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    Off to Cuba ~ 2 Headed Gator, WW2 Ship, Da Beach
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    Off to Cuba ~ 2 Headed Gator, WW2 Ship, Da Beach

    January 10, 2020


    morning everybody feeling a lot better
    every single day now it’s getting better and better although it is gonna take at
    least another week to fully get over my bronchitis again I’m still not
    contagious or anything but I want to I want to film some stuff for YouTube
    because it’s been it’s been a tough month with being sick with the flu and
    bronchitis and not making any money with my Disney videos I need I need some
    content to help pay the bills so we’re gonna have a me day
    well a me day with you on the other side of the lens I’ve never never really
    explored much of Tampa I don’t even think I’ve ever stopped in Tampa in my
    life so we’ll get Roxy warm here and then
    we’ll go we’ll go play in Tampa today we’ll take it easy though you know
    because I still don’t don’t feel my best but yeah and see all the Spanish moss I
    love it I love it all right let me go feed Jackson got
    some fun today all right guys my first attempted moto
    vlogging here on the Honda rebel I got the microphone tucked underneath the
    helmet here I don’t know if it’s working or not or if they’re still wind getting
    in there I know one thing I don’t like being behind this truck because all this
    netfloor – shrubbery has got in the back just does not look very secure so I’m
    just gonna take it easy I want something to fall out and hit me
    oh yeah it looks like we’re 22 minutes away from downtown Tampa so we’ll just
    kind of enjoy the scenery here and sunshine and have a good have a good
    little ride here how’s that sound I sure love having this motorcycle it is
    a blessing for someone in an RV because otherwise there’s no way the RV would
    get to places like this I wouldn’t I just wouldn’t take the RV downtown Tampa
    there’s no way I’ll also mention the Tampa RV show is
    coming up I’d like to go I just don’t know about
    timing – 8c well it’s starting to feel a little
    bit like industrial Tampa just a lot more businesses and stuff
    he’s a big muffler man guy over there holding uh I don’t know what he’s
    holding a wrench advertising for automotive services okay
    cool fifty-five miles an hour through here
    love it man having a bike is so fun
    it just makes so much sense there’s my cough come back
    now that sign just said Tampa City Limits so we are now officially in Tampa
    Florida Oh see the city line over there
    obviously not sure how close we are there’s the city
    not exactly the prettiest sight but Tampa Bay okay actually like this part of town
    though called those palm trees I love me some palm trees
    yes I forgot my gloves today but they were in the helmet but I didn’t feel
    like going back in flight I doubt it set the alarm on the RV and everything how’s
    the view working how’s the microphone working you guys like like going on bike
    rides with me I don’t do it too often my channel is more about RV life but still
    this is an extension of the RV makes us so that I can see more and share more in
    a practical way mm-hmm gonna make a stop up here at a historical marker you might
    be interested to see what it is though it’s gonna be that building right in
    front of us so what is now the Columbia restaurant behind me this facade in the
    middle here they have some markers so we’ll go check those out right now
    it’s a beautiful building I’ll give you that I love the tile work in detail here
    but the sign here the Rough Riders Road here
    1898 the intersection of 7th Avenue and 22nd Street was a sandy cross road
    connecting three army encampments in that Ybor City area during the
    spanish-american war Oh Theodore Roosevelt and his gang on horseback were
    called the Rough Riders and they made this spot here in Ybor I asked somebody
    how to pronounce it y bo r because I would have butchered it another little
    note here on the other side says Colonel Teddy Roosevelt frequently rode by here
    on his horse named Texas and his little dog named Cuba that’s that that’s pretty
    cool I never say I don’t take you guys places we are in the United States
    however this this is the park amigos de Jose Marti this little point 1/4 acre
    piece of land that we’re stepping into is technically owned by Cuba yeah well
    plaque here from 1893 gave some refuge to some people I guess so so that’s what
    we got Isle de Cuba uh-huh with the American flag and the Cuba flag waving
    high here in Tampa that’s dick reminding me that it’s still there ok that’s
    different that’s different little piece of Cuba right here in Florida on the
    mainland very cool ok the downtown Tampa trolley that’s cool
    not necessarily going to be filming every little ride on the bike from place
    to place I’m doing some walking too but at least you know I can get around and
    stop a little stuff like this you guys know how much I love my quirky metal art
    installations all over the country I appreciate businesses that put stuff
    like this and builds that this is a welding shop and he’s got a machine gun
    and everything like that that’s actually pretty awesome this one here looks like
    a Greek soldier of some kind and this guy is in a bunker and there you go
    rustic steel creations thanks for putting some cool stuff out front for
    advertising give you some free advertising weird stuff though – I mean
    I can’t explain quite all of it but okay you’re doing a great job there buddy
    keep pushing whatever you’re pushing there so there’s a legit folk tale hear
    about the two-headed alligator in these parts here’s a concrete mosaic version
    of it apparently there’s a couple more
    sculptures around here it’s from the folktale bite or smite something about
    good karma and a rabbit I can’t find a whole lot of information on the story
    but it is quirky nonetheless yeah yeah okay all right you know I’ve seen quite
    a few of these another futuro home this one’s in pretty good condition
    I think it’s built the way they were supposed to be built up high and unlevel
    and stuff it’s good take a closer look at it can see this one actually has all
    of the windows around it and there’s an air conditioning unit looks like there’s
    plumbing so this one is exactly how they were meant to be probably a little
    staircase that goes up into it very cool also ironic this is a strip club below
    the futuristic futuro house mr. Club interesting just a gray wall behind me
    that’s all it is it’s not all it is this monster beast aptly named the American
    victory is one of only four surviving fully functional World War two ships excuse me
    ships in the u.s. fully functional I might add she’s a beaut Clark we’re here
    at a terminal two here in Tampa what a beast right that’s not Tampa Bay out
    there like I said that’s just this is just the marina here and at the time of
    me filming this there still is no World War three officially but if you’ve been
    following the news us and Iran and everything going on things could change
    things could change here in 2020 but for right now just a just a sleeping beast
    there yeah I think what I’m gonna do is go try to find some beauty in Tampa
    let’s go find the Tampa Bay it’s actually go find it the white sand and
    blue skies and all that stuff ooh security notice maersk level one yeah I
    don’t think we have that clearance guys so yeah let me look on the maps google
    some stuff and go find some nice scenery okay everybody excuse me sorry
    what’s palm-trees lotsa happy happy Eric almost some white sand down here but not
    not really as pretty as I envisioned it over all these years every time I’ve
    heard Tampa Bay said I see it as a place as pretty as like Panama City Beach and
    it’s not it’s it’s just a bay you know you probably got to go to the Gulf of
    Mexico side of Tampa to really see the the green blue water everywhere and pure
    white but I’ll take it I seem to have found a little deserted park here where
    nobody’s at and I finally feel like I’m in Florida I finally feel it yeah it’s
    about 76 degrees today here although on the bike when you’re going 55 miles an
    hour it’s significantly 20 degrees colder than that
    yeah I’d almost call that weights and it is that’s what you saying man nice
    little ride thanks for coming along with me guys I’m gonna carefully head on back
    here a little bit I’m gonna sit down in that chair first off Cameron soak in the
    bay a little bit though I see you’ve just made yourself right at
    home haven’t you now Oh sunbathing on the concrete all right
    miss me you didn’t miss me but but I have the power to the food bowl looks
    like you’re petting your out yourself yeah Oh big stretches what a rough day
    you had oh my god I was so much sleeping that you did yes I had a really good
    ride today it was fun it was nice and sunny changed my spirits I’m just gonna
    have to be patient getting over the last bit of this bronchitis
    but I’ve told the guys here that I’m not contagious doc says so maybe going out
    with them one day before I leave would be fine all right so anyway Jax and I
    will we’ll see you next time on the nomadic fanatic show of example hey guys

    Most Amazing Shipping Container Homes
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    Most Amazing Shipping Container Homes

    December 24, 2019


    Today, There is a hot, new trend: shipping
    container homes. Basically, you modify and re-purpose used
    shipping containers and stick them together to build a house. Architects, designers and builders have actually
    found a way to transform big boxes of steel into beautiful and fully-functional homes. Here are some top shipping container home
    design ideas Shipping Container Guest House, designed by
    Poteet Architects One of one of the most intriguing projects
    I have actually seen until now is this terrific guest house constructed from a recycled shipping
    container. Due to the container’s form and also nature,
    there isn’t a variety of possibilities for decorating. People constantly take this as a challenge
    and also in this situation, the outcome ended up wonderful. The container was repainted blue and also
    2 areas were removed as well as changed with windows and huge moving doors. Your house has a small patio area in front
    and a partial roofing above it to shield the rainfall from spraying directly into the door. The interior attributes wood paneling on the
    walls, which offers a feeling of heat as well as convenience. Strong combinations of colors and products
    make this framework a fine area to hang out and also take pleasure in the surrounding
    landscape. This special container house was designedby
    Poteet Architects, which carried out a number of projects including shipping containers. Shipping Container Homes by Adam Kalkin
    This creation opposes the every little thing you thought you found out about houses. This appeal is constructed of shipping containers. New Jersey architect Adam Kalkin created and
    also developed his very own house from recycled shipping containers. Among the many needs to do that is durability,
    yet additionally rate: A used storage container costs under $1000. This home is big and has many different levels. You might say that this is a “home in a residence,”
    because inside the huge structure are smaller sized individual elements that appear like
    spaces in a typical home. In fact, the inside aremelded with the outdoors
    with enormous sliding glass doors and also by the house-like frameworks constructed inside. It’s simple to get confused concerning this
    home. It’s not a conventional home without a doubt,
    however just what is it? It has bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms,
    as well as a cooking area so it fulfills our modern-day requirements, but what about looks? If I actually have say, I could most definitely
    address,” It’s special!” Painted Shipping Containers by MarcioKogan
    Another outstanding project originates from Brazilian Designer MarcioKogan. This maritime shipping container home was
    born from the concept of using industrial elements that can be conveniently constructed
    in a really short period of time. To handle the special constraints imposed
    by the predetermined size of the containers, they stacked the containers in addition to
    one another. When the height limitation was fixed, the
    architects concentrated their interest on size. To address this issue, they produced a room
    that is as high as 2 containers yet is also bigger. In that room, they were able toarrange an
    excellent living location that could expand outdoors thanks to a smart retractable system
    of doors. This residence has all the centers you would
    certainly discover in a regularhome, simply in a different design as well as special covering. Along with the brilliant shades and also green
    atmosphere comes the spirit of a vibrant room completewith fun as well as happiness. Starbucks Made of Shipping Containers. Thus far, we have actually seen shipping containers
    utilized as living spaces yet right here is a daring idea from a business owner who imagined
    his new Starbucks developing a bit in different ways. His crazy suggestion came from Starbuck’s
    comprehensive use of these containers to ship their coffee and tea throughout the world. Maybe this is simply a cool strategy– maybe
    simply wishing to link their items with freshness. The layout is distinct also for a take-out
    fast food kind of building, but maybe this certain reality is just what made it feasible. Since the brand-new building could house just
    coffee machinery and also a little working area for the workers, a used shipping containermade
    this an ideal option. It’s awesome and interesting and can be mimicked
    by other organisations that don’t necessarily need a large indoor area. This alternative is fast, easy, less costly,
    and also after you’re done utilizing it you could constantly recycle it for an extra few
    bucks. Maison Container by Patrick Partouche. Currently let’s have a look at a more intricate
    job. In 2010, French designer Patrick Partouche
    made an area that mimics a standard house although it is constructed from cargo containers. This modern shipping container home has about
    2,240 square feet and set you back around 221,000 euros to complete. As we can see, it is made from several containers
    cut into different areas either to attain a bigger interior space with great living
    and also dining areas, or to accomodate big windows and doors. Inside, the house looks spacious and also
    modern-day thanks to modern appliances as well as furniture. On the top floor, outstanding living services
    were applied, unified by metal staircases as well as bridges. The layout allows for lots of all-natural
    light, makings each steel corner or junction beam, highlighting the commercial style. What I such as most around this house is that
    they maintained the container’s doors, leaving the owners the possibility of shutting them
    fortotal personal privacy. Containers of Hope, a $40,000 Home by Benjamin
    Garcia Saxe. With simply $40,000, Benjamin Garcia Saxe
    built a very interesting area to stay in Costa Rica. This project concentrates more onits communion
    with nature compared to the actual structure. Your house is really trendy and also contemporary
    yet it requiresfew products and very little space to be functional. We all have the tendency to develop substantial
    spaces that extremely commonly are left extra, however this layout focuses much more on what
    we in fact do and also do not need. Let me inform you what we really require:
    Sunup and also a sunset via those fantastic large home windows. We need convenience and also we require style. Thanks to modern-day furniture and also quality
    finishings we could attain all these within specifically 1,000 square feet. I would certainly need to say that this is
    a location for the soul and also eyes. An intimate, comfy home with the most effective
    view over the landscape is possibly just what a lot of us would certainly want. Well, as this residence demonstrates, it is
    possible to have simply that with simply two shipping containers. Shipping Container Home in El Tiemblo
    This residential job includes four 40-foot shipping containers as well as although it
    might not look so excellent from the outside, the within, I ensure you, is exceptional. Created by studio James & Mau Arquitectura
    and also developed by Infiniski, this container house is located in the province of Ávila,
    Spain and is named “Casa El Tiamblo.” With a cost of regarding 140,000 Euros, this
    modern-day example of style and convenience has all the services of a standard house,
    with a huge cooking area, a terrific open living room bordered just by enormous home
    windows, comfy bedrooms, as well as stylish furnishings. One of the most appreciated area is most likely
    the reduced level due to the fact that it features moving doors to the outdoor patio,
    which creates a room where you could relax as well as really feel the fresh air that
    distributes, aerating the home. Furniture makes this interior appearance no
    different than a typical one and also perhaps that is why really feels so comfy inside,
    as well as modern as well as stylish, as compared to the raw commercial outside. First Shipping Container Home in Mojave Desert
    by Ecotech Design. If up until now we have actually seen homes
    created in a much less practiced fashion, this design by Ecotech Style brings the shipping
    container residence to another level. Found in the Mojave Desert, the one bed room,
    one-and-a-half shower room home has 2,300 square feet and also is made from 6 containers. This impressive framework integrates high-energy
    performance and mass-production modular structures, making it a low-cost, lasting housing system. If we take a look at present patterns, I would
    predict that soon we’ll be seeing a growing number of these structures around the world.

    5 Years Living on a Sailboat – Couple Shares Ups & Downs of a Liveaboard Life
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    5 Years Living on a Sailboat – Couple Shares Ups & Downs of a Liveaboard Life

    December 16, 2019


    >>TERYSA: There’s a lot that we love about the live-aboard lifestyle. What really appeals to me is the travel, the adventure and the challenge because it is challenging. I also really love the minimalist nature of our lifestyle and the fact that we are self-sufficient. The fact that we are connected to the environment in a way that you just aren’t when you live in a city.>>NICK: I love the boat. I think it’s cozy. I think it’s beautiful. It’s comfortable. You know, this is our home. It’s got just about everything we own on board. It’s just a very nice lifestyle. [Music Playing]>>TERYSA: We’ve been living on the boat for 5 years now and 4 of those have been actually actively sailing and cruising. So for the first year, we were just living in our marina, getting the boat ready to set sail and the 4 years after that, we have actually been sailing around half of the world. We have sailed from the UK down the Atlantic coast of Europe. We crossed the Atlantic Ocean and then we spent 2 years in the Caribbean and the Bahamas, the east coast of the USA and then last year we crossed the Atlantic again back to Europe and that’s where we are now. So before we moved onto our boat, we were living in London in our apartment. I was working as a paramedic and Nick was working as a dentist. So with my shift work, we didn’t actually get a chance to see each other very much. So when we were together, it was usually on the weekend while we were sailing. I think that we both felt that life in London was very hectic. It was very fast-paced and we both I think got caught up in the whole consumerism of modern day life and we crave something simpler.>>NICK: It was very, very scary making that transition from being in a job with the security of employment to going actually, you know what? I’m gonna do this while I’m young enough to enjoy it and it was it was a very brave decision I think we made. Some may say foolish but looking back on it now, we’re coming up to 5 years and it’s just the best thing we ever did. [Sounds of Water and Boat Rocking] My first boat was a little starter boat 25 feet, worth very little, learnt the ropes on that, then bought a bigger boat a 32 footer and then when I met Terysa, we hatched this plan to buy something we could live on. So this is 40 feet. So welcome to the inside of Ruby Rose the galley or kitchen as it would be known if you’re on land, is essentially a miniature version of the kitchen that we had while we were living in London. There’s not a lot that we don’t have. So we’ve got a cook, a grill and oven. We’ve got fridges. We’ve got hot and cold running water. We’ve got our coffee machine and we’ve got all the space that we could need for storage. The saloon, this is the area that we eat in. It is the area that we watch television. It has 2 large sofas. They are long enough for us to both relax, lay down on and sometimes we sleep on these. When we were crossing the Atlantic, we can pull up cloths and those cloths make cots and those cots allow us if it’s really rough to sleep in without getting thrown out of bed. We’ve got lots of storage. We’ve got this is that lovely drinks cabinet. We have a television over there with DVDs and under these sofas and to the side of the sofas, we’ve got lots of storage for books, for glasses and all our cutlery and crockery. You will also notice in the middle of the saloon, we’ve got this large box. Now this box does actually turn into an 8 seater table just in case we have a dinner party. It’s rare, but it has happened. But in addition to that our boat, the keel, the bottom of it lifts up so we can dry the boat out and this box holds the mechanism for the keel. So this is part functional but also part of our table. As you can see, it’s very, very bright and very airy. This is tough and bulletproof glass so that we can have a lot of light coming through the boat.>>TERYSA: Our first cabin I want to show you is our forecabin. This is like our guest cabin which is set up for guests but at the moment I have to admit that often we use it for storage. We have good storage on this boat but when you’re living in a tiny space then sometimes you need somewhere extra to put stuff. So I’ll just show you down here. [Terysa walking towards another cabin] This is just some extra storage here and then we’ve got a V-berth right here. This is a really comfortable cabin actually. We’ve got a big opening hatch which means that it’s got really nice airflow and you can’t see at the moment but there’s loads of storage underneath the mattress. Behind the door, there’s a big cupboard. As you can see, there’s shelves on either side and we’ve got loads of things up on those shelves at the moment. One of which is Nick’s guitar. Yes, we take Nick’s guitars – 2 guitars – everywhere with us. The other shelf has what is called a Hydrovane and it helps us steer when we’re crossing oceans. It’s another steering mechanism for us and our cabin is the master cabin which is in the aft part of the boat, at the back of the boat, and I am going to show you in there right now. [Terysa walking towards the master cabin] I have to admit that when I first got into this boat and I came into this cabin, this is what sold this boat for me. I just fell in love with it. So we’ve got a good sized bed here, big enough for two people, and we’ve also got loads of storage underneath the bed and also behind the couches on either side. You’ll notice that above our bed. We’ve got some fans. So that’s how we keep cool when we are in tropical areas, and we’ve also got some opening hatches just up here. So our bathrooms are not called bathrooms because we’re on a boat. They’re called heads instead. We have 2 of them and this is the main one. This is what we use most of the time and I’ll show you in here. It is compact, but it does have everything that we need. Obviously, we’ve got the toilet and the sink and some storage. We don’t have a separate shower. What we have to do is we take the tap or the faucet and we have to attach up at the top and that creates like a wet room. So that’s our shower. We have a pump. We can turn the pump on to pump the water out of the bottom of the floor. We’ve got a big locker here as well which we keep all our wet weather gear in. We try to stay in nice warm tropical places so we don’t actually need to go into that locker very often, but that’s where all of our foul weather gear is kept as well. [Music Playing]>>NICK: We are almost a completely green boat, so completely self sustainable. So we have solar panels for generating electricity. We have a wind generator for generating electricity and we have a hydrogenerator which we tow behind the boat, which also generates electricity. So we are completely powered. We don’t have air conditioning on board. We don’t have the power for that and all the space for an air conditioning unit and living in the Caribbean, there is always enough breeze. Where we are in marinas, we obviously have electricity. To generate water, we have a water maker that produces enough water for us to live quite happily. We have a black water holding tank, which we then pump out, when we’re 12 miles offshore. We don’t have a greywater tank. Again. it’s very difficult to find the space for one. [Music Playing] So how I made the transition? We planned probably for approximately 3 years before we moved onto the boat. We bought the boat and we had a plan. It took us 3 years to get out.>>TERYSA: There are 2 parts to our transition. One was wrapping up our life in London and the other part was getting the boat ready to set sail. So they were both happening kind of simultaneously. We had a three-bedroom apartment. We basically sold everything on eBay or got rid of everything. We have a storage unit of things that are of personal value, but it was a huge, huge undertaking getting rid of all of our stuff. The other part was that Nick had to sell his business and that took a long time and it was very stressful. For me, it was just a fairly straightforward process of resigning from my job. So when we finally had all of that wrapped up then we moved up to the boat and then we had to get the boat ready for the type of sailing and cruising that we wanted to do and that was a long process as well. That took us about a year.>>NICK: Another question we get asked a lot is how do we afford this lifestyle? What do we do to keep us going and sailing around the world? Initially, when we when we stopped work, we rented out our apartment. So we have an apartment in London and we rent that apartment out and we live on the rent. Over the last couple of years, we started our YouTube channel and the YouTube channel has really taken off. So between YouTube and Patreon we make an income from that as well. So that’s the strands of our income. [Music Playing]>>TERYSA: To be on a boat in the middle of the ocean with absolutely nothing around you, no land for sometimes thousands of miles is an experience unlike any other. It really is quite mind-blowing and it can feel quite daunting and at times, it just hits you how ridiculous the situation is that you’re just on a relatively small boat in the middle of literally nowhere as isolated as you could probably get and it’s just you and the boat and the ocean and this whole world underneath you that you can’t see or even imagine. It’s a relatively stressful situation to be in anyway, even when things are all going well because you know that there’s potential for things to go wrong. So you’re constantly doing risk assessments. You’re constantly aware that there is a danger even though you do all you can to minimize that danger. But at the end of the day, it is a huge achievement, I think, to cross an ocean on your own boat and it’s an achievement that we’ve been lucky enough to do twice so far and it’s something that you’re always glad when it’s over. But as soon as it’s over and you’ve recovered, you’re kind of looking forward to the next time. [Laughter]>>NICK: My love of the sea is formed from this. The fact that you have to respect it, the fact that it gives so much but asks so much from you as well. A lot of people ask this what do we do at night? Do we stop sailing at night? Yes, we generally stop sailing at night if we’re not on long passages. Otherwise, we have to stay up and keep watch. But when we moor the boat, it depends on the region we are in. In Europe, so far the Mediterranean it’s been a lot of marinas because there aren’t many places to anchor. In the Caribbean, it was anchoring almost exclusively for 2 years. We tend to avoid mooring buoys unless we’re in very, very crowded anchorages. But it just depends on the area we are in.>>TERYSA: The food situation on the boat is pretty similar to living on land really except because we aren’t always near supermarkets. In fact often, especially in the Caribbean we are nowhere near supermarkets sometimes for months at a time. We have to be very careful about when we provision, what we’re buying, and making sure that we’re planning ahead. The other thing is that when we do provision, we often have to take several hours to do that. So when you’re living on land, usually you just jump in the car, you drive to a supermarket and it’s all done within an hour or so. Living on a boat, a) our form of transportation is usually just our legs. Also, the supermarkets are generally a reasonable walk away and then we have to carry everything ourselves back to the boat. So we can’t buy as much at any one time. How we provision really depends on where we are and the way that we’re sailing when we’re preparing for an ocean crossing for example. The longest crossing we’ve done has been 3 weeks. So we had to have 3 weeks worth of food on board at that time. We were able to catch fish on passage which helped a little bit but we had to assume that we weren’t going to be able to do that. And that was a bit of a challenge, especially with fresh food. So this is our cockpit area and this is where we spend almost all of our time, especially when we’re at anchor. We love just lounging around and relaxing in the cockpit. But also when we’re underway, we’re obviously almost always in the cockpit. So it’s very comfortable area and it’s a very safe area. So I’ll just show you a few of the features. We have 2 helming positions and this is the main one that we use. We use this because it’s got most of our controls here. So as you can see, I’ve got things like the compass. I’ve got controls for the keel, for the windlass which is what helps us drop our anchor into the water, for our bow thruster which allows us to move our bow from side to side and our ignition for our engine. So we’ve got quite a lot of stuff going on right here. If I take you to the other helming position. This is where we have our VHF radio and this is how we communicate with nearby boats when we are sailing. We’ve also got a chart plotter which is obviously off right now because we are all tied up but generally speaking this is on especially when we’re underway and we use this to look at our charts, our electronic charts, as well as to see the boats around us and we also have radar so that shows up on here as well. We have quite a lot of safety equipment on the back of our boat here We’ve some Man Overboard equipment as well as our life raft. Over on this side, we have some more fun items: we have our barbecue and our Eski as well as our outboard engine which we attached to our dinghy and that’s how we get around when we are at anchor. We have 4 winches. One on either side here and 2 just behind me. Most of our lines come back to these 2 winches and this is how we control both of the sails and this is really great because we’ve set up our boat to control everything from the cockpit so we don’t ever need to go forward which means it is a much safer setup. So in rough seas or rough weather we can just stay in the safety of cockpit. We can tie ourselves onto the railing here or we’ve got these tie off points here and we don’t ever need to leave but we can manage the sails from here.>>NICK: Every boat should have a navigation station and/or a chart table. We keep all our charts in this table here. In addition to this, we’ve got some modern-day twists on traditional navigation. We’ve got both our radios here. So we’ve got our regular radio, which is our VHF radio for talking to people within about a 40 mile range. We’ve also got a high frequency radio so we can talk to people using what’s called an SSB, a single sideband radio, anywhere on the planet. You can get up to and including 3-4,000 miles range. So it also has our satellite phone and other ways of communicating if we’re trying to get weather conditions at sea. Moving back a little bit, there’s a control panel here and that is to do with our electricity, controlling how much water we have, controlling how much electricity we’re using whether it’s the solar panels or whether it’s our wind generator because as you can imagine if you are living off-grid as we do you have to be really careful about your usage of water. How much tank space we’ve got? How much electricity we’re using? Whether the sun’s out? Whether it’s windy? and so we can monitor quite carefully and quite accurately how much water and electricity we are using. So the challenges of the sailing lifestyle. I think you do have to appreciate from day one, from the get-go, whether you’ve got a new boat or an old boat, you will be repairing things every day. Everything needs maintenance and that maintenance is a lot more frequent and extensive than a house. That’s the first thing. The challenges really are not getting burnout. That was the biggest challenge for us. You do need at some point to put some roots down, spend a month in a place. And so those I think are the biggest challenges. I haven’t found anything else to be a challenge. We haven’t struggled with WiFi at all. Local SIM cards and a WiFi booster have dealt with all that. Meeting friends and then having to leave friends is also difficult. But that’s just the sailing life and you have to accept that.>>TERYSA: Another challenge is that we are so connected to the environment which in a way is part of what we love about this lifestyle so much but the flip side of that is that we are completely at the mercy of the weather. And so our plans really are dictated by the weather, not just seasonal weather i.e. prevailing winds for that time of year but more localized weather as well and we can have the intention of being at a certain place, on a certain date. But the reality is that we never quite know what we’re going to be doing on any given day. Because we don’t know what the weather’s gonna be like. More than once, we have been woken up in the middle of the night because the weather has changed and it can be really challenging. You might be in an anchorage that was perfectly safe in the evening and then by two o’clock in the morning, it’s become unsafe and you have to move in the middle of the night. So that’s another challenge as well is you have to be constantly aware of the weather conditions, of your environment and change your plans to suit those. [Music Playing] The other thing about living on a boat is that I think you really do have to push yourself all the time. The entire experience is a challenge for reasons that we’ve already talked about, but you also are constantly learning new skills. Nick has had to learn how to be an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter. I have had to become a logistician, a planner, organizer and navigator; in addition to being sailors. You have to be a little bit of everything when you’re living on a boat because you don’t have any other experts to turn to. You are the only people who can solve a particular problem on a certain day, and it’s a constant learning curve. We are learning every day. Every year, we’re getting better and better and we’re getting more and more experience but there is always going to be so much more to learn.>>NICK: I look back on what we’ve done over the last 4 years and it has been the best 4 years of my life, without fail. Being able to take all that you hold as possessions, and your entire house with you and continually change the view, experiencing different cultures and living those cultures. Experiencing life in a way that we would never have experienced it if we had done it any other way. There have been downs, of course, there have been downs. But overall looking back, it’s just been bloody awesome, like amazing. We have achieved so much and we are so much happier now. [Music Playing]>>MAT: Be sure to subscribe to Exploring Alternatives and check out our playlists for more stories like this. You can also follow Nick and Terysa on their YouTube channel Sailing Yacht Ruby Rose. Thanks for watching.

    Living in a Beautiful Shipping Container Home in the City
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    Living in a Beautiful Shipping Container Home in the City

    December 14, 2019


    >>MAT: Hey everyone, in this video we’re visiting the first shipping container home in Toronto, Canada. It’s a stunning space inside and out and we’re really excited to show you around and show you how it was built. The homeowners Anna and Carl were looking for a home for their growing family but because of Toronto’s inflated real estate prices, they decided to build a home above the restaurant that they already owned on Queen Street West. They came up with a plan to float part of the house above the restaurant using pillars and to modify 3 used shipping containers off-site so they could be installed quickly in just a few hours. Carl designed, built, and finished most of this beautiful home himself, including a lot of the welding which helped them save even more money on the build. So let’s go meet up with Anna and Carl to find out more. [Music Playing]>>ANNA: Carl’s from Jamaica. I’m Portuguese and in both those countries, containers get used quite a bit. So we have been seeing containers being used for years. We wondered why it hadn’t happened in Toronto yet, and we really wanted to explore. This is the first container house in Toronto which means we did have to jump through some hula hoops to get here. It took about 6 years of paperwork from when we started drawing out the design, to the permit, and to all other steps and 3 years, from the moment we started digging, actual breaking the ground, to moving in. We already owned this building but it was just the restaurant. It was cheaper because Carl did most of the work and because the price of the houses around here are so high. For us though, more than the price tag was the dream of building our home from scratch. We just didn’t think that we could do it in downtown Toronto. [Music Playing]>>CARL: Toronto has been open. Toronto is that kind of city where a lot can happen here. There’s some gaps in the building codes that allows you to build to the line of the building and we realized we could do this. The question was: How do we do it? How do we do this huge renovation? How do you add 2,800 square feet and not close the restaurant for an indefinite period and then quite potentially go out of business? How do you do that? We framed out an exoskeleton above the restaurant and drop the containers onto it. We constructed everything somewhere else and then bring it in, back it into the alley and drop them one by one. There were issues of wires, Rogers wires and Bell lines. It was just crazy back there, right?>>ANNA: It’s a very busy alley. It gets used a lot.>>CARL: I went through literally 7 crane operators before I found one crazy enough to do it. Two guys came and there was a bunch of hand signals. They were awesome!>>ANNA: All the neighbours came to watch.>>CARL: It was like a party! [Laughter]>>ANNA: We pulled the kids out of school. They came to watch. It was great! It all went really well.>>CARL: They dropped them in 3 hours,>>ANNA: which really does say a lot about what can be done. We had so many restrictions building above a business, building in this tiny space in the back alley on Queen Street. But if you can think about taking containers, modifying them, doing as much as possible off-site and then just actually bringing them in and plopping them down on a piece of land. That is what is amazing about shipping containers. [Machinery sound] Originally, the design used 13 containers. But then we realized that wasn’t feasible. It was going to cost a lot of money. So we had to change our design in order to still use the containers, but only use 3 and then do the rest a conventional build to tie it into the containers.>>CARL: We used high cubes, about 9 foot 6 ceilings. So it was really high>>ANNA: and that’s a great way to create that airy feeling. It’s just having the extra high containers. So the house is 2 storeys up a level. So the ground floor is the restaurant. Then we come up and we have our living room/kitchen area. which also doubles as a yoga studio because I teach yoga here during the day. So it’s all done so that everything moves out of the way and we have lots of space; also, lots of space for our 5 children. Upstairs, we have the bedrooms. We also have a bathroom on the main floor and 2 bathrooms on the top floor. Our life is kind of a whirlwind around this building. It’s a busy space. There’s people in and out all the time but that’s kind of how our life has always been. Except before, we had to travel and now we just do it all here which is beautiful because it really does save on a lot of time. So it’s really nice to be in the neighborhood that we love and just be able to have everything concentrated here. [Music Playing]>>CARL: So I had the idea of what we were doing. I said, ok, I needed this cut out and we drew the plans up. So we cut out everything that needed to be cut out. We insulated the underside of it because the containers would be dropped. Once dropped, you can’t lift it again to insulate it. So we put spray foam on the underside and inside all the joist wells of all of them so that we wouldn’t lose any heat when you put the in-floor heat in. But the walls weren’t framed out, it was just a can. How long did it take to do the interior of the building? A year? Yeah. Insulating these things are a huge concern. Moisture, huge concern. If ever the containers get struck by lightning, it is a metal box just sitting up there. There are all kinds of legitimate concerns. Our temperature varies from plus 40 to minus 40. There’s a lot of movement in steel and wood. How you connect steel to wood and wood to steel and steel to concrete. [The design] has to take the physics into account. My engineer was up for the fun part of it and we figured it out together a lot of it. One of the issues you have with these kind of structures is thermal barriers, when entire sheets of steel get cold, and whatever insulation is there. The containers need that gap so that it doesn’t transfer. We had to think that through because very rarely do you find a house that an entire wall is metal. We used wood where we could because wood doesn’t transfer cold as much. The internal frame on the east side is wood but on the west side is metal because it’s an exterior wall that needs a fire rated material. So the building codes were respected. For example, one of the things we discovered was to put blue skin on the inside of the walls and it changed the entire equation. It’s 2mm thick but it just changes the condensation when it’s applied to the wall. But instead of doing it on the exterior, we did it on the interior of the wall. It was a bit of a nightmare and we are still married! [Laughter] [Music Playing]>>ANNA: My favourite part is our bedroom, and my yoga nook and the balcony. I love it! I’ve got flowers and it’s just so beautiful. I make my coffee and then go back to bed when I can and just sit there and look at it all. It’s just peaceful and beautiful and when all the kids are running around I can sometimes escape, lock the door and just be there.>>CARL: My favorite part of the house is the roof. It was always to take advantage of the view. I still haven’t built that yet but when that is finished, it’s going to be a dope space. It’s a very rare thing these days to build your home from the ground up. It’s been an honour to build this thing. [Music Playing]>>MAT: We first heard about this project a couple of years ago when we met up with Anthony from Storstac. They actually modified the containers for Carl and Anna’s house. If you’re interested in learning more about building with containers, definitely check out the video that we made with them. I’ll link to it in the description below. If you like this video, please share it, be sure to subscribe and thanks for watching.

    10+ Beautiful Shipping Container Houses | Part 2
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    10+ Beautiful Shipping Container Houses | Part 2

    December 14, 2019


    Welcome to the interior design channel! Shipping container house design ideas. Small house, construction process. Bright kitchen, beautiful interior design. House on a hill. House building process. Modern desert house. Thank you for watching! Subscribe to my channel RunmanReCords Design!