(laid-back upbeat music) – [Lauren] Last time on Sailing Soulianis, we made one more short hop along the Panhandle of Florida
to the Port of Saint Joe. After spending a incredibly
rolly night here at anchor, we set off on our 190
nautical mile passage across the Gulf of Mexico to Clearwater. The first day was a bit rough
with six foot following seas, throwing our Autohelm for a loop, requiring us to hand steer at all times. – We’re still making good time. We’ve been doing better than six knots over ground the whole time. We’re looking at getting
in tomorrow afternoon between one and four. – Bye! – See you in the morning! (laid-back gentle music) What cha cookin’, good lookin’? (laughing) – Greek scrambled eggs. – [Kirk] Aw, that’s really
close to coming out of the pan. – I know, isn’t it? Every once in a while that thing gets swinging really good. – [Kirk] Yeah. – And I feel like I need
to stop it so that it– – [Kirk] Yeah, I put
my hand on the handle. That looks amazing! – It’s like cooking on a rollercoaster. Pretty much is cooking on a rollercoaster. (laughing) Okay, what’s next? Feta! A little more spinach. We need a little bit of oregano. – [Kirk] Oo, that smells nice! (laughing) What’s going on up top? Auto, at the helm. (laid-back upbeat music) – We’re about three hours away from finishing our 36 hour Gulf crossing, our longest sail yet. It was kinda rough. To be honest, we left heading straight into five, six foot swells. We were rocking all over the
place for the first five hours and actually, it continued
that way for most of the trip, just slightly diminishing over time. We would’ve had some sleep
before starting this. Last night was terrible,
couldn’t sleep a wink. Day and a half passage, it would’ve been so much better, but we were zombies. We hand-steered pretty much the whole way. It’s probably not a huge deal, I know a lot of people hand steer. Actually I’m curious. What’s the longest
you’ve hand steered for? I guess is what I want to know. And how often you do that? I’m interested. The one awesome thing, actually there were a few awesome things, but one awesome thing was I have not gotten sea sick, which is amazing. I wear these bands that my mom gave me. I’ve had them on the entire time so they’re digging into my wrist, I guess that’s how
they’re supposed to work. What else? The stars. It’s been a really long time since we’ve been out in the middle of nowhere and actually seen the full Milky Way. And then the dolphins at night, stirring up all
bioluminescence in the water. They were like glowing torpedoes, it was really freakin’ cool! (laid-back upbeat music) – [Kirk] We had a request to
go into a little more detail about some of the processes
we do on the boat. – [Lauren] Here we are dropping our main sail after a passage. – [Kirk] Lauren usually goes
forward to flake the main, Even though we have lazy jacks, it’s helpful to have someone
to ensure it’s done nicely. – [Lauren] And then
Kirk will actually flake the back of the sail to help me out. – [Kirk] Once we’ve got the sail down, it’s time to put on the sail ties. Next, I adjust the topping
lift to keep it above my head, and then I remove the
preventer and reattach it to the back of the boom to
pull the boom from off to side. – [Lauren] That way we can keep the shade off the solar panels. And next we put the sail cover on. There’s about 25 of those little, – [Kirk] Twist snaps. – [Lauren] Yeah, to get. – [Kirk] And we have to put the zippers around the lazy jacks. – [Lauren] Once the sail cover’s on, we detach the halyard and
tie it around the sail. And we gotta make sure that all the lines are tucked up under the sail cover. Sometimes I forget a snap,
so I have to go back. – And give the sail a hug. (laughing) So we’re about five nautical
miles out of Clearwater Beach. We’ve sailed all the way here. So, it’s been a pretty good crossing. We’re going to pass within about 200 feet of another sailboat that looks like it’s on its way to do a crossing. He looks like he’s turning towards us, or did he change his course to avoid us? Can’t tell. – So weird just staring
at them as they go by. – Why? That’s what they did to us. We’re just checking out their boat. – I guess. – Making sure they don’t
turn around and murder you out in the middle of the ocean and then steal your boat, like pirates. Good, they’re still going the other way. So we just flipped on our engine to finish out our crossing here ’cause we got in a dead spot and it’s the first time we’ve turned on our engine since we put
in the new battery bank and had pretty depleted batteries. We were down to 60% and this is something I wanted to monitor because I knew that this
large a battery bank would accept more than what
our alternator could put out, so it would be forcing
our alternator to run at its max output for a while. We have a stock alternator from
1979 which puts out 51 amps. It’s a automotive alternator, which means it’s not
really that heavy duty, not really intended to run
at max output for very long. When I opened my battery monitor app as soon as we started the engine, I saw that it was putting out 38 amps. – We were pleasantly surprised
until we went down below and started smelling electrical burning. – We quickly throttled back the engine to slow down the alternator output and pulled out the infrared thermometer and sure enough, the alternator was at about 220 degrees Fahrenheit. So we kinda let things cool down and then slowly throttled back up and the alternator’s only
putting out about 10 amps now, probably because it sensed an overheating, although I don’t know if it’s that smart. Maybe we fried something, I’m not sure. (laid-back calm music) – [Lauren] Uh, I think we
had a few feet to spare. – Just a couple. – It’s always mildly nervewracking
going under a bridge. – No matter how tall it is. – No matter how tall. – There’s a secondary
channel, or a primary channel. In secondary, they said
if you draft five foot, he wouldn’t recommend it. I told him to draft four and a half, he said ah you should be fine. (laughing) But it cuts off a bunch of time, so I think I’m gonna take it. – All right. (laid-back relaxing music) Once we tied up at the marina, I cooked a late breakfast
of pancakes and bacon, after which we immediately fell asleep. Whatcha doin’? – I am pulling down the headliner, because we are going to
run our solar panel cables through the deck up here in the cockpit. In order to get to the
spot where I wanna do it, I’ve gotta pulled down this whole panel, which requires me to pull off this panel, which requires me to pull off this strip, this strip, and like, try to figure out how this origamis all together. I don’t wanna break anything. I don’t know how much this stuff can bend. So I might need to go one more screw. (drilling) – [Lauren] Mmm! – [Kirk] Look at all that fun stuff! – [Lauren] Cool! So did you find your spot? – [Kirk] I found my spot. – [Lauren] Right up there, right? – [Kirk] Yep. – [Lauren] Sweet! – [Kirk] It was pretty easy. So you’re going right, there. (laid-back upbeat music) (buzzing) (laid-back upbeat music) – All right, we’re
gonna do this one first? – [Kirk] Yeah. – Okay. (laid-back upbeat music) – All right! I think this is looking pretty good! There’s big cracks there. – [Lauren] The cracks in the rubber? – [Kirk] Yeah, so I cut it
to get it over the cables. That’s what you’re supposed to do. But as you screw this on down, it’s supposed to squeeze it all together. I’ll dump water over this. (laid-back upbeat music) I hope that works. We’ll have to test it in a little bit with a bucket of water. Now, it’s clean up time. I gotta cut all these cables
and re-route them down there. – Is the boat ever clean? Five percent of the time? So I do this?
– Yeah. Can you pull on it a little? – Yeah. – Its’ stuck like higher… Here we go. – Put pressure on it. Yes! – [Kirk] All right! Sweet! So we got the cable coming
down here with a little extra. In case we need to make changes later. Which goes down in here. Through into the engine compartment. Comes out right here. Goes down and into our solar charger. So now, we’re gonna do the water test. To make sure it doesn’t leak. Can you tell me if you
see leaks inside Lauren? – [Lauren] Yeah! – Ah sh it’s like a waterfall! – [Kirk] Stop it! (laughing) – [Lauren] Yeah, it’s actually
coming through the cables. – [Kirk] No joke? – No joke. – [Kirk] There was some water seeping in next to one of the cables. But only a few drops. And I figure since the
gland is under the dodger and won’t normally be
subjected to water being dumped directly on it, then we’d be just fine. (upbeat music) After two days of putting
our boat back together after a crossing, it was
time to live on the hook. We found an anchorage with a public dock and a grocery store
right across the street. The funny thing was we can
almost see that anchorage from the slip that we just left. But to get there by boat, we had to travel almost 10 miles on the ICW. – We’re going to end up about
300 feet from we just were. – After two hours of driving. (upbeat music) – While at the marina, Kirk had given Rahm our dinghy a good cleaning
and topped him off with air. So we were eager to
take him out for a spin. After dropping the hook,
we got ready to make a trip to the grocery store. There was just one small problem. We’re going on our first
real provisioning run with the dinghy. And we’re heading over
to the grocery store. – So now our dinghy is sinking? During the cleaning the drain plug had decided to run away
and find a new home. And so we were up a creek with two paddles and a rather sizable hole in our dinghy. But not five minutes later, who motors by? A couple we met at the
marina the day before. I’ve got just the stuff
to patch it up he said. And they pulled a u-turn and
zoomed back to their boat. The secret stuff was flex seal. Even though we knew it could
be applied under water, we figured it’d be easy not too. So we pulled Rahm back on deck. And so, we waited. Then, just like boat
fairies they returned with a magic fix for our tender troubles. Of course, then we chatted. And the sun sank lower and lower. And by the time we got
around to that grocery run, Kirk and I decided we
should divide and conquer. Bye love! – Nice and clean and inflated, it’s nice! – So Kirk’s leaving me back at the boat so I can do some editing. Is the tape holding? – Yeah! – This is the first time we’re going to be taking our dinghy to go get groceries. Up until this point, we
been at marina’s mostly so we’ve been using the
courtesy car at the marina. Feels like we’re actually,
actually living on the boat. All right, time to edit. Holy smokes Kirk! – [Kirk] What? – [Lauren] That is a giant bag of produce. – [Kirk] Yep, they had
all sorts of fun stuff, plums, peaches, nectarines, and– – [Lauren] Ginger snaps. – [Kirk] All sorts of good things. – [Lauren] Cauliflower potatoes. How was your grocery run? – [Kirk] It was very nice and pleasant. This was like a little
paradise anchorage we found, it’s like I don’t know
maybe 500 foot diameter. (laughing) There’s four boats in here, right next to a beautiful
little restaurant. And a free public dock. And it’s absolutely
peacefully calm in here. No boat traffic. It’s dead calm out tonight, glassy water, it’s gorgeous. – [Lauren] So that
means we’re going to get a wonderful night’s sleep. – Yes. – All right, let’s eat dinner. Yay! Oh no! (upbeat music)