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    Aquarius Boat tour – AMEL Super Maramu 2000 / Sailing Aquarius #21
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    Aquarius Boat tour – AMEL Super Maramu 2000 / Sailing Aquarius #21

    January 19, 2020

    Hello! I’m captain Ken and I’ll be your
    tour guide today Aquarius is an AMEL Super Maramu 2000 She is 53 foot long with a 15 foot beam Her main mast stands 60 feet and she draws about 6.5 feet She’s a ketch rig sailing vessel built in La Rochelle, France in 1999 About 490 Super Maramu’s were built between 1989 and 2005 And the hulls remain virtually identical
    throughout the production Aquarius is hull number 262. The millennium edition or Super Maramu 2000 was first built in 1998 Though there were some minor upgrades and features all Super Maramu’s most look almost identical In 2000 the Super Maramu 2000 was voted best boat of the Year by Cruising World AMEL has produced some of the finest sailing vessels and each year a high number of
    AMEL’s complete a circumnavigation In 1999 Aquarius then “Aquarius 4” completed her first circumnavigation with the original owners Jemp and Lony Their journey is well documented in a book written by Jean Pierre Frederick (Jemp) The book has detailed history about all destinations and hundreds of fabulous photos So if you speak German you should pick up a copy One of the coolest things about owning an Amel Super Maramu is you’re part of the community Some people call it the AMEL cult and maybe it is to a degree That said, if you have a problem
    with an AMEL you have a fairly large community to back you up in your time of need So come on aboard Zivile and I would
    like to show you around and show you some of the unique features aboard
    Aquarius You are on your own now! Let’s first take a look at the cockpit or the terrace as Jemp used to call it It’s time to get ready for lunch So I will set up a table and cushions The terrace is where we have most meals aboard Aquarius Our new cushions, bimini top and all of our covers aboard Aquarius were made by Shawn in Trinidad Shawn is the owner of Superb Sails and Canvas Works He’s located in the Power Boats facility in Trinidad, where we were hauled out Superb Sails and Canvas Works did an amazing job on our cushions, bimini top and all the covers aboard Aquarius We’ve also met a few other AMEL owners that’s had work done by Shawn and they were also very
    impressed with Shawn’s work So if you get to Trinidad and you have any canvas requirements – Shaun is your guy your Zivile said I went overboard but I love my
    padded winch covers So here we have our forward looking
    sonar And what it shows is what’s in front of us to about 45 feet and the depth And you can see that the depth is about 3.3 meters and fairly steady all the way out Next I would like to show you the bow thruster which is one of the really cool features on the Amel Super Maramu Without a bow thruster I wouldn’t be able to park in a marina But with a bow thruster I can make parking look easy Here we are just leaving Trinidad we at Cruise In And you can see that the boat turns on a dime. This cannot be done without a bow
    thruster To operate the bow thruster turn the bow thruster ON To drop the bow thruster you drop the bow thruster with this switch Make sure it’s unlocked and ON in the forward cabin before dropping it This is the bow thruster on the AMEL Super Maramu So I’m gonna unlock the bow thruster turn the bow thruster ON Bow thruster is now ready to operate You can test it by using the joystick Bring it up by pushing out the UP button
    till the red light comes on. Turn it off and then off Let’s take a close look at what moves Aquarius when there’s no wind or in tight places At our cockpit we have the engine start So if you want to start the engine just start the engine
    up just like any other motor rev up in neutral by pulling and if you want to go forward you just push it forward In the engine room the first thing you see is a TMD 22 Volvo Penta engine The hearth transmission which is hooked to her and then the top of the C drive The auto prop re-positions the blades for forward; reverse and when sailing their lowest drag With no wind and calm seas Aquarius will move forward at about 6.5 knots at 1,800 rpms and while doing this burned 3.6 liters per hour of diesel Sailing around the world you think more
    about longevity and less about speed A skeg hung rudder is less maneuverable
    and a bit slower than blades but I haven’t heard of any AMEL’s loosing a rudder Just ask SV Delos about the strength of AMEL rudder We have a Furuno chart plotter; 2 completely separate auto pilots We’ve got all of our wind instruments and our chain counter and we have a little garden here going Zivile is trying to garden The cockpit control panel houses the anchor wash switch; the windlass
    control switch also the main and Genoa control switches Will talk about sail control later now let’s look at the ground tackle aboard Aquarius We have 70 meters of stainless steel chain connected to a roll bar anchor weighing 30 kilograms Aquarius was fitted with a 1200 watt tigress windlass which can be operated from the bow or can also be operated from the cockpit I thought you might like to see what it looks like as the anchor is lifted from the bottom and brought back aboard Aquarius The anchor chain is housed in a
    watertight compartment in the bow you have access through the forward cabin Our secondary anchor is located in the
    port bow locker It’s identical to the first anchor except it’s 28 kilograms
    there’s also engraved with Aquarius Our third anchor is a 9 kilogram Fortress So now let’s take a look at the salon the salon is the main living quarters downstairs from the cockpit and again you’re gonna see a lot of the work that Shawn did on the cushions He did an amazing job and again if you’re in
    Trinidad look him up because he’ll do the same for you The guy is meticulous That is a washing machine this is actually a small
    one, but it can you can load a lot It has 4 kilos we got it when we bought the
    boat in January in Martinique and it works well All Super Maramu’s hold 1000 litres of water and you can check your water level using a mechanical float in the salon I love the way the door closes on Aquarius and what amazes me is that more boat manufacturers don’t steal some of those great innovations that Amell
    thought up Next up the 24 volt panel: 3 switches for the interior lights; The next 3: instruments and winches the batteries are very important on an AMEL and the battery monitor is something you look at every single day to see the battery level and whether it’s charging or
    discharging right now we’re looking good These are for the 2 refrigerators one is
    empty top left is the anchor light and to deck lights the knob is to illuminate the cockpit compass and the next 3 buttons are for the navigation lights this is the remote switch for the gas bottles next is the bilge pump there’s
    also a float switch in the bilge that’ll turn it on as well and last the fresh water pump that’s always on Next up to 220 panel so there’s the battery charger; the hot water heater the dishwasher; 3 air conditioning
    systems; the washing machine the compressor which is not hooked up and what else we got here? oh we got the plugs so you can plug things in. We’ve got the microwave oven We also have a 1600 watt inverter which makes 220 volt
    AC from our 24 volt house batteries We have a Dessalator water maker it makes about 50 liters per hour The water maker runs up 24 volts it burns about 14 amps while making water During a nice sunny day we can make water without even pulling from the batteries but during the night it’s best to start the generator so let’s start the generator. So let’s start the generator and we will show you how to start up the water making Generator started, looks great let’s start up the compressor You need to wait a few minutes at low pressure before you start to pressurize your membranes We will pressurize it for a few minutes. so after you pressurize
    the membranes takes about three or four minutes then the indicator light will
    show you have good clean water and then you turn the valve so that all the water
    goes into your holding tank Aquarius is making water and yes we – have a working
    dishwasher Here’s our chart table we’ve got a SSB with a proctor modem; our radar system; all of our wind instruments radio; the VHF Then we’ve got our GPS and a computer with all the charts for the world clocks; barometer; another clock so now we’ll look at the operation of our Furuno radar Take a look and see if we can what we see now we’re on 0.25 nautical miles and what we’re seeing here is we’re seeing the boat next door
    and we’re seeing 2 cats (catamarans) and then all the other boats and then the shore along here let’s show you what that looks like on the outside Moving aft from the chart table we enter the companion way Companion way: extra bedroom it’s not very isolated It’s a walk thru, but it makes sleeping still good. and actually this is a good place to sleep, because when the boat rocks this is the least one where you can feel the rocking Under the bed in the companion way you find the house batteries One of the cool features when you sleeping in this bed you can look up through the window
    and see the helm You also have to shut off valve for your diesel; your fuel gauge and your 24 volt shut down for your house batteries As we move aft from the companion way we enter the master suite OK master bedroom; our bathroom our bed; our desk and our closets. This is our closet so they are pretty big, we don’t even use them all it’s just as always
    half empty, but we have enough of everything I told to myself that I can have as many sunglasses as I want; and as many swimsuits as I want That’s my hidden stash 7. That’s it! I think I need a few pair of sunglasses Next up the forward suite This bed we can get much wider I think as wide as this there is a
    little table, we never use it so anyways and here also we have a very
    important thing for this boat is a bow thruster And it’s hiding here Let’s go up top now take a look on deck our first major modification was to add davits with 600 watts of solar we also put a wind generator on the mizzen mast our AB dinghy looks pretty good parked in it’s little parking spot along with a 9.8 Tahatsu motor the life raft is located on the rails near the stern on
    the port side. It’s easily deployed We walk around the back of the boat you see
    our swim ladder the dinghy motor crane 600 watts of solar on our davits a throw tool for a man overboard that’s that yellow horseshoe there and what we hope to never use is the life raft Oh, that’s the antenna for the Iridium GO we have a yoga mat and we even have a yoga master omm… And the last room that we’re going to
    take a look at is the engine room and that is under the terrace We’ve already looked at the engine but let’s look at the rest of the stuff in the engine compartment our bilge and our bilge pump is down in here and on an original Super Maramu there was only one seawater intake and that would be this one right
    here that one is currently supplying both: the engine and the Onan (generator) exhaust coolant it supplies both heads and it supplies the chain wash One more seawater intake added by Jemp and this one here supplies the
    air-conditioning with the seawater cooling We also have 2 Racor fuel filters We’ve got our water heater; we’ve got the
    7 kilowatt Onan GenSet the 100 amp 24 volt charger we have a 1600 watt
    24 volt to 220 AC converter We have our accumulate right over here. We have our
    chain wash pump right here This is our desalinator pump, high-pressure pump these 2 pumps here are for both toilets: front and aft we have the filters for the desalinator here our membranes for our desalinator This is a 24 volt pump, which supplies
    all the fresh water on the boat These 2 pumps here are saltwater pumps. One
    of them supplies the air conditioning and this pump here will supply the
    coolant for the exhaust on the Onan Because Jemp decided it was too difficult
    to change the impeller on the Onan now if that pump goes bad we just change it and I have extra onboard 600 liters stainless steel fuel tank OK now it’s time to put Aquarius in the water and see how she sails Ok now let’s do a little bit of
    downwind sailing right now we have our Genoa out on port it’s poled out we also have a pole for the ballooner We pulling up the balloon now it’s going to
    lock in up top Now I want to show you another cool feature of AMEL’s the ballooner locks to the top with this little mouse note that there’s two
    tracks right next to each other right there now the mouse goes up the track
    and then it locks at the top with that little indent once it’s locked to the top and pull the halyard out so that you don’t have an extra halyard at the top of your mast so remember there were two tracks right next to each other one is for the ballooner and the other is for the other mouse but this mouse is a little
    different: this mouse doesn’t have the little indent this mouse goes up the track to free the other mouse bringing down the ballooner after we get the ballooner in place and lock it up, we drop the halyard Downwind sailing is fairly simple: you put your ballooner up and if the wind starts picking up you can actually furl your ballooner right over your Genoa So you can have as much or as little sail area out as you would like And you don’t need to leave the cockpit to furl your sails in, so everything is done inside the cockpit if you look close right now you can actually see that we’re letting out more sail Here is an AMEL flying a mizzen ballooner, which is similar to a Genoa on the mizzen. OK finally we let the cat out of the bag! Jemp had an asymmetrical spinnaker made for Aquarius. It’s the Luxembourg flag and we’ve got the chance to fly it when Jemp was there. He loved it! Now we got everything going! Yeah, we had some light air so I threw up all the sails to see what you could do Let’s look at how to operate the mizzen.
    That’s the outhaul, that’s the mizzen sheet and this is the furler And at the back you see the mizzen traveler Here I’m gonna show you how to take the mizzen
    out Pull it back in. Everything is done inside the cockpit, so you’re safe throughout the process Our sails are all made by Q sails and Q sails was the company I picked because Q sails only needed my hull number and they could make sales that fit perfectly Because I wanted just stock AMEL sails. I didn’t want anything special I’ve been so happy I picked Q sails to make our sails Now let’s talk about the main. The main sheet is on the mizzen mast, inside the cockpit You can tighten or loosen the main from the cockpit and it’s on electric winch Now let’s head out to the main mast. You can see the electric motor for the outhaul This is for the furler and here you can see the traveler sheet And you adjust the traveler from inside
    the cockpit. Yep, that is the main halyard right there Here’s the main outhaul. And here’s the main furler To take out the main first you have to be headed directly in to the wind. So with 2 buttons and inside the cockpit pull out the main So we’re taking out the main and Zivile looks very proud Now let’s look at the Genoa controls: the furler; the port winch and the starboard winch All right, you guys ready? Yep. All right,
    coming out O, oh! Stuck! OK, I’m gonna lock it in move over to my hand Just outside the cockpit you have the
    adjustment for the Genoa leads you can move them forward for downwind sailing or you move them back if you’re going up wind Aquarius has a very long track Long track longer track…. Hey where are you going? That’s it!

    Most FAMOUS Beach in Greece – Family boat life unplugged  (Ep. #14)
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    Most FAMOUS Beach in Greece – Family boat life unplugged (Ep. #14)

    January 19, 2020

    Yeah, we made it to an other paradise Hey Sailors, come with me and have a look. Look this beautiful color we are here in a very famous beach. Probably one of the most know beaches in Greece no worries, there are roads too to arrive there are cars, motorhomes but arriving by boat no other boats arround, look perfect for some foto shootings nord west of Kefalonia you can find the famous Myrtos Beach the beach has a reputation do be one of the best worldwide they promote this beach in several magazines to be one of the most spectacular ones, worldwide Myrtos got rated top for it’s cleanliness and it’s natural beauty it’s crystal clear water and it’s turquoise blue water it’s very impressive cliffs and it’s vegetation are the mark of this beautiful beach don’t be disappointed, you can arrive by car or motorhome too you can arrive by road from where you can also look the beauty of this beach that is prox. one kilometer long yes, here are turles you ll need to jump, if no one can give us a hand there will be people, otherwise you jump, Atl. I help you? ok, I’ll do it Captain I’ll do it, captain What we ll eat? Lot’s of salads… I don’t have cucumber, but it’s taste is good let’s see what we ll eat the tabule from here it’s kind of thick Lou, do you like it? Yes… I love the tabule. and salads… What? some naked couples there naked? yes… don’t look, cover your eyes what a place! here they did a part of pirates of the caribbean now we are the pirates fo the caribbean we arrived just stones, I help you? just stones, and I let him wow, just stones what a surprise all this stones never been on a beach with just stones you don’t get dirty, no sand… who makes the best stone cake? 3,4,5,6,7,8, 9!, Bravo! now 10, this will be the highest what did you learned? Never stop believing in yourself learn what skills you need to do it look dad, looks like a tree this place has something terapeutic. laying here on the stones stones, more gravel to feel the warm of them on your body, super relaxing. never been on a beach like this listen do music and relax you feel the waves on your feets you can move the toes over the gravel water is not so warm, 29 degrees, 30 degrees. ok, more like 29 degrees celsius I’m used to my mexican caribbean temperature. So everything below 33 degrees, feels cold but it’s ok it’s very very relaxing to be here on the gravel a complete natural spa treatment time to go, back to we will not we will move away for the night the anhorage in the bay was not very protected so we will finde a bay that offers more protection I can tell you. Sometimes when the boat is rolling a lot it’s very uncomfortable to sleep. very strong we are looking for a calm night, no?

    Pour & Tour – Tour of the BEST Sailboat Interior!! [New Boat]
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    Pour & Tour – Tour of the BEST Sailboat Interior!! [New Boat]

    January 17, 2020

    this is your warning this video contains
    content that might not be appropriate for all audiences it’s finally here the
    tour video we’re about to show you the boat that we just bought and I just want
    to give a little bit of precursor to all of our og fries that just because we
    bought a fancy as fuck yacht doesn’t mean that we’ve changed like the channel is
    still gonna be a dirtbag cruising channel do you want this martini dry, Bee yeah that’s fine I mean, nothing has changed we’re still this mmmmm same channel Welcome to Pickle’s tour and pour, pour yourself a drink and join me for a couple While I do a walk through of our new boat so this is a pilot house I guess, should I say what the boat is? yeah
    okay our new boat is a Rumba 41 it’s a French yard built cruising sloop with
    the keel down and it draws eight feet which it’s currently a suck down, but when that
    bitch comes up we draw two and a half feet and that is pretty slick okay so
    galley You’re just going to have to speak up a little bit because of the waves out here okay galley here we are at the galley part of this little boat I think this is where I do all my good work Breena’s not allowed in here in our galley side-mounted galley portside obviously
    we have a three burner stove, gimbled nice Two basin sink it’s alright we’re still
    working through that We have a fresh water on a 12 volt pump
    system on this boat which is kind of exciting although it already broke once and it and I imagine it will break many many times in future the storage in our boat is
    ridiculous because it’s giant and aluminum with very few bulkhead so anything
    that is hidden behind cabinetry is this open space and thus far we filled up
    with plastic bags and rum What else we got in here Got his cool spice rack Got this
    lovely spice rack where everythings hidden secure and not rocking around no
    clutter Breena doesn’t have to see it which is great I think I don’t have to hear about it
    this is our first boat that came with safety features such as don’t blow your
    boat up propane equipment where it sounds off if your boats going to blow up and it hasn’t sounded off yet and that’s great and you can push buttons and Boop on off
    like that the water tankage in the boat is two sixty gallon tank so you have 120
    gallons total they are filled in the boat not outside the boat
    I think that’s a clever design feature because then it’s like that’s less
    plumbing and less pipes to deal with also I don’t want to install it so I’m
    gonna say it’s a good design you may notice all the windows up in here no, it’s not a greenhouse we’re a pilothouse it does get hot as shit in here though I guess the idea is that at one point we could put a
    steering station in or we could use a little Beep, beep, beep Raymarine thing and drive from in here with our fancy ass cocktails around you poor peons if I put in a steering
    station we’d be destroying Breena’s lovely desk and office which is currently
    a nav station don’t mind the woodwork that’s getting fixed we’re tuning that up here this week nice big nav station lots of electrical
    things you can play with and touch they’re all in French so mostly we don’t
    know what they are but Pompe means pump know that! that’s true things that
    operate these don’t work but this is working which is great we can call our
    friends batteries are toasted our battery bank is 600 amp hours AGM which
    currently we have about maybe 25 amp hours because they’ve been sitting for
    five years and just getting fried by the solar that’s gonna be updated also we’re
    gonna do a lot of update videos oh you may notice this is where all our water storage is which is a nice midship design nice and low everything
    is brand new poly big fan of that no more rotting aluminum
    tanks like flapjack K not flapjack it’s not rotting it’s fine
    inside of this big spot here is in our center board trunk so like I said before
    this boat is a centerboard boat which is great when it works and when it doesn’t work it’s awful currently we’re drawing 8 feet but um so once I get that thing to swing up it will hide in this case I know we draw 8 feet because Breena hit the ground at seven five seven
    six and five feet so at least it bumps up so that’s good if you were to open this you’re going to see a giant aluminum trunk and has a viewing station where you can see if
    the center board is up or down which I think is a very clever design for
    this particular boat the pivot point is above the waterline so there’s no
    leaking concerns maybe you should mention the squeaking floors now what squeaking floors? The boat is currently squeaking a lot and I think that may be due to the thin plywood but we’re gonna remedy that but it’s
    very very nautical maybe that could be like a drinking game for the people at home since it is a tour and pour if you did that every time this fucking thing
    squeaks you would fucking die our boat is set up with dual heads
    which is fancy, I know. there’s an aft, we’re gonna get to the aft
    but there’s an aft living quarters with it’s own head which has the Jabsco that pumps
    directly out there’s no holding tank then to be in compliance with all the
    safety standards and Coast Guard stuff we have a composting toilet right here in
    the middle midship it’s all right, spacious stirrups it’s like you’re at the
    gynecologist we went with the solarium theme again some more poly up here keeps
    light in here which is nice 80s motif with the colors nice nature’s head
    not my favorite toilet if you’ve watched our videos before the whole one go back and do it don’t buy this toilet it’s already here though we’re going to use it pressurized water all
    led, throughout the boat led led led LED batteries dead still let’s go to the dining room, is it called the dining room? Settee? Is that right? I have no idea I think main salon, saloon, salon
    C’mon, Bee! here’s the main this is the action room
    It’s what we call at least right now, this is the main salon of our boat we have this rustic no nautical? Nah, Weathered, yeah this weathered table this is the upgrade to when it was nice lots of seating
    again storage storage storage storage storage
    underfloor storage we could like pack people in here if we had to we’re not a slave ship though we’re not gonna… cut that, cut that This is where we keep our flags
    because we’re gonna be traveling so many goddamn countries
    we have them all available at any time any any moment I can be like I’m in Cuba nope I’m in Mexico now nope, that’s a quarantine flag that’s not gonna work But you’re gonna need that for both
    Cuba and Mexico being a cruising of a fine
    standard that she is she has hand holes everywhere so you can stagger through
    the boat and not look too drunk at all points. See. we’re still gonna Bee don’t worry the hodge podge of cool electronics got an EPRIB it’s pretty slick
    Raymarine system storing all our goodies up here such as spots radios
    flashlights things bearing compasses we don’t use one downside of the boat is
    that it has its original engine which is the Perkins 4108 which is a great
    motor when it was installed in 1983 being 2020 now, is that right? probably due for an update
    you’ll see many videos of me wrestling loving and hating that motor
    moving on. Forward or Back? oh hey I know you’re like this is a
    different boat no this is still the front of my boat this is our lounge area
    right now I think right now it’s technically a seating nook or a reading nook but when
    I get to it we’re gonna put a fuckin sweet LED screen here have a gaming
    station yeah that has more storage more storage tools, spares and other things of the like Breena got this wind scoop at the swap meet and got hustled for 30 bucks
    still kinda mad about it moving on used to be a first-aid kit didn’t have any first aid now we hide our money in it don’t tell anybody when we sold the car we put like
    $3,000 in Quetzales in there. they don’t need to know that. but it’s a good story though, alright fine. Moving on
    Wanna go to the shop first I’m more excited about the shop but the bedrooms pretty cool
    Hey welcome to the bedroom, this is where it all happens This is the first time in our sailing career that we’ve had a door between our bedroom and the
    living quarters actually this is the first time in our relationship, sweetheart first time in our relationship other accommodations besides boats
    it’s pretty nice, I can like sneak out and make some coffee Breena’s got a little space back here a little privacy a nice square bed love that got a library over here got a
    shit ton of fans keep that air moving through here cool down Breena nice I
    installed this fan which is for better or worse I think a good idea for now
    until it goes to shit but I installed it so that it sucks out of the hatch in
    your face but if it gets rained on it’s kind of so I installed it where it’s kind
    of out of the way of the rain but I think worth the potential disaster of it being
    ruined Breena and myself each have our own
    lockers Breena decorated hers like she’s in high school very adorable I think I did
    not do that – just clothes Books
    we don’t read much but you could put books in there I think you put soap and shit in here, I’m not really sure what would you put in that, like spare change don’t bring any spare change on this boat you’ll ruin my boat because our boat is aluminum it has the potential of galvanic corrosion issues
    such as if you bring pennies on the boat and drop one in the bilge
    you will melt my boat about a hole that big and it will be about $4 grand so when you come on the boat you have to put all your change in jar which I spend
    on beer so it’s kind of a dual purpose system you don’t ruin the boat and you buy me beer it’s delightful two sets of hooks we can put bathrobes double bathrobes
    now your fav now my favorite part of the boat should we go to the back first I’ll
    just save that for the end it’s confusing then yeah we’ll go to the front I have a
    shop which is pretty sweet got a full bench vice lots more storage shits keep
    my tools in keep my mess in here which we’re still working on keep all my lines
    over here keep my work shit for when we actually gotta go get paid cuz this doesn’t pay anything put that down here later on we’ll fly out, go get paid, come back
    talk you guys again. chain lockers up front it’s kind of tiny you gotta
    like knock the chain down when we anchor but it’s sufficient but you know you want more
    shop space so that’s understandable it’s great don’t have to clean it up so it’s
    like normally in our tiny boats our other boats or probably your a boat
    like when you want to get to something you have to destroy the whole boat
    but here I can have all my tools and all my toys out and I like here’s a project
    I started today still out I’ll decide when that goes away whenever I want
    I got drawers yeah got slide out things here keep things like this is for my
    kick up rudder we’re gonna talk about later hang out up here I can make it
    like a cocktail shop lounge have friends they can sit here I got full
    120 I got DC I could make a test bench here if I wanna like test a motor in my
    vice because that’s what one does the shop’s essential I think people focus too much on the
    beds in the boat shop first then focus bringing people aboard best room
    room in a boat, do you understand that’s weird okay we should top this off ahhhhh ready? K, here we go moving aft should I show the engine, you wanna meet her yeah show it Since Tarka is a one-off boat meaning she
    was kind of designed and built by a yard for a particular person and what their
    needs are someone took a lot of care and time into making a lot of engine access
    with this decrepit old engine I am appreciating more and more if we had a newer engine I probably wouldn’t give a shit There is our old tractor engine everyone keeps telling me these fucking things are in every tractor in the world and thus far
    I can’t find any parts for it but I’m sure someone will write me saying that you
    can find parts everywhere you can open it here you can open the side you can open . the back gives you great access to get oiley continuing on wait but now we have to get all that shit that’s back there and put it up here Can’t we just have it dirty? I guess so, just precursor it well, they do yeah they do
    remember what Peter Mikenon said backgrounds are one of the easiest
    things to change to manipulate to make your videos look so much better I see a
    lot of people just filming in their kitchens or their living rooms and
    there’s nothing wrong with those specific areas of your home but it’s
    like a lot of those places have junk in the background or like the couch is not
    put together there’s dishes in the sink and sometimes it’s just cleaning those
    things up make your backgrounds so much better he’s not watching this shit Come on. Fine all right here we go
    going back gotta kinda duck so our aft quarters set up with this cute
    little writing nook I assume this boat was made for children to be onboard so this is like a homeschool station you can like write letters to your
    family and things whatever you want to do back here we are storing food
    currently in your closet if you come visit us you don’t get a closet
    inverter AC side breakers for the inverter and other things like that
    solar setup the bed is split up because we don’t want you guys getttin too frisky
    back here so we divide you in two places under me is our battery bank which we
    discuss off the top of my head I think it’s 600 amps, but that could be wrong but
    it’s nothing now because it doesn’t work so once we get new batteries they’ll go back
    in here, AGM so you don’t die there’s no off gassing back there more cabinet
    no if you were to stay you could use those cabinets potentially we’ll discuss the
    terms and conditions of your stay so this trunk here is the skeg that goes
    in front of the rudder and the idea is that it’s protected and then it’s a
    dagger board style where it slides up and so we can kick the rudder up and then
    slide this up and then sneak into a very shallow place where only tiny boats can be but we can have all this dope ass space if you were to enjoy our accommodations
    you’re welcome aboard you got a private head back here well not now that’s
    a communal head now but if we were to use the front head this would be your head
    standard Jabsco head pumps directly out for when offshore or out of
    do not do quotations marks people are gonna get pissed whatever uma did that whole thing no, i know people got pissed its a head it pumps out do what you please
    with that that’s fine I mean the point is two heads pretty dope same motif not
    attractive nice molding though oh you probably know no showers there’s no showers you have to deal with that somewhere else some other direction do I Iook sweaty and hot alright good so it’s accurate anyway if you enjoyed the tour and pour and I hope you joined along and had a good time if we’re gonna throw a number out, say 50 comments fuck it if we get 50 comments I’d love to do another drunken
    tour of the top deck and I can show you all the cool shit up there also the
    cockpit which is very interesting I’d encourage you to put a comment down
    there’s a lot of cool shit show the boat, yeah sounds good
    you say show the boat in a comment or say whatever you want I will be glad to do
    this again and also I enjoy martinis early in the afternoon
    oh if you’re wondering why these assholes got this boat you can check out
    the link I think above or below wherever Breena puts it we have a whole story behind the history of the boat and where it came from and why we love it so much
    check it out yeah also leave a comment there don’t say show the boat do a
    different comment there we’d love to hear from you guys and see what you guys
    think about our new home cheers folks glad you came along I hope you love the boat as much as I do but that’s not true because I love this boat
    a lot and I doubt that but yeah thanks comin along


    ep 1 – Moving Aboard My First Sailboat

    January 17, 2020

    TRAVELING WITH THE WIND – The Series Moving Aboard My First Sailboat There is nothing better than having
    dreams and trying to make them happen. And I remember I was 6 or 7 years old when I’ve seen the first movie about sailing. And since then, I’ve always wanted to sail on the blue ocean. Well after 25 years, I kind of forgot about my dream and most of the times… when is the right time, when you forget about your dreams, the dreams are coming back to you. And it just happened, that when I less expected it, I ended up buying a sailboat. There is no way I can describe the feeling when I’ve seen the sailboat coming towards me, Thinking that I’m gonna see her in the water, and I get to sail her. And of course there’s no way I can describe the feeling when I was on the boat, and the boat was in the water, and the only thing that I had in my mind was… How I’m gonna get her back to Miami ? Because I never sailed in my life, I had never been on a sailboat either. At least not by myself. I spent a week now, onboard the sailboat… I came to Glades Boat Yard, I put her down in the water, It was a lot of cleaning to do, since it was stored for one year so… I’m still going to work a lot on her because I want to do some changes so she’s going to fit me The way the way I need everything. But it’s really fun. And a few days ago, I actually went out sailing. I was actually waiting for my registration paperwork to be finished, And because I was not really supposed to have the boat in the water… I just went for a little bit, down here on the canal. And I came back close to the dock sailing… and it was such an amazing feeling to put the sails up… I just wanted to make sure everything works fine, and trying to figure out how to set everything. Because I had no idea, I’ve never sailed in my life. But the guys from here, my my two friends Scott and and Jacob… One day they just told me “man just go out and put the sails up and see how it works for you”. I was a little bit afraid on the beginning, thinking that oh my God how I’m gonna do it ? I’ve never done this before, so I was just sitting here outside drinking water, looking at the water. And it was a really nice sunny day, I saw the wind it’s getting stronger. So I’m like, that’s it I’m going out sailing. So I just untied the boat from the dock and I went down with the motor and on the way back I put the mainsail. And… God it was such an amazing feeling. And now I’m really excited about the trip back to Miami. Because I’m really tight on money and tight on the gas, as I didn’t bring too much with me. So I have do everything very limited, but I have to get there fast. Because I got a lot of other stuff to do as well so… But now let me show you the boat a little bit. The sailboat was a 26 feet Grampian Marine built in Canada in 1970. GLADES BOAT STORAGE So it’s about 11 in the evening, getting ready for the tomorrow’s trip… I’m gonna have to wake up in a little bit, at about 4 in the morning. It’s gonna be a big adventure, we’re gonna wake up at 4 and get ready. We’re first sailing to West Palm Beach. I have two more other sailboats and we live all together. There are my friends that I met here at the boatyard in Glades. And they’ve been helping me out to learn how to sail the the sailboat… And fix and put everything back together the way it should be. Well… slowly slowly we’re getting some distance from the Glades Boat Yard ( storage )… Slow… We want to go together… Because my friend Scott, his engine doesn’t work, so he is tied up to my other friend…. Jacob. The one with the bigger boat. So we gotta go slow. I don’t know how long my engine it’s going to work because it’s overheating. But until now, everything seems to be fine, I don’t know for how long. Well… I guess someone forgot about their boat. Well from time to time I gotta stop and turn off the engine and cool it down a little bit, because it keeps
    overheating. I took a one hour break earlier, and now it’s time to go again. It’s time to catch from behind my friends Jacob and Scott. They’re really slow because both of their boats are tied together. Scott’s engine doesn’t work so… We thought if mine will create any problems, I will have to tie my boat to Jacob’s boat as well. For now everything seems to be fine… for now. And pretty soon we’re gonna go under the More Haven’s bridge. I’m using my legs to drag the boat by the way… This is exciting… My phone battery dies, so I will not film too much. I’m a little strict because the USB charger on the boat doesn’t really work. And it doesn’t want to charge my iPhone for some reason. But I’ll try to film as much as I can. And let’s see what we’re going to have at the end. Wow…. perfect fit. Allright… now it’s time to take care of the business. And get ready for the locks. I was looking now again on the video while I was editing, And I remember how beautiful it was sailing on the canals, and what a quiet place… And the beauty of the sunset, or the beauty of the sunrise, all the birds and… such a quiet place. I was motoring actually, so it was really noisy, but still that peace that gives you inside… It was absolutely amazing. ( Jacob and Scott talking in the background ) So I remember those two weeks that I stayed in the boat yard, Because the old owner told me that the engine is overheating, I ended up cleaning the engine a little bit, and checking the oil, cleaning up the carburetor… And I had a quick look on the thermostat of the engine, and everything seemed to be fine. But I did a few runs up and down the canal with the boat running the engine. And once in a while it was turning off. So I was thinking it’s overheating ( as I was told it does ) Then later on to realize that the problem was actually the hose that goes to the gas pump. And somewhere I was actually getting air, and the gas was not going to the engine. And that was what was making the engine stop. So we actually end up going coming all the way to Miami without any problems after that, after I fixed that little problem. ( guitar playing in the background ) So we made it to West Palm Beach, we’ve been to many other beautiful places but… I couldn’t really record anything because the battery from my DSLR was absolutely dead. And I think I managed to take some pictures here and there, That I will probably post them on on the blog. But I used the phone with the Google Maps, just so I can see exactly where we’re going. And I didn’t really recorded anything with the phone because I was trying to save battery as well. And I remember I got really excited when we started coming down the ICW, And it was a bit dangerous too because we had a few spots where we actually grounded. And imagine that I was actually towing two more boats behind me so… So when we made it to Fort Lauderdale it was an absolutely amazing feeling because I was tired… I was exhausted, I just wanted to come closer to Miami. ( radio noise in the background ) So finally after 25 years, I managed to get a sailboat. It’s absolutely amazing, the feeling that you have when… When something you used to dream about, it happens to become a real thing. So I had to leave the sailboat for seven months after that, and I left her anchored at the Miami Yacht Club. And I was working on one of the cruise ships that comes to Miami. And I used to come once in a while, probably like once every two three weeks… And have a look on the boat, take out the bilge water, but it just happened that… I got busier and busier and I used to come less and less to the boat, because I didn’t had the time. Until at some point when we actually moved with the cruise ship to Charleston so… So after that the boat was absolutely alone, with no one to take care of her for about two more months.

    It’s the Gulf of Mexico! | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 32
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    It’s the Gulf of Mexico! | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 32

    January 14, 2020

    – On the other side of
    that wall is salt water. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] That’s a crazy looking ship with a helicopter landing pad on its roof. – Feels like we’re comin’ home. – Oh my God. All right, let’s go
    find our mast (laughs). – We can sail again! (upbeat music) Last time on Sailing Soulianis, we showed you our typical
    routine traveling down the river. That routine wouldn’t last long though, as we left you all with a little
    over a hundred miles to go before reaching the end of our journey from freshwater to salt water. – [Kirk] Okay so where are we? – We are at the last lock, on the other side of
    that wall, is salt water. – [Kirk] Brackish water. – Same thing. (Kirk laughing) – It’s salty right? – [Kirk] It’s prolly a little salty. – Yeah, I mean, it’s salty water, let’s put it that way, it’s salty water. Look at that, it has no wheels. – [Kirk] Lauren is fascinated
    by the no wheeled bollard. – It doesn’t squeak at all. – [Kirk] Yeah, it’s pretty cool, check out the setup we have goin’ on here. We’re usin’ out spinnaker tie-down spot combined with our
    miniature little deck cleat to form a nice little U midship. – And a virtually maintenance-free, oh that’s not right, a virtually, what’s the word I’m looking for? – Effortless?
    – Effortless. locking situation (laughs). I haven’t had my breakfast yet. – [Kirk] You’s good at da words. – (laughs) yeah. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] Ah, the sky. (upbeat music) – We’re almost to the ocean! (upbeat music) – [Kirk] That’s a crazy looking ship with a helicopter
    landing pad on it’s roof. Either that or it’s a spaceship
    teleportation station. (upbeat music) Wow, to be able to pick
    up a tow like that, those tires are taller
    than that truck next to it. (upbeat music) Holy crap! Lauren it’s the Gulf of Mexico! That’s the ocean! (Lauren laughing) (laughs) that’s the ocean! – Kirk that’s the ocean. – That’s the ocean. All the way from fresh
    water to salt water. From Michigan, to the Gulf of Mexico. We made it! – Feels like we’re comin’ home. I know we’ve never been here,
    and it looks weird right now, I shouldn’t say weird, it looks industrial and not like home at all. Looks completely uncomfortable
    and scary, but out there, just beyond that horizon, is palm trees, beaches, clear blue water, warm temperatures, that’s all I got. – Lauren. – Kirk. – We’re gonna be a sailboat soon. – Yay! – That’s a big old mound of water. (upbeat music) We are just about to pull into the marina that has been holding our
    mast for the past month, to be reunited so that we can
    turn back into a sailboat. That’s a sweet boat. (Lauren laughing) – [Lauren] I took off the
    microphone to shoot photos but, – That’s okay. – [Lauren] Tell me how
    happy you are right now. – So happy right now. We’re gonna have a beautiful sunset, then we’re gonna get a nice cool rain, which is gonna kill all the bugs, they’re all gonna go
    away, every one of ’em. We just washed all the salt, and dirt, and Mississippi mud, no, Tennessee mud off the boat. Drinking a boat beer. Stoked. – [Lauren] Oh hi boat. – I am a happy chappy. – [Lauren] Well the rain
    did come that first night, and the second night, came the snow. – [Kirk] Oh my God. (ice crunching) – Morning.
    (Kirk laughing) you like the snow? – [Kirk] This is kind of messed up. – [Emily] Yeah. (ice crunching) – Snow and palm trees,
    this is really strange. It does make it feel
    sorta Christmasy though, which is kinda cool. – [Lauren] By the third day,
    most of the snow was gone. – [Kirk] Where are we headed? – We’re gonna go see our mast. – We’re on the most southern
    part of our journey thus far, and it is the coldest. (Lauren laughing) Oh look it, there’s
    Mike and Cindy leaving. – [Lauren] Oh yeah. – All right, let’s go find our mast. – [Lauren] (laughs) someone’s happy. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] There she is. – We can sail again! She doesn’t look too bad love. – [Kirk] No, everything’s
    still all wrapped up. – [Lauren] Yeah. (upbeat music) – [Kirk] Cool, think we’re gonna remember how to put everything back together? – That remains to be seen, that’s a big question mark. I mean you took a lot of photos, right? – [Kirk] No you were taking the photos! – Oh right (laughs). – [Kirk] You took a lot of photos, right? – Yeah, but you took a bunch before we even left Wisconsin I thought. – Mmm not really.
    – Mmm. Yeah I took a bunch of photos. – [Kirk] Okay. (Lauren laughing) – We have four days until we’re scheduled to have our mast re-stepped. What do we have to attach to
    it before it actually goes up? – [Kirk] Our wind vane, our
    VHF, and our wind indicator. – Oh that’s it? – [Kirk] Well, and all
    the halyards and stuff. And I also want to figure out if we can put a different block up here for running our spinnaker
    halyard internally. So yeah, we got some work to do. Jeez I almost forgot about our boom. (laughs) that’s an important piece, that’s over here. – It looks perfect.
    – Yeah. All right well, at least it’s all here. – Yeah. – [Kirk] Look at that, that’s pretty good. – Yeah.
    – They put foam over the whole thing.
    – All the way over, yeah. – [Kirk] Well, I think we
    did a pretty decent job. – Yeah, yeah look at
    this carpet on the end. (knocking) (Kirk laughing) The sun feels good.
    – Yeah. – In this 40 degree temperatures. – [Kirk] Shall we get breakfast? – Breakfast, I’m hungry.
    – And the mast. – Breakfast and mast. – Sunday morning mast. (Lauren laughing) So, I’m going to be
    unwrapping our mast here, gettin’ everything ready to
    get put back on the boat, get it re-stepped. We’re gonna maybe do a few upgrades. We’re gonna look at
    replacing our mast headlight with an LED, and our
    deck light with an LED. And then we’re also going to try and get the halyard for the
    spinnaker run internally. But first things first, we
    gotta get this thing unwrapped. ♪ And I don’t know ♪ ♪ What to say ♪ ♪ What to say to you ♪ (upbeat music) ♪ It’s always sunny where ♪ Well I got everything off, and I still have all the rigging tied up ’cause I need to come
    back with the spreaders, and all the other tools and
    things to get everything sorted. She looks okay, not
    too worse for the wear. ♪ So bright so bright ♪ ♪ You can stare at the sun ♪ ♪ You can tell me anything you like ♪ The next day we gave the mast a good bath. We used soapy water and Simple Green, and ran the entire length
    of each stay as well. We wanted to make sure we got
    the mast as clean as possible because we weren’t sure
    when we were gonna have an opportunity like this again. After the bath, it was time to install the new exit sheave for
    our spinnaker halyard. – That’s going to be the
    end of that basically, so I’m gonna put a hole there, – Mmhm.
    – And then I’m gonna cut, – Oh that entire,
    – Yeah. – [Lauren] You’re basically
    cutting a giant almond shape, – [Kirk] Hole, yeah. All right just watch
    the, there’s gonna be, (drilling) – [Lauren] Holy hell Kirk. You’re cutting a hole in our mast. – Cut a big hole in the mast. (Lauren laughing) – Yeah, it’s a little scary. (drilling)
    (upbeat music) – [Lauren] Look at that,
    brand new VHF antenna, pretty snazzy. ♪ You can stare at the sun ♪ ♪ You can tell me anything you like ♪ ♪ I’ll take you away to the sunshine ♪ – [Kirk] After completing the work on the lower part of the mast, we had to install an identical
    exit sheave at the top. ♪ You can tell me anything you like ♪ (upbeat music) So, when you’re tapping the screws, you want to go forward, like a quarter turn, and then back a little, and then forward a quarter turn, and then back a little, ’cause you don’t want to
    build up too much pressure, or else you’re just gonna
    rip the threads out, ’cause you’re literally cutting metal, but it’s like really fine, you know? Bruce taught me that. So thank you Bruce. (knocking) Sweet. – [Man] So basically it
    goes around my finger, coming from the opposite direction around, and I can pull both the standing part, and the working end to tighten the knot. – That’ll work, okay. All right so now, what
    I want you to do is, where’d that other end go? – It’s right here.
    – Right here, okay. I want you to take that end
    and pull on that from here, and you can start to coil it up. – [Lauren] We’re running
    on the lines on the mast before it gets stepped this afternoon, when we become a sailboat again! (upbeat music)

    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #55)
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    How to Clean the Bottom of a Sailboat Underwater! (Tips from the Pros #4 /Patrick Childress #55)

    January 13, 2020

    your boat doesn’t have to come out of
    the water looking like this on sailboat ‘Brick House’ we’ll show you how we clean
    our bottom and then we’ll go to Hank Schmitt from Offshore Passage Opportunities to give his tips from the pros number four how to keep your bottom
    clean. Hello I’m Patrick Childress in over twelve years of living on our
    sailboat Brick house Rebecca and I have never found a bottom paint that does
    what it’s supposed to do what the advertising says that it will do
    we’ve always ended up having to scrub the bottom much sooner than ever expected so we
    normally use a hookah and up here we’ll put a link to video number 12 which
    shows how we use the hookah for scrubbing the bottom especially after
    we’ve been sitting for several months in one harbor and the marine growth really
    does accumulate and at the end of this video will show you some underwater
    scenes from that video but Hank Schmitt from offshore passage opportunities has
    a very good system for using a scuba tank which you don’t have to strap to
    your back and be so encumbered under the water so he’s going to show us how to
    start with scrubbing the waterline and then go deeper using the scuba tank and
    not wear it into the water okay so we’re getting set up to go ahead and clean the
    bottom of the boat I’ve been cleaning bottoms for about the last 25 or 30 years
    and at first we’d set up like most divers with a BC jacket and and
    regulator and all the weight belts and everything but I found it was much
    easier just to have a tank and a long 25-30 foot hose which I’ll set up right
    here in the middle of the boat and if you have a dinghy you could also put it
    in your dinghy but this keeps you from having to get a BC jacket and the weight
    belt when it’s time to clean your bottom and you’ll see how we can actually clean
    most of the bottom and we’ll demonstrate that in a little bit just by
    having the tank set up in the middle of the boat. we open it up so it’s
    ready for us we all the way open and back a little bit and I’ll just leave it
    right here in the middle I’ll go ahead and get set up to enter the water and as
    you’ll see I can clean most of the boat without having to use the tank and I
    just have that ready for me when I need it so I’ll go in the water and it’s all
    set to go when I need that for cleaning the prop for the bottom of the keel
    maybe the bottom of the rudder we’re gonna go ahead and get in the water now
    and we’ll show you how you can clean your boat pretty much about as big as
    forty forty five feet without using a tank if you didn’t have a tank if you
    weren’t certified but of course having a tank makes it certainly easier for
    cleaning off your prop or the bottom of your keel but really to clean the bottom of your boat
    the water isn’t that cold you don’t need a wetsuit or anything you just need a
    few things so we’re gonna go in with our swim fins
    a scraper of course for getting any barnacles or anything if you have
    barnacles on the bottom of your boat or anything then you really should you just
    be hauling the boat out and painting it a diver is not to keep from having to
    paint your boat once a year or once every two years for scrubbies they’re
    actually three different grades of scrubby’s one is like a sponge almost
    and that’s when you’re racing or you keep it clean a lot then the red want a
    little bit more abrasive and then you might be familiar with the black ones
    which are really for cleaning your barbeque grill and if you have to use a
    black one again I would usually just tell the owner of the boat save the
    money that I would charge you for diving and putting it towards a short haul so
    you shouldn’t have to be taking barnacles off the bottom of your boat if
    you have barnacles on the bottom you vote you need to paint but I know our
    bottom is not that bad so I’ll be able to use the lightest grade scrubby you
    can you don’t want to use anything more abrasive because then you’re taking the
    bottom paint off and again bottom paint as you know is very expensive 250 to 400
    dollars a gallon so the idea isn’t to put it on and then scrape it all off so
    again you want to use the the lightest scrub you can also very important are
    the suction cups because again imagine you’re in the water and as you’re
    cleaning the boat you’re pushing yourself away so they sell these at your
    marine supply stores also any glazier windows they also have suction cups for
    moving big pieces of glass so you want suction cups I put a line on there so I
    don’t lose that and then I’ll just have the scrubby on the other side I do use
    gloves again for barnacles you don’t want to scrape your hands if it’s really
    cold water you’d want to use a wetsuit but it’s not too cold today so just swim
    fins again if you want you can use booties my booties are more worn out
    than my gloves so I don’t use booties anymore and up here where the water’s
    dirtier I do like to put on a hoodie as well with a mask just any any mask I
    don’t use the snorkel at all because again I’m gonna be holding my breath
    cleaning the bottom of the boat and coming back up and you’ll see that
    demonstration in a little bit so again you don’t need a lot of a lot of tooling
    a minute ago you saw we set up our tank so we don’t have to worry about a BC a
    buoyancy control jacket or a weight belt even you’ll have enough with the suction
    cups to be able to take care of that so you’ll eliminate a lot of gear a lot of
    maintenance without the BC jacket so just a tank, a tank and long hose in the middle of
    the boat or you keep it your dinghy in the middle of the boat and I’ll just
    need that really for cleaning anything off the prop or the bottom of the keel
    so with that we’ll get suited up and see you in the water
    okay so I’m all suited up with my stickems – my suction cups…and hopefully I’ll get
    away with just my sponge type and I leave my other scrubby and my my putty
    knife near me so I could reach it when I’m in the water so just go in make sure
    you hold your mask okay we are in the water I generally
    like to start at the bow you see just okay so you could see the contrast where
    it was already cleaned and where it’s not and basically it’s my suction cups
    in one hand and I’m right-handed so I have this scrubby in the other and I’m
    just doing wipe wipe I hold my breath as I go down get to the middle of the
    bottom of the boat then work my way up the other side and I just continue that
    and that way I can do probably 90% of the boat without the having to use the
    tank or the regulator so it saves you from using a lot of air so when I was
    commercial diving I could do eight or ten bottoms with one tank so I wouldn’t have
    to make as many runs to do it and again if you’re out cruising around you don’t
    have to go and get your bottle filled as often. They do sell smaller pony bottles
    which you could probably do the whole boat bottom with just a small five or
    ten-minute pony bottle because again you only need it for your keel and for
    your your running gear your prop and your shaft if you have any barnacles
    there so it’s really just hold my breath wipe wipe….. and i come up again…work on down, more wipe wipe I don’t even have to hold my breath on
    the top. And I head back down. And i just keep going, all the way around. Probably once every 2 month if you’re not racing if you are racing then you
    might want to do it before each race. Very simple.
    okay so I’ve cleaned 80% – 90% of the bottom I have my regulator set up
    25-foot hose connected to the tank on deck. It could be on your Dinghy I just pull the
    hose down now because I’m ready to clean the bottom of the keel then I’ll get the
    putty knife and I’ll go ahead and clean the the strut, the prop, and the
    shaft and then we’re all done so I only need this for the last part of the last
    part of the cleaning the bottom. Thank You Hank I hope this video was
    worthwhile for you if it was please give it a thumbs up and also click on the
    subscribe button if you haven’t already also there is a link to the tip jar in
    the video description if you don’t mind helping out in that
    direction now here’s some of those scenes from when we were anchored for
    three months in Sri Lanka (cleaning the hull, cleaning the chain, cleaning the prop on the bottom of our sailboat Brick House) Propspeed from Oceanmax worked great for 2 years, so it made cleaning our bottom a lot easier than before. After 2 years, we are applying it again (hauled out now for Coppercoat, Propspeed and more)

    Wharram Pahi 42 Project Boat Tour & Update from Luckyfish – Ep 101 Sailing Luckyfish
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    Wharram Pahi 42 Project Boat Tour & Update from Luckyfish – Ep 101 Sailing Luckyfish

    January 12, 2020

    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..

    Exploring Gamboa and Morro de São Paulo by Sailboat (Brazil) – s03e25 Vlog IPA Dive & Sail
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    Exploring Gamboa and Morro de São Paulo by Sailboat (Brazil) – s03e25 Vlog IPA Dive & Sail

    January 12, 2020

    hello everyone welcome to our YouTube
    channel we are from Brazil my name or my nickname is JP from Joãon Pedro and your
    name is Adriana, Dri! We speak Portuguese and English as a second
    language right now we live on a sailboat we have
    our YouTube channel that we show in Portuguese everywhere we go with our
    sailboat and where we explore where we sail and now we’re doing this first
    episode in English so we can show you some parts of Brazil because right now
    the Brazilians don’t like or I don’t know if they don’t like but they do not
    watch it’s not of their interests like they prefer to watch sailing videos instead
    of tourism videos just like this one that we are in Gamboa
    Bahia and I believe because it’s our home country and they know a lot of
    about our Brazil and they see on the soap operas on TV on movies so they’re
    not interested that much so right now we are going to show that to you and if you
    like our videos please subscribe and if you would like to us to make other
    videos in English also tell us about it right down there write in comments and
    also give us your like and sorry about any mistakes that we make on our English
    ok so let’s show you about Gamboa and also Morro de São Paulo this is the main
    street of Gamboa neighborhood i believe our district so this is we have old
    trees here and I believe just few cars go around here so it’s so cute
    actually I enjoyed this this village yes we were expecting to be more poor let’s
    say like I don’t know but it’s well taken care
    we have people taking care of the gardens on the
    street everything so it’s really really beautiful so it gave us a good
    impression first impression if you happen to come to Gamboa or Morro de São Paulo so you should anchor your boat here on Gamboa because it’s better
    there are less waves almost no waves in its inside the river and here you can
    find some services like supermarket here behind me we have here the main street
    and also there is a house of nuts and bolts that sells nuts and bolts we
    have some snack bars restaurants but I believe in Morro de São Paulo you will
    find lots of restaurants bars and different drinks so later we’ll go there
    so if you go in direction of Morro de São Paulo there’s a path here that is
    very good in good condition and you have several restaurants on the seashore here
    so you can have lunch or have dinner and by the ocean by the sea and the prices
    are not so expensive but you know for us Brazilians is a little bit but for you
    guys in the US or from Europe they it’s probably cheap for you guys but it’s a
    good walk here and we’re going towards the I don’t know how to say in English
    like the mud that you spread on your body so you can rejuvenate so let’s
    check it out and by the end of the beach here is the
    mud wall look at here so people go here take a little bit of this and put all
    over their body face and everything like Karla here our friend
    so Adriana are you going to put this on your skin we’re gonna try to take some
    put on your face what I have a sound screen on my face I don’t want to put it
    right now and this is the path that we can cross
    to go to Morro de São Paulo so this is this is a challenging one you need to
    wait for the low tide to go through here I believe we can go through here right
    now should we go should I stay or should we
    go what are you doing there wait not wetness chilling on the net by
    the beach with the way I think our caipirinha is ready is ready I think so whoa is it fun to be there such is it
    fun so we had to wait for the tide to pillows and we stayed here we went here
    to this beach bar there’s a free cup Union the first one is the mall one and
    then the other one is a big one and we also ordered a maniacs fried manioc it
    was really delicious really really huge and in there is a good sound here yeah
    the soundtrack is really good it’s not like very local it’s international so if
    you like international music it’s a good place to be and relax and have lunch so this is the mud area it’s crowded I
    don’t know it’s a shilling Portuguese I don’t know the name in English but it’s
    crowded right now lots of people and now the path is clear you have rocks but the
    ocean is down they have low tide our friend here is using on his legs it’s
    it’s a natural sunscreen so you can protect yourself from this and it’s
    really hot in here I’m burning we were there we walk here
    and we’re going there so this is the final part that we go through the beach
    and then there is I stare here and we climb go up there are some houses here
    and we’ll go through the jungle I believe let’s see Morro de São Paulo this is the last part of the
    way so we came from there all the way here then here here and now I have to go
    through the water and there is the entrance the pier so this wheel barons are
    used by the guides here or some some people so they charge you to take our
    luggage to your hostel, hotel so if you have lots of luggage and you don’t
    want to climb carrying them so you can hire the guys here with these wheel
    barons and they’ll take there for you and here is the entrance let’s go so we
    are on the Main Street of Morro de São Paulo take a look there are a lot of stores restaurants
    bars everything you want if you want to withdraw some cash there’s cash as well
    scuba diving boat trips everything you will need to have fun this is the second
    beach this is the second beach we have also
    several restaurants beachfront restaurants they have their main part
    here and on the beach we have lots of tables that they serve you for for free
    dough like it’s included they serve you on the beach there the beach there’s
    several tables so you can enjoy all day long drinking beers
    Hyperion’s and everything wants fish so enjoy I’m gonna sit here to watch the sunset
    and enjoy the view we’re trying a cacao terenia wait
    happening but the fruit right face a little bit
    that’s right Cheers it’s good are you gonna buy the
    tickets the boat ticket yeah Gamboa the price of the ticket is four, four Reais
    to Gamboa you buy it the the counter and then you go take the boat and before going home going to the
    supermarket buy some groceries have some tomato onion papaya so we can have fresh
    vegetables at home and fruits yesterday we arrived so late that I did
    not film it now this is the next day there was Sun and rain today and I was
    able to work on our YouTube video check your our YouTube videos and I completed
    one video and almost finished the other one now we are going to go to an island
    here in the middle of the river so we can play some volleyball or just relax
    so let’s go after five minutes with this small engine we
    arrived at the island Oh River Island It’s raining, oh my god it’s cold in here! so this is our last day here it’s cloudy
    it’s raining take a look here it’s better now actually it rained a lot today
    and so now I’m going to get our Dinghy up.
    I’ll remove the water from inside it’s full of water because of the rain and I
    would like to thank you everyone that watched this movie our first episode in
    English remember I’m a Brazilian and I speak Portuguese English is my second
    language I would really appreciate your comments thoughts if you would like more
    videos in English on our YouTube channel please let us know on the comments below
    and we have a Patreon but you can go to our Patreon and support us so we can make
    more videos in English or in in Portuguese okay and we are cruising
    around the world thank you very much bye

    Tackling the Mighty Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 28
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    Tackling the Mighty Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 28

    January 11, 2020

    – Hey guys, if you’re new to our journey, here’s a quick recap
    to get you up to speed. After buying our Tartan
    37 in Racine, Wisconsin, we sailed it around Lake Michigan, then started making preparations to head south to salt water. We decided to take our
    boat to the Gulf of Mexico via the Inland River System, which is made up of
    several rivers and canals, including part of the Mississippi. We unstepped the mast to clear a bunch of low fixed
    bridges along the route. We then prepared the
    mast for shipping south via truck and will put it back
    up when we reach the gulf. Now for the duration of
    our trip down the river, we won’t be sailing, but
    rather motoring Soulianis. Right now, you’ve joined
    us in Grafton, Illinois about 300 miles into
    our 1,300 mile journey from Chicago to Mobile, Alabama. We’re gonna go see a tugboat. It’s actually tow, but they
    call it a tugboat tour. – [Kirk] No, I called it a tugboat tour. – No, it says tugboat
    tour on the pamphlet. – [Kirk] Oh. – Yeah. We know better (laughs). A towboat has a flat
    bow for pushing barges. A tugboat has a pointy bow, is much more maneuverable, and can push or pull a
    larger ship in any direction. (laughs) – Welcome to the Twyla Luhr where a twin screw, 6,800 horsepower boat. This is where the navigation
    in the vessel takes place. I’ve got two radars, my main radar and I also
    have two Zeon searchlights. The Zeon lights can pick up a buoy up to two-to-three
    miles away on a dark night. It’s a long white beam
    that can be reduced down to about a foot in diameter. From the bottom of the boat, the bottom of the bow of the boat to the river bottom is 9.2 feet deep, so actually the boat’s drawn 9-foot, so it’s about 18-foot deep right here. The electronic chart identifies and tracks other vessels in the area. It shows the direction they’re traveling, their destination, the speed. It’s very helpful. It does a lot of other stuff too. Alright. (horn blows) Alright (laughs). There you go. – [Kirk] What do you think? – That was pretty cool. – [Kirk] Yeah. – I wish we would of got that on camera. – [Kirk] I shot some of that. – No, when she was like, so what did you do all before all these computers and stuff like that? – [Kirk] Oh, yeah. – Looked out the window. (laughs) – The fuel capacity on this
    boat, 57,000 gallons. – [Kirk] Wow. – Wait, I don’t understand. – So that’s the most that they’ve ever filled up at one time. – Oh. – [Kirk] But it will hold 236,000. Oh, he’s got a treadmill. All the spares, wow. Oh, they can do laundry. – [Lauren] Oh yeah. – [Kirk] This is their oil. (laughs) 140 degrees. Oh my God. Could you imagine working like that? – I don’t even know how like (whispers). – We’ll tow anywhere from 25-30 south, but we could bring 36 back. – [Kirk] So you do six wide by six long? – Yes. – [Kirk] Wow. – [Woman] Hey brother, how many days in a row do you guys work? – We work 28, get off the boat 14. (Birds chirping) – [Lauren] In Grafton, there’s
    a winery on top of a hill. Climbing up to it is a thing to do, especially for us boaters who could really use a leg workout. – [Kirk] It’s not 50, it’s warmer. – Is it? – [Kirk] Yeah. It’s supposed to get to like 69 today. – [Lauren] It was morning though
    and the winery wasn’t open. That was just fine. We were on a mission
    to see the fall colors. (Birds chirping) (Birds chirping) – [Kirk] This is probably
    gonna be our best colors, huh? – Yeah, it’s crazy ’cause
    there’s techno lime like set back against, look at that. Do you see that blue-green
    moss over there? – [Kirk] Yeah. – [Lauren] On that tree? Everything’s a little bit wet, so all the bark is really dark
    and setting those colors off. – [Kirk] Screw the fall colors. I want to look at your hair. (laughs) – [Lauren] She’s the only one there. – [Kirk] We planned to stay in Grafton for a couple of days
    to get some work done, but we ended up staying
    there almost a week. We checked off a lot of
    things on our to-do list, including laundry, a provisioning run, computer work, and more
    engine maintenance. The engine was due for an oil change, and we needed to change
    the primary fuel filter. This was our first time
    tackling these tasks, and as always, it takes
    longer than it should. Fortunately, everything
    went pretty smoothly. Lauren got some time to do yoga and take a couple of runs along the river. – All those beautiful colors and the Mississippi. – [Kirk] And we spent an evening checking out Grafton’s nightlife. This multilevel bar called Third Chute appeared to be the hot spot in town. (loud noises!) – [Lauren] And now begins our journey down the Mississippi. With its swift four-knot
    current running in our favor, we planned to cover the 218
    miles in just a couple days. Just 15 miles downriver lies
    the town of Alton, Illinois. It’s home to the last
    floating riverboat casino that’s still in operation
    on the Mississippi, and the flour mill that produces up to two-and-a-quarter million pounds of flour per day. – [Kirk] Are we going past Alton? – [Lauren] Yeah, we just passed it. – [Kirk] I thought you had it turned on. – [Lauren] No. – [Kirk] Whoops. (laughs) We didn’t get it. Just downriver from Alton, we entered The Chain of Rocks Canal. We’re in a canal, that’s all (laughs). This eight-and-a-half mile long canal was built to bypass a rock-filled section of river just north of St. Louis, which is unnavigable at low water and dangerous at best at high water. – Nine nine. – [Kirk] Nine nine? – Nine nine. – [Kirk] What? – [Lauren] Yeah, woo! – [Kirk] After the one-to-two knots we had on the Illinois River, it felt like we were flying
    down the Mississippi. – Kirk, that was probably the first time that chart plotter has ever
    displayed double digits. (laughs) Oh, now we’re down to nine six. – [Kirk] Bummer. – [Kirk] That’s what I said. It’s a nice city to watch
    and wave as it goes past. – [Lauren] The cruising guide
    said this almost verbatim, not only because of the swift current, but also because there is literally no place to stop in St. Louis with a boat. No docks, no marinas, no
    anchorages, no nothin’. – We were in Grafton this morning. It’s still morning, and
    we’re now in St. Louis. We’ve already done 40 miles. I guess that’s what happens
    when you can do 10 knots. – See that barge being
    lifted out of the water? – [Kirk] Oh wow. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] What do you think about St. Louie? – It would probably be a lot cooler if this embarkment parking lot actually had a some sort
    of riverfront happening. – [Kirk] Yeah. – But yeah. I can see that there is
    literally nowhere to stop. – [Kirk] He’s a cute little guy! – [Lauren] That night we stopped
    at Hoppies Marine Services, which is billed as the only fuel stop for the next 107 miles, and the only marina for the next 227. It also had a bathroom
    straight out of a horror movie. The next morning we woke up to a wee bit of fog on the river. – I got the radar up and running. The radar is pretty cool. – [Lauren] Yeah? – Yeah. I can see a lot. – [Lauren] We just have never
    turned it on before, right? – Well, I mean I’ve turned it on, but I never actually tried to use it. I can see the buoys. I can see the little weir dam things. – [Lauren] Oh really? – Yeah. – [Lauren] Look at this! Hear that? It’s the radar. We couldn’t hear it, but
    the camera picked it up. We had quite the fender set up at Hoppies because it was basically
    just a barge floating along the side of the river, so we were completely exposed
    to all the tows and currents, the wind and everything, so we were banging up against
    the dock pretty hard and yeah. We had six fenders on one side (laughs), so you’re not supposed to travel in fog. It’s not really completely foggy. – No, but if it gets much foggier though, it’s gonna be pretty sketchy. – We’re trying to make 110 miles today, and to do so. – We only have 10-1/2 hours of sunlight. – And it’s supposed to take us in optimum conditions
    of three or four knots of current 10-1/2 hours (laughs). So we had to leave a
    little bit before sunrise to try to arrive so we
    had enough time to anchor… in the light. Any other notes? – Uh, it’s very cold. Poor guy needs some mittens. – Need some mittens for sure. – Big wooly mittens. Better yet, just bring a
    couple of sheep, I think. Two lambs. He could one lamb in each arm. – It has to stick out of the water. So that’s a buoy we just passed. That’s a buoy we just passed, That is this buoy coming right up here, and that’s obviously our riverbanks. You can see the little weir
    dams and stuff on the side. So this one right here
    is that one over there. It’s helpful. We just crossed 156. We’ve already done two miles this morning. We’ve only got 108 to go. (laughs) – [Kirk] I don’t know if I
    want to go in here Love. – [Lauren] Where does
    the river go from here? Does it curve or does it stay straight? – [Kirk] It curves, but we’re like right on curves. We’re goin’ right into the sun. If we were going to the
    side, it would be okay. – [Lauren] Shit, that is some thick fog. – [Kirk] Yeah. I’m turnin’ around. – [Lauren] What do you want to do? – [Lauren] Are we droppin’ anchor? – [Lauren] I can sit up on the bow. – [Kirk] Yeah, go up on the bow. Keep an eye out for
    big sticks and stuff too. – Okay. This is a little sketchy, but I can still actually see a good 200 feet in front of me so once I go sit on that bow pulpit and make it stop banging around, I should be able to hear more. (banging) We made it! (laughs) – Today’s been our longest day. We’ve done 75-1/2 miles already, and we’ve got another 35 to go before we hit our anchorage tonight, and we have probably seen
    more tows and barges today than we have seen at any other
    part of the river combined. There’s just one after another, and this is gonna be a really
    wild ride through here. These guys are turnin’ up a ton of water. It’s gonna be bumpy for awhile. (loud tow boat engine noise) (engine noise) I thought yesterday with 10 was fast. (laughs) – [Lauren] Our anchorage for the night was called Little Diversion Channel. The entrance was a bit narrow, and a few logs seemed to
    be stuck in the middle, which made us wonder what the shoaling was
    like under the surface. – Yeah, I’m like almost
    dizzy looking upriver. (laughs) It’s kind of crazy. Do you think I want to be on the upriver part or the downriver part? – [Lauren] Oh, it’s pretty in there. I would try to go up. – [Kirk] Above it? – [Lauren] Yeah. Oh, there’s a railroad bridge. – It’s still 30-feet deep here. – [Lauren] There would be no nosing in with the swift current. We knew we had to pick an
    entrance point and go for it, otherwise, as soon as we turned
    broadside to the current, it would take us right
    into the bank downriver. It’s just swirling in the current. – [Kirk] Yeah. Alright.=[Lauren] Where does the shoaling happen? – [Kirk] I think the shoal
    happens right up there. – [Lauren] Oh, ’cause it was on the descending bank at Big Blue Island. – [Kirk] Alright, well I’m
    gonna go right above it. – [Lauren] I think you can. (Engine revving) Perfect! – [Kirk] Cool. – [Lauren] Yeah! – [Kirk] I feel pretty good about this. – [Lauren] Yeah. It’s super peaceful.
    – The only thing is it’s gonna be cold. – I know. You can hear the crickets (whispers). (chirping) – [Kirk] I don’t think we need to go very far up here, do you? – No. I think it was just saying you could go all the way to
    the bridge if you wanted. – [Kirk] Yeah. – [Lauren] Kirk! – Yeah? – [Lauren] Look at the size of that barge. – [Kirk] Yeah, it is
    seven wide and eight long. – [Lauren] Holy crap. They’re all empty though, don’t you think? – [Kirk] Yeah. But still. – [Lauren] Yeah. – That is insane! Look at that thing (whispers). God (whispers). – [Lauren] It still doesn’t
    look that big in the camera. That’s a six-foot wave. – [Kirk] Yeah. – So this is our second night
    in anchoring on the river. Kirk’s down below right
    now putting a rubber mat in the chain locker that
    we just got from Home Depot so that we protect the inside of our fiberglass of the chain locker from the 200 feet of
    chain that we just bought. Yes? – Will you drop the first
    few bits of chain into there? – [Lauren] Yeah. – And actually, before you do
    that we should set the anchor. – Okay, back up. – I can’t. I’m stuck against the, what is that thing called? – Binnacle. – Binnacle. – Maybe we can stand. So we’ve been kind of dreading
    this part of the trip. – Yeah. – And it hasn’t been that bad. – No, it’s sort of been the best part. – Yeah, it really has. – It’s been really pretty. Everything south of St.
    Louis has been really cool. – Yeah. – I mean even Grafton was cool, but yeah, it’s like really wild feeling, whereas as like the Illinois felt like a bunch of farmland
    and like agriculture. This feels like wild. – Yeah, and industrial. There’s so many barges.
    – There’s yeah. – [Kirk] There’s nothin’ here. – Did we get any of that? I mean besides not getting showers which. – Yeah, and being freezing, sleeping in 29-degree weather. Um, I want to fill the fuel tank. – Aah! – With the next fuel can. – With the next Jerrycan? – [Kirk] Yeah. – Look at that! Wow! – Wow. Oh, I think this is
    where it’s going to get worse. – [Lauren] Oh.

    All Alone… Illinois River to the Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 27
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    All Alone… Illinois River to the Mississippi | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 27

    January 10, 2020

    – [Lauren] Last time on Sailing Soulianis, we finally started making some mile south down the inland river system. We got the hang of transiting locks, installed a much needed raw water pump and even woke up to frost on our deck. We made it about halfway on the Illinois River to the Mississippi. Now we’re going to take
    on the second half. – [Kirk] Let’s do dis. ♫(“Restless” by Common Jack)♫ We found a gym that has yoga classes and showers and a pool for 11 dollars. So we’re trying to make it there before the yoga class starts and they’ve closed the marina on us. There goes Lauren. (screams loudly) – [Lauren] What we do for a yoga class! – [Kirk] I am weak. Lauren saved herself. I would be eaten by the bear. See ya Peoria, we closed you down. – [Lauren] So the rivers so high right now that they actually dropped
    the dam below the water level and we’re driving right over it. It’s called a wicket dam. – [Kirk] You’ll see something
    right here in a moment. Right there. That’s the dam that gets raised. (sigh) – [Lauren] Sure. – [Kirk] Especially since it may rain. – [Lauren] No, it’s not going to rain. – [Kirk] Alright. I’m going
    to prepare for it though. – [Lauren] Might need to change your shoes. – [Kirk] Yes, but for right
    now they’re the warmest. Right now I’m wearing long johns, two pairs of pants, a tee shirt, three long sleeve shirts, a puffy jacket, two other jackets, a hat, two hoods, a pair of gloves. This is sailing! All aboard who wants to go south. – [Lauren] Me! (laughs) – [Kirk] Ready? – [Lauren] Ready. – [Kirk] Okay good luck. (giggles) – [Lauren] Bye. We so came here a month too late. – [Kirk] Well he said that
    closes down on Labor Day. – [Lauren] Oh, like two months too late? – [Kirk] Yeah. – [Lauren] Aww. – [Kirk] It would have
    been fun to use the grill. – [Lauren] Yeah. (boat engine running) Probably our tightest squeeze yet. – [Kirk] There is nobody coming. – [Lauren] This winter hair. So Bob, you got his voicemail right? – [Kirk] No I talked to Bob. – [Lauren] Oh okay. Well
    on his voicemail it says, “Thanks for calling Tall
    Timbers. If you draft more than three feet just pass us by.” (laughs loudly) So, thank goodness the
    river’s so high right now or else we wouldn’t have gotten in there. ♫(lighthearted guitar music)♫ – [Kirk] So I think we have only seen four other pleasure boats, boats that are not barges, on our entire two and a
    half week trip so far. Two of those boats are being delivered. One of them was going the other way. The last one was anchored and we’re not even sure
    that it was a looper boat. So, it’s been a pretty
    desolate trip so far. But it’s made the anchorages
    and docks completely our own, which is kinda nice! I guess that’s one plus to coming down the river a month too late. But it’d be kinda cool to meet some other people doing the same thing. – [Lauren] That’s Kirk way over there, dropping our stern anchor for our first night on
    the hook in the river. (eeh) So far we’ve stayed at free docks. We’ve paid for a couple marinas, but we haven’t had an anchor yet and we’ve been, it’s gotta be like ten, 12 nights on the river? I don’t know I’m forgetting the days. But tonight was the first night we didn’t really have a choice. So, yeah, anchoring in
    couple knot current. Fortunately it’s going to be a lot warmer tonight than it has
    been over the last week. It’s been almost down to
    freezing every single night and tonight it’s going
    to be like 55 over night cause there’s some sort
    of storm coming tomorrow. So, yeah, that’ll be nice and toasty. Okay I gotta move the boat
    before we run into the sandbar. – [Kirk] Neutral. – [Lauren] Neutral. – [Kirk] Okay forward. We have about 100 feet of
    line on our stern anchor so we attached a few extra
    dock lines to give us just a little bit more working room. – [Lauren] We tight? – [Kirk] We’re tight? I think what we wanna do
    is drop the anchor here. Can you keep us roughly right there? – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] We wanted to be
    as far out of the main channel as possible which
    meant sneaking into a pretty tight channel between a sandbar and the bank of the river. The stern anchor was
    insurance against any wind that would be stronger than the current that would carry us up river, putting us in danger of
    being blown into the bank or onto the sandbar. – [Lauren] What did we just do? – [Kirk] Spent the last hour and a half doing our first bow and
    stern anchor on the river. Third time was a charm. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] We tried three different times. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] It worked out. We’re good now. – [Lauren] Seems, we seem good right now. – [Kirk] I think we’re good. – [Lauren] I can’t really
    say it’s successful until we pull it up and leave tomorrow right? – [Kirk] Correct. As long as the river doesn’t drop more than a few inches we’re okay. (laughs loudly) Cause we’re not in very deep water. Here’s our depth chart. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] Here’s our depth. – [Lauren] It’s not bad right here. – [Kirk] That is our depth right there. – [Lauren] So that’s what? Seven feet? – [Kirk] It’s to here. – [Lauren] Nope. – [Kirk] Just over six. – [Lauren] It’s six feet. (laughs loudly) – [Kirk] Yikes. – [Lauren] Hey good thing
    we only draw 4’3″? – [Kirk] No, no that was when
    we weighed 15 thousand pounds. Now we weigh 20. So
    probably four and a half. – [Lauren] Alright, are
    you going on an adventure? – [Kirk] Yes. Oh, there’s another barge coming. – [Lauren] Where you going to go? – [Kirk] Right to there. – [Lauren] Are you
    going to climb up there? – [Kirk] Sit on that log
    and look at the boat. – [Lauren] Oh, fun. – [Kirk] I should have a beer. – [Lauren] Do we have any? – [Kirk] I think so. – [Lauren] Alright. ♫(lighthearted guitar music)♫ – [Kirk] First anchorage on the river. Going on my first Huck Finn adventure. Oh, sh*t. It’s a little slippery. (laughs loudly) It’s a little slippery! I thought it was solid! Alright we’re going to
    give this a go number two. That’s where we be. (birds cawing and chirping) It’s birds of summer again, bird. Come on dude take off. (bird noises) Oh, he almost did. He moved his wings. Oh there he goes. It’s so peaceful and calm out here. I felt like we were tied
    to the dock all night except for when the tows went through and sent us like three or four foot waves. This is crazy. We’ve got woodpeckers. We’ve got morning doves. We’ve got all the little sing song birds. It’s like we’re back in summer, except for we have fall
    colors all around us. It’s pretty cool. ♫(“I Fall Away” by Common Jack)♫ – [Lauren] Look at that! – [Kirk] The Mississippi. – [Lauren] Look at you no hat. – [Kirk] No hat. Only one jacket. Only one pair of pants. No gloves. – [Lauren] Look at that! Barefoot! – [Kirk] Barefoot.