Man Builds 74ft. Boat in Front Yard  – COOLEST THING I’VE EVER MADE – EP12

Man Builds 74ft. Boat in Front Yard – COOLEST THING I’VE EVER MADE – EP12

We live two lifetimes now, so it’s like
you know. I’m gonna retire my bowl and watch television? It’s like I just
couldn’t do that you know. I’m Doug Jackson and I’m from Brownsville Texas, born and raised now living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, retired. Worked here as a Oracle database administrator, IT guy, for the last 16
years. I’ve been making things my whole life. I started off working with my dad. We
mainly fix things we broke. Tractors, back hoes, pipes, that sort of thing. The most fun thing I’ve built I think was the Argonaut Jr. It’s a wooden
submarine and launched it nearly, actually we crashed it into the lake. It worked beautifully you know it was one those things, we were taking all kinds of chances. But the amount of stuff that you learn when you get inside of a boat you built and sink it to the bottom of the lake and bring it back up to the surface.
It makes things like Boyle’s law means something, you know when you hear the
wood creaking around you cause you forgot to put enough air pressure inside
the that you know so it that I just love that. But the coolest thing I’ve made was
a 74 foot sailboat in my front yard. Well Seeker is a twin keeled, Chinese
rigged motor sailer…a sailboat. I built this boat because I was afraid
of doing things like this I decided to change my life that’s what I did I
decided…I’m looking around at the world and people are doing fantastic things
and it’s not me, so I decided go big. This is Lolani. She’s all carved from styrofoam. We need to repaint her she’s been too many years in the sun already without anybody
loving her. She originally started out as a work boat. I wanted to go from one place to another working… and then I got to looking at what the needs are out there and there’s not a lot of small boats for researchers. And so that’s what
we’re gonna be, we’re gonna be a free of charge research vessel for anybody who
wants to ride out onto the water to do science, oceanography, marine biology,
archaeology. Let’s see, what else, you want to see the whole thing? So this is our pilot house, this is where everything happens. This is where you run the boat. You do your steering from here, you do your sail handling from here. It’s not gonna be a yacht, but it’s gonna be comfortable. The girls in bikinis is a great you know
picture, but I’m too old for that too… so it’s like you know it’s the science that
really calls to me. Down below us is the engine room and we have a hatch that actually gets down to there and the portholes that we’re using actually came
out of a bar in Boston. I know your show is called “Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made” but really it’s the coolest thing WE’VE ever made. I thought it would be me building this boat but it’s turned out to be much better. I needed a way of
documenting what I was doing so we started the YouTube channel SVseeker. Somebody sees that I’m doing some
welding and they want to come help and I learn from them and they learn from me
and the rest of it he just kind of grew. We’re about eight years into the
construction and I’ve had hundreds of people come through here to help me out
from all over the world. Ideas and donations, those are the things
that are building this boat into a much better boat than what I would have built on my own. “What do your neighbours think? (Laughs) I get asked that question a lot too what are your neighbours think. I have fantastic neighbours. It’s not the neighbourhood I used to live in. I used to live in the homeowners association… there is no way you could do this there. But I’m fortunate to have places like Tulsa, an industrial town, that does a lot of fabrication that this thing doesn’t really seem to stand out
except that it’s a boat. Main hatch is up here, that slides back and allow equipment to go inside the boat. Our monkey bars up here are for the sails. There’s a big mast that comes up in the front there. She’s a Chinese junk rig sailboat
and we’re gonna fly them like the Chinese did. Flat without any Western
modification to them. To give you an idea, that’s the size
of a person standing underneath this. Yeah we did the sails last August, so they’re ready to go the battens are ready to go. All we got to do is string up the mast. So the forward sail comes up through a hole that’s cut in that step right there. Big anchoring system and a big winch. We actually took this off of an old wrecker truck. Cheap. So off to the side is our masts for the boat. The big one there, we customized that thing. But the other two are utility poles. One came out of Illinois the other one came out of a junkyard here in Tulsa. I don’t know how much we have into it now. I expect it’s somewhere around 300-350 thousand dollars? The beautiful thing is I got donations too that come in in material and in cash and in people’s help. You know people ask me, “how much money are you putting into the boat”? The answer is everything. Everything I have goes into this boat. So this is crew quarters. They’ll be
bunks in here. A head, bathroom back over here. with a shower in it. The tiles all throughout the boat are Ipe. It’s a Brazilian wood that does really
well in water. But this is the cheapest way you can buy it is…these are made
from the scraps cut off from people’s decks. And then we sponsored them so we had people give us what quote they wanted carved into em. Cargo hold is next, and you gotta love our doors. I actually looked at watertight doors at an auction. I thought I was gonna get those for sure. They were in Oklahoma City like… who
needs watertight doors… They sold for $2,600 a piece. So we ended up building our own. And we like throwing in artwork wherever we can. If you notice the deck braces all the way down through the boat. They’re all mermaids that have been
cut out on the CNC plasma machine. I love putting art with something that’s
functional because that’s I think what really gives it boat you know its life
its character. We have a Cummins five nine diesel that came out of the school bus that sits in the yard next door to us. It’s a storage shed now. It’s a 210
horsepower engine it should push the boat in flat calm waters to nine knots,
but the primary thing here to remember is we’re a sailboat and my calling is
I’d love the guys that sails in the 1830s. They didn’t even know what a
diesel engine was so. I guess the idea like so many people in my generation came from watching too much Jacques Cousteau. They had scuba tanks, they had
you know wrecks. It was just all those things that you’re just you know way out
there from where I was in the world. That’s why I guess I’m so happy now is
because I keep getting closer and closer to being the redneck version of Jacques
Cousteau. She’s got a 1,000 pound fish tail rudder on her. It’ll be hydraulically as well as manually controlled. Uh, the hull. It’s called an origami boat so it’s folded into its shape and welded together It’s got waves and it bumps and things but I kind of like that. If you’re doing a fancy yacht you take mud and you smooth this out so it’s nice and fair. We don’t care okay. We’re gonna we’re gonna dent it up anyway. She’s got two keels on her which is a real interesting design that I just love because being cheap like I am, you can park the boat on your keels. So we can go into a bay that has a tide
that’s going to go out. Bring the boat in, let the tide go out we can get outside and work on the boat. Scrub the hull, get the barnacles off, work on the propeller or whatever it needs to be . So it’s the cheap way of maintaining a boat. I get asked all the time how we’re gonna move this boat to the ocean and the answer is…wheels. We got two sets of tandem axles one on that side of the boat one on this side boat well we’re gonna build a carriage between the two.
The boat rides along on that. A big truck with a fifth wheel hitch hauls the front end of the boat so basically the boat is the trailer. These have to haul us just 15 miles as the crow flies to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. There we meet the water. That trip…you know when people ask: “How long will that take and how long
will it take to build the boat?” I just don’t think about things like that.
I used to work under deadlines and such and they’re great for corporations
but for having fun and enjoying yourself and when you got to take the time to
learn then you need time to do that. So, it’ll take however how much time it takes. This 74 foot boat my front yard is the
Coolest Thing I’ve Ever Made You happy? Happy with that one? Producer: “Beautiful” Alright! Okay…Hey guys, my name is Guy. I’m the creator of the show. Thank you so much for watching. Thank you to Doug from SV Seeker. You can check out his progress on his YouTube channel. I’ll put a description below. We filmed this show a couple weeks ago, and since then he’s painted the boat and it looks incredible. So yeah, we’re happy to be back for a new season. I’m going to try to get as many shows edited as fast as I can. I do this part time. I’m a full time TV editor, and I got 2 kids which is why it’s been gone for a couple years… But we’re back! I managed to get some funding. But yeah, subscribe like. Smash that like. I don’t know? What do the kids say these days? Thanks for much for watching guys, and yeah, we’ll see you soon.

100 thoughts on “Man Builds 74ft. Boat in Front Yard – COOLEST THING I’VE EVER MADE – EP12

  1. Thanks for watching! We'll be uploading more videos soon! Subscribe and click the bell so you don't miss the next ep. -Cheers! Guy – For more episodes:

  2. You build a boat you become a boat builder, buy a boat and go sailing and you become a sailor which would be more fun? Go sailing, don't build, I know I built 2 boats

  3. Me and 5 other friends are going to Tulsa welding school in June. Weโ€™ve all been welding for 4 years and have 2 years college class experience. Basically going for the pipe and class time. We can all pass 1-4G structural plate. If you ever see this and need help. I think weโ€™d all be thrilled to get a taste for ship building

  4. What I want to see is the shit he is going to have to go through to get it to the water or gets in financial troubles and has to move …..maybe it could be a good selling point , buy house get a free 74 ft boat

  5. I love it!!! I wish I could get involved with this!! I'm a retired Marine and an established journeyman welder who has worked in the gulf of Mexico after hurricane Katrina and has worked in Hawaii in pearl harbor. Not to mention many shipyards alone the way!!! Any takers?? I'm at: [email protected]

  6. 300k you could have built a nice wooden Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, like 34 ft & it would've been able to circumnavigate the world several times, for a whole lot less than 300k. If you.would have built it yourself 100k tops. I hope your project is finished before your too old to go sailing & I really mean that in a good way. Good luck & god speed.

  7. Love Doug. Doesn't care what other folks think. I am not that adventuresome so will have to stick to my model trains.

  8. I built a resin over fiberglass 36 foot, shoal draft Tahiti ketch in the 70s. A guy a block away built a 39 foot steel sailboat.. Another built a 47' Ferro-cement ketch.

  9. Ideal electric Tesla motors solar panels free energy Tesla wall battery pack get sci fi with it dude really cool boat I like it

  10. The things you can do without government stepping on your back telling you you're not allowed to do anything that is different than what all your neighbors are doing. Freedom is a great thing.

  11. How in the world did you get enough energy to go out and do something like this. You inspire me to get off my ass and do anything once more like welding/ plasma cutting / just working once more with my hands. My hands are at rest . I don't want to rest. I have skills. But no enthusiasm. Now I see this guy. I look like a pussy.
    Wateing to die. Good give me the strength. AMEN.

  12. Very impressive looks great already,Im not professional but that engine seems like it will be kinda on the weak side for a boat that size/weight surely?

  13. This is so cool, I love when people drop the fear of judgement from society and others and do what makes them truly happy. Good luck on your amazing project !!

  14. You enjoy building stuff but not actually using it….the types of boaters… 1. The builders who want what is perfect to the extent that they will never finish it. 2. The rich people who want the biggest and the best but have no time to use it 3. The poor man who buys a cheap shitty boat and sails the world and has a great time

  15. White people making the world a better place for free so non-whites can hate them and spit in their face for it. One day the long overdue maintenance to scrub off the barnacles will come.

  16. great going Doug you keep going. you are an inspiration to us all, in a world that is lacking self creativity and to use it as free exploration is the steak on the eggs,

  17. Wow, and here I am forced into retirement with terrible back pain! I so envy you Noah an your drive! Whatever you accomplish is very well deserved! Good Luck! Have Fun! Stay Safe!

  18. After a week I would have had code enforcement ordering you to tear that monstrosity down and removed from the front yard … they would have served you a hefty fine to boot just to let you know how stupid you were!

  19. Doug Jackson has amazing drive and determination . I've been following him for years on SVSeeker. I've learned some great things watching him I've used in my business and personal ( boating) life that have saved my ass more than once!. I don't always agree with him but I respect his decisions. FYI 'just painted the boat a couple of weeks ago' was actually a huge task taking months not a couple of weeks. Another massive lesson learned that he generously shared on YT! Cheers Warren

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