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5/27/2023
Video Release: We Finish Strip Planking the Port Canoe

Our goal this week was to finish epoxying all the strips on to the port hull and also begin sanding the inboard side.  And we got some other work done on the forebeam of our 50' performance/cruising catamaran, S/V Lynx! 

We Finish Epoxy Strip Planking the Port Canoe

5/20/2023
Video Release: Back to Boat Building

With our shade troubles behind us, we get back to work building our 50' Schionning kit catamaran, S/V Lynx. We continue epoxy work on the port hull, outboard side of our future sailboat. We also start building the forebeam of the boat. There is a lot of work to go if we are going to get her ready to circumnavigate on an epic sailing journey!

Back to Boat Building

5/13/2023
Video Release: Catamaran Build Site Disaster!

We continued building out 50' performance catamaran, but had a major build site disaster! However, disaster or not, it won't stop us making our sailboat and taking that boat on a sailing adventure around the planet!.

Catamaran Build Site Disaster

5/6/2023
Video Release: Forebeam Frame & Port Canoe Epoxy

We are building our dream catamaran, and this week we continue epoxying the strips onto the inboard side of the port canoe. We also build the strongback and assemble the MDF frame for the forebeam of our 50' performance catamaran from Schionning Designs.

Forebeam Frame & Port Canoe Epoxy

4/29/2023
Video Release: Strip Planking the Port Canoe Starts

This week, we finish dry fitting the strips onto the hull of our 50' performance/cruising catamaran, then remove half so that we can epoxy them back onto the port canoe! Our Schionning Solitaire 1520 kit sailboat is starting to take shape!

Strip Planking the Port Canoe Starts

4/22/2023
Video Release: Our Catamaran Boat Build Begins!

It's finally time to start building out 50' performance/cruising catamaran! At last, after all the planning, designing, and purchasing of our Schionning Solitaire 1520 kit, we are ready to start building our sailboat.

Our Catamaran Boat Build Begins

4/15/2023
Video Release: How Much & How Long to Build our Cat?

This week we finally started to build our Kit Catamaran from Schionning Designs! However, we wanted to give everyone a chance to chime in on how long they think it will take us to build S/V Lynx, and how much it will cost in the end to build a performance sailing and cruising catamaran.

How Much and How Long to build our Cat

4/10/2023
Construction of S/V Lynx officially begins

With the purchasing and arrival of the kit and the preparation of the build site completed, we finally started building the boat this week!  The clock now begins for how long it will take.  We are hoping for two years, with another six months of contingency built in, just in case.

Building S/V Lynx begins

4/8/2023
Video Release: Preparing to build our 50' catamaran

Having received our kit catamaran, we want to get started on the build. So, this week we made an insane schedule to get the final preparations out of the way. Watch as we show you how we did on that list to get to building out Schionning Designs Solitaire 1520 Performance Catamaran.

Preparing to build our 50' catamaran

4/1/2023
Video Release: Kit Catamaran Kit Organization and postmortem

Now that our kit for S/V Lynx has arrived to build our 50' performance catamaran, we had to get all of the parts organized. We also realized that we could have done better in the unloading, so we did a postmortem look at receiving our boat parts from Schionning Designs.

Organization of Kit and Postmortem

3/25/2023
Video Release: Unloading our 50' Performance Catamaran Kit

Our kit is here! Yes, our Solitaire 50' Performance Catamaran Kit has finally arrived and this week, we unload it from the shipping container onto our build site. This is our first look at our new kit, and there were some surprises! But, we have our kit now, so construction can soon begin! 

Unloading our Catamaran Kit

3/18/2023
Video Release: Build Site Prep - Part 2

The kit is being unloaded from the cargo ship in Long Beach and will be headed to our build site in two days!  So, we are continuing to work on getting the Build Site prepped for construction of our 50' performance catamaran from Schionning Design. This week, we need to move the container slightly, which will be a big challenge!

Build Site Prep - Part 2

3/16/2023
Update on the Cargo Ship delivering our Catamaran kit.

MSC Beatrice docked in Long Beach and immediately unloaded.  We got a call yesterday that our container has already cleared customs and will be delivered... tomorrow!  So, next week's video will be the unloading of the our catamaran kit.

Container arriving

3/11/2023
Update on the Cargo Ship delivering our Catamaran kit.
MSC Beatrice is closing in on Southern California, and will arrive at Long Beach Harbor tomorrow!  Then, we'll see how long customs takes to release our container for drayage to our build site in San Dimas, about an hour away from the port.

Cargo Ship nearing So. Cal.

3/10/2023
Video Release: Build Site Prep - Part 1

We are hard at work getting the Build Site prepped for construction of our catamaran We will be building our sailboat on a dirt lot, so there is a lot to get ready. We add our solar panels and start working on the Victron equipment. We also take a field trip to purchase some epoxy to start construction of S/V Lynx! 

Build Site Prep - Part 1

3/03/2023
Video Release: Fuel Polishing System Design
We cover our design of our fuel polishing system, fuel transfer and fuel filtering as well as answer some viewer questions from previous videos.

Fuel Polishing System Design

2/25/2023
Video Release: Kit E22: My Costly Blunder, Respirators Build, & Catamaran Kit update

I made a costly blunder and it will cost us thousands of dollars! We go over all the sordid details in this video. On better news, we go over our new options for our tender outboard and how we built our positive pressure respirators. We also update where our kit is now, when it is arriving.

My Big Mistake Video

2/18/2023
Video Release: Catamaran Design: Ventilation and A/C

Instead of freezing on the water this week, we decided to go over the ventilation choices we made for the design of S/V Lynx, and why we are adding heating and cooling by way of Air Conditioners for our sailing voyage around planet Earth. But before we can circumnavigate the world, first we have to finish designing all the systems and then construct the boat.

Air Flow Video

2/16/2023
Video Release: Parallel Hybrid Combo Propulsion System

Our Cargo Ship, APL Santiago, carrying out kit catamaran, has made it through the South China Sea and will soon be headed for Shanghi, China, where it will unload our container.  It will then be loaded onto the MSC Beatrice, which departs Shanghi on 2/22/23, and will make its way across the Pacific Ocean to Long Beach, Ca., about 12 days later, so around 3/6/23.

Cargo Ship with Kit

2/11/2023
Video Release: Phase One Build Plans, Kick-up Rudders, and Steering.

With less than a month before the kit arrives, we have started working with the Schionning Design team to make the phase one plan for building our 50' Performance Catamaran. In this video, we go over that plan in detail, and also go over the steering and kick-up rudder mechanisms.

Phase One Build Plans

2/4/2023
Video Release: Cyclone system build and preparations

We build our cyclone vacuum system, unbox and explain the Flexisander and fair tools and share a video from Combi about them working on our hybrid propulsion system to ship out soon.

Cyclone System and preparations

1/28/2023
Video Release: Parallel Hybrid Combo Propulsion System

We go over our choice in Hybrid propulsion systems, which one and why we believe it is the best for S/V Lynx.

Parallel Hybrid Combo Propulsion

1/21/2023
Video Release: Lithium Prototype Battery Build - Part 3

This is the their and final S/V Lynx video of our three part series about the construction of our lithium prototype batteries.  We also go over some information on the shipping of our kit

E17 Battery Build Part 3

1/14/2023
Video Release: Lithium Prototype Battery Build - Part 2

This is the second S/V Lynx video of our three part series about the construction of our lithium prototype batteries.  We also go over some information on procuring epoxy for our build.

Battery Build Part 2

1/11/2023
Route Data to go with the maps for our Patron Crew

We have posted the route data that goes with our current favorite double circumnavigation float plan for planet Earth (see post below).  If you are one of our Patron Crew members, you may see all the route lengths and how long we may stay at each anchorage or marina, year-by-year, If you aren't part of our Patron Crew, you may join for as little as $2.00 a month.  Just click on the Join menu option at the top of any page and then choose 'Patreon'. If you are already a Patron Crew Member, the routes are now up to view!

Route Data

1/8/2023
We changed our favorite route, significantly!  

We have posted a new maps of our current favorite route for our double circumnavigation of planet Earth.  To see all the detailed routes, year-by-year, you would have to already be one of our Patron Crew members.  If you aren't, you may join for as little as $2.00 a month.  Just click on the Join menu option at the top of any page and then choose 'Patreon'.  If you are already a Patron Crew Member, the routes are now up to view!


Route Changes

1/7/2023
Kit-E15 video released

We released the first of three videos about the construction of our lithium prototype batteries.  

Kit-E15: Battery Build Part 1

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