wreck it out because they, they tend to wear them. When I worked for Sibley’s wheat, we had about eight of one brand of boats and we had one with no name on the back. And if we had been scavenging parts of one to fix all the others, then the owner was coming down, we’d just put his name on the back of that boat. And as your vote, swear to God, swear to God. Another one is Steve stories that can’t go to air as far as the rock goes in the boat though, you know, the thing that, that was me, you know, me being new to warms and that was a bit of a surprise was I have surveyed the boat and I’ve found a few areas awry and we got quotes on those to be dealt with and they were dealt with. And that was the bulk of the work. Um, money-wise and timelines, were they in common? You know, common areas, areas people looking at could look out for, um, you know, beams or any place, anybody put a hole in anything is important. But there are lots of other areas, corners where the boat may flex a little bit or, uh, particularly where somebody may put glass over it and then think, Oh, that’s not round enough. And they sand it down, get back through the glass and then you have no protection. So the, the, the point that I wanted to make was that, uh, when this people come out to paint and they start sanding, that’s when you find everything. Because it could just be a little area this big or it could be this big, but it’s only going to take that first chip of paint for somebody to know that it’s a problem. And so it was a bit disheartening for me as I was trying to get kids out of high school and into college and, uh, trying to work and support my family through my wife’s military career and some other things and do my own thing as an engineer and my own work, uh, to come down here on a regular basis and, and think, Oh, we’re going to paint it this week. Oh, well it didn’t get painted because we found some more rot and they’re fixing rot. And then you come down again and another month and they found some more, right? And they’re all in small pieces and it doesn’t add up to much money because the wood is cheap and the labor is cheap and boatyard is cheap. But when you’re ready to knock it out of the park and go sailing, it’s, it’s a, uh, it’s an exercise to know that it’s the budget thing to do and you have a boat that’s in better shape. If you take care of everything you start with and they got some, you want to get a silent and it’s just another step backwards. You keep going backwards for a while, don’t you? When you start renovating boats? Yes, yes. It’s that a 80 20 rule, 80% of it gets done in 20% of the time. The last 20% takes forever. And you sooner or later you just have to say, well, maybe that doesn’t actually have to happen. You’re talking to boat Smith. He said there’s projects and gave an example, somebody who picked up a boat for less than 20,000 and I said, well that’s a great idea. And he said, well, the guy who bought it spent a lot of time working on it and he’s a hard worker. So you know here this, you can find the same thing, a lot of so you can find it, find a big boat like a pay 42 or let’s say a Tiki 38 for around the 20,000 Mark with rod and with issues and maybe needs new sales and all the electronics will be out of date. Right? So it depends on what you’re, what you want. Do you want a boat you can take off with right now? That’s going to be okay. Or do you want a boat that’s going to be great. That’s exactly the way you want it. So you get the boat to this stage now, which is looking pretty close. I mean, you know, you’ve got final paint on over most of the boat. Um, what do you reckon you’ve put into it? Well, you know, so we bought it for less than 20,000. Yeah. We put about same amount into it in the boat yard, which over the two years it’s been here off and on with me visiting and lots of work stoppages waiting for me to answer questions because my Spanish is bad. Um, and then probably the sound out and engines and electronics and refrigerated coolers and perhaps another 40 sung into it so far. Yeah. What do you reckon to give them the water now and, and you know, have the boat as you want to, you got to live. Uh, not much. Okay. Not much at all. So you’re going to end up with a 42 foot for under a hundred grand that ECS in fully renovated condition, probably ready to go with a bit of touch up. There’s nothing more than a bit of touch up needed for the next 10 years. Pretty good belly. Absolutely. Kylie, thank you very much. That’s been a great tour and uh, hopefully the view is of uh, got some inspiration from your story. I’m sure they have. I’ll take you for a walk around the hall and you can see the ones that have turned up for this year. What we’ve got here is the hatch over the head and it’s a glass though the hatch and the glass is just starting to de-laminate around this hinge area. It’s dancer ear, the side looks all right. These are the sorts of things we need to get on, do straight away. The marvelous thing about the worm is you can just about maintain the entire bite with nothing more than hand tools and that’s the wonderful thing. Or they’re dealing with a wooden boat. Extra, you know, too much. That’s beyond your reach when you come to fixing it without being dependent on other people. I’m just trying to further this edge of the fiberglass glass back into the, that looks fairly solid right here. So it’s just a matter of getting a bit of a bevel. They join us. Say when I put the epoxy filler in to make up for the glasses finger emerged little fairs and, and it’s not going to de-laminate again, we’ve done this several times over the last few years in different spots where the glasses lifted and uh, you know, no, no recurring problem. That’s the main thing. When you fix something you want to fix it once and that’s it. When we come out to, I think, you know, I’m thinking around 10 years for an annual refit for the spine, like a major refit, dismantle the house, pull the pod out, type of things off, have a look at the beam troughs, you know, if she makes it through the 10 years without any need to do it early, I think that’s a huge success. So they sort of areas can be looked at again. And so you have a holding up, maybe the hall hatch needs reclassing maybe the hall hatch needs replacing. None of, it’s a big deal. It’s all modular. It’s all plywood and timber. There is a bit of library hours involved. How are we ever, you know, I’m, my suspicion is that they sort of fixes again the last 20 years. Well that’s it really. I’m just going to hit this with a bit of denatured alcohol and get the water out of the wood and get it ready to put the epoxy filler. And he has a fix on the same hedge that was done, uh, two years, maybe three years ago, back in Grenada. And, uh, the key thing here is, you know, I opened it up with a Hexcel blade, got the epoxy in and the Craig hasn’t reoccurred. So that’s a process that’s been repeated every year on the Spire tag, not just the hatches of course, but all around the beams on the house sides, the top deck areas, anywhere where there’s little things, a little cracks and try to get onto them straight away. So, yeah, most of those cracks I was showing you earlier, they’ve been opened up with a Hacksaw blade to, to gouge out the deteriorated wood chisel if necessary. The bigger areas, we’ve got a sand paper to get things ready for the, so lucky. These are the side decks by the side of the engine boxes. I’m just touching them up. Um, these are whole areas where the hinges, uh, rope hinges are lashed through. They were all pretty deteriorated. They earn constant use. Of course, every time we start and stop the engines, we open up these engine box lids. I’ll just come around the other side and show you what I’ve done there. So there’s about 80. What I’ve done is, is drilling each one had oversize, put a bit of tight underneath it and then filled it from the top all the way to the top of just pure epoxy resin. So yeah, just to meet an air of drilling that out with that probably a three mill or right drill, the tight, the blank lashings that make up the hinges and a, they shouldn’t be good for that. It looks like a fairly solid fixed there. They should be good for another few years. Actually, some of these things underneath the beam here, it’s being touched up earlier. This one here, I, we picked that up at Roderic Wells is a common problem with catamaran. It doesn’t matter what model I, when you go on a morning, if they have steel rings or something hard on the top of the moorings when there’s no wind and no tide, the boat can just drift. And the morning boys drift under the boats at times in between the house. And then of course you rise and fall on the wives and that’s where the damage is done. These steel rings can bounce and bang. So once you hear that first stump inside the boat, you a guy out like a sharp, uh, talking the morning boy firmly fixed between the house, somewhere near the bad’s where it kind of do any, any harm. okay guys, that’s all the time we have for this week. I’ve just put a new post up on the syndicated sailing site. Check out the link in the description. It describes the boat selection process for the big cats syndicate. It’s proving to be a real adventure before we even get to sail the boat. Also, keep an eye open for the live lucky fish launching next week. Maybe your comment and guesses about that. Who that new girl crew Mike be? And it’s always a huge thanks to our patrons by everybody. We got throat. Leah, you are a champ. Hi. Five leave your comments and guesses maybe or comments. Yeah, yeah. Good bye. It makes it easy. You’re right. We just leave it to you. Leave your guesses. I know who she is. You know who just wave. Okay. Be nice. Could be good boy. Why is it huge thanks to our patrons. See you all next week. Thanks everyone. Bye. All right, one more time. Okay, let’s do it. Let them go for it and we’ll just laugh. I got guys, it’s all the time. Okay. Ever striking that child daddy’s head. Alright. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already, and thank you for watching..

    ⛵️Restoration of our sailboat’s hatches! Part 2 #114
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    ⛵️Restoration of our sailboat’s hatches! Part 2 #114

    January 10, 2020


    This is part 2 of a video of us
    installing the hatches. That’s where it gets tricky. It’s tricky because you have like a fresh white hatch that you need to work with black Sikaflex and black
    silicone. It can become a mess. But the black Sikaflex we are becaming pro at this. Not pro, but we”re getting better. Let’s put
    this way: we’re getting better. One day we’re gonna become pros. Now we’re just getting better. But I think the result is pretty good. I’m not afraid of working with Sikaflex anymore. That’s really good. Today. If she waits a week
    and then we’re gonna be afraid again. Because we forget it. Yeah. We learn and we forget, and we learn and we forget. That’s how it just keep going. Let’s get started. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So we can travel around knowing that we will always have a little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So, we’re gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life, and then we’re gonna go back and finish the house. New episode every Monday!! Today we have a surprise. Could you grab a chair? This is gonna take a while. Do you remember the old hatches? Check this out. Exciting day. We didn’t open it yet. Brand new hatches. I mean, restored hatches. That looks just amazing. We are gonna start installing
    this. But in order to do that what’s the first step? We need to do something like this. And like this. Basically we need to install the acrylic. That’s the small one. Basically we need to glue this in place and to do that there are so many
    small steps. To be honest we have never done this before, as usual. We are a little bit nervous about it. Postponing it as usual. We’ve been waiting for this for like a month, because we were afraid of starting it but at one point we need to do it of course. But we had some help. We have a friend that we met here in the boatyard that works doing that professionally and he gave us class. We can show you just a flash of the class. So this day during the night he taught
    us the entire process and we did this sample one. And he went through all every single steps we need to install this in a good way. And hopefully we’re going to be able to repeat what he had done. Theory is always easy, in practice it’s not
    that easy. At least… Ups, sorry. We are also waiting for the weather, because we cannot do this with the humidity that we have now. Right now. Basically the first step is to create a mask. We are gonna paint this on black, so when you see from the outside instead of seeing… because we are gonna use the double-sided tape to glue this in place and in order not to see the double-sided tape we are gonna have a mask, a black mask. So you’re gonna see
    just like… You know? Like cars… They have on their windshields they have like a black mask around the glass? That’s what we’re gonna do. But first you need to tape to make sure we do it right. Properly. Next step is to create the mask with this tape. But we had a problem when we did the portlights. That when we do a mask with this plastic underneath all these small gaps… the primer goes inside and then it screw the job. So we’re gonna take off this part of the plastic and then we’re gonna do the mask, otherwise we’re gonna do a huge mistake again. Trust us. It won’t work. That’s just the way it is. So. Second step. We need to try to find the
    center of this. We need to try to aline this… the position that is… The gaps are the same, like here here here and there. Close to the same. I think
    that’s good enough. Then you get some tapes. The reason for that is because we want
    to have a double tape. And now the trickiest moment. If she did it right… Next step. So basically this is ready to apply
    the masking paint here. And the reason why we have 2 tapes is because after we apply the first masking tape we take this tape off. And then we have another
    tape to apply the primer for the Sikaflex. It’s like a lot of steps. But at one
    day we’re gonna get there. One day. We don’t need to show you all the same. But we can do a time lapse. Maybe. Time lapse it is. We did it. This batch. That is the last one. Check it out. We have all them ready for the primer. Not the primer. I mean they’re ready for the black… how do you call it? Black masking paint. You’re gonna see it. It’s gonna make sense. But right now all we do is to paint that and wait for 24 hours. But I think it’s too late for the paint to dry, so we’re gonna wait for tomorrow that it’s probably sunny. Hopefully. It’s around 5PM now. And then we’re gonna do this first step of many. So, we see you guys later. So, it’s about time to apply the black
    mask on the acrylics. Basically this is just a paint that seems like a windshield of a car around that’s black to protect the glue that holds it in place. So this is the first time of course we do this. It would be easier if we’d order the acrylic with this already. We could but we didn’t know abou it before. So we need to do it. And let’s try it. Let’s see what happens. Finally a sunny day. Now I’m ready. That’s why we need to finish the hatches
    because right now our door is this and the mosquitos are going crazy at this time. That’s it. We’re gonna wait it to dry now. We see you guys
    later. Let’s take this out. So the idea is to mark where we need to
    put the rubber and the screws. Because it’s really hard to get exactly
    the position because this… the rubber, the gasket needs to fit inside of the wood, in between the wood and the frame. And it’s a tricky position, it’s hard to find a
    screw. So now we have this blank nice canvas. We can draw around… And now the holes. You got the point, right? She didn’t know if it was gonna work.
    Look at that! Almost perfect. There’s a tiny little corner that we need to fix. But we have a hatch now. We have a long way to have a hatch. We can sleep on the dark now. We have a blackout, not a hatch. We gonna leave like this I guess. So, basically this was just to make the
    screws in the right spot and now we just need to mark and cut the inside part. But seems really good. I like it. Let’s go outside to check how it looks. So we are doing kind of an offset because we want to have Sikaflex between the hole and the gasket. This is just a primer for the 3M tape,
    double-sided tape. We’re gonna actually glue the acrylic on the hatch with double-sided tape. That’s the idea. It’s gonna be tricky, but we’re gonna manage to do it I guess. So, a new task to learn today. So we made a test. It’s just to guarantee
    that we’re doing the right thing. So, this one we have primer, this one we
    don’t have primer. So without primer I can take it off, with primer it’s impossible. It’s just really hard to take off so… The primer works. Good news. Every single day we learn a new task. That’s good. It’s weird: this dries really really really quick. Now is the tricky moment. The moment we’ve been waiting for… a long time. At some point we need to glue the
    acrylic to the hatch. Now we have already the primer on the hatch, we have to tape on the acrylic. We’re gonna use this. GoPro suction thing to hold this and to
    locate it in place. I think it’s gonna work. You’re gonna see it. I’m just talking and talking, so I don’t need to do it. Postponing the moment. Just testing. Now it’s for real. No way back now. Scary to see the other side. We can have a surprise, a good or a bad one. Because we have double-sided tape and we don’t want the double-sided tape to go outside of the frame. We will see it now. It’s not bad. Here is a little bit, but we can take it off with a utility knife. Just a little bit. But it’s fine. We can do it with utility knife. I think it’s really good. Now we just need to press it a little bit longer. So this one is gonna be here. Really soon, right? Hopefully. The first step is done. It’s really good actually.
    I like it. Really really well. Better than I thought. I guess that’s it. We are done, right? For now. Not really. There are so many steps involved in
    installing and fixing the hatches in place. Rafa, you do a lot of work. Yeah, our friend that works with that he works a lot. But he also works a lot because we
    call him every 5 minutes. Every time we have a new task we call him to make sure we’re doing the right thing. And he’s helping all the way through. You are awesome. So now we need to do the finishings here inside and on the outside. So, basically on the outside we are gonna use industrial, black structural silicone. And that’s because it’s easier to work, it dries out slower and it’s easier to have a good finishing. And inside… Sikaflex. And after that we’re almost done. We just need to install it in place, that’s gonna be another huge task, but… No, we need to glue the rubber here with contact glue. We are waiting from another friend that we’ve just met because of the channel (Thanks a lot, Lucas) like a week 2 weeks ago. He’s in the next marina and he is bringing it from the big city for us, from São Paulo. So tomorrow we’re gonna get this… That’s baby steps. You need to think one step at a time. Right now we’re really good. Guys, I’m trying to work. He is just… Watching Instagram. Just check this one. It’s just… This guys is crazy. Too crazy. It’s true though. Don’t you wanna work? I need to rest a little bit, I’m tired. We were gonna start working, but… We were ready to start applying primer, but primer not now. We’ve just received some… it’s still warm. There is a C. It’s can be meat, because meat in Portuguese is carne. This is from the son of the owner
    of the restaurant here in the marina, he’s the cooker, the chef and he watches the channel, he likes what he watches and he brings some treats sometimes. Just some… just to make us happy and we can work better. Now we are gonna eat to work better. This is really good, this is banana… banana something… Thanks a lot, Luciano. It’s shrimp I guess. Shrimp? The C is camarão, that is shrimp. That’s really really really good. But I think we’re gonna go eat outside, because here we don’t want to get the boat dirt with food. So, we don’t want cockroaches on the
    boat. Let’s go outside. Sikaflex primer Let the fun begin. You can see the next one. No, you need to
    see the first one. Be careful there. The problem here was the primer. It’s always the primer. The primer got these little things there. I don’t know how to fix this. How not to do this. Is the tape. Now that the Sika is dried. It looks really good, actually. It’s better than I thought. Look at that. But now we need to do this join. The other one. And for that? We are gonna use Downsil. That’s actually a structural silicone. It’s a little bit different to the Sikaflex because this is gonna take longer to dry. But it’s supposedly better on the sun. And it’s easier to work… They say, right? Let’s hope Rafa is right. So basically now we are gonna do
    the finishing, the good finishing around the hatches. So we need to apply primer and wait for 30
    minutes before we apply the Dowsil. That’s black industrial silicone. Structural industrial silicone. Time for the truth. We need to start
    applying the silicone. This time it’s not Sikaflex. This time Industrial structural black silicone. Supposedly really good and really good on the sun. New challenge. We’re gonna trust
    our friend that said that this is really good. New challenge every day. That’s the trick that our friend said
    that once you start you never stop doing this. It’s not that you never… you
    cannot stop. It’s not that start you: wow, I’m never gonna stop it. No. If you start you cannot give a break. That’s what she means. He said if you are tired just
    keep going. Do not stop it. Not bad. Check this out. For the first
    one… for the first one is really really good. Even the black detail on it
    inside. Look at that. Proud? Really good. 100% done. We just need to install it in place. Oh, no. We need the small gasket. A small detail. It’s done. Remember that we say that plans always change? Of course this week wasn’t different. We were supposed to finish installing all the hatches. And we started doing well. We actually installed more than half of the hatches. Oh, by the way… we’re not on our boat, as you can tell. That’s someone else boat. It’s our friend’s boat. But we have a reason for that. The reason for that
    is because we had the first bigger working accident. He twisted… I don’t know if you can see on camera but this is really really swollen. And the problem
    was that we were installing the hatches and I walked to the tip (bow) of the boat
    with the big hatch in my hand. And on the way back I didn’t see one of the hatches that wasn’t in place and I stepped on the hole of the hatch. It was… it could be worse, let’s put this way. The tip of my toe just touch the frame, that
    means I didn’t fall straight down. But once that happened I twisted my ankle and it’s being already like 4 days editing, sitting… So, he is resting, editing videos. I’m working on this boat helping our friends and working a little bit painting the wood from the anchor locker. The problem is that we are planning on starting painting the diesel tank and if we paint the diesel tank that means we cannot stay inside of our boat because the smell is gonna be strong. So, they offered for us to stay with them here in the next marina. And it’s good to stay with
    friends. So we moved to their boat and now I’m just stuck here. And I cannot move that much. The good thing is that they have light, water, gas. Yeah, we have food, hot food. They are really nice. Thanks a lot, Juh and Fred. It helps a lot to have good food when you can not move that much. They are cleaning the boat. They are working where around. Yeah, they are working around. It’s fine. Right now I’m just sitting with my feet on the top of the couch and just waiting for the foot
    to get better so we can go back to the hatches. We still have just 2 to install just the entry door and one more. Out of 12 we installed 10 and that’s really good progress. But we don’t want to show you half done. So we decided to leave that for
    next week, because otherwise we won’t have an episode, because I’m gonna stay here for another at least 5 days I guess to get better and to be able to walk. Right now I’m only allowed to go down the boat once a day in the morning, so I can take my shower. That’s the only time I’m allowed to out of the boat. Because this boat is really high off the ground, it’s like 4 meters or something with a huge ladder. We are planning on doing a tour of our “hotel” on the next video. We are saying that they are doing their first…. because they are fixing up this boat and in the future they’re gonna do a charter. Not only charter,
    but they’re gonna do charter sometimes. So we are the first charter on the boat
    yard while they refit the boat. I’m rambling already, as usual. Let’s talk about things
    about the hatch. What do you think about the Downsil? I don’t know if you guys understood, but we made the decision of instead of
    gluing with Sikaflex the acrylic in place as usual you do, we decided to use
    3M double-side tape and then the seal… Because the 3M double-side tape is not
    water protective, there’s not protection for water. So we need to seal it, so the water
    won’t get to the tape. And to seal we use black Industrial silicone, structural silicone. The reason why we used that: first because a friend of ours that work doing that said it would be easier to work with. And also because it has a stronger protection from the sun. In our case we don’t think it was easy to work with. For us at least. There is the good side that it gets dry slower, so that means you have more
    time to to get the good finishing. Sikaflex is quick, in 5 minutes if you
    didn’t get it right you are in trouble. And for someone that never done this before to have more time to work it’s better. But at the same time it’s really liquid,
    so it’s good because it actually goes through all… it penetrates really well. But at the
    same time was tough to… You get dirty really easy. It was not that
    much easier to work. For us. Just on our experience of course. But at the same time the result, the rubber that creates is really really strong. It’s not that dark, it’s a little bit gray, dark gray. We really love the color of the
    finishing and we like the bright of the finishing, that means less dust gets
    stuck on the silicone than on the Sikaflex, and that’s really good. Other than that? Other than that we have a small problem with the gun that you apply… how do you call? The applier? The thing that you apply the silicone. Because it’s so liquid that on
    the back it would just… The pressure… I think there is so much internal pressure inside of the bottle that instead of going everything through the tip, some would go through the back. A lot. So, we lost like maybe not half, like 20 or 25 percent of the bottle we would lose through the back. I don’t know if that
    was our applier there wasn’t good. But, it happened. But I think we are talking to much already. As usual. It’s about time to welcome on board our new Patreons for this week. So, welcome on board, David, Wayne, Juan, William, Cora, Coeptis, Tparent, Samuel, Jay, Gregory, Bram, Jo&Gi, Ulf, Michael. And we also want to thank the donations throw our PayPal. So thanks a lot, Michael, Thomas, Steven and Mike. Thanks a lot, guys. We really
    really really appreciate your support. And we see you guys next week. We see you guys next Monday.

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    Peeing Off a Boat … How to Use a Sailboat Toilet /Head (Pro Tips #2/Patrick Childress Sailing 51)

    January 6, 2020


    if you’re ever offshore and you fall
    overboard lesson number one is the first thing you do is zip up your fly that way
    your friends won’t laugh at you at your funeral HI Im Patrick Childress, and we will get back with Hank
    Smith in just a few minutes I wanted to tell you back in 1980 I was crossing the
    Pacific I was into the second year of a three-year solo circumnavigation on a 27
    foot sailboat on a pleasant day with the wind off the port quarter and sailing
    along and I was taking a pee off the back side of the boat which was nothing
    unusual but just as I had been warned the boat took a sudden very unexpected
    lurch and I was on my way over the back it took all of my strength and effort to
    Teeter myself back up onto the cockpit and from that day forward I never peed
    over the side of the boat while at sea again I always used the head and sat down.
    Checking with some other people… I first met John Neal in Papeete Tahiti in 1980
    John was sailing on his 26 foot Mahina it’s been 30 years now that he and his
    wife Amanda have been operating offshore expeditions most recently on their sailboat
    Mahina Tiare and I asked John if it’s addressed in their crew manual about
    peeing over the side he said no but it IS in their crew orientation and nobody
    pees over the side off of his boat while at sea and even men sit down while they
    use the head checking with another source yet was Andrew Burton who lives
    in newport rhode island he has been sailing most of his life professionally
    delivering sail boats across oceans operating private sailboats and charter
    boats worked as a magazine editor and he has the same policy
    nobody pees over the side of the boat while at sea and men sit down using the
    marine head .so this is what the pros do how they approach the safety of keeping
    people on the deck of their boat Hank Schmitt who operates offshore passage
    opportunities it is in his crew manual that nobody pees over the side and men
    sit down on the marine head well let’s get back with hank he’s going to give us a
    little more information and show us how to use a marine head, how to make sure that it’s
    flushed properly so the whole crew comes out smelling good we were having a little fun with you up
    on deck but it is serious business about taking a leak offshore and you really
    want to be careful so we really recommend not to do that offshore and
    again almost kidding aside but you really do want to make sure your your
    fly is zipped up if you do fall overboard but while we’re on the subject we
    thought we would talk about using the marine head it’s a thing that a lot of
    people are reluctant to ask questions on because it seems like such a simple
    thing but so many people do not use a marine head correctly well you have to understand
    about using the head and again some people call it the head I call it the
    gym because that’s where we do get a lot of our exercise. once you put something
    into the toilet we have our bottle to demonstrate it goes in and you’ll see
    that we have on the side just for flush which water goes out it’s actually dry
    Bowl and then there’s another saying for flush so you want to evacuate the bowl
    first with it on dry and then you have to envision what’s going on everything
    is going into the toilet through hoses and it has to go up a hose through what
    they call a vented loop then down to the hose and either into your holding tank
    or offshore we’re going to talk about just using it offshore where we are
    pumping everything over the side so you want to make sure first that everything
    disappears from your bowl so now there’s nothing there it’s empty but then you
    switch it over to the wet side and as you pump you get your exercise and water
    comes in and what we’re doing is that water is forcing everything in the hoses
    several feet into the hose up over the vented loop down and then back over the
    side and then after you’ve pumped it 10-15 times you want to go back to the
    dry Bowl and a marine head. unlike at home, you want to leave it empty so there
    is no water if there is any back flush what happens is because of that hose if
    it does back flush a little bit it’s gonna back flush with clean sea water
    and you’re not going to smell up your head if you don’t pump enough any back
    flush might still be contaminated water and your heads gonna start stinking a
    lot so you really want to make sure you pump a lot so it’s the big hose at the
    bottom which is the evacuation hose so you want to make sure you pump a whole
    lot to move everything the big hose underneath you’ll see it
    goes behind the toilet behind the bulkhead and let it go goes head and
    travels up through the big loop to your Y valve where you set for it to go
    either to a holding tank or overboard dockside of course we’re where we are
    now on holding tank once we get offshore in the ocean switch it over seacock and
    then when it’s seacock of course pump it a whole bunch of times make sure you
    get rid of everything dockside either try and use the facilities at the marina
    or don’t pump as much so you don’t fill up your holding tanks now if you’re
    doing number two of course you don’t want to start with a dry bowl so you
    might want to go to your head put it on wet put some water in there and then
    some boats really don’t like you to throw anything even toilet paper down
    the toilet you can use toilet paper as long as you don’t use too much toilet
    paper I like to say is compromise between poor angelina jolie that got
    vilified for saying that you only needed one piece of toilet paper and then
    that’s a little extreme on one end and on the other end try not to do it my
    oldest daughter did and make a catchers mitt it way too much so as long as you
    use smaller pieces put them in it really isn’t a problem
    you’re not going to clog your toilet but again only toilet paper and then again
    you need to put it on dry first if you keep it on wet you’re just going to keep
    circulating not emptying the bowl but you put it on dry to evacuate once it
    all disappears it’s just sitting right at the beginning of your your hoses so
    you put it on wet and then you get your exercise in the gym pump a good 10-15
    times move everything along the lines gets over that vented loop and down over
    the side and overboard and then back to the dry position and we tried to get rid
    of everything and that’s how you’d leave it in the course of your trip
    if water’s coming back and it’s still smelling you’re not pumping enough so
    you just have to pump more and that again is the nice way to keep your
    marine head not smelling too bad, and not worrying about any clogs and you keep everybody very happy without
    any any problems. there are no plumbers at sea…the captains usually drafted and he doesn’t like
    that! I hope the information in this video was worthwhile for you if so
    please click on the thumbs up button and if you haven’t already on the subscribe
    thanks again for watching and we’ll see you soon

    Saying Goodbye to Our Boat | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 53
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    Saying Goodbye to Our Boat | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 53

    January 5, 2020


    – We’re now on the boatyard. There’s been a million things that we’ve been tying to get
    done before leaving the yard. – We are going to take our mast down. – [Man] Hey guys, he’s going to cable down. – [Kirk] What’s happening. – [Lauren] We’re tearing
    our ceiling panels down. Whatcha doing? – Making rain. – We still don’t know where
    the leak is coming from. You don’t realize how much
    metal you have on your boat until you have to polish
    every square inch of it. It’s crazy what the
    environment does to boats. (bright upbeat music) almost there. – [Kirk] We have a new mast. The state of Soulianis. (bright upbeat music) – So we haven’t been on
    the camera much lately. Probably because we’re a little bit sad. We’re wrapping up our sailing season. We’re now on the boatyard. And, we’ve been in the process
    of trying to get a cargo van. – We’re here in Miami trying to buy a van. – That we can drive,
    slash, live in this summer while we’re in the Midwest. Hi.
    – Hey, whatcha doing? – [Lauren] Tryna give an update on what’s been happening
    in the last couple weeks. And, what’s supposed to happen today. – At 10 a.m this morning
    we are supposed to get our new summer home delivered to us. It is van, and its name is chip. – We’ve already named our van and we don’t even technically own him yet. Him, it’s a him. Our boats a her, so our
    van is gonna be a him. – [Kirk] Okay, hold on, we’re not giving up on sailing so why are we buying a van? Six weeks ago we extended
    our work trip to Utah so that we could look for vans. We knew we’d be traveling around a lot over hurricane season and our families live 600 miles apart. So, instead of having to
    buy plane and train tickets, and renting cars. And, since we’d have no home otherwise, we decided our best option
    would be to buy a place to sleep, on wheels. (upbeat music) – We were so close to buying a van. We’ve driven the entire State of Florida, Fort Myers to Miami. – We literally just got
    beat out by another couple that drove all the way from Fort Myers to look at the exact same vehicle, in the exact same spot, at
    the exact same time as us. And, they beat us there
    by about five minutes. So, we didn’t get to buy the van. – Miami to Orlando,
    Orlando to Jacksonville. – [Kirk] Thank you. Had to get a, – Security clearance. – Security clearance to look
    at this van we’re gonna see. – [Lauren] Wow. Go back to Orlando, – Sarasota
    – Sarasota, and then, – Back to Miami. – It’s been a week of searching. – All the way down to Key West. – And then to Key West. Finally decided yesterday
    to go for this van that has a lien on it unfortunately. So, it’s making it extra complicated to try to buy it. There’s actually two of them that this company is selling. And, they’re chip distributors. This is the one that we’re not getting. But, this is what it used to look like. The one that we want to
    buy is right over here. And, just got its wrap taken off. So, looks like a brand new transit. So now we’re just waiting
    the president of the company to find the title. And, we’re really hoping
    that he can find the title. It’s been a whole big debacle of trying to get a clear title and somehow get the van to us. And then, we need to get
    back to the boat in Key West, to be able to bring it back
    up here to Port Charlotte and store it away. So, we struck a deal
    that they’re gonna come to Port Charlotte and
    drop off the van to us. Once they got the clear title. – We’re not very good at
    buying vehicles, or boats. We seem to find a way to
    look at hundreds of them before we end up with one. And, it doesn’t ever
    seem to go very smoothly, or quickly, or easily. – So, that’s what’s been happening. – Oh you are, okay. Yeah, yeah, straight back and then I will come down and meet you. See you in a moment. Our van, our van is here. Okay, is this what I wanna wear? – You actually match. – Okay
    – Good. – Will you come check it out with me? – [Lauren] Yeah, I will.
    – okay. (bright music) – [Lauren] Ah, there’s our van. – Hey Orlando, you made
    it, thanks so much. We really appreciate it. – [Lauren] Yay. – Oh, hello. – [Lauren] Oh, hello. (bright music) – And, we got a little present. Maduros, our favorite. – [Lauren] Which are? – They are sweet plantains. – [Lauren] More chips. – More chips. Oh, so much time we’ve invested in this. And it worked. – [Lauren] Here we are. – With an empty van. We got us a van. – [Lauren] You’re gonna
    drive it to the boat? – Yep. (bright music) – [Lauren] Chip delivery. – Chip delivery. Chip, Rahm, Soulianis. (bright music) – [Lauren] With our summer transportation and living accommodations now secured, we got back to prepping
    the boat for our departure. – [Kirk] Okay. – [Lauren] Our anchor rode still had some caked mud and dirt on it. So, Kirk pulled out all 200
    feet and sprayed it off. He then wiped of any
    remaining boatyard residue before I pulled it back into the locker. Next on the list was
    prepping the mast unstepping. There were a couple of reasons
    why we were doing this. – When you get really high winds the monohull ditches some of
    the stresses by heeling over. When you’re on a cradle, on land, your boat is not gonna heel over until the stresses just build up. And, even with just the bare pole, there’s a lot of stress that can build up especially in hurricane-force winds. When you prepare your
    boat for hurricane season you strip down anything possible that will rip or tear, or catch wind, any canvas, any fabric,
    anything that is windage. You mast is a pretty big piece of windage. And, yes it’s strong but it will transfer a lot of that energy directly
    into the hull of your boat, through the rigging or
    through the mast itself. So, we are going to take our mast down. (bright upbeat music) – [Kirk Voiceover] Beside
    reducing windage overall, we wanted our mast down
    for another reason. At certain wind speeds
    in specific directions the mast will start to pump, sending unwanted reverberation
    throughout the boat. We’ve talked to a few
    other Tartan 37 owners who’ve experienced the same thing. And, we didn’t want to
    allow this to happen in potentially strong
    winds all summer long. (bright upbeat music) (murmurs) – [Lauren] Okay. – [Man] Move that block out of the way. Hey guys, he’s going to cable down. – [Lauren Voiceover] It also helped that we had done this once before. And, we were fairly
    comfortable with the process. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] What’s happening? – (chuckles) We’re tearing
    our ceiling panels down to try to find the leak. Pretty sure it’s coming in through the dorade box up there. That we’ve had since we bought the boat and we haven’t been able to
    do anything about it yet. (bright upbeat music) – [Lauren Voiceover] Oh,
    so you wanna take that one ceiling panel down? Get ready for a game of reverse Tetris, or something like that. Every time we need to get at
    something behind the walls or the ceiling, or the floor it seems to require removing
    five times as many trim pieces as we think it should. And, about a million more
    screws than we thought could exist on one boat. (bright upbeat music) – So, we took down all the ceiling panels. We still don’t know where
    the leak is coming from. We actually sprayed the deck down. Whatcha doing? – Making rain, to see where
    our leak might be coming from. – Nothing ended up coming through, which is kind of strange. But also, not, because usually it would
    take a really long time once it started raining, for the leak to actually come through. Sometimes if it was a light rain we wouldn’t see the
    leak until the next day. So, we’re not gonna be able to get it done before we have to leave
    and go back up north. So, we’re gonna try it next year. But, in the meantime, I’m cleaning all the
    mold off the fiberglass that was growing underneath
    the ceiling panels. And then, we’re gonna
    put up our new panels that Kirk cut. They’re out of plastic
    instead of like a fiberboard, so should definitely be resistant to mold. – [Kirk] Can’t even hardly
    tell the difference. – Really?
    – [Kirk] Yeah. That doesn’t look too bad. (bright music) – [Kirk Voiceover] We gave
    the hull a thorough cleaning. We used diluted toilet bowl cleaner to remove the stains from
    where the deck drains through the toe rail, and followed up over the
    entire hull with boat soap. (bright music) – Having two ladders is freakin’ awesome. Makes things so much faster. – [Lauren] Oh, hi Chip. (bright music) – [Lauren Voiceover] With
    the hull freshly cleaned, Kirk set about buffing and waxing while I polished all the
    rust off the stainless. (bright upbeat music) – So, I’ll show you what
    we’ve been doing here to clean up all of this stainless steel. Here’s a little piece
    that I haven’t done yet. This stuff works wonders, but not without your elbow grease. Okay. You don’t realize how much
    metal you have on your boat until you have polish
    every square inch of it. (bright guitar music) – [Kirk Voiceover] That
    evening I disconnected our flexible solar panels from the dodger and stowed them away. The next day, I started construction of our new mini-mast to
    support the huge UV cover we’d be draping over the entire boat. (bright music) – We’re supposed to
    leaving the yard tomorrow, we probably won’t be
    leaving till Saturday, ’cause the boat still looks like this. (bright guitar music) There’s been a million things that we’ve been trying to get
    done before leaving the yard. We’ve never done this before. We’ve never put our boat away for, well, any period of time. So, now leaving it in Florida and knowing that we’re
    in the hurricane box. And, we’re leaving it in a
    super hot and humid environment, it’s definitely got us
    a little bit worried because we don’t know if what we’re doing is gonna be adequate. We don’t know if we’re missing something. We’re hoping we come back
    to the boat in the fall and it’s not covered in mold. Or, the sun hasn’t burned
    a hole through something. Or, all the metal isn’t rusted. It’s crazy what the
    environment does to boats. (bright guitar music) We have a hard deadline to
    get back up to the Midwest, back to my parents’ house where I grew up, because they just sold it. They’ve been so kind to store
    a bunch of my childhood stuff that still have. They close next week, and we need to be up there a
    couple days before the close to get all of my stuff. So, back to packing. (bright music) – Now, we go see how this fits. And, how sturdy it is. Lauren, – [Lauren] Yeah? – [Kirk] We have a new mast. – [Lauren] We have a new mast? – [Kirk] Yeah. – Cool. – [Kirk] Tell me if this is the right way. – [Lauren] Okay. Yep, that looks good. – We’re gonna use butyl rubber tape around the inside corner and hopefully give use
    a nice water tight seal. We should put this in and
    it’ll just squeeze right out. (bright music) So, I’ve wrapped the
    bases in a rag, like so. So, our stays are gonna rest
    up against our handrails and and be supported. Looks pretty solid. (bright music) The state of Soulianis. We’re actually looking
    pretty clean right now. – I’m glad you think so. – [Kirk] Half a hour ago this place was even more trashed. – Yeah, that’s true. And so, that’s what we have left. But, I don’t think we need to actually put stuff down there. Beause we’re taking so
    much stuff out of the boat. So, we can just set it on top of things. – This is the coolest spot
    in the boat right now. Standing right in front
    of the air conditioner, and it is awesome. Kay, so this is the
    state of things on deck. We’ve replaced all of
    our nicely varnished wood with sacrificial wood. We’ve got our new carbon
    mast nicely covered up. Any of the other areas where things are going to get
    stuck and tear our sunshade are also covered up. I’m gonna go around and
    tie a bunch of paracord all over the deck to finish our tent. Come check out my entrapment scenario. – I have no pants on. – [Kirk] I’m on one
    percent, just get up here. – Wow, look at that. – [Kirk] I think that’ll hold the shade off the boat, don’t you? So, I just put our UV
    shade out on the deck about five minutes ago. Currently the white part of
    the deck says 122 degrees. Under the shade, 99 degrees. That’s only in five minutes. This is 50% UV block. So, that cuts our time in
    the sun in half on our teak. And, we’re gonna be gone
    for roughly three months, it’ll only seem to the boat like it was here for a month and a half (bright upbeat music) – We probably got an hour
    left until the sun goes down and we’re eaten alive. – [Kirk] To a week and a half well done. – [Lauren] Not yet finished. – The sunset isn’t fantastic but it is pretty out though. – Oh, man we were so quick
    to dismiss the sunset. This is it, this is the last day. It’s 10 a.m, Kirk’s putting
    on the last zip-ties to hold down the sun shade. We just swapped out the
    AC for the dehumidifier. The entire boat is turned inside out. We’ve got the salt in the buckets. We got Kanberra gel out. Oh, Kirk swapped the batteries so that we’re only gonna
    be running off our our starter battery, which
    is a lead acid battery. And, leaving all our
    carbon, what are they again? – [Kirk] Carbon foam. – Carbon foam batteries,
    to just slowly discharge because that’s supposed
    to be better for them. And, what else did we do? – [Kirk] We cleaned the
    whole inside of the boat. – Yeah, we cleaned a lot yesterday. We were still cooking yesterday. I was doing dishes and we still
    had the refrigerator running so last night I finally got
    the refrigerator cleaned out. I think we we’re ready to go. I think we’re gonna start taking bets on how much mold we’re
    gonna find when we get back. I’m hoping zero. (Lauren chuckling) – [Kirk] I think we need, I
    know who’s gonna win that bet. (Lauren laughing) – All right, let’s have
    a lookski at this boat. – [Kirk Voiceover] To encourage airflow and discourage any mold growth, we left every locker open, pulled every cushion away from
    it’s normal resting place, and made sure any towels
    bedding and other textiles were sealed in vacuumed packed bags. – [Lauren] Another salt bucket in there. All of our port lights are covered. Got some more Reflectix
    in our midship hatch. Keep our boat clean and dry. Is this my last time leaving the boat? – [Kirk] I think so. – Okay. – [Kirk] I don’t know
    when my last time was. It wasn’t special. Should I get in and get back out? – (chuckles) No, ’cause I
    don’t wanna put this back in. – All right, we did as
    best as we could, right? – I think so. – Hopefully we come back and
    everything is as we left her. – Yeah. That’s a wrap. (melancholy music) (thunder clapping) – All right boat, take care of yourself. – Bye boat. – It’s all up to you now. (bright upbeat music)