Episode 59 of The Sailing Podcast is with Kika and Dan from ‘Sailing Uma‘. They are currently in Fort Pierce, Florida preparing their 1972 Pearson 36’ Uma for cruising. I contacted the Sailing Uma team after receiving a suggestion from one of my listeners, Doug, saying they were putting out some great videos on how their boat preparations were going.
Kika and Dan met while studying architecture and decided to choose a sailboat instead of an office. They share some of their goals during the interview, which include using their skills while underway to help people who may not have the means to afford an architect to help them with their project. Kika and Dan have a business named DADEM Studios and hope to operate from their yacht as they travel the world.
During the interview we hear about:
- Electric engines versus diesel engines
- Surprises in the holding tank
- How they mastered fibreglass repairs on their keel
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I had subscribed to Kika and Dan’s Sailing Uma channel on YouTube prior to talking to them. I must admit I hadn’t spent the time looking at all their videos until listener, Doug, recommended I interview them for the podcast. I was pleasantly surprised to find they were sharing some of their boat repairs on YouTube.
During the interview it becomes apparent Kika and Dan have some prior experience in renovating and repairs. They have taken these skills across to their new passion – Uma – a 36 foot Pearson made in 1976. Prior to carrying out repairs the Sailing Uma team have done a lot of research using other YouTube information as well as using the Pearson owners forums. Taking all their research into account, they have painstakingly carried out repairs and taken the extra time to record the efforts. This is then edited down into short, informative lessons in boat repair. I say lessons as, although they are not attempting to pose as experts, they are taking the time to show enough detail to allow anyone to follow along with the repairs.
During the interview we discussed how they decided to purchase an ocean going yacht while actually searching for a lake boat. Sometimes great opportunities just present themselves. Kika and Dan admit they have limited sailing experience (although Dan has completed an ocean passage) and the process of repairing the yacht is a perfect starting point for learning about sailing.
You can follow along with the Sailing Uma team at the following places:
YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/sailinguma
Website – www.sailinguma.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/SailingUma/
Instagram – @SailingUma #sailinguma
Patreon – www.patreon.com/sailinguma
I would encourage you to visit the Patreon page and help support Kika and Dan in achieving their goals. Both with getting their travels underway and looking for opportunities to support people who don’t have the means to engage an architect. As the interview with Kika and Dan progressed I came to understand what great people they are. Their motivation is to establish themselves with a sailing lifestyle and then use this as a platform to help others, who may not be able to afford professional help. Visit their Patreon page and help them meet their goals!
The topic of boat repairs will resonate with all yacht owners. One of the ways to keep your costs under control is to learn some of the basics of boat repair. Watching the Sailing Uma videos is a great way to either refresh your knowledge or start to understand how to carry out repairs.
During the interview we heard about the possibility of exchanging a diesel engine for an electric engine. If you are interested in exploring this option, check out the Sailing Uma YouTube channel. Many people believe diesels are the ultimate choice for cruising yachts however there is an arguement to be made for electric motors. The main reasons are that diesel motors, while very reliable, are noisy and smelly. There is nothing like a diesel motor to add to feeling of seasickness in a seaway… With the innovations in solar electricity and batteries there is a new frontier of electric motors for yachts. The current marine manufacturers of electric motors have produced an extensive range of options but until the demand rises, costs are exorbitant. This is a simple equation of supply and demand. As electric motors become more popular, the costs will come down (see, I did learn something at school). In the meantime, there are other options. Kika and Dan have done a lot of research and feel that a forklift electric motor may suit their purposes. Follow along with their posts and videos to see how this concept progresses.
Another skill for all yacht owners to master is carrying out fibreglass repairs. Epoxy is a great substance although it can be daunting to work out how to mix and apply the product correctly. I enjoyed hearing how the Sailing Uma team tackled the challenge of carrying out fibreglass repairs on their keel and you can follow the whole process by watching the video below:
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