BOAT FAIRING – Him Vs Her!! (MJ Sailing Catamaran Build – Ep 227)

Matt and I each tackle a fairing job in our catamaran, but in very different ways.

For the ‘Him’ portion, Matt picks up a project we started back in the fall, of working on our water tanks. We’ve built them ourselves because they’ll be stronger and lighter than plastic, but we need to go through steps of preparing them to hold water, which means using Total Boat’s epoxy fairing compound. This fairing compound will stick better, which is very important when it is the container for our potable water.

Down below deck, I’m ‘beginning finishes’ by using Total Boat’s polyester fairing compound. There’s been a few test rounds in our forward bunk, but in this video I’ll be focusing in on our master vanity, and what it takes to blend down the edges of the fiberglass and start getting the first rounds of fairing compound on.

We hope you enjoy!!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

BIGGEST MISTAKES We’ve Made So Far – Months of Fixing (MJ Sailing – Ep 226)

We’ve made lots of mistakes on our build so far. Some easy to fix and others will take weeks.

Over the past few months we’ve gotten so many comments on how we always seem to know what we’re doing, and how did this come about as we’re not professional boat builders? Well, the truth is that we make mistakes too. A lot of little ones that are easy to fix, but some of them are going to set us back weeks and weeks of fixing.

Sit down in your favorite armchair and relax as we tell you about the biggest mistakes we’ve made so far on this build, what it’s going to take to fix them, and the time we’ll need to spend doing each one.

We hope you enjoy!!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie


This is a two-way comparison between Google and SimilarWeb. There are two different rankings that Google uses to help determine the most popular searches, referred to as a Keyword Index and a Domain Index.
According to companies like Victorious, both algorithms are based on how many times the most popular search terms appear on the web. They are based on searches of thousands of pages. SimilarWeb used search volume to calculate these rankings, while Google used rankings based on the number of organic searches. Both algorithms are a bit skewed as they rely on organic traffic data from over a million queries per day.

We saw a spike in search traffic during the first week of August when the government shutdown took effect and the Dow plunged 800 points. After the government reopened, however, and the Dow made a few dips, search traffic didn’t pick up again until the first week of October.

The Keyword Index. This is how Google decides if you’re among the most popular searches.

The Domain Index. This is how SimilarWeb decides if a page on a domain is in the most popular searches for a keyword.

To measure search traffic for both these measures, we collected traffic for search queries. In this case, we are using Alexa to track traffic to webpages that contain “2013” in their URL. We’re not tracking the number of visits to the pages, but we are tracking the number of search queries associated with each link in the URL.

This metric is a measure of how many of the most common search queries are searched for, taken from Google. Google’s Keyword Planner analyzes the organic search trends and displays the following types of keyword searches on the SERPs:

Link Anchor: “Learn More About This Link”

Search Keywords: “Links to This Page”

Search Keyword Phrase: “Keyword Keywords”

Unique Words: “Other Keywords”

CATAMARAN BUILD – Dusty & BRUISED … But the Cockpit Seats are Bonded!! (MJ Sailing – Ep 214)

My arms have gotten bruised and banged up from all our test fits with the cockpit seats – but now it’s time to permanently bond them down!

We start the episode responding to a popular question of “When are the engines going in?” Then Matt does some trimming to our swim step, which will eventually let us get in to glass that area from the inside.

We get a very nice care package from Total Boat – AND THEN – it’s time to bond the seats in!! After a week of trimming, adjusting, and sanding; I come away a little bruised, but still in high spirits. Plus, we’ve gotten ourselves into such a rhythm during practice that we’re able to bond both seats in just over an hour!

Tune in and enjoy – and make sure to leave your comments below!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – How Many Guys Does It Take To Carry A Transom? (MJ Sailing – Ep 210)

We’re on days 4 and 5 of having Ryan and Burt come to help us, and we are just knocking all kinds of projects out!

After having bonded the sill on the bridge deck, we can then, finally, remove the supports from underneath the boat. What it also allows us to to is bond in the lower beam, which connects the two pieces of the bridge deck together – which was bonded back in the spring.

Then there is the biggest project ahead of us – getting the transom bonded on. But before we can get that far, we need to get it in the tent first. It’s too big and heavy to go up and over – so – any ideas of how we did it? 😀


Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – Our Stern Bulkheads Need To Be PRECISE For Our Transom! (MJ Sailing – Ep 205)

Before our last two bulkheads go in, we need to make sure they sit in their EXACT place, as there is no margin of error.

Because the large transom piece we received with our second container sits as a cap over these two bulkheads, we need to make sure each edge is lining up. But because this piece is 24 ft wide and weighs over 500 pounds, it’s not easy to bring it in and out for a dry fit. So, we’re going to do our best with measurements between the two and hope for the best.

As we go to glass in bulkead 8 though, we find that our new vinyl ester resin is not behaving well in these summer temperatures, and is making it very hard for us to work. A slight set-back, but we know we’ll find a way around it to make everything work.

We hope you enjoy!

*Taking measurements off transom – filmed on August 09
*Bonding aft side of bulkhead 8 – filmed on August 09
*Bonding forward side of bulkhead 8 – filmed on September 10

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – The Backbone of our Water Tanks (MJ Sailing Ep 204)

This week we step back in time and cover a few projects we did between getting the soles down – including adding the forward webbing to our bridge deck, which will eventually become our water tanks.

One of the main things, was glassing down the forward webbing on the bridge deck. Part of it is just for support, but the larger compartments, between bulkheads 4&5, will eventually be the spaces for our windlass/anchor chain, as well as our two water tanks (as far as we’re planning right now).

We also have it confirmed that a new shipment of vinyl ester resin is on its way, so we get busy working on another project which requires it, which is bonding the inner seam of where the hull sides were attached in July.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – Prepping for Floors (MJ Sailing Ep 202)

Floors under your feet just make life …. easier. So we figured it was high time we get working on ours. Before we can even think about laying them down though, there’s a number of steps we need to go through first to prep the area.

Through the plans given to us by Max Cruise Marine, we need to make 90 degree flanges, which will attach to the webbing inside each hull. Then once *those* are in place, we’ll have a larger and stronger surface to bond our floors to.

*All scenes filmed in July, 2021

We hope you enjoy!!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

CATAMARAN BUILD – It May Look Seamless, But That’s Not The Case (MJ Sailing – Ep 201)

Last week you watched us bond the starboard hull side on – and the procedure looked seamless – but a lot went into it beforehand.

*Dry fit of hull sides – filmed on July 06
*Bonding port hull side – filmed on July 25

We hope you enjoy!!

Much love from Annapolis!
Jessica, Matt & Georgie

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