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Sailing Melody
May 15, 2024
Sailing Melody

Sailing Melody

Sailing Melody is the official YouTube channel for the Bennington Family and our sailing adventures.
We are now well on our way to becoming a full time live-aboard family.
We started with a little 24ft Snapdragon bilge keel, and then moved up to a 28ft Great Dane long keel yacht.
Now though we’re working on MELODY, our 38ft Steel Pilothouse Cutter.
We’re working hard to get her ready to go back in the water but as you’ll see there’s a lot of work to do.
Join us on our epic journey restoring this beautiful boat to her former glory and then come with us as we set off around the world.

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It was all going so well, but then……..
It was all going so well, but then……..
Thanks for following our family on our sailing adventures. In this weeks episode we finally start installing our roller reefing but everything goes wrong. Our Sponsors and Partners Custom designed sails. https://www.precisionsailloft.com Craft Insur...
Published: May 15, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:35:26
STOP 🛑 Putting the brakes on this PROJECT BOAT!!
STOP 🛑 Putting the brakes on this PROJECT BOAT!!
Thanks for following our family on our sailing adventures. In this weeks episode we finally make a proper job of installing the anchor windlass system, which are in effect the brakes of the boat, well the parking brake anyway, and that means we can sleep...
Published: May 08, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:35:20
We SOLD our boat : 3 years of work in one episode
We SOLD our boat : 3 years of work in one episode
This is the whole story of Steel Melody, right from the very start with lots of never before seen footage. We want to say a HUUUUUUUGE thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way and here are the links if you'd like to help us out at all on this...
Published: May 05, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:01:14:39
Sailing Melody Realtime Update!!
Sailing Melody Realtime Update!!
Hey everyone. We’re in the middle of editing a HUGE episode so this weeks episode is delayed but will be with you on Saturday
Published: May 01, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:30
Bonus Episode Announcement!
Bonus Episode Announcement!
Published: Apr 25, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:44
SELF STEERING for our OCEAN-GOING MONOHULL 😉
SELF STEERING for our OCEAN-GOING MONOHULL 😉
We want to say a HUUUUUUUGE thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way and here are the links if you'd like to help us out at all on this amazing journey. NEW MERCHENDISE! T-shirts and mugs and more coming soon. https://sailing-melody-merch.crea...
Published: Apr 24, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:34:19

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Is this the best Steel Sailing Yacht ever designed? The DUDLEY DIX 38 Pilothouse
Is this the best Steel Sailing Yacht ever designed? The DUDLEY DIX 38 Pilothouse
Our links Support us on Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/sailingmelody Check us out on Instagram : https://instagram.com/sailingmelody Come talk to us on facebook : https://facebook.com/melodysailing Or make a one time contribution via PayPal or Ko-Fi u...
Published: Nov 12, 2019
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:24
BEST SMALL SAILING YACHT in the world!!
BEST SMALL SAILING YACHT in the world!!
Welcome to Episode 1 of Sailing Melody. In this first episode we introduce you to our family, our plans to sail around the world and do some sailing in our Snapdragon 24 around the coastline of North Wales. We explore the wildlife to be found and look at s...
Published: Jan 15, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:17
The MOST BEAUTIFUL place to sail in the UK
The MOST BEAUTIFUL place to sail in the UK
In this video we explore the historic town of Caernarfon with it's magnificent castle. We look at sailing in the Menai Straits. We look at a selection of bluewater cruising yachts and we meet Pixie Tom, an incredible local musician. Please note, becaus...
Published: Feb 16, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:27:36
Should we buy this boat to live on?
Should we buy this boat to live on?
We are Sailing Melody. We are Andy, Jack and Melissa and we're on the hunt for a bluewater sailing yacht to become our permanent home as we go full time cruising with the aim of sailing around the world. This isn't a normal episode, it's just a little vid...
Published: Apr 08, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:06
Yacht sunk in a STORM OFF SCOTLAND
Yacht sunk in a STORM OFF SCOTLAND
Hi everyone. In this episode we tackle the damage caused to our yacht by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis and we travel all the way to Scotland to look at a Bluewater Sailing yacht only to find it had already sunk in the North Sea. We are Andy, Melissa and Ja...
Published: Apr 09, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:25
Engine failure at sea!!  We had to be towed in!
Engine failure at sea!! We had to be towed in!
Hi everyone. In this episode we sailing our Snapdragon 24 from Caernarfon up past Port Dinorwic/Felinheli as far as Britannia Bridge. On the way back though our engine failed and we have a bit of drama getting back into safe waters in high winds and big s...
Published: Apr 23, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:16
The calm after the storm. Sailing Yacht Recovery
The calm after the storm. Sailing Yacht Recovery
Hi everyone. In this episode we take our last sail before the lockdown, moving our Snapdragon 24ft Sailing Yacht back to her mooring. We take a walk on our local beaches in search of the native wildlife of North Wales. And we interview the whole family f...
Published: May 10, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:52
FREE YACHT – But how do we get it home?
FREE YACHT – But how do we get it home?
Hi everyone. In this episode we get a new sailing yacht for free! Miss Rosie is a Great Dane 28, a classic and beautiful bluewater sailing yacht and in an act of unbelievable generosity she was given to us for absolutely nothing. We're now having to put ...
Published: Aug 18, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:30:55
I got my hand STUCK in an engine!!!
I got my hand STUCK in an engine!!!
Hi everyone. In this episode we find out if our 50 year old Volvo Penta MD2B Marine Diesel engine is beyond repair or if it can be resurrected. We work on our radar arch and start getting Miss Rosie ready for the long sailing voyage back from Cornwall to ...
Published: Sep 10, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:40
Getting this neglected yacht back in the water
Getting this neglected yacht back in the water
In this episode we finally launch our classic sailing yacht. Miss Rosie is a Great Dane 28, built in 1967 and built by Klauss Baess and designed by Aage Utzon. The Great Dane 28 was inspired both by the Folkboat and the Sisu Spidsgatter. She looks rather ...
Published: Sep 17, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:31
Epic Sailing Adventure begins on an OLD TATTY BOAT
Epic Sailing Adventure begins on an OLD TATTY BOAT
After weeks of work Miss Rosie finally makes her first voyage as we sail her from Mylor Yacht Club in Falmouth to Newlyn around the stunning coast of Cornwall. We are Andy, Melissa and Jack, a sailing family based in North Wales, looking for a bluewater s...
Published: Sep 25, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:14:26
Our boat toilet broke! And this is what happened next
Our boat toilet broke! And this is what happened next
Stuck in Newlyn Harbour doing boat repairs in preparation for our passage around Lands End. The head is broken and the main sail reefing lines aren't working right. At least it's beautiful here! We are Andy, Melissa and Jack, a sailing family based in N...
Published: Sep 30, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:57
ENTERING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FOR THE FIRST TIME
ENTERING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FOR THE FIRST TIME
Sailing the Atlantic Ocean, albeit a very small part of it, for the first time was an amazing feeling as we made our passage from Newlyn around Lands End and up past Longships Lighthouse to what turned out to be a simply awful anchorage at St Ives. We are...
Published: Oct 07, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:36
We’re taking on water!  What do we do???
We’re taking on water! What do we do???
Are we sinking? This is a disaster!!! Or is it? The Bilge is full of water but are we actually sinking???? In this episode Tim goes down below only to find the sole boards swimming in water! We sail 7 hours from St Ives to Padstow in the pitch dark franti...
Published: Oct 14, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:22
We sailed to the prettiest harbour in England.
We sailed to the prettiest harbour in England.
Sailing across the Bristol Channel from Padstow in England to Dale in South Wales we go far out of site of land on our longest passage so on this trip. It turned out to be an absolutely brilliant day of perfect "Champaign Sailing" as Tim calls it. Flat s...
Published: Oct 21, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:44
Snapdragon 24 Sailing Yacht for sale, the perfect family coastal cruiser
Snapdragon 24 Sailing Yacht for sale, the perfect family coastal cruiser
EBAY : https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353249521523 What are we selling? We are selling our Snapdragon 24 Sailing yacht, the perfect family coastal cruiser. Please subscribe to our channel and watch our other videos so you can see why we're selling her. https...
Published: Oct 24, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:11
TINY BOAT – HUGE WAVES!!!
TINY BOAT – HUGE WAVES!!!
In this episode we Sail in South Wales - Milford Have to Fishguard, through the notorious waters of Jack Sound and Ramsey sound. We are Andy, Melissa and Jack, a sailing family based in North Wales, looking for a bluewater sailing yacht to take us around ...
Published: Oct 28, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:32
The sea is a big place for when you’re on a small boat
The sea is a big place for when you’re on a small boat
In this episode we sail home from Fishguard to Pwllheli. And we also have a big announcement for you all. We have finally found Melody! We are Andy, Melissa and Jack, a sailing family based in North Wales, looking for a bluewater sailing yacht to take us ...
Published: Nov 04, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:46
CRAZY FAMILY take on a HUGE steel yacht restoration. Boat Tour
CRAZY FAMILY take on a HUGE steel yacht restoration. Boat Tour
Welcome to the first episode of Season 2 We are Andy, Melissa and Jack, a sailing family based in North Wales, and for the past couple of years we have been looking for a bluewater sailing yacht to take us around the world. Well we've finally found her...
Published: Nov 11, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:27
BLEEDING RUST!!! Do we have a hope of restoring this boat?
BLEEDING RUST!!! Do we have a hope of restoring this boat?
In this episode we begin the work on our huge boat refit and restoration project and get stuck into the dirty side of things, this boat seems to bleed rust! We are Andy, Melissa and Jack, a sailing family based in North Wales, and for the past couple of ...
Published: Nov 18, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:26
THIS IS DISGUSTING!!
THIS IS DISGUSTING!!
Hi again everyone. The smell was seriously ungodly. The holding tank was full to the brim with dirty water and sludge which was 15 years old at least. But we managed to clean the bilge and holding tank, sort of, and finally got the mainsail down which is...
Published: Nov 25, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:57
Ripping apart a sailing yacht
Ripping apart a sailing yacht
Will our yacht engine start after not running for 15 years? In this episode we start tackling some of the rust issues up on the foredeck, we remove the winches to take home for servicing and we try turning over the engine to see if she will start! She c...
Published: Dec 02, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:23:37
Is this rusty yacht redeemable?
Is this rusty yacht redeemable?
Welcome to the fifth episode of Season 2 In this episode we start work properly on the foredeck in a race against time to stop out boat rotting away. We need to stop the rust patches on the deck rusting right through and making things much more problemat...
Published: Dec 09, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:42
How do YACHT WINCHES work?
How do YACHT WINCHES work?
Servicing Lewmar, Enkes and Gibb winches in this episode! Work continues refitting our abandoned sailboat. This time it's all about the winches. We all know self tailing winches are crazy expensive so if we can save the winches which came on the boat th...
Published: Dec 16, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:06
How we moved our 12 tonne sailing yacht
How we moved our 12 tonne sailing yacht
Welcome to the seventh episode of Season 2 And welcome to our Christmas Special. In today's episode we finally move Melody to a much better place in the yard so we have better access to electricity for our tools and water for the power washer. This can a...
Published: Dec 23, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:44:24
ASMR : 7 hours of sailing – Unedited – No music : raw sailing footage – peaceful relaxing atmosphere
ASMR : 7 hours of sailing – Unedited – No music : raw sailing footage – peaceful relaxing atmosphere
7 hours of non stop sailing footage, unedited and with no music and no overdubs, just sailing, no bullshit. So this is not one of our normal episodes. It's almost like an archive but we thought some people might actually enjoy it. It's the footage from...
Published: Dec 27, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:06:55:22
EPISODE 22 – Treating rusty metal on our steel boat without a sand blaster
EPISODE 22 – Treating rusty metal on our steel boat without a sand blaster
Welcome to episode eight of Season 2 Andy is working as a Paramedic for the Ambulance Service so Melissa and Jack start treating the metal on our abandoned boat. We aren't allowed to use a sand blaster ourselves in this yard, and whilst the boatyard has...
Published: Dec 30, 2020
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:31
EPISODE 23 – DISMANTLING THE STANTION POSTS AND COCKPIT AND TRYING OUT SOME RUST CONVERTERS
EPISODE 23 – DISMANTLING THE STANTION POSTS AND COCKPIT AND TRYING OUT SOME RUST CONVERTERS
This week we continue to battle the Welsh weather and wind and short hours of daylight as we tackle more of the rust. We're trying our a variety of rust treatments and converters to see what works best and over time we'll be able to give our our opinion. ...
Published: Jan 06, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:34:54
#24 She doesn’t have a wet bottom!  Awkward work on the underside of our steel yacht
#24 She doesn’t have a wet bottom! Awkward work on the underside of our steel yacht
The bottom of the boat wasn't wet so it was the ideal opportunity to get on with more work on the underside this week. We continue the awkward work of treating and painting the flakey areas and yet again discover things are not as bad as they appear. W...
Published: Jan 13, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:16:37
#25 – Bowsprit Disaster!!!! – Restoring a steel sailing yacht
#25 – Bowsprit Disaster!!!! – Restoring a steel sailing yacht
The bowsprit is shot! So we have an opportunity to replace it like for like or explore alternatives....... Wood? Carbon? Stainless? More homework to be done before we can make that decision, but whatever we do it's going to need replacing. Along wi...
Published: Jan 20, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:18:39
#26 – Finally under cover! Restoring a rusty sailing yacht
#26 – Finally under cover! Restoring a rusty sailing yacht
We've finally got Melody Under cover so we can get her dry and continue to work on her during the horrible winter months. It's absolutely freezing here now in North Wales....... Like seriously freezing! But with her cover on Melody is much warmer and dr...
Published: Jan 27, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:25:32
#27 – We cut a hole in out boat!!! Sailing yacht refit
#27 – We cut a hole in out boat!!! Sailing yacht refit
We cut a hole in our boat! It's freezing cold here and the weather is still terrible so we're working undercover doing what we can until the spring arrives. This week we disassemble the steering system to find it's all jammed up with sand and won't com...
Published: Feb 03, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:30:29
#28 – What horrible things lurk in our bilge? Restoring an abandoned sailing yacht
#28 – What horrible things lurk in our bilge? Restoring an abandoned sailing yacht
Cleaning out bilges is never a nice job and with our boat having been neglected and abandoned for so long it was a bit of a worry what horrible things we'd find lurking in the bilge under the forward water tank. Fortunately things aren't as bad as they of...
Published: Feb 10, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:21
#29 – t’s all down the pan!!! Restoring an abandoned sailing yacht
#29 – t’s all down the pan!!! Restoring an abandoned sailing yacht
It'a all down the pan! This week we're ripping out the heads and shower tray to see what horrors we find under there. We've got some exciting new toys to play with which will be featuring over the next few episodes as well!! We are Andy, Melissa and Jac...
Published: Feb 17, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:42
#30 – It’s all about where you put your probe : Ultrasonic metal thickness testing
#30 – It’s all about where you put your probe : Ultrasonic metal thickness testing
Welcome to the 16th of Season 2 It's all about where you put your probe. This week we finally get to do a proper ultrasonic metal thickness test using the Olympus 38DL! NDT or Non Destructive testing is a term which covers a number of methods of testing ...
Published: Feb 24, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:10
#31 – Is the front end of our boat rusted beyond repair? Restoring our abandoned  yacht
#31 – Is the front end of our boat rusted beyond repair? Restoring our abandoned yacht
Welcome to the 17th episode of Season 2 Is the whole front end of our boat rusted beyond repair? In this episode we tear our the forepeak to examine the state of the steel behind the forward collision bulkhead to see how far back the rust in the anchor l...
Published: Mar 03, 2021
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:30