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    How I made a DIY Sailing Rig for our Tender | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵

    January 9, 2020

    Hello! In this video I’m going to show
    you how we made our cheap sailing rig for our tender. Now, before we start
    there’s a couple of things I want to say. First of all the quality of this video
    isn’t great because this is a last-minute thing I’ve just realized
    we’re selling this boat and our tender is going with it so this is a very last
    chance I’ve got to show you how I made our sailing rig and I don’t have any of
    our proper camera equipment with us so I’ll show you what I’m doing to record
    this. There’s an inspection mirror… there you go you are a phone and you are being
    held by a disposable plastic cup and a napkin so I’ve made a phone holder out
    of those and I’m just making do with what I’ve got so bear with me with the
    quality. The second thing is I might look a little bit sad in this video that’s
    because I am I’ve just signed away this boat and are tender and I’m just kind of
    coming to terms with that. It’s a very kind of… it’s exciting because we’ve got
    a new boat so – I’m not complaining – but you know when you form a bond with your
    boat it’s really difficult to let them go. I kind of feel like I’m selling a
    family member. So if I look a bit depressed that’s why! Right then: let’s get started.
    So why did I build a sailing rig in the first place? Basically the plans that
    I used to build our tender, the sailing version uses an Optimist rig and I
    looked into buying one of those and they’re really expensive I mean for what
    they are they were far too expensive for my taste. So that was the first reason, to
    save some money, and the second reason was if I had used an optimist rig then
    the boom would have been very low down and every time we tacked the tender
    we’re living having to crouch right down and that didn’t seem very convenient to
    me so I decided to make the mast taller so that the boom could be higher
    up and that would give us a bit more head clearance, so that’s why I did it.
    First of all there was the planning stage and I couldn’t find the dimensions
    of an optimist rig online very easily so what I ended up doing is something that
    I’ve done lots of times for different reasons. I got some diagrams of Optimists
    which you’re easy to find and then from the LOA which I knew I was able to scale
    up the different parts of the boat and using a ruler on the monitor I was able
    to then make the rest of the measurements of the rig. I then thought
    about where I wanted the boom to be and that’s a balance because the higher you
    have your boom the taller the rig the less stable the boat is and the more
    stress you’re putting on the components the mast step and other parts of the of
    the rig so it’s a bit of a compromise between seaworthiness and the
    convenience of having a boom that’s a little bit higher and gives you a little
    bit more head clearance. Once I knew the dimensions involved I went online
    onto eBay and bought some very cheap but good quality aluminium tubing or
    aluminum for our American cousins and I bought six zero eight two aluminium
    which is very good at resisting corrosion in a marine environment. So
    I’ll explain to you now how I went about making the rig. Here’s the must or here’s
    one section of the mast and I made it from aluminium tubing three millimeters
    thick so it’s nice and strong and the nice thing about aluminium is it’s very
    nice to work with it’s easy to cut it’s easy to drill it taps quite nicely too
    so you can drill a hole smaller than the diameter of a
    screw for example and then when you screw in the screw it threads itself into
    the base material and that’s quite strong. So there’s a couple of things I
    want to show you with this. First of all I had a problem buying tubes longer than
    two meters long and our mast is taller than that it’s just under three meters long
    so I had to come up with a way of making a mast splice. That was really easy in
    the end. If I show you the other end of it you can see what I did. This tube was
    much longer and I cut it I would say that kind of distance from the end and
    then once I’d cut that section off I (this was using an angle grinder) I then
    cut the small section of tube that I had just removed into two halves. After I’d
    done that I was able to insert the two halves into the original tube and then
    with a little bit of tweaking, I had to cut some more away to to give me some
    more clearance, I then drilled through the two sections and riveted them in
    place so you can see they’re riveted there and afterwards (what I actually did
    was I taped an electric drill to the end of this tube I then put that on the
    floor, used my foot to operate the drill, I was wearing a glove, so this whole thing
    span around it was kind of like having a lathe and then I was able to fine-tune
    the diameter of this with sandpaper and just it was a very tight interference
    fit to begin with and then by rotating this and using the sandpaper on it I was
    able to tweak the dimensions and get it to the perfect size. Here we go. It pushes in (it’s a tight fit) and then once
    that’s in there I drilled a hole through the two – just there – and basically I then
    got some threaded bar this is stainless steel threaded bar I heated it up until
    it was red-hot and then I bent it round into that shape I added a nylock nut and
    a penny washer and then this just goes into the hole there… It’s quite tight to get in, which is good
    because once it’s in it doesn’t want to come out again. and there we are that’s that. That’s how it sits when its fitted, and on to this you can then fit a block which can be used to hoist up the sprit.
    So I’ll show this all in position together now. There you go that’s it in
    position it sits in there on its own, there’s no other means of locking it, it
    just stays in there even if you pull down extremely hard on this that’s not
    going anywhere. You can then use this carabiner to
    insert into the end of the sprit, which I’ll show you shortly, and then this line
    hoists the sprits up and down. I then made some homemade jammers or stoppers
    or whatever you would like to call them and I’ll show you how I did that now.
    Before I show you the stoppers I’ll just give you another close up there of that
    threaded bar and block- the whole arrangement that I’ve got there. There
    you are that’s how it works it can pivot around like that it can move up and down
    and it doesn’t come out once it’s in it just stays there so very simple but very
    effective and the mast splice itself works really well there is no play
    whatsoever in there there’s no wobbling at all it’s actually quite difficult to
    remove it sometimes, so you can lubricate it before you put it in there to give
    yourself an easier time of getting it out. I’m really happy with how that turned
    out. On to the homemade stoppers then there it is: it is a piece of copper pipe
    which I cut off using a pipe cutter and then you can make a large diameter
    hole here, through which you can eventually insert a screwdriver,
    then further down the other side of the of the copper pipe you make a small diameter hole, which can take a screw and then the same here you can make a small
    hole in the bottom through which you can get a screw and then here, with an angle
    grinder again, you can cut a V into it and this is a very, very simple,
    cheap but effective stopper. As I said before to fit this to the mast you just
    need to drill a hole that’s a smaller diameter than the screw threads and then
    as you insert the screw (you have to be careful about this) but if you apply
    pressure and screw the screw in it taps itself into the mast and it’s very
    strong. So that’s how I fitted it and I’ll show you how this works now with a
    little line. Here is the line which holds up the bottom of the sprit with the
    carabiner and you can see that just runs through
    the stopper there and if you want to block it off it’s very simple… There you
    are that’s already blocked and the harder you pull on that the harder locks
    itself off so that’s already very, very secure it’s not going anywhere
    but if you want to be really, really sure and maybe there’s a load that’s coming
    and going on this that’s not constant and you want to make sure it holds then
    all you need to do is tuck that behind there and that’s very, very secure. I’ve
    used this, you know, a lot of times and I’ve never had one of these slip once. So
    it’s a really good, cheap way of making yourself a stopper. You can make these in
    all different sizes of course this is a small 10 millimeter copper pipe you
    could use larger pipe and therefore have larger lines running through it
    afterwards. Looking at the base of the mast there as we come up we’ve got one
    stopper – copper stopper I think I’ll nickname those – we have
    one copper stopper here and that is for the vang and then it’s very simple
    there’s the other stopper there and that is to hoist the sprit. Then we’ve got the
    mast splice and at the top of the mast I made it a nice sail-friendly profile by
    adding a little section of cutting board inside and then again I used my ‘drill
    lathe’ method to sand it down into a nice rounded profile. Initially that was that
    finished it was glued in place – and I stuck a rivet in there as well just for good
    measure – and with the normal optimist sail that I bought which is a school sail
    which just slides over the mast that was that finished. However I then made a
    storm sail out of a poly tarp and I added these two eye bolts at the top so
    that you can run a halyard through these with which to hoist the storm sail.
    Rather than buy these separately I actually found the cheapest way to buy
    these was to buy a small turnbuckle (stainless steel turnbuckle) and you get
    two eye bolts with that and that was cheaper than buying the eye bolts separately.
    That was the mast, now this is the boom first of all I made a gooseneck you can
    see how I did that very simple I just used some flat aluminium profile and
    there you are two sections on the outside riveted into position and then
    there’s another semicircular profile section, again made out of flat bar which
    I bent, and that’s riveted into place on the end there so there’s a little bit
    of play in this it can move up and down and, you know, there’s some play in here
    there they can bend a little bit take some of the strain out of the system and I
    just put some heat shrink on there just to give it a little bit of protection
    against chafe against the mast. So, really simple, easy to make but effective.
    We’ve then got a copper stopper this is for the other end of the vang and then
    we then got the attachments points for the mainsheet again all these fittings
    are held into place by screws tapped into the aluminium so really easy to do
    but it works and then we’ve got the fitting for the outhaul and then we’ve
    got a nice large diameter protective cap here on the end of the boom- because if
    you tie your tender alongside your boat then the boom can get blown into it and
    this stops it from scratching your hull. And that is the boom. We’ve then got the
    sprit and as I said before this is hoisted you just insert the carabiner
    like that and then when this is under tension that’s that’s enough to to haul
    that up and keep it in place. That’s almost all there is to the sprit we
    just follow it along there’s nothing else on it
    the only other sections of interest are here where there is another splice
    because this needed to be longer than 2 meters I’ll pull that apart now and show
    you it. There we are: made in exactly the same way as the other one you can
    see the rivets there underneath the heat-shrink and that just slides in and it
    works really well. And at the end of the sprit here you can just see I made a
    protruding bolt you can see the bolt head sticking out there and that larger
    diameter, that engages onto the hoisting point of the sail and lifts the
    sail up where it’s required. I then just stuck another protective cap on the
    end there, made out of cutting board again. That’s the sprit. Here is the leeboard very simple to make just made out of
    plywood I rounded the corners I didn’t bother making a foil section I
    just left it flat and it works fine and this is really, really, really simple! This
    was my own kind of design the plans have a completely different leeboard
    setup but I just wanted something really simple so all I did… I drilled a small
    hole in the side of our tender actually I drilled two one on each side so you
    can swap over from one side to the other if required, and the hole can just be
    plugged with a small wooden… what are they called?… Somebody in the comments section
    tell me what they’re called. The little wooden things that you get from
    Ikea when you’re putting furniture together the little wooden things that…
    you know what I’m talking about don’t you! So you just plug the hole with that
    and then you only have one hole! And then this is threaded bar stainless steel
    threaded bar and I’ve drilled a hole and tapped the hole and then screwed the
    threaded bar into this short section of the same tube that the sprit is made out
    of that’s a handle now this was tightened so that it’s it’s
    completely jammed I believe I put some thread lock on
    there as well this is now a bolt that doesn’t need a tool so you can spin the
    whole handle and I then made two gigantic washes out of cutting board.
    Cutting boards are so useful for about a million different things.. Go and buy a load of cutting boards and put them on your boat they’re ace! So I made two huge
    washers out of cutting board. The leeboard goes on an outside of your boat you put
    a large washer and your tool-less-bolt through on the outside on the inside you
    put another large washer so this is on the other side of your hull now, this is
    on the inside of your hull, of your tender and then you’ve just got a wing nut…
    and then you tighten that up and because of the friction created by the two large
    washers basically if I turn this side the wing nut almost doesn’t want to turn
    because of the friction within there so you can get a lot of torque on this. You
    can really, really torque it up with the size of the handle there you can really
    squeeze that. The cutting board is a little bit compressible so that acts as
    a shock absorber and this squeezes between the hull and this worked
    brilliantly. This leeboard it didn’t move under sail you tighten this up it never
    moves at the same time if you were to hit a rock or some other obstruction
    underwater then this would kick up and rotate around the bolt and it wouldn’t
    break so very simple again I found it to be very effective,
    so hopefully somebody else can find that useful too. This is the rudder and I
    massively over engineered this I made this just after I’d made the boat I had just
    learnt how to laminate wood and had a lot of bits of leftover wood so I kind
    of… Like I say I’m massively over- manufactured this. The design concept with this is that it stays down in the water. It’s very
    stiff this can kick up so again, like the daggerboard [leeboard] if I were to sail into a rock then this would kick up like that. That’s also useful if you’ve got your tender on a
    pontoon, or on a beach, you don’t necessarily have to remove the rudder
    you can just kick it up and then it stays away from the ground.
    So it does work, as I say, you know you can see how I made this. I laminated all the wood together. I made large washers out of plastic and you can see the
    different laminates of the wood there… I’ve since thought about this you can
    make it about a thousand times more simple, so I wouldn’t necessarily use
    this exact design myself again if I was to build this again but there you are you
    can see how I made it. So I’ll just push that back down that’s
    ready to sail now. You can see how I attached the tiller you’ve just got a section
    of aluminium flat bar, bolted through here on the top of the rudder and then
    it’s bolted with a single bolt through the tiller and the tiller is made out of
    an axe handle which I bought in a DIY store very, very cheaply but it’s quite a
    nice finished product you know you don’t need to do anything to it other than
    drill a hole through it so that was very convenient and it’s very strong. One
    thing that is quite interesting is the way that I attached the rudder to the
    tender. I saw that you can buy the correct fittings to do that but they’re
    very, very expensive again and I don’t like to buy expensive things if I can help it.
    So I made my own system it’s a quick- release rudder. You have to use your
    imagination here because it’s raining outside I can’t show you the tender but
    basically on the tender you’ve got some eye bolts like this facing in the
    opposite direction so there they come from this side and you’ve got the eye
    here, so as you bring the two parts together the
    eyes all line up with each other and then if you drop in this copper pipe… and
    at the end I just hammered it flat so that it becomes a wider section I
    drilled that, stuck a little loop of Dyneema through it… Once you’ve got the
    eye bolts lined up together on the transom of the of the boat and on the rudder, you
    just drop in the copper pipe and then the two are locked together it pivots around
    the copper pipe and as I say it’s quick- release: if you want to get rid of the
    tiller and the rudder, you just pull that out and it comes off. So, really simple,
    really quick and the eye bolts are made out of stainless steel which is harder
    than the copper… So if you were to use this over a number of years the copper
    pipe would wear down and in fact you can see some small marks on this where that has
    started to happen and then, you know, it might last 5, 10 years whatever and then
    you can just make another one of these in about 10 minutes and they’re quite
    cheap, so I think it works well and… yeah ;there you are that’s how I attached the
    rudder to the tender. Here are the sails that we’ve got we’ve got an optimist
    sail standard off-the-shelf school sail very cheap it’s a good sail
    it’s quite a lot of sail area so you can use this in the light winds once the
    winds pick up quite a bit – we’ve had some some quite exciting times out sailing
    our tender – then you can do with less sail area so I made a poly tarp sail
    with roughly half the sail area of this. The quality of this is absolutely
    laughable I made it in a very, very haphazard way There we are: this is our storm sail. So I made Telltale’s out of little pieces of line which I frayed, you know, the tack
    and the clew are made very, very in a very, very gash way by cutting off
    sections and building up the layers stitching it by hand with a little
    needle and I also used quite a large diameter line – it’s a small diameter line
    but it’s a very large diameter as a thread – I threaded that through again by
    hand so, yeah… you certainly don’t look very posh when you’re out sailing this!
    But if you’re in heavy winds and you want to get back to your boat and you
    want to sail back then this is handy to have and it was extremely cheap to make.
    So that’s how I made our sailing rig for our tender we’ve had a lot of fun in ours
    and I do recommend that you do this yourself, you know, if you’re anchored in
    a bay with your main boat and you want to go exploring places there’s no better
    way of doing that than by sail in your tender you know you’ve got no problem
    with draught you can get into all the little nooks and crannies that you can’t
    get to with your boat and it’s a really peaceful and satisfying way to explore a
    new place. We’re about to go ashore I’m going to go
    into this bay and see there’s anything to see up there. Well that was a nice relaxing journey home
    wasn’t it? Yeah, beautiful! If you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up leave
    your comments below, they’re always welcome, and we will see you in another
    video in the near future. Hopefully there will also be Rossella and Emma, so you
    won’t have to look at my ugly mug the whole way through the video. Thank you
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    very much indeed. Okay, see you next time guys! Ciao!

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    November 6, 2019

    hi guys this is quite a sombre video
    today so I apologize for that in advance but I think it’s quite an important
    subject and I thought it’d be worth covering recently rossella and I were
    entering an anchorage and we were about to anchor our boat in the distance we
    could see a RIB shooting along at about 20 knots and he was doing a large turn a
    circular turn and then we noticed that one after one the kids that which were
    on the boat were jumping off into the water and Rossella said to me isn’t that
    dangerous and I looked at it and if he had continued to do what he was doing they
    would have got away with it but we continued to watch we were a bit jittery
    watching it and then all of a sudden we saw basically a young girl – we found out
    later she was 15 years old – she jumped off the bow of the RIB and exactly what
    happened could be discussed for a very long time it could have been a wave it
    could have been just the girl herself it could have been a combination of things
    but she jumped off the bow of the RIB hit the water and went underneath the
    boat directly underneath the RIB and I feel awful just even thinking back to it
    it was just terrible to watch and she did this like really happy jump up in the
    air straight up happy starfish you know really happy and I don’t know I haven’t
    worked it out but 20 knots from the bow of the boat to the engine you’re talking a
    fraction of a second and basically she went underneath the boat the driver
    panicked and he was doing a large curve like that which was keeping the
    propeller away from the kids who jumped in he turned the opposite direction so
    the boat was going around in a circle she jumped in at the bow
    he turned what was actually the wrong way and brought the the propeller
    straight on top of her and you know we heard kind of afterwards kids screaming
    and kind of horrible noises and basically they got her out of the water
    took her into the port and then you know we kind of stayed there feeling quite
    sick and we could hear the ambulance and different things we didn’t know if she’d
    been killed or anything but basically afterwards I went online and we saw that
    yes she was a 15 year old girl she suffered multiple lacerations to her
    legs so you know she was very lucky to survive for a 15 year old girl having
    scars all down your legs probably feels like the end of the world so she’s
    probably you know mentally gonna suffer for the rest of her life and also the
    driver of the boat you know it’s easy to criticize people but we all make
    mistakes and I don’t want to criticize the driver of that boat directly because
    he’ll no doubt do that himself for the rest of his life no doubt he’s replayed
    this situation in his head had many times over already and you know it’s not my place
    to criticize him but the purpose of this video it’s just to kind of spread
    awareness so if you can share this video with other people please then we may be
    able to save people’s lives. Just before making this video I went online and
    found three incidents like this in August 2017 just in Italy there was the
    one that we saw, there was a 21 year old girl on a hire boat in the south of
    Italy she jumped off, the boat went on top of her and she suffered multiple
    lacerations all over her body which nearly killed her from blood loss – and
    the third incident was a 68 year old lady who was in a tender with three
    other people they were going along in their tender it was a very high traffic
    area a motor boat went past really quickly and caused their tender to topple
    over and then immediately afterwards she was run over by a powerboat and she was
    decapitated by the propeller of the motor boat so I’m really sorry to have
    to raise this in a video it’s a very sombre subject I feel a little bit sick
    thinking back to what we saw this summer but it’s such an important subject you
    often see kids in anchorage’s playing around in the tender, and I’m not saying
    I necessarily disagree with that, all I’m saying is we need to be really careful
    about what we do with engines and it only takes a fraction of a second and
    one minute you can be having a beautiful day in the sunshine the next minute your
    whole life could change so please share this message share this video and let’s
    try and save some lives getting this message out there engines
    are extremely dangerous and we all have to pay great attention when we’re out on
    the water to be careful not to injure anybody.


    A Simple Trick to Help You Moor Your Boat | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵

    September 20, 2019

    hi guys today’s sailing tips video we’re
    going to share something with you that we use to make mooring our boat a lot
    easier this is relevant if you have a setup like ours here where you have all
    the boats along the pontoon in a row and they’re secured at the bow by lines
    which go down to the seabed and then at the stern from your Stern lines the
    way that we used to moor on this pontoon and the way that everybody else
    still does it is actually quite difficult as you can imagine a day like
    today you come in with your boat you reverse to get into the correct position
    now if you’ve got boats on either side it makes it a lot easier so we were very
    happy when we’re going back into our slot and we saw there was a vote on each
    side but if you’ve got a boat or two missing this becomes really difficult
    what people do is they’re coming with their boats you have to stop the boat
    before you hit the dock pick up this line which is always tied
    to the dock and then you have to make the way all the way forward carrying the
    line not getting caught up in anything take it all the way to the bow, and it’s
    only when you pull up on that line and you take all the slack out then you get
    to the tight section of rope which goes down to a concrete block on the seabed
    and it’s only then that you’ve got control of your bow so in the
    intervening time when you’ve got wind from the bow like this you get blown off
    sideways it’s a complete nightmare and we’ve seen lots of boats get into
    trouble and crash into other boats because of this this is our really
    simple solution to that problem we’ve got a section of line here which is tied
    to the rope which will eventually go on to the bow of the boat and on the top of
    this we’ve got some floats and a loop basically when you come back in with the
    boat this float is obviously floating at the surface and the line that’s that’s
    eventually going to end up on your bow it’s shaped like this so if your boats
    up here you’ve got the line coming from the seabed it comes up into a kind of
    big lazy loop and then drop straight back down again so you’ve got a section
    of line going down from the floats to the top of the rope for the bow and the
    rope for the bow is down about two and a half meters away from the surface plus
    as you come in with the boat if you accidentally get too close to the floats
    the floats push away from your boat and basically it’s impossible to get your
    propeller caught in the line here so that’s one thing that you don’t need to
    be concerned about so all you need to do when you’re coming in with your boat is
    pick up the float and then this loop can go straight on to the cleat and then
    you’ve done your boat’s under control you’ll be headed into the wind and now
    you can sort out the stern lines and you can get on with the rest of your day
    with relative calm afterwards of course you use the proper large diameter
    lines coming from the concrete block on the seabed and this then becomes
    redundant and you can just tie it off out of the water and you just throw it
    back in again before you leave next time if you wasn’t for taste we wouldn’t be
    able to moor our boat on our own because I’m pregnant and I’m due next
    month and obviously can’t lift heavy weights and like this it is very very easy
    so hopefully it’s gonna help you as well if you’ve tried this trick, or if you have
    any other suggestions please comment below and if you like videos like these
    please leave a thumbs up see you next video ciao Ciao!


    How to Fit a Hammock (or two) on a Small Sailboat | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵

    September 11, 2019

    Hello! In today’s sailing tips video we’re going to show you how you can fit a hammock onto a small sailboat. To stop the hammock from sliding down the shroud we’ve got this small diameter line attached to it which acts as a stop. Then you tie a knot with your hammock line. At the other end of your hammock attach the line like this… and now this can be put around the forestay, and the job’s done! Now it’s time to get on: Rossella is going to do that for us! First of all, put a leg on each side of the hammock, now from behind you stretch it out as wide as you can, while you gently sit down. Once it’s got your weight, you can lie back and enjoy some hammock time! This is a 30-foot boat and we can get two hammocks side by side so that Rossella and I can lie down and just chill out next to each other – it’s fantastic. Nothing beats lying in a hammock and looking at a view like this… [sunset viewed from bow of boat] Thanks for watching, subscribe for more sailing tips, and our other videos, and we’ll see you next time. Ciao [Ciao] you