Canada Day – Episode on Youtube

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Canada Day was wet and windy but it was still really fun spending it with multiple boats and many friends anchored with us at Constance Bay. The rain stopped just in time for the fireworks show that the residents fire off from their beaches. In years past it has been quite the show for the boaters that anchor in the bay. With the rain and the wind we figured it may not happen this year, but the residents of Constance Bay did not disappoint. They put on a display that lasted over 45 minutes.

An episode showing the weekend storms the fireworks and drone footage of Constance Bay has been uploaded to Youtube on the Cruising Off Duty channel.

I hope you enjoy watching it.

Craig

Canada Day Party Preparation !

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Canada Day (July 1st) is tomorrow and I am stuffing the boat full of booze, food and toys to make this coming long weekend a huge success.  I (Craig) am already on vacation and Janice is going to meet me at the boat as soon as she is off work this evening so that we can head up to Constance Bay tonight to meet up with a bunch of other boaters to party and hopefully see some fireworks (weather permitting, as it is calling for some rain).   Today is clear blue skies and 30 degrees and Saturday and Sunday are also suppose to be nice, but Canada Day may have rain.  Piss poor timing mother nature !

Well, fingers crossed it turns out to be better than forecast, but there will be  a party no matter  what the weather.

Craig

Drone Footage at Baskin’s Beach.

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We had a great time this last weekend.  We anchored at Pinhey’s Point and then moved on to Baskin’s Beach.  Baskin’s is an awesome anchorage to watch the sunset.  See the attached photos of the sunset.  I also took some great drone footage and figured I would just put up a quick “music video” style episode on the Cruising Off Duty channel on youtube.

Hope you enjoy watching it.  If so please hit like and if you haven’t already,  please subscribe to see more of the videos that I will be sending to the channel in the future.

Thanks,

Craig

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Cruising Off Duty (Ep1) is on Youtube.

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The first full episode of Cruising Off Duty is complete and being uploaded to Youtube as I type this.  This first episode goes way back to 2010 when Janice and I were just in the market to buy our first boat and we were trying to decide what we could afford and what size and age of boat that would end up being.

It explains how we thought the best deals on boats was found in the U.S. so we did all of our shopping through Yachworld.com.  We learned a lot of lessons along the way.  We realized that most of the boats that are permanently parked in the Caribbean or the southern U.S. are often old and worn out looking because of being exposed to the hot sun and harsh salt water 12 months of the year.

It explains what we learned and how we ended up with Off Duty, our Beneteau Oceanis 351 (35 foot sloop).  The episode took me a lot longer than I expected to complete, as I had to go back and find old footage that we took on phones and old digital cameras and hobble it together to make this episode.  As such, most of the episode required me to do voiceover work to explain each step.  Voiceovers take a lot of time to ensure that your words match what is going on in the video.

Once I am done with this back story I think things will get much easier when I am using footage from the more advanced DSLR camera and the drone that I am using to get areal footage.  With a good camera with a shotgun mic, you can capture the video and the dialogue that goes along with it all at the same time which should eliminate the requirement for me to do so much voiceover work.

So hopefully the future episodes will come to you quicker. Let me know in the comments what you think.

Cheers,

Craig

Such a beautiful weekend ! Logo Intro completed.

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It was such a hot, sunny beautiful weekend that it was hard to sit and edit video but I did get a lot of excellent footage while out sailing this weekend that will be used in a future episode.  We stopped at Pinhey’s point on Friday and I got some excellent video and drone footage of the trip there and the socializing that always goes on at the most popular anchorage on the Ottawa River.  Saturday we were off to Constance Bay where there were also a lot of boats on this Sunny 32 degree (C) day.  I took some awesome drone footage of all the boats there as well.   4K aerial footage of boats anchored together with the water sparkling in the background is quite stunning.  Today, Sunday, was another scorcher at 33 degrees.  It was a nice sail home and I again got lots of footage that will be used in a later episode.

I first need to finish editing the video that shows the beginning of our sailing life back in 2010 when we first bought Off Duty.  It was too hot to sit down in the boat and work on my laptop so not much got editing got done this weekend.  I was having too much fun enjoying the perfect weather and getting new footage for later.  On the plus side I did get my Intro (Logo) Sequence finalized.

I go back to work for one week and then I am back on vacation starting on Friday so I am sure I will have the inaugural Cruising Off Duty video uploaded by next weekend.  In the meantime, check out the Logo Intro

There is a lot to do !!

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Hello all.  I just wanted to say, I am hard at it trying to get this youtube channel and everything that goes along with it up and running.  Like most people, I like to have a story start at the beginning and move in chronological order.  How did I get into sailing ?  How did I gain experience?  Did I take courses?  Did I buy a buy a bunch of smaller boats and move up to the boat I have now?  If this is your first boat, what did you learn from the process of buying a boat through a boat broker?  I have answers to all of those questions and more and I plan to have my youtube channel (Cruising Off Duty) start from the beginning and explain what I learned along the way and eventually catch up to where we are today.  Just to answer 2 of those questions now.  This 35′ Beneteau Oceanis 351, was my first sailboat, and I bought it in the US and had it shipped to Canada.  “Go big or go home”  ha ha.  Actually there is a story there and it involves the old adage “Happy wife, happy life”, but more on that later.

I want to start my youtube channel out to be informative about what is required (once you decide you want to buy a cruising sailboat) to buy a by searching on-line  and how you ship that new boat across the U.S. on a transport truck and this case trucked across the border to Canada.  Since I want the channel to start from the beginning and work my way up to today,   I have been going through all of my photos and videos that I took back in 2010 when I bought the boat.  I found lots of footage that can be used on youtube to explain what I learned.

It is actually relatively easy to buy a boat in the US and ship it to Canada but I will get into greater detail at a later date in a video format.

In the present day, I have been getting lots of great footage of the Ottawa River and the various anchorages with my DSLR Camera and by drone video and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my channel.  But first, I have to create and edit all of the videos of what happened back in 2010 first.

I have been on vacation for almost a week and I thought by now I would have at least one video uploaded to youtube, other than my “How take off and land your drone from a sailboat without crashing it” video.  But, finding and organizing the old digital footage has been much more labour intensive than I would have expected.  Another thing that has really slowed me down from posting video is that I wanted a good logo and intro sequence for my channel.  I am no graphic designer, so I paid 2 different people on-line to come up with possible logos based on the criteria I gave them.   This was a long back and forth process, but I finally can say (as of today) that I have my official “Cruising Off Duty” Logo !!  See the attached image.  So now that that hurdle is over I can finally edit together the footage and start pumping out some videos in order to catch up to what is going on in our lives today while sailing the Ottawa River.

I can’t wait for you to see it and I hope you enjoy watching.

Cheers,

Craig