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Sailing Talisman
May 16, 2024
Sailing Talisman

Sailing Talisman

We’re cruising couple Kevin and Wendy, and we’re sailing the world in our completely upgraded Oyster 485. We packed up everything, rented the houses, and headed for Troon, Scotland where the boat was located. We closed in late 2017 and following a major electronics refit (the first of several) headed south to the Mediterranean. One season morphed into a second, then a third. And then the Caribbean beckoned. We participated in the 2019 ARC, and have been cruising there since. The adventure continues …

Kevin Kelley – RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore #56489 200T Master, SRC-RSR – Contact via Sailing Yacht Talisman Facebook Messenger or email below
Wendy Kelley – RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore #69223 200T Master, SRC-RSR

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Ep 160 Cursed Projects Part II | Tortola and Scrub Island, BVI
Ep 160 Cursed Projects Part II | Tortola and Scrub Island, BVI
In this episode we make the hop from Sint Maarten to the British Virgin Islands without fully completing the projects we were working on. And, of course more crop up. And things go from mere nuisance to much bigger problems when our mainsail starts jammi...
Published: May 16, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:19:18
Ep 159 Am I Cursed With My Boat Projects?  Frustration in Sint Maarten
Ep 159 Am I Cursed With My Boat Projects? Frustration in Sint Maarten
The cruising life is full of challenges, and truth be told, it would lessen the enjoyment were it not for both the failures and the successes. And there are times when you almost want to give up, but you can’t. These are necessary and important tasks t...
Published: May 09, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:34
Ep 158 Boat Projects, Launching Talisman, Perfect Passage from Antigua to Sint Maarten
Ep 158 Boat Projects, Launching Talisman, Perfect Passage from Antigua to Sint Maarten
This episode isn't too complicated. We prep the boat for launch with a long list of projects to complete. We ride out a Cat 1 hurricane (Tammy), then it's back to work. Our new drone gives us some impressive footage as I learn to fly it. It's a new DJI Min...
Published: May 02, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:45
Ep 157 Docking Challenges in Antigua, W.I.
Ep 157 Docking Challenges in Antigua, W.I.
For this episode we present a somewhat simple docking challenge, but one that is seen frequently and has been know to put skippers on edge. After all, you never want to scuff up another boat. sailing yacht talisman, sailing, saili...
Published: Apr 25, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:18
Ep 156 High Wind Docking, Oyster Regatta, Sail to Guadeloupe
Ep 156 High Wind Docking, Oyster Regatta, Sail to Guadeloupe
This is a bit of a mashup of footage we took while at our home base of Antigua, W.I. Starting with a rather pedestrian 2 mile motor-sail from Falmouth Harbour over to Nelson’s Dockyard, we find ourselves entering the land of clustered superyachts that al...
Published: Apr 11, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:29
Ep 155 LifePo4 Lithium Marine Battery Install | One Year Debrief
Ep 155 LifePo4 Lithium Marine Battery Install | One Year Debrief
EXPENSIVE MISCALCULATION As longtime viewers will know, the point of this channel has never been to shine a favorable light on ourselves. Instead, we're brutally honest when it comes to admitting our fails. And despite all efforts to be the “no drama” ...
Published: Mar 28, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:25:02

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Sailing the BVIs, Bareboat Charter 2014
Sailing the BVIs, Bareboat Charter 2014
Sailing Norman, Cooper, Peter Islands, Sprat Bay, Virgin Gorda, Bitter End Yacht Club, Anagada.
Published: Dec 30, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:32:43
Ep 1 BVI Bareboat Charter 2015 Charlotte Amalie & Norman Island
Ep 1 BVI Bareboat Charter 2015 Charlotte Amalie & Norman Island
This first episode of our 2015 bareboating trip focuses on our travels from Colorado to St. Thomas, a day of sightseeing in Charlotte Amalie, picking up our Beneteau 37.2 monohull charter boat, and sailing to Norman Island. There's a ton of snorkeling and ...
Published: Jan 19, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:08
Ep 2 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Cruz Bay and Christmas Cove USVI
Ep 2 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Cruz Bay and Christmas Cove USVI
Ep 2- We leave Norman Island for Cruz Bay to clear into the USVI. Our intent was to overnight at Coral Harbor on St. John and then head for a big passage across to St. Croix. But wind and swells worked against us as a south wind built. The swells were huge...
Published: Jan 22, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:57
Channel Trailer Sailing at 9000
Channel Trailer Sailing at 9000
Hi, and welcome to Sailing at 9000! Our channel is part adventure travel and part "virtual sailing" ... It's also a bit of "how to", especially as regards our restored and refitted Catalina 22 Swing Keel sailboat. A pocket cruiser if there ever was one .....
Published: Jan 22, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:45
Ep 3 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Sopers Hole and Cooper Island Dolphins
Ep 3 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Sopers Hole and Cooper Island Dolphins
Ep 3 Sopers Hole to Cooper Island: We have breakfast in Sopers, then drop the mooring and head out for Cooper Island. Again, we have great wind and the ride is exciting. We pick up a mooring at Manchineel Bay on the east side of Cooper Island and almost im...
Published: Jan 25, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:50
Ep 4 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Cooper Island to The Dogs
Ep 4 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Cooper Island to The Dogs
Ep 4 - Bareboat Charter 2015 Cooper Island BVI to "The Dogs": We leave Cooper Island and rock upwind under close hauled sails and heavy wind to The Dogs. This episode is more virtual sailing than what we've had so far. The landlocked sailors out there will...
Published: Jan 29, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:55
Ep 5 Sailing the BVI 2015 Leverick Bay to Anegada Island
Ep 5 Sailing the BVI 2015 Leverick Bay to Anegada Island
Ep 5 - BVI Bareboat Charter 2015 Starting at "The Dogs", we sail under fair winds to Leverick Bay and Drake's Anchorage on the east side of Gorda Sound. Next morning, we opt for a quick reach out to Anegada Island, this time with strong wind on the beam. A...
Published: Feb 07, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:18:15
Ep 6 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Anegada Island to Bitter End Yacht Club
Ep 6 Sailing the BVIs 2015 Anegada Island to Bitter End Yacht Club
Ep 6 - BVI Bareboat Charter 2015 Anegada Island back to North Gorda Sound and a slip at the Bitter End Yacht Club! Music by Jesse Cook-Into the Dark Also music by Jungle Punks, ALBIS, Silent Partner, and Huma Huma
Published: Feb 08, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:45
Ep 7 Docking a Sailboat
Ep 7 Docking a Sailboat
How to dock a sailboat when bareboating: Spend some time with us for a discussion of what to do and not do when taking a slip. This is for the potential bareboat skipper who's considering a night or two at a marina.
Published: Feb 08, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:35:13
Ep 8 Sailing the British Virgin Islands – Bitter End Yacht Club
Ep 8 Sailing the British Virgin Islands – Bitter End Yacht Club
We give a quick tour of our favorite resort in the BVI, the Bitter End Yacht Club!
Published: Feb 15, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:00
Ep 9 Sailing the British Virgin Islands – The Indians
Ep 9 Sailing the British Virgin Islands – The Indians
Although we started off at Norman Island, we had strong winds and a whole afternoon to get somewhere, so off we went downwind to "The Indians". Music: Spark by ALBIS City Groove by Jungle Punks Undwater Love by Jerom Ismaae
Published: Feb 17, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:39
Ep 10 Life Safety at Sea with John Kretschmer
Ep 10 Life Safety at Sea with John Kretschmer
Offshore sailing guru John Kretschmer talks PFDs and life rafts, plus we deploy a Winslow offshore 6-man lift raft in open ocean conditions. Music by Jess Cook (Into the Dark) and Milk Chance (Stoln Dance)
Published: Jul 06, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:24
Ep 11 A Quick Day Sail … July 4th, 2016
Ep 11 A Quick Day Sail … July 4th, 2016
We do a nice day sail on Lake Granby for fourth of July weekend (2016). Winds are light, but it's a fun day with Doc, our Golden Retriever. Music credits: Chiba (From Rock to Stone) Chiba (Honor This World)
Published: Jul 09, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:54
Ep 12 Bluewater Sailboats with John Kretschmer
Ep 12 Bluewater Sailboats with John Kretschmer
At the end of our bluewater sailing course, we take a few minutes to interview John Kretschmer about his feelings on modern yacht design. For those of you looking to purchase a passagemaking sailboat, it's good stuff. Music Credits: Huma Huma (Omission)
Published: Jul 18, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:22
Ep 13 Catalina C 22 Sailboat Electrical Refit
Ep 13 Catalina C 22 Sailboat Electrical Refit
We Refit the electrical system in our Catalina C-22 Sailboat.
Published: Jul 22, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:25
Ep 14 Boat Camping Weekend
Ep 14 Boat Camping Weekend
Sailing at 9000 takes a weekend to go boat camping!
Published: Jul 28, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:12
Ep 15 Marine Hardware Tips
Ep 15 Marine Hardware Tips
Essential hardware tips for boating and the marine environment. We review sealants, fasteners, thread lockers, cotter pins and cotter rings, battery powered screw guns and impact drivers, plus lubricants.
Published: Aug 01, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:43
Ep 16 Fast Sailing: Playing Hooky from Work
Ep 16 Fast Sailing: Playing Hooky from Work
We call our bosses to say we won't be in for the afternoon and head out to the lake. The wind proves gusty, hitting 15-18 - not the strongest we've seen by far, but enough to get us get us moving along at a good clip. Music: Underwate Love, Jerome Ismaa
Published: Aug 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:55
Ep 17 Viking River Cruise Part 1: Passau, Germany
Ep 17 Viking River Cruise Part 1: Passau, Germany
We know this is off the beaten track for our channel (monohull sailing), but it’s shoulder season here in Colorado and we decided to do a European river cruise with Wendy’s parents. It was a Viking River Cruise from Passau, Germany to Budepest, Hungary...
Published: Oct 10, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:20
Ep 18 Viking River Cruise Part 2: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Ep 18 Viking River Cruise Part 2: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
We know this is off the beaten track for our channel (monohull sailing/yachting), but it’s shoulder season here in Colorado and we decided to do a European river cruise with Wendy’s parents. It was a Viking River Cruise from Passau, Germany to Budepest...
Published: Oct 10, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:34
Ep 19 Viking River Cruise Part 3: Melk Abbey
Ep 19 Viking River Cruise Part 3: Melk Abbey
We know this is off the beaten track for our channel (monohull sailing), but it’s shoulder season here in Colorado and we decided to do a European river cruise with Wendy’s parents. It was a Viking River Cruise from Passau, Germany to Budepest, Hungary...
Published: Oct 10, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:24
Ep 20 Sailboat Shopping-Grand Soleil GS 50
Ep 20 Sailboat Shopping-Grand Soleil GS 50
We head to Fajardo, Puerto Rico to look at a 2004 Grand Soleil GS 50 sailboat. The 2001-2007 GS 50s are Judel/Vrolijk designed, and have naturally beautiful lines. Slight changes were made starting in 2008, and the boats were produced until 2013. A new Bot...
Published: Nov 16, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:35:32
Ep 21 Sailboat Shopping: Grand Soleil GS50 San Francisco
Ep 21 Sailboat Shopping: Grand Soleil GS50 San Francisco
We travel to San Francisco to look at a 1997 Grand Soleil GS 50. This is a slightly older version of the one we saw in Puerto Rico, and is a Doug Peterson design. The DP version carries the flavor of a German Frers Swan, with two separate cockpits separate...
Published: Nov 23, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:28:20
Ep 22 Sailboat Shopping: 1994 Swan 46 MKII
Ep 22 Sailboat Shopping: 1994 Swan 46 MKII
Our trip to San Francisco included a stop to look at a 1994 Nautor Swan 46. The Swan 46 MKII (1989-1997) and 48 (1995-2002) were both German Frers designs, and featured dual aft cockpits separated by a traveler. Two separate companionways made them a uniqu...
Published: Nov 28, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:25
Ep 23 Home Again-Sailing the Caribbean
Ep 23 Home Again-Sailing the Caribbean
We head to St. Thomas, USVI, get a bit tipsy on the beach the night we arrive, head over to Tortola, BVI the next day, and pick up our Jeanneau 469 (bareboat) for 10 days of epic sailing in the Caribbean.
Published: Jan 07, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:19
Ep 24 Sailing The Caribbean-Jost Van Dyke and Cane Garden Bay
Ep 24 Sailing The Caribbean-Jost Van Dyke and Cane Garden Bay
Just a short video of our crossing from Jost Van Dyke to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola. It's a line-of-sight reach across, but the winds were howling!
Published: Jan 26, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:55
Ep 25 Crazy Sailing-The “Christmas Trades” kick in with a vengence
Ep 25 Crazy Sailing-The “Christmas Trades” kick in with a vengence
As the trade-winds settle in in the Caribbean, extra strong versions called "Christmas Trades" herald the arrival of the traditional east to west subtropical weather patterns. We got hit hard during this phase, and while it was fun, it was also hard-core.
Published: Feb 01, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:03
Ep 26 Full Moon Party-Trellis Bay Tortola, BVI
Ep 26 Full Moon Party-Trellis Bay Tortola, BVI
We partake in the Trellis Bay full moon party. Trellis Bay is right next to the airport at Beef Island, Tortola BVI. The party was out of control. Highly recommended!
Published: Feb 08, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:50
Ep 27 Superyachts in Antigua
Ep 27 Superyachts in Antigua
We head to Antigua, West Indies for a long weekend of boat shopping. But first we take a tour of the Antigua Yacht Club marina in English Harbour, Falmouth. Superyachts were everywhere, and we couldn't help lusting after them.
Published: Feb 17, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:05
Ep 28 Sailboat Shopping in Antigua: Moody 46 Cutter
Ep 28 Sailboat Shopping in Antigua: Moody 46 Cutter
Wendy and I travel to Antigua, West Indies in the Eastern Caribbean to view a 1999 Moody 46. The Moody 46 is a respected bluewater offshore cruiser, and this one was very well maintained. Toward the end of the video I have a recap of the showing and our th...
Published: Mar 06, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:24:41
Ep 29 Nelson’s Dockyard and the Fortifications of Antigua
Ep 29 Nelson’s Dockyard and the Fortifications of Antigua
As part of our sailboat shopping excursions we head to Antigua in the West Indies. On the second day we looked at the Moody 46 in the morning and hiked from Falmouth Harbour to English Harbour, exploring the fortifications and eventually ending up at Nelso...
Published: Mar 20, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:14
Ep 30 Sailboat Shopping: Dufour 485
Ep 30 Sailboat Shopping: Dufour 485
We take a tour of a 2008 Dufour 485 sailboat.
Published: Mar 26, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:33:09
Ep 31 Sailboat Shopping: Tayana 52 in Antigua, W.I.
Ep 31 Sailboat Shopping: Tayana 52 in Antigua, W.I.
While in Antigua we take a tour of a 1991 Tayana 52 bluewater cruiser. The boat shows extremely well and we discuss some of the features and benefits of this classic offshore cruiser. At the end of the video I discuss the merits of aft cockpit boats versus...
Published: Apr 02, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:18:45
Ep 32 Sailboat Shopping: Oyster 485
Ep 32 Sailboat Shopping: Oyster 485
A trip to Troon, Scotland to view the 1994 Oyster 485.
Published: Jul 02, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:34:52
Ep 33 We Finally Own a Boat! Oyster 485 Talisman
Ep 33 We Finally Own a Boat! Oyster 485 Talisman
Back in Troon, Scotland, we finally close on our sailboat, Oyster 485 Talisman.
Published: Aug 29, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:30
Ep 34 Sailboat Electronics Refit in a Foreign Land
Ep 34 Sailboat Electronics Refit in a Foreign Land
Oyster 485 Talisman receives a much needed electronics upgrade in preparation for our passage across the Bay of Biscay to Spain.
Published: Oct 15, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:34:30