SV Chineel, Junk-Rig Circumnavigation on YouTube

  • 01 Jan 2021 19:41
    Reply # 9567551 on 9342884

    Congratulations!!! Glad was a successful trip and will have a look at your videos as you release them... once we've watched your back catalogue.

    Welcome to Land again, I've seen your channel on YT in passing when doing a search for "Junk Rig" as needed research on the subject as when I saw a project boat with a JR come up for sale, just at the moment I was looking for a project... so we now have said project!

    It's on the hard in Spain and we live in Italy, but it'll be an adventure.. so looking forward to seeing how your JR handled the crossing!

    Stay well and safe!!

  • 31 Dec 2020 18:12
    Reply # 9541653 on 9342884

    Hey junkies! I arrived in Dominica! There are a few updates on my Instagram -

    But I'm trying not to spoil any content from the passage videos I made, which I shall be uploading to my YouTube as soon as I'm  finished with the editing.


    Capt'n Jaz

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  • 05 Dec 2020 20:03
    Reply # 9407190 on 9342884

    Hey People, only a few days to go now! I've uploaded a short video on my provisioning if anyone's interested in that -

    Provisioning for my Solo Atlantic Crossing

    There is some footage yet to be edited about the extended batten and some other stuff, but that won't be edited until after I reach Dominica. My departure date is looking like Tuesday morning. I'm still making plans as to how I will get out of the densest part mooring field without an engine, but I have a few ideas, depending on what the weather is like. I'll probably livestream the departure with my last data, on YouTube or Instagram or both, though you'll also be able to watch that after the fact on those platforms. 

    Anyway, I hope to get maybe one more video out before I go, if not, I'll see you when I get there! 


  • 20 Nov 2020 17:36
    Reply # 9377622 on 9342884

    Hey Guys. Only about 2 weeks to go till I depart for Dominica now!

    The Hydrovane is finally finished, see it here -

    Hydrovane pt.4/4

    I also reinstalled the swim ladder away from the centreline to accommodate the self-steering. The Hydrovane doesn't need to be installed on the centreline, but as I sail with both the bimini and dodger up (yea, sprayhood in UK English I know, but I lived on y first boat in the Caribbean, so picked up a lot of my diction from there) I wanted to at least make sure tat any turbulance is even. Though the vane is more than half its height above the bimini. 

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  • 14 Nov 2020 08:40
    Reply # 9364374 on 9342884

    A short video of me testing the plywood Hydrovane frame -

    I added an extra kilo of counterweight. In the video it is slightly over-balanced, but I later moved the extra lead up an inch and it works great. I did 2 coats of varnish recently, and am just waiting for that to cure so I can make the nylon sail.

    I decided to upload to my Instagram for this video. Check out my profile there for photos of other things I made but didn't record video of.

    I'd like to remind people before you give us 'advice' that coronavirus has completely destroyed our finances, which is why my gf and daughter returned to Poland to make money. If I went there with them we would be even worse off, as I don't speak Polish. There is no such thing as "only £20" for us right now. The only choice is to keep on sailing. Hopefully I find some charter work in Dominica. I did work as a writer before I started chartering, but the market for that is completely saturated since the virus, and my time is worth more than 2$/hour. When you "advise" me that I need AIS as though I hadn't thought of it, it is not advice, it is an insult.

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  • 13 Nov 2020 12:02
    Reply # 9362589 on 9342884

     I made this video as a bit of a joke, but also to show that technology is not as important as seamanship.

    Chineel's Electronic Instruments

    I would like a knot meter one day, though a piece of wood and knotted string works fine. An apparent wind indicator would be a nice luxury, though none of that is necessary. I use my ears to guage wind direction - if I can feel it on both ears then I am looking into or away from the wind  Thedepth sounder can be useful for coastal navigation though, as you can use it to know when it is time to tack seaward without checking the charts. And of course it is useful for entering an anchorage and finding a suitable spot. I have GPS and opencpn on my phone (and an old phone in a watertight container as back-up), and I print out copies from my electronic charts for the locations I need - anchorages, and possible bail-out anchorages, as well as a large scale routing chart.

    I would love proper paper charts and a good sextant, but I am not in a position to buy things that I don't need.

    I also have opencpn on the laptop, but no GPS link. I use the laptop once a day for weather routing, and for making my own meteorological extrapolations from the observed conditions after my grib forecast expires. I'm planning to do most of that work on my routing chart this passage, marking the estimated position of the lows and highs in a different coloured pencil for each day, to help me visualise it.

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  • 11 Nov 2020 09:41
    Reply # 9357223 on 9342884

    Just a few days away from fitting the mains'l covers and booms. I'll make a video on the design and construction when it's done.

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  • 08 Nov 2020 14:43
    Reply # 9351212 on 9343892

    In today's video I discuss the jobs I need to get done before departure, and go over some of my provisioning plans - 

    Sailing Solo Across the Atlantic - Pre-Departure Preparations

    Thanks to everyone that watched the last video, and especially to those who subscribed - it really helps motivate me to keep making videos despite how busy I am.

  • 05 Nov 2020 11:11
    Reply # 9346189 on 9342884

    Here's my latest video. Just a quick foresail test to check my latest improvements - sail canted forward, parrel tubes, and new sailcovers.

    You can't really see it in the video, but the upper panels now have about 2.5x the balance of the lowest panels. Even in this calm wind it appears to be reducing twist, but we'll have to see how it works at sea too.

    I generally plan to upload a mix of edited and non-edited videos like this. Although my upcoming sailing videos will be more of a day-to-day VLOG.

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  • 04 Nov 2020 14:59
    Reply # 9344402 on 9344227
    But overall, absolutely. It is worth the conversion 

    Thanks, this is the main point I am struggling with. Unfortunately I don't know a single junk-rigged boat so I cannot ask anyone for a testsail.

    How about the schooner vs sloop? I thought that a schooner with smaller sails would be better, but Arne made a quick sketch proposing a sloop. For pure sailing point of view his proposal would be a killer, but in cruising there are other aspects to consider also.



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