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NOT What I Expected To Find Up Here

It takes effort to cram a one-hour job into three and finely tuned skills to turn it into a full-day event.  It’s the one thing I feel we’re truly gifted at.

This week we were particularly on fire.  What was supposed to be a simple job of going up the mast to swap out the radar dome turned into a full-blown wildlife rescue and rehabilitation mission.

Turns out, you never know what you’re going to find up there.

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Comments (60)

  • John Alex

    Of all the times I say this, it no where near comes close to the real thing describing this video: You just can’t make this stuff up! Y’all are on some kind of adventure huh?

    But I say we need to ban together to get Jeff a new Weather Vane, or whatever that thing was Batty McVane got stuck on!!

    Cheers from Louisiana!

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  • Jeffrey Stenberg

    Jason and Nikki, you guy’s have many talents. Incredible bat rescue, so cute. It seem to be talking to you in the kennel. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bat talk in all my times watching animal shows. Reminds me of the Conure parrot we had as a pet talking. Nature is working you up to rescuing alligators, that’s the video I want to see. (or sharks !) Jason, very brave going up there, your a man who gets the job done, you guy’s are a good team, definitely takes two.

    Jason, at the beginning there I think you had a good new fashion idea, not just women can wear netting and look that good.
    Fun entertainment, thanks, its what we need during these hard times.

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  • Tama Fridis

    Recently found your website and have been thoroughly enjoying all your videos! Thanks for brightening my rather gloomy year 🤗 seeing you two together reminds me of that Billy Joel song ‘You’re my home

    When you look into my eyes
    And you see the crazy gypsy in my soul
    It always comes as a surprise
    When I feel my withered roots begin to grow

    Well I never had a place that I could call my very own
    That’s all right, my love, ’cause you’re my home

    When you touch my weary head
    And you tell me everything will be all right
    You say, “Use my body for your bed
    And my love will keep you warm throughout the night”
    Well, I’ll never be a stranger and I’ll never be alone
    Wherever we’re together, that’s my home

    Home can be the Pennsylvania Turnpike
    Indiana’s early morning dew
    High up in the hills of California
    Home is just another word for you

    Well I never had a place that I could call my very own
    That’s all right, my love, ’cause you’re my home

    If I travel all my life
    And I never get to stop and settle down
    Long as I have you by my side
    There’s a roof above and good walls all around

    You’re my castle, you’re my cabin and my instant pleasure dome
    I need you in my house ’cause you’re my home
    You’re my home

    Fair winds and following seas to you both xx

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  • Jeff & Debby Bills

    Hi Jason & Nikki,
    Jeff (& Debby) from SV Making Memories. Great rescue! That bat is gone with the wind (or is it Wynn’s – LOL)

    Don’t you just love the random stuff that can happen with the boat life!? Many thanks to Cyril, Bo and the boys as well. We will add a wind hawk to the many other spares in the suitcases to bring back with us once things open.

    Loved getting to see our girl in your videos. Miss our home in the worst way! Can’t wait for the borders to re-open so we can enjoy all our projects to get her ready to splash and re-start our circumnavigation!
    Cheers

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    • Curious Minion

      Sorry about the sacrifice but at least you know to pack the spare. I’ll make sure N&J see your comment. Fingers crossed that you can get back to your girl soon!
      Curious Minion

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  • StevieDV

    Awesome job. I know that replacing the radar had to look like a monstrous task, and you are so lucky to have each other working together. No way could I get my wife up on that mast and no way would I get up that high, so our radar would stay broken until we found someone who knew how to fly. This was just an overall great video. By the way, my next door neighbor is an engineer with Garmin in their marine division. If and when you send the unit back, assuming it goes to headquarters in Kansas City, drop a message in one of your videos and I will check on the status of what they discovered.

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  • Jeri Clarke

    Hey Guys. That was an amazing video. She had an absolutely adorable face didn’t she?!! And she trusted you.. she could feel your intentions. I appreciated all you told us about her. I mean this was a really really special moment for me watching this. Thank you!!!!!!!!!
    In this age of COVID and staying home, it’s invigorating to be transported to wherever you are. Thank you for all you do to share your lives‼️

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  • YDion

    The video is back. Great job and really interesting! Also congrats to Cyril (I hope I’m spelling his name right): it’s pretty high up there…

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  • Alan Solomon

    Great video. No, I did not see the big, fast bug that crawled out and around the box until Patron Jacques pointed it out. Thanks.
    That was a tough install Jason to balance that once you got the new one up there but quick thinking on the banana hammock. 👍
    That Bat was cute and the wing span seemed 4 to 5 feet. Huge critter in good hands. I believe they are very intelligent. It looked it.
    Best,

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  • Michael Magill

    Great video, you saved the Bats life. very proud of what you did and released it to be on his own, with family more than likely. glad your boat cleaning is done and will be really glad when your back in the water. Where you are is so beautiful and tranquil, have a great week and se u back here next Sunday!

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  • Dawn

    Excellent video! Thanks so much for sharing and thank you, also, for rescuing and rehabbing the bat — WOW, what a unique experience! I’ve watched your journeys for several years now and neither of you disappoint. Be well and stay safe! All the best from Alaska!!

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  • Mary Van

    I guess I’m glad away to the end of the day to watch the video.

    I can say I was a little nervous with you carrying that 24 foot Garmin up. I’m so glad it all went OK!

    I didn’t realize fruit bats where that cute. I’ve heard them before in the trees in Australia making lots of crazy noises long into the night. Glad she got healed back to health! Way to go! 👏👏👏

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  • Deborah Kerr

    Very sweet Batty, too cute! Bats and cats – what will you rescue next?????? Great job 😊

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  • Dale

    Found the video. Outstanding!

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  • Aussie Brent

    HI Jason & Nikki ,

    Once the world returns to normal are you planning to include Australia in you plans ?

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  • JOHN ETHERIEDGE

    No Video will load!

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  • Dale

    No video.

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  • Rosemary Eriksson

    Was there not a video story with this re when Jason was up mast … just the little blurb (written) and photo of Jason up the mast re wildlife rescue that was it From comment so other people saw video but none on mine as usually is thanks enjoy your life stories interesting, and entertaining and informative.

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  • Rosemary Eriksson

    Was three not a video with this none came up

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  • Kohleen

    Hmm nothing there to view. Will check back later😀

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    • Kohleen

      Oh yeah it popped up! What a great rescue!!!

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  • Don

    Oh it showed up, just very slow loading. 😀

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  • Don

    No video. 😢

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  • Cristome

    Love you guys..

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  • Malcolm

    I can’t wait until you try out new Garmin radar then compare it to the old. I’d like to see the difference. That was very nice thing you guys did with the fruit bat. You can tell your getting closer to getting in the water. Your getting more excited and actually in a fantastic mood. More good juju your way…

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  • Cherie Moore

    I don’t see the link…..hoping you’ll be able to post it! I love your videos!!

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  • Jacques

    Speaking of wildlife… did anyone else notice the cockroach scurrying out of the radar box at 2:12?? Too cute.

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  • Marjorie Nehlsen

    Wonderful story about the rescue of the bat. So interesting. Oh yeah, nice job replacing the radar Jason.

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  • Pat

    Again what a great video as always and so glad to see you rescue and take care of the bat. Tears were shed when she flew away….thank you for sharing your experiences.

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  • Chuck Bremner

    Jason/Nikki, did you see the big ass bug that ran out of the box when you took the radar out of the box? It was HUGE…. it crawls out and around..

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  • Beth

    Yeah! The bat is saved.
    Have a great week.

    Beth

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  • Candace

    I so appreciate your respect for wildlife.

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  • About Creativity

    Very good.

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  • Richard

    Thanks for the uplifting video and bat save!! You guys are the BEST!!

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  • Royce Spiceland

    I mean eggs!!!!!

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  • Royce Spiceland

    Well bat is OK. What about the bird nest and epps?????

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  • jim ege

    Well, that video kept me on the edge of my seat! Great Bat save. Kudos.

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  • jim ege

    Well that video kept me on the edge of my seat. Great Bat save. Kudos.

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  • Joe Alicea

    Thank you for rescuing the bat, i can tell you both are animal lovers.

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  • Mike Freimund

    Jason has come a long way from replacing screens on a motorhome. I am impressed.

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  • louismiller

    I got the video and as usual you hit another home run 😇

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  • louismiller

    I received the video and as always you two have hit another home run 😇

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  • Elizabeth Jo Collins

    Hi, up-date I got the video to work. YEA!!! 🙂

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    • Curious Minion

      Yay!It’s too cute to miss!
      CM

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  • Kelly Crothers

    Hey guys, exactly what Ruth said shovel! Great video and how fantastic are you guys and the caped-crusader Ciril for rescuing that bat (which is an absolutely adorable creature btw) and rehabbing it back into the wild! You guys are truly nature’s angels!
    Looking forward to splash down guys! ⛵

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  • Elizabeth Jo Collins

    Hello and Good Morning to my favorite sailing people. WOW! you SPLASHED!!! Congratulations… I can’t get anything to work with no link to the video. No tip jar for CHRIST-mas gift. NO Nikki and Jason to see what they’ve been up to rescuing a bat… 🙁 So I will be missing you for another week… Love and Hugs. Patron Elizabeth Jo Collins.

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    • Curious Minion

      Hey Elizabeth. There was a link directly to the video and to view it on Patreon in your notification and both seem to be working fine. Some people were trying to view it before the video went live, so try again now and see if it works for you.
      Curious Minion

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      • Dave L

        Hello Curious Minion, this page, https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/not-expected-mast-find as I am writing this, Sunday 12:45 pm PST, doesn’t seem to have the link to the YouTube video. Perhaps you would be able to edit the page to include the video? Looks like most people have figured out how to find it anyway.

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  • Nikki

    Just popped in. Got it now.

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  • Richard

    Holy smokes, you need to post this to you tube. Your content embarrasses 80% of the stuff on Netflix or network tv. So good. I’m proud to be a Patreon.

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  • Dave McKnight

    Also no video

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  • Nikki

    No video to view. Just commentary, gear used, and comments.

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    • Paul

      Weird!! About an hour ago read email, followed link here and saw picture of Jason up with radar, clicked pic, watched video, teared up with Cyril. Decided to watch again now, so did same again and… Got here and no picture and no video link?!? Cleared cache and restarted apps…. Same thing. Start of blogpost, end of blogpost, no picture and no link. Odd.

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      • Paul

        Went to your youtube channel. Easily accessed the video from there with no problem.

        So, folks who don’t see the picture or the link in the blog might be able to watch if they click on the youtube icon down at the bottom of this page or use a browser to go to http://www.gonewiththewynns.com, click videos, and access the video directly from there.

        Hope this helps.

        Thanks for rescuing Batty!!

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      • Nikki Wynn

        That is sooo weird! Something fishy is going on but I can’t seem to figure it out. I will add a link to the video for those its not working for. Thanks so much for sharing. Good to know it worked and then didn’t work for you.

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  • Anthony Sexton

    No videos this week?

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  • Ruth

    Awesome video! I’m happy everyone decided to rescue & rehab the bat. Great highlight to your boat update this week! Thank you for sharing 🤗

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  • Lisa Bee

    Hmmmm, can’t get video to play. Tried on multiple devices and with good reception. Is it me?

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