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    SailAway 54 | Angry Storms on the Intracoastal Waterway | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog
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    SailAway 54 | Angry Storms on the Intracoastal Waterway | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog

    November 17, 2019

    do you wanna say with me last week Bowen
    brandy from Saline Saoirse joined us for a regatta in Fort Pierce that was not to
    be so we decided live to race another day that sucks oh we got a baby we got
    to go back sorry keep someone out foul like lazy boat morning
    I mean absolute lazy really since gotta put it off it’s gonna be gross sale
    today cup of weird weekend’s we met Lo and
    brandy got to show them what it’s like to abandon race that’s always fun here but bump it eat a meal and we’re in it and then you
    spit it out this barrier well we’ve got a dreary day today sail
    back to Stuart so I’m gonna shower be civilized in it it’s no real rush and
    they’ve got nice showers here so nice we take advantage we’re on the far side of
    Marina look over there tarp things vane first
    marina in background that’s the main part particle I dot over here is kind of
    mine so bathroom and shower building right here so we’re kind of separated
    away from everything that actually really close case you’ve never done
    marina facilities this is for a huge budget a look like yeah it’s pretty nice this is the shower
    room two three showers hopped in morning itself before doing a video monologue in
    a restroom boys check I thought that place was
    empty that means that I just did right before I hopped in the shower outside
    the yeah use the John first yeah sure it up there’s a pair of feet right there in
    front of me so stealth mode or something probably just thinking bantams you’re
    trying to take it dump and suddenly I’m part of a tour so I just kind of finally
    slipped out and then he quietly slipped out wasn’t awkward at all
    yeah sure this way all right well here’s my quick review of the collapsible hose
    they suck don’t buy one for those of you who wonder why we sometimes have a leash
    on her baby it’s cost the author walks like a drunk so pretty today biggest sale there was a pretty stiff wind on our
    Stern quarter holding us against the dock so it took some coordinated shoving
    and motoring just to get away from it I no longer be myself will I ever see the
    Sun but I no longer hold account I have
    nowhere downside and the answer to your well but any dock
    maneuver that doesn’t break the boat or somebody is a success your hearts
    I am only Sundaram I am always owned around Frankie whether
    we got right now we’ve been it up was never great yeah
    good times yeah we got our Dodger enclosure put up so that a little bit of
    protection up there at least but we knew it’s going to be like this all day angry icw cease right now breaks me out
    man I don’t like it cry-baby call me when
    light shines forgive me everything laughter give me everything I’ve down enough to complain I hope you
    the same you baby gave me
    do you don’t miss stay down below so that I don’t know the
    craziness is going on right now like we gotta leave because of the angle and strength of the
    wind it changed the turning spot I needed to hit to back the boat into the
    slip never force it if you’ve got room to
    back out and try it again as always thanks for watching please
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    video Cheers yes

    Our Favorite Beach!
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    Our Favorite Beach!

    November 17, 2019

    In this episode of sailing doodles we sail
    about 7 miles south to koh mak where we enjoy the beautiful water and absolutely stunning
    beaches.I’d like to thank Group Island Spirit for this next series of videos they supplied
    the boats we are sailing in the flotilla. One of my favorite parts of the day is the
    morning when the sun is coming up over a calm bay its absolutely beautiful. Alright we are getting under way, we have
    some cameras in place we have to turn them on, we got a gopro there gopro there gopro
    on the bow got a romaing gopro around here somewhere then of course this cameraand not
    much wind today like 7-8 knots currently, hoepfully we will be able to sail. anyway
    so we are going to get underway and do that. we will give you a boat tour when we get to
    koh mak we are going from koh wai today just around its 7 or 8 miles over to koh mak. you
    guys ready im ready, ready.alright let’s o this. as evidenced by the calm and glassy water
    there was no wind that day so there wouldn’t be any sailing don’t worry we really break
    in the bavaria the next day and get some true sailing in. it was a straight shot south down to koh mak.when
    its calm its fairly easy to catch the drone but just imagine trying to do this in heavy
    seas or anything over 3 or 4 foot waves.its pretty much a requirement on our boat the
    first thing you do in a new anchorage is jump in the water. after getting settled in it was of to one
    of the most beautiful islands and beaches i’ve seen, koh mak. yes thank you woooo winning to bad i don’t
    have a thong on huh? for iti tell you what we all got sun kissed
    today yeah we got some sun but now we are on our way to watch the sunsetin one of my
    favorite places coco cape awesome awesome dockive had high expectations for sunsets
    here before and been disappointed but i’ve had some really good ones here too i think
    this one should be a good one. it looks like its setting up that way so we
    are going to meet the rest of the crew, they are loading up in their dinghy do the presunset
    would anybody like a ride?that kayak, it’s in all the wrong places i got ya i’m in. it was a great places to watch the sunset
    but we wanted to head across the bay before it got dark so we could head to dinner.alright so guys thank you for showing up. some of these peple you’ve seen before and
    some you haven’t but we will try to introduce them as the week goes on so thank you guys
    Doodles! Wooo! thank you so much to our patrons yOu
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    Waterspout, lightning, squall, running aground + how we hoist the dinghy – Sailing Ep 172

    November 14, 2019

    From 1,500 rpm we’re doing just over 1
    knot. That’s a waterspout, and that’s right above the anchorage we’re trying
    to get to. It was a really close call, the closest I think we’ve ever come to
    running aground. This is what you call wind against current against tide
    against fetch. We just came through this channel. We were hitting 7 knots so there
    was obviously current pushing us through but of course we were battling through all the waves
    that have built up over the hundreds of miles in the Java Sea coming the other way.
    Meanwhile the wind is coming this way and it’s very shallow. And this is the result.
    And this is when you want to make sure your engine is in good order.
    It’s times like this when I sh1t myself Can’t get over how beautiful it is
    around here. I think it helps that it’s a lovely day with blue skies and little
    fluffy clouds adds to the atmosphere but so much greenery around us and there’s
    some big mountains as well. This area kind of reminds me of Turkey a bit it’s
    a big open area with lots of little islands and a great big playground for
    sailors because with the South easterlies which are consistently
    coming through, certainly at the bottom end, a great place to hang out. The only
    difference is of course that it’s much more shallow here than it is in Turkey,
    so you’ve got rocks and reefs to contend with. Anyway we’ve now got to the top of
    Lingga island and we just would poke our nose in over the top. There’s a couple of
    tiny little channels that we may be able to get into. Difficult to tell, only a
    hundred meters wide. Might bottle it when we go and eye them up. But if not then
    looks like there’s a nice little anchorage just at the top. It just gives
    us a little bit of protection should the weather come in. And a nice easy exit for
    when we leave tomorrow. We got through the channel not very pleasant, but
    fine. The current took us through. We’re now out of the worst of that wind, and we’re
    looking for somewhere where we can put the sail up. It was far too windy there.
    So we’re going to be going through a channel once again. Navionics, of course,
    isn’t quite right so we’re using Offline Maps as well. And we’re hoping when we
    get into that channel we should be really well secluded and find a good
    spot just to drop the anchor and get the sail back up. A little bit disconcerting
    just came in and put the boat in to tickover and we were doing six and a half
    knots. In tickover. So rather than just dump the hook I thought I’d just check to
    see what it’s like if I turn the boat around. So I’m now aiming to go back out following our track in. From 1,500 rpm
    we’re doing just over one knot. So it just makes me a little bit nervous about
    dropping the hook anywhere around here. It might just be this particular spot
    here. But I think what we’ll do is we’ll go back out and we’ll check out
    along the coastline which again is fairly protected, but it seems like
    there’s a very very strong current here, which we had been warned about. So this might put it in perspective. As you look down… Look at that, it looks like we’re
    making good progress. But if I bring it up and you use a transit on that back
    stay there, the green line with the sandy patch behind, and look how slowly it’s
    passing it. Barely bloody moving at all. And as you
    can see over there, I’ll zoom in, you can see those over overfalls or current. This is really quite vicious. And a little bit scary. As you can see
    (I don’t know if you can see) that it’s all quite close. Little bay there and there’s
    one channel through there. There’s two channels through there. And then there’s
    this little bay here, which is where I thought perhaps we could anchor but I
    don’t really want to be anchoring in six knots of current. Just whilst we’re killing some time
    I just thought I’d show you a little tip when you hoist your dinghy up. And it’s
    something that I’ve only just started doing. Thanks to Ian on Icey Red
    who recommended this. Now normally when we hoist the
    dinghy we leave it hanging using the blocks that actually hoist it. Now we tie
    off lines across like this to stop it from moving backwards and forwards. But
    it still had a tendency to move slightly Plus of course it puts a lot of strain
    and weight on that block system. A couple of weeks ago one of them gave way
    and the dinghy dropped in the water at 3:00 in the morning, which is not ideal.
    But let me just show you this. To be honest I’ve no idea why I didn’t do this
    before and I’m sure some of you out there probably saying well you’re an
    idiot, this is the obvious way to do it. But you can see I’ve taken that Dyneema
    line, you can just see that black line there. So it goes over the davit and it
    goes down to the same clip as the block system. Now that’s where I’ve
    currently tied it off, but really that should be some kind of carabiner or
    something that I can easily clip and unclip. And of course we’ve got the two
    Dyneema lines which run across like so to there. And, by the way, in case you may
    have noticed, this happened. When we were in Sabang – I didn’t mention this
    at the time because I didn’t want to upset anyone – but when were in Sabang
    we tied the dinghy up and left it for a day on a Sunday. When we came back there were about 30 kids who had basically – I don’t know what they’ve done actually – they had played
    around with everything. They had ripped various fittings. They ripped this off.
    They were playing around with the outboard, it was in a funny position… blah
    blah blah… I went to see the Harbormaster but no-one seemed to want
    to take any responsibility for it. It’s just one of those things…
    Sunday afternoon all the kids are out playing, so it’s an obvious thing for them to play with.
    But, yeah, a little bit angry about that. So that explains the state
    of our dinghy. The other thing I’ve done as well is to tie underneath another
    line. Now this one runs to the wheels on the dinghy and that helps give it a bit
    more stability. And then quite often I will take the painter under here and tie
    that off as well. Since doing this the dinghy has
    remained very steady. And bear in mind for the last two days we’ve been in some pretty
    rolly seas. So very happy with that set-up. Bit of a hectic start this morning. The
    wind picked up throughout the night and, as you can see, the swell picked up as
    well. So trying to weigh anchor was quite interesting because the wind was pushing
    us one way in the current the other. But we did it. So now we’re just cutting across,
    which means going into wind, which we haven’t done for a long while.
    So we have to cut across this bay and then we start going down It’ll be interesting
    to see what the current does because I think the tide will be turning soon and
    we’ll have the current with us. It’s quite a tricky passage today. A few
    narrow entrances and obviously the usual rocks and reefs,
    so let’s see how we get on… In case you’re wondering what the hell’s
    going on we’re trying to get through this little channel. It’s 0.2 miles wide
    and lots of overfalls everywhere, including in the channel. So it’s a
    little bit rolly. Speed’s down to 2.6kts. The real troublesome thing here is
    that the boat naturally wants to get pulled to starboard, which pulls us
    into the island just there. It’s that close. The autopilot is on fast. It’s on quick
    setting, so it’s compensating the other way. Problem is that when it does that
    it then shoots over to the other side, so it pulls it all the way over to
    starboard again, in fact we go towards the island. And this is all happening at 1.7knts Some pretty hardcore overfalls
    actually, I don’t think I’ve been in anything quite as as tough as this.
    They’re having a big effect on the steering. It’s exciting, but it’s also
    scary. It seems as if we’re past the worst of it.
    But actually our speed has now dropped right down to half a knot… …at 1500 rpm. So we are now going past this island
    where there’s a shallow patch very very slowly.
    It’s like everything is in slow motion. Local fishing by over there probably
    looking at us going “what the — are they doing?” Because there is actually a back channel,
    but we’re not sure that we can get the boat through. Unsure of the draft. But
    that’s obviously the place that these guys go through.
    Much easier. 1.2 kts now. Don’t know how well you can see that…
    That’s a waterspout and that’s right above the anchorage
    we’re trying to get to… Lightning now as well. So we’ve got waterspout, lightning, black cloud… And that’s where we’re supposed to be anchoring. And I would rather lurk around out here before we go in. That’s two anchorages in three days that we’ve
    approached with a squall. Don’t know if you could hear what Liz was saying but
    there was a water spout in among all that lot. [And lightning]. Sort of above where we’re
    supposed to be anchoring – but actually if you look at the weather, the radar,
    you can see the cloud is somewhat behind it. Don’t know what to do… Well that really was one of the
    strangest sails we’ve ever done I think. Very interesting, but very frustrating.
    These currents get really really strong. And as you saw when we went through that
    little cut, we got down to half a knot. But that’s where the adventure only just
    began because shortly after that – the bit that you missed, that we didn’t record
    because we didn’t know it was happening till the very last moment – was when we
    almost ran aground. Now on the charts, just to the east of an island, is where the depth dropped from 20m to 10m. But, in fact, there’s a reef there.
    Now the problem was is that we were using our phones to look at the
    satellite imagery but for some reason mine didn’t show anything. Turns out I
    had to reset my phone for the sat image to reload. Very strange. Anyway, it was an
    horrendous experience because as we were approaching it we could see eddies –
    there were eddies everywhere (overfalls) but these were particularly strong and
    as we got to it I was thinking “well I know the depth gets shallow here.
    But 10m, 9m, 8m, 7m, 6m, 5m…” At that point of course
    put the boat into astern. The lowest depth I saw on our depth sounder was 1.7.
    When it hits 1.4 that’s when we hit bottom. Bear in mind of course with all these overfalls we’re moving like this as
    well. It was a really close call, the closest I think we’ve ever come to
    running aground. So that put the willies up us. So we went to back out.
    Then we tried to get out of this area. When we reloaded our phones to find the true
    satellite imagery, well it was littered with reefs. So to get out of that we had
    to go back on ourselves. And then, of course, the current picked up because we
    were coming out of these islands. You can imagine all these hundreds of islands.
    The amount of currents and eddies and overfalls that it creates is quite
    phenomenal. So yeah, it was a bit frustrating. It wasn’t literally
    until the last hour or two that we could actually pick up a bit of speed. And then,
    of course, as we came into this anchorage, as you saw from that footage, big
    westerly squall came through. There was a waterspout, lightning. [Laughs] Really bizarre. We only did 35 miles today, it feels like 200. It makes for an interesting
    passage I suppose. But it was just a little bit, I think ‘frustrating’ is the word.
    But hey, look at this place. We’re anchored by a little village on an island that
    doesn’t even have a name. How weird is that? But it seems pretty secluded this
    is a recommendation from a Facebook friend, Mark Bongers. Thank you, Mark. This
    looks like a pretty safe place to just rest for the night. Tomorrow, early
    start, hit those currents. And it’s the last stop before we hit Malaysia.

    How to Rebuild a Battery Box (LEAKING lead acid batteries on a Sailboat!!) Patrick Childress #46
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    How to Rebuild a Battery Box (LEAKING lead acid batteries on a Sailboat!!) Patrick Childress #46

    November 14, 2019

    this boat is 41 years old only recently
    did battery acid do an incredible amount of damage underneath the bunk in the aft
    cabin this is putting it all back together far better than when this boat
    was new but there is a terrible time crunch
    Rebecca is in the US and due back to Africa in a week and a half two people
    cannot live in this boat because of the total disarray of the major construction
    that is going on I have to get it completed before she returns hello we
    are Patrick and Rebecca Childress on the sailboat
    Brickhouse a valiant forty we are hauled out in Richards Bay South Africa going
    through everything on this boat preparing it to cross the Atlantic from
    Uruguay and points out okay the worst is over with now just putting it all back
    together this is under the bunk in the aft cabin okay so I’ve got things
    cleaned up in this area now I need to cut out some of this foam just a section
    maybe about an inch to allow proper drainage from this hole after area down
    into the bilge and then I need to clean up the top of this foam so I can glue a
    block of wood to help support this flooring and the new flooring that’s
    going to go on it I’ve tried different cleaners and that’s not going to do well
    enough to get the discoloration off so I’ll try this er form file and that
    looks like that’s going to clean it up so I’ll work on that and then get ready
    to make the block to glue in there so easy when you have the right tools Jenny this piece came out of here it was
    just barely held in I don’t know we just with one nail at the top
    kind of strange wasn’t glued or anything so and it’s a little wet it’s a little
    damaged so I’m gonna make a new one that will go in this other one that’s up here
    rather flimsy I’ll take that out clean up the edges that’s going to get glued
    and screwed in place along with the one that I make and at the same time we’ll
    make the spacer to go into here so down here on these cutouts in the framings
    for all these hoses and everything to run I just pulled hoses and wires out of
    here I don’t like it it’s just a sharp edge I could grind that down but I’d
    rather just put something over it so we just cut this plastic tubing cheap
    plastic tubing long ways and then made slits perpendicular so that maybe I can
    fit it over that saddle and then take the heat gun and melt it in make it fit
    we’ll see how well this works another experiment your own brick house
    I mean it’s been this way for since 1976 nothing has ever apparently chafed
    through no hoses or wires but I just don’t like the way it looks so we’ll
    give it a try much better some boat owners in this
    yard including myself don’t see this as a dumpster but a trading bin where junk
    goes in but treasures come out hmm look at this today my lucky day that
    looks about 20 mils 3/4 of an inch thick foam sandwich very dense foam fiberglass
    on both sides this could be a new floor okay this is the old floor it’s three
    quarters of an inch 20 millimeters thick no that’s the wall this is another
    little piece of some flooring you know it’s a little short here but I think I
    can live with that and just make it up with fiberglass cuz it’ll all get
    fiberglass over anyway yeah this can be sanded down make it look good
    clean up all this putty somebody’s been mixing on here and that’ll be a nice
    subfloor in preparation for installing the first piece of flooring I first had
    to clean up the whole area with detergent and acetone get all the greasy
    oil stuff off of here and then sand the area with 36 grit paper I’ve got my
    thickened epoxy thickened with camel sill we’ve got our flooring right here
    it’s all been fitted ready to go now to lather in all of that thickened epoxy
    and set the floor board in place oh jeez oh the camera didn’t turn on or I didn’t
    turn it on but I had all of this all of this thickened epoxy and I had the floor panel off out of the
    way I took the thickened epoxy and just laid
    down a big bead around this upper edge where I knew it was going to meet and
    along the frame on the tops of the frames and along the edges where it’s
    going to meet the rest of the flooring and then I very carefully set it all
    back in place and dropped it and then screwed it down oh darn I can’t believe
    we missed it on the film but anyway what I’m gonna do now is go back and mix up
    some more thickened epoxy and just build this up along the edges here fill in the
    gaps and then we’ll get ready for laying some cloth this is a sample of the cord
    fiberglass panels came out at the trading bin got recycled
    is now in the floor on this boat so it’s very strong very dense cell foam in the
    middle and fiberglass very thick fiberglass on each side although some of
    the other panels that I used were plywood in the middle and maybe just
    fiberglass on one side but if it was plywood
    it was marine grade what you could call a marine grade plywood very nice thin
    flies and many of them wood and no nuts and of course exterior smooth so there
    was no delamination of the plywood a lot of good stuff that comes out of that
    training good I’ll give you a close-up of this these court panels are made
    right here in the hall out facility on a thick table of glass and a vacuum
    bagging process they can be made with any kind of a core to any thickness that
    the customer wants and with any kind of finish on either side including a teak
    veneer that the customer can varnish and maintain all that he wants so the next
    day after all the glue is dry I washed it with a little soapy water with the
    dishwashing detergent and then gave it a very good rinsing with fresh water to
    remove the amine blush amine is in the hardener and that creates a oily or waxy
    feeling surface on cured epoxy and actually acts as a release agent
    so that has to be washed away before anything else is done including sanding
    so after washing everything I gave it a great sandy and then it was ready for
    the layers of fiberglass I think this is gonna come out nice and smooth anyway
    but I’m going to put the peel ply on it and the peel ply will make it so it’ll
    be nice and smooth in case I do want to put it any more layers over this so when
    you pull this off the mean blood comes with it there’s a fine texture equal to
    the weave of the fabric that’s left behind an imprint in the fiberglass so
    it’s a nice tooth for the next layer of cloth and resin to adhere to after a bit
    of a disaster with some generic epoxy resin which I showed in the last video I
    asked all the yard contractors here what they use and where did they get it from
    and they get all of their materials from a company called a MT which has a home
    office in distribution center in Cape Town as well as distribution centers in
    Durban and Johannesburg so now I get all of my epoxy resin and
    supplies from them delivered directly to the boat they supply great GU RIT resin
    and I’m using Verret SP 106 which they assured me is the equal to west system
    105 and we have a roll of peel ply and assorted different types of cloth I’ll
    be using a lot of biaxial cloth on this job and this is 25 kilos of the SP 106 resin
    that I’ll be using this newly installed subfloor is not wide enough for the
    batteries to sit side by side because of the curvature of the hull one row of
    batteries would be severely tilted so we have to install spacers to raise the
    next floor up high enough so the but the batteries can be accommodated I just got
    so lucky today at the dumpster at the trading bin and these these strips of
    marine plywood were just the right thickness 3/4 of an inch just the right
    height and I just had to cut them to length it looks like somebody was
    working on a project and then scrapped it and it saved me hours of work so we
    buttered these up very heavily with thickened epoxy and we’ll set these in
    place we’ll have two rows one along the outside edge following the curvature of
    the hull and one on the inside and that’ll prepare the bed then for the
    next floor to rest on so these batteries will clamp the glue and everything in
    place until tomorrow morning and then we can set the next subfloor in place so
    everything had been pre fitted in here now it’s time to lay down a heavy bead
    of thickened epoxy on those spacers and on the outside edge of this next floor
    panel this is a big step towards completing this project although there’s
    still a long ways to go you can see off to the right side an l-shape piece of
    white panel on the wall that was cut out bad area and the panel placed in there
    glued in and very securely fiberglassed along all the seams these screws are
    just holding the panel in place temporarily so everything sets up so I
    can continue working on the space that is on the left side over near my hand
    there’s another area of the wall that needs to be filled in so now the second floor is all
    fiberglass tin to the hull on the outer section of the hull the wall on the
    right side where you see the L shape and the left wall it’s all secured so we can
    pull the peel ply off and get ready to install the back wall of the battery box
    now this sheet of plywood has already been fiberglass on both sides and to
    hold it in place temporarily I installed a cleat off to the forward end of the
    wall and also on the aft end of the wall and clamped it in place at that point
    and set a battery up against the wall to help hold it securely in place while I
    put in a tab of fiberglass along the bottom edge on the outside of the wall
    and in the hull and then on the inside edge of the wall to the new floor and
    once all that was set up I could pull the battery that was help holding
    everything in place get the plastic release off of there and now I can pull
    the peel ply and off to the left and right and fill in that little gap for my
    amateur fiberglassing ways this is the easiest way for me to make a fill it put
    down some blue tape first as an outline and cram the thick and epoxy into place
    and once the epoxy is set up then not hardened but just somewhat set up then I
    can pull the tape off and that’ll be a nice filler so that the fiberglass when
    I put on two layers here you’ll just fold around won’t have any air bubbles
    behind it well the time crunch is on today’s
    Friday Rebecca is coming back on Monday and I don’t know if I can get this job
    finished I mean I look at how little I’ve gotten done actually it’s a lot but
    it doesn’t look like it it’s been taking me about a day a full day to manufacture
    a piece cut it fiberglass it and install it and there’s been a lot of pieces to
    go back in here if I had to pay somebody to do this work I would be very
    disappointed and a little has gotten done in such a long time and what the
    cost would have been but I’ve been working from morning until late at night
    and this is what I have to show for it but today I have the panel outside I
    laid it up last night I cut it and then fiberglass it on both sides it’s outside
    the peel ply just has to come off of it and that’s what I’ll be installing today
    the end panel for the battery box and hopefully today I’ll get the panel
    that’s being manufactured to go here it’s white on the outside and just
    fiberglass on the inside it’s a foam core and that’ll certainly be an all-day
    project to install that because I’ll have to make a template to make sure it
    fits exactly right there’s no second chance if I cut it too short then I have
    to put fillers and all kinds of things on the end which I don’t want to do and
    hopefully we’ll get something completed in here before Rebecca gets back so we
    can get a lot of this junk out of the main saloon and stored back in this
    compartment using some spray in contact cement to secure it now is the time to
    install closed cell foam padding in the storage compartment spin hole is on the back panel of the
    battery box there will be another vent hole on the front side on the finished
    panel after that one is installed okay good so I have all the structure pretty
    well set I have a cleat here so the panel can push up the new panel can push
    up against that one we have this for the new panel to push up I just put another
    cleat in down here and we have most of the bird’s nest of wires out of the way
    and I’ll deal with straightening up the rest of that later I’ll probably just
    hire somebody locally here to come in and and set it up most properly there’s
    just too much work for myself and ship to be doing so that would be a nice easy
    job for an electrician to take care of um let’s say I need to take some
    measurements here to make the cutout in the template for these wires need to cut
    out from there to there and then I can bring the template in and see how it
    fits here is a cool tool for driving screws it’s an extension for the screw
    bit but it’s a lot more than that it’s actually a holder for the screw that
    collar slides forward and you put your screw in with the just protruding a
    little bit then as you start the screw into the wood this collar pulls back and
    leave the screw in place makes it very nice for getting into these very hard to
    reach places like down in here perfect are you Lily
    how you doing kitty come in to help it took about eight trips in and out of
    here with the six millimeter 1/4 inch thick plywood template to shave it sand
    it and shape it exactly right to fit then I took that template traced it out
    on to this fish panel and cut it it’s a nice tight fit although I did have to
    cut out the floor just a little bit more to accommodate the thickness of the
    panel and then we had a very good fit here it is ten o’clock I’ve been at it
    all day since 8 o’clock this morning very dark outside now but I think I
    might have it I pick up Rebecca tomorrow afternoon but I just finished up tabbing the new panel in place so I have all the
    fiberglass down here a couple ears on the sides on the bottom back over in
    this corner so it’s pretty well tabbed in it’s all glued in with the fill it
    along the very top edge here and of course it’s all faced in with glue along
    here and everywhere that I can possibly face it in couple screws helping to hold
    things in we’ll leave those clamps in place until probably noon time tomorrow
    and actually I can start tomorrow putting things back in this storage
    space back here and get some of that stuff out of the main saloon so it isn’t
    completely finished there’s still some touch-ups but it’s good enough for now
    so we have the exhaust fan right here with the on/off switch the covers for the batteries are made of
    mdo plywood medium density overlay it’s a
    very high grade plywood there’s no knots or voids in the plies
    it’s made with exterior glue it’s faced with a paper product that’s impregnated
    with epoxy resin so you can get a good one side or good both sides sign
    painters use this for exterior signs or you can also use it through cabinets
    because it paints so well and I went ahead and put another layer of epoxy on
    both sides of these covers just to ensure that the battery acid won’t
    bother them and this is just a piece of plywood with fiberglass on one side the
    vent hole in the back the vent with the fan in the front we’re pretty good shape
    here the one thing I need to do is secure them somehow so if we do get
    healed way over they won’t come falling out of this cabinet I’m thinking about
    having some straps fibreglass to the inside of this finished wall and then I
    can bolt them on to the back wall but this is where I could need some help if
    you have any good ideas really how to secure these batteries in place please
    let me know down in the comments and the rest of the boat in the main
    saloon or our living room is what we call it is pretty well cleared up people
    can actually sit on the starboard bunk now we have room under the table for
    more storage of things that Rebecca is bringing home so the boat is livable
    again finally or two people and one cat so let’s go to the airport and find
    Rebecca I’ll never know how Rebecca was able to
    handle these for way over heavy bags plus two overstuffed carry-on bags all
    the way from USA to Africa but what a lot of treasures she brought back to the
    boat far better than anything I could ever pull out of my trading then over
    here in the parking lot so thanks a lot for watching I hope this video is
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and if you haven’t
    already a subscribe and there is also a link to the tip jar if you don’t mind
    helping out in that direction and we’ll see you next time thank you

    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France
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    Full Time Liveaboard Boat Life: Shredding a Sail while Sailing in France

    November 14, 2019

    When did we get here? Two days ago? The sail over here two and a half days ago we were sailing along, all the things were
    great, life was good, and then we saw some dolphins and we thought, “Hey, that’s great. Good omen, dolphins” and then literally as soon as the Sun set and the Dolphins
    said goodbye our davits broke. What just happened? And then within 20 minutes we had a dinghy that was upside down in the water
    and no outboard motor. Um, yeah. All of our plans were now halted. Priority number one was to find an outboard engine. We arrived on a S unday so we had a picnic and we went to see a flick at the world’s oldest cinema. Also, while we were in La Ciotat we need to find a welder to reattach and reinforce the davits to the transom. Being in our first time in
    France and except for pleasantries none of us speak French, Lise & Eric from Bon Fond, we’re very gracious and helped us find a welder so we met up with Julien and we attempted to communicate some sort of solution. We visited a few different places looking for an outboard motor and there was none to be found. One guy even told us that there are no outboard motors within the area that
    were being sold and that instead we would have to buy a new one and that it would
    take two weeks, but right next door we found a store that was selling a
    refurbished 9.9 Yamaha outboard motor and that was actually the only one being
    sold within a 20-mile radius. Wow, that sounds so much better. Way quieter. And there they go. What happened? It stopped running. But it was going so well! Going over there to talk to the guy. Apparently in France gazole is not
    petrol. It’s diesel. SP 95 is petrol. I put diesel in a petrol engine. Understandably we had some miscommunications with Julien and after a week of trying to
    dissolve a solution and us needing to be on our way we just straight-up bolted
    the davits to the transom. Only having 14 days left to exit the EU without violating the Schengen Agreement we had almost 1,000 nautical miles to Albania.
    1000 miles is near 10 days on the water. We had a smooth sail to Corsica where we stopped for a day to film with Thibault and Jelena. We sailed in the Gulf di Talabo and then sailed down around Le Bocche and across all the way,
    there’s Roma, that’s where we are now. We beat windward to exit the bay and headed south. As we rounded the island beginning to
    pass through the Strait of Bonifacio we read both pages with pretty much a
    straight shot to Rome. The plan was that I was gonna man the
    helm until around 2 a.m. Just as the forecast had suggested, as the Sun was
    beginning to set, off to the north east about 15 miles I could see rain clouds
    developing, but I thought if those rain clouds develop into a storm the wind is
    coming out of the due west so the storm should stay to the north of us. But just
    around midnight as I was watching the storm grow and it began to move south right in our path the decision was made that we were to turn around and head back for
    Sardinia. We don’t actually have any footage of this because it was all hands on deck, midnight and hectic so this will stand in as Arianrhod. With the wind blowing a 6 on the Buford
    wind scale we had to remove sail so we could head back to Sardinia. We were able to furl in the jib with ease. Though Sardinia lay off to our
    starboard quarter, we turned on the engine and turned to port to spill the wind from
    the Genoa so that we can disconnect the whisker pole and furl it in. It took
    all my effort to disconnect the whisker pole and in the process the Genoa was
    luffing aggressively. Beating against the pole the Genoa tore like it was
    confetti. With the whisker pole finally stored, I crawled to the bow and furled
    in the Genoa by hand. The bow was heaving at the crest and crashing into the
    troughs and I bear hugged the sail to stay on the boat as I made incremental
    progress. After three hours of motoring and a total of 15 hours on the water, we
    finally dropped anchor and rested for a few hours. Midday we decided to head for open water and finish our sail to Rome. Upon arrival in Italy we tried to lower
    the obliterated sail, but it was just too windy so we secured it the best that we could because we only had a single day to visit Rome. Decimated head sail. The boat looks fantastic right now. Subscribe.

    3 Sailing Tips to Save your Sailboat and Yourself!!  –  Patrick Childress Sailing  #26
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    3 Sailing Tips to Save your Sailboat and Yourself!! – Patrick Childress Sailing #26

    November 11, 2019

    today on Brick House How the U V rays of the Sun affect your eyes, sometimes requiring surgery and how some
    unexpectedly inexpensive sunglasses can be better protection than the designer
    brand, and then shock absorbers for the main and jib sail when the wind dies but
    the waves are still up take that terrible snap out of those
    sails, how to fish out and patch a broken jib leechline
    a day on shore with the natives and some local yachting Madagascar style keep the
    bailer close by. Hello my name is Patrick Childress on the sailboat Brick House. I
    grew up in the southwest section of Miami and in the summer’s out of high
    school in the late 1960s if my friends and I weren’t waterskiing on the nearby
    lake then we were out scuba diving on the nearby reefs. In those days no one
    paid any attention to what the UV rays of the Sun were doing to one’s skin or
    their eyes. In 1979 I left Miami on a 27 foot sailboat to sail solo around the
    world. After completing that trip the worst
    part of that whole voyage was having to have both of my eyes operated on for
    pterygium. Pterygium effects anybody who’s outdoors a lot; construction
    workers, farmers, sailors, anyone who is exposed to constant eye irritation like
    dust, wind and especially the UV rays of the Sun. Pterygium starts out as a
    ‘pinguecula’. Take a look at this pinguecula. A pinguecula starts on the inside
    corner of the eye nearest the nose and it generally has a yellowish cast to it
    and it’s complete with blood vessels as it grows across the white of the eye and
    encroaches on the cornea, the clear lens of the eye, that is then called pterygium
    and is spelled with a PT. It can actually pull and deform the eye like a muscle
    and cause an astigmatism and certainly at that point it needs to be operated on to
    be removed. The sunglasses that are just open to the side they’re a benefit but
    they allow far too many rays of the Sun and wind in to damage the eye. A hat
    certainly helps but really the best thing is to use wraparound sunglasses as
    long as you don’t need prescription glasses – you can’t get wraparound
    sunglasses in a prescription as of yet. Some of the best glasses are
    actually the least expensive. These are safety glasses that you can buy at any
    hardware store for five or six dollars. The most important thing is to look for
    the ANSI – the American National Standards Institute designation on the
    Temple of the eyeglasses this will show that the safety glasses have been tested
    for impact resistance in UV protection along with other measures, These glasses
    are made of polycarbonate polycarbonate which is a natural inhibitor of UV rays of the Sun. Even if the glasses are clear like these safety glasses they’re 100% well
    did they ever say one percent 99.99% UV resistant. When the wind has died but the
    waves are still up what to do to take that terrible snapping slamming out of
    the main and the jib when you still have to sail? The best remedy that I have
    found is to use a snubber just like this anchor snubber that normally attaches to
    the chain. It can be looped around the boom of a mainsail and hooked back on to
    itself or a separate line can be tied around the boom and then the snubber
    attached to it or if the line is long enough on the outboard end of the
    snubber it can just be tied around the boom with two wraps and then tied with
    the bowline back on to itself and if you’re hanging out in Southeast Asia
    you’ll always see these old motorcycle inner tubes laying along the roadway.
    They may not be good enough to hold air but they’re great for shock absorbers
    whether at a docks or for taking that shock loading out of a sail while you’re
    still out at sea. So when we set up the shock absorber on this mainsail there’s
    a bail already on the boom its easy to attach to and it’s in a set up so when
    the shock absorber reaches its full extension then the mainsheet will take
    over the load. This certainly eases the pressure on the
    gooseneck and the sails. This shock absorber is set up on a Swan 53 and it’s
    so easy to set up the shock absorber on a Swan because there’s so many winches
    and cleats and all kinds of options to attach the bitter end to. Of course
    there’s a preventer tied to the other side of the boom. In this situation the
    shock absorber is set up as a jib sheet and once it gets to its full extension
    then the jib sheet takes over its loading in this light air it’s just nice
    to have a running pole, a lightweight running pole, to help hold out the jib so
    it doesn’t have such a throw for its movement. The outboard end of the pole is
    attached to a sacrificial loop of line that’s tied through the clew of the sail
    it also acts like a great hinge point and these light winds for my own use I
    just don’t see any sense in going through all the trouble to set up fore and aft guys and topping lifts. It’s just as easy to man handle these running poles and
    especially these smaller lighter what I would call whisker poles. In this
    situation the jib sheet is doing what it’s supposed to do but shock absorber
    is easing the vertical slamming on the sail and here you can see a close-up of
    the sacrificial loop of line to which the upward end of the running pole is
    attached to, so shock absorbers are a big help to save the sails, save the
    gooseneck, save the rigging, and also to ease all that terrible sounding noise. On
    the jib of Brick House and this is the clew of the jib and this is where the
    leechline used to be. iIt chafed through on this little cleat and we have no more
    adjustment, so if my problem is how to get the leechline
    out so I can tie a new piece to it and get us back in business again. So I cut
    just a tiny hole with a razor blade knife right through here being very
    careful not to cut the remainder of the leechline.Then I took this lighter
    and singed the threads so nothing would come unraveled. So now I’ll take my
    rigging knife and dig out that broken leech line and I’ll have about this much
    left to tie a new piece of line to, and get us back in business again. That was easy enough – sometimes you get lucky. On the staysail we had the
    same problem of a damaged leech line because of that cleat, but there, there was
    enough line exposed at the bottom of the pocket of the leech lines where I
    could grab it and pull it down and raise the sail up away from it and then clamp
    the leechline with vice grips the jaws of which were wrapped in tape so that I
    wouldn’t be biting through and breaking the leechline so that gave me enough
    exposed leech line to where I could tie it to a new extension and that was a
    much easier process getting us back in business. So I joined this Dyneema to the
    old leech line and I left a little extra here because there was a worn section in
    here I don’t want to risk tying to a bad area and having that break so I’ll shove
    this down it has a bit of stiffness to it and I can feel it coming down if I
    run into any snags and I can use a retrieving tool like this to shove up inside and grab the line and
    pull it down. But I think this is gonna work out okay. There it is, good
    I had a long pair of needlenose pliers I could have also stuck up in there to
    help pull it down. I’ll give myself plenty of line to come through… I don’t even
    like using this anymore because of that chafe factor. I’m gonna go around it and
    just use the eyes since we don’t really adjust the sail that much and I’ll give
    myself plenty of line. So I wrapped the new Dyneema extension through the eyes
    several times and then tied it off bypassing those terrible sharp jaws of the
    adjusting cleat. I don’t want to turn this into a destination YouTube channel
    but there’s just so many fun things that we get into I just feel like I need to
    show it to somebody… so I have a series of videos here that I’ve strung together
    and this shows our new friend Paul who showed us around his island and then
    took us for our sail in his dhow. This is the son of my sister …oh the son of your
    sister so your ‘nephew’. A cruiser had given Paul a solar panel and a 12 volt battery
    AND a single light bulb so he has enough power to also run some simple
    electronics. Very cool…look at the little kitten – a little snowball! How many kittens? Are there five? four? ONE? Meow Meow…Only one little baby hah? Better bring you back to your mommy before she misses you too much ha? This roof is made from palm..and the wood is for planking. Oh yeah…. This was the middle of the dry season so
    there wasn’t the waterfall that we had hoped for. But does the pig get smart yeah yeah yeah…and learn not to go…maybe he sees trap, and not to go yeah yeah yeah so maybe he see trap he see food but nah.. too dangerous…no
    no no no he like some food yeah because you you like some, you
    love some Rafia.( a flower seed) And how often do you catch pig? Maybe one or two weeks like this, they come in. Yes, On the first day, you make some seed and the pigs you come in to eat one day.
    ????///Oh ok… A Frenchman had been living on
    this island and went away for a couple of weeks at which time he died but while
    he was away a bad storm came along and washed his sailboat way up onto the sandy
    beach near the mangroves and it’s been sitting here now for several years. We had a fantastic fish lunch with rice
    and mango salad Singing… Thank you Paul for a fantastic day!

    SailAway 38 | Trading WINE for RUM and a SPARK PLUG | Sailboat Living Sailing VLog
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    SailAway 38 | Trading WINE for RUM and a SPARK PLUG | Sailboat Living Sailing VLog

    November 10, 2019

    this week on sale away we finally get
    our motor working yeah first try make her way to Marsh Harbor and complete
    race number two do you wanna say do you wanna say with me last week we competed in race
    number one and got a bullet and so far kick back in the cockpit for some drinks
    we’re just drinking wrong and collected the spoils of victory at the party at
    the Hope Town in after being plagued with outboard issues for several days we
    just happen to make friends with the motor boat moored next to us who just so
    happened to be a former owner of a Yanmar dealership and an expert on
    motors so they invited us over and took the entire carburetor apart and cleaned
    it finally diagnosing a bad sparkplug which they just happen to have on hand
    three hours late l yeah I feel bad we just didn’t have any
    open bottles of anything or not open bottles we gave them a $5 bottle of wine
    and they gave us what are you giving them something but
    everything that we have is open and and nobody wants my pink Moscato all right
    well you’re going to Marsh Harbour hopefully really soon because we gotta
    be out of here in one minute storm yeah you know people are like wait tonight
    I love it Seiler thing Bridgette thing
    you know that you’re gonna have trouble your life so you feel fun to try to help
    anybody that has any problem if you have anything
    healthy and hopefully everybody has just said
    well just you know please pay forward you can’t do it to the next person try to get the bottle of wine six o’clock which means it’s party time
    what are we doing instead just Little Hell editing mostly because that guy
    finally fell asleep at about 5:30 I’ve been sleeping well
    much just too much going on Ria’s feels really good though let’s see
    if we would make it there tonight we very possibly will not have a drink up
    here instead the bar was a little crowded for a
    two-year-old that hadn’t fully woken up yet so we decided to explore the island
    in search of food are we tonight for sure Oh colors by the sea come on colors bouncing we are taking
    over walk here and Zeke in search of groceries got off the dinghy dock over
    there it was one of the marinas mangos and went down to the little convenience
    store we have have anything other stuff it was real basic so he said about a
    mile down this way and there it is right there at Maxwell’s
    was a little more full-service store so we got back in the working dinghy with a
    working motor when we went on down to a different dock popped off and ask
    directions from this one and that’s what we’re going Maxwell’s the sweet well mission accomplished almost got
    some groceries second I pulled my phone out of my pocket
    I had somehow helped my thumb on the note with the list and deleted 3/4 of it
    and I’m in a hurry because we gotta get out of there by 10:00 drop our dinghy
    off at the dinghy rope-tow thing and get out to the start so couldn’t piss around
    too much but Maxwell’s place is really nice
    now let’s go walk the long road back to the dingy this is our current starting situation
    are you going f-fine a different song say nothing
    violet this paint once rain this face since the
    handicap ratings change every day they get hand-delivered right before the race
    starts with more storms rolling in at a crazy last-minute wind shift we got a
    horrible start which we unfortunately or fortunately didn’t capture so we found
    ourselves at the back of the fleet trying to play catch-up laughs so we’re still trying to catch up
    still got two legs to go occasionally rainy and blustery yeah so this is all
    part of the plan we do terrible in the second day we get our rating back we’ll
    see how that works out got one from you that’s all oh boy fella say ah saw but the ways but found tray Oh oh boy fellas she’ll never leave now I can it’s ringing boy fella said once out but the Sun you miss the cuddles buddy it’s how we
    retrieve our dinghy okay and then it was back to Guana grabbers
    for the awards ceremony and somehow after all the time corrections we
    actually ended up with a second-place finish trust me wait a minute now currently steward by manager we
    corrected to second by 29 seconds

    SailAway 13 | Gulf Streamin’ in a Sailboat | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog
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    SailAway 13 | Gulf Streamin’ in a Sailboat | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog

    November 10, 2019

    Our baby likes the jambalaya when its fed
    by grandpa with a spoon on the boat. Hey. After our final night in Florida at Adventure
    Yatch Harbor we made a short trip down the Ponce Inlet and out into the Atlantic. We angled out in to open water to catch the
    edge of the golf stream and settled in for a nice long down wind sail back to Charleston. We are leaving Adventure Yatch Harbor. We just got through the cut which is the one
    everyone talks about being shallow and tough to get through sometimes and it wasn’t too
    bad. The book says to hug the green side a little
    bit and just be careful where you exit and enter the cut, thats where the shollowing
    is. And it did get down to probably eight or nine
    feet on both ends and we’re almost at high tide so it would be about 5.5 feet at low
    so. Thats why we left at high. So we’re coming out of the Ponce Inlet, sometimes
    known as the New Smyrna Inlet, and right over here is, right there in the distance you’ll
    see the New Smyrna Lighthouse. Almost in the Ocean. Getting out our A sail. Just trying to figure it out. Despite the fact that we’d all flown numerous
    spinnakers, littlerly hundreds of times, this was only the second time for this one. It took a while to sort out the snakes wedding
    that came out of the bag. But soon we had her filled and flying pretty. Well, sometimes this is what a transit looks
    like. On the left is the line that goes straight
    to Charleston. Out there is the Gulf Stream. And our wind is real light right now, supposed
    to fill in later. So just kind of angling out into the Gulf
    Stream see if we can catch at least the edge of it. Give us some current and the wind should be
    better out there. Everybody’s just doing their chill thing. Baby’s napping in the V-berth. We put out a line just for fun and we think
    we caught something. Seems like its still on there. In case you haven’t figured this out, we don’t
    know how to fish. We don’t know how to fish at all. But we bought this fishing pole at Walmart
    and a few lures. Am I supposed to take it out of here? We don’t know what we’re doing. When we say we don’t know how to fish, we’re
    really not kidding so please by all mean any comments, any tips please put them below for
    us, we would really appreciate it. We’re not prepared. Oh it’s a fish, it jumped, it’s still alive. What are we gonna do with it though? It looks big. I feel bad. You feel bad? I think it’s a tuna. I’ve got needle nose pliers, we need a knife
    though to sever it’s spinal cord. We need the pointy knife, the filet knife. Thats a pretty good size, I think. Its a pretty fish. First fish I’ve ever seen caught. It looks a little bit like that, to me, Skip
    Jack Tuna? Yeah pretty much like that. It doesn’t have the lines down it though. Other names, Striped Tuna, Arctic Bonito,
    Oceanic Bonito. Not to most tastes. Better decide if we’re going to keep it or
    not. Unless we can figure out what it is really
    fast, which we’re not very good at we should just let it go. So let it go? yeah. See ya. Bye. We’ll have to do some research because we
    don’t know what we’re doing. Doing high 8’s sometimes 9 knots over ground. And it’s about 2 in the morning. Got good wind though. If only we could catch things. you’re just trying to get down my shirt. Whatever. Hopefully fish number two. We’ve got something on. So whatever it was, it was big. Judging by the bite pattern I’d say it was
    a great white. For sure. Fish on, breeze on, autopilot meh. Not doing so great. Is that it? We’re playing a game called don’t spill the
    jambalaya. Don’t spill the jambalaya. Smell delicious, gimbaling nicely. We’re in our home stretch here, got somewhere
    around 5 hours to go I would say. Humming along at about 6.5 knots with the
    wind behind us. And a lot of big waves coming in behind us
    and they sneak up on you in packs. Trying to turn the boat around. We had a great spinnaker run with them but
    then the wind got a little too strong for the spinnaker. Home soon. Our baby likes the jambalaya when its fed
    by grandpa with a spoon on the boat. Hey. Our baby likes the jambalaya when its fed
    by grandpa with a spoon on the boat. Hey. With the sun dropping lazily into the sea
    and the wind at our backs we knew we only had a few more hours until we reached our
    home port of Charleston but one thing we learned on this trip. Was that we want to be a whole lot closer
    to the sailing we like to do and we want to do a lot more of it. That lead to some pretty big decisions about
    our life in the coming months. Please take a moment to like and subscribe. And be sure to follow us on social media. Thanks for watching, Cheers!

    SailAway 63 |  Miami Boat Show Sailboat Tours!! | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog
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    SailAway 63 | Miami Boat Show Sailboat Tours!! | Sailboat Living Sailing Vlog

    November 10, 2019

    do you wanna say I wanna say Miami Boat
    Show yes the world-famous Miami International Boat Show and seeing as
    how we’d never been and we just visited a hunter 466 in Fort Lauderdale we
    couldn’t think of a better way to spend the rest of our day than looking at a
    bunch of boats we couldn’t possibly afford can we kick things off with what
    turned out to be some of our favorites would you know or lady rice is this while a lot of the
    newer boats seem to share a very similar style we just really particularly like
    the wood tones and overall design of the interiors of the Geno’s I’m pretty
    excited these pretty adequate pedram while she’s upstairs
    this oh where is my daughter no this is all the way across and it’s
    hydraulic for which is pretty tense go next was the Hylas 48 center cockpit
    for the tidy sum of eight hundred and forty five thousand dollars while the craftsmanship materials and
    build of the Hylas are undoubtedly top-notch understatement of the day we
    found that we just really weren’t into the layout of a centered cockpit boat
    works great for a ton of people just doesn’t use the space the way we would
    like it to oh yeah and it’s roughly $700,000
    outside our budget can you guys go through it again I
    complain he had different she’s this is a overwhelming boat show right
    here yeah that’s what a Marlo carpet looks like sadly the last we’d heard
    Marlo had put the hunter factory in Florida up for sale not sure what that
    means for hunter sailboats next up was the line of bennetto’s all beautiful one
    of which may have been the most expensive though we went on at the
    entire show $2,300 with that we were sitting on this Alexei’s has built-in mats up here
    already these steps it’s hard to find too many faults in a
    1.4 million dollar boat however with regard to their lesser votes that were
    priced within range of some mere mortals we kind of thought their sibling votes
    bide you know one of those points that’s huge
    that’s so cool you can just fold everything down covers over
    that’s just counters this man just like should I just look good
    follow my ass all right this is a pretty good-sized bedroom for me I think Lauren
    might have sleep someplace else but this Varitek and of course we did have to go
    check out a couple cats just to satisfy our curiosity we’ve actually sailed and
    visited quite a few really nice catamarans and have always just
    preferred monohull sailing traits that said they’re really comfy like with a
    home right okay there’s like a wing the west wing in the East Wing Bennett
    noise way let it get confusing are you in the East Wing I was last night we
    turn around 100 sure we’re allowed about we’re on the intranet category we just
    walked on a gangplank we just did it they’re sitting back there and they
    didn’t yell at us so this is a 51 the Vagabond I believe some 45 we did tour
    the inside as well but the owner was right there with us and we didn’t want
    to be those people phors I’ve been looking forward to
    seeing these as I was expecting the divorce were really sharp and pretty
    reasonably priced relatively speaking mostly how hot teak decks are flush draw
    a little it’s not like well the hottest and sure are pretty ugly I thought the new pores had a very racy
    sexy look about them on the outside and on the inside they were really
    comfortable and very sensibly laid out 56 for Cap’n that’s pretty rivers babe we’ll let him sleep inside
    take three let me a roll wait flattery like it froze up on that
    drum then like a single layer yeah we actually preferred the layout of the
    do 446 to the 56 sometimes it feels like designers just don’t know what to do
    with all the extra space in a bigger boat so they kind of try to get too cute
    with it 56 so we left the Miami Boat Show with our
    palates cleanse by all the glitz and glamour and feel and ready to start
    wrapping up our real search join us next week as we visit three more votes and
    make an offer on one as always thanks for watching and don’t forget to Like
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