I received a comment (rather harsh to tell you the truth) about my failure to use the correct toggles in my Dyneema installation videos. Well, turns out the guy wanted to help, and sent me a whole box of goodies.
We went back and forth for over a month, with measurements, drawings, ideas, and here’s the culmination of that work.
Watch how I took my synthetic standing rigging to the next level! I explain everything I did to upgrade my synthetic rigging, what tools are required, and where to get them. Then a step-by-step installation process.
Special thanks to Kraken Structures for the equipment and instructions. I think we’ll be seeing more of Kraken …
Currently we’re in Bahía de Caráquez (Ecuador), taking Zingaro apart! All of a sudden we’ve got quite a bit of space here. We removed the fridge and gave it to the local dockhand. He didn’t have one.
Now we’re going to design a chart table / editing table that fits in right where the fridge was. We have to find a very space-economic design for a desk with an integrated chair. We only have about a meter of space. Any ideas?
Sailing Zingaro | We’re taking our boat apart! All of a sudden we’ve got quite a bit of space here!
No fridge anymore … ?
Seriously, a propane fridge is a horrible idea for a cruising boat. It’s hot (in an already hot place), it’s heavy (extra parts for the propane system), and the #1 reason: it uses an entire 20lb propane tank in 2-3 weeks. Usually on cruising boats a tank of propane lasts 3 months. Plus when you ran out of propane there was no warning, everything just went bad, water all over the floor …
Unfortunately there are no 12v fridges in Ecuador, and a 100% import tax – it would cost around ~$2000 to get one here. Not having refrigeration sucks, but we’ll deal with it. We are happy it’s off the boat!
Want to sail around the world? It’s not as easy as it looks …
Cruising is HARD!!! In this stream we talk about the hard parts of cruising, our sailing plans for the next months, and we have a special interview with another captain that sailed with us for two weeks, a Q & A, & we also respond to some YouTube comments at the end of the show.
[Streamed live on Jun 25, 2018]
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So, the journey up to Costa Rica was… LOUD. We motored more in three days than we have in the last 3000 miles combined. Started off beating into 15kts – Zingaro was doing great! We were moving at 8kts or so for the first 4 hours, storms forming all around us as we headed out and they headed in towards land. Got some really cool videos of that.
Then… dead. 3kts for the next two days. We had to motor so long I ended up freaking out at 5am and we drifted for a couple hours as I contemplated buying a trawler. 😀
We shut the motors down to eat, and sunsets, but we basically had to motor the whole way up here less 7-8 hours. It was a 52 hour journey.
We’re giving back to the community that has made this adventure possible. We hit some major milestones this month: 1 million views, 20,000 subscribers, the Pacific!
In this livestream we discuss about transiting the Panama Canal, our cruising plans, Zingaro’s sails (old/new), travel to USA in April, thoughts on this channel after 1 year and about James’ sailing history …
This is an in-depth video on how I installed my 300W solar system. I’m not advocating any particular vendor, just using what worked best for me. This keeps up with everything I need electricity-wise on my 38′ catamaran “Zingaro”. Charger: http://www.midnitesolar.com/pages/kid… Panels: http://www.hqsolarpower.com/HQST-100-… Let me know if this helps you out, I’d love to hear of your success! Also, if you’d like help with anything,a I’d be happy to lend a hand. 🙂
Finally done with the first episode! Super exited to share this. Flew from Hawaii to Ft Myers, Florida to look at a catamaran, and ended up living there for 2 months while refitting and getting her ready for sea. It was tough, and a great learning experience. I’ve video-documented much of the process, and will be putting out detailed how-to videos, maybe they will help someone in their journey.
Sailboat how-to video brought to you by sv Zingaro! In this episode I take you through everything I did to install a new tri-color masthead light. This one is unique as it has a photo-sensor and shuts off when the sun comes up! Plus you can make it blink slow, fast, and S-O-S. 🙂
Welcome to s/v Zingaro! This is an intro video, explaining what the channel is about. I will be putting out tons of new content very soon! I know the videos aren’t the best, I’m a mechanic, and video editing isn’t my strong suit. 😉 But I’m learning!!
I thought I’d let some things fall out of my head and splatter unceremoniously into this blog. After a month I’m almost done with the refit. I took 6 days off, that makes 28 working-days I’ve been at this. I figure I’ve got another two weeks left before I cast off. Continue reading →
Ok. 8-12 hour working days, plus cleanup, cooking, research, purchasing refit items, and editing video and I’m seriously exhausted. It’s a good exhausted. It’s a “I’m following my dreams” exhausted. I swear to you I’ve never worked so hard in my life (and I take pride in my work ethic). Here’s a rundown of what’s happening … Continue reading →
Quick walkthrough three weeks into refit. She’s pretty trashed inside now, but necessary. Her deck is all cut up, everything is taken apart. Should give you a good idea what’s involved with purchasing and outfitting a boat for long distance cruising.
Happy to be complete with my first project on the boat – installing brand new Lewmar 50ST winches. Not only functionally superior, these are a pair of sexy ladies! Plus they match the halyard winches on the cabin top. Sweet. Continue reading →
Well, it’s been 4 days of happy boat ownership so far. There’s something that happens to everyone when they get a boat – it starts off as euphoric; “I found the boat of my dreams!” After a bit of time the initial novelty wears off and you start noticing things you really didn’t notice before (it’s impossible to know every nuance in the few days you spend with her initially). You start to see the flaws and making a list of how you’d like to fix them … Continue reading →