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    Cruising dinghy sailing Fraser Island  4 sailboat Moonlight.
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    Cruising dinghy sailing Fraser Island 4 sailboat Moonlight.

    October 19, 2019


    Day 4 of my journey sailing moonlight up the great sandy strait beside fraser island from
    Inskip point up to harvey bay it’s a journey of about 40 nautical miles in
    total and today we’re going to cover the final 15 nautical miles from the ranger
    station and an Ungowa to Urangan the Certodus was built as a dredge at
    paisley in Scotland about 1898 she measured a hundred and forty-five feet
    long had a 30-foot beam and weighed in at four hundred and six tons>During the
    1940s the Ceratodus carried 98% pure white silica sand from Yankee Jack Creek
    on Fraser Island to the mainland now she’s one of several rusting hulks that
    are beached on the west coast of Fraser Island over the years not far up the
    coast from Yankee jet Creek we come across a derelict jetty which is left
    over from the days when the locals on Fraser Island residents used to travel from this
    point back across to the mainland In the background you can see a nice little
    camping ground there’s also a boat shed there and some buildings that were built
    for the forestry activity which ceased in about 1991 nowadays it’s been taken
    over by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. No wind today for the final leg
    of the journey so it’s all done by motor You get tired of the
    motor clattering away in the background so I lashed the helm and I can stand
    up beside the mast to steer the boat increasing the waterline on that
    site by heeling the boat over, it decreases the resistance and therefore
    the boat steers away from the side that you’re leaning towards Fraser Island was named after Captain
    James Fraser he perished on the island in 1836 he shipped the Stirling Castle
    Wren aground on the 25th of May 18 36 on the Swain reef near Rockhampton he and
    his wife Eliza along with the remaining crew set out south heading towards
    Moreton Bay now called Brisbane in two lifeboats. Eliza was heavily pregnant and
    gave birth to a child while underway the baby unfortunately did not survive and one
    of the lifeboats was abandoned on the way and the remaining boat eventually
    landed a K’gari now known as Fraser island after camping
    for a few days they were taken into the camps of the local butcher people fraser
    died while in captivity but his crew and later his wife was rescued in march of
    1837 K’gari or Fraser island is a
    heritage-listed sand island separated from the Australian mainland by the
    great sandy Strait the island is made up of 98% white quartz sand that has been
    shaped over millennia by the wind and sea into nearly 200 miles of beaches in
    1600 square miles of forest and germs the dunes rise 800 feet above the sea
    level. It is thought that the population of K’gari
    reached up to 2,000 people during the times of Plenty Captain Cook
    first spotted the Butchlla people in 1770 as he sailed past they were standing on
    a high point on the East Coast the and named Indian head. A brash redheaded,
    an American timber getter, going by the name of Yankee Jack Pigott began
    harvesting carry pine on the island in 1864 the first Bullock’s hauled the
    timber to the western shore where it was rafted across the break sandy straight
    into the Mary River to be processed in a steam driven sawmill at Maryborough in
    1905 the steam tramway was built across the island from the southeast to the
    northwest to avoid the elevator sections sparks from the steam engines are
    thought to have started many bush fires so we’re coming to the end of our
    journey now having transitive across the great sandy Strait and are entering the
    Susan River near your engine locking operations on the K’gara he came to a
    halt in the early 1990’s so we now have this rich heritage The Butchulla people
    spread the message of care and respect for the land visitors to the island are
    greeted with a sign carrying a welcome written by uncle Malcolm Burns good day
    welcome Butchulla people ,traditional owners of K’gari welcome you to country
    may all your good spirits be around you throughout the day wherever you go leave
    only footprints we’ve arrived back in the mouth of the Susan River near your
    engine we’re just taking a bit of a look around the bay before we take the boat
    out of the water this is the place where the ferries depart for kingfisher bay those words leave behind only footprints
    are echoing in my mind we have left behind a few footprints we’ve also left
    behind some ripples the other thing that we’ve taken away from the island are
    some incredible memories

    Boating Course | Boating Course Study Guide
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    Boating Course | Boating Course Study Guide

    October 19, 2019


    Boating Course – Boating Course Study Guide A good boating course will teach you more
    than just how to steer a boat, it will teach you everything you need to know about safe
    and responsible boating. A good boating course will, of course, begin
    with a lesson on operating your boat. The boating course should take you through how
    to haul your boat and safe ramping procedures. Boating safety is the most important part
    of an effective boating course. Most boating accidents are caused because captains have
    not taken a boating course. You can find certified boating courses in
    many places — often nearby. Check with your local marina and ask about what type of boating
    courses they offer. Look online for some boating courses that
    you can do from the comfort of your own home. Most of these boating courses will have you
    study different modules that have to do with all aspects of boating. Taking a boating course will make it easier
    for you to obtain your boat license. Boating courses are valuable troves of information
    that will help make you a better boater.

    How to Clean a Sailboat : Tools & Soaps for Cleaning a Sailboat
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    How to Clean a Sailboat : Tools & Soaps for Cleaning a Sailboat

    October 18, 2019


    Hi, I’m Ches Rainer welcome to Expert Village.
    Today we are going to be talking about some techniques used to clean a fiberglass boat.
    In this clip we are going to talk about some of the tools and cleaning fluids we are going
    to use to clean the boat today. We got a deck brush (non abrasive), a more abrasive deck
    brush, this can be used on the bottom of the boat or if there is any mold anything like
    that on the boat, you want to test it in a small area to make sure it’s not going to
    scratch up the boat finish (cause you don’t want to do that). You need a bucket for water
    and solvents, a shammy to dry it afterwards, especially the windows cause they are going
    to get any hard water stains that are really going to show up. You need a plastic cleaner.
    Most boats have plastic windows and you want something that is not going to scratch up
    the window or haze it. Another plastic cleaner, a little scrub brush to get into harder reach
    spots, I like to use some simple green it’s non toxic. You’re going to need some soap,
    make sure that is biodegradable also cause we are in a marine environment. I got some
    polish that I use for the stainless steel throughout the boat, a nice microphobic cloth
    is always good and wax for when done drying the boat.

    Delivering Sailboat sv Dodi sailing at night in storm The Boat Life Adventure Travel Vlog S1E15
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    Delivering Sailboat sv Dodi sailing at night in storm The Boat Life Adventure Travel Vlog S1E15

    October 18, 2019


    This is The Boat Life. Wooo! we almost
    died yesterday. I don’t know about well I guess we could have anything could have happened
    there’s a lot of distress calls and whatever not the smoothest boat delivery
    tell you that right now we did go sailing that was great
    downhill from there this is the boat life we had a dream
    sailing in the Caribbean and living on a sailboat so we sold our stuff, quit our
    jobs, and now we’re doing just that Cruising at, cruising at? We’re sailing!
    Four knots. solid four knots. What happened? It was just five. Well we’re back down to four. Back down
    to four. Three five Well we’re sailing. Not very fast but we’re
    sailing. There’s not a lot of wind even though we had kind of a rough storm
    this morning but we weren’t sailing in it we were just trying to get out to where we were
    going to sail. But, pretty sweet What? I said I don’t feel like being at the helm. You don’t feel good? and then then where we had planned to
    come in to the the ICW was not passable and it just was not something I was
    gonna try and do so we had to figure out do we go north we go south but both of
    them were like three hours, right? yeah. and the Sun was starting
    to set at that point. Not a wise move. But we made it after after bumping the old ground. Six
    or seven times. Man I was just white knuckling it cuz it wasn’t it wasn’t horrible
    weather per se but I really wasn’t prepared to navigate at night or with
    such a chop. The boat was going back and forth, side to side. that and then and then also to somewhere
    that I’m not familiar with I had actually planned to be navigating things
    that I was familiar with during the day but we made it and it was so funny. FUNNY? As soon as we got here no, no, no. as soon as we got here it was
    like night and day I mean you can see the water behind us that’s how it was
    last night. it was just super smooth. Here? Yeah. Not on the journey. Once we got out of the Gulf. The Gulf was crazy. Like I said it wasn’t terrible it was more like we weren’t sure where we were going and trying to find the markers and
    things like that which are all normal boating things I suppose except that we
    hadn’t plan to do any of that, for a while. We got a taste of it. Sorry
    about that, sorry. Six to ten hour day that
    was 19 hours. It was a quick 19 hours though. I was seasick for 18 of the
    19 hours. That actually I think made it worse. I really felt bad. I wanted
    Melissa to just have a great time especially because it was the first trip
    and like the first leg That was fantastic. Yeah and then we anchored in Pelican Bay which it all went just to plan. The second day which I
    think was… I’ll take the blame here Lack of planning there so, lesson learned.
    I cried, a lot. I don’t know if I have any video of that. I hope not. What did it look like? *Nic fake crying face* no it really wasn’t that bad it was just
    now overwhelming emotion. That’s true. That’s The Boat Life! Overall I felt really good about everything this morning because we were able to get where we need to be at
    night using the channel markers and our chart plotter and then anchor in the
    dark on a nice safe anchorage. So overall I would say I was really
    impressed with our ability to do that on our brand new boat second day out in
    addition to all of the craziness that was happening to us like night
    navigation and not really having a plan and where to anchor and then we heard the story unfold on the radio. Haulin’ass everybody’s out on a Monday, nobody out
    on the weekend but yeah so as night began to fall I can’t remember if the
    call came in shortly before 9:00 or shortly after 9:00 basically around dark
    there was a call in to the Coast Guard that we heard. Yeah it was about 9. 9 o’clock. There’s this vessel that was in Tampa Bay 100 to 150 nautical miles out and
    they hadn’t they were supposed to be back by dark they had left the day
    before I think there shows me back by dark and they hadn’t arrived yet so that
    was fine we didn’t hear much about it and then we’re in this crazy waves the
    boats rolling hitting the bottom we’re freaking out I’m trembling and crying
    and then they come on the radio Coast Guard searching for this vessel six
    persons missing it just kept repeating that like every
    15 minutes I’m crying I think I’m gonna die and Coast Guard’s not helping. I
    probably should’ve just turned the radio down at that point but I didn’t. I don’t
    know it wasn’t on my mind. It kept going. In hindsight I should’ve turned that down.
    That was terrifying. It added to the tension and the nerves. That was not what I wanted to hear when I I’m like ahh yeah not good. Today is gonna be easy-peasy because we’re just gonna
    deliver it or finished the journey to where we’re gonna keep the boat for a
    bit. Yeah let’s do it! Can we talk about that school of
    stingrays I saw. Nic was sleeping the camera wasn’t working them it was the
    best part of the day yesterday in my opinion How many were there? I bet
    that’s true. That was a good part. Well I I didn’t feel sick at that part and it
    was like holy cow what is in the water and it was like 30, 40 stingrays and they
    were all evenly spaced so they were like there was like two pods or schools of
    them I don’t really know what they’re called I’m on google it and they were
    like in diamond formation and they all were like this far away from each other
    just swimming at the same pace it was wild, yeah so mad I didn’t get any video. I’m upset I didn’t see it. Nic was sleeping, I was like Nic, stingrays!!! Didn’t even move. I was passed out. First night on anchor I didn’t sleep real well just cuz setting the anchor and hanging out there and then you know just nerves really it was hot too but just nerves.
    Have anything else that we did or experienced yesterday? No I mean we did a lot of sailing. We sailed for like six hours or something I was asleep for most of it
    I had my eyes closed in a corner and and it sailed well, I’m really impressed
    with the boat every time every time we do something else I’m really impressed
    with the boat and with the previous owner
    left as equipment and was on it as a setup. Minus the dinghy, minus the dinghy. That was like a four hour ordeal that we have yet to figure out. Yeah the dinghy motor isn’t working so we’ll go over that. To the marina! To the marina! Captain Nic, pull the anchor up! You know how easy it is to take the anchor up. Like it doesn’t seem that hard. But to get it unstuck. The leverage your pulling it straight up. Oh. That’s how the anchor works. If it pulls this way. Which that is why you want out so much scope. Because the boat, even if it goes up it only goes up to here. so that way, yeah. But still for keeping you secure all through the night. That one is awesome, it is so easy to set that anchor. They are much easier to see during the day. Oh my god, look at the birds. This is sailing vessel Dodi, just wondering when your next scheduled opening is after 11:00 okay Anna Maria Island Bridge to s/v Dodi we are on a 20 minute schedule
    so we are on the hour, twenty after, and twenty till. Do you copy? Copy that, thank you very much. ***BOAT speeding through no wake zone and crossing 10 feet from our bow and no one noticed**** WHAT THE HELL A$$HOLE! I’m like I don’t know my nerves I
    haven’t done so many things especially like consecutive like navigating at
    night anchoring at night anchoring in general on my own boat.
    Sailing? Yeah. Sailing. Hailing the bridge *phew* It’s weird. Don’t forget about the lock.
    and the lock yeah. So it’s all it’s really interesting because I just haven’t had
    so many high pressure but controlled experiences I don’t know is
    that even the right word? Yeah. While trying to catch them on camera.
    Yeah. Time Check! Let’s go through the bridge! One minute, one minute! I’m
    gonna go out. What was that? Just wait until it is fully raised. That is basically their warning. Got it! Woooo! We did it! That was easy. That wasn’t so bad. Woohoo it’s like you’re a real captain. ha ha! Where’s my captains hat. Successful bridge hailing. YES! Cortez Bridge this is sailing vessel
    Dodi from the North requesting a bridge opening. This is the Cortez Bridge next scheduled opening is going to be at
    11:40 coming up in about three minutes captain. Thank you very much. Haul-a$$. We are haulin’a$$. HAHA
    oh yeah about 24 RPM’s I might bump it up a little bit that’s up Cortez bridge operator thank you very much
    for the bridge opening You can walk to the pier from there
    interesting oohh look at that sailboat. It gets caught in the wind if it unravels itself. yeah a lot of Effing jet skiers you’re doing great dear, you’re doing
    great That happens to be all that’s in it. Huh? Nothing. What did you say?
    That is all that happened to be in the shot. It zoomed in. NICEEEE
    That’s how we sail, I mean motor. hey So I just realized that this is the longest
    I’ve ever been off of land for. I never took a cruise. Oh nice! I’ve never been out to sea for that
    many days. That’s intense. How do you feel about it? Besides being seasick yesterday, the other parts of it were fun. I just thought about that. Well, way to go! MOTORING! [sung] [inaudible singing] About to pull up to our new home we’re gonna live
    over there Longboat Key Moorings this is s/v
    Dodi Is it turned all the way up?
    Welcome Dodi, you entering the channel? This is Longboat Key Club Moorings.
    We are entering the channel we will be there in about 15 minutes or so. Roger that captain. When you start
    coming in you’ll see our fuel dock straight ahead you’re going to turn to
    port and turn down the fairway we have
    you on m9 which will be the 6th dock on your
    port side Great! Will you have someone there to
    assist us? Absolutely I’m gonna send him out there about ten minutes okay. Sounds
    great thank you. yeah make sure you don’t have any loops in it.
    coil it up and then give yourself some line so when you throw it
    doesn’t have to uncoil that part. Make sense? Good? Like this? Yeah yeah. So this is one? Holy $hit that’s a big boat. hehe yep. so this will be our home for a
    little while while we learn to sail Are you going to be able to make the turn into this? yeah. You might have to backup. No? No, it should be fine. I would hit it in reverse. wooo. reverse, reverse. Hi, how’s it going? It’s going! We’re going the wrong way. I know. Do you want me to throw you my line?
    I’d rather that bow line. Ok. You can set your stern line while your there. How do I set the stern line? You got to watch over there. Grab that. Grab what? yeah Is it in reverse? No. It’s in neutral. Dockhand: Is it in reverse? Melissa: He says it’s not. He can just put it in neutral or shut it off.
    I’m gonna shut it down That’s The Boat Life! We live on a boat,
    in a marina. We even sailed here all by ourselves. Thanks for watching, we really
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    next time. That’s The Boat Life!

    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Spray Down Sailboat for Cleaning
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    How to Clean a Sailboat : How to Spray Down Sailboat for Cleaning

    October 16, 2019


    Hi, I’m Ches Rainer welcome to Expert Village.
    Today we are going to be talking about some techniques used to clean a fiberglass boat.
    In this step we are going to go over how to wash down the boat. I like to wash down the
    boat first so that way it gets any dirt or grim off the boat. Cause you definitely don’t
    want to scratch the surface especially on a really high end boat like this one. So we
    are going to wash the boat down first and then we will go through the other steps. What
    you want to do is make sure you get the stains with some fresh water cause that is definitely
    going to be corroding on the boat like this in salt water environment. Any bird droppings
    you want to try to get those, so you have to scrub those down later and basically getting
    the entire boat good and wet. That way it gets anything that’s going to be abrasive
    off any sand. Definitely with washing your boat you want to get to your maintenance like
    every week or two weeks to clean the boat. Especially just a spray down cause the rinse
    down is going to keep your stainless from corroding right away and if it’s clean it’s
    going to be easier to clean next time. So you definitely want to keep up on your maintenance
    if you let it slip like this boat, then it’s going to be twice as much work for you.

    How to Fold a Sailboat Sail
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    How to Fold a Sailboat Sail

    October 15, 2019


    Eric: This video is brought to you by Sailrite.
    Visit Sailrite.com for all your project supplies, tools, and instructions. Hi, I’m Matt Grant and Jeff Frank’s here
    with me too. We’re going to show you how to flake, or fold, and Islander 37 mainsail.
    In order to fold a sail like this, you’ll often find that you have battens that go very
    deeply into the body of the sail, and especially as you near the top of the sail that’s definitely
    the case. And if you have full length battens it’s certainly the case. So the first thing
    you want to do before you get ready to flake your sail to bag store them is you want to
    remove those battens. This particular sail has batten pockets that flutter wide at the
    top so that you can push the batten forward into the elastic at the end of the batten
    and push it up until it pops past the stitching, and then you can pull the battens out. Once
    we have all of the battens out of the sail, we’re now ready to show you how to fold
    it. I’m at the luff edge of the sail and Jeff’s
    at the leech edge of the sail. I’m also, of course, near the tack corner of the sail,
    which in the case of a mainsail is going to be pretty close to a 90 degree angle. What
    we want to happen when we flake, or fold, the sail is we want the luff to stack on itself,
    or as near possible on top of itself. Then we want Jeff to have to move towards me as
    we flake the sail so you’ll see that happening here in a second.
    What you want to do first is you want to lay the sail out somewhere flat- in the grass
    is usually what you want to do. You don’t want to do it on a rough surface where concrete
    or anything really abrasive can damage the stitching of the sail. Here we’re doing
    it on an epoxied floor, which is really ideal. What we’re going to do so we stretch the
    foot out fairly flat, and then we’re going to go about two foot up from the foot corner
    of the sail. Jeff and I are going to apply pressure across the sail- parallel to the
    foot. Then we’re going to reach up about another two foot, pull across to one another
    tightly, and then bring that fold down to the foot edge of the sail. Now we come back,
    I’ll put my hand down hard here, and Jeff will too, over the top of the first fold,
    and do the same thing. So another two foot up, fold. And you notice how the luff is starting
    to stack on itself. We’ll continue this process all the way to the point that we reach
    the very head of the sail. Now while we’re doing this, I’ll point
    out, if you have a newer sail (this is quite an old sail), but if you have a newer sail
    where the fabric is very stiff, you will see from folding it that you’ll have pretty
    sharp creases throughout the sail from flake folding the sail. It is not important, nor
    is it desirable, to continue to fold at the same creases. You should try and mix things
    up. Otherwise, you’re creating weak spots by creating hard bends in the fabric over
    time. So in order to mix things up, decrease or increase the amount of flake width.
    Now on a mainsail like this, it would be best to roll the sail from the luff to the leech,
    or the clue. So we’re just going to simply…or you can fold it. You can either fold or roll.
    Usually for larger sails we think in terms of rolling because you’ll get a more compact
    package and then you’re not adding additional creases to the sail too.
    The reason that we’re rolling it this direction is when I pull this sail out of the bag and
    I’m ready to thread the foot onto the boom, I now have the clue here and I have the foot
    rope, or the foot slides, accessible. I can raise the sail to the boom. I can start to
    feed the clue corner foot boltrope into the boom groove. Then I can slowly start to unroll
    the sail as I’m installing it on the boom. If I do everything carefully, it’ll all
    be quite organized when I’m ready to raise the luff up the mast slot. That’s really
    all there is to preparing a sail to be stored in its sail bag.
    In front of us now is a Laser mainsail- a very popular small boat. What we want to show
    here is we want to show that this sail has battens in it, and I don’t want to remove
    the battens because it’s just not convenient when you want to get your sails out and you’re
    ready to rig things up. What I’m going to show you is how to fold the sail leaving the
    battens in place. The way we’re going to do that is we’re going to flake fold the
    sail by going perpendicular to the leech. So Jeff’s up near the head and I’m near
    the clue/foot of the sail. What we want to do is we sort of look across to one another
    and we want to look at the end of the batten that protrudes the furthest end of the sail.
    We want to put our hand so that it is, if we drew a line between his left hand and my
    right hand, it would be parallel to the leech edge of the sail and it would basically intersect
    the end of that longest batten. Then we reach over and grab the material, pull straight
    across and flake fold, and we do that for the very short amount of time that it takes
    to flake the sail vertically. Now what we would do is we’re simply going to fold,
    or roll, the sail in a manner that the battens are parallel to the roll.
    Since this is a Laser sail, and it has a sleeve luff, it doesn’t really matter which direction
    we roll from. If this had a boltrope on the luff then it would probably be best to roll
    from the foot up so that the head was available, the boltrope at the head was available to
    start sliding on the mast right away. So I’m going to fold this corner up again so that
    this bottom edge is pretty much parallel to the battens, and then I’m just going to
    simply start rolling it. I don’t know if you heard our comments on the last sail that
    we flaked and folded, but you want to do this on a surface that is not going to be damaging
    to the stitches of the sail as you pull the sail across the surface. So grass or a smooth
    surface that is non-abrasive to the threads. Once this is rolled, I have a nice compact
    package despite the fact that the battens are in there, and I can now slip this in my
    sail bag and I’m ready to go for the season. If I don’t have a sail bag, you came to
    the right spot. Sailrite we sell all the materials you need in order to sew your own sail bags,
    anything canvas you need for your boat, or to do any repairs on your sails at the end
    or the beginning of your sailing season. This is a Light Air Genoa for an Islander
    37, and what we want to do is show you how to flake, or fold, this sail to store it.
    There are no battens in a Genoa like this so there’s nothing in the way of battens
    or stiffeners to remove from the sail. So we want to lay it down on a smooth surface
    or something like grass that is not aggressive and won’t damage the sail stitches as you
    pull the sail across that surface. This epoxied floor works perfectly. What we want to do
    is we want to stretch the foot of the sail out so it’s nice and straight and tight.
    I’ve got my coworker over here, Jeff, and he’s at the tack corner of the sail and
    I’m at the clue corner of the sail, and we’re both going to put our hands roughly
    two foot above the foot edge of the sail and parallel to the foot edge of the sail. Then
    with our other hand we’re going to reach up about two feet, and we’re going to pull
    across to one another in a tight manner and create a fold. We’re each going to move
    a little bit forward, in the case of a sail like this, and we’re going to pull an equivalent
    fold- pull hard. If you don’t pull hard, it doesn’t flake as nicely. Pull across.
    And you can see how we’re moving our hands to the previous fold and pressing down and
    then pulling across to create the folds. This particular sail, now all we need to do at
    this point, is we need to start rolling or folding it so that it will fit in our sail
    bag. You’ll notice that Jeff is starting from the clue corner. There’s a good reason
    for that. Once we have this whole sail rolled and we’re ready to put it on the boat, when
    we’re ready to sail again, what we want to be able to do is pull the sail out of the
    sail bag, and you want to be able to take it to the bow of the boat and connect your
    tack grommet. Then you want to be able to basically just fling the roll of fabric down
    the side deck of the boat and have it be flaked and ready to find the head and thread the
    rest of the sail up the forestay and you’re ready to sail. So preparation and the way
    you fold the sail always is a nice thing to do for your crew. Next thing he’ll do is
    find the sail bag and stow the sail. We’ve got our sails folded and ready to
    put away for the season, and you’ll notice in front of me for this older boat, we’ve
    got one brand new sail bag here, we’ve got one that looks like it’s got some holes
    in it, and we have one without a bag at all. So we need to make a bag for our Laser sail.
    We should probably not bother to patch this bag because the Nylon cloth that’s used
    for sail bags is so inexpensive we can just make a new one. Fortunately you have a source
    in Sailrite. You can buy…uh, what would you use? Jeff: 8oz Nylon bag cloth. Cordura works well.
    You could use even Sunbrella if you wanted to.
    Matt: If you want a special color? Jeff: Yeah.
    Matt: Yeah. So alright, we can do whatever you want for bags. We even have bag kits for
    that. Jeff, let’s talk a little bit about storing these sails. Where would you put them?
    Jeff: Well, you’d like to store them preferably in an area that’s not going to get a lot
    of moisture to it. It could be in the boat. I would store mine in my house because that’s
    what I have. But if you do store it in a boat or a barn where you’re not going to be around,
    it’s a good idea to put some mothballs in with it or around it because it’ll keep
    the rodents away from chewing them up. That’s something that you may have experienced before.
    We certainly get a lot of calls in spring for it.
    Matt: But if they do have rodents that do that, we’ve shown them how to do that in
    this whole series haven’t we? What about hanging? If I’m a small boat sailor and
    I have like Laser sails, a lot of my friends have said, “Well just go hang the sails
    from the rafters in your outdoor shed.” Is that a viable approach?
    Jeff: You can hang them, and depending on the situation, you may still get issues with
    that. If I’m going to put them anywhere out in a barn or a shed, I’m putting mothballs
    somewhere around it. I do that for even my yard equipment to keep the rodents away because
    they’ll just damage anything with cloth. Matt: Right, right. Well thank you all very
    much for watching our series on folding sails, and if you have any questions, give Sailrite
    a call. Eric: Be sure to watch our videos showing
    how to inspect your sails for next sailing season where Jeff Frank, Sailrite’s sail
    designer, explains how to check and repair a set of sails for the Islander 37 sailboat.
    For more free videos like this, be sure to check out the Sailrite website or subscribe
    to the Sailrite YouTube channel. It’s your loyal patronage to Sailrite that makes these
    free videos available. I’m Eric Grant, and from all of us here
    at Sailrite, thanks for watching.

    7 Sailing Tips For Blue Water Sailboats (How to STOP LEAKS on Sailboats)Patrick Childress Sailing#25
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    7 Sailing Tips For Blue Water Sailboats (How to STOP LEAKS on Sailboats)Patrick Childress Sailing#25

    October 9, 2019


    Finally we had some waves hopefully the
    wind will follow so we can stop this motoring and put up some sails hello my name is Patrick Childress on
    Brick House and today I have seven very important sailing tips for the
    long-range Cruiser and certainly number seven is the most valuable I think even
    the most experienced Cruiser will find from good use than tip number seven and
    at the end of this video I put together some segments on the large wooden
    sailboats in Madagascar and the tremendous amount of weight that they
    can carry and about the hard-working men who
    those quotes it’s they have all my admiration in the world for how much
    work they put in for very little money in Madagascar is way past the horizon
    and somewhere well over the horizon is Tanzania Africa and the island of
    Zanzibar I love the sound of those names but first we’ll be stopping at the
    island of Myatt out here in the Mozambique Channel so right now let’s
    get to tip number one when we are hard on the wind slamming it
    to big waves swimming into this port light and also sometimes on the windward
    side of the boat those port lights will also have a little drip and even though
    I’ve taken silicone grease and you can also use Vaseline I’ve rejuvenated the
    seal but we can still get small drips though an anticipation of extreme
    weather now I found it’s really best just to take out the screen and install
    a storm window this plastic is quarter-inch thick six millimeters and
    it’s just some smoked plastic that I found in a trash pile at a marina so
    it’s really easy to take out the screen and put in the storm window no more leaks tip number two how to keep
    the water out of the chained pipe for the windlass it’s pretty easy actually a
    nice wad of modeling clay will do the trick you just squeeze it in around the
    chain and have it overlap the base of the windlass and that’ll keep 99% of the
    water out the only problem is and very cold weather the clay will become very
    stiff then small rags we’ll have to do tip number three the hatch on the
    foredeck how to help that seal on the inside do its job to keep from big waves
    slamming up here and water dripping on the inside and it’s called chinking a
    little bit of line to help fill in this gap slows down the waves so that the
    seal can do its job it just goes around the edge and it’s
    tied in the back with a simple knot this is our 4 year old shits cat Lily we
    picked her up at the island nation of pullout when she was just a little
    kitten you know how when a lot whis is always
    being put in the lion with each coil but this is pretty much the standard way of
    doing it and stowing a line the problem is then when you release a line and it
    goes through quickly it’s all hung up because the twists are trying to come
    out faster than they can untwist so it gets hung up inside of whatever fitting
    it’s going through in this case a break so it’s much better to rather than coil
    a line to hand a line H a nd hand bring it over and back and over that way you
    don’t put those twists in the line when it runs out they’ll run out nice and
    clean nice and fair very quickly without any snags two-five catching rainwater you don’t
    need a big area to catch a lot of rainwater this bimini the water runs
    down to the hard Dodger and then downhill into this gutter which is made
    from thin walled PVC cut lengthwise and attached to the hard Dodger with four
    screws and some sealant along the top edge this line just sits in here has a
    knot to help hold it in place and the water runs downhill
    while angled aft and then through surface tension the water adheres to the
    rope and runs right into the bucket you number six hard to imagine sitting in a
    nice calm anchorage like this big ocean waves that can come over the side of the
    boat and fill the cockpit with water or even smaller waves they can come over
    the side of the boat these were solid and fixed permanently with twist locks
    there could be all kinds of damage these would have been destroyed long ago but
    when big ocean waves come crashing over the side
    they just don’t cause any damage they just get us wet on the inside these side
    curtains are held in place with just little snaps they’re of an oval shape so
    if you want to pull them apart by hand pull them up from the bottom oval not
    from the side through the top but from this bottom oval and they come right off it’s probably the most important tip of
    all in this whole video because it contains hundreds and hundreds of other
    tips and this is one very important book that I think every long-range cruising
    boat should have onboard offshore sailing 200 essential passage making
    tips by Bill Seaford bill Seaford has been in the boating business most of his
    life he’s quite the expert and I don’t care who you are no matter how
    experienced you are you read this book you’re going to find something very
    unique that’s going to help you out in any long-range cruising situation this
    was edited by Daniel spur he actually all these information into a book format
    daniel spirt was an editor at cruising world for many years and then he became
    the big man at practical sailor in r and practical sailor for many years and
    spurs guide to upgrading your cruising sailboat is another very important book
    to have on your long-range cruising sail boat full of expert information offshore
    sailing and spurs guide upgrading your cruising boat to excellent books to
    always keep on your boat here is the part about the wooden ships. Please SUBSCRIBE for More videos like this when they come out!

    Sailing Tips from the Pros – Crew on a Sailboat AROUND THE WORLD! Patrick Childress #41
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    Sailing Tips from the Pros – Crew on a Sailboat AROUND THE WORLD! Patrick Childress #41

    September 30, 2019


    this is Patrick Childress at the end of
    the video if you find that it was worthwhile please give it a thumbs up
    and also click on the subscribe button if you haven’t done so already also
    there is a link in the video description to the tip jar if you care to help out
    in that direction I’m going to start a new series called tips from the pros and
    these are videos tips from delivery captains who make their living at
    crossing oceans this first one is from Hank Schmitt who is the owner of OPO
    offshore passage opportunities which is a crew networking organization but he
    also operates the 48 foot Swan Avocation as a racing charter boat
    throughout the Caribbean racing circuit great way to get that big-time racing
    without the obligations of owning a boat Avocation is also part of the Swan
    fleet that operates between Saint Marten and Newport Rhode Island and
    that gives people who know how to sail the opportunity to get ocean time with a
    very experienced captain on a very solid seaworthy sailboat so it isn’t just
    Avocation…there’s other Swan sailboats that are part of that fleet and the
    captain’s they’re all incredibly experienced I admire all of them so
    let’s join Hank in st. Maarten he’s going to give us some tips on setting up
    the main halyard leaving the dock and then pointers on the reef mainsail after
    they’re north of Bermuda we’re here in st. Maarten getting ready
    to depart for our trip to Bermuda a beautiful day May fourth nice trade wind
    conditions now we’re getting ready to leave the dock and the job of the crew
    is to make the skipper look good job of the crew is to make the skipper look
    good you take a look whenever you leave a dock you see where is the wind blowing
    if there’s tide or something, anything that might affect the boat when you
    start undoing lines if you undo the wrong line then my bow starts going this
    way or that way I can’t do anything I don’t have
    thrusters I can’t put it forward or reverse so it’s really the crew that have to
    take a look at the lines which ones are slack we take care which ones we have to
    undo at the last minute so the boat doesn’t go out of control then I can’t
    do anything so again you make me look good just like when you have a boss to
    make you boss to look good everything goes well another thing I’d like to do
    when we do leave with the lines you know we’re taking off lines and fenders but
    rather than get a line or a fender put it in open the hatch close the hatch get
    everything together at once then open that forward hatch once put all the
    fenders in and close it that way it’s not gonna fall over on somebody’s toes
    or a fender you know make sure they roll off the side or anything in the same
    thing with the lines we gather all the lines together
    open the hatch once, put them in close not open close open close so that’s
    pretty much it so wind is almost on the bow blowing a little bit this way
    so we’ll look we took our spring line off that we had over here
    we have a line here that is lacking it so that would come off nothing will
    happen and that white one was the line that kept us from going ahead so we
    don’t need that the wind is pushing us back and everything so we’ll undo those
    three lines why don’t we have two people ashore so the two bow lines will have a
    ready to go and then it’s a little bit of a coordination because once you undo
    them since the dock is so short you have to come back and get on board we will
    start going out and then as I go back I see which
    Way the sterns going sometimes we just back out all the way that way the stern goes that
    way I’ll go this way it out with the main thing of course is just to keep us
    away from him since we have six crew this fender isn’t doing much either so
    we’ll take that fender off and treat it as a floater and if people understand
    with that rather than having a tied you just have the fender so I don’t think
    we’ll have a problem on this side but I’ll have one person take the fender
    there we just stand here and if we do go over to the dock you just hold it in
    between and that’s all okay so two people on the dock I’m saying okay good
    sure so two on the dock is just me once we say let go and go you just have to
    fairly quickly come back so Chris you wanted to be the floater right there if
    you want to collect in the lines right here the black line first and that white
    line can probably go and you’ll see that the bow wont go anywhere they’re the
    ones that have slack in it okay we’re On Leg 2, from Bermuda to
    Newport getting closer to the Gulf Stream wind has picked up some we’ve had
    a reef in since we’ve left Bermuda we knew we’d be getting into some weather
    so it’s much easier to put the reef in while we’re in the safety of the harbor
    we knew the wind was coming up so we’ve also got a little bit of jib in most of
    the rain has gone by and we have Clearing coming so we’re getting back to our
    course we can trim the main a little bit More and then we’re going to look at our
    Reefed main right here you can see a properly reefed main
    you want to get it today you’ll get wet or something But we want to be able to see all the full reefs
    And the reef is in to the full reef point we have the 4 nettles the 4 lines holding
    the mainsail up so the mainsail is not chafing and dragging on anything again
    your biggest enemy out here is chafe you don’t have the sail tied up
    it could be rubbing against a jib sheet it could be rubbing against the Dodger
    or something and over the course of a day or so that would wear a hole
    somewhere so we have the lines the nettles the sail ties just gathering the
    sail up not super tight that it tears anything but it just keeps the sail
    underneath Hank said that he would not normally tie the reef ties around the
    boom like this but there was an issue with the sail which at this time
    dictated this is the best procedure to use but he also said it’s very important
    not to tie those reef ties very tight and stress the grommets the grommets are
    not made to take a very high load they’re just there to help carry the
    foot of the sail when it’s reefed. normally he would tie the reef lines
    like on this boat where you tie you the foot of the sail back to itself and that
    way the wind just can’t be blowing the sail around it doesn’t chafe on anything
    so it’s a nice secure tight way of rolling up all that loose sail material
    at the foot of the sail one way to tighten up the sail because
    you do not have an outhall when you’re Reefed, you have your reef line. So to
    tighten up to make the sail flatter you would either tighten up on that reef
    line or an easier way is also to tighten up on your vang because your Vang will also
    pull your boom down and tighten your leech to get it flattered of course if
    the wind picks up you want a flat sail not a big belly of a sail so just a few
    more minutes of rain then we’ll have blue and we’re looking for your
    Gulf stream crossing you can see the showers that have passed us but blue
    sky is coming! So Its another fun day out in the ocean! There’s the bottom of our reef, we have a double reef in. Out in the ocean when it’s time to reef we just go right to the second reef. We aren’t racing…if we put one reef in, a few minutes later we just go right to the next one, so we have two reefs in… Ok, we can pull the main in a little more, the wind is getting lighter… and then go to our course… I think we’re going to settle into our
    Breeze now that we have we’ve been waiting the last 18 hours for the shift
    so we’ve got the shift and it should be a beautiful day ..ooh that sounds great! So we are on
    sort of a close reach now that means you probably come in a little bit more and
    we’ll be able to hold our course yeah about five to ten degrees OK that’s good …When it stops
    Raining I’ll give it back to you!