WHAT will we FIND? Returning to the Boat after 5 Months Away | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 58

WHAT will we FIND? Returning to the Boat after 5 Months Away | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 58

– It’s been almost five months
since we’ve been at the boat. (island music) After spending hurricane
season in the Midwest, driving around the Great Lakes, visiting family and friends, and sailing whenever we got the chance, it was time to return to our boat, patiently waiting for us
in a boatyard in Florida. – Heehaw. I see the really good Gulf shrimp. – Kirk told me that he’s
not gonna shave his beard until we get to the boat. And that was… – Two weeks ago? – Six weeks ago? (laughing) – We are 21 miles away from the boat. This whole time on our drive down we’ve been talking about how we’re very nervous about
getting back to the boat. Her whole life, she’s been stored indoors, just babied basically. And, here we are, (laughs) – Putting her out in the pasture. – Putting her out in the hot Florida sun, over the summer. (clears throat) And we kind of feel bad about it. But we didn’t really
have any other choice. So we’re worried about
what we’re going to find when we get back. – Are there chipmunks
living in the anchor locker? Do we have rats in the bilge? Cockroaches in the refrigerator? Termites in the teak? – No. – Raccoons in the cockpit? – Now you’re just getting ridiculous. Worst case scenario is, the leak in the cabin top was bad. Our bilge pump–
– Which leak? Three weeks, three leaks – Stopped working, and we’re
going to walk into like a foot of water,
– A flooded boat. – Over the cabin sole in the boat. Like that–
– With black mold everywhere. (Lauren laughs) With dead animals floating. – Best case scenario, – [Lauren & Kirk] Our dehumidifier – [Lauren] Is still running, and – [Kirk] Our tea tree oils
have absorbed all the smells. – Yeah. – And the boat smells as clean as a– – Basket of laundry. Cause I left dryer sheets
hanging all over the boat because Linda, the
previous owner of the boat said dryer sheets like to repel, like to repel! They have a mind of their own. – Linda! Linda Linda, listen. – Linda, Linda listen listen. – This is a five minute clip. You have anything else you want to say? (Kirk laughs) (car driving) – I just hope that our
boat still loves us. – Aw. – I think my biggest concern is the water. Let’s hope that we didn’t
get too much water inside. – Yeah. – Cause we didn’t get to see any rain on the boat whatsoever before we left, and it’s rained pretty much
every day since we left. – [Lauren] We were in the yard
for about a week and a half, prepping the boat for storage. We didn’t even get like
hardly a sprinkling of rain. – [Lauren & Kirk] Until we left. – [Kirk] And it downpoured. – [Lauren] Yeah. (island music) – Kirk, we’re here. – Yeah. (island music) – [Kirk] She looks so sad. – [Lauren] Awww. – Most of the duct tape is still on. – Yeah. – That’s pretty good. All our zip ties are still on. Oh bees, I didn’t even think about bees. – Bees? – Yeah. – Oh my god, that bottom
looks so terrible. – Yeah it does. It looks awful. – [Kirk] They’re super white huh? – Whoa! – [Kirk] Oh, that’s– – Yeah, it’s bleached! – [Kirk] That’s why we
put on the UV cover. Hey mister mast! (gravel crunching) – [Kirk] Is there water coming out still? – Yeah, it still feels damp. Yeah it feels damp. It’s good. (background noise drowns out voice) Oh my god. What a dirt ball. – [Kirk] Oh god yeah, that’s so dirty. (chuckles) – [Lauren] I’m surprised even
our letters are still on. So this was the duct tape we were talking about, which we had taped over the
grommets on the UV cover to prevent them from scratching
the hull in the wind. Incredible. Cause, the day we left these
were already flapping off. – [Kirk] Yeah. – Kind of feels like we never left. (both chuckle) – [Kirk] That’s scary. Oh god it’s so dirty. (zipties being cut) (gasping) – It’s so dirty! – [Kirk] Yeah. There’s mildew. – [Lauren] Poor baby. – [Kirk] On the decks. (sigh) (shuffling) – All right boat-y boat. (wood scraping) (high pitched beeping) Doesn’t smell too bad. – [Lauren] What’s beeping? – It’s low voltage. I don’t see any real water damage. – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] Yeah, Hardly anything. Pretty cool in here, feels dry. (fan whirring) – [Lauren] Good job, dehumidifier! – [Kirk] Very diesel smell. – Yeah. Smells a lot like diesel. Smells like an old boat, but it doesn’t smell bad. It smells dry. – [Kirk] That’s good. (hands clap together) Okay, issue one down. – [Lauren] Well that worked. – [Kirk] Need to get to
work on the electrical here and figure out what’s happening. Is that dry? – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] Really? – [Lauren] There’s
spiders in there though. (Lauren laughs loudly) – Wow. Should we check the bilge? – [Lauren] Yeah. (wood creaks) Oh my god. What is that? – [Kirk] I don’t know.
That’s not good though. – [Lauren] It looks like
something coagulated on the top. – [Kirk] Yeah, that means
we got to check the engine. Of our gas tank. (wood knocks) That’s diesel, bird. – [Lauren] Really? – [Kirk] Yeah. So, I think
I know what happened. Remember how we filled it all the way up? – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] And I was worried
about it leaking out of there? – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] I think that’s what happened. It was filled all the way up
to the deck fill there so, I don’t know we’ll have
to look in there but, We got to deal with this electrical first. Power to the boat is fine, so why is our battery charger not working? Says that it’s charging. (switch clicks)
(background beeping stops) All right. It might be that it was actually
measuring the house bank. Because before we left, remember I swapped the banks
to take our house bank offline so that we were basically just
living on the start battery. Which was just to run the bilge pump. – [Lauren] Right. – [Kirk] This was done
at the recommendation of the battery manufacturer. When left for long periods of time, carbon foam batteries prefer to remain in a slow state of discharge rather than receiving a
constant float charge. But we still needed 12 volt
power to run the bilge pump, which is why I wired the battery charger up to the start battery. So, I need to rewire that and get us back on our house bank and get those charging again. What do you want to do right now? – I think I should just try to
put everything back together. Don’t you think? – Yeah. (slow island music) (tapping) – [Lauren] What you doing? – Cooking up some dinner, and trying not to get eaten
alive by the no-see-ums. – Back in the boatyard. Kirk and I are exhausted. (chuckle) We haven’t done this much
physical activity in a long time. Climbing up and down this ladder, we probably each did
that like 20 times today. I should probably put this camera down while I climb down the ladder. (soft guitar music) – Squatting. – First morning in the boatyard. – [Kirk] We’re getting a lot of work done. – Getting some Kindle time in. – [Kirk] Just hanging out. – We slept in the van last night because the bed was already made up so… – Today is the day of real work. Trying to get this boat organized so that we can actually do stuff in here, get some projects done. (soft guitar music) – It’s a lovely morning in the boatyard. Overcast, mid-70s. I’m putting a no-see-um screen
onto our companionway door. Right now the screen that’s
on there is a metal screen, the holes are too big and the
little no-see-ums can get in so we’re going to put another
screen over the top of it and double it up. Check it. – [Kirk] Nice. – Project done. – I’ll let you check it off. Oh yeah it’s just like
a little film. Okay. – [Lauren] Wow that bilge
holds like, two gallons. – [Kirk] It don’t hold much. Looking a little rusty. – [Lauren] Really? – [Kirk] Yeah, but it’s not bad. – [Lauren] Where? – [Kirk] No, he’s just dirty and old. – [Lauren] (whispers) He can hear you. – [Kirk] I know. Yeah, I don’t know what that is. I don’t really like the look of that. Mister Beke, mister Beke, All right, well, I think we’re going to
put mister Beke away for a little while. Deal with him later, he looks pretty good. Just about the way that we left him. (tapping on plastic) – [Lauren] Nice and dirty. – Nice and dirty! (soft music) – [Kirk] So that’s the deck fill. – We’re checking one of the last things that we needed to check
when we got back to the boat which was our water tanks. – Yeah that’s just like
sediment in the water. – Cause we filled them
like, 95% of the way, so the water wasn’t completely
touching the top of the tank so we were slightly worried that there might be algae, or mold, or whatever growing on
any part of the tank that didn’t have water touching it. But it looks good! – At least the first tank. Cool. So, I think we should not be worried about using this water to clean dishes. Definitely don’t want to drink it, it’s got some bleach in it, but. – Oh. I spoke too soon. The portside tank has
something floating in it at the bottom. I think it’s probably just sediment that if we flush it out it’ll be fine. Do you concur? – Dr. Harris. – Yes? – Do you concur? – Do you concur sir? (water slushing) – I am pumping out our portside water tank because it’s got some goobers in it. Do you want to go up there? – [Lauren] Yeah. – [Kirk] Got it? – Yeah. (water splashing) – Real smooth. – [Kirk] What? – Just hit my heel on the helm. – [Kirk] Oh yeah. You could probably pour it
on the back of the stern and let it wash that. (water splashing slowly) We pumped most of the
black goobers out of there. When we refill it, we put
a little bleach in there, let it sit overnight, pump it out, and we’ll be good to go. She’ll be ready as rain. Next on the list was putting
our headliner back together. Our old ceiling panels were
made out of fiberboard, which attracted moisture
and were constantly molding. Before leaving the yard we
had removed the old panels, then traced and cut new panels out of a thin plastic material. Now we just needed to cut
some Reflectix for insulation and install them both. (upbeat chill-out music) (upbeat chill-out music) – [Lauren] Look at this headliner! Yeew! – Look at this. Look at this! Get the close up, up high. – [Lauren] Look who can stand
up straight in the boat. – This is the real test with the stringer. – [Lauren] Ah. – Ready? (Lauren laughing) Doink. Oh, yeah. I’m still going to be walking
through here like this though. – [Lauren] Aw. – And then as I get closer
here it gets really tight. – [Lauren] At least maybe
when you’re stationary, – Yeah. – [Lauren] In certain spots,
you should be able to stand up. (upbeat chill-out music) – So this is going to
be for over the galley. This is going to be for
over the chart table. (upbeat chill-out music) (upbeat chill-out music) (upbeat chill-out music) (upbeat chill-out music) (upbeat chill-out music) (wood and dishes knocking) – So we’ve been in the
boatyard for five days, I think this is our fifth morning. Mostly we spent trying
to clean up the boat, get it organized again, shuffling stuff from the van. We got the headliner up. Kirk reconnected the batteries, I put a screen in the companionway door. What else have we done? (laughs) – [Kirk] We made a bunch of decisions. – Yeah. We’ve come up
with a bunch of lists of all the projects that we need to do and we’ve done a lot of research tying to figure out all
the supplies that we need, talked through a lot of the projects as far as what order
we need to do them in. For example one of the projects was trying to figure out if we were going to move the radar up to the mast from the pole that it’s
mounted on on the stern. And the reason we wanted
to do that was because, one, it would just clean
up the stern a little bit, and two, it would prevent
shading on our panels that we would eventually install there. We want to put up a
bimini or a solar arch. We haven’t decided if we’re
going to do canvas or not, if we’re going to hire a fabricator or if we’re going to try
to get a kit from Sailrite. We’ve got a decent
amount of projects to do, The goal is to be out of
the yard in two months. Today is the day we’re
going to take it off. We haven’t taken it off yet because when we did we wanted to
be able to clean the deck. Today is a nice sunny day, and we finished the headliner project so now, off comes the cover. (piano plays) ♪ Wash me in the water ♪ ♪ Cleanse me in the mercy of your love ♪ ♪ I need a heavenly touch ♪ Look at that. (scrubbing) Kirk was really sad about five minutes ago cause he though we were not
going to get our decks looking like they used to be. – Well, it’s still not
like it used to be, but. – Yeah, they’re already
a thousand times better and I spent literally 30
seconds scrubbing the fore deck. – Yeah yeah. ♪ Oh helping hand ♪ ♪ It’s going to help me stand ♪ ♪ It’s going to help me stand ♪ ♪ Cause I just need ♪
(water spraying into bucket) ♪ Old helping hand ♪ ♪ Is going to help me stand ♪ ♪ It’s going to help me stand ♪ ♪ Cause I just need ♪ ♪ Old helping hand ♪ ♪ It’s going to help me stand ♪ ♪ It’s going to help me stand ♪ (upbeat electronic music) – So this is something I’m really not looking
forward to doing but it’s incredibly important. – [Lauren] Wow, that’s
the piece of hose, huh? – [Kirk] That’s what could sink our boat. (upbeat electronic music) (upbeat electronic music) (upbeat electronic music)

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  1. Your boat must have been jealous of Chip for 6 months! I'm glad you didn't have major problems with her being in the yard for so long, thank God for dehumidifiers.

  2. Kirk, to clean the deck get some 'simple green' or something called 'wink'. Advice given to me from an engineer from a Hatteras MY. Just a thought…

  3. Wow!! That was the fastest and most productive 17:00 minutes I ever did see!! Of course the 5 months you were out of the boat was pretty darn fast so I shouldn't be surprised. Glad you're back on the boat, now let's get out of the yard, back in the water and get out a here. We got places to go!!

  4. Looking forward to the boat projects. I always learn so much watching those videos. Hope it all goes smoothly for you guys!

  5. Next time polish/wax your boat then coat it with acid free Vaseline, before you leave it in the yard. Then when you come back you only have to pressure wash it and it will be as spiffy as you left it. The Vaseline will act as a sacrificial layer.

  6. I use to use pool shock mixed with water on my fishing boat while using an stand up boat bush , and wearing boots . Some people thought I was nuts , but when I was done , you could not look at it without wearing sun glasses ! Fishing boats get very dirty after using it , and at the end of winter it was almost black from mold , etc . The shock is very cheep , and the boat soap is not , and did not do as good a job as the shock . Just test a spot first .It only cost about 3-4 dollars for a bag .

  7. A hint on boat soap, instead of over paying for Boat Zoap use a good laundry detergent like “ Tide “ this is a much cheaper product but a much better product ! Thanks for the video, please keep them coming .

  8. Some ideas: Another boat used a green UV cover. Since it lasted, that color might be cooler for your deck.
    Don't forget, fluids in tanks will expand in the heat, then out the overflows as necessary.
    Is there room on the bow pulpit for the radar antenna? (Of course the video is a few months old.)

  9. YEA..back on the boat. My suggestion for this season is way more of Lauren in a bikini, more fishing and more non-tourist destinations & explorations. CHEERS & enjoy the adventure. 🙂

  10. Great video, glad to see yall back on the boat! It was great to meet the two of you at the Miami Boat Show and we look forward to yall's future adventures.

  11. Hi guys just like everything else that you do,the job you did of"putting Soulianis in storage"was very thorough,and brilliant👍
    So you came back to find your boat in good order👌All the best with your list of jobs.I don't remember you mentioning precisely,I'm guessing you will be alternating between Soulianis and Chip as the seasons change?See you next time,best wishes🙂

  12. Good to see you guys back on the boat working like the rest of us. We sure enjoyed running up with you both at the Miami boat show (nice dress) on the Leopard dock. So drop some info on the dehumidifier you used during the layover. It looks like it did the job. Cheers! SV Trig

  13. Welcome back guys! I couldn’t help but notice your hull may have a mild case of the “pox”? (Blisters) Let me know your thoughts.

  14. it's always amazing how DIRTY a boat of vehicle that sits still for a few months winds up getting…..thankfully it's usually easy to clean off!!

  15. Also have a Tartan 37th with radar on the mast. One day in high wind while tacking the jib caught on radar. It ripped the radar from the mast and fell on the deck nearly hitting my wife. Moved the radar to a pole on stern!

  16. Power wash the deck is the best and if you don't have a power washer a bleach/water mixture is a great alternative. A lot better than boat soap.

  17. Loved this video if you fancy checking out something abit different check out our latest vlog where we check out the inland waterways of England @boatingbeyond

  18. If your water tanks are aluminum, don’t put bleach in them long term. It will pit the tanks badly. Should carbon filter out Cl on fresh water fill too for same reason

  19. So hood to see you are back. Your adventures with Chip have been great to watch while out of the water. What marine yard are you in? Around Punta Gorda, again? If you need a pressure washer or other tools that you may not have, please let me know. I’m in Ft Myers and have been watching your adventures from the very beginning. Have truck and tools, will travel!

  20. Questions: 1) How many boats are in the boat yard and 2) how many other boats have people living and working on them at any time?

  21. FYI – Bar Keepers Friend cleaning paste, gel or powder will easily make your boat deck white again. Walmart or most grocery stores carry.

  22. "It's dirty and old". I am dirty and old, nothing wrong with that! Thanks guys, I am so happy you are back on the boat and teaching me a lot. Kirk, next summer put at least 10 more hurricane straps on Soulianis. You need far more wind protection than you had. Love you guys!!

  23. If you have problem getting the deck back to its white color, try oxalic acid mixed with water, 5-15% mix and its biodegradable. Use a mouthguard though since its not healthy to inhale, you running a risk of kidney stone if you get to much of it in your system.

  24. You two are such an inspiration because of your concerns about the condition of Soulianis which turned out to not be so challenging. You don't let things bother either of you and charge ahead and get things fixed and/or repaired. Soon you will be off the hard and sailing again.

  25. What was the sheets you put on the ceiling called? Looking for something thin for the ceiling in my sprinter. I'm a bit over 6'6 so looking for something thin. Thanks.

  26. I bought a Tartan 34-2 in December, Found you guys through your video on the Anchor Windlass. I binges your channel through the Christmas Break. Too happy to see you back at Soulianis! Keep up the great work!!

  27. I did install the same reflectix insulation material inside the cabin of my Tartan 34 more than 10 years ago and It made a huge difference on hot days as well as cold nights. I also installed Reflectix on the inside of the Top sides all the way to the V berth. If you have a chance, do the sides too. Cheers, Richard

  28. I had to leave my boat for a month once in the middle of summer. Made sure the power, gas etc was off before I left. No big deal, the boat was fine when I got back….except for the 3kg of barramundi I forgot to take from the fridge. I think it took 6 months to finally get the stench out of the boat!

  29. Want a good deck and teak cleaner, 3 quarts hot water, 1quart bleach,1/2 cup of TSP, and a little dish soap! You won't believe how well it cleans. That deck wasn't dirty mine had set for 20 years it was dirty!!

  30. She scrubbed up pretty good! Two months in the yard…. what have you got planned cos seemed like, apart from the arch fiasco, that you're pretty much ready for extended cruising at the end of last season?

  31. Ever notice how best intentions always bite you in the a$$ if you had left the fuel tank less than full it would have been a perfect return

  32. Not sure if you got your deck fully clean but I would suggest good old fashion comet. Super cheap and I cleaned my deck on a boat that had been sitting outside uncovered in Indiana for 7 years and they are clean enough to eat off. You would never know it sat so long

  33. Im still waiting for these guys to actually go off shore and become sailors. Feel like im watching the batchelor.

  34. I always replace the hoses from any sea cock to any other fitting every two years or sooner-engines every year depending on the amount of use–sometimes more often. Anything connected to the sea–including cockpit drains–or sinks and heads–can and do sink vessels. It costs about a hundred bucks to replace my hoses mostly 50 mm diameter or more. Cheapest insurance I guess-. Also–I use the best quality hoses I can get–synthetic rubber resistant to oil. Sometimes you have to buy a roll of it to get a good price. Anchor lockers need to be forward of a watertight collision bulkhead. Rubber water-cooled exhaust systems are another possibility for salt water ingress. I have a siphon breaker system to stop water being sucked in as a hot engine cools down-

    MY $0.02 worth–

  35. Does Lauren have any plans to have her own onlyfans type page or cam-girl site for extra income? A few other youtubers I follow do it, and the gf/wife sure picks up quite a bit more income this way to help fund them. A couple making youtube vids and living off grid in a yurt sure seem to make out well doing it. While you're young… heck.

  36. Foot of water in the bilge? I was delighted to find a bilge (garboard) drain. Stuff it full of bronze wool, and nothing gets in the boat, water drains out. Easy enough to add.

  37. Good to see you guys back on the boat! I’m closing on a Pacific Seacraft 31 next week, and you are a part of that. Thanks for the videos!

  38. Two month, why so long? It’s not a lot of work to be done to get her splashed from what I can tell. Are you guys going to tackle the arch again?

  39. Watch all your videos and really enjoy them. I'm glad you guys are back at the boat. Both of you are really hard workers and a great team. Thanks for the videos!

  40. I went back and rewatched a 2018 vlog by the title Bad Things Come In Threes……You have both come a long way since then, truly. The look on Lauren's face when the engine was finally running….just makes me want to tell you that sometimes a good hug makes all bad things better. Now, back to work…there's cruisin to be done, wink.

  41. Best way to erase any and all deck stains, which you won't believe, but it's like magic, is to use magic erasers and plain water. Try it. I've saved two sailboats and two jet skis using them. Get generic ones in bulk and be amazed at how many uses they have on a boat. Follow up with 3-step marine compound/polish/wax and she'll look like new again!

  42. Wet your deck and sprinkle with concentrated bleach then scrub. Even better to do this with a little sun. You'll never look back. Those who say this is harming the environment, please explain to me how that is still true after the sodium hypochlorite has reacted with the organics on the boat and in the gravel bed under the boat.

  43. Kirk, don't worry a few weeks and direct sunlight and another scrub after that and they will be back to normal. Direct sunlight bleaches everything, just look at those hurricane straps.

  44. I'm about ready to uncover my boat here in Cleveland for another year. I love your boat. It was built about 20 minutes from my home. I'm trying to find a 40 footer.

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