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 4Continue reading “Check Out the Fancy New Thru Hulls”
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, nowContinue reading “Windows Are In! No More Leaks!”
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’sContinue reading “Splash party!! Launching the Oyster 485 LIVE!”
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 rainingContinue reading “Everything Is Leaking…”
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 You likeContinue reading “The Hardest Job I’ve Ever Done on a Sailboat”
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 leftContinue reading “Buying a Used Sailboat – Here’s What You Can Expect”
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 reallyContinue reading “Dropping the Rudder and Fixing the Damage”
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. Hope you like! Much love!James You likeContinue reading “Behind the Scenes With Sailing Zingaro”
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’mContinue reading “Get Away From the Boat With That Sawsall!”
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 hasContinue reading “Don’t Buy a Used Sailboat Without Watching This Video!”
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 getContinue reading “First Impressions of the New Oyster Yacht”
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 newContinue reading “After 10 Months: This Is 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.Continue reading “Update From Kimmi, James and the New Boat”
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. OverallContinue reading “Pacific Crossing – Sailing with the Ketch „Te Vega“”
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…
We’re going boat shopping! Come join us to see what Zingaro II may look like!
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.
If you ever get the chance to go to Easter Island, please do. It was a magical place. A bit difficult to have a boat, but the people, the food, and the ambiance was amazing.
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.
Our passage from Ecuador to Easter Island: Three weeks on the Pacific Ocean, all by ourselves, we were fantasizing about a couple different things.