JAPAN AND PACIFIC NORTHWEST HERE WE COME! SAILING FOLLOWTHEBOAT

▶ Check out my gear on Kit: https://kit.com/followtheboat Our PATREONS voted, and they are sending us to the Pacific NorthWest via JAPAN! 👍 If you enjoyed this video, please LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE, your feedback gets us noticed by YouTube and helps people discover us! Thank you. Wow, can't believe that last December our friends on PATREON, YouTube and Facebook started to suggest Canada via Japan as a destination, and now we're going there. We looked into it, did some research and a bit more research, and realised it could be quite an adventure... So it's goodbye to shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, and hello to foul weather gear, jumpers and boots! Now we have to prepare SY Esper for a long, long trip, and get her in the best possible condition. She's being re-rigged in July/August. Then there are lots of safety additions we need to make, as well as comms etc. We also need to add a hard dodger which can be fully enclosed and a heating system. Getting to Japan is the hardest bit of the passage plan. Weather, currents, monsoons, typhoons and piracy are all obstacles we need to work round. The original idea of avoiding the Philippines and going straight to Hong Kong has been thrown out (at the moment) because it is a long, arduous uphill struggle. So the next option is to head back to Tioman, Perhentians and Anambas, then round the top of Borneo. After that, to drop down to Sulawesi before heading to the southwestern corner of the Philippines where we will cruise until the wind changes for our trip north to Japan. VERY rough timings: 2019 May - Tioman/Redang/Perhentians June - Anambas/Natuna/Kuching July - Borneo/Brunei August - Borneo September - Sulawesi November - Philippiines 2020 Apr/May - Okinawa/Yokohama July - Leave Japan for Alaska/Canada We will be posting videos about our plans as they unfold. Peace and fair winds! SUPPORTING US AND BECOME A FOLLOWTHEBOAT MATE! 🙏 RUM FUND http://followtheboat.com/THANKS/ 🙏 PATREON https://www.patreon.com/followtheboat --- 🔗 INTERESTING VIDEOS: HOW TO BECOME A LIVEABOARD CRUISER http://bit.ly/FTBQandA21 HOW TO BUY A BOAT http://bit.ly/FTBQandA22 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BUY A BOAT http://bit.ly/FTBQandA25 5 REASONS NOT TO BUY A BOAT http://bit.ly/FTBQandA23 --- 🔗USEFUL LINKS 1. Cornell's World Cruising Routes https://cornellsailing.com/publications/world-cruising-routes/ --- 🛒 FOLLOWTHEBOAT SHOP: https://followtheboat.com/shop ✍️ SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEBSITE FOR DISCOUNT CODES: https://followtheboat.com/contact/ --- 🕮 E-BOOKS: 1. HOW TO BECOME A LIVEABOARD CRUISER! 2. HOW TO BUY A BOAT! https://followtheboat.com/product-category/publicatiions --- LET'S CONNECT! 📷 INSTAGRAM http://www.instagram.com/followtheboat 👯 FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/followtheboat 📱 TWITTER https://twitter.com/followtheboat 🌎 FTB WEBSITE http://www.followtheboat.com 📧 JOIN OUR MAILING LIST: http://bit.ly/GET_EMAILS --- OUR GEAR: 📷 NEW CAMERA (Ep 68 onwards) Panasonic GH5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RdIZyP7OEE 📷 OLD VIDEO CAMERA (Ep 1 - 67) Olympus OMD EM-5 Mk2 http://amzn.to/2s6TA5F 📸 MAIN VIDEO CAMERA LENS Olympus Zuiko 12mm prime http://amzn.to/2s6w0WF 🚁 4K DRONE DJi Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2rfI0qN 🎥 LIZ'S 4K CAMCORDER Sony AX53 http://amzn.to/2s6EQn3 🎤 MAIN EXTERNAL CAMERA MIC Rode VideoMic Pro http://amzn.to/2s6qeUL 🎤 LIZ'S CAMERA EXTERNAL COMPACT MIC Rode Video Micro Compact http://amzn.to/2rfpsXC 🎙️ MAIN EXTERNAL FIELD MIC Roland R-05 http://amzn.to/2rfpdMk 🎙️ SECONDARY EXTERNAL FIELD MIC Zoom H1 http://amzn.to/2qs6yNR 🌊 WATERPROOF CAMERA Olympus Tough TG5 http://amzn.to/2quDykH 🏂 MAIN 4K SPORTS CAMERA GoPro Hero 4 Black http://amzn.to/2quLF0F 🏂 SECONDARY 4K SPORTS CAMERA SJCAM 5000X http://amzn.to/2rfnVki 👩‍💻 EDITING SOFTWARE Adobe Premiere Pro CC http://amzn.to/2rfrkQ8ons --- 🛳️ FOLLOW OUR MOVES WITH MMSI/AIS http://www.marinetraffic.com https://www.vesseltracker.com MMSI number: 235026188

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▶ Check out my gear on Kit: https://kit.com/followtheboat Our PATREONS voted, and they are sending us to the Pacific NorthWest via JAPAN! 👍 If you enjoyed this video, please LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE & SUBSCRIBE, your feedback gets us noticed by YouTube and helps people discover us! Thank you. Wow, can't believe that last December our friends on PATREON, YouTube and Facebook started to suggest Canada via Japan as a destination, and now we're going there. We looked into it, did some research and a bit more research, and realised it could be quite an adventure... So it's goodbye to shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, and hello to foul weather gear, jumpers and boots! Now we have to prepare SY Esper for a long, long trip, and get her in the best possible condition. She's being re-rigged in July/August. Then there are lots of safety additions we need to make, as well as comms etc. We also need to add a hard dodger which can be fully enclosed and a heating system. Getting to Japan is the hardest bit of the passage plan. Weather, currents, monsoons, typhoons and piracy are all obstacles we need to work round. The original idea of avoiding the Philippines and going straight to Hong Kong has been thrown out (at the moment) because it is a long, arduous uphill struggle. So the next option is to head back to Tioman, Perhentians and Anambas, then round the top of Borneo. After that, to drop down to Sulawesi before heading to the southwestern corner of the Philippines where we will cruise until the wind changes for our trip north to Japan. VERY rough timings: 2019 May - Tioman/Redang/Perhentians June - Anambas/Natuna/Kuching July - Borneo/Brunei August - Borneo September - Sulawesi November - Philippiines 2020 Apr/May - Okinawa/Yokohama July - Leave Japan for Alaska/Canada We will be posting videos about our plans as they unfold. Peace and fair winds! SUPPORTING US AND BECOME A FOLLOWTHEBOAT MATE! 🙏 RUM FUND http://followtheboat.com/THANKS/ 🙏 PATREON https://www.patreon.com/followtheboat --- 🔗 INTERESTING VIDEOS: HOW TO BECOME A LIVEABOARD CRUISER http://bit.ly/FTBQandA21 HOW TO BUY A BOAT http://bit.ly/FTBQandA22 5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BUY A BOAT http://bit.ly/FTBQandA25 5 REASONS NOT TO BUY A BOAT http://bit.ly/FTBQandA23 --- 🔗USEFUL LINKS 1. Cornell's World Cruising Routes https://cornellsailing.com/publications/world-cruising-routes/ --- 🛒 FOLLOWTHEBOAT SHOP: https://followtheboat.com/shop ✍️ SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEBSITE FOR DISCOUNT CODES: https://followtheboat.com/contact/ --- 🕮 E-BOOKS: 1. HOW TO BECOME A LIVEABOARD CRUISER! 2. HOW TO BUY A BOAT! https://followtheboat.com/product-category/publicatiions --- LET'S CONNECT! 📷 INSTAGRAM http://www.instagram.com/followtheboat 👯 FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/followtheboat 📱 TWITTER https://twitter.com/followtheboat 🌎 FTB WEBSITE http://www.followtheboat.com 📧 JOIN OUR MAILING LIST: http://bit.ly/GET_EMAILS --- OUR GEAR: 📷 NEW CAMERA (Ep 68 onwards) Panasonic GH5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RdIZyP7OEE 📷 OLD VIDEO CAMERA (Ep 1 - 67) Olympus OMD EM-5 Mk2 http://amzn.to/2s6TA5F 📸 MAIN VIDEO CAMERA LENS Olympus Zuiko 12mm prime http://amzn.to/2s6w0WF 🚁 4K DRONE DJi Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2rfI0qN 🎥 LIZ'S 4K CAMCORDER Sony AX53 http://amzn.to/2s6EQn3 🎤 MAIN EXTERNAL CAMERA MIC Rode VideoMic Pro http://amzn.to/2s6qeUL 🎤 LIZ'S CAMERA EXTERNAL COMPACT MIC Rode Video Micro Compact http://amzn.to/2rfpsXC 🎙️ MAIN EXTERNAL FIELD MIC Roland R-05 http://amzn.to/2rfpdMk 🎙️ SECONDARY EXTERNAL FIELD MIC Zoom H1 http://amzn.to/2qs6yNR 🌊 WATERPROOF CAMERA Olympus Tough TG5 http://amzn.to/2quDykH 🏂 MAIN 4K SPORTS CAMERA GoPro Hero 4 Black http://amzn.to/2quLF0F 🏂 SECONDARY 4K SPORTS CAMERA SJCAM 5000X http://amzn.to/2rfnVki 👩‍💻 EDITING SOFTWARE Adobe Premiere Pro CC http://amzn.to/2rfrkQ8ons --- 🛳️ FOLLOW OUR MOVES WITH MMSI/AIS http://www.marinetraffic.com https://www.vesseltracker.com MMSI number: 235026188

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Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Please add any information, links or stories below, we love hearing from you! Before you ask about routes and timings, take a look at the (rough) passage plan in the description. A sailor's plans are written in the sands, so expect this to evolve...
Peace and fair winds!
Liz, Jamie and Millie xxx
Lachmoewe
Lachmoewe - 3 years ago
Do you know if your radar is capable of detecting icebergs? Not that there are too many in the north pacific, but who knows. Usually they have a really small radar cross section due to low permittivity and similarity to seawater.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We've not been in a position to test our radar for icebergs yet, but it can detect fish trap flags, so maybe?! Liz
Kevin Fisher
Kevin Fisher - 3 years ago
Recommend watching video Life Is Like Sailing just recently put out on all three heat sources he uses. Informative and think using engine as an additional heat source on your boat might be a good idea. He also brings up a forth diesel ducted fan option he is considering moving to at some point.
JED
JED - 3 years ago
Skipping Hawaii? Hmm ... the run north from Hawaii to useful westerlies can be a bitch. Chuck & Laura Rose of Lealea can tell you all about 55 days of meandering the North Pacific w/ flogging sails, but you do have the more appropriate offshore cruiser.

So - just look out for that Dread Dragon's Triangle.

Fair Winds
JED
JED - 3 years ago
It might be worth a starboard tack as you pass by San Francisco, even if you are heading for the Canal ...
Stargate Girl
Stargate Girl - 3 years ago
Come to Alaska. You won't regret it!
Bob Fomenko
Bob Fomenko - 3 years ago
Excited to see you going to Japan. Haven't seen anyone do that yet so will be interesting to see how you are able to get along there.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We're excited too, the adrenaline is flowing right now! We're looking forward to taking you along for the ride through our videos. Peace and fair winds! Liz
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Yep, should throw up some new and interesting scenarios, Bob.
Frank H. Ritz
Frank H. Ritz - 3 years ago
cat ?
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Yes, providing she stays on the boat and has all her medical papers in order. She's been inoculated already but we don't think her papers will count so we'll have to get her done again.
Frank H. Ritz
Frank H. Ritz - 3 years ago
Millie can come with you?
Hans Heinsius
Hans Heinsius - 3 years ago
Hi, Hans from Holland here. Thanks for you're videos: love them. One remark of the last one: lots of interesting information and... a distubing , not adding anithing sort of muzik on the back. Why. Your voices are good as they are, and, espacialu for not native englisch speaking people, you make understanding your message difficul!
SAILING SERENITY
SAILING SERENITY - 3 years ago
Hi Guys.....cant recall if you still have a cat but check with quarantine in japan....from memory very strict like australia
SAILING SERENITY
SAILING SERENITY - 3 years ago
LOL...Cool
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Millie that is, not Liz!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Liz has been in touch and should be OK if she stays on the boat.

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pedro quez
pedro quez - 3 years ago
blue/aqua definatelly is your color....
Henry Reed
Henry Reed - 3 years ago
Japan, one of my favorite places.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We can't wait to see it! Liz
Sean
Sean - 3 years ago
Wow! Thrilled for you guys....I will defiantly be "Following the boat"!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Nice one, Sean.
Barbro EvanderLindquist
Barbro EvanderLindquist - 3 years ago
Hej! Looking forward to follow you in the future work and traveling seems to bee very intresting and exciting! Barbro Sweden
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Nice one, Barbro.
ONEplanet1PEOPLE
ONEplanet1PEOPLE - 3 years ago
Stay away from the North East, Chernobyl much safer at present time, DO NOT trust, Tokyo Electric Power Company! Research anywhere but Japan.
Liutauras Kižys
Liutauras Kižys - 3 years ago
safe journey for you! we will watching ;)
S/V Doin' It Right
S/V Doin' It Right - 3 years ago
I'm not sure whether you've ever seen Mads on the Sail Life channel, but he is living on a small boat in Denmark, while restoring a larger one to go cruising. He did a vlog on the Refleks heater that you may be interested in seeing. That video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuLvL_tXR9w
Steve
Channel Fiftynine
Channel Fiftynine - 3 years ago
Hi guys, from japan directly to canada, why not to the ilands in the pacific? (cant await your next videos..^^)
Melvin Curtice
Melvin Curtice - 3 years ago
Please... All the go east plans are not till 2019 correct? Where will you be or going to over the next few months and tru the length of 2018. Where exactly will you be doing all this work and how long will it take?
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
It will take a bit of time to order things like a heating system and get them installed. Then there's the new hard dodger to design and build, all the safety equipment to service, test and upgrade where necessary; the whole rigging to be replaced. The list goes on. We'll be doing most of this in Thailand and some in Malaysia. When we finish we'll do a shakedown. Then start making our passage east! Liz
Brickleberry
Brickleberry - 3 years ago
You are planning a fantastic trip. Why not a stop in Russia north of Japan?

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S/V Happy Mondays
S/V Happy Mondays - 3 years ago
Awwwww guys that sounds fantastic peace and far winds x
Ian Swales
Ian Swales - 3 years ago
Wow exciting for both the planning and the journey, this was my old stomping ground when I worked as a Navigation officer with Canadian Pacific on their coconut oil carriers loading all around Indonesia, Philippines then trans Pacific to Canada then back to Japan before starting again. Depends on the time of year you go across, will dictate going Great Circle or Rhumb Line or a combination, the great circle route can take you up through the Aleutian Islands which together with a saving in distance could allow a run ashore and favourable wind and tide in the summer. Wintertime a more southerly Rhumb line the safer option anyway thats a while off and you both taking a good responsible attitude to it. Im particularly looking forward to your heating solution as you will feel the cold more after spending so long in the tropics and causes endless discussion here in the UK . Exciting stuff Enjoy.
Ian Swales
Ian Swales - 3 years ago
Cheers wrt Philippines its a beautiful place with fantastic people on the whole but would show a lot of caution and check out the political situation on Mindanao (the large South Island) and some of the other small islands. Mindanao (I think) the gov. has difficulty controlling and officials there are not the straightest ;).
Desmond's Donders - A Motorhome goes Wild
Desmond's Donders - A Motorhome goes Wild - 3 years ago
Have you consulted with Milly about the cold?
Susan King
Susan King - 3 years ago
please everyone...lets try for 100 percent support via rum fund, patreon, or store...any amount tiny or large will help them get the boat ready and continue the videos so we can all share this fabulous adventure
Wadlo
Wadlo - 3 years ago
I would reach out to Alfie on the Life is Like Sailing channel...
He is an awesome guy doing a lot of cruising around the colder areas of Canada
Mark Taussig
Mark Taussig - 3 years ago
Looking forward to your story
geraldtonjjeeper
geraldtonjjeeper - 3 years ago
I have just watched your 5 reasons not to buy a boat video, and have a comment on personal hygiene. Warm seawater and COCONUT soap works well for major wash with an economical rinse off using a face washer and less than a mugful of fresh water! Heating is energy expensive......canal boats and northern hemisphere boats use all sorts of things among which is woodheating. Wood is available everywhere and cheap......and doesn't reduce your diesel stock! Hard dodger will increase your windage and will affect your boat's aesthetics unless really well designed and built! Love your videos and your adventure.
Frank Wagner
Frank Wagner - 3 years ago
Welcome to Vancouver [in advance], hope everything works out great for your passage
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
So do we! So looking forward to seeing Vancouver ☺️ Liz
3toSea
3toSea - 3 years ago
I'm quite excited for this! Our Fuji 45 was built in Japan and I've been kicking around the idea of "taking her home" for a visit, so I'm really interested in your experiences.
Juju Bagatelle
Juju Bagatelle - 3 years ago
About the installation of a diesel heather for your boat, you should look at those two channels where you will find some interesting information...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAOYtsw6VI8
The guy is somewhere around Vancouver and is pretty handy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zePPqHDsekI
Maads (yes, it's his name) is VERY meticulus at refitting his boats. As a matter of fact, he his in the middle of is second boat refit. A must see !

I try to soak every bits of information about boat refit. It give me good ideas to apply to my own boat.
I liked every minutes of the refit of ESPER and I am looking forward for your next improvements.

Cheers and good winds !

Julien

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Jeff Scherer
Jeff Scherer - 3 years ago
I'm sure it has likely already been suggested but if not check out the channels "Sail Life" and "Life Is Like Sailing" for some boat preparation and West Coast of Canada sailing
Rusty Brindle
Rusty Brindle - 3 years ago
Japan is on my bucket list! Can't wait to see your journey.
Aaron
Aaron - 3 years ago
This is quite exciting. So looking forward to seeing this.
ICE BEAR
ICE BEAR - 3 years ago
Can’t wait for you guys to get to the west coast of Canada. Awsome sailing and cruising.
Classic & Sports Japan
Classic & Sports Japan - 3 years ago
Checkout Sailing in Japan on facebook good bunch of local sailors dotted all over the country . My boats in YCC Marina in Yokohama and happy to help out getting you ready for the part of the trip..
Classic & Sports Japan
Classic & Sports Japan - 3 years ago
When you have some good internet let's do a skype or Facebook call..
craig me
craig me - 3 years ago
Wow so exciting!

I watch WAY too many sailing chennals, and all in the tropics or south Africa, but soo looking foward to to adventure.

Can you bring lazy cat?
Jeremy Drouin
Jeremy Drouin - 3 years ago
There is a popular one that is in the Med right now :P
Classic & Sports Japan
Classic & Sports Japan - 3 years ago
Awesome... im in Yokohama and would love to meet up..
Debbie From Illinois
Debbie From Illinois - 3 years ago
Wow! I’m excited for the two of you. Sounds like an amazing adventure. :-)
Cigarmann
Cigarmann - 3 years ago
I'm most excited about your travel to Okinawa. I lived there as a child for three years due to my fathers army duty there. Love the plan!
Jack Patteeuw
Jack Patteeuw - 3 years ago
British Columbia is a great place to make land fall in N.A. Late Spring or early Summer would be best, but late winter is not too cold (well, it is considering where you are used to cruising).

Hopefully you can plan a couple of "meet ups" down the West Coast of the US !
Pearadise Vlogs
Pearadise Vlogs - 3 years ago
The folks who publish a very good local (South west British Columbia) cruising guide made a similar voyage not long ago, sailing from Thailand to the Philippines to Japan, Korea, back to Japan and finally crossing the Atlantic to Victoria BC. They gave a marvelous presentation to our Sailing Group, the Blue Water Cruisers Assn. talking about their adventures doing just what you are planning. They did it on a 28 foot boat. Jim and Lynne are lovely, and I'm sure would be happy to talk to you about cruising the region. Here is a link to their contact info on their website. http://salishseapilot.com/contact/ Good luck! I am looking forward to virtually tagging along! Steve
Rustie
Rustie - 3 years ago
look at the Webasto diesel heaters.... No big hole in the deck required....... very efficient and warm...
mike p
mike p - 3 years ago
that's one hell of a trip ... one thing I like about your adventures is your not following what every one else is doing, what a year we have to look forward to.
S/V Sea Gypsea
S/V Sea Gypsea - 3 years ago
Now that will be some interesting VLogs. Thanks for paving the way :P
Peter Free
Peter Free - 3 years ago
What a great voyage and this is what cruising is all about not only are you seeing the world but you are taking you viewers along for the ride. There are so many sailing channels now with new ones that seem to be added daily and your channel stands out as one of the best. Thanks for all the great videos and I will look forward to your adventure ahead.
Jack Terry
Jack Terry - 3 years ago
Should be good, unless you plan on staying in the Vancouver area any length of time.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We reckon it will great, Vancouver included! Liz
Richard Glenn
Richard Glenn - 3 years ago
It is quite a coincidence that just a few days ago, my wife and I where reading this article from Cruising World, reminiscing about our trip to Japan about ten years ago. We were wondering if we could ever fit it into our plans to sail there one day. And here you announce that you are doing just that! We will be following very closely. https://www.cruisingworld.com/sea-less-sailed
Paul Smyers
Paul Smyers - 3 years ago
This is really exciting and I'm really looking forward to seeing your adventures. We hope to find our way into that part of the world at some point as well.
D Gourdine
D Gourdine - 3 years ago
YESSSS!!! Excellent!! You should take a look at " Life is Like Sailing" on YouTube. Alfy does and amazing job with video. He cruises Prince Rupert Sound. He started off in Vancouver, living aboard his C&C 34 at the marina. Interestingly enough, he is a Canadian Mountie as well. His videos are soothing, therapeutic and Beautiful.
D Gourdine
D Gourdine - 3 years ago
Excellent!!
JandG Mitchell
JandG Mitchell - 3 years ago
As a family we did an alaskan tour in our truck camper, looking at sailboats lol. Valdez, Seward and Homer were all Great. Anchorage was way bigger than we expected.  Skagway was a tourist trap for sure but the white pass railway was fun for the family.

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Rottingboards
Rottingboards - 3 years ago
How is your PORTABOTE holding up?  Still like it?
Kris Eriksen
Kris Eriksen - 3 years ago
How does it go with Millie travelling to some of these countries given their strict quarantine laws?
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We avoid countries where quarantine is too strict, hence no passage to Australia. Liz
Brent Cameron
Brent Cameron - 3 years ago
You're doing the route less travelled which is where I was hoping you'd go too...  I had thought that you'd be going by Cambodia and Vietnam, Hong Kong rather than through the Philippines so would be interested in why (cyclone season, counter currents, piracy, etc) but as we've seen from Delos I think you'll love the Philippines as well so I think it will make for great Youtubing either way.
kj7444
kj7444 - 3 years ago
good job great show
Ottiliana Sailing
Ottiliana Sailing - 3 years ago
This is in my humble opinion the best heater for sailboats: http://safire.fi/index.php?id=50 Low power consumption. Extremely quiet, powerful but economical diesel consumption. By taking fresh air from outside, heating it and blowing it in it reduces condensation in cold environments and prevents mold.
Ottiliana Sailing
Ottiliana Sailing - 3 years ago
And it is easy to maintain, during the 15 Years i've had Safire only once i have replaced the glowplug, witch is BTW same as all older toyota diesel motors have, so it's easy to get from anywhere in the world.
Sailing Lucette
Sailing Lucette - 3 years ago
Love it, sounds like an amazing journey. A lot of miles ahead. Peace and fair winds.
ann mcwilliams
ann mcwilliams - 3 years ago
Need good heating system for colder weather
ann mcwilliams
ann mcwilliams - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat
Not Personally but there is a YouTube channel called Sail Life.
He is a live aboard with his dog. Obelix is the boat he lives on Athena is the boat he is currently doing up it’s bigger he has done hundreds of videos but he did one on his heating system in Obelix and he lives in Denmark so it’s quite cold there in the winter so that might be worth your while to have a look his logo is a red disc with their white yacht. Fair winds
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Yup. Any suggestions? Liz.
jason cooper
jason cooper - 3 years ago
Brilliant, life is about pushing your own comfort zone and I wish I could make the journey with you. incredible and you will well document it
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Cheers, Jay! Would be brilliant to have you along. ❤️ Liz
Formosa41
Formosa41 - 3 years ago
Hopefully I can get Paradise in the water in time that we may share an anchorage while you're in the PNW.
Tim C
Tim C - 3 years ago
Hi guys... hopefully with your new travels... you'll be able to make more videos more often... looking forward to watching more of you
David Ward
David Ward - 3 years ago
From my time spent in Japan the food is fantastic. I can highly recommend Shabu Shabu!!!!!!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
That's one of the big pluses for us, we're big into food! Or just big... Liz
Ben Steel
Ben Steel - 3 years ago
See if you can talk to Delos crew about the Philippines ... They loved it ..
David Ward
David Ward - 3 years ago
What a plan!!! Absolutely Stirling stuff from you both, that’s a lot of water to cross to get to Canada but what a bloody adventure. Blows me away with every episode. Chapeau to you Liz and Jamie. xx
David Ward
David Ward - 3 years ago
After my cycle across America and then watching your amazing journey I’m always inspired and know I need another adventure!!! Keep it up. Awesomeness on water with two lovely folk..
David Ward
David Ward - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat yeh go for it. It’s an amazing idea, I’m excited for you both..
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Cheers, mate. You've gotta, though, haven't you?! Life's for living. ❤️ Liz
bilyd333
bilyd333 - 3 years ago
As has been noted, please be very careful in the Southeast portion of the Philippines. I know from first hand experience that it can be a little dicey there. The main island of Luzon is much safer. Manila is a world class city, if you choose such a thing. Corrigedor is a wonderful site to visit if you are interested in WW2. Also Subic Bay has a recreational island called Grande island, which also has WW2 remnants. Another tidbit on Grande island is a tiny island adjacent which is called shark island. Not sure if that is an official name, however should you choose to visit there you will understand it's name. Good sailing! Fair winds!
Tony Page
Tony Page - 3 years ago
I can't wait. There is very little on sailing blogs around Japan and it is going to be an exciting journey. I'm packing my bags so to speak.
Michael Virgona
Michael Virgona - 3 years ago
Awesome plan. Lots of blue to cover before Japan let alone the Pacific North West. A little disappointed we won't see you in Australia just yet but will watch with great interest as you prepare then travel. Will you keep heading East from the America's or come back across the South Pacific?
Russel Tatham
Russel Tatham - 3 years ago
You're crazy but I love it !
Heather Richard
Heather Richard - 3 years ago
I have been living aboard with various diesel and forced air heaters for 20 years now and very happy to give you advise on installations and products that have worked and also not worked and why... email me finedayforsailing@icloud.com Will hopefully be soon posting videos of our own getting ready for extended cruise with 3 kids leaving in October from San Francisco... I spent a summer in japan teaching sailing and working as beach lifeguard and almost didn’t come home but decided it would be best to actually graduate from college... you will love it!!!
Casey Immoor
Casey Immoor - 3 years ago
Greetings from a regular viewer in Seattle! We are of course overjoyed at this news. I always think that challenging yourself in different ways is the main way we keep life interesting! Of course while we viewers from the northern hemisphere do enjoy watching you sail about in far warmer climes (jumping off the boat to clean the propeller with just a snorkle and mask, GAH! Unimaginable!), I think you will love love love Japan and all that it has to offer. We will keep following all the way and when you get to our side of the soup bowl expect a hardy welcome! Cheers, Casey on S/V Devotion
Kevin Fisher
Kevin Fisher - 3 years ago
August time frame, which will be summer. However at some point during that route, yes a heater will be handy. Cheap and low electric use, look at options can burn wood. Driftwood is free, having a fan will be your only additional electric use and should not be that big of an extra draw. Lot of heaters cause humidity issues, which I am sure you know is bad in a boat, and will than require de-humidifiers. Wood burning stove/heater will not have this issue. In fact you might even need to put kettle of water on top to add some humidity back into the air. Although if burning driftwood, that might not be needed. Downside is will require chimney/flew maintenance cleaning out creosote periodically. Salt in the driftwood actually produces dioxin, which is not great for the environment. However, you might be able to find and use plenty of free wood in your ventures on islands that is not salt soaked.
Kevin Fisher
Kevin Fisher - 3 years ago
Yea big issue is storing wood, especially if its driftwood as will need couple mo's to dry bit more. Idk, been tossing around the idea myself in the future, but thinking just might get some fuel heater that has capability of burning wood occassionally in it.
Saltwest Co
Saltwest Co - 3 years ago
Hey Jamie, Liz, check out saltwest.co we post a number of time a week, have detailed our diesel heater configuration in some episodes, as well as the joys of condensation and necessities for proper insulation.  It's incredible cruising around Vancouver Island, particularly summer.  The winters can be long and tedious!
Dean Moore
Dean Moore - 3 years ago
Sounds like a great trip, and the refit will also be a great learning platform for all of your watchers.
Riccardo Sorreca
Riccardo Sorreca - 3 years ago
You are the best couple i ever seen ( for the moment only on video) on a sailing boat!!! Best on all issues regarding life on board., very accurate on every details about sailing and whatever you have to face,solve and fix during navigation.Some of the best advices for cruisers and sailors. BRAVI.
Hans Quistorff
Hans Quistorff - 3 years ago
I live on the south end of the Salish sea which is called Puget Sound which is a continuation of the sea behind Vancouver Island. The best time to sail these waters is July through September which is our dry season. After that it pays to head for Mexico or Hawaii. If you get to the Longbranch Marina I will have berries waiting for you.
John McFarland
John McFarland - 3 years ago
Wow, what an adventure ahead of you. Have you figured out how long (actual travel time) this trip will take excluding stops along the way? You've peaked my curiosity to find out what you need to do to Esper to get her ready for the voyage, so looking forward to future episodes. Glad you're taking the time to get prepared. Be safe out there.
John McFarland
John McFarland - 3 years ago
Oops, I didn't think of looking there. Thanks.
elfaroproductions
elfaroproductions - 3 years ago
Be wonderful to welcome you to Vancouver
Jeffrey Byrne
Jeffrey Byrne - 3 years ago
I didn't hear specifics on whether you were considering Alaska as part of the loop. Wasn't sure what time of year you were thinking. Check out SY Zero who went from Hawaii to Alaska and down the west coast. Also 'Life is like sailing' with Alfie where he knows the Canada coast like the back of his hand,
Milton Drageset
Milton Drageset - 3 years ago
FREAKIN' AWESOME CALL on going to Japan. Have fun!
Jeanette Lamb
Jeanette Lamb - 3 years ago
:) Woo Hoo!!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Yay!
F mc
F mc - 3 years ago
yea someone pointed this guy out earlier, could be a great resource for you two! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bFkF48T1wU
windmill1965
windmill1965 - 3 years ago
In case you are looking for inspirational video's covering Canada's West coast you could take a look at channel Sailing Emerald Steel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sujules/videos around the beginning of 2018.
curacao11
curacao11 - 3 years ago
japan awesome cant wait to see the videos
GGN SNG
GGN SNG - 3 years ago
thanks again for all the videos. looking forward to the passage east. FW&FS.
Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner - 3 years ago
Sounds really cold for a long time.better you than me.
Actually if youre not planning on south pacific after northern you would be missing so much.
Its really magic cruising in south pacific. Its what dreams are made of.
My guess would be you might skip it cause of the circumnavigation.
That would be a sacrifice for sure.
You could do hawaii from japan. Tahiti from hawaii but that just loops you back to australia or newzealand.
Just sayin.
windmill1965
windmill1965 - 3 years ago
Wow, that's an impressive three year plan. I wish you all the best with the preparations. And as for Japan: itte rasshai!
steve heathcote
steve heathcote - 3 years ago
Wow, amazing plan. Be very careful in the Philippines south, not only pirates but terrorists in that area. North/Mid Philippines is best: San Fernando on Luzon West, Puerto Galera, Boracay, Cebu are all very safe tourist areas. How about Vietnam, Hainan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan route?
Daniel Callinan
Daniel Callinan - 3 years ago
Great choice! A Japan to Sitka Alaska route is a good one, then head up to Glacier Bay before heading down through the Inside Passgae to Victoria BC. SE Alaska, Queen Charlotte, and Vancouver Island should not be missed. The weather is benign in the summer months with some misty fog and calm winds on the inside. Can't wait to follow your travels!
Gyzmo Power
Gyzmo Power - 3 years ago
A great decision. You will be the first main player to Vlog that route. Exciting times ahead. Good luck. SV Faraway
Mike Schrage
Mike Schrage - 3 years ago
Don't skip Alaska, the scenery and wildlife are spectacular! You might want to scan the blog of a couple who did the trip from east to west in their Nordhavn trawler starting from the PNW. While their trip was more like being on a cruise ship compared to sailing, you'll find some useful information about the various places they stopped at along the way. They called their trip the Great Siberian Sushi Run. The related blog posts are in their 2009 and 2010 archive.
https://www.kensblog.com/cv/archives/cy/2009
https://www.kensblog.com/cv/archives/cy/2010
Robyn Buxton
Robyn Buxton - 3 years ago
Do you live aboard all the time or do you have a land home
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We've lived aboard full time since 2006. ☺️ Liz
Tim Latta
Tim Latta - 3 years ago
Great decision!
cushman cushman
cushman cushman - 3 years ago
if youre interested in diesel heating stove i would look at Sail Lifes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuLvL_tXR9w&ab_channel=SailLife p.s. if you need crew help on your pacific crossing havent been sailing since the 90s message me i would love to get my feet wet again
Luiz Schmidt
Luiz Schmidt - 3 years ago
Awesome! Can't wait to see the videos about the preparation!
Genjinai
Genjinai - 3 years ago
Visit Alaska, this is your opportunity to do so. You will never regret it.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Oh it sounds incredible!
Jeremiah Rathbun
Jeremiah Rathbun - 3 years ago
If you do so choose to visit Alaska, you will certainly not regret it. Kodiak is wonderful all year round, as well as the rest of the state. If you stop in Homer, Seward, or Whittier, I would be more than happy to show you around. And as you head down the coast toward the rest of the west coast, the Prince William Sound will leave you in awe.
MAL L
MAL L - 3 years ago
Fantastic news and i cant wait for the future refit plans i always like the maintenance side of things, and good move on getting a Hard Top, my new boat has a Soft Top but i much prefer a Hard Top, there is an optional Hard Top for my model yacht and the original designer/builder still has the mold for it and will make one for me, lucky i got onto him as he is retiring later this year!
MAL L
MAL L - 3 years ago
You should be able to get a decent looking one done in painted aluminum.
Bill Baker
Bill Baker - 3 years ago
Roy Schieder said it best. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Only kidding:-) Esper and her crew are well found and will be more so before the trip. All the best and looking forward to the adventure almost as much as you are. Peace and fair winds.
design of modern life
design of modern life - 3 years ago
sushi sushi sushi
jjaus
jjaus - 3 years ago
I love, love Japan. It's Asian, but unlike most of Asia, extremely clean, organised and efficient. We're going back in May for three weeks. Can't wait. We're going in May because Japan seems to be either freezing cold or humid and hot. If you get there in August, I doubt you'll need a heater. I am sure you're canny travellers, but I will mention that you should stay from tourist areas. Two kinds of people come back, those who say it's expensive and those who say it's cheap. We're the latter, compared to Australia or the UK, it's very cheap. Normal supermarkets are cheap and have wonderful food. Only expensive things as beef and some fruits. Oh the food though, magnificent everwhere, even 711, Lawsons and other convenience stores.
jjaus
jjaus - 3 years ago
Sorry about the errors, tiny keyboard and big fingers.
hartstudebakerkid
hartstudebakerkid - 3 years ago
Heating you are thinking old school where you have to vent . The newer propane heaters are direct vent so you do not need to cut a hole through your boat and they have sensors to shut them off when the oxygen level gets low you can get either blue flame of catalytic. You just need to find empty wall space and keep the necessary clearances. just an example....https://www.amazon.com/Dyna-Glo-BF10PMDG-Liquid-Propane-Heater/dp/B016HUP4OS/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1520119372&sr=8-4&keywords=blue+flame+propane+heater an other source https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200664868_200664868
Catherine Hammond
Catherine Hammond - 3 years ago
Rally to the East is very professionally and well run by Sazli. A must see is Maratua Atoll/Island on the way to Sulawesi. Another absolute must is ToliToli, to enjoy the fabulous hospitality of the young English students. Easy to day sail along the top of Sulawesi. The area from Manado to Bitung has some good anchorages, and Bitung is a clearance port. That area had quite a Navy presence and patrols, and they are concerned about illegal immigrants from Phillipines, so I think there is good protection heading north.

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Jack Terry
Jack Terry - 3 years ago
if you can go in the Summer months to Vancouver, no heater needed.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
It's the wildlife that excites me!
j.j. Buescher
j.j. Buescher - 3 years ago
The sea of Cortez is spectacular.
Take a look at the videos from adventure adrift.they covered the lower Cortez in winter same temps as phoenix ...
Not as exotic a where you have been..
Wildlife galore.
San Juans in the summer, or
San Diego on the ball
Apache Moonshine23
Apache Moonshine23 - 3 years ago
What a great trip that sounds
Apache Moonshine23
Apache Moonshine23 - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat use are both amazing sailors and when I set sail I’ll be following your route through the med an Suez Canal do use think it’s safe to go through the Suez. Plus once uses went through there where did you stop of
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
It's a long way, and it's exciting to plan. We hope to document it all here on YT. ✌️ Liz
INDEPENDENCE for RESEARCH at SEA - PROJECT MANAIA
INDEPENDENCE for RESEARCH at SEA - PROJECT MANAIA - 3 years ago
alright, that reason I can understand.... quite well too... And inside of Taiwan (The strait) is rather rough at times too.... so might just be worth daving those few miles....
Gordon Shanahan
Gordon Shanahan - 3 years ago
As part of your preparations, I'm sure you'll be updating your medical supplies. I'd love to see a video on this subject with some info like what's in Espa's med kit, what kinds of drugs should a cruiser have ie antibiotics etc, and maybe some recommendations for literature on the subject, also I'd love to read your books but they are only in Kindle format and having a kobo I can't read them! Glad to hear you're coming to Canada! You guys are such an inspiration and as a result of your channel, among others, my girlfriend and I will be buying a boat and setting sail in about 3 years time (hopefully). So I need all the advice I can get!
J H
J H - 3 years ago
Love the route! Passages that few Youtubers do....
Tom S
Tom S - 3 years ago
looking forward to coming along
Doug Matthew
Doug Matthew - 3 years ago
Looking forward to your beautiful photography of Japan.
TBone MC
TBone MC - 3 years ago
Well that's crystal ball gazing. I've spent a lot of time watching your travels so if you guys stay true to form getting you out of the northern Philippines will be like extracting teeth.  I think this should be called your 5 year plan because it's pointless putting off seeing places until your next life. I look forward to sharing the ride.
tanenolan
tanenolan - 3 years ago
Awesome, cannot wait. The piracy was/is centred around Mindinao and Palawan.. the rest seems ok, however Delos had a great 4-5 months there. So excited to see this sail blog too.
S/V Adma
S/V Adma - 3 years ago
My jaws dropped to the floor.... Very ambitious ....Must be one epic adventure if it all works out.
gus quintela
gus quintela - 3 years ago
Good
Terry Harms
Terry Harms - 3 years ago
Glad to hear this, with any luck on my side I will come to Vancover to meet you
rolandpeters1
rolandpeters1 - 3 years ago
What a journey “wow” this might be a really daft question, if I was going to fly to for example to Japan, I might need visa,s , passport etc, so how does one with a vessel just turn up and say hello I’ve arrived. Or is planning the journey part of the course including the journey . I guess on arrival in any port traveling from a different country requires some form of communication before entering or do you arrive and then who do you see. You can tell I have not done this myself so have little understanding on the process, I look forward to your thoughts and your future planing, regards Mark
Sea Travel
Sea Travel - 3 years ago
Outstanding and exciting trips ahead. Check out "emerald steel", they could be a wealth of information on on north america/Pacific northwest
Mike L Hawaii
Mike L Hawaii - 3 years ago
What! This is awesome man, the PNW is beautiful, I grew up in Seattle. Okinawa is very very friendly to sailboats, my wife is from there. Noonsite of course has very critical info about Japan, I read something about making sure the status of the yacht is changed after arrival. Be sure to get a fishing license when arriving in Vancouver along with some crab pots. The crabbing there is amazing.
David McVicar
David McVicar - 3 years ago
I am very excited to hear that you are heading to Japan. Have not heard of other cruisers who have been there so it will be wonderful to see your perspective of an Asian first world country. A short hop from Aust (a mere 10 hrs) and similar time zone, we visit every year. Favourite place. The culture, the people, food, ...... Travelling around the country, with an eye on the waterways, I have seen beautiful, often rugged, coastlines, crazy busy ports, stunning islands (google the cat island and the rabbit island. No stowaways!), really strong currents ripping through the straights and plenty of wind. I am always amazed at the lack of pleasure boating and therefore there maybe a lack of facilities for cruisers? Just my impression. Maybe your travel budget will stretch to a flying visit before 2020 to do a reccy? A wonderful but challenging time ahead. Thank you for sharing.
Shao 210
Shao 210 - 3 years ago
I lived in Tokyo when I was in my teens...SUSHI! IS A MUST lol I pretty much lived on it..most of the fishermen s wharfs and markets serve fresh sushi as well as tons of cooked items like king crab..and stuff......its a must try in my book...also the shops are fantastic all over Japan..dont be afraid to eat from the vending machines either, they have fresh foods in some but the canned items are great as well...oh I forgot to mention the ramen shops also most are fairly low cost...nothing like a hot steaming bowl of amazing ramen on a cold Japanese day...safe travels to you both.
Frederic Koning
Frederic Koning - 3 years ago
It will be great to see you in the Pacific Northwest. So much to see and do. I hope we meet.
Samantha Kerry
Samantha Kerry - 3 years ago
I've been watching this guy on his travels trying food in many countries, this is his Japan Street food video
https://youtu.be/KzZmPXGlMRI
Colin Mills
Colin Mills - 3 years ago
Brrrr, will be quite a change. When you get to Canada you should hook up with Alfy from Life is Like Sailing. He's a really cool guy.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpePrK2JrKZe2YNC4UFj7cg
Ron Hunter
Ron Hunter - 3 years ago
Wow! Maybe one day in the next few years I will get to meet you as you're getting closer to my end of the world. San Diego is about 6 or 7 hours drive. Depending on how much coffee I drink... Once you get to Vancouver are you planning on continuing down the US West coast? Or waiting until summer and going up to Alaska? I hear that is spectacular. Either way, what an adventure. I am happy for you. Be safe. Oh, I just had a thought, Sailing Doodles is in the process of
sailing/delivering a boat from the Pacific NW to somewhere in your general area for its new owner, a charter outfit somewhere in the S/E Asia area. Not sure exactly how close but, your general area of the world. They are going clockwise around the Pacific, and may have left Mexico by now. Not sure. I believe the boat has a diesel heater. If they're going to remove it, you may be able to pick it up. The whole system. Just a thought.
dean hood
dean hood - 3 years ago
Radiation from uncontained nuclear reactor cores and spent fuel pool meltdowns at the Fukushima plant. I would not sail Japan to Alaska.
Life is Like Sailing
Life is Like Sailing - 3 years ago
That sounds like a GREAT plan! I especially like the final destination of course! ha Here is a link to my Guide to Cruising Canada's West Coast for you and anyone else that might want to learn more about this area that I cruise. Looking forward to following your big passage and I hope we get to raft up somewhere! Alfy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by6S5Ta9NAg
Steve Wright
Steve Wright - 3 years ago
Will you travel direct Hawaii? The Aleutians are intoxicatingly close to your track. Google "Next Extreme Nordhavn Voyage"
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
No plans to go to Hawaii. Yes, I've looked at the Nordhavn Aleutians rally. Love their motorsailers - but so expensive! ✌️ Liz
Pete Gasson
Pete Gasson - 3 years ago
Rugby World Cup 2019 Sept/Oct Japan, see you there
Slow Boat Sailing
Slow Boat Sailing - 3 years ago
Why not just go to the next country over and buy a heater when you get to someplace north. You’ve been upgrading the boat for the past 4 years in Thailand? Sail first. The stories of upgraded boats for big trips that never happened are legion.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We want to be warm when we hit the cold weather, not spend weeks freezing while we install a heater.
We spent one year on a refit, the other three years have been spent sailing. Have you watched our videos?
This is our third long passage, and we know we would be negligent not to prepare properly.
Happy sailing! ✌️Liz
Darren J
Darren J - 3 years ago
Wow what an awesome plan, that's me continuing to be hooked on Follow the boat for the next few years.
As for heating I think diesel is definitely the way to go. I used to have a Dickinson Antarctic stove on my old boat, it was lovely looking at the flames through the glass window. However, I would think twice about a drip feed diesel heater like that (or refleks etc) for a long passage as they can suffer with blow back if its too windy and you have to be careful with positioning as they don't like to be inclined (when healing) for long periods of time (assuming you want heat whilst sailing.
In my current boat I have a wallas blown air heater. It is brilliant, low currant draw, low fuel consumption, easy to service, very very quite in operation (not like an eberspacher jet engine) very safe as it draws combustion air from outside and during the warmer periods you can use it to suck in cooler air from outside and circulate it. The downside is that the initial investment is a bit pricey but in my opinion well worth it and you have to think about where you will run the hot air ducking. Keep up the good work :)
Darren J
Darren J - 3 years ago
Hi Liz, no I'm not on FB but I am on Instagram, I'll send you a DM from there it will come up as life_on_apsu cheers Darren
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Are you on Facebook? Can use Messenger... I'm Liz Cleere on FB.
Darren J
Darren J - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat happy to help, feel free to pick away Liz
Espen Erlien
Espen Erlien - 3 years ago
So cool:)
kla2r56
kla2r56 - 3 years ago
You can try sea urchins there!
Never for Ever
Never for Ever - 3 years ago
Oooh, the PNW! You won't regret it... there is a lifetime of anchorages here. Webasto, Espar, Dickenson are big heat sources here with some opting for wood fired. Hopefully we will be able to meet up; I so want to meet Millie...
Will W
Will W - 3 years ago
Since you will have to install a heating source for the cold weather, does that mean you will have to get rid of something to make the room or is there enough space to rearrange things and have enough room?
bill hanna
bill hanna - 3 years ago
be careful of the 'Saki bars' no serious you will love Japan
Brian Swanland
Brian Swanland - 3 years ago
Sorry  if  I ramble on  these comments.   One  limiting factor when  visiting  Japan  for me has been that I know of no  long term visitor visa and have been  limited  to 90 days upon entry.   However, unlike  Europe, you  can leave  Japan  for  a day (US$220 round trip to Seoul) and get  another  90 days upon your return.   According to a friend.  he  was  told by immigration that they generally limit tourists  to 6 months in a year.  Are you planning to visit Taiwan  as well?  I highly recommend  it  if  you can fit it your itinerary.  It is a little cheaper  than Japan but  I honestly have  no  idea if it  is  cruiser friendly and what the boat-related prices  are.  Brian
z non
z non - 3 years ago
The route through Sulawise... Are you freaking kidding? 199 accounts of piracy in those waters last year. And those numbers are trending up. Look at your fellow cruisers Sabina who was shot dead after well, I won't say. RIP to her husband who was held captive and later beheaded with a knife after ransoms weren't met a 2nd time.

I love you 3 and wish you would take the long route. Live to beat into it another day.

If you get captured, don't worry we WILL pay the ransom : ]
S/V Outcasts
S/V Outcasts - 3 years ago
And here I thought we were the Outcasts! You guys are circling the world in the wrong direction HAHA! Fair winds to you
Håkan Weidrup
Håkan Weidrup - 3 years ago
Wen it came too heaters I most recomend the german Webasto. Install and push the button and heat you get. German engineering is unbeated.
Regards
Håkan
Sweden
Frank & Angeline Frisch
Frank & Angeline Frisch - 3 years ago
Very excited to see someone doing the route my wife and I are planning to take! I highly recommend hitting Alaska if its at all possible! We have spent about 10 years living in Alaska, working on the Bering Sea, and much of the southern coastal water including a lot of time in the Prince William Sound. Absolutely stunning and friendly place, somewhere I strongly encourage anyone who can to visit. Its truly a one of a kind place! Looking forward to watching your progress!
Robert Orzech
Robert Orzech - 3 years ago
Get yourself a little geiger counter for when you're anywhere near Japan . Lots on line for 200 to 300 dollars
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Fnar fnar. Liz
robsycko
robsycko - 3 years ago
You should check these out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE6DIdVXHE4
Charles Phillips
Charles Phillips - 3 years ago
Webasto Thermo Top Diesel heater, you can pick them up on ebay for about £100 second hand (they use them as pre-heaters on landrovers and jaguar) then you get hot water for showers as well as towel rails and blowers. Toasty even now at -6C (water temperature 4.5 deg C)in the UK now!
Charles Phillips
Charles Phillips - 3 years ago
Power consumption is an issue on start-up it has to be said, but once it is running it's really quite low. Especially if you use passive heating (e.g. radiators.) The other issue is if you run it low then it needs de-coking regularly. But... the fuel efficiency is astounding, the speed of warm-up is amazing and the ability to have a hot shower when it's really cold. Remember if it is really cold you will want to run it whilst sailing, which is no problem for the webasto, I've seen the diesel static heaters pour fuel all over the floor on a lean. A friend of mine gives a lot of good information on solid fuel burners which is an easier alternative here: http://www.faymarine.com/Pauls%20Information%20Site/fire_design.htm you could get that made where you are now!
Salty Buster
Salty Buster - 3 years ago
What will you do with Millie?
Salty Buster
Salty Buster - 3 years ago
That's really civilised. Looking forward to seeing the journey, Buster
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
I've been in touch with Japan Customs in Okinawa who tell me that as long as she stays on the boat, we do not need any special veterinary certificates and she will not need to be quarantined. I'm also awaiting a reply from Yokohama...
Salty Buster
Salty Buster - 3 years ago
How will that work, Q flags etc.?
robsycko
robsycko - 3 years ago
Coop W
Coop W - 3 years ago
Canada awaits you. Peace love and blessings.
Dan Wood
Dan Wood - 3 years ago
Yes!!! I’ve been waiting to see someone sail to Japan. Looking forward to see your next adventure. Fair winds.
Darrell Werner
Darrell Werner - 3 years ago
I have been watching you for some time now and look forward to your refit in prep for the trip east. I live in Seattle so please let me know when you will be in my area. Couldn't think of a better and more interesting house guest, if you wish. But most important, take care of yourself and remember life is GOOD. DD
Keith Masey
Keith Masey - 3 years ago
You'll love Japan it's a great place and not as expensive as some people think. You won't be paying for accommodation which will save you a lot of money as that is expensive, also taxis are very expensive. The food there is very good and the people are really nice. Your biggest challenge there will probably be the language as Japanese is very difficult to learn (much harder than Bahasa) and English is not widely spoken. It's a bewildering, fascinating and really odd place.
S/V Doin' It Right
S/V Doin' It Right - 3 years ago
I'll be watching intently. I lived in far northern Japan for 8 years and as I plan for my retirement on the boat, I've been looking for places there that are cruiser friendly. I've not read or seen from a lot of people that traveled north of Okinawa.
h2odragon1
h2odragon1 - 3 years ago
Southern Philippines is NOT the place to stay! That is where the terrorist Organization Abu Saef operates! Tourists have been kidnapped, and beheaded! Go to the central region, around Bohol, Cebu, Negros, or the Northern region Mindoro Is. around Puerto Galera, or Subic bay on Luzon! There is also Leyte, Samar, or many others! NOT SOUTHERN Philippines!
h2odragon1
h2odragon1 - 3 years ago
1, or 2 years ago, it was a pair of Cruisers that were kidnapped, and killed, in the southern region around Mindanao! They were taken off their boat, held for ransom, then beheaded when none was paid! Governments do not pay, and families are restricted in such matters! PLEASE go into Cebu, Dumagete, (Negros), or Bohol!
Megan Roberto
Detroit Jack
Detroit Jack - 3 years ago
You will regret bypassing Taiwan, I guarantee you. Sail up the eastern coast of Taiwan . . . , you absolutely will not regret it.
PNWesty
PNWesty - 3 years ago
Woot! Hopefully you'll be stopping into Oregon (or Washington) on your way south from Canada. I'm a little east of Portland, and would at least love to buy you guys dinner somewhere for a chance to pick your brains for a while. :-) I'm so looking forward to refit videos, watching the passage prep, and seeing Japan through your lens. Cheers, guys!
SailnBlue
SailnBlue - 3 years ago
We will give you a royal welcome to my home waters. From Alaska and all the way down to Puget sound, you will find the scenery spectacular!
And you are right, such things as heaters and insulation suddenly come to the fore. A dickinson diesel is the standard for a lot of folks here.
Charles Thomas
Charles Thomas - 3 years ago
Arigato ademas! I really look forward to the crossing and to seeing Okinawa from your eyes. Be sure to visit with martial artists for whom martial arts is a way of life. I might consider taking on a third crew for a passage like that simply because I like to sleep sometimes! Love you guys!
LinuxUser119
LinuxUser119 - 3 years ago
Malaysia to Japan must be roughly 3000 nm but with your route a bit more, then I'm guessing 3500 nm from Japan to Alaska. The crossing from Japan shouldn't take you more than a month, but I think Malaysia to Japan will take you guys a lifetime with all the stops on route.
Anyway if you don't stop for more than a few days in the island's on route to Japan, and if you don't spend 4 years in Japan, you should be in Alaska or Canada by July/August 2019.
How does my guesstimate fit in with your timetable.
LinuxUser119
LinuxUser119 - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat OK found it, thanks
Will Hunt
Will Hunt - 3 years ago
We were in Alaska in June one year and found the temperature about 30 C??? It is rare but can happen. We had to go buy shorts? When it gets that warm the wildlife hides :(
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
1 year. Depart east coast Malaysia Apr/May 2019...it's in the description...
LinuxUser119
LinuxUser119 - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat two years preparation? I thought only one year was needed.
Wandering Knapps
Wandering Knapps - 3 years ago
Thank you for another video. We love being connected. We will be finally fixing up our boat inthe next two to three weekends. Looking forward to getting out on the water too.
the sloop Image
the sloop Image - 3 years ago
Exciting news, I am looking forward to the prep as well as the journey, can't offer any advice so best of luck is all you are getting LOL
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Hehe. It's going to be one very steep learning curve, that's for sure. Looking forward to the prep though.
sailing chotu
sailing chotu - 3 years ago
WOW this is bold and exciting news! HAPPY PLANNING, sending love and luck from the Pacific SOUTHwest (hoping you'll eventually make it down this way [maybe after you've had enough of the cold]!). I trace my love for "messing about in boats" to an unforgettable experience from my youth anchoring throughout the remarkable inlets of Vancouver Island. Tommy
sailing chotu
sailing chotu - 3 years ago
Thanks Liz, we look forward someday somewhere out there to meeting you, our cruising heroes :-)
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Hey Tommy, nice to hear from you guys. It would be great to hook up. Looking forward to Vancouver.
Mike Hayse
Mike Hayse - 3 years ago
That was my vote, nice. I've never seen a sailing vlog from Japan. See you in North America!
Ted Jernigan
Ted Jernigan - 3 years ago
Try to connect on Facebook with Masahiro Miki. I have known him for almost 40 years. He is a sailor. I think he is or was a part owner of a sailboat in Japan. He is retired and still very active. He went to school in Arizona and thinks he is a Texan. He worked for Texas Instruments for many years. He wears a cowboy hat in most photos that he posts. He may be able to provide some info on sailing near Japan. Fair winds and following seas!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Nice one, Ted. He sounds like a real character with a lot of knowledge. We'll look him up.
T.M. Edgar
T.M. Edgar - 3 years ago
Japan. Love it. Can't wait. Search YouTube for: "Life On An Epic Sailboat In Japan", New Zealander on a Catamaran spending a few years with family in Japan's inland sea. You may be able to contact this guy for inside sailing advice. Consider Nagasaki or Sasebo on the Japan Sea, Shimoda on the Izu pennisula is also a wonderful place. You may be able to solve your heating requirements in Japan. Space heaters are still quite common there, they may have a suitable solution for you. No longer living there unfortunately but someday hopefully, will be doing the same. In the mean time, I get to watch and learn.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Great advice, thank you. We'll look up those guys.
August Pendergast
August Pendergast - 3 years ago
How exciting. Looking forward to watching along.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Stay tuned, August...
Dilithium Crystals
Dilithium Crystals - 3 years ago
Life is Like Sailing Heating with Propane some good useful data in show more https://youtu.be/hAOYtsw6VI8
Don B.
Don B. - 3 years ago
Well that is a very ambitious cruise, one fraught with challenges. Glad to see you are carefully thinking through all of the risks. My sense is you will be well prepared by the time of departure.

It has been said sailors start with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck. Clearly you are very experienced sailors and have almost filled your bag of experience. That said I would suggest you hang on to a little bit of luck for this journey.

I don't have much to contribute in the way of advice however as you are aware when considering a heat source factor in condensation and ventilation. Pacific crossing are long, cold and damp. Coming off watch to a damp cabin/bedding/clothes is just plain miserable. I won't mention mold and mildew. My home waters are in the pacific northwest and I heat my boat with a propane furnace (Cozy Cabin). I almost always leave a hatch or vent open to allow for air circulation. Seems to work for me. I am sure your vessel is equipped with more efficient ventilation. For safety I have propane sniffers, O2 sensors and CO2 sensors.

Also based on what I have seen from others making a pacific crossing redundancy, especially in your auto pilot technology is imperative.

When you make it to the west coast of BC, my home waters are in Sidney on Vancouver Island, and I would welcome the opportunity to buy you dinner. In the meantime I will follow your adventure online. Good luck!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
That would be marvellous, Don. Love Vancouver. Thank you for the heads up re heating. All advice welcome as this is new to us. We'll look into Cosy Cabin too.
Tracey Cerul
Tracey Cerul - 3 years ago
Ambitious plan! We will follow your journey. Heat is gonna be a requirement before you get to Japan. A diesel heater would probably be your best guess and not a major issue, unless you decide on a Hydronic system. SE Alaska a must, you wont regret it. Then work your way south of the inside passage through Canada. Cheers John & Tracey, mvpairadice.blogspot.com
Dilithium Crystals
Dilithium Crystals - 3 years ago
Awesome!!! You're coming to Canada. Try and contact Alfy from Life is Like Sailing...He's the expert...and I do mean expert on the west coast...B.C.
jfelix
jfelix - 3 years ago
I agree, Alfie is the guru for sailing in that area of the world. He has a nice compact heating system for your consideration. FWFS
Dilithium Crystals
Dilithium Crystals - 3 years ago
Fantastic. Alfy is an astute Canadian sailer.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Liz has already been in touch! He sounds like a top bloke.
peter raymund
peter raymund - 3 years ago
Maybe you should go to Ishigaki as your first port of call in Japan.
By the way Japan is not expensive and you will also will get the 8% off everything you buy, just take your passport with you when shopping.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
That's good to know, Peter. Thank you.
mobiltec
mobiltec - 3 years ago
We may be able to meet up! That would be great.
Stefano Padoan
Stefano Padoan - 3 years ago
Really looking forward to see the next refit on Esper in preparation for the trip! Wish you all the best!
Daangs
Daangs - 3 years ago
Love it. Can get your hard dodger and other boat works done for a reasonable price in Cebu, Philippines. Sail with Andy (YouTube) had his made there.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Actually we hope to start work on it within the week. We can't all down the west coast in the next SW without the dodger. That said, I understand work in the Philippines is good. No doubt we'll have more work to do when we get there!
Brian Swanland
Brian Swanland - 3 years ago
I lived in  Japan 14 years  and love it.  I think  it will be  great  as long  as you have the bureaucratic details  worked out in  advance.   Brian
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Yep, Liz has already started a dialogue with them, Brian. She's well prepared!
Brian Swanland
Brian Swanland - 3 years ago
Great choice!  Don't rush  to leave Japan.   I've heard  the inland sea is beautiful and well protected.  Brian
windmill1965
windmill1965 - 3 years ago
Sailiing followtheboat Japan cold? In the winter yes, but if you are there in the summer you will be surprised how hot and humid it is on the south and southeast side of Honshu island (the main island). At times I found its climate worse than Malaysia.
Brian Swanland
Brian Swanland - 3 years ago
Japan experienced 19 years of deflation so prices are now on a par with Europe.   Since you won't be renting an  apartment I think  you will  find it  about the  same as if your boat  were  in the UK. Eating in restaurants is fairly cheap, about US$ 10 for a Ramen set lunch, or US$20 for a conveyor belt sushi meal with 10  plates  (2 sushi per plate).  Another  USS$8 if you get a hot sake to go with it.  Staying in  business class hotels in most cities except Tokyo and Osaka is about US$ 150 a night.   You can  also  get  a Japan  RailPass for  a week of travel by bullet train anywhere in the country for US$320-340.  I've done that twice and managed to see a  bunch of places  I  didn't see when I was living in Japan. You usually  have to buy the tickets before you arrive in Japan  although last year you could buy them as a foreigner in Japan  for an additional fee.    I have no idea what  the boat service prices are but I don't think they'll  be exorbitant as I believe the Marinas are public.   Brian
paulvanderzaal
paulvanderzaal - 3 years ago
There is a british guy living and sailing with his family in a warram catamaran in japan. His channel is " go sea camping"
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
And he was the first person to comment on this video! We've been in touch and look forward to catching up. Reckon he'll know a think or two...
nolanphoto
nolanphoto - 3 years ago
While crossing the Pacific can you please document any massive pollution and garbage floating on the water.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Absolutely.
Distance Shooter
Distance Shooter - 3 years ago
Very dangerous sailing. Are you sure you thought this out?
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Of course. We have many months of planning ahead.
Nemm Mjuuk
Nemm Mjuuk - 3 years ago
Wow, what an exciting plan! I will followtheboat right here... :)
Nemm Mjuuk
Nemm Mjuuk - 3 years ago
In regards to heating: I watch DrakeParagon's channel and they use this heater on their trip to Greenland: http://39degree.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-little-cod-to-keep-me-warm.html
paulvanderzaal
paulvanderzaal - 3 years ago
Maybe espar diesel heaters are something for you
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Almost certainly a diesel heater. We're looking into this currently.
John Beskow
John Beskow - 3 years ago
Fukushima radiation drift ? Great Pacific Garbage Patch ? Cold is least of your worries I guess, but F W F S.
John Beskow
John Beskow - 3 years ago
Not meaning to be a killjoy but this is real life not a video game no reset button if things go wrong.
So yes we love to see you enjoying your world but as your taking all the risk, within reason.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
That is one way of looking at it, but...
Michael Q
Michael Q - 3 years ago
Glad to hear that you are going to the Philippines....wonderful people. Be sure to visit:
Puerto Princesa & especially El Nido in Palawan
Maybe Cebu
Puerto Galera
Subic Bay & its Freeport Zone which used to be the biggest US military base outside mainland USA. That's where they ran the Vietnam war from.
A good stopping off point in the Northern Luzon is Bolinao.
Michael Q
Michael Q - 3 years ago
I believe Coron near El Nido is also a must.
The hear that Puerto Galera yacht club is full of very friendly yachties who were on their way to somewhere else...and never left.

I used to live in Subic Bay. There are perfect sailing conditions in the bay for a lot of the time. Flat seas and a smooth consistent warm breeze. My small factory was one of the first to set up there after the American military left in the early 90s leaving an airport, port, dockyard, bunkers (some of which had housed nuclear weapons), hotels, 1200 houses etc. Check out:
Consummare - a reincarnation of my old company, now owned and run by my ex-staff. Superb products and workmanship. (Google 'consummare subic') Talk to Ralen or Angie who will be happy to show you around.
The old Naval Magazine area (virgin triple canopy rain forest)
Ocean Adventure (try to see Scott Sharpe who is a world authority on Dolphins etc).
Go to the Aeta village (the aboriginal people who look like Kalahari bushmen will give you a jungle survival tour).
The housing areas of Binictican & Kalayaan originally built by the Americans.
Olongapo (the local town)
Uk Gamer
Uk Gamer - 3 years ago
Wow this is soo amazing to hear.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Exciting, eh? We're pretty pumped!
Claude Strobbe
Claude Strobbe - 3 years ago
Would be great to meet you in Yokohama !
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
That would be great, Claude. Please stay in touch.
SV Barry Duckworth
SV Barry Duckworth - 3 years ago
So exciting! Everyone says that the Easterly route back across the Pacific is so much more difficult, cold, and long so my wife and I had planned to put off crossing Westward until we were ready to stay there for a long time. I can't wait to watch all the prep you guys are going to be doing for the next year getting yourselves and Esper ready. Our own boat has no heat at all so I'll be following very closely what choices you make for diesel heat.

For me, videos that are more technical and gear-intensive are the most interesting so for me your upcoming videos will be even more interesting for me as you change gears and focus on this new goal. I do love the DIY and upgrade aspect the most, being a gear-head. So many of my own choices when refitting our own boat came from watching your videos.

Once you do leave it will be neat to see you visit new places constantly and to see how the upgrades and preparations you made work in practice. Once we leave full-time ourselves on our own boat I will have to seriously pare down the YouTube channels I watch because of more limited internet, but yours will always be the first one I want to want to watch when I get the chance. Well, you Sail Life, at least until Mads is done with his own long refit of Athena, as I can't get enough of that type of content.
SV Barry Duckworth
SV Barry Duckworth - 3 years ago
I have learned so much from watching your refit videos from a couple of seasons ago. I remember watching the video where you were finally leaving the PSS Boatyard after your long refit when the fuel fill hose leaked as you were filling up the diesel tank. I told my wife right then that this wasn't going to happen to us so we replaced our old hardened, yellowed, and cracking vinyl non-reinforced fuel fill hose with 10 feet of brand new marine SAE J1527 type A2 and ISO 7840 type A2 NMMA/CE fuel fill hose from the deck fill through-hull to the tank last winter. It wasn't cheap by any means. But it was the right thing to do. In fact we have replaced every single hose on the boat so far with new proper and approved-for-purpose marine hose and didn't skimp on anything.

That's just one example where I have learned from the stuff you have done and have shared with us viewers on YouTube.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
The boat prep is going to be a big part of our vlog over the coming year, James. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
PepoteNavegante
PepoteNavegante - 3 years ago
If you are studying going to Alaska, check out the Youtube channel "Venture Lives" for a taste of how sailing there is.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Thank you for that. I don't know the channel but we'll take a look. Reckon they'll know their onions.
Robert Evans
Robert Evans - 3 years ago
Great news! As a sailor living aboard I strongly suggest a forced air heat system as you can run ducts through out the boat. I have a Dickinson diesel heater with chimney and I have to close the forward and aft cabins to stay warm. Hurricane Heaters are expensive but worth considering.
Robert Evans
Robert Evans - 3 years ago
Sent via your mailing list. And yes I am a shipwright.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Robert, would it be too much to ask for you to email me? You sound like you know what you're taking about and we're always looking for informed opinions, especially on the heating front.
mudcrutched1
mudcrutched1 - 3 years ago
Iwakuni Japan is great. Southwest of Hiroshima. Lived there 3 years.
shayson1357
shayson1357 - 3 years ago
I've read that japanese waters aren't the most pleasant for sailing yachts, is this true ?
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
We couldn't tell you, we're not there yet!
Robert Place
Robert Place - 3 years ago
That sounds like an awesome trip for sure. Japan is fantastic, never boated in the area but the food is out of this world, the people are wonderful, though communication can be difficult. I highly recommend a book called the Gaijin Guide to Japan, it will help prevent you from making any number of social faux pas and there are many in Japan. If you do decide on Alaska, be aware that there are tons of regulations and equipment you will need on board. Nearly all of Alaska's waters are zero discharge zones, including grey water. I also highly recommend a bilge outflow filter, there is zero tolerance for oil discharge there so even a few drops of oil creating a slick from your bilge water can result in big fines.There are various permits you will require depending on where you want to go, very strict regulations on approaching wildlife, and you need a written waste management plan. There are plenty of other things to keep in mind but those are just a few. That said, the waters of Alaska are absolutely amazing. The number of whales, bears, bird life, and in general the natural aspects are well worth the effort and expense to equip your boat properly. And, make sure you get out on land and see a few glaciers while you're at it, odds are nothing you have ever seen will match the colors in a glacier.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Excellent advice, Robert. We have a bilge filter, yet to be installed, but there are some other useful pointers there worth thinking about. Thank you.
DarlnDar
DarlnDar - 3 years ago
YAY!!! Wonderful choice you two!! Hopefully you'll be able to visit Kyoto... the oldest Prefecture in the Country!! Total history!! So happy for y'all :) Just be very careful of the fish intake with the Fukashima spill!! Okinawa is where I flew in to for my couple of visits!! I stayed of course in Kyoto and went to many Temples just took in the history & MONKEYS!!! lol Safe Sailing Fair winds you 3 ;)
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
You sound like you know your Japan! Might have to tap you for some more pointers ☺️
warp21drive
warp21drive - 3 years ago
Re links on you tube , yes it's odd I can put them in comments at least one or 2 but sometimes they don't work in the description , but sometimes they do???
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
warp21drive Links should always work in a description (unless it's a wrong url). I think they only work in comments if we manually approve them... Liz
warp21drive
warp21drive - 3 years ago
Stunning! A real headshaker of a trip plan! My brother reports most of Philippines are ok now, the Japan to Vancouver.......somehow you have to break that up but how? Is the Aleutian Islands too far north?, might be shorter miles? ..... I assume you have seen the amazing trip by Chris and jess and " yacht teleport" and their northwest passage trip and Alaska cruising. (Now doing other stuff on Christmas Island ).
Cheers Warren
warp21drive
warp21drive - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat ....you can't solve every problem ahead of time, if you did you would never go anywhere! W
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Aleutians not out the question. I guess we just need to assess the situation when we're there out thereabouts.
scott brian
scott brian - 3 years ago
wow your plan sound excellent . I can't wait for you to take us along! thank you very much!!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Very excited about it, Scott.
Tim Jacobs
Tim Jacobs - 3 years ago
Check out Maads over at Sail Life channel on fuel oil heating systems. If you haven’t seen him before he does excellent videos on refit of his two boats.
Tim Jacobs
Joe Jakobi
Joe Jakobi - 3 years ago
And here is how Maads installed it https://youtu.be/xiWihfNoIzA
Joe Jakobi
Joe Jakobi - 3 years ago
check out Maads stove episode here https://youtu.be/vuLvL_tXR9w
Peter Los Angelos
Peter Los Angelos - 3 years ago
Hi Tim, why not help out the community and put the exact title of Mads video on fuel heating here?
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Nice tip, Tim. Will look into this, thank you.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Nice one! Please stay in touch. Look forward to that Asahi with you... unless you know of a better local brew!
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
OK, Peter, I can't copy and paste that. Help me out here, what does that say?!
Megadoculous
Megadoculous - 3 years ago
I think you will love Japan, it is a truly amazing place.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Always wanted to go. Very excited about it.
Majestic Mark
Majestic Mark - 3 years ago
Yowza I am thrilled at your plans for a few reasons. One I have been to Japan and I can tell you with out hesitation your going to absolutely love it there. I would live there if I could afford it lol. Ok so it is a bit expensive there from a hotel type of travel. I did stay at some rather nice Onsen's so expenses were relative to choices made. Cheers and so much looking forward to tagging along for the sail.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Thanks for joining us, Mark. Yep, we've heard it's expensive so we'll just have to watch those pennies (and beer).
Hc Ying
Hc Ying - 3 years ago
I am so excited to know you are going to Japan and North America
Not too many sail boat on youtube goes to that area
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
It's a little different but it's somewhere we've both anyways wanted to go.
Peter Los Angelos
Peter Los Angelos - 3 years ago
Did you make arrangements to enter japan by boat, you cannot just go sail there. I was told you need proffesional help like for a big ship to get entry clearance?
Peter Los Angelos
Peter Los Angelos - 3 years ago
peter raymund thanks for respons, i am interested. You seem to have knowledge about sailing japan. Do you have some references for me which i can read on sailing japan, especially entering the country?
peter raymund
peter raymund - 3 years ago
thats not true
Peter Los Angelos
Peter Los Angelos - 3 years ago
Can you put copy of this episode up without the music. Its not just that i dont like it, but its just impossible for me to follow your story
Peter Los Angelos
Peter Los Angelos - 3 years ago
Sailing followtheboat suggestion. some channels have music only during intermezzos, without spoke text. Music drops when story telling is going on, i like that. Maybe you can add some intermezzos of the landscape if you think viewers get bored by so much talkin. Good luck for your trip to Japan.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Sorry about that, Peter. I normally check the volume on youtube before publishing but we're gonna be offline from tomorrow so we rushed to get this one up. I'll double check next time.
PACHORRA
PACHORRA - 3 years ago
Congrats, it's great to see a sailing channel going out of the norm and doing something different. I just hope you continue to do so, and when you hit the Americas do not settle for the Panama crack and chose either the north west passage or cape Horne to get to the Atlantic side. The best for you guys.
CJ CJ
CJ CJ - 3 years ago
See you when you get to the PNW, of course I will follow the journey!!
Adam Smadem
Adam Smadem - 3 years ago
Congrats! Would be cool if you stopped in Hawaii!
John Johnson
John Johnson - 3 years ago
provision well, japan is expensive. Also see this http://www.bosunbird.com/page38.php about sailing east from Japan. Stay safe.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Brilliant link, thank you. Liz
H Black
H Black - 3 years ago
Japan expensive, yes. On the other hand Philippines is one of the least expensive places in the world for major boat refits.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
So we hear, John. Don't intend to spend four years there like we have in this region. We'd go broke very quickly!
Bosco Bob
Bosco Bob - 3 years ago
If you are coming to the PNW, please schedule a meet-up.

Only in Japan https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmz3n15U7S52xShN8NCzsw
Jonathan Tithecott
Jonathan Tithecott - 3 years ago
That could be one tough sail, is it a beat up to Japan?
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
That would be amazing! Liz
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Thanks for the info!
Jonas Nyqvist
Jonas Nyqvist - 3 years ago
The current is very strong but you will go with it not against it (I went from Tokyo to Borneo before and in some areas had 4-5 knot current from south to north). Visit Ishigaki Island, south of Okinawa, very nice place.
Paul Baldwin
Paul Baldwin - 3 years ago
Super excited!! I bet you guys will be at 50k+ subscribers by the time you hit North America. Japan is going to be so great!!
Will W
Will W - 3 years ago
The climate is changing. I hope the weather favors you. Peace and fair winds.
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
There's only one weather window from Philippines, and that is when the fewest typhoons statistically hit there and Japan, April /May. Winds could be coming from different directions. The NE monsoon should be over, and we'll be in the transitional period. Closer to Japan we'll have some assistance from the Kuroshio currant. This is all very rough at the moment, I have a lot more work to do! Liz
Go Sea Camping
Go Sea Camping - 3 years ago
Yay. See you here :)
Sailing followtheboat
Sailing followtheboat - 3 years ago
Right on!

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Storm sailing round Cape Horn. Yachting World teamed up with expedition sailor Skip Novak to round the notorious...

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