There aren’t too many sailing related movies out there in movie-land. A recent article in Sail Magazine offers up the classic “Captain Ron” as a good example of the few that are available. It’s a comedy starring Kurt Russell and Martin Short. There is a bunch of boat handling in it, but doesn’t really capture the cruising lifestyle so many sailors aspire to.
These days, many people don’t look to movies to quench their storytelling thirst, especially when it comes to sailing and cruising as a theme. Increasingly we are turning towards You Tube Dot Com, and the many sailing related channels that are available.
In this series, I will review the ones that I enjoy. (I can’t even fathom not liking a sailing channel, but if I do find one, I’ll let you know. The first one that whetted my appetite is courtesy of Sail life.
Mads lives in Denmark. He bought a 30 foot Albin Ballad sailboat a few years back, and is right now in the process of doing a bunch of restoration projects before moving onboard in a few weeks. One of his recent videos proclaimed “The House has Sold!” This means that just before winter strikes, he has to finish insulating the v-berth, an ongoing project he has been featuring of late on his videos. Most videos start out with him at home explaining the tasks for that episode, followed by the car trip to whatever stores he needs to stop at, then unloading everything when arriving at the marina, and onto the boat. He then lays out what he is going to do and films the entire project process.
Recently he did a review/comparison test of various epoxy recipes from West System and MAS Epoxies. He was very thorough in his analysis, outlining the pros and cons of each product. This past summer he took a two week vacation to the States, where he met up with viewers in New York and on the Chesapeake Bay. In fact, one of his videos was shot on the same day, in the same place, in Annapolis while the tall ship Le’Hermione was in port, when I was wandering about town. I wish I would have known!
On that trip he met up with another You Tuber from the local area, Sailing Nervous, who is producing a video documentary series on buying a boat to live aboard. They spent some sweaty afternoons inspecting bay boats in various marina’s up and down the bay.
He also checks out a Chesapeake 32 that has been refurbished to run on an electric motor. It’s quite the interesting power plant! He also stopped by and visited the boat build that Kamau from Iandi Boats is undertaking in Baltimore, so there is definitely a local connection.
All of his videos are usually ten minutes or less, but if you string them along, you can easily fill out an hour or so. Some of his earlier videos actually show him sailing! When you check out his videos, feel free to comment, like and share!