Getting Back to Boat Work

MONTHLY EXPENSE REPORT at the end of the episode.

With more rainy and overcast skies, coupled with fronts moving in, we leave our spot in picturesque Hope Town to hunker down in Marsh Harbour once more. We figure it’s a great time to tackle a few projects on the boat that we’ve been ignoring for awhile, but need to be handled.

Jessica goes to work patching our blown out headsail, which we noticed a tear in while sailing from Powell Cay to Green Turtle. The rip is in the leech of the sail just past where the new sacrificial cover was added, and needs to be repaired with some stitching and dacron tape.

Matt inspects the rigging and adds some tension to areas that need to be addressed. Once our projects are done and the weather lets back up, it’s off to Hope Town again, but this time under sail!!

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00:18 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)

01:08 – Indian Summer – Otto Wallgren (ES)

02:16 – Cloudy Afternoon – Magnus Ringblom (ES)

05:51 – Silver Skyline 3 – Thomas Skyldeberg (ES)

11:02 – Streets of Paris 2 – Thomas Skyldeberg (ES)

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The Wreck of sv Ellipsis at Elbow Cay

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We leave Marsh Harbor for the picturesque settlement of Hope Town, and have a whirlwind adventure while we’re there. Heading into town one night to play trivia with friends, we find there is a shipwreck on the north end of the island, and stroll up the beach to take a look.

Lodged in the sand is a Westsail 32 named Ellipsis that had ended up there the night before after encountering some heavy weather between Puerto Rico and St. Augustine. We only had a few details at the time, but knew it was two men and two dogs on board, and although the boat was now meant to be salvaged, everyone on board was ok.

The next day the two of us do a little more wandering around town and take a look at the world famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse; the last kerosene burning lighthouse in the world. We also walk through the grounds of Harbour Lodge resort to take in stunning views from their Atlantic coast beach.

Strolling back out to the beach, we found the owner there removing personal belongings and were able to talk to him to get the full story of what happened.

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00:18 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)

00:59 – Breathe – Johan Borjesson (ES)

04:47 – Dreamers Escape 2 – Magnus Ringblom (ES)

07:34 – Head Under Water – Lvly (ES)

11:31 – Chain of Events 3 – John Ahlin (ES)

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Hanging Around the Abacos

Only a few days into the Abacos, we realize there is still so much more to see there!

We spend one more great afternoon in Powell Cay where we take the dinghy to check out the beaches on the south side, and then head over to our new friends Brian and Shari’s boat for a lesson in silk swinging (and this girl has some talent!).

From there we head down to Green Turtle Cay in some crappy weather conditions, which are made only crappier when we found out our headsail had a tear.

Not letting that get us down though, we spend a few enjoyable days in GTC before going just a little further south to play with the pigs in No Name Cay. Abacos, you keep surprising us every day we’re here!

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Cheers from the Bahamas!

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Music: 00:18 – Years – Alesso ft Matthew Koma

00:39 – Relax – Jebase

06:43 – 50 Ways to Applepie – Andrew Applepie

09:48 – Dreams – Joakim Karud

10:42 – Flix & Chill – Joakim Karud

16:21 – Fast Forward – Ukiyo

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CRYSTAL CLEAR Bahamian Waters

Our first days in the Bahamas led us to the clearest water in the world, where it is like looking at an aquarium from our deck.

After entering the Little Bahama Bank, we spend a full day motoring through light winds only to get half way through. Dropping anchor in the middle of nowhere for the night, we wake us to glass calm water and a pod of dolphins coming to say hello.

Making our way to Powell Cay that night, we spend a few days exploring this beautiful and uninhabited island, hiking through jungle like trails and even taking Georgie for walks on the beach while enjoying beautiful sunsets.

Cheers from the Bahamas!

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00:00 – Years – Alesso ft Matthew Koma

00:22 – Bahamas 02:22 – Skinny Love – Bon Iver – Instrumental – Eldamianos

05:47 – Your Heart Beats Like Mine – Crimson Mourn

13:02 – Loose – Andrew Applepie

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Bahamas Bound

We didn’t know how long we’d be stuck on the coast of Florida, but it turns out we were given a window to get to the Bahamas!

Getting to the Palm Beach Inlet took a full day of motoring from Stuart, full of the bascule bridges we would love to try and avoid if only we trusted the two inlets north of Palm Beach. And the weather window we had been rushing to get of course changed course on it.

A few extra days hanging around Palm Beach, and we were given the weather window we were looking for to get to the Bahamas. With nice 15 knot winds out of the south, we thought the crossing would be everything we’d planned for it to be, except the Gulf Stream had other plans in mind for us.

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00:00 – Years – Alesso ft Matthew Koma
00:40 – Moth’s Wings – Passion Pit
03:15 – Back In The Day – Andreas Jamsheree (ES)
04:02 – Kick Push – Lupe Fiasco
07:44 – Hide With Me – Sebastian Forslund (ES)

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Leaving the Dock FOR GOOD!!

WE’VE LEFT THE DOCK!, Which means, we are full time cruisers again!!

To get here we did have to do a full provisioning of the boat as we do plan to spend a month or two in the Bahamas and we know how hard it can be to get your favorite things there sometimes. But, we’re fully loaded now and ready to go!

We also get back into our new headsail from Precision Sails, taking you through the steps where we have a consultation with Sales, take all the necessary measurements to make sure the new sail fits our boat perfectly, and talk with the head designer after he has received our measurements so he can show us what the new sail will look like on our boat, as well as bring up an issue with our old sail we didn’t even know we had.

Then it is time. We shove off the dock and say goodbye to Indiantown Marina for good. Not to mention, we get to celebrate another occasion, so a twofer day for us!

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Cheers from Stuart, Florida!

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00:00 – Changes – Instrumental
14:11 – Are You Happy – Niklas Ahlstrom (ES)
16:48 – If I Ever Get Around to Living – John Mayer

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A Tour of the Boat Graveyard

It’s almost time to get out of Indiantown! We’re within our last week or so here, and we have a lot to accomplish in a little bit of time!

Between projects such as clearing out our storage unit of all our belongings and *finally* trashing all my dirty work clothes, I take one last tour of the boat graveyard and say goodbye to the run down boats I’ve come to love so much.

We also give ourselves a new place to sit in the pilot house by cutting the foam for cushions in there…but the big news is…we’re getting a new headsail! We’ve partnered with Precision Sails out of Vancouver B.C., and over the next few episodes we’ll be going through the process to get our quote, run over the options we have available, have a consultation with the sail designer, and get our new sail in the works. We’re incredibly excited to put the kind of sails on Elements that she deserves with her new life!

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Cheers from the marina!

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Fun with Sacrificial Sail Covers

We should know by now that some jobs are easier and cheaper in the long run, just to hire out. I wish I knew that about our sacrificial sail cover.

The area of Sunbrella which runs along the foot and leach of our head sails are getting switched out from Pacific Blue, to Cadet Gray so they blend in better with our new color scheme. After a few weeks I’ve ripped off the old material, traced it onto the new, and have mostly pinned and tacked it into place to be sewn.

Another week or so goes by, and it’s finally finished, making our boat match again instead of looking like an elementary school’s color scheme.

Matt also gets a dose of ‘why is this project taking so long’ as he goes to finish our maple hardwood floors with epoxy, only to find out his initial ratio was off and the compound never full dried.

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Letting Air In & Keeping Thieves Out – Hopefully

Good airflow in a boat is very important. But then again, so is keeping people out while you’re away, and in some areas, while you’re sleeping at night.

Almost from day one our rebuild, we knew the current companionway door situation was not ideal, and we wanted to make an option where we had some sort of swinging door for easy access to get in and out.

With the clock running out just before we make our departure now, Matt put together a solution which is so far working out very well. Follow from start to finish as he tackles what has been quite a time consuming project for him. I also pop in for just a minute to show off the cockpit shades I made to keep us protected from the sun!

 

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Our Bank Account After 5 Years of Cruising & a Refit

A big question for cruisers out on the water is ‘How do you afford to do this’.

We’ve gone over in previous videos on how we saved up our money to get out of the rat race, but now that we’ve been out for 5 years, the next question is, ‘Where has that money gone?’.

In this video we talk about our monthly spending for the 30 or so months while we were actively cruising, and also focus on the 27 months we’ve been in Florida refitting our newest boat.

How much have we put into Elements of Life? How much is left in our bank account since we’ve done so? What are we going to do for money going ahead in the future?!

Follow along as we answer all these questions, and PLEASE let us know of any more that you have for us!

 

Cheers from our hometown!

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