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”
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!”
This dinghy looks like trash. It’s been sitting for three years, it’s ripped on the side, flat, and dirty as all heck. Do you think it’s possible to bring it back to life? Or should I scrap it and start over?? This and more on this episode of Sailing Zingaro. You like our content? PleaseContinue reading “Junkyard Find! Can This Boat Be Saved?”
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”
We were just about ready to drop the boat back in the water…. BUT (and there’s always a but) the “Biocide-free” paint we used didn’t dry. Ever.
We talk about plywood catamaran problems and what work you can expect. After sailing 700nm we finally find a boatyard to haul out Zingaro.
After sailing all the way to Costa Rica just to find a cheap yard to haul out, they kick us out!? Well, there’s only one thing to do… We hoist the sails and go SAILING!
Close your eyes and hold on! Shipping lane crossing at night, no fresh food, no water. On our search for a boatyard we spend seven days sailing the southern Coast of Panama.
We’re getting moored at the yacht club that I called from Panama, verified the size of the lift, and reserved a spot to get hauled out.
We fixed the damaged spots, rebuilt the daggerboards, and generally refit the boat. It was a ton of work, everyday 10-12 hours.
I broke two of the biggest pieces of my boat. In this video you’ll learn the method I used to rebuild my broken daggerboards.