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    #165  MORE Liveaboard Sailboat Hurricane Damage?!
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    #165 MORE Liveaboard Sailboat Hurricane Damage?!

    October 19, 2019


    Hello! so we just got back from taking a tour Oriental to look at the cleanup
    that’s been going on amazing job amazing community amazing job – with the cleanup
    so take a look ready captain
    yes here’s to new beginnings together a new season I love you and here’s to all
    of our viewers survivors it’s good it’s at the wine diet I’m on the wine diet
    now in our last episode of selling nervous
    we took a drive down to Deatons boat yard to see when they would reopen
    because we need to take the boat out of the water and do the bottom paint I
    finally spoke to them on the phone and they said that they would get in touch
    with me as soon as they were able to haul the boat out but for right now they
    were putting boats back in the water after the last hurricane so in
    anticipation of plotting our course south I open up the waterway guide to
    see the status of the waterways and then I heard the news there’s a new hurricane
    coming it has happened officially at 1:30 Eastern and the winds upping to 155
    gusts is 170 as you can see the damage from Hurricane
    Michael is just devastating and so my heart is just broken for everybody in
    that area that’s lived through that and all the destruction to everything and so
    Vinny and I just want to send our sympathy and our prayers to all of the
    folks that have lost loved ones during this terrible storm so even though the
    hurricane hit Florida it still brought a lot more of wind damage and rain to the
    Carolinas and so we are in the process of still waiting because of having that
    more rain and wind affect the Carolinas we are waiting now for the marina that
    is able to accept our boat to take it out and to get the bottom paint done we
    are waiting for the Waccamaw River to recede a bit so that the bridges can
    open we are waiting for the Socastee Swing Bridge to be able to open so we can head
    south and we are waiting to get back on the boat and head back south so thank
    you for staying on this journey with us as we wait right now and soon we hope
    that you will be waiting with us that you’ll be adventuring with us on our
    journey ahead several of you have written and asked me questions about
    what kind of book do we have and when we get it well it’s a moody 34 was built in
    Plymouth England i looked quite a while for the right boat that i thought was
    right for us and what really sold me on it was it was so well made and look at
    this layout so hard to find us rear stateroom in a 33 a half foot sailboat we
    really loved the layout here’s the captains area where you can sleep at
    anchor here’s the nav station here’s the rear stateroom which is nice we actually
    extended the bed even larger than that that’s the kitchen area or
    galley salon again this is the cockpit now this sail boat sailed here all the
    way across the Atlantic so we know she can do it this is another moody 34 these
    shots are not of our moody 34 this is the Moody 34 and it
    came all the way to the Caribbean from England and up to Annapolis Maryland and that’s where
    we found her we found her just south in Deale Maryland at 20 minutes south of
    Annapolis and bought her at a place called Herrington Harbor North then we
    had her on the hard and did some work on her then we moved our sailed her south
    actually my friend Terri and I sailed her south to the place called Solomon’s
    Maryland he anchored out and showed me how to do that and then from there we
    sailed across the Chesapeake Bay to place called Cape Charles where Amy met us
    and she came aboard and then the three of us sailed while Terri was teaching us
    stuff down the Chesapeake to Little Creek Marina Terry then left to go home
    and that was just Amy and I on the boat you can follow along those adventures if
    you like we then came out alone for the first time into the Chesapeake Bay and
    down through that really busy section with all the naval yards and down the
    intracoastal waterway we had our little encounter with the wake of a cargo ship
    which was kind of scary and we’ve got a really peaceful marine on the
    intercostal place called Atlantic Yacht Basin if you followed along with us you’ll
    remember that we then headed south we hit some fog and then we turned back to
    Atlantic Yacht Basin and they came again after the fog lifted made it to Coinjock (marina)
    then we crossed the Albemarle Sound which was a big accomplishment for us
    into the Alligator River Marina after that we had an awesome time down the
    alligator river that was the sea of glass episode it was so beautiful we
    went down made it to a place called Dowry Creek Marina in Belhaven and that
    was also one of my favourite marinas really nice people they’re welcoming
    liveaboards and it was had a great lounge area it was really felt like home
    then we headed south this was our first overnight anchorage first time we ever
    anchored out and had no problem droppin the hook and raising the hook although
    later we did have some difficulties in the future but that was a great
    anchorage no problem we continue headed south we just bypased the whole
    Oriental (NC) area because we wanted to make time and we got down at Morehead City
    which was the first area that started to feel a little tropical the water was a
    lighter shade of blue and was just real beautiful it was a very difficult area
    to dock into it was very tight and there were some cargo ships very busy area
    right here and then we headed out Southwest down the Bogue Sound the Bogue
    Sound is an interesting body of water it’s can really get stirred up but we
    had great conditions when we went down it and that took us to our all-time
    favorite place (well, one of them) which was Surf City and this marina you could
    walk to the beach and we just loved that it was just like living at the beach one
    of our favorite things that was just an awesome time we met some friends there
    and then we headed on south and then this is kind of a hairy area Cape Fear
    River there’s a trim its really this it’s just the currents real strong just
    gotta time it right we didn’t go to the South port marina this is Southport
    North Carolina beautiful little town instead we went to Deep Point Marina cuz
    South port marina was booked we spent a lot of time here we met some friends
    here we also have some patreon supporters
    I’m sure that we’re really appreciative of I know the Southport also got hit
    real hard in the hurricane Florence as well well after we’re done there we made
    our journey south and we hit our first grounding and it’s truly just my fault I
    didn’t check because it’s heavily marked in all of the you know in the Active
    Captain(website) it was marked it’s a problem stretch and so we went aground there and
    then after we were pulled off we went on our merry way and here are we passing
    the Osprey marina one of the best marinas very inexpensive marina on the
    beautiful Waccamaw River and we headed south to our next anchorage which
    was Butler Island Anchorage had a really nice time at Butler Island headed south
    that’s Georgetown (S.C.) we were gonna anchor out here in place called Minim Creek but
    the conditions were very stormy and it was loaded with crab pots so we passed
    on that one well heading south we came to our very favorite place and that’s Isle
    of Palms Marina and it was just gorgeous here beautiful beautiful area you could
    walk to the beach which we did every day and we just had a great time here from
    there let’s go back and just take a look there’s this Leland marina place that
    they packed us in so tight remember and then we had to leave in the morning to
    hit the right tide (High Tide) because these are very shallow areas and you got to go at
    high tide and there was nobody there to help us so had to get out my captain Tom
    Tursi Docking Book and figure out how to basically kind of get out when you’re
    hemmed in on both sides and that was an exciting episode you can check that one
    out if you haven’t seen it already well we headed across Charleston Bay
    into Charleston itself and this was so neat because we were able to live right
    next to a really really cool city we could walk to a lot of places and we
    could also take UBER (is that how you say it? Uber?) Uber anyway
    Charleston was a beautiful city made a lot of fun there we met a lot of friends
    a lot of fun stuff and instead of coming out because the vote was not ready we’re
    not experienced enough as sailors yet and they say that outside coast of the
    Carolinas is very kind of difficult a lot of Shoals and the inlets coming back
    in can be really tricky you need local information so that’s something for our
    future at this point we don’t have the rigging to even sustain
    that nor the nor the skill or experience so our goal at this point is just to be
    able to raise the sails and start sailing in some of these Bays and Sounds
    as we head south well head south we did and we stopped in at a place called st.
    John’s Yacht Club this is the next anchorage we went to was really pretty
    had a nice time there although it was cold we do need to get a diesel heater
    in our sailboat we do like sailing and boating in the winter and finally down
    here to Lady’s Island Marina just a great place Beaufort South Carolina very very
    beautiful town we really had a great time here we were here quite a while and we
    did take the boat out raise the sails we did some anchoring we
    did get into some anchoring trouble because we drop the anchor in a very
    peaceful night the next morning it was really stirred up which is very
    difficult for some reason for us to get that anchor up and now our goal is to
    head up to Annapolis Maryland where a friend of mine was gonna help us fix the
    rigging so we could actually start doing some sailing and so we headed north
    trying to get up there before hurricane season and we made really good progress
    but if you followed along we went aground right up here outside of Oriental and so
    we wound up in River Dunes marina just in time for hurricane season and in fact
    our sailboat was completely protected during Hurricane Florence and a lot of
    the other marinas were destroyed so now hurricane season is over we’re heading
    to a new base a new home you want a new base that’s really close to a lot
    of places a lot of great places and it’s right here in that northern part of
    Florida and first we’re gonna take the boat out haul her out wait for the Wacom
    aw river to clear so the Socastee Swing Bridge spring bridge can open up and we can
    head south don’t forget to click the bell to get subscribed and then you can
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    Sailboat Haul Out Preparation/Sailboat Refit: Richards Bay, South Africa (Patrick Childress #39)
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    Sailboat Haul Out Preparation/Sailboat Refit: Richards Bay, South Africa (Patrick Childress #39)

    October 18, 2019


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

    087 – Narrowboating in London. Paddington Basin to Kings Cross and how it all began.
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    087 – Narrowboating in London. Paddington Basin to Kings Cross and how it all began.

    October 18, 2019


    So we’ve just had a week… we didn’t mean to have a week. we’ve just had a week in Paddington Basin We got comfortable. We got comfortable. We came in, we moored up beside a boat that was already here. And they, it turned out, were selling their boat. So all they were doing was just taking stuff on and off. Which meant that we could just basically stay beside them for several days. And then when then moved off, we got the spot that they were at. And we’ve been there for the last two nights, and now its time to move on. We’ve done lots of socialising, we’ve had friends over, we’ve had family over, we’ve had… dogs over. We haven’t had…. Also we’ve looked at a small dog that might need, you know, a prosthetic. Oh yeah, we’re moored next to…. Oh, we need to say goodbye, we’re moored next to Ben and Emilee. Yep. Who we need to say goodbye to if they are there but they might not be there Umm, Yeah, So… its been… Interesting. Good time, social time. lots of stuff to see, I went to the Imperial War Museum. and saw the Nazi symbol, it was bizaar. The um, the pros of being in Paddington Basin is; its really central, theres lots to see and do, lots of facilities. But the cons… is the noise. You can probably hear the noise, that buzz has been there constantly. Yeah. You’re moored up against other boats who like to run their engines at seven in the morning, and then again at nine at night. Yeah. There is also these little tourist… their called Go Boats. And they’re quite expensive but people rent them out for an hour or two hours or three hours. Didn’t you say they are sixty pounds a night, sixty pounds an… An hour…. An hour. Yeah. And actually they got better, but to start with they’ed like… they’d launch from the wharf. And bash into us. And just drive straight into us. And then that were paddle boarders that… Would also bash into us. And they would push off, from our boat, with their hand on our window And there were canoeists and there were those big inflatable… things that people would climb inside. They would climb inside and roll around inside of them. So its all go here So yeah, I got to go to the Imperial War Museum which is pretty cool Its down at Lambeth North. And there was… Well its an old hospital which is kind of weird, but there was these huge cannons, And you go inside and theres V2 rocket, V1 Rocket. Its a little bit weird because there’s like Some stuff that seems to be kind of jingoistic and other parts that are more like anti-war I’ve done some talking while you were there just incase you want to cut away to something about the Imperial War Museum. And so yeah, now we are pushing on up the Regents Canal. Through Camden, through the Islington tunnel We don’t want to go too far because we want to be back in Little Venice tomorrow. Yeah. Um, but, yeah. Don’t really want to go through when there is lots of gongoozlers. We’ll see if we even make it through today It’s possible there is a mooring on the other side of the zoo but I kind of doubt it. So we’ll see what happens. So first thing, is up against the wind. Turn Right, up through the bubble tunnel, find ourselves in the little basin of Little Venice. where we need to stop and possibly take on water, but definitely get rid of garbage and recycling But before that we need to… this boat is tied onto us, and that boat is also tied onto us. We need to untie everybody. And probably pull backwards out. I think pull forwards because he’s tied on… It’s the wind. Oh Okay. Im not going to be able to go into the wind. Alright well that is that decided. It’s going to be fun. Wish us luck Do you ever get the feeling some people have too much money. Like way, way too much money So for me at least, this is kind of where it all began. That bridge there, is where I was standing when I was watching somebody come through these locks here. And it was that boat that inspired me to mention the idea to Jo, that inspired her to get on the idea, Of convincing me to buy a boat. So that bridge is responsible. That’s the bridge I was standing on, right there. Watching somebody going through this lock Basically where that tall guy is, I was standing there, watching this. And I was like, that’s pretty cool. Then a few years later I’m living on a boat. So here we are. We are double moored in Kings Cross Like directly across from platform nine and three quarters. Apparently, its like that way… ish. It’s really nice here. It’s gentrified industrial. Reclaimed industrial land. I wouldn’t really call it gentrified as such. I would. I mean maybe. I don’t know. It depends on the sort of history. There is some amazing apartment blocks up there that have been made inside, built inside these old… what are they called? Gas… Gas tanks? Yeah. Big, big, big, big, big tanks of fuel. Kind of a cool idea. Interesting sort of reclamation of old industrial history It was an interesting cruise down here. It’s quite funny cruising that bit that we have walked quite a few times before between Little Venice and Camden. Because so many times we walked… well not so many. A couple of times we walked down there thinking, one day we might come down there in our boat. And then to cruise it in your boat is really weird. I had sort of forgotten some bits, like, the African Wild Dogs at the side of the canal. Until the last second. I was like, Oh Yeah, the Zoo does encroach right down here. and then, I only got a very quick shot of them, but they came running down. Did they? To look and George and everything. and so it was kind of neat. And you can actually moor outside of the zoo if you want to visit the Zoo. Apparently yeah. Can you hold this. The signage there did say that there was like a trip boat or something And it also said that um… A water taxi. It said um If the lights are… Oh yeah. If the lights are flashing do not… Yeah, do not more here if the the yellow lights are flashing. Animal escape protocol in progress There is hardly any moorings between Little Venice and Kings Cross There is a couple but they were full. But there is a lot of places where there is obviously no mooring allowed. and I just wondered what the reason for that was. And you seemed to think it was probably just like historical president. Yeah. Yeah, it was probably all just private property. at various points. Like, especially on the Regents section, there is a bunch of kind off.. my guess is there were some rich people there who were like; yes okay, the canal is being allowed through and i’m going to make a lot of money on it but I don’t want them stopping in front of me. Those two really big houses in Regents Park were unreal. Yeah. That is what got me thinking about the ruling class. But we don’t know why there… So really they need to be overthrown. We don’t know why, really, there is not more moorings. No, but it’s probably got something to do with the Regents, and their canal. So yeah, there is not a lot of moorings but its a nice area And then you turn down past the really big, kind of, Chinese inspired restaurant type thing. Like a floating restaurant. Urm, hard 90 degree turn and then up into Camden proper. Where a couple of extremely drunk people sitting at the side of the canal were wishing us love and happiness So then we got to Camden Lock, which isn’t called Camden Lock. It’s called something else lock. But everyone calls it Camden Lock. And there was three lovely. It’s Camden Locks There were three lovely lock keepers. And it’s all fenced off and I didn’t have my British Waterways key so I couldn’t get in. And they were off getting coffee and then I was just chatting to some other people that were watching and I was floating back and forth and trying not to run into anything and make a fool of myself in front of hundreds of tourists. It wasn’t that bad, It’s a Tuesday morning, like if we had gone through on like a Sunday afternoon. It would have been worse. Yeah And then the next two locks, the towpath is closed. So luckily the Lock Keeper told be to get on the boat otherwise there is no way I could have got to the locks to help you through. So George wasn’t happy because he had to stay on the boat. It was really nice going into Camden, sitting in Camden waiting for the water to rise. I was like Oh, this is going to be great. Yes there is a lot of people. Oh I’ll smile and wave at some kids and stuff. And there is all these food stalls, you wanted me to go and get some haloumi fries. I totally did. We didn’t have any cash. I want my fiver back. The whole thing just seemed really pleasant and nice and then all of a sudden it was just into the construction zone. So when that is all finished it will probably be really nice too. Oh it will be really nice, yeah. Anyway, we got through it and we came down and we made it to Kings Cross Oh there is St. Pancras Lock we went to. Oh yes. That had lock keepers as well, and that the first time I think, we have both just sat on the boat. And let lock keepers do it. Usually if there is lock keepers, we’ll be out helping as well but, Yeah, but we just ended up. And they were really nice. And then we just found this mooring right here. Where these nice people on the boat beside us, they’ve got a little, well i’d call it a little wide beam A medium beam. Yeah, its a medium beam. It’s one of the not so hugely wide wide beams so And they, and there was room for us to come up beside them. They’re here of a couple of days so we can stay for a couple of days. It’s funny being, because we’re so close to St Pancras now. And the number of times in the last year, that we’ve got a train into St.Pancras. Yeah, its weird because, St. Pancras, Euston is just over there. All these places we’ve been struggling to take the dog through and having him poo on the ground. and now its like, we are right here. And like obviously we knew the canal existed. But we’ve never been down to see it, Its just that same old thing of. when you arrive by water you see a completely different side of it. So we’re not planning to stay here long. At least one night, maybe two. I don’t want to get stuck for a week like we did in… Right, so, um… Thanks for watching Like, click, comment, urr, you know. Bell thing. Dooblydoo. All that sort of stuff. Words. Yeah. Yeah. Words, words, words, and err, scene. sixty pounds an… An hour… An hour… George is doing a poo. That’s crazy. Umm. Alone once more in the dark zee adventurer zee explorer zee caver zee man with beard. [Singing Bohemian Rhapsody] The trip boat pursues me. It’s err, Jason Boats. And he’s right behind me He is hungry to get to Camden and take on another load of passengers. must keep moving We are going for a walkies stop saying that word We are not going for a… Stop So here we are. He is looking so sad that dog. Is that recording? Yes Well think so. yes Well you might get to Hogwards so its worth the… Yeah, I ain’t going to Hogwarts. Do you have any idea of what the sorting hat would do to me? It’s really nice here. Its kind of… regenerated. Not regenerated. Whats the.. gentrified. Wasn’t the last time we walked it the whole thing was… Camera go down I cant even Minor technical difficulty. Camera has decided to discombobulate itself. Swanies. And… there it goes. well, we got a blooper. Uh, Oh, Oh my god. what? see how it has gone all fuzzy? Yeah. Yeah, that was Georges nose. So your looking at the world and I’m all fuzzy right. Aw look at that, I’m clean. Yes, I’ve just wiped dog slobber off the lens. Much better She’s like, is that your wife, and I’m like yes. And she’s like, well she’s gorgeous, and I’m like, well thank you. I guess. I, I, I, not I guess. It’s very true. [Gasp] No, I mean, I guess for the thank you. portion, you know what I mean.

    21. Narrowboat Medical Emergency, First Aid & Accident GPS Spot
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    21. Narrowboat Medical Emergency, First Aid & Accident GPS Spot

    October 18, 2019


    So in this episode I was going to talk
    about how I had completed the plumbing and I had fitted one side of the kitchen
    together but unfortunately on day 2 of my project this week, it all came to an
    abrupt halt, as I had a bit of an incident! I was kneeling down, I had just
    finished fitting some clips onto a batten. There was a angle that you
    would hang a radiator on, now they’re quite sharp, fixed to the wall. I
    wasn’t using any tools, I stood up and sliced the front of my knee open on one
    of the angles from the radiator brackets. So as soon as I realised that the cut
    was a bit deeper and a bit bigger than just a scratch and a plaster, and the
    fact that I knew that I would actually have to go to hospital. I thought, right,
    okay I need to dress it because I need to get in the car and drive myself there
    and I didn’t want blood all over the car. So I cleansed the wound.
    I have got a number of saline tubes in my emergency kit and I cleaned the wound
    out. I then dried it off, I put a gauze patch on top of the cut and then I had a
    roll plaster, wrapped it around the leg around the back of the knee round, round
    and round and then I sealed it off with a bit of sticky plaster, to sort of fix it in
    place. I took a number of gauzes
    that soak up blood with me, just in case it started leaking in the car.
    I am off to A&E because I definitely need stitches. I’ve patched it up
    but it’s bleeding and you can see right the way through to this the kneecap,
    which is lovely! It doesn’t really hurt but it’s about a good, one and a half
    inches to two inch slice, so anyway, off to QMC. I got into A&E, I signed
    myself in and a nurse quickly came out and put a pad on the floor so I could
    put my foot on it. We laughed and sort of, because we didn’t want to get
    blood all over the floor and it would put the other customers off we laughed
    at. Quite quickly I went in to see a triage nurse and he indicated that I had
    patched up quite nicely. I had done myself a lot of favors by cleaning the
    wound and patching it up in the way that I did. He redressed it and verified that
    yes, I would need stitches, which was done by different nurse. I went out into the
    waiting room only a couple of minutes, this was normally about three or four
    minutes between each one of these. Now A&E waiting times can be sort of hours,
    sometimes like three or four hours before you get seen but because I think,
    I think it was because I was leaving blood everywhere I went, they sort of
    speeded up the process for me. Now of course because it is an open wound
    and because it is a bit gory, I’m going to give a bit of a warning now. So if you
    don’t like blood, or gore, or needles going through skin, then look away now
    and I’ll tell you again when it’s safe to look. So you can look back again now. They
    re-dressed the wound and they explained that in about half an hour, an hour the
    anaesthetic that they had pumped in around the knee, was going to wear off
    and the pain would start. So it was important for me to get some ibuprofen
    to stop the swelling and some paracetamol to aid the pain. Well I’ve got my
    painkillers and I’m now back to the car and now I’ve got to get through this
    rush hour in Nottingham before it wears off and I need to get back on my boat.
    What a day! How to stop doing the plumbing. I was going really well but still anyway,
    these things happen but I’m pleased I had a good first aid kit on board, and
    I’m pleased I had my car next to the boat. So I’ve got to go back in ten days,
    to a local doctors and to get the stitches removed and so they can have a
    look at it, but it’ll be fine, it’s just a slice wound, but it’s just quite deep and
    right on the knee, which is a real pain, but anyway. I also wanted to restock the
    things that I had used in my first-aid kit, because you never know when the next
    incident is going to happen. I’m not particularly accident-prone, there’s some
    people that go to A&E or cut themselves every week but,
    it doesn’t happen very often for me. But when it does happen, it usually does
    happen on a catastrophic scale, shall we say but anyway. I got back to the boat
    as quickly as I could, I took some paracetamol and I just took
    it easy and for the last couple of days, I haven’t really done that much. Bending
    the knee has been a bit difficult because the skin stretches on the knee
    but I’ve let it, I’ve opened it up, I’ve taken the plaster off the top and let it
    breathe and it’s healing quite nicely. Meanwhile life on the River Soar
    carried on as normal. When I returned from the hospital,
    Molly clearly knew that something had happened, as she barked at cows on the
    other side of the water. Now she very rarely barks, this was unusual for her
    and showed she knew something wasn’t right. There’s probably different levels
    of first-aid kit that most people have in their home. There’ll be the very, very
    basic, which will probably be a five-year out-of-date tube of Savlon, and a box
    of half used plasters, and that’s probably about it! Then you have like a
    family kit or a traditional green or red bag kit, which will have quite a lot of
    necessities, or like me I have quite an advanced first aid kit. I always have
    done, I went around the world backpacking when I was 20 and I thought it was
    important because I went on my own, to have a good first-aid kit. So it stemmed
    from then. Since then, I have worked for 999, the emergency services, in the
    British Telecom call centres, so taking the 999 calls and dealing with those, and
    then of course whilst working for BBC News I’ve been out with many fire engine
    crews, ambulance crews, police crews and air ambulance. I was with them for two
    weeks and I got to see a lot of different surgical scenarios, where
    people have impaled themselves, they’ve cut themselves
    and all sorts of different levels. So I’ve always kept a good first-aid kit.
    With my first-aid kit, I have four main areas. The front pocket has things
    like scissors, gloves, wipes, antiseptic wipes, the sorts of things that you would
    need first of all. The middle larger pocket, top left has saline solution.
    They’re in tubes, so I can quickly get them out and flush out either an eye if I’ve
    got something in my eye, or flush out a wound. Clean it, much better to use saline
    solution than water for example. On the right hand side of the first-aid kit
    I have melolin wound dressing, I’ve got eye patches. I’ve got PFA dressings which
    would go directly on a wound, all different sizes, from quite small to
    medium to large. I’ve also got a an emergency bandage. At the back of the
    main section, I have a good first aid manual. It’s from St. Johns Ambulance and
    it’s the tenth edition and it’s quite detailed in all sorts of different areas.
    In the left pocket I have all of my sterile bandages and fabric dressing and
    triangular bandage for arms and that sort of thing. And then the final pocket
    is not for me, final pocket on the right hand side is
    actually a first aid kit for Molly. You never know when dogs are going to get
    injured. I had a previous Labrador called Sash,
    and we were just out for a walk and she obviously trod on some glass or
    something sharp and she sliced one of her pads on her foot, clean in
    half, limping away, when I got her back to home and I got out my
    dog first aid kit and we sealed up the pad, I cleaned it all out and I put a
    bandage on and it healed up really nicely. Of
    course injuries with humans and dogs are very similar, but the bandages have to be
    a little bit more robust because dogs have a habit of wanting to bite them off.
    So that’s in the right hand side. Now, I also have a small first aid kit for when
    I go out walking. Really tiny, fits into a pocket or hangs off a belt. It’s got all
    main essential so, scissors, antiseptic, melolin dressing, a bandage, a bit of
    antiseptic cream, some tweezers, plasters, all sorts of things that you would need
    if you were out walking across the field or out in the woods. Nice and simple. If I
    was out in the middle of nowhere and this incident occurred, I would have
    to deal with it myself. Part of my first-aid kit I do have some
    sutra stitches, which are basically very, very sticky, tacky strips. You
    would, I would wash out the wound, pull the wound closer together and sutra
    stitch over the wound and that would enable me, a bit longer to either move
    the boat to an area where I could go to an emergency ward, or to an area where I
    could get to a road and call a taxi or get on a bus. It’s exactly the same as
    other stitches but it would just take longer to heal. All of those sorts of
    things I do have in my first-aid kit because you just don’t know what’s going
    to happen, with me on my own, I could be out in the wilderness. I like traveling
    out & mooring up in rolling countryside, my mum always takes the mickey out of me,
    because I say rolling countryside, so that’s for you mum! But I like mooring up
    in areas where there’s no one around, where there’s no vehicles, where it’s
    lovely and quiet. However those areas, when you have an
    incident away and you have an emergency, are a little bit more tricky to deal
    with. Now, a mobile phone, when you dial 999,
    which is the UK emergency number or 112 which is the pan-european
    emergency number, both of those go through to the same call centre. I know
    that because I used to work in that call centre. Neither has preferential
    treatment over others, it’s a bit of a myth that if you ring 112, you
    get through quicker, it doesn’t, it goes through exactly the same. If you looked
    at your phone and I’m with EE and I could see there was absolutely no
    reception, there is a system within the United Kingdom called ‘camped on’. That
    means whenever you dial 112 or 999, it will use other services mobile phone
    reception. So for example, if I had nothing on EE, I could dial 999 and if
    there was a neighbouring network available, for example Vodafone, it would
    use that service and that’s called a ‘camped on’ service. They can’t phone you,
    you can’t phone anyone else but it’s purely there for 112 or 999 emergency
    calls. Now a couple of years ago, I took my previous dog Sash for a walk, I was miles
    and miles and miles away, I like going on sort of quite rural walks with with the
    dog. Sometimes I camp out overnight, get a
    little Jerry stove and all that sort of thing. I went for a walk,
    fell down this bank. It was almost like sliding down the bank into like a
    scruff area, where there was some woods and I thought to myself, as I sat in a
    bit of a heap at the bottom, I wonder what would actually happen here if I had
    broken my leg, or I had broken my femur or I’d broken my arm, or something quite
    drastic. I had no mobile phone reception and it was probably quite likely that
    there was no other coverage there, so how on earth would I get out of that
    scenario? Yes I could drag myself up the bank but then what do I do? I can’t drag
    myself for miles and miles, especially if I’ve got a broken femur or
    an open wound somewhere and it occurred to me,
    what on earth would I do? Exactly the same scenario if I fell in the engine
    bay or I fell over something in the boat or I fell down on the towpath, but
    miles and miles from anywhere. I have one final emergency get-out bit of kit, and
    that is my SPOT. The device is battery-powered and there
    are five different buttons on it. You can enable the GPS tracking and it’ll update a
    Google map of my position at set intervals. The OK button can be used as a
    check-in, to say you’re about to set off and here is my map location for example. The
    custom message button could be for arrival info. If there was a non
    life-threatening situation but I needed help, I can use the help button. I could
    press this and it could let my contacts know I needed help and give my exact
    location via GPS satellite. In the event of a life-or-death emergency, I can lift
    the right flap and press the red SOS button. The GEOS International Emergency
    Coordination Centre provides my GPS coordinates and information to local
    response teams. It’s for emergencies only. But does give me and my family that
    final peace of mind that I can get help if nothing else works. I’m not saying you
    need all or any of the items if you plan to live afloat. I’m just indicating what
    I have and why I feel it’s important to be prepared when navigating on my own, in
    rural locations. All the items I’ve discussed are detailed in the
    description below. So if I have an accident again, let’s hope I don’t, but if
    I do I’m pretty sure I have all my bases covered. I either have a very good
    emergency kit, I’ve got a mobile phone that can ring or if worst case scenario,
    I’ve got my SPOT. So let’s hope it doesn’t happen again and let’s just
    crack on with getting the rest of the episodes out. My knee is
    fixing up quite nicely, I let it breathe and it’s healing, doesn’t really hurt
    anymore but it has stopped me from bending over and doing quite as much, but
    that shouldn’t be for too long and hopefully the next episode will be back
    to normal.

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

    October 15, 2019


    Hi, it’s Clark and Emily and we’re on sailing vessel Temptress. This is our June 2019 Adventure Log. ♫ Over the last 30 days, we’ve been traveling. We took the northern route back from
    Georgetown, so we went to Cat Island, Eleuthera, and the Abacos. A lot happened during that trip but we’re not gonna go into a lot of detail here because we’re
    doing a whole series on the actual travel. It kind of fits in better that way. We’re now in Port St. Lucie, FL, and, my god, is Florida hot and humid!
    We’re trying to get used to this. We’re currently anchored in Port Saint Lucie. We have a deal with a local marina that
    we can use their dinghy dock and their showers and their restrooms and
    get some AC every once in a while so there’s a pretty good deal, for this month anyway.
    We’re still looking for another place to go next month. Please subscribe so that you get updates about the travel we did this month and also stay tuned and make sure you subscribe because we have trips coming up to New
    York and Michigan and Wisconsin to visit our families and then of course in September we’re going to Africa
    so that’s gonna be really exciting . So stay tuned. This Adventure Log will probably be a little bit shorter because we’re not
    gonna go through all the detail of everything that happened this month.
    There was just too much stuff! As I’ve said, we’ve been traveling so we don’t spend as much money when we’re traveling. There’s just not the opportunities,
    well, until we got here because Florida’s expensive. What did we spend this month, Emily? Our total spending was $560 for the trip this month. That included about $400 for food. We had wine and alcohol that I think
    we restocked before we left. We spent about $50 at restaurants, got a
    couple souvenirs had some trash disposal fees, But but total was $560, so not too bad. When we got back to Florida we took a trip to the grocery store and got a few other things. That brought us up to $743 for the month . But we wanted to separate it out so you see the cruising life really wasn’t too expensive this month, and then when we got back
    we restocked to for things for July. And we got ice cream!
    Yes, we got ice cream. I think we probably spent $30 on ice cream. We have a freezer that isn’t cold enough for ice cream so when we get to civilization sometimes we splurge. We’ve been like years without ice cream.
    Also we don’t eat that much, it’s just splurging now. Also I’ve started some big spending
    but that’ll be in another video. That’s all the projects we’re doing on the boat. I keep a log every month
    of our ongoing living expenses . We’re also gonna keep track of all our
    big expenses while we’re refitting and restocking the boat for the next trip, so
    at the end of this year you’ll have a full year of what it cost us to live this life and prep for a big trip and all that sort of stuff. In terms of projects and activities… There were some big projects.
    Lots of varnishing. Emily varnished the whole boat again.
    It looks absolutely perfect now, at least varnish-wise. We had a windlass break
    when we were in the Abacos, I think. Yeah, and a washdown pump, both when we really needed them but I had spare parts on board so it didn’t take very long at all to fix them.
    We had to clean the bottom again a few times. So we’ve been busy with projects
    and so many activities. Again, stay tuned because we’re gonna go into way more detail on all those things. In terms of the best and worst for this month? One of the worst is the Florida weather.
    Every summer you have to get used to this. It’s just hot and sticky, and the Bahamas are so much cooler, so much more pleasant. You just come across that Gulf Stream
    and the world changes. Florida’s a swamp.
    Yeah, it’s very hot here. We also had a lot of dragging
    in the last leg of our trip in the Abacos. Our anchor dragged lot. We had a lot of squally weather
    especially in Manjack Cay, so that was a little bit frustrating.
    I’ve had that anchor for a long time and I had good confidence in and it worked well.
    I’m replacing it for the next trip. And I think it knows. I think it’s decided that it was putting an extra effort, and now it’s slacking off. So we’ll have a new anchor before we go off–
    something modern. What about the best part? Well, seeing the northern Bahamas was pretty cool. I’ve never gone up there. It’s very different.
    It’s a little more…touristy? It was nice to see a lot of new places
    that we hadn’t seen before. We’ve done the Exumas and some other places, but this was our first time through the Abacos.
    We didn’t do everything. We certainly skipped over some stuff,
    but I think when we might go through the Abacos on the way back down to Georgetown next year. We had some time limitations.
    We had an issue with immigration, so we only had two weeks to get out. We rushed.
    And then we went to another immigration officer, and they said, “you got another two weeks.”
    So we took our time, but at the end. There are places we want to see and things we want to do a little differently on the way back down. Intentional living is something that
    we want to talk about every month. Intentional living is kind of the reason
    that we’re out here doing this. It’s knowing and understanding and being connected to all the things that we’re doing
    and the choices that we’re making. I think now that we’re in the States again,
    it is a little bit different. It’s so easy to have lifestyle inflation. We’re buying a lot of stuff. We’ll be spending quite a bit of money on the boat
    because it’s gonna be the next five years of our life. We’re buying things to make our life better.
    So we really thought these through, and made a huge list, and we’re gonna buy those things. But it’s just so easy to, say, I don’t know.
    I can’t think of an example. I’m trying not to be able to figure out
    examples of money to waste. You know, get used to being in the AC inside,
    and just…life can get a lot more comfortable, but in a way that detracts from us getting the
    work done that we need to get done before we go out. So we’re trying trying to keep that cruising mentality
    and the money-saving mentality, even though we’re here in the states
    where we have all these things accessible. One of the problems I’m having is the only place where we can get cool at, like, 3:00pm when it’s really hot is this lounge at the marina, and there’s always a TV running. And it’s always running absolutely inane crap. And you just can’t help it, you look at the TV.
    I don’t want to get addicted to TV again. So I guess the only thing left is to say thank you. We’d like to thank AventureMan Dan.
    We met him in Georgetown and we’ve kind of been buddy boating a bit. We keep running into each other anyway, and we’ve decided to come to the same bay. So he’s anchored right over there. We’re gonna be helping each other with a refit this summer. And we want to thank John D, one of our patrons.
    He turned us on to this place and it’s a pretty good deal. it was a great to have a place we knew we could land,
    and we didn’t have to go searching around while we were tired from the crossing. thank you also to Andrew and Linda and Trekker and Jay who are coming this weekend to pick us up and bring us back to our house so we can get our cars registered and get back on the road and start running errands and getting things done. And thank you to all of our patrons and everybody who’s been watching and commenting on our videos. This month, as you probably know from last month, we put all your names on a coconut
    and as we were crossing the Gulf Stream, about halfway we threw that coconut overboard
    and it’s off to become a coconut tree. I expect it’s gonna find the perfect beach.
    So it will grow into better things, as we hope our YouTube channel also will.
    Yep, since Saturday it’s been traveling 3 knots due north. Stay tuned. Subscribe so that you are up-to-date with our adventure series that we’re launching on August 1st, and for all these travels and all the
    great travels coming up. We appreciate you and we’ll talk to you again soon. Bye!

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    HOW TO CHOOSE A SAILBOAT for living aboard and sailing arround the world! Ep. 2

    October 14, 2019


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

    #172  Weather Rules Sailboat Travel (plus a New Contest!)
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    #172 Weather Rules Sailboat Travel (plus a New Contest!)

    October 12, 2019


    in our last episode of selling nervous
    we dealt with incorrect charts water that was shallow to one foot depths and
    other obstacles on our voyage south in this episode we deal with difficult
    currents a travel lift that doesn’t seem to be quite strong enough and fixing the
    Jabsco marine toilet got up early next morning and lo and behold at
    sunrise first light it was dark out and then got light the current was
    incredible and we had a real difficult time backing out in that slip because
    the current was just pushing us right into the piles right into the side and
    so again our buddy that was there they help relieve do the same thing that we
    were gonna do yeah they helped us get that boat out and I’ll tell you the boat
    which the current was so strong the book just wedged against the dock it was
    really challenging so but we finally were able to push off it was a stressful
    morning but we pulled together as a team and we did it so anyway so everything is all good
    right and we’re headed out and now we’re almost at the marina and I’d been
    talking them on and off for past month really it’s a Schedule E at our time
    scheduled to haul out the boat and I went and bought my good bottom paint all
    ready to go and we pulled up into the marina we knew is gonna be a little thin
    water you know anywhere in the ICW you got to be prepared to you know go
    aground usually you’re able to just come right
    off the ground too so we I’d we’ve been a little bit of ground it was kind of
    skinny water but was all good lined it right up right into the concrete Bay
    where the travel love comes and lifts you out and the gentleman came out and
    he looked at the boat and he was like I want to take the four stay off the
    rigging that runs from the front of the boat to the top of the mast and it’s a
    deck step master he’s like I’ll take the rear one off and you know I’m no rigging
    XP he said then the the the mast will just be held up by your baby stay and I
    was like no my baby stay is not the strongest part of this boat he’s like oh
    you know did anyone ever howl about it yeah travel lift up in Harrington Harbor
    up in deal Maryland did a great job hold it out and well did they take all the
    rigging off and I was like no he’s like I don’t think I’ll be able to handle
    that I could try it but you know so I didn’t really want him to start taking
    the main parts of our rigging down especially since he wasn’t a rigger to
    put it back on he didn’t seem like they he was able to handle it and he said
    what was the travel of like that you used before to haul the boat out and I
    was like there’s a lot bigger than one you have basically so he looked like you
    had it kind of like a small kind of travel lift and I didn’t want to entrust
    yab young to that because they clearly it was the boat was too big for them to
    handle so that was a big change in our plans I just turned around and we left
    two headed south one of the reasons is threw a wrench in our plans was because
    we needed to get to a safe place by the time this winter storm came and we
    pulled into this marina here now it’s a whole new situation because we better
    recalculate where we’re gonna go how I’m gonna get the bottom paid done maybe I’m
    gonna have to wait till I get to Florida it was two days of like unpredictable
    things and it’s always a good day on the water if you come back and you’re not
    injured and the boat is safe and so it was a good day both days there was a big
    winter storm headed our way actually that evening and we had wanted
    to stage ourselves in a place to weather out this storm coming so having to find
    a brand new location and a short notice with this weather window coming to a
    close was very upsetting right now there’s a gale warning it’s
    like 36 degrees and rain getting cold yeah but we’re cozy here in the boats
    that’s cool we should be able to use the toilet again because the to the Joker
    valve and the other gasket has been replaced and hopefully will not leak
    anymore Marine toilets just passed the test now so it’s like just pump
    carefully we should do a whole episode on marine toilets
    boring and gross very necessary boring and gross all right Sonia show us the
    Joker Bell say a few words with the joke remote or viewers especially those that
    want to get into living on the boat like I said two years ago somebody was you
    know when they called this a joker valve I don’t know who’s cuz the Hat it looks
    like a Joker’s hot but it’s not a big joke it’s a big joke that this little
    thing can cause so much disgusting problems when this is a brand new one so
    it’s nice and sealed when it’s closed and then basically when when it’s open
    to let the things through things you know those things the unmentionables but
    it the bad one which is at the bottom of the trash right now it’s where it just
    doesn’t ever close completely and that’s and ours was a mess so all right so so
    joke about another interesting thing that you learned from sailing nervous
    I’m really hoping that you’re gonna harvest some of this aloe soon because
    we’re getting overwhelmed with aloe that you’re saving for the tropics yeah I
    have such a green thumb you know look at this Alice groans so incredibly big yeah
    I’ll harvest it get out of your way also I just wanted
    to let those of you who have been responding to our request for crew
    obviously things are a little bit delayed so I’ve contacted many of you to
    let you know that we’re still trying to figure things out those of you who had
    written said it was a too late to offer to crew with us and now it’s not too
    late I have found one gentleman has become a friend that was gonna do part
    of the journey so we need more help for the rest of the journey and just let us
    know if you’re able to crew thanks for watching and just wanted to
    share that with you

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    Liveaboard Boating – 5 Reasons Why Liveaboard Boating Is Awesome! 2018

    October 11, 2019


    hi skipper Darryl coming to you from st.
    Louis Missouri where it is frickin cold but it does illustrate a point many live
    aboard cruising boaters will say they have adopted the lifestyle to do
    something exciting and adventurous and that’s legit but another reason is to be
    able to chase summer temperatures and get away from the cold now there are
    other less obvious reasons I’ll tell you what some of those are on the
    live-aboard boating reality check five reasons live aboard cruising is awesome
    on the onboard life number five maintenance can be fun when we started
    out I had no idea whatsoever how to maintain a diesel engine or any of the
    other systems on a boat I was agreeing and experience
    one might say stupid newbie but I was motivated now I can do all those things
    I learned I can’t do major repairs I admit that’s beyond my capabilities but
    I understand more about how the systems work which makes me more confident
    running the boat number four doc tales live aboard cruising voters are some of
    the nicest people you will ever come across and because of our lifestyle
    we’ll enjoy each other’s company the best way to do that is docked ales
    cocktails on the dock all you have to do is go from boat to boat at the marina
    and say doc tails at whatever time and you’ve got a party on your hands and we
    enjoy some might say we need the camaraderie that we experienced we’re
    away from our families and homes and being together with like-minded people
    is important it’s also a chance for us to unpack and dust off our best stories
    mine is when I saw an elephant in the ICW south of Myrtle Beach South Carolina
    really I did number three bragging rights we live in
    the land locked dried state Colorado boating is not a popular pastime now so
    when we’re home it’s very satisfying to slip in that we’re live aboard cruising
    boaters into conversations everyone goes hmm
    and of course I always have dozens of pictures handy to show them then there’s
    other boaters we all like to say we’ve been someplace special and frankly the
    more exotic more interesting more isolated the better for us being able to
    say we’ve been to what turned out to be our own private island for four days on
    Boca Cheeta south of Miami and someplace completely unexpected like Philadelphia
    gives us first-class bragging rights it’s Varner number two familiar things
    look different from the water one of the things that impacted me the most during
    our great group adventure in 2012 in 2013 was one 10-minute period we had
    cast off from a marina on the mississippi river north of st. Louis and
    motored down through the Chain of Rocks walk past the Gateway Arch on our way to
    hoppy landing in the Kings with Missouri I’m a proud st. Louis –an and I’ve been
    down by the arch on the roof front a zillion times but seeing the arch from
    the helm of my own boat out in the middle of the Mississippi River moved me
    in a way I never anticipated it was a gray and drizzly day definitely not
    sightseeing with it but I thought it was beautiful
    maybe you’ll see something like that too and number one it’s goal-setting nirvana
    I’ve always been a goal setter and successfully achieving a goal makes me
    very happy in fact I need to set an accomplish
    goals to keep me motivated about whatever it is I’m doing being a
    cruising boater is the perfect way to feed that need planning a route and
    getting where I intended as a rush now I admit that I’m persnickety about all
    this but to me all the planning calculations and record-keeping is half
    the fun you should see my ships excel spreadsheet but it is a thing of beauty
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    you in the next video