Well. It’s a bit of a mixed bag this week. It’s January the second 2020 and it’s already shaping up to be a really exciting year. Yeah, huge news is we’ve got new girl crew coming. Can you guess who it is? We take a look at Caleb’s Pahi 42 and have a look at a project boat. He bought it two years ago. He’s been working hard on it ever since. Maybe he can help you decide whether a project boats for you. At the end of that we’ll take you for a walk around Luckyfish. See what work’s been going on there. Oh yeah. I had the surveyor in during the week, how I should get his report next week and in the meantime keep an eye open for our launching. We’re going to be doing it live on YouTube probably early next week. At this stage we’ll be announcing it on Patreon also on Facebook and as long as you’ve got notifications turned on on YouTube, you should be able to join us. Okay. Let’s head out to the water with Leo as he wears the life jacket for the first time. Taking a lancha down to meet Caleb Wright. We thought this week we might do something a bit different and look at a couple of other Wharrams. Hey Leo what do you think about wearing a lifejacket for the first time? They’re not very comfortable and But it might save your life You can see the scale of it. For sure. Yeah. It’s bigger than the Tiki 38, that’s for sure. Okay. We bought the boat two years ago and we’d actually been interested in Wharrams for awhile. I’ve seen a few videos and I found out that Boatsmith is actually there in um, East part of Florida and my wife was talking to me about what kind of boat we wanted. Yeah. We stopped by and said hello and two hours later after, uh, after having a wonderful tour, beautiful boat, he was building, uh, my wife said, I get it. I get why you like these boats and you know, she said, this is a good idea. On the way out the door. He tells us, Oh well, you know, these do come up as projects occasionally. And I said, well, you know, I have a fairly long timeline until I’m able to go and I don’t mind projects. That’s an opportunity to get one, a good price. So it also takes advantage of your labor and some other things. So, uh, we said thats of good idea if you hear anything, let us know. And 45 minutes down the road, he said, Oh, on Wharram and Friends, they listed about 45 minutes ago. It’s the model of boat that you want, the sailing that you want to do. It’s priced well, be aggressive, good luck. So a few weeks later, I find myself here with the builder’s Jake and Kathy, and heard their story of building the boat in San Francisco. You bought it from the builders. Oh, that’s good. Good. And they cruised it all the way down to the Panama canal through the Panama canal and made it back here to Rio Dulce yes, and were just having a great time. But you know, eventually you end up with life forces that move you away from certain things and they recognized that, you know, it was time to let the boat go to a new owner You know, we, we came to an agreement. So, um, it was unfortunate timing for me because I had taken a hurricane disaster relief job and we actually closed the deal after I’d been stationed in St Croix, helping with them, Maria and Irma. And so I couldn’t come back down to the boat for six months. So six months, the boat was here in the yard and we had people working to correct. Any monor rot that had occurred. So was it in the water when you bought it or what was it? It was. I have a beautiful photo right when I rolled up to it, the water and there’s, there’s beautiful Palm trees behind and the tarps and it looks perfect. So you knew instantly that you were probably already sold even though you were trying to keep a level head about it. It was the love at first sight versus the engineer in me Yeah yeah, the conflict. Yes. Well, you always got to follow your heart in the end, right? You’ll never regret following your heart. She had been tied up over at the Marina nearby and she had lost her forward beam. Um, a tourist had hung on the motors and uh, knocked at least one of them off. And so they took them both off to get repaired and when they found out how much they were going to cost, they just sold them for the parts because they had been well-used at that point. So she didn’t have any motors and they had made some improvements or some modifications for the sailing where we sail which I felt were a good direction. And um, we had the forward beam was not really a beam was just a piece of wood. The, um, other beams had various States of issues from water ingress. So these all new beams with, um, the forward and aft beam are new and the mast beam is new. Everything else was reworked, stripped back down to bare wood. Hang on, there is only 4 beams… so that’s 3 of them are new. No, 1,2,3,4,5. You’re missing the short beam in the middle. Okay. Is there a short beam in the middle is there? Sure there is the mast step beam, so when the mast is stepped on this centerpiece here and then the beam just AFT of it is, is there one of those on the Tiki 38 Yeah. Okay. I don’t know much about Pahi’s. They are the femine version of the Tiki, thats all I know. They’ve sure got some sweet curves That’s exactly right. Well, you know, a lot of boating um, you know, ends up being fairly serious. People take their boats very seriously and they name them serious things. We wanted to be out having a good time and be friendly and happy and fun and uh, the curves of the Pahi were very appealing. We’re gonna go, uh, we’re overbuilt and simple enough to modify things as we need to as we go. And we’re going to be fine and have a good time. Yeah, it’s a doing boat. Exactly. Well, the original plan were just open deck boards and when I bought the boat, they had put part of the repurpose deck pod beneath the deck to store the dinghy and some other things in front of the deck pod and deflect wave somewhat. And we got into the cockpit and realized there’d been some water ingress and, and so I took it from one thing I like about the Wharrams you can kind of build on the shoulders of giants improve on them the way you’d like to be improved. So what I took that as is, you know, this is a good storage space. Um, I wanted to add some more systems, a board, and I didn’t want them to intrude in the living space. So this, this first beam, uh, here between the deck and the mast beam and this, this beam ends up being the, uh, anchor and rode storage, right? The windlass and potentially some additional tankage depending on how much space I need for my a windlass. But I think I could put a fuel tank there quite easily. And then, uh, this box that you see here is weather tight box that we fabricated to how’s the battery bank and the inverter and any other sort of, um, water sensitive electronics that we didn’t necessarily want in the cabin. So that’s what that’s for. We have this main helm area that’s a passage between the hulls Uh, we’ve got the helm, our controls for our two outboards and all of the electronics will get mounted in this box while it’s some of the, uh, switches or the navigation lights otherwise. And then you can see the, uh, the aft part of the cockpit, which was formerly, uh, two seats facing each other per the plans. When I got it. It was one seat facing forward with, uh, a little table in front, which was nice, but I didn’t really like that. Um, it’s hard to climb over the beam. My wife’s not very tall, so she wouldn’t have liked that. And also we, we had a few things. We wanted to have a board. I like to cook and my experience cooking on boats has been, it’s hot below and tends be a little seasick conspiring sometimes. Yeah. So I decided that what I wanted to do was to use that aft part of the cockpit as a big square space on a boat, which is hard to find. And I wanted to put all the propane and appliances so nobody wakes up dead. And uh, that’s it. So there are no propane going into any of the hulls It’ll house a brand new Dickinson stove we just picked up today. It’ll hold a precision temp, um, propane hot water heater for when we go into the colder climes up closer to home in the fall and winter. And then, uh, they’ll be plenty of countertop space for preparing food, uh, et cetera al fresco And then we have a two foot wide section at the end that you can’t see that’s going to be flex space. So if we want to put extra coolers in there or if we’re living somewhere, and maybe it’s nice to have one of the portable laundry machines, ice maker or whatever, we don’t know yet. There’s space for that. You really like that behind that. We extended the rear platform a little bit. So we’ve got a swim platform that’s maybe three feet deep and we have the motors mounted on the Wharram design sleds that’ll lower from there. And between this, the two motors which we mounted fairly wide, we’re going to have a four foot wide ramp that we’re going to make out of some aluminium extrusions. And I think we’ll be just perfect for the Takacat. Just slide up underneath the rear beam, haul up out of the water and be free. The below deck layout. Well the two hulls it’s slightly different but very similar, very forward compartment possibly in case you hit something is a watertight storage locker, which takes all the sails. And then behind that we have a, on the starboard hull we have a double berth, which is quite comfortable followed by a nav station, some more counter tops, oilskin skin locker and then uh, the head with the shower. And then behind that, the AFT, um, berth which doesn’t have sitting head room. So it’s probably gonna end up being storage or a space for children to stay in when we get here. And on this, on the port side, uh, so the port side is very similar. We have the storage locker, the forward berth. And then, uh, this area is, uh, an area for a settee, or at least it’s a table we’ve set up from both sides that’s convertible into more sleeping area, which is great. And then after that we’ve got a little open area to set bags down, uh, possibly Howes, uh, extra coolers and things for long passages if we decided to do that. And then the original galley is still down there. And so I’m going to repurpose that as a second head on the boat. And we’re using the nature’s head composting toilets. So we don’t have any tanks board and uh, I think they’ll save us some weight and some trouble being in various situations. So that’ll give us, uh, was basically a two, um, two room. Oh, you’ve got a port in the starboard and that’s your one big state room on each side. And each, each one has its own bathroom. And if you think of it that way, it’s a lot simpler. Well, may we go below? Yes, you may. It’s under construction, but uh, come on down these steps. Um, when you have construction done in Guatemala, you’re not here to explain. They take a couple iterations. This is a second iteration and there’ll be a third. So they’re a little tight low. Hello, this is fun. Do you like boats? I can tell this area gets a table. Um, there was a table when I bought the boat. He got put in storage. There are termites here. The termites got the tadpole. So now I get a new table, it’ll be of a cow, BA and mahogany. And, uh, that’s what I wanted. So it’s nice and uh, that’ll fold down into this position. Christians will be available here. This will be the forward birth that show up they started working on is where the, uh, the 4,200 BTU air conditioner I found out of Fort Lauderdale and that route power systems a unit and it’ll be, so you’ll run it off your 12 volt through an inverter. Will you, I found a nice, uh, grid tie, um, Magnum and Berger and it’s, it’s set up to supplement from the docs. Do you have a brownout? It’ll pull from your batteries and it’ll charge your batteries. It’s a combination charger and burner, which is very nice. What brand? Magnum Magnum Mica. Yeah. They’re out in the Northwest Seattle area, I believe. Maybe Oregon. Exactly. You crossed it out against the victims. And you know, I probably did not spend as much time looking at veterans as I should of Victorians seem to be very well regarded. Magnum does as well. And maybe not so much in the Marine industry, but as far as the rest of the industry goes, they seem to be very big and they were us made and I like that. So that’s what I bought. Have you had to dig a lot of rod out of the Bay? You have really, you know, there were a few areas we identified early on. Yeah. So what happened with the audit? I mean that leads me to ask what happened with the honor. I mean, what happened and what was the story that meant they Oh yeah. Um, that meant that I let it go, you know? Well, I think that they, uh, like so many people have a dream of sailing and they get here or they get out of, uh, they get out of their element where they are making some money and they have ideas. But it’s hard to make those ideas happen when you’re one having a lot of fun and two out of an economic zone that you have skills in. So I think that pretty common for people is that they go and they build up a kitty for cruising and then they go cruise until they run out of money and then they take the boat home and you end up with time to build up the kitty you get and go again. That’s a nice cycle. So it was good to balance. I think that the boat, this boat particular was not sea worthy and was not, um, you know, able to be moved anywhere. I used it in Guatemala for a number of years to die and then they were absent for a while. Is that what happened? And then that deteriorate? I don’t, I don’t know the exact details, but the gist of the story was that the time here versus time to make money, was that a balance as far as what needed to get done and the attention that needed to be paid. Because you know, they built the boat, they loved the boat. They weren’t going to just hand it over to somebody to build or fix. They were here working on it and, and so when you have the, the, the mindset that this is how it’s going to happen and we can’t do that anymore cause that’s the way I want it to be, then that’s the honest thing to do. And so they, I think they did the right thing. Salva did the right thing for the boat. Yeah. Well Dan did the same thing, was lucky fish. He didn’t let it go though, but he said it was going to guy, you know, he had a baby and held the drink. Yeah. Well, he built, he built the dream and then he sold it, paid any months and then they fell pregnant and he realized that he wasn’t going to have time to put into looking after a timber boat. So he put it on the market straight away. And of course, you know, we bought it when it was in prime. Pray by Nick you. It’s been an ambition to keep it that way, you know? Yeah. That’s been great. He may build a good bite and then he might’ve really responsible decision at the right time to get rid of it. You know, it’s hard to let go. Yeah, that’s right. It must’ve been so tough for him. For somebody in upper more upper bracket income these mornings deals when you, yeah, sure. That’s a good deal. I agree. States plugging those things on your channel actually. Again, you know, because you don’t have to give up your job. Right. And which is a huge sacrifice. Yeah. And the best thing is if you get a captain to do charters and he’ll look after your boat and you’ll have, your engines are a good shape, you know, you, they don’t wreck it out because they, they tend to wear them. When I worked for Sibley’s wheat, we had about eight of one brand of boats and we had one with no name on the back. And if we had been scavenging parts of one to fix all the others, then the owner was coming down, we’d just put his name on the back of that boat. And as your vote, swear to God, swear to God. Another one is Steve stories that can’t go to air as far as the rock goes in the boat though, you know, the thing that, that was me, you know, me being new to warms and that was a bit of a surprise was I have surveyed the boat and I’ve found a few areas awry and we got quotes on those to be dealt with and they were dealt with. And that was the bulk of the work. Um, money-wise and timelines, were they in common? You know, common areas, areas people looking at could look out for, um, you know, beams or any place, anybody put a hole in anything is important. But there are lots of other areas, corners where the boat may flex a little bit or, uh, particularly where somebody may put glass over it and then think, Oh, that’s not round enough. And they sand it down, get back through the glass and then you have no protection. So the, the, the point that I wanted to make was that, uh, when this people come out to paint and they start sanding, that’s when you find everything. Because it could just be a little area this big or it could be this big, but it’s only going to take that first chip of paint for somebody to know that it’s a problem. And so it was a bit disheartening for me as I was trying to get kids out of high school and into college and, uh, trying to work and support my family through my wife’s military career and some other things and do my own thing as an engineer and my own work, uh, to come down here on a regular basis and, and think, Oh, we’re going to paint it this week. Oh, well it didn’t get painted because we found some more rot and they’re fixing rot. And then you come down again and another month and they found some more, right? And they’re all in small pieces and it doesn’t add up to much money because the wood is cheap and the labor is cheap and boatyard is cheap. But when you’re ready to knock it out of the park and go sailing, it’s, it’s a, uh, it’s an exercise to know that it’s the budget thing to do and you have a boat that’s in better shape. If you take care of everything you start with and they got some, you want to get a silent and it’s just another step backwards. You keep going backwards for a while, don’t you? When you start renovating boats? Yes, yes. It’s that a 80 20 rule, 80% of it gets done in 20% of the time. The last 20% takes forever. And you sooner or later you just have to say, well, maybe that doesn’t actually have to happen. You’re talking to boat Smith. He said there’s projects and gave an example, somebody who picked up a boat for less than 20,000 and I said, well that’s a great idea. And he said, well, the guy who bought it spent a lot of time working on it and he’s a hard worker. So you know here this, you can find the same thing, a lot of so you can find it, find a big boat like a pay 42 or let’s say a Tiki 38 for around the 20,000 Mark with rod and with issues and maybe needs new sales and all the electronics will be out of date. Right? So it depends on what you’re, what you want. Do you want a boat you can take off with right now? That’s going to be okay. Or do you want a boat that’s going to be great. That’s exactly the way you want it. So you get the boat to this stage now, which is looking pretty close. I mean, you know, you’ve got final paint on over most of the boat. Um, what do you reckon you’ve put into it? Well, you know, so we bought it for less than 20,000. Yeah. We put about same amount into it in the boat yard, which over the two years it’s been here off and on with me visiting and lots of work stoppages waiting for me to answer questions because my Spanish is bad. Um, and then probably the sound out and engines and electronics and refrigerated coolers and perhaps another 40 sung into it so far. Yeah. What do you reckon to give them the water now and, and you know, have the boat as you want to, you got to live. Uh, not much. Okay. Not much at all. So you’re going to end up with a 42 foot for under a hundred grand that ECS in fully renovated condition, probably ready to go with a bit of touch up. There’s nothing more than a bit of touch up needed for the next 10 years. Pretty good belly. Absolutely. Kylie, thank you very much. That’s been a great tour and uh, hopefully the view is of uh, got some inspiration from your story. I’m sure they have. I’ll take you for a walk around the hall and you can see the ones that have turned up for this year. What we’ve got here is the hatch over the head and it’s a glass though the hatch and the glass is just starting to de-laminate around this hinge area. It’s dancer ear, the side looks all right. These are the sorts of things we need to get on, do straight away. The marvelous thing about the worm is you can just about maintain the entire bite with nothing more than hand tools and that’s the wonderful thing. Or they’re dealing with a wooden boat. Extra, you know, too much. That’s beyond your reach when you come to fixing it without being dependent on other people. I’m just trying to further this edge of the fiberglass glass back into the, that looks fairly solid right here. So it’s just a matter of getting a bit of a bevel. They join us. Say when I put the epoxy filler in to make up for the glasses finger emerged little fairs and, and it’s not going to de-laminate again, we’ve done this several times over the last few years in different spots where the glasses lifted and uh, you know, no, no recurring problem. That’s the main thing. When you fix something you want to fix it once and that’s it. When we come out to, I think, you know, I’m thinking around 10 years for an annual refit for the spine, like a major refit, dismantle the house, pull the pod out, type of things off, have a look at the beam troughs, you know, if she makes it through the 10 years without any need to do it early, I think that’s a huge success. So they sort of areas can be looked at again. And so you have a holding up, maybe the hall hatch needs reclassing maybe the hall hatch needs replacing. None of, it’s a big deal. It’s all modular. It’s all plywood and timber. There is a bit of library hours involved. How are we ever, you know, I’m, my suspicion is that they sort of fixes again the last 20 years. Well that’s it really. I’m just going to hit this with a bit of denatured alcohol and get the water out of the wood and get it ready to put the epoxy filler. And he has a fix on the same hedge that was done, uh, two years, maybe three years ago, back in Grenada. And, uh, the key thing here is, you know, I opened it up with a Hexcel blade, got the epoxy in and the Craig hasn’t reoccurred. So that’s a process that’s been repeated every year on the Spire tag, not just the hatches of course, but all around the beams on the house sides, the top deck areas, anywhere where there’s little things, a little cracks and try to get onto them straight away. So, yeah, most of those cracks I was showing you earlier, they’ve been opened up with a Hacksaw blade to, to gouge out the deteriorated wood chisel if necessary. The bigger areas, we’ve got a sand paper to get things ready for the, so lucky. These are the side decks by the side of the engine boxes. I’m just touching them up. Um, these are whole areas where the hinges, uh, rope hinges are lashed through. They were all pretty deteriorated. They earn constant use. Of course, every time we start and stop the engines, we open up these engine box lids. I’ll just come around the other side and show you what I’ve done there. So there’s about 80. What I’ve done is, is drilling each one had oversize, put a bit of tight underneath it and then filled it from the top all the way to the top of just pure epoxy resin. So yeah, just to meet an air of drilling that out with that probably a three mill or right drill, the tight, the blank lashings that make up the hinges and a, they shouldn’t be good for that. It looks like a fairly solid fixed there. They should be good for another few years. Actually, some of these things underneath the beam here, it’s being touched up earlier. This one here, I, we picked that up at Roderic Wells is a common problem with catamaran. It doesn’t matter what model I, when you go on a morning, if they have steel rings or something hard on the top of the moorings when there’s no wind and no tide, the boat can just drift. And the morning boys drift under the boats at times in between the house. And then of course you rise and fall on the wives and that’s where the damage is done. These steel rings can bounce and bang. So once you hear that first stump inside the boat, you a guy out like a sharp, uh, talking the morning boy firmly fixed between the house, somewhere near the bad’s where it kind of do any, any harm. okay guys, that’s all the time we have for this week. I’ve just put a new post up on the syndicated sailing site. Check out the link in the description. It describes the boat selection process for the big cats syndicate. It’s proving to be a real adventure before we even get to sail the boat. Also, keep an eye open for the live lucky fish launching next week. Maybe your comment and guesses about that. Who that new girl crew Mike be? And it’s always a huge thanks to our patrons by everybody. We got throat. Leah, you are a champ. Hi. Five leave your comments and guesses maybe or comments. Yeah, yeah. Good bye. It makes it easy. You’re right. We just leave it to you. Leave your guesses. I know who she is. You know who just wave. Okay. Be nice. Could be good boy. Why is it huge thanks to our patrons. See you all next week. Thanks everyone. Bye. All right, one more time. Okay, let’s do it. Let them go for it and we’ll just laugh. I got guys, it’s all the time. Okay. Ever striking that child daddy’s head. Alright. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already, and thank you for watching..