Mega Yacht

Getting ready Dirona for the North Atlantic Crossing





A 24-moment narrated online video planning Dirona for the 2,801 nautical mile North Atlantic transit from Newport Rhode Island to Kinsale Eire. We 1st demonstrate storm plate (apparent window defense covers) set up at the dock using the tender as a functioning platform on the port side. Then we transfer the SCUBA tanks under and safe them in the lazerette, plug the furnace exhaust to protect against flooding the boiler, install eight stainless steel deadlights (port light-weight covers), safe the anchor using a stainless steel pin, safe the refrigerator contents for tough sea usage, install the deck gas bladders in the cockpit and Portuguese bridge, and eventually consider on 2,000 gallons of diesel and do the “ready for passage” visible study.

See for supplemental work accomplished in Newport prior to the passage.

Update: See and for details on how we control gas and the gas bladders.

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28 comments

  1. Man, i dont think ANY human is worth a yacht. Sail boat, maybe

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  2. It is probably a dumb question but aren't those bladders dangerous because of fire hazard?

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  3. Very interesting! And what a beautiful boat. I think an electric screwdriver would be a huge help to you though!

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  4. Curious to know how much it costs to fuel stateside with the bladders. Also I thought the 52 and the 60 had enough fuel capacity to cross Atlantic? …do you use the bladders to save fueling costs in Europe (must cost way more) or is it a necessity to have the extra for piece of mind? I ask as my wife and I are thinking of a Nordhavn 60 for our retirement..the main reason is for it's passagemaking ability as we have family all over the globe we wish to visit….your videos have been a great help. Thanks. Carl

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  5. You are such an awesome chilled guy! Can I ask what you did in your life to afford such an amazing boat?

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  6. All that fuel, such a waste… buy a sailboat

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  7. Safe trip and Happy Trails 🌞

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  8. Bravi

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  9. ATL fuel cell company made the fuel cell and Custom fill cap on my race car . I personally gave the owner Peter Regna Laps at Watkins Glen in his Ferrari F40
    Great guy and great company

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  10. Half inch lexan will stop just about anything the sea can to throw at it

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  11. Wow crazy.

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  12. Billy Connolly putting the window cover on, nice 😉

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  13. Thanks for a 'Reality Tube' on long distance voyaging. This is vital information for would-be boaters to come in contact with. Shipbuilder's crossing videos don't show the steps needed to fully secure windows at the cost of natural lighting and ventilation. What with the move to bigger windows at each level, I have been interested in just this detail.

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  14. Holy shit that’s about $10,500 in gas (Diesel). That thing leaves a helluva carbon footprint. Try some sails brother!

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  15. Good to see some Yeunglings in the fridge!

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  16. How about attaching a safety line to one of the bottom holes of the storm plate when attempting to install on the port side. That may save having to replace/dive for the plate in the event it slips. Once you have the top two screws in simply untie the safety line and carry on inserting the bottom screws. Just a friendly suggestion from someone who has dropped many things (mistakenly) into the drink!

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  17. Fantastic videos. I'm hooked. Please consider getting a better microphone system for videos so I can hear you and the camera holder equally as well. I don't want to miss a word of the knowledge and experience you share please.

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  18. Are you in a rush?

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  19. How to you transfer the fuel from the bladders? Do you have a portable manual pump? Would love to see that process please.

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  20. The yacht is a flammable cruise machine with all those fuel

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  21. is this a catamaran 45?

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  22. Maybe you have answered this in the past but what is your sea knowledge background? Is it all self learned?

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  23. I am amazed that you could easily find the screws for the windows! Thank you for the video. Would love seeing your travels on the seas.

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  24. I would cross the ocean with that guy!!!

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  25. Two old farts torching so much fossil fuel just for nothing.
    Shame on you.
    Why not driving a bike? It's good for health.
    All that work and fuel consumption and you save or helped nobody?

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  26. Absolutely love all the prep work. Thank you so much for making this video!!!!

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  27. Thorough preparation is the key to travel success! Fine!

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  28. why? why go a gray and stormy sea? very risky and sunless?

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