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    How I went From VAN DWELLING to LIVEABOARD SAILBOAT Sailing Around the World

    August 21, 2019


    I bought this 1979 Morgan 382, sailing
    boat at the age of 23, I’m 24 now with only seven days of sailing experience on
    January 18 2016 I boarded a plane in Kansas City and flew to South America
    with just over a thousand dollars to my name in a backpack full of camera gear
    how did I go from living out of a -backpack to owning a boat that’s a good
    question ♫Intro Music♫ this video is sponsored by Google
    Chromebook so tell me about this experience December 2015 was one of
    those “life is really hard” months yes, I’m familiar with those I’ve had those
    myself moving forward I felt as if I only had two options the first option
    was to continue down the road that I had digressed into I tried to look at the
    long-term consequences and see where the path would lead what did you see at the
    end of it it seemed that it went down a dark road of depression and inevitably
    ended in suicide did you have any other options? the other option was to stop
    bitching and moaning get outside and do new things for me it’s a tough love
    honesty and courage to get myself out of a depressive state but by far the most
    important thing was to actually be doing things but everybody is different if you
    feel like you need help definitely talk to somebody and find a goal to strive
    towards but what worked for me was the call to adventure I travel had two plane
    ticket to South America using credit card rewards I embraced the Vagabond in
    Paraguay Argentina Chile again in Argentina back over to Chile in the
    north to Peru shooting photos of hostels along the way couchsurfing in the
    occasional roadside campsite were the methods that I use to keep my cost down
    the whole time creating videos and walking into debt, credit card debt I got which is actually a place that I lived
    previously for about three months I bought a ticket in left South America
    from Lima Peru to New York City I got to the city and I paid for a shared room in
    a three-bedroom apartment in bed-stuy Brooklyn yeah I’m living with quite a
    few people and one of them almost got like sexually assaulted this morning
    while there were still other of us in the apartment we had the other stop did
    for $750 on credit I then realized that the opportunity it disappeared I was low I am negative money’s no direction but I
    had a strong will the sacred stubbornness the American spirit and the
    refusal to give up AMBITION I went to Massachusetts and I worked on a fishing
    boat squid fishing in one week I made $1,800 I borrowed some money from my
    mother and then I purchased for $2,000 my van Glady I then converted said van for 3,000
    credits do you hear that? it’s the call to go west
    manifest destiny back when I was in Maine I filmed Capt’n Mike’s tiny house cabin in the forest in Maine and that spawned alternative living spaces which
    I relentlessly filmed while I explored which I relentlessly filmed while I explored the United States of America and eventually down to Baja Mexico in October of 2016 I worked as a migrant
    worker and I earned about $3,000 which floated me into 2017 and on January 2nd
    of 2017 I posted this video which made January 2017 the first month
    in my life that I had made more on my own than I had spent I was officially a
    working artist with less than one day sailing experience I decided that in the
    summer of 2018 I was gonna sail the Mediterranean so I took to Reddit to ask
    for any help that I could possibly get towards realizing this vision because I
    had zero idea what to do I received some helpful links, a
    realistic cynical comment, and some dude that was trying to sell me his boat from
    halfway across the planet that I kind of dismissed as like totally a scam. I went
    down to Mexico and I got scuba certified and I gained probably about six hours of
    sailing experience. Still confused as to how I was gonna be able to afford a
    sailboat in the Mediterranean. I just booked a four hundred square foot suite
    on a 14-day transatlantic cruise from Miami Florida to Barcelona Spain. That ship was leaving on April 22nd whether I was on it or not. Quick aside about transatlantic cruise ships, also known as repositioning cruises, is, counter to popular belief, they are actually like a super
    affordable option to get yourself across the planet especially whenever you
    consider the amount of days that is included as far as goes as lodging and
    food. Anyway, I created a crew call. I’m looking for two team members to come aboard the ship. I flew down to Florida and I took a five day sailing course with Reef Runner Sailing. Tara and Jackson were chosen and they
    met me down in Miami Florida on just about three weeks notice without a boat secured we boarded the ship that was going to take us across the Atlantic
    Ocean to Barcelona over the next 14 days. We bonded rapidly as we took
    advantage of our days on the water and actually about a week before we arrived
    in Barcelona we secured a boat and we actually secured the boat from the
    Reddit post that I posted back in February for $10,000 which is a third of
    the original proposed price. On arrival in Barcelona on May 6 2018 we
    disembarked the cruise ship and we boarded our new home, this sailing vessel. We paid Andre, sorted some paperwork, we sailed, repaired the boat, and renamed the boat. And then, voila.
    Floating Orb Productions, Inc. was the official owner of this 1979 Morgan 382
    sailing vessel named Arianrhod. And that’s how I went from living out of a
    backpack to owning a boat and sailing the Mediterranean!

    3 stranded on sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio
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    3 stranded on sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio

    August 20, 2019


    Rescue operations underway for THREE PEOPLE stranded on a sailboat — caught in Hurricane Julio. These are images of the 42-foot boat — just northeast of Oahu. The boat was battling 30-foot waves — and winds up to 115 miles per hour. The life raft was also blown overboard — but a new one was dropped into the water yesterday. A container ship has also been sent to locate the

    Liveaboard Sailboat Life: Wrapping our Propellor Sailing in Albania
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    Liveaboard Sailboat Life: Wrapping our Propellor Sailing in Albania

    August 20, 2019


    It’s definitely wrapped around the prop
    and it tore the wooden cleat right off of the cockpit combing. As the sun broke the horizon we glided
    across the calm water into the territory of Albania. *speaking Albanian* You want us to anchor and then come into the harbor and talk in person? Albania. This was our first time sailing into a
    country not in the European Union. We performed the formalities and wandered
    into town to find a bite to eat. While wandering back to the boat we
    spotted this statue of Hillary Clinton and we found out that there is also a
    statue of George Bush in Albania. We looked into it and found out that
    Albania is a major ally for the United States and that we are allowed to
    actually be in Albania for a year without a visa. So we rented scooters and
    decide to explore a small portion of this sparsely populated land. We came to a natural spring in the
    mountains known as the Blue Eye. We enjoyed a natural cold water plunge
    which invigorates the nervous system and clears the mind. My core temperature’s
    definitely dropped quite considerably. That’s several cups of coffee right
    there. You look great! We scooted deeper into the
    Albanian mountains. Ran out of fuel. Jackson still has fuel. Turns out the fuel gauge in this totally
    does not work because it said it was full and we’re like in the middle of nowhere. Jackson has petrol so he’s going into town and I think I think we can probably walk into town. It looks like there’s a small town up here. Turns out the bike has a reserve tank so we
    didn’t run out of gas so this is just ridiculous. It’s almost dark. Maybe we should get a
    hotel for the night. I was just thinking about that. Yeah. We got these bikes until one. Go grab a bite to eat. Arriving late in the evening in Gjirokastër we found a hotel. In the morning we scooted our way back to Arianrhod. Pitstop for herb foraging. Yerba? And thistle. Yerba and thistle. And a goat. One of
    my favorite things about the Mediterranean is fresh wild figs. Made it back. We casually made way up the cove filled
    coast of Albania. Bearing down on the anchor in Albania
    in a bay. Dinghy was behind us I look back and I go, “ooh the line might get and
    then caught” in the, oh yeah, tore that cleat right off. I was like, “oh the line
    might get a caught in the propeller”, but I was like, “oh no, it’s a short line
    it probably” *kerclunk*. I was like, “agh son of a.” So anyway. I have my phone and I have to dive on the
    propeller cuz I can’t turn the shaft by hand. I’m using my iPhone as a light. We
    don’t have any waterproof lights. Jackson’s up front keeping an eye to
    make sure we don’t drift into anything. We’re in a nice bay, super calm. It
    doesn’t really seem like we’re drifting because the anchor is down. It’s
    definitely wrapped around the prop and it tore the wooden cleat right off of
    the cockpit combing and that’s just floating down there on the line. Wrapping a propeller is something that
    most boaters have done at some point or another. And although it forbids the
    vessel from moving and damages the engine and gearbox, it is straightforward
    to deal with. All you have to do is unwrap the present you just gave
    yourself, which is easier said than done. While I’m struggling with the propeller
    Subscribe to the channel and share this video with a friend you would love to
    adventure with. We were reversing so the propeller was
    spinning anti-clockwise so I spun it clockwise to help to loosen it up so I
    had to wear shoes so I could like push it because it was really wedged in there. But! We’re free now. Doesn’t seem like too much damage was done. This
    is the cleat that got torn off the boat and this is the
    line that was all wrapped up. I don’t think anything is, what’s the word? Imminent? Imminent. There’s a ton of bees here, which is nice because all the bees are dying. Happy Birthday, Scavenger Jack! Thanks guys! Appreciate you and all your effort
    and that you exist. You’re a wonderful soul.

    Spotlight: AquaCraft® Models Vela™ One-Meter 2.4GHz Sailboat
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    Spotlight: AquaCraft® Models Vela™ One-Meter 2.4GHz Sailboat

    August 20, 2019


    Whether you sail for simple pleasure, or for
    the prestige of winning races the AquaCraft Vela 1M R/C sailboat comes equipped to get
    you started – in less than one easy hour! Standing over 6-1/2 feet tall, the Vela makes
    a big impression at any lake or pond. Except for AA batteries, everything you’ll
    need for operation is included along with many special, high-performance features that
    make the Vela a tough competitor. Its colorful Thermal Plastic Polyester sails
    have extra reinforcement in the edges for protection against tearing in sudden wind
    gusts. The mainsail and jib booms are aluminum, and
    the main mast is a carbon-fiber. Preapplied graphics and deck detail add realism
    to the painted fiberglass hull. Fasteners attached to the high-strength rigging
    lines simply snap into eyelets installed on the deck, making sail control set-up a fast,
    easy process. The rigid keel attaches to the hull with this
    easy-to-remove thumb nut, making transportation easy. Because of the generously sized rudder, the
    Vela can turn almost inside the length of its own hull. AquaCraft includes a Tactic 2.4 gigahertz
    sailboat radio that eliminates any chance of same-channel signal conflicts. In addition to the powerful rudder servo,
    the Vela includes the high-performance, high-torque sail winch servo with the muscle you need
    to move big sails. Easy to assemble and able to perform well
    in light to strong winds, the AquaCraft Vela is the 1M model that stands above all others…
    the perfect boat for first-time sailors and serious competitors!

    Solar Retro Futuristic Sailboat – Solarni Retro Futuristični Jedrenjak
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    Solar Retro Futuristic Sailboat – Solarni Retro Futuristični Jedrenjak

    August 20, 2019


    (seagulls) (“Laganese”, a song by Rambo Amadeus) (from his album: “Don’t Happy Be Worry”) (it begins with a Norwegian folk song) (but than takes a turn…) This is the hull of one old navy cutter it will take a lot of time and patience money and effort to turn this hull into a retro futuristic sailboat This is Nenad Bokovac famous boatbuilder he will actually turn this hull into a sailboat (the song develops…) This cutter used to be my dream now we managed to acquire it it is ours now Nenad will help to turn the dream into reality Here, now we can already knock on this dream (knocking) (more knocking) Nenad, how fast will it be? Fast… very fast… It will be good Thanx to everyone helping us with this project (English horn solo by Rambo Amadeus) (Presented by Rambo Amadeus) (Music by Rambo Amadeus) (3D Animation by Darko Vlaovic) (Movie by Darko Vlaovic)

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    Our Sailboat Purchase Fell Apart | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 5

    August 19, 2019


    Last time on Sailing Soulianis Love! This is the next stage of our life. Bye San Diego. This would be an absolute daunting task, having to do the finish work. Yeah. That’s why having someone like Jack to help is an exciting proposition. We are under contract with a boat which we’ll hopefully close on in June. and before that the owner is gonna make
    a bunch of improvements for us as part of the deal There she is. this is the first time we’ve seen it with the cover off. It’s had this big
    giant plastic sheet covered with dust and bird crap. Well now the bird
    crap is on the deck, but… We’ve been able to walk around without crawling
    underneath the plastic and… it’s cool. Alright. Here’s the galley. We’ve got our
    gimballed stove, which needs to be freed because at the moment it hits the back
    wall and sticks, apparently Double sink. Our main food storage area. Quarter berth. That’s our guest house. For one adult and one toddler. Chart table, which Jack is currently finishing. Pilot berth. I’m kind of excited to sleep in that. It looks perfectly my size. And look at Kirk’s feet. They don’t touch. They don’t even touch. And that’s my head banging spot over there. Gonna have to get used to that. And these things are awesome. Look at that. Pops right up. So where are you now? I’m in the v-berth. Which isn’t really a birth anymore. No. Forward sail storage locker and chain locker. And the head. So we’ve got a spot where our compost toilet is going to go. That is the biggest area for storage on the boat. So maybe we put a bike up there. Yeah! A folding bike. We should definitely put a big up there. Or two. Oh, look at that. We were wondering where all our sheets were, ha ha they’re right here. Oh my god. We may need to get out of here soon. Moratorium on boat puns? Wow what goes down there? Cool. Oh and Jack was really excited to show us — I mean as excited as an 80-year-old can get… Yeah it was pretty excited To show us our companionway
    screens. So we can keep the bugs out. Alright, I think that’s it. What do you think? I think that’s the boat White. Red. Night light. In the red-light district. How amazing is it going to be to have this thing in the water? There’s a heck of a lot to do before then. 1. Remove sink 2. Sand companionway handles 3. Measure and mark anchor chain 4. Fabricate & finish chainplate covers 5. Test windlass. 6. Inspect water tank Did I guess the right size? That never happens! 7. Install portlight screens Alright now are they’re no screws showing? So we’ve been here what? Four days? Five days? We’ve just been cleaning organizing, kind of trying to understand
    the boat. Today we finally started tearing stuff apart. Painted the anchor chain. Now we’re trying to figure out what’s going on with the freshwater system and trace all the plumbing lines and figure out what we need to replumb. And we just took a lunch break to catch some vitamin D. And now we’re gonna go back at it. 8. Clean bilge All sorts of goodies in the bilge. It’s a very therapeutic process. Getting all the gunk out of the boat. Ok. So then this goes back to something
    so we gotta figure out… follow number one goes in and on this sitting it goes out and goes to this hose here Alright so let’s follow this hose. So we
    gotta go it down into the engine. So we need to figure out which one of these it is. I’m assuming it’s this one then right
    here which goes yeah I need to get into the quarter berth. So the good news is we’ve got some extra length in these hoses to reroute
    in here if we want to. Can you hold my feet? Yeah there we go. Now I’ve got some leverage. Does it go to the side of the hull or to the deck? okay yeah so that looks to me like it’s
    curving and then following the side of the hull back. OK. Cause I think that just might be a vent then. I wish Craig was here. 10. Replace missing pushpit support. Craig was our amazing neighbor in Oceanside. He was a mechanic and knew
    everything there is to know about anything that needs knowing. I need him. Craig I need you! 11. Trace refrigeration lines 12. Clean galley 13. Remove bedding Here. Thank you. I feel like I’m going to break something that we maybe do end of wanting to keep. 14. Remove plumbing for head That’s usually how this sh*t goes. There we go. Ahh haaa! Well, there’s that. Project done. A patch over that and then put a big
    washer. 15. Add larger washer to bitter end To prevent the chain from ripping through that? Yeah. If it ever came to it. 16. Figure out pressure water system The way that this works is water would
    come in through this thru hole here goes through this strainer so we would
    basically plumb this to this. Through the pumps…There’s dual pumps – I don’t know
    why but there’s two pumps. Comes back out through here and is now pressurized and
    if you’re drawing water it will just spit pressurized water out this way
    so that would go to this connection which is our wash down hose and if
    you’re not drawing water and it needs to pump it just pumps right into there. So there’s no other lines leading away from it towards the sink in the galley
    or anything like that. Mm mm. So this is an entire pump just for the
    wash down. I think so. That seems kind of… crazy. Mm-hmm. Well, maybe we should go ask Bob and Debbie. I think we should. Let’s go do it. This is when disaster strikes. We walked over to talk to Bob and Debbie
    who are friends of Jack’s and who actually helped Jack with a lot of
    projects on Tokrimo. Before we could even ask them about the water system
    they asked us if we had heard what happened to Jack. That’s when we learned
    that Jack had just fallen down the stairs and went into emergency surgery
    because he broke his back we were just floored. we felt so bad for
    Jack. Kirk and I went back to Tokrimo and sat in the salon and I put my head
    in my hands and started crying because, besides poor Jack and hoping that he’s
    not going to be paralyzed, we knew that our dream with this boat was probably
    coming to an end We have not closed on the boat yet.
    The purchase was contingent upon Jack who’s a master woodworker to finish out a
    lot of the woodworking of the boat. by the 20th of June.
    Neither Lauren or I have the woodworking skills to do this. We had been focusing
    on putting in the systems. We spent last week mapping that all out. And figuring out what we needed to buy to make that happen. We figured that was a good way for us to
    learn the systems of the boat while Jack finished the woodworking. But without him
    being able to finish the woodworking there’s absolutely no way that we’re
    gonna make it out of the Great Lakes this summer. There would be no one able
    to do the work that he does. And, he wasn’t about to hire another woodworker to do it for him either this is his baby He loves the boat. Today
    we’re driving back to the boatyard to put back into the
    boat the exact things that we had just pulled out of the boat so that we could
    work on it because we now unfortunately are thinking we’re gonna have to back
    out of this deal. Sucks. At this point we had moved out of our house, sold our car. We had been crashing at our parents houses for the last seven months expecting any day
    to find a boat and close on it and move onto the boat. Yeah. Get out of the house. This
    one was right at the beginning of the very short Great Lakes sailing season. If
    we were going to be spending the next half a year or longer working on this
    boat that means we wouldn’t have been out sailing this season. We were partway
    through this summer already and we were back to square one. It felt like — and
    this is selfish — it felt like the universe was conspiring against us. It
    made us question whether or not we were supposed to be doing this: Are we
    actually supposed to be buying a boat and going cruising or should we be
    buying a house and getting a job again? we know the old saying that you can’t
    have plans while sailing but we weren’t sailing yet. We really desperately
    wanted to go sailing before we had kids We’re not 20-somethings. We we want to go
    out and sail for a year or two before we have kids and we need to have kids in a
    year or two future so this was kind of the make-or-break moment. We’ve put a lot of effort into this and we’ve pulled a lot of strings to make this happen this has been our dream for more than 10
    years. We’re sort of left with no options but now to look for another boat
    it’s just sucks because we we already feel bad enough that Jack has fallen
    down the stairs and broken his back and now we’re going to tell them that we’re
    not buying his boat anymore. Going backwards. We just bought a boat! you

    SailAway 57 | WE SOLD OUR SAILBOAT!! The Final Layla Episode | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog
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    SailAway 57 | WE SOLD OUR SAILBOAT!! The Final Layla Episode | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog

    August 19, 2019


    this week on sale away we pour our last
    few drinks aboard Leila cheers – Leila load on the last few items and makers
    shipshape for the new owner and leave you with a bittersweet Layla montage do
    you wanna sail away I wanna do you wanna sail with me last week we brought you along
    for Layla’s survey and see trial and sailed her back to the slip for one
    last sunset cruise that’s time we we’ve sold Leila it’s
    official it’s not a big surprise but this is our or last actually we don’t
    even know lately right now yeah of course there’s our last visit as orders
    of Leila but yeah technically Matias owns her now so we’re just here dropping
    off the the dinghy and a few other things that ball on the boat for him
    double checking that everything is secure when it closed all the sea-cocks
    and stuff yeah happy but sad always it’s always a good thing to be able to sell
    your boat especially for us when our next steps in life
    pretty much depend on it but we lovely we don’t want to leave her man like here
    attempt one more shot to the head and see cocks are closed double-checked
    everything double check the engine a couple random items of ours that we
    grabbed they almost forgot our baby light those are going to the next vote
    now we got to get that giant dinghy in here we’ll get a couple little gifts for
    Luck’s yes what gifts instruction sheets about other stuff yes I’ve been patty about this for a
    while yeah you’re welcome and thank you you’ll
    notice the convenient screw-top yeah so that you don’t have to have an opener
    that’s very true we bought this at the same time we sold our house yes so it’s
    fitting that it also goes young my soul we’re not fine champagne connoisseurs
    I’m sorry we are sweet tasting champagne that’s
    easy to open culture and while we’re at it we’re just going to make ourselves a
    drink yeah one last drink for Layla Marcus but if you don’t mind us having a
    drink on your bed see how this goes it’s been in there a while so that’s pretty hot we got one really nice glass some fun
    yeah take off and this one is just a really really crappy glass everything we
    don’t mind that we show it in ancient English but never on three you can
    happen cheers here’s to Leila one to Leila
    Leila that’s fitting them in us use our fingers dirty at the silver here’s to
    Leila here’s to Leila but I want to say once again at Leila was awesome boat he
    taught our kid that have sea legs you kept us safe even in some really
    rough conditions and comfortable even in cold weather and we learned a lot
    she’s an awesome day cheers Cheers that’s better and then one to Mattias I
    feel like we’re buddies even though for yourself you’re our best and we know
    that you’re gonna enjoy your time with her and gonna sail her
    well far and wide over the seas Cheers here’s to you good luck alright skip
    this dinghy on board and then we’ll finish our drinks you gotta move your legs man man blade
    manspreading I don’t think I’m man spread Roma I was very skinny as a kid
    and in high school I felt like I always got man spread on here’s not getting man
    spread on don’t get man spread on well let me Leila well then you still loved it but Klimt good that so they stay mistake Matthias is vote
    out for one last sale food you write back don’t worry we’re not going to do
    that all right well we’re gonna finish our last last rum drinks award Layla good idea I can’t reach a little bit for
    luck it doesn’t it never seems like a bad idea no well anyway
    keep watching folks as you know we’re not done we are in the throes of the
    boat humps and we are actually holding in pretty hard on a boat so yeah you’re
    gonna see it all this is gonna be a new start for us because we are giving away
    selling everything we got and moving 100% on the boats and then hitting the
    high seas we’re out of here out here so thanks for watching thanks for watching
    what was sailing SV Laila which became sail away because we knew that we were
    probably going to change boats and we hope you’ll continue to watch please
    subscribe give us a like consider being a patreon if you like what we do and
    we’ll see you next episode Cheers I don’t put my drink in your face now a montage of Layla sailing to the
    song the way we were the way we were like the something in my heart
    we should probably misty water-colored memories scattered pictures the smiles were left behind you’re welcome maybe it’s just first impressions these
    few nights have raised some questions I’ve never known where but you made this place feel like all eyes of neon and of heart when I’m lost I take refuge in the shelter you give
    I need your company the world spins my hand
    a hard job we’ll get a chance to do it all
    to do it you’ve restored my faith in humankind beat me the
    love this blood showed me give it back to the world spin the chance to do it to do it oh shit I know
    here’s your well we keep our heads keep ahead to do it to do it was it recording gonna do it again
    seriously okay I do that to you all the time so I had that coming for you up the
    end let’s exactly what we’re gonna end on –
    hmm we have to get off it’s not about anymore it’s so hard to
    say goodbye to just do how many songs can I come up with through these say in
    the way yeah she’s gonna say the way in from I say that way hey you with Matias
    yeah fits so well my room’s going we need to go okay it’s time the Roma’s
    gone it’s time goodbye as always thanks for watching
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    HOW TO ANCHOR A SAILBOAT – TIPS & ADVICE – Q&A 20
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    HOW TO ANCHOR A SAILBOAT – TIPS & ADVICE – Q&A 20

    August 19, 2019


    Hello and welcome to the world’s most
    contentious issue in the cruising world and that is anchoring and anchors. I am
    going to throw a cat among the pigeons and try and describe how to anchor
    effectively and efficiently in six easy steps. On our vlog recently we’ve been
    anchoring around the Anambas. And the Anambas quite deep waters. We
    anchored in the capital Tarempa, in some pretty rubbish anchoring conditions.
    It prompted a couple of questions from people… First one came from Yves Lemoine, he says… And then there’s another comment
    from… asderfizdergnd… dunno if that’s the correct way of pronouncing your name… Well, to answer asderfizdergnd
    question first we’ve actually done that. On episode 68 Liz breaks down how
    she ties the rolling hitch on our anchor chain. We’ll talk a bit more about
    snubbers in a bit, so I must go back to Yves’ comment about it being very
    stressful. I think one of the best ways to combat stressful anchoring situations
    is obviously to have confidence. And in my mind that confidence doesn’t begin as
    you’re dropping the anchor, it comes way before that. And that brings me on to the
    first point, and that is having confidence in your ground tackle. Ground
    tackle, by definition, is your anchor, your chain, your connector between the anchor and the chain, your bow roller and your windlass. So starting from the deck down,
    make sure that you service your windlass because believe me if you’ve ended up
    like us with a broken winlass there is nothing worse than having to weigh 60
    meters of chain by hand in the blazing sun, it’s horrible. Keep inspecting your
    chain, keep an eye on it, make sure it’s not rusting too much. It will rust a
    little bit invariably, obviously, but if it’s in that kind of state try and get it
    re-galvanized. Swap the chain over once every two or three years or so, just end-to-end it, take it off the anchor and just swap it over. The next bit of
    course is the connection from the chain to the anchor. This is
    another controversial one. Swivels. We have a swivel between our chain and our
    anchor and it has served us well. Not all swivels are created equally, some are
    better than others, so if you are going to have a swivel (and they do work and
    there are good ones out there) do your research. Finally the world’s
    most controversial topic is anchors themselves. In the last 10 or 15 years
    we’ve seen what we call new generation anchors. They’re new designed anchors. They’re
    originally based on the Bugel. The German Bugel with a roll bar, and
    there’s quite a few different variations out there. As I say we have the Rocna,
    but there are plenty of others that are really good. I think the problem
    comes from people that are still using old school anchors who have never used
    a new one. It’s a bit like saying “Why do I need to change my 20 year
    old laptop when I can still send email from it?” Well a new laptop can do it
    probably more efficiently and quicker. In the same way new generations can
    set quicker and they hold better. I know because we started with a plow, a CQR. For
    two years we dragged a few times. It takes a long time to set, and it didn’t
    really give us a hundred percent confidence. The day we put the Rocna on our lives changed! So please, if you’ve got the money for it, if you have
    the budget (and in my opinion the anchor is possibly possibly the single most
    important piece of equipment on your boat that’s going to give you peace of
    mind) it is worth spending the money on. So please do have a look at that. So that’s your ground tackle. Once you have confidence in your ground tackle, you are
    now ready to tackle the anchoring itself. But before we even get there, there’s the
    next step which for me is doing your research. This can be broken down
    into two sections: the research of the location you’re going to be anchoring in,
    and the research of the weather. So the location. There’s a plethora of
    information out there on anchorages, on locations, on countries, and they normally
    come in the form of pilot books. We have met a few cruisers who proudly boast
    that they do not buy pilot books. Whilst I understand the logic of wanting
    to go to a new place and discover your places, your own anchorages, and not to ending up where everyone else is anchoring – I get
    that, I do get that – but to write off pilot books altogether I think is a
    little naive. Pilot books are very well researched and well written, and they
    provide a lot of information not even just on the anchorage itself but the
    surrounding areas, on the history, the culture of the places that you’re
    visiting, and they really are worth the money.
    Don’t photocopy them, you know people put a lot of time and effort into these so
    it’s worthowning your own pilot book. Of course with the internet age
    there’s lots of blogs out there, lots of people have written blogs on certain
    anchorages. Don’t stick rigidly to them, don’t try and anchor where they have put
    the anchor coordinate because you know that every other man and his dog is
    going to be anchoring at that spot. Use it as a guide. Collate as much
    information as possible, get to know the anchorage before you’ve even been there.
    Get familiar with it, understand the lay of the land, know
    where that church is on the hill or the cafe on the beach, or there’s an outcrop
    here, or maybe there’s an underwater coral bommie at the entrance. Familiarize
    yourself with all these objects and these sites before you’ve even got to
    the anchorage and that will hold you in good stead, and give you a little bit
    more confidence when you do eventually approach the anchorage. The other area
    that’s worth researching, as I said, was weather.
    Look at the weather, not just your five-day forecast, but look at localized
    weather. Perhaps more importantly localized weather. See what happens. Two areas of localized weather that I would really give some time to
    researching are afternoon sea breezes and squalls. With an afternoon sea breeze
    invariably you’ll end up pointing out to sea, with your back end pointing onto land,
    being blown onto land. So just be aware of that, and know how strong those sea
    breezes can pick up. More importantly, what kind of fetch that
    creates. Squalls. Where we are right now we get a lot of westerly squalls that
    come through from Sumatra. They can blow pretty strong and they normally
    come around in the afternoon/evening time. So we try to anchor defensively by
    understanding what possible scenarios you’re going to end up with with weather-wise.
    Fetch is probably the one thing that is going to upset
    your anchor more than anything else. We’ve sat pretty in 80 plus knots
    before now in an anchorage without the anchor budging. That’s because the
    sea state was relatively flat. But if you’re in a situation where the fetch
    builds up you’re going to end up doing this… the boat’s going to be rocking
    backwards and forwards and it’s that which is likely to drag your anchor.
    That and also the swaying of the boat very strong wind. You might find if you’ve
    got a lot of windage on the boat that you’ll sway from side to sid,e that could
    also disrupt it. But really I’d just be careful of that fetch, it’s the one
    thing that you really want to keep an eye on. So you’ve done with your
    preliminary research, you know what to expect, so now we approach the anchorage
    itself. Don’t be afraid to scope it out. There is nothing wrong with coming into
    an anchorage and doing a little circuit, maybe a couple of circuits, just cruise
    around going among the boats (not getting too close of course!) just see how
    everyone is lying. Just get really familiar with the lay of the land and
    also to try and find a good spot. Avoid anchoring too close to other boats.
    There’s absolutely no need for it. Especially in a big anchorage. There
    really is no need for it. I just (you know it’s a bugbear of mine)… those that have
    watched our videos know that I hate anchoring too close to other boats. This
    has actually come down from experience. We have been in situations where people
    have anchored too close, the wind’s picked up, their anchor is dragged… And they
    are shitty situations to have to deal with. There’s no point in putting
    yourself in those situations. The other reason for giving us lots of space is
    that I like to shower in the afternoon on the back of the boat, and you do not
    want to get a face full of my ass! As you’re scoping around, if you can see the seabed
    keep an eye on it, see if you can find a sandy patch. Do try to avoid weed, rocks,
    and coral. Once you’ve found your spot we are now ready to drop the anchor and
    this is the tricky bit. It’s not really tricky at all, it’s pretty
    straightforward. So the first thing you want to do is to work out in which way
    the boat is pointing in relation to the wind or the tide, whichever is strongest.
    And you want your nose into that. If you’re not sure, there’s two ways you
    can work this out: you can look at other boats to see where everyone else he’s
    pointing, or drop something in the water that will float and see which way it
    moves. You want to be pointing into the wind or into the tide. The idea
    really is to know where you want the anchor to lie, and where you want the
    boats to lie. Obviously they’re going to be in two different spots. So this is
    where the whole timing technique comes in. If there’s two of you it’s useful to have
    someone on the bow. That person on the bow can do two things: the first is if
    you’ve got clear waters you can actually see the anchor go down, you can
    see where it lands; the second thing is they can count the chain, because what
    you want to do is to lower the anchor down and as it hits the seabed you want
    to put the boat into astern. As you’re putting the boat into astern you’re
    paying out the chain, but you don’t want to go into astern too quickly. If you go
    too quickly or too soon all that’s going to happen is you’re going to have a
    chain at this kind of angle and it’s just going to pull the anchor along and
    it will be difficult to set. If you go too slowly, or you put the
    boat into astern too late you’re going to end up with a whole lot of chain over
    your anchor, which you also want to avoid because that chain could wrap around the
    anchor. So it really is a careful balancing act. What we tend to do
    nowadays is Liz will stand at the bow and she will put her arm up when we are
    approaching the length of chain, or when the anchor is about to hit the water… so
    basically if we’re in 10 metres and that 10 meter mark is coming over the bow,
    Liz will put our arm up and I’ll know when to start putting the boat into astern. Some people release the capstan and just let the chain run freely with
    the weight. We tend to use the button with motor so that we pay it out more
    slowly. As the anchor hits the seabed the boat’s going to start going into astern
    and you pay out your first 30 meters if you’re in 10 meters of water.
    3:1 scope, I’ll come on to that in a minute. But we’ll put out 30 meters to
    start with. As you put out 30 meters the person on the bow will stop paying out
    the chain, but you keep the boat going in astern. Again, not too quickly, just
    fast enough so that it pulls the chain and eventually pulls it taut. This is
    where the person on the bow can come in useful. they can actually stand there and indicate what the chain’s doing. So they can raise their arm
    to show you when that chain is taut, and when it’s like that ease off on the
    throttle, put it into neutral and what should happen is the anchor will bite.
    You’ll know when it bites because the boat will line up in line with the
    anchor and the chain. The second thing is that you might feel a sudden
    sort of lurch forwards, and that is when you know the anchor has initially bitten.
    If the anchor’s dragging the person on the bow will be able to tell you because
    they’ll see the chain will be doing this… and you may even hear the anchor
    dragging as well. When you’re happy that it’s bitten, put the boat back into
    astern, and again, not too much but just enough so that you pull that chain taut.
    You should be able to let your hands off the wheel and keep it in astern and
    it should hold it there. I mentioned 3:1, and that in 10 meters of water
    we put out 30 meters initially. We tend to put out more than that. So once
    we’ve got the chain set, and we’re happy that the anchor is bitten then we’ll put
    out some additional chain as well. So we might put out another 20. So we end up
    5:1 scope. At this time try and find a transit. This is where you
    find an object on the boat like a stanchion or shroud, and you line it up
    with something ashore that isn’t going to move – it could be a tree or it could
    be a building – line those two up, stay in one position on the boat and all things
    being equal your transit should stay roughly in line. Of course that will
    change if the tide changes or the wind picks up. I should mention that different
    anchors we will require different anchoring techniques. With our CQR we took
    a long while to get that to set, and we would end up having to put the motor
    into quite high revs. With the Rocna it’s the opposite. If you poke the boat
    in too many revs astern you are likely to rip your windlass off the bow because
    that thing bites so quickly! So, again, it’s just a balancing act. You’ll get
    a feel of when to ease off on the throttle, indeed how many revs to give
    your boat into astern to make sure that it is set. The theory though is that you can
    put your boat into full revs stern and you won’t drag.
    OK so now we’re ready to put the snubber on. The idea of the snubber
    is to take the strain off the roller itself. There’s a couple of ways of doing
    this. For many years we used a 3/8 stainless steel hook, which we would hook
    over one of the links and just pay out excess snubber. As we paid out more chain
    you’d then tie off the snubber and you would continue to put chain out. So
    the chain ends up loopy, comes over the bow and it ends up looping like this as
    the snubber takes the strain. There’s a couple of issues with using a hook. It’s
    nice and easy to install but they can come off quite easily, especially in
    rough weather. This is why we switched over to the rolling hitch
    method. It’s a bit more involved but we feel a lot safer with it. Now I mentioned
    earlier Liz has done a whole piece on this. If you go to episode 68 (I’ll put a
    link up here now and also in the description) this will show you how Liz
    ties the rolling hitch onto the chain. So, to conclude then. Make sure you’ve got
    good ground tackle, your confidence in anchoring begins with that ground tackle.
    Make sure that you’ve invested in it wisely, and that you service it regularly.
    Do your research. Check out the lay of the land beforehand, and also check out
    weather systems and weather patterns, especially localized weather. Go into the
    anchorage already knowing it in your mind’s eye, what it looks like. Pick a
    clear spot and try to avoid anchoring as close to other people as possible, the
    more space between you and your neighbour more comfortable both of you are going
    to be. Take your time actually anchoring itself. It’s not a rush. If
    you’re not happy with the anchor, or you end up lying too close to someone else,
    or you don’t quite feel that it’s bitten right, weigh anchor,
    do it again! There’s nothing wrong with that. Use your transits once you’ve set
    the anchor. Also monitor the boat. So once you’ve set the anchor you can then
    use an app, or use your chart plotter, and put it on “track” so they actually track
    where the boat goes. You’ll expect it over a period of hours to move, seemingly
    move erratically, that will happen. Over 12 hours you’ll get a clear idea of
    the general movement of the boat. It’s also worth mentioning a Facebook user
    group that Liz and I are members of called anchors and
    anchoring. It’s run by a guy called Andy Marsh. Just look up Anchors and Anchoring.
    It’s a very useful forum, very friendly forum, where they discuss different anchoring techniques, different anchors. They’ll post up articles and
    tests that have been done. Very useful, especially if you’re new to
    anchoring. So I hope that that gives you a few pointers. No doubt there’s people watching this who have their own technique, so interested to know what you
    think. Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to hit that “like”
    button if you like this video, and the “subscribe” button if you haven’t already
    subscribed.. Peace and Fair Winds!

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    ⛵️ABANDONED SAILBOAT transformation (Discovering what 22 years of paint hide) LTP #094

    August 19, 2019


    Are you guys ready to see how we
    transformed this into this? So let’s get started. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patreons (Thank you!!) So we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So we’re gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life. And then we’re gonna go back and finish the house. *New episode every Monday!! So. It’s about time to do some welds and to learn with the best. To learn from the best. This guy is supposedly a really
    really really good welder. He was part of the team that welded the other boat that we almost bought, actually. And he was a suggestion from the guy that built the other boat. He says that’s the one he trusts. So, we trust him too. And he is a nice guy, we like him. So, it’s time to learn from the best, right? Do you guys remember that in last week’s video I said that we had another welds on the boat? Yeah. Today we’re gonna show you the rest of the welds. This actually happened on the same week as the last week’s video, but it was too much content for one video. So now we are gonna show you how we fixed two big holes that we had on the bowsprit tube. We decided to cut off the rust and to create a cap like… A patch. A patch of these tubes just to make sure we don’t get water inside and we stop the rust. And also was a really good excuse for me to try TIG welding. Because the guy that we hired… he’s really good actually… And he tried to teach me. Tried, because it was tough. That was a lot harder than I thought. I always welded MIG. MIG is just easy. It’s just one hand… you can use the other one… But TIG is just like too much things going on at the same time. And one tip: never weld without long sleeves. I forgot my jacket in the car and I got like sunburnt, like artificial sunburn on my arms. That was… for a week it was like annoying. Use the correct cloth for it. So, enjoy it. Some theory first… and now practice… It’s a lot harder than we thought. I mean, that I thought. One day I will get there. This will go here Meanwhile… Let’s leave it closed for now… There is one thing that a lot of people
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    video. And we think that… We were gonna talk about that back then but we forgot it. It was just too much things for one video. And we wanted to pay a tribute to my
    friend that helped us to pay for the boat with his name (Odd). That was Odd. Basically we thought about that and we talked about that with the former owner of the boat and he said: that’s the name you should put. And he agrees with it. So, for now that’s the name we want to put: Odd Life. Let us know what you think: should
    we change the name? Should we keep the name? It’s still on time to make
    this decisions. To make our minds. If you make a good point, if you… you know? If you have a thesis and explain why, we might agree with you. So, just let us know why. How to say that? This week was insane. We have no words to describe how we are grateful and how we are thankful for all our new Patreons. That’s just… How many Patreons this week? 48. That’s… Guys, thanks so much. Thanks so so much for helping us to achieve our goal. That’s so amazing. So, let’s start with Mike. Yeah, welcome on board, Mike. Dave, Flavio, Jacob and Heidi, Jakub, Matt, Rob, Scott, Pearson Christian, Donald, Joseph, Gene, Linda, Nout, Martin, Lenella, Scott, Benjamin, Jim, Papa Stevo, Kim, Søren, Bill, Erhard, Gordon, Jon, Rafael, Jason, Pascal, Eglis, Stan, Haakon, János, Tim, Byron, Marc, John, Dave, Brian, Robert, Heather, Andy and Noel. And we also want to thank Tom that made a donation to us through our PayPal account. Guys and also don’t forget to join our What’sApp group. The link is on the the Patreon’s page. We see you guys there. Another thing… we are reaching 100,000 subscribers. Yeah. We don’t know yet if we turn to one… It’s hard to predict it because we are shooting
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    were gonna cross it. But, sometimes you need to have like you know some far goals, so you push forward faster. And actually it did work out. That’s really really cool. It’s actually really early than we thought. A lot earlier than we thought. But if we didn’t reach that yet that means we are really close. So if we didn’t get there and we are just predicting it to far away, help us. Because we’re
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    we wanted so we didn’t buy it. But that’s for another episode. We see you guys next week. Next Monday. Join the crew