Sailboat Tour: The ELECTRIC Escape Pod (1974 West Sail)

22 Nën 2020
230 028 Shikime

Meet Johnny the Irishman who is helping these remote islands transition to renewable solar energy while also converting his 1974 sailboat to all electric!
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We’ve made a few friends here in the Vava’u Boatyard. And, by a few, I really mean three. Because that’s how many of us are living & working here on our sailboats. There’s Cyril the Frenchman, Canadian Tom, Irish Johnny, and The Americans (that’s us).
Johnny is the character we want you to meet today. He’s a friendly Irishman with an interesting story about working in The Kingdom of Tonga and converting a 1974 West Sail to electric propulsion. It’s a tale about renewable energy projects on remote islands and a mission to build back better.
Plus, we thought we should give you a break from our boat projects and show you what else is going on around here. Johnny gives us the full tour…even the library.
Most importantly, it's a fantastic example of someone that proves you don't need much to get out sailing NOW. Even a Wet Snail with a Barn Door will get you out on the water and living the dream.
We’re Jason and Nikki Wynn. We been living #OffTheGrid and exploring the world for 10 years.
Our first six years of #travel were an epic road trip around North America.
Now we’re on a #sailing voyage about the world. Did we have any previous sailing experience, of course not!
Neither of us is overly talented, smart, rich, lucky, or retired. But that doesn’t stop us from reaching far-flung destinations, having wild #adventures and managing everything that makes living aboard a moving vessel possible.
We’re two ordinary people that just so happen to live an extraordinary life.
And this is why we publish our lives on the world wide web. We share in hopes of inspiring you to find your adventure.
Timestamps if you like to Jump Around:
00:00 We've Been Up To A LOT THIS WEEK!
01:36 Meet Johnny the Irishman
02:21 Escape Pod the Sailboat
03:29 How & Why Did You Buy This Boat?
05:25 SOLAR - A DREAM Job in Tonga?
07:32 Where Ya From & Any Family?
09:11 Why Install an Electric Engine on this Sailboat?
11:16 What Brand of Electric Boat Motor?
12:52 How Will You Power Your Electric Sailboat?
13:48 Wiring a 1970's Boat for Electric Motor
15:02 Outside Boat Tour Begins
15:39 Sailboat Electric Motor Brand & Cost
16:54 West Sail Sailboat Design
17:22 Wind Vane, GIANT Rudder & Propeller Plans
18:03 Cutter Rigged Sailboat & Sails
19:20 The World's Most Interesting Rudder!
19:56 The Cockpit, Navigation & Safety Equipment
20:50 The Sail Plan & Final Destination
22:41 West Sail Deck Tour
23:15 Alfresco Shower Setup & Ventilation
23:55 The Dinghy - Old & New
24:29 Mast Steps & Safety
24:58 Inside Boat Tour - Cabin, Head, Galley & Storage
29:04 Library Tour & Best Sailing Books
31:13 Making Pizza in Nikki's NEW GALLEY!!!
32:19 Corn vs Beer - #FoodieLife in Tonga
33:04 The Cruiser's Lounge is Open!
#BoatLife #Catamaran #TravelVlog #DigitalNomad #LifeStyle #Sailboats
© Gone With the Wynns 2020

  • What an awesome dude! Amazing story of another sailor.

    Sandy JSandy J13 ditë më parë
  • I think I am in love with this Irishman!! xoxo

    Cherie moonquakerCherie moonquaker18 ditë më parë
  • John TraVolta?

    D GD G20 ditë më parë
  • Johnny's an electrical engineer but talks like a down to earth likable guy, we need more people like him!

    Ruben OrozcoRuben Orozco21 ditë më parë
  • One of my favorite episodes. Sure hope you can do a follow up.

    Vinny VinVinny Vin21 ditë më parë
  • Irish John Travolta

    Vinny VinVinny Vin21 ditë më parë
  • Between Mark and Johnny, they’re like the sailor’s spirit animals. Just a great episode.

    Tom BriggsTom Briggs25 ditë më parë
  • He has the gift of gab -- must have kissed the Blarney Stone (as Irish folk do)! Such an interesting and level headed person -- fits right in with the Wynns!

    guruuuDevguruuuDev27 ditë më parë
  • That was just so wonderful. I enjoyed EVERYTHING about this episode. I see a future in boat explore/tours for you guys. Bringing back a shipping relic, but with an electric motor?? Magical!

    Bryan MBryan M28 ditë më parë
  • Too bad Johnny doesn't have a channel, he could sure teach a lot. Great video guys. Thanks Sid

    Sid MaySid MayMuaj më parë
  • My dad had a Westsail 32...brings back some good memories 😊 Thank you for the tour!!

    ChrisM21222ChrisM21222Muaj më parë
  • I can't get my head around sailing from Tonga to Malta solo... Like, how do you do that? don't you need to keep watch during a passage? Make sure your boat doesn't capsize while he's taking a nap? Can you get an auto-pilot on a boat that old with that style of rudder? I am in so much awe

    Rafael HoekRafael HoekMuaj më parë
  • Lol 😂

    Howard BuskirkHoward BuskirkMuaj më parë
    • I was laughing @ the introduction by the way. Very interesting 🤔

      Howard BuskirkHoward BuskirkMuaj më parë
  • What an absolutely awesome little boat and perfectly named "Escape Pod" just fits that vessel so well. Johny seems like an awesome Gent to just hang out with and listen to his stories of the Islands for hours. Thank you for sharing your new friend with us as you pretty much always do if they're willing...

    Mjr BurnMjr BurnMuaj më parë
  • How's old coming along

    Rex SmithRex SmithMuaj më parë
  • Nicest guy ever ... and not one cuss! (not that I'd care lol)

    CGFCGF2 muaj më parë
  • I'm from Malta and very much into sailing. I will be on the lookout for the Escape Pod in Malta! Best of luck Johnny.

    Michela MalliaMichela Mallia2 muaj më parë
  • I am catching up with (ie: binging) your videos and watched the bit about the "chicken tortilla soup but with fish". Your friend said she can't have it all the time because the coriander isn't always available. I spent the next few videos wracking my brain trying to remember the other name for coriander.. and then the Irishman says sláinte, and Jason responds with the word I was searching for. Thanks!

    Adam JordanAdam Jordan3 muaj më parë
  • Never a shortage of knowledge and interesting times when your all following simular paths. Trust is implied and understood. Great times.

    BmanBman3 muaj më parë
  • Elco was a boat made by the Electric Light Company in Groton Connecticut, USA. The company is now called Electric Boat where the US Navy has the submarines built. My grandfather worked there in the 1930s and he had one of the boats, been on it many times. It is the same logo as the old boats.

    David WearneDavid Wearne3 muaj më parë
  • Elco located in Athens, NY

    James HibbardJames Hibbard3 muaj më parë
  • Super episode guys nice guy that Johnny eh .actually met him over there in 2018 in Tropicana cafe told me all about his plans back then with the boat for moving around the islands , nice to see he stuck with it, also stayed with Eduardo and Marie for a few weeks too. Really very cool that we can relate to all of your tongan adventure . 😁 keep up the good work I'm inspired .Darren another Irish man

    Darren MahlkeDarren Mahlke3 muaj më parë
  • Lots of room in the boat, nice guy! I’d love to to live that kind of life! I could watch you guys all day!

    Darlene ErmisDarlene Ermis3 muaj më parë
  • While re-watching this episode I picked up on Johnny's comment regarding "pulling out the old fuel tanks and putting in shelves for the batteries". As a consequence I wonder if he has done any calculations/comparisons regarding centre of gravity with regard to what I can only presume will be substantially increased weight? If his boat should become too stern-heavy there might be potential for problems.

    whotknotswhotknots3 muaj më parë
  • Did Johnny consider the English made Beta Marine hybrid propulsion system? Most models the company produce seem to be EU emissions regulations approved for the diesel component and apparently offer the best aspects of several alternatives. A 20hp variant is available and I was impressed by information provided on the website.

    whotknotswhotknots3 muaj më parë

    AA3 muaj më parë
  • You can tell they've been married.... Hairs the first thing to go... Next thing he won't be funny and life on the boat???

    BarryBarry3 muaj më parë
  • Didn't swear once

    Stephen MellyStephen Melly3 muaj më parë
  • electric boat DY Russia

    EV power Сергей ГоликовEV power Сергей Голиков3 muaj më parë
  • This guy needs his own channel, he’s got personality.

    Skypig67Skypig673 muaj më parë
  • I love how you are at home anywhere you are and seem to have instant friends waiting for you.. No life is perfect but even with Covid your looks pretty darn good. Hats off to you!

    Judy CookJudy Cook3 muaj më parë
  • While I enjoyed this episode so much more than I thought I would,.

    Mel HookerMel Hooker3 muaj më parë
  • I like him, good humored and unpretentious.

    Spiff The MagnificentSpiff The Magnificent4 muaj më parë
  • Strange im from Tennessee and most of my older grandparents (my oldest grandmother was 103 years old, we had 6 generations alive in one year ) i can actually understand him better than a lot of American accents.

    Robert JaynesRobert Jaynes4 muaj më parë
  • Enjoyable !

    K GK G4 muaj më parë
  • wow im from malta to :)

    Max GafaMax Gafa4 muaj më parë
  • Hello happy6 holidays I know a couple ..sailing UMA tat right now is in north Norway they sailing an Electric boat and they crossed Atlantic down to Amsterdam and then up to Norway and they claim they are using the electric moter about a 30 minims a day check them out as a reference Good luck with your projects

    Rolf LarsonRolf Larson4 muaj më parë
  • give the man a permanent camera on his head, he's fantastic. //EDIT good job on cutting out the cursing, I heard none :D

    Jasper_OMGJasper_OMG4 muaj më parë
  • For no reason would I separate from my young children for a year. If someone told me that I couldn't reunite with my children because of a virus I would reunite anyway, period!

    TheRjjrjjrTheRjjrjjr4 muaj më parë
    • If you are halfway around the world and planes aren’t flying, not much you can do about it.

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë
  • He's the right guy for that boat and I predict Escape Pod will be a future YT sensation!

    Leo JosephLeo Joseph4 muaj më parë
  • Good vid guys!!! The Irishman was cool!

    fawQmanfawQman4 muaj më parë
  • Where can I add thumbs up??? T'was such a great video meeting this Johnny Irish guy with his funny accent. As a lot of comments say: that character would do great with a youtube channel of his own: although I do get that being alone and working most of the time it might not make much content but the 46 year old wet snail, it's new dodger, teh electric conversion, sailing back to Malta and re-uniting with his sons: that there is the making of a great content. Hope to see more characters/friends of yours and maybe you'll meet up with Johnny some day in the future. thanks for sharing

    nicolas FILSDEJEANnicolas FILSDEJEAN4 muaj më parë
  • I love it how Jason tries to conduct the interview of the Irishman outside his boat, BUT, Nikki wouldn't have any of that and kept on changing the questions..! lol super funny you guys. Jason, you're a real good sport, but we all know that Nikki runs the show lol. At the same time, this vlog lifestyle just suits you two so well. Photogenic couple? I Think So..!

    Greg HarperGreg Harper4 muaj më parë
  • Why does this guy remind me of Daniel Day Lewis?

    Darth FluffyDarth Fluffy4 muaj më parë
  • nice old boat

    Paul MurrayPaul Murray4 muaj më parë
  • Electric Motor...Feathering Prop...generation of power when under sail? no need for additional equipment.

    Theron MelcherTheron Melcher4 muaj më parë
  • What a great vid

    Aaron RunallsAaron Runalls4 muaj më parë
  • Love your feed. Really fun to watch. I do think you guys let yourselves down stereotyping your Irish guest as someone who will require bleeps because he is Irish. Come on! Surely you're better than that. From Limerick, not related to John.

    Nadine ButteryNadine Buttery4 muaj më parë
    • That wasn’t a stereotype...that was our personal experience of weeks of hanging out together. Lots of F bombs.🤣 But he put on his gentleman charms for the camera when we told him we have families that watch together.

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë
  • Good man Johnny, flying the flag well brother.

    Tim CurridTim Currid4 muaj më parë
  • There called power poles not telephone poles as a I hate when people call them telephone poles.

    Chuck FowlerChuck Fowler4 muaj më parë
  • This Irishman so m,uch remind me me. It feels like we already friends. Ineed to connect to him then I can sail to Malta to meet him in med

    Vadim SmilanskyVadim Smilansky4 muaj më parë
  • I have a good lauch , it is so funny, because my boat are 1978 with only compass as nav equipment and I am also considering to convert it to electric. I am not Irishman, but I start look like him :)

    Vadim SmilanskyVadim Smilansky4 muaj më parë
  • Great episode. Your friend would be a great spokesperson for Citizen’s Climate Lobby' clean energy solution, carbon fee and dividend (aka cash-back carbon pricing):

    John GageJohn Gage4 muaj më parë
  • Go on johnny the kid

    Thomas RyanThomas Ryan4 muaj më parë
  • Great show! It’s funny how ALworldrs always talk about expenses being so high. I own on a 32 foot Nordic tug and it is way more affordable than my house. I would pay three dollars for corn if I could be on it when the snow is flying and it’s 20°. $700 heating bill a year would buy a lot of corn.

    James BurnsideJames Burnside4 muaj më parë
  • Great interview! Such a positive outlook. It shows how the world is full of great people.

    ScubaJack wScubaJack w4 muaj më parë
  • Totally enjoyable video. The Irishman is a personable, friendly golly fellow. Thanks a bunch!

    Cruising HolidayCruising Holiday4 muaj më parë
  • One of your best “interview videos” (and they are all good). So interesting!! Thanks for keeping me entertained as I hunker down!!

    MLS YogiMLS Yogi4 muaj më parë
  • Love the Electric Escape Pod Johnny!

    Mark EbertMark Ebert4 muaj më parë
  • Thanks for the vacation from putting out fires.

    Barton ReidBarton Reid4 muaj më parë
  • Awesome episode ...Johnny was very cool.

    Beth BBeth B4 muaj më parë
  • Slaintĕ! The first time I visited my husband's family in Ireland, I needed him to translate. It's much easier to understand now, and surprisingly I didn't have trouble understanding the Irish Sailor! LOL

    debmarie55debmarie554 muaj më parë
  • We pan to nikki, do you have any question, big smile her heart shaped sunglasses are pounding..WELL

    HelloHello4 muaj më parë
  • Irish languageis no where near as tough as scottish

    Ron BucknerRon Buckner4 muaj më parë
  • Install a Tesla Power Wall and solar panels. Freakin AWESOME interview all around! 🙂

    Ken JelinekKen Jelinek4 muaj më parë
  • Best boat tour ever. What a great friend you’ve found. Really enjoyed all the details.

    Phil HendersonPhil Henderson4 muaj më parë
  • Hmm the engine he is putting in is TECHNICALLY under power for that boat, the original specs had a 36 hp engine in it. However as long as his sails displace the most air they can, it should be ok. Good interview. For those following along, he could of done this with ANY electric engine he can build a battery bank for. He could of prob saved 4k if he would of realized that. However Great interview.

    Raver MagikRaver Magik4 muaj më parë
  • Johnny should write a book about converting a diesel motor to an electric motor AND write another book about sailing tips around Tonga since hes sailing and living all around there for the past few years.

    Mo HavieMo Havie4 muaj më parë
  • Wow, that is a beautiful little bateau.

    Keith OlsonKeith Olson4 muaj më parë
  • Not one swear word. 3 gold stars.

    Thomas SutherlandThomas Sutherland4 muaj më parë
  • Suggest hybrid design. Steal Prius parts.

    Thomas SutherlandThomas Sutherland4 muaj më parë
  • Electric motor. lol

    Thomas SutherlandThomas Sutherland4 muaj më parë
  • 27:04 roach goes running by

    Louis669Louis6694 muaj më parë
  • And yet the fat old Westsail's have won major ocean races such as the 1988 Pacific cup.

    Hayden WatsonHayden Watson4 muaj më parë
  • Ahh! I (Carlie) lived in the UK for a couple years and when I first got there I was so lost every time someone talked to me, it took a bit to get used to but i don’t think I’ll ever unlearn it! Gosh, I miss living over there! Always love boat tours and Johnny is awesome! It sure is enjoyable to dream! Though, our survey is scheduled for Dec 11th! 🤞🏽

    Happy Go LondonsHappy Go Londons4 muaj më parë
  • Ireland rocks!!

    Aidan SomervilleAidan Somerville4 muaj më parë
  • What a cool dude, and knows how to set up a good living space.

    Peter BrownPeter Brown4 muaj më parë
  • Love this guys accent and you can actually understand him without sub titles. Considering his line of work he had to go electric, not really up for debate! Is it just me or is Nikki just the cutest? So down to earth and along with Jason seem to be a pretty happy couple.

    Go Leafs GoGo Leafs Go4 muaj më parë
    • We are happy indeed 🥰

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë
  • What a great episode! You meet such interesting wonderful people in your travels! Looking forward to seeing more of the Irishman!

    Colleen reimerColleen reimer4 muaj më parë
  • Johnnie our Counties Waterford and Limerick are in The All Ireland Hurling Final on the 13th December in Croke Park in Dublin . I hope ya all can watch the Beautiful Game . I love watching your adventures keep the clips coming. Up Waterford in the Final 💙

    Sheila FlynnSheila Flynn4 muaj më parë
  • so that is what Vin Diesel is doing when not filming :) very nice video and the Irish guy is very nice

    Mattia VioMattia Vio4 muaj më parë
  • Wow it was like going home heating his beautiful voice. I very much enjoyed his story an seeing the boat. It's just great....that electric engine was a thing of beauty! Hope to see it in action. Love the food at the end it was sweet how everyone pitched in. Yes its very expensive to live on an island! My sister lives in Aruba an I was amazed at the difference in price... luv y'all an cheers!!!

    Donna KawanaDonna Kawana4 muaj më parë
  • I love that striped top with flutter sleeves. Looks good on Nikki. I can't find a top like that. Where did you get it?

    Barbara FreedmanBarbara Freedman4 muaj më parë
  • That guy is so cool

    Hayley PennyHayley Penny4 muaj më parë
  • Sláinte! 🍹 I understood every word he said. ☘️🇮🇪

    Kelly O'NeillKelly O'Neill4 muaj më parë
  • Great interview! I hope he starts his own youtube channel! 🍻

    Tom ClementsTom Clements4 muaj më parë
  • Great interview guys!! Such good questions .. and very good answers, love the earthy or should I say., seafaring channel! Thank you so much for a good wholesome watch!

    Tara VanoTara Vano4 muaj më parë
    • Glad you enjoyed it!

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë
  • Very nice guy. He has done a lot of good work. The West Sail 32 is the boat that survived the “ Perfect Storm”. Very very tough boat. And amazing amount of room. Big displacement. Same as a 40+ foot cruiser. The opposite kind of boat from your cat. Wish him luck with the electric motor. Having to make inter island passages for a job in a mediocre sailing boat, he may want to think about a small diesel generator for when weather and schedule don’t agree! So if need be he can go diesel electric.

    Fred ReadFred Read4 muaj më parë
  • Well I didn’t hear any swearing until the end and that was (mostly) from Jason. Think you owe your friend an apology! 😆 Great video and just underscores my thoughts about designing my own all electric shuttle bus some day! Even down to the wind turbine backup power! Nikki I love your haircut. It’s definitely you!

    CC4 muaj më parë
    • 😁

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë
  • 9:05 "Flying airplanes"? They fly now do they? It's great getting to sit back and dissect someone else's misstatements when I can't even hear my own.

    Maxid1Maxid14 muaj më parë
    • Haha, yea i thought about putting text on the screen *solar flying airplanes but I kinda liked the slip up b/c it's real 🤣

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë
  • :39 I'm sorry, I got distracted. What did you say?

    Maxid1Maxid14 muaj më parë
  • The boats original name was actually Beagles Wings...

    Maxid1Maxid14 muaj më parë
  • :35 I've lived in San Francisco for over 30 years. Come on, Really?

    Maxid1Maxid14 muaj më parë
  • Dunno what your problem is.. I'm Aussie and I understand every word he says.. ;) a great looking double-ender.. or canoe stern we call them over here.

    Tim GayTim Gay4 muaj më parë
    • Right on

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë
  • Didn’t know Nikki could get any cuter. Supah sweet hair cut, girl!

    Stuart SmithStuart Smith4 muaj më parë
  • That dude is hilarious 😂

    Michael SamuelMichael Samuel4 muaj më parë
  • At that rate I can see a bottle of rum lasting a "looong" time compared to mine. 🙀

    Darren StarlingDarren Starling4 muaj më parë
  • I already made a comment but forgot to tell you I love your new look . The haircut came out Great ...

    Sharpshooter 250Sharpshooter 2504 muaj më parë
  • What a great guy to meet . You did a excellent interview . He's very smart or is intelligent a better word . He's someone I would like to have as a friend . Another great video . Thanks for sharing ... Be Safe and have Fun .....

    Sharpshooter 250Sharpshooter 2504 muaj më parë
  • The posh family trying to be nice about a vessel they think is inferior to their own....slightly awkward! yet I prefer his proper boat!

    craig scottcraig scott4 muaj më parë
    • No way! Not even close, we love the boat and the sailor. We traveled for years in an old westfalia vanagon and it was far less posh than his escape pod. There is a time and a place for every vessel. Nothing inferior about it.

      Gone with the WynnsGone with the Wynns4 muaj më parë