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Boat Work Season 2 - New Boat

Check Out the Fancy New Thru Hulls

Boat refit video #10 | This is the first project I started when I got to the boat is finally completed. And what an important project is was: Thru Hulls.

After over a month waiting for shipping/customs (which I think had something to do with the boat “yacht-in-transit” paperwork not being used for over 4 years) I received a box filled with these little plastic parts. Upon inspection they were very well made, and very strong. I was like a kid on Christmas day, lining them all up on the table to take this shot! LOL 😆

Overall the install wasn’t difficult, I think just about anybody could do this DIY-style. Getting the old thru-hulls out was way more difficult than putting the new ones in. They are strong, corrosion-resistant, come with labels, and are such an improvement over the 27 year old fittings that were in the boat.

I’m a happy boy after finishing this job, and won’t have to worry about one of these things failing 1000nm out to sea, or not being able to close one.

Totally stoked to have Trudesign fittings. Hope you like the video! Big props to Paul, my new editor, I think he did a great job with this one.

Much love!
James

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Windows Are In! No More Leaks!

Boat refit video #9 | James here with the next installment of the Oyster refit: The Windows.

Joined by the Dutch father-son team of Max and Vas, and with our helper Hein we tackle the enormous job of rebedding the salon windows. If you’ll remember in the last video we had taken them out, now it’s time to put them back in. 🙂

But before we place them back into the boat they must be stripped, prepped and painted so we’ll never ever ever ever ever have to do this job again.

Hilarity ensues as we try to get this right. Please stay tuned to see what happens.

Much love to everyone!
James

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Splash party!! Launching the Oyster 485 LIVE!

Livestream upload (Dec 9, 2020) | Splash time with Zingaro! The new Oyster is going in the water! Woohoo!

We will be going on a tour of the boatyard, talking about the work I have completed, and what is left to do, and, of course, watching the machine take this 40,000 lb beast from it’s current spot on land to the oh-so-glorious water.

After almost 4 years on the hard, the boat returns to where she belongs. If you believe that boats have souls then this will be a very joyous day for everyone 🙂

Hope you like the party!

Much love
James

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Everything Is Leaking…

Boat refit video #8 | So there are some serious leaking issues going on with the new Oyster…

Seems to me that as soon as I stepped onboard and “broke the seal” so-to-say, every single window, hatch, and port light is now just pissing water whenever it rains (It’s the rainy season here, it’s raining alot!).

In this episode follow me as I removed the salon windows to prep them for re-bedding. We also remove and replace a couple hatches (yes, also leaking) and get to go to a little BBQ at the boatyard.

Hope you like this episode. I like having a dry boat!

Much love!
James

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The Hardest Job I’ve Ever Done on a Sailboat

Boat refit video #7 | Lots going on in Zingaroland. I go into detail in the intro of this episode, then show you guys exactly how I replaced the rudder bearings and bushings.

It was a huge job, and this video covers a couple weeks working on this (among other things).

Much love!
James

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Buying a Used Sailboat – Here’s What You Can Expect

Livestream upload | For the last month I’ve been tearing this 48′ Oyster sailboat apart, getting ready to sail it back to Florida and start the real work.

My Covid escape plan is going well, but I need to be in Florida before January 15, and right now there is a TON of work left to do.

Come for a tour …
James

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Dropping the Rudder and Fixing the Damage

Boat refit video #6 | This is one of the harder things I’ve ever done with a sailboat. Maintenance put off too long by the last owner, and it’s up to me to replace all of the things that have gone bad from non-use.

The guys I hired to help with the thru hulls really did a number on them. Some of them look like they exploded from the outside in. I’m going to need to really work to get everything back to a clean, solid foundation for the new TruDesign thru hulls.

After we go through how to fix that problem, we start on the rudder. After much prodding and smacking, we finally break the shoe free of the epoxy holding it on. Man, what a job. Check out the video to see more.

Much love from Curacao
James

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Behind the Scenes With Sailing Zingaro

Boat refit video #5 | Come behind the scenes and get an uncut look at life in refit on the hard aboard the Oyster 485 in Curaçao. I take you on a boat tour and give a synopsis of everything going on in the land of Sailing Zingaro.

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James

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Get Away From the Boat With That Sawsall!

Boat refit video #4 | Removing the 27 year old thru hulls is a PITA. It took three of us two full days. …Um, ok, in truth it took me two full days to call the pros and have them do it in 3 hours 😉

They bring a sawsall to attack the hull!!! I’m definitely not comfortable with this. Watch to see more.

All 16 thru hulls were fiberglassed into the boat, which made removal SO tough. We had to cut away all the glass, then cut the thru hull, then beat the hell out of it with a hammer to get everything out. But after a long, hot day of work the satisfaction of turning my $ 200,000 boat into a sieve was glorious!

Now if I could just get customs to release the thru hulls so I can install them…

Much love
James

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Don’t Buy a Used Sailboat Without Watching This Video!

Boat refit video #3. We’re going through the thru hulls on this video. All 16 (!) of them. James takes off a few of the valves to show you guys what to look for, and get’s a nasty surprise at the end. That’s the way it goes when you get a boat cheap that has been sitting. To be expected. You KNOW it’s not going to bring ME down.

At the end of the video is an extended version of the phone call I made to Scott Sheen – he won the week on the boat from the Kickstarter drawing last week. I’m very exited to welcome him to the boat. I’ll be cutting this down a bit for youtube.

Well, gotta get back to work, this boat isn’t going to fix itself!

James

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First Impressions of the New Oyster Yacht

The first days aboard a new 50′ Sailboat are a bit overwhelming! The teak decks, the mosquitos, the batteries, the water… Will I be able to tackle ALL these things before I have to travel? Where will the money come from? How long will it take? Do I have the skills? Where will I get the parts?

So this is a conglomeration video of a bunch of posts I made to the Saloon (the official Sailing Zingaro WhatsApp group). It’s a bit more raw than what you’re used to, but it really gives you a feel for the emotions I was going through real time in the last week.

The boat is coming along. 6 thru hulls need replaced, new batteries, buff the boot stripe so I can do the rest in the water, tune up the engine and test, and get the rudder moving smoothly. That’s about it before I can splash here and get her back to where she belongs. 😉

I’m temporarily changing the format of the videos until I get crew to help me out. They will be a bit more raw and uncut in a V-LOG style. That will allow me to put MORE content out while I refit the boat.

Wish me luck! Much love!
James

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After 10 Months: This Is the New Boat!

Nearly one year after shipwrecking off the coast of Hawaii, Sailing Zingaro crowdfunded a magnificent Oyster 485 worth $200,000.

Join us for a tour of this vessel, and we’ll show you what it’s like to buy a boat that has been sitting for a LONG time.

Made possible by Patrons/Kickstarter – Welcome to our new journey, my friends. Thank you, to everyone who made this possible, and all those who continue supporting this channel.

Much love
-James

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Update From Kimmi, James and the New Boat

Real time update | I’ve got a special video that you’ll want to see: After being separated by the coronavirus pandemic for 7 months, we are together one final time to bring you this video. It’s been a wild ride, one that has deeply touched us both, and one that we will surely never forget.

Please join me in saying farewell to the best first mate anyone could ask for.

Much love!
James

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Pacific Crossing – Sailing with the Ketch „Te Vega“

Real time update (June 25, 2020) | While Kim stucks in Germany, James is back on the water. He is sailing with the crew of s/v Te Vega, a 1984 Mason 63, from Hawaii to California. They’ll heading north towards Alaska before turning to the east to ride the northern trades into the mainland. Overall it should be around 3000nm and three weeks of sailing.
For more information please watch the upload of our livestream on YouTube or track Te Vega’s journey here…

Of course James is filming the entire adventure – all about what it takes to get a boat ready for the trip, and what it’s like out on that passage. Stay tuned!

Pacific crossing pt. 1 – 4 …

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Boat shopping: Lafitte 44

Real time update | Zingaro is on the HUNT! James tours a Bob Perry designed Lafitte 44 monohull sailboat. He says: The boat is trying to speak to you, all you have to do is listen…

This isn’t only a boat tour, but also an explanation of exactly how he goes through the boat as a pre-purchase survey.

What James figured out…

This monohull is reportedly a great sailor, and it’s big enough to fit 6 comfortably. With two separate cabins, two heads, and a convertible settee, there is plenty of room for cruising in comfort. It’s the same boat, that my buddy Brandon is taking to Antarctica – you can see some of his adventures here: Sea Change.

The Lafitte really shines in the galley, and the huge workspace and double freezer/fridge is a big plus from Zingaro’s tiny little kitchen. I’ve been on much bigger boats with smaller cooking spaces.

The engine is relatively new, and looks to be well cared for. The layout is very weird: As you come down the cockpit companionway you are greeted, instead of a boat interior, with a wall of teak – making up the aft cabin. There is a double to port with a small seating/stowage area. I would have put another quarter berth here and don’t really see the point of this waste of space…

But the rest of the interior makes sense and is very well laid out. The nav table is comfortable, the settee converts to a bed, and the aforementioned galley is quite a sight. The quarter berth is very high up, so if you are limited in mobility or a big person you are going to have a problem sleeping here.

Really the only glaring problem I saw with the boat is the teak decks. They would absolutely need to be ripped out. This a a huge job, most likely entailing the re-bedding of every deck penetration and partial replacement of the deck. Also all of the cushions and headliners need to be replaced. If you were to pay someone to do this I would imagine it would get up near $20,000, but for me to do it I think more around $5k and a month of work (preferably on the hard).

As far as price, he wants $85k.

With the layout and the deck problems I’m not really sure I’m in love with this particular boat.

Stay safe and healthy!
James

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Boat Shopping With Zingaro

Real time update | I’d like to update everyone on what’s going on with Sailing Zingaro, the new boat, the Kickstarter campaign and anything else you guys want to talk about.

It’s been a little while since we checked in with all of you. That’s about to change! We’re going BOAT SHOPPING!!! Come join us to see what Zingaro II may look like!

James

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Episodes - Season 1 Videos

Diving Deep into the Beauty of Easter Island – Ep. 71

What makes this place so special? And why not everybody comes here?

Anakena – Our Favorite Anchorage

We start this story in the magical land of Anakena. This place has proven to be (and still holds the title) the best anchorage we’ve ever been to. Yes, I said it. Favorite anchorage of all time. Please don’t tell anyone.

“But, James,” you ask, “aren’t all of the anchorages on Easter Island dangerous and rolly?”

When it’s right, it’s right, and brother/sister when this anchorage is calm it is absolutely an amazing place to hang your hook.

If you look closely in the drone shots you can see a very small piece of bright blue water around the boats: that’s the sand. Everything else is coral. Wall-to-wall beautiful coral, with the underwater topography of lava channels, caves, lava tubes, etc. Add that to the 600-900 year old statues towering above and you get this one-of-a-kind location.

While we had the pleasure of staying here, we had a patron come down for a visit and bring us a new autopilot! Thanks Rick!! You rock brother! By the time we got him back to the boat it was time to scoot around to the eastern anchorage of Tongariki.

15 Moai in Tongariki

Tongariki is one of the coolest places on Rapa Nui. With it’s 15 Moai it also holds the title of the most statues in any one location. The scenery here is equally amazing, as you’ll see. The volcano you see behind the statue is the quarry they are made from. We’ll dive into that on a different occasion.

Then it was on to fixing the autopilot… They say cruising is “fixing your boat in exotic locations” and we definitely put that into practice. But, at the end of the day, after many hours of consulting, drawing, and planning – we’ve got a solid plan to get our autopilot back up and running better than ever!

Hope you love this one!

Much love
Kim & James

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A Day in the Life of Cruisers on Rapa Nui – Ep. 70

We finally make it on land in Rapa Nui! If you ever get the chance to go here, please do. It was a magical place. A bit difficult to have a boat, but the people, the food, and the ambiance was amazing.

Definitely a hard place to get provisions on a sailboat. After they close the harbor we need to change anchorages, entering through big swell and surf only to hitchhike the 4 miles to get some fruit and vegetables.

We visit the port captain for another cruiser, and show you around Hanga Roa. Hope you like Rapa Nui!

Stay safe and healthy!

James & Kim

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Rapa Nui – A Difficult Island for Sailors | Ep. 69

Is it worth sailing here? A couple of days after our arrival at Rapa Nui (Easter Island) we realize that the stories about this island were true: Little protection for sailboats and dangerous harbor entrances for dinghies make it a very difficult destination for cruisers.

We still weren’t able to leave Zingaro

When we woke up on day three, the wind had changed to the north and forced everybody to move from Hanga Roa to the other side of the island. We raised the anchor and our sails and got on our way to the southern side of Easter Island. Was the trip to this remote island worth the trouble?

Watch to find out!

Hope you enjoy, much love
James & Kim

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Arriving to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – Ep. 68

  • We could smell the land from 20nm out.
  • We had been out to sea for 18 days… 2500nm.
  • We had been hand steering for the final 24 hours.
  • It was worth every bit of trouble.

Three weeks on the Pacific Ocean, all by ourselves, we were fantasizing about a couple different things: Salad with yoghurt dressing and beer on the top of the list.

So close, yet so far: Stuck on our sailboat after our Pacific crossing

When we thought we could enjoy the benefits of being back in civilization as soon as we dropped our anchor, we thought wrong. The immigration procedure at first and finally our own equipment kept us from going ashore for another three days after our arrival.

We appreciated the beauty of the island, observing it from a distance and went diving off of our boat. The stoke of having it made to Rapa Nui, the island furthest away from civilization, was real.

We hope you enjoy our arrival to Rapa Nui. It was one of the best, coolest, and amazing passages we’ve ever taken, and hands down both of our favorite place we’ve ever anchored.

<3 Much love everyone! Hope this finds you all safe and healthy <3

James & Kim

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