Month: November 2018

Best sailing Vlogs

Best sailing Vlogs

YouTube, the outlet for anyone with a video camera, hosts a slew of sailing videos.

Popular ones are created by 30-somethings frequently on a $500k+ catamaran (no, not dot com millionaires), professionally edited, sailing to exotic Pacific islands, occasionally in the Caribbean, supported by Patreon or sponsors.

The redeeming value of these videos is the “bikini babe” who attracts the attention of …

I follow two channels. Nike of White Spot Pirates is about a young German woman who bought “Karl” a few years ago in Panama. Karl is an aluminum sailboat that was rife with mold, vines, rust … when she bought it. She has brought Karl back to life. Yes, she wears a halter top but Nike is as likely to be covered in grease as she is to be sitting under a palm, hiking up a mountain, or sailing. Her videos are professionally edited but show foibles, frustrations, and all.

Untie the Lines

The other channel is Barry of Adventures of an old Seadog. Barry left England about two years ago singlehanded. He posts weekly videos of his experiences and frustrations as he has sailed around the Caribbean.

Click to visit Adventures of an old Seadog
Adventures of an Old Seadog

Both Barry and Nike are on the Pacific side of Panama and headed for the Marquesas.

The Silos in Oriental, NC

The Silos in Oriental, NC

Voyaged to The Silos Restaurant for dollar beer night. Was not disappointed and it is in the running for my go-to Thursday evening pub/restaurant. The food looked great as well. Plan to return Tuesday for buy one, get one pizza night.

Although I have to say that where I grew up in Oklahoma, we called these granaries. Speaking of granaries, I’m pretty sure that I have imbibed at an establishment called “Granary” somewhere in my travels.

Dollar draft night at The Silos
The Silos – Oriental, NC
Dollar draft
Southbound sailboats take a weather day in Oriental, NC

Southbound sailboats take a weather day in Oriental, NC

At least 20 southbound sailboats opted to stay in Oriental today where it is a bit dreary, rainy, mid-60° temps, and windy.

Five boats grabbed a spot at the free town docks. Some took a slip at Oriental Marina & Inn / Toucan Grill & Fresh Bar and a few anchored.

“The Pig”, Piglet and supplies

“The Pig”, Piglet and supplies

Voyaged to “The Pig” this morning for groceries and beer. For those not familiar with the Southeast, “The Pig” is Piggly Wiggly supermarkets.

Both the one in Belhaven and this one in Oriental are well-stocked with fair prices and good produce. A bit different than my previous experience when I lived in Charleston, SC.

Borrowed the boatyard loaner car, but could have easily summoned the Piglet.

The Piglet in Oriental, NC
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