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Very Nearly About Sailing
April 30, 2024
Very Nearly About Sailing

Very Nearly About Sailing

Just about sailing is simply a light hearted video diary of someone who has wanted a sailing boat for as long as he can remember. Then in 2015 I decided it’s now or never. Let the adventures begin!

I bought a lovely Mirage 28 which I recently sailed round the South of the UK (check the short series of 13 videos April to May 2017) to a traditional boatyard in Kent for a refit prior to taking her off to venture somewhere warmer. Who knows where the adventure will take me. I would be delighted if you want to tag along with me and comment.

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VNAS April 2024 – Small Workshop Tour, table saw jigs, making a pedal board and a small cabinet
VNAS April 2024 – Small Workshop Tour, table saw jigs, making a pedal board and a small cabinet
This is really a follow on from last month. Trying out the remaining table saw jigs and making a couple of things. Plus the long promised tour of my very small workshop.
Published: Apr 30, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:21:33
VNAS March 2024 – Testing out my table saw jigs. Making a speaker stand for a Mackie Freeplay Live
VNAS March 2024 – Testing out my table saw jigs. Making a speaker stand for a Mackie Freeplay Live
I've been meaning to make some jigs for my Evolution Rage table saw for ages. This video shows an example small project - that I couldn't have done without one of the new jigs. The other jig will be shown next time. It is so quick and easy to make jigs - I...
Published: Mar 31, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:22:06
VNAS February 2024 – Just a couple of small projects to prepare for the season ahead
VNAS February 2024 – Just a couple of small projects to prepare for the season ahead
Not much happens in February. Sorted out a few things in the workshop. Fitted out a dust extraction system on a trolley. Bought a new bandsaw. Fixed my electric bike. Started making a cabinet. Roll on March, and Spring!
Published: Mar 01, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:24
VNAS January 2024 – Just 10 minutes of talking. Health and Boat project plans – all positive!
VNAS January 2024 – Just 10 minutes of talking. Health and Boat project plans – all positive!
This is my annual update on my plans for the 12 months ahead. I am very optimistic that there will be some good health news later in the year. All based on solid science and a major bit of DNA research. Plus, not too many boat projects before Serenity is r...
Published: Jan 30, 2024
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:54
VNAS December 2023 – Annual Musical Extravaganza and Review
VNAS December 2023 – Annual Musical Extravaganza and Review
A brief review of the year - it actually went a lot better than I was expecting. Plus a brief musical interlude with a real musical instrument being played properly - for a change. Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas - see you in 2024. Not sponsored o...
Published: Dec 18, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:20:37
VNAS November 2023 – Building a Hedgehog House and testing a dowel jig
VNAS November 2023 – Building a Hedgehog House and testing a dowel jig
Very easy Hedgehog House build. Check out link below for free plans. I used the opportunity to test out a cheap dowel jig that I've had for ages and not got around to using. Don't know what a Hedgehog is? Check out the other link for a short video. Plans h...
Published: Nov 27, 2023
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:15:24

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Just About Sailing – Single handed sailing a Mirage 28 in the Bristol Channel – May 2015
Just About Sailing – Single handed sailing a Mirage 28 in the Bristol Channel – May 2015
Problem with mainsail, but foresail just about pulling her along at 1.2 knots. Just about sailing - and that's more than just about good enough for me. The first 1 minute and 15 seconds actually single handed under sail in my own sailing boat. A lifelon...
Published: May 09, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:16
Water in the Bilges
Water in the Bilges
Turned out that the 'engineer' who replaced the exhaust elbows before I bought the boats had used standard jubilee clips rather than proper exhaust clamps - and not tightened them properly. Every time the engine was on it was pumping water into the bilge.
Published: Jul 27, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:48
Yanmar YSE12 Running in after complete rebuild
Yanmar YSE12 Running in after complete rebuild
This YSE12 was losing about 1/2 litre of engine oil per hour. It seized just off Oxwich Point and wouldn't restart. Whole heap of trouble with the tide about to turn and darkness coming in. I have done a complete (new piston, rings, wet liner, valves et...
Published: Sep 28, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:07:19
Bristol Channel Sailing 2015
Bristol Channel Sailing 2015
Well to be honest, not much sailing happened this year. The initial 'shakedown' cruise literally shook everything down - which all needed fixing. Still, might as well break everything at once. However, things are looking good for 2016. Fingers crossed.
Published: Dec 07, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:19
Yanmar YSE12 replaced by Beta 20
Yanmar YSE12 replaced by Beta 20
Well, after spending several (several!) hundreds of pounds rebuilding the Yanmar YSE12 I have now replaced it with a new Beta 20. I have decided that the Mirage 28 is the ideal boat for me and I will be keeping her for at least 10 years. Everything will ...
Published: Dec 14, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:00:39
Sailing what’s that all about then?
Sailing what’s that all about then?
A few ups and downs this year (2015). My non-sailing friends don't really get it fully. I thought I'd create this just to help explain things. I felt really bad about needing a tow from the RNLI. They were brilliant and pointed out that there was not m...
Published: Dec 21, 2015
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:44
Just About Sailing January 2016 – buy a sailboat, liveaboard – easy
Just About Sailing January 2016 – buy a sailboat, liveaboard – easy
This is really a recap of what happened in 2015. All of my plans to do a regular video update went out of the window. I thought that if I provocatively gave the first one a title making it one of a series then it would force me to get my finger out and ...
Published: Feb 01, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:56
Just About Sailing – The £200 Millionaire – don’t get rich quick
Just About Sailing – The £200 Millionaire – don’t get rich quick
I couldn't decide how to best describe my financial philosophy of my Just About Sailing liveaboard lifestyle. But finally decided to do it in the form of a Hegelian dialectical dialogue. By far the simplest and most straightforward method. Think half way...
Published: Feb 14, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:03:25
Just About Sailing February 2016 – dreams of a small sailboat
Just About Sailing February 2016 – dreams of a small sailboat
I have posted this a bit early to try and tempt the weather gods to give us all even a small window to actually get out there and do some sailing. Anyway, even without going out into the channel, Serenity managed to sustain some damage from a collision wi...
Published: Feb 15, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:51
Fossil Hunt along the Watchet coastline
Fossil Hunt along the Watchet coastline
This Bits and Pieces playlist is just a random selection of stuff. Not that interesting really. This is me trying to find fossils on the mass of rocky shoreline that stretches out at low tide. We have up to 12 meter (39 feet ) tidal ranges here. Also tes...
Published: Feb 21, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:17
#1 Move onto boat – Finally a liveaboard, optimistic plans for fortnight
#1 Move onto boat – Finally a liveaboard, optimistic plans for fortnight
Brief series of 'talking head' videos. I took two weeks holiday starting in late April 2015. Boat was more or less ready to go in the water. Plan was to take a gentle cruise from Pembrokeshire, Wales to Watchet, England. The fortnight started well, but e...
Published: Feb 23, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:21
#2 Prioritising – first cup of tea on sailboat as liveaboard
#2 Prioritising – first cup of tea on sailboat as liveaboard
Second video diary entry. The key question as to whether I could successfully make a cup of tea aboard was met with a resounding "maybe". Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sailboat liveaboard.
Published: Feb 23, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:13
#3  Wearing a spacesuit – running out of antifoul
#3 Wearing a spacesuit – running out of antifoul
Relaxing into my two week boat commissioning holiday. Things seems to be going more or less to plan so far. Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sailboat liveaboard.
Published: Feb 23, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:02:10
#4 The day before launch – grand tour of the boat
#4 The day before launch – grand tour of the boat
After six days of lazing around the day was finally getting nearer where I would find out if she would actually float. Plus I had actually tidied up - so time for a tour of the interior. Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sailboat livea...
Published: Feb 23, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:06:59
#5  Launch day – final thoughts prior to first short ‘voyage’
#5 Launch day – final thoughts prior to first short ‘voyage’
OK. So the big day has actually arrived. Sun is shining. Everything sorted. Boat is to be lifted into the water for a short motor over to the nearest marina (Neyland, Pembrokeshire, Wales). Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sailboat ...
Published: Feb 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:36
#6 Reflections on maiden ‘voyage’ – first engine issues
#6 Reflections on maiden ‘voyage’ – first engine issues
Well, 20 minutes is not exactly an Atlantic crossing. However, first time with a tiller in 20 years, and first time with a very quirky engine. Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sailboat liveaboard.
Published: Feb 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:05
#7 The big voyage passage plan – we have a weather window
#7 The big voyage passage plan – we have a weather window
After a week of brilliant weather, there was the threat of a front coming in on the Sunday. It came through the night before leaving two clear days to get to Swansea. One long sail or two short ones? Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a ...
Published: Feb 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:43
#8 Moored at Tenby – reflections on a bumpy passage
#8 Moored at Tenby – reflections on a bumpy passage
Well, I had completely underestimated the fact that the sea would still be in an awful state despite the wind dropping. Basically, waves come straight across the Atlantic and into the Bristol Channel. I nearly turned back to Neyland once I got out of Milf...
Published: Feb 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:25
#9 After the rescue part 1 – equipment faliures RNLI tow
#9 After the rescue part 1 – equipment faliures RNLI tow
Well, things did not end well. The first part after leaving Tenby was fine. Good weather and fair winds. However, I couldn't hoist the main as the topping lift broke and I made it worse trying to fix it. I gradually slipped behind schedule and then the en...
Published: Feb 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:05:04
#10 After the rescue Part 2 – feeling foolish and embarassed
#10 After the rescue Part 2 – feeling foolish and embarassed
Second part of my reflections after the events of a couple of nights before. No-one wants to get into a position of helplessness where they need to be rescued out of danger. Big thanks to the RNLI and thoughts on humility. Just About Sailing. A light-hear...
Published: Feb 24, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:04:44
Just About Sailing the Bristol Channel in a Mirage 28
Just About Sailing the Bristol Channel in a Mirage 28
Just About Sailing. A video diary of me living aboard my Mirage 28 and honing my sailing skills planning to voyage to warmer places in 2017. This is mainly a log for me, but you are very welcome to tag along and comment. Who knows where we might end up. ...
Published: Feb 29, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:01:17
Just About Sailing March 2016 – Liveaboard plans and a Steam Train
Just About Sailing March 2016 – Liveaboard plans and a Steam Train
Wow March already. A brief summary of my future plans plus some initial thoughts on having become a 'liveaboard'. A walk around the harbour entrance at low tide and some basic maintenance. Oh, and a controversial video camera test - I'm not sure that the ...
Published: Mar 02, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:11:53
Just About Sailing March (plus one) 2016 – Beta 20 engine sea trial, quadcopter drone experiments
Just About Sailing March (plus one) 2016 – Beta 20 engine sea trial, quadcopter drone experiments
I have dropped in an extra video for March as I was so excited to actually get out of the harbour. The weather, tides and daylight all lined up and the engine sea-trial sign-off has happened. Without this, I would have voided the warranty had I used the e...
Published: Mar 13, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:09:43
Just About Sailing April 2016 – Sails, storm damage and financing my liveaboard dream.
Just About Sailing April 2016 – Sails, storm damage and financing my liveaboard dream.
Well Spring is with us and the 'sailing season' starts - or does it? Easter sailing plans with my daughter are spoilt by what (storm) Katie did. But there might be some light at the end of the tunnel - can I actually get out sailing this time? Just Abou...
Published: Apr 03, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:11
Just About Sailing April (plus one) 2016 – Actual sailing footage, curtains and a duck
Just About Sailing April (plus one) 2016 – Actual sailing footage, curtains and a duck
Well, here is another extra video. Real sailing footage. It wasn't much, but it is so lovely to actually move along under sail power alone with the engine switched off. Oh, I also fitted some curtains and spoke to a duck. Just About Sailing. A light-hear...
Published: Apr 10, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:04
Just About Sailing May 2016 – Proper sailing with actual wind where nothing breaks
Just About Sailing May 2016 – Proper sailing with actual wind where nothing breaks
Replacing the log paddlewheel while Serenity is still in the water. Is that even possible without sinking? Scary. Plus a lovely sail where everything works! Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sailboat liveaboard.
Published: Apr 25, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:05
Just About Sailing May (plus one) 2016 – Liveaboard costs with actual numbers
Just About Sailing May (plus one) 2016 – Liveaboard costs with actual numbers
A liveaboard cost breakdown in pounds and dollars (US). Buying the boat, marina fees and UK regulation costs etc. Plus, friends visit for a sail. And looking forward to a lovely Summer - hopefully. Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sail...
Published: May 17, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:13
Just About Sailing June 2016 – Totally stoked with my awsome lazy jacks
Just About Sailing June 2016 – Totally stoked with my awsome lazy jacks
Flaming June at last. Lots of sun, but no wind. Lazy Jacks fitted - a bad workman blames his tools they say. A Summer motor on a calm day round the buoy and back. One wheel better? Just About Sailing. A light-hearted video diary of a sailboat liveaboar...
Published: Jun 09, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:34
Just About Sailing July 2016 – Single handed Tiller Pilot test plus whoops, Port or Starboard?
Just About Sailing July 2016 – Single handed Tiller Pilot test plus whoops, Port or Starboard?
Finally some decent sailing weather to test out my newly fitted Lazyjacks. And why not try out my recently repaired Tiller Pilot at the same time. All in all a really nice day out. But there's always room for a few mistakes...
Published: Jul 11, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:32
Just About Sailing August 2016 – Vee Berth mods, daughter visits and Carnival time
Just About Sailing August 2016 – Vee Berth mods, daughter visits and Carnival time
Some tips on how not to do boat modifications. Plus, the dreary start to August finally turned into good weather and my daughter visited and managed to get a sail - how seriously she took the whole thing I am not so sure. Plus, small town Carnival fun. ...
Published: Aug 17, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:47
Just About Sailing August (plus one) 2016 – Family sailing, genoa trim and harbour fun
Just About Sailing August (plus one) 2016 – Family sailing, genoa trim and harbour fun
My sister came down to visit and joined me and my daughter for a lovely sail. Not quite Swallows and Amazons - but not too far off. Finally got the genoa trimmed properly - thanks for all your helpful comments from July. Plus, of course, Watchet continue...
Published: Aug 27, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:11
Just About Sailing September 2016 – crawlng around the engine and having a whale of a time
Just About Sailing September 2016 – crawlng around the engine and having a whale of a time
A guided tour around my engine. Have you noticed how proud I am of how accessible it is? Just-in-time replacement of the sacrificial anode. Plus, I couldn't stand the plastic taste of the water any more - so I fitted a filter, and a new tank, and replaced...
Published: Sep 27, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:13:31
Just About Sailing October 2016 – At last, my voyaging plans for 2017 and beyond
Just About Sailing October 2016 – At last, my voyaging plans for 2017 and beyond
So, what's the grey-haired old bloke got in mind then? Well, I thought it was about time to start setting a few timescales and make a bit of a commitment regarding future voyaging plans. Of course, as we all know, the best laid plans of mice and men etc....
Published: Oct 11, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:36
Just About Sailing November 2016 – Sea Feather Self-steering Windvane, Installation and sea trial
Just About Sailing November 2016 – Sea Feather Self-steering Windvane, Installation and sea trial
A key part of my long distance cruising plan was to install a Self-Steering Wind Vane. I decided to buy a new one from Sea Feather - a UK company. This video covers the installation and the very first sea trial. There was a frustrating gap between instal...
Published: Nov 27, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:12:57
Just About Sailing December 2016 – End of year special edition
Just About Sailing December 2016 – End of year special edition
So, a whole year of getting at least one video out each month - I wasn't expecting that. I have enjoyed 2016, but I am looking forward to 2017 even more. I recommend some sailing channels in this month's edition. In particular: https://www.youtube.com/ch...
Published: Dec 19, 2016
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:10:34
Just About Sailing January 2017 – Man Overboard at the 2017 London Boat Show
Just About Sailing January 2017 – Man Overboard at the 2017 London Boat Show
It's January which means a visit to the London Boat Show with my daughter and my first mate. Check out the Man Overboard demonstration (MOB) where my daughter manages to (easily) pull someone out of the pool. Also, that perennial question - When is a boa...
Published: Jan 17, 2017
Language: EN
Play Time: 00:00:17:40