Our Sailboat Purchase Fell Apart | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 5

Our Sailboat Purchase Fell Apart | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 5

Last time on Sailing Soulianis Love! This is the next stage of our life. Bye San Diego. This would be an absolute daunting task, having to do the finish work. Yeah. That’s why having someone like Jack to help is an exciting proposition. We are under contract with a boat which we’ll hopefully close on in June. and before that the owner is gonna make
a bunch of improvements for us as part of the deal There she is. this is the first time we’ve seen it with the cover off. It’s had this big
giant plastic sheet covered with dust and bird crap. Well now the bird
crap is on the deck, but… We’ve been able to walk around without crawling
underneath the plastic and… it’s cool. Alright. Here’s the galley. We’ve got our
gimballed stove, which needs to be freed because at the moment it hits the back
wall and sticks, apparently Double sink. Our main food storage area. Quarter berth. That’s our guest house. For one adult and one toddler. Chart table, which Jack is currently finishing. Pilot berth. I’m kind of excited to sleep in that. It looks perfectly my size. And look at Kirk’s feet. They don’t touch. They don’t even touch. And that’s my head banging spot over there. Gonna have to get used to that. And these things are awesome. Look at that. Pops right up. So where are you now? I’m in the v-berth. Which isn’t really a birth anymore. No. Forward sail storage locker and chain locker. And the head. So we’ve got a spot where our compost toilet is going to go. That is the biggest area for storage on the boat. So maybe we put a bike up there. Yeah! A folding bike. We should definitely put a big up there. Or two. Oh, look at that. We were wondering where all our sheets were, ha ha they’re right here. Oh my god. We may need to get out of here soon. Moratorium on boat puns? Wow what goes down there? Cool. Oh and Jack was really excited to show us — I mean as excited as an 80-year-old can get… Yeah it was pretty excited To show us our companionway
screens. So we can keep the bugs out. Alright, I think that’s it. What do you think? I think that’s the boat White. Red. Night light. In the red-light district. How amazing is it going to be to have this thing in the water? There’s a heck of a lot to do before then. 1. Remove sink 2. Sand companionway handles 3. Measure and mark anchor chain 4. Fabricate & finish chainplate covers 5. Test windlass. 6. Inspect water tank Did I guess the right size? That never happens! 7. Install portlight screens Alright now are they’re no screws showing? So we’ve been here what? Four days? Five days? We’ve just been cleaning organizing, kind of trying to understand
the boat. Today we finally started tearing stuff apart. Painted the anchor chain. Now we’re trying to figure out what’s going on with the freshwater system and trace all the plumbing lines and figure out what we need to replumb. And we just took a lunch break to catch some vitamin D. And now we’re gonna go back at it. 8. Clean bilge All sorts of goodies in the bilge. It’s a very therapeutic process. Getting all the gunk out of the boat. Ok. So then this goes back to something
so we gotta figure out… follow number one goes in and on this sitting it goes out and goes to this hose here Alright so let’s follow this hose. So we
gotta go it down into the engine. So we need to figure out which one of these it is. I’m assuming it’s this one then right
here which goes yeah I need to get into the quarter berth. So the good news is we’ve got some extra length in these hoses to reroute
in here if we want to. Can you hold my feet? Yeah there we go. Now I’ve got some leverage. Does it go to the side of the hull or to the deck? okay yeah so that looks to me like it’s
curving and then following the side of the hull back. OK. Cause I think that just might be a vent then. I wish Craig was here. 10. Replace missing pushpit support. Craig was our amazing neighbor in Oceanside. He was a mechanic and knew
everything there is to know about anything that needs knowing. I need him. Craig I need you! 11. Trace refrigeration lines 12. Clean galley 13. Remove bedding Here. Thank you. I feel like I’m going to break something that we maybe do end of wanting to keep. 14. Remove plumbing for head That’s usually how this sh*t goes. There we go. Ahh haaa! Well, there’s that. Project done. A patch over that and then put a big
washer. 15. Add larger washer to bitter end To prevent the chain from ripping through that? Yeah. If it ever came to it. 16. Figure out pressure water system The way that this works is water would
come in through this thru hole here goes through this strainer so we would
basically plumb this to this. Through the pumps…There’s dual pumps – I don’t know
why but there’s two pumps. Comes back out through here and is now pressurized and
if you’re drawing water it will just spit pressurized water out this way
so that would go to this connection which is our wash down hose and if
you’re not drawing water and it needs to pump it just pumps right into there. So there’s no other lines leading away from it towards the sink in the galley
or anything like that. Mm mm. So this is an entire pump just for the
wash down. I think so. That seems kind of… crazy. Mm-hmm. Well, maybe we should go ask Bob and Debbie. I think we should. Let’s go do it. This is when disaster strikes. We walked over to talk to Bob and Debbie
who are friends of Jack’s and who actually helped Jack with a lot of
projects on Tokrimo. Before we could even ask them about the water system
they asked us if we had heard what happened to Jack. That’s when we learned
that Jack had just fallen down the stairs and went into emergency surgery
because he broke his back we were just floored. we felt so bad for
Jack. Kirk and I went back to Tokrimo and sat in the salon and I put my head
in my hands and started crying because, besides poor Jack and hoping that he’s
not going to be paralyzed, we knew that our dream with this boat was probably
coming to an end We have not closed on the boat yet.
The purchase was contingent upon Jack who’s a master woodworker to finish out a
lot of the woodworking of the boat. by the 20th of June.
Neither Lauren or I have the woodworking skills to do this. We had been focusing
on putting in the systems. We spent last week mapping that all out. And figuring out what we needed to buy to make that happen. We figured that was a good way for us to
learn the systems of the boat while Jack finished the woodworking. But without him
being able to finish the woodworking there’s absolutely no way that we’re
gonna make it out of the Great Lakes this summer. There would be no one able
to do the work that he does. And, he wasn’t about to hire another woodworker to do it for him either this is his baby He loves the boat. Today
we’re driving back to the boatyard to put back into the
boat the exact things that we had just pulled out of the boat so that we could
work on it because we now unfortunately are thinking we’re gonna have to back
out of this deal. Sucks. At this point we had moved out of our house, sold our car. We had been crashing at our parents houses for the last seven months expecting any day
to find a boat and close on it and move onto the boat. Yeah. Get out of the house. This
one was right at the beginning of the very short Great Lakes sailing season. If
we were going to be spending the next half a year or longer working on this
boat that means we wouldn’t have been out sailing this season. We were partway
through this summer already and we were back to square one. It felt like — and
this is selfish — it felt like the universe was conspiring against us. It
made us question whether or not we were supposed to be doing this: Are we
actually supposed to be buying a boat and going cruising or should we be
buying a house and getting a job again? we know the old saying that you can’t
have plans while sailing but we weren’t sailing yet. We really desperately
wanted to go sailing before we had kids We’re not 20-somethings. We we want to go
out and sail for a year or two before we have kids and we need to have kids in a
year or two future so this was kind of the make-or-break moment. We’ve put a lot of effort into this and we’ve pulled a lot of strings to make this happen this has been our dream for more than 10
years. We’re sort of left with no options but now to look for another boat
it’s just sucks because we we already feel bad enough that Jack has fallen
down the stairs and broken his back and now we’re going to tell them that we’re
not buying his boat anymore. Going backwards. We just bought a boat! you

93 thoughts on “Our Sailboat Purchase Fell Apart | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 5

  1. Wow, what a rollercoaster of an episode… Must've been such a nightmare working so hard on a boat (tracing the plumbing… been there done that) and then hearing that you've done it all for "nothing". I was so stoked to see the sneak peek trailer at the end of the video tho!!! Happy to see you guys smiling after everything thats happened. Cant wait for the next episode, and all the best to Jack.

  2. Haha… horny goat marina!!!??? Anyways, thanks for a great episode. Just found your channel. Fair winds from a sailing family from Sweden

  3. Wow…. What an episode… I laughed,,,,I cried…. then you left me with hope .. can't wait to see what comes next. This is better than anything on TV. … lol

  4. Any update on Jack? Poor guy…

    NOW you guys are telling a story with your videos. It left me not ready for it to end, excited for the next, happy for y'all, but saddened for Jack. Emotional rollercoaster!

    Keep it up you two!

  5. I love you guys; my dream is to work and live on boats, but that's on the side as of now so I can finish my photography degree. I'm excited to see more; this is the kind of stuff that I love. It sucks that this all happened though, and I got hope for ya guys.

  6. Wow you have had a dramatic time, hope Jack fixes up ok.
    You made a big decision not to go ahead with buying, it looks like it paid off for you though in the end.
    Great episode

  7. Check out 'Boats Works Today' in Wisconsin, he has great wood-working skills! Just 'google' it…
    Like your vlog presentations. David

  8. hi guys nice video, you shouldn't be afraid of any project just because you don't know what to do, you can always learn new stuff there is how to video's about anything on youtube just go for it cheers guys

  9. Devastating news all around. Do you know how Jack is? At his age I dont feel confident he survived? I am so glad you put in a spot of good news at the end! Cant wait to see who, what and where!

  10. You guys have really done a great job illustrating the entanglement of committing yourself to a project boat. Sorry to see that things got complicated. We're betting you're not going to be passing by us on the east coast of Florida, but if we're lucky we'll run into you somewhere down the line. Cheers and keep making great videos! Scott & Kim

  11. I hope Jack took it well. Obviously it was a sign that boat wasnt meant to be. Keep hold of your dreams though. Looking forward to the next episode already.

  12. Hey, ya know, some of the coolest kids we've met were born 'under way.' We said we were going for five years. This is year thirteen. F#%* the Rat Race!

  13. You two are kickass!! I hope things work out on something and whatever you do in the future you will do well!! I'm having a hard time getting my San Diego camping spots…..40M peeps there and a lot of competition. Hang in there guys. Timmy C.

  14. Wood work on a boat is not difficult no more so than the other systems you are working in. If its structurally sound keep it and work on it while under way

  15. From what I see, you guys have invested time work, sweat…. push through, don't stop and cry about it. You want that boat… keep fighting for her. Only problem I see is you stopped half way …..
    Good luck!

  16. Sorry to hear about the morgan's owner, but glad to see that you finally bought a boat, and a tartan at that…..I think Shaun and Julia bought a tartan too…..they're in the bahamas now

  17. Hey guys…we are enjoying watching your process as we sit in the winter snow storm…Inga…from here in Nashville TN. This Saturday we go to our first sailing orientation here in Nash…Percy Priest Yacht Club, and are anticipating going through the same process…only hopefully we are learning from your challenges. Our goal is to sail Florida to the Bahamas first and eventually through the Panama Canal and up the West Coast…so we shall see!

  18. Planning ones life….I used to do that. Like scheduling a dental appointment or the next rainfall. Making plans come true can be disappointing, There is no law that I am aware of that requires you to have kids or a boat within a certain window of time. Go with the flow and enjoy the ride….and check your time table at the door. You will have a more harmonious outcome! Nothing about boats will happen on your time table. love what you doing so far…Keep the smiles up 🙂

  19. Poor old boy… But surely it's just a matter of a bit of money… How many hours of woodwork was left? It looked pretty complete… And what a sweet boat!

  20. This boat looks like it is a great one, if you can not finish it with your skills, then refrain from looking or buying another. Who in their right mind works on a boat for a week and then backs out of the deal? If I would have been involved, you would have been sued for breach of contract and damage to the boat. You are not met for the boating world, look at a house and get back to working. Most of all stop living off your dad and mom.

  21. Just found your channel, Hope all continues to work for your dream. I am just starting mine and I am 45 years old with a family, I will build my own boat (37 foot Steel gaff cutter) and then me, my wife and son will start the journey sailing around the world. Dreams are never easy… if they were everyone would realise their dreams (and we know that is not the case). Wish you well and I subscribed to your channel looking forward to more videos.

  22. Sorry to hear about Jack, but stranger things have happened which spoil a purchase contract.  I hope the new boat is equally good shape.  To be honest, I would have stuck with Jack's boat but tried to re-negotiate the deal since he won't be able to help with finishing the last few projects.  You'd be surprised at how many (very skilled) retired woodworkers there out in CraigsList land who could have lender their expertise for a very fair price.  It takes some skill, but it does not take a 'master' woodworker to complete those last few things Jack couldn't get to.  I just think there will be less surprises in Jack's boat since its been out of the water and gone over with a fine tooth comb…  Wishing you the best of luck.  If I had the means I would buy Jack's boat and finish it, but I'm in San Diego, LOL.

  23. Thanks for sharing your experience and your journey. I am excited for the next video…and hopefully your boat. 🙂

  24. Well, sh!t happens, right?
    Many times we find that things happen for a reason. Always good not to get too attached to things until they are securely in your hands. So hang tough and soldier on guys, things will turn around. Great vid tho, great for all to see so they know things can go south and you will survive.

  25. Like Lawrence D said…the universe is perfect but you have to listen to it. Does that mean no boat… or just not "this" boat. Time will tell. PEACE OUT!

  26. Such a shame … I hope it works out for you both and jack gets better … I can see you have tons of respect for the guy …

  27. Sounds like a lot of "sailing" excuses to me… Why call your channel "Sailing" anything when your not sailing, Looking or Waisting Time would be better choice Or something like We can't afford it or I don't have the balls or knowledge to go through with it "Sailing" … In my many years of SAILING both buying and selling aswell as working on sailing yachts, I've seen a few like you guys, You walk up to the boat all big dreams etc, But now with the success of a very few Youtubers, your all over the place like rats on a sinking ship.

  28. What a bummer to have lost that forward momentum and such a lovely boat. The Tartan is great though, totally one of my favourites. We were at the same marina in Waukeegan looking at a Hylas and a Tartan.

  29. FYI for other boat buyers out there…don't work on a boat you don't own! Time estimates of boat work are notoriously inaccurate. Days stretch to weeks, weeks to months, etc…. If you can't afford to have competent woodworkers/mechanics/riggers work on your boat…either develop those skill sets, or perhaps take up hiking instead. BOAT= Break out another thousand…heh heh….

  30. Hello,

    Really do appreciate your time subtitling your episodes as I'm profoundly deaf and love watching these shows. It's unfortunate news about Jack but there are plenty other good deals out there. That boat did look really good for a couple!

  31. I just found your channel and subscribed. I look forward to seeing more of your videos. Are you in Michigan now? I'm in Saginaw

  32. I dont know much about buying a boat, but it seems very odd that you would work on someone else's boat (for this very reason).

  33. hang in there , what happens some times its for a reason only Ahab the arab knows . Itll come & you will look back & smile , remember life is not a rehearsal -enjoy & learn .

  34. So, the sale of the boat was contingent on Jack finishing the woodwork? Since he could not finish the work himself Jack should either arrange for the work to be done or renegotiate the contract so you can get the work done. Remember this is a business deal. If it was building the cupboards of your kitchen at home and the contractor couldn't finish the job I'm sure you wouldn't just walk away. I'd have to watch your other videos to see what "deal" was made, (if it is in there) but this dreamboat isn't beyond hope.

  35. Well done young people. We bought our Sun Odyssey 40DS last summer ; -) I have the impression that your sailboat is a Tartan 4000, excel choice! Good preparation and blue water navigations !

  36. geezzz…. at least go see the guy in the hospital, He may have cut the price enough to fund someone to complete the word.  Maybe you have to do a bit more work on it. If you cut bait and ran so fast my guess is you were having second thoughts or the wait was to long.  Hard not to feel sorry for the guy but Hey Jack if you still need that boat sold I might be interested.  especially if you give me a bit of guidance on the wood work…. if it matters I have a messed up back screws and bolts t8 , 9 and 10, c4 and 5 L4 and L5 injuries.   it sucks but there are many far worse off.  that is a beautiful boat.. bigger than I want I think but hey if the price is right.

  37. Don't get it. buy a boat go sailing Does it sink? No, than buy it and enjoy the boatwork at exotic location lifestyle….

  38. So sorry about the boat and Jack but so fun for us to be able to join you through the process. Thx for taking us with you. What I don't understand is why not go to the east coast (esp. South Florida) and pick up a boat there. Doesn't even have to be anything extravagant (32'-34' 80's versions like Catalina or O'day etc.) and go wind your way through the Bahamas and Caribean for a year. The boat wouldn't have to be in that great of shape as you can coastal hop a lot of it. But I'm missing something here, yes?

  39. You what this boat ? Then fight for it Guys Iv seen much much worst your boat seems as I see it on the tube here is ok . Never never give up ! What if you and my self were at sea. And things got tough ?

  40. I dont get it.. you did a lot of work on a boat you had yet to sign for. Then when someone else cant finish the work, you find excuses to back out? If it was sea worthy and you can finish up the fittings and tanks you could have easily sailed out and headed down the inter coastal and done the rest along the way. I sailed on the great lakes up till late September and early October, its cold but if you truly loved the water and had the heart you would have got her wet and underway.

  41. i hope the guy is ok, an update would be great! i love that boat hopefully it will get completed for someone to buy(maybe me).

  42. I crewed on a Morgan 38 in the 2002 Pacific Cup and it was a great vessel for the race. We finished about mid-pack and mid-division, but the evening watch was not good at flying the spinnaker in the dark, so we lost a lot of time because they crashed the spinnaker every evening, so we'd sail the rest of night under white sails only until dawn and the morning watch could get the spinnaker back up. But that boat had been meticulously maintained by its owner for decades. Sounds like Jack got some free labour and you guys got some good experience on boat projects that will serve you well once you do eventually get your own boat. Live and learn.

  43. Bummer 2.0.. an unfortunate end to a good event.
    I hope jack does well now. I love to have a project like that.. but it’s passed time now.
    The boat looks like “van der stad” design.. perfect and strong.

  44. What a great video ! ! You people are fantastic and are a beautiful couple ! I love your videos, your living my dream, all the best From Robert UK London. smashed the like and subscribed.

  45. Thank you for sharing this! I love that you show the good and the bad in your videos. Just curious…how did you learn how to do all of those “fixer upper” things on the boat? Just videos?

  46. I have a simple question what about the money you spend so far fixing this Morgan. Did you end up just loosing out or did your recover the money spend

  47. Hi guys,
    I like the soundtrack you choose for your videos. How do you deal with rights ? I saw the links to sound cloud but is it enough ?

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