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    Sailboat Haul Out Preparation/Sailboat Refit: Richards Bay, South Africa (Patrick Childress #39)
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    Sailboat Haul Out Preparation/Sailboat Refit: Richards Bay, South Africa (Patrick Childress #39)

    October 18, 2019


    today on Patrick Childress Sailing we’re
    going through all the steps to get this boat ready to haul out of the water and
    especially on a travel lift that has the weight capacity but not the physical
    length to accommodate our rigging something has to move! Hello we’re
    Patrick and Rebecca Childress on the 1976 Valiant 40 ‘Brick House’. Anytime
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    video description. Thanks a lot for all your support! Now let’s go get this boat
    ready to haul out!! What a relief to be able to tie up to a
    concrete dock like this in Richards Bay South Africa and have all those long
    coastal passages and storm dodging behind us. Now we can relax a little bit.
    but a storm did move in on us that night with high winds and torrential downpour we were buffered at the dock but it finally did ease up and it became a pleasant day
    late in the day the following afternoon but where else in the world can you tie
    you to a concrete dock like this for free at least for the first month and
    have access to fresh water and electricity the only other place we know
    of is possibly Rodrigues Island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean there you can
    tie up to the concrete dock and have fresh water but no electricity so these
    are only two places in the world that are incredibly unique and generous to
    passing through cruisers there are there is a downside to free though just across
    the road off to the port side of Brick House is a very loud boom boom disco
    which every Friday and Saturday night they played their big obnoxious music
    until 3:30 in the morning and then also behind Brick House is another commercial
    dock where large tugboats and other work boats tie up and they have the loudest
    almost unmuffled diesels I’ve ever heard but it’s cool here so at night we close
    up the hatches and the port lights and that certainly helps to muffle those
    outside sounds but now that we’re here we can get busy cleaning the boat and
    getting ready for the haul out but first there’s a number of things we have to
    tend to so we got right into hosing down the decks cleaning up the boats and then
    of course right away I wanted to check the city water here and see what we are
    dealing with I started the microbe test yesterday over 24 hours ago and the
    color is still the that golden yellow so there’s no microbes that
    we can detect in this water so that’s a good to go
    let’s test for TDS I’ve already used this hose for several hours today that’s
    a little high for city water but I tested the city water at a very upscale
    mall yesterday in the city and the bathroom faucet at the mall it tested
    the same 290 parts per million so that’s their standard here in this city in
    South Africa Richards bate and everybody here drinks it everybody says they have
    no problem with it and especially if they had problems it
    would be because of microbes and the flavor the water is fine I don’t taste
    anything unusual about it so good drinking water here so far in South
    Africa the next thing to do was to wash out the bilges so I had taken the water
    hose down inside the boat and thoroughly washed the bilge starting at the very
    front and worked my way back to the mast paying special attention to the base of
    the mast to get all the salt water that might have contaminated the mast area
    and give that a fresh water rinse and the scrubbing all the way back to the
    sump pump then I started back in the engine room and worked my way forward to
    the sump pump and thoroughly washed everything got everything nice and clean
    in the sump and just before we left the dock to go over to this hall out
    facility I brought in buckets of water and filled up the sump and flushed that
    out and also disassembled the check valve that we have in the spillage pump
    line and then thoroughly dried everything I want this boat just as
    clean as possible and so it can dry out easily
    while we’re hauled out of the water and have everything nice and clean inside of
    the bilges I hate these stupid little finger holes so let’s see oh here we go here’s some
    liquid ant bait and there’s another type too it’s a very dark color we’ll try
    them both out on these ants I found that one in poison doesn’t work for all so
    I’m gonna put a little bit of both out here I’ll take one of this packets out
    of here now it didn’t take long before the ants found us they crawled from the
    dock across the docking lines and onto the deck of our boat we once had a
    terrible infestation of ants that we caught in Cartagena Colombia little tiny
    sugar ants they called them and we tried all kinds of ant baits and it was not
    until we got this kind in this plastic container that finally got rid of them
    and it has helped to kill a lot of other ants that would have invaded us the
    active ingredient is sodium tetraborate decahydrate 5.4%
    we spent nearly one month here at this stock getting to know the area working
    on the boat waiting for our haul out which had to happen on a high tide but
    while we were here the strong winds either blew us away from this concrete
    or at other times blew us right up against the barnacles that were
    encrusted on this concrete our fender covers wouldn’t have stood a chance
    against those barnacles so we had to resurrect the fender board which has
    been stored on the deck for the past 11 years and used once
    it’s a pressure-treated 2×6 piece of lumber with a rope secured on each end
    of it by the time we left here however those lines securing the fender board
    were nearly chafed through it would have been a much better idea to drill a hole
    through each end of the fender board as it’s shown here but then drill another
    hole through the very top down – those holes so that the lines securing
    the fender board would come down through the top and then a stopper knot tied so
    it would rest inside of the horizontal hole well out of the safe range of
    anything on the concrete pier finally the day came that we could haul out at
    the Zulu land Yacht Club in Richards Bay and to go up on their little travel lift
    I would have to take the head stay in the inner forestay apart actually just
    undo it from the titanium chainplates I didn’t want to have to take the sails off and
    undo the turnbuckles inside of those roller furlers there are some travel
    lifts that have adequate tonnage to carry our boat and haul it out of the
    water however sometimes they’re just so small physically that we have to undo
    the head stay in the inner forestay to fit on the structure of their travel
    lift and unfortunately that’s a situation here at Richards Bay so we
    have to take the head stay and the inner forestay off but I don’t want to have
    to take the sails down I don’t want to have to fiddle with the turnbuckle
    inside of those roller furlers so we are going to disconnect the headstay and
    inner forestay from the chain plates and we’ll start by setting up the
    spinnaker halyard on a bridle forward and also the running pole topping lift –
    a bridle that will attach to the base of two lifeline stanchions
    that’ll give us forward pressure so then when we release the backstay or ease
    that up greatly we’ll be able to take the clevis pin out of both the head stay
    in the inner forestay before we do anything to the backstay turnbuckle we
    want to mark the threads where they are sitting right now in relation to the
    turnbuckle that’s so when we reassemble everything and we tighten the turnbuckle
    back we want to know exactly where it was previously so we can have the same
    amount of tension on it so we’ll use blue tape never use regular old masking
    tape that glue is miserable miserable to try to remove after it’s been out in the
    Sun and dehydrated for quite a while blue tape is always easy to remove
    for the most part so we’ll put a wrap on the top of the turnbuckle threads and
    also on the at the lower end of the turnbuckle to mark our position they
    will pull the cotter pins those only have a 15 degree bend to them so they’re
    easy to pull out and then we’ll loosen up the turnbuckle well loosen the
    turnbuckle almost to where we have no more threads left in the turnbuckle we
    want it as loose as possible so that we can get the clevis pin out of those head
    stays but once it is all loosened up it’s best to use some kind of a
    anti-seize compound whether it’s Lanacote tefgel or any number of other
    products there’s a lot of them out there put those on the threads so the next
    time when you have to unscrew the turnbuckle it’ll happen very easily you
    won’t have to put a torch or any kind of severe heat to it to break the rust in
    corrosion that’s holding it together so once the turnbuckle is wide open as
    far as we can go then we go back to the mast and tighten up on the spinnaker
    halyard and on the running pole topping lift to give as much forward pressure on
    the mast as we can to relieve the pressure on the clevis pins of both the
    head state and the inner force day it’s a bit stiff like that I’m gonna
    crank down on that halyard again we still have quite a SAG in here that’s
    plenty of sag a punch and a hammer is very helpful to finish knocking that
    clevis pin out but also I have used a block and tackle attached to the roller
    drum of the roller furling and then down to the anchor down to the anchor
    assembly and that helped to pull the SAG out of the head stay and gave just
    enough clearance to either remove the clevis pin or reinsert it as we released each head state we lifted
    them up and over the side of the boat so that they could hang freely without
    having any kind of a curve to the foils and where they came in contact with the
    cap rail we cushioned them with a some heavy towels or scatter rugs and then
    tied everything securely so they couldn’t move forward and aft and we
    were ready to head over to the marina to get hauled out there was one more very
    important thing that we had to do before leaving the dock and heading over to the
    haul out facility and that was to mark the side of the cabin with blue tape
    exactly where the slings should be placed there are some haul-out
    facilities that take absolutely no responsibility where the slings should
    be placed and require the owner to direct them where to put them other
    times divers do go in the water to help place the slings but they don’t always
    make the best decisions so the best thing to do is to reference old haul out
    pictures take broadside pictures of your boat hanging in a sling and always use
    that as a reference then for the next haul out on where to put the blue tape
    on the side of the boat so that the slings can always be placed in the same
    proper spot you don’t want slings bending up your prop shaft or in our
    case far forward I don’t want the slings strapping underneath our fairing blocks
    for our depthsounders and as soon as our boat was parked we
    got to meet some of our new neighbors they might be cute but we have been well
    warned if we don’t lock up the boat when we leave they will make themselves at
    home especially in the galley and they do make quite a mess and they do not
    clean up after themselves and now the real work begins See you next time! Thanks for watching!

    Delivering Sailboat sv Dodi sailing at night in storm The Boat Life Adventure Travel Vlog S1E15
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    Delivering Sailboat sv Dodi sailing at night in storm The Boat Life Adventure Travel Vlog S1E15

    October 18, 2019


    This is The Boat Life. Wooo! we almost
    died yesterday. I don’t know about well I guess we could have anything could have happened
    there’s a lot of distress calls and whatever not the smoothest boat delivery
    tell you that right now we did go sailing that was great
    downhill from there this is the boat life we had a dream
    sailing in the Caribbean and living on a sailboat so we sold our stuff, quit our
    jobs, and now we’re doing just that Cruising at, cruising at? We’re sailing!
    Four knots. solid four knots. What happened? It was just five. Well we’re back down to four. Back down
    to four. Three five Well we’re sailing. Not very fast but we’re
    sailing. There’s not a lot of wind even though we had kind of a rough storm
    this morning but we weren’t sailing in it we were just trying to get out to where we were
    going to sail. But, pretty sweet What? I said I don’t feel like being at the helm. You don’t feel good? and then then where we had planned to
    come in to the the ICW was not passable and it just was not something I was
    gonna try and do so we had to figure out do we go north we go south but both of
    them were like three hours, right? yeah. and the Sun was starting
    to set at that point. Not a wise move. But we made it after after bumping the old ground. Six
    or seven times. Man I was just white knuckling it cuz it wasn’t it wasn’t horrible
    weather per se but I really wasn’t prepared to navigate at night or with
    such a chop. The boat was going back and forth, side to side. that and then and then also to somewhere
    that I’m not familiar with I had actually planned to be navigating things
    that I was familiar with during the day but we made it and it was so funny. FUNNY? As soon as we got here no, no, no. as soon as we got here it was
    like night and day I mean you can see the water behind us that’s how it was
    last night. it was just super smooth. Here? Yeah. Not on the journey. Once we got out of the Gulf. The Gulf was crazy. Like I said it wasn’t terrible it was more like we weren’t sure where we were going and trying to find the markers and
    things like that which are all normal boating things I suppose except that we
    hadn’t plan to do any of that, for a while. We got a taste of it. Sorry
    about that, sorry. Six to ten hour day that
    was 19 hours. It was a quick 19 hours though. I was seasick for 18 of the
    19 hours. That actually I think made it worse. I really felt bad. I wanted
    Melissa to just have a great time especially because it was the first trip
    and like the first leg That was fantastic. Yeah and then we anchored in Pelican Bay which it all went just to plan. The second day which I
    think was… I’ll take the blame here Lack of planning there so, lesson learned.
    I cried, a lot. I don’t know if I have any video of that. I hope not. What did it look like? *Nic fake crying face* no it really wasn’t that bad it was just
    now overwhelming emotion. That’s true. That’s The Boat Life! Overall I felt really good about everything this morning because we were able to get where we need to be at
    night using the channel markers and our chart plotter and then anchor in the
    dark on a nice safe anchorage. So overall I would say I was really
    impressed with our ability to do that on our brand new boat second day out in
    addition to all of the craziness that was happening to us like night
    navigation and not really having a plan and where to anchor and then we heard the story unfold on the radio. Haulin’ass everybody’s out on a Monday, nobody out
    on the weekend but yeah so as night began to fall I can’t remember if the
    call came in shortly before 9:00 or shortly after 9:00 basically around dark
    there was a call in to the Coast Guard that we heard. Yeah it was about 9. 9 o’clock. There’s this vessel that was in Tampa Bay 100 to 150 nautical miles out and
    they hadn’t they were supposed to be back by dark they had left the day
    before I think there shows me back by dark and they hadn’t arrived yet so that
    was fine we didn’t hear much about it and then we’re in this crazy waves the
    boats rolling hitting the bottom we’re freaking out I’m trembling and crying
    and then they come on the radio Coast Guard searching for this vessel six
    persons missing it just kept repeating that like every
    15 minutes I’m crying I think I’m gonna die and Coast Guard’s not helping. I
    probably should’ve just turned the radio down at that point but I didn’t. I don’t
    know it wasn’t on my mind. It kept going. In hindsight I should’ve turned that down.
    That was terrifying. It added to the tension and the nerves. That was not what I wanted to hear when I I’m like ahh yeah not good. Today is gonna be easy-peasy because we’re just gonna
    deliver it or finished the journey to where we’re gonna keep the boat for a
    bit. Yeah let’s do it! Can we talk about that school of
    stingrays I saw. Nic was sleeping the camera wasn’t working them it was the
    best part of the day yesterday in my opinion How many were there? I bet
    that’s true. That was a good part. Well I I didn’t feel sick at that part and it
    was like holy cow what is in the water and it was like 30, 40 stingrays and they
    were all evenly spaced so they were like there was like two pods or schools of
    them I don’t really know what they’re called I’m on google it and they were
    like in diamond formation and they all were like this far away from each other
    just swimming at the same pace it was wild, yeah so mad I didn’t get any video. I’m upset I didn’t see it. Nic was sleeping, I was like Nic, stingrays!!! Didn’t even move. I was passed out. First night on anchor I didn’t sleep real well just cuz setting the anchor and hanging out there and then you know just nerves really it was hot too but just nerves.
    Have anything else that we did or experienced yesterday? No I mean we did a lot of sailing. We sailed for like six hours or something I was asleep for most of it
    I had my eyes closed in a corner and and it sailed well, I’m really impressed
    with the boat every time every time we do something else I’m really impressed
    with the boat and with the previous owner
    left as equipment and was on it as a setup. Minus the dinghy, minus the dinghy. That was like a four hour ordeal that we have yet to figure out. Yeah the dinghy motor isn’t working so we’ll go over that. To the marina! To the marina! Captain Nic, pull the anchor up! You know how easy it is to take the anchor up. Like it doesn’t seem that hard. But to get it unstuck. The leverage your pulling it straight up. Oh. That’s how the anchor works. If it pulls this way. Which that is why you want out so much scope. Because the boat, even if it goes up it only goes up to here. so that way, yeah. But still for keeping you secure all through the night. That one is awesome, it is so easy to set that anchor. They are much easier to see during the day. Oh my god, look at the birds. This is sailing vessel Dodi, just wondering when your next scheduled opening is after 11:00 okay Anna Maria Island Bridge to s/v Dodi we are on a 20 minute schedule
    so we are on the hour, twenty after, and twenty till. Do you copy? Copy that, thank you very much. ***BOAT speeding through no wake zone and crossing 10 feet from our bow and no one noticed**** WHAT THE HELL A$$HOLE! I’m like I don’t know my nerves I
    haven’t done so many things especially like consecutive like navigating at
    night anchoring at night anchoring in general on my own boat.
    Sailing? Yeah. Sailing. Hailing the bridge *phew* It’s weird. Don’t forget about the lock.
    and the lock yeah. So it’s all it’s really interesting because I just haven’t had
    so many high pressure but controlled experiences I don’t know is
    that even the right word? Yeah. While trying to catch them on camera.
    Yeah. Time Check! Let’s go through the bridge! One minute, one minute! I’m
    gonna go out. What was that? Just wait until it is fully raised. That is basically their warning. Got it! Woooo! We did it! That was easy. That wasn’t so bad. Woohoo it’s like you’re a real captain. ha ha! Where’s my captains hat. Successful bridge hailing. YES! Cortez Bridge this is sailing vessel
    Dodi from the North requesting a bridge opening. This is the Cortez Bridge next scheduled opening is going to be at
    11:40 coming up in about three minutes captain. Thank you very much. Haul-a$$. We are haulin’a$$. HAHA
    oh yeah about 24 RPM’s I might bump it up a little bit that’s up Cortez bridge operator thank you very much
    for the bridge opening You can walk to the pier from there
    interesting oohh look at that sailboat. It gets caught in the wind if it unravels itself. yeah a lot of Effing jet skiers you’re doing great dear, you’re doing
    great That happens to be all that’s in it. Huh? Nothing. What did you say?
    That is all that happened to be in the shot. It zoomed in. NICEEEE
    That’s how we sail, I mean motor. hey So I just realized that this is the longest
    I’ve ever been off of land for. I never took a cruise. Oh nice! I’ve never been out to sea for that
    many days. That’s intense. How do you feel about it? Besides being seasick yesterday, the other parts of it were fun. I just thought about that. Well, way to go! MOTORING! [sung] [inaudible singing] About to pull up to our new home we’re gonna live
    over there Longboat Key Moorings this is s/v
    Dodi Is it turned all the way up?
    Welcome Dodi, you entering the channel? This is Longboat Key Club Moorings.
    We are entering the channel we will be there in about 15 minutes or so. Roger that captain. When you start
    coming in you’ll see our fuel dock straight ahead you’re going to turn to
    port and turn down the fairway we have
    you on m9 which will be the 6th dock on your
    port side Great! Will you have someone there to
    assist us? Absolutely I’m gonna send him out there about ten minutes okay. Sounds
    great thank you. yeah make sure you don’t have any loops in it.
    coil it up and then give yourself some line so when you throw it
    doesn’t have to uncoil that part. Make sense? Good? Like this? Yeah yeah. So this is one? Holy $hit that’s a big boat. hehe yep. so this will be our home for a
    little while while we learn to sail Are you going to be able to make the turn into this? yeah. You might have to backup. No? No, it should be fine. I would hit it in reverse. wooo. reverse, reverse. Hi, how’s it going? It’s going! We’re going the wrong way. I know. Do you want me to throw you my line?
    I’d rather that bow line. Ok. You can set your stern line while your there. How do I set the stern line? You got to watch over there. Grab that. Grab what? yeah Is it in reverse? No. It’s in neutral. Dockhand: Is it in reverse? Melissa: He says it’s not. He can just put it in neutral or shut it off.
    I’m gonna shut it down That’s The Boat Life! We live on a boat,
    in a marina. We even sailed here all by ourselves. Thanks for watching, we really
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    next time. That’s The Boat Life!

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    Ep. 2.8: Big Things coming + New Series! [Adventure Log June 2019]

    October 15, 2019


    Hi, it’s Clark and Emily and we’re on sailing vessel Temptress. This is our June 2019 Adventure Log. ♫ Over the last 30 days, we’ve been traveling. We took the northern route back from
    Georgetown, so we went to Cat Island, Eleuthera, and the Abacos. A lot happened during that trip but we’re not gonna go into a lot of detail here because we’re
    doing a whole series on the actual travel. It kind of fits in better that way. We’re now in Port St. Lucie, FL, and, my god, is Florida hot and humid!
    We’re trying to get used to this. We’re currently anchored in Port Saint Lucie. We have a deal with a local marina that
    we can use their dinghy dock and their showers and their restrooms and
    get some AC every once in a while so there’s a pretty good deal, for this month anyway.
    We’re still looking for another place to go next month. Please subscribe so that you get updates about the travel we did this month and also stay tuned and make sure you subscribe because we have trips coming up to New
    York and Michigan and Wisconsin to visit our families and then of course in September we’re going to Africa
    so that’s gonna be really exciting . So stay tuned. This Adventure Log will probably be a little bit shorter because we’re not
    gonna go through all the detail of everything that happened this month.
    There was just too much stuff! As I’ve said, we’ve been traveling so we don’t spend as much money when we’re traveling. There’s just not the opportunities,
    well, until we got here because Florida’s expensive. What did we spend this month, Emily? Our total spending was $560 for the trip this month. That included about $400 for food. We had wine and alcohol that I think
    we restocked before we left. We spent about $50 at restaurants, got a
    couple souvenirs had some trash disposal fees, But but total was $560, so not too bad. When we got back to Florida we took a trip to the grocery store and got a few other things. That brought us up to $743 for the month . But we wanted to separate it out so you see the cruising life really wasn’t too expensive this month, and then when we got back
    we restocked to for things for July. And we got ice cream!
    Yes, we got ice cream. I think we probably spent $30 on ice cream. We have a freezer that isn’t cold enough for ice cream so when we get to civilization sometimes we splurge. We’ve been like years without ice cream.
    Also we don’t eat that much, it’s just splurging now. Also I’ve started some big spending
    but that’ll be in another video. That’s all the projects we’re doing on the boat. I keep a log every month
    of our ongoing living expenses . We’re also gonna keep track of all our
    big expenses while we’re refitting and restocking the boat for the next trip, so
    at the end of this year you’ll have a full year of what it cost us to live this life and prep for a big trip and all that sort of stuff. In terms of projects and activities… There were some big projects.
    Lots of varnishing. Emily varnished the whole boat again.
    It looks absolutely perfect now, at least varnish-wise. We had a windlass break
    when we were in the Abacos, I think. Yeah, and a washdown pump, both when we really needed them but I had spare parts on board so it didn’t take very long at all to fix them.
    We had to clean the bottom again a few times. So we’ve been busy with projects
    and so many activities. Again, stay tuned because we’re gonna go into way more detail on all those things. In terms of the best and worst for this month? One of the worst is the Florida weather.
    Every summer you have to get used to this. It’s just hot and sticky, and the Bahamas are so much cooler, so much more pleasant. You just come across that Gulf Stream
    and the world changes. Florida’s a swamp.
    Yeah, it’s very hot here. We also had a lot of dragging
    in the last leg of our trip in the Abacos. Our anchor dragged lot. We had a lot of squally weather
    especially in Manjack Cay, so that was a little bit frustrating.
    I’ve had that anchor for a long time and I had good confidence in and it worked well.
    I’m replacing it for the next trip. And I think it knows. I think it’s decided that it was putting an extra effort, and now it’s slacking off. So we’ll have a new anchor before we go off–
    something modern. What about the best part? Well, seeing the northern Bahamas was pretty cool. I’ve never gone up there. It’s very different.
    It’s a little more…touristy? It was nice to see a lot of new places
    that we hadn’t seen before. We’ve done the Exumas and some other places, but this was our first time through the Abacos.
    We didn’t do everything. We certainly skipped over some stuff,
    but I think when we might go through the Abacos on the way back down to Georgetown next year. We had some time limitations.
    We had an issue with immigration, so we only had two weeks to get out. We rushed.
    And then we went to another immigration officer, and they said, “you got another two weeks.”
    So we took our time, but at the end. There are places we want to see and things we want to do a little differently on the way back down. Intentional living is something that
    we want to talk about every month. Intentional living is kind of the reason
    that we’re out here doing this. It’s knowing and understanding and being connected to all the things that we’re doing
    and the choices that we’re making. I think now that we’re in the States again,
    it is a little bit different. It’s so easy to have lifestyle inflation. We’re buying a lot of stuff. We’ll be spending quite a bit of money on the boat
    because it’s gonna be the next five years of our life. We’re buying things to make our life better.
    So we really thought these through, and made a huge list, and we’re gonna buy those things. But it’s just so easy to, say, I don’t know.
    I can’t think of an example. I’m trying not to be able to figure out
    examples of money to waste. You know, get used to being in the AC inside,
    and just…life can get a lot more comfortable, but in a way that detracts from us getting the
    work done that we need to get done before we go out. So we’re trying trying to keep that cruising mentality
    and the money-saving mentality, even though we’re here in the states
    where we have all these things accessible. One of the problems I’m having is the only place where we can get cool at, like, 3:00pm when it’s really hot is this lounge at the marina, and there’s always a TV running. And it’s always running absolutely inane crap. And you just can’t help it, you look at the TV.
    I don’t want to get addicted to TV again. So I guess the only thing left is to say thank you. We’d like to thank AventureMan Dan.
    We met him in Georgetown and we’ve kind of been buddy boating a bit. We keep running into each other anyway, and we’ve decided to come to the same bay. So he’s anchored right over there. We’re gonna be helping each other with a refit this summer. And we want to thank John D, one of our patrons.
    He turned us on to this place and it’s a pretty good deal. it was a great to have a place we knew we could land,
    and we didn’t have to go searching around while we were tired from the crossing. thank you also to Andrew and Linda and Trekker and Jay who are coming this weekend to pick us up and bring us back to our house so we can get our cars registered and get back on the road and start running errands and getting things done. And thank you to all of our patrons and everybody who’s been watching and commenting on our videos. This month, as you probably know from last month, we put all your names on a coconut
    and as we were crossing the Gulf Stream, about halfway we threw that coconut overboard
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    HOW TO CHOOSE A SAILBOAT for living aboard and sailing arround the world! Ep. 2

    October 14, 2019


    I hope to my jingle and we are lingering gazes and as it goes what’s going on 27 people and we want to live in England London wear a dress in another book to check out this well film was night in the hub already was even night we were really enjoying the play but [Music] first of all it was to quote or maybe but just maybe we didn’t have the right book using Teddy shoes for walking in the snow second it was so cold the freakin see had frozen over and we want to be able to lawn in anytime soon like we’re supposed to be walking on top of that better if you’ll solid oh it’s that very day never seen C freezing up like this apparently the more than the Baltic is a less salty and that’s why it stays up so you place is amazing just beautiful yourself there’s even a couple of ducks sitting on uh what’s that nice boat something like it there’s no duck sticking off sitting over that oh this place is just amazing and third we won’t have to spend a lot of time and money on retrofitting that have already [Music] [Music] so you can take a look at this uh holiday rocky in Helsinki and I’m at a moment apparently all the docks are frozen there is no way out we have to wait until end of March beginning of April frankly and that’s the only way to have to leave we’re hoping we might get out of ribbon earlier tip with you by the sports to have what Cena in England but I choose this back massage and it’s a completely froze so a second option up here along the way it was a Naiad 391 and promised to be within our budget and in great condition we are linger on Jesus as it going came to look at the me odd when I one run away she’s freaking out because we’re driving the wrong side row everybody but the two things rarely go together right we had two options you think life is easy when there’s only two options right well not so much we had to scratch our heads over for a few days and still then get into a conclusion so after looking at so many boats the Nyad was really the only competitor to the harbor at sea we had considered in the first place world news today brought to you by Continental radio and for those of you who are wondering what’s with the yards and how the grasses let me try to explain those are two different brands of cold makers but they are situated in the same islands we noticed there’s a saying around here in Scandinavia and it was then for us we trust few would disagree with me that boats made in that Island and around that region are some of the best boats in the world those two models we ended up with had pretty much or what he wanted but he sent a cockpit that keeps us away from the incoming flow and gives us a massive aft cabin along he’ll gives us strength against groundings and keeps our boat going straight escape neck now rudder because we don’t want that for you I’m doing and I’m sorry construction it’s not a tank but it’s close enough although both boats are absolutely amazing sturdy and safe the 391 and a big job to be done on the teak deck and also some other stuff that would become too complicated from a knowledge background on the other hand the HR 39 in Munich tronics electrics and some fiberglass work to be done and that I believe we could tackle by ourselves that’s not too much to ask and then consider our key options we decide to put it off on the Hager ration ready to buy a boat here your work in the next episode check out our also was received by oldest and what our next steps will be we hope you all enjoyed that video and if you did give us a like subscribe and I’ll see you guys next week Cheers stop somewhere ah your mommy almost died

    “Philosophy of Sailing”: Solo to Hawaii and Return, 2017
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    “Philosophy of Sailing”: Solo to Hawaii and Return, 2017

    October 9, 2019


    The first thing everybody asked was, why
    are you doing this again? Or, you’re doing it again? I guess I just
    wasn’t finished yet. On shore we see the world through filters. We put things in
    categories, and that’s how we get through the day. But sailing is phenomenological, it
    puts you right there, there are no filters. It puts you right in contact
    with the world around you, the fish, the birds and the wind on your face. It
    teaches you what living is in the same way a violin teaches the player what
    music is. This is a new boat for me, a 1984
    Ericson 38 which I spent a year preparing for this voyage because it’s
    2,300 nautical miles from Los Angeles to Oahu. Funny how I didn’t remember the
    seasickness on the second day. Well, you’re the one who wanted to come. How do you like it? Let’s go on deck and put in another reef. We’ll be doing this four or
    five times a day, I’ll take you through the steps. First, we need to slack off on
    the main sheet to relieve pressure on the sail. Now we can lower the main
    halyard — see the sail coming down? and take up some tension on the luff downhaul that will keep it there, and then we can crank the main halyard back up Now let’s take the main sheet off of its
    winch and replace it with the reef line. When we crank the reef line tight you
    can see the sail drawn out toward the end of the boom, we’re just making a
    smaller sail out of a bigger sail. And now we can take the reef line off of
    the winch and replace it with the main sheet again, crank the main sheet in– Wind vane’s doing fine. And we’re riding
    better, wouldn’t you say? One thing about sailing–you don’t just sit there, you take
    some action. So how’s it look out there? Water temperature 66, I guess we’re not in Hawaii yet. Why look–the sun almost came out. After four days in my long johns I’d forgotten about the sun. So I can stroll around the deck and try not
    to think about home, where there’s a
    holiday today. I’m just not good at this. Well that’s very exciting. Happy Fourth of July. Oh– a message. How many people were living in the
    United States in 1776? Hmmm. Three million. Two point five million people lived in the USA in 1776. What year did the movie “Independence Day” come out? That was one of the stupidest… Human beings are busy little balls of
    energy who always have to have something to do and I’m one of them. But 500 miles offshore you’re not the
    world anymore, you’re in the world, and you know it because you can feel the
    rain on the end of your nose and the cold in your fingers. You don’t have to
    do anything, you just hold on. You’re not it, you’re part of it–a small part of it,
    and paradoxically as the world gets bigger so do you. You can see by the
    amount of dirty dishes how much I’ve eaten in a week. This is a salt water
    pump, all the water you want just with your foot. Is a rainbow the diffusion and
    refraction of sunlight by water droplets, or is it a rapturous arc across the
    heavenly sky? Well, you can’t Google it out here, so it is what it is. But you can
    look upon the works of man and despair, because my wonderfully designed deck top
    fuel jug racks have shifted during the night as a result of the leeward shrouds
    becoming slack. But I think that if I just pull them up and jam them into a
    new position so that they’re outboard of the grab rails, they’ll sit more
    vertically and be just fine. I think that’ll work. Why wouldn’t it work? Looks fine to me. We carry 75 gallons of diesel–55 gallons in the main fuel tank and 20 gallons on deck and we’ve used six or seven gallons, so
    let’s put one of the five-gallon jugs in using a 15 dollar rattle siphon, the best
    invention since bubble gum. Sleeping on a boat going seven knots in
    a seaway is a learned skill. You learn to wake up every hour or two to
    make sure nobody’s going to run you down, and since the bunk boards turn your bed
    into a sort of a coffin, sleeping at all can feel like a journey to the other side… [music] Hey! Hey! Your watch, count. And if anybody’s wondering who steers the boat while we’re biting the bridesmaids, it’s
    a self steering vane on the stern. Couldn’t be a singlehander without one. This is Day 10, it’s my birthday. I’m 74. It feels great. And I just saw the biggest flying fish I’ve ever seen, and if one of those lands on deck tonight we’ll have flying fish with our eggs for breakfast tomorrow. [teapot whistling] [wind and wave sounds] A carbon-fiber whisker pole is a marvel.
    I believe this whole rig weighs only 12 pounds, compared to 20 pounds for an
    all-aluminum non-adjustable version and for me this really makes things easy up
    here. The length of the pole is adjusted by this line here. They need to have
    something to hold them up — I’m using a spinnaker halyard, and then to keep
    it down you just run the genoa sheet back
    through that block, and you always need a downhaul as well. Well, I did bring that
    flying fish down below and I held it over the frying pan and then I had
    second thoughts. The idea of a flying fish along with my pancakes and eggs and bacon, the idea of a fish covered with maple syrup just didn’t have much appeal.
    After 10 days I was very relaxed. All the gear was working well. The boat was
    sailing her course– -Oh give me a break, that’s a brand new expandable whisker pole which just collapsed without any warning at all. “Replacing the line…Untie…You’ll have one chance at this…Push and twist the line… …do not pull all the way…you will need a
    20 inch hook to grab…do not pull the messenger out of the pole on the new
    line…” A long whisker pole let’s me me balance the sails, and that makes the self-steering
    gear work better. It falls into the category of annoyance, or irritation, and
    I can just hear the boat saying Please carry on — or, stop carrying on? Well, this ain’t good. Looks like we’ve sailed into a hole in the trade winds With a diesel running for 24 hours a day,
    every sailor starts an immediate hunt for everything that buzzes or rattles
    from the vibration. I got every single one, except [buzzing] [buzzing] yes! [buzzing] No. [buzzing] [ohhhh] [buzzing] Ha ha ha… The wind always comes back, I’d just like
    to know where it goes. All right, we’re sailing again, you can come out now. No, I don’t think there are too many rules on this boat. Listen, nobody likes an engine running
    but you didn’t hear me rattling about it. You’re a valuable member of the crew. Many a cold night in Los Angeles you’ve warmed this cabin. No, I don’t think it’s too hot here. This is Hawaii, it’s supposed to be like this. You’re doing fine. I just wish you could be… more like your sister. Fruit is very healthy on a boat and we
    should have some several times a day. Day 16. What a good nap that was. Well,
    another really pretty sunset. Well, it’s over the back of the boat so I guess actually it’s a sunrise. So, ah, let’s forget the spaghetti and just get some hash and eggs going. This is a world where a bucket over the side brings up the Fountain of Youth. The water’s 85 degrees now, crystal
    clear, the sailing is as good as it ever gets on planet earth and all yours for
    the taking, day and night. A shower is just that — do
    rinse off with some fresh water, though, so you don’t sleep with salt crystals in
    your ears. There aren’t many surprises out here but here’s one of them — what is that? You know, we passed some Transpac boats yesterday. you don’t see this on the ocean at all It–it’s a lifeboat. We’d better get over there. If it isn’t a life
    boat–what is it? It’s a very uneasy feeling to come upon
    something like this with nothing for a thousand miles. It looks like — I think
    it’s probably a fishing boat, lost months or years before from some factory ship. If it had been a lifeboat we would have
    had to attempt a rescue. Now we attempt a cocktail. Here’s a toast to them that ain’t us. In fact, we’ve made really good progress. We should make a landfall sometime tomorrow morning The last 24 hours nobody sleeps much. You have to be alert. Things might change. Gear might fail — and you just sort of welcome that fuzzy feeling and settle in for a long night. Make some coffee and put some cookies out. I think it’s one of the most exciting parts of any voyage. The idea
    now is not to screw it up, make a silly mistake. Not to fall overboard, or fall
    asleep, To sit out the night with your binoculars. There are some lights. They can only be
    the lights of Oahu, in the pre-dawn. There’s our waypoint on the chart —
    30 miles down the side of the island of Oahu, where we’ll make our turn. We’re
    going fast, surfing at 10 knots. What a great time for breakfast — sunlight — and first sight of the island itself, ten miles off the port beam. And then the turn, and then that final channel marker that
    you’ve been looking for for eighteen days, the entrance to the harbor at Ko Olina on the leeward side of the island. Everything changes now. The big seas stop, the water’s protected. That’s “Runaway,” she did very well in the Transpac . For the first time in a long time the boat will be steady underfoot, we’ll be tied by lines in a slip. We’ll have to meet people again, and try not to be
    weird, or see them as sense data, because they fall into the category of people you love. So true… …great idea…very accurate Hey, it’s stopping, right on cue… But now never mind all the lessons of offshore — suddenly the universe is broken, it needs to be repaired and examined and checked off.
    The Zerk fitting needs to be greased so the steering wheel on the way home will
    turn freely. Oh, there must be lots of other things to do. Let’s work on the
    self-steering gear before the family arrives, we can re-rig everything if we
    want to, we have time, and what about that whisker pole that broke, how’re we going to fix that? I think I’ll call Forespar on the phone and spend a
    couple of days shopping for tools… But I did manage to get the line rerun and to make the hole bigger and to have a pole that would work for the way home. In fact, it felt very powerful to once again be able to fix the universe with my toolbox. And on every island in the deep blue sea–it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Tom Hatcher, “Sequence.” Simon Engler,
    “Adventuress,” rafiki cutter. Jobeth Mary H I am on the “Naughty Girl,” and she’s a 47-foot Catalina sailboat. Keegan Conway, I’m lucky enough
    to be aboard the “Big Buzzard,” one day I’ll have a boat of my own, Cheers.
    Olivia Oliver, I am aboard “Big Buzzard” and I love the universe ,okay, take care of it.
    My name is George, and “Big Buzzard.” My name is Tim Knopf I’m on “Moondrop,” which is a 36-foot Union Polaris. I’m Eric gold, my boat is “Liliana,” an Ericson 32-3 at the Ala Wai. Hi, I’m Carol, I live on “Kuleana,” which
    talks about responsibilities, personal, spiritual, kind of my philosophy,and
    happiness. Hi, I’m Izzy, I’m also on “Big Buzzard” and
    she’s a 52-foot sloop, racer-cruiser, and I’m Melissa, another one
    of these people on “Big Buzzard.” Aloha, I’m Octavia on “Bella Marina,” a 44- foot hunter and I love Hawaii.
    I’m Petter I’m also on “Bella Marina”, I also love Hawaii but I’ll soon to be loving Tahiti. After a great week with my family and
    friends on the North Shore of Oahu I put them all on an airplane, where they
    lowered their seatbackg tables, and I got back on “Thelonious II” and headed offshore again. I hoped that the universe was still there. it was. In a few days I had my sea legs back. I could eat again. I was relaxed,
    ready for anything, which was a good thing. When the line on the self-furling headsail breaks violently, the whole sail immediately deploys. So, up and at’em. [muffled] Now…if this is long enough… [sound of loud luffing, banging] Insult to injury. We’ll get this done. So I reeved the new…the end of the old genoa reel…went back in there and wrapped it up, and now, in the seas we lost we lost our genoa pre-feeder so I”ll have to hand feed it, and since the halyard is on the mast …this will be fun. Wait till this squall dies down… It looks all right! Four hours, start to finish. I’ve been reading [Nigel Calder] on this
    topic of roller furlers so I didn’t put it back together backwards I should like to say what he writes: “Taking down roller furling headsails can be tough but setting the new sail is even worse. It has to be fed into the luff groove just right and eased up with the
    halyard. The portion of sail set will be banging around. The sail still to be set will be billowing all over the deck no matter what claims are made for various
    pre-feeders.Headsail changes on roller furlers are no fun, especially for the
    short-handed.” Well, maybe a little fun. Right now we have a flapping genoa leech, but there’s an easy fix for that, too. Here’s a question: Am I fixing the
    boat, or is the boat fixing me? The sail home from Hawaii to the mainland is always longer than the sail there because of weather patterns — the North
    Pacific High. It brings rain, it brings squalls, it brings a sea that’s as flat as a Mill Pond in Maine. It lets you know your boat, and you come to believe a boat is a living thing. [Whale songs] We’ve been motoring a lot, so the
    question is how much fuel do we actually have left? The best way to find out is
    measure with a stick. Look at that–lots of fuel left. [music montage, 00:01:00] Good morning. Well here’s a change for the better — we’ve had 25 knots over the deck for the last couple of days and now weʻre down to 20. The Grib files show that the wind has diminished some for the next week and so our slant back to Los Angeles which is about 700 miles away will be easier than I thought it was going to be. And I have found that — [ducks] — I have found that wearing foul weather gear out here is a good Idea– –I found that keeping the third reef in under these conditions is very useful because of the squalls that come through I can adjust the sail area of the boat using the roller-furling genoa. I use a satellite telephone hooked up to a laptop to send my noon position report
    home every day. I learned to type using Mario Teaches Typing, and he never said the keyboard would be moving around like this. In fact, dining at sea with elegance can
    be a challenge for some people. As my own sommelier, I’ve learned to accept about 80% of the Chianti making it into the glass at table, and there are no
    complaints so far. That, believe it or not, is Dinty Moore Beef Stew. Hold the plate so it doesn’t pour on the floor. That was not just a ship alarm, that was
    a collision alarm — which said that a 1,000-foot-long containership going 20
    knots was going to come within .10 miles of my position. The answer to that is a quick course away, away, away. Thirty miles from land and completely becalmed. Hey– haven;t we met somewhere before? Whatʻs your plan? Umm. You know, I think you could
    make it home from here. Really. Uh, the whisker pole will be up there, you know. That’s the self-steering gear, we’re gonna need that. And in an hour he did fly off, and I
    did what I do when becalmed offshore, which is to turn on the engine and make
    spaghetti Land ho — the Channel Islands of Southern
    California. And we had arrived on a doubly fortuitous day — a scheduled
    seventy percent eclipse of the sun to begin at 10:15 Shield your eyes now because here we are
    at the height of the eclipse, the sea has changed from miles around from the way
    it used to look to the way it still looks. All the sea life has risen up in
    celebration and the land is boiling and fuming like it was a prehistoric times
    and we’re going 17 knots now instead of four and a half because of the effect of
    of this remarkable lunar and solar experience. If it doesn’t look any
    different to you, well, eclipses are about imagination. With only a hundred miles to
    go I could already feel the old wiseguy returning, that’s how we live in the
    world. I was back to the future again. Offshore it was always the present I lived
    in, but I knew that the present is really a construction of memory and that
    it would take me weeks or months or years to find out what I had seen and
    understand what I had learned. We’d sailed more than 5,000 miles.
    We’d circumnavigated the North Pacific High. We’d seen wind and rain and reefs
    and calms, and now home again. The education continues. “You’ve been here 30 seconds, how is it?
    Let’s go home and have a drink. It’s — what time is it? Itʻs midnight, right?
    No, not quite. You came down and saw the boat
    come in, that’s the first time anybody’s done that. And I’m very proud of us both
    for getting through this. 11:25. 11:25. [Music]

    7 Sailing Tips For Blue Water Sailboats (How to STOP LEAKS on Sailboats)Patrick Childress Sailing#25
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    7 Sailing Tips For Blue Water Sailboats (How to STOP LEAKS on Sailboats)Patrick Childress Sailing#25

    October 9, 2019


    Finally we had some waves hopefully the
    wind will follow so we can stop this motoring and put up some sails hello my name is Patrick Childress on
    Brick House and today I have seven very important sailing tips for the
    long-range Cruiser and certainly number seven is the most valuable I think even
    the most experienced Cruiser will find from good use than tip number seven and
    at the end of this video I put together some segments on the large wooden
    sailboats in Madagascar and the tremendous amount of weight that they
    can carry and about the hard-working men who
    those quotes it’s they have all my admiration in the world for how much
    work they put in for very little money in Madagascar is way past the horizon
    and somewhere well over the horizon is Tanzania Africa and the island of
    Zanzibar I love the sound of those names but first we’ll be stopping at the
    island of Myatt out here in the Mozambique Channel so right now let’s
    get to tip number one when we are hard on the wind slamming it
    to big waves swimming into this port light and also sometimes on the windward
    side of the boat those port lights will also have a little drip and even though
    I’ve taken silicone grease and you can also use Vaseline I’ve rejuvenated the
    seal but we can still get small drips though an anticipation of extreme
    weather now I found it’s really best just to take out the screen and install
    a storm window this plastic is quarter-inch thick six millimeters and
    it’s just some smoked plastic that I found in a trash pile at a marina so
    it’s really easy to take out the screen and put in the storm window no more leaks tip number two how to keep
    the water out of the chained pipe for the windlass it’s pretty easy actually a
    nice wad of modeling clay will do the trick you just squeeze it in around the
    chain and have it overlap the base of the windlass and that’ll keep 99% of the
    water out the only problem is and very cold weather the clay will become very
    stiff then small rags we’ll have to do tip number three the hatch on the
    foredeck how to help that seal on the inside do its job to keep from big waves
    slamming up here and water dripping on the inside and it’s called chinking a
    little bit of line to help fill in this gap slows down the waves so that the
    seal can do its job it just goes around the edge and it’s
    tied in the back with a simple knot this is our 4 year old shits cat Lily we
    picked her up at the island nation of pullout when she was just a little
    kitten you know how when a lot whis is always
    being put in the lion with each coil but this is pretty much the standard way of
    doing it and stowing a line the problem is then when you release a line and it
    goes through quickly it’s all hung up because the twists are trying to come
    out faster than they can untwist so it gets hung up inside of whatever fitting
    it’s going through in this case a break so it’s much better to rather than coil
    a line to hand a line H a nd hand bring it over and back and over that way you
    don’t put those twists in the line when it runs out they’ll run out nice and
    clean nice and fair very quickly without any snags two-five catching rainwater you don’t
    need a big area to catch a lot of rainwater this bimini the water runs
    down to the hard Dodger and then downhill into this gutter which is made
    from thin walled PVC cut lengthwise and attached to the hard Dodger with four
    screws and some sealant along the top edge this line just sits in here has a
    knot to help hold it in place and the water runs downhill
    while angled aft and then through surface tension the water adheres to the
    rope and runs right into the bucket you number six hard to imagine sitting in a
    nice calm anchorage like this big ocean waves that can come over the side of the
    boat and fill the cockpit with water or even smaller waves they can come over
    the side of the boat these were solid and fixed permanently with twist locks
    there could be all kinds of damage these would have been destroyed long ago but
    when big ocean waves come crashing over the side
    they just don’t cause any damage they just get us wet on the inside these side
    curtains are held in place with just little snaps they’re of an oval shape so
    if you want to pull them apart by hand pull them up from the bottom oval not
    from the side through the top but from this bottom oval and they come right off it’s probably the most important tip of
    all in this whole video because it contains hundreds and hundreds of other
    tips and this is one very important book that I think every long-range cruising
    boat should have onboard offshore sailing 200 essential passage making
    tips by Bill Seaford bill Seaford has been in the boating business most of his
    life he’s quite the expert and I don’t care who you are no matter how
    experienced you are you read this book you’re going to find something very
    unique that’s going to help you out in any long-range cruising situation this
    was edited by Daniel spur he actually all these information into a book format
    daniel spirt was an editor at cruising world for many years and then he became
    the big man at practical sailor in r and practical sailor for many years and
    spurs guide to upgrading your cruising sailboat is another very important book
    to have on your long-range cruising sail boat full of expert information offshore
    sailing and spurs guide upgrading your cruising boat to excellent books to
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    Simple Self Sufficient Sailboats – Ep 68 Sailing Luckyfish

    October 8, 2019


    would be for James Wharram and Hanneke Boon to build a Tiki 72 I heard something about that a 72, feet. you arrived at the Black Point community
    we just saw a guy crashes jetski into the JD that’s the most exciting thing
    that’s happened pretty impressive entrance yeah there
    was some big rise and some medium-sized guy just feeding on a fellow’s got
    cleaning fish they hang around there may be tempted to get in the water with them
    but as Marcel said maybe not at the feeding station we had anchored off the
    small community of Black Point exactly half way along the Exuma island chain this was Marcel and family’s last full
    day with us we still had 50 miles to cover to get them to their flight in
    Georgetown tomorrow after wandering around the peaceful
    small community and collecting some provisions including some tamarind seeds
    and coconuts we returned to the boat for the last leap to Georgetown just sign for the first time I have been
    feeling like I already know you the other way around we have been following
    your story you’re very comfortable around you domestic arguments that we
    cut out when we start throwing sauce pans in each other think hard
    what do you think is missing in the video from what you’ve experienced in
    the last you know and shame my dress because it
    they open you shave your legs I change we can ask you the same question and
    theater did you watch any vaporizer wasn’t any Marcela watches a video i
    think only master and I watched one you watch the boat to work yeah inside and
    outside for the two video there are any different man from what she was in The
    Bachelor yes really you’re not white yeah the way how you
    are your personalities is exactly like how I felt when I watched your videos I
    I don’t feel any difference and the boats the orders don’t like the rough stuff what are your most favorite things on
    the vault or stops that we made sorry cooks well today’s army that there
    wasn’t the one glass falling over because the boat is rocking it was just
    the wind because the wine glass is empty the week had been our first good test of
    all the renewable energy systems five crew on board meant more power for
    charging equipment and running the water maker with the energy coming from three
    different sources the benefits of a diversified system were already obvious
    it would be possible to do it all with solar but we would need many more panels
    and at least four times the storage and even then the system would not be so
    versatile we’re just steaming out through galio
    cut i am on the atlantic ocean side pass between cave key and big galley okey they just made what beautiful fish and
    egg sandwiches father look at that just before we hit the waves soon we’ll be out of there by Georgetown
    and get the sails up I think I have a quick run we got good wind sandwiches it had been a fantastic week for
    everyone on board Marcel had come to see if his family would enjoy sailing and to
    see a finished version of the boat he’d just started building in Belgium followers of his YouTube channel will
    know that shortly after this video Marcel and family emigrated to Thailand
    where he began building a smaller Wharram to practice woodworking skills
    before resuming his Tiki as many wooden boat builders would understand
    Marcel finds great peace and pleasure when in the workshop building wooden
    boats we hope to sail with you all again one day soon you honey this is Joey hi everybody Joyce
    joined us he’s come from California welcome to lucky fish man and still you
    didn’t have to bring us a piece of work really well here’s that here’s something
    that made are you guys oh there’s a place called booboo hill were you in
    school where you can either you can either keep it or throw it on a hill so
    we’re gonna go and find this place yeah might be its word drink maybe water
    wells yeah yeah don’t be a first for all of us because we haven’t visited did Joe
    joined us for a whole two weeks so we’ll take her much more leisurely pace this
    time and explore more of the exhume Asst Joe normally sales a 27-foot monohulls
    solo and has been gaining experience sailing with groups doing charters and
    was keen to see firsthand how we did things on lucky fish we make the short
    crossing to Monument Bay on the chip that evening and past this very
    interesting crisp white Atlantic 47 with her patented mast foiled catch Rick I’m
    always attracted to catamarans with two masts they just make so much sense most are talking to a beach ball you
    know Wilson Wilson the ball yeah you’re breaking into a conversation here luckily there’s no mirrors on the amazing Joe as luck would have it we
    anchored next to John Michels Tiki 36 Taguchi one of only two or three in the
    world I’d last met John Michell on the hard stand in Grenada we went over to
    say hi while Joe walked up to see the monument in Zuma and it’s a very
    interesting boat I believe it was a prototype to the Tiki 38 that we sail so
    I was just checking out the cabin now which a lot of Tiki 38 people talk about
    would it be possible to build out across the center deck area in between the mass
    and the Tiki 36 does it with other quite well Joey in the porthole this is the
    centum seem to pod what we call this mid ship’s cabin very nice good sitting room
    hatch here many people interested in Tiki 36 idea maybe adapting it to the TV
    for big guy like me though it’s a bit of a stretch and then what’s your head but
    this is a cozy we kevin in here it’s nice yeah I like in there you got the
    acrylic window there the back looks like another sliding one that closes the door
    way to make it all wet it’s not picture out the window it’s a
    balance five to six I believe very nice about 1/2 million dollars worth and a
    considerable amount less lucky fish sitting over there anchor as we were
    reminded of last night but they were pretty cool about it we just offered to
    leave if they wanted to leave so but they were good and the beach is just
    there their monument Barry sing baby no he went parenterally was his idea to go
    walk out so that was nice and then we’re gonna put them up in a couple of hours
    let’s go and join John Michell in Jersey ours belong to a banker here’s some
    Jersey yes very stressed yes
    and then I vote from him actually and then I took the boat to rest and
    prepare for the crossing and then the next year during summer and fall
    we went down to Spain Portugal and then Madeira and then Canary Island
    knowledgeable in Tenerife yes from Canada Yellin we went to Cabo Verde and
    there we stayed three days and Cabo Verde we
    we went across to blood look 18 gangs not bad at all I seem to Guadalupe yeah
    well I think our Ralph Gunter was just done a similar thing with his party 42 I
    think his crossing was about the same it’s 3,700 miles total matheny yeah it’s
    lovely yeah that’s the way I shouldn’t cross things should be yes he’s going to
    stay here for two months in the hole there and then go back to go back to
    Jersey where he was born or who she was originally belong
    so the bite is one of only two Tiki 36 is built and are both built by a
    professional builder yes and from the from the Warren Jim sweren design metal
    yard yeah somewhere in my stuff yes and there’s carved in the work there’s a
    number the specific number of the yeah I say I say so
    so James Warren designed the boat had two of them built by Andy Smith both
    works in the Philippines or did when they built in England at that time I
    interesting could have been yeah who knows but so Andy Smith is a
    professional builder and he built both of them and then worm decided that it
    was a little bit too much for the amateur boat builders to to take on a
    project like this the build construction required a
    professional it’s a complicated construction so so he decided not to go
    ahead with producing amateur plans for it it’s a very simple model yeah that’s
    interesting and then so were I mean what when why I had a head scratch and came
    up with the Tiki 30 instead and then looked at the
    construction authority I reckoned that the chicky Katya clacks I thought yes it
    does it would have a tremendous success with a pub mmm sorry there is a number
    of sellers you designed and constructed pods for their Chiquita Diego
    interesting amelioration yeah because otherwise there was a French guy who
    built one in New Jersey knew jacques pierre a Buddhist pilgrims Pierce’s bar
    here he wanted to to sell how of the votes to me yeah I decided against
    because he he wouldn’t want to have any challenge in the construction of his
    baby oh and you wanted to put in a father in like this i i i knew the boat
    yeah seven years before and i had actually tried to buy the boat from from
    scott brown yes sorry lima yes and when I phoned Scott he said I sold the boat
    yesterday there was a Tiki 38 was it not I do it six years to Viper wow that’s
    like a school girlfriend listen together white oh she gets divorced and then
    leaving parents so it’s a you’ve sailed across the Atlantic weather and cruising
    through the Caribbean you know the full circuit of the Caribbean pretty much
    dipping down to Grenadier and yes I’m the dragon clark’s Coronado is where
    we first met and then came up here from Grenada with
    another friend yes and we’ve been here pretty much since the beginning of jr.
    January we went sailing in restocking Island with views of French boats yes
    and we’ve enjoyed every day of the holidays in Bahamas yeah and your
    immediate plans to spend a little bit more time here and then sell the boat
    back across the Atlantic yes because to Jersey
    I have other plans in my life now okay and I have had so tremendous pleasure
    with the boat it’s time for someone else to have such a pleasure and it’s going
    to be a friend and he has already had to wear ups yes so it’s like but right yeah
    I didn’t think this part would hang around long if you would ever sell it
    because I know there’s a lot of interest and what is a very rare Wharram yes yeah
    and it’s but people who like modern car cats don’t like this to this type of
    design because it lacks the comfort but then with all that comfort comes
    complication you know what would be nothing else it would be for gem sperm
    and and Anika boo who could build a Tiki 72 a big I heard something about that
    72 feet that would be a shooter like yeah sure
    but we’ve with one diesel engine because those Alborz I don’t know about yours
    but they they cannot run for hours and days hmm
    we try and minimize the use of hours but you know we do do long runs with them
    and touchwood they’ve been good but we keep the maintenance up to them as well
    you know we’ve learned if you don’t you know you get cutting yes
    but thankfully we have to so that’s another good thing that’s why I like to
    engines if we’re ever down one you know we ever know they know that I like
    relying on one at all I like having to all the time you know it redundancy is
    this boat gaff rigged do you have the the Wharram wing sail I
    have the ticket yes your property kiri right or the gaps and everything well
    it’s really interesting because you managed to to fit all that and and the
    and I must get some film of how you cheat your foursome yeah on the dig
    because this is one thing that I thought would be a hurdle if you didn’t fill in
    there seemed to complicate the area on the td30 hike where would you put the
    sheets in order to control the force oh yeah I imagine you’ve got it all just
    sitting on the terrace a number of blocks is take the rope from you is out
    of the way we had to say au revoir to Java Xiaolin
    to gawky but happily we meet them again later
    and farewell them on their Atlantic crossing don’t miss next week when we
    have a wild ride north and start exploring the islands with Joe well everyone we hope you enjoyed this
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    Sailing Tips from the Pros – Crew on a Sailboat AROUND THE WORLD! Patrick Childress #41
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    Sailing Tips from the Pros – Crew on a Sailboat AROUND THE WORLD! Patrick Childress #41

    September 30, 2019


    this is Patrick Childress at the end of
    the video if you find that it was worthwhile please give it a thumbs up
    and also click on the subscribe button if you haven’t done so already also
    there is a link in the video description to the tip jar if you care to help out
    in that direction I’m going to start a new series called tips from the pros and
    these are videos tips from delivery captains who make their living at
    crossing oceans this first one is from Hank Schmitt who is the owner of OPO
    offshore passage opportunities which is a crew networking organization but he
    also operates the 48 foot Swan Avocation as a racing charter boat
    throughout the Caribbean racing circuit great way to get that big-time racing
    without the obligations of owning a boat Avocation is also part of the Swan
    fleet that operates between Saint Marten and Newport Rhode Island and
    that gives people who know how to sail the opportunity to get ocean time with a
    very experienced captain on a very solid seaworthy sailboat so it isn’t just
    Avocation…there’s other Swan sailboats that are part of that fleet and the
    captain’s they’re all incredibly experienced I admire all of them so
    let’s join Hank in st. Maarten he’s going to give us some tips on setting up
    the main halyard leaving the dock and then pointers on the reef mainsail after
    they’re north of Bermuda we’re here in st. Maarten getting ready
    to depart for our trip to Bermuda a beautiful day May fourth nice trade wind
    conditions now we’re getting ready to leave the dock and the job of the crew
    is to make the skipper look good job of the crew is to make the skipper look
    good you take a look whenever you leave a dock you see where is the wind blowing
    if there’s tide or something, anything that might affect the boat when you
    start undoing lines if you undo the wrong line then my bow starts going this
    way or that way I can’t do anything I don’t have
    thrusters I can’t put it forward or reverse so it’s really the crew that have to
    take a look at the lines which ones are slack we take care which ones we have to
    undo at the last minute so the boat doesn’t go out of control then I can’t
    do anything so again you make me look good just like when you have a boss to
    make you boss to look good everything goes well another thing I’d like to do
    when we do leave with the lines you know we’re taking off lines and fenders but
    rather than get a line or a fender put it in open the hatch close the hatch get
    everything together at once then open that forward hatch once put all the
    fenders in and close it that way it’s not gonna fall over on somebody’s toes
    or a fender you know make sure they roll off the side or anything in the same
    thing with the lines we gather all the lines together
    open the hatch once, put them in close not open close open close so that’s
    pretty much it so wind is almost on the bow blowing a little bit this way
    so we’ll look we took our spring line off that we had over here
    we have a line here that is lacking it so that would come off nothing will
    happen and that white one was the line that kept us from going ahead so we
    don’t need that the wind is pushing us back and everything so we’ll undo those
    three lines why don’t we have two people ashore so the two bow lines will have a
    ready to go and then it’s a little bit of a coordination because once you undo
    them since the dock is so short you have to come back and get on board we will
    start going out and then as I go back I see which
    Way the sterns going sometimes we just back out all the way that way the stern goes that
    way I’ll go this way it out with the main thing of course is just to keep us
    away from him since we have six crew this fender isn’t doing much either so
    we’ll take that fender off and treat it as a floater and if people understand
    with that rather than having a tied you just have the fender so I don’t think
    we’ll have a problem on this side but I’ll have one person take the fender
    there we just stand here and if we do go over to the dock you just hold it in
    between and that’s all okay so two people on the dock I’m saying okay good
    sure so two on the dock is just me once we say let go and go you just have to
    fairly quickly come back so Chris you wanted to be the floater right there if
    you want to collect in the lines right here the black line first and that white
    line can probably go and you’ll see that the bow wont go anywhere they’re the
    ones that have slack in it okay we’re On Leg 2, from Bermuda to
    Newport getting closer to the Gulf Stream wind has picked up some we’ve had
    a reef in since we’ve left Bermuda we knew we’d be getting into some weather
    so it’s much easier to put the reef in while we’re in the safety of the harbor
    we knew the wind was coming up so we’ve also got a little bit of jib in most of
    the rain has gone by and we have Clearing coming so we’re getting back to our
    course we can trim the main a little bit More and then we’re going to look at our
    Reefed main right here you can see a properly reefed main
    you want to get it today you’ll get wet or something But we want to be able to see all the full reefs
    And the reef is in to the full reef point we have the 4 nettles the 4 lines holding
    the mainsail up so the mainsail is not chafing and dragging on anything again
    your biggest enemy out here is chafe you don’t have the sail tied up
    it could be rubbing against a jib sheet it could be rubbing against the Dodger
    or something and over the course of a day or so that would wear a hole
    somewhere so we have the lines the nettles the sail ties just gathering the
    sail up not super tight that it tears anything but it just keeps the sail
    underneath Hank said that he would not normally tie the reef ties around the
    boom like this but there was an issue with the sail which at this time
    dictated this is the best procedure to use but he also said it’s very important
    not to tie those reef ties very tight and stress the grommets the grommets are
    not made to take a very high load they’re just there to help carry the
    foot of the sail when it’s reefed. normally he would tie the reef lines
    like on this boat where you tie you the foot of the sail back to itself and that
    way the wind just can’t be blowing the sail around it doesn’t chafe on anything
    so it’s a nice secure tight way of rolling up all that loose sail material
    at the foot of the sail one way to tighten up the sail because
    you do not have an outhall when you’re Reefed, you have your reef line. So to
    tighten up to make the sail flatter you would either tighten up on that reef
    line or an easier way is also to tighten up on your vang because your Vang will also
    pull your boom down and tighten your leech to get it flattered of course if
    the wind picks up you want a flat sail not a big belly of a sail so just a few
    more minutes of rain then we’ll have blue and we’re looking for your
    Gulf stream crossing you can see the showers that have passed us but blue
    sky is coming! So Its another fun day out in the ocean! There’s the bottom of our reef, we have a double reef in. Out in the ocean when it’s time to reef we just go right to the second reef. We aren’t racing…if we put one reef in, a few minutes later we just go right to the next one, so we have two reefs in… Ok, we can pull the main in a little more, the wind is getting lighter… and then go to our course… I think we’re going to settle into our
    Breeze now that we have we’ve been waiting the last 18 hours for the shift
    so we’ve got the shift and it should be a beautiful day ..ooh that sounds great! So we are on
    sort of a close reach now that means you probably come in a little bit more and
    we’ll be able to hold our course yeah about five to ten degrees OK that’s good …When it stops
    Raining I’ll give it back to you!