First Sail in the Gulf of Mexico | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 40

First Sail in the Gulf of Mexico | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 40

– We are about to head out
on our first Gulf crossing. – I have some sailors here on my boat that were requesting some local knowledge. – We’re balancing leaving
at a high enough tide with getting in at a high enough tide. It’s quite windy still, huh? – Yeah it is. (chill guitar music) – [Lauren Voiceover] Last
time on Sailing Soulianis, we took delivery of our solar panels, slapped two of them on the dodger, then left Mobile, Alabama, in our wake. – It feels new. It feels slightly weird. It’s been so long. – We are ripping downwind,
under genoa alone, doing seven knots, pretty much sustained. Surfing at eight, with about
16 knots of wind right now. This is a fantastic way to
start our new sailing adventures down here in the salt water. – [Lauren Voiceover] After
sailing across Mobile Bay, we popped into the ICW. – We are pulling into
Pirate’s Cove right now. – [Lauren Voiceover] I traded
with Kirk’s dad for the day so they could have a
father-son trip to Pensacola. – We’re just ghostin’ downwind. Doin’ 4 1/2 knots in eight knots of wind. (pleasant music) It’s beautiful, flat, calm,
cruisin’ down the ICW. (pleasant music) Havin’ a good time. – Here we are in Jimmy
Buffet’s waterlands. Perdido Bay on the way to Pensacola. – What do you have to
say for yourself, Pops? – I’m just soakin’ in
the beautiful sunny day. (pleasant music) – Do you remember: was it just past that big
motorboat or just before? – [Kirk Voiceover] My dad and I met up with Lauren and my mom. The four of us navigated the
boat through a tiny channel, into a slip next to Peg Leg Pete’s, where my parents had
rented the Airbnb upstairs. – Time for a drink. – [Kirk] Cheers. – To the islands. (pleasant music) – Right now, Kirk is tapping a couple of new screw holes in our boom, so that we can attach some blocks, so that we can more easily
adjust our lazy jacks. Exciting stuff. There’s a beautiful sunset behind you. – [Kirk] That is quite beautiful. (Kirk drills) Cool. – [Kirk Voiceover] The next day, we left the boat snug in her slip and jumped in my parents’
rental car to check out Destin. We weren’t sure if we wanted
to stop there with the boat because the inlet looked
pretty tough to get into. We figured maybe we could
seek out some local knowledge, and see the town if we
decided to sail on by. (pleasant music) – (mumbles) runner. Hey, how’s it goin’? – [Man On Radio] Good,
good, you got a trip? – No, I don’t, but actually I have some
sailors here on my boat that were requesting some local knowledge and I have not ran a trip yet this year. They have a sailboat
with a five-foot draft, and they’re coming in from Pensacola, and they’ll be coming in through the pass. Is there anything that
they need to look out for? Or is it pretty straightforward? – [Man On Radio] It’s
pretty straightforward. Between the sets of buoys you’re fine. – Okay, great, all right. Well good to know, thank you. – [Lauren] What about… – [Man On Radio] Roger, roger. – [Lauren] Tide doesn’t matter? – I saw a little baby too, I actually… – [Man] Just follow your markers. Be careful comin’ out across the bars… I’ve heard… – [Lauren] So, what are you thinkin’? – We’ve been trying to figure
out for the last couple days if we should stop in Destin
or if we should continue on over to Panama City Beach,
which would be a 90-mile trip, which would be an overnight,
for our first sail on the Gulf. Versus stopping here, which
would just be a long day. The problem we have is it’s
a really shallow entrance to Destin Harbor, and
it’s a really shallow exit through the little tiny channel
we’re docked at right now, so we’re balancing leaving
at a high enough tide with getting in at a high enough tide, and not getting in so late
that it’s gonna be dark when we’re navigating
this really tight channel to come in here and then
anchoring in a marina, or a harbor, that we don’t
really know, in the dark. (chill music) – [Lauren Voiceover] In the
end we figured, why risk it? Might as well do the longer
sail into the safer pass. After spending three months stationary, the last thing we wanted
was to find bottom, possibly cause damage, and
end our sailing adventure when it was just getting started. (waves roll ashore) (upbeat acoustic guitar music) – We’re about to head out
on our first Gulf crossing. – Well, it’s not really a crossing. – Adventure. – Sure. – [Kirk’s Dad] It’s a gorgeous day. The wind is startin’ to lull. – They’re saying 13 to 18
knots from the northwest. The waves are only, they
said, three to five feet, but that’s 20 miles out. We’re not goin’ out quite that far, so I’m hopin’ we’re gonna have
some pretty sweet calm water, fast sailing downwind. We just gotta get out of this
tiny little hole that we’re in – [Lauren] We’re tucked
away in a little channel inside Pensacola Bay, and we
gotta head six or seven miles out to the pass–
– [Kirk] To get to the Gulf. – [Lauren] Then we hang a U-turn. – Backtrack. – [Lauren] And head back
east towards Panama City. (pleasant guitar music) – Man, that’s shallow. – [Kirk’s Dad] Channel’s wide open. (pleasant guitar music) – I was a little too close
on that side last time. Yeah, that was good. Lowest I saw was five-three, right here. (pleasant guitar music) – Adios, Pensacola Bay. – Hello, Gulf. – Where do we wanna go? Do we wanna go to Cancun, Cozumel, Havana? – [Lauren] We can go anywhere now. (chill music) – [Kirk] Hey, guys. I think there’s two or three. – [Lauren] Oh, there’s another one. – Oh, yeah. (chill music) (Lauren laughs) – [Lauren] What you got, love? – Some special treats. They’re quite good. – [Lauren] Pretzels and sea salt. Can I have one? What, you wanna split it?
– Sure. – [Lauren] Really? – Think we’re doin’ seven four. Five. Seven Eight. – [Lauren] SOG or through the water? – SOG; through the water is 6.7. Yowza. (chill music) – Oh, that’s better. Now I’m toasty. – So it’s about 10 minutes before sunset. We just put in our second
reef for the night, so that hopefully it would keep things a little bit slower and calmer, ’cause we’re still seeing 20-knot gusts. We don’t really wanna be
going up on the foredeck in the pitch black dark because it is not quite a new moon, but it is… We’re, like, four or five days away, so we’re not gonna have
much light out here tonight. It’s gonna be pretty dark. We’ve been cruisin’ along all day. Probably have an average
speed of well over six knots, probably closer to seven. And our boat really only wants to do about 6 1/2 through the water, but we’ve been regularly seeing
7 1/2 and eight over ground, so either just with the following winds, which give us a little
extra surface current, or something, we’ve picked
up about an extra knot, knot and a half, this whole trip. We should be into Panama
City Beach, like, 1:00 a.m. We were kinda thinkin’ we’d
be there at, like, 6:00 a.m. – [Lauren] Means we can
actually go to sleep. – Actually go to sleep. And we’re getting another 50
miles along the panhandle. – Highlight of the day was the dolphins dancing out the bow waves. Probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. That’s a sun behind you. – Ah, that’s gonna be a good sunset. – [Kirk] Yeah it is. – Wow, look at that. Pretty water colors. (chill music) – [Kirk] It’s
quite windy still, huh? – Yeah it is. I’m glad you put that reef in.
– [Kirk] Yeah. – Yeah, 17, 16, 17, jeez. Love, we need to get a smaller head sail. – [Kirk] Yeah we do. The helm feels a lot lighter
now though, doesn’t it? It’s not weather-helming so bad. – Yeah, yeah. – [Kirk] Yeah, it’s ’cause
we had so much headsail and so little mainsail up.
– I think I, like, pulled a tendon.
– [Kirk] Yeah, maybe. – This shoulder, like, cranking
on the helm trying to– – [Kirk] It was pretty tough,
I was cranking on it too. – [Lauren] Keep my course. (waves splash) (chill music) First Gulf sail. – Yew! What’s happening, Lauren? – We got our man overboard device to work. – [Kirk] Well that’ll
certainly wake us up. We’re about to embark on the
longest open-water crossing we’ve done yet. That’s a big one right there. – Ah, are we even halfway yet? – No.

100 thoughts on “First Sail in the Gulf of Mexico | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 40

  1. Soulianis is looking mighty fine. Kirk, great that you are able to spend some time with your dad on the boat making some special memories for all of you! Happy & safe sailing.

  2. Look into balancing helm with the centerboard to alleviate weather helm. Had a T37 with my father for 20 years. It’s a great boat. Don’t be afraid to use the cruising spinnaker more often especially at 120 or more relative wind.

  3. I love you guys my favorite sailing peeps i own 2 macgregor 25s hope to be like yall with a blue water boat one day

  4. O'side!!!
    Red nights, sailor's delight. 🌠🌟
    Red mornings, sailor's take warnings.🌬⛈
    Fair winds and following seas!

  5. YAY! You guys had some amazing shots of beautiful water and sunsets. Happy for you guys. Question, do you write down/plot what you're going to say for the narration or just take a few takes and hope something works?

  6. You two are self-aware and continue to make very sound decisions based on your skill level. Nice job gathering intel on the channel into Destin. Pretty darned impressive. I'm not sure what your overall sailing goal is, but I am sure you will exceed it by leaps and bounds.

  7. I used to know the artist. Clever song about Pensacola Beach and a lot of the bars and restaurants. You may not recognize many of them except Peg Leg's. Enjoy.

  8. Moments of being so geeked that your finally on your way so very happy you both are can't wait to see more. Cheers.

  9. This is exciting. I must say, I didn't like the music this time. I (many of us) have waited for this moment. To be out on the Gulf, sailing, the Gulf noises, water lapping the boat would have been much better music. Otherwise, great video. Awesome you are back out on the water. What are the temps like when you shot this? Thank you

  10. I just binge watched 39 episodes, great to have episode 40 come online right away from my fellow midwesterners! Great to see the involvement with your Dad too, mine would be the same.

  11. Your radar reflector is low , nothing will see you ,esp in a big sea, get it up near the spreader at least,

  12. As always, great video! Tapping tip: 1/4 to 1/2 turn in, then 1/2 to 3/4 turn out to remove metal burrs and prevent jamming and lastly, ALWAYS use oil. Last thing you want is a broken tap in your hole, it is not fun at all, I've been their unfortunately.

  13. I used to visit that little Destin Harbour in the 1970s as a boy. It was fun and almost nothing was there. There was a little 2 story place called the Sandpiper or Sand dollar where we stayed.

  14. Panama City had extensive hurricane damage and is still being repaired.  Expect to see things still damaged and trees denuded of leaves and small limbs.

  15. Noooooooooo…. Its time to learn what a gun nose tap is. (Google opportunity) These taps allow you to throw away that hand tap device and drive the tap at speed using your battery drill. The other tool to acquire before leaving land is a rotary pop rivet tool which is also driven wth your drill. should have a good quality tapping fluid (Rocol is the best US one, but Dormer have a better one)

  16. Same here as David. Made my Friday to see you two makin it happen !! And sharing with dad was a nice bonus !!

  17. Too bad you would have luved hanging out in Destin for awhile. The channel cut isn't bad at all, just hug the channel markers and your golden. Lots of fun and good eateries. World class beaches.

  18. Glad to see you finally made the Gulf. Wish the episodes were more current. Seeing you guys wearing winter gear while it's been in the 90's for months here seems a bit strange.

    Probably how you would feel if you walked into a store or restaurant and they were playing Christmas music in July.

    Safe travels.

  19. Ahh- well the thing about skipping Destin- and that pass is that its the prettiest… its fine to take the Tartan in there. Now- for Panama City- its not so pretty. And for the crossing- stay out of the big bowl btw apalachicola and st petersburg- just aim further south- Tampa Bay, just for food then on to the keys south of Sarasota. This boat is very seaworthy- but there is barge traffic and no navigation errors and you will be fine.. I personally would just aim for southwest florida, and start thinking once there. You need 3 for the passage. In heavy weather sail- dont motor. Great luck and best wishes..

  20. Hello Guys I just watched all the videos from episode 4 and want to provide some feedback. As you know there are a ton of channels like yours but what I love about what you guys do is that you really can tell an interesting story. The videos are Shot well and edited fantastically… Even the less exciting portions of your journey like the long stay in Alabama are showed well enough that it kept me watching…and that's hard this day and age! I enjoy the fact that you're not only documenting your boat life but instead telling a story. The channels that just document the everyday gets boring quickly. You guys are great storytellers; keep doing what you're doing and hopefully keep bringing us along on this adventure of a lifetime.

  21. Beautiful sail. It wi be interesting to know the temperature you experiencing a well as the wind speeds.

  22. This must’ve been filmed in the winter months. Y’all are all bundled up. Can’t go wrong with sunset in the Gulf. Throw out some lines you might get some yellowfin tuna hooked up in the cool weather

  23. I've been following y'all for a while and have sailed the gulf in a Tartin 37. This video was shot in my home waters. Would have loved have met and chatted with you but obviously a significant time lag on the video release.

  24. I really enjoy your videos, so much I had to take a break from working on my boat to watch you make your way across the gulf.

  25. It’s so great to see you guys so happy and sailing… You seem perfect for each other which is going to help a lot since you’re going to be together most every day. I’m very excited for you two

  26. How long ago were you in Destin? I was just there at the end of June, you even got a shot of the resort I was at! Must have been in the colder months from what it looks like.

  27. Aaawwww dude…the bark thins….primo! Must keep those onboard at all times 👍.
    Glad to see you guys underway…way to go… keep us posted, we're with ya!

  28. Does your draft include your retractable dagger/keel? Could you not just drop the sail, pull up the dagger/keel and motor in/out? My speed boat has no dagger or keel (what do I know?)! lol

  29. Just found your channel today, and binge watched, while driving back from dropping our son off at camp (6 hours home). We own a Catalina 36 and love seeing all the upgrades, challenges, joy and experience you've shared with your videos. It's especially nice to see the things you've figured out yourselves, the costs and the pros and cons you've run into. MAN THAT IS A LOT OF LOCKS! Can't wait to see more! We dream of sailing further than the Chesapeake Bay one day…(lots to explore where we are, and lots of trouble to get into this close to shore too!) A few more years and then maybe we can consider some time living aboard and sailing the Caribbean!

  30. Man I love seeing our sailing grounds in your video! I wish we had a clue when you guys were here. We would have loved to take you guys out for dinner! Pensacola and Santa Rosa Sound is our cruising grounds. Check out our weekend warrior channel.

  31. Love it. You have a great boat and are really doing it! Fantastic. Get that radar reflector much higher. Good to see MOB device going onto PFD (wproof floating handheld DSC VHF clipped onto PFD also very sensible at night). Keep the videos coming. You are my favourite channel.

  32. Found you guys 2 days ago and binged almost all of your vids over the next 2 days.. your channel is quickly becoming my new favourite.. Don't wanna rub salt in an open wound but how did the battle to get your money back from the welders go? Great vids, keep it up! 🙂

  33. Hope you stopped and ate a burger at Pirates Cove there are some interesting characters and good dogs who hang out there. I hope you enjoyed visiting where we get to call home and sail.

  34. Now you are sort of sailing, has the centreboard caused any issues? Any swinging about, or knocking within the casing? Asking because I’m looking at a Tartan 37 here in Australia.

  35. I found your series purely by chance and decided to give it a whirl as my very first YouTube show. I couldn’t be more thrilled with your adventures! Love the variety of peaceful moments, technical info, fun, life firsts and drone footage.

  36. I too came across your channel by accident, and couldn't stop watching. I binged-watched this weekend and I'm caught up. Great videos! Looking forward to more adventures!

  37. Are you posting these videos real time or was this filmed during the winter. I live in Destin and can't image wearing a jacket right now.

  38. I caught up today from episode 1 to date! Love your channel. That idea of a mock up using PVC for the Bimini sounds like a good one Captain Kirk. Great smile Lauren. Greetings from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

  39. When you venture to south Florida, you’ll find many more vendors for the type of tubular arch you desire. A lot of competition in Ft Lauderdale area for quality work so prices should be better as well. Many mobile welders/fabricators. Best of luck.

  40. Since radar is mostly line of sight..(With a few exceptions).. You might want to get that radar reflector a little higher than it is. . The higher the better. Just a thought

  41. Hi guys, when you attach stainless to aluminium, its best to treat it to prevent corrosion as it will quickly follow. Mast and boom manufacture would use Duralac, messy but well worth it, the joins last forever without corrosion.

  42. good call, I have sailed that route many times and pass Destin every time. As you know by know Panama City is a great place to stop. Umm… Was a great place.. unfortunately it was destroyed by the hurricane so no marinas to stay in. Enjoying the Videos.

  43. Enjoying these episodes! i have a question whats under the black bag on the stern rail? I do not recall ever seeing it uncovered.

  44. Destin isn’t bad at all to come in and out of and we have a large sailing community in the Bluewater Area north of the pass with races every week.

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