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    Sylvan RPT Performance
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    Sylvan RPT Performance

    October 2, 2019


    game-changing Sylvan performance rides
    on our PT revolutionary planning technology tubes our exclusive v-shape allows the pontoon to lift and plane across the water with sport boat style
    speed and handling in fact you get increased top speed per horsepower and
    dramatically improved fuel efficiency which is perfect for great days of tow
    sports and cruising how it works is our exclusive V bottom shape acts
    like a traditional boat hull and our hard shines on the outside create lift
    allowing the pontoons to plane just like a regular V bottom the competition plows
    along or has to add an expensive third pontoon to get the performance that we
    get out of two. not only that but our pontoons are built to last and can
    handle any conditions you throw at them each RPT starts with a hundred gauge
    aluminum and are welded into shape we reinforce our nose cones because we know
    that’s what takes the most abuse our riser brackets have four points of
    contact to the pontoon to reduce fatigue and the feet are welded the entire
    length of the seam not spot welded these connect either to our standard 125 gauge
    hat channels or our 250 gauge heavy hat channels each of our transoms use up to
    20 through bolts for the most secure fit in the industry
    what this means is the industry’s best performing two log pontoon is also the
    best built so much so that we stand behind it with the best warranty a
    limited lifetime +6 but don’t just take our word for it
    get out to your dealer this summer and see for yourself see how our
    revolutionary plating technology pontoons offer an exciting thrill ride
    and one that can be found only on a Sylvan

    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.

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    BOAT FROM PLASTIC BOTTLES – DIY

    September 25, 2019


    Hi guys What’s up? We’re Interesting and Ficus Finally the sailing season has arrived And today we gonna be making a Yacht A giant yacht from plastic bottles And to be precise, from five-liter bottles It’ll be very large There will be also a cabin and Engine If you haven’t subscribed our channel yet, do it right now by clicking the button below. We were already losing spirit and thought that in Kiev we can’t buy plastic bottles, but we found them. Well, as always, our car is fully loaded. This time it’s filled with bottles up to the roof. We took 150 bottles of 5 liters but I think this will be sufficient only for the floor. Have you seen such a giant scotch? Wow! Spring Yesterday I was in the botanical garden, I liked it very much. But I haven’t been there yet I was there for the first time although many said that there isn’t much things but I really liked it. Hair rising. This is static electricity Well, you know that every hair has muscles? Although they’re atrophied but when they stand on end it’s the muscle response. Do see how many bottles we took? But for some reason it seems to me that we’ll need to go and take another batch of bottles. That’s the size of our yacht. This is the bottom part, which we’ll wrap it around with duct tape. And we think that it’ll be enough for us to make a cabin here and I think five people can easily fit in. Well, we bought these many bottles for our construction I think these would be enough to build our yacht Kidding! Actually, we are now in the warehouse, where we’ll buy them. Foolishness is destiny The first batch of bottles we bought stupidly twice as expensive. In fact, not twice but more expensive than twice! We bought each bottles for 13 hryvnia, and now we’re buying for 5. 50 Is it a cockchafer? That enough digging let’s go and make the yacht now Now we’ll make blocks of 4 and 5 pieces of bottles. The blue blocks will go to our bottom. And from the transparent ones we’ll make an observation deck to see what’s happening outside. Is it only me who thinks that this sound resembles the cry of a pterodactyl? Damn! This is going to be awesome! It’s turning out to be a ship I’m afraid to imagine how many people can get in here. Look, I’m sitting here; two more people can sit there. Here and over there three more people for sure. I can’t wait to sail across the river The best thing is that they are very soft and you can sleep on it. We fix the sides and it has become even wider. It has become so flexible that it can be descended along Mountain Rivers. It’s just gigantic. I didn’t expect that it will be so big. Wow! You’re relaxing here And whose gonna work? It’s naptime for me What naptime? Get back to work! We have already begun to build the sides of our yacht and the future walls. We gonna have more such layers of bottles 3-4 times higher. It’ll be somewhere till my height. This will probably be our next location from where we will launch our yacht. People, how wonderful it is here, and soon in couple of months it’ll be warm and here we’ll swim, relax and enjoy the summer. Well, you’ll be shocked when you see our yacht. It’s not ready yet but it’s already looks so amazing! It’s getting bigger and bigger We are thinking whether to have a window on either side or just one We already have a window here and we want to make another on the other side. I am surprised by the fact that all this made from only bottles and scotch tape. Yes, there is nothing, no Styrofoam, no planks Remember when we made a raft from bottles at the very beginning of our career we were looking for the bottles on trash cans. We went out into the street for two weeks and collected bottles from the trash. Yes! Well, try to lift it! Check how much light or heavy it is! Wow! Is it heavy? It’s lighter than I thought lighter? Yes We decided to add a little color and joyfulness to our yacht as it was in our Ficusland. We want to make some multi-colored flags which would move the wind. But since we don’t have colored cardboard or colored paper, we decided to do it with the help of colorful Scotch tape and old textbooks, which are left from the house of books. We get a two-sided triangle which I’ll fasten with a stapler threading it in and hung it on a string. Just like in a real yacht we’ll have a rope on each side so that it would be possible to moor and of course there will be lifebuoys. This looks really cool like a real yacht. So I have already made such triangles. Now using a string and a stapler we’ll hang them all. Well, this is part of the interior, some sort of furniture. We can use it as sofa or some kind of sitting. We also have a mini- table, a square shaped one! Not our single video goes without the sign of YouTube play button and this time it’ll be like a flag. On the flag we’ll display the YouTube play button. And we’ll do this with the help of colored scotch tape and put it on a bubble wrap of larger size bubbles. And we get such YouTube play button. This is the most unique flag in the world. Hello, who are you? I’m your subscriber and the only fan. Oh, How did you find us? Good afternoon! Damn! This looks great! We can also put a hookah inside. There are such waves in the river, I’m shocked. It’s Just like the large sea waves. Yesterday it was so calm! Come on! Wow! Cool, isn’t it? Yes and I sail away Well, we relocated to the lake because here is less wind and no waves and current. And finally we can sail in our Yacht. Do you like it? Very much! Moored it? Our engine always helps us sailing See how quickly it rotates! Friends, I just love the feeling when we’re sailing. I guess sailing is my favorite hobby, because it’s really cool especially if you’re sailing on a self-made boat, especially a yacht. It took us 3 days to make this yacht and now we’re chilling in it. The views over here are simply beautiful. It’s great that we’re here during sunset, the sun is shining, and the water is flowing. This is such a beautiful landscape. It’s a great time to go fishing I can already see a fish Wow! What a big catch Damn! And now comes the moment, my favorite moment in all our filming because everything is finally finished and we can experience it all and enjoy the work accomplished. And as always, I’m really happy with what we did because it turned out an incredible buoyant, and most importantly, it’s with a roof and a biggest plus is that it’s transparent. There’s such an impression that you’re walking on the water, because your foot seems to be falling through, but you are not drowning. Well, this yacht consists of 500 bottles Half a thousand Half a thousand bottles of 5 liters, its 2.5 thousand liters, imagine! Seriously? The Yacht turned out really cool! It can now compete with our boat from filling foam Now it’s probably in the top of our DIY floating So hit the likes Leave your comments Subscribe to the channel Hit the bell notification Thanks for watching Till next time Bye

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    Kodiak Disc Brake Kit Installation – etrailer.com

    September 19, 2019


    Today on our boat trailer we’ll be doing a complete brake overhaul using the Kodiak six foot length one, that is part number BH-3MFS-6 All right, to begin our installation, we’ll start by removing our old brake caliper and bracket You may not have to do this, depending on if your axle already has brakes on it or not, so we’ll just get these bolts off here Set them aside, because we may need to re-use them Okay, we’ll save the bolts The old caliper and brackets, we can discard those, since they’re not any good Now we can remove our brake rotor and hub assembly To do that we need to remove this dust cap here

    2018 Pontoon Boats for Families | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    2018 Pontoon Boats for Families | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    September 19, 2019


    The Avalon pontoon lifestyle offers an
    amazing palette of joyous watercraft experiences. Whether it’s wakeboarding,
    sliding, swimming, fishing, and much more, all of us at Avalon pontoon
    manufacturing believe that an active lifestyle centers around one thing and
    that is family. In a world of cell phones and video games the pontoon boat is
    literally an island family sanctuary. It’s a chance to forge real connections
    and to create a beautiful portrait of memories all while floating under a warm
    Summer Sun. And the beauty of Avalon pontoons is that you can have the
    largest gallery of choices to create your own private water park for 5 or 15
    people. Pontoons offer room to move, to fish, to walk or dance around on, all
    while providing the unmatched comfort of our in-house crafted custom furniture.
    With the constant hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s getting harder and
    harder for us to find time to bond with our kids, to connect with our siblings
    and parents, and to spend quality time with our closest friends. Avalon pontoons
    are an instant remedy to that problem. Whether you’re looking for an easy to
    trailer brilliant compact pontoon like our boutique collection of Venture
    models, a full-size Signature Collection Catalina or LSZ model, or one of our unrivaled, industry-leading Master collection
    models like our Catalina Platinum, Ambassador, or Excalibur, you can rest
    assured you’re securing the absolute best performance, innovation and style
    available today. Look to Avalon Pontoons for the quality, features and designs
    that offer the best in family vacation time. Watch your family smile laugh and
    grow together on a vacation that always returns, day after day, summer after
    brilliant summer. It’s always family first at Avalon. The Art of the Pontoon

    2017 Pontoon Boats AVALON WINDSHIELD | Our new pontooning option
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    2017 Pontoon Boats AVALON WINDSHIELD | Our new pontooning option

    September 7, 2019


    Innovation, performance and style. At Avalon, that is our mantra and our mission. We see the pontoon boat as an evolving work of art, a luxury watercraft that has rightfully become the must-have boat for a new generation of enthusiasts. And now we are proud to announce the addition of a sleekly-designed, stainless steel tinted glass windshield. Adding windshield protection and style was a natural extension of Avalon and Tahoe’s mission to lead the pontoon industry, because for 30 years we have been at the forefront of the evolution of the pontoon from box-like floating docks to all-purpose water shredding machines. Crafted with luxury and performance unknown to similarly priced conventional V Hulls. With the introduction of our new windshield, the profile of our pontoon is sleeker, passenger comfort is easily sustained at high speeds, and the partition creates a true fore-and-aft that enhances and augments our efficient floor plans. If there is a downside to all this style, it’s that when you cruise your local waterway you had better plan on attracting a lot of attention. Experience Avalon
    The Art of the Pontoon

    😱RAW FOOTAGE of Queen Mary 2 in Stormy Weather!😱
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    😱RAW FOOTAGE of Queen Mary 2 in Stormy Weather!😱

    September 1, 2019


    IN DECEMBER 2011 WE EMBARKED ON A SEVEN NIGHT
    WESTBOUND TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING FROM SOUTHAMPTON ENGLAND TO NEW YORK. OUR ROUTE TOOK OUR SHIP A MERE 80 NAUTICAL
    MILES FROM THE REMAINS OF THE RMS TITANIC. OUR OWN VESSEL, THE BEAUTIFUL QUEEN MARY 2,
    ENCOUNTERED TROUBLE MUCH CLOSER TO ENGLAND: TWO SEPARATE STORMS OF SUCH SEVERITY OUR NAVIGATIONAL
    COURSE WAS ACTUALLY ALTERED IN AN ATTEMPT TO MINIMIZE THEIR IMPACT. HERE’S SOME RAW VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM THE EXPERIENCE. THESE LITTLE PAPER BAGS WERE BLANK, BUT THEY
    HAD MOTION SICKNESS WRITTEN ALL OVER THEM! THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A SERIOUS STORM AT SEA! WHERE ARE YOU? SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
    – THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN. THE WINDS WERE SO STRONG, IT TOOK QUITE A
    BIT OF EFFORT TO SHOVE OPEN THE DOOR TO OUR BALCONY. NEVERTHELESS I DECIDED TO STEP OUTSIDE FOR
    SOME FRESH AIR. MY CAMERA WAS GETTING WET, SO I SWITCHED TO
    A WATERPROOF MODEL. OUR STATEROOM WAS NUMBER 8007, LOCATED TOWARDS
    THE FORE OF THE SHIP ON DECK 8. IF YOU LOOK DOWN AT THE HANDRAIL ON DECK 7,
    YOU’LL NOTE THAT IT HAS BEEN DISLODGED BY THE STORM. WINDS REACHED GALE FORCE 10, AND THE ACCOMPANYING
    SWELLS BETWEEN 25 AND 30 FEET IN SIZE. NOW WE’RE IN THE CASINO ON DECK 2. NOTE THE TOWEL ON THE WINDOWSILL. IT’S THERE FOR A REASON! DID YOU GET THAT? FOR A WHILE, WATCHING THE STORM WAS OUR PRIMARY
    MEANS OF ENTERTAINMENT. THE CREAKING SOUNDS YOU HEAR ARE ALL STRAIGHT
    FROM THE CAMERA. THE RUNNING JOKE WAS THAT PASSENGERS WERE
    TRAVELING THROUGHOUT THE SHIP BY RAIL – BY HAND RAIL, THAT IS! OF COURSE A LOT OF THE PLANNED ENTERTAINMENT
    EVENTS WERE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED DUE TO THE STORM. NOW IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, I ASKED HOW MANY
    KNIGHTS WERE AROUND THE ROUND TABLE. I DIDN’T ASK HOW MANY SAT THERE! BUT LIFE IN THE SHIP’S GOLDEN LION PUB CARRIED
    ON! AS DID THE GUEST SPEAKERS INSIDE THE ILLUMINATIONS
    PLANETARIUM WHO WERE OCCASIONALLY INTERRUPTED BY SWINGING DOORS AND WEATHER UPDATES! WELL, THE PRESENT WEATHER IS STORMY. OCCASIONAL SHOWERS AND SQUALLS, TEMPERATURE
    OF FIFTY AND A HALF CELSIUS OR 60 FAHRENHEIT, THE SEA 4 0 OR 57, THE WIND SOUTHWEST AT GALE
    FORCE 10 OR 50 KNOTS GIVING ABOUT 65 KNOTS OVER THE OPEN DECK, VERY ROUGH SEAS AND A
    HEAVY 8 METER SOUTHWESTERLY SWELL. NOW THESE CONDITIONS ARE A DEGREE OR TWO MORE
    SEVERE THAN EXPECTED. AT TIMES IT WAS TOUGH TO RECORD QUALITY VIDEO
    BECAUSE THE WEATHER HAD RENDERED OUR WINDOWS OPAQUE! AFTER THE SHIP SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATED THE
    STORMS, THE COMMODORE THOUGHTFULLY POSTED A COUPLE OF CHARTS FOR WEATHER BUFFS. AVAILABLE ON DVD.

    Why Choose a Michigan Clean Marina? Boaters Explain
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    Why Choose a Michigan Clean Marina? Boaters Explain

    August 30, 2019


    This is Dave Williams aboard Campground at Walstrom Marine in Harbor Springs, Michigan. We enjoy being here because it’s clean and neat. We’re all trying to keep our waters beautiful.
    We recycle everything, use biodegradable cleaning products. I’m in the process, as
    you can see, of cleaning the aft deck. Clean Marinas, we all have to do our part
    in this world to keep Michigan waters beautiful. I’m Al Harvey — I’m Linda Harvey —
    and we keep our boat here at Walstrom Marine which is a Clean Marina. We
    came here to visit about five years ago and the atmosphere was so great we
    decided to keep our boat here. Everything is clean, they have great pump-
    out procedures, great diesel and gas fill procedures, the washrooms, everything’s
    just very clean — the showers — your boat stays clean because of the lack of fuel
    in the water. Why, you can swim right here if you want to.
    But, no, it’s just a great environment. It’s a great place to keep our boat.

    Retired Grandparents Ditch Mortgage for Life at Sea
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    Retired Grandparents Ditch Mortgage for Life at Sea

    August 30, 2019


    Hi, we are Margo and Tony and we live aboard here on Denelli Gray. She is
    a 1987 Catalina sailboat. We also have a 1982 Volkswagen van that we travel on
    land. Our passion in life is sailing and traveling. We’ve been married 50 years and raised three children and now we just travel.
    We travelled right from day one. We retired in 2010 and we had come out to California
    after Hurricane Andrew in Florida where we were living in the Florida Keys and
    it became impossible to stay there moved out to California where our children had
    taken up residence and we worked for ten years or so and then we retired in
    2010. We retired with enough money in the bank to take care of us if we got sick
    in our older age and the rest of the time we live on Social Security. We
    sailed our boat down here to Ensenada because the cost of living is so good.
    We quit smoking so we can save $400 a month and we put that away and then we
    travel either by the van or on our boat. So this is the Denelli Gray. It’s a 36 foot
    Catalina 1988. She has two sails: the main and the jib. Right now the jib is stored
    because we’re not using it too often. We have this boat here in Ensenada Mexico.
    It’s our home and this is our home base and it’s a super nice place to live.
    We’re retired. We can take the boat anywhere we want to go which is one of
    the great things about living this lifestyle. If we get tired of Ensenada we just untie the lines and off we go.
    The unfortunate part of our life is that sometimes we like to travel on land. This
    is the Baja buggy. We’ve rebuilt it. It’s a 1982 Westfalia Volkswagen Vanagon. We
    take it every place we can in North America and eventually we’ll take it to
    South America but right now she’s been all through Mexico, all across the US, and
    Canada. The longest we’ve spent in the van is six months and we traveled the
    entire US up to Canada Banff Lake Louise and then back to the
    US and out to Victoria and then eventually back here. We actually weren’t
    really ready to come back but we ran out of places to go so and of course that
    won’t fit on the boat so if we decide we want to leave here and untie the lines
    we got to find someplace to put that van. We have all the comforts at home. There’s
    nothing that you would have in your condo or house that we don’t have here
    except a dishwasher. She’s got a 25 horsepower diesel engine to help us in
    and out of port, but other than that it costs almost nothing to travel in her
    because she’s a sailboat. My wife actually put these in the right place so
    that either one of us can always maneuver up the deck and always have a
    place to hold on to so there’s never any, hopefully no
    possibility, of falling overboard and of course we are tethered
    and we have our life jackets on. Catalina 36’s are great sailing boats. I
    wouldn’t hesitate to take this boat anywhere. She’s got all the navigation
    equipment that we could possibly need and we use it. She’s a great boat. We have
    our dinghy off the back. Nissan outboard. We have a West Marine kayak
    inflatable right on the forward deck and an ocean kayak on the bow. We generally
    will cruise about six knots. Under really great conditions we can get up to
    eight. My name is Margo Heising and I live aboard with my husband Tony this
    thirty six foot sailboat. We run our life from here.
    We’ve lived on the boat for over 20 years. I’ll take you for a tour of our
    boat and where we live and how we do things. One of the great things about
    everything is its small and easy to take care of. This is our, we call it a reefer
    in the sailing world, it’s actually a refrigerator and I have a two burner
    stove and an oven and I can cook a meal for six to eight people on here with
    absolutely no problem. We have a dry storage locker which is here and that’s
    very very deep and we keep all of our dry goods in there and then we have
    cabinets here where we keep everything that we need to entertain and to keep
    ourselves alive with the food. Tony and I have been married for 50 years and one
    of my greatest hobbies and loves in the world is cooking and entertaining for my
    friends. One of the biggest questions I had when I moved on to the boat was
    how will I do that with such little room? I had a very large farmhouse where I
    could entertain up to 20 to 25 people and I thought if anything will make me
    unhappy here it will be not being able to entertain so I decided the way to
    handle the problem was to bring my bone china anyway and my silver and my
    crystal and serve, instead of 25 people, I can I can feed eight people here with
    all of the beautiful things that I have which is bone china and it’s very very
    durable in the boat. We don’t have any problem with it. I can serve pretty much
    as many people as I want in our salon over here. I can seat six on the other
    side. I can seat two up on my deck here. I usually put all the men out there
    and we can sit six to eight men out there to eat so I can have quite a large
    party here and all of my needs as an entertainer are solved. We have a double
    sink here. We have drawers here where I keep silver and pots and pans. Under here
    is the interesting part of the boat. Our engine is under there. We have a twenty
    five horsepower engine. As a woman I had to learn how to work on the engine
    because when we’re at sea sailing, if something goes wrong, Tony gives me
    instructions while he tends the boat. Over here we have a, it’s technically
    called an AB cable, when we’re sailing we use it to use our maps and our
    navigation. When we’re not sailing this is my art studio and my computer desk. I
    do all the little art pieces here in my spare time. I used to do much bigger ones
    but I had to cut everything down to what fits to do on a boat to live here
    comfortably and be happy. This table goes down and we
    have cushions that fit in here and we can sleep two to three people here. This
    table also goes down and we can fit another person here so we can have
    company. Tony installed our TV so it’s out of the way on the wall. Oh we also
    have a half cabin back here. It’s used for storage right now because we’re
    retired but we used to, the children sleep in there, it’s a king-size bed so
    we have our place for our grandchildren. So we have our ability to entertain. We
    have our ability for company and we can entertain our grandchildren well
    at the same time. We have just tons of storage everywhere. This is our silverware
    drawer. Our batteries are under these cushions and our fuel tank is under this cushion. Over here we have, under that cushion, we
    have our water heater and under here we have a holding tank for our bathroom.
    Our clothing is kept in these cabinets and Tony has two more cabinets than me
    and I don’t think that’s fair. In our bathroom this is our toilet. This becomes
    our shower in the morning. The water goes down into this drain and pumps out into
    our holding tank. The v-berth is king-size. We have plenty of room and you
    see we have a TV in there too and all of our books. Our whole library I used to
    have a whole wall of books and now I have a little tiny library with all my
    favorite books. Tony has his guitar which he plays and we’re very very very
    comfortable. Underneath of that bed it’s more storage and Tony has his own closet.
    Right here these are called ports and they open like that. We have a port up here to
    let in more air so we have everything we need to
    have a happy sustainable life. Our expenses to stay in this marina are $400
    a month. We get $2,800 a month Social Security so after we pay our slip,
    we have $2,400 a month left and we budget $500 a week. The extra four
    hundred pays for our boat insurance and anything extra we would like to do. The
    cool thing about living in Mexico is the cost of the peso because
    five hundred dollars a week only costs us about two hundred and eighty dollars. We
    stay within our budget. We eat nicely. We treat ourselves to an occasional
    nice restaurant. We had mortgages and car payments and insurance rates just like everybody else. Now, we’ve got none of that.
    Everything in our life is paid for. You know it once you realize it you don’t
    have to to devote your life and money to other people and you can just live a
    very peaceful quiet life it’s pretty easy. You just have to make up your mind
    that you can do it. We owed our soul to Bank of America. Our boat was mortgaged
    through them, our credit cards were mortgaged to them, everything that we
    owned was mortgaged to Bank of America. I sat down one day and figured out how
    much interest a year that I paid them. It wasn’t worth paying. We have more
    spendable cash now than we ever had when we were working and when you realize
    that then you realize that you can do it. You don’t necessarily have to live on a
    boat but if you’re willing to sell your house and buy a smaller house then you
    don’t have the burden. You can travel too. You don’t have to live on a boat. It took
    us almost three years to get everything under control. I had to pay off the
    mortgage on the boat sold our cars and we retired with the boat and no car and
    we didn’t have a car for six months which was the first time in our life
    that we didn’t have a car and we took public transportation and had a fabulous
    time figuring that out. I can’t say enough how I wish that everybody could
    follow their dreams to just make it possible. You have to make it possible
    yourself you know and you can do it.