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

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

Submerged in Frigid Waters!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 144)

We get a fishing pot wrapped around our rudder in the Irish Sea….and Matt has to get in frigid waters to free us!

In this week’s episode we travel from Bangor, Northern Ireland, to Dublin. Along the way, we wrap a fishing pot around our rudder, and Matt has to get in frigid waters to free us. Thankfully it was just a few quick dunks in the Irish Sea and we’re on our way again.

In the Dublin area, we use one of our days to tour the Guinness Storehouse, amazed at how well everything is laid out. We even get the VIP treatment with two round of beer at the end of our tour…and even get our portraits sprayed on the second round with malted barley.

Wrapping things up we take a walk about Dún Laoghaire, where the boat is, and its famous 40 Foot Hole; as well as the historical town of Dalkey, and the castles which used to serve as storage for unloading cargo in the harbour of Dublin.

This was another episode I had so much fun reliving while I edited, and we hope you enjoy it as well!

Enjoy!

Much love from Scotland!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

Sailing at 11 KNOTS OF SPEED In 4 Knots of Wind! (MJ Sailing – Ep 143)

Thanks to some hefty currents pushing us along, we catch the ride of a life, sailing along at 11 knots in glass calm conditions. Leaving the Sound of Jura, we tried to make a pass through some tricky areas at slack tide, only to find out we’d timed ourselves wrong. Luckily the current was behind us and in the end we had a wonderful case of being pushed along like a rocket in just a breath of wind.

Our sail leads us to Bangor Marina in Northern Ireland, which we found a beautiful town with great coastal paths for walking. Also wanting to explore Belfast though, we hopped the train into the big city where we spent the day exploring the Titanic Quarter, Botanical Gardens and museum of natural history.

Enjoy!

Much love from Scotland!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

What Does It Take To BUILD YOUR OWN CATAMARAN? – MJ Sailing

We have plans to build our own catamaran. And we’re going to take you through the process on how it’s done!

Using a Schionning 1200 as an example, we walk you through the steps of what it would take from the time you receive your shipping container full of components, to when your new boat is launched in the water.

From finding and building a work space, to setting up the first panels, Matt will tell you each step that is involved, and what we estimate to be the time spent on each process.

We expect this build to take approximately two years for us to complete, and will be done in the US, although we have not decided exactly where yet. Make sure to stay tuned for the next set of videos in our build series, where we will go over the three designers we are looking at: Grainger, Schionning, and Oram; in more detail.

Christian’s website of his Schionning 1200 – WILD THING:
http://www.catbuildingblog.com/

Enjoy!

Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

HUGE NEWS!! – If You Thought Our Rebuild Was CRAZY, You’ll Be BLOWN AWAY by What We’re Doing Next

In the wave of the COVID-19, we know that everyone’s plans are getting tossed upside down, and the United States has just gone into a state of emergency. We had thought about delaying this video until things had begun to settle down, but truthfully, we don’t know when that will be. Over on our end we’re taking care to wash our hands, keep them off public surfaces, but mostly live our lives just as we had been doing. So, as we do that, we still wanted to share this exciting news with all of you out in MJ Land. Our thoughts and wishes are that everyone is well, and we hope we can bring a little entertainment to your night and hopefully a smile to your face.
We’ve had some big news we’ve been keeping to ourselves recently, but it’s about to change the course of our future, and we can’t keep it in any longer!
We hope you’re just as excited about it as we are, and we can’t wait to bring you along on the next stage of our lives!
Much love from England!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie
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