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    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 #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.