Maybe Next Week We Can Go SAILING? (MJ Sailing – Ep 153)

Full time cruising still isn’t allowed yet in the UK, but that won’t stop us from enjoying the water.

Hearing there was a race on the Plymouth Sound, we jumped on our bikes and cycled out to see the action. We didn’t have enough notice to get on a boat this week…but maybe next time?

Ending our day early due to weather and a pants mis-hap, we save the rest of our adventuring for another day.

When we do get out though, it is to the stunning River Yealm and the town of Noss Mayo. Hiking from the picturesque center of this posh town, we walk the waterfront to see the place we thought we’d be for half of May. Walking up the bluff to the river entrance we also spot a popular anchorage used just inside the harbour, and one outside that is permitted for anchoring now, but usually exposed to a swell.

So many things to explore in the area, and hopefully soon enough we’ll be traveling to visit them by boat!

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Test Sailing a Performance CATAMARAN – What Do We Think? (MJ Sailing – Ep 152)

We get the chance to go out sailing on a Dazcat 995, and find ourselves racing a Dazcat 1195 as soon as we’re out on Plymouth Sound!

After one of our viewers had seen us take a tour of the Multihull Center, with his boat featured in the background!, he jumped on the chance to invite us aboard since the boat had recently been launched. Julian is partial owner of Easy Tiger, and with England having some brilliant weather at the moment, he invited us out for a day sail.

Knowing that we’re interested in building our own performance catamaran, he thought it would be a great idea for us to take a test sail on one, to see what we liked about them, or areas that may need improvement. Out on the water we were blown away at how well it performed, and it has made us even more excited to begin construction on our own.

And as if a day out on the water wasn’t exciting enough on its own, we even had the chance to race another Dazcat out to the breakwater in the Plymouth Sound, as it happened to pull out just behind us as we entered open waters.

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

The BOAT TOUR You’ve Been WAITING FOR!! – Rebuilt 1983 Trisalu 37 Aluminum Cutter (MJ Sailing Ep151)

This is the tour you have been waiting to see for over TWO YEARS now!! If you have questions on anything we did not cover in the video, please leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to get back to you on it. Elements of Life is a 1983 Trisalu 37 aluminum cutter, that was build in Quebec. We purchased her in the fall of 2014, after she’d been sitting abandoned in a boat yard in Florida for over 10 years. After sailing from the Azores, where we had been sitting when we bought her, we were able to see her for the first time in person in 2015, and moved her from storage to a work yard to begin a complete refit. Over the course of 2.5 years, we stripped this boat down to bare frames, and built her back out again, with the vision of her being the perfect cruising boat. Everything in this boat, including the overhead, ceiling, floors, and all of the furniture, was built by the two of us. Fun bonus, we lived on the boat during the entire refit process. She is currently set up as the perfect cruising boat for a couple, with a good sized galley, two main seating areas, a quarter berth (which we use for storage) and a murphy style bed for the v-berth which folds down into the forward salon as a queen size bed. So far we have sailed her through the Caribbean, across the Atlantic Ocean, spent a wonderful 9 months with her in the Azores, and spent 2019 bringing her to the Arctic (via Norway) and down the coast of Scotland and England, where she is currently sitting. Because we’re looking to do another boat build, Elements of Life is now FOR SALE!!. If you have any interest in her, please follow this link to our website for her official listing. http://www.mjsailing.com/home-2/eleme… For any other questions, please contact us at: admin@mjsailing.com

No More SEA WATER In Our BED!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 150)

Since we can’t sail anywhere, it’s a perfect time to finish some of those NEED TO DO project on our boat. Including keeping water from getting into our bed.

Welcome to lockdown in the UK. On March 23, 2020, we were effectively restricted from leaving our primary residence. For us, that happened to be Sutton Harbour Marina, in Plymouth England. Through the month of April we were content to hang out on the boat, getting some projects done around the ‘house’ and editing videos to catch up to real time.

As part of our restrictions we were allowed one hour of exercise outside per day, and the two of us would occasionally take walks along the harbour of Plymouth Sound and the Plymouth Hoe. Effective May 13th, we moved to phase two of restrictions, which includes as much outdoor activity as you like, as long as you adhere to the social distancing guidelines. Good news for us, this meant sailing was now allowed as a form of outdoor sports!

Getting ready to begin our cruising season, we started to prep the boat for departure, only to find out just a few days before tossing off the lines that we are not yet allowed to anchor out on our boat. Day sailing is permitted, but many harbours are not allowing visiting yachts.

What does this mean for us? We’re still trying to figure out all the rules and regulations, but stay tuned for future episodes when we hope to have more answers

Scouting Performance Catamarans – A Tour of Dazcat Multihull Center (MJ Sailing – Ep 149)

After arriving back to Elements after being away, it was time to begin thinking more seriously about a catamaran in our future. And not something off a production line, but something a little more on the performance end and tailored to our needs.

While there are unfortunately not any Grainger, Schionning, or Oram boats nearby for us to look at, we had the next best thing…Dazcat Multihull Center! A boatyard in a quiet town in Cornwall, not too far from us, and we were extended an invitation to come visit.

Take a look with us while we explore these catamarans which are built for speed, and even built for special needs!

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Swimming under ORANGE SKIES? – A Sandstorm Hits the Canaries!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 148)

Activities in the Canary Islands are completely put on hold when a HUGE Sandstorm blows in from the Sahara!!

We have so many plans with our last few days in Tenerife, although they do get shaken up a little bit just before we head back to England.

Taking another trip up to the northern part of the island, we check out it’s famous auditorium, with a roof in the shape of a crashing wave. Although beaches were of course a big reason for coming to this island, so we show you one of our favorite spots, as well as check out the famous Los Gigantes.

But, just as we had beaches out of our system and were ready to head up Mount Teide and take in its great views, a sandstorm hits the Canaries. And not just a light little dusting, but the worst one they’d seen in 40 years!!

Thankfully it only had us stuck inside for one full day, and our very last day on Tenerife we were able to get up the volcanic peak. A very great trip for sure, but it also made us extremely excited to get back to the boat and begin planning out our next season of travel.

Enjoy!

Much love from Tenerife!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Escaping to Tenerife for SUN – & CARNIVAL!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 147)

Since we needed to leave the UK to re-set our Visas, we couldn’t think of a better place to escape to than the Canary Islands!

With round trip flights at only $130, and a very low cost of living, we knew this Spanish territory would be the perfect place to get away for a few weeks in the middle of winter.

Getting ourselves settled on the southern part of the island for our stay, we use our rental car to venture north to the Anaga Rural Park. Filled with the Macizo Mountain Range, this part of the island offers some amazing hikes through laurel forest, and the greenery we were looking for was here in abundance.

Since we were just a short drive from the capital of Santa Cruz at this point, after our hike we ‘popped in’ to attend the opening of their yearly Carnival celebrations. We’d never been to one before and had no idea what to expect…but we were blown away by what we found. We only wish we could have enjoyed it for more than one night!!

Enjoy!

Much love from Tenerife!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

What is it Going to COST to BUILD a Kit CATAMARAN? – A Comprehensive Guide (MJ Sailing)

The big question on everyone’s mind is … what is it going to COST us to build this new catamaran?

Matt has spent the past few weeks talking to the designers at Schionning and Oram, as well as professional and ameture builders to gather as much information as possible on the costs that go into building a kit catamaran. Things can obviously vary from builder to builder, but taking a simple and basic approach, we’ve narrowed down the numbers on what we estimate it will cost to build an Oram 45R.

To take a look at the full design specs, take a look here: https://www.boboramdesign.com/45r

For a quick look at the numbers, check our website:
http://www.mjsailing.com/cos/oram-45r…

For a download of the spreadsheet, click here:
http://www.mjsailing.com/wp-content/u…

After discussing previous builds with the many others who’ve come before us, we found out there is one small thing that can skyrocket a budget – and that is making customizations after you’ve started the build. But, if you start with good plans and commit yourself to them, it is very feesable to stick to your original budget.

Sending the above spreadsheet to both designers and builders, and asking if they were realistic figures, they all came back stating that we’ve covered all aspects and should be able to complete the project within the budget we have listed. And that, is music to our ears!!

Since this is a very long video because we have tried to keep it as detailed as possible, here is an outline of subjects covered if you’d like to bounce through to the areas that interest you:

0:00:00 – Intro by Jessica
0:03:50 – Intro by Matt
0:15:32 – Intro To Budget
0:16:30 – Costs relating to Kit
0:21:45 – Total cost of Kit shipped to the US
0:24:23 – Costs relating to Building Supplies
0:32:10 – Total costs of Building Supplies
0:32:53 – Total cost of First Year of Build (getting to paint stage)
0:35:41 – Costs relating to Paint
0:39:05 – Costs relating to Sailing (rig, sails and deck hardware)
0:45:17 – Total costs of Sailing
45:38 – Costs relating to Engines
0:50:42 – Costs relating to Steering
0:52:32 – Costs relating to Electrical System
1:00:50 – Total costs of Electrical System
1:01:07 – Costs relating to Achor (anchor, chain/rope, windlass, docking gear)
1:04:05 – Costs relating to Lights
1:07:17 – Costs relating to Galley
1:12:07 – Costs relating to Exterior
1:16:53 – Costs relating to Interior
1:17:45 – Costs relating to Heads
1:19:12 – Costs relating to Electronics
1:22:20 – TOTAL COST OF BUILD
1:26:40 – Closing by Jessica

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

50 KNOTS in the Forecast!! You’ll Want to be Behind a Lock for This!! (MJ Sailing – Ep. 146)

We get ourselves settled into Sutton Harbour just in time for some very bad weather to blow through.

Finishing up our last few miles after having just sailed to Plymouth from Waterford, Ireland – we up anchor at sunrise to pull into our winter home at Sutton Harbour Marina. While checking in at the office we run into Dan of Sailing Uma, and although he invited us over for coffee, by the time we’d taken our showers and walked over they were just heading out to take care of some business.

Luckily we have a few nice and sunny days where I’m able to give a tour of our home for the winter, because just after that, the seasonal storms set in. On a particular day when the winds were forecast to gust to 50 knots, and waves rolling into the harbour were said to be 5 meters, we grabbed our cameras to go check it out. We found the inner harbour wasn’t nearly as bad as the reports said it would be, but after looking at all the bucking boats in Queen Anne’s Battery Marina, we were very happy to be safely tucked behind a lock.

Just after Christmas we met up with the marketing director of Sutton Harbour, Claire, and her partner James. They took the three of us on a wonderful ride out of town where we were able to experience Dartmoor National Park, and then take in a beverage and clotted cream at the Two Bridges Hotel.

A great introduction to the Plymouth and Sutton Harbour area, and we know we could not have chosen a better spot to winter over with Elements.

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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Northern Sailing in DECEMBER!! – Ireland to England (MJ Sailing – Ep 145)

After waiting weeks for 48 hours of steady weather, we’re now able to make the sail from Ireland to England!

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After we left the Dublin area, we spent the end of November hanging out in Waterford waiting for just two days of decent weather together for us to make the last leg of our trip to England. And at the very beginning of December, we found it!

It was a compromise though, since to keep ourselves from being in heavy weather, we’d get one good day of sailing in, but the rest would be motoring. Not always a bad thing though, as our arrival to England was met with clear blue skies, flat calm waters, and even dolphins!

Dropping the anchor in Plymouth Harbour just after 1 am on our second night out, we’re now just inches away from our winter berth.

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie