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Episode 70 of The Sailing Podcast is with Karen and Dan of SV Minke. They were in North Carolina at the time and heading south through the Intra-coastal Waterway to Florida. Minke is a 35' Cartright Cutter steel yacht purchased in Canada.

Karen had contacted me via Facebook to see if I was interested in hearing about their transition to being live-aboard cruisers. In addition, she mentioned how they had carried out a Diesel to Electric conversion on Minke following a major breakdown of their Perkins engine.

It was a combination of their location at the time and the desire to find a more sustainable form of energy which led to the decision to convert from diesel to electric. Continue reading this article to for information about:

  • Registering a yacht with Canadian registration in the US
  • Why Karen and Dan chose a steel yacht instead of a fiberglass yacht
  • What led to them carrying out a Diesel to Electric conversion

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Diesel to electric conversion

Diesel to Electric conversion on Minke

The interview began with a chat about Karen and Dan's prior travel and work experiences. They met in Antarctica and have spent 8 seasons working there. After this, they worked at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. They were lucky enough to join the scuba club there and have all the diving they wanted for just a couple of hundred dollars.

The dream of sailing came together while they were in Antarctica and spending some time with some Kiwis at the Russell Bay yacht club. Following this then completed some sail training and the search for a yacht began in earnest. During the interview Karen and Dan described watching a couple of fiberglass yachts being decimated against the rocks during some bad weather at the Marshall Islands. This led them to decide on searching for a steel yacht.

Cartwright Cutter

After trekking across the US and Canada looking at yachts they decided to purchase Minke. At 36' long, it met all their criteria and after some negotiating the yacht was purchased in May 2016. Being in Canada, they needed to change the registration from Canada to the US and we heard about how this process took over 4 months to complete. It is a timely reminder to consider the difficulty in transferring ownership of a yacht. It seems incredible that it would take so long between neighboring countries.

An interesting part of their story was deciding to replace their Perkins motor with a Diesel to electric conversion. The diesel died early in the trip. Unfortunately the motor was not repairable. Their location did not give them opportunity to haul out the yacht so the choice was made to replace it with an hybrid-electric system. Hybrid because they are carrying a diesel generator for additional charging power when needed.

At this stage they don't have any solar power to supplement the drain on the batteries however this will be one of their future projects to attend to.

Electric motor conversion

Currently they have 4 Torqueedo batteries with a capacity of 200 amp hours, which seems to keep the electric motor running for about 4 hours in normal conditions. The electric conversion is to a 20kw motor, which is about equal to the output of the old 50hp Perkins motor.

You can find information about their journey at www.theodysseyofminke.blogspot.com

If you have questions about your own system or are considering a diesel to electric conversion then you can contact Karen and Dan via their blog.  

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

Episode 69 of The Sailing Podcast is with Michael, Liss, Andy and Holly of Sail Surf Roam. Carina and I joined the crew of SV Roam for an afternoon on the Noosa River.

Roam is a home-built Spirited 480 design by Craig Schonning and was built by Michael Hoult and his family on the East Coast of Tasmania. Michael contacted me from Bundaberg, having just checked back into Australia after sailing to Fiji to surf the famous Cloudbreak surf break. They sailed overnight to get to Noosa and picked us up in the dinghy and took Carina and I out to check out Roam.

Sailsurfroam

We spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon with the gang and found an inspiring group of people who are living the dream after putting in many years of hard work to achieve it. Continue reading this article for information about:

  • building a home-built yacht
  • links to the Sail Surf Roam YouTube channel
  • our interview with the crew of Roam

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Sail Surf Roam visit Noosa

Spirited 480

During the interview with the crew from Sail Surf Roam we hear about the building of Roam, which took 6 years. Michael has some great information about the build if you visit the website. The boat was build in Tasmania and we also hear about motor sailing across Bass Strait, and then sailing in Tasmania.

Once Roam was ready to begin it's journey into the South Pacific they headed north waiting for an opportunity to depart Australia. While the preference was to head to New Zealand, the El Nino (Nina?) conditions led to a decision to skip New Zealand and head for New Caledonia. This trip included sailing to Middleton Reef and then on to New Caledonia to cruise for a month.

I just noticed the latest video on the Sail Surf Roam YouTube channel is titled ‘The romantic proposal on a deserted island’ so if you would like to check out some surfing at Cloudbreak, a visit to the Island where the film Castaway was made plus a romantic proposal on a deserted island, then subscribe to the SailSurfRoam channel and catch up with the crew from Roam. You can also view the video below.

Coudbreak sailing

It was a bonus to have Carina back on the podcast and mixed in with my sailing questions are some personal questions posed by Carina. She wanted to know:

  • how they get along together,
  • how they balance between work and sailing,
  • how do they keep the catamaran so clean and tidy
  • why didn't I provide her with a beautiful catamaran like Roam? Actually, that conversation happened when we got home....

If you want to follow the adventures of Sail Surf Roam you can find them in the following places:

YouTube - www.youtube.com/sailsurfroam

Facebook - www.facebook.com/sailsurfroam/

Website - www.sailsurfroam.com/

Instagram - www.instagram.com/sailsurfroam/

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

Louis glacier

 

Episode 66 of The Sailing Podcast is with Louis Hoock of Alaska Adventure Sailing. Louis is a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain with a 54' steel Ketch named Arcturus based out of Juneau in Southeast Alaska.

Captain Hoock has a permit to spend part of the season in the natural wonder known as 'Glacier Bay' as well as carrying out tours to areas such as Sitka, visiting hot springs, glaciers and looking for amazing wildlife in the wilderness. With a background in outdoor activities and environmental studies Louis Hoock can take you through Southeast Alaska with an informative and environmental focus. If you are looking for a way to visit glaciers, watch wild bears and mountain goats then you should check out the tours available at www.aksailing.com.

During the interview we hear about:

  • The Bruce Roberts designed steel ketch 'Arcturus'
  • Louis Hoock's adventure sailing to Panama from Alaska in a 26' sailboat
  • How Louis joined NOAA and became a licensed Coast Guard captain

Alaska Adventure Sailing

Coastal Footprint

At the start of this interview we hear about how Louis Hoock bought a 26' yacht to live aboard while attending the University of Alaska, Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. After completing his studies he put together an expedition from Alaska to Panama.

The goal was to sail 10,000 miles of the Pacific West Coast and conduct trawl sampling for micro-plastic debris and hold beach cleanup events along the way. The project was included Louis founding 'Coastal Footprint' and managed to achieve the audacious goals set at the beginning as well as bring a team of helpers along for the journey.

Sailing Alaska

There is a book regarding the trip being written and the first chapter is available at the Alaska Adventure Sailing website. Coastal Footprint was founded as a nonprofit environmental/scientific research organisation and Louis involved a total of 41 people in the sailing expedition.

 

If you would like to connect with Louis Hoock on Facebook just visit the page - www.facebook.com/akadventuresailing

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sailing

Following the successful expedition from Alaska to Panama Louis took the opportunity to gain professional qualifications and experience with the NOAA. He completed Basic Officer training in 2012 and served active duty sea service as a NOAA Corps Commissioned Officer.

Returning to Alaska Louis worked as a Captain of a commercial whale watching vessel in Southeast Alaska, covering over 15,000 sea miles. This experience led to the decision to open a new enterprise that brought together all his passions - sailing, outdoor leadership and the environment, as Alaska Adventure Sailing.

Alaska Adventure Sailing

The Bruce Robert's designed ketch Arcturus was found and fitted the bill as a perfect vessel for taking tours in the Glacier Bay area.

You can find all the information about Alaska Adventure Sailing at their website - www.aksailing.com.

You will be impressed by the photo galleries of this wonderful area and can send enquiries through the website and take the opportunity to enjoy a cruise with Louis Hoock through places like Glacier Bay and Sitka.  

 

 

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Episode 65 of The Sailing Podcast is an interview with Matt Rutherford of the Ocean Research Project.

Ocean Research Project

I last spoke to Matt in Episode 22 about his solo sailing expedition around the Americas.

A lot has happened since then and it was fascinating to hear just what he has been up to and where his passion for ocean sailing has taken him. Matt talked about meeting his partner, Nikki, and how together they have been able to accomplish some amazing feats. This includes completing a Trans Pacific Plastic pollution survey in 2014 and sailing to Greenland to collect data for NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. 

Through the Ocean Research Project Matt has demonstrated the ability and efficiency of using a sailing yacht as a legitimate research vessel. Matt has shown the scientific community a practical way to collect scientific data and Matt hopes to expand the Ocean Research Project fleet over time.

During the interview we hear about:

  • Citizen Science Projects
  • The search for a 3rd Mate
  • Solo sailor Manu Wattecamps' rescue in the Bering Sea
  • How you can help Ocean Research Project

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Ocean Research Project

Best Ocean Research

Matt Rutherford's Ocean Research Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and you can donate by visiting their donate page at http://oceanresearchproject.org/aboutus-2/donations/

The project is currently searching for other funding opportunities, such as grants, to support their operations. While Matt is busy coordinating the upcoming expedition he could certainly use some assistance in sourcing and applying for grants. If you are able to offer some previous grant seeking or grant writing expertise to help Matt source grants please contact him at oceanresearchproject@gmail.com.

Matt Rutherford Sailing

If you would like to learn more about what Matt and Nikki are doing this year you can catch up with them in the following ways:

Website - www.oceanresearchproject.org

Facebook - www.facebook.com/OceanResearchProject/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/oceanresearchproject

Matt has let me know during the interview that he has completed a few TED talks. Below is a TED talk given by Matt regarding garbage in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean:

Matt Rutherford TED talk

The CEDRiC Project

Just on a personal note, I did mention during the interview that I am working on a research project at the moment – it’s called the CEDRiC Project and my role is data collection on the interactions of a nurse practitioner in a residential aged care facility. The researchers will investigate how nurse practitioner interactions might help reduce unnecessary Emergency Department presentations. If you are interested you can see the project website it is at www.cedric.org.au

The rescue of Emanuel 'Manu' Wattecamps

During the interview I  got to ask Matt a question about Manu Wattecamps, a French single-handed sailor, who was rescued in the Bering Sea. I had posted the video of Manu jumping from his yacht onto the Facebook page and Matt Rutherford let me know he had an interesting story to tell.

Matt had crossed paths with Manu prior to Manu heading through the North-west Passage. Matt had lent Manu a satellite phone and Manu promised to return it to him. Check out the video below and guess whether the phone ever made it back to Matt. Want to know the answer? You will have to listen to the interview!  

I searched for Manu on the internet to see what he is currently up to and I found his Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/wb6wj8ts. If you can translate the page and let me know what it is all about please email me...

Here is the epic video of Manu jumping from his yacht with his cat shoved into his jacket.

Red Dot on the Ocean

Matt Rutherford's movie regarding his solo circumnavigation voyage around the Americas is now available for purchase or hire from the following locations: The Sailing Channel - http://www.thesailingchannel.tv/product/red-dot-on-the-ocean-dvd/

Matt Rutherford sailing

"Once labeled a “youth-at-risk,” 30-year old Matt Rutherford risked it all in an attempt to become the first person to sail alone, nonstop around North and South America. Red Dot on the Ocean is the story of Matt’s death-defying voyage and the childhood odyssey that shaped him".

If you would like some insight into what makes Matt Rutherford tick you really should take a moment to watch this movie. Thanks for listening to Episode 65 of The Sailing Podcast and please add your comments below and let us (and Matt) know how you enjoyed the interview.

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 4:21am EDT

Noosa River Sailing

This episode is a Bonus Episode of The Sailing Podcast with Linus Wilson of Slow Boat Sailing.

After talking to Linus in the last episode of the podcast, Episode 64, Linus kindly provided his audio version of the first chapter of “Slow Boat to the Bahamas” for me to share with listeners of The Sailing Podcast.

We also take the chance to let you know about the creation of a Patreon page for The Sailing Podcast. If you haven’t heard of Patreon it is a site where you can donate money to support your favourite creators.

There are other websites designed to crowd fund or fundraise for one-off projects such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe but the difference with Patreon is you are able to support on an episode by episode basis.

The link for us is www.patreon.com/sailing and if you have a look there is a ‘become a patron’ button – all supporters are called patrons, but before you click on the donate button you might like to have a quick look at the video Carina and I put together at the Noosa River one day about why we are on Patreon.  

 

The Patreon site lets you put up rewards for your supporters and I just want to quickly mention the gifts I have for people who donate. I have set up a series of rewards such as:

  • getting a Sailing Podcast sticker
  • getting an Kindle edition of a book from one of our guests
  • being able to post a link to your sailing or personal blog on resources page of www.thesailingpodcast.com
  • and there is a donation level that entitles you to receive a sailing podcast T-Shirt and I will be putting a few designs up for a vote by the Patreon members

I hope you can see some value in the podcast and while it will continue to be free we hope you can join us on Patreon to support the show and keep the episodes rolling out.

Slow Boat Sailing

Slow Boat Sailing

You can find Linus Wilson at www.slowboatsailing.com – and Linus has another book out called “How to sail around the world part-time” so you might like to check that out as well and you can find him on Facebook – search for slow boat sailing.

Upcoming interviews

I have a couple of interviews lined up – firstly with Matt Rutherford who is preparing for another Ocean Research expedition. I hope to hear about the last trip they did and what is coming up this year. After this I have an interview scheduled with Louis Hoock from Alaska adventure sailing and I can’t wait to hear some of his stories because I checked out his website – www.aksailing.com and there is a picture of the yacht sitting at the base of a glacier and it is just amazing to imagine being there.  

Thanks for listening and I hope you have a great day and thank you for joining us on our journey You have been listening to David and Carina Anderson of “The Sailing Podcast”

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

Linus Wilson author

Episode 64 of The Sailing Podcast is with Linus Wilson, author of 'Slow Boat to the Bahamas'. I came across the promotion snippet for Linus's book and knew immediately it would be great to hear his story. The book description reads:

"SLOW BOAT TO THE BAHAMAS is a funny look at getting the sailing bug, preparing for, and going on the big trip with a four year old and a four pound dog"

You can find a copy of 'Slow Boat to the Bahamas' online at Amazon. There is a hard copy to purchase or you can download the Kindle edition to read on your device of your choice.

There is bonus content with this episode. Linus has shared the first chapter of the book in audio-book format. The audio is available with the episode as bonus content if you are using The Sailing Podcast app.

You can find The Sailing Podcast app by searchin in either the Google Play store - just search for 'The Sailing Podcast'

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or find it in the iTunes store - just search for The Sailing Podcast

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During the interview we hear about:

  • Getting the sailing bug
  • Choosing a suitable yacht
  • Sailing single-handed

 

 

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Slow Boat to the Bahamas

Slow Boat Sailing

The conversation with Linus began with hearing about getting the sailing bug and learning to sail. After this Linus shared how he progressed through his choices of yachts and onto sailing to the Bahamas. With the trip completed, book written and adventures beckoning, Linus finished by letting us know about his future plans. If you would like to catch up with Linus online, Facebook is a great place to start. You can join his group and talk about slow boat sailing at www.facebook.com/slowboatsailing In addition to this you can also get access to his email newsletter with free samples of past and current writing projects, and sailing adventures. Newsletter subscribers get advance notice about freebies and discounts on new content. You can signup for the Slow Boat Sailing newsletter at

www.slowboatsailing.com Slow Boat Sailing

 

Free Bonus Content - mp3 recording of Ch 1

Linus has given listeners of ‘The Sailing Podcast” access to the audio version of the first chapter of ‘Slow Boat to the Bahamas’. The best way to access the bonus content is to use the app for listening to Sailing Podcast. You can find the Sailing Podcast app for your iPhone or Android phone in the The iTunes store or the Google Play store.

If you are downloading the podcast using another podcast app or you listen directly from the website, I will post the chapter as a separate bonus episode in the next week or so. Once this is done I will post the links here as well.  

You can now also find The Sailing Podcast app in the Amazon App store and wherever Windows phone users go to find apps. This brings the app to 4 major app storefronts and allows me to add additional content directly to the podcast app so you can find links etc using PDF's provided with the episodes. If you get a chance to leave a review it would be appreciated :-)  

Thanks for listening to the podcast and I hope you have a great day and thank you for joining us on our journey

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 4:01pm EDT

We first heard from Chuck and Linda in Episode 41 of the podcast. Since then they have been travelling through South America and have now headed west from Ecuador  to the Galapagos Islands and on to the Marquises and French Polynesia.

More information will be at www.thesailingpodcast.com/63 or visit Chuck and Linda at www.jacarandajourney.com

You can sign up to their newsletter on their website using the contact form.

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 4:22am EDT

Bill Butler tall but true tales

Episode 62 of The Sailing Podcast is a continuation of my conversation with Bill Butler. You may remember Bill from Episode 55 where he tells us of his attack by pilot whales that sunk his yacht - leaving him to spend 66 Days Adrift in a life raft with his wife.

Following this Bill returned to Puerto Rico, bought another yacht and took off sailing again. This second stage of his sailing career included circumnavigating both South America and Western Europe and led to another catastrophe off Nova Scotia - losing his yacht after the crew fell asleep while on watch.

I think Bill has over 90,000 miles of sailing under his 'keels' and it was great to hear about how much one can accomplish sailing. It takes a real passion to cover the miles that Bill has done.

You can read about his adventures in his book - Tall but True Tales - available on Amazon. During the interview we hear about:

  • Circumnavigating South America
  • Circumnavigating Western Europe
  • Sinking off Nova Scotia

 

Bill Butler's tall but true tales of sailing

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During the interview we hear how Bill sailed with his son, Joe, to Huelva, Spain to participate in the Jimmy Cornell Americas 500 regatta. The regatta followed Columbus exact route to the new world.

This reminded me of a great audio book I downloaded from Audible.com called “Columbus: The Four voyages”. If you enjoy listening to sailing podcasts I am sure you would also enjoy listening to this book which is an account of Christopher Columbus’s journey in 1492 across the Atlantic.

Audible offers a free 30 day trial, which includes being able to download one audiobook for free so if you haven’t tried out their service you can get access to a trial of Audible by using my link – just go to thesailingpodcast.com/free and this will take you to the Audible Trial sign-up page, where, if you sign up for a monthly gold plan, you get the first month free.

The sailing podcast continues with Bill telling us about his other sailing journeys. In 1994-1995 Bill circumnavigated South America. Heading across the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, then down the coast of Peru and Argentina to Magellan. He tried to round Cape Horn but gale force winds prevented it. Bill and his crew got to within 6 miles of Cape Horn but had to retreat into the Straits of Magellan.Once through here they then sailed up the coast of Argentina to Brazil and returned to San Juan.

In 1996 - 1997 Bill circumnavigated Western Europe. First they sailed to Amsterdam and took the mast down before heading up the Isomer, then continued heading up the Rhine to Mainz. From there they headed across the Mein to the Mein-Donau set of locks that raised the yacht 400 meters into the Danube. This allowed them to then cruise down through Austria, Romania, Bulgaria and the Kosovo region just 2 years after the war. Bill's yacht was one of the first pleasure boats to make the trip. They arrived in Istanbul then headed back down the Mediterranean, then crossed the Atlantic back to San Juan.

In 2000 Bill took off to sail to Scandinavia to visit an old college buddy. They made a half dozen stops up to Maine then did Nova Scotia into Hallifax. Bill left with two old buddies. He took the first watch at 5 am and told the crew to stay in the sack as the way out of Hallifax is long. About 15 miles later the crew got up (about 9am), had breakfast and by 11am a weary Bill tired gave the helm to the crew, telling him to stay in 5o feet of water. Bill stayed with him for a while and chewed him out when he moved into shallow water. Finally they were out of the harbor and heading out to sea when Bill hit the sack. A while later he was awakened with a hard thump. Bill ran up and his buddy was in a daze. The engine was still full ahead and he had fallen asleep and the boat turned into the shore. They tried every trick in the book to get off the rocks but the tide was dropping. Three hours later the keel cracked the hull open and the boat filled with water. A day later the boat was high and dry. They tried to salvage a few items from the wreck with the assistance of the locals.

Bill got back to San Juan and a week later he received an email from a buddy in Caracas, Venezuela. "Bill, I heard you lost your boat. I'm leaving Venesuela. I want you to accept my yacht as a gift". Bill was thinking how this was his third shipwreck. Surely, like baseball, three strikes and you are out!Bill had wanted to toss the hat in - But then, how could he say say no...

In 2001 he went to Venezuela, picked up the boat and sailed it back. The boat was a true WWII relic. Made of German black iron Uboat steel by Hein Garbers. Gargers had worked as a spy for the Doenitz by taking German spies to Argentina from South Africa in his 35 foot sailboat. After the war he got hold of German U-boat steel and built 9 boat in 1948/49 - and this was one.

After this he spend his time taking his many grandchildren out for sails to the islands. Eventually Bill hit 80 and decided it was time to get rid of the boat. He managed to find a buyer and sold him the yacht. Unfortunately Bill has had to watch on as the yacht was neglected and still sits close to home waiting for another sailor to come along and return it to it's former glory.

For more information visit www.thesailingpodcast.com/62

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 10:27pm EDT

Episode 61 of The Sailing Podcast is with Marc and Jen of www.loveatfirstsail.com. They took a 2 year sabbatical with their 3 children to go cruising and experience living aboard. During the hurricane season they travelled to Costa Rica and volunteered at a local orphanage to fulfill some of their goals as a family.

This conversation covered the value of setting goals. Marc and Jen shared how they followed through with some long-term plans to spend time travelling as a family. Having recently returned to land, we hear about their life has changed after cruising.

There are links below to some of the resources mentioned during the podcast. We covered a range of topics and Marc and Jen are happy to answer your questions if you would like to know more. Just visit them at www.loveatfirstsail.com.

During the interview we hear about:

  • Homeschooling while cruising and after
  • Whether to sell the family home
  • The value of sail training before you head off

 

Love at first sail

There were some very good lessons to take away from this interview with Marc and Jen. The topic of goal setting has come up recently in the interview with Jack Bouttell. Marc and Jen were very focused on achieving certain goals with their life and family. Part of the focus can be attributed to writing down their goals and looking at them every day because they were posted in the wardrobe.

I have a couple of suggestions of books to read about goal setting and how this helps to achieve success. The first is 'The Miracle Morning' by Hal Roth and the second is 'Life in Half a Second', by Matthew Michalewicz. Marc also mentioned during the podcast the well known book 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill. If you have any recommendations on resources or methods that helped you achieve your goals please share them in the comments below. If people are interested I will share how I put my Miracle Morning routine together and how it has helped me to focus more on my goals.

Homeschooling was another topic we heard about from Marc and Jen. The teaching side of things seemed to have been coordinated by Jen and during the interview she mentions a post on the Love at First Sail website. This post 'Boatschooling: What's it really like?' lays out their experiences and also the resources Jen found helpful for homeschooling on the yacht. The topic of homeschooling is a challenge for any family. Marc expressed how it was a major concern of his when they left to go sailing. It appears that everything turned out fine - actually it worked so well that Jen has continued with homeschooling after returning to land after their sailing adventure. If you have any questions regarding homeschooling just visit www.loveatfirstsail.com and use the contact details there to get in contact with Marc or Jen, who were happy to help anyone out there putting their own family sailing trip together. At the time of this recording the yacht 'Adagio', a 2005 Jeanneau Sun Oddessy 49, was on the market at Yachtworld and I found this great walk-though of the yacht on YouTube:  

 

 

During the interview we heard about how Marc and Jen found a lot of information for planning by joining groups on Facebook. Mentioned on the Resources Page at Love at First Sail is the group Kids4Sail , which offers information for the cruising families out there as well as those intending to go sailing. There is another Facebook group - Bahamas Cruising and Sailing, which I have been following along with lately. Do you know any other good Facebook groups about sailing? Post them to the comments below.  

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Category:Sailing -- posted at: 7:27am EDT

Episode 60 of The Sailing Podcast is with Carolyn Shearlock of www.theboatgalley.com. Carolyn agreed to do a Q & A podcast, answering questions that listeners had emailed in over the past couple of weeks.

Carolyn and her husband Dave have spent many years cruising on their monohull Que Tal, a Tayana 37' and are currently in Florida getting ready to head off again on their new boat, a Gemini 105M catamaran.

During the interview we hear Carolyn answer questions about:

  • Storing food when you have limited refrigeration
  • How to store your fresh fruit and vegetables aboard
  • Cooking fish and advice on pressure cookers

 

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Carolyn has collected all her resources at www.theboatgalley.com. If there are questions you had that we were unable to cover in the podcast head to theboatgalley.com and use the search bar, in the top right hand corner, to see if there is an article on your topic. There is also the Boat Galley Cookbook available on Amazon. Many listeners, who submitted questions, praised the cookbook as a must-have for cruising sailors.

Marc Konesco from loveatfirstsail.com says 'Carolyn's book was a great reference for us and we got lots of information from her for our trip'.

Kelly from sailingchance.com says, 'I love the Boat Galley! Carolyn has been so incredibly helpful along my personal cruising and sailing journey'.

You can stay in contact with Carolyn at the following places:

Facebook - facebook.com/theboatgalley

Instagram - instagram.com/theboatgalley

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Photo: Paz, cutest crew member ever

Some of the questions covered in the episode were:

Q - How to preserve food with limited refrigeration?

A - The trick is to make the best use of the refrigerator space you do have, by learning what doesn't need to be refrigerated and other items that don't need to be refrigerated until open, etc.

Q - From Ron A - who was a guest on the Medsailor podcast

How can you store items like eggs, cheese and butter without refrigeration?

A - Look for UHT (long life) milk to store in the boat. There are some great substitutes such as Nestle NIDOpowdered milk and many options for people who don't like milk, such as soy milk or rice milk out there.

Q - Oceantrader and Bruce had asked about storing and preserving eggs.

A - The only trick is that you need to get eggs that haven't been refrigerated – and in the US, it can be very hard to find them! Maybe look for a local farmer's market or find someone who raises their own chickens! Q - What is the best way to store various vegetables for long distance sailing?

A - Most fruits and vegetables can be kept anywhere from a few days to a month or longer without refrigeration. It begins when you buy the items: best if it's never been refrigerated and no bruises or blemishes

Q - Matt had asked - I have heard of people removing labels of cans, spraying produce with vinegar to avoid pests. Do you do this?

A - I dunk all the produce in a vinegar and water rinse when I first bring it aboard. I fill a good sized pot with a gallon or so of water, and then add maybe a quarter cup – 50 ml or so – of white vinegar. Swish things around well to get dirt and bugs off, then lay it out to dry. The vinegar also helps to prolong the life of the fruit and veggies – particularly soft foods like berries. Just make sure it's 100% dry before putting it away – this is really key for not having rotting food

Q - Anne had asked 'which types of vegetable/fruit can be kept together, and which should be separated for slower ripening and flavor encroachment?' A -Some foods have to be kept away from others and some need special care:

  • Citrus: wrap in foil
  • Onions and garlic – keep in dark but not with potatoes (potatoes sprout)
  • Potatoes – in dark
  • Tomatoes if unripe, keep in dark place; if ripe, use within two days

Lots more info on the specifics on the Boat Galley web site and in the cookbook

There were some questions we didn't have time to cover and I found some answers on Carolyn's website:

Q - Mike had asked 'What about sun ovens onboard?

A - http://theboatgalley.com/solar-ovens/

Q - Phillip asked 'Which is best type of stove? LPG, Kerosene, Alcohol?

A - http://theboatgalley.com/using-an-alcohol-stove/

http://theboatgalley.com/kerosene-stoves/

http://theboatgalley.com/propane-101/

Q - James had asked about recipes for Taro

A - No suggestions from Carolyn but James had found the following resource - http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/x5425e/x5425e01.htm

Q - Martin and Colin had asked about Herbs and Spices aboard

A - http://theboatgalley.com/fresh-herbs-spices-dried/

I found all the above answers by simply entering the term into the search bar at The Boat Galley. If you have any additional questions, try searching the website or write in the comments below.  

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