024: Fit Out in Tunisian Boat Yard - Sailing From Monastir to Hammamet

024: Fit Out in Tunisian Boat Yard - Sailing From Monastir to Hammamet

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The. Bond that we share is, as deep as. No matter how. Things. May come to, be you. And, me. Family. Sinkhole. I'll stay, by your side. Ah. The. Apartment. Yeah it's cheaper you, know it's nothing special, let's say I'll. Just say the electorate is the main problem really because. I. Was getting electric, shocks and asked for kings so I kind of after a few days of doing this it's not good cuz you. Know something, that be it might be here I might just die one. Dolphin there they've got the energy saver bulb which is dude took, me to wait five days but their name Dennis Wi-Fi so. We could get on and do our video, editing, and. Also. Lots of YouTube videos which help the children with their teaching, well the toilets here I've. Kind of Arabic style so there's always a hose next. To the toilet and. Yeah. You wouldn't kind of slash, trying to use it and then witty decide to use it one day and it didn't go down well and I don't really want to describe the. Aftermath, but my, the banner to using Mitnick and toilets and, we've got to use toilet paper it's, nice to be looking at the boats we whistles in the hotel and that was kind of fun that's cool. It's. Always nice seeing the marina and even boats and our friends have turned out as well with from. Halter with their four girls, and, so. It has its parade climb the last few days and, I think the best thing the kids are excited about is of there's a laser zone. Here, in the marina which is really cheap with Richard is here so, they went twice yesterday. Today. So, I'm just hoping that's not the only thing they would remember about to me Geo it's the laces own, the. Last time our, son had been able to have any violin, tuition was in Greece with Eileen she was a lovely lady she, came once a week and he, really, really enjoyed the lessons with her when. We got to Tunisia we tried to find someone. And we. Were helped by a lovely, man called Ahmed and, he helped. Us find a violin school and also a teacher and he even cycled. Us all the way there and back again. We're. Really grateful to have met Ahmed, he's a lovely person and yeah. We steal Brenna's now. The. Money situation in Tunisia is quite difficult our bank wouldn't transfer, I wouldn't do a bank transfer the. Work overall was was around about 17 thousand dinner and.

We. Were restricted. To. 200, dinars, per transaction, per card we, couldn't pay by, visa either so. The only other way was to draw out the cash from the cash point physically. And then give it to the yard. Manager the. Problem with that is you're, restricted, to about, 90. Euros per transaction, per card, every. Morning I would have to go to the bank, with four cards and draw out the maximum amount then. One of the cards was swallowed so we were that was reduced and, we were a bit worried that we weren't gonna be able to pull, out the right amount given, the timeframe that we had it. Was a bit worrying cycling. Around the streets with wads of cash like that sticking up your back pocket. And. This, two schools of thought really when buying, a boat once you've got past the old cattle, kept around mana hall debate and all that sort of thing is do, you buy a boat under market value and, use. The rest of your budget to do it up and learn about the systems as you go along or do you buy a boat at the going rate from. A good owner knowing, that all the systems have been maintained, and upgraded. We. Opted, for the the former we bought a boat under market value and. Held back a fairly. Substantial budget, to, do it up now. That's great you do do, the boat up you do learn about the systems but you have no control of when these systems, break down it. Could be at sea it could be coming in to anchor it could be coming in to a marina you have no, control of it whatsoever. So. There is a bit of a risk factor when, it comes to opt, in for that option. Obviously. A surveyor, doesn't pick up on everything in just one or even two days and things, start to go wrong once you start using the ball properly part, of the reason we went to Tunisia was we could blitz the boat and just solve, all those problems that, we knew that the boat had. The initiative is probably. One. Of the cheapest. Difinitely cheapest place in the Mediterranean, to get work like this done to. To a good quality also, working. In a country rather. Than just visit it as a tourist you, get to see a part of. Lifestyle. And the culture that you would never normally get to see. The. Fishing port it's full of fishing boats and it's it's. A working poor it's. A dirty grimy, place it's polluted, Health. And Safety is. Not the priority really there. Was a pack, of dogs who live in the marina and I was attacked once and bitten it's the type of place you kind of want to take your family to really you do kind of see things that kind of a bit of an eye-opener when you working in a place like that it isn't up to European standard and on. One occasion I did actually see one of the boards fall out of the cradle which.

Was A bit disconcerting a few days before you about to put your board back in the straps of the crane were were. Very very. Grimy, and dirty, and. Even, though we did have plastic put on the hole as we it was put back in as, you'll see in later blogs, it. Wasn't enough to protect the gelcoat completely. So. We're finally, measuring. Out the anchor so, we never know how much anger we put down really 5 meter length so we know how much we're putting out I think, he's worried about getting spray in. This yard. So. Woody's baby tinker this when he works and I'm, I'm. A bit more snap - and I kind of just. Stick the links in amazingly. Anyway. The job get done. So, when it was stripped back to the gelcoat there was some hairline. Fractures, not. Serious ones so we've, epoxy those bits and. Various. Other bits so. I'm gonna let those drives send them off and then it should be time for the burial. So. It was a bit of an awkward repair, this because, it's underneath his. Genoa track, and. Then. Even though we got most of the screws out there were, three. Which was seized in, the. Reason for that because there's a metal plate that runs under there which. Is rusted and expanded. In, fact all of the, fiberglass. Is unique as you can see but. Because you can't get the track off. We're. Having to kind of do a. Under. The track repair. Tricky, ground. Out as much as possible which. Wasn't easy with obviously, the trapped in place, and. Now just. Let me dry and let's. Try and get a joke match. So. It's taken me over an hour to get this track, further off and. The reason for that I saw, crystals have managed to work themselves. In. Between. Two. Bits and, completely. Cemented. It together and, even now even, though the screws out I still can't get that apart basically. I had to use a bow multi-tool to kind of cut the screws out and. Then just hammer. It off. So. Basically just more brute force. So. Now it's off I just need to put the new one on. There's. More penetration, in those screws up there and it. Means that the screw, is now not gripping, onto this so. Therefore the screws loose so water is getting in because we had some drips over winter so. We're. Going to take the whole panel off and. Repair. The other side of this wood so. That the screws grip in and, then. Put it all back again nose is silicon double. Bottom. Okay. So I'm, sanding, all, the words on. The, companionway. Hatch. Because. It's got really old and grimy, and all the varnishes come off so first I need to sand it down then, I'm gonna varnish, and I'm we've, got this fantastic small. Sander. It's perfect, for me to hold, perfect. Size and it kind of gets into more of the nooks and crannies. Some. Rivets, aluminium. Rivets which fit perfectly, now a new cheese which we've got from amel to. Put in, the. West. We. Knew we had to get our main sail down and there's. Very little, time when the wind is in the right direction and, there's. Not much wind so the window, of opportunity was, this morning early so this morning on Sunday we got up and had breakfast at 7:00 we, were down here by, about 8:00 do, you worked out how to get the mainsail down a little. Bit complicated but, we worked it out. That's. Why you asked me to do it double, sheep and maybe. That's. A sheet Bend. Rolling. Hitch she. Bends is, the problem you get when you've got two skippers on board yeah when. One's forgotten have see sheet bends and one supposed to be a next. Bit I've. Done it. What. About we do the rolling hitch, on there. Is. Actually trapped behind the line we. Can't get it out okay so we, may have to put it around a different winch. All. Of that it's just done because. Actually we've, realized. That those this little bit in here that you can tie bowing on and, bring, it down to the winch. And. Then now we can pull the pin and, take that off the loop undo. That and it's flat, now now. We're going to Mouse a long line on here the wind is note director stuff yes. Do in the right direction of argot you go get the stuff to sew it on. We're. Sewing. Together a mousing, line. The. Winds picking up a bit yes. These. Have the main the other side on. It. Six. Lines here and, it's got a bowline. Brilliant. Cut it down and the wind is picking up right. It's, pretty nervous isn't, so. This is being whipped on at, the end so we just need to cut those with you nines in between tire as funny as the animals really because I'm, normally on a barre you just drop the halyards and that's it sails down but, it's always something. Intricate. And a little, bit complicated. You. Can understand the logic of it but it's just. Deconstructing. It innit yeah. We. Do that. I. Want. To show you I just hold it there honey. Why it was laid out we could inspect it a little bit better we realized there was a big rip, down, the leech.

Of The sail and also down the foot of the sail so I don't know whether they're going to be able to repair, it or whether we might need to get a new sail who knows and we, folded. It up tied, it up and it's now on the deck of our boats waiting. For, our. Man to. Get. A quote on it or send it off to the sail repairs. One. Thing we didn't realize until we got there was elfstrom, sales have. Their main factory in, the north of Tunisia and so we thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to get measured up and get a quote for a full set. Of sails, the. Elfstrom, rep, Heidi. Came down and measured. Up but, unfortunately, it takes a few months to get the sales made up and fitted and, we just didn't, have the time our insurance, kind, of ran out and we had to get out of there so, maybe, we'll go back and get, a new set of sales in. The near future but in the meantime we just patched up the ones we had and. So. We're going to do next is, service. The law friends, of tigress windlass. We. Had a lot of guests arriving. Over the summer period, and. We needed to extend, the beds they, were kind of really relaxed about me using their workshop so you can get out of the Sun I had, to give my workshop so, it was kind of funny. One year later being, back in the workshop making. Furniture like I used to do back going for my company's back in color. Some. Of the remote, working that I do involves. Designing furniture, still but, still it was good to get. My hands back on the tools and to be doing something practical. The, thing about extending, the pilot birth was we, then blocked the corridor from the aft cabin into, the the main saloon area so, the other thing we did was have a stainless, steel ladder, fabricated. And attached. To the aft cabin hat so we could actually get, in and out of the hatch without crawling, underneath the Pala birth. Thank. You, so. I'm asking, if. It's possible to, make curtains. We. Just been quoted, 600, pounds. To get the whole boat the. Upholster need will remain difficult, to, get a price like that anywhere else really all, the interior stuff which just will brighten the whole thing up and just, to get what you're replacing your sponge that's brokered yeah it's good price. So. The work that my, stand-in in left us to repair, the the, road blockers at the bowels of the boat as finally, being completed, in Tunisia could, a massive hole in the bottom of the boat with me sat in it what. Could possibly go wrong, the. Floors and the bow lockers was. Completely. Rotten all. The plywood had delaminated. Just. The thickness of the village cream, and. I, made some blanks I. Think. There's 12 milk why that. Kind of stayed in place until we got to Tunisia and the. Guys have taken. The cutouts that I did, coated, them in fiberglass top and bottom to stop. Any moisture, getting. Into the plywood like he did in the original version and. They've. Fiberglassed. It in. Reinstated. The whole thing. So. Now they're gonna paint it and bilge paint and be good as new hopefully. Please. Do that actually pleased with the job it's. A bit worried enough turned up today and there's nobody around and it's about 10, o'clock I. Was down earlier at about 7 o'clock, for. Working days is supposed to prepping the water and we're. Still waiting for the hole. To dry out moisture. Levels are still a bit high in that still, a bit puzzled body they're working I was really I mean, things are progressing, but. Not. As fast as I would like once. F the project, manager isn't here today. But, he does that he kind of disappears and then turns up and things kind of get done and the. Other thing we decided to do while the boat was out the water is get there through hole fittings replaced. Although, one, of them was was fine so we've, left that we've placed one of them because it was shows slight, signs of corrosion it.

Seemed A good opportunity to do that but. It's good the value for money here is fantastic the. Workmanship. Seems to be as good as anywhere else in Europe I mean I've no. Reason to criticize it at all really, the. Place is a bit slower but. In this heat I. Don't, think I could work any faster to be honest. We can hit that deadline of, back. In the water next Wednesday. So, a lot of things should come together today we should get the solar, art in place you. Gel shield is going on the hall so, that would be five layers of that the. Last of the cushion should be turning up, and. The polishing side. So. Should be a busy day. It's. Not good my English, it's. Good bday we start with a jet got no. Jericho jet seed this. I. Suppose. In Europe we kind of used to a more egalitarian, approach, to work you know where the, boss is a benevolent, sort of guiding influence in. Tunisia it's still quite traditionally, you get your boss, looking. Over his shoulder at everything you do and given you a, right ticking off if, you get things wrong and so one set for the project manager he would pull. Up his chair sit down and just, watch these guys and, make sure that they were done to his exacting, standards which, I kind of felt sorry for the guys because they don't get paid that much to be honest so, it's. At five, coats of gel, shield on now. In. Two coats of. Sealant. On the on. The metal keel as well and should, be ready for their primer and then the ante fell off. So. It's lunchtime so I got. To try the, dockyard. Food meat. Where the other boys eat. Lemonade. And. Look we're sure it is with some like. A spicy, Cornish pasty. Onions. And egg. Bit. Of chili in it. Yeah. Well cooks on in the background as well. The. Bow. Thruster, serviced, the second time in a year it was serviced back in September, and then it was it. Was loads of salt water inside tipped, it over we had the mayonnaise. Effect. So. The. More surface kindly. Serviced. It again, understand. We've had some more, parts fabricated. Hopefully. Last, a year. So. The boat. Was put. In the water yesterday and, we had the final, stages. Of the solar arch finished off. Then. There, was some dispute, about the balance to pay. Spreadsheets. It's kind of scraps of paper drawings, and. For. The language barrier in the way. We, paid slightly more than we expected towards. The end but we still got. Some really good work done and still far far cheaper than anywhere else that we would have gotten you know for snakes. You. Know take. The chin and. My. Cadaver experience, I suppose. You. Came up with his family to the boat and, I'll final night and we, had a good chat and he, told us about his dreams of emigrate. To Canada, with. His wife, and his young six month year old boy yeah. Really nice nice, family it's very tough for. Poor. Families without connections, in Tunisia. The. Wages are very low this, is quite harsh yeah, it's been a it's. Been a hell. Of a learning experience I think for the kids, for us. It's. Good, to come to an Islamic country Tunisia, is one of the more progressive liberal. Islamic. Countries, head. Jobs seem. To be optional most, the women you know there's the, ultra-conservatives. And this. Long. Hair in jeans and. You. Know they wouldn't look about facing any Western country really, there's. Some really nice genuine people, here but. Last time I was here actually I was pickpocketed, so I need to be careful this time. Yeah, so it's a believe, now so it's back to vote get some last-minute provisioning, and if we go. Okay. So we've just done left. Port de peche with, the boat and, we're, heading back to marina, to. Get ready for. Our trip up north Tunisia. We've, got no sails on because we've taken, them all off to be measured and do need new sails. Three with. Makes me feel like we're on some B's else, how. Else is very it's all different code yeah. I mean daddy, gonna put all the sales by homes but they say I was in our sailing boats. French. Friend yeah. We. Not that family we never been that way so. This is saying goodbye to, monastery. In. Tunisia, Africa. So. We've left monastere. And we've headed up north along.

The Coast and now, we're in the Gulf of X so. We've anchored, in the Gulf of hammamet for two nights, near. The old Medina. Went. To a cafe, fantastic. Cafe, which we've been to about eight years ago. Oh. Is. That nice Mary. So. It's really nice to go back there so. Now we're going to the. Marina in Jasmine, to. Get some fuel we're trying to keep carrying on up the coast because, we need to get to some of dinner next so. We're kind of waiting for a weather window. It's. Coming in to refuel, at Jasmine. Marina. In hammamet get. Ready with a stern line as well please. Hi. Quite. Close that boats engine. No. Here. We try to stock up in home at thinking that the supermarkets, would be really well provisioned because the massive tourist industry, there but, um the. Shop we found was a little bit sparse but they did have a good staff alcohol, getting. Ready. Prohibition. We. Just propped up at the, most. Expensive marina in Tunisia, it's, only 13. Euros. Or pounds and I which is kind of steel coupe for the most expensive but that was include electricity, fuel or Wi-Fi but, anyway we are not saying it because, we just came to refuel and it kind of works out that tomorrow is the day to go north, then. Wait and then the, 11th, is the day to cross because, 1112, it's all from the south and the way. Even. If you just come to a few thought you have to go check. In and out and, they keep checking on us it's great I should be like the Coast Guard here they've come three times to see if we're okay on anchor they, kind of play their paperwork but they wouldn't call them in and turn off when you turn up they give you lots to fill in there's like seven, guys in there with machine guns we've, nothing to do. I. Feel so safe here I feel like we go into any difficulty, but. The code, we can just call the Coast Guard and they'll be right there assisting. In you know they're probably even going get our shopping for us, I'm. Tried that with. The. Pirate boats always out and taking, trips out the, kids really love those boats and they love the crew because the crew would climb up the masts and, you, know on all the spreaders, and then, the kids decided they were gonna try some of these tricks as well. We're. Now leaving the Gulf of Hanuman's, to. Probably last stop. Something Coast yeah you need to know these week. No knots. My. Mother's going down, I'm. Trying to probably shut with words cuz it looks there's. No shine for anymore. In Syria I'm trying to make that, design it's boiling. All right Yemen's got more than it he has the most expensive wine maker, 200.

We. Have arrived, in probably. The last stop, before we leave Tunisia this, is Columbia, Columbia. And. I'm it's pretty much a fishing, port with. The Navy, base as well over there. It's. Not obvious, where you're gonna more up when you arrive because it's. So busy, we've. Told to kind of come alongside these boats and, another boat left so we were kind of hanging on a bit but um another. One coming alongside or something. This is where we're gonna be. They're. Going to fishing later out will they catch of the day. Everybody's, coming out. In, amongst the, fishing. Community, here so, it stinks, of fish and I vote we wake up six, fish or go to sleep. We've. Been cooped, up in, that very, fishy fishing, harbour waiting, for the right wing to go across. To, Sardinia, but. It's our. Eldest, in the middle walls birthday, today yes they share the same birthday so, three years apart so it's a real special day, normally. Have a big party at home but, today. We're in search of somewhere, and beautiful, and we've, walked a bit about half an hour and, we found this lovely. Beach and, right on the end top, tip of Tunisia it's really, colourful it's, a Tunisian, hot spot really I think so, now we're going to go and find. A restaurant. To eat in and we know there's one called a monaco-based, Iran. So this must be in Monaco Bay and. There's. Another one as well so we're gonna check out here and there, seems right. Mine. And Gary's birthday. Holy. Book all the way round is a bit hot and I'm, a little bit tired now away. The. Other tweezing guy and got over the fence and to ziens helped us find. Over there it's so much easier you broke it in, where. We live, this is our house yeah boat is here. Lose. Em off we gotta see. So. Because of the winds we had a few extra days which, men you know we could do a bit of more cleaning squeeze, in a bit of clean this time we did the carpets, and. And. Then the customs, came the, customs was a little bit more complicated than, we thought, they they seem to have lost a part of the paperwork so, you know I thought they could be trouble but it turned, out alright. It's. Relieving, and. We're. Going to Sardinia. Although. We've got too much pizza here so. Maybe. There'll be something else maybe the ice cream. We're. Gonna do the longer route from till. EBA which where we are now. So. It will take us about 36, hours maybe less if it's good wind we've. Been waiting, for. Four days, for this weather, to, turn but, that's what sailings all about I can't just go when you can see what. You can but. Your fight against the elements so it's about kind, of, harnessing. The winning so sorry choosing the right wind and going, with it this. Is our passage, hairstyle which is plaque to hair as much as possible. So, that we don't have to deal with it when we get to the other side for now that we brush for days, passages. Are the best, thing for losing.

Weight Because you don't eat anything. My. Stomach sort of shrink somehow. I. Wish. I knew. Way. We. Travel, Oh No. Family. Singapore. Thank. You to all our patrons, and, the people that watch, our videos and share them now, even if you've subscribed you, might not receive notification. Of when our video comes out so please do press that notification bell, and you, will know when our video comes out straight away because, just subscribing doesn't tell you that thank you. I'll. Stay, by your side. You always, be.

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Fantastic episode. We can recommend a good sail maker when you need one.

Thanks Stuart.. we'll be wintering in Almerimar so any local contacts would be great.. but we may return to Tunisia to get the sails done as they were something like 20-30% cheaper!

Cool video, that must of taken quite some time to edit and upload. I have just watched another YouTube channel, Sailing Nikau use the same boatyard as you used in Tunisia. Did you get the sails repaired at the sail loft?

Yes it definitely took a lot of editing this one.. a few late nights! Jasmin from Nikau contacted us before they headed to Tunisia and we passed on a lot of our experiences and contacts to them before they went (unfortunately we'd left by the time they arrived).. seems to have worked out for them apart from the drone getting confiscated :/ We got the sails repaired by a local sail repairer recommended by the boat yard.. not sure of the name, sorry.

Hi how do you education for the kid's correspondence learning​?

I look forward to that video I am currently looking for a boat for my family

We use a mixture of 'CGP' / 'Letts' books (UK curriculum), YouTube videos (eg. Mathantics) and Khan Academy. We've got plans to do a blog on our first year of boat schooling (over winter some time) as it's a big topic of conversation amongst kid boats, and everyone does it differently.

OMG, how old is your Supermaramu and where dir you buy it?

It's a 1997 model with just two previous owners (we think). It had mostly been sitting in a boat yard in Greece for a few years before we bought it. As we mention in the log, we got it slightly below market value but there have been (and still are) a lot of repairs and upgrades needed.

You have a very lucky family. I'm 76 yrs. but could you adopt me?

We managed 11 people onboard overnight recently so always room for one more!

i'm only 58 and i'm almost house/boat trained. :-) love your kids. they will remember this for ever.

A long list of things. You got loads done. Impressed with the new floor in the rope locker. Bon Voyage.

Great to meet you today. We will now have to binge watch all your Vblogs.

Our SM is from 2004. However…. you made a great job. :)

Hy guys, i am delighted with yours videos. I startede seeing them today and i cant stop.... Is it possible to tell how much did you pay for the boat? And how much did you spend in Tunisia to do the projetcs listed? As i wrote before, i wish i could go to the Caribian, and now i want to go to the Mediterranium.... Yesterday i saw a program at the Discovery Channel about the Carthaginians and the Phoenicians. I am amazed by the places that you visited.... Makes me feel so good..... Thanks!!!

You guys are blessed with very very awesome kids and I'm glad that I got to see your YouTube video and I definitely will watch it again very very informative awesome awesome family though your kids are awesome you and your husband obviously spend lots of time with them they remind me of my wife and I are kids when they were smaller Vegas bill

Great Vlog! Good to see that Darroch has gotten some more violin lessons. Is he continuing lessons in Spain? Haddock II looks very smart. Lots of hard work for you but fantastic results.

Can I make a very small, ti-nee, we-nee critique without getting lambasted. (I loved the video. It just popped up on my feed after watching a channel I subscribe to.) If you paid far less than you would anywhere else but were still paying more than you expected, would you not be gracious to just pay the bill without haggling? I feel that people like "us" who come from a higher cost of living, more affluent culture should not be haggling over prices in lower cost places when we know that it would cost us way more back home. Just my opinion that might save face for you and not leave a sour taste with those who worked for you. Like you said, "Take it in the chin and mark it down to experience".

Understand the sentiment but it wasn't a matter of trying to get the job done any cheaper at all - we'd already agreed on the quoted prices and options in advance without any haggling (even though it would have been culturally acceptable to do so). The problem came at the end for an 'extra' that couldn't be fully explained.. it may have just been the language barrier.. google translate can only go so far!

nice place hammamet :)

Awesome episode guys!


I just stumbled onto your video and really enjoyed it. You now have another subscriber.

Glad you're finding the videos interesting and informative!. Yes, there's just so much cultural history in the Mediterranean it's actually more difficult deciding where NOT to visit than visit some times. We'll probably stay another season, rather than cross to the Caribbean this season just to take it all in. Some of the more honeypot tourist centres can be very crowded and disappointing whereas the not-so-popular can be absolute gems. We paid around €150k for the boat, knowing it had some issues, but we've met people travelling in €9k boats right up to €gazillions.. but we all watch the same sunsets from the same anchorages. Budgeting is another blog we hope to put together over winter - based on our first year's experience.

Thanks guys.. and thanks for popping over with little Oscar today and giving our uninvited rodent visitor a run for his money!

If you are still looking for a Sail-maker to replace your current sails. Are you aware of Jamie's advice from Sailing Totem www.sailingtotem.com/cruising-sails-sailmaker I have also heard good recommendations from Far East Sails www.fareastsails.com/

When people tell you year in year out for decades that it’s the best cruiser mono in the world, sadly and unbelievably people start to believe it. What a pity!

find your channel today thx to sharing your story, love it! I am also Amel fun and this episode was very educative . I think Tunesia best place to do a refit for boats. btw who was your project manager?

I really liked the refit aspects to this video and enjoyed your family as usual. Nice job on the flooring. Your kids will be much better off for this - the experience is something you and they will always treasure.

Hate to burst your bubble but the older wiser myth is just a bit of propaganda us elder lemons use to get our way, but ssh don't tell my kids!

nsgkuaov you sound very inspiring and a lot of fun...so nice to know you are following our journey, it makes it even more worthwhile knowing we are entertaining older but wiser people like you

I'm eighty but am fairly well upgraded ( two hips, two knees and a bit of plumbing oh and the electrics too pacemaker) sailed for years, love the videos but don't know if you need another kid on board? At my granddaughters wedding this summer my son described me as eighty going on fifteen which I can live with, except my dad always claimed you should always employ teenagers while they still knew everything! Enjoy the journey,then the destination is a bonus.

Inspirational video, great family, loved the content around the refit, I want to do this same thing one day.

Im 69 sailed all my life and own my 19th vessel,a stink boat.Only ever bought one yacht brand new,all the rest were secondhand and all needed repairs.what does BOAT stand for?BreakOutAnotherThousand! Shame you didnt pack a load of refugees aboard to Sardinia!

amazing lifestyle

Great, we are planning to do lots more micro blogs of the work in more detail...should be useful!

We went to Port La Peche and had Moncef as our project manager, recommended by a member of the OCC

Thanks..look out for all the micro blogs due to come out over the winter on all the jobs in more detail.Irenka

Hello! We have not looked for a violin teacher yet, difficult to find the right one. Might try to get a jamming session going on the pontoon...few people play various instruments.

Thanks so much for your compliments! The kids have had to adapt to so much and I think this has made them stronger better little people already :) Irenka

luckiest kids in the world

at one time that young man would have been dreaming of coming to america, really sad the changes.

Do NOT encourage muslims to immigrate to Canada. We do not want them. Import the 3rd world we become the 3rd world.

ow please stop moaning.

I love the this canal i like

Helmets, please!!! What a darling family, and I hope the kids get seasick pills on passage because eating is important!!!! Much Aloha, hope to share an Anchorage SOMETIME...

I'm sorry for your bias'.... you must be native?

No pro-immigration opinion was ever given let alone one supporting an ‘open door policy’ and no-one was ‘encouraged’ to migrate.. it’s a total straw man fallacy to suggest otherwise.

If we all took your attitude and accepted the open immigration floodgates, what future do you think will be for your children ? Will they be gang-raped like white children are in Sweden ? Or will your children be acid attacked like whites are in London ? Perhaps they will get run over by that muslim driving a truck like in Germany ? Astounding that I care more about your children's future than you do. Think about it. The lives of your children quite literally depends on YOU opening your eyes to the realities of what is happening to ALL formerly white countries due to the current uncontrolled open door immigration policy.

+Mother Ship Adrift Family Travel and Sailing Blogs sad enough this is YouTube these days. Complaining and politics.

I realise that the subject of immigration is a thorny one in the current political climate, but this channel and these blogs are dedicated to families who love to.. or want to.. travel. One of the guys who worked on our boat mentioned he had a dream of one day moving to Canada - a country famed for its friendliness, opportunity and freedom - probably an unfulfillable dream - yet still, he had a big enough heart to wish us well on our journey. Sometimes, hopes and dreams are the only things that keeps you going through tough times and difficult circumstances. He was a lovely, honest guy, hard worker and dedicated, family man.. the subject of religion never arose in our conversations. The issues surrounding poverty, globalisation and migration are complex and nuanced.. and probably best left to other channels. - Woody

Awesome video guys!

Welcome anytime .

Great video great family. Wishing you always fair winds and calm seas

Great choice of fabric color for the interior and go for the nice countertops :)

This is one of my favourite sailing channels for watching when our boat is on the hard for the winter. Regarding the new sails, you could have ordered them and have them shipped to your destination three month later, just a thought.

Dominic Sotirescu we did think about that Dominic but as soon as they’re shipped to another country then tax is imposed and the savings are lost.. but if you have them fitted in Tunisia.. no tax!


Thanks...still need a solution for the counter tops as it is so difficult to keep all the tiny grooves between the mosaic tiles clean...not good on a boat in my opinion when hygiene is so important. Irenka

Great video! We are enjoying watching your adventures! One of these days, we will be parents, as well, and plan to sail with the kiddoes and give them a REAL upbringing with amazing experiences... like you are doing!

Hey , congratulations ....keep thinking of the plan and younger kids the better I believe.

Delightful family! Thanks for sharing!

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