jason and nikki wynn pole dancing on a boat

Is This The Secret to Boat Work?

Sailing around the world is a sexy way of saying that we’re fixing our boat in exotic locations.  And we’ve had oodles of recommendations from people on; tools we need, spare parts to keep, medical certifications we should get, mechanical and electrical manuals to buy, etc…

But NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON has ever recommended pole dancing classes!?!

I’m ashamed I haven’t thought of it until now because it could be the ultimate secret to mastering mast work.  What could be sexier than dancing your way up 65-feet to replace a halyard?

I can think of nothing.





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Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (28)

  • Margie Stanton

    Hi from So. CAL. So enjoy your adventures every wk. Have been following u since your RV days. In fact, you were our inspiration to buy a used 35 ft RV. As retirees, in 2017, we then traveled around the US seeing 27 states & all our family. It was a once in a lifetime adventure. Unfortunately with the pandemic, we haven’t been anywhere for quite awhile.

    Nikki, you always look so cute in your different outfits & am wondering where you keep all your clothes onboard. Do you buy them as you travel? I especially like the shirt you are wearing during the pole dancing episode.

    Thank you both for your hard work in making boat life look so appealing. You make it look so easy & fun, but we see the reality & outcome of hard work. Stay safe & well. Til next time.

  • Irv

    re: not dropping anything
    I’d wear a hard hat even if not standing directly below the person working up high. A falling item could bounce off a rope or something.

  • Gavin Grose

    Hi from the land down under in Australia.. Love the videos.. Its so good to see You both enjoy life so much and you make a great team working together… Keep safe
    And many happy adventures

  • NORMAN Cook

    Why not place a elevator bolt with an Esna nut as well as the lock -tire. Sew a chafe patch on the sail at the point of contact
    Stated as a Master Sailmaker and once the owner of the largest Sail loft in New England Specializing in multihulls

    E MAIL ME AND I will send you a Engineering Photo in responce

  • Alan Solomon

    Awesome, informational video as always. I saw the whole thing but really what stood out was all the smiles and da beautiful weather.
    Curiosity never looked better. Sleek and streamlined, equipped and ready for open ocean adventure and island-hopping extremes.

  • Caitlin

    As always, the angst of naming a video has not been in vain. While waiting for every Sunday and a new video, I have been watching the entire sailing playlist from the beginning. I appreciate the entertainment during a dull work day. Thank you for that! I love all of the ways you prepare your foods. They always look fantastic, and this is coming from a non-vegetarian! Have you ever considered writing a cookbook? I’m sure there are others that would love having a collection of your food and drink recipes. Stay safe, and keep enjoying the cruising life!

    • Chrystal

      I concur!! I would absolutely buy her cook book!!❤️

  • Roger Cox, mechanical engineer

    There are many kinds of Loctite. The environment of the screw with high vibration is a common screw problem. Standard mechanical engineering solutions are double nut with torque settings. I notice you did not torque them in. It may seem like a pain, but torque settings are a known part of the solution set. This loctite is specifically designed for high vibration. Loctite Threadlocker Red 271 is designed for the permanent locking and sealing of threaded fasteners. “Prevents loosening of metal fasteners caused by vibrations” One note: It is only removable once cured by heating up parts to 500°F (260°C). But why would you want to take it apart? Getting it that hot is easy with a small torch. The torque setting is essential. But I will bet the manufacturer doesn’t know what it is. It is determined by the aluminum material and the number of threads in the outer aluminum pole. Sorry for this long explanation. They did tell you right about cleaning. But isopropyl alcohol may not be your best choice. Methyl Alcohol and acetone in a 50/50 mix is far more effective. Use rubber gloves and eye protection when using a solvent this strong. Their advice to clean is great. The isopropyl alcohol is poor in this application. If that is what is used at the factory, it may be the primary source of the failures. Super clean is absolutely essential. I suggest the use of a brass brush instead of nylon brush. It will last a lot longer and do a better job as well. finding one the proper size may be a challenge.

  • Diana

    Hello from Texas! Loved the helmet cam shots from the top of the mast. Wow! I always look forward to your Sunday videos, the good, the bad and the ugly. Lol
    I appreciate how you demonstrate how repairs are done. Very informative!
    Happy Sails!
    You guys rock!!! ⛵️ 😎

  • Jerry

    Use a center punch to stake the metal around your set screw in a couple places. This will aid in keeping the screw from coming loose.

  • Michael

    The good comments addressed many sides of the set screw issue.

    I wondered about grinding the tips, too. But i guess it takes a small vise and little file, as well as a lot of time. Or a grinder and some way to hold the screw.

    I also toyed with the idea of spot welds or epoxy. And what about rivets? They’d be easy to install and easy to drill out.

    I liked the tape idea, as well as using a more permanent Loctite.

    It seems as though there should be set screws on opposite sides to reinforce against the flexing problem.

    BTW, thanks for teaching us about the Dacron tape. Very handy stuff.

  • Rich

    The “nipples” on the set screws are called dog points. They are nothing special to Profurl. They are a feature of standard set screws that have been around for decades. The American National Standard covers inch series screws, The British Standard covers metric series which is what you probably have.

  • Jody GinTee

    Are you two still off the coast of New Zealand, wondering where you will be headed next, or are you going to settle on living on one of the islands?? Curious minds are wondering.
    New Mexico

  • Butch

    Hey Guys, I’ve been watching you for a while now, great job on the videos, love your attitude.
    I’m a professional rigger in Oregon, I’ve been working on boats for over 40 years now and on this video I just had to leave a comment, take it for what you’ve paid for it. First off, I’d really recommend you replace that Profurl furler. It’s lived out it’s life span and you will be battling that foil separation forever, among other further issues they’re known for. Secondly, it’s far easier to go aloft along the the mast, with a line passed around the furler, then pull yourself out to where you need to work. It’s also a lot easier on the already broken foil sections to not have your weight bouncing along the entire length. Finally, get yourselves a proper arborist harness for working aloft, much safer and more comfortable.
    Safe travels.

  • Ted

    I have a Leopard 43 like yours and my Profurl furler failed just like yours is doing. One time, it could not be rolled up or pulled down and we had a 30 knot cold front coming. I had to go up the forestay while at sea in order to reconnect the foil sections that had come apart. It was very dangerous and I got beaten up so bad that I had bruises for 2 weeks. After that I decided that it needed to be replaced. The potential for serious failure beyond what two people could handle was too great. It was expensive and I normally try to maximize the life span of my gear, but as you discovered, the Profurl system does not perform well on catamarans and it can’t really be fixed.

  • Charles Lear

    Cinematography, as usual, outstanding.

  • Jan

    Ahhhhh . . . this feels soooo good!!!

  • Jeff

    Could you not drill and tap the joiner and use a longer set screw?

  • Mike Priaro

    I would have tried to carefully file off some of the threads on the end of the set screws.

  • Y Knowles

    Y’all are amazing and can problem solve like champs! Enjoy sailing!

  • MarkByron

    Fantastic and uplifting video! A little adventure mixed with accomplishments and some teaching.

  • Louis Bourque

    What kind of locktite are you using. Try using green permanent. It will be a pain to get them out but they should stay in

    • Bert

      exactly what I was thinking – the screw grade 222 is not that strong – 600 series or higher would be the better choice

  • Mike R

    Silly question… why not wrap the furling pole with duct tape, gorilla tape, or similar on top of the screws, after you finish with the repair to prevent them from backing out if the loctite fails again? Unless that would interfere with the furling process…

    • Rich

      The luff rope of the sail needs to freely slide up and down the slot in the foil. Tape would be in the way. We have a set screw in our Profurl furler drum that backed out, and I wrapped that with rigging tape, so it’s not a bad idea, but just won’t work on the foil.

      • Mike R

        Ah, makes sense. Thanks.

      • Ken Kerr

        A drop of Sikaflex or other high performance sealant on top of each set screw so as to flow into and bond to the allen screw hole and then overlap onto the genoa pole a few millimeters. In effect creating a rubber Band-Aid on each set screw. Or, a strip of Gorilla tape over the screws. Not a wrap around the pole to interfere with the channel, just something on top of each set screw that has some flexibility.


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