Episode 14: White Spot Pirates’ Nike Steiger Cruises the Western Caribbean

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Nike2Nike Steiger of White Spot Pirates tells us about why she dropped everything and bought her boat Karl in Panama. She gives trash and laundry tips for cruisers floating far off the grid. Learn the origins of her YouTube channel‘s name and her boat’s name. Find out about when she almost gave up the dream of sailing around the world all together.

You can get a bonus episode of White Spot Pirates with an in depth look at Nike’s Mexico cruise if you pledge as little as $1 to the Slow Boat Sailing Podast’s Patreon site.  This is one of many bonus episodes available to Patrons only. All patrons are given the audiobook of the #1 sailing bestseller How to Sail Around the World Part-Time.  

In this episode you can find out about the progress of the Slow Boat as it makes it way to Cuba and its new crew member Stevie.

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There are many ways to support the podcast in addition to being a patron. Tell your friends about the podcast. Thanks for joining the voyage!  Check out my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time, which is now available as an album on iTunes or Amazon. Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas at Amazon. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Like our Facebook page or follow us onTwitter and tell your friends to do the same. I’m putting up more videos of the Slow Boat crew on YouTubeSubscribe to my free newsletter at http://www.slowboatsailing.com for free books and boat repair and upgrade tips.  There you can also find a orange banner link at the bottom of the page and promo code to save $15 off your next purchase of $200+ at West Marine. Write a review on iTunes for the podcast or on Amazon for my books.  Finally, have some fun on the water!

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Episode 13: Wicked Salty’s Wes and Kate talk about selling their boat, outboard repair, and give the host Linus Wilson fishing tips

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Wes and Kate Snokeling

Wes and Kate talk about how they bought their first boat in the summer of 2014, an Ericson 30+ on Craigslist for $11,500 and within months were headed south for the Bahamas making great videos on YouTube along the way. They cruised the Bahamas in that boat in the Northern Exumas, Nassau, Eleuthera, and the Abacos before deciding to sell it in South Carolina.  If you want a boat that is Bahamas tested, there is one waiting for you in South Carolina.

You can get chapters a bonus episode of Wicked Salty with an in depth look at their Bahamas cruise if you pledge as little as $1 to the Slow Boat Sailing Podast’s Patreon site.  This is one of many bonus episodes available to Patrons only. All patrons are given the audiobook of the #1 sailing bestseller How to Sail Around the World Part-Time.  

with dog in cockpit

We talk about their early adventures, how their dog Lola adjusted to life afloat, and their reasons for selling the boat. Wes, Kate, and I talk about our problems with outboards in the Bahamas. (I had a lot of problems with my new outboards documented in my book Slow Boat to the Bahamas.) A lot of folks can’t wait for them to find the right boat and start filming again. (I know I am one!) Support them on Patreon.

I chat about the latest developments in my trip preparations and planning for going to Panama via Cuba.  It boils down to, “Go EAST, middle-aged man”.

Lola the YorkieThere are many ways to support the podcast in addition to being a patron. Tell your friends about the podcast. Thanks for joining the voyage!  Check out my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time, which is now available as an album on iTunes or Amazon. Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas at Amazon. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and tell your friends to do the same. I’m putting up more videos of the Slow Boat crew on YouTubeSubscribe to my free newsletter at http://www.slowboatsailing.com for free books and boat repair and upgrade tips.  There you can also find a orange banner link at the bottom of the page and promo code to save $15 off your next purchase of $200+ at West Marine. Write a review on iTunes for the podcast or on Amazon for my books.  Finally, have some fun on the water!

parity up high

Episode 12: Slow Boat to the Bahamas chapters 1 to 3 read by the author, Linus Wilson

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Never before released audiobook versions of chapters 1, 2, and 3 of Slow Boat to the Bahamas are free to Slow Boat Sailing Podcast listeners.

You can get chapters 4, 5, and 6 if you pledge as little as $1 to the Slow Boat Sailing Podast’s Patreon site.  Patrons get bonus content as well as a the free audiobook of the #1 sailing bestseller How to Sail Around the World Part-Time.  

RIB on Deck in Lake Pont

Check out our first video with Daly (poodle), Sophie (5), Janna, an me on YouTube! Hopefully, there will be more to come.

Yours truly said the dynamite fish bomber episode of SV Delos was one of their best and that they should be on cable in episode 10.  Now they are!  You heard it on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast first.

Stay tuned next week as the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast will bring you the crew of Wicked Salty in episode 13.

Tell your friends about the podcast.  Thanks for joining the voyage!  Check out my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time, which is now available as an MP3 album on iTunes or Amazon. Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas at Amazon. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and tell your friends to do the same. Subscribe to my free newsletter at http://www.slowboatsailing.com for free books and boat repair and upgrade tips.

Episode 11: Anchoring with Mantus Anchors founder Greg Kutsen M.D.

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I recorded this talk on anchoring techniques at the 2016 Southwestern International Boat Show in Houston.  Greg Kutsen M.D. is the founder of Mantus Anchors, which is a sponsor of Slow Boat Sailing.  Download the presentation for that talk to refer to the numbers for your boat.

Mantus Anchors Anchoring Presentation

IMG_2750Caption: Mantus Anchors founder Dr. Greg Kutsen (left) talks with a boater in Houston.

 

The focus of Dr. Kutsen’s talk in Episode 11 was to properly size and select all your gear from snubber, chain, rode, swivel, anchor, and chain hook to minimize the chance of gear failure. I was so impressed by this talk  that I bought one of the Mantus’ heavy-duty swivels.  Check out Mantus Anchor’s store and knowledge base.

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IMG_2958I was so persuaded by this talk that I bought and installed a swivel on the Slow Boat pictured above.  The Mantus swivel is set up with a shackle so that it is not susceptible to side-loading failure that frequently destroys other popular makes of anchor swivels. We have a 45-pound Mantus Anchor on our primary bow roller as a “storm anchor.”  The Mantus anchor has a large surface area for better holding and weight at the tip for better setting.  Setting is when the anchor first digs in.  While Danforth-style anchors have great holding for their weight, they have poor setting when they have grassy or hard bottoms or experience a wind-shift.  The Slow Boat dragged dangerously with a Danforth-style anchor when a squall led to a wind-shift on the way to the Bahamas.  The other great feature of Mantus Anchors is that they can be taken apart easily and stowed if you want to have a spare anchor.

I also liked the Mantus Chain Hook for the snubber line and purchased one after the talk.  It seemed much less likely to become unhooked than the chain hooks available at places like West Marine.  Use the West Marine link and the promo code WMAFF to get $15 off your next purchase of $200 online.  (The promo code won’t work without using the link.

Tell your friends about the podcast.  Thanks for joining the voyage!  Check out my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time, which is now available as an MP3 album on iTunes or Amazon. Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas at Amazon. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and tell your friends to do the same. Subscribe to my free newsletter at http://www.slowboatsailing.com for free books and boat repair and upgrade tips.

 

Episode 10: SV Delos, Brian, Brady, and Karin

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We caught up with the crew of SV Delos in South Africa as they plan to round the Cape of Good Hope for the second time in the other direction and cruise Reunion, Mauritius, and eastern Madagascar in their Southern Ocean cruise.

Contribute to the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast on Patreon so we can hit our $20 goal and give away the eBook of the #1 sailing bestseller Slow Boat to the Bahamas to every sailor in the world!  Give the dream of cruising to foreign islands to your fellow sailors by being a patron of the podcast.  There are many great incentives including a free MP3 audio version of my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time and bonus content from Brady and Karin of SV Delos for Patreon subscribers.Delos Indian Ocean Crew of 2015

The SV Delos crew were currently screening videos of contestants to join the boat this season.  We talked to Brian about his early sailing and moving up boats until he bought Delos.  We discovered the secret behind the Buddha symbol of the boat and the origins of the boat’s name.  We also learned how the Delos crew refocused their efforts on video production in 2013 and the rest is youTube history.  Support Delos by subscribing to their YouTube channel, checking out their website, and “Buying them a Beer” by contributing to their Patreon site.

Finally, I also talk about my preparations for my Panama trip via Cuba. In episode 11, we learn about anchoring from Greg Kutsen of Mantus Anchors.

Check out my book How to Sail Around the World Part-Time, which is now available as an MP3 album on iTunes or Amazon. Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories and were over 60 percent off when the podcast was released. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Subscribe to my free newsletter athttp://www.slowboatsailing.com for free books and boat repair and upgrade tips.

Episode 9: Dee Caffari, world record holder, Vendee Globe, and Volvo Ocean Racer; Contribute to the podcast on Patreon.

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Become contributor on Patreon for the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast so we can bring great guests such as Dee Caffari and the crew of SV Delos (episode 10) every week.  A $1 pledge entitles you to a free audio version of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time

a $9.99 value on iTunes.  There are many other great rewards for slightly higher pledges.

If we get $20 per episode of pledges, I will make Slow Boat to the Bahamas free on Amazon’s worldwide sites for 1 day.  The list price for the eBook is $9.99.  Thus, by giving $20 you, can give something worth $10,000 to 1,001 sailors.  We have never given away the #1 Amazon sailing eBook bestseller Slow Boat to the Bahamas on Amazon. It is a funny look at going on the big trip with a four year old and a four pound dog.

This is just a sampling of Dee Caffari’s achievements under sail from her website:

“In 2006 Dee became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.

Dee successfully completed the solo, non-stop Vendée Globe Race in 2009, crossing the finish line in 6th place out of an original fleet of 30 competitors. April 2011 saw Dee complete her third non-stop circumnavigation in the double-handed Barcelona World Race. In 2014, as part of Team SCA taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15, Dee secured the Round Britain and Ireland Speed Record for an all-female crewed monohull of 4 days 21 hrs 39 secs.”

We talk about the Hell On High Water TV charity drive, Team SCA, how average sailors can become a better racers, and sleeping strategies while solo sailing in ocean races.  Check out her great book, Against the Flow, available on audible about how she went from being a school teacher who had never sailed before to being the first woman in history to sail solo-nonstop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents.  It’s an inspiring story about following your dreams and an entertaining listen or read.

Episode 8: Jessie of Katie and Jessie on a boat talks about cruising the Great Loop in her early 20s.

Photos by Jessie Zevalkink; Jessie rigging the boat.  Katie and Jessie dry off after a swim.

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Jessie Zevalkink talks about her travels in the Great Loop of the U.S. and Canada during 2013-2014.  She and her friend Katie Smith traveled in a 27-foot sailboat from Michigan to the Bahamas and back with Katie’s dog.  Check out their blog in http://katieandjessieonaboat.com/. The early twenty-somethings were like “aliens” in the cruiser community and were embraced up and down the ICW and featured on the front pages of Cruising Outpost. We talk about their working their way around the waterways of the U.S.A. and their travels in the nature coast of Florida and the Bahamas.

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Photo by Jessie Zevelkink

Episode 7: Polynesian Navigation on Hokule’a with Kawika Crivello interviewed by Linus Wilson

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Hokulea

Photo credit: Kawika Crivello

In episode 7, I spoke to Kawika Crivello a crew member on the traditional sailing vessel Hokule’a.  Hokule’a is a two-masted double hulled canoe that is meant to be similar to traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes.  It is over 60′ long and has a crew of about a dozen at any one time.  Kawika has crewed on many parts of its current round the world voyage.  Hokule’a is 41 years old and is maintained by the Polynesian Voyaging Society.  Kawika was at anchor in the British Virgin Islands where the met with many locals including billionaire Richard Branson.  They may also visit with an American president in Cuba in a few days who hails from their home state of Hawaii.

We talk about traditional Polynesian navigation techniques and how to develop the correct mental attitude to going on a long ocean voyage.

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Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Subscribe to my newsletter. Make a donation

Episode 6: South Pacific Weather with Met Bob

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feet up after Carabelle storm

This podcast episode is only available as an album on iTunes for $1.99. Here is the link for the 55 minute episode for purchase on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ep.-6-slow-boat-sailing-podcast/id1142048778

Bob McDavitt has been forecasting weather in the South Pacific for forty years including providing weather advice for the New Zealand challengers in the America’s Cup and 16-year-old, round-the-world sailor Jessica Watson. He advised about 300 boats last season doing ocean passages in the South Pacific as well as runs a free weather newsletter/blog for over 20 years at http://weathergram.blogspot.com/.  His website is http://www.metbob.com/. He talks to the Slow Boat Sailing podcast about South Pacific weather patterns, the 1994 Pacific Storm, and Cyclone Watson.  He talks about how he helps sailors avoid the squally ITCZ.  In addition, he explains the El Nino warming of the South Pacific and argues that it will not be a factor in the 2016 South Pacific cruising season of April to November.  El Nino should disappear by April 2016.

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Episode 5: Cuba Bound with Wally Moran

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Wally Moran, the coauthor of the new cruising guide to Cuba’s north coast Cuba Boundtalked to me in episode 5. He talks about his sailing career in SV Gypsy Wind and the Sail to the Sun ICW rally that he organizes. Wally did not have an internet signal and was talking outside over a cell phone so the audio of the interview is not as good as for prior episodes and was not as good as it will be for future episodes. I also talk about the perils of taking a dog to the Cayman Islands. Many more great episodes are in the works keep listening and keep sailing!

Links to my books are at my website. Buy How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas. Both books have been #1 bestsellers in the Amazon sailing eBook categories. Write a review for How to Sail Around the World Part-Time or Slow Boat to the Bahamas on Amazon or Goodreads. (If you are a non-US Amazon customer, e-mail me at linuswilson <at> outlook [dot] com, and I’ll send you the link addresses for your country’s site.)  Subscribe to my newsletter. Make a donation.