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How My MIDLIFE CRISIS Got Us Here! // A Tour of Our Floating Home (Ep 113)

May 31, 2021
Who would have thought we would ever be sailing? What four years have been like now. I remember years ago I used to say that I wanted to sail around the world. I remember saying that. Yeah. It was just when we got our place in Dallas and I thought it was stupid.

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we are, four years later, we failed at the round the world trip, and I mean, not the whole round the world trip, we still don't have the Indian Ocean, more than 35,000 nautical miles of sailing, we raised children

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on the boat, we left go to a child. oh yeah, people ask us, you know, they ask us all the time what made you do this, what, why did you do this, why did you change your life and we just weren't inspired and we lived our lives chasing money, we weren't that inspired.
how my midlife crisis got us here a tour of our floating home ep 113
We were miserable and our family was miserable with the kids, we were miserable with the way the kids were growing up, it was miserable with each other and everything got complicated over the course of about 42 to 46 in that time period of about four years where we were fed up. and tired of the rat race and everything that comes with it, we needed to have a purpose and there really was no purpose except to make money, and Keith became very good at making money, but that didn't make us any happier. it didn't make our family closer it didn't make our marriage stronger the challenge with our kids it seemed like the only challenge we had was: you know they need to get to the next level in their video game or you know they need to get a thousand followers on instagram or whatever, you know, the petty things were for us and our kids, um, we'd just had enough, we thought this isn't what we're living for, this is it, this isn't it. uh this isn't the mission there has to be more to life than just this yeah Renee booked us on a sailboat trip on our local lake right there on Lake Vinevine Texas and she charted this little boat with the captain and I didn't know anything about sailing neither of us knew anything about sailing and the moment we got off that boat I went

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and looked up on YouTube sailing around the world and I came across vagabonde riley and elena I saw what she was doing and I thought well if he can do it I can do it and I really liked his trip at the beginning because it was about him just risking everything buying this beneteau in Europe and unseen he did it and then he went sailing and then it was a great trip. and he inspired me to do the same thing about six weeks after that three-hour family sailing trip, uh, he had decided he wanted to buy a boat and we put our house up for sale and made the decision that we were going to live on a boat and sail around the world.
how my midlife crisis got us here a tour of our floating home ep 113

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how my midlife crisis got us here a tour of our floating home ep 113...

We involve the children together. We all make the decision to live on a boat. We wanted to live a life where we were self-sufficient much more than we were. If we just wanted to have a smaller interaction with our kids and be there with them in the formative years of their lives and be away from people, then we got out of there and decided we were going to change our lives and but it's up to us here at the water, it's up to us, we're responsible for each other and that's it, that's our circle of influence, that's what we do and that's when you know it's up to you and there's no one coming to rescue you.
how my midlife crisis got us here a tour of our floating home ep 113
It motivates me I like being in that position so with that said, today we're going to show you the boat, we're going to show you the systems on the boat, what it's like to live off the grid on a boat racing with a family. the water flew away our catamaran privilege 585 from 2006 was built in france by aliara marine but we found it in greece in 2018 after living and sailing in a monohull for a year and a half, we said goodbye to the mona hall in australia and searched through dozens of boats to finally find this one, we chose this boat because it was one of the few with the six cabin layout that we needed for our large family and it was obviously a very well built and strong machine, so this is our cabin where you see us.
how my midlife crisis got us here a tour of our floating home ep 113
Filming a lot, we've put new cushions, curtains and tarps in here and it really nailed it. We now have the flexible teak deck here, which made a big difference in the comfort and liveability of our boat. Here we are. at the helm station and up here we're just checking the electronics of what we have on the boat. I have a 12 inch BNG 12 graph plotter. Here is a Zeus 12 inch graph plotter. I have the small B G. Instrument displays here on the autopilot and then I have my engine controls here for the two Volvo engines that we'll show you in a minute and then these are just bilge pump switches for the villages and these are the engine controls. to start the engine and I have my Maxwell Anchor controller uh here and that's the helm station and my compass right here and that's all there is to do this is all tied up inside and you can watch the video to see where we installed everything this if you're interested in that and that's what we have up here we'll go down here to the uh first we'll do the port side I'll show you what's in the port sugar scoop we call it sugar scoop and you can see what we have down there, so this is one of the main pieces of equipment you should have on a boat.
This is our water treatment plant. It is made by hro. It is a safari 1400. It produces 60 gallons per hour of water. Run this every other day because we use about 60-80 gallons every other day. Now one of the main power plants on our ship is this onion generator. It's a 13 and a half kw generator that produces all the power that running all the systems on this boat maxes out at 52 amps and we run it quite a bit and we have to have diesel for that, so that makes us dependent on getting to land and get diesel so you're not totally off the grid. the generators we have to run, but that's the port side and now we'll go to the starboard side and I'll show you what we have there.
This is our northern lights generator. It's a 7 kW generator so it's a backup to the other one if all we need to do is charge our batteries we'll run this and this will run several of the systems on the boat but not all together here's our dive compressor , which is a must if you are a water enthusiast like us, we love diving so having your own ability to fill your dive tanks is very important. This thing will fill a tank in about 20 minutes so it will fill 80 size 80 aluminum tanks in about 20 minutes and that's our water heater right here that's how we get our hot water and it runs on electricity or runs on The diesel engine, the Volvo diesel engine, runs water through the cooling system and also heats the water. and that's all there is in our power plant, so we have two power plants on each side and we have a dive compressor and a water heater, a water heater, a water heater, that's my water heater Southern water, what I am.
I'm going to show you now some of our hatches here on the boat, this is where we keep all our stuff, so here people have asked where their life raft is and there's a big old hatch here, so down here is our life raft. . and this is where we also carry canisters for diesel and gasoline and then in this hatch here there are two air conditioning units. We have a total of seven air conditioning units on this boat. If we want to make them work, we don't make them work. very often, unless we're at a marina or something or it's just hot outside or we're passing through and it's hot, sure it makes it more comfortable, but that's our live raft and there's a hatch at the bottom, so If the yacht were to tip upside down, we could access the life raft from the top from the bottom of the boat upside down, we could pull it out, that's how it works and here's our dive locker, this is where we keep everything. our scuba tanks and there's plenty of room on either side and the big rail you see hanging off the boat there also fits here so we can put the pasta rail down here but we use it for cleaning fish so I've never taken it off Even though it's nice in the back, it's a really good table for cleaning fish, but that's where we keep the dive tanks and it works pretty well from there, we have our dive locker. it's where we keep all our bcs and regulators, it's really deep in there and we also keep spare parts and everything, huge, huge closets in these privileges, our scooter and different things like that, right here under this table, it's where we keep our propane. for the stove, the actual oven is electric, so up here is where we keep all our weight, our kitesurf boards, my fishing gear, all our fishing rods and stuff, and all our kitesurf boards, people ask where We keep all our trash in the bin and we. keep it here when we're in transit, this is where everything goes well, little place here so it holds a lot of trash, so when we move into the house we have uh, this is our navigation station and all of our electricity. boards around here all the switches and circuit breakers and everything up to the ship where it comes from all this is all DC volt stuff this is all AC volt stuff it's AC means it comes from the generator inverters and this is where all the AC watermakers work the 220 outlets and all this DC stuff that comes right out of the battery bank, so it's solar powered.
We have the generator controls here that turn on the Onan generator. The northern lights generator starts right here. These are wastewater tanks. Blackwater tanks tell you how. You have a lot of black water, so we have a 16 inch Zeus B G chart plotter here and a Triton screen there we also have a radio here and another one outside, so from here at the nav station you jump right here. to the step that enters and right under this carpet, right here there are 12 8 d batteries that work, that is the battery bank of the house, we have 750 amp hour batteries and that is what powers it, that is with the generators and the batteries, that's what powers the boat and then we have the solar up there, we have 1450 watts of solar, which is not close enough to do everything I want to do to really be off the grid, but hopefully we'll get those upgrades when we get to Australia next season and get more solar panels and lithium ion batteries on those upgrades walking from there these two four panels here there's one here and one here and these hold all my tools my sewing machine my cell phone right sewing machine everything My tools that I work with on boat parts and all that kind of stuff have big holes in there and there's another one here that says it looks the same and it contains all my tools and parts.
All of these chairs have full storage. You have them, you know, I have more bits and pieces and all the chairs and parts and stuff over here, there's storage and manuals, all the manuals for the boater over there, so when the kids know, they go to this chair over here and grab my red tool bag and it contains basically my essential tools that I need to work on anything if I need to work on it real quick the table goes up and down for a movie night we lay down on this bed we throw some blankets over it we can sit here and watch tv we watch movies here in the back we have our printer station and our nas right here in the back that's where we watch movies all our movies are on this nas system right here is our printer and our wireless network and that's where it's like charging all of our batteries and create a fire hazard back there, so if you want to know how to eliminate the fire hazard, you look back here and say that's not what we're going to do, that's basically all the systems that I deal with.
I occupy From the navigation to the engines, I hadn't shown you the engines, but I'll show you when we take a

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of the rooms where the actual Volvo engines are. Now we will hand it over to Renee, she will show it to you. refrigerators, ice machines and all the things that are the domestic side of life rather than the technical engine side, so one of my favorite things on the boat and very important is to have a domestic freezer to store all the fish . catches and just meats, this is a DC powered freezer so it doesn't use a lot of power but it freezes a lot of things so this is our bar area.
Many boats have the galley upstairs, we have the galley downstairs, you'll see. in a minute, but I really like it because it's a little place to wash your hands, we also have a small refrigerator here and we also have an ice machine here, we have the seating area that, as Keith mentioned, every chair, everything have. It's got storage and there's food and all these chairs and batteries in there, so let's go down to the kitchen and I'll show you our kitchen. Okay, this is my kitchen or kitchen and it is a privilege that I have. I love it, a lot of people ask me if it's too hot or smelly when we prepare fish, which is notSo.
There's a lot of ventilation and I like having it down here because everyone just hangs out there so people don't get angry. In my own way, I have a big freezer down here and a big refrigerator up here. I have another large refrigerator that can also be converted into a freezer. Lots of storage space. I have a dishwasher here. size dishwasher which I really like but I wouldn't call it a necessity on a boat, we have kids and don't mind washing dishes by hand anyway but it came with the boat so we kept it so I'm not complaining.
There is plenty of storage space here for pots and pans and everything else you would have in your

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. Our oven is electric and runs on the generator. The stove is gas and runs on propane. We have a lot of storage here for more food condiments, as you can see it's getting a little empty, we have to go to the store, spice cabinets, baking cabinets and everything has a lock, obviously for the boats, so When you start rocking and rolling, things don't. fall on your head back here used to be Finn's bedroom now it's Keith's storage room or really just storage that's the kite room that's the kite room and anything else we can think of putting in here this is the master I would say the main head has a big wide toilet.
Keith is the only one who uses it in the big giant shower. Each floor locker in the kitchen also serves to store food. We don't have much food right now. This gives you an idea of ​​how deep these storage lockers are, we can keep a lot of food for the passages, I mean if we filled this whole ship with every locker full of food, dry goods, cokes, of course we could sail for God's sake, I don't know a year, so there is an automatic bilge in all the lockers on the floor in case something overflows, the dishwasher overflowed not long ago here, which empties into the ocean so as not to ruin everything and we don't sink, so There's a locker, right? here that is as deep as this for storage but it is also empty we have two 175 gallon water tanks on this boat one is here and the other is on the other side in the same position in the other hole our holding tank is right here in this floor locker right there and more storage space and more storage space that we should probably use yeah some of that junk could come down here now we'll move aft to starboard this is the master berth and this is my bathroom where there is no one else. he says, this is my little private sanctuary, mine and Kate Shower, we both use this and this is where Keith and I sleep at night.
We have a king size bed here which we needed when we went boat shopping and plenty of space to store clothes. I have a little closet right here, this is all my clothes, my swimsuits. Keith has his own closet on the other side of the boat. More space to store things. There's another closet right here. More storage space here. Last but not least, this is where our main engines are. it's the 200, there's a 110 horsepower global diesel engine here and that's one of the engines, it's a little tricky to get in there to work on them, but that's where our engines are, there's one on the exact same side on the other side, so if the boat was turned upside down and we were trapped inside, how would we get out if everything was underwater and just the holes?
So on most catamarans they have exhaust patches and ours there is one on the port side and one on the starboard side. This is the starboard side next. to the kitchen, down the stairs, you take out these stairs like this and there's just a hatch, you go through there and you get out into the water, well, no, you would get out or you would get out on top of the boat, yes, and then you would do it. Return to the hatch where the liferaft is and you can deploy the lifeboat motor from the ax we showed you earlier, this is how we get in and out of the boat.
If there is a problem, now we will return to the lounge and waiting for Kate's birth, we go to my room, this is the hobbit hole, it is quite small, quite unique, most catamarans do not have this room normally, it is just the room of Jack and Finn's old room cut right down the middle, but this is a privilege, Chad. Marin has a nice wall in the middle, so there are several rooms and a bathroom that is really nice, fresh and bright. You have light hatches. Tell us about the negative of this room. The negative thing about this room is that it is quite short and like me.
I'm squatting right now, yeah, don't hit my head, but what about the anchor? Oh, the anchor is fine, so the anchor is obviously going to be the loudest thing in my room besides my screaming. It's a very thin wall for the anchor, that's the only disappointment. How short it is, so yeah, I like my room, so we're on the port side and instead of having a galley down here, there's a shower and a Jack head, then on this side there's storage, You know, we put out all our toilet papers and stuff. and these cabinets we have towels and all the different things and all this, so it's more storage space.
The other interesting thing about this particular boat that you don't see on many boats is that the previous owner is the only one. The owner who had it before me had this door placed here where this passageway that goes to the top of the captain is placed. Now this is one, I think it's the only one where they did this, so it gives you access to the head for the captain's pickaxe and then you can get to the captain's chat, which is just more space to store our junk stuff , so we are on the port side, in the aft quarters, these are Finn's quarters, they have exactly the same layout as ours on the other side, he has the same bed the same size king size bed here king size bed there and uh desk motors storage down here finn has his own bathroom like renee and kate use and shower too and the same storage and everything they have here another of the main things we think that what you need to have on a boat is the essentials to travel, whether it's just two of you or with a family.
We think it's essential because we're lazy, but, you know, not only is the water purifier a great water purifier. It can make 60 gallons a minute or more, but it has a washer and this is where our washer is on the port side down the stairs and it's not a dryer, it's just a washer, the dryer, the small dryers don't work very well. So this works great and we wash all our clothes in there, it doesn't use a lot of water and I wouldn't have a boat without one, we also have all our pharmaceutical supplies, surgery, if I were to prepare someone for surgery, take a gallbladder.
Stick out a leg, this is where I go, this is the place I turn to. I got my stethoscope from my years at Harvard Med and then used that skill on Navy Seal teams, so this is our military medical kit now. We'll move outside to the upper deck, so now we're at the front of the boat, we're on the starboard side, this is our cell locker here and if we carry all our sails here, I carry three cells there. I carry two asyms and a spare genoa and that's ours, that's us, right there as we walk around here, this is our lines locker, this is where all our dock lines are any type of dock lines, we may need something so, that's where we keep them on the other side we have our chain locker for our windlass, isn't the Maxwell windlass so pretty?
On the other side, since they are on this side, we have 110 meters of 14 millimeter chain and believe me, when it's all out, this boat is not going anywhere and now we are on the port side and here is our fender locker. This is where we keep all our fenders and I want to get some inflatable fenders. I want to get rid of this type of fenders and go to inflatable fenders because they take up a lot of space and I can store a lot more things underneath. there's a lot more room for activity we could have a lot more room for activities from there we go right here this is the hatch that goes down to Captain's Peak that I showed you earlier where we went through Captain's Peak this is our solar panel array here up here we have 1450 watts of solar up here and that's not enough to power this boat and do what we want, what we really need to do and what we're going to do to actually have an off-grid life where we don't have as much because It's about power and we need to have more batteries and I need to have about 1500 to 2000 amp hours of lithium batteries at 24 volts and I need to have another 2000 amp hours or 2000 watts of solar power 2 2500 watts of solar power, so I need to build a solar arc behind this and add the batteries and this boat will really be a sustainable boat at 24 volts with all the huge systems we have on this boat we will be able to live off the grid for a long time run all the systems with the inverters master volts we have to install and we will be able to run the entire boat without running the diesel generators as long as we are in the tropics and We are not in a cloudy area, we should be able to maintain long term habitability in the water.
I want to thank you all for watching the show. I hope you enjoyed the

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. I hope you enjoyed the video. If you still have any questions, please email us. Once again, we hope to see you on the water.

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