Life on the River | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 31

(boat beeps) (engine whirs) (Lauren sighs) – What do you think? It’s about as wide as our boat. (cicadas & crickets chirp) Last time, on Sailing Soulianis, we left Pickwick Lake and turned onto the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. This part of the route
is jam packed with locks. In a single 150-mile section,
there are 10 of them. – Montgomery Lock, Montgomery Lock, this is the pleasure craft Soulianis. – [Man] Yeah, I see you there, captain. – Practically row us through it. – A minute ago, it was really peaceful. (metal screeches) – [Kirk] The bollards are talking. – [Lauren] They’re wailing. – [Kirk] The further south we go, the fewer towns, marinas,
and services we see. We’ve been anchoring out more and more, and have had to figure out how to start our diesel engine, which doesn’t have glow plugs, during some very cold mornings. We do have a preheat system, which consists of a tiny
little diesel burner that heats up the air
right at the engine intake, but sometimes, this isn’t even enough. After our very first night
anchoring on the river, we got everything ready to go, and our Westerbeke 40 wouldn’t start. We quickly figured out
this was due to the cold, and throughout the process of coaxing our engine back to live, we gave him the name Mr. Beke. After about 20 minutes of troubleshooting, Lauren came up with this ingenious idea to bring Mr. Beke back to life. (chain rattles) (chain rattles) (soft guitar music) (chain rattles) Love, how are we doing? – [Lauren] It’s a little
colder than yesterday, but. – [Kirk] Really? Is the engine not very hot? We good? All right. – [Lauren] You’ll let me know
when you’re gonna start it? – [Kirk] Yeah, I’m gonna start preheating. Okay, starting. – [Lauren] Okay. (boat beeps) (engine cranks) – [Kirk] Here we go. – Okay. (engine cranks and then starts up) (chain rattles) (Kirk sighs) (chain rattles) – Love, I noticed yesterday,
we can’t follow these paths. This chart plotter doesn’t update its reference points exactly. It only updates about that far apart, so when you cut corners, it always makes the corners tighter because it just draws a straight line between the two points. On a broad scale, we could use it to go back to where we went, but we can’t use it in
and out of an anchorage. It’s not usable to follow dog-legs. – [Lauren] You mean the path that we made? – Uh-huh. – [Lauren] I noticed that too. (water rushing) – Sorry, I walked up to the bow. Oh, Nutella. (soft guitar music) Lauren made these lovely handrail covers, scrambled to finish them
the week before we left with the intention being we
weren’t going to be sailing and the boat wasn’t gonna be heeling over, so we weren’t gonna need
to use the handrails for the next two months. Well, it’s a month and a half into it, and I’m just now getting the snaps put on so that we can actually use them, but I still think they’re
gonna come in handy the further we get south. We really haven’t seen that
much sun either anyway, so I suppose we didn’t
miss out on a whole lot. (drill whirs) Look at all that. That’s cool. – [Lauren] How’s your yogurt? – [Kirk] Very good, thank you. You’re in 19 feet. Oh, the sun’s coming out. Okay, I’m gonna pull us backwards. That seems pretty good, eh? Stern’s holding. I think we’re good. (Lauren sighs) What do you think? – You know, it’s funny because you think this whole business of hanging out and living on a boat is just cool, and mellow, and yeah, you know, you just go when you want to go, and do what you want to do, and I think I can count the minutes of how much we’ve
actually spent doing this. – [Kirk] Sitting and relaxing? – Yeah, and doing nothing. – [Kirk] It’s definitely been
less than a handful of days we’ve had the opportunity
to do this so far. – Yeah, because it’s been cold, so that’s kind of a problem. – Even the summer, there was an afternoon in Charelvoix at the marina after we successfully
completed our, or my goal. Made it all the way up to Charlevoix. Feeling pretty stoked. We hung out at Charlevoix marina, but I was working, so it was not even, but it was fun to work in the cockpit. There was the hanging out
in Chicago at the Playpen. – For, like, a half hour, and you had your computer– – and I was working,
but today’s Saturday. – Mm, yeah. – So I don’t need to work right now. – Although I feel like I do. (laughs) – Yeah, I actually have stuff I could be doing, but. (Lauren sighs) – This is nice. – [Kirk] You really think
you saw an alligator, huh? – Yeah, I think so. It was just his nose, and maybe
his eye bumps, I don’t know. I mean, he could’ve
been a log or anything, but the reason I thought
it was an alligator is, he was holding his position in the river against the current, and there was a little
V coming off of him. Then, after that, I was like, “Is that an alligator? “Is that an alligator?” – [Kirk] Cheers to that sunset. Cheers. – Cheers. (owl hoots) (soft piano music) ♪ This city has the same name ♪ ♪ But it’s different than the one I left ♪ ♪ The sights and sounds
have changed somehow ♪ ♪ And I’m struggling to catch my breath ♪ ♪ Maybe I’m growing older ♪ ♪ Maybe I haven’t grown at all ♪ ♪ But I measured myself
on the train tracks ♪ ♪ And I found I was two feet tall ♪ ♪ The subway prophets who
laid in their coffins ♪ ♪ They begged me not to nag ♪ ♪ So I covered all their faces up ♪ ♪ With an old and faded ♪ You see that stick
sticking out of the water? – Yeah, there’s one right here too. It looks like the depth isn’t gonna be too much of a problem. Still in 20 feet. – [Lauren] Well, isn’t
this a cozy little spot? – It is a cozy little spot. Just glad it’s not even cozier, ’cause it’s about as wide as our boat. – [Lauren] Is long. – Is long, plus another five feet, maybe. – [Lauren] I would say
another boat length, but if we’re talking shore to shore, if we’re talking navigable water, yeah, it’s probably our boat length. (laughs) Look at that moss. Right? Moss, anyone? – [Kirk] Spanish moss. – Spanish moss. Okay, what’s your thought. – We’re at 120.7. – [Lauren] Turkey Creek. – [Kirk] This is mile 57. It looks plenty deep enough. – That’s not in the guidebook? – It’s not in the guidebook, but it looks quite a bit
wider than what we’re on. – Right now? – Yeah. Or 64, this is the one
that’s in the guidebook. We have to go another
nine miles after this, so if it’s getting late, we
don’t really have an option in between there, which
is an hour and a half. If we can get up super early, if we can get straight through the lock. – As long as the fog is lifted. – If it’s not foggy, we
might be able to make it. 120 minus 57, what’s that? – [Lauren] 63. – 63, we could do that. Then we only have 57 miles
in a thunderstorm on Tuesday. – Yeah, well, storm
isn’t until 4:00, right? But the rain is supposed to come– (upbeat electronic music) On the other side of that wall, saltwater. – Lauren, it’s the Gulf of Mexico! We’re gonna be a sailboat soon. Yay!

100 thoughts on “Life on the River | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 31

  1. Welcome back! I missed you both. I found your channel about a month ago and enjoyed a bit of binge watching to catch up. This made the wait between episodes very apparent! I look forward to your return to sailing in the upcoming episode. Safe travels…

  2. This should be on discovery channel thanks for let me watch i am looking for more of your episodes

  3. My dream is to sail but unfortunately my life is on land and my kids are growing up. There is no other option than to enroll them into a school there is no home schooling in our country. I guess i would have to wait At least 18 years to do it. Its a lot of time to save up for a boat 🙂

  4. Anyway do you use adobe premiere pro? And do you use LUT? I really love your color grading

  5. Hey gang! I golfed yesterday and shooting for my 7th week for beachside san Diego camping spot this week!! Stay warm. Timmy C. The guy in flip flops.

  6. 4:01 See if you can get an engine block heater on amazon. $15 for a magnetic one last time I checked. Also perhaps the fuel needs warming with a glow plug. That's usually what gels in diesel engines but that shouldn't be happening at 55 degrees.

  7. with exception of that dipstick moment, very relaxing episode ;-). can't wait to see you guys sailing again!

  8. One of the most wonderful sailing videos I have ever seen on Youtube. With no sails!

  9. Hey Lauren+Kirk (Sorry, this is kinda long. I always plan on being concise but I indulge myself).
    Great videos as always (I feel like a broken record! Make something bad for once so I can switch it up haha) 😉

    Love love love the POV camera work. It really helps me to visualize what it would be like being with you guys out on the water, and it makes for a very enjoyable and comforting experience.
    Also, I was gonna mention something about getting your fingers so close to the engine belt, Lauren, but after reading other comments, I won't annoy you guys with more of that. (I've worked on my car plenty and my dad always gets on me if I put my hand close to the belts…for good reason). I know you guys are always careful! But I've been guilty of getting "used" to doing something which has caused me to get hurt a few times. 🙂
    Love your editing skills. I'm just curious. Can you share what your biggest lesson learned with editing is? (If you take more than two seconds to think about it, don't worry about it. With over three hundred comments, it's no wonder you guys don't get much time to just relax on the boat as the video implies 🙂
    Last thing, I promise! I wanted to really applaud the moments where it's just you guys talking in the videos, such as when Lauren is talking about boat life or when both of you are plotting the course at the end. These are by far my favorite moments. It's wonderful to see the journey unfold with more of a summary style, but the "in the moment" scenes are my absolute favorites because it really allows me and the rest of your audience to connect. I care about what you guys have to say, and it really makes me feel a part of the adventure when I can just sit down with y'all and hear you guys discuss real stuff like boat life or the coming weather.
    Alright, I think that's enough from me for now. Go be busy with something else 😉
    Cannot wait to see what else you guys got coming! Let the salt water begin! So happy to see you guys are now up to 40k followers! Crazy!

    Keep it up,

  10. Worst of all, checking the oil while the engine is running is going to over fill the engine oil this could be dangerous to the engine as if overfilled to far the crankshaft could hit the oil in the pan while spinning causing the oil to bubble and air rate. Air rated oil could cause engine over heating and failure. More importantly, we don't want to see the beautiful Lauren lose any fingers. On a seperate note, your alcohol stove is probably burning way more fuel then it should be. It should have come with some rubber pieces that go over the opening in the canisters where you light them while they are being stored and not in service. These pads or covers if you will keep the alcohol from evaporating. Every knows who has put alcohol on their arms say for one reason or another how fast it evaporates. You are loosing many hours of useage from not covering your canisters thus adding to your cruising expenses.

  11. Another beautiful video, thank you. One of my fondest memories was sitting out in the boat at night and identifying all the various Owl calls, in this case yours was a Bard Owl. Looking forward to you continued adventures.

  12. Once again your ability to capture the beauty along the shore is amazing!
    Love the drone shots over the tows as well.
    Glad you’re back. I look forward to the next installment .

  13. You can squirt just a little of starting fluid in your diesel, I should know, I am a certified marine diesel engineer (these are indirect injection, and are a pain to start when they are cold)

  14. Put a 100 watt light bulb under the motor in the bilge over night. It will keep the motor warm. You can also put a moving blanket over the top of the motor too

  15. Can you put in the notes what part of the river this is and the dates it was recorded. Awesome drone/camera work over the barge!!

  16. Hey Loren it's best practise to check the oil level BEFORE you start any engine as it will give you a true reading.Nice video both of you.

  17. Good stuff! More from and old crust- you guys know to close the raw water intake when the engine doesn't start right? Cranking it still draws the raw water through until the lift muffler fills higher than the exhaust ports. Then the water backs into the cylinders and out the air intake. No bueno.

  18. Folks, "This is how we set our boat on fire" HA HA HA! Great thinking though, use what you have to succeed!

  19. Did you change the oil on your trip south, or just top if off occasionally?

  20. Take the engine air intake apart and put a hair dryer or heat gun down it, works when the glow plugs can’t keep up or no glow plugs.

  21. I must say. I'm new to your channel, but your video, editing, style, and choice of music make your adventures very pleasurable to watch. I'm quickly becoming a fan, and you haven't even reached the south yet! Keep up the great work!

  22. A little gas on a rag held over the intake will light her right up

  23. Great job heating the engine! Don’t let all the criticism get to you, some people, not saying who has used magic happy juice (aka ether) to get a cold cranky diesel going. But it is highly NOT recomended and very much frowned upon.😬 So don’t do that.😳

  24. At least you're getting more comments for your channel because of the oil check. That helps your channel get out there more. It has to be hard for a sailing vessel to always be motoring. The end is in sight, good luck .

  25. Kirk: "I something wrong?"
    Lauren: "No"

    Lauren: "I just think it's funny how… 9:12"

  26. Hey guys, be super careful when wearing loose clothing around turning parts of your engine. I’ve seen some pretty gruesome injuries from clothing getting wrapped up in machinery.

  27. yay! almost done motoring!!! ( you've been thru some really pretty areas, but …"sailboat"…). where do you plan on heading once you're ocean-riding??

    As for heating the engine.. they make tiny little sterno warmers (the one I used to have looked suspiciously like the sterno "toaster" frame…) it would heat that whole compartment enough to get the engine to start; and be small enough it would stow out of the way for the rare times you might need it…. would it help to leave the compartment open during the night??

  28. Haven't watched for a bit since life gets in the way. Catching up now. Where did you stash your mast?
    Great views of the river!

  29. Oh and when you check the…. Just kidding 🙂 I think it's great you are doing what you are doing. i am guessing in the rest of your travels, say you are on the hook in the Cook Islands, someone says, what's your home port and you say {actually, i am not sure what you'll say, so pardon my guessing…} Chicago, and you see that quizzical look on their faces, you can chuckle to yourself. Know that you are right now doing something very unique. thank you very very much for sharing it with us. most of us (at least at the moment) can't do what you are doing, and yet our lives are richer for getting the chance to see it through your eyes. And, personally, your channel is my favorite and pretty much my only sailing/boating channel. Thanks again!

  30. Sure, it's cold. But it looks like a great time of year to be on the river.  So beautiful!  😉

  31. Hey a very inexpensive block heater with a power cut off so it wont drain batteries might be in good use for the motor for yall

  32. What do you guys do for work? P.S. my parent's boat was docked at Riverside while you were in Racine.

  33. Hi guys. I recently found your channel, new subscriber also. The path y'all are on is a great one. In my opinion, the content is just right; between commentary and those beautiful scenery shots. I have to admit I am entertained as much by the learning curves as well as your successes. For all of us that can't venture out and make this particular dream a reality I would like to say thank you for providing an escape….even just 15 min at a time.

  34. What does your sweatshirt say? Water bugs waterski show team?? Michigan or Wisconsin? I drove for wonder lake for 5 yrs.

  35. Checking oil while engine is running? Is this a thing with your Westerbeast? Still, cool episode.

  36. All need is 12volt heated dip stick or oil heater, she made crude oil heater !!

  37. I am amazed at the number of barges on the smaller rivers. I had no idea that they traveled in such narrow tributaries. I'm learning every day.

  38. Hey Ho you two are doing it so check the oil as needed but best engine stopped and know her use as you may be motor sailing for days and heeled over needing to add blood to Beke.
    As an boat engineer i say with a proper injection system beke's will fire at low temps, w/o glow plugs, proper fuel and crank speed, giver her throttle, and a big shot of either!
    keep on cruising and recall these cool dayz as the Islands demand ICE. Cheerz

  39. Your too fare north for Gators their could blooded they wouldn't be moving around

  40. Huge problem. I'm all caught up with your videos. Twiddle, twiddle, twiddle. You have a new sub. AND my name is Kirk.

  41. Beaver or otter yes, alligator no. Horned owl calling in background is cool. Yall try to look for mouth of creeks to anchor. Barge traffic at night especially can kill you. Even if the anchor holds. Guessing gps has alarm if anchor slips. Nice trip, ive run the rivers all my life and love it. Thats a nice time of year to head to knoxville.

  42. Guys, don't listen to all these safety Nazis about checking the oil. I know it is not the most accurate way to check it, but I'm sure everyone here has reached across a running car engine to check the transmission fluid.

  43. Darn, I'm all caught up on your videos now…can't wait for the next one!

  44. Another brilliant episode, really enjoying your sojourn through all the fall colours, definitely better than everyone elses boring trips down the ICW, cheers 👍👍🇦🇺

  45. I have so many channels I watch. Yours sparks a lot of smiles for me. Great views, great stories. Thanks again!

  46. You may have said something before, sorry. You do have a sailboat, but you stepped the mast to be able to get under low bridges? 🙂

  47. very nice video. outside on every river curve is deep water. unless its dredged.

  48. I realize that the vids are usually a couple months behind but… with all of the flooding, it was good to get out while you were able. You were blessed!

  49. that is as frigid as an xwife i have run diesels 30 years around that area and only in severe cold had those issues

  50. It's been 2 weeks and if i don't get a new Sailing Soulianis video i'm gonna lose it… Please! I beg you to post a new video for the sake of my sanity!! =) Just Kiddin… Kinda 😉

  51. I love your music selection. Much better than the recycled music that every other channel and YouTube commercials use.

  52. Face shield!

    Cutting and sanding discs have been known to explode sending debris into one's face. Sunglasses won't save your eyes from injury or your face from embedded shrapnel.

    You are circumnavigating the ocean. Be smart and wear the right PPE. Your loved one will thank you.😎

  53. Ive owned diesel trucks for 30 years, I thought for a minute I was checking my oil the wrong way the whole time!

  54. The best memory should be the views. Say whole crap. You guys are showing us about things I have never seen

  55. The idea of putting the alcohol burner with a pan on top in the engine compartment is freakin' genius! A few seasoned mechanics might try a torch or maybe an alcohol burner alone, which is dangerous, but the pan is what makes it reasonable, reliable, safer, and freakin' genius!

  56. Part from the fingers in the running engine, truly an enjoyable piece (maybe the best one so far). The mood in the mist and those sunrise mornings shots are just gorgeous.
    I think you have it listed somewhere, but will still ask what "image capturing devices" you are using.
    Looking forward to following you.

  57. No doubt you saw a gator on the Tenn Tom. That's why I don't get in the water there anymore.

  58. Ahh you should check the oil level with the engine off! Also please don't reach around that running alternator belt! It could be very bad if loose clothing or hair were to get caught. Shut the engine off give it 5 min to let the oil drain to the pan then check the level. If your adding oil based on the level while it's running you've got too much oil in it.

    Great footage so far loving the journey!

  59. Hazard at 3:55 ! You should stay away from the engine when its running

  60. Mr bek doesn't happen to have a cold start button on the injection pump does he? Dont know anything about them but my old Ford Lehman has a cold start Button on the pump.

  61. Why not stay in the Mississippi to the Gulf instead of all those locks?

  62. use a heating blanket for those cold mornings, it works great, wrap the engine in it and turn it on for 30 minutes

  63. I think you guys should take a day off and use the whole day listening to a mechanic. Not only for safety procedures but also to learn about the engine.

    And an additional day from someone who has a few decades of experience sailing. They can explain you lots of quick fixes, emergency fixes, safety things, etc.

    For example, what would you do if you lose your rudder? What to do if part of the rigging fails, reefing and when to… just some examples.

    I wouldnt want anything happening to you guys, just remember, water and wind are the most dangerous things.
    And you are living on it full time.
    A hospital is far away when your on a boat.

  64. ok people i think they got it enough from the safety inspectors.i know its because you care and you are right but…

  65. do not use the preheater, instead buy a can of Ether spray small burst in engine intake.. repeat as needed

  66. In commercial trucks in cold weather we "plug" them in … there is a heating coil in the oil sump or in the water jacket … heat the oil or water up and it heats the whole engine … I don't think they use "glow plugs" any more …

  67. Your engine essentially needs a bit of warm(er) air in it's intake to get started. One trick could be to have a length of metal pipe perhaps 2-3 feet long which you could temporarily connect or hand-hold to the engine air intake while you heat the pipe with your alcohol puck. 5 minutes of heating should be plenty. Your preheater does this as well but also removes part of the oxygen needed for combustion…My trick is cheap, safe and works every time..hope this helps you one day! Cheers!

  68. Are you sure you don't have an excess fuel system for cold starting?
    A plumbers torch on the inlet manifold will work.
    Don't not be seduced by spray can starters.

    If you would like to loose your fingers, or a hand, or your arm.
    Carry on removing the dipstick from behind the belts on a running engine.
    Check the oil level first thing in the morning before starting the engine. Preferably with the ignition key in your pocket!
    I love your videos
    They are a delight.
    I'm giving you a bollocking because I don't want to see you injured.

  69. You picked the right time of year to make your journey to the Gulf. In warmer times you might have enjoyed not having to wear gloves and coats, but you’d have had to endure the bugs. Better off doing it that way you did. Far less traffic too!

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