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    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France
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    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France

    November 14, 2019


    When did we get here? Two days ago? The sail over here two and a half days ago we were sailing along, all the things were
    great, life was good, and then we saw some dolphins and we thought, “Hey, that’s great. Good omen, dolphins” and then literally as soon as the Sun set and the Dolphins
    said goodbye our davits broke. What just happened? And then within 20 minutes we had a dinghy that was upside down in the water
    and no outboard motor. Um, yeah. All of our plans were now halted. Priority number one was to find an outboard engine. We arrived on a S unday so we had a picnic and we went to see a flick at the world’s oldest cinema. Also, while we were in La Ciotat we need to find a welder to reattach and reinforce the davits to the transom. Being in our first time in
    France and except for pleasantries none of us speak French, Lise & Eric from Bon Fond, we’re very gracious and helped us find a welder so we met up with Julien and we attempted to communicate some sort of solution. We visited a few different places looking for an outboard motor and there was none to be found. One guy even told us that there are no outboard motors within the area that
    were being sold and that instead we would have to buy a new one and that it would
    take two weeks, but right next door we found a store that was selling a
    refurbished 9.9 Yamaha outboard motor and that was actually the only one being
    sold within a 20-mile radius. Wow, that sounds so much better. Way quieter. And there they go. What happened? It stopped running. But it was going so well! Going over there to talk to the guy. Apparently in France gazole is not
    petrol. It’s diesel. SP 95 is petrol. I put diesel in a petrol engine. Understandably we had some miscommunications with Julien and after a week of trying to
    dissolve a solution and us needing to be on our way we just straight-up bolted
    the davits to the transom. Only having 14 days left to exit the EU without violating the Schengen Agreement we had almost 1,000 nautical miles to Albania.
    1000 miles is near 10 days on the water. We had a smooth sail to Corsica where we stopped for a day to film with Thibault and Jelena. We sailed in the Gulf di Talabo and then sailed down around Le Bocche and across all the way,
    there’s Roma, that’s where we are now. We beat windward to exit the bay and headed south. As we rounded the island beginning to
    pass through the Strait of Bonifacio we read both pages with pretty much a
    straight shot to Rome. The plan was that I was gonna man the
    helm until around 2 a.m. Just as the forecast had suggested, as the Sun was
    beginning to set, off to the north east about 15 miles I could see rain clouds
    developing, but I thought if those rain clouds develop into a storm the wind is
    coming out of the due west so the storm should stay to the north of us. But just
    around midnight as I was watching the storm grow and it began to move south right in our path the decision was made that we were to turn around and head back for
    Sardinia. We don’t actually have any footage of this because it was all hands on deck, midnight and hectic so this will stand in as Arianrhod. With the wind blowing a 6 on the Buford
    wind scale we had to remove sail so we could head back to Sardinia. We were able to furl in the jib with ease. Though Sardinia lay off to our
    starboard quarter, we turned on the engine and turned to port to spill the wind from
    the Genoa so that we can disconnect the whisker pole and furl it in. It took
    all my effort to disconnect the whisker pole and in the process the Genoa was
    luffing aggressively. Beating against the pole the Genoa tore like it was
    confetti. With the whisker pole finally stored, I crawled to the bow and furled
    in the Genoa by hand. The bow was heaving at the crest and crashing into the
    troughs and I bear hugged the sail to stay on the boat as I made incremental
    progress. After three hours of motoring and a total of 15 hours on the water, we
    finally dropped anchor and rested for a few hours. Midday we decided to head for open water and finish our sail to Rome. Upon arrival in Italy we tried to lower
    the obliterated sail, but it was just too windy so we secured it the best that we could because we only had a single day to visit Rome. Decimated head sail. The boat looks fantastic right now. Subscribe.

    S2E8 Not the best day on the sailboat… stormy 29 knot wind The Boat Life sailing travel vlog
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    S2E8 Not the best day on the sailboat… stormy 29 knot wind The Boat Life sailing travel vlog

    November 13, 2019


    Quick boat life recap. We were on a buddy sail from Venice to Cayo Costa We’re not making good progress, wind was against us. We decided to turn back ended up back in Venice still having issues Think we may have picked up a crab trap, but also still had our overheating problem so we decided to leave Venice and head back for Long Boat Key Figure out what was still the problem with our motors? This is The Boat Life. We bought our very first sailboat just over a year ago. Now we’re full-time liveaboards making our way to the Caribbean We have learned a lot but have so much more to learn Because basically we started with no sailing skills and very little boating experience. Did I mention this is our first boat? Subscribe now so you don’t miss out on our adventure. I guarantee you’ll be entertained. I can tell you that much for sure Leave a comment below tell us what you think about our videos. That’s The Boat Life. Thanks for watching! Alright, you want to use the Navionics and see what the… -Yeah He’s getting pushed around by the wind, I think. -Pretty boat. -Which one? -This one. -Oh yeah. Hey nice job on the timing of the bridges. Yeah! Nailed it. No spinning around in circles for 25 minutes like going South. -Which was not fun, but we did it. Wooo. -Rolling over. *Bridge siren* Stickney Point bridge, thanks very much for the opening. We just missed the bridge we’re going to have to hang out for 20 minutes. We were only supposed to get there at 2, so we got there quick. Right? No. -Yeah. It was gonna take us an hour to get from bridge to bridge. Yeah. We’re not there yet. We’re 37 minutes away. OH, ok. That’s what it’s saying. Ok. Well it’s not looking to good back here. The weather continued to get worse and worse, so we decided to anchor and a friend of ours came out on his fishing boat So we could hang out in the marina since we were only about a mile away, but we were making no progress babying the engine. Jeffrey! What? Do you want a line? Made it. -What a way to meet Rolf. After waiting a couple hours and hanging out. It was total glassy conditions. Really easy to motor back. Melissa was done boating for the day. So our friend Rolf helped me bring the boat back into our slip. That’s The Boat Life. Thank you for watching. See you next time. Don’t forget to subscribe and tell your friends. The Boat Life. Next time on The Boat Life we diagnose engine problems in our lovely marina, on Longboat Key.

    ⛵️Did our sailboat ENGINE START?(after a few years)#106
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    ⛵️Did our sailboat ENGINE START?(after a few years)#106

    November 12, 2019


    Time for the truth. That’s it. Running! Not for too long. 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’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!! I don’t even know how to start. That’s such a long story. The story of the engine actually started months ago. When we just arrived here on a boat yard. (July 3rd, 2019) The first thing was to find someone that we trust to work on the engine. Who gave us the tip was the guy that works here on the boat yard, we talked about him already. The old guy
    that is just always around and he always helps us. Seu Valdir. Seu Valdir. Thanks, Seu Valdir. He gave us a contact of a good mechanic and he came 3 and a half months ago just to give a… Take a look, just to take a look at the engine. This guy used to working with MWM, so
    that’s why we hired him. MWM is the model of the engine, like the brand of the engine. It’s a MWM 58 horse powers, 3 cylinders. So this guy works for the company that do the… how I call it? Like… The crossing from Guarujá to Santos here in Brazil. It’s like a ferry boat but it’s really tiny ferry boat just for people, not for cars. So, these small ferry boats use the same engine as we use. So he has a lot of experience with this kind of engines. First we asked him: “can you give us a price to turn on engine. And after your turn on engine you
    see what we need and then from there you give another price to fix the engine?” And he’s like the price for just turning on the engine would be like $200. So, $200 he would bring the fuel and the… Battery, we didn’t have battery that time. Everything that was necessary to turn on
    the engine on the dry. And I’m like: “So what’s your opinion? Is the engine gonna turn on?” He’s like: 100 percent sure. I know that engine is gonna turn on. And I’m like: So why should we spend $200 just to see something that he has so much confidence on. So I’m like: So after that what are you gonna do you think? He’s like: I need to change all the filters, oil, I need to get the head of the engine off, redo the seal, and this and that. And I’m like: So let’s do straight this job without turning the engine on, because if you’re so confident it
    doesn’t make sense. So, that’s where the job started. And he started looking to the pieces that we had. When we bought the boat there were a
    lot of spare pieces. So we use it a lot of spare pieces. So, all the filters and all the oil was on the boat already. We used from the stock that the
    former owner had 22 years ago. But he checked all the pieces and they were all fine. So, every piece like the water pump for example… nothing can happen to the water pump. We had a brand new water pump, salt water pump. So he used the same one. The filters are the same one. So, we saved a lot of money on parts because he had spare parts. So, just so you understand we started this job 3 months ago. They came and disassembled all the necessary parts and took with them, so they could give maintains outside of the boat yard and they could paint the parts. And then they would bring it back and finish the job, right? Yeah. Until the painting started. So, we started painting the boat and we discovered that it was impossible to work with the mechanics there where we were if the boat, that was a mess and dark inside. Yeah, the situation on the boat wasn’t nice. Because was just dust everywhere and was impossible to give proper attention to an engine while people were sanding and painting the boat. That’s why we took so long in between the day they took all the pieces of the boat… the engine off to the day that they assemble it, this past week. Because we needed to wait until
    they finish painting the boat. And then comes the big moment. There’s mosquitoes. Right now is the mosquito times. It’s like 5 o’clock to 6 o’clock and the mosquitoes are crazy. So, basically… I think better than talking
    we’re gonna show you a video clip of now when we put all the parts together, right? And then the big moment: when we try to turn on the engine. Baby steps. So, let’s get started. Video clip now. preparing to assemble the Cylinders Head preparing to assemble the salt water pump Cylinder Head Gasket Cylinder Head Installing the Cylinder Head Installing the Starter Engine New Salt Water Pump screwed the head using the torque wrench Exhaust Manifold exchanging Diesel Filter New Diesel Filter Valves Adjustment Heat Exchanger Installation New Belt Installation New Salt Water Impeller Installing the Fuel Rail back So, pretty much at this point we had the
    engine back together but we still need to change
    oils and filters (racor). But as the engine was sitting there still for at least 5 years it’s really tough to take all the oil off because it’s really hard and dry. So, the solution for that is to turn on the engine and wait until the engine heats it up so the oil is lose again and then we can exchange oil. And that’s the… Tricky moment. After so long wanting for this moment it was finally time to turn the engine on. And that’s what we’re gonna show you now. I’m not gonna say if the engine went on or not but… I just know that I got wet. Another video clip. Well, before we try to turn on the engine we want to take a minute to thank Skillshare for sponsoring this video. If we think back since we started this channel, this long journey, a lot of what we learned was with others online. And that’s why we are so excited to partner with Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community for creators with thousands of classes in design,
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    learning with Skillshare. Join groups to learn with like-minded learners, give and receive feedback on projects and speak with others with the same interests as you. Right now we are taking classes mostly related to video and photography. One of the classes we really like it’s called “Video editing: transforming footage into evocative travel stories” by Oliver Astrologo. The way Oliver tells his stories just inspires us to try to find new ways of telling our own story. Good news: Skillshare is giving away a free two months: unlimited access trial to our subscribers who click in the link in the description below. And after that is only around ten dollars a month. Well, we hope you guys enjoy the classes as much as we are enjoying. But now it’s about time to
    fire this engine. So, let’s do it. Well, today is the day. We’re gonna turn on the
    engine for the first time and we are pretty sure it’s gonna work. And the travel lift is coming because we need to turn on the engine with the travel lift to hold the boat. So, it’s all set to turn on the engine. Let’s see if it works. Time for the truth. That’s it. Running. Not for too long. Let’s take some of the air off… Just a little bit of air on the system, but a quick fix. Second try. The only problem we had right now it’s
    that the… we don’t have the diesel tank installed. So we are using a small diesel tank
    and we need to have the return for the diesel. And the return we’re just
    using the temporary hose that’s not… it’s leaking a little bit so he’s just trying
    to fix that. But the engine is running. It’s just amazing. So, after a shower we decided to put the
    hose straight inside the boat because it’s not pushing… pulling enough the water. So we are gonna change plans again. Someone is wet. I’m glad that the forecast was wrong and we have sun. It’s part of the business. My sock is wet. Yeah, the thing is the hose is just too thin and we’re gonna do a direct connection to the engine. Because we are not getting enough water on the system. (*and the seacock was also clogged) it’s gonna be fine. It’s just, you know… The way we can do to turn on the engine on the dry. Because there’s no salt water underneath the boat, of course. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. They could have thought about that before I got wet, right? Third try So basically what we are doing now is
    just leaving the engine on a little bit, just to make sure the oil, the lubrificante oil heats it up, so we can exchange the oil because it’s still there sitting still for too long. So, it’s really thick the oil. We need to heat it up so it’s more liquid and then we can switch the oil. But, it’s promising. It’s pretty good. Happy, excited. That’s good good good
    news. Let’s check inside how is the engine. Running like a clock. It’s perfect. It just works. See. I told you guys: the engine was gonna work. Now we just need to wait until the oil heats up. And we’re gonna exchange the oil. And we need to change this. This thing is broken, the key. We already ordered one because we needed to do a direct… how do you call it? Direct start. We’ve just started on in the engine because this is just broken. But the engine is… and it’s not that loud actually. It’s pretty good. I’m really really excited. 1 hour later… It’s time to turn this engine off. That’s it. Off. The good news is the engine is running
    like a… how do you call it? Running like a clock? I don’t know. What is the saying for that? It’s running perfectly. The sound is really really good. We left the engine working for like one hour. And it’s working properly. And after that it was time to change the oils and filters and put all together back. It’s a lot of oil. I didn’t know that. It was like 5 liters of oil for the reverser. And another 7 for the other… 8 liters for the engine. It’s a lot. That’s a lot of oil. But the engine is just great. And now all we need to do is to put the boat back in water once we finish. And then we are gonna call the mechanic again just to make sure he turns on the engine after we change the oil. Because we need to learn how to take the air off the system. We kind of learned it this week. But for the first time we want his assistance just to make sure we do the right thing. We’re still thinking about exchanging the alternator, we are not sure, for a more modern one. So we can… Because we add 2 batteries on the boat. So we are thinking about changing the alternator for a better one. It’s hard to shoot an episode about the engine because it’s just so tight the compartment of the engine. That’s hard to show everything they did. But pretty much: news are good. The engine is working fine. Of course we didn’t use it for like 10 hours straight. But everyone that had worked with this kind of engines before they say once it turns out it won’t turn off. It’s just really really really reliable and we are really excited with that. Because that means that we… We can go home with our home. We can go home with our home. But of course we are rambling too much. If you have any specific question about engine let us know in the comment section below. We probably left things off the episode, it’s just too much things to remember and too hard to shoot an episode once we are trying to learn how to fix the engine how to change the oils, filters and everything. So we were half of the time just paying attention instead of filming. It’s just hard to do both things at the same time. And she’s like: you’re not filming. I’m like: I need to pay attention I want to learn it. So it’s tricky to do everything at once. You can watch the movie later so you can learn it. Yeah, but we’re already rambling. It’s time to go, right? But first we need to thank our Patreons. Time to thank and welcome on board our new Patreons. Thanks a lot Karl, Scott, Ivan, Lawrence, Per, Jeremy. And we also want to thank all the donations through our PayPal. Thanks so much, Thomas and Valérie. Well, for this week that’s it. So I guess we see you guys next week. We see you guys next Monday. See you next Monday. Join the crew

    SAILBOAT Tour: liveaboard cruiser NORTH WIND 435 ⛵- Ep.112
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    SAILBOAT Tour: liveaboard cruiser NORTH WIND 435 ⛵- Ep.112

    November 10, 2019


    hello guys welcome to Unforgettable 3 directly from somewhere in the South Pacific
    we want to invite you for the boat tour on the north wind 435 check it out Unforgettable 3 is a North Wind 435 built in Spain in the 90s she’s 43 ft long, 12 ft wide, and 6
    ft draft and weights 14 tons. she was designed by Bill Dixon featuring a deck salon that makes the boat very clear and bigger inside a flush deck that makes
    easier to walk around and a center cockpit that make us feel nicely
    sheltered and the motion is more smooth a great boat for oceanic voyages, by the way
    she already has many ocean crossings in her resumé let’s get started with the fundamentals
    Unforgettable 3 is a sloop and we have a jib on the roller Furler and 125%
    which is a decent size for the kind of sailing we’ve been
    doing we also have the capability of hoisting a staysail
    this stay here we can attach to that metal piece and hoist another sail
    and we have a furling mainsail there are a lot of considerations about the
    furling main, I wasn’t really really a big fan but now after sailing nearly eight
    thousand miles with it I can’t say that I don’t hate it
    I still don’t love it it’s a kind of love and hate situation but I learned
    with it and now I got used so there are advantages we can unfurl and furl it really quick which is really good and easy it doesn’t have all the
    performance that a full batten sail has but there’s always a compromise
    right now I’m happy with it we have a nice sail, it’s a taffeta and
    well-built, very light, this boat has a very powerful rigging it’s very strong
    oversized and there are running stays also for upwind this is a Selden mast, it’s 18 metres high something like 55 foot and two sets of
    spreaders we have a spinnaker pole and although we don’t have a spinnaker
    we use it quite often to pull out the jib when we are downwind, it works really
    good especially if the winds is over 20kts this boat sails beautifully with it each side of the mast we keep with a 46 Lewmar winch so really good to hoist
    whatever you want like the halyards or the dinghy now I feel like this boat has
    a heavy displacement and sails really good if the winds is on the beam, upwind it sails good as well it’s not so great going
    downwind because it’s a heavy boat it doesn’t have a huge, very long waterline
    and it rolls a bit so I’d say the strong points are beam
    reach, upwind and if it’s going downwind we need a lot of wind, over 20 knots to
    perform beautifully you’re looking for a Spinnaker maybe will be an addition to
    our set in the future but right now we don’t have it I also like the fact that
    the mast has steps all the way to the top it makes a lot easier to climb the
    mast maybe that’s why I climb the mast so often sometimes I just go to the top
    just to check things around with no actually not much to do but the steps
    really really make life easier one last aspect of this rigging that I’d like to
    mention is that we can adjust here the tension from the back stay so whenever
    we need to bring a bit or slack it it’s very easy you just winch it and
    that’s a really nice feature here on the cockpit I really love this big 52 Lewmar winches, they are so powerful and make really easy to
    control the jib A spare one, winch here not self tailing, we use it for different
    kind of things you can assist on the stay sail or even controlling the
    mainsail, so it’s very handy to have Here we control the mainsail so we have the
    traveler and here we we control the mainsheet in overall I can say that this
    is a very gentle boat he has treated us well so far I hope it’ll keep it like that very handy we can control the outhaul we can furl an unfurl the main
    and that halyard that goes on the point of the boom I forgot the name in English
    I don’t know if there’s a name for it, so if you know please leave in the comments and
    very handy we use this small reach here to control most of it, sometimes the ourhaul I use on the big winches yeah man, life is easier with this Helm wise this
    boat has not like a huge wheel but I never felt too heavy I never had to
    struggle too much as always be gentle it’s a steering quadrant and a fully
    skeg rudder has a long keel almost three meters with metal on it and
    steel and not long ago we hit a coral today the wind is a little bit weaker and yeah the boat shoot quite a bit but everything’s fine so very very steady it’s so nice to anchor here talking a bit about the ground tackle we
    are here very well anchored with our Rocna anchor, it’s like 25 kilos and
    we really really love this anchor this is not an advertisement but as far as
    we’ve had it like it holds really good in every kind of soil like we’ve got
    like pretty strong winds and waves actually there are the worst on the
    anchorages and it always holds it pretty good along with the anchor we
    have 200 ft of chain 8mm what is good because we can anchor in
    different depths and we can always have a good scope we also have a lot of rope
    but we have never used it actually we have an electric windlass Quick brand
    we always anchor with a bridle so we remove the pressure from the windlass
    and so just to summarize we have like a 25 kilo Rocna anchor, 200 ft chain
    that holds pretty much our 14 ton boat this boat has very nice storage here
    outside we have two lockers one in the bow and one in the back, this one we keep
    like fenders diving gear some extra water gallons we also have the dock lines
    here and it’s really easy to get them when we need like the fenders and the
    lines this is the after locker it’s really big
    but the thing is, it’s nearly fully loaded with jerrycans we have like 13 5-gallon jerry cans it also has some spare parts, generator,
    hoses, wood planks, so hardware heavy stuff and jerry cans are here here on
    the platform we have a locker for 2 20 pounds propane tanks they stay here
    right on the bow of the boat away from everything else
    this small platform is also really good we shower here pretty much every day
    one other thing that makes this boat really Cruiser friendly
    are these davits and this arch we hoist our dinghy here every night
    also this structure holds solar panel big one, 320 W, this is the main source
    of power and also the wind generator welcome to the cabin guys this is the
    interior of our boat and I really love it because it’s so big, it has so
    much room and it’s very clear because of the deck salon so it makes it really clear
    there’s a lot of hatches it’s very airy this version of the North Wind has this
    big salon, three cabins, two heads a galley and an a nav. station what I like about this salon is that there are two tables the tables are apart from the
    middle of the boat so you can walk here easily we have no many lockers on the
    walls so it makes it bigger, wider this tables they also open so you can make a
    bigger table like this and then you have a huge table and the other one is the
    same thing you can even like open both of them and just make like just make like a huge thing we have never used like that we have never had so many
    people on the boat well maybe we have but not here inside having food so yeah
    we never used this big you can also bring them lower or higher you can make
    like a coffee table or we usually put it down like so when we want to watch a
    movie or things like that we just can lay down just feel more comfortable underneath the couches we have two stainless steel tanks for water so it’s
    like 300 liters each and I can also like use this ball that I bought it’s really
    good for editing videos so I just can sit here and do all my job here and clough all the way yeah and clough the away when I bought it
    I through it would go trough the doors I didn’t realize it wouldn’t so now we just keep it like
    here in a corner our third crew member yes our third crew member here is the front
    cabin it’s a V birth it’s very comfortable for a couple it’s a quite
    big bed and there’s something interesting also you can remove this
    part and you can have two single beds
    I’m not sure if you can see it but there’s also this head and if you close
    this door you just make like a room with a head and you have all your privacy for you guys that are wondering who are we we’ve been saving the world for the past 4
    years, we left Brazil and then sail all the way trough the Caribbean and now we are in
    French Polynesia we just crossed the Pacific Ocean a few months ago and we
    are in our third boat this is Unforgettable 3 so if you want to
    know more about our other boats soon we’ll release a comparison of the
    three boats I think to be really nice and you’ll understand why we are in our
    third boat in four years we’ve been doing videos for the past three years
    now and if you’re curious just browse through our YouTube channel you will
    find like a playlist with English subtitles there’s some nice stuff in
    there and from now on we’re gonna start doing full English episodes once a
    week so tag along here in the aft we have two cabins there is this bunk
    beds that we always use as storage unless we have crew, I really love this
    room actually and to sleep here is not bad at all because you have a nice
    hatch, it’s very airy, it’s clear and we also have like yeah more storage and this is our cabin this is the captain’s cabin I really like the bed it’s big
    it’s comfortable for the two of us well more for me than for Diego because I
    sleep from this side and he sleeps on that side and he says I don’t have
    maturity enough to sleep on this side so that’s good for me I just sleep here and
    I can go out and in all the time easier I don’t have to go through
    somebody and also it’s more ventilated here than on the corner. That’s why I
    love you babe, thank you but apart from that, the cabin is nice we have
    like huge wardrobes well for someone that lives on a boat this is a huge
    wardrobe believe me like not for a house maybe I keep all my clothes here and of
    course Diego got the smaller wardrobe and I’m not sure if I’m gonna show you
    because I’m sure it’s really messy but no it looks perfect. Really? Show it, I
    challenge you this is Diego’s
    Look at that! Yep, not that bad In this cabin there is a head what’s
    pretty sweet there’s a big mirror we have cold and warm water at the
    boat but to use the warm water we have to turn on the engine so it’s
    not all the time most of the time actually it’s cold finally here’s the galley that’s a nice
    galley we have lots of room to cook to wash the dishes to do whatever
    we need we have two sinks they are pretty useful we have one
    pressured water tap and the another foot pump that’s also nice in case one
    doesn’t work we can use the other one here’s the oven, the stove, it’s
    just like all the other boats it moves when the boat moves, it swings here there are two fridges. We actually most of the time only use one because of battery, we
    don’t want to use so much energy we have a small freezer inside what is very handy also if you can have a freezer on a boat and I think every cruiser know like how nice
    it is to have ice sometimes so you just can keep small trays of ice but that’s
    pretty good lots of storage here where we keep dishes, food, lots of other
    things here we also have lots of storage for food we keep most of
    dry food here one thing that can be a deal-breaker when you’re buying a boat is the engine and this boat when you saw it first, it was a brand new
    Yammar 54hp, very low hours and still like that, well we do our best to
    keep it very clean and running smoothly 54hp can take
    us to 7 knots on the engine if you need to I run it on 2.300 rpm and that gives 6 kts, 6.5 kts depending on the
    condition and if we really want to push it I can make it 7 kts running over
    2,600 – 2,700 but I don’t like to go over that so on cruising speed 2,300 rpm
    it takes like one gallon per hour if that much
    we have 420 litres of diesel in our tanks this is the nav. station my
    favorite spot on the boat all the breakers are here, the electric switch
    and I have access to the most of electronics here so I can even use the
    charts plotter here, I can control the autopilot, use the radio, check the
    voltage on the batteries, check the tanks and also
    there’s lots of documents and charts and things I store underneath and it’s
    actually made for open up full-size paper chart, so that holds pretty
    much all my mess and I drive Georgia crazy with it but I’m trying to keep it, it’s not
    too bad today . Talking about electronics this boat is equipped with chart
    plotter Raymarine, radar, AIS, wind station autopilot and a VHF radio also have SSB
    radio and to be honest we don’t use it that much mostly use a Garmin inReach
    satellite communicator but also we have a weather fax, yeah that’s old stuff,
    but still working, still in good condition if you want to buy let me know drop a
    message, EPIRB, well you can see lots of stuff happening here, this is the core of this boat, right! It’s been 8,000 nm on this
    boat and I can say I’m really happy it has filled the purpose we bought it
    it’s a really offshore Voyager and I’m stoked I can see ourselves for a
    long time sailing this boat We had really nice moments aboard Unforgettable 3 and one thing that I also I didn’t mentioned but I really
    liked about it that we can receive a lot of people here and we’ve done it and
    it’s been really nice to know many amazing people that crewed with us, that we
    met in different places and we also felt we owned you guys this tour, you that have been watching our channel for a while now and we hadn’t done
    a proper tour so this was a nice opportunity and that’s it I hope you
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    The ROT, RUST, & REWARD of BOAT Ownership
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    The ROT, RUST, & REWARD of BOAT Ownership

    November 9, 2019


    It’s soaking it’s sopping wet. We’re gonna do this on our own. Yep so what were going to do is dig it all out. All of the rotting wood. You feel successful I can see it in your face. I don’t even know how many
    hours I’ve worked on this So this is Stuart in the nighttime Shel also received a new toy or tool as he calls it Previously on searching for C-Shels we
    start some important projects while docked in Stuart Florida. We visit some
    injured Turtles at the loggerhead Marine Center and we prep the boat for possible
    hurricanes. When we said projects at Stuart, we weren’t kidding. Look at this.
    All Tollycrafts have this piece of mahogany that is a spacer between the flybridge and the hull sides.
    Notoriously they rot out, it’s not a big deal, it’s not structural. But mine is definitely rotted out. On this side, the other side was replaced so on the
    advice of a friend, who did it without taking the fly bridge off. We’re going to do this one our own. We’re going to attempt it. What we’re going to do is dig it all out, all of the rotting wood. Then I’m going to get something to template it and push it up. Buy another piece of mahogany, epoxy that mahogany and will saturate it. stick it up and drill it all in again Wow It’s soaking it’s sopping wet. Yes so projects, I’ve already got the inside this won’t happen again because I got the inside
    sealed up you know we did that that was project number one I gotta say it was biggest project yet. This is a big job. A lot of clean up has to happen. This is saturated. Gotta say, it was perfectly calm before we started this and of course now that I got this plastic
    taped up and doing this, the wind has picked up. We’ll probably get a Thunderstorm. And the wind has taken all of the little bits and have put them all over the
    boat so we’ll have to be cleaning up. This is how we get around. On their bikes This is the bus here at Sunset Bay Marina and every
    Tuesday They will take you to West Marine Walmart, Publix for groceries and it’s a
    great feature not going on in the summer but great for people here in the winter Project Day, I’ll show you what we’re doing
    on the side of the flybridge There is a big gap. I’ve got to get this adhesive off. So I’ve removed this the way back to the back of the
    flybridge has been removed it is it was all rotten from that far. Now I only
    have about six feet from here that I’ve hit some good wood and chisel some
    away make a square and get a piece measure all this out, get a piece to fit
    up in here and then get some smaller pieces to be able to fit up in here I’ll
    glue it up with 4200 screw it in and hopefully it will be good as new take a look – can’t fit you up there time to chisel this away Alright here’s my dilemma. I’ve got one
    and three-quarter inch of space in there at the bottom and it narrows up at the
    top the original way that they’re Tollycraft had put in there was they had
    a 1 inch piece and then a 3/4 inch piece of plywood stuck up at this last bit so
    what they did was put the 1 inch piece of board on screwed up before the
    flybridge went on and then when they put the flybridge down on they slid a piece of
    3/4 inch plywood up in there to screw into and then you know fasteners on the
    inside to the side cabin walls and then the flybridge was right through both
    pieces of wood. I have a problem because if I put a 1 inch piece up inside I won’t
    have enough room to put any screws on the inside wood to fasten to the cabin
    side Let me go measure this all up this screw goes in through the
    flybridge and through the piece of wood And just comes close to the flybridge cabin
    in some cases it goes in just slightly I take a drill bit and go right in here
    just drill in maybe a 1/4 of an inch into the flybridge into the cabin wall
    side get a quarter of an inch longer screw I can go right through the whole
    wood and into the cabin side at least in some spots so that I get a bond with
    screw and through whole piece. So now I get one piece of wood and get a bigger screw. Costco, going to get more stuff. We’re getting ready. Yes I ordered
    some dry goods They have a great place to get mail here Does he not do anything that you have to take a movie of him when he does it. I take movies all the
    time. Take a picture of the two of us. Okay what do you love about Sunset Bay Marina Him. Yup and he’s a character. You
    keep everybody laughing around here. The two of us, we have hair. Look at the hair we got.
    That’s you only thing we got going for ourselves. Awe, no personality We rent a car here at Sunset Bay Marine
    from Richard on Turo and he’s great he comes and he picks us up and drops us
    off here at the marina which has been great for us Richard’s coming that’s all we did I think all week I
    know what you mean we got the car we’re going to Fort
    Pierce to a boat store I think I’m gonna replace, I think you’re gonna
    replace my anchor chain. They’ve got a good deal there 200 feet is a dollar
    seventy-five dollars $3.75 foot for something that’s really good
    first off though I feel naked because I’ve been two weeks without my Maui Jims
    so I’ve sent him away to Maui Jim and now I’m going to go get them back brand new. They gave me a brand new pair. Maui
    Jim. Ahh I can see again. Optical World the team in there have been awesome they’ve
    helped us out a lot and they’ve got Sheldon back with new glasses
    we highly recommend them they’ve been very accommodating because they didn’t have make
    any money. I didn’t buy my glasses there and I didn’t get my prescription done there I didn’t yeah
    I just had a problem with the prescription now I got a new pair
    of Maui Jims. Optical World in Stuwart at the Treasure Coast mall The A1A Sheldon. Yup it will take us right up to Fort
    Pierce. The National Connection Liquidators Wish I had my buddy Barry around now, he’d love going in here. Yes you guys would have too much fun. chain, chain, chain… Thank-you! So we took the old stuff out.Iit’s thrown away, Oh No
    look at this and then this flies around and this is an actual rust that will
    stain your decks. Anyways I’m glad we got new chain, expensive but now I see well
    worth it hi guys I’ve got the wood put into
    the side, it fits perfect. I think I’m gonna be finished this week I’ve got holes
    drilled in some places all the way through to the cabin side so it’s gonna
    be held firm in place so I have to epoxy this down and put all back together 4200, screw it in and I’m done Epoxy is done also replaced the engine
    room floor with plywood the same type of wood that is for strapping for those
    supports and all epoxied and bilge painted. I was gonna put starboard down but it was
    a bit expensive so I went with the cheaper route, the other stuff lasted 20
    something years so this will last as long or more with this covered in epoxy. How is your day going? Good. Just went and got a shower. Did you do as much as I did today? Yes I did some
    organization. Did you leave a mess like this? No. What about a mess like that here. No definitely not. You’ll clean it up. You feel successful I
    can see it in your face. Yes I’m very pleased. I’ve got some very technical tools just
    put the 42 up 4200 up inside baking spatulas at the dollar store
    look just be able to put the 4200 on that and put it all the way through
    otherwise I don’t know how I would have done I was thinking about doing it with
    a pair of latex gloves but I think I would have made a disastrous mess it looks good fits perfect solid so now
    I just have to screw the hardware back on on tracks from the underneath fibreglass
    piece I am very pleased this is a job complete
    and I don’t even know how many hours I’ve worked on this. A good 25-30 hours
    planning and everything else is well everything’s back together and all the
    trim pieces are back up Good as new. This is Stuart in the nighttime. They
    have a lot of restaurants we just left the Marina over here, Sailor’s Return
    which will get happening soon. And you just walk the boardwalk and you go down… going to find somewhere to eat. we’ve eaten out a
    lot here. It’s just a good place to eat out. Just a lot of restaurants that are
    close by and a lot of them are good we’re deciding between like a sushi
    noodle curry place or one of our favorites is the Spritz City.
    We’ll see where we end up. Let’s go. We need more food How was that? Fantastic. I would have to say. Again we’ve been here
    five times but we love it here and this may be our last we are soon heading out of Stuart we managed to pull off some other
    projects before our time and Stuart came to an end Shel ran acid through the
    cooling system in the engines to clear out marine growth and mineral build-up
    to help cool the engine better we also replaced our Rocna vulcan anchor the
    original one was showing some signs of rust and Rocna via west marine were
    kind enough to replace it with a brand new anchor drop us a comment below if
    you have any questions on any of these projects Shel also received a new toy
    or tool as he calls it. A new DJI Mavic 2 pro drone. We really did need a new drone,
    the splash drone we had before was much better at floating than it ever was at
    flying now it’s time to head out back to remote secluded Anchorages in
    crystal-clear waters and soft sandy beaches in the Bahamas but first it’s
    off to Fort Lauderdale to see the extravagance of the Fort Lauderdale
    International Boat Show make sure you subscribe and click the bell to be
    notified when that video drops and of course if you enjoy this video please
    give it a like. We will see you in the next episode and long may your big jib
    draw

    How to Fix a Sailboat Deck, BEFORE the Windlass RIPS OUT!!! (Patrick Childress Sailing #48)
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    How to Fix a Sailboat Deck, BEFORE the Windlass RIPS OUT!!! (Patrick Childress Sailing #48)

    November 7, 2019


    there was a little bit of weakness in
    the foredeck underneath the windlass so now is the time to take the windlass out
    open up the foredeck and get rid of water saturated balsa and make it strong
    like it should be hello we are Patrick that Rebecca
    Childress on the 40 foot valiant and Brick House
    we are hauled out on the East Coast in South Africa in Richards Bay and we are
    going through the entire boat trying to find problems and correct them before we
    head out across the Atlantic to Uruguay what’s this? this is the money that we
    save because Patrick has the tools and the know-how to fix this boat without
    his knowledge all this will just be down the drain of
    course it’s only about ten bucks anyway down in the description down below
    there’s five or six different ways to support our channel you’re not
    supporting our lifestyle you’re just supporting the cameras and all the time
    and effort that Patrick has to put into doing this he works 12 hours a day on
    this boat and then he comes in until he can’t even keep his eyes open anymore at
    night and edits the videos hope you appreciate it I’m hope you like them if
    you do give them a thumbs up subscribe share the link to your local yacht club
    do what you can to share the word that really helps us out
    thanks a lot for watching because of the heavy wide backing plates underneath the
    windlass there never was that much flexing of the foredeck when we’re
    picking up our ground tackle unless we also were picking up someone else’s
    abandoned anchor or an old mooring but now is the time to dig into this whole
    area and make sure that everything is going to be structurally sound so we
    don’t have any problems in the future but first I had to squeeze upside down
    through the little access hole into the chain Locker and undo the bolts to the
    windlass and the deckplates while our friend Bert who we met through our
    youtube videos helped out up on top once everything was out of the way that
    structural surgery began I’m using a diamond-tipped blade but just a regular
    masonry cutting blade would work as well this is all solid no no I guess not and
    it’s all wet so now we have to scrape all that old balsa out of here clean up
    the area and you can see some hunks of fiberglass that are in here and if I can
    knock those out those are old repairs we’ll get those out of the way and just
    redo them and with this tool that’s twisted 90 degrees I reach way in
    underneath the decking and trying to grab as much of that old balsa out of
    there and dig it out as well as possible learn how to during this and cartina
    Columbia when we were hauled out there we had the guys dig into a lot of the
    side decking to remove the saturated balsa especially around the chain plate
    areas so I wanted that area made as strong as possible so for two days we
    had the hairdryer set on low blowing warm air into these areas deep into the
    cavity where I couldn’t reach with a 90 degree probe I’ll come back yeah it’s pretty just
    free I’ll come back with a wire brush why your brush all of this and clean it
    up and wipe it down with some acetone and vacuum it really well and I’m going
    to go over to this a dumpster for some pieces of fiberglass that I can use as
    filler to help build this up instead of using all of my expensive valuable resin
    and fiberglass cloth I’ll have already made chunks of
    fiberglass to help fill this up and make it strong and I’ll be able to shove them
    up way back up under here – to help fill up the gaps along with those chunks of
    fiberglass I’ll also use that 90 degree vent tool to shove fiberglass in resin
    way up under here to help filled up the voids also here we go solid fiberglass panel that’s
    just what I needed for filler perfect this will be more than enough and I’ll
    sand the shiny side get that roughened up yes this is just what we needed these pieces of fiberglass panel along
    with larger pieces out in the field will be set in place amongst fiberglass cloth
    and residue this fiberglass panel wrapped in plastic will be screwed up
    from the bottom to help seal the holes for the chain and the other wiring holes
    in bolt holes to make sure that resident cloths don’t go dripping through but
    I’ll also plug up these holes with some butyl tape that I have I could have used
    clay modeling clay it probably would have been just as easier and actually
    cheaper but I need something to maintain these holes in their placement so I can
    drill back in the exact same spot when we’re ready to install the windlass so
    now it’s time to cut off the protruding screws holding up the panel just below
    us and then start wetting things out and get it ready for the fiberglass cloth
    and the build up on the left there you see a big hunk that was solid fiberglass
    that was a previous repair that was done in Columbia and I’ll talk about that a
    little more in a few minutes and I’ll have to grind that down from above a
    little later on as we build up these plies without this 90-degree probe it would
    have been very difficult to get the wetted out fiberglass cloth and even
    these scree cut panels way up in here where they were needed to fill up the
    gap so one layer two layers three layers we
    keep building it up but I had to stop at four layers and let things cool down too
    many layers at one time and you get a heat buildup and you could actually get
    things smoking if you’re not careful so I took a lunch break and come back and
    find more layers and the next morning I’ll come back and check my work okay
    this is the morning after everything is well set up I’m going to clean
    everything up here vacuum and then wash this area down with the little soapy
    water and some fresh water but right now I can feel on here it’s like a greasy
    waxy feel that’s the amine blush that comes out of epoxy and then I’ll get out
    the big grinder and grind this out I’ll grind this down a bit and grind it way
    out to the sides all the way around and put the Belleville in there for getting
    ready to do the layup and the final layups and patches you just can’t have a
    hard spot here we need to bevel this back and get the
    adhesion on to the rest of the surrounding fiberglass I know what
    you’re thinking why didn’t I grind that bevel out into
    the white area first and then I could just run all of those plies of laminate
    right up on to the bevel and be done with it
    well sometimes I just worked harder rather than smarter and that would have
    been a great idea but I discharged it into the project and this didn’t plan
    ahead all that much but having a double-double like this it’s gonna be
    good and strong and I just won’t have any problems with it see here in the
    pieces but if I had to do it again I would do the outward devil first and run
    the flies up onto it while digging while sanding everything here I found a void
    not a void but another pocket of balsa and so I dug all that out it’s all
    cleaned out and had the hairdryer sitting on here for the past hour and a
    half so it’s all dried up nice and ready for patching so mix up some thickened
    epoxy will really fill this in nicely this was not that large of a void but
    still I couldn’t fill the whole area up in one go with the thickened epoxy as
    that would cause too much of a heat buildup in the curing process and it
    caused smoking and maybe even melting of the surrounding area and then start
    laying in the cloth one big section first and then get to smaller pieces as
    we work into the center and then one big piece to go over the whole thing and of
    course some people would start with narrower pieces and work up with wider
    pieces till you fill up the whole valley and sometimes I do it that way myself so
    flip a coin it’s all just dick one big big batch of polyester resin
    about 12 years ago in Colombia I had some guys dig this area out well they
    should have dug this area out too but they dug this area out they pulled out
    the rotten coring the saturated coring and I told him on the rebuild I wanted
    it layered with fiberglass cloth and resin then I went away for five minutes
    I come back and his whole area is just full of just resin and no cloth I
    thought ah geez that can’t be strong but here it is 12 years later this area
    shows no sign of cracking or any other structural defects so polyester resin
    give it some mass and it’s surprising how robust it can be especially when you
    cover over the top of it with two layers of fiberglass cloth
    however polyester resin in just a thin layer say like 1/16 of an inch sheet
    with no reinforcing like fiberglass cloth or fiberglass mat it’s extremely
    brittle however give it that reinforcing of mat or cloth and that 1/16 of an inch
    or two sixteenth of an inch reinforced polyester then becomes extremely robust
    so enough layers or cloth or laid around the perimeter to make everything level
    and then one large layer of cloth to help smoothen things out goes down and
    then the peel ply is applied and that’ll help to make everything nice and smooth
    and require a lot less sanding for the final preparation and the end the faring
    out so in the morning we pulled the peel ply away the Amine blush goes away with
    the peel ply so I don’t have to wash down the area also the Peel ply lays
    down all the fibers of the fiberglass cloth making for a much smoother surface
    and a lot less sanding in preparation for the next step and then with a
    utility knife I cut away all of the dry fiberglass cloth that I didn’t need to
    saturate with resin that’ll make it a lot easier for sanding
    I don’t have to send all that up in to dust
    so just a bit of feathering in around the edges and then a little bit of sanding out in the field and we’re
    ready to do the fairing now I get to use S-Fair 600 fairing compound it’s a
    two-part epoxy you just mix it up 50/50 in the quantity that you need and go to
    work far easier than trying to mix certain additives into epoxy resin and
    then get it all spread before it all sets up so this is easy to sand not
    terribly easy to sand but it’s very doable and certainly much better than any other
    system that I’ve used before so we get this from AMT composites out of Cape
    Town after getting all the compound in place then I use this 10 inch 254
    millimeter wide compound knife to smooth and everything out but I had to work
    fast there’s only about a 10 minute work time before this stuff starts to set up
    so after a quick sanding with a random orbit sander we wipe everything down
    with acetone and paper towels we don’t use rags because we just don’t know how
    clean the rags are they might be contaminated with a bit of oil or grease
    that could mess up the work so paper towels are a much safer bet for the
    final wipe down and then Prime with two-part primer the only primer I could
    get was green in color so we had to go with that and then two coats of two-part
    white paint on top of that and next time we’ll be ready to install the windlass
    the backing plates and I can show you some repairs that we previously did on
    the bulkheads inside of the chain Locker and our new 3/8 inch Maggi chain made
    in Italy order from Maggi chain USA but there’s more to the story which we’ll
    have to cover in the next video I hope this video is worthwhile for you if it
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    ⛵️The reality of refitting an abandoned sailboat!! WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!😱#103
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    ⛵️The reality of refitting an abandoned sailboat!! WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!😱#103

    November 7, 2019


    It’s about time to start painting the
    diesel tank! Yeah, but first let’s start with the lids. Come with us. 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’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! After the video about the cleaning of
    the diesel tanks a lot of people said that we should not paint the diesel tank. Because the diesel itself would protect from rusted the walls of the tank. But. Look at this. When the diesel is not touching the metal it can rust. Because there is air there. Yeah, the problem is that not 100% of the time the diesel tank is full, sometimes it’s half full and that means that half of the diesel tank has oxygen and air. So, that’s what happens. This lid was under the diesel, because the boat is not levelled, so this was under the diesel and it’s much better. This one had no diesel on the lid, so that’s the situation right now. So, the solution? What we are gonna do today is to start grinding this off and painting with a special kind of paint for diesel tanks. So, we are painting. Yes. But with a kind of paint that is meant to do that even for diesel tanks, it says diesel tanks. And water tanks. Water tanks also. So, this is the paint. It’s called interline 850. So, interline 850 from International. No, that’s not a sponsored video. If you want to sponsor international, we’ve been using a lot of your paints. But this is not a sponsored video, but this paint from international is meant to be used inside of diesel tanks. It’s with phenol. It’s phenolic epoxy, epoxy phenolic, phenolic epoxy. So, that’s with no diluent, so that’s just pure epoxy for diesel tanks. Let’s see if it works. Yeah. The first one is always the tricker one,
    because we need to try and see and learn how to do it, and then the rest is just
    repetition. Thinner Underneath this yellow paint there is a
    kind of paint that’s really really strong called… Yeah we are gonna write it
    somewhere (coal tar). But this… when we sand it’s just really really hard to clean because
    it’s really black and dusty. So, I’m gonna let this dry a little bit and try to dry sand it, dry clean. Let’s see. By now you must know that we are known
    for changing the plans, right? Yeah. We’re gonna change the plans again. So, we are going to the other marina to see if we can sand blast these little lids. Yeah, we’re kind of too dirty to drive, so we decide to walk there . It’s easier than getting the car with a lot of rust dust. Rust dust, yeah. Basically. But we need to see if they have time, if they are available to do that. Because they are always busy, with a lot of work. Hopefully Reginaldo is gonna help us. They are painting our hatches. Yeah, they are painting our hatches today actually. It’s just a test. Good news! It seems that sand blasting was the correct choice for the lids. It’s gonna be awesome. It’s gonna look… I
    mean like… We didn’t do it yet, we just did that little sample. But, by the sample you can tell that it’s gonna be perfect it’s gonna be like raw metal and then we can treat it and it’s gonna last for a long long time. But the problem is the sand blasting machine that we have available here is that one and we cannot take the boat inside of that sand blasting machine, right? No. Yeah, and that’s the huge
    problem: how to treat the inside part of the tank? So, lids: check. We didn’t do it yet, but it’s gonna be easy, it’s gonna be fine, we can do with time. We need to waste our time now with the tank because the tank that’s gonna be a long job. So let’s get start with the tank? Yeah. Tanks it is. Hard time now. We need to decide what to do for real now. We spent one day, one entire day yesterday it just thinking. Yeah, it’s tough. Sometimes it takes longer to think than to do it. This week is gonna take both long: to think, to decide and to do it. The problem is we have a lot of
    bubbles on the paint, right? Underneath these there’s a little bit of rust. I’m pretty sure this it’s not gonna get loose as it is. But if we want to paint on the top of that we need to sand it otherwise it won’t have a good bond. And how can we guarantee that we sanded in between bubbles, is just impossible. On the other hand we could just leave as it is and not paint it. That’s another choice. But with time this might come off. And we have that corner there. We cannot see it. The truth is this is… the rust didn’t came off
    because was underneath the diesel, but as soon as we have half tank full, then we are gonna start having problems. Because on the other side where there was no diesel there is a lot of rust. So, I think the smart idea is to treat it. But to treat we need to grind I guess to the the bare metal, because it’s just impossible
    to guarantee that we can sand in between bubbles. I think bare metal it is. But here is easy to grind, but how can we grind down up there? We might gonna try this new baby. It’s not new. Pedro Chileno, the guy that is our welder (borrow?) this to us… lent this to us. He lent this to us so we can give a try. This is basically a needle… that vibrates and we
    can get all the way down there. But for that we need a compressor and we don’t have a compressor today. So we’re gonna start first with the easy part and then we’re gonna try that. It sound like a plan? Maybe until there we can get a compressor from someone. Yeah, we’re gonna borrow a compressor from someone for sure. So, let’s get started. Are you ready? Yay! We got a compressor! Actually… it’s a lot a lot easier than it seems. That’s pretty good. It doesn’t vibrate that much. Let’s see it. So? Are we gonna be able to do this? That’s gonna be a brand new. Just wait and see it. We need to buy one of this, that’s amazing. I love it. Seriously, that’s amazing. We can buy it from Pedro. Yeah. Pedro, thanks so much, again. You’re awesome. That’s really really really cool. Check it out. Check it out.
    Now she’s gonna see it. We got a compressor with the people that are painting our boat. So that’s why we were able to do this. It’s pretty good. Isn’t that really really good? Yeah. Painting So, the idea now is to sand the inside
    using this, the angle grinder. Because this is gonna be a lot of dust
    and hopefully we can… you know? Put one… the vacum on the hole and then
    we can sand it. There is one hole there and one there. I closed that one and we’re gonna put the vacum there. And we’re hoping to do less dust with this. You know… we need to try it at least. Let’s see what happens. Some people don’t believe this is gonna be good but I think it’s a good idea. Let’s see. Wait for it. So, we’ve already tried the needles, the angle grinder, the orbital sander and now… The hand. So, what’s the plan for now? It’s tough, tough day. It’s been hours here. That’s the best we can do. I’m sorry. We wanted to bring it to raw metal, just metal. It’s close to impossible. I mean, we’d needed to sand blast it, otherwise it won’t be possible. And sand blasting here inside with all the furniture is gonna be a mess. It’s just… I don’t think we are willing to do that. So we ground it as much as we could, we degreased as much as we could. So this is a clean dry… it’s not
    bad. I mean like… you still get a little bit of dirt, because of the paint, that’s… how do you call it? Coal tar. So, coal tar just leaves a little bit of dirt, but we’re gonna give a chance that’s. That’s it. We’re just gonna give a chance and then
    we decide what to do with the rest. But this one we wanna paint today, otherwise it’s gonna start rusting really soon. Yeah, sometimes life is not that
    easy, you know? One day if we end up in French Polynesia remember it wasn’t easy to get there. If we get there, I mean… We are like… We are like I think about 4 hours just doing this. That is probably like I would say not more than maybe 15% of the whole
    tank. So, that means like we would like 20 days to do that I guess. At least. We will see it. Let’s do one each time. Phenolic Epoxy Some people don’t agree, but I really
    believe sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. That’s the best we could get to, and we’re gonna give a try. If in 2 years we have trouble we fix it. So? It’s about time to check how the tank
    is. We in then didn’t film all the 3 coats because this was too much of a mess. When you start painting in the beginning it’s fine and then the mess starts and we could not finish… I mean, to film all the 3 coats. But this is how it looks after 3
    coats. It’s pretty good actually. Isn’t this a pretty tank? What do you think? I think it’s good. Yeah. The main thing is everything that you paint is straight out of the painting job it always looks good. Painting is something that you are gonna
    know if it’s good with time, and that’s what scares us. Because this… how do I say
    that? We had a problem that we have these bubbles that probably there is rust inside, right? So this is fragile. All the bubbles that were
    underneath the diesel they were fine, they are really strong, you cannot take it with your hand, it’s fine. But all the bubbles that were outside of the diesel they are already rusted. And then we are like… We could leave it as it is and not paint it, just fix the rusted spots and paint the rusted spots, or we could paint everything as we
    just did. But we are not sure which one is more fragile. It doesn’t matter. We did the test. We are
    gonna leave this tank like this and we are thinking on… It was a really hard job. It was actually the hardest job so far in the building of the tiny shipping container house and the refitting of boat. It was the hardest
    job so far. You might be thinking I’m sad or
    something because I’m really really tired. Yesterday we did work for over 7 hours of grinding, sanding, painting and and the whole thing. And here was really
    really hard to breathe. Like… we have openings to leave… to let the air flows and we had respirators and everything. But still… that was tough. And the worst thing is that we don’t really know for sure if what we did is something that’s better than it was before. But that’s something that some
    people say it’s better some people say it’s worse. And we don’t really… we’re not
    sure, we don’t know which side we believe and which side we agree with. And I think
    the only way to know that is by trying. I mean like… it’s risky but somehow we need to see if it works. And right now… At this moment we are not sure if we’re gonna paint the whole tank or not. This week is gonna be raining, so we can’t paint the tank this week. But, we are planing on maybe leaving one like this, painted, to treat the rust on the
    other one that has some spots of rust and we might just leave the tanks as they
    are and do like an experiment. Or maybe not. Don’t take our word on that. We still
    have time to think about it. We painted one to see how it goes and
    what happens. But that’s the reason why we are not finishing the episode today, we’re not finishing painting today, is because we need to
    decide it. And because we spent 8 (*7) hours just to paint one part of 8 parts. It’s not really 8, it’s more, it’s like 10 parts. So, I guess this week that’s it because we need to think. And that’s tough. When you don’t have like
    you know like something to follow: do this and that’s it. You need to experiment and see what happens. And we don’t have any expert to rely on… We do have I mean like we asked the technician, but the thing is… He tells us to do
    what is the right thing. The only way to 100% guarantee that the paint is gonna stick and have a good bond is to sand blast. But that’s not an option
    because sand blasting this right here inside of the boat with all the furniture in place and that’s a mess that I don’t know if we are willing to do. Or if we want to do it properly and hire a company that comes here and close the hole thing and… That’s gonna be too salty. We are… it’s just… I don’t think right now it’s worth. I mean… it would be worth but I don’t think we’re gonna take this path right now. If in a year or 2 from now we see that’s all
    rusted we are gonna take this path. Because the truth is the plates are
    really good, the rust is superficial. So that means that if something goes bad
    right now and the rust comes back it’s just really thin. We would not lose much
    plate of the metal. And that’s a good thing thing because the worst thing would be to need to cut the metal off and weld it. We won’t have this problem
    because the the plate is really really thick still. And the rust is superficial. So I
    think we can take the chance and risk. And the worst that can happen is that in 1-2 years we need to open up the tank again. But that’s life. That’s boat life, right? Anyone that has a sailboat knows that pretty much you do maintenance . In pretty places hopefully in the future. Sometimes more this than sailing. People here in the marina say that we have more miles in the land than the boat has in his whole life. But I mean like… at least in the future hopefully we’re gonna do maintenance in beautiful places, like in the Caribbean maybe in French Polynesia. That would be good. It must be expensive to do maintenance in… We do it ourselves, it’s fine. She is still a little bit sick as you can tell. Sorry. I’m back. So, let’s be practical. Right now that’s it. For this week it’s done. We’re not gonna touch it anymore
    until tomorrow to see and talk to some other people so they can see what we did
    and how it how it hold it the… The paint seems like sticks really really well. The bond in between the paint and the hull seems really really good. But that’s just
    just theoretical for now. We are not 100% sure. And we still have a lot to do. But
    for today that’s it, right? No, the day you are watching this video we are celebrating 13 years together. She is a patient woman she is with me for 13 years. That’s amazing. How can someone handle me for 13 years? I’m not sure. I’m nice too, right? 13 years is a long long long time. Almost one third of her age. We have been living a lot of good experiences and bad experiences like this. Out of 13 years 2 years you guys can watch. You just go back to episode one and that’s our last two years. Not 2, actually since Indonesia they have
    images, so… 3 years out of 13. We actually have a video… you can check
    this with that’s a cool one. We celebrated 10 years in Thailand 3 years ago. Yeah, we had the channel already. That was pretty cool. So, it’s about time to welcome on board our new Patreons. So, welcome on board Ray, Charles, David, Thomas, Carla, Patrick. And we also want to thank all the donations through our Paypal. Thanks so much, David and Algonquin. Well, I guess that’s it for today, right? Yeah. We see you guys next week. Monday. We see you guys next Monday. Join the crew

    I’m on a boat!
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    I’m on a boat!

    November 5, 2019


    Are you having fun? – I seek are you training the boat? Sorry? They eat fun Oh Zeke is playing at the part with creatine Are you mad oh goodness gracious Yeah, yeah you look crazy doing that we’re just hanging out You crazy you needed to take a nap so you took a three-hour nap Yeah, cuz you’re crazy. Look at those toes. Oh My Goodness Little baby who tries to be like a big boy. Oh boy. He’s gonna fall backwards Asher Joel. Let’s not do that, baby You give him a heart attack you’re way more physical than Zeke ever was Do you give mom a heart attack all the time? You do it You are a climber and I don’t like it Zeke didn’t start climbing till he was like two-and-a-half like no I so nine months old. This is not Making me feel good. And that screw is not coming out. It’s stuck like that. It’s a hazard. I know What she do oh You’re gonna get stuck you bumped a head on a time you bunk it at a time Oh, yeah. Oh you Ben, Sasse You Ben Sasse Also Zeke always wore pants and I never I never understood my parents never put pants on their kids like I Understand he won’t lay still For anything it’s kid. I tell ya He’s a wild one Yeah, you are the wild one You just want the phone. I’ll just pretend you want mama. No So daddy end it Zeke went to a friend’s house and We had to stay home to semi cranky somebody needs to go bed early. Yes. Oh Did you get cranky? Are you cranky? Oh my word you’re such a crank up Artemus Yeah So we tried peanuts with this guy today and surprise he’s allergic So eggs and peanut butter this boy can hand You can have those and peanut butter is his brother’s favorite. So Cades allergic. Yeah so Yeah, that’s fun Make sure you hit the subscribe button, and we will see you in our next video. Bye

    ⛵️Transformation of our sailboat’s deck (after 22 years on the hard) [Non-Skid] LTP#105
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    ⛵️Transformation of our sailboat’s deck (after 22 years on the hard) [Non-Skid] LTP#105

    November 5, 2019


    As you guys already know we bought this
    sailboat that was sitting on the hard for over 22 years. And I guess the worst part, that was exposed to the weather, was the deck. The deck is a flat surface
    that everything stops on. The rain, the dust… everything. And probably like where we found more rust, where we found more dirt and… you know, all the bad things. And today we’re gonna start the transformation of the deck. This is gonna be a fun one. So we hope you enjoy it. So, 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 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’re gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life. And then we’re gonna go back to finish the house. New episode every Monday!! Well, this is one of those projects that we’ve been working on for so long… So, let’s start it with a quick recap. Recap it is. June/2019 This is the first time I’m gonna go on
    the deck. At this point we had a blank canvas to work, a white fresh painted blank canvas. It’s pretty good. It looks really nice, really white the deck. After a long work. A lot of work, yeah. Basically we welded new plates to every rusted spot like every really bad rusted spot. And we also treated a few places with… Intershield 300. This was mostly places that we sanded
    too hard and we touched the metal (galvanization). So, we… just to guarantee we treated it with Intershield 300 and after that? 4 coats of epoxy primer. And then 4 coats of polyurethane finishing. That’s how we got to this really nice white deck. But now we have some art to do because we are gonna start applying the non-skid. That’s like art. So, today we are still marking the spots where we don’t want to have the awl grip. We’re trying to be as close as
    possible to the original drawing. But trying to fix a few spots that we think
    could be better. It’s tricky. It’s like a huge huge huge puzzle. It’s always a puzzle in a sailboat. So that’s… We can put the picture of old boat. Much better. Yeah, we are trying to do something like this. So now we’re just trying to… I don’t know… Make sure we have all the tapes on the right spots, otherwise once we start painting this it’s trouble. Because today we are actually leaving the painting cabin. We’re moving again. It’s loud. But basically the painting cabin they have only 3 painting cabins. And there is always a line of boats waiting to paint. So, we have one here, one here and one here. So, basically the steel boat the metal
    gets cold with the cold weather and it’s hard to paint, so we never paint
    with cold weather and with rain. But the fiberglass boats seems like they don’t worry about that so they want to paint even when it’s raining. So we need to leave
    here in order to another boat to be painted. So, we are doing like big blocks and then
    we are gonna check where we want to put the other line. We’re just coming from a big picture to a smaller picture. Just you know like… we do the around and then we divide it in 4 and in 8 and then in 12. It will make sense, eventually, hopefully. It’s kind of a fun job to do. It’s a relaxing job. Not much physical labor, it’s just patience. So this weekend we are gonna go to
    a wedding. One of our patrons wedding. João’s wedding. João. You guys know João already. We told you that he was get married already. So we want to give him a special gift for the wedding. And we decided to get one of the old bottles of booze from the boat and give him as a gift. What? I guess I just found something else in here. We didn’t put this here. Did you? You did? Thanks for the surprise. That’s amazing. Guys, guess what is inside here? Let’s see it. One chance. Just one chance. This is the one? I guess Lina liked this one. So we are gonna give them this one. It’s a licor. And there is a nice text. According to the legend, Frangelico lived 3 centuries ago in the hilly area bound by the right bank of the river Po. Lina liked this one I guess. It’s from Italy. It’s from Italy and João is Italian also, I’m Italian also. There is a letter. You are good at reading. So this, for who doesn’t know is an
    award from YouTube saying that we’ve got 100 thousand subscribers. You have done something that very few YouTube creators accomplished. You had an astonishing… 100,000 people subscribed to your
    channel. I’m really bad with numbers in English. I always need to think more. This looks so pretty. That’s so so exciting. Thanks a lot guys for being
    part of this. That’s thanks to you. Everyone that watches and shares our
    videos. We are really thankful for that. Seriously. This is just amazing. There is a mirror. One of our first mirrors of the boat. They can see the camera now. Let’s see if you can see the camera. We are not sure… We might put it… I don’t know… back here or… We’re not sure if we’re gonna put this on the tiny house or on the boat or whatever we are. When we are on the boat we bring it with us, when we go to the tiny house we bring it with us. We still need to figure out where to put our brand new YouTube plate. I guess that’s it for today, right? We can wrap this one. Guys, thanks so much. And keep watching, and tell your friends if you like it. It’s about time to paint the deck now. The boatyard is getting busy and we’re gonna paint the deck today. The non-skid. We see you guys later. It’s getting ready for the paint. It’s exciting. I’m really really curious to see how is actually painted the non-skid with the compressor, with the spray gun. That’s gonna be a really nice learning. That’s true. So, we’re gonna use awl grip (griptex) for the non-skid. But we didn’t get 4 cans as we want with the coarse. How thin the awl grip is. So, we have one extra coarse and 3 coarse, and we’re gonna mix all 4 together and it’ll become kind of good coarse. I think it’s gonna be enough. Check it out. 13 scoops of griptex + 1/2 liter of polyurethane. Ready to go go on the deck? Yeah. Now it’s being drying the non-skid for 2 days and we didn’t go up yet. And we’re gonna check
    how is the result. Let’s go up. Better than talking is just showing,
    right? But now we need to be extra careful because we don’t want to get our fresh brand-new deck dirt so… we need to go without shoes. Let’s get her impression. You always do that. We knew we wouldn’t be able to see much. Because we still need to take all the plastic off. Now it’s just a teaser. But, look at that. So now we need to take all the tapes off. So, there is a tape here. It’s gonna be hard to take it off. Check it out. It’s gonna be hard. No. It can be easy but it’s gonna take
    a while. It’s gonna be a little a long day. But a fun one because every tape we take off it looks better. Check it out. The perfect corner. Yeah, I think this calls for a music,
    right? Yeah. Let’s put some music on. Music on. It’s the first crossing. No good. Babe, we have bad news. Which one? The awl grip is really really good in most of the places. It’s really… we call it alw grip but it’s griptex. So, the griptex is really really good in most
    of the spots, but the front part of the boat is not that good. The bow? Check it out. Here the amount of griptex is less than
    there. The problem is that here it was harder to give more coats of paint on the top of, you know… because it’s hard to walk around and the squares are bigger. So that means that here is a lot more slippery and it’s gonna be a lot more slippery faster. Because this loses grip with time. Like here for example it’s really really grippy and here is not at all. So that means that we will need to
    do it again, this part at least. But it’s not that bad. We” just need to do from… like from here forward just this part here. All the way there. And all the way there. It’s way more slippery. But least we found out before we took the
    tape off. Because now all they need to do is to sand it a little bit on the top. But we took the tape off. Just a small part. Just that tape. And then they can just apply more griptex. And sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. If it’s slippery it cannot be slippery and here is the most important part to have a lot of
    grip because it’s where the waves crash and where it’s really wet and you need to do it properly. So, sorry. Today is Friday. Yeah, we won’t do this on
    time for this episode. But, at least we’re gonna show you a snake, a sneak peek of the deck. I always say snake, sneak it is. Let’s take a lot of the plastic. We’re gonna open up that plastic so you can see how beautiful it is. I think that’s enough. So, check this out. Excited? Yeah. It’s really really cool that now all the imperfections are gone. Because you know a metal boat has a lot of undulation and imperfections because of the weld. But once you apply the non skid it’s less shinny. So it shows less imperfections. That’s pretty good. You might be wondering why did we
    use griptex on the deck. Well, out first choice was actually to use kiwi grip, but unfortunately it’s not available in Brazil and it’s really hard to import. Basically they don’t sell it in Brazil and we would need to buy it online. But online that means that the shipping is really really really expensive. And they also won’t send this exactly product because it’s a chemical and it’s… They just won’t… we tried to buy it on Amazon… it would be so expensive and they also don’t send it. Because it’s just paint, they just don’t. So, pretty much we had the option of applying EVA. Just as it was before. But we don’t really want to have something that we cannot see the underneath part. Because it’s a steel boat we can have rust underneath and we cannot see it. EVA can hide some surprises and we don’t want to have that. We want to have a kind of non-skid that we can see if any rust appear on the deck we can see it and then we can treat it right away. Otherwise when we see it it’s
    alright like a really big rust spot. So, the choice was griptex and there are 3 kinds of griptex. We explained this on video already but I think I wasn’t clear. We wanted to use the medium coarse, that means not too thick not too thin, we wanted the medium. And we got some informations from the painters here that we needed to have 4 cans. Actually we didn’t need it, but we thought we needed 4 cans and we just found to buy 3 cans of the medium coarse in Peru, not in Brazil. Yeah, not even in Brazil. Our friend went to Peru and brought it from Peru himself. And then we bought a fourth can
    of the really thick coarse one. The last one in a store in Rio de Janeiro. Basically the whole country was out of griptex. We couldn’t find griptex anywhere. So, we mixed all 4 cans together to create our own thickness of griptex. And we ended up with a really good thickness. We used 2 of 4 out of our… We didn’t even need the four of them, but well. We can save it for the future, right? Yeah, we are gonna save some for future. One we might sell. If you need one can you can have one can for you. I don’t know if we’re gonna sell it, but… But I think that’s it, right? Any other explanation that we need? The round corners… Someone asked about the round corners: How did we get this perfect
    round corners? That’s art. The painter that is working with us… he’s really good with his utility knife. We know it’s risky. You’re not supposed to get a utility knife and cut through the paint on a steel boat. Because you can get rust. But he did it really really slow and really light. And he didn’t cut the paint, only the tape. With the correct pressure there is no problem. But you need to be… Like always the helicopter passes in the wrong time. But that’s just a clue for us to wrap it. But before we can go we need to
    welcome on board our new patrons for this week. So welcome on board Maddogspot,Jim, Kraig, Dave, Andrew, Fabien, Cristiane. And we also want to thank Justus, that did a donation through PayPal. So, thanks a lot, guys. And we see you guys next week (Monday). We see you guys next week. Join the crew