Episode 37 of The Sailing Podcast is our follow up Q and A session with Distant Shores TV hosts Paul and Sheryl Shard. After a fantastic response from listeners we had a great range of questions sent in via email and using Speakpipe (recorded questions).
In the show notes below are some of the questions asked in the podcast as well as links to the people who asked the questions (where provided).
All our listeners who participated went into the draw for some Distant Shores DVDs that were generously provided by Paul and Sheryl Shard for the show.
During the question and answer show we hear about:
- The latest episodes coming out on Distant Shores TV
- How to get better photos and videos aboard
- Why they chose the lifting keel on their yacht
- What were some of the challenges they have faced while sailing
- How to subscribe to their newsletter and enter their monthly free DVD draw
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Show Notes for Q & A with Paul and Sheryl Shard
It was great to hear all the questions that were sent in answered in such a professional and personal manner by Paul and Sheryl Shard and I must firstly thank them for taking the time to go through all of them with me for the show.
We did mention a few places that you can get in contact with the Distant Shores TV team and here is a quick summary:
- To subscribe to their newsletter and enter their new subscriber monthly draw click here
- To find them on Facebook – go to www.facebook.com/
- To catch up with Sheryl on Twitter – www.twitter.com/
- To subscribe to the Distant Shores YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/
We also got to hear all about the Southerly Yacht that they sail on and you can find out more at http://www.southerly.com/
The collection of questions were from all over the world and here is a quick summary of them as well as links (if provided):
Question from Ric in Southern California
Being a sailor, I always want to know more about their boat. I also want to know what plans they have for (and when) sailing the South Pacific?
Question from David
I have a quick question for the Shards. I would like to know the most precarious situation they have been in and what the outcome was: Whether it be a vessel issue or weather etc. (thanks David)
Question from John
My questions would be…
1. What are the most memorable emergencies you have had onboard a) anchoring related. b) technically related. c) weather related. d)crew related?
2. How do you get your weather forecasts?
3. Do you ever anchor with a line ashore in a place where you have no anchoring information other than the charts?
Question from Sarah in Upstate New York– (recorded question by Speakpipe)
- What was the thing that was hardest – that they didn’t expect?
- I would like to know more about the equipment that they use – the photography and recording equipment
Question from Esa in San Diego, California
I would like to know what are some of the most important safety lessons Sheryl and Paul have learned, possibly the “hard way,” that less experienced cruisers could benefit from?
Question from Royce Johnson, SV Cerca Trova
We are often asked by well-meaning land-dwellers “What about storms or pirates or running out of food?” The answers to those questions I am sure you field constantly too, and recognise these particular risks are (usually!) small or manageable issues.
What issues *do* concern you?
Question from Marco
Now my questions to Paul and Sheryl Shard. Please feel free to chose the one you find more interesting and appropriate:
– What are your top 3 tips/recommendations to a couple intending to sail and live as you do?
– What inspires you to make always new episodes of Distant Shores?
– You have met many cruisers over the years. What do they have in common and how are they different from each other?
– What does a “normal” day in your sailing/working life look like?
– Will you ever go back to land on stable manner?
Recorded questions from Nelson in Marshfield, Massachusetts
- a question about the retractable keel on Distant Shores
- all yachts have tradeoffs – what is the tradeoff with the Southerly
- has it been too difficult to get your show onto US cable channels like the travel channel?
- A few tips about taking video on a moving vessel?
Question from Raz in Denver, Colorado
What was the most difficult aspect of cruising you had to acclimate to when you first started out?
Question from Paul currently from Upstate New York
How do you deal with electric consumption while cursing? Do you use solar/wind/generator for electric, as I assume you have fairly high needs with the video equipment?
Question from Adam in Marquette, Michigan (via speakpipe)
I do my sailing on the south shore of Lake Superior. Do Paul and Sheryl have any plans to bring Distant Shores up into Lake Superior?
Question from Jonathon in Dunleary, Ireland (via Speakpipe)
- Why the lifting keel on your yacht? If you were looking for another yacht would you do the same again?
- Have they had any problems?
- Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages (additional cost)?
- Have you ever considered getting a catamaran?
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