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Sailing Avocet
May 13, 2024
Sailing Avocet

Sailing Avocet

Welcome aboard!
We are Chris and Marissa Neely, the crew of our 1979 Cheoy Lee 41, Avocet. We bought Avocet in 2018 as newly weds, fresh out of college with a small budget and a dream to explore what lies beyond the horizon. This channel shares the details of our renovations, redesigns, and refits while we simultaneously juggle our respective media businesses offscreen to keep this whole operation afloat. We are excited to announce as of 2022 we are casting off for our grand adventure!

For recent info and details on our wherabouts, visit our website: www.svavocet.com

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Chacala, Nayarit | Mainland Mexico | Sailing Avocet
Chacala, Nayarit | Mainland Mexico | Sailing Avocet
#ad After months of delays and feeling like we would never actually make it, we arrived in Chacala, Nayarit just in time to have a relaxing vacation with Chris's family. Thanks to the savvy navvy app we could stay ashore and keep an eye on the boat in the ...
Published: May 13, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:47
NAKED AND AFRAID Crossing the Sea of Cortez | Sailing Avocet
NAKED AND AFRAID Crossing the Sea of Cortez | Sailing Avocet
The time had come to finally sail across the Sea of Cortez from Cabo San Lucas to Chacala on Mainland Mexico - soaking up all the naked sailing and experiencing one of the scariest nights at sea yet. The unpredictable weather made our crossing a challengin...
Published: Apr 26, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:56
Sailing to Mazatlan for the ECLIPSE! | Sailing Avocet
Sailing to Mazatlan for the ECLIPSE! | Sailing Avocet
#ad We are so excited to be in Mazatlan for the eclipse - it is where we will be able to see complete totality! Although we were hesitant of the sketchy harbor entrance, savvy navvy had our backs and got us from point A to B with no surprises along the way...
Published: Apr 13, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:55
Blue Water Cruiser for SAIL | Cheoy Lee 41′ Boat Tour
Blue Water Cruiser for SAIL | Cheoy Lee 41′ Boat Tour
After years of living aboard and cruising our 1979 Cheoy Lee 41', Avocet, we finally found time to clean up and bring you on a virtual boat tour. Interested in more? Click here 👉 https://www.svavocet.com/2022/08/29/cheoy-lee-41/ Chapters: 0:00 - 7:54 ...
Published: Apr 01, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:51
Sailing Across the Sea Again! | Sailing Avocet
Sailing Across the Sea Again! | Sailing Avocet
#ad After months of exploring the Sea of Cortez we are ready to cross over to mainland Mexico. We recently downloaded the savvy navvy app which has made route planning simple with real-time updates, with user-friendly features for both expert sailors and b...
Published: Mar 27, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:39
Cabo San Lucas | Pacific Baja California Sur | Sailing Avocet
Cabo San Lucas | Pacific Baja California Sur | Sailing Avocet
It’s been said that Cabo is a lot like Las Vegas, but with fewer Mexicans. There might be some truth to that. Everything you’ve probably heard about Cabo is true. It is an adult Disneyland, without the rules, or the closing time. Don’t be dumb or obv...
Published: Mar 26, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:32

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Sailing Avocet: Santa Cruz Island
Sailing Avocet: Santa Cruz Island
Join us as we sail Avocet farther than we have before, all the way to Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands.  https://svavocet.com/ #SantaCruzIsland #CheoyLee #SailingCouple #ChannelIslands
Published: Sep 20, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:05
Sailing Avocet: Q & A
Sailing Avocet: Q & A
We have received so many amazing questions on our Instagram, we wanted to take the time to answer them all! Join us for a little Q & A sesh on the bow. https://svavocet.com CTNVisual: www.ctnvisual.com Fair Winds Media: https://www.facebook.com/Fair...
Published: Oct 14, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:45
SV Avocet x Pack Your Trash
SV Avocet x Pack Your Trash
https://www.svavocet.com The crew of SV Avocet has partnered with Pack Your Trash to challenge YOU to get out and pick up a bag of trash. Once you collect your bag, hashtag #packyourtrash and challenge 3 friends to do the same! Together we can keep trash o...
Published: Nov 14, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:40
Sailing Avocet: Meet Little Wing
Sailing Avocet: Meet Little Wing
We were recently gifted a new-to us dinghy that was designed by Lyle Hess, the same man who designed some of our favorite boats including the Bristol Channel Cutter and the Fatty Knees. Our Dinghy is a Dover Dory, the predecessor to the Fatty Knees (which ...
Published: Nov 15, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:08:43
Sailing Avocet: Escaping the Fire
Sailing Avocet: Escaping the Fire
https://svavocet.com/2018/11/14/escape-to-santa-barbara/ The Woolsey and Hill Fire destroyed over 20,000 acres while the smoke carried over to neighboring cities. The air quality at our slip was at an all time low and to make it worse, the highways were c...
Published: Nov 28, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:07
Sailing Avocet: Deck the Hulls
Sailing Avocet: Deck the Hulls
https://www.svavocet.com We have always looked forward to decorating our home for Christmas, however since we live on a boat now we had to get a little creative ;) What are your holiday traditions at sea or on land? Share them with us in the comments belo...
Published: Dec 01, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:39
Sailing Avocet: Quarter Berth Refit
Sailing Avocet: Quarter Berth Refit
Welcome back for another DIY project video! This time we are raising our quarter berth from a double bunk to a single queen bed, making it much more comfortable for one person or a couple. All the details are on our blog! Thanks for watching! https://www...
Published: Dec 13, 2018
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:20
Sailing Avocet: 2018 Recap
Sailing Avocet: 2018 Recap
https://www.svavocet.com WOW 2018 was non-stop! Funny enough, the crew of SV Avocet's 2019 is already booking up. Be sure to follow the crew on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with all their adventures! Facebook+Instagram: @SVAvocet Fair Winds ...
Published: Jan 05, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:01
Sailing Avocet: The Catalina Wine Mixer
Sailing Avocet: The Catalina Wine Mixer
It's the Catalina F***ing Wine Mixer! Also known as Chris's Birthday weekend. Yes, we spent Captain Chris's birthday sailing to Santa Catalina Island where we celebrated with friends and family. It was our first visit, but most definitely not our last. We ...
Published: Feb 25, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:46
Sailing Avocet: Head Refit Part 1
Sailing Avocet: Head Refit Part 1
Step 1: Demolition! When we first bought Avocet, she checked off all the things we wanted in a boat except 1: having a shower stall. Chris assured me that we would have enough room to build our own, but once we got into it we realized that not everything w...
Published: Apr 23, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:36
Sailing Avocet: Home Port Regatta 2019
Sailing Avocet: Home Port Regatta 2019
This year the crew of SV Avocet had the opportunity to participate in the Home Port Regatta, a fun race for cruisers and liveaboards pulled together by cruisers and liveaboards! The best part about it is all the proceeds benefitted the Channel islands Wild...
Published: May 11, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:00
Sailing Avocet: Head Refit Part 2
Sailing Avocet: Head Refit Part 2
It took some time, but here it is the SECOND half of our Head Refit! We picked up right where we left off so if you haven't already seen part 1, click on this link ( https://youtu.be/S79MW2HlltA ) to educate yourself before you dive into this mess of a vid...
Published: May 22, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:08
Sailing Avocet: Potato Bay, Little Scorpion, Scorpion
Sailing Avocet: Potato Bay, Little Scorpion, Scorpion
Join us for our first of many Santa Cruz Island adventures! This time we explored the beautiful picturesque Potato Bay, our absolute favorite anchorage Little Scorpion, and the historic Scorpion Ranch. We can not wait to show you the rest of the island and...
Published: Jul 16, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:45
Sailing Avocet | Bad Days in Paradise
Sailing Avocet | Bad Days in Paradise
What do you do when EVERYTHING goes wrong? You try to make the best of it, of course! Join us for this wild ride of rials and triumphs. At the end of it all, we were both safe, healthy, happy, and stupid in love with each other-what more could we ask for? ...
Published: Aug 18, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:29
Sailing Avocet | High Sierra Regatta
Sailing Avocet | High Sierra Regatta
The crew of Avocet head north to sail their Victory 21 in the High Sierra Regatta at Huntington Lake, California with the Fresno Yacht Club and Victory 21 fleet. It was truly a whirlwind of a week! 4 days, 10 races and a few fix-its in between we were ex...
Published: Sep 03, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:40
Sailing Avocet | State Room Renovation
Sailing Avocet | State Room Renovation
We love our teak interior, but with such beauty comes a certain level of care. Finally, after many other projects, it was time to start varnishing our interior, starting with our Stateroom. This project video is 3 in 1: we were not only revarnishing but al...
Published: Oct 03, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:18:41
Sailing Avocet | Port Light Rebuild
Sailing Avocet | Port Light Rebuild
As soon as we finished varnishing our aft stateroom, we jumped right into our next project which was restoring our portlights and cabin sides. A lot has changed in 30 years since Avocet was built, check out how we gave her new life! ⛵✨ __ Follow us on ...
Published: Nov 02, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:28
Sailing Avocet | It’s Gunna Happen Out There…
Sailing Avocet | It’s Gunna Happen Out There…
Marissa's family and our dear friends the Howell's joined us for a weekend trip to Santa Cruz Island where we had a lot of fun but also a harrowing learning experience. Have you ever been caught off guard by force 8 winds at anchorage? What did you do? ___...
Published: Nov 30, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:20
Sailing Avocet | Deck the Hull 2019
Sailing Avocet | Deck the Hull 2019
Deck the hull with boughs of holly fa la la la laaa la la la la, tis' the season to be salty fa la la la laaaa la la la la! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from us to you! We love our little holiday traditions, do you have any? Share with us! _________...
Published: Dec 16, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:38
Sailing Avocet | Ventura Vacation
Sailing Avocet | Ventura Vacation
One of the many beauties of living on a sailboat is that you can literally sail your home anywhere, even if it his just to the next harbor over to get a change of scenery without ever truly having to "leave home"! Another beauty of this lifestyle, is getti...
Published: Jan 03, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:25
And Then The Rain Came…
And Then The Rain Came…
It has been a whirlwind of a month. With my dog Sierra passing away, the Corona Virus, and the awful weather we have been busy trying to keep this boat on course to splash the first week of April! We are excited to share part 1 of this haul out series with...
Published: Mar 27, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:48
Sailing Avocet | Boatyard Blues
Sailing Avocet | Boatyard Blues
We have been waiting for our haul out since day one of ownership so when the time came we felt ready. However, we did not plan for a pandemic or poor weather to hit in the middle of our projects, delaying our progress. Spending lockdown in the boatyard def...
Published: Jun 01, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:11
Sailing Avocet | FINALLY Painting Our Sailboat!
Sailing Avocet | FINALLY Painting Our Sailboat!
In this video you will see the crew of Avocet combat difficult weather issues, deal with delays caused by COVID, and overcome mental challenges presented by the situations at hand. From sanding the hull to FINALLY painting the topsides, we finally saw a li...
Published: Jul 14, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:54
Sailing Avocet | Making a SPLASH!
Sailing Avocet | Making a SPLASH!
After many hours of sweat, a few hundred drops of blood, and some tears, Avocet was finally returning to the water after her long boatyard stay, 53 days later. In this video, we wrap up painting by incorporating an unexpected galley item as well as discuss...
Published: Aug 28, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:18
Sailing Avocet | Building our BULWARK!
Sailing Avocet | Building our BULWARK!
It was a (very) long 5 months but we completed the LAST piece of our external boat refit by building and installing our new bulwark design, inspired by the Lyle Hess Bristol Channel Cutter's. It was a lot of work, but SO worth it! In this video we share ho...
Published: Oct 07, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:18
Sailing Avocet | Working Hard to RELAX at Santa Cruz Island
Sailing Avocet | Working Hard to RELAX at Santa Cruz Island
After an entire year of nonstop boat work, we finally made our grand escape to Santa Cruz Island to celebrate our hard work and finally relax. We honestly didn't film much this trip since we wanted to take it easy but a camera always finds its way into our...
Published: Nov 07, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:38
Sailing Avocet | Sea Castle Sails SOUTH!
Sailing Avocet | Sea Castle Sails SOUTH!
If you follow us on other social media, you may have noticed that Chris and I jumped right back into boat projects; this time headfirst into a full interior refit. While we focus our time and energy on sanding, fiber glassing, and varnishing, Avocet has be...
Published: Dec 15, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:26
Sailing Avocet | Deck the Hull 2020
Sailing Avocet | Deck the Hull 2020
We almost didn't film Deck the Hull (2020) this year due to the number of projects happening aboard Avocet... but then we reminded ourselves the whole point of this channel is to help us document this special time in our lives to share with friends, famil...
Published: Dec 23, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:21
Sailing Avocet | DIY Lithium Batteries for our Sailboat!
Sailing Avocet | DIY Lithium Batteries for our Sailboat!
It is wild to think that we started our DIY Lithium Batteries project one year ago, prior to our haul out, and to our other interior projects. After an entire YEAR of using this system we can conclude that upgrading to lithium was undoubtedly a great way t...
Published: Jan 30, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:22
Sailing Avocet | DIY Lithium Batteries, Part 1.5
Sailing Avocet | DIY Lithium Batteries, Part 1.5
Thank you to everyone who watched part 1 of our DIY Lithium Battery build! Your questions and desire to dive deeper into the wild world of Lithium inspired us to make this part 1.5 to give you the answers you deserve! If you haven't already, please check o...
Published: Mar 07, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:49
Sailing Avocet | Building the COOLEST Boat Fridge!
Sailing Avocet | Building the COOLEST Boat Fridge!
80 Degrees North? More like 80 Degrees Cooler! Despite its incredibly large size, Avocet’s fridge had some issues causing our produce to go bad quicker than it should and put an unnecessary strain on our batteries by keeping our compressor running nearly...
Published: Apr 23, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:18:05
The FlopStopper Roll Reducer
The FlopStopper Roll Reducer
Every time we post a photo of our boat at anchor we immediately get asked "what's that off your spin pole?" The FlopStopper is a roll reducing unit built by a sailor for sailors to help take some of the motion out of the ocean giving you a better night of ...
Published: May 16, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:18
Sailing Avocet | Birthday BASH at Santa Cruz Island
Sailing Avocet | Birthday BASH at Santa Cruz Island
Chris and I were born one week and four days apart, me being the eldest despite general assumptions. To commemorate our circumnavigation around the sun we decided to take the week off and have a "birthday bash" at Santa Cruz Island! Adding some “special...
Published: Jul 02, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:21
Summer Sailstice 2021
Summer Sailstice 2021
What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than with your best buddies out on the water? Chris and I were honored to be ambassadors for the 2021 Summer Sailstice and organized a fun crew to join us on a quick weekend jaunt to Santa Cruz Islan...
Published: Jul 26, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:09
Wylie 45′ Cold-Molded Sloop | Boat Tour
Wylie 45′ Cold-Molded Sloop | Boat Tour
BOAT FOR SAIL! The bond between a boat and owner is incredible, especially when you have a history like our friend Neal and his beloved Wylie 45', Malaya! This beautiful yacht is one of a kind; cold-molded and very comfortable, truly fit for cruising. When...
Published: Aug 19, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:48
Building a NEW Bowsprit
Building a NEW Bowsprit
Chris has been tinkering on engines, cars, and boats since he was a kid and has been refining his skills every since! When our friends Baron and Heather asked if he would be interested in building them a NEW bowsprit he took the challenge head on and ended...
Published: Sep 23, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:18:42