Our Biggest Boat Repair Begins!

We’re diving into the biggest refit of our liveaboard lives.  Our boat project list is overwhelmingly long and we’re woefully underqualified for pretty much every job on the list.  Except for changing out the water filter, I’ve got that one down without fail.

But we’re going to tackle it the only way we know-how, one job at a time.  And we’re starting with the biggest, most expensive repair first.  Spoiler alert, it’s not the hole in the cockpit (but we’ll explain our plan with that too).

Drill, chisel, go!




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Comments (18)

  • P.J.

    Kia Ora!
    So, 2:00 p.m. is not too early for a Brit to have a beer! My guess is that someone was going to have to drive after said beer. Many Brits do not drink and drive…at all. Unlike America where there is a legal limit and people think there is a safe amount to drink and drive, Brits tend to treat drinking (any amount) and driving to be a real social faux paux and just plain offensive behavior. Again, guessing again, the tenor of the conversation at the end, e.g. offers for beer, mention of driving, etc. suggests Barry might have told you this off-camera. Not sure if Kiwis treat drinking and driving the same way. Anyway, maybe that’s not what was going on, but I just thought I’d pass on a little cultural tidbit that this American learned the hard way, so you don’t make the same mistake I did! Of course, maybe the Brits were all generally offended by me regardless! Apparently, Americans are too direct…but, perhaps, Brits should get to the point :-))))
    Enjoy Aotearoa! There’s so much to do on land, so please take me back to Rotorua, Huka Falls, Napier, Mt. Taranaki, Mt. Ruapehu, Abel Tasman N.P., Queenstown, Frans Joseph and Fox Glaciers, Milford Sound, the Great Walks and so many other wonderful places!
    Lastly, if you run into Matt and Liz on s/v Rubicon, who are moored in Whangarei, tell them Sunshine from Palmyra Atoll says, “hi.”

  • Alan Solomon

    Wow. Great video. I like all the continuous work and resulting successes.
    Those windows look tough. Those shades look even tougher. Great tip Floyd on the inspection sticker removal. That sounds like it will make their job much easier.
    It must be cold inside now that you took off one window. You probably already have a portable heater for the nights.
    You guys do a great job. you are a great example for many I am sure. Take care of Curiosity and Curiosity will take care of you. That is proven.
    I don’t know what else to say, which is rare. I am just happy you both are happy and you are reducing your repair list one day at a time.
    Keep Smiling. Stay Safe. Be Well!! 😊😊

  • Alan Morton

    Hi Jason & Nikki. Could you give me a call please when you get a moment. Alan Morton, Nature’s Head NZ, 021 877 902 Cheers and welcome to New Zealand.

  • Steve Gibbons

    More great content guys! Love to see that after a stressful day you opted for a bottle of Penfolds. Kiwis have some excellent wines indeed but just wait until you reach OZ

  • David Healey

    Have you looked into using a multicrafter, oscillating tool to remove the caulking?

  • Joe Greco

    Repairs!?^&% Two days ago, I took my Catalina Capri 26 out for a spin in moderate winds here on Lakes Palestine, Texas. 10 minutes into the sail, my mast collapsed. The bolt on my roller furling failed and the whole thing came down in the cockpit. Another day in paradise!! I’m glad you can find expertise to help when really needed. I will be looking for help this week!

    Good sailing to you both

  • Myra Slepoy

    Best way to spent a rainy (thanks hurricane Henri) grey day. You are doing an excellent job repairing and recording your progress!!

  • Anita

    Nikki and Jason your team work and good spirits never seem to amaze me. I used to think I liked the RV adventures more than the sailing ones, but seeing Minion on the water today was pure joy. You make me want a boat, but the husband says “no”. I guess will just live my adventures through you.

    And please give an update on the Covid lockdown in New Zealand. Hope that isn’t impacting your plans to get things fixed to sail away from the marina.

  • Lisa

    No one will ever get away with accusing you guys of being lazy!!
    Geeeeez, I need a nap now, after just watching… zzzzzzz.
    Thankz for sharing your adventures!
    I look forward to seeing what part of the planet you’re on each week.

  • Anne Q

    Sunday morning would not be the same without your videos. Love your DIY attitude and good humor. Thanks for the giggles.

  • Bernard

    Great video, thank you! The window job reminds of “Windy’s” windshield. After picking up the RV and Jason and I doing a walk-through the windshield got hit with a rock a couple of days later on my way home to NM. The windshield of the Vesta is a frameless one, held only by this black “caulk” and it is apparently very difficult to replace. The owner of the repair shop in Albuquerque was not a happy camper when I picked up the RV a week or so later. Luckily I had insurance….

  • Deborah Kerr

    Love your adventures!

  • Wally Janzen

    I really enjoy watching you guys. Good luck, be safe, and keep posting the great videos.
    Ps… Where do you keep Curiosity?

  • Dennis Fussell

    It’s good to see that your boat is getting some TLC. Over time they all wear down, it’s good to see your smiles again. The old girl will be good as new and ready to travel. Be ya all.

  • Gary Turner

    I watch, read and follow all of your adventures. The high seas travel envy is off the chart for me.
    I’ve been an off shore boater and fisherman for 45 of my 69 years. Being on the water is just the best place to be.
    My wife Connie, gets seasick at the thought of it. So no adventures like you all get to enjoy. I have never been seasick!
    We have a condo in Orange Beach, Alabama, if you guys get there, you have a welcome place to stay and refresh. Connie and I would be glad to show you the local sites.
    Safe travels!

  • Pamela

    One dinghy & one window down…a bevy of odd jobs to go! Great start, you two! Thanks for the assist, Barry (and car owners, whose names escape me right now). Nikki, I hope a haircut for Jason is on your to do list…those sideburns are looking pretty beefy and his tuft seemed to impede progress during his battle with the ceiling panel. LOL! 😂 You guys are always a delight and inspiration! Carry on in good health during the lock down! 💖 Cheers🍺🍷

  • Floyd Johnson

    Hey Guys!
    Here’s a tip for making your caulking removal easier. Find an Auto Parts store and purchase an inspection sticker
    remover. It is a long handle with a single edge razor blade holder on the end. It is at an angle and works great.
    I have used on my boat windows with success. Then clean up with a razor blade in hand.
    BTY, Jason, if you ever decide to trade Nikki in, I will be happy to take her off your hands.
    She is the PERFECT woman, and I’m not even looking. Hi Nikki!

    Best regards,
    Floyd & Panther


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