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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!

    Why I’m selling my houseboat
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    Why I’m selling my houseboat

    September 27, 2019


    Hey, I’m in Sweden I was in Norway to speak at a conference And I just swung by here to clean up my houseboat because you know what I’m selling it. Don’t be sad I’m sad for the both of us for the boat of us About a year ago I posted it like a tour of my boat and a lot of people were disappointed that I didn’t show any exterior shots nor gave the name of the boat You know that the Internet can be a really creepy place So there were good reasons for not wanting to do that, but now since I’m selling it You’re just gonna be creepy to whatever person happens to buy it so time to tell all my secrets Yeah, we’re almost there, are you ready? Dun dun duuun Here it! His name is Alfred I’m on my boaat Cause is still my boat So yeah his name is Alfred, and yes, he has a man’s name Please respect his chosen pronoun, but he’s an ice-breaking tugboat which means that he’s technically allowed to have a man’s name because Breaking things and dragging them behind you is such a male thing to do What the fuck do I know I bought Alfred on my 22nd birthday because I couldn’t afford to buy an apartment and a crew of builders and I, like remodeled pretty much the entire boat We changed the steering system, the heating system, the sewage system, Remodeled the whole kitchen, built a new staircase Did a bunch of stuff I was really broke at the time, so it was at a minimal budget But he turned out pretty ok This scar I have here in my hand is from fiddling these cupboards here, so I’ve shed blood on this boat, we’re blood siblings now Truth to be told it’s mostly period blood but still counts. Alfred is like this grumpy old man. He was born I say born not built because I think of him as a person. Oh, yeah. He was built in 1942 and he actually sunk in the fifties so the sewage leak I had is definitely not the worst thing that’s happened to him. Lot of people ask if I’d recommend buying a house boat If you’re ready to put in the work that it requires and sure go ahead I should probably not tell you any of these things because I’m trying to sell this boat But during the first summer I had three break-ins. So three times, I woke up in the middle of the night because there were people walking on the boat and two of the times It was just like drunk people and it was fine I just like shooed in the way But once there was actually a guy who Tried to break in and I was on lower deck and I could see he was walking past Holding a knife and the way I reacted was I gave this like guttural like cavewoman scream You know like when you you get power from the tail you no longer have I just Screamed and was like GET OFF OF MY BOAT BITCH and for some reason I did it in English as well I was Sweden in I don’t know my brain was like when you’re in an emergency situation Fall back on all the action movies you’ve seen and speak English my boyfriend at the time Just started laughing so hard and I actually got really upset because I was like what the fuck were you doing at least I screamed get off of My boat bitch. After that I redesigned the bridge so you can kind of hoist it up And since then we’ve hardly had any issues Things are fine, please buy my boat, please buy my boat, please buy my boat. Please buy my boat It’s the bed Please buy my boat, please buy my boat. I’m just kidding don’t buy it I mean do buy it, but don’t buy it here’s the tugboat hook This right here. It’s like hidden behind this bench, but Still there still works the engine totally works. It’s fine. He’s fine. Everything is fine It’s gonna be great. So things are gonna be great The main reason I’m selling Alfred is because I live in the States now I need to be there for work and Alfred really needs somebody to be here to take care of him So I know that a lot of you have asked about the boat and what’s happening with it? And I just wanted to let you know that I’m abdicating as a houseboat captain I can no longer have that on my list of things that make me cool. Which is fine I feel like I can’t fill it up with other stuff. I always look ridiculous in this captain’s hat anyway, so At least I won’t have that anymore, but it does feel sad. Bye Alfred. I think this might be one of the last times I’m here Bye sewage tank You know sometimes when you love somebody you have to let them go Or as my mom says, If you love a man sometimes you need to find him a new owner Yeah, she does say that She said it just this morning, thanks for watching. Please don’t forget to subscribe or to buy my boat Okay, bye

    Ep. 12 – BOAT LIFE: Getting the Hang of LIVING ON A SAILBOAT – How Not To Sail A Boat
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    Ep. 12 – BOAT LIFE: Getting the Hang of LIVING ON A SAILBOAT – How Not To Sail A Boat

    September 27, 2019


    Last week we finally trade in our city
    life in Nassau for the quieter life in the smaller islands of the Bahamas. This week we share how we’re adapting to life on the boat, finally seeing results from our
    spearfishing attempts and having the time to slow down, explore and get the
    hang of life on board: meeting new friends on a hike in the national park,
    visiting the famous beach pigs and experimenting in the kitchen making
    homemade yogurt and learning how to cook lobster. As we got into the sailing groove our
    days would start much like this and go one of two ways. On days where we’re off
    to go adventuring we start the day by waking up and getting a little bit of
    exercise while pulling up the anchor by hand. We get the boat moving, setting up
    either one or both of the sails and trimming them to make the best use of
    the wind and then if all is going well we sit down to our sailing breakfast.
    Something easy to eat on the go like these overnight oats soaked in coconut
    milk with chia and stewed apples. Not every morning goes smoothly though and
    sometimes breakfast needs to wait until we sort out the most recent problems. What happened?
    Cally: we didn’t shorten the dinghy and when we started the motor it wrapped around the prop.
    John: we should have pulled the dinghy up…
    Cally: we always pulled the dinghy short. John: why didn’t we?
    Cally: I don’t know why … so now it’s dragging by our prop so we’re gonna get out past the shallows I’m gonna jump in with my goggles and we’re gonna try and unwrap. We will drop the sails.
    John: it was a rookie mistake!
    Cally: it was a rookie mistake we haven’t done that before. John: you live and you learn.
    Cally: I guess, you got to do it sometime. At least we know the area well here so we can get
    past the sandbar and do it! But yeah I guess it’s my job! But we always sort it
    out and get on our way! Our adventuring in the Exumas consisted of many
    activities that we loved and we thought we would share some of the highlights.
    One of our first stops was a visit to the Exuma land and sea park, a place
    where you can spend some time exploring land. The walk was beautiful and we also
    met a new friends near the end of the hike from New England one of our
    favorite parts of the U.S. after spending so long there fixing up the
    boat! So we had a lot to chat about on the
    walk… John: oh they’re going to get wet
    Cally: I know, it it makes me really sad. Are you going to get yours wet?
    John: yeah, I think so… Cally: promise you won’t take yours off after I get mine wet?
    Okay, you are doing it too?
    John: yeah I guess. John: Actually I think maybe not, let’s not,
    come on let’s go back! Cally: Stop it! I’m already submerged!
    John: why did you do that?
    Cally: we agreed get in here! Cally: okay!… come on! Cally: let me just throw one of your shoes in the water quick!
    John: no! Leaving the park we still had a lot of
    things to see and do: we would snorkel on interesting submerged objects from the
    infamous drug cartel past of the Bahamas, explore underwater caves made famous
    from films like the James Bond movie Thunderball and visit the tourist sites
    like Big Majors famous for its Beach pigs. When we are through with exploring for
    the day we drop the pick and try and catch some dinner.
    Sometimes that dinner is enough for two and we try and get creative in the
    kitchen with whatever food we have on board. Other times us or our Aussie-American
    friends, Ellen and Arjuna, have enough success for both boats and we head off
    to find a private beach for a fish fry and campfire to end our adventurous day. A similar day spent at anchor starts out
    much the same way only we take our time enjoying a big breakfast in the morning
    with some hot coffee. After breakfast we both try and tackle a few projects.
    Whether building a shelf for our spices, fixing leaky hatches to help keep the
    inside of the boat dry or routine engine maintenance, there is always something to do on board! Outside of these things we need to keep our provisions of fresh
    food fresh and sometimes that means finding unique little grocery stores the
    kind of place where you cannot make a list because you only buy what they have
    on hand that day and often at the same time we track down access to Wi-Fi to
    share these videos with you. When we’re not doing these jobs we can sometimes
    find time to get in some exercise around the anchorage or to explore land a
    little bit looking for good views or other sites worth seeing and if we have the energy and time before the end of the day we might squeeze in other things
    that need done. Things ordinarily done on land quite easily but that require much
    more time and effort on a boat like baking bread, getting haircuts or trying
    to learn to make homemade yogurt. This is what feels like my millionth try
    making yogurt and I have got this like separated look, ooh sorry, I’ve got this like
    separated look that I think maybe it’s gonna be thick yogurt and I
    just spoon off the liquid and then maybe it’ll be thick and I’ll stir it but I
    don’t want to stir it now and stir all the liquid back into it. I don’t know maybe
    it’s I think it’s good that it’s separated I’m not sure but I also read
    that if you keep the liquid it makes a good bread if this is what the whey is or
    whatever I read online I’ll keep it for bread tomorrow. I hope this
    worked, this is seriously it’s attempt 3! I can’t keep using milk that’s the issue
    but on attempt 3 we actually used a thermometer and and we used yogurt
    instead of probiotic pills which I still want the probiotic pills to work but I
    wanted to get it work to work with yogurt so I know that we’re doing it
    right and then we can process of eliminate and see if our little
    probiotic pills just aren’t working!? Oh my god, its thick like yogurt. It’s yogurt. It smells like yogurt. Okay, I might let it separate again. I did it.
    Okay, John and I did it because he actually helped because I was late for dinner
    making yogurt and then needed to shower so John finished it but this is so good
    smells really good! It smells really good! Yum! Whoa! And so another day ends, this time after a day spent at
    anchor. And the view from one of my favorite spots on the dock at Black
    Point Settlement couldn’t represent the end of a day in the Bahamas any better.
    Tune in next week as we finish solving one of our biggest problems yet and
    leave behind the incredible anchorages of the Exuma banks heading through to
    the east side and the deeper Exuma sound to continue our journey south east
    towards the rest of the Caribbean! Plus as a bonus you get to meet the first of
    our Patreon family to come aboard as crew.

    The Maiden Voyage of a Liveaboard Sailboat Sailing to Ibiza Spain
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    The Maiden Voyage of a Liveaboard Sailboat Sailing to Ibiza Spain

    September 13, 2019


    Oh no… The crew consists of three humans.
    Dylan Magaster, seven-day sailing experience, Skipper.
    Jackson Peters, two months as a deckhand, Admiral. Tara Wear, five days sailing
    from Colombia to Panama, Treasurer. The Balearic Islands resting in the western
    part of the Mediterranean. The Plan. Sail from Barcelona Spain to Mallorca and
    onward to Ibiza. The vessel yet to be purchased. You can’t make yourself
    interested in something. Interest manifests itself and grips you. That’s a
    whole different thing. You’re compelled forward by your interest. Welcome to See++ the vessel that’ll take
    us all over the Mediterranean from Greece to Spain actually from Spain to Greece, hopefully to Israel, this is Sea++. The deal was done for $10,000 and we were committed to the
    artist formerly known as See++ and all of her beauty and all of her faults. As you can see, it’s not like perfect condition. Egh it’s ugh super thick. Just in case. The engine was taken out, disassembled completely. Tiny tiny oil leak, but it runs great. She was a little bit beaten down but the necessity, potential, and the vision were there. Now, it is time for action. Organize your local landscape. Schedule your time. Start taking control of yourself. See if you can stop saying things you know to be lies. Out here killing mold. This is a process of soul-searching. Bathroom time…you have to figure out what it is. What will work for you. Miscellaneous hardware, miscellaneous
    miscellaneous, miscellaneous plugs. First time out! We got a ship coming in here. You get one shot at this gig right here. LIFE. So you have to go into the unknown and that’s that’s God’s first command, go into the unknown. Gage doesn’t work. We are going to Mallorca! Well, it’s excitement at the moment. So yeah we’ll see, it’s an overnight sail…
    our first sail! We’re off! Woo! Raise the main. Raise the main sheet. Okay! We’re sailing! Sea++ Sea++. Come in.This is Sea++ furling out the head sail. 13 to 15 knots of wind. Go ahead and enjoy! And the most important thing to learn is that we have so much to learn. We all do. And we can learn from school
    and from people and from experience and we learn from life. It’s a pretty tumultuous sea. Stop the pressings! Captain Matthias the captain of the cruise ship we were on
    said that just a little bit alcohol helps settle the stomach, allegedly. In
    the sun able to look out it it’s not too bad. Trying to adjust just the out haul so that we don’t get so much weather helm. Oops. We sailed for like four hours with a ugh not fully tensioned luff. So again I guess it’s good we got it now. There was Braddock at a big table with a
    party called Francis Klein and Mrs. Braddock’s and several people I did not know. The sea at night is unlike anything I’ve
    known. The dark immense below the vast array of stars and planetary bodies
    overhead traversing the fragile line in between. With Mars as our heading, I began the first watch. Then ease the main sheet. What do you see, Cap? Land ho! Oh, where did that come from? Ouch. Some mysterious way we lost 60
    gallons of water. It was going perfectly according to plan until I gave it too
    much forward. Can you see that? That is a little ding on the bow. *screeching* So we’re gonna get hit with a
    nice little storm tonight so that’ll be fun because it’s our first night on anchor. Make sure there’s a couple wraps around the winch. Two head sails were coming unfurled. Our anchor is holding, that would totally blow if it wasn’t, but thank the Lord it’s totally working. Sailing Vessel Swift. This is Swift, copy. We just pickled the outboard engine. Ouch. Here we go. Here goes nothing. It’s chilly. We had it locked onto the dinghy and then the ferry came by and we got hit with a giant wave
    and the halyard was still attached to the engine and so the dinghy went down
    the halyard went up the engine went over and then down. You got it? Got it. I didn’t cinch it though. Many boaters would certainly agree that one of the most character building situations in recreational boating is
    dealing with an engine that has slipped it’s mount and needs recovery from the deep also known as pickling an engine. We need to go around the island down here to Ibiza which is this island down here and there’s a little town of Ibiza. It should
    be relatively quick but we’ll see how it goes. Finally filling up with gasoline. Although it is diesel. So we’re checking the wind here so we’ll be headed right into the wind. We’re gonna
    have to motor some of it, unfortunately. Goodbye Swift! Sea God’s may you look upon us with
    grace. Big love. It would appear that we have a problem. What you cooking down
    there? *alarm sounding* The engine is all wet. Is that where the waters gone? I would guess that was a coolant leak, but that leak is no idea and the engine is like 200 degrees. Oh, was it just this? Might have just been that popped off. That might be the culprit but not positive. It is quite rocky down here. Oh boy, oh Jesus. You feeling sick? Not yet… I think it’s fine. Engine’s spewing coolant all over the place and that changes all of our plans. Got issues. People call it Murphy’s Law anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Don’t necessarily believe
    in Murphy’s Law but maybe right now I am! Why am I using a flashlight? We’ve got…*turns lights on, laughter* That is not that funny but man… We’re still having motor problems. 17:30
    yesterday we left now it’s 14:35 and we’re back at the place we anchored last
    night. It’s literally an hour walk from where we anchored two nights ago. We’re walking. I’ve almost got this thermostat off. Engine block is in the way. This here is a thermostat. The way you test this is you put it in a container of water and boil it. It would
    appear that our thermostat is functioning. I don’t know what the issue
    is now. The wind looks good today and it should carry us the full way from a beam
    reach to a broad reach. You can see the wind right there you can see wind behind us
    but we’re in another calm. Reading both pages and we got two jibe preventers. Stay on this point of sail and at this bearing for another six point six nautical miles. In order to get any oil out of a diesel
    marine engine you have to siphon it out. It’s working! It’s totally working.

    Liveaboard SailBoat Life: My First Time Hauling Out
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    Liveaboard SailBoat Life: My First Time Hauling Out

    September 12, 2019


    Three novice sailors set out to Spain
    with the vague idea of sailing the Mediterranean. Five days after arrival we
    sailed 111 miles to Mallorca. We had an arduous time getting to Ibiza as well as
    back to mainland Spain. After a quick road trip around Spain we’re back on the
    boat and preparing for our next 100 nautical mile sail. This here is called a wind vain. It’s a
    type of auto helm. When we got the boat this was broken. We just med moored here in this marina and we had one of our lines accidentally
    going on it so pulled it even more so it’s pretty completely broken so I’m
    gonna take it off. That’s what a broken wind vain looks like. We found an open slip and began our Mediterranean moor which you can see by the exhaust that we
    are very new and the Med moor is difficult. This is my fourth ever successful Med moor. Nice job. Jackson. Dylan has been busy
    cleaning out the drains in the head using a chemical to do so. That’s so
    bright. Which like burns through whatever’s clogging it and we were
    having a bit of draining issues here so I figured agh if we have leftover stuff
    maybe we should put it in the sink. So Dylan put it in the sink. It burnt right
    through all the pipes in the sink. Oh my goodness. Whoa. What is this stuff that
    we’re working with here? Not good. No. This is sanitary hose that we’re gonna use
    underneath the kitchen because it’s all they had. That amount of hose was like 20 bucks. Tara and Jackson put on a coat of varnish and we went to bed eager for our
    sail in the morrow. It rained dirt last night. All of this came out of the
    sky. Yeah and we just varnished everything so. Cast off port side, cast off the bow. Cast off the starboard and unfurl the
    head sail and sail outta here. Go ahead and cast it off Jackson. Tara, I’m going to start unfurling the head sail so give me some slack. Jackson, what’s that caught up on? That main, that jib, that sheet. Yep, it’s all off. Okay, cool. The wind just died. It’ll be a lot easier to cast the stern off first. Okay. We’re gonna come around this. We’re gonna furl in the head sail and then jibe. So let’s prepare to jibe. All right so good ahead and let’s raise the main sail. So Tara, ease the sheet. We’re sailing to San Carlos de la Rapita where we will be moor anchoring
    for a few days and then hauling out the boat and cleaning it and working all.
    We’re going to miss you Javea. You were wonderful. So what happened and what did you just do? The head broke so this is a bucket of s*$%. I grabbed this big aluminum pole, known as a whisker pole in sailing lingo, and pulled out the
    Genoa as we settled into a run at the heading of 31 degrees, which we stayed at for pretty much the rest of our 25 hour sail. So we’re gonna read the Genoa. What that
    means is we’re going to make the sail smaller and the reason for that is so
    that there’s not as much stress on that sail and then because it’s starting to
    get relatively windy. I mean we’re probably sitting at fifteen knots of wind. Maybe a little bit more. Genoa it’s like super light so
    we’ve been cruising at like seven knots so we probably want to bring that down
    to about six knots. In Sant Carles de la Rapita we finally lined up a boat survey
    after over 400 miles on the water. Slightly leaking. Yeah. So you’re looking for movement of the
    rudder on the stock also any structural movement and we’re not seeing any. Good news. And then we hammer sound it to look for delamination. We promptly cleared the deck and began
    our boat work. These are blisters. This is like a tool.
    It feels like you’re cleaning up a wound to be, preparing it to be dressed. I would like to. No se exactamente, pero quiero. One to one ay? I filled all the
    blister pits and holes with two-part watertight epoxy. There were two spots of delamination on the deck. We drilled holes and filled the fiberglass with epoxy. That’s a mighty big box you got there. Dometic, coming in clutch. For the win. Mobile living made easy. We got another one, Tara. That many holes. Okay, I’m going to need your help now. Ohhhh you are, I hope you fly. Oh you fly for sure! Nice. How’s it going? Good to see ya. That looks great. What are you up to? Taking apart the head. So this is a sanitary hose that s*$% goes through and over time it calcifies, gets calcium deposits,
    and so if you look in here you can see that the diameter is like half maybe a
    quarter of what it used to be. All that gray build-up there. That’s calcium. Back in the water it was the first time
    to try out our new dinghy davits. It was un-gusseted. Not quite loose. First time using the dinghy davits. I’m drifting away! Jackson! I got you buddy! As you can see I have never done this
    before. We set off on our next 170 nautical mile
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    Norfolk Broads: Trees, Leaks & Epoxy – Boat Vlog Ep 75
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    Norfolk Broads: Trees, Leaks & Epoxy – Boat Vlog Ep 75

    September 11, 2019


    well what do you know it’s snowing yes
    cold tonight oh how exciting winter boating snowing
    freezing your nuts off this is fantastic got a parcel how’s that shop frontage
    hey we gotta get out of there now some frozen and muddy and last time you saw
    one of those tree what they say about life having no mercy moment I need
    moment I leave Sun comes out it’s lovely and more I’ve just been freezing since
    Friday there you go got the good east so we’re gonna have a little trip down to buxom get showered up and then we’re
    going down to Barton broad put my mouse tough thing that’s why they call it
    cracked Miller so I’ve been told I mentioned in one of my videos I’m
    stuck on the other side of the bridges floods about trees coming down so you
    can see this one here it’s quite a common sight actually but you really
    wouldn’t want to be in your eye when that happens not at all not at all some ol bucket is more up down there oh you gotta watch out for these cheese
    man I don’t know I pawned the water that goes to find out hey have you gone
    through one problem that’s how I changed them with the very sound of water not
    the middle of the winter I can assure you not good it was so windy the other
    night every night unaware he came for just sunny turned up a tow and
    knew like crazy and then it’s gone and even myself down in the town I pulled
    out blue tarp a tree there’s no real solution for it really because these
    trees up here I forget most of our now but did you see they grow like weeds and the ground just lifts up like carpet so
    it’s not going thing I mean if it wasn’t for brought authority and the
    Environment Agency or whoever is responsible for digging them how this
    river would come to a standstill put it down quickly and once the river stopped flowing then
    it starts flooding everywhere so it’s a crucial it should brew shall bit of
    river this to keep clear and it’s not only about navigation when flooding if
    you can see that little Robin dispensary I want to beautiful day to be on the
    roads but you often wild Lauren’s but as a
    perfect example that’s a big-ass tree as well perfect
    example of why Maureen excellent sweets there’s not such a great idea there’s another one there all of their
    aware if you you learn be careful sure awesome vehicle pump
    these out there okay here is your urgent report there
    isn’t there’s enough loss bone snapping the
    tree see I’ve never seen this anywhere before mmm that looks a bit more like it
    that’s going in the furling the further these are the compression fittings the
    wedges no sorry let me start that again these are the wedges that go in the
    compression fittings someone called stay lock so I’m gonna
    called Norseman and this son called hi Maude which I like because they separate
    the strands better but there seem to be a lot more expensive this is 20 quid
    worth here believe it or not so you know bursting certainly isn’t cheap but once
    these are done if they’re done properly they’re supposed to be stronger than the
    actual rope itself can’t quite figure how that works from the ego so we’re
    getting there and now we just need a day like today
    now we can start get it all put back together yeah if you look familiar with
    these it’s pronounced stay on the right side of winter now I wonder if you can
    see their rainbow one of those lovely winter days today
    and it’s come right after very wet previous day so I know I’ve got a leak
    so I’ve got my hatch apart take the wood off I’m gonna get a brand new piece in
    there I’m gonna pops you the hell out of it make sure this baby is there’s
    nothing more irritating and having a leak on a boat especially in the winter
    one is tricky to fix you know nothing will go off and set misses a day like
    this but also the fact that I’ve come to realize that when you have a leak on the
    boat it can actually ruin your boat you can do so much damage you can destroy
    your bulkheads ultimately so we’re quite anal when it comes to leaks now that’s
    just a tip and I’m gonna get it fixed so lovely sunny day we’re busy I’m working
    on the boat I wonder if you can see that seeing on the hatch that’s right where’s
    gonna drop down done what we can do cordelia rigging at the moment so we’re
    going the library work on the forum so over today and I hope it’s nice and
    sunny where you are this hatch is in the process of being restored that’s why it
    looks like it’s all being bleached and you know it does it’s actually beatboxing up in nice and sexy it’s
    windy as hell folks the weather but it’s not all doom and gloom because if you
    hadn’t chucked down I wouldn’t have discovered a leak here looking a bit
    messy at the moment but this is the early stages here I built up some layers
    of marine fly here and there all the process of being a pop seed and the idea
    is and the water comes down here to stop it from getting too far down years ago a
    hole in the to the wood that’s in here all right
    keepers trouble for tonight I think nearly there
    almost water type very pleased with that it’s nice for job comes together right
    come in the market for a new jib or a couple of spare ones I’ve had a quote
    for new jib and it ranges anywhere from about 800 to
    1,200 pounds so costly that happening for a while I can see online you can buy
    secondhand ones I thought might be best to go online and ask us somebody watch
    it might know somewhere what’s got to be 13 what’s the longest bit enough with
    the leech I think the laugh is 35 inches 28 30 yes
    the foot is 13 the Meech is 28 and the left/right interested and it makes perfect sense
    almost well it’s very moral early evening but I decided because it’s the
    end of the week I want to go out on the broad have some peace and serenity
    tonight find it a little bit difficult trying to get stuff done on the boat
    when I’m on the war into this high temperatures all day the people walking
    past and the minute sunny turn into hours of the next thing you know you
    spent about three hours talking to people and I do a lot of in the summer
    thing is I’m doing so I thought maybe if I come out here I live here to get
    something down but we’re making progress we’re getting some stuff done so I’m
    quite chuffed and yeah we have a nice night on the corner and shut up so happy
    days I will say there’s some chap who watches these videos I think he said
    he’s an appellate of Australia and I’m pretty sure he saves in the forties out
    there at the moment that’s really nice to hear because before the booze in my
    cabin last night so thanks for those comments they really help
    but seriously this is great this is wonderful it’s nobody a peaceful anybody
    wants me Wow broad tonight over now good week tonight you can see do the tight squeeze
    getting in here how’s that so let’s get the Kevlar its upload a video okay so
    I’m gonna sign out for this week because I’m really not gonna get anything done
    today however stay tuned thank you for
    watching and thanks again to my viewers subscribers patrons on patreon and if
    you like the videos make sure you subscribe like and all that sort of jazz
    and if you don’t what I like to subscribe just turn them on when you’re
    ready cuz they’ll be going up every week so that’s me for today so I’m gonna sign
    out and see you next week

    Norfolk Broads: The Beast From The East – Boat Vlog Ep 80
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    Norfolk Broads: The Beast From The East – Boat Vlog Ep 80

    September 11, 2019


    You can feel it now in the air like that
    horrible icy feeling to it I’m in two minds whether to stay here the another
    night or move because I’ve got a strong feeling that tomorrow I’m gonna be
    frozen in so if I’m gonna be frozen in do I be here or do I be around the
    corner tricky decision to share that sunset I decided to move because there is some
    freezing coming gonna freeze and I’m stuck down here
    there’s no shops it’s not evenly deals at the moment so we go to the next place
    we stop by the supermarket it’s definitely going to free I’m not going
    to put the boat through the ice again this is coming out a couple monthly
    amount of damage didn’t ask it so how’s that for a beautiful beautiful sunset
    see this is what the winter is all about it is as I can show you can appreciate
    bloody freezing but it’s just so worth it on a day like today credible I love it I love it probably
    did this for years though I’m almost and alright just is awesome
    I know it’s not for everybody but I think even tower by the tone of my voice
    just how much I’ve enjoyed this this is what it’s all about it’s incredible
    I love it beautiful if you’re wondering why I enjoy this so
    much is because when you first come out of your comfort zone initially it’s a
    shock and it could be traumatic to some people but after a while it becomes
    invigorating be grating because you feel alive you know you may think old cold
    hands and stuff like that isn’t very pleasant it isn’t very pleasant but
    that’s the whole point you can’t have pleasure without pain so when you have
    days like today where it’s freezing cold and it’s snowing you you counter-effect
    you like today I’m working inside the boat and I’m keeping busy and I’m
    soaring and I’m drilling and bla bla bla bla and I’m not feeling it at all but my
    face is cold my hands are cold and in a funny sort of way it’s exciting it’s you
    feel alive and this is what it’s all about this is why we do it
    now obviously I’m on the Norfolk Broads if I was at sea now I probably freeze to
    death so there are some advantages to being on inland waterways I’m moving the
    boat now from one location to another would be a bit painful but there are
    moments when you just feel absolutely totally at home and at harmony with what
    you’re doing and it’s moments like this that you you know if you’re laying on
    your deathbed it’d be times like this that you think about you’d want to go
    stand in the rain one last time when it’s chucking down in a storm you know
    it just reminds you of what it’s like to be alive and you know we’re not here
    forever so this is why we do it you do it because we love it you do it because
    we enjoy being alive if I wasn’t doing this I would probably be sat at my
    computer at home with the radiators on full blast mind-numbing TV going on in
    the background and I’d be slowly convincing myself right must do this
    must do this must do this must do this got to pay the bills got to pay the
    bills bollocks and it’s a good I Sonya
    Australia well as you can see the beast from the east anyway as you can see it’s
    all frozen maybe where we’re going anywhere
    fact I believe it’s gonna get colder now for a few more days so it’s probably
    gonna get worse I should probably get some more coal I think fortunately for
    me I have a supermarket around the corner and I can get diesel just there
    so well then enjoy it while it’s here I don’t really know what more to say
    really rather then it’s cold in Norfolk

    Norfolk Broads: Chilling & The Rigging – Boat Vlog Ep 74
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    Norfolk Broads: Chilling & The Rigging – Boat Vlog Ep 74

    September 10, 2019


    try to do some work here this birds
    getting in the way doesn’t speak English as it’s so quiet at the moment and the
    weather’s really quite nice well not nice but it’s not cold I thought I have
    a night out on the broad because it’s just so it’s just so peaceful and quiet
    it’s wonderful I mean there’s not really much to look at especially this term
    here because it’s all of it barren let’s eat alcohol 4G on my phone
    batteries are charged up boats washed got food got wood well winter boating at
    its best bit late getting up this morning it was such a beautiful night
    last night and so relaxing peaceful though I just so snug I can get up but
    even though I’ve got up late look how beautiful this is around here now just
    so misty beautiful in a winter way if you wonder why we’re out on a boat in
    the middle of the winter it’s because of David like this this is fantastic this
    is beautiful and there are high boat in sight we have a queue for the showers this
    morning being on a boat in the winter people think you’re mad trust me
    being mad got nothing to do with it it’s awesome what do you need is heating and
    days like this beautiful beautiful you just don’t get winters now you used to
    when I was a boy I remember it’s just crap look it’s you can still get cold
    you can still free it’s April can be a bit cold but the point I’m trying to
    make is if you’re on a boat especially if you’re in a marina and you have
    heating and electric perhaps it’s just like being anywhere else it’s wonderful
    it’s only what do you have to move around well it’s only a few days now
    until you start doing the rigging on the boat which I’m quite excited about to be
    quite honest the only thing that frustrates me is I can’t
    swage the copper Ferrell’s myself I’m very hands-on I like to do everything
    myself you know for a couple of reasons one it’s obviously cheaper and two you
    get the satisfaction of doing it self so I got to pay somebody to
    swage the ferals but apart from that most of its gonna be done by me the
    whole furlings gonna be rewired new shrouds and got a rig up all the
    lighting again make sure that’s checked over I’ll have to check the no I have to
    change the steaming light and have lights to our lights and all that but
    that can wait till 8:00 let’s just get it up and at least we’ll be able to
    finish off painting the top of the boat because you can’t do jack when the mast
    down but it’d give me a bit of a nuisance with the bridges obviously so
    I’m not going to be putting the mouse up and down
    down up and down every day it’s just crazy so I’m gonna go down towards
    what’s known as part of broad area that’s where Nelson how she learnt to
    sell case any of you wondering about that and I’ll kill the next ten weeks or
    so down there because the boat can come out then and the mass is up so so it’s
    all very exciting at the moment and things are starting to come together now
    and I’m just really chapped about well good morning good afternoon or good
    evening wherever you may be we’re about to go get all these replaced
    there’s two shrouds and one stay in there and I have no idea how much it’s
    gonna cost that’s the ferals I was talking about the swaging I’ve no no
    idea how much this is gonna cost it’s probably gonna be it was surprised about
    50 quid actually it’s gotta be done and I’m looking for to doing it so this I
    got and go back up again and the boat can start looking like saleable really
    whether it’s going to shit as usual I honestly don’t know where the English
    get their reserve from because I’m days like this so it’s bollocks basically but
    it won’t last and we just got to do what we can do on a day like this it’s get me
    indoors today and I can’t even get in the trunk Kevin there’s so much wood in
    there something like about 60 70 feet in that’d be just fine right was very
    strange this week we’ve gone from floods to water is literally dropping much
    though I see still water is just this is gone all that over there that was all flooded
    only a few days ago the clearance under the bridge is unheard of
    that’s almost like somebody’s pulled the plug out it’s a frosty January morning it’s a frosty icy January morning and it’s a toasty I see beautiful cold
    January morning today we’re going to be going down that way Colter shawl which
    is probably the last time I could be going down that way probably go pick the
    rigging up well some of the rigging I say it’s the last time because once we
    get the rigging down we’re gonna be going through that bridge there wherever
    it is sorry four hours down the river your masters gonna be going yeah we’re
    gonna be spending the next few weeks till the end of the season down there
    and then we’re gonna be bringing the boat out and well I can’t see all the
    Broads forever so this may be the last time I got do this trip and it’s
    beautiful River beautiful stretch of river spey an hour and I’m going to
    share some clips with you about that so I’m trying to fall over here it’s all
    I see and it’s such a beautiful day so that’s gonna be really cool that’s the
    plan for today so I want to go up there in a few hours time and see about
    picking up his rigging well good morning folks from Coulter
    shelf and the Norfolk Broads in Norfolk England I have no idea what cultural
    means I will look into it I like to find out what these or these words mean this
    place here isn’t really Norfolk to me it kind of reminds me a bit like
    London and also Sussex and I say that because you’ve got this great big common
    which anybody familiar with London will know are very very common common and
    also this huge house is up here it’s absolutely prosperous it’s very affluent
    normally in the summertime this place is heaving as two pubs here right next to
    each other but you’ll never see on the broad side shows how busy it gets the
    last year I was checking chap in there and you said you had layoffs 18 staff so
    I go someone extremes the other like a seasonal face I’ve never quite
    understood that because life doesn’t stop in the winter so why should all the
    tourism and all that this common here unfortunately is very very mud buggy
    buggy buggy buggy buggy baby buggy and it’s flooded which is a bummer apart
    from that I love this place now last night it was exceptionally cold it
    really was temperatures plummeted and I’m really feeling it today you looked
    at the key heading here you can see the white it’s not paint that’s ice
    so it is really really nippy I’m up here wait for my rigging to get delivered it
    should have got delivered yesterday but at the courier delivered it to the wrong
    address like you do if you’re an idiot so hopefully that’s gonna come today I
    used to be in the logistics industry myself so I know when it comes to
    courious you need to get good weather you get babb on there’s no ifs most
    common ground it’s at all what’s it gonna do a boating you
    might ask everything because I’m waiting for my boat a bit so it’s just trying to
    catch a comment so still a bit early in the morning
    won’t the email to come and once that comes I can take a nice little wander up
    here cuz there’s nice little village up there and this is the end of the
    navigation as well there’s a lock around the corner I haven’t been there but I’m
    gonna have to see if I can find it later on today so it’s over now for the time
    being from coal to shore and hopefully later on today I’ll have my rigging you
    know I woke it up this morning what I can smell is this beautiful smell well
    good morning folks it is a absolutely freezing Sunday morning on the Norfolk
    Broads I am still in coal to show I’m having to wait a few more days so my
    rigging which is a bit of a bomb oh but that’s just where it goes and I
    absolutely freezing but loving every moment of it
    so as I’m gonna have to stay here for a few more days and I’m trying to get a
    video up every week I might as well put up what I’ve got now I was gonna do the
    rigging and the masts going up but I can do that next week now that’s fine so I’m
    gonna upload a video today but I just wanted to say a big thank you to the new
    patrons on patreon we’ve got a John another journal we’ve got a tux tiger
    thank you very very much and to anybody else who wants to become
    a patron on patreon the link is in the description and it’s a big THANK YOU
    what I’m going to do is I’m going to put your name in credits and if you don’t
    want your name in credits I can I can not do that if you like you should refer
    or I can just put your first name in to let me know if you would like your name
    in the credits so I’m gonna leave you today now from a very coal
    old but scenic Coulter shawl on the Norfolk Broads and I’ve had a really
    great week really enjoyed it but it is a little bit too cold for me at the moment
    but luckily I’ve got my burn and I’ve got plenty of wood so I’m just gonna do
    some jobs on the boat today which involves epoxy so it’s gonna smell like
    crap basically so anyway I better get cracking on that and I better upload
    this video so thanks again to the new patrons and thank you very much for
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    Norfolk Broads: Trees, Leaks & Epoxy – Boat Vlog Ep 75

    September 9, 2019


    well what do you know it’s snowing yes
    cold tonight oh how exciting winter boating snowing
    freezing your nuts off this is fantastic got a parcel how’s that shop frontage
    hey we gotta get out of there now some frozen and muddy and last time you saw
    one of those tree what they say about life having no mercy moment I need
    moment I leave Sun comes out it’s lovely and more I’ve just been freezing since
    Friday there you go got the good east so we’re gonna have a little trip down to buxom get showered up and then we’re
    going down to Barton broad put my mouse tough thing that’s why they call it
    cracked Miller so I’ve been told I mentioned in one of my videos I’m
    stuck on the other side of the bridges floods about trees coming down so you
    can see this one here it’s quite a common sight actually but you really
    wouldn’t want to be in your eye when that happens not at all not at all some ol bucket is more up down there oh you gotta watch out for these cheese
    man I don’t know I pawned the water that goes to find out hey have you gone
    through one problem that’s how I changed them with the very sound of water not
    the middle of the winter I can assure you not good it was so windy the other
    night every night unaware he came for just sunny turned up a tow and
    knew like crazy and then it’s gone and even myself down in the town I pulled
    out blue tarp a tree there’s no real solution for it really because these
    trees up here I forget most of our now but did you see they grow like weeds and the ground just lifts up like carpet so
    it’s not going thing I mean if it wasn’t for brought authority and the
    Environment Agency or whoever is responsible for digging them how this
    river would come to a standstill put it down quickly and once the river stopped flowing then
    it starts flooding everywhere so it’s a crucial it should brew shall bit of
    river this to keep clear and it’s not only about navigation when flooding if
    you can see that little Robin dispensary I want to beautiful day to be on the
    roads but you often wild Lauren’s but as a
    perfect example that’s a big-ass tree as well perfect
    example of why Maureen excellent sweets there’s not such a great idea there’s another one there all of their
    aware if you you learn be careful sure awesome vehicle pump
    these out there okay here is your urgent report there
    isn’t there’s enough loss bone snapping the
    tree see I’ve never seen this anywhere before mmm that looks a bit more like it
    that’s going in the furling the further these are the compression fittings the
    wedges no sorry let me start that again these are the wedges that go in the
    compression fittings someone called stay lock so I’m gonna
    called Norseman and this son called hi Maude which I like because they separate
    the strands better but there seem to be a lot more expensive this is 20 quid
    worth here believe it or not so you know bursting certainly isn’t cheap but once
    these are done if they’re done properly they’re supposed to be stronger than the
    actual rope itself can’t quite figure how that works from the ego so we’re
    getting there and now we just need a day like today
    now we can start get it all put back together yeah if you look familiar with
    these it’s pronounced stay on the right side of winter now I wonder if you can
    see their rainbow one of those lovely winter days today
    and it’s come right after very wet previous day so I know I’ve got a leak
    so I’ve got my hatch apart take the wood off I’m gonna get a brand new piece in
    there I’m gonna pops you the hell out of it make sure this baby is there’s
    nothing more irritating and having a leak on a boat especially in the winter
    one is tricky to fix you know nothing will go off and set misses a day like
    this but also the fact that I’ve come to realize that when you have a leak on the
    boat it can actually ruin your boat you can do so much damage you can destroy
    your bulkheads ultimately so we’re quite anal when it comes to leaks now that’s
    just a tip and I’m gonna get it fixed so lovely sunny day we’re busy I’m working
    on the boat I wonder if you can see that seeing on the hatch that’s right where’s
    gonna drop down done what we can do cordelia rigging at the moment so we’re
    going the library work on the forum so over today and I hope it’s nice and
    sunny where you are this hatch is in the process of being restored that’s why it
    looks like it’s all being bleached and you know it does it’s actually beatboxing up in nice and sexy it’s
    windy as hell folks the weather but it’s not all doom and gloom because if you
    hadn’t chucked down I wouldn’t have discovered a leak here looking a bit
    messy at the moment but this is the early stages here I built up some layers
    of marine fly here and there all the process of being a pop seed and the idea
    is and the water comes down here to stop it from getting too far down years ago a
    hole in the to the wood that’s in here all right
    keepers trouble for tonight I think nearly there
    almost water type very pleased with that it’s nice for job comes together right
    come in the market for a new jib or a couple of spare ones I’ve had a quote
    for new jib and it ranges anywhere from about 800 to
    1,200 pounds so costly that happening for a while I can see online you can buy
    secondhand ones I thought might be best to go online and ask us somebody watch
    it might know somewhere what’s got to be 13 what’s the longest bit enough with
    the leech I think the laugh is 35 inches 28 30 yes
    the foot is 13 the Meech is 28 and the left/right interested and it makes perfect sense
    almost well it’s very moral early evening but I decided because it’s the
    end of the week I want to go out on the broad have some peace and serenity
    tonight find it a little bit difficult trying to get stuff done on the boat
    when I’m on the war into this high temperatures all day the people walking
    past and the minute sunny turn into hours of the next thing you know you
    spent about three hours talking to people and I do a lot of in the summer
    thing is I’m doing so I thought maybe if I come out here I live here to get
    something down but we’re making progress we’re getting some stuff done so I’m
    quite chuffed and yeah we have a nice night on the corner and shut up so happy
    days I will say there’s some chap who watches these videos I think he said
    he’s an appellate of Australia and I’m pretty sure he saves in the forties out
    there at the moment that’s really nice to hear because before the booze in my
    cabin last night so thanks for those comments they really help
    but seriously this is great this is wonderful it’s nobody a peaceful anybody
    wants me Wow broad tonight over now good week tonight you can see do the tight squeeze
    getting in here how’s that so let’s get the Kevlar its upload a video okay so
    I’m gonna sign out for this week because I’m really not gonna get anything done
    today however stay tuned thank you for
    watching and thanks again to my viewers subscribers patrons on patreon and if
    you like the videos make sure you subscribe like and all that sort of jazz
    and if you don’t what I like to subscribe just turn them on when you’re
    ready cuz they’ll be going up every week so that’s me for today so I’m gonna sign
    out and see you next week

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    From Apartment Life to Living on a Sailboat in Alaska! Sailing & Cruising Liveaboards

    September 7, 2019


    So we’re tacking right now. Here we go. *Music Playing* We’re actually sailing our house. We live on our sailboat. It’s a 1979 Cal 31 and we bought it last year. I feel like it’s something that can take you
    anywhere in the world. And you can explore and see new places. You get to go to places where a lot of tourists
    don’t get to go. And it’s just great. It’s just the coolest way to travel, I feel
    like. Especially here in Southeast Alaska there’s
    so many places to check out. All the islands, inlets, the fjords, the glaciers. *Music Playing* We have been living on the boat for just over
    a year now. Just over a year, yeah. We got it in April 2015 and we didn’t know
    how to sail. We did not know anything about sailing. Last year was all about learning, and it still
    is but we’re a little bit more comfortable. We are docked most of the time. We usually go out on the weekends and anchor. We dock in Juneau, Alaska. I work downtown. I’m a dental hygienist. And I work for a soil and water testing company,
    and I work remotely for them. But right now we’re just strapped to Juneau
    for Megan’s work. Yeah, paying off student loans and then paying
    off the boat, too. First we’ll show you our lovely cockpit. I made this canvas covering which is awesome
    cause right now it’s 80 degrees outside. We have the wind turbine and solar panels
    on top of it. You can lift these up and it’s more storage
    for us. We have a 2.5 gallon water heater in there. Inside, we have our sink. You can’t really see right now but there’s
    these little cubbies that extend back a little bit. Open this up. Really nice storage in there. It’s all over here. And then this slides on both sides and we
    just put miscellaneous things. And then we have our alcohol stove. And it just comes apart like this, and you
    put the alcohol in, and then open it up and light it. And you can adjust it a bit. And it even has a little oven that’s on a
    gimbal which is pretty awesome. And then back behind here we made this netting
    for all of these cubbies. This is shrimp netting, and that is on all
    the cubbies so nothing comes flying out. A little bit more storage where we can put
    bags and stuff. And these can latch, and then you can pull
    it up from here or you can lock it all in for sailing. This table, gotta show this off. Because we kind of redid the table in here. It used to be in the middle with a bar coming
    down right here. Anyway the leg comes down and we have a table
    for two right next to each other. We have our fridge on this side. Lots of good stuff in it. Rob and I just recently redid it so we could
    hold a little bit more stuff. We really like having a fridge. Before we had an ice box and we just got sick
    of buying ice every couple of days. We re-insulated the fridge, got these little
    drawers that are meant for fridge drawers, and we just fit them in. They fit perfectly actually. And it’s still a pretty nice roomy fridge. *Music Playing* We had to get rid of, I’d say, like a lot
    of furniture, my bass amp. I don’t know, just stuff like that. Bulky items that you just don’t really need. I wouldn’t consider ourselves minimalists
    but it is nice to have fewer things, or to have only what you really need. It’s the last day, I have to move all of my
    stuff out for the sailboat. It’s going to be right down there. So excited! Giving all these books away or selling them. And more. I was up here a few months before Rob and
    so I lived in an apartment and tried to save up some money to put a downpayment on the
    boat. Yeah, the apartment life is okay but it’s
    very expensive up here and actually, living on a sailboat is a lot cheaper. So much cheaper. And we just love it so much more. It’s definitely a lot different. You don’t have a lot of the comforts that
    you normally have in an apartment such as instant hot water, or a flushing toilet, or
    even heat. Heat’s another big one to think about too. It’s actually a lot harder to sail up here
    than it is down in the Caribbean or something like that. Down there, it’s like you don’t need a heater. You don’t have to deal with the boat constantly
    being moist and wet. Like up here we’re in a rainforest so it’s
    always damp. You’re always having to deal with drying out
    the boat. That’s why we have our Kimberly wood stove. It really helps keep it warm and dry. Especially spending the winter up here on
    the boat. It was a little tough. This is our charge controller for our solar
    panels and wind turbine. It feels good to make your own power. This area just tends to be miscellaneous stuff. Our maps, charting, extra maps. These stairs come off. You unlatch this here. It comes off and then you can get to the engine. Just down off of the stairs is a radiator
    heater that we put in. And same thing over here. We tend to put our shoes there for now, Kai’s
    carry case (the cat), and maps there. Over here is the big addition that we did
    in January. We were just dying to have this Kimberly wood
    stove. It’s treated us well. Super awesome. But we took out part of the settee, and put
    in…this is tile here and just did all this work around it. We made this so we could have wood around
    the fire and then we can put wood clear back here where it extends back. So it takes some room but we enjoy it. We didn’t want diesel, we wanted wood. If you look over here we have our carbon monoxide
    and smoke detector. Now we’ll go into the bathroom and we’ve got
    our lovely little shower. And this came with Kai. His litter box is right in that door. And he just jumps in there. Jumps in his litter box. We have a closet. What you’re going to notice is that everything
    just seems like a lot on our boat because we have to deal with a lot of cold weather
    so we have to have a lot more stuff on board. We use all of this stuff during the winter,
    a lot. We live in all of this. This is my side, this is Rob’s side. And then our wetsuits are in here. Ok, jumping into the V-berth. We made this netting once again like you saw
    up there, to hold our clothes against the V-berth. Rob’s side, and of course, my side. We put this new carpet in. It’s actually outdoor carpet. We tore out the old stuff, put some insulation
    against the walls and put that carpet up. So now we’re going to go back up on the boat. We’ve got our kayaks, our shrimp pot, storm
    jib, extra water, genoa. And then our bikes. Usually when we are sailing, our bikes aren’t
    like this. They’ll be…they’ll have the pedals and front
    wheels off, and they’ll be covered. *Music Playing* We actually just got back from one full month
    of exploring parts of Southeast Alaska including Glacier Bay, Skagway, the Chilkoot Trail,
    and even out to the coast. We’ve been keeping a really good video log
    of everything. We plan to spend a couple of years up here
    and then either head to Hawaii or go to Baja. We just want to explore. Use our boat and take it to where it can take
    us. And just follow the winds. We hope to just travel, make films of our
    adventures, and our exploration, and just kind of showcase it, and inspire others to get
    out and follow their dreams just kind of like what we’re doing. *Music Playing*