Reflecting on the Storm

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, we watch the marina become a ghost town and prepare ourselves for the worst while hoping for the best.

With not much to do the day before the storm, we hang around the patio and take in all the news reports we can handle until we’re sick of the news and begin our hurricane party instead. It’s a good thing we got all that running around out of our systems, because come storm day there was no getting off the boat for us.

Staying on board through the entire storm, we listened to winds howl outside as we heeled over in the darkness, with no power at the marina, and not much clue to what was happening outside our hull. How did we fare? Watch the episode to find out!

Cheers from our hurricane hole!

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Music:
00:00 – Little Talks – Of Monsters & Men (Gire Remix)
06:15 – El Olor de Los Andes 2 – Martin Carlberg
10:10 – Mixed Emotional Melody – Gavin Luke

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Batten the Hatches, Irma Is On Her Way

We get back from our shakedown cruise, ready to bury ourselves in boat work…only to find there’s a hurricane headed our way!

Every day we’d watch the news in anticipation to see how Irma would impact us. From just a blip on the radar to threatening to roll right over us, we had a lot of planning and preparation to do on the boat.

From stripping off the sales, to replacing hatch seals, and even sending our beloved Georgie out of Florida and harm’s way, we show you how we prepared Elements of Life for a hurricane.

Cheers from our hurricane hole!

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Music:

00:00 – Little Talks – Of Monsters & Men (Gire Remix)

06:38 – Waiting for Summer – Matt Large

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Death by Bridges & Making Our Way Home

As all good things must come to an end, so must our shakedown cruise.

It was hard to tear ourselves away from one of our new favorite spots on the east side of Peanut Island, but we knew there was still a lot of boat work to be completed before hurricane season finishes, and it would be fastest and easiest to do back at Indiantown Marina.

Heading north on the ICW we were met with three timed bridges which kept us on our toes, trying to time our arrival perfectly, although usually arriving 10 minutes early. Fighting a two knot current that was trying to push us into the bridges, it made for some hectic moments, but we survived.

Pulling out the headsail past Jupiter, we had a nice sail up the coast for as long as the wind would allow it.

Cheers from our shakedown!

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Music:

00:00

00:43 – Lullaby – Jaokim Karud

02:17 – Summer Breeze Guitar 21 – Anders Ekengren

11:38 – It Ain”t the Way I Want It – Ramin

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Testing Our Sea Breathe Hookah and Snorkeling Peanut Island

Continuing our stay next to Peanut Island in the Palm Beach area, we decide to spend as much time as we can in the water.

Having received a snorkeling hookah from one of our viewers, we’ve finally found a place to test it out as Matt goes in the water to clean away ‘the Inidiantown funk’ as he calls it. Bringing ourselves closer to shore, we also snorkel the island with it’s formation of rocks set up to bring in sea life. Not much coral to view, but we did see a lot of species of fish, plus a nurse shark!

Culminating with my birthday spent with new friends in downtown West Palm Beach, we couldn’t be happier with the relaxed and unscheduled vibe that cruising has brought to us once again. Too bad it won’t last, as in the next episode it’s time to bring EOL back home to Indiantown Marina for finishing touches before we ready to cruise full time.

Cheers from our shakedown!

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From the Boat Graveyard to Sailing Once Again

We’re sailing!!!! At long last!!!

Who would have guess that once again our original plans did not work out as intended, and our sailing was pushed back one more day. No problem though, as we found a perfect spot to anchor next to Peanut Island and the Palm Beach inlet.

Between our first few days there, we were able to enjoy some people watching, a solar eclipse, getting into some Caribbean clear waters, and of course, getting our sails up for the first time! And what a magical moment it was.

Cheers from our shakedown!

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Music:

00:23 – Changes – FAUL & Wad Ad vs Pnau

02:03 – Breathe – Johan Borjesson

12:23 – Sleeping Beauty – Andrew Applepie

 

Camera equipment used:

– Panasonic Lumix G85 – http://amzn.to/2iv2g4G

– 6Mega Action/Underwater – https://6mega.com/ (use code MJSAILING for 10% off your order storewide)

 

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SAIL FAIL, SWIM FAIL

We’re off and running on our little shakedown cruise, but as we should have known, things don’t always go according to plan.

After running around Stuart to make sure we have all the necessary oil and discharge stickers, we begin to make our way south on the St. Lucie River with visions of sailing and swimming in our heads. Based on a complete lack of wind, a faulty (by us) depth sounder that had us staying directly in the channel, finally coming to a beach only to run into water nearing 90 degrees, we failed at all our attempts for fun that day.

We always take the good with the bad though, so instead of focusing on what didn’t work out for us, we enjoyed a secluded night at anchor in Peck Lake, gazed at all the multi million dollar homes along the ICW, and moved ourselves down to Lake Worth in Palm Beach where we knew we could get out the inlet and raise our sails for the first time.

Make sure to join us in our next episode where we *DO* make it out the Palm Beach Inlet and raise our sails on Elements of Life for the first time.

Cheers from our shakedown!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming.

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Music:
00:22 – Changes – FAUL & Wad Ad vs Pnau
00:55 – I’m So – Andrew Applepie
04:23 – Rock Angel – Joakim Karud
06:28 – Sunshine – Lupe Fiasco
09:31 – Kick Push II – Lupe Fiasco

 

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Windows Movie Maker & Adobe Premier

 

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Casting Off Our Dock Lines After A 2 Year Refit

After two long years in the work yard and additional two months in the water, and we’re ready to toss off our dock lines!

We aren’t headed out for good, but we are more than ready for a shakedown cruise to see how systems are working, what still needs to be addressed before we can shove off for good, and most importantly, just give ourselves a nice vacation away from work and from the marina.

Getting ready to go came with a few of its own problems, and even for a shakedown we left about two weeks later than anticipated. Once we shoved off though, it was a nice 28 mile ride down the St. Lucie River into Stuart, which is our first stop on our trip. We got the anchor down just before thunderstorms came in over us and even used them for a fresh water rinse on deck.

Stay tuned for the next episode where we hopefully move ourselves further down the coast on our shakedown and take Elements of Life for her first sail.

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Music: 0:00 – Changing – Sigma feat Paloma Faith, Instrumental Cover

07:04 – Warm Nights – Lakey Inspired

09:23 – Finding Happiness – DJ Quads

 

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– DJI Mavic Pro – http://amzn.to/2f2IFHP

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Our New (Almost) Pocket Size Drone!

We have now joined the ranks of sailors with the ability to shoot beautiful aerial views!

Deviating from the usual course once again, the drone we chose to purchase is the DJI Mavic Pro instead of the very popular Phantom 4. The Mavic Pro, when it is folded down it can just about fit in the size of your palm, meaning we’ll never have to second guess if we want to bring it out with us as we explore each location we sail to.

So far we’ve been having fun playing with it at the marina, steering through the maze of the channel and floating over all the boats in storage. We have a long way to go before finessing a fluid movement with the camera, but so far it has been a great addition to our camera gear.

In this episode I go over the new awning I just made for our cockpit, a simple design with no framing to adhere to. Also, while putting our headsails in place, we realize our staysail doesn’t have a good fit and we take measurements for hunting down a good used one to replace it.

Cheers from the WATER!!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming.

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Matt & Jessica


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Music:
0:00 – Changing – Sigma feat Paloma Faith, Instrumental Cover
08:06 – Yes You Can – HookSounds
16:49 – The View From Here – Anders Schill Paulsen

 

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– Panasonic HDC – http://amzn.to/2lPlf9O
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Building Our Own Custom Stack Pack

There’s nothing for me to sand or paint right now, so it must be time to sew!

Two big items we need done before leaving the marina are making a new mainsail cover and an awning for the cockpit. Tackling the hardest one first, I went with the sail cover. Since we were starting from scratch and yours truly was doing the work, we decided to go with a stack pack, where the cover never fully comes off, but instead is unzipped to allow the sail in and out. I’ve never attempted anything like this before, but luckily Sailrite makes a very helpful step by step video on building one. We’re making a few tweaks, so ours won’t be exactly the same, but it has helped me with the most important parts.

Also in this episode, we spend a little quality time with our friends Jeremy and Courtney of s/v Teho. We’d gotten to know them at the marina just after the new year, and were now able to reconnect after they’ve arrived back from the Bahamas. Their stay in Indiantown is a short one though, so we made the most of it with a night out to Waterway Cafe and Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach.

Cheers from the WATER!!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming.

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Music:

0:00 – Changing – Sigma feat Paloma Faith, Instrumental Cover

02:08 – Flix & Chill – Joakim Karud

08:44 – Ikson – Look Up

09:15 – Paradise – Ace

 

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Our Thoughts on Going Bare

‘Why aren’t you going to paint your hull?’ ‘If you’re going to leave it bare, you should at least shine it up’. ‘You’re in for a ton of corrosion if you leave your hull bare’.

These are just a sample of the questions and comments we’ve been getting through our last few videos, so we thought it was time to publicly address the issue. Our hull is staying bare aluminum, and we *want* it that way. Keep reading as to our reasons why, and to answer all the questions you may have about why there is no longer paint on the side of our boat.

In this episode we also dig our mainsail out of storage to see how it fits on the boat, and Matt goes over our plans for how we’re going to lay out our deck hardware. With all the changes we’ve made to Elements, the previous set-up is no longer going to work for us.

Cheers from the WATER!!

Thank you SO MUCH to our Patrons. These charitable souls help keep us in the work yard, our camera equipment up to date, and the videos coming.
To join the Patreon ranks, please visit http://www.patreon.com/mjsailing

Thank you!,
Matt & Jessica


Music:
0:00 – Gitty Cat – Andrew Applepie
00:59 – Welcome – CyberSDF
09:34 – Gold – Artificial Music

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