About Kirk

Co-Captain. IT Guy. Mr. try-and-fix-it.

Breaking out of Boat Jail! – Ep. 67

We broke out of boat jail (aka the boatyard) and are sailing south! On a frisky upwind sail across Charlotte Harbor, we break in our new headsail from Precision Sails; then our way to Fort Myers, we get a chance to fire up our Spirit 1.0 electric outboard from ePropulsion.

Failure to Launch – Ep. 66

The water is so close now we can smell it. After trailering Soulianis out of our landlocked boatyard, she’s now poised and ready for launch — right after we finish painting the centerboard with bottom paint.

Building a Sailrite 3-Bow Bimini

First, I'd thank everyone for the concerned questions, comments, sincere emails and vicarious anger regarding our arch project. I'm hopeful this post and video will answer all your questions, and we can finally put the "arch saga" to rest.

Coppercoat as a DIY Project

While researching Coppercoat, one of the biggest criticisms we heard was: "It's so expensive!" (Sailing Soulianis Patrons get a discount!) Upon further investigation, this appears to be only partly true--and only for some people.

This Little Thing could SINK our Boat – Ep. 59

Believe it or not, this ONE TINY little hose clamp is all that’s keeping our boat from potentially sinking to the bottom. It’s part of our centerboard operation, and unfortunately there’s not much we can do to improve it, except to ensure that the clamps and hoses are in good condition.

What’s the deal with Centerboards?

Most of you who have followed our journey for some time are familiar with our somewhat infamous centerboard issue, where we ran aground in the Illinois river in 8' of water when our boat should only draw 4'. We'd like to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about the pros and cons of the centerboard system and shed some light on how we've been using it with real life examples.

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