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    Security on Sailboats – Sailboat Burglar Alarms DIY (Theft Defense) Patrick Childress Sailing #10
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    Security on Sailboats – Sailboat Burglar Alarms DIY (Theft Defense) Patrick Childress Sailing #10

    August 18, 2019


    years ago we had just dropped anchor in
    the capital of a coral atoll we were there to leave our sailboat Brickhouse
    for two months while we came back to the US the problem is we had just heard that
    eight other boats cruising boats had recently been broken into so what to do
    we had to set up deterrence one thing that we do on a daily basis anyway is to
    leave sandals on the side deck that always makes it look like somebody’s at
    home and if something decided to take these sandals they can have them that’s
    a donation the other thing is to hang laundry up as though it’s drying the
    third thing that we did was to leave a bright LED light burning inside the
    cabin as though somebody’s home it would be burning all 24 hours a day but those
    lights use as much energy is probably the ship’s cat Lily right Lily hey hey
    wake up the fourth thing that we did the fourth thing that we did was turn let’s
    turn on the stereo oh hey quick bite my foot we turned it on to the local
    station and turn the volume way up so you could hear it well off of the boat I
    mean doesn’t everybody turn their stereo off and they leave the boat so at least
    it made it sound like somebody was at home on the stern arch we have a
    360-degree anchor light and when we left to return to the US we had removed the
    cockpit awning so that this light not only spread across the boat but also
    into the cockpit along with this photosensitive light actually
    unfortunately these aren’t available anymore the company went out of business
    light underneath the shines down into the cockpit so at night the boat was
    well illuminated we left this anchor light on and the one at the top of the
    mast they use such little energy that the
    solar panels had no problem at all keeping up with the energy demands of
    these anchor lights and the stereo running 24 hours a day so when we went
    away we took off our heavy locks and put on these little luggage locks other
    boats that were broken into were pry bar depart they destroyed the forward
    hatches lifting them up so that the dogs were broken and so we figured if
    somebody’s gonna break into this boat I want to slow them down but I don’t want
    them tearing the boat apart so we’ve just put on these little luggage locks
    not only on the main hatch but on the two cockpit lockers fortunately we never
    had a problem they never got that far to start breaking in they figured that they
    were going to just lift up the dinging these people were experienced they’d
    broken into at least eight boats they could lift up the dinghy and they knew
    the hatch underneath would be open for ventilation and that’s what stopped them that even hurts my ears
    but I’m just finishing up the installation of this alarm I’ll mount it
    up here somehow and put an awning over it to help keep the water off this is
    replacing this alarm which was mounted higher up just below the radar dome and
    that alarm saved us they kept burglars off of our boat scared the heck out of
    me but this is the material just some Sunbrella that I just draped over it I
    think you know it doesn’t look factory finished and that’s for the better it’s
    nice and camouflaged it’ll help to shed the water away from the horn even though
    that horn is supposed to be waterproof they never last that long so we’re good
    to go on that one this is the mousetrap that protected
    brick house from the biggest rats the thieves that were trying to break into
    our boat you can see here there is an electric line attached to the wood part
    of the trap and another connecting line which is soldered to the wire frame when
    that trap is tripped it closes makes the connection and sounds off the alarm we
    had three of these one was in the Ford peak and the trip line right here was
    attached to the hatch in case that was opened we had another one set in the
    main saloon and the trip line would go up through the main hatch and attach to
    the handle of the dinghy which was turned upside down and stowed there then
    we had this one in the aft just sitting on the companionway steps and this line
    went up and attached to a screw in the upper slat so somebody pulled it would
    set off the trap me alarm would go off the alarm was so loud and woke up the
    whole Anchorage the waterfront and another a mooring area about a mile
    north all of those boats heard it 20 of the thieves jumped in the water our
    cruising friends jumped in their dinghy at 2:30 in the morning and the guys
    disappeared but in any case our boat was saved this is our latest burglar alarm
    this is a hundred and ten decibel alarm it’s powered by a 9-volt battery that
    sits in this case here it’s very effective very loud this is the trip
    mechanism pull that makes the contact of those two screws and it’ll scare the
    heck out of any thief I’ll set this up in the top of the Coach roof hook this
    in somewhere put a rag over it this stretches across to the lifeline or any
    place else that a thief might go when he passes through it sounds such a big
    alarm it’ll scare the sandals off of them too often when you go to a store to
    buy some kind of burglar alarm those things aren’t any louder than a
    frightened canary these are effective one problem is soldering these wires
    onto the top of that screw it’s very difficult I end up melting half the time
    the whole clothes pin assembly and I have to start all over again a better
    way is to just go ahead and put your screws in make them adjust long enough
    so you can put a nut on the top put ring terminals on the end of your wires and
    you’re done except for of course all of the hot gluing of the rest of the parts
    well hopefully some of these idea will help to protect your own boat while
    you’re out cruising if so please give us a thumbs up and a subscribe and we hope
    to see you soon

    “Canal Boating For Beginners” – A Narrowboat Film
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    “Canal Boating For Beginners” – A Narrowboat Film

    August 16, 2019


    My first Closed Captions.
    Any feedback? 🙂 [Sound of laptop lid closing] Ah, good day I’m Kevin Shelley, though some of you may also know
    me as Country House Gent. Just recently, I paid a visit to a local
    charity shop and there, hiding in a dark dusty corner,
    I found an old reel of cine film. Naturally I was curious as to what this contained, so after much time and expense, I had
    it transferred to digital. Imagine my surprise and delight then,
    upon realising that I’d actually uncovered a lost and previously forgotten piece of archive
    footage, called “Canal Boating For Beginners”. So why not pull up a chair, pour
    yourself a drink, kick back and enjoy this rare glimpse into canal life,
    in the 1920’s. [Old film hiss and noise] [Countdown beeps] [Music – Old style Big Band Jazz] [Music – Old style Orchestra]
    [Narration – Posh army major] This is a canal, winding it’s way through
    England’s green and pleasant land beautiful isn’t it? And this is canal boating, a pleasurable activity, enjoyed by many fine and upstanding
    members of polite society. [Music end] [Music – dreary and downbeat] Unfortunately, the canals also attract
    the less desirable sorts, of the type that like to indulge in
    depraved and sordid acts within the privacy of their
    own squalid homes. [Music end] [Old film hiss} Here comes one now. A jaunty fellow isn’t he? But don’t allow that jolly exterior
    to fool you for a moment, because underneath hides a horrid
    and despicable disability – being left-handed. So you’ve bought your first
    shiny new narrowboat? Though judging by your sort, it’s
    probably not so new and shiny !! Still, you love her all the same.
    And so you should, she’s a beauty !!! Now I suppose you’ll be wanting
    to know the correct procedure, when taking one’s first
    tentative steps, along England’s inland waterways? “Cor blimey guvner, you’re right
    and all and a plate of jellied eels to yer. I suppose I is wondering what to do
    before taking my first tintuitive steps along England’s
    green and pleasant waterways.” Well before we do anything else, firstly we have to ensure that one has
    appraised oneself of the correct attire. Very good, a sturdy pair of
    work boots. And a rugged pair of trousers. Ah that’s good to see. Clearly one
    has been doing one’s homework. A warm insulated shirt. Ah, but what’s this? Oh dear.
    It’s a Captain’s hat isn’t it? Nothing is more guaranteed to
    strike the fear of God into other canal users, as it simply
    implies that the wearer hasn’t the first clue as to
    what he’s doing !! Throw it away. Yes, that’s better. Invariably, the enthusiastic canal
    enthusiast, prefers the simple warmth and protection, of a
    flat cap. Typically worn at a curious, yet
    amusing angle. Now with that formality out of
    the way, and after ensuring that the fire is well stoked
    and that the engine has built up a good head
    of steam, we begin by untying the ropes. This
    is known in nautical terms as untying the ropes – remembering
    to keep ahold of the rope at all times when ashore. Now make your way to the sharp end. This is known, as the bow. Steady now !! After pushing orf, now you’re
    ready to step aboard. Once succesfully aboard, we can
    at last get under way. To do so, simply open the
    regulator and engage the transmission. [Music – Old style orchestra] And congratulations, we’re moving
    at last. Now you can relax. Enjoy the
    scenery. Beautiful isn’t it? [Music – End] But wait. What’s this ?1? [Music – Dramatic piano] Another craft is heading towards you, in a dangerous life threatening
    collision. Don’t panic. In the British Isles, we pass
    approaching craft, on the right. So move the craft gently
    over to the right. That’s it, nice and steady. And congratulations.
    [Music – Happy orchestra] You’ve successfuly managed to
    avert your first major disaster. Now you can relax a tad and continue
    to enjoy the splendid scenery. [Music end] [Announcer]
    We apologise profusely for interrupting your regular
    scheduled programming. However, we now bring to you,
    a series of educational yet informative, product
    placements. A segment one shall simply
    be referring to as Advertisement Break. [Voice Over]
    This canal boater’s having a restless night. This canal boater however
    is sleeping soundly. That’s because he drinks Glenloch Whiskey !! Sleep soundly, drink
    Glenloch Whiskey. [Voice Over]
    This man is over 25, yet somehow he manages to
    stay looking young and healthy. So what’s his secret ? Naturally he excercises regularly. And of course he consumes
    nutritious and delicious meals. But that’s not it. Ah, good man. Stay young, stay healthy. Smoke Smedleys Low Tar
    Cigarettes. [Voice Over]
    Informative ! Entertaining. Distracting. Relaxing. Towpath Talk, thoroughly absorbing ! [Announcer] Now we return to your
    regular scheduled programming. [Music – Old style orchestra] Now you’re starting to get the hang
    of it and beginning to look the part. But wait, what’s this !?! [Music – Dramatic piano] Another canal user has
    moored up for the evening at the side of the canal. So what are you going to do? Close the regulator and approach dead-slow.
    [Music end] Thus ensuring that the fine and
    upstanding occupants, won’t be disturbed.
    [Old style orchestra] Now the cheery fellows,are
    free to continue enjoying their afternoon tea. And congratulations, you’ve
    succesfully managaged not to annoy other canal users. One now imagines that after
    all that excitement, one feels a trifle exhausted?
    [Music end] And now is the best time to begin
    looking for a suitable mooring. Yes, this spot looks good. Slowdown the vessel and approach
    the side of the mooring at a crawl. Once ashore, the canal enthusiast
    is presented with a bewildering array of mooring options. In order to choose the correct one,
    firstly one should examine the edge of the canal. In this case, we’re presented with
    a sturdy metal barrier. Now we’re able to choose the
    correct mooring option. No you imbecile !! Yes, that’s it. The chain. Yeeeesssss. Simply feed the smaller of the 2 rings
    behind the barrier and then feed the small ring
    through the large ring and pull tight. Now feed the rope through
    the smaller of the two rings. Now pull the rope through. And then simply step aboard
    and tie orf. This is known as tying orf. Tidy now !! [Music – Old time Jazz]
    And congratulations, you’ve succesfully managed
    to cover a mile of England’s Inland Waterways. Now you’re free to retire for
    the evening and indulge in whatever depraved and sordid
    acts your sort like to enjoy within the privacy of your own
    squalid homes. “Well stone me cockles guvner
    and bless me apples and pairs, you’re a right good sort, and a plate
    of jellied eels to yer. I’m now off to enjoy whatever
    depraved and sordid acts, my type, such as myself, like
    to enjoy, within the privacy of our own squalid homes.” In future, before setting orf down
    England’s Inland Waterways, remember this simple phrase, “MOSDMU” Move Over. Slow Down. Moor Up. [Music – playing out with old
    style jazz piano, horn, clarinet] [Music end] [Old film – hiss and noise] Well that was an excellent find
    wasn’t it? And if you enjoyed watching,
    half as much as I did, then I enjoyed watching it,
    twice as much as you. Cheers for now and
    Merry Christmas everybody.

    Episode #47  Sailboat Survey!
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    Episode #47 Sailboat Survey!

    August 15, 2019


    What we wanna do is look at shaft targeting
    right here and i’m looking at where the shaft is coming out of the shaft log im doing two
    things here i wanna first of all make sure my shaft isnt bent so im taking this high
    tech piece of instrument here and im gonna put it right against there im gonna spin this
    im gonna spin the prop to make sure its catching all the way around properly alright so the
    targeting looks pretty good im not laying on the bottom here i got room under the bottom
    here and on room on the side now lets look at the cutlass bearing cause thats gonna tell
    us alot we’re gonna check for play and there’s no play so we wanna try take a look here im
    looking for the wear on the cutlass bearing see how its wearing thats that rubber bearing
    in there thats a hard one there okay yeah its pretty far back yeah it is if we can see
    here the wear is down here on the side there’s more uneven wear on this side right here and
    more rubber on the top up here which would indicate the engine alignment is off the other
    thing i like to point out is the distance between the prop and the strut should equal
    the width of the shaft so a 1 inch shaft i should have at least a 1 inch between here
    and there and thats no more for the cavitation or the lubrication of the cutlass bearing
    just put another shaft on the shaft is as old as the boat is and it’s not right this
    should be back more and it’ll help the cavitation between between here and here clearing distance
    between here and there. this is back just a wee bit more…
    so we have uneven wear on this cutlass bearing so we might wanna look at replacing and the
    other thing i like to do is to come up with is the size of the prop because for every
    1 degree of pitch its 200 rpm’s on you prop the prop is like a gear they’ll put a cross
    a line through it showing that its been re-pitched but im gonna go with 15 X 12 right hand. two
    blade prop and it does spin out proper. the bottom has a barrier coat this looks like
    Aerolux 2000 right here. see this? this is what i’m telling you to feather take a palm
    sander and feather this out and just touch it up. what I am seeing here is blistering.
    see this? oh yeah, i can see it now. so that is either the epoxy or somebody didnt do a
    good job at doing this so what we’re gonna do is see exactly what we have here. by scraping
    it off. see this right here? they gray? well the gray is the epoxy this is is this is what
    we call gel-coat blisters. its cosmetic in nature.are you saying its this layer blistering?
    It’s underneath that. leads me to believe that whoever did this the hull wasnt dry when
    they did this. and the blisters underneath the gelcoat start pounding towards the outside
    and outside of the drum the pitch gets higher so your gonna hear alot of differences in
    pitch right here but what i dont wanna hear is a dull thud. hear how that rings back?
    now in all fairness i would kind of expect to see just that. you have a stainless steel
    shaft comes through this composite which is fiberglass one of the pressure points on a
    boat is the rudder because when the boat is sailing the rudder is under pressure being
    pushed down in the water back and forth much like the keel so it tends to take a beating
    and so what your doing is your wearing this area right here which allows water to seep
    down inside here then what happens when the boat is out of the water and there’s water
    in here it freezes and expands sounds pretty solid and i just wanna check it for ‘play’
    and i cant move it at all so doesnt seem to be any play now i cant really do a good moisture
    test on it cause this is what we call a ‘quick haul’ but i can set my moisture meter back
    it drys off and get an idea im gonna tell ya more like you gotta sand blast this off
    and start over. really? well you dont wanna look at those blisters. right. its going to
    eventually eat into the hull? it could? well gelcoat blisters go into hull blisters gel
    coat blisters are cosmetic in nature not a problem. but when they become hull blisters
    its a big problem. because it goes into the laminate wicks and expands. so then what you
    have to do is when i have a hull blister lets say its about the size of this here i have
    to grind out about this much of the hull in order to fix it. right. because it like a
    i dont wanna say candle it’s like a oil lamp where oil goes up into the wick? well water
    wicks into the woven rove of fiberglass so it goes in there . so how do you know its
    just cosmetic cause you can just tell by? the size of the blisters we have gel-coat
    blisters ther’re not hull blisters they would definitely appear to be gelcoat blisiters.
    and when would you recommend the latest to have that sandblasted for us? i dont have
    a science of for that i cant alls i can do is tell you better sooner than later? like
    this season? its not gonna sink for it. right. you know what i’d put it on my list of things
    to do and work it into the schedule. at some point. wait until you get tje boat south?
    maybe? this has been hit by stray current here that
    should be replaced actually before youse guys leave on a trip i’d would suggest replacing
    them. all of these? all of ’em. and they’re ‘through-hull fittings?’ yeah, uh-huh.
    i’ll give you a list of all the stuff to do. cast iron keel? what’s the significance of that? well the significance of it is nothing
    wrong with it under preventative maintenance i want you to sand blast it down and either
    use US Paint Hull Guard or an epoxy paint epoxy barrier coat and put several layers
    i like the US Hullguard because you put it on it comes in 2 different colors white and
    black so you put a layer of white on put a layer of black on black white black then that
    when if you run aground you can tell how far your before your gonna do damage to the keel
    you have i dont see any rust blooms here but you have some stuff starting here and which
    is concerning me this is a fairing compound here it because its a joint
    its not the keel separating its just the fairing
    compound cracking i can show you on several boats up there where thats the case so its
    not a defect alot of times i just tell ya take poly sulfide and run polysulfide on your
    finger to allow it to move cause the stuff they put over there hard and tends to crack
    but there’s no separation from the hull to keel seam so thats not even an issue.

    Episode #34  Safety Issues and Sailboat Design
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    Episode #34 Safety Issues and Sailboat Design

    August 13, 2019


    we know now, for example, that the only single
    factor that they’ve been able to show as to safety is length (LWL) – Length at Waterline)
    Displacement has no bearing on that. Beam has very little bearing on that. But Length
    (Length at Waterline)(not Length Overall) (LOA). is the one single factor in all the
    studies of the disasters in the last few years that consistently shows up that the longer
    the waterline the better chance the boat has of surviving. (for instance, none of the boats
    capsized in the Fastnet Tragedy were 38 feet or longer…all were under 38 feet) There was at one time a big truth that traditional sailboats were safer than the more modern
    designs that were out there- not true anymore. There was a time when traditional sailboats
    were easier to handle than modern sailboats of that same time- not true anymore. Things
    that have happened with leading edge race boats boats that were really pushed the limits
    of what they can do bad things happened. But these were boats that were built at the extreme
    ends of things normal cruising performance sailboats today are not that way (unsafe).
    It just doesnt happen to normal (modern) cruising sailboats. And when it does happen theres
    very often a reason why it happens (mishaps at sea). And the reason is normally pretty
    extreme. Beneteau 40.7 that was lost out in the Atlantic this last year that thing had
    hit a reef at 6.5 knots it had not been repaired. It had been raced extremely hard and it made
    four (4) Atlantic crossings- this is a lightweight race boat, essentially. All this stuff had
    happened and nobody had even checked to see if there was damage – it had several things
    like sitting in a slip where it was hitting bottom at every low tide – every power boat
    wake pounded on that keel. So collectively this was a pretty tired boat that somebody
    should have sent some time before they make a passage across the Atlantic and then they
    got clobbered out there in a storm. But then you go to the court of public opinion they
    go well here was this lightweight boat and it broke up this is what happens to modern
    boats. Thats the piece of the puzzle that people dont have (the bad condition of that
    particular boat). or like the conversation we starting to have about the weight of this
    boat versus that Ericsson I think both boats weigh about 10,500 pounds. but because this
    is a easily driven hull I dont have to carry as much sail area as that Ericsson I can carry
    less sail area and still move well. And it heavy air that becomes really important if
    you dont have alot of drag in heavy air your able to get by with less sail area that makes
    the boat easier to handle. If you have to fight your way off a lee shore you have to
    fight your way out through waves an easily driven hull will go out through that much
    more easily and therefore be more easy on the crew. That ericsson was sailing on a 21-22
    foot waterline (LWL) I;m sailing on a 32 foot waterline (LWL)First of all, I dont have any
    pitching – the motions much gentler that way. Im a little flatter bottomed so I do rock
    alittle more with the waves but I also dont get out of sequence with the waves so what
    happens with traditional round bottomed boats they tend to roll past the point that the
    wave changes shape much further and so theres a collision with that wave at the end of each
    and thats actually a rougher motion so compared to early lightweight boats where the motion
    was really pretty uncomfortable because of the shape of the hull as we understood more
    about what it took to design a lightweight boat and make it a more comfortable ride well
    the designers designed around that. In the wake of the Fastnet (tragedy) there was all
    kind of testing 1979 i think 13 people dies off the coast of England 5 or 6 years later
    there was another disaster finally there was the Sydney-Hobart disaster and each of these
    race scenarios are studied in tremendous depth and alot of information has come out of that.we
    know now, for example, that the only single factor that they’ve been able to show as to
    safety is length (LWL) – Length at Waterline) Displacement has no bearing on that. Beam
    has very little bearing on that. But Length (Length at Waterline)(not Length Overall)
    (LOA). is the one single factor in all the studies of the disasters in the last few years
    that consistently shows up that the longer the waterline the better chance the boat has
    of surviving. And one of the things designers decided that since the one thing that isnt
    penalized by any race rule is motion the smoother the motion of the boat the less the keel is
    disturbed the less the rig gets disturbed and so the boat performs better. what filtered
    out of that was that boats all of a sudden have better motion comfort than they ever
    had even though they are comparatively light…

    LIVING ABOARD a SAILBOAT in the Baltic – The Last Nordic Country – Ep 13
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    LIVING ABOARD a SAILBOAT in the Baltic – The Last Nordic Country – Ep 13

    August 13, 2019


    what you know about this cosplay now we’re going out Germany Germany yeah we’re very actually but I just confirmed that it might still be midday the best time to leave really oh my god it’s almost midday anyway it’s almost midday it’s almost midday I’m just getting everything ready so it doesn’t tumble around and look like it’s been like second third world war inside here after we sailed leaving leaving at Lincoln out towards Germany should be like a crosswind passage about 22 hours I hope everything goes well we’re finishing to fill it with water I mean that takes so long to fill up there’s so much water no thanks it’s ridiculous that’s good where are we going now gosh doc yeah tomorrow let’s see what the wind does it should change should round south and you southeast to make it a nice side win for us but for now at least for the first couple of hours I think we’re gonna get it on the face what about this sunset it’s beautiful yeah no green flash guys no green flash today there’s something amazing about the night city just you and see especially online like tonight it’s really really bright you guys can see the moon oh yeah you can sit she’s pretty so Brides like they six knots so this is my night watch are getting close to the Germany code knuckles no it’s been 12 hours since we left and we still have another 10 hours to go chris is sleeping right now and we have a beautiful so just finishing her shift it’s 7:00 the morning no it’s 6:00 anyone 6 and 46 the money no it’s not for 40 almost five in the morning five in the morning and uh this is finishing his shift the easiest sale of her life yes Germany we do 6 knots all along since that time when I was on the shift and the moon setting over there is very beautiful the Sun is coming up over there I was going on more focus focus all right so the sun’s set the moon is set over there and the Sun is rising and well were there it’s nice to see the Sun setting rice same evening what a beautiful sunrise what we gonna do now are you gonna go sleep maybe little a little bit well wake up for breakfast okay cool guys closer and closer to our destination are right in the German see you have to lower our Dutch flag our Danish flag it’s not Danish actually it’s a name of the island yeah whatever it is right guys can figure out how we do to unlock this would be great because this is the original sound system a game with a boat and so cassettes and I think it really was on the boat but out there as a password to lock it on and the owner of the boat died and it took the possible with him so we have no no idea what the code would be it’s a block code it doesn’t look as nice as a as a cassette one but um it works that’s what’s amazing about it right so this is the mount we had one a for raider what happened is this used to swing like this to kind of leave the radar always straight even when the mast was leaned over what’s happening is when the sale comes across the mast this turns sideways like this and catches on the on at daum so we’re going to put it on top of the spreaders now so we just mashed run the rest of the cables down – it must be real good over there now get out was a nightmare run the cables down to master as usual I’m just gonna connect the rest of it now that’s the beautiful not three point five kilowatt and Grutter big big big solar panel are we making so much energy that matters wrong using even and the angle grinder and a whole lot because we have so much of a crystal heart spended really so um we need a air conditioner now there we won’t in Germany already hot imagine what you got the Caribbean Germany waters cheap we don’t have any more money we spent all that money to get a bratwurst this place yeah in Germany watching a Zeppelin fly to the skies and drawn a beautiful sunset check this out and one of the first videos of my cousin one poor girl coming pasta rice is down there fixing something what real lucky that can you see the amount of mosques over there this is a classical bulge meeting is going on right now and we didn’t even know about it so we arrived at the best out there according to my cousin this is the best on the air right yeah this is definitely the best time it’s the best city in Germany although all right there are you go sir but but you have to go to Varna Monday that’s like the highlight sets definitely little highlights we’ll check it out we’ll probably go to more we tried today’s but I do more cards and between the many boats taking part in the tall ship race a type of regatta developed to encourage international friendship insanely training one boat stood out of all the rest to us it was a boat we had met before in Brazilian waters the widest one a presumed name is saying vessel and we were lucky enough to get a very special in private tour with the second side the most beautiful Brazilian votes what to stamp in Barbara’s Union a vote of ragazza they each take what where is insufferable oh yeah there she does what I said now said we on the way to the North Sea right now yeah that’s bad are you in the easy mode doing the easy mode and I’m you dead tired so in the last video we showed a little bit about so in the last video we showed you how we finished our job if I shut

    Episode #29 Best Cruising Sailboats
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    Episode #29 Best Cruising Sailboats

    August 12, 2019


    sailing safety Jeff Halpern is one of those life-long sailors
    who understands the dynamics of sailing and the boats we sail. I think what distinguishes
    him, besides for the fact that he tends to look at the science and technology of sailing
    in more detail than most, is that he has spent the time understanding the interaction of
    the various sciences and has also spent time trying to figure out how to explain complex
    scientific concepts to people who are not necessarily science based or even interested
    in science. the reality of boats like that (heavy displacement
    in a relatively short waterline (LWL) is they are very high drag there is alot of resistance
    to those boats. And to get them to go through the water you have to carry alot of sail area.
    And when it comes time to fight a storm you still need enough sail area to keep going
    through that storm. A key element of good boat design is that’s its structurally sound
    and it can take the beating of that storm, and one thing about the Westsails (for instance)
    is they’re pretty robust – thats what alot of people are attracted to. And, there is
    no such thing as a boat that will get a unskilled skipper and crew through a storm. They aren’t
    inherently (these heavy and short LWL boats) stable for their weight. You wind up reefing
    those boats pretty early…it comes down to this range of issues about motion comfort,
    the longer the waterline the more the waterline is spread out, will result in a boat that
    is far more comfortable than trying to cram that into a short (like the Westsails and
    other ‘short’ heavy boats) waterline length. In its design weight, its still gonna be rolly-
    you deal with something that is round bottomed- essentially a cylinder – there is very little
    that can keep it from continuing to rock past the point that it should stop. The wave is
    already starting to change shape but the boat has so much momentum and so little hull shape
    to change that roll, that your trading rolling for a little slower motion. The court of public
    opinion has focused on this idea that ‘slow rolling’ is better. And the reason is that
    when they first started doing lightweight boats the hull shapes were terrible..and these
    things would have jarring motion..that was really genuinely uncomfortable.. but so was
    large roll angles..because you are constantly moving your body to deal with those large
    roll angles. There’s a whole thing about how ‘long’ keels track better but when you talk
    about small boats it’s not about how long the keel is that controls tracking – what
    really controls tracking on a boat is how well they balance. Because the dynamic forces
    far exceed anything that keel is going to do!

    Moving Aboard our Sailboat & Freedom Party | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 7
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    Moving Aboard our Sailboat & Freedom Party | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 7

    August 12, 2019


    Last time on Sailing Soulianis We’re buying a boat in a half hour Alright, congratulations you guys How official can this get we’ve been waiting so long for this whatcha standing on there our boat That’s what you wanted me to say, right yeah it’s our home I could actually fit in here. it is that
    big! you know think about maybe putting some more insulation in it. So
    what are you gonna cook me at the stove I have no idea we gotta figure out I’ll
    work at first Just chillin in our boat Look at all these chives! Mmm they smell so good Would you like a mojito? Yeah we gotta get some rum so now we’re gonna get some
    lunch it’s very beautiful day we could go sail the boat instead of just look at it. We could. You’re nervous. Yeah I’m nervous. Cause its OUR boat Because it’s our boat and it’s a giant beast We just got a thumbs up from that lady we drove past I think she was trying to hitchhike. I don’t think she was telling us “you’re cool” I think she was like “gimme a ride” Probably I like that that was your first reaction though “Oh that lady thinks we’re cool!” But it was this type of thumbs up not that type of thumbs up So it’s like, which… “you’re cool, gimme a ride, you’re cool, gimme a ride…” I don’t know yeah I’m nervous to take that thing out
    of this slip too. when we were out on it with Jeff and Linda last week the gravity of the situation hit me. specifically how much weight is actually in this boat how large the mode actually is and how we us two tiny people are now going to be
    responsible for this 15,000 pound… don’t think about it that way. it’s so
    light and beautiful just a tiny puff of air can send it gliding through the water. sure yeah when it’s not in the middle of a 50-foot wide river right next to a drawbridge that
    sometimes doesn’t open. I’m glad you know how to drive boats. yeah I know how to drive boats. it makes me very nervous as well. but I think we just need
    to go do it a few times and we’ll get better at it and yeah yeah I would say
    it is definitely one of the most difficult docking situations. The first one. Mango our sellers are so lovely and put
    together a to-do list of sorts for day-to-day procedures, and what you do when
    you haul it out in the fall which we probably won’t be doing, but it’s nice to have. The first section is “Do not lose” The wire hook and fiberglass rod in the drawer on the side of the navigation table needed for taking out the battens in the main sail and then, the wire rod under the pilot berth used to clean out hole for water to drain into bilge from engine area. alright. do you know where all those things are? we’ve already lost them. why thank you. we go anywhere in the world, from here. as long as its… on the water. the world is our Rocky Mountain oyster. Oh look it there’s that whole storage area below there think I can put that coconut water in here? sure Oh man, what a day. We went sailing for the second time. and Kirk docked the boat perfectly and it was a beautiful day. It was like 10 knot winds and we were just on a beam reach straight out into Lake Michigan and then straight back and we’re sitting on the floor. or on
    the cabins sole. is that right? this is our freedom party. 4th of July. [Kirk’s mom: freedom from what?] [Kirk’s dad: freedom from land!] Freedom from ordinary life ordinary life [Lauren’s dad: never gonna see you landlubbers again] ready? here we go… to freedom! Wooooooo! Yewwwww! Cameraman [Kirk’s mom: Did you pay $5 for that bottle?] [Lauren: yeah] Mmm ahh, sweet. Sweet taste of freedom! Mmm delicious the first week after moving board was
    full of firsts. everything was moving, there were new sounds the front doorstep was moving up and down as the river levels rose and fell even the seemingly simple things required extra thought like how to move around the boat without bumping your shins or elbows how to start the stove and where we’re gonna set up and work during the day with so much to learn about living on a
    boat we were really happy to be living right in downtown Racine where we had
    everything we needed right within walking distance this is our alcohol stove puck. it’s very large hockey puck. so we put denatured alcohol into there and then we put it back in here, turn it all the way on light the stove and then turn it down.
    basically what we’re doing here is we are burning the fumes of this as it
    evaporates. all we’re doing with this control is opening that. it’s kind of how
    it works [or we think] We think. [we’re trying to
    make eggs] Eggs with legs coming up bring in ZE EGGS! There’s people sleeping around here I got carried away. I think they’re probably awake now. Sorry Ty. Oh he’s awake. Alright good. So what do you got there Toasted ciabatta bread. Sliced tomato, sliced avocado, fried egg with some sliced onion fried into it and mixed berries. and where did we make that we made it on our boat. but I think the answer you were looking for was our alcohol stove. it worked! yay! it was actually it was a lot hotter than I thought it was going to be. I mean everyone was making fun about how alcohol stoves don’t get very hot and how it takes forever to warm your food to “room temperature” but we had fried eggs in like 3 minutes. I’ve got a bit of a mess on my hands we’ve been living out of our suitcases
    out of the back of our car even though we’ve been staying in the boat because
    we actually didn’t really have anywhere to put our clothes. we’ve got these tall
    hanging lockers in the vberth and they don’t have any shelves or anything in
    them so we were kind of waiting to figure out how we’re gonna organize
    everything. We got this thing. Should work for now. it was a cheap easy fix. it doesn’t really utilize all the space in the locker. So maybe we’ll build shelves in the future but in an effort to start sailing and get all of our stuff stowed away, this was a quick fix. it’s hard to see the mess from that angle the chart table is full of hard drives
    that we need to consolidate because there’s no way we can take like twelve
    hard drives which i think is what we have right now in the boat. a lot of this
    stuff is my clothes, to be honest. there’s electronic equipment, cameras and stuff
    that hasn’t found a home yet so gonna try to figure that out.
    kitchen’s not terrible but we’ve got a bunch more stuff in boxes that still
    needs to be stowed. so that’s my job today. so Kirk and I just finished a little
    workout on the dock right next to the boat and it’s about eight o’clock and
    I’m on my way to there’s a little liquor store right across the bridge from where
    the marina is so I’m going to get some white wine and Kirk’s cooking dinner right now I decided to get a little bit better view you can kind of see the boat over there she’s not the blue one, not that white one, but she’s behind that big white one we’ve been on the boat for 4 days now and so far so awesome it’s it’s finally feeling real after years of dreaming about this and probably I don’t know three or four
    false starts with other boats we finally are living on our boat which is so cool We’ve moved all of our stuff pretty
    much on to the boat we weathered a storm last night and
    there was no leaks Kirk and I have been working all day We spent the whole weekend putting stuff away on the boat and this morning we
    were back to our official jobs which is photography and video editing for me and
    for Kirk it’s project managing website design okay I’m going to go buy this bottle of wine and go enjoy dinner What did you cook us for dinner? I cooked quinoa… quinoa with kale and a
    cucumber mint salad wow and we’re going to have hummus and pita chips Cheers We’re going to Milwaukee today

    Liveaboard Century Old Sailboat Tour: Circumnavigation & Single Handing Ocean Crossings
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    Liveaboard Century Old Sailboat Tour: Circumnavigation & Single Handing Ocean Crossings

    August 12, 2019


    Hello, my name is Martin and that’s my boat. The name is Styrr. The boat is 108 years old years old and I own her now for 12 years. I’ve been sailing since I’m a little boy so
    50 years, 60 years. The first boat I owned that was a 420, a sailing dinghy. Sailed
    around Italy to Greece to Turkey and back. Then I had a steel boat that was
    built in the Netherlands. We took her to all the canals in France. Then the boats
    were getting bigger and bigger and now I’m in this one. Twenty years ago this was my
    home. We sailed around the world twice. Once with this boat once with the
    previous boat and now we are planning to sail to Madagascar. We have paying
    clients sailing with us usually the Med for one
    week. Usually they are families with kids. So we have to stay in the Med for maybe
    two or three years and then we’ll see. Maybe going down the Red Sea, maybe go to the Pacific and then Southeast Asia. This way too. She’s about 80 foot over deck. A gaff
    rig ketch. It’s eight working sails. I have more but I don’t use them all the time.
    Got the windlass for the anchor. Down here you have the storage for the chain and I have paint down here and wine and stuff like that. Down here they have been the water tanks but we moved them. Now it’s a cabin. I’m
    alone on the boat now so all the chairs and stuff is removed. Yeah, that’s a good thing on this boat, there are different levels so people can sit here or they can go on to the cabin roof. Here I sit for my morning coffee. This is the deck house. In bad weather we can sit outside. We have the fuel as well. It’s not like in a normal yacht where you’re always downstairs. Three cabins like this one. It’s a double. It’s for two people or for kids they
    can sleep up there. They have the shower and toilet there, just straight ahead. That we call a small cabin. We give
    it for one person or if they are really in love there can be two. It’s not that big. This is nice and it’s big, a lot of storage. It has been before, as far as I know, the owner cabin. Aft bathroom here. The boat was built in Scotland so
    originally she was sailing in cold countries so this stove is here. I use it
    in the winter in the Med as well. I just make a big fire in there. That’s the galley so we can cook here
    for yeah like 10 people. it’s not big but it’s okay. It works. We use electric and
    gas, but it’s hard to refill the gas bottles sometimes so we change. Now we only have electric. It makes things easier. That’s the wheelhouse or when I’m sailing
    alone I can sleep up here so I have the overview. Standard navigation and stuff.
    I’ve two autopilot cause I did a lot of crossings like Pacific or Atlantic on my
    own so I need a lot of electronic around the world. When I bought the boat
    electronic was out of the maybe 70’s. It was good stuff, but not
    useful anymore and I’ve got lucky I’ve got hit by a lightning strike and this
    lightning strike killed everything and the insurance paid so I could buy the new
    one. *laughter* I got hit twice by lightning. Some of the boat must be magnetic. That’s the engine room. That’s the place where I spend my days and nights. That’s the main engines. I can store six tons of fuel. The main engines are from
    Rolls-Royce from the 60’s-70’s as far as I know. And that’s the generator.
    Bunch of old stuff you need for the world around the sea. Water I can store 1000 liter, but I have a water maker that is producing 250 liters an hour so I don’t need more
    water storage. That’s enough. The boat was ending here. When I bought
    her it was just a wall and nothing in between so I just ripped it out to make
    the bed bigger. And the hatch was not here. In
    case of a fire I thought it was a good idea if you have an emergency escape. Our cabin is down here so we try to keep
    the people out of here so we don’t make it too comfortable. We have the washing machine here
    and the freezer and all the stuff I need for working and yeah that’s my hammock.
    That’s my second bed. I use solar panels as well. I have three on this side and three on the other side. When I’m alone I can live on the solar panels. With
    people on board, it’s impossible. You see the mast, I did it in Turkey new
    and that wood was not completely dry so it’s bent a little bit. Now this one is from laminated wood as well and they are not special or waterproof, just
    standard laminated wood, but it stays. The wires, they are standard wires.
    Nothing is stainless steel. Stainless steel looks good-looks good and the next day just breaks. Galvanize is more elastic. It’s honest. I see it gets rusty then
    you can change. Plus for insurance you would have to change your wires every I
    guess ten years or something and this one’s now 14 years old. I can just buy
    the stuff in the hardware store, makes it cheaper. I can do everything on
    my own I don’t need special terminals or anything. Well, it’s dangerous. I mean staying at
    home, maybe you get hit by a car or whatever. Now living
    around world, it’s completely safe. In these 20 years I’ve got nothing stolen. I never
    had some bad experience nowhere. I mean just try, but there are different ways
    you can live and you can be happy and standard job can be good as well. But you
    start with a small boat somewhere or get a boat and across the Atlantic and we
    will see what happens. I’ll try to do this as long as I can. I don’t know how long it
    works. Now I’m 61 years old and with 70, I don’t know if I still have the power to do
    it, but then I will find something else. *laughter*

    Woodworker Builds The Perfect Tiny House Boat for Life on the Water
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    Woodworker Builds The Perfect Tiny House Boat for Life on the Water

    August 12, 2019


    >>MAT: Hey everyone, we were just driving down the highway and came across this really awesome floating houseboat. So we contacted the builder, Richard, and he agreed to put it in the water for us so we could have a look. He built it all himself by hand. It’s like a tiny floating cabin. It looks tiny, but you’ll be really surprised to see how much he was able to fit in this houseboat There’s a dinette that turns into a bed, a full kitchen with fridge, sink, cooktop, there’s a heater, a full bathroom with a toilet, separate sink and shower, and on top of that there’s a super spacious deck for hanging out and enjoying the surroundings Ever since we saw this boat, we can’t stop imagining how cool it would be to live in this for a whole summer. Just living on the water. So we’re really excited to show you this we’re gonna give you a full tour. Let’s go take a look inside! [Music Playing] So this houseboat is 24 feet long (7.3 m) long and 8.5 feet wide (2.6 m) wide It weighs 5,700 lbs and it’s set up on three aluminum pontoons There’s a gas motor with a 192-liter gas tank at the front. For solar power, there’s a 260 Watt solar panel hooked up to two 6-volt AGM sealed batteries and there’s a 30 lb (13.6 kg) horizontal propane tank used to power the heater, the cooktop, and the hot water heater. So when you come in, this is the whole living area so there’s a little dinette here that converts into a sleeping area. You just remove the leg, lower the table and make your bed [Music Playing] There’s also a bunch of storage underneath the benches like this Over here is a pretty nice and spacious kitchen, there’s a sink, a propane stove, and actually quite a bit of counter space. And over here is the fridge. It’s 4.5 cubic feet, it’s electric and it runs entirely off the solar power system. There’s a ton of storage and there are some nice handmade drawers here For the heater. It’s a little propane Martin heater here. This is a pretty nice feature, too, there’s some open shelving but he added some mesh because things are moving around in the boat quite a bit. Over here is the roof vent that runs off the solar power system also to get some good air circulation and prevent it from getting too hot in here. All the LED lights are also running off solar power. And this is the little dining area. There are some cup holders here and some storage for a few things here if the boat’s rocking and it won’t move around and believe it or not even though this space is tiny, there’s a full bathroom with a toilet and a shower. So it’s just a dry toilet, dry composting toilet. And in the same space, there’s a small shower. There’s also a separate sink and then the floor is made of wood slats and the water drains through the wood slats into the greywater system. And if you’re taking a shower, you just close the curtain all around to cover the door and the toilet. [Music Playing] The sink in the kitchen, the sink in the bathroom and also the shower all run off a 12-volt pump and they all drain into a custom greywater filtration system that Richard designed. So apparently here in Quebec you’re allowed to dump your greywater (if you’re on a boat) directly in the body of water that you’re on. Richard thought it was important to filter the greywater before dumping it so he actually custom-built a greywater filtration system. It’s basically a big charcoal filter that purifies the water before letting it drain. There’s a 56-liter freshwater tank but you can also flip a switch and draw water directly from the lake or a river that you’re on. For example if you want to take a shower without emptying your freshwater tank, you just flip that switch and take your shower like that. [Music Playing] It’s cool that there’s a bunch of windows in here, you can get a really nice view from pretty much every angle. You can open a few of them so you can get some nice air flow. There’s also the big patio doors at the front and a really nice touch is that he put some small glass panels at the edge here and it’s just a really nice touch gives it a cool effect. You’ll notice all the woodwork, all the cabinetry, the beams, the ceiling, everything has been made by hand by Richard. He’s actually a woodworker, a professional woodworker. So you can tell that everything’s beautifully crafted and made with a lot of care. For the wood, he used mostly white cedar which is one of the lightest woods in the world and it’s great to use on a boat because it doesn’t rot like other types of wood. And one of the coolest things about this mini floating house is the huge patio door leading onto a deck Right now, this boat is kind of set up more as a fishing boat, but he’s actually planning on building one that’s more of a home so there’s gonna be some couches on the outside and it’ll be set up a little bit more just for hanging out. There’s also an awning that you can set up for shade and protect against the rain. [Music Playing] So many years ago when we started trying to figure out what we wanted to do, if we wanted to live in a tiny house or a camper van or an RV or a sailboat. The sailboat was always one of our favorite options but we hadn’t really considered a houseboat like this on pontoons and one of the advantages to this as opposed to a sailboat I guess is that you don’t need to learn how to sail and your living space is above the water so you would have a lot more light. It just seems like a nice living space. So if you’re interested to learn more about this boat and what Richard’s working on you can check out the link to his website, it’s going to be in the description of this video. Please share this video if you liked it and subscribe to see more like this.