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Christian Williams
April 21, 2024
Christian Williams

Christian Williams

Christian Williams’ videos span his sailing experience from childhood, through early multihull Bermuda races to singlehanded voyages to Hawaii in his 70s. A former Washington Post editor and television producer, he lives in Los Angeles and currently sails a 1984 Ericson 38. This free channel is not monetized. Use of an ad blocker is recommended.

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24 Hours Offshore Alone
24 Hours Offshore Alone
How it is, or was, or could have been--a video essay illustrated by clips from 2017 and 2021.
Published: Apr 21, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:38
Battle for the Sole of Thelonious II
Battle for the Sole of Thelonious II
Labor-intensive replacement of the cabin sole (the floor) of a 1984 Ericson Model 381 (38') sailboat. And what it says about measuring, cutting, fitting and just about finishing off the carpenter.
Published: Dec 30, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:41:46
Christmas Books, 2023
Christmas Books, 2023
A quick look at books by Christian Williams, available at https://www.amazon.com/stores/Christian-Williams/author/B001H6IOB8?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true For a survey of notable authors writing a...
Published: Dec 06, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:43
Are We Sinking yet? Ah, the Endless Summer–of Yacht Maintenance
Are We Sinking yet? Ah, the Endless Summer–of Yacht Maintenance
Closed Captions [cc] corrected. Encounters with dripless shaft seal, a faulty seacock, another sail cover revision, installation of a galvanic isolator and troubleshooting a Raymarine wheel pilot.
Published: Aug 11, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:29
Advanced Cruising-Boat Sailing Techniques (Part 7, “Introduction to Sailing”)
Advanced Cruising-Boat Sailing Techniques (Part 7, “Introduction to Sailing”)
Closed Captions [CC] have been corrected. This video, Part 7 of the "Introduction to Sailing" playlist, explores the techniques and goals of advanced recreational sailors, with an emphasis on confidence gained by analysis and observation. https://youtu.be...
Published: Jul 19, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:37:40
Why We Sail–“Reflections in Varnish, Winter 2023”
Why We Sail–“Reflections in Varnish, Winter 2023”
Say, is this progress? Sails, varnish, sandpaper, leaks, felt, an electric bicycle and the recollection of a very different recent past. Wise up 2023, we're expecting better. For subtitles in any language: turn on [cc]/Settings/Subtitles/Autotranslate/Ch...
Published: Jan 31, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:13

Watch Christian Williams From The Beginning!

Boatbuilding: The Eastport Pram in Seven Minutes
Boatbuilding: The Eastport Pram in Seven Minutes
Builders can pause at any frame to compare notes. Two years later the pram set off for Hawaii on the foredeck of a 32-foot sloop. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28TAdDu5L6U
Published: Aug 30, 2012
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:08
Sailing the Eastport Pram
Sailing the Eastport Pram
This 8-foot mahogany ply pram weighs only about 60 pounds, and can be carried balanced on the head like a kayak. The mast is only 96 inches, and the standing lug rig fits inside the boat. More on the Eastport Pram at clcboats.com.
Published: Sep 24, 2012
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:37
Raymarine SPX-5 wheel pilot with P70 Control Head Demonstration
Raymarine SPX-5 wheel pilot with P70 Control Head Demonstration
What's missing in this initial trial is emphasis on sail trim. The Raymarine works well in quite heavy air and sea--far better than the general reputation of wheel pilots--if the boat is trimmed for neutral helm, as it must be for a pendulum wind vane syst...
Published: Jul 31, 2013
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:01
“Alone Together”: Singlehanded Sailing, LA to Hawaii and Return.
“Alone Together”: Singlehanded Sailing, LA to Hawaii and Return.
2021 voyage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz8wpl9YG1o&t=2663s 2017 voyage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5m9yT06Khg ; The book: "Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" at Amazon.com ; "Book Trailer" video :https://www.youtube.com/...
Published: Oct 28, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:29:36
Offshore With the 2014 Sailomat Steering Vane
Offshore With the 2014 Sailomat Steering Vane
Demonstration of the Sailomat "800" self-steering vane during a 6,000-mile transit Los Angeles-Hawaii and return. Installation procedures: http://www.ericsonyachts.org/infoexchange/entry.php?192-Sailomat-800-Installation-(2014)
Published: Nov 18, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:40
A Family Sailboat Cruise in 1961
A Family Sailboat Cruise in 1961
It used to be that families cruised together in wooden boats to uncrowded anchorages. Fifty years later, on another ocean, I'm glad to still be there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY3GFaHwRAA
Published: Nov 22, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:47
History of Bermuda Multihull Sailboat Races Part 1
History of Bermuda Multihull Sailboat Races Part 1
Early Multihull Bermuda Races 1969-1983. Part One of this two-part family video features the 1969 race from Coney Island and the 1972 event, which began at Newport. Scenes include Phil Weld; Bob Harris; air-sea rescue; repair at sea; life aboard and views...
Published: Nov 22, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:15
History of Bermuda Multihull Sailboat Races Part 2
History of Bermuda Multihull Sailboat Races Part 2
Part Two covers the 1975 Multihull Bermuda Race, which encountered an off-season hurricane, and the 1980 and 1983 races. S8mm film shows shows the evolution of multihull design, especially the work of Dick Newick, with reference to Mike Birch, Phil Weld, D...
Published: Nov 23, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:56
Kite Surfers, Santa Monica Bay
Kite Surfers, Santa Monica Bay
A breezy day in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, USA.
Published: Dec 29, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:18
Catalina First Mate Cruise
Catalina First Mate Cruise
Southern California sailors will recognize everything here--the light morning southerly clocking to Force 4 and the romp across San Pedro Channel, the deep emerald of Fourth of July Cove, the moorings strung with deepwater yachts, the cookouts and beer, an...
Published: Dec 29, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:40
Sailing Books for Offshore Reading
Sailing Books for Offshore Reading
Turn on Closed Captions [CC] for title info.
Published: Dec 31, 2014
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:12
Lewmar Hatch Lens Replacement
Lewmar Hatch Lens Replacement
The acrylic of older hatches is typically crazed by exposure to UV. Few vendors are willing to replace the lens at less than 70 percent of the price of a new hatch. But the acrylic is a stock item for most plastics shops, who can also cut and drill to the ...
Published: Jan 07, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:24
Tool of the Gods
Tool of the Gods
This frank video depicts grabbing, holding and uninvited persuasion in a simulated bilge environment. Mature yachting audiences only. Music: "Titel" from "Das Boot," Klaus Doldinger.
Published: Jan 11, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:42
Odysseus on a Toy Boat
Odysseus on a Toy Boat
Our much-delayed hero gets a royal welcome from King Aeolis and a present that promises to send him quickly home at last. But as usual, Odysseus screws everything up. You really gotta ask yourself: is it the gods, fate, or is it just...him. 2010.
Published: Mar 23, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:38
Torqueedo  Electric Outboard Demonstration, 2015
Torqueedo Electric Outboard Demonstration, 2015
(The dinghy shown is a West Marine RU-3, PVC rollup, often on sale for less than $700 US) When it comes to taking the crew ashore, rowing an inflatable is awkward and slow. On the other hand, a heavy outboard hanging on the stern rail is at best a flag of ...
Published: Sep 09, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:40
Umbrella on a Sailboat: The Scandal
Umbrella on a Sailboat: The Scandal
Yes, maybe not for everyone. But I prefer no dodger or bimini or connection of the two. In a gale I want only boat, not barn siding. Is an umbrella ridiculous? I see your point. But it can be put up or down in a moment, and aside from the merry-go-roun...
Published: Sep 19, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:24
Why We Sail–“Tuesday”
Why We Sail–“Tuesday”
There are a hundred answers. "Tuesday" is one. "Alone Together," my book on 48 days singlehanded at sea, is now available. Video introduction here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY3GFaHwRAA
Published: Nov 12, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:20
Why We Sail — “Fine Dining”
Why We Sail — “Fine Dining”
There are a hundred reasons. Fine Dining is one. "Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" by Christian Williams. East Wind Press, March, 2016. 286 pages. Amazon.com
Published: Nov 29, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:53
Why We Sail — “Pass it On”
Why We Sail — “Pass it On”
Got kids? Get them wet.
Published: Jan 08, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:54
“A New Boat” –Part 1 (Surveys)
“A New Boat” –Part 1 (Surveys)
"Alone Together" - the Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY3GFaHwRAA More renovation reports here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJx_F6E8T8wyRWcRh4nja4H8w82d-cDT
Published: Feb 05, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:28
“Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond” — the Book
“Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond” — the Book
Available at Amazon. "Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" by Christian Williams. East Wind Press, 286 pages. Pub date March 6, 2016. Watch the YouTube Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28TAdDu5L6U In 15 years at The Washington P...
Published: Mar 07, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:10
“A New Boat”– Part 2 (“Floorboards Restoration”)
“A New Boat”– Part 2 (“Floorboards Restoration”)
Repair of delaminated floorboards on the cabin sole of a 1984 Ericson 38. More renovation reports here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJx_F6E8T8wyRWcRh4nja4H8w82d-cDT
Published: Mar 15, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:39
Why We Sail– “Kourtney Meets Christian”
Why We Sail– “Kourtney Meets Christian”
Kourtney Patterson and Christian Williams. "Alone together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" by Christian Williams. 286 pages, East Wind Press, March 2016. Available at Amazon. "Accidental Sailor Girl": Kindle version: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KMCOR64...
Published: Mar 31, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:33
“A New Boat”– Part 3 (“Fuel Tank Inspection Ports”)
“A New Boat”– Part 3 (“Fuel Tank Inspection Ports”)
"Alone together--Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond"--the Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY3GFaHwRAA More renovation reports here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJx_F6E8T8wyRWcRh4nja4H8w82d-cDT
Published: May 06, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:20
“A New Boat”–Part 4 (Time for a Sail)
“A New Boat”–Part 4 (Time for a Sail)
Progress report on the renovation of a 1984 Ericson 38. More renovation reports here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJx_F6E8T8wyRWcRh4nja4H8w82d-cDT
Published: Aug 19, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:03
Sailing Audiobook Sample from Christian Williams
Sailing Audiobook Sample from Christian Williams
"Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" by Christian Williams. East Wind Press, 2016. Read by the author. Audiobook available on Amazon.com, Audible and iTunes. (Thelonious was an Ericson 32-3. The sailing footage above is of Thelonious II, an ...
Published: Aug 20, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:06
Why We Sail–“Acoustic and Electric Self Steering”
Why We Sail–“Acoustic and Electric Self Steering”
Would Django Reinhardt steer you wrong? Boats are Ericson 32-3 and Ericson 381 with Sailomat 800 servo pendulum and Raymarine EV-1 wheel pilot.
Published: Oct 20, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:06
“Alone Together” Audiobook–Chapter 13, “Hallucinations”
“Alone Together” Audiobook–Chapter 13, “Hallucinations”
Excerpt from "Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" by Christian Williams. East Wind Press, 2016. Available at Amazon.com.
Published: Nov 26, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:55
“A New Boat”–Part 5 (Rub Rail, Interior)
“A New Boat”–Part 5 (Rub Rail, Interior)
The rub rail caulk is Sikaflex 291 LOT (not "Dow 291"). More renovation reports here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJx_F6E8T8wyRWcRh4nja4H8w82d-cDT
Published: Feb 20, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:09
“A New Boat”– Part 6 (Chainplate, Gooseneck)
“A New Boat”– Part 6 (Chainplate, Gooseneck)
More renovation reports here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJx_F6E8T8wyRWcRh4nja4H8w82d-cDT
Published: Mar 18, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:08
Why We Sail — “30 Knots”
Why We Sail — “30 Knots”
Sailing in brisk winds as necessary preparation for boat and crew. (The Redondo Pier boat is a Martin 24, not a Merit 24)
Published: Apr 07, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:04
Why We Sail–“Sewing Machines Comparison”
Why We Sail–“Sewing Machines Comparison”
Sewing canvas is an ancient nautical craft. Who hasn't considered learning it? Three machines compared: Sailrite LSZ-1, Singer 237 and 15-91.
Published: Jun 06, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:14
“A New Boat,” Part 7– (Ready to Depart)
“A New Boat,” Part 7– (Ready to Depart)
Thelonious has 60 days food on board. Is that too much? Would 59 days of food be better? Would a truly prudent mariner take 61? The challenges, mostly mental, of final prep for a long cruise.
Published: Jun 29, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:41
“Philosophy of Sailing”: Solo to Hawaii and Return, 2017
“Philosophy of Sailing”: Solo to Hawaii and Return, 2017
2021 voyage is here: https://youtu.be/Oz8wpl9YG1o Christian Williams retraces an old route in a new boat. Closed Captions (CC) available. Music: "Dance of the Kordies," Les Paul Trio; "Like Someone in Love,"* Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax; "The Boy in the...
Published: Sep 10, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:35:43
Offshore Deck Check
Offshore Deck Check
A daily deck inspection while cruising ensures early identification of chafe and fittings loosened by constant movement. The boat is an Ericson 38. Turn on [CC] (Closed Captions) for details.
Published: Nov 23, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:03
Audiobook Chapter 27, “Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond” by Christian Williams.
Audiobook Chapter 27, “Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond” by Christian Williams.
Audiobook available at Amazon.com and Audible.com. Video presented is not of events described.
Published: Dec 14, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:27