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    GOODBYE Marine Head & Holding Tank, HELLO Composting Toilet  | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 17
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    GOODBYE Marine Head & Holding Tank, HELLO Composting Toilet | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 17

    February 12, 2020


    Kirk: Tell us what we
    got in the mail today. Lauren: We got denatured alcohol! Just kidding. Kirk: Oh Lauren: We got an anchor. [Music] Kirk: What do we got here? Lauren: We’ve got 44
    pound / 20-kilogram Rocna. It’s replacing a bent
    CQR that was sacrificed when the boat was
    rammed into a wall. Kirk: By not us. Lauren: Yeah so it bent the anchor.
    Some people said it wasn’t a big deal and other people
    said “that’s terrible.” If you have a bent anchor,
    it’s going to keep wanting to unseat
    itself, so I decided to get a different anchor,
    a larger anchor, the new-school anchors and
    one that’s not bent. We are hoping that it’s going
    to fit on our bow roller. [Music] Kirk: That fits kinda nicely. Lauren: It does. [Music] [background conversation] Lauren: I’m stoked. [music] Lauren: Here’s your throne. So funny story: we’ve owned
    this composting toilet longer than we’ve owned our boat, we
    just haven’t opened it yet. Why would you buy a composting
    toilet before you bought a boat? Kirk: Because we’re idiots. Lauren: We wanted to get
    started on a project and we hadn’t closed on our
    other boat officially. This was actually purchased
    for the boat that we thought we were going to
    buy and then, we didn’t. We ended up getting that boat. Kirk: What all we got in here?
    When we decided between the C-Head, which is
    this one, Nature’s Gate– Lauren: Nature’s Gate
    is a toothpaste. Kirk: Nature’s Head? Lauren: Yes, I think
    it was Nature’s Head. Kirk: Was the ease of
    cleaning this unit. All the inside surfaces are very
    smooth and instead of having to take the entire base container out of the
    boat, you take just this bucket. Lauren: So then, what do you
    do with that bucket? Kirk: That bucket
    and then, chuck it. Lauren: You could put it
    into like a plastic bag or something and just
    throw it in a dumpster? Kirk: You could. That’s to keep the bugs out. It looks pretty, it does kinda look
    like a throne right now. Lauren: That’s a very tall throne. So we need somewhere to
    put our feet right? Kirk: Yeah Lauren: Our friends
    Phil and Hadley flew in from California for the weekend. It just so happened that
    Racine’s annual cardboard boat race was taking
    place at the same time. [Music] Lauren: I’m glad we don’t
    have a cardboard boat. [Music] Hadley: What else is there to do? [laughter] Phil: Those glasses look
    good with that jacket. Kirk: Yeah? Do they have blue? Phil: They got everything. Lauren: Purple, green, blue Hadley: They got all the colors Phil: Yeah look like you’re doing something, haha! Hadley: I’ll take care
    of the rope, baby. [laughter] Lauren: What did you think
    of your first sail? Phil: It’s good to get
    my sea legs back, just hold the wheel-
    it’s called a helm. I loved it. Lauren: How did he do, Kirk? Kirk: What’s that? Lauren: How did Phil do? Kirk: How did what feel? [laughter] Phil: Hadley, did you throw up? Hadley: I did not throw
    up and that’s a win. It was very relaxing after I got
    past that initial bout of nausea. Phil: And you got snacks. Hadley: Oh yeah, the snacks. Kirk: There’s no better
    feeling when you’re sailing than watching the other boats
    go quickly behind you. Kirk: When you know that you’re
    actually doing something right because I’ve been
    that other boat many times. [laughter] Lauren: Hey, that dude’s in a Hobie. Hadley: I know, all kitted up Phil: I designed your kayak! Lauren: He works for Hobie. Phil: You like it? Kayaker: Awesome! Hadley: I made that! I did that. Phil: You like? Hadley: Hi. Lauren: Ooh another one. Kirk: Lauren we got four minutes. Lauren: Okay. You don’t usually do that. Phil: No. Hadley: I think,
    he’s far enough from home that he feels
    like he could do it. Lauren: Do you remember? Long
    short or short long? Phil: Long short. [airhorn sounds] Lauren: Nice. Hadley: This is all for us? Lauren: Yes! Phil: Can we do a little loop while we’re under it? Hadley: Yeah, just park. Phil: Take our time. Kirk: Horn one. Hadley: Doing it. [horn sound] Lauren: I love that. They’re like, “You’re welcome.” [music] [background conversation] Kirk: Okay. Go back down. Oh god. [laughter] Lauren: Okay. Let’s
    see what you got. Hadley: We’ve got a whole slew of stuff.
    Phil what do we got? Let’s do everything we got. K let’s start here and we’ll spin to Superman. Phil: What? How am I
    going to…? Hadley: You got this. [laughter] Phil: No problem. [laughter] Phil: One, two… Hadley: Wait, what? [laughter] [music] Lauren: Nice. Phil: Coming down! [laughter] [music] Kirk: All right. I feel like this mat needs
    to come out of here, too. Lauren: This morning,
    we took the boat out underneath both bridges
    over to the other marina and pumped out our holding
    tank for the first and last time because we
    are ripping this out. We’re ripping out our head. Right there. We’re riping our holding tank
    which is underneath the V-berth. And we are putting in a composting
    toilet and we are both super excited about that
    because of several reasons. The first one and grossest one being
    of which the last time we were out on Lake Michigan, the boat
    was heeling all over the place. I came forward and looked in the head
    and saw that there was a bunch of– Kirk: Brown water. Lauren: Brown water pooling in the toilet and more so than
    there should have been. Then, Kirk came down
    later and tried to fix it and we ended
    up with poop water- Kirk: Made it worse. Lauren: – all over the
    bottom of the head pan, so that was gross
    and disgusting. So, we are– Kirk: Pulling everything out
    of the V-berth, so that we can get access to our holding tank
    and get rid of the poopies. [music] Kirk: I hate flat heads. Whoever invented flat
    heads is the worst. I can’t even see which way this lines up. Can you? Lauren: Yeah Turn the base with the screwdriver all the way to the right. Too far. Kirk: Okay. That’s clearly not going to work. Lauren: Man these are like painted in there. There we go. Kirk: It’s stripped with like one half of a thread left. Lauren: Ah, step one. Kirk: Surefire way to piss
    off the next owner of your boat is to use a four-inch
    flathead wood screw. Ok step two. We have our waste line,
    this white one, out from the toilet. We have our vent
    line up to the deck. We have our pump outline and we
    have our cleaning line here. We need to disconnect
    all of these, so that we can back this
    tank out, which goes through the bulkhead
    here, out of here and then, we can pull that
    tank out of V-berth. Lauren: There are some hose
    clamps that I could undo. Kirk: Come on. Lauren: Did any come out? Kirk: We didn’t have any come out of either of them. [music] Lauren: Okay. What’s next? Kirk: I don’t know which
    one’s going to be worse. Hope that when we pull this off,
    it doesn’t some flooding out. Time to bring in the big guns. Lauren: Check it out. All the hoses are cut
    and disconnected and we’re ready to remove
    the holding tank. Kirk: Okay, here we go. Lauren: Okay. Kirk: God. Lauren: Is there a lot
    of water in there? Kirk: Yeah did any
    come out at all? Lauren: No, not out
    of the plastic bag, but the thing is this big black one. We didn’t put anything over that. Kirk: Oh eff. Yes, that would have
    been disgusting. All right. So take three? Lauren: Yes. Kirk: Let’s hope this works. Lauren: Okay. Kirk: Get the black. Keep it up. Lauren: Okay. Kirk: Is it dripping? Lauren: Yeah, but it’s
    just a couple of drops. Kirk: Okay. Coming through. Lauren: Oh sh–t There’s ton’s of the
    stuff in the cockpit. Yes. Bye, holding tank! Kirk: That feels good. This could be very easy. Lauren: Could be? Kirk: Could be. So we don’t have to take
    the toilet apart, so there is nothing nasty there. This white waste hose goes at a straight
    angle through both bulkheads. If we can just pull
    it all the way out of there, we don’t have to
    take anything apart. All I have to do is un- Lauren: Screw the– Kirk: – screw the
    toilet from the base. Lauren: Then, all that
    pump and everything just stays together. Kirk: Yep. So that would be very, very nice. Lauren: Let’s see if
    it works out that way. Kirk: Here we go. There. Cool. Lauren: Good? Kirk: Where did that hose clamp go? Lauren: Up top by your drill. Kirk: What would be the odds
    of that? Man I’m getting good at this. We’re home free. Lauren: Both screws are out? Kirk: Yes there is one– Lauren: Or are those bolts,
    where are they, love? Kirk: These are bolts. Lauren: Edumacate me. Kirk: Technically those
    are like machine screws. We’re almost there. Lauren: No home free yet? Kirk: I just don’t know how hard
    I’m going to be able to bend it, how close am I to pulling
    that all the way through? Lauren: You got about
    two and a half inches. Kirk: We could just pull
    this white pipe off. And collect whatever water comes out of it. Lauren: That doesn’t sound good. Kirk: All right doesn’t mean there’s
    water coming out right now. Lauren: Coming out of where? Kirk: I don’t know. Lauren: Okay, it’s out. Where’s the water coming? Kirk: From the pump handle. Okay, there we go. Lauren: It’s free? Kirk: It’s free. Lauren: Do you want me
    to hold that tube up? Kirk: Yeah [music] Kirk: We did it. Success. Lauren: High five. I mean– Kirk: All right. Lauren: Now, we gotta put
    the boat back together- Kirk: Yes. Lauren: – and we need to
    install our composting toilet. Kirk: True. [music]

    Ep. 9 – FISHING IN THE BAHAMAS & CHRISTMAS ON A BOAT – How Not To Sail A Boat
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    Ep. 9 – FISHING IN THE BAHAMAS & CHRISTMAS ON A BOAT – How Not To Sail A Boat

    February 11, 2020


    Last week we finally made it to the
    Bahamas and got straight to enjoying the warm waters and beautiful snorkelling.
    Not to mention those Bahamian sunsets! Now that we were here we were not
    disappointed by the easier sailing conditions and took the opportunity to
    fly our gennaker sail now that we had light enough winds for the first time on
    the whole trip! We also tackle the next thing on the
    list of fixes that this old boat needs and have our first friend on board. Stay
    tuned to find out how his week went with us onboard… Cally: Well the excitement never stops on One-O-Six.
    John:how not to catch a fish Aidan: It was awful. Run!
    John: we are kicking him off. We don’t like him anymore. We wanted to meander our way slowly
    through the Bahamas enjoying each and every sight, but we had a guest to pick
    up in the south and a storm coming in. So we made our way to Great Harbour Cay
    marina to shelter for the storm and solve our latest boat troubles before
    enjoying a great night sail and some light wind gennaker sailing on our way
    to the biggest Bahamian island, Andros Island to pick up our guests.
    Cally: we are
    sitting in a marina in, where are we? In the Berry Islands at Great Harbour Cay and we just go through water so fast and this morning making coffee ran out again!
    We’re not making water at the moment because obviously we’re waiting on a storm so we don’t have a lot of sun and we open up the water tank to see how low and if
    it’s really all gone and it looks like there’s a crack in the bottom. So we are
    pulling out the water tank to investigate. But the problem could not be
    found, so we put the water tanks back in, weathered out the storm and left the
    marina as soon as the weather allowed to sail through the night. Upon waking the
    next morning the winds and the sea were perfect for practicing flying our
    gennaker sail. We picked up Aidan, my friend from Canada who had been bonefishing on Andros Island. His time sailing with
    us around the Berry Islands did not exactly go as planned as we were
    constantly running for protection from the wind, which seemed to clock around to a different direction every day during his stay. And we even ended up back where we picked him up in Andros before sailing truly upwind for the first time,
    tacking back and forth to drop him off in Nassau. But we did have some fun
    fishing and spending Christmas and New Year’s together before he left! Cally: Wow Aidan is already better at that than I am!
    John: oh hey Mr. Mahi or Mrs. Mahi… Aidan: that is such the perfect size fish for us!
    Cally: its a three man fish. Is that a small mahi?
    John: yeah… Cally: Aidan just went to reel in his fish and it was such a big one, it took our lure and a bunch of lin. Broke an eye on the rod so
    we’re just gonna re run some new line and hopefully it’ll be okay without one of
    the eyes but its our good fishing rod so hopefully its functional! Cally: At least we got the mahi first!
    John: I think we’re just gonna have to cut it hey…? John: I’m just gonna cut the top off I’ll put
    a little loop here.
    Aidan: how much line do you have? John: 385 yards.
    Aidan: oh, there is enough that should be okay. John: and you go through again and it never slips
    Aidan: yeah so just twice, it’s just two little overhand knots and once
    you get them tuckered down on each other they will hold. Aidan: but the thing is setting them properly, you want to make sure they’re the same length, you want to make sure that you cinch them together at the same time
    John: lubricate
    Aidan: lots lubrication
    John: or as I like to refer to it as a gooby looby
    Aidan: now the one
    problem with this is the blood is that you draw.
    Cally: oh my gosh! John: that’s the best lubricant they say… John: does it sit nice
    Aidan: yes, it’s sitting fine
    and now the only issue is that now reeling this in because I didn’t put it through that eyelet again this will be a lot of fun.
    John: uh, we forgot about that. Cally: love the team effort you two, its beautiful to watch! John: I’ve got the easy job, I just wind and he controls the tension. All the pressures over that end, quite literally! Cally: now Aidan for your finger would you like a regular bandage or a pirate bandage?
    Aidan: obviously a pirate bandage, please. Actually, I don’t think I need one… John: Yes you do!
    Aidan: It’s already dried up although the pirate bandage is pretty tempting. I will feel quite worthy of being on the sea
    at that point! Cally: first day sailing, how is it going?
    Aidan: good, I’m good. I haven’t got sick yet. I lost a fish, broke a rod everything else is top notch.
    Cally: gaffed a fish.
    John: yeah, did an awesome gaff.
    Aidan: yeah one try! We explored land finding great
    views, historical pirate cave hideouts and anchoring next to some beautiful
    beaches. And to celebrate the holidays we tucked up in this close to land as the
    shallow Bahamian waters would allow in order to hide out from the weather!
    John: just making some corn tortillas for your delicious ceviche. Cally: Christmas Day ceviche, from our Mahi Mahi and now we just need to
    catch another mahi-mahi. Tomorrow maybe! And we enjoyed our fresh fish, a bottle
    of port from our Rhode Island parents, a Christmas dinner feast fit for a king,
    Aidan’s homemade scones and some home brew beers from our friends that we met
    back in Port Canaveral. Well the beer lovers enjoyed the home
    brew anyways Thank you Matt and Michelle! A real treat!
    John: that was nothing but head.
    Aidan: oh mine was quite nice, good pour! Perfect… John: what do you want to say to Matt and Michelle, Cally?
    Cally: ummmm… thank you? John: Well, it wasn’t for you so give it back to me! But before we knew it it was time to head back to Nassau for
    our friend to head home. What did you think of your trip?
    Sailing with How Not To Sail A Boat, Cally & John was one of the funnest experiences I have had.
    John: it sounds like a ….
    Aidan: our wind wasn’t great so we didn’t get to do as much diving but the spirit on
    the boat is amazing. They’re easy to get along with, very hospitable, very
    welcoming and it’s just been the most wonderful experience!
    Cally: okay now tell the truth
    Aidan: It was awful, run! Don’t come!
    Cally: all right you’re free to go to the airport…
    Aidan: yeah you
    should have done this another time.
    John: You should just stay.. Aidan: I wanna stay, I would gladly stay it
    and eat Cally and John’s cooking on this boat
    Cally: I have connections at the college I can hand in your resignation for you.
    John: yeah you don’t need a job
    Aidan right? Aidan: who needs a job? Just live with Cally and John… John: you have everything… shoes?Wallet? Passport?
    Aidan: all in that bag as long as you don’t drop it in the water… John: thanks for a great trip!
    Aidan: stay safe!
    Cally: Thank you so much, it was wonderful.
    Aidan: I do not get emotional often but I am actually sad to see you guys go. Cally: we are all alone… Stay tuned for next week as we check out
    some of the local spots in Nassau, make a trip to a special beach for my birthday
    and John lets me loose working on the engine!
    Plus, I get to teach some of our
    new cruising friends how to scuba dive.

    Finding Fish 🐠 🎣🐟: It’s Easy When You Know How – Ep 94
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    Finding Fish 🐠 🎣🐟: It’s Easy When You Know How – Ep 94

    February 9, 2020


    (upbeat music) – [Pascale] We’d spent the last
    fortnight in Pancake Creek, having a great time fishing and exploring. But the coming weather looked like it favored a trip to the coral reef. We were headed for the
    Capricorn Bunker group, the southernmost part of
    the Great Barrier Reef, renowned for its world class diving. With easing winds coinciding
    with smaller tides, we’ve made plans to leave our
    anchorage at Pancake Creek and sail the 36 nautical
    miles to Fitzroy Reef in the Capricorn Bunker group. We left in the early
    morning, and as expected, it was a bit of a bumpy
    ride getting off the coast, with the tide going against the wind causing confused seas. (gentle music) – Well, we’ve made it to Fitzroy Reef and we made it in good time. So, the tide is still
    flooding out of the past, so you can see it’s running pretty hard. It’s cup of tea time. (laughs) And we’ve just gotta wait
    about half an hour now and the tide will slacken
    and we’ll make our way in. But we’re sort of fighting
    the light as well. So, half an hour, there
    should still be enough. It’s a really low tide, I
    should be able to see the coral and we’ll get in. You’re not worried, are you Pascale? – [Pascale] No. (laughing) It’s more like when we get
    in, there’s a few bombies. – No problem. (gentle music) – [Pascale] Good work, Skip. – Thanks. – We made it in, and it wasn’t actually even a little bit hair raising. It was pretty chill and straightforward. (laughs) I think a lot of people use that passage to come in here ’cause it’s
    an awesome sheltered lagoon. We’ll see how it is at high tide tomorrow, but right now, it’s dead calm, so it’s a real treat to be out at the reef and in a little, cozy lagoon. So this is the first time in four months that we’ve been out to the reef. – We’ve come and we’ve anchored in the lagoon of Fitzroy Reef here. And often times you’ll
    talk to other yachties and they’ll be like “Oh,
    the fishing’s terrible, “and I went diving and the professionals “have ruined everything”. It’s not always the case, like when you come in to a coral lagoon, the things that make it a great anchorage, not much wave action,
    not too much current, doesn’t make it that
    exciting for fish, all right? But, where we’ve got an entrance channel coming in to a lagoon, and
    particularly with just the last hour of the run in tide, there’ll be a fair bit of water movement and fish are attracted to that, because it’s bringing oxygenated water and it’s bringing food to them. So wherever you find like a
    reef passage with flowing water, it’ll make it a little
    bit more difficult to swim and it might not be a perfect anchorage, but you’ve got a better chance of seeing a lot more fish there. Usually the best anchorages,
    the most protected, the stillest water,
    you’re gonna jump in there and you’re gonna find
    reasonably unimpressive coral and not a lot of fish. And it’s not necessarily
    because the fish docks have been decimated. (laughs) It’s just that you’re in the
    back lagoon of a coral reef and there’s not much going on. I guess, you know, it’s
    the difference between going for a drive through
    the CBD on a Sunday afternoon or hit the nightclub
    strip on a Friday night. (Pascale laughs) – [Pascale] Anyway, we’ve
    already seen a big school of fish and two turtles, so we
    know it’s a good sign. And some bait being
    chased on the surface too. – Yeah, we already know, don’t we? There’s water movement,
    there’s a reef pass. Fish love change, they
    love to be on the boundary. Anyone that’s in to permaculture, you’d know about boundaries, and reef passes are definitely boundaries. It’s the outside world coming
    in to the inner lagoon, there’s change, there’s turbulence, and fish really like it. (spits)
    Let’s finish that little spiel with a spit
    in a mask, and we are off. (gentle music) (water splash) (relaxing music) – Pretty good dive. (gentle water splashes) Lots of turtles, sharks. That was a brilliant dive. It was a really fishy place. Lots of Trevally and Speckled
    Emperor, and Red Bass. A big school of Red Bass. Pretty healthy reef. – Yeah, the visibility
    is down, as you saw. And that’s because already,
    just at this state of the tide, this whole lagoon is emptying
    out through these passages so they’re bringing the silt load with it. So, you know, not amazing visibility, but on the low tide, when
    the tide pushes back in, unfortunately, it’ll be later on, quite late in the afternoon, but we’d actually start
    pushing some clearer water. – Yep.
    – But again, a lot of those fish would then be on the other side of the channel over there, so. Yeah, it’s pretty good.
    – Yeah. Sun’s everywhere, hey? Oh there we go. – Should we see how.. It’s even a nice bit of squid. (boat engine whirring) (fishing rod reeling) – [Pascale] What’s he got? – [Troy] Trout. – [Pascale] Oh. Coral trout. Hey, little buddy. (gentle water splashes) – [Troy] Nice size too. – [Pascale] Yeah. – So that’s a common trout. So Plectropomus Leopardis. And it’s lunch. – [Pascale] Yum. (fishing line dragging) – [Pascale] Whoa. Damn it. – [Troy] (mumbles) – [Pascale] (mumbles) – [Troy] Lost the bait? – [Pascale] Yep. (Troy laughs) (gentle music) (waves lapping) After a few dives inside
    the pass of the lagoon, we took Mirrool in search
    of clearer, deeper water outside the reef. (bird tweeting) (waves crashing) (gentle music) (water splash) (water bubbling) – All right, well that wasn’t too bad. That’s in about 14 meters
    was getting these fish from. And that’s sufficiently enough depth for red wavelengths of light to be filtered out of the spectrum. So when we’re down there, it looks very blues and greens and so on. Every now and then, we’ll
    hear from some viewers and they say “Why don’t
    you use a red filter “on your cameras to bring
    back some of those colors?” But the reality is, is once
    we’re diving down below about that 10 meter limit, the
    actual red has been filtered out by the water. And even if you have a red
    filter, it doesn’t do much because there is no red light there, because a red filter works, of course, by filtering out the blue and the green and leaving the red behind. But there’s no red there. And that is why, as you go
    deeper, these coral trout, they’ll lose that greeny
    browny coloration they have up in the shallows, that
    you might have seen us get. And then, once you start
    getting the deeper trout, you get this brilliant red coloration. And that’s because there
    is no red light down there. So because there’s no red light, this red is, it’s very,
    very good camouflage. These trout look like a very gray, non-descript color down there. You can sort of see the outline. Obviously you can see
    the bright and shadow, your eyes pick that up very well, but the color isn’t part of it. So that’s a pretty good
    camouflage if you’re a fish and you’re going down deep. Make yourself bright red and it makes you harder to see.
    (thud) And this snapper here, locally they’re called Red Throat Snapper. And now that we’re up
    here, you can see why. (Pascale laughs) So, again, he’s a quite pretty fish. These ones are a little bit cagey. I was actually aiming for
    the head on this fish, and I should’ve actually
    led it a little bit so as it darted forward, it got it, and it was only right at
    the end of the string. That flopper only just engaged, so you can see it’s gone there but it hasn’t gone
    through to the other side. So it was lucky for me
    but unlucky for this guy. Both of those should keep us well fed for the next few days, hey, Pascy? – [Pascale] Definitely. – All right, well I’ll
    knock the sides off them and we’ll see how we go. – [Pascale] The sharks didn’t
    even show up it was so quick. Over and done with. – That’s the important part, isn’t it? I mean, even though I didn’t
    get these fish in the head, so there’s the lateral line,
    in there is a whole bunch of little pores that receive
    vibrations from the water and give the fish a lot
    of information about the outside world. Even if the visibility is poor, fish have a very good awareness of what’s going on around them. But pretty much mirroring that, his spine will be running
    down very, very close to that line. This part of the fish was still active, but he was sort of like a (laughs) I don’t know, paraplegic fish. This one, it’s hard to
    see the lateral line on this trout but it runs through there, and that shot there, it
    did go all the way through. I was able to get a bit closer. But that pretty much
    paralyzed that trout as well from that point backwards. If you ever hear commercial
    fishermen talking, they talk about getting a
    greeny or a strawberry trout. Same trout, just different
    depth that they came from. (gentle music) (water bubbling) (relaxing music) – [Pascale] Thank you for
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    Tipsy Tarka Topdeck Tour – Sugar Scoops and Pilothouses

    January 23, 2020


    this is your warning this video contains
    content that might not be appropriate for all audiences you guys know what this
    means tipsy topside tarka tours and I’m gonna try not to
    mumble this time cuz I got a lot of comments a lot of hurtful comments Oh hey, welcome aboard and lets do a tipsy tarka topside tour Sugar scoop, pirate boarding platform our kick up rudder you see here lots of mechanisms that do things
    I don’t quite understand yet but my understanding is this thing kicks up spare
    emergency tiller slots it here from the other side if we were to lose our
    pendant steering which we’ll get to in the front of this swim ladder
    boarding ladder dope ass davit system like a Mad Max sort of platform we can lift
    our whole thing out of the water very easily a lot of solar shower kind of low
    pressure right now trickle but you can like trickle yourself and get wet
    so explain why the rudder in the skeg are so cool
    our rudder system is so cool because I can lift this thing up and then we drive
    well, no feet in the back but with the keel like two or three feet so we can
    pick up a rudder by pulling out this handy dandy pain in the ass pin stand on this thing this bad boy floats and the pin that was removed gets reinstall to different heights of Necessity I don’t want to do the whole thing, but you get the idea I know what you guys are saying you’re
    like oh shit like in heavy weather wont this pin just break yes
    and so this is our coastal cruising pin and we have an aluminum pin for offshore
    where we know we’re not gonna hit anything but the idea is this if we hit something in shallow
    waters this will break before everything else
    Breena will find out okay go ahead
    This is mine this is my tour they’re all mine Bee so, looking back
    here this is the wench that pulls up the skeg that’s under the seat here
    excellent hatches for ventilation if you were to be aboard the boat nice breeze
    coming through that’s great these giant six inches
    holes are the ventilation for the engine and if we were to have a indoor heating
    system which we do it on right now it all vent out right there nice tight
    clean beautiful safety features always good to have
    ours says our name on it which i think is pretty dank I think that’s
    everything back here you can kind of see this giant platform which we’ll get to
    in a second so much goddamn shade Breena picked the boat out because of her
    aversion towards the Sun okay now the Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (Screaming) that was the sugar scoot moving into the cockpit
    which is an interesting configuration because it’s kind of like a center
    cockpit but kind of like an aft cockpit but kind of like an on top cockpit because
    there’s really no back to it so if it were to get pooped with a wave then it would drain out everywhere and there’s like a working section of the cockpit and then
    there is a hangout chilling section of the cockpit yes and if you were to be
    steering back here you see all these electronics some which are functioning some which are not but it’s a cool little station where you can see every point of
    the boat from the main steering area even with the giant ass dodger and Bimini
    which are kind of ugly but they serve a purpose and they’re working good so far
    okay from the main steering station you’re still noting this awesome giant
    hard Bimini that has water catchment in place so the whole edge of it has about three quarters inch lip that when it rains it just dumps water out the sides we
    don’t have a water maker because we have this thing now Dyneema not running back stays but adjustable back stays I know it’s furry, we’re going to replace that it’s a red flag but we can adjust back here and tension the back stay back
    when we’re beating towards the wind everything’s here walkie talkie actually
    works we can do a radio check should we call ’em yeah do it radio check, radio check, radio check well that’s disappointing yeah loud and clear catamarans
    thank you put that
    in today fuckin works pretty sweet what’s above you
    what this? it’s a window there’s no mast head anemometer thing
    or wind pointy Direction deal so I don’t really know
    why you so I guess so you can see the tell tails on the main Breena likes this
    feature our throttle and gear shifting lever is down by your feet so this is
    how you do it one two one two forward, back we got a locker here that you can find
    people in you should show the locker I know but it’s like lifting waits CrossFit the locker look at that
    thing how deep does that go to the bottom that’s the size of their boat emergency
    bilge pump next to the steering station all the books say you should do that because what if your boat gets swamped your taking on water you still got to handle the situation
    storm action pump pump pump you’re out here doing it Breena’s watching TV mostly
    outlander down there over here propane locker keep all our explosive
    things out here we have another storage area for gasoline and diesel so we don’t
    have any jerry cans on deck which i think is a great feature it’s under
    Breena’s feet right now she’ll do some b-roll of that from my
    point of view see Breena great I see we got speed log we got depth we got wind
    pointing direction thing we got autopilot
    we got steering wheel lock I got the Raymarine GPS system that is not
    working now that will be working in this Pelican box this is definitely a Rio
    fix like you couldn’t order the part that you wanted down here and so you
    made this Pelican box do I like it, I think it’s a nice addition
    VHF now working because of me thank God for me that’s most of the oh yeah this
    cool aft roller system so if you would ever like send out a drodge like in heavy
    weather I’ll never use it but it’s really cool if I were to use it okay I’ve
    got a 400 watt solar panels and we got a airex
    wind gen up there which it sounds like hell when it’s going we turned it off for
    the video which should be sufficient to run all our batteries batteries toasted I
    don’t really know but they seem to do the chargey bit things their supposed to do
    tell them what you hate about the cockpit that I love well it’s not here because
    it’s my video I took ’em out this whole fucking thing turns into like some sort
    of Parisian lounge that we should have hookahs out here with all these God damn
    cushions everywhere which I’ve been stepping on it and it’s been driving me
    nuts so for my cockpit tour I took them all out but when Breena does her tour
    the whole goddamn boats gonna be throw pillows traveler in the middle I think
    it’s nice a lot of boats we’ll have it further
    forward by the companionway I don’t like that you get stuck on it coming in and out of the companionway this is like the like we said the working station area so like the
    business end can be all back here and then that’s the lounging end uh, should I go up top
    yeah can we both get up there yeah get up deck sure Sure, I mean I didn’t design it this is
    the view from the top of the world on top of our hard bimini also water catcher
    if you remember we talked about a second ago people keep saying it’s a yoga platform we’re not gonna do that bullshit but one could do yoga up here I suppose Oh bright orange our
    boat is painted safety orange everywhere we have this giant dot on top if we were
    to be in trouble helicopter could see the dot and it may
    make us a little more susceptible to being saved or we just look like assholes with giant orange shit on top of our boat moving forward while Breena is steering underway this
    is the hanging out cockpit I was discussing prior we have a ample seating
    you can fit at least a hockey team in here lots of really nice big
    aluminum self tailing wenches recently greased look at that that is nice under here is where we keep our diesel cans our generator fuel things that blow the boat up
    things we don’t want clutter the deck with I’ll go down in the hole other
    things Oh the boats set up where all of the mast work is done back here through
    a bunch of clutches and wenches here so none of the shit you don’t have to go forward get it all here nice easy the boat is over built on
    every standard imaginable so like our blocks are huge wenches are huge
    cleats are welded in and enormous like you’d pull the dock off
    before you pull the cleat off because it’s three inches welded aluminum I
    think good oh these cool little baskets too Breena likes these you put all your shit in there keep the clutter out of the cockpit
    you don’t need to tangle up you don’t need like two dogs in heat this is
    just nice and tight everything is where it needs to be Dodger the previous
    owners were very very tall just huge giant people so everything is tall
    obviously could come down a little bit but it’s nice so like I can stand up actually on
    the back seat and still not hit my head on there but look at this cool shit huh
    look at this it’s nice I mean it looks goofy but serves a purpose this is for only when
    we’re at anchor we take this shit down Breena bought this Luci light it was
    expensive I’m still upset about it go forward K going forward being
    aluminum no soft decks what do you Glassers think about that our pilot house from
    the outside looks much better than from the inside cuz it’s all crazed and
    shitty and needs to be redone but when it’s done it is going to be siiiiiiiiiick everything’s welded in which is one of
    the features on our aluminum boat so our stanchions and stuff they don’t leak
    because there’s no through bolts it’s just it’s just heavy-duty and nice like
    you could lien on theat I don’t want to but you could lean on that if you wanted to
    pretty Spartan rig everything is very simple you got this boom break which is
    in addition to the Spartan bit but nice so I don’t die when Breena jibe….errr Breena doesn’t die when I jibe I should say we get caught on that one she woulda…hoo hoooo
    everything runs back to the cockpit nice nice three reefs in the main sloop rig
    we have a removable fore stay that you can put a storm jib on that runs on its
    own little track system I haven’t played with it much yet but it looks like a
    fore reaching system like everything is drawn in a very tight so so that’s good
    aluminum deck step mast higher quality than we’re used to very nice heavy gear
    a lot of self tailing shit lazy jacks Breena is not a fan she wants to cut them
    off immediately but the boats so goddamn big that it’s very nice to have a
    helping hand taking down all the gear so we’re gonna we’re gonna play with those a
    little bit the jungle did destroy most of the lines running rigging is a lot of
    replacement is in our near future but that’s on the higher priority list monster spinnaker
    pole for the monster Genoa we have you’ll see a video where I probably break my arm with this pole there’s a good chance in the near future I’ll hurt myself
    one of the nice features. up there. I’m sorry I’m the creative, Bee one of the nice features on our
    boat it’s fucking raining in the jungle damn it
    one of the nice features on our boat is that we have a lot of ventilation so a lot of
    these nice Lewmar hatches one two three four five six six in total in
    different compartments in the boat these flip up with the galley and the living I
    think we call it the fun station in the last video or
    something along those lines that keeps it nice and ventilated
    this one is nice it’s above the…. just rude anyway this hatch is above the nav
    station which has leaked previously and now is repaired yeah I’m gonna cut to
    the repair now you guys can see the new one dorads man that is salty as shit right
    that’s nice so like air can go in them water can’t keeps things ventilated you’re
    not at the boat maybe you’re under way in the passage just getting no one’s
    actually under way in a passage but if you were under way in the passage
    and blue water green water colors of water coming over the fucking bow no
    water’s getting in those that’s keeping the boat aerated nice crews happy you
    got to feed them though make sure you feed the crew [inaudible]
    we will go offshore I don’t know what this is no idea someone put a lot of time into
    it there’s a couple sheave block things fuck if I know looking up we didn’t discuss our rig
    is a very heavy duty double spreader lots of stays especially for a sloop
    rig the chain plates are welded in like a 3/4 inch aluminum I know there’s gonna be a lot of chatter about like ahh good like galvanic corrosion they look good
    heavy solid tighten this shit up good to go forward of me is our anchoring
    station my anchoring station that’s one of my my jobs on the board one of many, couple I suppose it’s nice and deep it’s a deep well so
    if you’re like getting pooped by waves you feel safe even though it’s a false
    security you feel like you’re tight to the boat at least you’re in a hole we
    have a manual Sampson Lawrence what the fuck is that thing. windlass. I know it’s a
    windlass it’s a sea something oh it’s really starting to rain now five five but good windlass OHH Here we go! it’s good roller furler, ok great let’s go inside we’ll finish the tour video in more of
    a coffee variety as opposed which will be less fun but I’ll probably be more
    informative if that’s your if you’re watching us it’s not for information
    I assume but you should definitely change channels if it’s for information but
    we’ll do in the am with more coffee and I will point out some more features of the
    boat that we like and I hope you like too okay okay I’m ready
    we’re doing it yeah oh okay what’s your rode, whats our rode I actually have no idea
    what our chain is tell you the truth we have our previous Rocna from our smaller
    boat so right now we have like a little lunch hook of an anchor but and then we
    have 3/8 chain that’s marked in increments I don’t know what the
    increments are so right now I put three sets out which is numbers we’re gonna
    check that when we get to the yard we’re gonna dump it all out so we will
    measure it it’s just temporarily the way it is
    nice roller harken roll, is it harken Profurler, Profurler roller
    Furler very nice easy to clean easy to maintain everything’s out in the open
    spray it down with water no lubrication needed this, this Bee is our inner
    fore stay, removable inner fore stay for our storm jib that swings back and forth
    on that little track I was talking about previously last night whew fuck me it’s hot
    can we call it, is that good I don’t really want to do a call-out this time though
    yeah I’m really not interested in hearing from these folks about my mumbling if you guys enjoyed these tours and would like them to continue
    shoot a little comment down on what you want me to tour next whether it be my workshop more
    in-depth someone else’s boat the dinghy I mean it’s up to you whatever you guys
    want I’m just I’m just here okay bye guys

    FORAGE Making the Most of What We Have (Spearfishing and Fish Head Soup) – Free Range Sailing Ep 115
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    FORAGE Making the Most of What We Have (Spearfishing and Fish Head Soup) – Free Range Sailing Ep 115

    January 18, 2020


    (oysters cracking) – Having a boom trial. – [Troy] There’s been no loud cracks yet? – [Pascale] No. The frames of those two red Morwong and we’re just gonna
    make a soup out of them. Mmm, that’s nice. (relaxing music) – [Pascale] Welcome to Free Range Sailing – [Troy] Join us as we
    sail around Australia visiting its wild places in our 30 foot 50 year old sailing boat, Mirrool. – [Pascale] Living off the land and sea while sailing yacht that
    costs less than a new car. – [Troy] We show that it’s
    possible to have big adventures with a sea worthy boat
    on a very modest budget. (relaxing music) – [Casey] It’s gonna be a wild day, I’ll have my whole wet weather gear on. See you guys. – [Troy] Catch. – [Pascale] Bye. That was pretty awesome, one of my little brother’s friends, Casey, he came and visited us. He’s coming up the east coast
    in his little Hobie Cat. That’s pretty minimal. I thought we were minimal
    but that is minimal. (boat engine roars) (relaxing music) (water splashing) – [Troy] Hey, what’s happening? – I just put a stinky mullet
    in the pot and chucked it. It’s up there. – [Troy] (laughing) – His meat is over there. It’s out of the nave channel – [Troy] Pasce the pro fisherman. (relaxing music) – Am I driving? – [Troy] Yup. (upbeat music) ♪ When I die, ♪ ♪ Don’t you cry ♪ ♪ I just have to fly up ♪ ♪ In the sky ♪ ♪ Don’t you worry a bit ♪ – [Troy] (laughing) – [Pascale Voiceover] With
    nothing in the crab pot, we went and got some fat
    looking oysters off the pier. ♪ Well, all my life I never walk with ♪ ♪ someone standing by my side. ♪ – [Pascale] I’m just shucking the oysters that we collected at
    Shoulder Point yesterday. And my hair is wet cause
    I went in for a swim. It actually motivated me to
    shuck these oysters though. I was feeling a bit moochy. Now I am feeling motivated
    after getting in the cold water. Pry it. Got it. I think I’m okay at this. ♪ Close my eyes and sleep for a while ♪ ♪ There is something that goes round ♪ ♪ And round in my mind. ♪ – [Pascale] I’m set, wine and oysters. [Pascale Voiceover] Last
    week we broke our boom and carried out a temporary repair so we could continue
    our travels southwards. With the fiberglass cured, it was time to reattach the main sail, say goodbye to Port Stephens and take our boat out for a trial run. (upbeat music) With the sail back on we rigged up the raking lines
    and we were ready to go. ♪ When I die ♪ ♪ Don’t you cry ♪ ♪ I just have to fly up ♪ ♪ in the sky ♪ – You just watched us
    head out of Port Stephens. And it was pretty spectacular coming out of that entrance there. The rocks are pretty amazing and we’re having a boom trial How’s she holding up skipper? – [Troy] There’s been no loud cracks yet. – [Pascale] (laughs) No. We’re heading out to Broughton Island which is about ten nautical
    miles from the entrance of Port Stephens. We’re gonna have a look there
    and maybe go for a dive. ♪ Well all my life ♪ ♪ I’ll never work with
    someone standing by my side ♪ – [Pascale] We’re here. – We’re not here yet. – [Pascale] So there’s quite a large swirl invading into the spot that
    we had all marked to anchor in so we’re gonna go look around
    the other side of the island. Fingers crossed we find somewhere to go. (relaxing music) – Yeah well, we might
    just go and have a look just where the waves are
    washing over those rocks and where they trickle down off the back. We’re going to have a look at that. It should be something
    completely different to what we normally look at. – [Pascale] Yeah, it’s gonna be cool. – So, I’m out of my element now that we’re out of the
    tropics but I don’t know. We’ll just, we’ll just
    start with water movement. How about that? – [Pascale] Yeap. – [Pascale Voiceover] Not
    being familiar with this area we just started by looking
    for areas with current and wave motion in order to find fish. ♪ You think that everything ♪ ♪ You don’t know is a lie ♪ ♪ You think that
    everything I say is wrong ♪ ♪ Is wrong ♪ ♪ You feel little ♪ ♪ I feel little ♪ ♪ Floating around ♪ – [Pascale Voiceover] Diving down to check on the dinghy’s anchor,
    we immediately discovered a little group of Port Jackson Sharks. ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ And I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ ♪ No I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ No sound ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ You’re a non-believer ♪ ♪ But I’ve seen it with my own eyes ♪ ♪ And I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ ♪ No I’m never surprised and no ♪ ♪ Nothing phases me ♪ (relaxing music) – We’ve got the frames
    of those two red Morwong Moro– morons (laughing). We’ve got the frames of
    those two red Morwong that Troy shot this morning and we’re just gonna
    make a soup out of them. We do this a lot in our pressure cooker and it’s really easy. We just chuck the frames in
    that Troy has scrubbed down with a brush to get rid of all the slime and a bit of the scale. Um, so yeah we just got
    the fish head in there, gutted, and the frames. Cause we’ve already put
    the filets in the fridge. So, I’m just gonna make
    like a tai style one. I’m just gonna put a
    little bit of sea water in, bit of fresh water, some
    ginger and some fish sauce and some chili. And that’s it. And then we’re just gonna
    bring it to pressure and cook it for about ten minutes. (upbeat music) (seagull chirping) We’ve got some pesky seagulls out there. Alright, so that’s on. The soups on and we’ll just leave it until it comes to pressure and
    then leave it for ten minutes and then we’re just gonna
    leave it on the stove and later tonight I’ll make a soup with it and I’ll show you what I’m gonna make. (seagull chirping) (fan blowing) – [Pascale] I’ve put you to work. – (laugh) never stopped. There’s not a lot to recover. Like it wasn’t too bad a fileting job but in between the bones
    there’s still enough flesh to make it worthwhile. Just, just to recover and we’ll just get these clean bones off. – [Pascale] Just a quick job. We’ve got really beautiful stock. I think we’ll add another filet in. (inaudible) There’s the stock and
    Troy picked the meat out and we put the meat in and
    we’ve added like a little bit of Brussels sprouts. Mmm, that’s nice. Something about cream corn and fish stock. They go really well together. The last of the coriander, very last. That’s a big bowl of soup. It’s good. It’s boiling hot but it’s good. (upbeat music) – [Pascale] Come on, stear boat. – Where’s the wind coming from? – [Pascale] It’s fine, we
    just, we rode down a wave and the wind came behind us so its uh. – [Troy] We’re flying along here. We’re going on a beam reach. So what that means, for
    any of you non-sailors, is the wind is coming straight
    onto the side of the boat and actually as a wave
    hits us on the nose, we scoot down uh have a bit of a surf when wind comes from behind
    us before the autopilot takes us back. So you might think that when
    the wind, and everything else, is right on the side of the boat that would be the roughest
    time for you to sail but it’s not actually the case. When we’re reaching like this,
    when the winds on our beam, it’s actually not too bad because the sails set
    out from the boat, ah. And except for the roll of the waves, the winds not pushing you over. When you’re close on the
    wind, when your close hauled, so if the wind is quite close
    to the front of your bow, that’s when your actually leaned over more but like this, it’s not too bad. The only thing giving us a
    bit of trouble at the moment is that uh sloppy meter,
    meter and a half sea. So yeah, it’s sort of rolling us around cause it’s hitting us exactly sideways but other than that it feels
    quite sedate, you know. Cruising down, um probably got about 15, sometimes gusting up to
    20 knots at the moment. So that’s, ya know, pretty
    neither here nor there. Percy’s out there making
    funny whoop noises. So, sounds like she’s getting excited. She’s been watching whales, for
    sorts of thing been going on it’s been pretty eventful coming down the new South Wales coast. I didn’t know what to expect
    but its been pretty fun. – There’s so many whales. You can look out along the coastline and you can just see
    spurts, they’re spurts like, blowing in the wind but
    you see a puff of water. They all seem to hug the coast. ♪ I made it through the eye of grace ♪ – Whoo! (laugh) – [Pascale] (laugh) – Come here Pasce. – I had to um, save some of the things. The pepper shaker went flying. – Ah man, so we’ve
    jolliped, we’ve come down and through the wind
    so we’re heading down. We’re going pretty much
    straight down weather now. What do you think about this? – Pretty good. I think we’re going like
    seven and a half knots still. – But it feels sedate. – Does feel much better. – We’ve shut down the wind generator and we’ve gone a bit lower and
    it feels a lot more gentle. Once you’re up on deck it’s, and particularly with the
    wind generator howling it just seems a little bit crazy. – Yeah it does. – Hmm, alright well this is um, hopefully this is our line til– – [Pascale] Til Newcastle – [Troy] For the next three hours. – Whoopa! Are we gonna get there too early again? – Yeah. – (laughing) – But we’ll have wind
    to go into the harbor. – Yeah, so we might be
    pushing a little bit of tide. – Yeah but sometimes what can happen is you’ll have tide coming out
    and if there’s a bit of waves coming into the harbor and stand it up. Make it more exciting. So its cut to 17 meters for
    big ships so there’s no bar. – Yeah. – But it doesn’t mean it can’t still be just a little bit uncomfortable going in. – Yeah. (upbeat music) – So this is uh, this
    is a pretty sedate way. – Oh, you put the camera on. – So this is a pretty sedate way to do six or seven knots really. Ahh, Pasce’s just doing
    some comic relief there. – There isn’t it rock and roll. – She’s just showing that it
    is actually on a, sailing boat at the moment. There’s no crash, there’s no splash. It’s not very dramatic. We’re making great time. – Do you want um, what sort of Tabasco do you
    want with your salt eggs, Smoked Chipotle or normal? – Yes. – Smoked? – I think Smoked Chipotle
    would have to be the winner. – You get the big tin. – Yes. – Oh sh– ship. – (laugh) (techno music) – You would have seen us coming into Newcastle the other night and the reason why we came here is because we’re picking up a new fridge lid and a new fridge basket
    for the rusty old angle. – This fridge lids been through a bit. We even had to custom make
    out of some scrap wood a timber handle but
    then I have this new one so this ones been repaired
    and renovated a few times but it’s actually starting
    to crack and come apart so. On a boat, there’s so much to do. I can see people now, why
    don’t you just fix it up again? But you really have to pick your battles. – [Pascale] Yes. – So making another
    fridge lid is not a battle I wanted to take on. Because as Pasce brightly
    pointed out to me, when I was talking about making a new one, she’s like I think there’s
    more important things to take care of. She’s right. Look at that. Your gonna be chipping a nail on there. – [Pascale] You’ll have
    to put the new basket in. It’s too rusty that one. New rust free basket. Just show them that its
    made the new plastic. – It’s got good plastic coating but I guess I don’t know. After time it starts to flakes and crack – [Pascale] Bye, rusty basket. Do you need the sponge? Is there lots of water in there? – Sure is. – [Pascale] Oh, am I ever
    gonna be able to get in? – [Troy] Try pushing down on it. – [Pascale] Tada! This is like a new fridge. Are you happy? – Not as happy as you are. I’m happy cause you’re happy. – [Pascale Voiceover] Make
    sure you join us next week as we encounter our
    strongest winds yet up sail. – Turn off the wind gene–. We’re only sinking a little bit. – [Pascale Voiceover] Thanks
    for watching this week and if you enjoyed the video, don’t forget to hit that thumbs up button. Also, when subscribing
    to Free Range Sailing, make sure you hit the bell button so that you stay notified of
    all our upcoming releases. (relaxing music)

    The Nude Latitude – Free Range Sailing Ep 31
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    The Nude Latitude – Free Range Sailing Ep 31

    January 15, 2020


    – Well if the wind
    generator has got anything to say about it, it says that it’s doing
    about eight to ten knots. – [Pascale] Mm-hmm – So, we’re gonna leave. We’ve got about 300 miles to
    go and we’re gonna go across the Gulf of Carpentaria,
    and end up in Weipa. – And just like that, we
    said goodbye to the Northern Territory, and headed east
    for Weipa in Queensland. (light-hearted music) – So we’ve got our bush walking bag out. Not because we’re going bush walking, but because in here is a PLB. What’s a PLB? A PLB is a Portable Locator Beacon. Or a EPIRB, a little portable EPIRB. We’ve also got a inflating life jacket. And that’s got a built in harness to it. So what’s gonna happen
    is, anyone whenever one of us is asleep or inside
    and not out there watching, whoever’s on watch is
    going to be tied to this. They’re going to be
    clipped on to the yacht so they don’t go overboard. If they do go overboard,
    then I want an EPIRB strapped to that life jacket. All right, and if you end up in the water, and this goes off and
    you’re floating there, especially in the
    tropics, it’s a big place, you want this EPIRB right next to you and you want it going off. So I guess the first thing
    that we should do before we strap it on, give it a test. Yep. – [Pascale] Did it flash? – It works. So I’ve tested it. The batteries are good. It’s running well. It’s in date. I have just made sure that
    it’s, the batteries in date and everything’s tested. We do have a larger EPIRB for the boat, so this is our secondary one. So this is going on to the
    harness, on to the life jacket. And anyone that’s out
    there tonight, Pascale. – [Pascale] I’m safe mom, see? – As safe as she could
    be with this lunatic on the high seas. (Pascale laughing) (peaceful music) – Good morning. I’ve been on my watch
    for about three hours now and it’s been really magic. We’ve had the spinnaker
    up most of the night, all of the morning, I started my watch. We’re not going very fast. We’re going like two
    and a half, three knots. There’s barely any wind. It’d be like eight knots
    with wind or something. We’re just coasting
    along, like walking pace, crossing the gulf. The sun’s been reflecting off
    the water and onto the windows of the boat, it’s just so beautiful. And the spinnaker has this
    amazing, pinky color to it. It’s really beautiful. I just, I feel very, very
    grateful that we’re having a crossing over the gulf and
    we’re not getting flogged. We’re not going head to
    weather, we don’t have big seas, we don’t have big swells. It’s just so awesome. So, so cool. (upbeat music) – [Pascale] Good morning. – Morning, baby. (yawns) Feels like I was awake til 3:00. (Pascale laughing) Might untie that lazy
    rope just ’cause it just keeps just dangling in the sea and– – [Pascale] Oh yeah? – We’re never gonna jibe this thing. Oh good, you switched out the camera, ’cause I got no pants on. – [Pascale] Okay. (laughing) (upbeat music) It’s pretty much windless
    right now and we’re here too. Or we’re just floating, aren’t we doll? – Uh, heave too, we got the sail up. It’s pointing to the wind. – Okay, and we’re gonna go for a swim. Troy’s even going to check
    the prop and see if we need to give it a little bit of a clean. – ‘Cause I’m just a work-a-holic. – He’s a work-a-holic. And I’ll just probably
    gonna check him out good and make sure that no
    sharks sneak up on him. (laughing) – It don’t take long to get a
    shark come up off the water. Give me that scraper and
    we’ll see if it comes back. – [Pascale] Okay. Here ya go. – Usually after a bit of
    scraping on metal, any shark that’s around will come
    back up and investigate. But he’s being pretty boring. Jump on in. – [Pascale] Yep. – Put the camera down, come on. – [Pascale] Shark! There’s sharks down there, there’s lots. Holy shit. I’m gonna get the camera. – [Troy] The spear, head spear. – [Pascale] They just
    came all of a sudden. – [Troy] They love that
    scrape, scrape, scrape, eh? – [Pascale] I was like,
    they’re gone, they’re gone, they’re gone and then whoa! There’s like 20 of them. This has got, the spear’s
    got the thing on it, eh? It’s got the cap on it? Ow. A pretty ordinary occurrence
    in the Gulf of Carpentaria? Did you do this last time you were here? – Well, it’s a lot better
    if you’ve got someone to keep an eye on your back for you. – [Pascale] Because the first
    one before the school came, really like came fast at us. And then– – Well the thing is, like
    you’ll be working away, and no shark, then you
    turn around and there’s 30. – [Pascale] Yeah. They just came out of the blue. – Literally out of the blue. – [Pascale] But it’s so
    cool because I’ve never seen water that clear before. – And that many sharks. – [Pascale] Yeah, and that many sharks. It’s cool out there. – Yeah, it’s a lot of fun. It’s quite cool. If we’re in there and a big
    bully or a big tiger shark showed up, then we’d have
    to be a bit more cautious. Ya know? But those little sharks are fine. – [Pascale] How big are they,
    like five foot or something? – Five, there was a couple of
    six and a half footers there. – [Pascale] Yeah, so they were
    like my size and your size. But they seem smaller. But I guess they’re just a bit,
    they must have been further away than I thought ’cause
    the water’s so clear. – Yeah, there was some, that
    little one that came right up, he was only a four footer. – [Pascale] Yeah. – He’s only just a baby. – [Pascale] That’s why I was cocky. – They cause so much
    trouble, little sharks. – [Pascale] Yeah. – The big old ones are like,
    “Ooohh,” and they stand off, but the little ones are just like, “Oh what’s that, what’s that”‘ – [Pascale] Maybe there’s
    something like near it or that I can– – Yeah but, then they get
    in close, and then they take off, they’re all excited. And everything’s just like,
    oh what just happened? – [Pascale] What’s that? – Then the next thing you know
    all the big ones are excited. And then it just goes to hell. – [Pascale] Well, that didn’t happen. ‘Cause we just had this
    spear pointed at them. And if they came too close,
    you just stare them down and start swimming towards
    them with the spear. – Yep, look like you belong there, and look like you’re hungry. – [Pascale] How deep is it here? – 52 meters. – [Pascale] 52 meters. – I’d say you can’t, you
    can make out a bit of color on the bottom. – [Pascale] It’s pretty good visibility. I’ve never seen visibility
    like this before coming from WA. – Well, we’re going to be doing
    more of that in Queensland. And, we’ll have our
    underwater camera again. – [Pascale] Yay. – A little fun with sharks, Pascale. We’ll probably get another
    couple knots out of that. That propeller had a
    lot of barnacles on it. – [Pascale] Yeah, right. – So we’ll, and that’s why
    the sharks get excited. There’s just a nice trail
    of stuff going down. But, no we’ll do, we’ll do really well. So we’ll check that out. We’ve got the midday doldrums. I’m hoping we’ll get
    some afternoon breeze. We’ll see, ya know? – [Pascale] At least
    we’re a bit cooler now. – Yeah. – [Pascale] And the boat’s
    gonna go faster hopefully. Looks like a shark to me. – [Troy] Oh, it is. – [Troy] That would be
    a tiger, a little tiger. – It’s big, isn’t it? – [Troy] Pascy got a marlin. Oh no, what are we gonna do? (laughing) – Oh it’s hooked in there. That’s where it gets hooked, is it? – [Troy] No wonder it
    ran like fucking crazy. – Oh my god, I caught a marlin. – [Troy] Keep pulling it up. Pull it up. Oh, that’s not a marlin, it’s a sailfish. – A sailfish. – [Troy] It didn’t take
    to the air, though did it? – No. – [Troy] All right,
    we’re gonna have to try and release this. – Yeah. What’s that sticking out of it’s gill? Yeah, it’s recording now. Goodbye sailfish. Wow. – [Troy] So what do you
    think about that, Pascy? – First sailfish. – We’d actually prefer a
    mackerel, that’s the sort of fisherman we are. – Or tuna. – [Troy] And naked fishing
    seems to be working out. – Yes. Just a general naked gulf crossing, it is. – [Troy] It is, isn’t it? Same kind of weather. Well, I’ve been out-fished
    by Pascale, yet again. So there ya go. Good work. Here we’ve got Pascale. She’s nicked the dish washing
    detergent because if you didn’t know, it lathers in salt water. – Yep, and it gets rid of all that grease. – [Troy] So what’s gonna happen is, first after the first clean with salt water and then we’ve got a bit
    of fresh there, Pascale. – Yep, we have the water maker
    running during the morning ’cause we’ve had the, we’ve
    had to motor ’cause there’s no wind in the gulf at the moment. – [Troy] Yeah, oh well,
    there’s always swings and roundabouts, isn’t there? – It’s an added benefit. Get to have a fresh water wash. – [Troy] I think that’s
    second round with that morning fresh that would later a lot more. – K, so rinse it out
    and morning fresh again? Oh hello. – [Troy] So this second round looks a lot more successful, Pascale. – Yeah, I think we’re, I
    think we got rid of that first sorta grease and this is better. After this one I can give
    my hair a fresh water rinse and then use normal shampoo. – [Troy] Yes. – I’m gonna smell delicious. – [Troy] You are gonna
    smell absolutely fantastic, unlike me. – This is one of the reasons
    why we go to water bay here on real. So I can wash my hair. – [Troy] Spoiled she is. So I’ve got the old cut off bottle. When sailing, you come to
    appreciate the little things. – And it’s good to remove
    all the hair out of the cockpit so it doesn’t
    end up inside the boat. – [Troy] That’s how we
    celebrate catching sailfish around here. – Hair washing. It’s awesome that we caught that sailfish. That was cool, but we really want food. We’re gonna make urad dal this afternoon ’cause we’ve run out of meat. – [Troy] Yeah, we’ve just ate the last of the fish just then. Not too many mackerel around here. There’s no structure so
    we’re just hoping for a tuna. A tuna would be good. Not a sailfish, not a marlin. No game fish. – [Pascale] Is it a tuna? It’s a tuna? – Tuna. – [Pascale] Oh yes. That is great news. It’s a shami for dinner. As long as a shark doesn’t come. – Yeah, just pull it out of the – [Pascale] Yeah. – It’s not a bad fish. – [Pascale] What is it? – When you do get a tuna on
    board, no matter what you do, quite a bit of blood comes out of it. They’re a fast moving fish
    they need a lot of oxygen into their tissues. They’ve got a very high blood volume. You want to get that out. I put the gap into it. A lot of blood just
    streamed out of that tuna. So I’ve obviously hit something hard. Normally when you open up
    this side, and in there, an enormous amount of blood
    will come out that tuna really, really quickly. You want to cut down through
    the membrane that joins to the gill there. K, so we’ve cut there. This line here behind
    the fin, a shallow cut. It only needs to be less than
    an inch deep though there on both sides and a slice at the tail. Then you can omit this one. But that one is very important, and cutting on the throat as well. When I brought the fish on
    board, I scraped it’s head. And there you can actually
    see a larger white patch. That’s where the brain is. Right through there. Most fish you can’t scrape it and see it. But with tuna you can. So that will give you an
    instant kill on the tuna. And that means the fish
    is not suffering any more than it has to. If you’ve never seen a tuna before, these things rely on really high speed. And they are voracious. So this fish wanted to eat that lure. It’s a halco laser pro, and
    it’s in that color scheme for it to be interested. That seems to work in the
    gulf, doesn’ it, Pascy? Catches sailfish and tuna. – [Pascale] Sailfish and tuna. – Really large eye, okay. So they’re a sight predator. This fish, when it decided that it was
    gonna take this other thing on, there’s no cutting teeth in here. Tuna just have grabbing teeth. Oh, that’s what they’re eating. – [Pascale] Sardines. – Mmm, they look a little
    bit like little miniature trevally sort of things. – [Pascale] Oh yeah. – They’re not sardines. – [Pascale] Okay. – I’m not sure what they are. So that’s what that fish has been eating. But it decided that, that
    would do just as well. So no teeth in there. That was gonna swallow that whole. Because they rely on
    speed, if you look here, built into the fish is a
    perfect recess that the fin can go down into leaving
    that perfectly smooth. Likewise, these little
    ventral fins, they also fit down into their very own, there’s a little groove in there. So when the fish puts them
    away, they are perfectly smooth and tucked away also. And here, you can’t see it
    at the moment because there’s a groove here, but if we look. – [Pascale] Look at that. – That just slots down perfectly into an actual slot in the body. That is gone. These fins are fixed. But then you have these
    other little fins that can just adjust side to side. Just like that. And the speeds that these
    fish swim at, that is enough for precision control. So when they swim, they
    stop and they’ll glide. They’ll swim up and then down. Up and then down. So during their glide
    pattern, they can make minute adjustments with this as
    well as sticking that out. And look, the angle gives
    it lift like an aero foil. So these things are amazing. They’re delicious, but they’re amazing. So, long tail tuna. Before I process this tuna
    or really any bloody fish, I’ve got this scabby old deck broom. I do like to just clean up as much
    of the slime as I can. And then I’ll clean this and give it a bit of a bleaching afterwards. That will make handling the
    fish a lot easier for you if you do have a bit of
    a scrubbing brush there. ‘Cause all fish have a top of slime which is anti-bacterial, anti-biological. Stops them, it’s their
    antiviral, if you like. It also helps them slip through the water. It’s their first line of defense. Reef fish have it thicker than these ones. But all fish have it. So that is kind of handy
    to give them a wash down. I think Pascale, that this
    is going to be delicious and very welcome. – [Pascale] Yes, definitely. – So that’s us for fishing now. I think this should be
    enough fish to see us through to Weipa. We’ve only got another
    day and a half, I guess. – No time to stop around here. – [Pascale] It’s just a
    little bit hot right now. – It’s gotta be 100% humidity. – [Pascale] You just walk
    around and you’re like dripping with sweat. – Not even a breath of a breeze. – [Pascale] April, April weather. – Unreal. This is what used to kill
    the old mariners though, get stuck in the doldrums, for weeks, throw the horses overboard. Like there’s only me and Pascale, I can’t throw her overboard. (light-hearted music) – We find that long tail tuna
    is at it’s best after it’s rested in the fridge
    for at least 12 hours. (light-hearted music) What’s that noise? – That’s the noise of silence. – [Pascale] Such a relief. Three knots, we are. – Three knots. This is where that wind
    vane modification paid off. ‘Cause there’s no way a
    wind vane would operate now. I can only just feel the breeze. Oh, that’s a nice little breeze there. – [Pascale] I can feel that. – Probably picked up to
    three and a half, eh? Yep, bingo, ba-da-bing. – Ba-da-bing. – [Pascale] Spinnaker is
    getting a pink color again ’cause it’s sunset. – We just wanna keep our
    fingers crossed that this isn’t just the– – [Pascale] The sunset
    breeze, the sea breeze. – We’re a bit far out for
    this to be a true sea breeze. But yeah, as the sun falls
    we get that shift each day. And we can’t guess when
    we sail through the night. We should be getting wind
    now at the end of Wednesday. There’s supposed to be
    lower winds, not no winds. Supposed to be picking itself up now. And then over the next few
    days, an easterly shift. So we should just slip into where we’re just in the nick of time. – It’s our fourth day and the motor’s on here, there’s no wind. I guess we’ve got tuna in the fridge, I might eat sushi for breakfast. – In the sushi rolls
    there’s tuna, mayonnaise, wasabi, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds, and of course sushi rice mixed with vinegar and sugar to give it a delicious flavor. (upbeat music) – I just wanted to increase to about eight knots and just go a little more to the north and then we can use it. We haven’t had any wind. We sailed out into a doldrum, didn’t we? It’s like a great big heady of nothing. I just want to go sailing. – [Pascale] It’s not much to ask. – It’s not, I hate motoring. Maybe if I loved motoring
    more we’d get more sailing. I’ll try that. – [Pascale] Love this. – Boy I sure do love motoring. – [Pascale] You got your wind. – Tropical sailing. Zero to 20 knots, in 15 seconds. – [Pascale] Quickly put a reef in. – Hogged a reef in. Our baggy wrinkle. They chafe, the protection on the stays that people keep asking about. They’re working really well. We’re keeping the battens off the stays so they won’t erode our sails. I had to change the sensitivity
    of the order, I call it. So it will handle it a bit better now. We’re back at with it. What are we doing? Five and a half knots now so that’s getting into Weipa at 2:00. – [Pascale] Nice. – Well, we’ll see. This wind is associated with
    all of this weather ahead. – [Pascale] Storm system, yeah. But it was the north
    westers we were hoping for. Or not, is is more of a– – It’s a straight northerly. – [Pascale] Northerly, right. – Bit of a localized low-pressure
    system just over there. Winds, whew, coming in. It’s all good. (upbeat music) – We just pease this a little. A little catch of the wind on the side. – [Pascale] The steering working? – The steering’s working. But, what happens with
    an electronic auto pilot it averages all of the
    corrections either way and then slowly reduces the
    air out until it’s steering. So in a very rudimentary sense, it learns. So when you’re doing something
    like this, as soon as you make a bit of a change,
    the balance of the boat the autopilot goes, what so it has to relearn again. See how it’s settled in now? – [Pascale] Yeah. – So yeah, basically
    that’s what it’s doing. In it’s little basic brain. It’s adding up all of the corrections taking the average and trying to find that medium path. (upbeat music) – Well is often the case
    with sailing in the tropics, things change fast. That sprang upon us pretty quickly. And it was a whole lot
    of fun surfing before it. But now that wind is shifting
    and it’s gone to the north. So it’s directly in beam of us. So we’ve had to pack all that away. I guess we ran with it
    for about 45 minutes, almost an hour. But now it’s just straight as a beam. So we’re just doing a beam run into Weipa. And it looks like we’ve only
    got about two hours to go. That’s to the outside of the leads, because Weipa’s a pretty major port. So there is shipping
    leads to go through there. We’re not actually gonna get
    to an anchorage in two hours it’s still a bit of time to
    go, they’re very long leads. But that’s a great opportunity
    to catch some more fish just before we go on land. Okay, some of this
    greenish cast in the water visibility is down a bit here. So actually we’ve put the
    lure in about three quarters of a boat length. Just a bit over eight meters out the back. A lot of the yachties
    that I see are fishing and they have poor results. One of the things is I put
    it down to is they’ve got it so far away from the boat, they think the fish
    are scared of the boat. That is not the case. If you’re sailing particularly. Aahhh! If you’re sailing in particular
    with no motor running, fish will come up and check it out. If you ever see whales, or
    whale sharks, or something big in the water, they’re
    usually surrounded by fish. If you are trolling out
    there and you’d like to experiment a bit, try getting that lure a
    bit closer to the boat. ‘Cause trust me, fish will see
    a dark shadow and they’ll go, “what’s that?” Go and have a look, “Oh
    yeah, it’s just a whatever, whether they’re interested or not. But then your lure will
    come immediately after and they’ll get that thing. One of my commercial mates
    Mackerel, he was always two meters down, eight meters back. That was his sort of thing. Everyone’s a bit different. But he was relatively successful. – [Pascale] Saw a wave. – We’re pretty successful. – I don’t think we go
    too many miles without getting something, Pascale. (music drowns out speaker) – [Pascale] No. – [Pascale] Whilst we didn’t
    get the mackerel we were hoping for, we were pretty
    excited to get this beautiful skip jack tuna. You can see this tuna is really red. – [Pascale] Yeah. – That is really, really red tuna. A lot of people don’t like this but, when it’s cooked, it’ll be
    quite firm and it’ll go pale, like chicken. Pollo del mar. We’ll give it a go. I’ve got all the blood out of it. We’ll have a go. It’s still quite warm. But once it’s chilled, I don’t
    know, it might be acceptable. We’ll see what we got, Pascy. – [Pascale] Challenge? Fish tiny gullet. Can’t even filet a tuna when you’re doing seven
    knots across the sea. – [Pascale] That’s why I’m filming. I’m in awe. (light-hearted music) It was amazing to see ships
    after having spent four days in the gulf not seeing a single boat. Arriving at the leads in Weipa
    we had to be very careful because there wasn’t much
    distance between the shoreline and the lead marker. And there was a large
    ship exiting the port. (upbeat music) I’m always amazed at how
    impressively big those ships are up close. (upbeat music) Well, we’ve made it to Weipa. This is my first time in Queensland. – [Troy] First stop in Queensland. – My first stop in Queensland. So we’re here. It’s steamy and cloudy. But we had some great wind
    coming in which you would have seen so that was awesome. – And you’re first fish in
    Queensland waters was a sailfish. – Yep, pretty epic. So we’re gonna put the anchor down soon. We can see anchorage just ahead. There’s a few yachts there
    and a few fishing boats. So it looks good. And I know this is a ramble but anyway. I can’t remember what I was gonna say. We’re definitely gonna sleep
    well tonight, aren’t we doll? – There’s some good coconuts there. – We need a new a pair of binos. It’s busted, look. We have to look through one hole. – That’s okay. – Give ’em some money on
    Paypal so we can get a new pair of binoculars, please. – The poor man’s sexton. I’m taking land shots. – We’re doing sightings with busted binos. We need your help, please. Well folks, I hope you
    enjoyed the crossing. I’m gonna stop rambling now. And, we’ll see you in Weipa. If you enjoyed this video,
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    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)

    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..

    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.