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