Singlehanded sailing voyage from BC to Hawaii

A singlehanded sailing voyage from British Columbia to Hawaii, with a few mishaps along the way. The boat is a Spencer 35 MK II. The voyage was over 2400 nautical miles and took 24 days. The music is SAILOR'S LAMENT by Jason Shaw: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/Audionautix_Acoustic/SAILORS_LAMENT____________3-08

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Автор Xondor Productions ( назад)
Wish I could have seen you arriving in Hawaii. Didn't want the video to
end! :D Wonderful video.

Автор Bob Leask ( назад)
Brings back memories, my first offshore sail also started from Vancouver
Island. I also had self steering problems. I then discovered sheet to
tiller self steering, which was my backup/standby for the remainder of my
circumnavigation. I strongly recommend offshore sailors set their boats up
for it. The one system which will never break (not much to it).

Автор circusboy90210 ( назад)
how is it that supposedly superior electronic technolgy cannot beat
mechanical analog technology??? no offense meant towards your huge
investment sir. ;-)

Автор Kudret Aksoy ( назад)
Kismet means fate or destiny in Turkish. Any chance it had an owner from

Автор Son Jahmal ( назад)
thnx fer sharin

Автор TavernSenses ( назад)
irritating music

Автор B.J. Martin ( назад)
You boat people are hardy and adventurous people. Lucky you. I wish I
learned when a kid.

Автор Stevek552 ( назад)
Wonderful unique video, a year from now I`ll be on the ocean and living
life as a free man, great insight for me, I thank you!

Автор ape street ( назад)
NIce trip...I just watched another and I'm curious about the reefing in low
wind. Is there a reason?

Автор Perfection53 ( назад)
aw you should have put some footage of you ariving in hawai

Автор mulc242 ( назад)
enjoyed this video very much......glad you made it safely

Автор Windlass123 ( назад)
nice going, mate ... good vid, thanks 4 sharing

Автор Nick Pyle ( назад)

Автор Andrew Knobbe ( назад)
What does he mean by "heave to" ?

Автор Steve Shay ( назад)
I hung in there on this video and he includes no video of arriving. What a
waste of time.

Автор Myron Buzzwannanots ( назад)
{#_#} zzzzzz

Автор rick d ( назад)
This makes me want to take JB weld and epoxy with me when I'm out there!
Great to learn from the unfortunate misfortunes of others. Mahalo sir!

Автор pgreenx ( назад)
Just curious how you sleep and if you rely solely on the AIS alerting you
to ships (and what about all the boats without is transmitters)? thanks.
great video!

Автор Mark Julius ( назад)
Good video. Thank you for sharing. I have a few questions if you don't
mind: How much food did you bring for the trip? Did you do any fishing? Can
you explain how that mechanical wind vane works? Did you bring any fresh
fruits and vegetables? Thanks again for the video. Thumbs up. ☺ ⛵

Автор Jon Clark ( назад)
Oops, my bad : ) Confused your video with another!!

Автор Jon Clark ( назад)
To funny : ) Your boat is no Spencer. Its an Ericson. How did that
mistake get made? I'm sure you know your boat right?

Автор Jon Clark ( назад)
Really enjoyed your video and narration! Your boat looks so much like an
Ericson especially with the Ericson logo on your main. Thanks for posting

Автор Noodle Storm ( назад)
i would kinda love to do that but the few minutes sleeping time is
horrifying to me i didnt sleep once 4 days without sleep because of pain
and i was far away from a doctor without medics that would help out in
nature i wont ever want to have that again :D

Автор Claude C ( назад)
Disappointed. :( Title says, "from BC to Hawaii" but when the video starts
you're already 250 miles of the California coast. I live on Vancouver
Island, been to Port Renfrew many times and was looking forward to seeing
familiar sights. along with all the rest of your trip.

Автор Mike Hirko ( назад)
Your video starts on the 4th day off CA...how was the trip down the WA and
OR coast? How far off shore did you sail down the coast?

Автор Fvkin Amazed ( назад)
Singlehanded a 26 Contesa from S.Cali to Papeete. Won't do that again

Автор Ray Rothermel ( назад)
Fascinating video. But the thing that always bothers me about these videos
is the wind sound distortion. Is there a proper fix for that depending on
the kind of video camera you are using?

Автор John Cook ( назад)
With the servo arm gone and the electric auto pilot not functional, use a
couple of blocks to cross the jib sheets to the tiller. Provides self
steering. That's why tillers are good on small boats like yours. Other than
a few mine have all been larger and had wheel steering. Fortunately I'm
pretty crafty and have been able to fix whatever broke. 

Автор Blogen Geezer ( назад)
Met Kevin, tall younger guy, retired govt employee from BC, while he was
weathering, sheltered in Winchester Bay Oregon on way to Hawaii last year.
Wondered how he managed with his solo journey aboard his 34 double ender?
Said if he was enjoying the trip, around the world was a possibility..
Thanks for the vid. May you be blessed with great sailing.

Автор CAPTAINSSBN ( назад)
Great trip been their and done it North Atlantic to Caribbean St Johns
Cruz Bay

Автор stevehislop ( назад)
The Aries systems are the best.Ask Wilfried Erdmann.

Автор Pfsif ( назад)
There's one for the Bucket List.

Автор JCameron Video Productions (314 года назад)
Very nice, Congratulations.

Автор Daryl S ( назад)
I salute you sir, that would have been the 24 days i never slept story.
Thanks for sharing.

Автор Ian Gill ( назад)
great video Aries are great wind vanes and hold course wind wise which on
long passages is good, the designer apparently said nothing was immune to
damage from the sea but he had tried . ( or something like that )

Автор Vickie Lynne ( назад)
thanks for the virtual sail ...loved it ..too gorgeous for sure

Автор Salvadore Dali Llama ( назад)
Very nice! Reminds one of the Alberg designs. We sail an Alberg 37—also
Canadian built—in the San Juan Islands. Here is our sailing song, with
photo montage of sailboats, including composer MIke's A-37.

Автор quest 34667 ( назад)

Автор Mike Hirko ( назад)
Was the boat insured for the adventure? What company if so? What
conditions on the policy? 

Автор Perf Ent ( назад)
I've watched this video five times over the last year. Love the music, the
sound of your voice, and the way you worked your way through the problem.
It all adds up to a great description of the pace of a voyage. Thank you.

Автор Thomas Nixon ( назад)
Why didn't you try balancing the boat and rigging up some steering with the
sheets. A book by John Letcher is great on sheet-steering systems and
self-made wind vanes. He also designed a great 25-foot, 5500 lb ocean
mini-cruiser. I built one but never made it to sea. This video makes my
heart ache for a missed dream.

Автор JR Servo ( назад)
Nice boat and video. Looking into which windpilot has what to offer.
See link
What is your opinion with your Aries?
You getting to use the windpilot since this voyage?

Автор Yachts for Tots (1929 лет назад)
We're new to the #sailing community and are so thankful for your
contribution to the wealth of nautical knowledge here on #youtube . Its
#awesome to be learning while away from the water, here in the office.
Excited for more!! #newportbeach #yachtsfortots #yachts4tots #501c3 

Автор linhearts ( назад)
I appreciate your camera work. All shots were focused and steady. Many You
tube videos are unpleasant to watch due to excessive camera movement.

Автор Gonz ( назад)
Marvelous work!

Автор Peter IcYou ( назад)

Автор SunriseBoy ( назад)
Thanks for some half decent music for a change.

Автор frootloopsian ( назад)
How do you feel about a Columbia 29 for solo blue water?

Автор frootloopsian ( назад)
Mr. Dickie. Odd as it may seem, your appearance exactly matches your voice.
Ever since I learned of and read David McTaggart's sailing odyssey which he
called Greenpeace III Journey into the Bomb, I have worked toward life as a
full time sailor. Soon, it will be my reality. Thanks for sharing this.

Автор ilove puna ( назад)
Great adventure! We sailed from from England to Jamaica in 1986, with a few
months in the Med and 6 months in the Caribbean... your vid brought back
some good memories! oh and I quite enjoyed the music, cheers! ;)

Автор Wade Rogers ( назад)
Interesting video that shows the trials and rewards of long passage making.
Amazing how a person finds themselves and learns more about themselves on a
trip of this nature. I live and sail in Alaska and while I've never been
more than 100 miles offshore, I done some passages from Alaska to
Washington and from California to Puerto Vallarta. Thanks for the video!

Автор adam apple ( назад)
Sir, I appreciate the time you took to put this video together and doubly
appreciate the fact that you did not include dolphin footage. Thank you!

Автор grakkerful ( назад)
Can you turn off the music and still get the commentary? Dumb question, but
it would be nice to be able to do that.

Автор MrRobertcoe ( назад)
Quite a trip. Thanks for the video.

Автор See Life ( назад)
that was awesome. congrats on your successful adventure

Автор mulliedog1 ( назад)
Great video. Although I don't have a clue how to sail, videos like this
make me want to learn. Very nice.

Автор Ash Conrad ( назад)
Awesome Video, thank you! thank you. Please excuse Ron Moons insensitive,
ignorant comment.

Автор Orson Durkin ( назад)
man this is exactly what I want to do for early retirement living. I wonder
if any skippers out there who usually solo sail with autopilot would
appreciate having one extra hand so they would not have to shut down to get
sleep in case the auto pilot dies.

Автор estimatedeyes ( назад)
Take me with you! :)

Автор harry tobin ( назад)
TRULY AMAZING me and my blind friend want to do this when i am older (as i
am only 14) thanks for giving us a taste of whats its like!

Автор twaggenson ( назад)
you should look up the Sheet-to-Tiller Self Steering method for self
steering for your next voyage. good video!

Автор Patrick Dickie ( назад)
Glad you liked it... and yes, you have a sharp eye - the propane tank is
one of the recalled ones (though it still worked just fine after being
exposed on the aft deck for over 5000 nautical miles !)

Автор Christian Nally ( назад)
Thanks for posting! What a great adventure! BTW... it's possible that your
propane tank has been recalled. Is it by chance a "Lite Cylinder Co." ? The
failure rate was abysmal.

Автор SpiritBear12 ( назад)
How do you turn off the background music?

Автор Hershel Peppers ( назад)
Great video

Автор Peter Weltweit ( назад)
jib to tiller or main to tiller works with 2 pulleys. ..

Автор BornFreeSailor ( назад)
Well done solving your issues with the self steering. I know it is a
special time at sea. Great vid /Bornfreesailor

Автор FallSoftly ( назад)
Lashing together the arm, would of been my first thought.. but good you
made it and back. I hope some day I could own my own ship..

Автор malcolm10747 ( назад)
wow i am inspired to learn..great video

Автор ZipZenac ( назад)
Thanks for this post. I enjoyed it. Cheers and good luck to you.

Автор NAVISPEED1 ( назад)
Congrats, great video!! :)

Автор CannyRaptor ( назад)
Rough seas can do damage to even the toughest of equipment. Inm not
suprised he had trouble

Автор asdfxvzxvzxczxvzxcvz ( назад)
Awesome adventure and great video. Thanks.

Автор jeff sonnichsen ( назад)
Thank you for sharing an amazing part of your life. It was an honor to
watch it.

Автор Patrick Dickie ( назад)
My tiller pilot had taken a jibe earlier and the arm had pulled right out
of the body. I got it back together, but it was jerky and squealing after
that - that's why I was babying it and heaving to at night. But quite aside
from that damage, I think you're right to question their durability. They
simply aren't made for long term use in big seas, no matter how well tuned
and how well your sails are trimmed (especially in following seas which are
much harder on them than sailing upwind).

Автор awuma ( назад)
Wonderful video! I love the calm, resourceful atmosphere, and the simple,
sound approach. One can sail safely without the latest super-duper stuff.

Автор awuma ( назад)
Very good point. The tuning really is important; I had the same trouble
with bigger seas until I learned to adjust my tiller pilot correctly.
However, I do have my doubts about the durability of these things... I had
a wheel pilot come apart and spew its gears all over the cockpit out in the
Atlantic once ...

Автор MonkeySpecs301 ( назад)
seems like from vids, that alot of autopilot mechanism malfunction. Is the
industry slacking or what?

Автор MrCbass1234 ( назад)
Nice watching the video, but the music is over rides what you are talking
about. I so far watching just under 3min 52 seconds. is there another
version with out music so I can here your feed back?

Автор PuppetXeno ( назад)
This seemed like a great adventure indeed. I am to make my own oceanic
voyage one day, once I become experienced enough and can buy a bigger boat!

Автор eddie figueroa ( назад)
awesome video.

Автор Jeremiah Scheil ( назад)
Great video!!

Автор Mike Litoris ( назад)
great song what is this

Автор endurofly ( назад)
May you have fair winds and following seas

Автор Patrick Dickie ( назад)
Close. Kismet II is a 1981 Spencer 35 - designed by John Brandlmayr and
built by Spencer Boats in British Columbia. It is a very similar design to
the Alberg 35, though the beam is a bit narrower, the forefoot of the keel
is cutaway a bit more, and the aft sections are flatter. The first one was
built in 1962. There were 64 built over a 23 year period. Many have crossed
oceans (Hal Roth wrote several sailing classics about his travels in one
named "Whisper").

Автор Phillip Bassignani ( назад)
Alberg 35?

Автор hardtomakeanamelol ( назад)
If you want to die, sure :P

Автор legend343 ( назад)
Good video, thank you..

Автор Daniel Dyck ( назад)
Great video!!! I loved the music, the narration, everything about it was
awesome! Keep up the good work!

Автор Sugarsail1 ( назад)
well tuned electric auto with balanced sails should have no trouble with
that sea state. I sailed Cali to NZ with a Simrad Tillerpilot on a 31'
trimaran with a tiny lousy skeg rudder. Had 23' seas and 45 knots sustained
winds in the Cook Island...no trouble.

Автор Corey Moubray ( назад)
Great job sailor

Автор Colin Fraser ( назад)
... but they should..

Автор Colin Fraser ( назад)
Want a shipmate? I'll even pay for my passage. Know feck all about sailing

Автор guinearags ( назад)
You are my hero.

Автор alphasxsignal ( назад)
Tiller pilots are no good either and Aries is not good either.

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