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    1. First Welds - Building a Custom Aluminum Sailboat Part 2

      Construction begins on our new 49-foot aluminum sailboat - starting with the very first welds, which Paul is given the honour of doing!! We explain how MIG welding works and show the process of assembling and welding frames and bulkheads for our Orion 49 sailboat through the use of regular and time-lapse video, animations and interviews at the factory in Makkum in the Netherlands. In this video, construction on our Orion 49 sailboat, Distant Shores IV, moves full steam ahead!

      French nals Cruise

      Join us for a week or two travelling on the French nals in the lovely Burgundy Region.

      We have organized a 4 bin nal boat (P1500FB Flying Bridge Penichette) - each bin has its own private sink, toilet and shower. Each of the four bins have a double bed that n be transformed into two single beds.

      Way back in 2012 we took our 49 foot sailboat right across France via the nals. This was an amazing experience and since then we have always wanted to return. Check out the clips of this trip here on YouTube.

      For more information check out our "Sailing Schedule" page here

      Building a Custom Aluminum Sailboat Part 1 - From Plans to Plates to Assembly

      This time on Distant Shores we have a more technil video with lots of juicy details on how an aluminum sailboat is built - starting with the preparations and cutting the many parts needed to make a 50 foot sailboat. As cutting is about to start on our new boat I fly over to the Netherlands and learn how the parts will be cut and welded into shape.

      Goodbye Distant Shores III - Big Tides Sailing Pacific Northwest

      Our Southerly 480 sailboat, Distant Shores III, arrives by yacht transport ship in the Pacific Northwest to be received by her new owners. Paul flies to Seattle WA to do the official handover and say goodbye to Distant Shores III. It is Paul's first time sailing in the Pacific Northwest and he learns what a special cruising ground is to be found in Puget Sound and surrounds. There are large tides in this area and Paul explains what uses tides and how to anchor safely in the changing depths.

      Offshore Passage to Grenada - Sailing out of the Hurrine Belt

      Hurrine Season is quickly approaching in the ribbean and owners of a Southerly 49 need help to get south and away from the danger. Paul flies to St. Martin to help them and they face numerous obstacles on the 3-night offshore passage to Grenada.

      Test sail Stadtship 56 - Noordkaper 46 GT- Orion 49

      This time on Distant Shores we test sail a Stadship 56 aluminum sailboat on a very breezy day, investigate the meticulous craftsmanship on a steel Noordkaper 46 and tour an aluminum Orion 49 before finally coming to a decision about our new custom aluminum sailboat.

      Bestevaer test sail - Yacht Designer on board!

      This time on Distant Shores we're excited to be test sailing 2 different aluminum sailboats - both built by KM Yachts. We're thrilled we were able to sail with the yachts' designer legendary Gerard Dykstra.

      This Yacht is Sinking! Loading on a Ship for Yacht Transport, BRNKL Review

      This time we save a boat from sinking in Panama, evaluate a boat monitoring system lled BRNKL and load Distant Shores III onto a ship for yacht transport to her new owners.

      Final Cruise on DS3! Sailing San Blas Islands and Epsilon Anchor Test

      In this our final cruise aboard our Southerly 480 sailboat, we test out the new Lewmar Epsilon anchor while we revisit the San Blas Islands of Panama, home of the Guna tribes, Panama’s indigenous people who still live in traditional ways. Even though it’s been 11 years since our last cruise here, we reunite with island friends, meet new ones and rediscover these unique pristine islands.

      We're Taking on Water!

      After months of lockdown in Panama, we finally set sail from Shelter Bay Marina to head to the San Blas Islands but along the way discover we are taking on water! We pull into Linton Bay Marina on the ribbean Coast of Panama to make repairs and meet fellow YouTubers from the sailing channel, Parlay Revival

      Installing Lithium Batteries

      When the AGM batteries fail on our Southerly 480 sailboat following months of lockdown in Panama, we take the opportunity to replace them with lithium batteries before selling the boat. (We're designing a new custom aluminum sailboat.) With crocodiles in the water around the boat at the dock in Shelter Bay Marina, Paul builds a new battery box and friends help lift the new batteries into place. Paul completes the installation and we set sail for a test cruise to the San Blas Islands

      Centreboard or Lifting Keel

      Ever wondered about the pros and cons of a centreboard versus a vertil lifting keel? In this session of our design feasibility study with KM Yachtbuilders, we do a deep dive into keel options - how they operate, how each affects interior space and the importance of rudder depth. We consider a Bestevaer 53, look at features of a Stadtship 56 including telescoping rudders and study stability curves and polar diagrams.

      Trimaran Test Sail - Neel 51

      Test sailing a Neel 51 tamaran on a windy day in the ribbean Sea off Panama. James & Eva take us out for a morning of exciting sailing to see what trimarans are all about. Back in port we get James thoughts on his boat after many thousands of sea miles.

      Hydrogen-Electric power on boats

      We're building a new boat and looking into various propulsion systems including the possibility of an electric drive.
      We meet the Energy Observer which is travelling around the world demonstrating the possibilities of hydrogen fuel. They are powering all ships systems, including cooking, navigation and even powering the electric motors that drive her through the water with electricity. The electricity is collected in her solar panels which cover every bit of her wide decks. The power is stored in batteries, and also in compressed hydrogen. It's the hydrogen that makes her so interesting.

      Building an Aluminum Sailboats - Design Criteria with KM Yachtbuilders Part 1

      Continuing with our project to build a custom aluminum boat, we begin a feasibility study with KM Yachtbuilders in the Netherlands by going through a series of key questions with owner, Eeuwe Kooi, to determine our design criteria. Using beautiful and informative footage taken on past cruises aboard our previous boats plus the lively discussion with Eeuwe, we explain the things that we liked and didn't like about the 4 other boats we've owned during 31 years of international cruising and what features would make the perfect cruising boat for us.

      Bonus: Download a complimentary .pdf of the questionnaire covered in this video to help you get clear on your own criteria for a new, or new-to-you, boat. http://eepurl.com/hygdI

      How Aluminum Sailboats are Made - KM Yachtbuilders Factory Tour

      Ever wondered what it's like to build a custom aluminum cruising boat? Come along for a factory tour of KM Yachtbuilders in the Netherlands where we get an introduction to the aluminium boat building process as well as the many types and models of yachts KM Yachtbuilders manufacture, including custom-built yachts like Skip Novak's new Pelagic 77. We get an up-close look at how aluminum hulls are shaped, see the stages of build and consider the pros and cons of aluminum boats.

      The tour is nearly 40 minutes, so we have indexed the video allowing you to jump to segments that you are most interested in.

      How to Sail South to the Bahamas and ribbean - New Video

      Are you dreaming about sailing south to the Bahamas and ribbean but aren't sure what the best routes for getting there are? In this, our most popular boat show seminar, brought to you from the cockpit of our Southerly 480, Distant Shores III, in the tropics, we show you how to espe to the magil islands of the Bahamas and ribbean! Using beautiful video footage from the Distant Shores television series and YouTube Channel as well as still images, music and narration, we show you the choices of routes south to these top cruising destinations. Will you head for warmer climes down the ICW, jump offshore or take the Thorny Path? Join in to find out what route makes sense for you and will keep your crew happy and safe. We also outline an achievable plan for a successful tropil cruise, highlight destinations not to be missed and discuss places to run to in bad weather as well as options for Hurrine Season.

      Buying a New Sailboat

      Are you interested in buying or building a new boat but aren't sure where to begin? This video is the first in a new series about the design and build process of Distant Shores IV, the new custom-built aluminum e-boat we are planning to build. Determining criteria for your dream boat is the start of the process and Paul and his alter-egos, Traditional Paul and Future Tech Paul, hash out ideas together. Although entertaining, this video provides guidelines for determining important steps and considerations to help you make good decisions when searching for a new boat.

      Tips for Docking a Sailboat

      First in a new series we're producing about docking techniques and boat handling skills.
      We all get pretty good at learning to handle our own boats over time, but if we step onto a friend's boat or take the helm on a bareboat charter yacht that we're unfamiliar with, we quickly remember that each boat has its own personality and quirky behaviour.

      In Docking a Sailboat, we go over basic docking techniques demonstrating how to go bow-to a dock, as well as stern-to. But first we give you a few procedures to do to quickly get the feel of a boat that you are handling for the first time.

      How to Transit the Panama nal, Part 3

      Part 3 of 3 on How to Transit the Panama nal with a Sailboat. Following Part 1 on how to prepare and complete the paperwork and Part 2 where we take you on the first leg of the transit from Colon to Lake Gatun, in Part 3 we take you on the second and final leg of the transit across Lake Gatun, through the impressive Culebra Cut and descend 3 locks to Panama City on the Pacific Coast.

      How to Transit the Panama nal, Part 2

      Entering the Panama nal in our sailboat, we handle the first 3 locks up to Lake Gatun.
      Part 2 of 3 in a series on How to Transit the Panama nal with a Sailboat, Atlantic to Pacific. Following Part 1 on how to prepare and complete the paperwork, in Part 2 we take you on the first leg of the transit from Colon to Lake Gatun. We also show you how to find line handlers, train your crew for line handling, how to set up your boat to meet requirements as well as protect it from possible damage during the transit. We show you how to work with the nal Advisor who is assigned to come aboard your boat for the transit, how yachts are required to raft up and demonstrate some boat handling techniques for locking through.

      Aground at the Pub! How to do Tide lculations

      Where has the water gone? We visit one of our favourite pubs in Chichester Harbour by bringing the boat in at high tide and walking ashore at low tide for dinner. We describe how to do tide lculations to arrive at a destination at the ideal time of tide for your boat and with the activities you want to do when you get there in mind.
      Using footage of drying out our Southerly 49 sailboat so we n walk ashore to the pub as an example, we show you how to lculate the tide height at any time, not just the time and height at high and low tide.
      This video is part of our new "Notes on Navigation" series.

      Atlantic to Pacific: How to Transit the Panama nal, Part 1

      Do you dream of taking your sailboat through the Panama nal one day to sail in the Pacific? Well, this video is for you! In Part 1, we arrive at Shelter Bay Marina on the Atlantic side to begin preparations for a nal transit and take you through the steps. We answer your questions about what it costs, what inspections and paperwork are required, what are the best resources, should you use an agent and if so how do you find someone reliable? We document our Admeasure Inspection aboard Distant Shores III, then explore the surrounding jungle having magil encounters with monkeys and weaver birds.

      Rough Waters - Sailing to Panama

      Paul outlines his passage plan and we set sail from the Bahamas to do a 7-day offshore voyage to Panama passing Cuba en route. Once through the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti, we face strong winds and a fierce head current which results in large steep seas. Sheryl struggles as she recovers from a sprained ankle but the crew pitch in. We make a night landfall in Panama facing one of the highest concentrations of shipping in the world as we come into port. Bonus feature: Flags of Convenience Explained by Oceanskies.

      Planning your Espe - Sail Away on a Budget

      We introduce you to a young farm family who share their plan for fun yet affordable family cruising. We take you and a crew of sailors who are planning their own espe for a week of sailing and cruise planning in the beautiful Exuma Islands of the Bahamas. We also show you our process for passage planning, techniques for shallow water piloting, snorkel on pristine reefs in the Exuma ys Land and Sea Park and i

      Stuck in Paradise! - Sailing Bahamas and Junkanoo celebrations

      Feeling stuck these days? Well this video is guaranteed to lift your spirits! We got stuck in the Bahamas earlier this year (before the pandemic) and experienced Junkanoo celebrations! You n’t help but smile when you watch this one?? since everyone, young and old, sailor and landlubber, is having such a good time! We also take the boat out to some very remote islands in the Exumas where pirates of old used to hide out amongst the shoals and give you an overview of the beautiful anchorages around the area of George Town, Great Exuma, a base for the cruising community where, at a beach bonfire we celebrate New Years.


      This time on Distant Shores we look at weather in the Bahamas as we deal with cold fronts and see what happens when you're hit with the largest waterspout we've ever seen.

      Storm off pe Hatteras

      This time on Distant Shores we look at using radar to avoid the worst winds in a serious storm rounding pe Hatteras, do a gear review on our electric in-mast furling after 1 year of hard use and sail north to Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay.
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