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    Aquarius Boat tour – AMEL Super Maramu 2000 / Sailing Aquarius #21

    January 19, 2020


    Hello! I’m captain Ken and I’ll be your
    tour guide today Aquarius is an AMEL Super Maramu 2000 She is 53 foot long with a 15 foot beam Her main mast stands 60 feet and she draws about 6.5 feet She’s a ketch rig sailing vessel built in La Rochelle, France in 1999 About 490 Super Maramu’s were built between 1989 and 2005 And the hulls remain virtually identical
    throughout the production Aquarius is hull number 262. The millennium edition or Super Maramu 2000 was first built in 1998 Though there were some minor upgrades and features all Super Maramu’s most look almost identical In 2000 the Super Maramu 2000 was voted best boat of the Year by Cruising World AMEL has produced some of the finest sailing vessels and each year a high number of
    AMEL’s complete a circumnavigation In 1999 Aquarius then “Aquarius 4” completed her first circumnavigation with the original owners Jemp and Lony Their journey is well documented in a book written by Jean Pierre Frederick (Jemp) The book has detailed history about all destinations and hundreds of fabulous photos So if you speak German you should pick up a copy One of the coolest things about owning an Amel Super Maramu is you’re part of the community Some people call it the AMEL cult and maybe it is to a degree That said, if you have a problem
    with an AMEL you have a fairly large community to back you up in your time of need So come on aboard Zivile and I would
    like to show you around and show you some of the unique features aboard
    Aquarius You are on your own now! Let’s first take a look at the cockpit or the terrace as Jemp used to call it It’s time to get ready for lunch So I will set up a table and cushions The terrace is where we have most meals aboard Aquarius Our new cushions, bimini top and all of our covers aboard Aquarius were made by Shawn in Trinidad Shawn is the owner of Superb Sails and Canvas Works He’s located in the Power Boats facility in Trinidad, where we were hauled out Superb Sails and Canvas Works did an amazing job on our cushions, bimini top and all the covers aboard Aquarius We’ve also met a few other AMEL owners that’s had work done by Shawn and they were also very
    impressed with Shawn’s work So if you get to Trinidad and you have any canvas requirements – Shaun is your guy your Zivile said I went overboard but I love my
    padded winch covers So here we have our forward looking
    sonar And what it shows is what’s in front of us to about 45 feet and the depth And you can see that the depth is about 3.3 meters and fairly steady all the way out Next I would like to show you the bow thruster which is one of the really cool features on the Amel Super Maramu Without a bow thruster I wouldn’t be able to park in a marina But with a bow thruster I can make parking look easy Here we are just leaving Trinidad we at Cruise In And you can see that the boat turns on a dime. This cannot be done without a bow
    thruster To operate the bow thruster turn the bow thruster ON To drop the bow thruster you drop the bow thruster with this switch Make sure it’s unlocked and ON in the forward cabin before dropping it This is the bow thruster on the AMEL Super Maramu So I’m gonna unlock the bow thruster turn the bow thruster ON Bow thruster is now ready to operate You can test it by using the joystick Bring it up by pushing out the UP button
    till the red light comes on. Turn it off and then off Let’s take a close look at what moves Aquarius when there’s no wind or in tight places At our cockpit we have the engine start So if you want to start the engine just start the engine
    up just like any other motor rev up in neutral by pulling and if you want to go forward you just push it forward In the engine room the first thing you see is a TMD 22 Volvo Penta engine The hearth transmission which is hooked to her and then the top of the C drive The auto prop re-positions the blades for forward; reverse and when sailing their lowest drag With no wind and calm seas Aquarius will move forward at about 6.5 knots at 1,800 rpms and while doing this burned 3.6 liters per hour of diesel Sailing around the world you think more
    about longevity and less about speed A skeg hung rudder is less maneuverable
    and a bit slower than blades but I haven’t heard of any AMEL’s loosing a rudder Just ask SV Delos about the strength of AMEL rudder We have a Furuno chart plotter; 2 completely separate auto pilots We’ve got all of our wind instruments and our chain counter and we have a little garden here going Zivile is trying to garden The cockpit control panel houses the anchor wash switch; the windlass
    control switch also the main and Genoa control switches Will talk about sail control later now let’s look at the ground tackle aboard Aquarius We have 70 meters of stainless steel chain connected to a roll bar anchor weighing 30 kilograms Aquarius was fitted with a 1200 watt tigress windlass which can be operated from the bow or can also be operated from the cockpit I thought you might like to see what it looks like as the anchor is lifted from the bottom and brought back aboard Aquarius The anchor chain is housed in a
    watertight compartment in the bow you have access through the forward cabin Our secondary anchor is located in the
    port bow locker It’s identical to the first anchor except it’s 28 kilograms
    there’s also engraved with Aquarius Our third anchor is a 9 kilogram Fortress So now let’s take a look at the salon the salon is the main living quarters downstairs from the cockpit and again you’re gonna see a lot of the work that Shawn did on the cushions He did an amazing job and again if you’re in
    Trinidad look him up because he’ll do the same for you The guy is meticulous That is a washing machine this is actually a small
    one, but it can you can load a lot It has 4 kilos we got it when we bought the
    boat in January in Martinique and it works well All Super Maramu’s hold 1000 litres of water and you can check your water level using a mechanical float in the salon I love the way the door closes on Aquarius and what amazes me is that more boat manufacturers don’t steal some of those great innovations that Amell
    thought up Next up the 24 volt panel: 3 switches for the interior lights; The next 3: instruments and winches the batteries are very important on an AMEL and the battery monitor is something you look at every single day to see the battery level and whether it’s charging or
    discharging right now we’re looking good These are for the 2 refrigerators one is
    empty top left is the anchor light and to deck lights the knob is to illuminate the cockpit compass and the next 3 buttons are for the navigation lights this is the remote switch for the gas bottles next is the bilge pump there’s
    also a float switch in the bilge that’ll turn it on as well and last the fresh water pump that’s always on Next up to 220 panel so there’s the battery charger; the hot water heater the dishwasher; 3 air conditioning
    systems; the washing machine the compressor which is not hooked up and what else we got here? oh we got the plugs so you can plug things in. We’ve got the microwave oven We also have a 1600 watt inverter which makes 220 volt
    AC from our 24 volt house batteries We have a Dessalator water maker it makes about 50 liters per hour The water maker runs up 24 volts it burns about 14 amps while making water During a nice sunny day we can make water without even pulling from the batteries but during the night it’s best to start the generator so let’s start the generator. So let’s start the generator and we will show you how to start up the water making Generator started, looks great let’s start up the compressor You need to wait a few minutes at low pressure before you start to pressurize your membranes We will pressurize it for a few minutes. so after you pressurize
    the membranes takes about three or four minutes then the indicator light will
    show you have good clean water and then you turn the valve so that all the water
    goes into your holding tank Aquarius is making water and yes we – have a working
    dishwasher Here’s our chart table we’ve got a SSB with a proctor modem; our radar system; all of our wind instruments radio; the VHF Then we’ve got our GPS and a computer with all the charts for the world clocks; barometer; another clock so now we’ll look at the operation of our Furuno radar Take a look and see if we can what we see now we’re on 0.25 nautical miles and what we’re seeing here is we’re seeing the boat next door
    and we’re seeing 2 cats (catamarans) and then all the other boats and then the shore along here let’s show you what that looks like on the outside Moving aft from the chart table we enter the companion way Companion way: extra bedroom it’s not very isolated It’s a walk thru, but it makes sleeping still good. and actually this is a good place to sleep, because when the boat rocks this is the least one where you can feel the rocking Under the bed in the companion way you find the house batteries One of the cool features when you sleeping in this bed you can look up through the window
    and see the helm You also have to shut off valve for your diesel; your fuel gauge and your 24 volt shut down for your house batteries As we move aft from the companion way we enter the master suite OK master bedroom; our bathroom our bed; our desk and our closets. This is our closet so they are pretty big, we don’t even use them all it’s just as always
    half empty, but we have enough of everything I told to myself that I can have as many sunglasses as I want; and as many swimsuits as I want That’s my hidden stash 7. That’s it! I think I need a few pair of sunglasses Next up the forward suite This bed we can get much wider I think as wide as this there is a
    little table, we never use it so anyways and here also we have a very
    important thing for this boat is a bow thruster And it’s hiding here Let’s go up top now take a look on deck our first major modification was to add davits with 600 watts of solar we also put a wind generator on the mizzen mast our AB dinghy looks pretty good parked in it’s little parking spot along with a 9.8 Tahatsu motor the life raft is located on the rails near the stern on
    the port side. It’s easily deployed We walk around the back of the boat you see
    our swim ladder the dinghy motor crane 600 watts of solar on our davits a throw tool for a man overboard that’s that yellow horseshoe there and what we hope to never use is the life raft Oh, that’s the antenna for the Iridium GO we have a yoga mat and we even have a yoga master omm… And the last room that we’re going to
    take a look at is the engine room and that is under the terrace We’ve already looked at the engine but let’s look at the rest of the stuff in the engine compartment our bilge and our bilge pump is down in here and on an original Super Maramu there was only one seawater intake and that would be this one right
    here that one is currently supplying both: the engine and the Onan (generator) exhaust coolant it supplies both heads and it supplies the chain wash One more seawater intake added by Jemp and this one here supplies the
    air-conditioning with the seawater cooling We also have 2 Racor fuel filters We’ve got our water heater; we’ve got the
    7 kilowatt Onan GenSet the 100 amp 24 volt charger we have a 1600 watt
    24 volt to 220 AC converter We have our accumulate right over here. We have our
    chain wash pump right here This is our desalinator pump, high-pressure pump these 2 pumps here are for both toilets: front and aft we have the filters for the desalinator here our membranes for our desalinator This is a 24 volt pump, which supplies
    all the fresh water on the boat These 2 pumps here are saltwater pumps. One
    of them supplies the air conditioning and this pump here will supply the
    coolant for the exhaust on the Onan Because Jemp decided it was too difficult
    to change the impeller on the Onan now if that pump goes bad we just change it and I have extra onboard 600 liters stainless steel fuel tank OK now it’s time to put Aquarius in the water and see how she sails Ok now let’s do a little bit of
    downwind sailing right now we have our Genoa out on port it’s poled out we also have a pole for the ballooner We pulling up the balloon now it’s going to
    lock in up top Now I want to show you another cool feature of AMEL’s the ballooner locks to the top with this little mouse note that there’s two
    tracks right next to each other right there now the mouse goes up the track
    and then it locks at the top with that little indent once it’s locked to the top and pull the halyard out so that you don’t have an extra halyard at the top of your mast so remember there were two tracks right next to each other one is for the ballooner and the other is for the other mouse but this mouse is a little
    different: this mouse doesn’t have the little indent this mouse goes up the track to free the other mouse bringing down the ballooner after we get the ballooner in place and lock it up, we drop the halyard Downwind sailing is fairly simple: you put your ballooner up and if the wind starts picking up you can actually furl your ballooner right over your Genoa So you can have as much or as little sail area out as you would like And you don’t need to leave the cockpit to furl your sails in, so everything is done inside the cockpit if you look close right now you can actually see that we’re letting out more sail Here is an AMEL flying a mizzen ballooner, which is similar to a Genoa on the mizzen. OK finally we let the cat out of the bag! Jemp had an asymmetrical spinnaker made for Aquarius. It’s the Luxembourg flag and we’ve got the chance to fly it when Jemp was there. He loved it! Now we got everything going! Yeah, we had some light air so I threw up all the sails to see what you could do Let’s look at how to operate the mizzen.
    That’s the outhaul, that’s the mizzen sheet and this is the furler And at the back you see the mizzen traveler Here I’m gonna show you how to take the mizzen
    out Pull it back in. Everything is done inside the cockpit, so you’re safe throughout the process Our sails are all made by Q sails and Q sails was the company I picked because Q sails only needed my hull number and they could make sales that fit perfectly Because I wanted just stock AMEL sails. I didn’t want anything special I’ve been so happy I picked Q sails to make our sails Now let’s talk about the main. The main sheet is on the mizzen mast, inside the cockpit You can tighten or loosen the main from the cockpit and it’s on electric winch Now let’s head out to the main mast. You can see the electric motor for the outhaul This is for the furler and here you can see the traveler sheet And you adjust the traveler from inside
    the cockpit. Yep, that is the main halyard right there Here’s the main outhaul. And here’s the main furler To take out the main first you have to be headed directly in to the wind. So with 2 buttons and inside the cockpit pull out the main So we’re taking out the main and Zivile looks very proud Now let’s look at the Genoa controls: the furler; the port winch and the starboard winch All right, you guys ready? Yep. All right,
    coming out O, oh! Stuck! OK, I’m gonna lock it in move over to my hand Just outside the cockpit you have the
    adjustment for the Genoa leads you can move them forward for downwind sailing or you move them back if you’re going up wind Aquarius has a very long track Long track longer track…. Hey where are you going? That’s it!

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

    January 14, 2020


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

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

    January 10, 2020


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

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

    January 5, 2020


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

    ⛵️From a Tiny Shipping Container House to an Abandoned sailboat!! #113
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    ⛵️From a Tiny Shipping Container House to an Abandoned sailboat!! #113

    January 3, 2020


    Take 17. That’s true. We’ve been trying to shoot this
    first sequence of today’s episode for so many times. This is the last episode of the year. We tried to write the perfect sentence to start the episode but we just can’t get it right. So, we’re gonna do a freestyle way, our way. So, what are we gonna do today? We are gonna shoot the last episode of the year and we are gonna do a rewind. Yeah, it’s actually the third Odd Life Crafting year rewind. But first we have one last thing we need to do before we get started. We need to introduce ourselves for the last time of the year. It might have someone new here, so they
    have no idea who we are. So it’s time to let you know who we are. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So, we’re gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life, and then we’re gonna go back and finish the house. New episode every Monday! This was an amazing year. That’s just hard to put in words how excited we are about the year we had. We tried to sit down and write a script about the year and it’s just impossible. We sat down for 3 hours and we had like random words and ideas and it’s just like a mess of informations that we just gave up. Yeah, we decided to choose one word to describe the whole year. What’s your word? My word is changes. And my word is unexpected. So, pretty much… If you put all together I think the sentence of the year for us is… unexpected changes. If you asked us 365
    days ago where we would be today we would definitely not say we would be
    sitting on our own dream sailboat and that we would be refitting our dream
    boat. It’s just something that we’ve been dreaming for so long that we actually planned that for next year, for 2020. And we are in 2019 and here we are. It’s just… yeah. But if we want to proper… properly tell this story we cannot start here because the year didn’t start here. We need to travel. 700 kilometres to tell this story. So, let’s go to our hometown. Florianópolis, 700
    kilometres south. After so long, we are finally here. Hey, Magoo. Keys. Kiss. Let’s see how it’s inside. We received some mail. That’s Christmas,
    Christmas coming earlier. What is this? Solar panels. What else? That’s the better part. You know… when you are a kid you have some wishes, you want that Noel… How is Papai Noel in English? Yeah, this guys. You want Santa Claus to bring you… You write Santa Claus a letter and then Santa Claus send you… Well, a few months ago we sent a letter to Santa Claus Xantrex. We told about… we talked about that before. The former owner of the boat
    had a charger/inverter for the battery system, that he liked it a lot. And we we were hoping it was working and it wasn’t actually working. So, we wrote Santa Claus from Xantrex in Canada and told them about that, about the equipment that the former owner liked it a lot. He talked so well about their equipment and we got a really really cool gift. Check this out. I think we’re gonna open it… We have some other things to record, but we’re gonna open this first, right? Wow, it’s a lot of things. Freedom remote. That’s really good. That’s an extra panel for the… to control the system. So, basically this we can install on the panel, so we can control the battery system on here. That’s because the unit is gonna be
    underneath the table, so it’s harder to reach. So, we have this also to help to control it.
    That’s pretty good. The small one. Charging controller. That’s the charging controller for the solar panels, that are these ones. Solar panels we’re not gonna open because we need to drive 700 kilometers back to the boat. And it’s safer to store them this way, so we’re just gonna leave as it is. Another small one. So, this is just some extra
    outlets. That’s good. So now we can have on the charting table, on the editing room. That’s the big thing. This is one unit that is the same time a charger for the batteries 80 Ampere charger. Plus a 2000 watts inverter. That’s the heart of the electricity of
    the boat. But before install this we have another
    thing to do. We cannot install the batteries back in place if we don’t finish the diesel tanks. We need to clean the rust and we need to paint the diesel tank in order to install the batteries back in place. And in order to
    install this back in place. So that’s a good thing because now we have something to push us and make us work faster and harder because we already have what we
    needed. By the way, Xantrex thanks so so much. This is gonna make a huge difference in our life, just in the way we’re gonna be what you go inside of the boat and turn on the lights, because now we have something to actually charge the batteries. Because if we have batteries but no way to charge… it doesn’t work. But today we need to do something else. We came here not for that actually, that was
    just a surprise, that we we ship all the equipment’s to here instead of the boat. We came here actually to shoot a new year’s video, a rewind video, right? Yeah. So, let’s start where we were in the beginning of this year. Where were we in the beginning of this year? So, here is where we started the year. See? Building some furniture. Actually
    the whole bedroom. This was the first piece of furniture we have ever built. So, for some people building yourself a bedroom like this… I don’t know if you can see it.But we can show you properly later. Or we can show you some images. But for some people building a furniture is just a way of saving money, right? You buy some materials and you build your own furniture. But for us it was a lot of
    knowledge that we earned, gained. Not earned, gained. Basically for us this bedroom means a lot more than just
    saving money. It actually means that we could do anything. This was a prove to
    ourselves that we could learn anything we want to learn and if we want we can
    achieve anything. If we could build this bedroom that means we could build the entire house, and that’s a huge huge transition point, like a turning point. Because once you believe in yourself you actually can do anything. And that that was a really really important moment. And actually it turned out
    better than we thought. What do you think? Do you like it? It’s a lot better than we thought. Check this out. Isn’t this cool? Let me show them. Look at this. Automatic. With brakes and everything. And it’s a lot of storage space. And we like the design, the colors. A lot of storage underneath. Now that we are talking about sailboats, this is just like a sailboat, you can take all the lids off the top you can store things
    underneath the entire bed. That’s really cool. And we also have some storage this way. This was like a first introduction carpentry. Or maybe cabinet… Woodworking. Like cabinet making. But it was a huge project because took us a long time to put all these parts together and to design it and… I think we spent 2 months building the entire bedroom. Yeah, it was like 2 months building the entire bedroom. We still didn’t finish the electrical part, we need to turn on this small lights there. You see… there is 2 small lights. We have the same problem here and on the boat, we don’t have lights. We also don’t
    have the outlets on the inside yet. So the outlet is there, ready to be
    installed but we didn’t run all the cables and didn’t finish it yet. But, check it out. This is automatic brake. Oh, babe. See? Slow brake. And we love the design of the opening here, that we can open like this way. Still, we have some way to go but that was a really really good project. We’re actually excited to be here in the house. It’s better than I remembered actually. Actually, it’s funny to stay away
    for a while. It seems like… we’ve been away for 6
    months and in 6 months we came here it only 2 times. And seems like we’ve been
    away for like 5 years. Because we’ve been doing so much things on the boat lately that it seems like the house was a long long long time ago. I think it’s the nautical time. Yeah, nautical time, that’s true. But after the bedroom what did we do? We discovered the boat actually. Yeah. And that’s when we
    start having a double life. That’s what some people never understood, because we
    never properly explained that. We actually bought the boat I think like almost 2 months before we told you guys that we bought the boat. We told the
    patrons a month earlier probably. Because they knew the transition a little bit
    before because we have… Yeah, it’s just a closer contact with them, because we do
    some extra videos for Patreons. But it was hard, it was tough to keep 2 lives
    separated and not telling everyone about our dream boat that we’ve just purchased. But yeah… it’s just hard because your attention is half here half there. And at the same time you cannot have half attention on building something because otherwise just won’t look good. So we had bought the boat but we needed to finish some projects on the house to keep all organized to came back months later. To be 100% honest the original plan for the boat was to
    buy the boat, actually we bought the boat, and the plan was: now we’re gonna bring the boat by land then we’re gonna eave the boat sitting on a piece of land here where we live and we’re gonna finish the house and then we’re gonna
    start working on the boat. That was the original plan since we bought the boat. But we researched about the price of doing this and the price was the same price as doing a lot of things on the boat. That was like 5 thousand dollars, US dollars. 20 thousand Reais, 20 thousand of our money. So, we changed plans again. In life sometimes you need to take the chance, you need to risk a little bit in order
    to gain something, I believe in that, that’s my way of thinking. Some people don’t agree, it’s fine. Each one think their own way. And this was like a transition point of the
    year, that’s why I think the year was represented by transition, by risk,
    by chance. It’s because we had something good going. We were building our own tiny
    shipping container house. We had a good following, people were watching the videos, we were making a little bit of money, it was enough to pay for the building
    of the house… We were stable, let’s put this way, right? It was fine it was a stable. But then the dream came back. And we had a opportunity and we were like: so what about if we closed the house for a few months and then we finished the boat and
    then we come back to the house? And the truth is… if you do something from
    the heart, if you do something real, if you really really do what you believe,
    the chance of working out is much higher, I believe. And we decide to take the chance and we close the door and we had one month, that was… remember? We had we
    had one month to get things packed here, to get things out of the way, so we could
    drive to Sao Paulo, 700 kilometres away and from there we would just come back
    when you finish the boat. So, before we went to the boat the idea was to get as close as possible to finish a bathroom. Yeah, this is a tricky project. Check this out. Of course we are not 100% done yet. That’s the wall of the bathroom, the future door. And then this is the coolest part, the
    shower cabin. This was a tough decision because usually people would just go to the store and buy a bathtub, right? That’s just the way it goes. But we wanna try to build one by ourselves with scrap pieces of the rest of the building. And we want to get to know if we could build the way we wanted. We wanted to build our own way, our own color, our own shape. It’s like square, it’s not round. You never find a square bathtub, it’s just… and on the right dimensions. Because the shipping container has the right dimensions to get the right size of the bathroom. We did our way. And we’re actually really really happy with the result. Check this out. We only need to install a glass wall here, the shower there of course, the fittings of the shower, a glass wall here, a glass door
    here. But even though it seems simple took us a long time to finish that. Our goal was to get walls and shower cabin done and pipes inside , because there is pipes inside already of the walls, before we could move to São Paulo. So, we left the house in a way that is not… structural-wise it’s pretty much done. We just need to build furniture and electrical and that’s it, right? And here we are. Refitting our dream sailboat for the past 6 months. We have friends already even. Check it out. Titela. In 6 months I learned how to
    communicate with Titela. You just cry like she cries and then she cries back. We learned to communicate with dogs in 6
    months. So we’re not that late. Pretty much we were supposed to stay
    here for 3 months. But there is a nautical time. Nautical time is… when we arrived in the boat yard someone told us about that, that’s basically one point…
    around 1.85 times times time. At first we thought is was a joke, we didn’t believe in that, we were like: no no three months is enough. And now we see that’s the reality. Actually our nautical time is more likely almost 3 times time. We’re like looking forward for like 8 months on the boat yard. Yeah, but we never know actually. Is this a bad thing? No, actually we have
    been learning a lot. It’s a good thing. Yeah, we take this as an opportunity to learn more things and an opportunity to get to know our boat even better. Because you never know in the future of course even though we are fixing everything the boats is gonna break. We will need to fix the boat, right? Yeah, and we never know where we are gonna be. So pretty much we are learning a lot about the boat and we are taking day by day. We’re just enjoying the journey.
    And when we say that sounds fake, but it’s not. Truly, we get like so excited
    with small steps. Like… we are looking forward now to install the hatches all in place and that’s a huge accomplishment for us. We are not even thinking about going to the water because otherwise we will just get too anxious and we won’t finish the boat. So, we are learning with our… I don’t know. I can’t think anymore. It’s hard to think with someone like just asking for some love. So, pretty much we’re gonna show you the best moments of the past 6 months. We’re gonna show you how the boat was when we arrived here and how the boat is right now. So, let’s start with how the boat was when we arrived here. It was like seriously abandoned. Outside it was like neglected. Some people don’t like when we say abandoned but it was abandoned. They didn’t wash the boat
    for 22 years, that’s abandoned for me. But some people say it’s neglected, so the
    boat was really really neglected like this. May/2019 Dec/2019 And here we are now. Excited. It was a long year, but an
    exciting one. We are really really proud of what we have achieved this year. Even though we’re late we did a lot. The boat looks so different and, I don’t know… We can’t wait for 2020 to see what New Year brings to us. We have no idea. It’s crazy. We gave up on
    trying to imagine the next year because it’s just too hard to get it right. Because things change all the time. So let’s talk about the New Year’s resolution. It’s hard to finish the video without
    New Year’s resolution. But first let’s talk about last Year’s New Year’s resolution. This year we had 3 goals. The first goal was to shoot and post one episode
    every single week, that means 52 episodes. So, this one: checked. Our second goal was to get really close
    to finish the house so we could start the sailboat project in 2020. As you can tell by now these we cannot check because we didn’t get any closer to finish the house from… I don’t know… June and on. But at the same time we got much closer to finish the sailboat that we were supposed to start only in 2020. Yeah, plans change. So, that’s it’s not a checked but it’s a really good not checker I guess. So, the third and last go for 2019 was something that we thought we would never reach. But it was a dream. We just want something to push us forward, so we dreamed with reaching 100,000 subscribers. In beginning of the year we had 32,000
    subscribers. That means we needed an extra 68 thousand subscribers in one year and there was something really really
    far away for us. But for our surprise we actually reached 150 thousand subscribers, that means 50% more. As soon as we turned from the house to the boat the channel started growing a lot. Yeah, that’s something amazing. We want to thank you, guys. All of this, all we are doing, the whole refitting project was something that was a dream. That we kind of had the money to do it but not in the way we wish we could. But with the channel growing that means that we are able to do everything we want. Everything we want to change we are changing everything we want to fix
    your fixing… And that’s only thanks to you, guys. Thanks to everyone that watched our videos, that share our videos, that likes our videos, that send us comments on the comment session giving us tips on how to do this, on how to do that; people that donate through PayPal; that buy t-shirts and mugs. That’s something that we thought we would never do: sell t-shirts and mugs. And these past months we actually sold a lot of t-shirts and mugs. That’s amazing. It’s really cool to think that someone in a completely different country has our t-shirt that actually I drew this back
    in Indonesia 3 years ago. That was hand draw. The beginning of the project. That was the beginning of everything. The beginning of the huge change and people now have t-shirts with our… It’s just… it still amazes us how many good people and how many… how do I… the word is… There is one word that describes that… generous. How many generous people have around that are willing to give some to help others to achieve their dream. And that’s what you guys are doing. Thanks to all our Patreons, you guys are just special. It’s just really cool to be able to create this small community
    around something that we love and finding other people that also love what we love. It’s just… if you let me I will keep just
    talking for maybe an hour because it’s just hard to express how thankful we are. Let’s talk about next year’s resolution though. Yeah, because there is always a next year resolution. But we gave up on that. I think it’s just too hard to predict what’s gonna happen next year. So, instead we can… We have something that we really know that is gonna happen. We know for sure. The boat is gonna go to the water. That’s… let’s put one
    resolution then: just go to the water. That’s a really really good achievement if we put the boat back on water after 22 years on the dry. That is I think the best New Years resolution. After this we are planning on start calling some Patreons to be on board with us. She’s good at goals, see? I set the goals last year and I din’t get any thing right. So, she’s gonna get it right this year. So, goal number one: we want to get the boat back in water. Goal number 2: we want to have at least one Patreon on board for week with us, when the boat is in
    the water. We can not guarantee it’s gonna be in 2 months from now, it might be 6 months from now, when we are able already to receive a guest on the boat. And we actually don’t know where we are gonna be. So, we need to plan it. Hopefully, by the end of 2020 we are gonna have at least one Patreon and one extra guest extra guest that the Patreon is gonna
    bring with to the boat to spend and to share moments with us. That’s a good,
    yeah… Other than that we are not expecting any amount of subscribers, we are really excited how we are. But of course you can still share our videos and you can still tell anyone that you think would love to see our content. And give us tips, always welcome. I mean like… some tips sometimes it’s
    not realistic for us. Yeah, we are in Brazil and we don’t have the products people have in other places. And the tax here… You can send tips that doesn’t mean
    that we are gonna be able to use every single tip. It’s hard to follow them. Other than that, any…? We talked about Patreons I think it’s about time to welcome our new Patreons. For the last time this year we’re gonna welcome aboard some new Patreons. So welcome on board Louise, Andreas, Terry, Submerge, Sergio. And we also want to thank the donations to our PayPal. Thanks a lot Richard, Carlos Alberto and Edwin. Thanks a lot, guys. We really really really appreciate your support. And I guess that’s it for 2019. It’s amazing how quick the year went by and we want to wish you a great 2020. So, have a great New Year’s and we see you guys next Monday. See you. Join the crew

    ⛵️We FINALLY painted our abandoned sailboat 🤩(after 22 years on the hard)!! #100 (painting part 2)
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    ⛵️We FINALLY painted our abandoned sailboat 🤩(after 22 years on the hard)!! #100 (painting part 2)

    January 2, 2020


    Are you guys ready to see the biggest
    transformation so far on this channel? Yeah, today we’re gonna transform
    this boat into a fresh brand new colorful boat. This is gonna be weird. We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long long time. By the way… if you’ve just arrived here, this is part 2 of this episode. So you can pause this video and go to part 1 and then you come back. On part 1 we paint the boat from how it was, abandoned like this, and now it looks like this. And really soon it’s gonna look like… it’s a surprise. So, let’s I started. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So, we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So we are gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life, and then we’re gonna go back and finish the house. New episode every Monday!! Exciting day today! What we’re gonna do today? Moving day. Basically we are waiting for them to put
    this boat down on the ground, so then… they can take our boat and
    take all the way back there, right there. Yeah, what’s there? Painting cabin. Yeah, we’re gonna take the boat to the painting cabin because here is too dusty to paint the final
    color of the boat. We still need to give another coat of primer, not… Like 3 coats of primer and then we can paint it with the final color. But we’re gonna do all that inside of the painting cabin. And that means that once we go in the
    only way out is gonna be with a brand new painted boat. That’s exciting. It’s scary, but we can’t wait to see the boat on the actual final color. So, today is THE day. What is the color? No… You’re gonna see it after we open up the curtains of the painting cabin. So, let’s get started. But first let’s lift the Centerboard To lift the centerboard we use the mast. But as we don’t have the mast we need to use the jack to do the final… lift. Now we can move the boat. So, this is our new location. Old spot Time to go to the new place now. I’m tired. It seems like a quick thing to move the boat around but actually it takes some time. And we have a lot of belonging. Yeah, after a while in the same place we start accumulating things underneath the boat. So, we need to put everything together, now move there and then next week we move to another spot. Actually, that’s gonna be our spot. Do you see the first gray boat? After there that’s where we’re gonna go. But it’s gonna take like a week. (probably more) And then we need to install the hatches and we have a lot to do. A lot to do, yeah. And from there we come back to the first spot we were ever. I’m anxious to go back to the first one, that was the best place. Next to the coffee shop, you know… It’s much better. Less noise… a lot less noise. Less dust. Less dust, a lot less dust. 2 parts of Epoxy Primer We think the old water line is a little
    bit lower than we need. So we are putting it a little bit up… like 8 centimeters. There is no way back now. Ready? There is a big hole here. I’m just gonna be like with a small spot of orange. Ginger. First coat Second coat Third coat Fourth coat Almost there. Not really. Actually we’re gonna stop after this coat. Because the weather is gonna change, so we knew that we need to stop at 1:30. And then we’re gonna wait
    for this weather to get better, like a week. And after a week we’re gonna sand this, fix a few spots and then we give another 3 or 4 coats of polyurethane. And then the varnishing and then we’re gonna be done. It takes a while. And then the deck. And then we need to paint the deck. That’s another, yeah… Just wait. Be patient, we’ll get there one day. Eventually. Fifth coat Yeah, that’s it. Yeah, that’s it, the rain came back. As usual it’s already raining a lot I don’t know if you can tell, but it’s raining. But at least this time we got to paint the boat before the rain, and we had like two good days to dry the boat. And the boat is already on the final color.
    I mean… we still didn’t 100% finish it, but you can tell how the boat is gonna look. Let’s check it out. What do you guys think? Isn’t that pretty? We have like 20 batteries to keep the color like that. Yeah, it’s like an LED color, right? No, not really. So, basically this have already 5 coats
    of PU, polyurethane. But on the bottom of that we have 2 coats of primer, epoxy primer then we have fairing compound and then another 3 coats of primer and then a little bit more fairing compound to fix some mistakes. And then 5 coats of polyurethane and then… Come on. Confusing. They are already sanding the boat. Again. The reason for that is something that we
    didn’t decide yet. The boat looks really good, you can see it here. But still there are a few small imperfections that maybe if we sand again and paint it again it’s gonna be better. Because this is 5 coats. We still have paint left so we are gonna give at least another 5 coats. But now we have one question that we cannot answer. We didn’t decide yet if in between these 5 coats and the next 5 coats if we are gonna apply an
    extra small amount a really thin faring compound, just to make sure it’s really
    really smooth. Or if we’re gonna just leave it like this and just spend another 5 coats of polyurethane, and then 5 coats of varnishing. Because once the boat is inside the water the water will reflects the waves and we cannot see the… We don’t know if it’s just something that we want to be too perfect or if it’s something that someone’s gonna see in the future. Maybe it’s like small defects that no one’s gonna actually see it. So I don’t… We don’t really know if it’s worth to apply another fairing compound layer and… We have until tomorrow to decide that. So, we’re gonna let you know. Yeah, by tomorrow we’re gonna decide it. And then if we decide not to use another layer of fairing compound we’re just gonna apply another 5 coats of polyurethane and then 5 coats of varnish. And the side of the boat is ready. I don’t know if you understood… let’s show how the… So, here is the toe rail and the tow rail is
    gonna be white and an extra 3 fingers, around… Like 4 centimeters it’s gonna
    be white. So that means that here is gonna be a white stripe. The same color as the deck. It’s not really really white, it’s more like a ice color. Just because this is a part of the boat that is easy to scratch, so if it’s white it’s easier for us to fix. Yeah, to repair. Because you can get a brush and fix. The orange with varnishing is not as easy to fix. The deck we didn’t paint with polyurethane yet. But, the good news is that we found the awl grip. That’s good. We have all the awl grip necessary now and that’s pretty good. That’s good news. Yeah, but I guess for this week its done, right? Because it’s raining and it’s gonna be raining for the entire week. So, we’ll need to wait for one week until
    we can go back to the painting job. Just… let’s welcome our new Patreons. That’s good, yeah. Welcome on board, Michael, Dimitri, Jacqueline, Michael, Carlo, Mike, Mark, Joe, George, Michael. And we also want to thank the donations through our PayPal. Thanks so much, Clive and Jonas. Guys, thanks so much we really really really appreciate the support. And for those of you who don’t know… this is a weekly series. We are refitting this boat that was staying on the hard for 22 years and we produce one episode every Monday. 10 o’clock in the morning, Brazilian
    time, every single week. But if you don’t want to do the math and check the time you can just subscribe and click on the little bell. So you’re gonna receive an email every
    time we post a new video. She’s smart, see? I’m not that smart. Yeah, but basically we are just on the mission to put her back on the water and that’s… We thought it would take 3 months it’s more likely 5 months. But, still… We’re, you know… enjoying every single week. That’s… We’re having a good progress. It’s hard but it’s fun and it’s gonna be amazing when we see her in the water. Because she’s been sitting here for way too long. She deserves to go back to the water. Yeah. But I guess we’re talking too much, as usual. I mean, I’m talking too much. So, we see you guys next Monday. Beautician time. Beautician. That’s it, it’s good. Can I? Yeah. Join the crew

    Savor the Last Sail | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 52
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    Savor the Last Sail | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 52

    December 26, 2019


    (funky guitar music) – [Kirk] Welcome back
    to Sailing Soulianis. Last time, we left the
    Keys and began our journey north to Port Charlotte,
    where we plan to put the boat on the hard for hurricane season. We highlighted a few projects
    we needed to get done while hauled out,
    including a new bottom job and a real Bimini for our cockpit. Come along with us on
    our last few days sailing before we haul out. – We’re leaving Fort
    Myers for the last time. On our way up to Cayo Costa
    today, and we’re gonna spend a couple nights there at anchor,
    and then we are scheduled for haul out on Wednesday
    at J&R in Port Charlotte. So… Kirk’s gettin’ confident. There’s no way we he
    would’ve sailed this channel the first time we came in. (ukulele music) ♪ I know it’s gettin’ hard ♪ ♪ There’s so much you’re holdin’ in ♪ ♪ And your heart is feeling fragile ♪ ♪ When the night is closing in ♪ ♪ Still I stand by what I said ♪ ♪ There’s no other place to start ♪ ♪ Than with your weary feet beneath you ♪ ♪ Climbing canyons in the dark ♪ ♪ You and I were followin’ the signs ♪ ♪ We found our sign ♪ ♪ They only were leading each of us ♪ ♪ To running high ♪ ♪ High ♪ ♪ High ♪ ♪ Ooo ♪ ♪ Again I’m standin’ at your door ♪ ♪ Have I always been naive ♪ ♪ Well, on second thought,
    don’t answer that ♪ ♪ I see it on my sleeve ♪ ♪ I’ve been lookin’ for a storm ♪ ♪ Someone is always blowin’ in ♪ ♪ And my heart is feeling fragile ♪ ♪ When the night is closing in ♪ ♪ Still I stand by what I said ♪ ♪ There’s no other place to start ♪ ♪ Than hearin’ each other breathin’ ♪ ♪ And climbing canyons in the dark ♪ – There’s a lot of wind now. What we at?
    – 10 knots, 4.1. – [Kirk] All right. – [Lauren] We finally got
    some wind in the last hour. – Now we’re movin’.
    – Now we’re movin’. This is one of our last
    sails for the season. We get hauled out three
    days from now, so… – So, we’ve been in the
    Boca Grande pass for like, the last three hours. – No, really?
    – I don’t know. – Like, an hour and a half. We’re going somewhere
    between zero and .8 knots. – We have a two knot head current. It was over two and a
    half a little while ago, and so we have eight knots
    of wind directly behind us, we’re sailing wing on wing, but sometimes we’re not moving forward. (Lauren chuckling) Sometimes we’re kinda just
    stopped, like right now. I mean, the water is
    rushing past our boat, there’s no doubt about that. We are just not rushing past anything. (slow music) (brush scrubbing) Trying to clean all our
    mold on our 37 foot sailboat with an inch long toothbrush. – [Lauren] Our headliner,
    it’s got this little bit of texture to it and so the
    only thing that actually gets in it is toothbrush bristles. (Lauren hmming) – [Kirk] What are you hmming? – I gotta cut these into two. We’re each gettin’ three and a half eggs. – Whoa.
    (Lauren laughing) That’s a lotta eggs. – Er, I’m sorry, we’re each
    getting one and a half eggs. – [Kirk] Oh, there you go. – You know, math. (easy guitar music) – [Kirk] Exactly over an
    oar, so that’s what I was wondering, because if there
    is more information like, if you do all this clearly,
    you need more than you can describe in a bullet. The other ones maybe not quite
    so much, but some of this stuff is just SEO or it’s
    just landing pages to capture long-tail searches, but it
    will then redirect them to the right path, which
    is ultimately the join now. That is a piece of
    content that we don’t want on the home page at all. (Lauren laughing) – Longest tack ever.
    – Yeah. (line sliding) ♪ 1.1 knots is fun ♪ ♪ But not as much as 1.2 ♪ ♪ The wind will carry you to 1.3 ♪ ♪ 1.4, we have some more ♪ ♪ Will we see 1.5? ♪ ♪ 1.6 knots, I fear I will ♪ ♪ Be no longer able to steer, I will ♪ ♪ For the speed will rip
    me right off of this boat ♪ (Lauren laughing) ♪ 1.7 ♪ ♪ You didn’t think I could sing louder ♪ ♪ You have not seen, my dear ♪ ♪ What happens when we hit 1.8 ♪ (Lauren laughing) ♪ The fish, they jump ♪ ♪ In support of our cause ♪ (Lauren laughing) ♪ As we cruise with a full genoa ♪ ♪ Yes, the name of that salami ♪ ♪ Oh my word, sail, do not do that ♪ – [Lauren] Hey look it,
    that guy’s going fast. – [Kirk] Fuck off. (Lauren laughing) (solo guitar music) – Yeah, we’re in seven feet of water like, right at high tide. – [Lauren] Wow. What are we going, what
    are we going through, love? – It’s a two foot high
    tide, so this would be pretty sketchy at low tide. We are going through the
    south Gulf Shore lock. – Which is a self-operating lock. That’ll be a first for us. ‘Sup, pelican? (Lauren gasps) – [Kirk] Yeah, don’t step on that. – Oh my gosh, think I
    just burned the bottom of my foot right off.
    – Probably over 150 degrees. – Hey guys. Pull and hold chain until lock cracks. – Yeah, I did, and then what? – [Machine] Opening bay gate. (lock clicking) – [Lauren] Oh. – Easy enough.
    – All right. – This is a tiny lock, man. – [Lauren] Yeah, ain’t no tow’s gonna fit through there, love. (boat engine running) – [Machine] Wait until
    gates are fully open before entering lock. – Wow, we got a whole party here. – [Machine] Enter lock
    and hold onto lines, as water level will rise. Do not tie your boat to the wall. – [Kirk] The second or third one in, I want you clip that on.
    – All right. (man talking) – Yeah. (easy guitar music) – Oh, he’s so little.
    – Yeah. – Awe.
    – Hey there, little guy. – [Lauren] Hi, buddy. – I wanna pet you.
    (Lauren laughing) – Oh, you’re so little. It’s our first crocodile sighting. Alligator?
    – Alligator. Freshwater alligator. – Prehistoric monster sighting. Oh! – Are you waiting for food? He’s totally waiting for food.
    – Oh, you want some treat? (solo guitar music) (electronic beeping) – [Kirk] That’s why we need to repaint. – [Lauren] Love, who
    would have let your boat get like that? – Yeah, that’s pretty terrible. (Lauren laughing) (metal scraping) (pressure washer blasting) And this is when the paddle
    wheel to our knot log was blown off. If you have one, make sure to
    remove it before hauling out or immediately afterwards
    if you don’t have a plug to replace it with in the water. At the very least, make sure
    the boatyard knows about it and keeps the power washer away from it. It’ll save you a couple
    hundred dollars and an afternoon’s worth of work. – We just got hauled
    out at Charlotte harbor. – What now? – What now?
    – What’d you say? – We just got hauled out at Charlotte harbor.
    – Oh. – And our boat bottom was looking pretty, pretty scuzzy, actually,
    scuzzy’s not even the right word. – Yeah, I think it’s beyond scuzzy. – Yeah. It’s full of barnacles, I… In Key West, I probably
    took care of maybe a fifth of all the crap that was actually on here. Just a quick rundown of
    the last like, 12 hours. – Okay. – You can just keep working. (Lauren gasping) – Jesus, yeah, see, that’s,
    I’ve done it a bunch of times. Yeah, be careful, walk lightly, you don’t wanna cut yourself, ’cause that’s all like, a bunch of chemicals. – Ow, god. – Just tiptoe. – (laughs) This is my second
    time stepping in the well full of paint and barnacles
    and who knows what else. Ugh. (upbeat music) ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ Oh baby, yeah ♪ ♪ Shock enter mind ♪ ♪ You see baby, the love we shared ♪ ♪ Once before ♪ ♪ Is now a crime ♪ – [Kirk] Oh, ’cause it leans way over? ♪ Oh baby, yeah ♪ ♪ Yes, you ♪ ♪ Well, well ♪ ♪ Yeah, you ♪ (birds calling) Hey, love birds. I’m gonna scare you away from
    trying to make a nest here. This has been the first
    full day on the hard so far, and in less than 12 hours,
    we’ve broken down and bought an air conditioner. (laughs) Because it was brutal. We had one that came with the
    boat, but it is in Illinois at one of our rental properties,
    and we are in Florida, so that’s not very helpful at all. But, you do what you gotta
    do to stay productive, and tomorrow we’ve got a lot of work to do to get this boat ready to take off. – Hey love.
    – Yeah? – [Lauren] You wanna see
    the most beautiful sight? – [Kirk] What’s that? (air conditioner whirring) There she is. – Ohh.
    – That glorious thing. (Lauren laughing) – Yeah, that’s pretty, that’s pretty, that’s pretty, this is beautiful. (upbeat music) We have a hard deadline to
    get back up to the Midwest. – [Kirk] We have a new mast. Come check out my “Entrapment” scenario.

    ⛵️Is it time to go to the water? ??‍♀️??‍♂️#112
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    ⛵️Is it time to go to the water? ??‍♀️??‍♂️#112

    December 25, 2019


    It’s finally time for some unwrapping. Yeah, we’ve been waiting for a long time to unwrap all the rails and everything. Because we want to see how the deck looks as done, as new. We don’t remember
    the deck without the yellow and black… It’s been a long time. So, we’re gonna do a time-lapse and then we show… we’re gonna show you the result, right? Yeah. Let’s get it. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (thank you!!) So, we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But, guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So, we’re gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life, and then we’re gonna go back and finish the house. New episode every Monday!! Proud of yourself? Look at the sound. I mean, listen to the sound. But, we still need to put this. Do you know how to do this with blind
    eyes? We have done it so many times now. Wow. I think it’s good. So, tomorrow we are gonna finish taking
    the tapes out of the deck. Because the generator is loud today. Yeah. This noise is because… 5 or 6? 5 and half. I think 5 or 6 o’clock the marina stops using the energy from the city and starts the energy from the diesel
    generator. Because the energy is really expensive for like half an hour or one hour. So, it’s always really loud here. So, it’s hard to shoot. So, we see you guys tomorrow. See you tomorrow. It’s about time to close the ceiling and for this we need to… Hello. … assemble this winch. Back in place. Because the screws of it are here. So, we need to close this now. Let’s do it. Now it’s time to close the ceiling! First let’s put the last one. Okay, okay. I’m anxious to have the ceiling all closed. It’s time to install this one that’s in our cabin. We already did that one. And now the
    mess is gonna be here. Are you ready for the mess? The holes on the winch are like this, this and this. And I think these ones were made for other kind of winch. Yeah, I don’t know that was just a
    mistake. They don’t… We don’t need this hole. Do you wanna put the second? The third one? Number 3? You need to put it in place and I’ll go down . Just hold it with both fingers. It’s tough because she need to be inside and we need to communicate through the hatch. And we gave numbers to it screws to make sure we know what we are talking about the same thing. I guess it’s a smart idea. Yeah, there is one screw that’s a tricky
    spot, really tight spot that she’s trying to screw down. Let’s check inside. Come with me. Number 1. Wait. Go. Good. I think it’s good. Yey. We managed to do this. So, it’s really hard to take this off because some screws are impossible to take off. There is no head here. And we would need to take all these and there is… there are 2 screws here that there is no head. They don’t have any head anymore. So, I’m trying to do this and… I’m not trying, we managed to do this. It’s really cool. Now we can close the ceiling of the cabin. We’re already doing this, we are putting
    these little things here to do the acrylic and to install the hatches. I can’t wait to see the hatches in place. Now it’s time for the finishings. You are managing to do this? I think you are getting better than me at this task. That’s how Duca “smiles” when he is concentrated. That’s it. Now all we need to do is to cover the roof, the ceiling. Ceiling panel it is. It’s so cool how this slowly is
    getting in shape and looking like an actual sailboat back. Isn’t it? I mean… We don’t have the hatches yet. We have portlights though. Check them out. We are getting closer to finishing the deck. And we have all 4 winches in place. Anything you wanna share about this
    winch? We have news about this one. Remember that when we assemble this one we broke, we… Me broke the spacer? So, the first time we installed this in place the spacer, the plastic spacer was broken and we said that we would fix that. So, we disassemble this, we clean all the exceeded grease. The grease that was in excess. And we built some new spacers with Teflon. But this time it’s a much stronger one. Brand new. Teflon, better. Expensive, but really
    good. Teflon is so expensive, we had no idea. Teflon cost like $50.00 for a 30 centimeters by 30 centimeters plate by 4 millimeters thick. But, this spacer is gonna last longer than us now. Yeah, I hope it last forever. But I think that’s it for this week, right? No, we have other news. Which news? So, let’s go to another place. Can you see any difference? Check this out. I don’t know if you noticed, but we have a fresh bottom now. Isn’t that good? This didn’t look always like that, it was a lot of work. So, we’re gonna show you how
    we got to this point. Check it out. 5 months ago. Paint stripper Intershield 300 + Epoxy Primer Wet sanding Intertuf Vinyl – primer/sealant So, is this the final paint of the bottom? No, not yet. This is not the antifouling paint, this is just the primer to hold the antifouling paint. So, are we gonna paint now the antifouling? Are we gonna go to the water now? Not now, in the future. I think it’s next year. It’s like next month, we’re in December already. The reason why we painted the already is because as we did like a huge pack with the company that painted our boat we wanted to get things
    out of the way. So, as it is right now they just need to give a light sand and apply the antifouling and it can go to the water. But you can only do that right
    before you go to the water. And as we have still a lot of things to solve on the boat before we go to the water… We are not gonna paint it yet. So, what is the problem of painting it before we go to the water? What is the problem of being outside? Because the paint lose its effect, it
    won’t work anymore if it stays out of the water. So what do we have to do still
    before we go to the water? We still need to… we still have a lot to do. We still need to clean the drains. They are starting this job but we bought a paint that is really hard. It’s another history, we can tell you in the future. But basically right now we don’t have any of the valves installed. We took off a hundred percent of the valves of the boat, that means that if we go to the water today we sink the boat. Not sink because the valves are really high. But still… we can’t go to the water right now. We bought already the new valves but they are producing them. The… It’s complicated. Another history. So, we need to paint the drains,
    we need to paint the diesel tank… Still we didn’t paint it yet. Good news on this part. We have… really soon we’re gonna have good news on
    this part. And we need to install the hatch…. Some other stuff. But for now at least the boat so pretty. It seems like we are ready to go to the water. This gives us energy to keep going because it just… It feels like we’re ready and
    that’s good already. So, enough for this week. Let’s welcome on board our new Patreons. So, welcome on board Kevin, Richard, Blake, James, Xavier. And we also wants to thank the donation through our PayPal. Thanks so much Mark and Olivia. Thanks so
    much, guys. We really really really appreciate the support. And we see you guys next week. We see you guys next Monday. Join the crew

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    ⛵️How NOT to grease a sailboat’s winch (We are selling our MAST!! ) #107

    December 24, 2019


    This week we’re gonna show how we’re giving maintenance to our winches. It’s like playing a huge dirty puzzle. So, let’s get started. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But, guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So, we’re gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life, and then we’re gonna go back and finish the house. New episode every Monday!! So, what is the plan? Well, we have great news. We bought a new mast! That’s exciting. But now we need to take this winches off. The new mast is not ready yet. We ordered a new mast that’s gonna take like 45 days to be done, but we want to start trying to sell this old mast. So, we want to take off the winches that is the only thing pretty much we are gonna use of this mast. Easy. You need to film that perfectly otherwise we cannot put that back together. We need to learn with our own video. It’s our first time opening a winch. You know what that means, right? We have one left. And of course the last one is gonna be the tricker one. Good news. It’s pretty good. That means the first
    one is off without any trouble. Exciting day. We still have 3 more to go and one is
    upside down so… We either need to turn this mast around, that’s gonna be too
    much for us 2. I think it’s not an option. Let’s see if it’s heavy. No way. Impossible. No. Dangerous. No, we’re gonna do it upside down. So, after 22 years this is the condition of the winch. After opening the whole system and cleaning it… we’re gonna close it now just so we don’t lose the parts. We’re gonna leave it close. But… there is still water inside. That’s it. We did it. I mean… we didn’t do it. We took
    off the winches. We still need to clean and give maintenance and grease and the whole thing. But at least we managed to take out them 4 and now we have around 8 winches to give maintenance to. By the way, one of those the small ones… no, this smaller one we’re not gonna use. So if you’re interested on buying a used winch… Because we’re gonna have only 3 not
    4 on the new mast. So this one after cleaning and greasing can be yours. Let us know, you can send us an email. *it’s a joke, it will be a gift to a friend. Now we need to clean them all and we need to clean the mast to prepare to sell this. Yes, it’s deserved some love. Let’s start with the big cockpit winches We need a picture of this, just make sure
    we know how to put it back together. The spacer broke I don’t know how we’re gonna put
    this together but we’re gonna find a way. Next step: clean the whole thing. This mess. Using? Kerosene. It’s a lot of pieces. So, we need to clean all this and then somehow we need to figure out how to put it back together. The good thing is we have this one that we can copy. Kerosene + sand paper + wire brush + stainless steel cleaner It’s about time to… The weather is tough today. It’s about time to assemble the winch. Yeah, the good thing is that we have this old one, I mean they’re both old but we have this one that we didn’t disassemble yet, because we need to know how to put all this together. So now we’re gonna open this one and use as a sample as an example so we can see where each piece goes and then we assemble this one and then we can disassemble this one. It’s always good to have to this make sure we know what to do. I think it’s a good plan. So, we are trying to do the same as this
    part. This was when Duca started doing things wrong. We’re not trying, we are gonna do this. Way too much grease And there is an easier way to apply grease Here we should have used oil instead of grease But we can talk about it later That’s pretty cool. And now the final moment. Not final, but that’s a good moment. Getting there. Moment of truth. Are you guys ready? You put the bottom first. Don’t say that. That was a joke. I have one last piece that I don’t even know if we needed to take it off but… Yes, we did need. That is gonna be hard to take it again to do the new pieces. This one is easier than the other. Time for the truth. Now we can do a proper comparison. We truly didn’t turn this yet. This is the old one, it’s turning but hard. Wow! That’s much much better. Nice job. Even with the broken part. The only thing we need to do is to exchange that broken part and we’ll need to open up all over again. We could not leave all apart, so we needed to do it. Time to try it in place It’s heavy. It’s not an easy job, babe. No. Just a joke. It’s not right. Now it’s gonna work. It’s perfect. It’s working. It’s really really good. I think we’ve never had a winch this well. We’re talking today that we had a
    sailboat for 5 years, the 26 foot and we’ve never done this on the other boat. And it’s easy actually. It would be really good actually, because it works much better than our old one. That’s pretty cool. We still have some of them to do. This week is gonna be raining so we have a lot of time to do this. As we don’t have much to do with rain. Yeah, we thought we were gonna do all
    eight in one weekend. But today is already Sunday late. So we need to start editing
    this episode. That means we won’t finish all the winches on time. But we can do
    that later. You got the point, that’s basically how it works. Most of them are always something similar to that. I believe we over greased this one. We put a little bit too much grease. I over greased. She said it was too much and I was always unsure if it was enough. As usual. But, as we are gonna open this one again to change this small spacer we can take some of the grease off. And for the next ones we are gonna get a little bit less grease. *and we will show a better way of applying grease So, that’s it for this weekend. And we need to welcome on board our new patrons. So, welcome on board Dave, Terry, CatSailTale, Kathleen, James, William, James, Sven, Scott, Tom, Ducan, like Duca, and Charlie. And we also want to thank the donations trough our PayPal. Thanks a lot, Janet and Paul. So, I guess we see you guys next week. We see you guys next Monday. Join the crew

    Scuba Diving In Ponza, Italy and Exploring Pompeii Ruins
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    Scuba Diving In Ponza, Italy and Exploring Pompeii Ruins

    December 20, 2019


    The Romans were immature. Coming from Rome, we motored the short 39 nautical miles to the site of an extinct volcano where a portion of the caldera rim juts from the sea creating the island known as Ponza. The island being inhabited since the Neolithic, the town of Ponza and it’s economy are largely dependent on tourism, boat building and repair as well as fishing. We’re in Ponza, Italy! We’re going scuba diving for Dylan’s Birthday! And I can’t go because I’m not certified, but that’s fine! With a single day in the area, Jackson explores on foot while Tara and I board the dive boat where all of our gear has already been prepared. We head to the Isola Zannone accessible only by boat. It is part of the Circeo National Park and we are here to see what the life is like under the surface. We begin our descent and even though we were warned beforehand that the marine life had decreased in the area, we were shocked at the seemingly baren seascape. We go deeper to get a close look at the coral and rocks and we come across a few creatures like this red starfish and the congeal hiding in the rocks. After a closer look, we were able to see that there are many small fish, but the biggest fish we could find was this rainbow raz. During our safety stop while we waited for our bodies to expel any nitrogen that was forced into our blood, I found it fascinating to observe how the anchor held the boat to the rocks and it helped me gain perspective on how different reality is in the water. I went down to just over 22 meters *which is illegal since I’m not certified for that* I’m only certified for 18 meters, went down to like 22 meters. Before we went in our dive master was like, “yeah, there’s not a whole lot of sea life in the Mediterranean”, cause it’s been over fished, but there’s a lot of small fish. They were saying there’s a lot of octopus, but we didn’t see any. It was good! I lost a fin to start and had to get that put back on to my foot, but that was fine and yeah it was awesome to look out past the wall into the abyss. Even though it was disheartening to experience the lack of marine life, it was exhilarating to be back breathing underwater. We suited back up for our second dive, where, while we were swimming through this small trench we were surprised with a bottle of champagne and a sign saying Happy Birthday! *singing Happy Birthday* This is a typical Italian cake. *laughter* What do you think is in it? I don’t remember what it’s called. Thrilled we headed back to our anchorage where we watched the lunar eclipse. Upon waking as the wind was just beginning to stir I climbed up the fore stay and was able to untangle the Genoa. After a couple of weeks of carrying our sail of shame, we lowered and stored the sail. We hit the water with a casual cruise to Pompeii for a quick peak at the volcano encased town. Pompeii! In the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. was buried very rapidly under giant quantities of ash simultaneously destroying and preserving what was once a lively town of near 20,000 humans. Upon entering from the east, you first come across a glass building full of what look to be stone encapsulated humans. The ferocity with which the town was hit gave the people of Pompeii little to no time to escape. The death raining from above. This was the first of many reminders that Pompeii was filled with humans no different than the ones walking on earth today. Walking through the surprisingly robust town, we saw food that had been prepared some two thousand years ago. Games and artwork that I imagine at the time were commonplace, but now they are gems and portals to a different time that are held in the might of all with a sense of sacredness. Almost a peculiar nostalgia for a time we can seemingly remember. Even the brothel, which today would be looked down on is treated with a sense of reverence similar to that of a cathedral. A very odd place to behold. We meandered to the edge of town and came across what I assume to be plaster replicas of excavated material. Back in modern civilization on the train we all pondered the mysterious town entombed by Vesuvius. And while we were standing there this lady runs over and goes, “Theo mio a Cannoli!” And so, of course we go over and we have THE BEST Cannoli that these North Americans have ever tasted. Thanks for watching! Subscribe and share this video with a friend that you think would enjoy it. Go out there and explore something and come back and let me know how it was for ya. Have a great week. That’s the one that killed Pompeii. Ciao!