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    The Nude Latitude – Free Range Sailing Ep 31
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    The Nude Latitude – Free Range Sailing Ep 31

    January 15, 2020

    – Well if the wind
    generator has got anything to say about it, it says that it’s doing
    about eight to ten knots. – [Pascale] Mm-hmm – So, we’re gonna leave. We’ve got about 300 miles to
    go and we’re gonna go across the Gulf of Carpentaria,
    and end up in Weipa. – And just like that, we
    said goodbye to the Northern Territory, and headed east
    for Weipa in Queensland. (light-hearted music) – So we’ve got our bush walking bag out. Not because we’re going bush walking, but because in here is a PLB. What’s a PLB? A PLB is a Portable Locator Beacon. Or a EPIRB, a little portable EPIRB. We’ve also got a inflating life jacket. And that’s got a built in harness to it. So what’s gonna happen
    is, anyone whenever one of us is asleep or inside
    and not out there watching, whoever’s on watch is
    going to be tied to this. They’re going to be
    clipped on to the yacht so they don’t go overboard. If they do go overboard,
    then I want an EPIRB strapped to that life jacket. All right, and if you end up in the water, and this goes off and
    you’re floating there, especially in the
    tropics, it’s a big place, you want this EPIRB right next to you and you want it going off. So I guess the first thing
    that we should do before we strap it on, give it a test. Yep. – [Pascale] Did it flash? – It works. So I’ve tested it. The batteries are good. It’s running well. It’s in date. I have just made sure that
    it’s, the batteries in date and everything’s tested. We do have a larger EPIRB for the boat, so this is our secondary one. So this is going on to the
    harness, on to the life jacket. And anyone that’s out
    there tonight, Pascale. – [Pascale] I’m safe mom, see? – As safe as she could
    be with this lunatic on the high seas. (Pascale laughing) (peaceful music) – Good morning. I’ve been on my watch
    for about three hours now and it’s been really magic. We’ve had the spinnaker
    up most of the night, all of the morning, I started my watch. We’re not going very fast. We’re going like two
    and a half, three knots. There’s barely any wind. It’d be like eight knots
    with wind or something. We’re just coasting
    along, like walking pace, crossing the gulf. The sun’s been reflecting off
    the water and onto the windows of the boat, it’s just so beautiful. And the spinnaker has this
    amazing, pinky color to it. It’s really beautiful. I just, I feel very, very
    grateful that we’re having a crossing over the gulf and
    we’re not getting flogged. We’re not going head to
    weather, we don’t have big seas, we don’t have big swells. It’s just so awesome. So, so cool. (upbeat music) – [Pascale] Good morning. – Morning, baby. (yawns) Feels like I was awake til 3:00. (Pascale laughing) Might untie that lazy
    rope just ’cause it just keeps just dangling in the sea and– – [Pascale] Oh yeah? – We’re never gonna jibe this thing. Oh good, you switched out the camera, ’cause I got no pants on. – [Pascale] Okay. (laughing) (upbeat music) It’s pretty much windless
    right now and we’re here too. Or we’re just floating, aren’t we doll? – Uh, heave too, we got the sail up. It’s pointing to the wind. – Okay, and we’re gonna go for a swim. Troy’s even going to check
    the prop and see if we need to give it a little bit of a clean. – ‘Cause I’m just a work-a-holic. – He’s a work-a-holic. And I’ll just probably
    gonna check him out good and make sure that no
    sharks sneak up on him. (laughing) – It don’t take long to get a
    shark come up off the water. Give me that scraper and
    we’ll see if it comes back. – [Pascale] Okay. Here ya go. – Usually after a bit of
    scraping on metal, any shark that’s around will come
    back up and investigate. But he’s being pretty boring. Jump on in. – [Pascale] Yep. – Put the camera down, come on. – [Pascale] Shark! There’s sharks down there, there’s lots. Holy shit. I’m gonna get the camera. – [Troy] The spear, head spear. – [Pascale] They just
    came all of a sudden. – [Troy] They love that
    scrape, scrape, scrape, eh? – [Pascale] I was like,
    they’re gone, they’re gone, they’re gone and then whoa! There’s like 20 of them. This has got, the spear’s
    got the thing on it, eh? It’s got the cap on it? Ow. A pretty ordinary occurrence
    in the Gulf of Carpentaria? Did you do this last time you were here? – Well, it’s a lot better
    if you’ve got someone to keep an eye on your back for you. – [Pascale] Because the first
    one before the school came, really like came fast at us. And then– – Well the thing is, like
    you’ll be working away, and no shark, then you
    turn around and there’s 30. – [Pascale] Yeah. They just came out of the blue. – Literally out of the blue. – [Pascale] But it’s so
    cool because I’ve never seen water that clear before. – And that many sharks. – [Pascale] Yeah, and that many sharks. It’s cool out there. – Yeah, it’s a lot of fun. It’s quite cool. If we’re in there and a big
    bully or a big tiger shark showed up, then we’d have
    to be a bit more cautious. Ya know? But those little sharks are fine. – [Pascale] How big are they,
    like five foot or something? – Five, there was a couple of
    six and a half footers there. – [Pascale] Yeah, so they were
    like my size and your size. But they seem smaller. But I guess they’re just a bit,
    they must have been further away than I thought ’cause
    the water’s so clear. – Yeah, there was some, that
    little one that came right up, he was only a four footer. – [Pascale] Yeah. – He’s only just a baby. – [Pascale] That’s why I was cocky. – They cause so much
    trouble, little sharks. – [Pascale] Yeah. – The big old ones are like,
    “Ooohh,” and they stand off, but the little ones are just like, “Oh what’s that, what’s that”‘ – [Pascale] Maybe there’s
    something like near it or that I can– – Yeah but, then they get
    in close, and then they take off, they’re all excited. And everything’s just like,
    oh what just happened? – [Pascale] What’s that? – Then the next thing you know
    all the big ones are excited. And then it just goes to hell. – [Pascale] Well, that didn’t happen. ‘Cause we just had this
    spear pointed at them. And if they came too close,
    you just stare them down and start swimming towards
    them with the spear. – Yep, look like you belong there, and look like you’re hungry. – [Pascale] How deep is it here? – 52 meters. – [Pascale] 52 meters. – I’d say you can’t, you
    can make out a bit of color on the bottom. – [Pascale] It’s pretty good visibility. I’ve never seen visibility
    like this before coming from WA. – Well, we’re going to be doing
    more of that in Queensland. And, we’ll have our
    underwater camera again. – [Pascale] Yay. – A little fun with sharks, Pascale. We’ll probably get another
    couple knots out of that. That propeller had a
    lot of barnacles on it. – [Pascale] Yeah, right. – So we’ll, and that’s why
    the sharks get excited. There’s just a nice trail
    of stuff going down. But, no we’ll do, we’ll do really well. So we’ll check that out. We’ve got the midday doldrums. I’m hoping we’ll get
    some afternoon breeze. We’ll see, ya know? – [Pascale] At least
    we’re a bit cooler now. – Yeah. – [Pascale] And the boat’s
    gonna go faster hopefully. Looks like a shark to me. – [Troy] Oh, it is. – [Troy] That would be
    a tiger, a little tiger. – It’s big, isn’t it? – [Troy] Pascy got a marlin. Oh no, what are we gonna do? (laughing) – Oh it’s hooked in there. That’s where it gets hooked, is it? – [Troy] No wonder it
    ran like fucking crazy. – Oh my god, I caught a marlin. – [Troy] Keep pulling it up. Pull it up. Oh, that’s not a marlin, it’s a sailfish. – A sailfish. – [Troy] It didn’t take
    to the air, though did it? – No. – [Troy] All right,
    we’re gonna have to try and release this. – Yeah. What’s that sticking out of it’s gill? Yeah, it’s recording now. Goodbye sailfish. Wow. – [Troy] So what do you
    think about that, Pascy? – First sailfish. – We’d actually prefer a
    mackerel, that’s the sort of fisherman we are. – Or tuna. – [Troy] And naked fishing
    seems to be working out. – Yes. Just a general naked gulf crossing, it is. – [Troy] It is, isn’t it? Same kind of weather. Well, I’ve been out-fished
    by Pascale, yet again. So there ya go. Good work. Here we’ve got Pascale. She’s nicked the dish washing
    detergent because if you didn’t know, it lathers in salt water. – Yep, and it gets rid of all that grease. – [Troy] So what’s gonna happen is, first after the first clean with salt water and then we’ve got a bit
    of fresh there, Pascale. – Yep, we have the water maker
    running during the morning ’cause we’ve had the, we’ve
    had to motor ’cause there’s no wind in the gulf at the moment. – [Troy] Yeah, oh well,
    there’s always swings and roundabouts, isn’t there? – It’s an added benefit. Get to have a fresh water wash. – [Troy] I think that’s
    second round with that morning fresh that would later a lot more. – K, so rinse it out
    and morning fresh again? Oh hello. – [Troy] So this second round looks a lot more successful, Pascale. – Yeah, I think we’re, I
    think we got rid of that first sorta grease and this is better. After this one I can give
    my hair a fresh water rinse and then use normal shampoo. – [Troy] Yes. – I’m gonna smell delicious. – [Troy] You are gonna
    smell absolutely fantastic, unlike me. – This is one of the reasons
    why we go to water bay here on real. So I can wash my hair. – [Troy] Spoiled she is. So I’ve got the old cut off bottle. When sailing, you come to
    appreciate the little things. – And it’s good to remove
    all the hair out of the cockpit so it doesn’t
    end up inside the boat. – [Troy] That’s how we
    celebrate catching sailfish around here. – Hair washing. It’s awesome that we caught that sailfish. That was cool, but we really want food. We’re gonna make urad dal this afternoon ’cause we’ve run out of meat. – [Troy] Yeah, we’ve just ate the last of the fish just then. Not too many mackerel around here. There’s no structure so
    we’re just hoping for a tuna. A tuna would be good. Not a sailfish, not a marlin. No game fish. – [Pascale] Is it a tuna? It’s a tuna? – Tuna. – [Pascale] Oh yes. That is great news. It’s a shami for dinner. As long as a shark doesn’t come. – Yeah, just pull it out of the – [Pascale] Yeah. – It’s not a bad fish. – [Pascale] What is it? – When you do get a tuna on
    board, no matter what you do, quite a bit of blood comes out of it. They’re a fast moving fish
    they need a lot of oxygen into their tissues. They’ve got a very high blood volume. You want to get that out. I put the gap into it. A lot of blood just
    streamed out of that tuna. So I’ve obviously hit something hard. Normally when you open up
    this side, and in there, an enormous amount of blood
    will come out that tuna really, really quickly. You want to cut down through
    the membrane that joins to the gill there. K, so we’ve cut there. This line here behind
    the fin, a shallow cut. It only needs to be less than
    an inch deep though there on both sides and a slice at the tail. Then you can omit this one. But that one is very important, and cutting on the throat as well. When I brought the fish on
    board, I scraped it’s head. And there you can actually
    see a larger white patch. That’s where the brain is. Right through there. Most fish you can’t scrape it and see it. But with tuna you can. So that will give you an
    instant kill on the tuna. And that means the fish
    is not suffering any more than it has to. If you’ve never seen a tuna before, these things rely on really high speed. And they are voracious. So this fish wanted to eat that lure. It’s a halco laser pro, and
    it’s in that color scheme for it to be interested. That seems to work in the
    gulf, doesn’ it, Pascy? Catches sailfish and tuna. – [Pascale] Sailfish and tuna. – Really large eye, okay. So they’re a sight predator. This fish, when it decided that it was
    gonna take this other thing on, there’s no cutting teeth in here. Tuna just have grabbing teeth. Oh, that’s what they’re eating. – [Pascale] Sardines. – Mmm, they look a little
    bit like little miniature trevally sort of things. – [Pascale] Oh yeah. – They’re not sardines. – [Pascale] Okay. – I’m not sure what they are. So that’s what that fish has been eating. But it decided that, that
    would do just as well. So no teeth in there. That was gonna swallow that whole. Because they rely on
    speed, if you look here, built into the fish is a
    perfect recess that the fin can go down into leaving
    that perfectly smooth. Likewise, these little
    ventral fins, they also fit down into their very own, there’s a little groove in there. So when the fish puts them
    away, they are perfectly smooth and tucked away also. And here, you can’t see it
    at the moment because there’s a groove here, but if we look. – [Pascale] Look at that. – That just slots down perfectly into an actual slot in the body. That is gone. These fins are fixed. But then you have these
    other little fins that can just adjust side to side. Just like that. And the speeds that these
    fish swim at, that is enough for precision control. So when they swim, they
    stop and they’ll glide. They’ll swim up and then down. Up and then down. So during their glide
    pattern, they can make minute adjustments with this as
    well as sticking that out. And look, the angle gives
    it lift like an aero foil. So these things are amazing. They’re delicious, but they’re amazing. So, long tail tuna. Before I process this tuna
    or really any bloody fish, I’ve got this scabby old deck broom. I do like to just clean up as much
    of the slime as I can. And then I’ll clean this and give it a bit of a bleaching afterwards. That will make handling the
    fish a lot easier for you if you do have a bit of
    a scrubbing brush there. ‘Cause all fish have a top of slime which is anti-bacterial, anti-biological. Stops them, it’s their
    antiviral, if you like. It also helps them slip through the water. It’s their first line of defense. Reef fish have it thicker than these ones. But all fish have it. So that is kind of handy
    to give them a wash down. I think Pascale, that this
    is going to be delicious and very welcome. – [Pascale] Yes, definitely. – So that’s us for fishing now. I think this should be
    enough fish to see us through to Weipa. We’ve only got another
    day and a half, I guess. – No time to stop around here. – [Pascale] It’s just a
    little bit hot right now. – It’s gotta be 100% humidity. – [Pascale] You just walk
    around and you’re like dripping with sweat. – Not even a breath of a breeze. – [Pascale] April, April weather. – Unreal. This is what used to kill
    the old mariners though, get stuck in the doldrums, for weeks, throw the horses overboard. Like there’s only me and Pascale, I can’t throw her overboard. (light-hearted music) – We find that long tail tuna
    is at it’s best after it’s rested in the fridge
    for at least 12 hours. (light-hearted music) What’s that noise? – That’s the noise of silence. – [Pascale] Such a relief. Three knots, we are. – Three knots. This is where that wind
    vane modification paid off. ‘Cause there’s no way a
    wind vane would operate now. I can only just feel the breeze. Oh, that’s a nice little breeze there. – [Pascale] I can feel that. – Probably picked up to
    three and a half, eh? Yep, bingo, ba-da-bing. – Ba-da-bing. – [Pascale] Spinnaker is
    getting a pink color again ’cause it’s sunset. – We just wanna keep our
    fingers crossed that this isn’t just the– – [Pascale] The sunset
    breeze, the sea breeze. – We’re a bit far out for
    this to be a true sea breeze. But yeah, as the sun falls
    we get that shift each day. And we can’t guess when
    we sail through the night. We should be getting wind
    now at the end of Wednesday. There’s supposed to be
    lower winds, not no winds. Supposed to be picking itself up now. And then over the next few
    days, an easterly shift. So we should just slip into where we’re just in the nick of time. – It’s our fourth day and the motor’s on here, there’s no wind. I guess we’ve got tuna in the fridge, I might eat sushi for breakfast. – In the sushi rolls
    there’s tuna, mayonnaise, wasabi, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, and of course sushi rice mixed with vinegar and sugar to give it a delicious flavor. (upbeat music) – I just wanted to increase to about eight knots and just go a little more to the north and then we can use it. We haven’t had any wind. We sailed out into a doldrum, didn’t we? It’s like a great big heady of nothing. I just want to go sailing. – [Pascale] It’s not much to ask. – It’s not, I hate motoring. Maybe if I loved motoring
    more we’d get more sailing. I’ll try that. – [Pascale] Love this. – Boy I sure do love motoring. – [Pascale] You got your wind. – Tropical sailing. Zero to 20 knots, in 15 seconds. – [Pascale] Quickly put a reef in. – Hogged a reef in. Our baggy wrinkle. They chafe, the protection on the stays that people keep asking about. They’re working really well. We’re keeping the battens off the stays so they won’t erode our sails. I had to change the sensitivity
    of the order, I call it. So it will handle it a bit better now. We’re back at with it. What are we doing? Five and a half knots now so that’s getting into Weipa at 2:00. – [Pascale] Nice. – Well, we’ll see. This wind is associated with
    all of this weather ahead. – [Pascale] Storm system, yeah. But it was the north
    westers we were hoping for. Or not, is is more of a– – It’s a straight northerly. – [Pascale] Northerly, right. – Bit of a localized low-pressure
    system just over there. Winds, whew, coming in. It’s all good. (upbeat music) – We just pease this a little. A little catch of the wind on the side. – [Pascale] The steering working? – The steering’s working. But, what happens with
    an electronic auto pilot it averages all of the
    corrections either way and then slowly reduces the
    air out until it’s steering. So in a very rudimentary sense, it learns. So when you’re doing something
    like this, as soon as you make a bit of a change,
    the balance of the boat the autopilot goes, what so it has to relearn again. See how it’s settled in now? – [Pascale] Yeah. – So yeah, basically
    that’s what it’s doing. In it’s little basic brain. It’s adding up all of the corrections taking the average and trying to find that medium path. (upbeat music) – Well is often the case
    with sailing in the tropics, things change fast. That sprang upon us pretty quickly. And it was a whole lot
    of fun surfing before it. But now that wind is shifting
    and it’s gone to the north. So it’s directly in beam of us. So we’ve had to pack all that away. I guess we ran with it
    for about 45 minutes, almost an hour. But now it’s just straight as a beam. So we’re just doing a beam run into Weipa. And it looks like we’ve only
    got about two hours to go. That’s to the outside of the leads, because Weipa’s a pretty major port. So there is shipping
    leads to go through there. We’re not actually gonna get
    to an anchorage in two hours it’s still a bit of time to
    go, they’re very long leads. But that’s a great opportunity
    to catch some more fish just before we go on land. Okay, some of this
    greenish cast in the water visibility is down a bit here. So actually we’ve put the
    lure in about three quarters of a boat length. Just a bit over eight meters out the back. A lot of the yachties
    that I see are fishing and they have poor results. One of the things is I put
    it down to is they’ve got it so far away from the boat, they think the fish
    are scared of the boat. That is not the case. If you’re sailing particularly. Aahhh! If you’re sailing in particular
    with no motor running, fish will come up and check it out. If you ever see whales, or
    whale sharks, or something big in the water, they’re
    usually surrounded by fish. If you are trolling out
    there and you’d like to experiment a bit, try getting that lure a
    bit closer to the boat. ‘Cause trust me, fish will see
    a dark shadow and they’ll go, “what’s that?” Go and have a look, “Oh
    yeah, it’s just a whatever, whether they’re interested or not. But then your lure will
    come immediately after and they’ll get that thing. One of my commercial mates
    Mackerel, he was always two meters down, eight meters back. That was his sort of thing. Everyone’s a bit different. But he was relatively successful. – [Pascale] Saw a wave. – We’re pretty successful. – I don’t think we go
    too many miles without getting something, Pascale. (music drowns out speaker) – [Pascale] No. – [Pascale] Whilst we didn’t
    get the mackerel we were hoping for, we were pretty
    excited to get this beautiful skip jack tuna. You can see this tuna is really red. – [Pascale] Yeah. – That is really, really red tuna. A lot of people don’t like this but, when it’s cooked, it’ll be
    quite firm and it’ll go pale, like chicken. Pollo del mar. We’ll give it a go. I’ve got all the blood out of it. We’ll have a go. It’s still quite warm. But once it’s chilled, I don’t
    know, it might be acceptable. We’ll see what we got, Pascy. – [Pascale] Challenge? Fish tiny gullet. Can’t even filet a tuna when you’re doing seven
    knots across the sea. – [Pascale] That’s why I’m filming. I’m in awe. (light-hearted music) It was amazing to see ships
    after having spent four days in the gulf not seeing a single boat. Arriving at the leads in Weipa
    we had to be very careful because there wasn’t much
    distance between the shoreline and the lead marker. And there was a large
    ship exiting the port. (upbeat music) I’m always amazed at how
    impressively big those ships are up close. (upbeat music) Well, we’ve made it to Weipa. This is my first time in Queensland. – [Troy] First stop in Queensland. – My first stop in Queensland. So we’re here. It’s steamy and cloudy. But we had some great wind
    coming in which you would have seen so that was awesome. – And you’re first fish in
    Queensland waters was a sailfish. – Yep, pretty epic. So we’re gonna put the anchor down soon. We can see anchorage just ahead. There’s a few yachts there
    and a few fishing boats. So it looks good. And I know this is a ramble but anyway. I can’t remember what I was gonna say. We’re definitely gonna sleep
    well tonight, aren’t we doll? – There’s some good coconuts there. – We need a new a pair of binos. It’s busted, look. We have to look through one hole. – That’s okay. – Give ’em some money on
    Paypal so we can get a new pair of binoculars, please. – The poor man’s sexton. I’m taking land shots. – We’re doing sightings with busted binos. We need your help, please. Well folks, I hope you
    enjoyed the crossing. I’m gonna stop rambling now. And, we’ll see you in Weipa. If you enjoyed this video,
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    🇮🇹 Italian Riviera – Portofino: top beaches and attractions | Italy Guide: cosmopolitan paradise
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    🇮🇹 Italian Riviera – Portofino: top beaches and attractions | Italy Guide: cosmopolitan paradise

    January 12, 2020

    blue romantic and irresistible… this is not south of California… this is not southern France or Spain… this is Italy Portofino, Liguria – Italy. Welcome to the heart of the italian riviera. This fishing port is famous for the
    picturesque harbour and the high-class visitors, like celebrities and artists.
    Dalida was right I found my love in Portofino! Located 45 minutes east of
    Genoa and about two hours south of Milan. During the Roman times the area was
    called Portus Delphini. This splendid A class sea resort has a bright
    mediterranean personality. live your dreams! The Piazzetta, meeting-up point for the international
    jet set, is the symbol of Portofino, while the port is the icon and the pride of
    the locals for their centuries lasting maritime tradition. The charm of the place, the fine Ligurian cuisine and the innumerable cultural and nature itineraries make this corner of Italy an ideal destination any time of year. Top attractions Portofino’s lighthouse. One kilometer
    south of Portofino. Situated on punta del capo, imposing itself over the entire Bay. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy cold and refreshing drinks at the lounge bar La
    Portofinese. The views here will remain unforgettable. San Giorgio church five minutes walking from Portofino. Portofino’s patron, a construction from the 12th century. Inside are relics brought back by sailors after the Crusades. The breathtaking panorama from the churchyard is ideal for photo shooting. Castello Brown. Ten minutes walking from the harbour. The Brown castle is a fortress in the middle of a hanging garden, characterized by partitions with lovely bas-relief, and architectonic embellishments in marble and slate Luxury experience! Christ of the abyss: located between Camogli and Portofino, was placed under water on August 1954 top beaches: Paraggi beach: 1.5 kilometers
    north of Portofino Pedale beach: 3 kilometers north of
    Portofino Rapallo Rapallo is a municipality in the
    metropolitan city of Genoa and has 30,000 inhabitants. This beautiful area
    is part of the regional Natural park of Portofino. Friedrich Nietzsche wrote that the ideas for Zarathustra first came to him while walking on two roads surrounding Rapallo. During the 16th century it was attacked and sacked by the Ottomans and Barbary pirates. To help defend the village against such attacks a castle was built on the seafront. Top attractions Basilica of San Gervasio e Protasio. Consecrated in 1113 and has a leaning bell tower. Torre Civica: marks the skyline of Rapallo. Castello sul Mare: it
    was erected on 1551. Every July, Rapallo holds a magnificent celebration. Besides offering delicious food based on Ligurian traditional and fish dishes, breathtaking views of the stunning Mediterranean Sea while strolling along the promenade from July 1st to 3rd, Rapallo also proposes unique religious traditions accompanied by secular folklore with spectacular fireworks. Santa Margherita
    Liguria – Italy The resort of Santa Margherita Ligure is
    one of the most attractive and charming in the Riviera di Levante, the eastern
    half of the Ligurian Coast in Northwest Italy. Start your visit with a stroll along the promenade pausing for a coffee or an ice cream along the way. The seafront is the main attraction here, with its beach and lively harbour. Useful tips. Do it like the Italians rent a Fiat 500 convertible: small, fast, stylish and convenient. Prefer an accommodation in Rapallo, a cheaper alternative while it’s a fun and vibrant city. elegant Parking in Italy. In portofino’s main
    parking you will pay 11 and a half euro for two hours. In Rapallo there is a free zone parking at the marina otherwise there are plenty of parking meters and private parking spaces. Autostrada toll fees. Using the main motorways means paying toll. From Genoa to Rapallo the cost is about 13E. where to eat Restaurants: Portofino: trattoria Tripoli,
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    Sailboat, pier fire reported in Havre de Grace
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    Sailboat, pier fire reported in Havre de Grace

    January 12, 2020


    Southampton Boat Show: 21 hours to see it all! | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵
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    Southampton Boat Show: 21 hours to see it all! | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵

    December 28, 2019

    Good Morning! We are going to the
    Southampton Boat Show and I’m late for my train so let’s get going. I’m gonna make
    my way to the station on this little thing that I bought when I got here,
    because our car is in Italy, so I’ve got a little folding bike for the boat
    super-handy weighs 13 kilos it was nice and cheap as well – from Argos in the
    UK if anybody’s interested. Well that was a nice early-morning
    workout the roads were they’re quiet really nice to cycle here there’s the
    castle, and cathedral, and I’m just waiting for the late train to go into London with all the
    commuters has probably gonna be very busy. I like travelling on trains actually, when I was in the R.A.F. I used to travel a lot on the
    trains, and I really enjoyed it, and I’m gonna be trying to sort out a kind of
    chartplotter system on the train today. I bought a cheap Android tablet and I’m gonna
    be downloading OpenCPN and get myself a little cheap plotter set up. I absolutely love London. This is where Rossella and I met so it’s very special to us. And there’s such an
    amazing energy in this city, I really do enjoy visiting. Emma look. Hi! This is good isn’t it?
    Daddy’s with you in the bath even though I’m in a different country. Yes darling, I’m on the train. I’m on the train, and you’re in the bath. Well I’ve only been
    here maybe 15 minutes and I’m already really impressed. Really impressed!
    There are some really interesting things here. Halyards and different lines in there half
    price – that’s not an inflated price then price it’s a kind of, you know, a decent
    price and you only pay half, so that’s good for us because we need new lines on
    Britaly. SUPs. We’ve got an SUP there £225,
    that’s a good price and there’s something else that I’ve seen that I’ve
    never seen before, so I’ll show you now. Despite the fact that
    I used to be a boat dealer and we sold trailerable boats, and trailers, I’ve
    never seen this before… Stainless steel boat trailers. I haven’t aksed prices or anything like that, I’m sure they’re gonna be expensive as you would
    expect but yeah really quite innovative of course it’s nice to be able to dunk
    the trailer and with galvanized trailers that’s
    doable but no doubt, in the longer term stainless steel trailers are probably a great
    option, again I don’t know the price – I’ve just never seen it, so I thought I’d show you. I was just walking past the
    Coast Guard stand here and I saw something that I recognized the NautiNav Buoys we had them recently in a giveaway and we’ve given away five
    sets of those to people. This is a very large boat show there are
    over 600 boats here and about a hundred thousand visitors during the course of
    the show. It’s not just boats though there are
    other things: here’s a trailer… I’m always tempted by that sort of thing whether it
    be building a teardrop trailer or doing a campervan conversion it’d be nice to
    have options for extra accommodation like for example now while with while
    I’m working on the boat it’d be really nice to have somewhere where Rossela and
    Emma could stay, and yeah something like that
    or a camper that would be very handy. Well that was cool,
    I’ve just met Dan from Sailing Uma I didn’t get the camera out because I wanted to say
    hello to him, you know “Oh hi, here’s a camera in your face!” So yeah it’s
    really nice to meet him and hear a little bit about their plans as well.
    Now time is marching on and in 12 minutes I’ve got to be at the Guinness Bar, because that’s where I said I was gonna be from 12 till 3 so
    it’s time for me to get off the pontoons and go and have a Guinness I mean one
    Guinness, I’m only having one, but it’ll be really nice to stay there – I put word out
    so hopefully somebody will be there, some of our viewers and I can meet them and say hello! I was just walking over to the Guinness bar
    and I bumped into Dan again and Kika this time. Well, that was
    £5.50… Cheers guys! You will notice the lack of crowd. I am
    here on my own, twiddling my thumbs. Hopefully someone’s gonna say hello soon, but
    if they don’t that’s alright, I’ve got you guys. Well the first person who’s been to say
    hello – Nick cheers Nick, so yeah I’ve not been a
    complete Billy no-mates but I’ve only been here about 15 minutes and
    there’s a really nice atmosphere: a glorious sunny day it’s about 23 degrees C today
    which is just fantastic for the end of September that’s just wonderful Well it’s been a bit of a whirlwind I’ve
    not been on camera for a while because there’s been lots going on: Brian from S/V
    Delos was here as well and he gave a really interesting talk about there
    they’re cruising, and yeah it’s just been nice to see some of the people who understand
    what it’s like to be the other side of the editing screen – they are really
    inspirational people as well. So let’s go and have a look around. There are boats here to suit all tastes: motor
    boats, sailing boats, very big and very small and the fact that it’s here on the
    water it feels a lot less like a static display it’s more of a live event, and it
    feels more real. Okay guys it’s time for some dreaming
    here we’re gonna have a look at a Hallberg-Rassy 57, there are the stats
    Swedish boat of course very nice area there for all your toys – it’s like a garage isn’t it of a house, men
    always want to see what the garage is like and on a boat your lazarettes and
    storage areas are what we want to see. [Boat tour: Hallberg-Rassy 57] Hello there, can I
    just stick my camera in there as well… Wow! Very nice
    gigantic Cummins generator, and this is the aft cabin – I’m selling the house! There’s a Hallberg-Rassy 340 as well
    which for me feels a little bit more realistic: that kind of size boat, the 57
    that’s just so far outside my comfort zone that it almost feels unbelievable I
    don’t know if you kind of catch my drift anybody who’s maybe been on a really
    large boat like that might understand a little bit of what I mean but a 34-foot
    for example that feels a lot more manageable / achievable /
    possible. Wow! Beautiful classic design.. Ok there’s the world premiere of the Oyster
    565 but again these kind of boats for me are
    so far removed from reality that my brain can’t really process them.They are
    beautiful, absolutely beautiful… Let’s go and have a look at something a little bit
    smaller shall we? There’s Uma, a 1972 Pearson 36. Dan & Kika, a lovely couple, they’ve have put a lot of work into this boat and they deserve all the success in
    the world. Kittiwake 14, that’s a pretty boat isn’t it?
    This has been out in the bay taking people sailing. This is interesting to me because I saw this
    earlier on and I was imagining what it might be like to sail it and here we
    have someone doing just that. So this is a new brand new product, which is gonna
    be sold in Decathlon which is just a kind of a sports store that has branches
    around Europe. It’s an inflatable sailing boat which fits in a car. It’s kind of
    like a a very large SUP almost in design with a couple of detachable keels in a
    kind of bilge keel configuration underneath, and it actually seems to sail
    pretty well. So these are all children out here sailing, there’s a safety boat there
    of course, and the little boy in charge of that Decathlon – what does it say Triboard 5S – he’s probably around nine years old I would say. He’s doing a grand job Seek and ye shall find: I posed question earlier,
    and the universe has just answered it Very tidy little boat, quarter berth there
    centreboard, nice shallow-draft for getting up all the little creaks
    and nooks and crannies, you can explore pretty much anywhere in a boat like this. A very tidy British made boat. Solid
    traditional rudder design there. There’s a 21 ft Cornish Shrimper here you see on both of these boats how the
    mast folds down, both for trailering and also also for going under bridges potentially. This show runs for around ten days.
    I think I could spend ten days here and still not really see all the things that I want to
    see. However, life is busy I’m only here for the day I had a three-hour train ride to get here three hours back – that doesn’t leave me
    long in the middle, but I’m doing my best for you That’s heartwarming to see: a little girl
    on a SUP picking up a plastic bottle out of the water. Let’s go and have a look around on this tall
    ship then shall we! For me this is a bloke’s dream, a beautiful vessel. I would absolutely love to go sailing on a ship like this, it’s very, very nice. The rigging on this is absolutely
    beautiful. It’s fabulous that these skills are
    being kept alive. The human race has probably lost a lot of knowledge over
    the past couple centuries you know, we’ve gained a lot, but when it
    comes to seamanship and carpentry skills I don’t know how much progress we’ve
    made to be honest, perhaps we’ve even gone backwards in some respects. Big capstan: they would have put long
    levers into these holes and then you would had a bunch of guys pushing around
    to rotate the capstan to bring up the chain or whatever it was that they
    wanted to put under tension. They’ve got these latches at the bottom, which can go in one direction or the other, and they
    stop it from slipping backwards. Simple, beautiful and very functional. Well it’s time to buy some stuff just
    before the show closes. As you know Britaly is in a bit of a state: all
    the running rigging is very very old very dirty, some of it is damaged.
    I’ve been inspecting it you’ve got an external cover and then within that
    you’ve got the strength most of the strength is in the core and
    I’ve seen on some of our halyards they’ve thinned out so you can see by
    the diameter of the line it comes down and then it gets thinner and then it goes
    out again so lines like that must be replaced, so I’ve come here with a bit of
    a list and I’ve got myself a whole bunch of new halyard lines. I’ve never
    heard of this company before rotamarine the prices here are really
    interesting. I think I mentioned it before but basically just pick up a line
    at random 12 mm, 20 metres £64, but at the boat show you only pay half the
    price that’s displayed on the lights so it’s really interesting, they’ve got moring
    lines all kinds of different lines you know they’ve got a bit of everything including
    Dyneema. I’m going to be replacing our lifelines with Dyneema
    I believe. In that case this will be what I need I’m going to contact the guys and
    make an order further down the line when I’ve got all my measurements and
    everything. So there we are thought I’d point out because I’ve never heard of
    them and it’s quite interesting company. Well I just got off the phone to Rossella
    and she asked me when I ate and it just dawned on me I haven’t eaten for
    12 hours 20 minutes. I had two Egg & Cress sandwiches – two packets so it
    was like four sandwiches – at 09:30 this morning and I’ve not even since, so I’m gonna
    go and get some food now to give me the energy to cycle for half an hour with
    this monster on my back. It’s 00:40 in the morning, I’ve got my little backpack on
    which is digging in quite nicely into my shoulders I’ve got about 30 minutes on the bicycle
    now. I’m looking forward to going to bed! Not exactly convenient: it’s kind of like
    having two tourniquets, one on each shoulder but there we are, I’ll
    survive. I’ve re-jigged my jacket to pad out my shoulders, that’s a bit better, I could do without these hills though! I don’t mind going downhill it’s uphill that’s the struggle. Okay it’s 01:25 in the morning and I’ve been
    on the go since yesterday morning at 04:00 so it’s been a long day but, very
    enjoyable, very memorable and I’m really glad that I went there. As I came through
    the security barrier there I was handed a little envelope but I didn’t really
    know what it was – from Germany – I thought “What is that? I don’t remember ordering that.” It is a anti-glare screen protector, so before if
    you were watching this video looking at the little plotter thing and thinking
    “Ooohh, it’s a bit shiny Chris, you’re not going to be able to see much of that in
    the Sun” Yeah, this should hopefully help a little bit with that. It will probably
    need to Sun cover as well to be honest you know to give you some shade to see
    it really well – when it’s really bright sunshine – not that that’s too much of a problem over the next few weeks, because it’s forecast to be very wet and windy.
    Speaking of which, I’ve got to get up early tomorrow and crack on and fit
    these halyards before all hell breaks loose with the weather, so that’s enough
    blabbering from me. See you next time! Ciao! you

    Last projects before we head back to San Blas – Ep 110 Sailing Seatramp
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    Last projects before we head back to San Blas – Ep 110 Sailing Seatramp

    December 20, 2019

    Ninja, your job. What’s my job. Ah okay. So what are you doing? You open the screw and in case of doubt I have to help you. Right. I have to hold the glass underneath. So I think this should be the oil drain plug. But I’m not sure. It’s definitely solid. Looks like that screw’s gonna break. What? Looks like that screw’s gonna break. What do you mean? – Oh, that was just salt. It’s not moving a millimeter. Then we do it the other way around. Where oil goes in, it has to go out again. All I’ve got now is a bit of a slippery finger. Under the screw, okay. A little bit lower. There’s only a few droplets coming. Stretch the back once. It’s not a drop off! Of course it’s not. Was a good idea, now still clean a little bit here and the dip stick. I cleaned everything with a little WD 40 earlier, washed off all the salt, as well as I could. New oil in. I’ll paint the monument at the next opportunity. It rusts everywhere, doesn’t have to be. For being only three months old. Well, that’s just shallow now. I mean the brass tarnishes, that’s what it is. Normal, nothing bad. That the engine throws a bit of rust is not nice, it doesn’t have to be. Here we go. Just a normal Sunday morning in a
    Marina, one of the neighbors on the jetty just dropped his phone to the bottom of the marina. I don’t know why, but they think Mario can dive it out so they knocked on our door to see if Mario could help. Well, we can try. It fell down here. I’ll give it a try. Can you see anything in the water? Do you have any last words before your alligator dive? What about the crocodile here? I don’t think so. Normally you can see the eyes. Last time it was back there. You’re kidding. Seriously? I’ll be quick. No, you’re not going in. He loves the water. You failed? I failed, sorry. I thought it would be easier. It’s really dirty. As soon as you’re down, you can see about this far. It’s getting denser and denser. I came to the bottom and then it was just muddy. And I couldn’t see anything, not even with the flashlight. It’s just too much sediment. The sediments are about this high. As soon as you touch it, it spreads. Maybe it’s possible with equipment, but not without it. Where are you going today? Linton Bay. That’s only a few hours. Yeah, I don’t want to get to the San Blas in the night. Can I take it all off? Get it off. Where are we going today? I’d just drive by Elle and Quantin’s, say goodbye again. They’re not here – they drove right through to town – that’s right. Then we head towards Linton, spend the night there again and tomorrow we continue to San Blas. If we don’t have to do it all at once, we’ll have a little more time. As quite far in the background you can see the bridge, which crosses the canal – which crosses the Panama Canal and I’m still hoping we can cross the canal someday. But now we are on the way back to the San Blas Islands. But eventually… we do it… We have now left civilization again, left Colon, and are now back in Linton Bay after about 5 hours. Let’s make a pit stop for a minute. We’re gonna fuel up right now then anchor and spend the night here. Tomorrow morning we continue to the San Blas. The rain has been following us for the last 4 hours now. It didn’t get really dry. You already look chic in your outfit. Wonderful. That was smooth. Totally. I told him we needed diesel. What? I told him we needed diesel. Can you give it a hand? No optimal conditions, refueling in the rain? Oh, why? We have something for it. There’s no moisture getting in. Ah MacGyver style. We have filled up our tanks now and now we are trying to squeeze our way through this area. It’s always a bit of a risk. According to Navionics charts, you drive through land here. We know however that we have done this with good weather already a few times. But you can’t see anything at the moment. So we have to rely blindly on following our old track. It’ll be all right. We’ve been gone two months now, and somehow the same boats are still hanging around as before. You also don’t know exactly if they’re all stranded or if there really are people living on it. Occasionally you see people on it. It’s really fascinating and scary at the same time. I don’t understand why they hang around here so long, San Blas are outside the door or also Bocas del Tores – there we were indeed not yet but they’re supposed to be beautiful, too. Why you stay here in Linton Bay. You can’t get anything here either. I don’t know if we told it or not, from here you need another 1.5 hours by bus to get to the next supermarket. To be able to shop at all. It’s kind of all strange here. But it’s a very sworn community, these are the ones, all know each other, all help each other, but yes, it is a very bizarre place. And unfortunately not the safest. But it is fascinating, they are still almost the same boats as 2 months ago. It’s fine, not many. I think so. I find some of our permanent campers are gone. To be honest, almost everyone. No, most of them are lying there. There lies the Winnie Pooh boat. Back there where the catamaran is in between. He’s always been here. The yellow ones back there have been lying there the whole time. They’re all the uninhabited ones. Some of them are also inhabited. How much? 40m.

    Scuba Diving In Ponza, Italy and Exploring Pompeii Ruins
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    Scuba Diving In Ponza, Italy and Exploring Pompeii Ruins

    December 20, 2019

    The Romans were immature. Coming from Rome, we motored the short 39 nautical miles to the site of an extinct volcano where a portion of the caldera rim juts from the sea creating the island known as Ponza. The island being inhabited since the Neolithic, the town of Ponza and it’s economy are largely dependent on tourism, boat building and repair as well as fishing. We’re in Ponza, Italy! We’re going scuba diving for Dylan’s Birthday! And I can’t go because I’m not certified, but that’s fine! With a single day in the area, Jackson explores on foot while Tara and I board the dive boat where all of our gear has already been prepared. We head to the Isola Zannone accessible only by boat. It is part of the Circeo National Park and we are here to see what the life is like under the surface. We begin our descent and even though we were warned beforehand that the marine life had decreased in the area, we were shocked at the seemingly baren seascape. We go deeper to get a close look at the coral and rocks and we come across a few creatures like this red starfish and the congeal hiding in the rocks. After a closer look, we were able to see that there are many small fish, but the biggest fish we could find was this rainbow raz. During our safety stop while we waited for our bodies to expel any nitrogen that was forced into our blood, I found it fascinating to observe how the anchor held the boat to the rocks and it helped me gain perspective on how different reality is in the water. I went down to just over 22 meters *which is illegal since I’m not certified for that* I’m only certified for 18 meters, went down to like 22 meters. Before we went in our dive master was like, “yeah, there’s not a whole lot of sea life in the Mediterranean”, cause it’s been over fished, but there’s a lot of small fish. They were saying there’s a lot of octopus, but we didn’t see any. It was good! I lost a fin to start and had to get that put back on to my foot, but that was fine and yeah it was awesome to look out past the wall into the abyss. Even though it was disheartening to experience the lack of marine life, it was exhilarating to be back breathing underwater. We suited back up for our second dive, where, while we were swimming through this small trench we were surprised with a bottle of champagne and a sign saying Happy Birthday! *singing Happy Birthday* This is a typical Italian cake. *laughter* What do you think is in it? I don’t remember what it’s called. Thrilled we headed back to our anchorage where we watched the lunar eclipse. Upon waking as the wind was just beginning to stir I climbed up the fore stay and was able to untangle the Genoa. After a couple of weeks of carrying our sail of shame, we lowered and stored the sail. We hit the water with a casual cruise to Pompeii for a quick peak at the volcano encased town. Pompeii! In the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. was buried very rapidly under giant quantities of ash simultaneously destroying and preserving what was once a lively town of near 20,000 humans. Upon entering from the east, you first come across a glass building full of what look to be stone encapsulated humans. The ferocity with which the town was hit gave the people of Pompeii little to no time to escape. The death raining from above. This was the first of many reminders that Pompeii was filled with humans no different than the ones walking on earth today. Walking through the surprisingly robust town, we saw food that had been prepared some two thousand years ago. Games and artwork that I imagine at the time were commonplace, but now they are gems and portals to a different time that are held in the might of all with a sense of sacredness. Almost a peculiar nostalgia for a time we can seemingly remember. Even the brothel, which today would be looked down on is treated with a sense of reverence similar to that of a cathedral. A very odd place to behold. We meandered to the edge of town and came across what I assume to be plaster replicas of excavated material. Back in modern civilization on the train we all pondered the mysterious town entombed by Vesuvius. And while we were standing there this lady runs over and goes, “Theo mio a Cannoli!” And so, of course we go over and we have THE BEST Cannoli that these North Americans have ever tasted. Thanks for watching! Subscribe and share this video with a friend that you think would enjoy it. Go out there and explore something and come back and let me know how it was for ya. Have a great week. That’s the one that killed Pompeii. Ciao!

    5 Years Living on a Sailboat – Couple Shares Ups & Downs of a Liveaboard Life
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    5 Years Living on a Sailboat – Couple Shares Ups & Downs of a Liveaboard Life

    December 16, 2019

    >>TERYSA: There’s a lot that we love about the live-aboard lifestyle. What really appeals to me is the travel, the adventure and the challenge because it is challenging. I also really love the minimalist nature of our lifestyle and the fact that we are self-sufficient. The fact that we are connected to the environment in a way that you just aren’t when you live in a city.>>NICK: I love the boat. I think it’s cozy. I think it’s beautiful. It’s comfortable. You know, this is our home. It’s got just about everything we own on board. It’s just a very nice lifestyle. [Music Playing]>>TERYSA: We’ve been living on the boat for 5 years now and 4 of those have been actually actively sailing and cruising. So for the first year, we were just living in our marina, getting the boat ready to set sail and the 4 years after that, we have actually been sailing around half of the world. We have sailed from the UK down the Atlantic coast of Europe. We crossed the Atlantic Ocean and then we spent 2 years in the Caribbean and the Bahamas, the east coast of the USA and then last year we crossed the Atlantic again back to Europe and that’s where we are now. So before we moved onto our boat, we were living in London in our apartment. I was working as a paramedic and Nick was working as a dentist. So with my shift work, we didn’t actually get a chance to see each other very much. So when we were together, it was usually on the weekend while we were sailing. I think that we both felt that life in London was very hectic. It was very fast-paced and we both I think got caught up in the whole consumerism of modern day life and we crave something simpler.>>NICK: It was very, very scary making that transition from being in a job with the security of employment to going actually, you know what? I’m gonna do this while I’m young enough to enjoy it and it was it was a very brave decision I think we made. Some may say foolish but looking back on it now, we’re coming up to 5 years and it’s just the best thing we ever did. [Sounds of Water and Boat Rocking] My first boat was a little starter boat 25 feet, worth very little, learnt the ropes on that, then bought a bigger boat a 32 footer and then when I met Terysa, we hatched this plan to buy something we could live on. So this is 40 feet. So welcome to the inside of Ruby Rose the galley or kitchen as it would be known if you’re on land, is essentially a miniature version of the kitchen that we had while we were living in London. There’s not a lot that we don’t have. So we’ve got a cook, a grill and oven. We’ve got fridges. We’ve got hot and cold running water. We’ve got our coffee machine and we’ve got all the space that we could need for storage. The saloon, this is the area that we eat in. It is the area that we watch television. It has 2 large sofas. They are long enough for us to both relax, lay down on and sometimes we sleep on these. When we were crossing the Atlantic, we can pull up cloths and those cloths make cots and those cots allow us if it’s really rough to sleep in without getting thrown out of bed. We’ve got lots of storage. We’ve got this is that lovely drinks cabinet. We have a television over there with DVDs and under these sofas and to the side of the sofas, we’ve got lots of storage for books, for glasses and all our cutlery and crockery. You will also notice in the middle of the saloon, we’ve got this large box. Now this box does actually turn into an 8 seater table just in case we have a dinner party. It’s rare, but it has happened. But in addition to that our boat, the keel, the bottom of it lifts up so we can dry the boat out and this box holds the mechanism for the keel. So this is part functional but also part of our table. As you can see, it’s very, very bright and very airy. This is tough and bulletproof glass so that we can have a lot of light coming through the boat.>>TERYSA: Our first cabin I want to show you is our forecabin. This is like our guest cabin which is set up for guests but at the moment I have to admit that often we use it for storage. We have good storage on this boat but when you’re living in a tiny space then sometimes you need somewhere extra to put stuff. So I’ll just show you down here. [Terysa walking towards another cabin] This is just some extra storage here and then we’ve got a V-berth right here. This is a really comfortable cabin actually. We’ve got a big opening hatch which means that it’s got really nice airflow and you can’t see at the moment but there’s loads of storage underneath the mattress. Behind the door, there’s a big cupboard. As you can see, there’s shelves on either side and we’ve got loads of things up on those shelves at the moment. One of which is Nick’s guitar. Yes, we take Nick’s guitars – 2 guitars – everywhere with us. The other shelf has what is called a Hydrovane and it helps us steer when we’re crossing oceans. It’s another steering mechanism for us and our cabin is the master cabin which is in the aft part of the boat, at the back of the boat, and I am going to show you in there right now. [Terysa walking towards the master cabin] I have to admit that when I first got into this boat and I came into this cabin, this is what sold this boat for me. I just fell in love with it. So we’ve got a good sized bed here, big enough for two people, and we’ve also got loads of storage underneath the bed and also behind the couches on either side. You’ll notice that above our bed. We’ve got some fans. So that’s how we keep cool when we are in tropical areas, and we’ve also got some opening hatches just up here. So our bathrooms are not called bathrooms because we’re on a boat. They’re called heads instead. We have 2 of them and this is the main one. This is what we use most of the time and I’ll show you in here. It is compact, but it does have everything that we need. Obviously, we’ve got the toilet and the sink and some storage. We don’t have a separate shower. What we have to do is we take the tap or the faucet and we have to attach up at the top and that creates like a wet room. So that’s our shower. We have a pump. We can turn the pump on to pump the water out of the bottom of the floor. We’ve got a big locker here as well which we keep all our wet weather gear in. We try to stay in nice warm tropical places so we don’t actually need to go into that locker very often, but that’s where all of our foul weather gear is kept as well. [Music Playing]>>NICK: We are almost a completely green boat, so completely self sustainable. So we have solar panels for generating electricity. We have a wind generator for generating electricity and we have a hydrogenerator which we tow behind the boat, which also generates electricity. So we are completely powered. We don’t have air conditioning on board. We don’t have the power for that and all the space for an air conditioning unit and living in the Caribbean, there is always enough breeze. Where we are in marinas, we obviously have electricity. To generate water, we have a water maker that produces enough water for us to live quite happily. We have a black water holding tank, which we then pump out, when we’re 12 miles offshore. We don’t have a greywater tank. Again. it’s very difficult to find the space for one. [Music Playing] So how I made the transition? We planned probably for approximately 3 years before we moved onto the boat. We bought the boat and we had a plan. It took us 3 years to get out.>>TERYSA: There are 2 parts to our transition. One was wrapping up our life in London and the other part was getting the boat ready to set sail. So they were both happening kind of simultaneously. We had a three-bedroom apartment. We basically sold everything on eBay or got rid of everything. We have a storage unit of things that are of personal value, but it was a huge, huge undertaking getting rid of all of our stuff. The other part was that Nick had to sell his business and that took a long time and it was very stressful. For me, it was just a fairly straightforward process of resigning from my job. So when we finally had all of that wrapped up then we moved up to the boat and then we had to get the boat ready for the type of sailing and cruising that we wanted to do and that was a long process as well. That took us about a year.>>NICK: Another question we get asked a lot is how do we afford this lifestyle? What do we do to keep us going and sailing around the world? Initially, when we when we stopped work, we rented out our apartment. So we have an apartment in London and we rent that apartment out and we live on the rent. Over the last couple of years, we started our YouTube channel and the YouTube channel has really taken off. So between YouTube and Patreon we make an income from that as well. So that’s the strands of our income. [Music Playing]>>TERYSA: To be on a boat in the middle of the ocean with absolutely nothing around you, no land for sometimes thousands of miles is an experience unlike any other. It really is quite mind-blowing and it can feel quite daunting and at times, it just hits you how ridiculous the situation is that you’re just on a relatively small boat in the middle of literally nowhere as isolated as you could probably get and it’s just you and the boat and the ocean and this whole world underneath you that you can’t see or even imagine. It’s a relatively stressful situation to be in anyway, even when things are all going well because you know that there’s potential for things to go wrong. So you’re constantly doing risk assessments. You’re constantly aware that there is a danger even though you do all you can to minimize that danger. But at the end of the day, it is a huge achievement, I think, to cross an ocean on your own boat and it’s an achievement that we’ve been lucky enough to do twice so far and it’s something that you’re always glad when it’s over. But as soon as it’s over and you’ve recovered, you’re kind of looking forward to the next time. [Laughter]>>NICK: My love of the sea is formed from this. The fact that you have to respect it, the fact that it gives so much but asks so much from you as well. A lot of people ask this what do we do at night? Do we stop sailing at night? Yes, we generally stop sailing at night if we’re not on long passages. Otherwise, we have to stay up and keep watch. But when we moor the boat, it depends on the region we are in. In Europe, so far the Mediterranean it’s been a lot of marinas because there aren’t many places to anchor. In the Caribbean, it was anchoring almost exclusively for 2 years. We tend to avoid mooring buoys unless we’re in very, very crowded anchorages. But it just depends on the area we are in.>>TERYSA: The food situation on the boat is pretty similar to living on land really except because we aren’t always near supermarkets. In fact often, especially in the Caribbean we are nowhere near supermarkets sometimes for months at a time. We have to be very careful about when we provision, what we’re buying, and making sure that we’re planning ahead. The other thing is that when we do provision, we often have to take several hours to do that. So when you’re living on land, usually you just jump in the car, you drive to a supermarket and it’s all done within an hour or so. Living on a boat, a) our form of transportation is usually just our legs. Also, the supermarkets are generally a reasonable walk away and then we have to carry everything ourselves back to the boat. So we can’t buy as much at any one time. How we provision really depends on where we are and the way that we’re sailing when we’re preparing for an ocean crossing for example. The longest crossing we’ve done has been 3 weeks. So we had to have 3 weeks worth of food on board at that time. We were able to catch fish on passage which helped a little bit but we had to assume that we weren’t going to be able to do that. And that was a bit of a challenge, especially with fresh food. So this is our cockpit area and this is where we spend almost all of our time, especially when we’re at anchor. We love just lounging around and relaxing in the cockpit. But also when we’re underway, we’re obviously almost always in the cockpit. So it’s very comfortable area and it’s a very safe area. So I’ll just show you a few of the features. We have 2 helming positions and this is the main one that we use. We use this because it’s got most of our controls here. So as you can see, I’ve got things like the compass. I’ve got controls for the keel, for the windlass which is what helps us drop our anchor into the water, for our bow thruster which allows us to move our bow from side to side and our ignition for our engine. So we’ve got quite a lot of stuff going on right here. If I take you to the other helming position. This is where we have our VHF radio and this is how we communicate with nearby boats when we are sailing. We’ve also got a chart plotter which is obviously off right now because we are all tied up but generally speaking this is on especially when we’re underway and we use this to look at our charts, our electronic charts, as well as to see the boats around us and we also have radar so that shows up on here as well. We have quite a lot of safety equipment on the back of our boat here We’ve some Man Overboard equipment as well as our life raft. Over on this side, we have some more fun items: we have our barbecue and our Eski as well as our outboard engine which we attached to our dinghy and that’s how we get around when we are at anchor. We have 4 winches. One on either side here and 2 just behind me. Most of our lines come back to these 2 winches and this is how we control both of the sails and this is really great because we’ve set up our boat to control everything from the cockpit so we don’t ever need to go forward which means it is a much safer setup. So in rough seas or rough weather we can just stay in the safety of cockpit. We can tie ourselves onto the railing here or we’ve got these tie off points here and we don’t ever need to leave but we can manage the sails from here.>>NICK: Every boat should have a navigation station and/or a chart table. We keep all our charts in this table here. In addition to this, we’ve got some modern-day twists on traditional navigation. We’ve got both our radios here. So we’ve got our regular radio, which is our VHF radio for talking to people within about a 40 mile range. We’ve also got a high frequency radio so we can talk to people using what’s called an SSB, a single sideband radio, anywhere on the planet. You can get up to and including 3-4,000 miles range. So it also has our satellite phone and other ways of communicating if we’re trying to get weather conditions at sea. Moving back a little bit, there’s a control panel here and that is to do with our electricity, controlling how much water we have, controlling how much electricity we’re using whether it’s the solar panels or whether it’s our wind generator because as you can imagine if you are living off-grid as we do you have to be really careful about your usage of water. How much tank space we’ve got? How much electricity we’re using? Whether the sun’s out? Whether it’s windy? and so we can monitor quite carefully and quite accurately how much water and electricity we are using. So the challenges of the sailing lifestyle. I think you do have to appreciate from day one, from the get-go, whether you’ve got a new boat or an old boat, you will be repairing things every day. Everything needs maintenance and that maintenance is a lot more frequent and extensive than a house. That’s the first thing. The challenges really are not getting burnout. That was the biggest challenge for us. You do need at some point to put some roots down, spend a month in a place. And so those I think are the biggest challenges. I haven’t found anything else to be a challenge. We haven’t struggled with WiFi at all. Local SIM cards and a WiFi booster have dealt with all that. Meeting friends and then having to leave friends is also difficult. But that’s just the sailing life and you have to accept that.>>TERYSA: Another challenge is that we are so connected to the environment which in a way is part of what we love about this lifestyle so much but the flip side of that is that we are completely at the mercy of the weather. And so our plans really are dictated by the weather, not just seasonal weather i.e. prevailing winds for that time of year but more localized weather as well and we can have the intention of being at a certain place, on a certain date. But the reality is that we never quite know what we’re going to be doing on any given day. Because we don’t know what the weather’s gonna be like. More than once, we have been woken up in the middle of the night because the weather has changed and it can be really challenging. You might be in an anchorage that was perfectly safe in the evening and then by two o’clock in the morning, it’s become unsafe and you have to move in the middle of the night. So that’s another challenge as well is you have to be constantly aware of the weather conditions, of your environment and change your plans to suit those. [Music Playing] The other thing about living on a boat is that I think you really do have to push yourself all the time. The entire experience is a challenge for reasons that we’ve already talked about, but you also are constantly learning new skills. Nick has had to learn how to be an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter. I have had to become a logistician, a planner, organizer and navigator; in addition to being sailors. You have to be a little bit of everything when you’re living on a boat because you don’t have any other experts to turn to. You are the only people who can solve a particular problem on a certain day, and it’s a constant learning curve. We are learning every day. Every year, we’re getting better and better and we’re getting more and more experience but there is always going to be so much more to learn.>>NICK: I look back on what we’ve done over the last 4 years and it has been the best 4 years of my life, without fail. Being able to take all that you hold as possessions, and your entire house with you and continually change the view, experiencing different cultures and living those cultures. Experiencing life in a way that we would never have experienced it if we had done it any other way. There have been downs, of course, there have been downs. But overall looking back, it’s just been bloody awesome, like amazing. We have achieved so much and we are so much happier now. [Music Playing]>>MAT: Be sure to subscribe to Exploring Alternatives and check out our playlists for more stories like this. You can also follow Nick and Terysa on their YouTube channel Sailing Yacht Ruby Rose. Thanks for watching.