⛵️Stainless Steel! LET’S GET STARTED!! #120
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⛵️Stainless Steel! LET’S GET STARTED!! #120

So, this week we’re gonna start talking about a project that actually we started a long time ago. Just a hint: it’s based on stainless steel. So, let get started. I’m Roberta. And I’m Duca. And for the past year we have been building our own tiny shipping container house. Made possible by our Patrons (Thank you!!) So, we can travel around knowing that we will always have this little place that we can call home. But guess what? We’ve just found our dream project before we expected: this abandoned sailboat. So, we are gonna stop building the house for a couple months to bring our boat back to life, and then we’re going to go back and finish the house. New episode every Monday!! The sun is so hot today. I think we need to show you some things quickly here and go down to the shadow. Otherwise if we don’t go to the shadow we’re gonna be burnt for the next week’s video. But basically, what we want to show you here is our main stainless steel project that we’ve been working on for a few weeks now already. A few months I guess. One of the big news is that I don’t know if you remember but we took this arch off. We didn’t talk about it, but in images one day just disappear the arch. We took the arch off and that was part of a huge… a much bigger plan, right? We have a lot of welds and today we are gonna talk about all the welds we have been doing on the boat. On the past month… I don’t know… You know already we hired
Eduardo to help us with the diesel tank (*as I hurt my ankle). And while we help Eduardo with
everything he needs we also help Pedro the welder to create
all these small projects and big projects also. So we could do a lot in
one month. We are gonna talk all about the project down stairs. But for now let’s give just them a hint. Check this out. Can you tell any difference on the boat
here? I don’t know if the light is good. Check this out. What do we have there? A rigid rail. Basically we really really love the
idea of having a safe deck with a rigid rail. And why that? Our deck has an angle like this. And it’s kind of dangerous to stay here. It’s really hard to walk around. It’s not, it’s… You know those kind of things that is good but it’s bad? The deck have a huge angle and that’s because the water won’t stop there and won’t create rust on the
metal of the hull. But at the same time it’s weird to walk around. We got used to it already. But for who never came to the boat the first time they’re always like scary of walking on deck. So now we have a much safer railing system. When we bought the boat he was actually excited to buy the boat. And on the next day when we came here the first time. And the boat was ours. The first time that the boat was
ours and we came here slowly he was like walking around and thinking: I don’t know
if we did the right thing. Because this is so… Weird. It’s funny because we bought like…
You know when you were like impulsive? And we bought the boat and it was like: we
cannot lose this deal. And then the next day I’m like… oh, I’m not sure if we did the right thing. But like 2 days later we were used to the deck and we can walk easily, it’s fine. But, still… Safety first. So this rigid rail is gonna be really really good. We actually didn’t finish it
yet. But we’re gonna talk about that downstairs, because it’s too hot here. What do you think? It looks good from down here? Yeah. So, as we have a lot of welding
projects let’s start from the bow to the stern. Let’s do… just to make easier to explain it, we’re gonna do it with small baby step, baby projects. What’s the
first one? The first one is the pulpit. Yeah, the pulpit. When we arrived in the boatyard I was on the wheel just trying to feel the boat for the first time. You know like… Just our brand new boat and I was just sitting on the on the helm. And I look forward and I’m like: something is weird with the pulpit. What was weird? It was kind of
twisted. Yeah, the tip of the pulpit was just twisted. I guess the former owner hit something and it was twisted. And we were
like… It’s gonna be weird to have a boat that every time you go sailing you look at that and be like… Oh. I should have fixed that and I didn’t when I had the chance. So, Duca and Chico took a day to take the pulpit off and they took it to the shop. Yes, because it’s much easier for Pedro to fix that on his shop then here in place. And it’s here is high to work and he might fall. We don’t want accidents, we had one already, we don’t want accidents on the boat yard. So, basically we took off and took it to his
shop so he could fix it. And that was like 7 months ago and we forgot for months about that because we were painting the boat. It was like there, storage there and we didn’t put it here. Because one more thing to worry
about when we are painting so we need one more thing to you know to
cover and… To wrap… It’s just… it was too much. So, second project. The arch. We’re gonna skip to the back, to the stern now. It’s just… the two tips of the boat. So the bow:
that’s one problem. On a stern we have an arch, that actually it was really good,
was not bad. This arch is really strong, the walls of the pipes are really
thick. It’s a really nice arch. But, we’re gonna have more solar panels there so we wanted to reinforce the arch. And we wanted just to change
the the support for the solar panels, and it would be much easier to work not on
the top of the boat on the… you know? To take it to the shop because here it would be really scary for Pedro to weld all the way up there. It wouldn’t
make sense. So we decided to take the arch off and send to Pedro shop, like everything. We
have like a lot of things sitting on the Pedro’s shop. Almost all the stainless steel of our boat is there. We also wanted to reinforce
the things that we put the dinghy up. Because we are changing our dinghy.
Actually we changed it already. I don’t know if you can see the yellow
thing there. It’s our new dinghy. Surprise. We didn’t open it also yet, it’s…
we didn’t see our new dinghy. It’s been sitting there for a week now already. But, we have so many things to do that we just didn’t get the time to open it. And as we are gonna travel to the States next week, as you probably know… I mean…right now when you’re watching this video we are in the States I guess. We are in Miami. Yeah, we are in Miami when you watch this video. But, the dinghy that we used to have… I mean that we still have… we sent to a shop that they’re gonna fix it a little bit and they’re gonna sell cheap. That so we don’t lose the dinghy. It was all inflatable, even the bottom. And there were some holes there. So we want to fix this. And the glue was just opening in many places. We’re gonna sell cheap to someone that is willing to use our old dinghy. But we know dinghies are something that
if you you have a dinghy that’s always deflating and it’s always like the glue
is losing… it’s just… We wanted a new one so we can… We’re gonna live on the boat,
the dinghy is gonna be our car. We wanted a good dinghy and we wanted a hard
bottom one. A good car. We also bought the engine for the dinghy, but, shhh. We also didn’t open the engine yet, still. The box. I don’t know if you see the blue right in the back. There is a blue thing underneath of that is the engine but we didn’t open it also. So, the third project. But I mean that… just to finish that. The dinghy… this one is much heavier than the other one. And that’s the reason why we reinforced the little thing that hold the dinghy, because we did not want the arch that’s
gonna be falling apart really soon. And also the side movements… we did some reinforcements on the corners also. Because it helps to not having this move. The old dinghy was 3.1 meters and this is a little bit smaller because we are planning on putting on the deck while we travel. Yes, that’s one problem that we
still didn’t solve, is that… We love the dinghy on the arch, but on the other hand we always dream or having a wind vane. A wind vane must be… it must be so cool
to sail with a wind vane. But, when we do a bigger crossing that we’re gonna actually use the wind vane the dinghy is right on the top of the wind vane and I think is not possible to have both things at the same time. 2 bodies won’t be… it’s
physics law, right? 2 bodies on the same spot at the same time won’t work. So basically we need a solution to put the dinghy on the deck. But it’s a little bit
too big still. We’re gonna find a way to put the dinghy on the deck when we do big crossings. But for small crossings we’re gonna take the wind vane off and leave the dinghy on the back so we have a really reinforced arch. Yeah, it’s rambling… that’s basically the
reason why we reinforce the entire arch. And the solar panels? We talked about the solar panels already? We are changing the solar panels.. actually we are adding some solar panels and the idea was to keep
our old ones, we had 4. I don’t know if you remember but on New Year’s episode we talked about that… We got from Xantrex… they are really nice and they sent us 3 solar panels. Because the idea was to keep our old ones. But add some extra ones. Yeah. But when we took our old ones we noticed that it was corroded the frame, the aluminum frame. It’s amazing how 22 years corrode
aluminum in touch with stainless steel. Because… you know electrolysis. And was destroyed the frame. I mean, even though the the solar panels still work the
frame is just destroyed. So the idea is not to use them because nowadays the efficiency of a solar panel is really good, so… Basically the old one produces half of the energy with the same area if we exchange for new ones. So, we’re gonna donate it to Duca’s dad to use it on their house. Because he goes fishing and he has a car battery to have a light on the boat and then he can charge these batteries. He just leave it on the ground and it’s gonna be fine. It’s actually Christmas present, gift late. Because we
couldn’t take it to him but he knows already. Because it would be more expensive to fix the frames than to buy new solar panels. So, right now we are gonna build the frame for 3 solar panels thinking already that we are going to add another 3 in the future. So arch checked. You understand the arch now. So, right now we’re trying to find all this cables to see where they need to come from and how to take them off. Are they working? Babe? Are they working? Yeah. I’m just… it’s just funny because it’s generating almost the same energy dirty if compared to the cleaned one. That’s so weird. It doesn’t make sense. The only bad part is the frame. The frame is not good. But we can fix it maybe. We will see it. I don’t know if it’s worth though. It’s about time to clean the others. A couple weeks later… Discussing the new mast…. Project number 3. Actually this
one wasn’t a necessary one, but this one that’s gonna make the boat so much safer and so much better. With this steep angle of the deck you’re gonna feel safer to have something to hold that it’s actually strong. And also because we have a fourth project inside of the third project. We stole this idea from another YouTube channel. Shhhh. Don’t tell them. We just stole this project from them. You can tell. It’s a nice project. Actually we watched a video a few months ago of a boat tour. And it was so good the idea that we said
we need to do that on our boat. Do you know the channel called Expedition
Drench? So basically they bought this huge I think it’s like 75 feet steel sailboat, that’s just amazing. It’s just so big. We are really really excited with
their new boat and on the tour… That’s an helicopter. There’s always a helicopter when we want to start talking. So basically on their boat as the boat is so big instead of having a huge hose to wash the deck and for wherever they have a… Hose inside of the pipe? Actually I don’t think they have a hose I think the pipe is already the hose. They have some plugs. So basically so
basically the pipe is the pressure system like… it’s a pressure water system that you just plug the small hose wherever you want and you can use water
and they have fresh water in one side and salt water on the other side. And
that’s such a brilliant idea. And that actually solved our problem. We had a problem that we wanted to have some kind of water on the bow of the boat. Because many places where you anchor
there is a lot of mud that comes on the chain. Mainly in our city. In our city is like mud everywhere. And our drain for the chain locker is not as big as we wish and it would be a huge… project to fix this problem. And… We need water because otherwise the the mud would come to the chain locker and it would lock the drain and then would fill up with water and actually the former owner
had this problem once. So basically we wanted to have water but we couldn’t find a way of bringing the water from inside of the boat from the pump through the
chain locker because there is a bulkhead, there is a watertight bulkhead dividing the v-berth and the chain locker. And in order to change that we would need to take apart the entire v-birth. It would be a mess. So basically it’s
much easier to bring water through the stern of the boat than through the bow of the boat. So the idea is… to make a hole from
the transom. Not really the transom, the top of the transom, like right before the transom. That’s the back of our bed. Because there’s no insulation, it’s just
like an area that is an easy easy area to access, easy to make a hole, easy to weld
anything we need. And then to bring water from there to the bow. Actually not just to the bow. We want to take water… we were gonna have a salt water pump inside of the boat using the through hole of the diesel generator that
we’re not gonna use for now. So basically we are gonna have the water coming through hole of the diesel generator going to a salt water pump
bring it to the stern of the boat up to deck. And we’re going to divide into 2,
one is gonna stay on the stern, so we can have water on stern: to clean
fishes and feet and everything we’ll need. And from there we are gonna have the
hose going inside of the tube of the railing all the way to the bow of the boat. The rain came back. I think the boat once we finish all
this project is gonna be so good. It’s just… it’s such a long project. We thought we would finish it before we travel to the US. Probably when you watch this video we
are in the US already. We are in Miami now. We are in Miami but we are here. Basically we couldn’t finish it. We were supposed to finish it but this last week just rained so much. Somedays Pedro even was welding
a little bit, waiting for the rain to stop and weld a little bit… It was funny. We thought Pedro was not here. We thought he left and went to his shop
because it started raining. Then Duca went here to the boat to check Eduardo that was working and Pedro was there inside of the tent welding. Because I thought no one was on the boat, just Eduardo inside and when I walked by the boat the tent was really low and I see
something like hiding from the rain underneath the tent and I was like: what’s that? Wow, it’s Pedro. Pedro, what are you doing there? “I’m just waiting for the rain to pass”. And then when the rain stopped he welded a little bit more and the rain came back and he just keep going. He was all wet. So, then we were like: poor, Pedro. We don’t need to do that. If it’s
raining we don’t weld, we wait until we have a good day. And now we’re probably are gonna weld a little bit more tomorrow and then we travel. But in order to add this
video we cannot film tomorrow. But we’re gonna show you more in detail once we
finish this huge project. And the fourth one is related to the… (fourth or fifth?) Fourth. Fifth I think. Next project. Now we have
a lot of small ones. The next project is related to the previous project. One information we didn’t tell you is that inside of the chain locker there is also a small hole, a tiny hole (*2), that is the breathing (diesel tank vent) hose for the diesel tank. But the former owner said that once the chain locker was filled with water and some saltwater when to the diesel tank. That is one thing that I’ve never understood about the project. How do you put the breathing pipe inside of the chain locker? Because it
doesn’t make sense. The first place the salt water will come is the chain locker. So as the drain is so small once it
got stuck with mud and it filled the chain locker with water and the water as she said went up to the diesel tank. Maybe actually that’s the reason why we had problems with our diesel tank because one day he had salt water inside and maybe he didn’t took a 100% of the salt… We don’t know. But nowadays, after this happened he changed that. The hose that’s there is just nothing. It goes to nowhere. And he created a second hose that goes to the side of the boat and this is the breathing hose for the diesel tank now. This was supposed to
be a chimney. Actually this boat is ready to go to the cold weather, to
Antarctica or whatever. And if you want to have a heater that’s where the
chimney would be. But as we are not planning right now to go to any cold
place and we won’t have a heater right now, the chimney was just too big. Too big and it was hard to walk around the deck and it was easy to hit the legs there. And it was hard to open the lid from the gas locker. Te gas locker was just hard,
really hard… I think even to take the gas off who would need to take the chimney
off and then it was just a huge chimney. We decided we don’t need that now we just
cut it off. And then we… of course we’re gonna save this piece for the future if we need to use it again we just weld it back. Now Pedro did a slim cover for this place and it’s really good. And now actually it’s even better because the former owner just left the hose for the diesel tank just lose their inside of the chimney. (*and water could come inside the boat) Now we actually welded a small tube, a
stainless steel tube that we can connect this hose and we can lock it in place and
in an angle that the water won’t go up. Because it’s like a siphon. So it’s gonna be much better. Good project. What else Pedro did? A new filter for our diesel tank. That’s another project. Because we
thought it wouldn’t make any harm to have an extra filter for the diesel tank, right? So, we’re gonna actually… Let’s get the the filter and we’re gonna show you it in person. Check this out. We are back. This is the new filter for our diesel tank. Basically this is exactly where you
know the the round inspection hat for the diesel tank? It’s where the hose that to get
diesel to the engine is installed. And this is gonna be right there. So basically you are gonna have one of the filters on the little thing that gets diesel, a small one and the big one around. So basically something… all the
dirt stops here and if some dirt goes inside it’s gonna have another one
inside. So we have double filter now. I think that’s pretty good. That’s a really good idea I think. And this is gonna be install one when we lock the diesel tank, when we fill it with diesel. So right now just
sitting on boat. One more thing to… The boat is full of things that are
just sitting there. But we have one more project that’s that really cool one. And this one actually we need to thank Pedro again. Pedro, thanks a lot for the
Christmas gift. Check this out. Do you remember our old barbecue grill? We showed you some of images of that already. But we can show you again. The former owner actually stored it dirt, 22 years ago. That means it was so dirt. And he gave a new life to the barbecue and now… (Pedro gave it) He just… of course some of the rust
wouldn’t go off. But most of the it went off and he did new railings and… And this… And this and the whole… It’s gonna last for a long time now. Thanks a lot, Pedro. And he didn’t charge for that. This is a Christmas gift. Because we have been doing so many projects with Pedro that he just gave us a treat. That’s really awesome. We loved it. And we can’t wait to
you know have a barbecue on the boat. We have some more projects, don’t we? The anchor. We bought a new anchor. You know when you do something impulsive? You know us. Months ago we found a friend of a friend
that had a really good anchor, much better than the one we used to have. And it was brand new because he bought an it’s too big for his boat, he never used it
before. So, we decided to buy it. But there was a problem. When we arrived in here we noticed that the anchor wouldn’t fit on the thing that we have there. On the bow, yeah. The bow is just… The tip of the bow is just… we needed to change that. And we were like we have 2 choices. We either sell this anchor or we change the
bow. But we really like the anchor and we already sold our former anchor to the guy that bought our mast, he bought also our old anchor. So we are like: let’s do another project with Pedro. So, one more thing we have been designing with him for the past month is the new way the anchor is gonna be sitting there. And that’s something that we
didn’t do yet. We planed already, we took measurements, we are organizing things to get this done next month. And I think the last one would be… I love this one. The one that we really wanted to have, since the beginning of the project. But we were thinking on doing it in Florianópolis. But as we are here for
such a long time we decided to do it now. We wanted to have an extra arch on
the cockpit. I don’t know if you guys have seen a boat called Hunter, I think it’s the Hunter 42 or 44. Instead of the arch being on the stern of the boat the arch is on a cockpit. And the reason for that is because the sheet for the mainsail is on the top of the arch. And I think for our boat that would be really good because the space in between the steering wheel and the sheet from the
main is a really tight space. And that can become dangerous in a jib or
something. It can hit someone. I think we can talk about this arch project in the future video, because there are so many specific details… Let’s keep this one for the future. Future video. Basically we found a arch that was used on the boatyard, on the garbage… You are talking too much. See? I want to tell you guys, she won’t let me. It’s a surprise. That’s a surprise for a future episode. We’re not gonna talk about this now. But really soon we’re gonna talk about that, right? Yeah. Other than that… So basically if you don’t know yet we are gonna be in New York from the 19th to the 23rd of this month, that means this week. And on Saturday the 22nd we are
gonna be at UK sailmakers in Port Chester. We are gonna have a meet-up and we are gonna have a presentation about our project, about our journey to here, our future plans and everything you can imagine. We’re also gonna be in the UK sailmakers to design our new sail for the boat. Because we have a mast already
and that’s really cool. That’s what we are gonna talk about next week, right? We are right now preparing 2 episodes for you guys for when we are gonna be in the US. And the next one is about our mast that just arrived this week. We can talk about the mast next week. But basically we’re gonna go to New York to start talking about the sails and to figure out a sail plan, a new sail plan for the boat. You guys are invited. So if have any doubts there is a link in the description below, you can check the information there. It’s gonna be really cool. We’re gonna have a hangout and we’re gonna talk about past, present and future. And we are gonna be open to talk about anything you you would like to hear, anything you want to know about us. Just show up we’re gonna love to meet some of
you guys in person. But if you want to go just go to the description, go to the event page on Facebook and confirm your presence. Because it’s like small place we cannot… we need to know how many people are gonna go. If you don’t have a Facebook page there is an email here, so you can confirm it. You can also confirm it by email. You either confirm on Facebook event or by email. Because we need to know how many people are gonna show up. It’s just to organize the event. I think that’s it, right? We did it. Sorry for the confusion of this episode. It’s just tough to organize ideas when it’s… And we are now hurry to get ready to go to the US. We need to clean the boat, to organize the boat. We have so many things to do and at the same time is a project that we’ve been doing for such a long time that all the pieces are disconnected from each other. And of course by now you understood already that we didn’t finish the railing yet. We were supposed to but we couldn’t. We had a lot of rain and it’s just the way it is. But once we finish it we’re gonna show you all in details the way the hose is gonna go inside the way everything is gonna workout. And the way the boat is gonna be safer. So that’s it for this week. Let’s welcome on board our new Patreons for this week. Welcome on board, Johan, Anika, Aaron Duncan, Dustin, Al, Jonathan, Alexander, Emma. And once again thanks a lot Carlos Alberto for the donation through our PayPal. Guys, thanks so much. We really really appreciate your support. And I guess we see you guys next Saturday in Port Chester, New York. If you can show up otherwise we see
you guys next Monday. We see you guys next Monday. Join the crew


  • montpop

    Love your boat and thanks for sharing your journey. I know how important safety and security is for you guys and came across this innovative and cheap system designed by boaters for boaters that you may find interesting: https://www.piratelights.com/buy/now and no, I don’t know these people but love their approach to boat security.

  • Scott Lusardi

    I love you guys but Dua it's time for a hair cut budy & I can't wait to c u guys in the ocean living out your dreams on the water.

  • Carsten Friedrichsen

    Hi follow you every week and it has certainly been a great result,
    however, I am a little worried about the way the arc for the solar panels and dingy is mounted,
    was it my boat the arch was mounted all the way down the deck, and not on the railing,
    but should it be on top of the railing, I think it should be welded on, and not screwed with 4pc M6 bolts,

    likewise I wanted to make an X reinforcement in the railing where the arch is mounted,
    but that is not my decision and I can be wrong, 😉
    Good wind ahead with your project.

  • Éric chauvin

    Coucou 🙄 votre voilier est vraiment devenu un super voilier je vous suit depuis longtemps maintenant et en voyant votre vidéo aujourd'hui j'avait oublié des choses mais vraiment vous avez fait du très beau travail on dirait que votre voilier est neuf qu'ilsort de l'usine 😀 toutes les semaines je suis pressé de voir votre vidéo votre histoire est génial 🙄 bonne continuation à vous 🙄

  • Lynndon Harnell

    By doing the water supply in the rail you eliminate the possibility of having gates in the rail to step on and off the boat at a marina.??

  • Duane Miller

    In regards to the dinghy and the wind generator I’ve seen where the wind generator is on top of the davit and the dinghy is mounted underneath. Maybe this could be a solution to your problem. Just a thought. Keep up the great work and as always, have fun.

  • spinnaker5514

    It seems like you guys must have hit the lottery or something. Can't imagine how much all this work is costing you. I know the labor is some what cheaper down there but WOW! Can you maybe give a brief expaination of how you finance all this because it doesn't appear that you are working? Also, how much would you say you have invested above the original cost of the boat? Thanks

  • Catherine Hammond

    We have always put solid ss rails on our boats, and wouldn't have it any other way. Also a hose for the anchor to wash it, another necessity, great ideas.

  • J.C. Kohle

    fantastic . My boat it is revealed has porous topsides and will require a new deck after stripping. I bet you would be happy you do not have that prospect with a steel hull. remember satellite radio / telephone? And have EPIRB plus personal epirb on board. And vests must have a strobe so you might find the lost sailor ? God forbid. And vents need a bend back toward the direction they com from due to vessel heeling on the wind , so what would fill th pipe cannot start into that pipe ,yes??

  • Recon Brad Vaughn

    Wow amazing job everything is looking so amazing you have done so much man your boat is looking so amazing iam getting excited I can't wait to see you guys on the water. Have fun in the USA hopefully I will get to see you guys up north keep up the hard work

  • Recon Brad Vaughn

    I hope I can see you guys in new York iam working on going I have a wedding on the same dates in Chicago so iam trying to get my wife to go to new York instead of Chicago there is still a good chance I will be in new York if not I will have to meet you guys at a different time have fun

  • Reinier Mayer

    Hi guys, I would like to make a suggestion: if it were my boat, I would use the tubular construction on the back of the boat as a support for an emergency rudder. I would ask your welder Pedro to think sometime up now, because if you ever have a rudder failure on the ocean, you most likely don’t have the materials to fix that.
    I’m curious how everybody here is thinking about that subject.
    I’m a huge fan and love the project.

  • Hristos Mourselas

    If i were you, I would keep the diesel generator in working condition or change it because it is the most reliable power source on a boat.

  • Ale Carriazo

    Honestly, I cannot wait to see you guys on the water! The boat is looking sooo good and I know you will enjoy it. That feeling when your boat is slicing through the water with a nice heel is incredible and you guys are so down to earth I know it will be a magical experience. Keep that safety first mentality though. Thats the best advice I give to everyone when it comes to sailing. You can never be too safe. Wish you the best of luck and hope you get to splash her soon! Fair winds and Following Seas!

  • John Wayne

    Love the progress you guys are doing but the contrarian in me just sees $$$$ and time.

    Although not related to what you guys were doing there is another channel where a guy bought a defunct missile silo and he decided to try and renovate it himself and once he opened the 6,0000Lb blast doors the pandoras box was opened and now 3 years latter he realizes he has run out of $$$ and more importantly all the time trying to make it work for him.

  • Julian Geen

    I'd advise against putting the repaired 25 year old solar panels back on the boat. 2020 solar panels are a lot more efficient (I'd say at least 50% more efficient if I would compare 1995-2020) . And on a sailing boat you want to maximize efficiency on the limited space that's suitable for solar panels.

  • wacko wacko

    I've noticed on a few of your videos that when you are putting stainless steel fasteners in/on your boat, that you are not using anti-seize on any of the stainless fasteners. Using anti-seize is particularly important when you are using a stainless screw/bolt because stainless has a great tendency to gall and seize up – like all the fasteners on the wood rails along the top of the boat that you had to cut off. If you ever want to be able to unthread any of these fasteners in the future, you need to use anti-seize on them. This is a paste that usually has aluminum or copper in it that you brush onto the fastener before assembly. It is sometimes known as copper grease or copper paste in Europe. Do a search on amazon "Loctite 299175 Paste Anti-Seize Lubricant", this is the Marine grade of anti-seize. A little goes a long way, so one bottle is enough to do your boat and several other boats. Use it on every fastener that you can, including all of the steel fasteners.
    Also, if you want to bolt aluminum rails to stainless steel, you need to use large UHMW or rubber plastic fender washers between the two to prevent direct contact (but there will still be electrolysis at the bolt). Most people don't know what fender washers are, they are very large diameter washers used in automotive applications. For example, if you get a washer for a 1/4 inch (6.35 mm) bolt, the diameter of a fender washer will be about 2 inches (51 mm) or more. If you do a search on amazon for "Prime-Line 9086029 Fender Washers, 1/4 in. X 2 in. OD, Black Neoprene, 25-Pack", it will give you an idea of what I am talking about.

  • Dave Hurst

    the selection of stainless for piping salt water can be an issue. If you haven't check out the best way to prevent corrosion of the pipe considering the type of alloy you have. It might be as simple as draining the pipe when not used.

  • David White

    You will love the stainless rail. I did one for part of mine an really enjoyed it. You will get much more use out of your dingy when it is easy to deploy, you are doing a smart thing! As engineers you will understand that if, when the dingy is up on davits, you should secure it firmly to the stern. Use diagonal lines to counter the roll of the boat and secured into the stern to move the center of effort off of the davit pulleys and onto the stern. Bravo, you ave doing a great job.

  • Joost Smit

    For the middle wire in the railing you can use solid stainless steel rod instead of wire this wil make the middle part of the railing much more solid. On the ends of the rod its still possible to fit a terminal to put some tension on the rod.

  • Harold Domangue

    Duca here is a thought why not place a bracket on the outside of the arch and mount the wind vane to it so you have space to place the solar panels and other electrical components

  • Harold Domangue

    Duca here is an idea place a pressure nozzle down at the opening where the chain comes through the boat to spray off the chain before it enters the opening of the boat using the sea water to clean the chain. Hook up the electrical pressure sprayer to the chain hoist motor so when the chain is being lifted the spray nozzle will spray off the chain automatically.

  • Harold Domangue

    An arch above the wheel house will make a great shade for those hot days on the water and protect the heads of the people who are tall (NO scalping)

  • Dennis Collins

    Great set of projects. I have a suggestion you might want to think about. A built in "fuel polisher." You can not trust the quality of the fuel pumped (even in the US) and condensation problems on a metal tank. For around (US) $100 you can build your own to insure you have 100% diesel fuel in your tanks and not going to diesel engine injectors.

  • Marty Connors

    This boat is going to be amazing…you have restored/modified this boat to be the most epic boat EVER. I cant wait to see you guys sailing next summer. Thanks for sharing you adventures.

  • 100Jeanluc

    Hi Roberta and Duca, as always s great vid. Hope you are having a great time in the good ole US of A. Whether we are listening to you talk or watching what you are doing its all good.

  • clive williams

    Your idea of using the handrail to shift water around the boat is a sound one except that don't forget to drain the rails down when you get to cooler climates as the handrail will be one of the most exposed portions on the boat, subject to freezing!
    Also, I would be concerned about the welding of the handrail, principally the butt joint between the two lengths. The tubes should have had an argon purge gas inside the tube to prevent contamination of the weld internally. This is critical as the tube is thin with a small weld that could easily break under a load leading to a man overboard, not to mention that the broken ends of the tube will be sharp hollow spears. The joint should have an internal sleeve to provide the mechanical strength and as a back up for the weld. In this case you could probably get away without the purge gas.

  • P.M.

    When you first started this project you had a wall with stickey notes of chores that needed to be done. I would love to see where you are now with the wall of stickers. Are you planning to do a video on this?

  • Fa Ma

    The sheet, sounds similar to another word in English, you gotta work on the pronunciation so that it doesn’t sound like sh!t, but your doing great, I have no doubt the boat will look and run phenomenally, continued success.


  • southothehighway

    It was great to meet both of you in Ft. Lauderdale at the lunch!

    I found the best way to clean the anchor and chain locker is to drop a submersible 12 volt pump over the side with a garden hose and plug it into a cockpit outlet. No plumbing needed.
    As to the jib, I strongly recommend a roller furling rig for safety and convenience. You don't want Roberta on the foredeck in foul weather conditions and having to store a wet jib below deck. The jib would be operated from the cockpit. I speak from experience on this.


    Hey guys not sure if any one said the main reasons the decks on sailboats slope so much. When running the boat leans and proper trim will have one side almost level. Hope you took that in to account when they welded the side rail.

  • *CameronFrye*

    I missed the last couple weeks but you guys have really gotten a lot done!
    When you consider the wind vane you may want it at the top of the mast.
    If you want a wind generator the arch is a good place.
    Think about the noise the generator will make .
    You will probably want it as quiet as possible for when you are moored close to other boats and also so you don’t have to listen to it either.
    You have probably already thought about it.
    I hope you are having a lot of fun in Miami. I wish I didn’t live a days drive away.
    See you next Monday!

  • Eric Kleven

    Audio Tip: put a high-pass filter at about 100Hz on your outdoor scenes, there's quite a bit of very low-frequency rumble from the wind.
    GREAT CONTENT! keep it up!

  • Paul Gradenwitz

    Some advise for your video scripting. You do a lot of episodes about a project over time. Then you do some time travel to go to the start. Now, with your style of telling about what you do, you could add some future time travel action like: "so, now back to the future…" that makes no sense at the moment but when you use it in a video that starts from the present and looks back it makes the jumps more fun. I got that idea on your end of year video where you went back to the end of the previous year 2018. A comment while in the house end 2018, that you want to jump back to end of year 2019, would be a great video item. Think of that in your filming sessions to drop in some of these future jump statements. you might not be able to use al of them, but some could fit. Good luck.

  • Lee Humes

    You Tube time travel and instantaneous location relocation. Your sailboat is a Tardis. Brilliant! Good work….The Doctor awaits your return….

  • Aboard The Ruby Seadragon

    The idea about the hose in the stainless railing is brilliant. That will be very handy. Great job on the boat and the videos.

  • Iggie Dalrymple

    While in Miami read about local inventor, Andrea Rossi. Hopefully he is close to beginning mass production of his E-Cat SKL. It's a safe tiny reactor which will selectively and directly produce 110V or 220V, AC or DC. Initially available for industrial use but once fully proven it's expected it will be available for residential use. Expected to be presented in Stockholm, Sweden by June or earlier.

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