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Nikki Wynn in the tesla of the ocean

Tesla of The Ocean?

What do gangways, tents & flags all have in common?   I have no idea but wow, you’ll see a lot of all of them if you go to a boat show.

Which, we recently did for the first time in over four years.

We made our way to the 2020 Miami Boat Show and it was fun.  Way more fun than I thought it would be and far more exhausting than I expected too.

It’s not that it was drastically different from the last boat show we attended.  It’s that this time, we actually knew what we were looking at!

We’ve only been to two other boat shows (Miami & Palm Beach), both in 2016 right before we purchased Curiosity and long before we had taken any sailing classes.

We didn’t know the words sheet or halyard, much less what they did.  It was like being in a foreign country and not speaking a lick of the local language.  So, at least this time we had the lingo down!

Our big goal at the boat show was to seek out all things forward-thinking and sustainable.  Plus, we had a long list of gear to investigate as possible replacements on Curiosity…like a refrigerator.  While we didn’t find the perfect fridge, we did find the Tesla of the ocean!  And, a whole bunch of other neat stuff. 😉

Highlights From The Miami Boat Show

Zin Boat: bit.ly/zinboat 

All Solar Powered Catamaran: bit.ly/serenityyachts

Insane Fast Pontoon Boat: bit.ly/fastpontoon

UGO Waterproof Bag for phone/tablet (20% Off Code Too!): gonewiththewynns.com/product/productugo-waterproof-pack

Pony Dive Set Up: bit.ly/MantusWynns

4G At Sea: bit.ly/4gsea

 

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🎶MUSIC IN THIS VIDEO:

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 (25)

  • Michael

    Another good’un. Thanks. FYI, pontoon boats can be purchased which will go well over 100 mph stock.

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  • Jeanette Brennan

    Awesome video as usual – informative, light-hearted and fun. Hope you are staying safe in isolation and looking forward to your next adventures. Onward and upward! 💗🌈⛵️🏝

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  • Roger B

    Wish we were in Florida because here in Northern Nevada it’s been unusually cold. Mentally, it felt very soothing to watch your boat show video.

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  • Mark of SJC

    Great video of a time that seems so long ago!

    Its weird seeing your video (taken SO recently) and thinking it was totally normal at that time. Now all events like this are banned. Makes you want to…sail the S. Pacific in your own catamaran! (#dreamselfisolation)

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  • YDion

    Always a pleasure to read about your adventures ! I feel grateful to have the opportunity to follow you along – thank you..
    PS: I just watched your other video about trying to get to your boat – sorry for such an outcome…
    Stay safe…

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  • Alan Solomon

    Thanks for the video and the smiles and laughing in the video.
    I am big into decarbonization and the electric boat was way cool. It reminded me of a Toyota Prius when he spoke about the sound.
    I thought that camera was going to blow out of your hand on that other boat. You guys were jamming.

    Stay Safe. Stay Healthy

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  • Dirk van Zyst

    Hi Nikki and Jason,
    I have been following you guys for quite some time now and I must say that I thoroughly enjoy every one of your episodes. I just love the fresh way you both deliver your pieces.
    The fact that you are both so very down to earth and approachable makes me feel as though we are friends. I hope you both get through this horrid time of the pandemic.
    Looking forward with some excitement to your next episode on the water in ‘Curiosity’.
    X Dirk

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  • Carol McCarty

    Awesome video both of you. Sorry your family doesn’t like to watch. I’ve never been to a boat show so this was pretty cool. Nikki I love, love, love your hat! Unfortunately I need mine to have at least a 4” brim all the way around but that is so cute. Hope this virus nonsense ends soon so you can get your boat out of jail. Don’t envy your those storage fees! Yikes!! This too shall pass. Happy & safe sailing and thanks for sharing your boat show adventures with us.

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  • Stan in DFW

    I saw y’all eyeballing the 4g at sea system in your video. I don’t know if you guys have been following SpaceX and Starlink at all, but they will be debuting a low latency, high bandwidth low earth orbit satellite internet system sometime in late 2020 for North America and 2021 for the majority of the rest of the world. It will beat the pants off of any of the 3/4/5g systems that are on the market today.

    SpaceX has been throwing 60 Starlink satellites into orbit roughly every month since November 11, 2019. Once they reach full coverage, they will be the only service to be able to offer low latency internet to the nearly anywhere in the world. Elon Musk has tweeted that the user equipment will be roughly the size of a medium pizza and will be simple to setup.

    I expect it will be ideal for your sailboat, and I plan on getting it for my boondocking vehicle as soon as it is available in the US. Best wishes and good luck getting back to your boat. Stay safe.

    https://www.starlink.com/

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  • Richard Fenters

    Thanks again for another informative and fun video. As always, you guys rock!!!

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  • Mitch

    I was hoping to see a reunion with Kent.
    Stay safe, stay healthy.

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  • Mary Ames Mitchell

    Forget the boats. Where did you get that cute dress?

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    • Rachel

      Yes!!! Need to know!

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  • Lee Hudson

    Jason,
    I have a 2004 Chris Craft Motor Yacht, Miss Mattie my mothers name, and just replace all the batteries with AGM. Other than the coast being 5 times more, what are the advantages going to Lithium? My AGM batteries I am told should last 7+ years with proper maintenance. I am confused why anyone would pay so much for Lithium. Love your channel and I am a Patreon. I would love to sail with you guys one day.

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    • Curious Minion

      There are a couple of advantages that lithium have over AGM and you can check out this vid/post about why Nikki & Jason chose lithium. https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/sailboat-tech-why-lithium-batteries
      But in brief:
      1) weight: Probably not terribly important for your yacht, but the weight savings in an RV can be significant.
      2) charge rate: your AGMs charge pretty fast while they’re in bulk charging. But once they hit absorb (generally around 80%) they charge very slowly and you may run your generator for hours more to get them topped off. Not so with Lithium. They bulk charge right up to 99% full, and you can charge them hard, from solar, generator & alternator all at the same time. Boom.
      3) discharge cycle: the recommended discharge cycle for most AGMs is to 50%, and then they’re probably rated for 1,000 cycles. You can discharge lithium ion safely to 20% (newer info suggests even 10% is more realistic) and they’re rated for 2,000 plus cycles.
      4) no voltage drop: once your AGMs begin to discharge you’ll see a voltage drop, so if you have a high-draw appliance like a microwave or your AC, it will no longer run off of the AGMs. Not so lithium ion. You can still run the AC or the microwave when the batteries are at 10%. Sweet.
      5) maintenance free, no venting: Lithium ions are completely maintenance free *and* they don’t need to be in a vented compartment. So your installation options are wide open. Again, probably not a big deal on your yacht, but can be a game changer in an RV.
      They’re not right for everyone, but IMHO if you live full-time off the grid or on the hook, the advantages of lithium are well worth the additional cost.
      Curious Minion

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      • Michael

        One must separate Firefly batteries from the regular AGMs. They can be completely discharged and then brought back from the “dead” because of no sulfation. Mounted low on the boat can add to stabilization and using them instead of a heavy keel makes more sense. Further, they do not need venting. Bottom line; huge cost savings.

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        • Curious Minion

          True, and they charge faster than traditional AGMs (but still not as fast as LiOn). But they weren’t mentioned so I assumed the poster meant “vs. traditional AGM”. Thanks for bringing up the Fireflies.
          Curious Minion

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    • Gregg

      Please go back through their videos. They have many of them about their lithium systems in their sailboat, their mom’s RV, and from their previous RV life. AGM batteries are relatively cheap and extremely heavy and power inefficient. If you want reliable, efficient power with less batteries or double the power reserve with the same size batteries and still weight half as much as the AGM batteries would of the same size bank, Lithium is the way to go. Like everything its a trade off. You traded weight and power for cheaper starting costs. You can afford that in a motor yacht. They chose long life and big power to weight savings over the initial cost savings because when sailing, every pound makes a difference as your sails have to push that weight through the water. You’ll have to lift that weight when it comes time to replace the AGM batteries while their batteries continue to work for 2-3 times the lifespan of the AGM equivalent batteries.

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  • Daniel Grunlund

    Ahhhhhhh! My daughter and I made it on your episode! “12:54 “ At the Miami Boat Show Meet-Up! You guys were the highlight of our trip! Thank you so much for sharing your life adventures with us and we hope to see you again someday!

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