SV Delos, Crew Changes & Sailing the Indian Ocean on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Ep. 33

Brian, Brady, and Karin of Sailing SV Delos talk about their Indian Ocean sailing & recent crew changes on the video version of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast #33 hosted by Linus Wilson. You can hear their first interview on the podcast on episode 10 at

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0:00 Intro music was Onetox- Ramukanji (2011 official remix)

0:03 Linus Wilson, Host of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast at
introduces the interview. A more comprehensive interview that explores the entire SV Delos voyage is in episode 10 of the free podcast.
0:20 You can get your own really cool SV Delos shirt and sticker at
0:27 Interview begins with Brian, Brady, and
0:55 Q: What was the longest offshore passage of the Indian Ocean crossing?
A: Andaman Islands to Cocos Keeling Island (16 days)
2:00 Managing the Aghulas Current
3:35 Help pay for the Slow Boat Sailing Podcasts’ Skype recording software and get great rewards at
6:20 Port hopping in South Africa and the lack of anchorages
Cape Town
Mossel Bay, South Africa
East London, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
8:03 We discuss crew changes on SV Delos
9:07 Max and Frida rock Delos
10:05 Does SV Delos fit 7 crew?
12:12 Why did Karin go to college in Australia?
14:50 Winners of become a Delos pirate crew member competition
18:05 What makes the ideal Sailing SV Delos crew member
21:10 Chagos was remote
22:00 Favorite Indian Ocean stops of the 2015 & 2016 cruising seasons
27:11 Will Delos round Cape Horn before they go to the Caribbean?
Brady seemed interested in the Horn, but Brian seemed more interested in cruising the Caribbean.
29:10 The cruising community in Cape Town, South Africa
30:55 The last time Delos was in a major cruising destination was 2 years ago in Thailand. Brian luvs pad Thai!
31:30 Is butter chicken enough to recommend the Andaman Islands of India?
32:15 How do new crew members help out with the cool videos? Brian gives filming tips..
33:25 The scariest moments on SV Delos:
Hitting a reef in Madagascar
Hand steering in big waves on the way to Cocos Keeling
37:17 What kind of autopilots do you use on SV Delos and what problems have you had sailing offshore?
Raymarine linear drive 2 is the big seas autopilot. The planetary gear have worn out. It is attached to the back quadrant.
40:15 They also have a chain mounted wheel pilot which is not robust enough for big seas.
41:30 When has a saltwater leaking been a problem on Delos?
43:30 They will be taking 1, 2, 3, or 4 crew in addition to Brian, Brady, and Karin on the Atlantic crossing. 2 most likely. That crew list is not finalized…
44:00 Stops planned on the Atlantic crossing St. Helena, Ascension Island (possible), Namibia (sand dunes “droneland”), Brazil, Rio (possible), Salvador, Recife, Brazil…
45:00 Brian Trautman plans to go slow and only arrive in Trinadad in November 2017. Other round the world (circumnavigators) cruisers
45:50 SV Totem stopped in Namibia
46:00 Cruising in Namibia is tricky. There are only 2
47:30 How much time have you taken off the boat?
50:40 Last time hauled out the boat. Plan to haul next in Trinidad and Tobago…
52:05 What do you like about Cape Town, South Africa?
55:30 What is Durbin, South Africa like?
57:40 How many countries has Delos visited? 30 something…
58:00 What are the favorite countries you have visited?
Philippines, New Zealand, Madagascar…
58:45 What are the most recent upgrades to SV Delos?
Silent wind wind generator, dive gear, new camera gear, ice maker, dodger
59:30 It’s 5 O’clock in Cape Town! Beer!
1:01:30 Boat’s washing machine
1:03:20 What is you advice for someone wanting to start offshore cruising?
1:05:19 Moonshining & stills: Air Still and Turbo 500

by Linus Wilson (c) 2017

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