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    Types of Viking Ships
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    Types of Viking Ships

    January 15, 2020

    HEY! I have returned! Oh! Look who’s back! Welcome! Uarrr uahah… Thank you lad! Hey Mr. Thorstein! *bleating in excitement* Hello little ones! So what news? Well.. I’ve been at the winter-camps, near the French coast pillaging villages here and there huah ah Sounds good so far Now that summer is at hand, I came back to the real raiding! Hey! You know what?! What? I was the captain of my own ship! I’m surprised you and your crew aren’t at the bottom of the sea hrrmm… hey! I’m an excellent captain! Which type of viking ship did you commandeer? huh… wooden type… yes… uh.. long… large… floating on water! I mean, there were… different types of viking ships like Drakkars, Snekkes and so on… Riiiight… I called mine Bessie! Huaah… Thank the gods for Bessie… Right… so let’s talk about a few types of Viking ships but first I’ll make a little historical introduction to the importance of boats in old Scandinavian societies and I promise to be brief, because whenever Mr. Thorstein is around, it’s difficult to focus on what I’m saying You don’t know, but he’s always behind the camera making faces Oahh! You bloody bastard! Yeah, well… let’s get started By the end of the 8th century a new power awoke in Scandinavia – Vikings As I’ve told you before, Vikings were not a people Being a Viking was someone dedicated to maritime activities, mainly piracy Not every Nordic was a Viking but every Viking was a Nordic Now, why exactly some Nordics became Vikings? If we take a look at Scandinavia as a whole, geographically it’s quite diverse Denmark essentially is a flat territory while in the North, in Norway, predominates the rugged mountainous relief except for the south and the fjord of Trondheim In Sweden it’s a great mixture, mountains to the north and west, deep forests, huge lakes, hills, plains, and the majority of the southern region is flat These natural landscapes and also the very cold climate most of the year, obviously influenced the Nordic communities In general the soils of Denmark and southern Sweden were very good for agriculture and not surprisingly in southern Sweden people highly worshipped Freyr the god of Fertility, agriculture, peace and plenty It was their god, because the great majority of southern Swedes were farmers But in Norway things were quite different Agriculture was very hard and it was mainly along the coast and at the Fjord of Trondheim one of the regions where most battles took place because it was one of the very few places for agriculture and everyone was fighting for it Agriculture was extremely hard in Norway, and some parts of Sweden and as such, pastoralism, hunting and fishing, gave the Norwegians more means of sustenance The importance of the fishing activity in Scandinavia is a reflection of its geography Back then and even nowadays, the majority of the Norwegian population lives near the sea, and their fishing economy is outstanding but as you might have noticed, in the case of the Old Norse peoples of Norway, living near the sea was a survival matter to get food, because it was close to impossible getting food from farming activities The sea gave constant sustenance throughout the year especially during winter, which is the season you can’t farm even if you had the soil for it But because the terrain was so uneven, filled with natural barriers such as mountains, rivers, dense forests, the sea became the main route of communication Just so you have a better notion, there are 11th century accounts which tell us that a journey by land from Stockholm to a region called Sigtuna, which is more or less only 40 kilometres, about 24 miles, took a month to get there, while by sea it took only 5 days Boats became essential for survival, communication and for the successes of Nordic chieftains, and also a symbol of high social statues and wealth, because trading also became an essential activity in Old Scandinavian economy Boats became so important in Old Scandinavian societies that – they were used as tombs in burials and in cremation, as vessels to take the deceased into the other side And those who could not afford to have a boat, or maybe not willing to use the actual vessel for the dead because it was important in economic activities and they did not want to throw it all away, people made burials with stones, arranging them in the form of boats And in the religious context, gods became associated with boats as well Freyr had a great boat called Skíðblaðnir Njorð is associated with fishermen, boats, seafaring, and wealth and prosperity as well The god Baldr upon death is burnt in a boat, and so on Both merchants and military or political leaders had the key to success by owning boats In war the boats allowed rapid deployment of troops and in trading they could efficiently and quickly transport goods, precisely two areas of activity that were essential during the Viking Age Viking raids became a very productive activity for Scandinavians Acquiring wealth, obviously, but also being in contact with other cultures, developing new trading networks, and of course, for survival and political reasons, finding new places to settle, new lands to farm Viking raids opened new possibilities and progressively Scandinavians stopped being Vikings and became professional sailors ever interested in extending their political and economic horizons But speaking of the Viking Age, ships were not only a means of transport They were precisely what gave Vikings advantage in any conflict with their enemies Ships allowed raiding parties to descend almost anywhere on hostile coasts, with little warning and quickly penetrate far inland by navigating on rivers Just picture this: in one single day Vikings could sail an average of one hundred and seventy miles, almost three hundred kilometres How much would it take to cover that distance by land? Months! If Viking met resistance in a certain spot, they could just sail away into another spot long before land troops reach them Viking boats were a success Now, when speaking of Viking ships most of the time we have the same image in our head The langskip, long boats But do you think the masters of boat-building would only make one single type of boat? There was a wondrous variety of Viking ships for different purposes, different activities and different approaches The most used ships for war, were of course the longships In terms of warships there were two main types, the snekkes and the drakkars Snekkes are the type of warships used in coastal districts, back home owned by local chieftains for their private raids and local defence They were long and narrow and had a crew between 24 to 36 bloodthirsty vikings, rowing for glory These ships were perfect for Strandhögg which consisted of coastal raids with the intention of capturing livestock and indigenous peoples for the slave trade Perfect ships for small-scale and hit-and-run expeditions These are the ships Vikings used to sail near the coats and to navigate through minor rivers Then we have the famous Drakkar huge in size, almost twice the size of a snekke They were more symbols of authority and wealth rather than actual war and transport ships They were so costly that only Jarls and Kings could afford them These are often the vessels you see with great rich carvings, multi coloured sails, well, magnificent and costly as I’ve said Rarely used It could have a crew between 60 to 80 people not counting with the warriors it can carry, close to five hundred if not more Due to their size they had a very stable platform which was very good in fighting situations and in stormy seas These were ships not meant for local raids and certainly not to sail in rivers These were ships meant to sail in search for bigger prizes than the average wealth acquired in hit-and-run raids Another type of ship that could be used for raiding, as well as to travel and trade was the karve Not very big, with a crew of 30 to 36 people, somewhat with the same proportions of a snekke but quite broad which was great for trading and could also take more men than the snekke did The karve was better to sail into open waters, but it was slower You can also find the name for this ship, korabis, which was the name the Rus called such ships because these were the trading vessels commonly used in trading with Eastern Europe There were other longships of course, such as the Busse which was a class of longship with large cargo capacity and a large crew They were designed for battle and to give advantage in war against other ships The Skeide, which was also a great longship With lower cargo capacity than the Busse, but also slimmer and faster In terms of trading ships. We have the Knarr Heavy Merchant Ships Slow, broader in proportion than the warships They had a wider and deeper hull for cargo, and they were clearly much more dependent on the sail than the oars They were absolutely great to cross vast stretches of ocean without wreck They were likely used along the coast of Scandinavia and to do trading with Western Europe We have the Byrding, Light Merchant Ships A smaller vessel primarily used as a domestic vessel along the coast to carry supplies for troops, but also trading ships for Eastern Europe Norse traders needed lighter and more manoeuvrable ships, which could navigate through the Russian rivers These were vessels meant to travel deep inland Russia was wilder back then, not like Western Europe with ports, docks, where you could easily go ashore to trade In Russia there was the necessity to leave the ship to trade, there were no ports, so Norse merchants needed lighter vessels, light enough to be pulled out of the water or over rocky areas, shallow areas and other obstacles There were other types of ships often called- often called Skute small and light vessels which could sail fast It isn’t clear whether a “skute” was a class of ships, or if it was a common term for a wide range of smaller ships, including the karve and byrding They were clearly fast, with the advantage of being ready to put on the water and set-sail, because only a small crew with little equipment was necessary, making it a type of vessel which could sail without attracting attention from the surroundings but also easy to hide I would say this was a kind of vessel suited to carry people around, unnoticed or to deliver messages in times of war and great need And there was the ferje, a ferry boat small vessels for crossing short distances, like across fjords Only one man or two would be necessary to sail these Alright my dear friends, thank you so much for watching and I hope you have enjoyed this short video about viking ships This is a sort of introduction for the next video I will make about- Ships in Burial Context So, once again, thank you so much for watching See you on the next video, and of course, as always- Tack för idag!
    (Thank you for today!)

    Steve Kennedy on Aluminum Bass Boats | Bass Fishing
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    Steve Kennedy on Aluminum Bass Boats | Bass Fishing

    January 14, 2020

    Steve Kennedy: I probably got about ten pounds. Interviewer: Yeah. Steve: I don’t know. I caught more fish then
    I caught yesterday but I never got a good bite. Interviewer: What were the advantages of that
    boat this week? Steve: None. None at all. I didn’t tear up
    my other boat. The water has come up about six inches and some of those places that I
    couldn’t get into or maybe I wasn’t willing to get into, I was able to get in there but
    so did a couple of the other guys. I mean they’re not big enough areas to really help
    you if you don’t have them to yourself. Interviewer: Right. Steve: I can’t say I would have done any better
    in my other boat. It was fun. I enjoyed it because you can jumping those stumps and you
    don’t have to worry about cracking anything. Yeah, those guys watched me run those stump
    fields and I’m bouncing back and forth. Interviewer: Yeah, I’m a tin boat fan. Steve: It was entertaining anyway. And that
    didn’t even put a scratch on it. Interviewer: Does it got a prop? Steve: It’s a Powerton. They make them right
    here in town. I had one on my 50 horse and I wanted one. I just bought it just two days
    ago just for this tournament. It’ll actually stay hooked up jacked up all the way like
    that. It won’t even get water to it if you get the throttle down but anyway when I got
    it and I saw these blades and how stout they were I was pretty excited. I hit some stumps
    running on plane today and I didn’t even ding it. I mean I hit several and I plowed up a
    log jam going through it and I didn’t put a scratch on it.

    How Do Boats Float?
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    How Do Boats Float?

    January 14, 2020

    So how do boats stay afloat? Luckily for you,
    ScienceNation is here with an explanation! George let’s go! How can it be that this boat,
    with all my weight on it, can stay afloat? Yet this small stone cannot? As an object enters the water, it displaces the liquid around it. The object will continue to sink until the weight of the displaced fluid matches the weight of the object. This is known as the Archimedes’ principle. Often heavier vessels, like cargo ships, will be much wider. This will increase the volume of air inside them and decrease their overall density. Even though the stone weigh less than the boat, it is smaller and so more dense than the water. Therefore it sinks.

    It’s the Gulf of Mexico! | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 32
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    It’s the Gulf of Mexico! | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 32

    January 14, 2020

    – On the other side of
    that wall is salt water. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] That’s a crazy looking ship with a helicopter landing pad on its roof. – Feels like we’re comin’ home. – Oh my God. All right, let’s go
    find our mast (laughs). – We can sail again! (upbeat music) Last time on Sailing Soulianis, we showed you our typical
    routine traveling down the river. That routine wouldn’t last long though, as we left you all with a little
    over a hundred miles to go before reaching the end of our journey from freshwater to salt water. – [Kirk] Okay so where are we? – We are at the last lock, on the other side of
    that wall, is salt water. – [Kirk] Brackish water. – Same thing. (Kirk laughing) – It’s salty right? – [Kirk] It’s prolly a little salty. – Yeah, I mean, it’s salty water, let’s put it that way, it’s salty water. Look at that, it has no wheels. – [Kirk] Lauren is fascinated
    by the no wheeled bollard. – It doesn’t squeak at all. – [Kirk] Yeah, it’s pretty cool, check out the setup we have goin’ on here. We’re usin’ out spinnaker tie-down spot combined with our
    miniature little deck cleat to form a nice little U midship. – And a virtually maintenance-free, oh that’s not right, a virtually, what’s the word I’m looking for? – Effortless?
    – Effortless. locking situation (laughs). I haven’t had my breakfast yet. – [Kirk] You’s good at da words. – (laughs) yeah. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] Ah, the sky. (upbeat music) – We’re almost to the ocean! (upbeat music) – [Kirk] That’s a crazy looking ship with a helicopter
    landing pad on it’s roof. Either that or it’s a spaceship
    teleportation station. (upbeat music) Wow, to be able to pick
    up a tow like that, those tires are taller
    than that truck next to it. (upbeat music) Holy crap! Lauren it’s the Gulf of Mexico! That’s the ocean! (Lauren laughing) (laughs) that’s the ocean! – Kirk that’s the ocean. – That’s the ocean. All the way from fresh
    water to salt water. From Michigan, to the Gulf of Mexico. We made it! – Feels like we’re comin’ home. I know we’ve never been here,
    and it looks weird right now, I shouldn’t say weird, it looks industrial and not like home at all. Looks completely uncomfortable
    and scary, but out there, just beyond that horizon, is palm trees, beaches, clear blue water, warm temperatures, that’s all I got. – Lauren. – Kirk. – We’re gonna be a sailboat soon. – Yay! – That’s a big old mound of water. (upbeat music) We are just about to pull into the marina that has been holding our
    mast for the past month, to be reunited so that we can
    turn back into a sailboat. That’s a sweet boat. (Lauren laughing) – [Lauren] I took off the
    microphone to shoot photos but, – That’s okay. – [Lauren] Tell me how
    happy you are right now. – So happy right now. We’re gonna have a beautiful sunset, then we’re gonna get a nice cool rain, which is gonna kill all the bugs, they’re all gonna go
    away, every one of ’em. We just washed all the salt, and dirt, and Mississippi mud, no, Tennessee mud off the boat. Drinking a boat beer. Stoked. – [Lauren] Oh hi boat. – I am a happy chappy. – [Lauren] Well the rain
    did come that first night, and the second night, came the snow. – [Kirk] Oh my God. (ice crunching) – Morning.
    (Kirk laughing) you like the snow? – [Kirk] This is kind of messed up. – [Emily] Yeah. (ice crunching) – Snow and palm trees,
    this is really strange. It does make it feel
    sorta Christmasy though, which is kinda cool. – [Lauren] By the third day,
    most of the snow was gone. – [Kirk] Where are we headed? – We’re gonna go see our mast. – We’re on the most southern
    part of our journey thus far, and it is the coldest. (Lauren laughing) Oh look it, there’s
    Mike and Cindy leaving. – [Lauren] Oh yeah. – All right, let’s go find our mast. – [Lauren] (laughs) someone’s happy. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] There she is. – We can sail again! She doesn’t look too bad love. – [Kirk] No, everything’s
    still all wrapped up. – [Lauren] Yeah. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] Cool, think we’re gonna remember how to put everything back together? – That remains to be seen, that’s a big question mark. I mean you took a lot of photos, right? – [Kirk] No you were taking the photos! – Oh right (laughs). – [Kirk] You took a lot of photos, right? – Yeah, but you took a bunch before we even left Wisconsin I thought. – Mmm not really.
    – Mmm. Yeah I took a bunch of photos. – [Kirk] Okay. (Lauren laughing) – We have four days until we’re scheduled to have our mast re-stepped. What do we have to attach to
    it before it actually goes up? – [Kirk] Our wind vane, our
    VHF, and our wind indicator. – Oh that’s it? – [Kirk] Well, and all
    the halyards and stuff. And I also want to figure out if we can put a different block up here for running our spinnaker
    halyard internally. So yeah, we got some work to do. Jeez I almost forgot about our boom. (laughs) that’s an important piece, that’s over here. – It looks perfect.
    – Yeah. All right well, at least it’s all here. – Yeah. – [Kirk] Look at that, that’s pretty good. – Yeah.
    – They put foam over the whole thing.
    – All the way over, yeah. – [Kirk] Well, I think we
    did a pretty decent job. – Yeah, yeah look at
    this carpet on the end. (knocking) (Kirk laughing) The sun feels good.
    – Yeah. – In this 40 degree temperatures. – [Kirk] Shall we get breakfast? – Breakfast, I’m hungry.
    – And the mast. – Breakfast and mast. – Sunday morning mast. (Lauren laughing) So, I’m going to be
    unwrapping our mast here, gettin’ everything ready to
    get put back on the boat, get it re-stepped. We’re gonna maybe do a few upgrades. We’re gonna look at
    replacing our mast headlight with an LED, and our
    deck light with an LED. And then we’re also going to try and get the halyard for the
    spinnaker run internally. But first things first, we
    gotta get this thing unwrapped. ♪ And I don’t know ♪ ♪ What to say ♪ ♪ What to say to you ♪ (upbeat music) ♪ It’s always sunny where ♪ Well I got everything off, and I still have all the rigging tied up ’cause I need to come
    back with the spreaders, and all the other tools and
    things to get everything sorted. She looks okay, not
    too worse for the wear. ♪ So bright so bright ♪ ♪ You can stare at the sun ♪ ♪ You can tell me anything you like ♪ The next day we gave the mast a good bath. We used soapy water and Simple Green, and ran the entire length
    of each stay as well. We wanted to make sure we got
    the mast as clean as possible because we weren’t sure
    when we were gonna have an opportunity like this again. After the bath, it was time to install the new exit sheave for
    our spinnaker halyard. – That’s going to be the
    end of that basically, so I’m gonna put a hole there, – Mmhm.
    – And then I’m gonna cut, – Oh that entire,
    – Yeah. – [Lauren] You’re basically
    cutting a giant almond shape, – [Kirk] Hole, yeah. All right just watch
    the, there’s gonna be, (drilling) – [Lauren] Holy hell Kirk. You’re cutting a hole in our mast. – Cut a big hole in the mast. (Lauren laughing) – Yeah, it’s a little scary. (drilling)
    (upbeat music) – [Lauren] Look at that,
    brand new VHF antenna, pretty snazzy. ♪ You can stare at the sun ♪ ♪ You can tell me anything you like ♪ ♪ I’ll take you away to the sunshine ♪ – [Kirk] After completing the work on the lower part of the mast, we had to install an identical
    exit sheave at the top. ♪ You can tell me anything you like ♪ (upbeat music) So, when you’re tapping the screws, you want to go forward, like a quarter turn, and then back a little, and then forward a quarter turn, and then back a little, ’cause you don’t want to
    build up too much pressure, or else you’re just gonna
    rip the threads out, ’cause you’re literally cutting metal, but it’s like really fine, you know? Bruce taught me that. So thank you Bruce. (knocking) Sweet. – [Man] So basically it
    goes around my finger, coming from the opposite direction around, and I can pull both the standing part, and the working end to tighten the knot. – That’ll work, okay. All right so now, what
    I want you to do is, where’d that other end go? – It’s right here.
    – Right here, okay. I want you to take that end
    and pull on that from here, and you can start to coil it up. – [Lauren] We’re running
    on the lines on the mast before it gets stepped this afternoon, when we become a sailboat again! (upbeat music)

    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)

    Tackling the Mighty Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 28
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    Tackling the Mighty Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 28

    January 11, 2020

    – Hey guys, if you’re new to our journey, here’s a quick recap
    to get you up to speed. After buying our Tartan
    37 in Racine, Wisconsin, we sailed it around Lake Michigan, then started making preparations to head south to salt water. We decided to take our
    boat to the Gulf of Mexico via the Inland River System, which is made up of
    several rivers and canals, including part of the Mississippi. We unstepped the mast to clear a bunch of low fixed
    bridges along the route. We then prepared the
    mast for shipping south via truck and will put it back
    up when we reach the gulf. Now for the duration of
    our trip down the river, we won’t be sailing, but
    rather motoring Soulianis. Right now, you’ve joined
    us in Grafton, Illinois about 300 miles into
    our 1,300 mile journey from Chicago to Mobile, Alabama. We’re gonna go see a tugboat. It’s actually tow, but they
    call it a tugboat tour. – [Kirk] No, I called it a tugboat tour. – No, it says tugboat
    tour on the pamphlet. – [Kirk] Oh. – Yeah. We know better (laughs). A towboat has a flat
    bow for pushing barges. A tugboat has a pointy bow, is much more maneuverable, and can push or pull a
    larger ship in any direction. (laughs) – Welcome to the Twyla Luhr where a twin screw, 6,800 horsepower boat. This is where the navigation
    in the vessel takes place. I’ve got two radars, my main radar and I also
    have two Zeon searchlights. The Zeon lights can pick up a buoy up to two-to-three
    miles away on a dark night. It’s a long white beam
    that can be reduced down to about a foot in diameter. From the bottom of the boat, the bottom of the bow of the boat to the river bottom is 9.2 feet deep, so actually the boat’s drawn 9-foot, so it’s about 18-foot deep right here. The electronic chart identifies and tracks other vessels in the area. It shows the direction they’re traveling, their destination, the speed. It’s very helpful. It does a lot of other stuff too. Alright. (horn blows) Alright (laughs). There you go. – [Kirk] What do you think? – That was pretty cool. – [Kirk] Yeah. – I wish we would of got that on camera. – [Kirk] I shot some of that. – No, when she was like, so what did you do all before all these computers and stuff like that? – [Kirk] Oh, yeah. – Looked out the window. (laughs) – The fuel capacity on this
    boat, 57,000 gallons. – [Kirk] Wow. – Wait, I don’t understand. – So that’s the most that they’ve ever filled up at one time. – Oh. – [Kirk] But it will hold 236,000. Oh, he’s got a treadmill. All the spares, wow. Oh, they can do laundry. – [Lauren] Oh yeah. – [Kirk] This is their oil. (laughs) 140 degrees. Oh my God. Could you imagine working like that? – I don’t even know how like (whispers). – We’ll tow anywhere from 25-30 south, but we could bring 36 back. – [Kirk] So you do six wide by six long? – Yes. – [Kirk] Wow. – [Woman] Hey brother, how many days in a row do you guys work? – We work 28, get off the boat 14. (Birds chirping) – [Lauren] In Grafton, there’s
    a winery on top of a hill. Climbing up to it is a thing to do, especially for us boaters who could really use a leg workout. – [Kirk] It’s not 50, it’s warmer. – Is it? – [Kirk] Yeah. It’s supposed to get to like 69 today. – [Lauren] It was morning though
    and the winery wasn’t open. That was just fine. We were on a mission
    to see the fall colors. (Birds chirping) (Birds chirping) – [Kirk] This is probably
    gonna be our best colors, huh? – Yeah, it’s crazy ’cause
    there’s techno lime like set back against, look at that. Do you see that blue-green
    moss over there? – [Kirk] Yeah. – [Lauren] On that tree? Everything’s a little bit wet, so all the bark is really dark
    and setting those colors off. – [Kirk] Screw the fall colors. I want to look at your hair. (laughs) – [Lauren] She’s the only one there. – [Kirk] We planned to stay in Grafton for a couple of days
    to get some work done, but we ended up staying
    there almost a week. We checked off a lot of
    things on our to-do list, including laundry, a provisioning run, computer work, and more
    engine maintenance. The engine was due for an oil change, and we needed to change
    the primary fuel filter. This was our first time
    tackling these tasks, and as always, it takes
    longer than it should. Fortunately, everything
    went pretty smoothly. Lauren got some time to do yoga and take a couple of runs along the river. – All those beautiful colors and the Mississippi. – [Kirk] And we spent an evening checking out Grafton’s nightlife. This multilevel bar called Third Chute appeared to be the hot spot in town. (loud noises!) – [Lauren] And now begins our journey down the Mississippi. With its swift four-knot
    current running in our favor, we planned to cover the 218
    miles in just a couple days. Just 15 miles downriver lies
    the town of Alton, Illinois. It’s home to the last
    floating riverboat casino that’s still in operation
    on the Mississippi, and the flour mill that produces up to two-and-a-quarter million pounds of flour per day. – [Kirk] Are we going past Alton? – [Lauren] Yeah, we just passed it. – [Kirk] I thought you had it turned on. – [Lauren] No. – [Kirk] Whoops. (laughs) We didn’t get it. Just downriver from Alton, we entered The Chain of Rocks Canal. We’re in a canal, that’s all (laughs). This eight-and-a-half mile long canal was built to bypass a rock-filled section of river just north of St. Louis, which is unnavigable at low water and dangerous at best at high water. – Nine nine. – [Kirk] Nine nine? – Nine nine. – [Kirk] What? – [Lauren] Yeah, woo! – [Kirk] After the one-to-two knots we had on the Illinois River, it felt like we were flying
    down the Mississippi. – Kirk, that was probably the first time that chart plotter has ever
    displayed double digits. (laughs) Oh, now we’re down to nine six. – [Kirk] Bummer. – [Kirk] That’s what I said. It’s a nice city to watch
    and wave as it goes past. – [Lauren] The cruising guide
    said this almost verbatim, not only because of the swift current, but also because there is literally no place to stop in St. Louis with a boat. No docks, no marinas, no
    anchorages, no nothin’. – We were in Grafton this morning. It’s still morning, and
    we’re now in St. Louis. We’ve already done 40 miles. I guess that’s what happens
    when you can do 10 knots. – See that barge being
    lifted out of the water? – [Kirk] Oh wow. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] What do you think about St. Louie? – It would probably be a lot cooler if this embarkment parking lot actually had a some sort
    of riverfront happening. – [Kirk] Yeah. – But yeah. I can see that there is
    literally nowhere to stop. – [Kirk] He’s a cute little guy! – [Lauren] That night we stopped
    at Hoppies Marine Services, which is billed as the only fuel stop for the next 107 miles, and the only marina for the next 227. It also had a bathroom
    straight out of a horror movie. The next morning we woke up to a wee bit of fog on the river. – I got the radar up and running. The radar is pretty cool. – [Lauren] Yeah? – Yeah. I can see a lot. – [Lauren] We just have never
    turned it on before, right? – Well, I mean I’ve turned it on, but I never actually tried to use it. I can see the buoys. I can see the little weir dam things. – [Lauren] Oh really? – Yeah. – [Lauren] Look at this! Hear that? It’s the radar. We couldn’t hear it, but
    the camera picked it up. We had quite the fender set up at Hoppies because it was basically
    just a barge floating along the side of the river, so we were completely exposed
    to all the tows and currents, the wind and everything, so we were banging up against
    the dock pretty hard and yeah. We had six fenders on one side (laughs), so you’re not supposed to travel in fog. It’s not really completely foggy. – No, but if it gets much foggier though, it’s gonna be pretty sketchy. – We’re trying to make 110 miles today, and to do so. – We only have 10-1/2 hours of sunlight. – And it’s supposed to take us in optimum conditions
    of three or four knots of current 10-1/2 hours (laughs). So we had to leave a
    little bit before sunrise to try to arrive so we
    had enough time to anchor… in the light. Any other notes? – Uh, it’s very cold. Poor guy needs some mittens. – Need some mittens for sure. – Big wooly mittens. Better yet, just bring a
    couple of sheep, I think. Two lambs. He could one lamb in each arm. – It has to stick out of the water. So that’s a buoy we just passed. That’s a buoy we just passed, That is this buoy coming right up here, and that’s obviously our riverbanks. You can see the little weir
    dams and stuff on the side. So this one right here
    is that one over there. It’s helpful. We just crossed 156. We’ve already done two miles this morning. We’ve only got 108 to go. (laughs) – [Kirk] I don’t know if I
    want to go in here Love. – [Lauren] Where does
    the river go from here? Does it curve or does it stay straight? – [Kirk] It curves, but we’re like right on curves. We’re goin’ right into the sun. If we were going to the
    side, it would be okay. – [Lauren] Shit, that is some thick fog. – [Kirk] Yeah. I’m turnin’ around. – [Lauren] What do you want to do? – [Lauren] Are we droppin’ anchor? – [Lauren] I can sit up on the bow. – [Kirk] Yeah, go up on the bow. Keep an eye out for
    big sticks and stuff too. – Okay. This is a little sketchy, but I can still actually see a good 200 feet in front of me so once I go sit on that bow pulpit and make it stop banging around, I should be able to hear more. (banging) We made it! (laughs) – Today’s been our longest day. We’ve done 75-1/2 miles already, and we’ve got another 35 to go before we hit our anchorage tonight, and we have probably seen
    more tows and barges today than we have seen at any other
    part of the river combined. There’s just one after another, and this is gonna be a really
    wild ride through here. These guys are turnin’ up a ton of water. It’s gonna be bumpy for awhile. (loud tow boat engine noise) (engine noise) I thought yesterday with 10 was fast. (laughs) – [Lauren] Our anchorage for the night was called Little Diversion Channel. The entrance was a bit narrow, and a few logs seemed to
    be stuck in the middle, which made us wonder what the shoaling was
    like under the surface. – Yeah, I’m like almost
    dizzy looking upriver. (laughs) It’s kind of crazy. Do you think I want to be on the upriver part or the downriver part? – [Lauren] Oh, it’s pretty in there. I would try to go up. – [Kirk] Above it? – [Lauren] Yeah. Oh, there’s a railroad bridge. – It’s still 30-feet deep here. – [Lauren] There would be no nosing in with the swift current. We knew we had to pick an
    entrance point and go for it, otherwise, as soon as we turned
    broadside to the current, it would take us right
    into the bank downriver. It’s just swirling in the current. – [Kirk] Yeah. Alright.=[Lauren] Where does the shoaling happen? – [Kirk] I think the shoal
    happens right up there. – [Lauren] Oh, ’cause it was on the descending bank at Big Blue Island. – [Kirk] Alright, well I’m
    gonna go right above it. – [Lauren] I think you can. (Engine revving) Perfect! – [Kirk] Cool. – [Lauren] Yeah! – [Kirk] I feel pretty good about this. – [Lauren] Yeah. It’s super peaceful.
    – The only thing is it’s gonna be cold. – I know. You can hear the crickets (whispers). (chirping) – [Kirk] I don’t think we need to go very far up here, do you? – No. I think it was just saying you could go all the way to
    the bridge if you wanted. – [Kirk] Yeah. – [Lauren] Kirk! – Yeah? – [Lauren] Look at the size of that barge. – [Kirk] Yeah, it is
    seven wide and eight long. – [Lauren] Holy crap. They’re all empty though, don’t you think? – [Kirk] Yeah. But still. – [Lauren] Yeah. – That is insane! Look at that thing (whispers). God (whispers). – [Lauren] It still doesn’t
    look that big in the camera. That’s a six-foot wave. – [Kirk] Yeah. – So this is our second night
    in anchoring on the river. Kirk’s down below right
    now putting a rubber mat in the chain locker that
    we just got from Home Depot so that we protect the inside of our fiberglass of the chain locker from the 200 feet of
    chain that we just bought. Yes? – Will you drop the first
    few bits of chain into there? – [Lauren] Yeah. – And actually, before you do
    that we should set the anchor. – Okay, back up. – I can’t. I’m stuck against the, what is that thing called? – Binnacle. – Binnacle. – Maybe we can stand. So we’ve been kind of dreading
    this part of the trip. – Yeah. – And it hasn’t been that bad. – No, it’s sort of been the best part. – Yeah, it really has. – It’s been really pretty. Everything south of St.
    Louis has been really cool. – Yeah. – I mean even Grafton was cool, but yeah, it’s like really wild feeling, whereas as like the Illinois felt like a bunch of farmland
    and like agriculture. This feels like wild. – Yeah, and industrial. There’s so many barges.
    – There’s yeah. – [Kirk] There’s nothin’ here. – Did we get any of that? I mean besides not getting showers which. – Yeah, and being freezing, sleeping in 29-degree weather. Um, I want to fill the fuel tank. – Aah! – With the next fuel can. – With the next Jerrycan? – [Kirk] Yeah. – Look at that! Wow! – Wow. Oh, I think this is
    where it’s going to get worse. – [Lauren] Oh.

    Larry David and Seth Discuss Their Mutual Distaste for the Beach
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    Larry David and Seth Discuss Their Mutual Distaste for the Beach

    January 11, 2020

    -I don’t want to give anything
    away about the season. I’m so happy
    there’s a 10th season. I want to be surprised
    every week. -Well, what could you give away?
    You don’t know anything. -That’s true.
    I don’t know anything. I guess I’m not — what I’m
    saying is I’m not gonna press you for spoilers
    or anything. -No, you can press away. [ Laughter ] It will amount to nothing
    in the end. -Is that how you’ve always felt
    about bathroom attendants? Will you admit that much? -You know, your heart sinks
    when you see them. -Yeah. Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -Oh, my God, ’cause then,
    you know, you’re going — I mean, you don’t want them
    there. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -Why are they there?
    -Yeah. -It’s horrible. You know?
    -You’d be fine without them. -Oh, yes. Yes.
    -Yeah. -Wait outside. Then go in. -Right.
    -You know? And then there’s
    the whole tip issue. -Right?
    -Right? -Which is getting — genuinely
    getting harder because people — Nobody carries cash anymore. -Right.
    -Yeah. -There’s a tip basket,
    and as you pee, you’re going, “I got no money for this guy.”
    [ Laughter ] You got to say, “I’ll come back.
    I’ll come back.” [ Laughter ] “I’m so sorry.” Yeah. -Be honest.
    Have you ever come back? -No.
    [ Laughter ] -Thank you for your honesty. You were here a couple years
    ago, but I’m very lucky. I run into you every now
    and then in the summer. -Yes. -I feel like we both feel
    the same about the summer and we feel the same
    about the beach. Do you — Are you a fan? -Could not loathe it more. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -I just don’t see — I don’t see why anybody
    would be on that surface. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -You know, it’s just —
    it’s in your toes. And then there’s the water. What is — What is up with that? It’s cold.
    -Yeah. -Who goes in cold water? Why?
    Why are you going in cold water? -Some would argue —
    -How does that feel good? -Some would argue
    it’s a bracing experience. You’re refreshed
    when you go in cold water. Do you feel that way ever? -I could do without the brace. [ Laughter ] -You don’t need the brace? -I don’t need the brace, no.
    I don’t need it at all. But, you know,
    if there was grass, okay? -Yeah. -And the ocean,
    maybe once in a blue moon. -Right. There you got a lake.
    You’ve just described a lake. [ Laughter ] -Oh, did I? -I’m a far bigger fan of
    the lakes than the ocean. -Oh, the lake is
    a beautiful thing. -Oh, there’s no downside
    to the lake. Yeah. -Oh, I love the —
    I love the mountain thing. -Yeah.
    -The mountain, the cabin. Eh, not so much the cabin.
    [ Laughter ] The idea of the cabin.
    -The idea. And the lake I find a lot better
    than the ocean and that sand. [ Laughter ] -Well, the sand, you walk in — The other thing I hate about the
    sand and the ocean, sand, sand, ocean, now you’re wet, now you
    come out covered in sand. The sand sticks to you.
    -Yes. -Only way to get it off —
    back in the ocean. It’s just vicious —
    [ Laughter ] -It’s a terrible cycle.
    -A vicious cycle. -What you love — I don’t know
    where they have this, but I think I’ve seen it
    somewhere, you know, the faucet. -Yeah.
    -You know, for the feet. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] -That’s good.
    -Yeah. It’s just they don’t have it
    next to a lot of oceans. That’s the problem.
    -That’s a problem. -Yeah.
    -That’s a problem. -I’ve seen it at, like,
    a pool house or something. Yeah. But, you know, this is
    what we’re talking about. And a lot of people we know,
    friends we have in common, they love the beach. They would like nothing more. -They love the beach
    and they love their boats. -Yeah.
    -The boats. -Yep.
    -Now, that’s crazy. -Yep.
    -Okay? -I don’t want — Yeah.
    -To be on a boat? Why? Why are you on a boat?
    -Right. -Everything in the world is off
    the boat on the land. [ Laughter ]
    -Yeah. -There’s nothing on the boat. -I can appreciate people
    who get on a boat — Years ago, I want to say I’m not
    disparaging people who years ago went from one country to another
    on a boat. -On the boat. Of course.
    -That’s fine. -A mode of transportation.
    -Yes, of course. -I understand that.
    -Yes. -Yes.
    -I tip my cap to them. -Me, too.
    -But people who say — [ Laughter ] -I’ll reveal my bald head
    to them, yes. Yeah. -And then the other thing is,
    most boats you got to get on the little boat to go
    out to the boat. -The dinghy.
    -Yeah. -Yeah.
    -You got to get in the dinghy. A precarious —
    -By the way, what a name. -Yeah, exactly. They were trying to tell you
    with the name, this is what idiots do.
    [ Laughter ] Why is it called the dinghy?
    It’s for idiots. -It’s for idiots.
    [ Laughter ] No, you take the dinghy
    to the other boat. -Yeah. -Now you take
    the other boat out. -Yeah.
    -To do what? -Right.
    [ Laughter ] -To look? Look around?
    -Yeah. -What, think? About what?
    [ Laughter ] -You can’t think
    over the motorboat. Try to think over that. -And by the way, it’s dangerous.
    -Yeah. -There’s water.
    You can drown in that. -Yeah.
    [ Laughter ] And you’re going to — The edge of the water is
    the least dangerous part. Boat people are like,
    “Let’s go to the middle.” -The middle. Yeah.
    -Yeah. The most dangerous. -No, it’s insane.
    You’re out there. You’re left alone
    with your own thoughts. -Yeah.
    -And what are those thoughts? -Yeah, I don’t — I want to go back to land
    and distract myself. -I’m gonna have a heart attack.
    I don’t like my socks. What are these thoughts?

    All Alone… Illinois River to the Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 27
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    All Alone… Illinois River to the Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 27

    January 10, 2020

    – [Lauren] Last time on Sailing Soulianis, we finally started making some mile south down the inland river system. We got the hang of transiting locks, installed a much needed raw water pump and even woke up to frost on our deck. We made it about halfway on the Illinois River to the Mississippi. Now we’re going to take
    on the second half. – [Kirk] Let’s do dis. ♫(“Restless” by Common Jack)♫ We found a gym that has yoga classes and showers and a pool for 11 dollars. So we’re trying to make it there before the yoga class starts and they’ve closed the marina on us. There goes Lauren. (screams loudly) – [Lauren] What we do for a yoga class! – [Kirk] I am weak. Lauren saved herself. I would be eaten by the bear. See ya Peoria, we closed you down. – [Lauren] So the rivers so high right now that they actually dropped
    the dam below the water level and we’re driving right over it. It’s called a wicket dam. – [Kirk] You’ll see something
    right here in a moment. Right there. That’s the dam that gets raised. (sigh) – [Lauren] Sure. – [Kirk] Especially since it may rain. – [Lauren] No, it’s not going to rain. – [Kirk] Alright. I’m going
    to prepare for it though. – [Lauren] Might need to change your shoes. – [Kirk] Yes, but for right
    now they’re the warmest. Right now I’m wearing long johns, two pairs of pants, a tee shirt, three long sleeve shirts, a puffy jacket, two other jackets, a hat, two hoods, a pair of gloves. This is sailing! All aboard who wants to go south. – [Lauren] Me! (laughs) – [Kirk] Ready? – [Lauren] Ready. – [Kirk] Okay good luck. (giggles) – [Lauren] Bye. We so came here a month too late. – [Kirk] Well he said that
    closes down on Labor Day. – [Lauren] Oh, like two months too late? – [Kirk] Yeah. – [Lauren] Aww. – [Kirk] It would have
    been fun to use the grill. – [Lauren] Yeah. (boat engine running) Probably our tightest squeeze yet. – [Kirk] There is nobody coming. – [Lauren] This winter hair. So Bob, you got his voicemail right? – [Kirk] No I talked to Bob. – [Lauren] Oh okay. Well
    on his voicemail it says, “Thanks for calling Tall
    Timbers. If you draft more than three feet just pass us by.” (laughs loudly) So, thank goodness the
    river’s so high right now or else we wouldn’t have gotten in there. ♫(lighthearted guitar music)♫ – [Kirk] So I think we have only seen four other pleasure boats, boats that are not barges, on our entire two and a
    half week trip so far. Two of those boats are being delivered. One of them was going the other way. The last one was anchored and we’re not even sure
    that it was a looper boat. So, it’s been a pretty
    desolate trip so far. But it’s made the anchorages
    and docks completely our own, which is kinda nice! I guess that’s one plus to coming down the river a month too late. But it’d be kinda cool to meet some other people doing the same thing. – [Lauren] That’s Kirk way over there, dropping our stern anchor for our first night on
    the hook in the river. (eeh) So far we’ve stayed at free docks. We’ve paid for a couple marinas, but we haven’t had an anchor yet and we’ve been, it’s gotta be like ten, 12 nights on the river? I don’t know I’m forgetting the days. But tonight was the first night we didn’t really have a choice. So, yeah, anchoring in
    couple knot current. Fortunately it’s going to be a lot warmer tonight than it has
    been over the last week. It’s been almost down to
    freezing every single night and tonight it’s going
    to be like 55 over night cause there’s some sort
    of storm coming tomorrow. So, yeah, that’ll be nice and toasty. Okay I gotta move the boat
    before we run into the sandbar. – [Kirk] Neutral. – [Lauren] Neutral. – [Kirk] Okay forward. We have about 100 feet of
    line on our stern anchor so we attached a few extra
    dock lines to give us just a little bit more working room. – [Lauren] We tight? – [Kirk] We’re tight? I think what we wanna do
    is drop the anchor here. Can you keep us roughly right there? – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] We wanted to be
    as far out of the main channel as possible which
    meant sneaking into a pretty tight channel between a sandbar and the bank of the river. The stern anchor was
    insurance against any wind that would be stronger than the current that would carry us up river, putting us in danger of
    being blown into the bank or onto the sandbar. – [Lauren] What did we just do? – [Kirk] Spent the last hour and a half doing our first bow and
    stern anchor on the river. Third time was a charm. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] We tried three different times. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] It worked out. We’re good now. – [Lauren] Seems, we seem good right now. – [Kirk] I think we’re good. – [Lauren] I can’t really
    say it’s successful until we pull it up and leave tomorrow right? – [Kirk] Correct. As long as the river doesn’t drop more than a few inches we’re okay. (laughs loudly) Cause we’re not in very deep water. Here’s our depth chart. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] Here’s our depth. – [Lauren] It’s not bad right here. – [Kirk] That is our depth right there. – [Lauren] So that’s what? Seven feet? – [Kirk] It’s to here. – [Lauren] Nope. – [Kirk] Just over six. – [Lauren] It’s six feet. (laughs loudly) – [Kirk] Yikes. – [Lauren] Hey good thing
    we only draw 4’3″? – [Kirk] No, no that was when
    we weighed 15 thousand pounds. Now we weigh 20. So
    probably four and a half. – [Lauren] Alright, are
    you going on an adventure? – [Kirk] Yes. Oh, there’s another barge coming. – [Lauren] Where you going to go? – [Kirk] Right to there. – [Lauren] Are you
    going to climb up there? – [Kirk] Sit on that log
    and look at the boat. – [Lauren] Oh, fun. – [Kirk] I should have a beer. – [Lauren] Do we have any? – [Kirk] I think so. – [Lauren] Alright. ♫(lighthearted guitar music)♫ – [Kirk] First anchorage on the river. Going on my first Huck Finn adventure. Oh, sh*t. It’s a little slippery. (laughs loudly) It’s a little slippery! I thought it was solid! Alright we’re going to
    give this a go number two. That’s where we be. (birds cawing and chirping) It’s birds of summer again, bird. Come on dude take off. (bird noises) Oh, he almost did. He moved his wings. Oh there he goes. It’s so peaceful and calm out here. I felt like we were tied
    to the dock all night except for when the tows went through and sent us like three or four foot waves. This is crazy. We’ve got woodpeckers. We’ve got morning doves. We’ve got all the little sing song birds. It’s like we’re back in summer, except for we have fall
    colors all around us. It’s pretty cool. ♫(“I Fall Away” by Common Jack)♫ – [Lauren] Look at that! – [Kirk] The Mississippi. – [Lauren] Look at you no hat. – [Kirk] No hat. Only one jacket. Only one pair of pants. No gloves. – [Lauren] Look at that! Barefoot! – [Kirk] Barefoot.

    RPT 2
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    RPT 2

    January 8, 2020

    hey gang I want to introduce you to the
    brand-new RPT 2.0 system from Sylvan what we’ve done is taken the legendary
    RPT pontoons and made them stronger than ever we found that as a pontoons gotten
    bigger and so has the horsepower, boaters want to take them to new places
    and we want to make sure that these pontoons are up for the job
    so we’ve reinforced the nose cone which takes the most abuse with this double
    bulkhead system as well as two channels our seams have been reinforced with a
    strut and not only that but the aluminum has been upgraded from 80 gauge to a
    hundred gauge but of course it gets better what used to be MIG welded has
    now been TIG welded and the mid and rear seams are double bulkheads so these
    pontoons are strong from start to finish the RPT pontoons are back and they’re
    stronger than ever

    Sylvan Mirage 8522 Lounger
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    Sylvan Mirage 8522 Lounger

    January 8, 2020

    we just finished testing the Sylvan
    Mirage 85 22 it’s powered by a Yamaha f1 15 which isn’t a lot of power but this boat
    has twin tubes that have the RPT technology which stands for rapid
    planing technology and they’re shaped like little mini boat hulls so you
    really get a lot better performance out of your engine we got on plane almost
    instantly I was a guessing somewhere around 2 seconds but there was really no
    bow rides at all the technology really worked well and we got to 20 miles an
    hour in 5.6 seconds for the top speed of twenty eight point four miles an hour
    what’s really nice about this technology is it really helps you corner as well
    this boat has cable steering normally I recommend some sort of assisted steering
    at 90 horsepower and above but the Yamaha cables and this are working very
    well another thing you noticed that a modern
    cruise feed like this we had a little prop torque to the right but what you do
    is you just trim it up a little bit and all sudden it goes away and you track
    perfectly straight this boat actually does like a little bit of trim to it
    when you’re at higher speeds let’s head back to the dock and check up some of
    the features what’s nice is you got plenty of room
    back here big tubes are all the rage these days so you can take your tube and
    just put it right behind here and secure it with the cord and it still leaves
    your cockpit open one of the signature features of the 85 22 on this
    configuration is you actually have three separate conversation areas we have the
    rear loungers that are matching and you have the twin helm shares so the captain
    and co-pilot can basically talk about the people up front and in the back and
    have a nice conversation then you have twin loungers up front so three
    different zones you know one of the benefits of a compact helm is it really
    creates a lot of open space and yet everything here you know you’ve got the
    basic instruments like rpm, fuel and trim really that’s all you need and you have
    your accessory switches that are lighted and your horn and you know what’s nice
    about this model is the the throttle is positioned well it’s right within arm’s
    reach got your stereo controller right here so you get to keep your head unit
    for the stereo you know tucked away out of the weather
    you know when you have the family along and a pontoon there’s gonna be need for
    the necessary station as it were or just getting out of your wet swimsuits so
    Sylvan has this nice convenient changing room right here in a really nice innovation one of the
    problems with these things is how do you get it back in it’s like you
    gotta do this and you’re trying to tuck it and it just doesn’t work what they
    did is they just made it seed you can twist it and tuck it in the net here bring it down and snap it give great
    storage on the Sylvan unlike a lot of ones you have to take
    off the whole cushion remove it this one you open it up you can use two hands to
    stow all your stuff and then in the corner here we have just a
    flip up model like that it’s all roto-molded down here more information on the Sylvan Mirage
    8522 Lounger another great boats, go to I’m Alan Jones and
    I’m lounging