Our Favourite Sailing Destinations in New Zealand! Ep. 77

Our Favourite Sailing Destinations in New Zealand! Ep. 77

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What’s the deal with these hour long episodes? What’s the deal with these hour long episodes, guys? Great question. Though some of you might be wondering like, “what on Earth’s going on?” We’re trying to catch up to real-time. So, we’ve fallen a little bit behind. Elayna’s been working very hard editing, and it’s, you know, it’s a lot of work for us, and not many episodes but, we want to catch up to real-time, and we hope that you enjoy the hour long episodes. New Zealand part two, enjoy guys! New Zealand part two Merry Christmas everyone! I was gonna open your hatch. Oh, really? And film, and go “Merry Christmas! Soy Cappuccino!” And wake you up, but you’re already up. Yeah, Riley’s already been to the gym this morning, and I just woke up. Pretty rare, isn’t it? It is very rare, I like it. I was too excited. Now, I already know what Riley got me for Christmas because it’s actually impossible to hide anything on this boat. No you don’t! I’m getting your other present. Riley says he has — Really? He got me another present. I’ll – I’ll show you my present that I know about. I got a new guitar! It’s so beautiful… A Taylor guitar. You’re the best. Wait, oh my gosh, there is more! Oh babe! When did you get me this? Do you remember – do you remember seeing that? Yes! You bought this for me? And wha-? And where was it – Rarotonga! Yeah. Oh my God! You are my favourite person in the world! Thank you! Oh, nooo-! The next morning, we drove to Auckland to pick up Riley’s little brother Danny, who came to visit us for a few weeks. Mu-haha! He’s smoking a ciggy. We also picked JP, which we forgot to film, so here’s a video of a cute little duck when we got home. JP wanted to come along for another sailing adventure, and to mainly help us out with some video editing stuff. … tell him a bit of big brother advice, here. Ah, and then number three — On the slumber party couch? Hopefully, by the end of — New Year’s resolutions. Aah — By Daniel (unintelligible) By the end of this journey, I will quit smoking. Just waiting for JP to get home. He’s gone for a burn on the tender, to get a photo. And we’re all going to watch a movie in the lounge. Like the old times. How did dinghy drive, JP? Good, I think I may have hit a fish or something. Yeah? Yeah. I hit a stingray — — Ooooh! It was really sad. It was a manta ray. It was a manta ray. I’ll never forget it. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! She feels so bad about that, I try to bring it up once a week. I do, I feel — Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I killed a manta ray! No, you didn’t kill it, you bumped into it. We’re about to watch, aah, Before The Flood, with Leonardo in it. I’m really excited. Everyone can have a date ball. date ball. Date, and cononut. JP’s already got a date, doesn’t he? He does. WooOOOooo — Date ball? No thank you — OOH! Wait, yeah. Yeah, they’re pretty good. A-ah, let’s get this party started. Somebody hit the lights! Riles. Mhm. What’d you think of Before The Flood? I thought that — It made me cold and tired. No, c’mon… Daniel, what’d you think of Before The Flood? I thought the um – the scale of the environmental devastation was put really clearly. Mhm. Um – in a way that is not often done – you hear it sort of about it very generally sometimes, but it’s uh… You know, it puts it into real concrete terms about the – the devastating effect it will have on, on a lot of people – a lot of people – and quickly. Anything else? No. Then go to bed. Aah, see ya, ‘lay. Yeah — Climate change is real, people. You have to go talk to the Pope. Yes, go talk to the Pope. The Pope will sort you out. Yeah. So it’s New Year’s Eve, the house is a mess. I just went to town. We are – well I’m cleaning the house. Riley’s grabbing a coffee with Danny, JP’s in town, um – on the internet, and I need to upload a movie, and then once I’ve done that, we can go and anchor at the front of Paihia. And, start celebrating. I think – I think we’ll start at about twelve. Maybe, we’ll see. Anyway, I’m really excited. It’s New Year’s Eve! I’m so exciii-ted, and I just can’t hiii-de it! You are aren’t you. Well, darling, if you lose control, What’ll you do? — I’m gonna have to captain the boat. What’ll you do?? Hehehe – We changed plans on where we were going to anchor for the night. We decided on Russell because apparently The Duke of Marlborough hotel goes off on New Year’s Eve, and it’s about as excited as the Bay of Islands would get. It appeared that it was quite a popular place for cruisers, too. — Yeah, but, you’re talking about predictability, right? When I’m at a thousand feet, I can completely predict what is gonna happen to the plane in the next minute. So we got our pals, Hugo and Georgia, ah – about to raft up with us, so I’m going to put fenders up, right now! — Right now! Some good friends we had met in New Zealand, Georgia and Hugo, motored over in their fishing boat, Notorious, to raft up with us for the day. The Bay of Islands is far too busy. So this is Hugo and Georgia. Hi! From? New Zealand! Auckland. Whangarei (?) Are you sure it’s not, — Yes. — Plymouth? Wait, where’s that place that’s the boring-est place on Earth? New Plymouth. Ply-mouth. New Ply-Mouth. New Plymouth. Ply-Mouth. Tell everyone how you say Plymouth, Elayna. I’ve said Ply-mouth once before in a video. I apologise. We need a doctor. JP’s hurt. He’s bleeding, he needs dos band-aids. Give it a few minutes, I need to push more blood out. I was there, and that’s really nice there, but the rocks are sharp. Oh my gosh, that’s a serious boo-boo! No it isn’t. It is! Its just a bit of meat there. — Aw! New Years Resolution, wear sunscreen! I didn’t know – okay! – I did — Hooo-ley Santa Claus! Look at thaaa-t! Ha ha ha! All I was – I was sitting on the boat, I was – nothing at all, nothing out of the ordinary, no swimming. It wasn’t that sunny. I don’t know what happened. No one warned me. I – I blame other people. — So red! I – I definitely blame other people. Ha ha ha ha ha ha! (unintelligible singing) Ballroom blitz! Chuka-chuka-chuka-chuka. Ballroom blitz! Ballroom Blitz! Ballroom blitz! Have you done this before? Don’t do that. You should vlog high up. There we go, now spin around and ge — Higher! Haha hahaa! #music# #music continues# (music and unintelligible speech) Ha ha ha! We’re running late for the fireworks. Quick, we gotta get home! We’re running very, very late! I see you! Hello, we made it! What’s going on? What are you doing? The gift (?) is sinking! Your gift (?) is — Mha ha ha ha! Woo, Happy New Year! Happy New Yeaaa-r! Oh, it’s so close! Oooo-h! So we didn’t get back to the mothership in time for the fireworks. We were stuck dead in the water. We all sort of stopped what we were doing, and just, really soaked in this moment. It was, um – something that I’ll remember for a long time. What’s new pussycat? Whoa oh oh, oh oh – hahaha. Alright, Danny and I are on a mission to find unhealthy food, because these guys, are just way too healthy, and I think it’s been too long, so we found some, yeah, we found that. They’re not just scorched almonds, they – they’ve got chocolate all around them. Yeah. Alright, and I have some of this, which I’ve been sort of hiding. And Danny did get a chocolate this morning which is missing so — I got the hidden chocolate — Where’s my chocolate bar? Show them the hidden chocolate. See, this is how desperate we are for chocolate. So, up here, this used to be a light right here – aw, it’s all molten, mw-egh. — Is it? That’s a piece of chocolate. So we’ll keep you guys updated on the uh – the chocolate situation. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… *I’m going for a run. Shh – everyone is sleeping.* I’m climbing Flagstaff Hill this morning. ‘Cuz I had a bit too much fun yesterday. W-oooh! Yep, definitely, I’m so unfit this morning. By the way, happy New Year’s Day everyone! I hope 2017 is the best year yet, and it’s full of love, um – and adventure, good health, and wealth, and yeah. Make the most of it. Alright, I’m heading home now, it’s getting really hot. We’re pulled ourselves together this morning, and we are going to Urupukapuka Island. Is that how you say it, Urupukapuka? — I think so. Ura-pura-puka! Ah… Ukupukapuka Island. Um… Really excited just to be out, out and about. On the road agaaa-in, can’t wait to get on the road again. C’mon! Sing it with me Shrek! — I gotta run the water maker, gotta go! Bye! I lied, I haven’t gone anywhere, I’m still here. Big wake! Oh my gosh, look at the boat behind us. It must be so heavy. #music plays# What are you guys up to – ha ha ha! Haa ha ha ha ha, haa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Did you put shampoo on, Danny? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Sorry mate, are you alright? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Stop laughing, Elayna! It’s very annoying. He just looks so funny! Totally helpless. OK, so you’re going spearfishing. Ah, I’m going to attempt to. Cool. That goes down between your legs, here. Sexy! Hehe… Enjoy. So we just moved spots because Riley took apart the outboard, – oh yeah! The outboard’s broken again, guys. Ah, it just keeps wanting to stall when you go slow, so you have to go really fast everywhere, and it’s not very safe! It doesn’t even do that, now. So, yeah, it doesn’t do that now, Riley just said. Um, so what’s the story Riles – ah! And here’s where we are. We’re way closer to Hugo and Georgia’s boat, which isn’t the worst thing ever. They are right there. I don’t have a screwdriver that’ll fit in there to pull out that injector, although, I got that injector out. We could ask Hugo. Yup. Yea or nay? Yeah, well just take the tender out. Yeah, we’ll take the tender. Good call. Alright, well, here’s Skeletor. Gross. Hey! I thought you were Riley burning around in the tender. He’s burnt off. What’s he doing? Ah, he’s just taken the top off, he’s uh, these things he — He’s dissected it. He’s dissected it? And at the moment I’m gonna say, fixed it? But I’m not too sure. Chef work going on. Yep, making a salad, then I’m going over… to… Georgia and Hugo’s for dinner. Sounds lovely. I’m running late. I’ve got twenty minutes and the rice isn’t even done. Well, it wasn’t all your fault, was it? No. This bad boy decided to turn itself off. This is a great little setup! Yeah. This is what it should’ve been like the other day. I know. Drive thru, what do you owe you? Swordfish on arrival. Oh my God. Riley, inform us what’s happening. We’re gonna try — I think we can, yeah – it’ll make itself known in a minute. We’re gonna smash it, well, – Hugo’s the man. He’s gonna smash the hook — We don’t have – we don’t a corkscrew. We left it on the boat, and we can’t be bothered going back, And, sort of because the tender’s broken as well, we might not get back. — Go, go! Aw, it’s getting closer, just pull it up. It needs to be sharper, mate, we needed a chemically sharpened hook. It’s comin’. Ah, ah, aww… I think some twisting, slash, — I gotta twist the bottom. — pulling action… Oh yes, it’s gonna be – you’re going to get it. I have faith the second — —Yeah, it’s coming out! It’s coming out! It’s coming! W-ooo! Yes! A-hoo! (cheers) Never has there been a more satisfactory sound. Alright. C’mon, do it again, that was a massive jump! It was, right? Like, look at my camera, I can point. What animals can do that? Oh, the dolphins. Eeeh! Eeeh! Eeeh! Hey guys, hey guys, they’re coming! Someone get in the water. They’re coming – Oooh! They’re going, Georgia! They love you! Oh my God, I’m actually calling a dolphin. They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere! I don’t know where to look. Over here, they’re chasing fish. No, – ahhh. Aw-haha! They’re massive! Aww. Look at him! (unintelligible) Yeah. Good morning. Guten Morgen. G’morning. The Vagabonde yacht school starts today. The back of the tender – goes, towards the mast. — Alright. And it just fits in there, yeah? We’re leaving today, we’re going to Whangamumu. Um, we’re expecting twenty knots from south-east, which, isn’t too good, but – I think it’s gonna be a good day. What do you think, J Pizzle? I’m excited. Still half asleep, but I’m excited. We got Georgia on board – as you’ve seen. Um, cause shes never been sailing before. So, that’ll be cool. And this hat, this hat is what Jeff got us – from the yacht club, so shout out to the yacht club. — And Jeff! Hi Jeff! #music plays# Full sails up around islands where there’s, you know, it’s very geographical so on the other side we get wind acceleration, around and over and through valleys, and stuff And, uh, we’ll probably get smacked at some stage by a few wind bullets, as they’ve been described to me. Taking a reef. And we’ve got like, five boats to dodge, here. Hello! — And he’s there. He’s got five – does it say six? And five is eleven. While Riley’s hoping to uh – beat Hugo. — Twelve nautical miles, he’s got, which I think he’ll do in half an hour. And we’ve got… … To get our bloody skates on! Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Oh, he’s gonna beat us! He is, he’s gonna beat us. We’re going at four – we’re gonna have to throw some more sail out. We need to go racing mode. Yep. Hugo beat us. Devastated. He’s just teasing us now. Yeah. One reason of many, why Whangamumu is quite a popular sailing destination, is because on the beach somewhere around here, lie the remains of an old whaling station that was used in the 1800s, and early 1900s. It was the only whaling station in the world that caught whales with nets, and it was Northland’s longest running and most successful station. We planned to check out the historical remains the following morning, you’re also allowed to light some fires on the beaches here, and there’s some awesome hikes around the place. #music plays# We’ve got squash! And asparagus, and rice – and friends. (unintelligible) Ooh, really? That’ll be nice. So you guys did a little shop, first. Welcome. Alright, let’s eat. We are going to the beach to light a fire, this evening, with Georgia and Hugo. Ah, they’ve got some fish, and we’ve got some veggies, and lovely salad, and the guitar! I’m gonna strum a few tunes. I’m very excited. Hm! The boys have already left us, they had to do a trip because we got so much stuff. Notorious has got the spot. If only we could go in the shallow. They’re bringing beanbags to the beach. Hells yeah! Fire! Here we go. C’mon baby, light my fire. Don’t set the world on – fire! We have ignition. (Elayna singing) We kept our word, and we were up early to check out the old whaling station and to try and hike that insanely beautiful lighthouse we saw on the sail here. I thought that as a boat ramp, but it was actually a whale sliding ramp. — Ewgh. That’s like, that’s really dark. “After the whales are brought ashore and winched up the slip, factory workers begin processing the massive carcasses. -” “- The blubber – the fatty layer under the skin – is then minced and boiled down into oil -” “- and the meat and bones are slowly cooked in concrete vats. The vats inside the factory building can still be seen today.” — Ewgh. I’m not joking – this is my breath at the moment – it’s so, so steep. Ho-h. I’m still the leader of the pack. I’m not giving up. I’m not giving up. (unintelligible) Can everyone explain what just happened? — So, it said. The Navionics’ out, we’re – but there’s – two hours and fifteen minutes and fifteen minutes to the Cape Brett Track, not the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Yeah. — Which we thought we were going to. And then it’s four hours from there, so it’s gonna be a twelve hour, and thirty minute day, if we were to do it, which we’re definitely not… We’re going back to the beach for a swim. Yeah, I agree, let’s do that. Ho-h, dying – that was a good walk, though? Saved by the vlog! Yeah, I had to look back on a video that I took of the sign earlier, otherwise we would’ve kept walking. Alright, we’ll let’s have some smoko then. Heee-y. Besides Danny’s rap music blasting on the stereo — he’s cooking dinner so it’s all right — ah, this has been a very peaceful afternoon. Just been reading my book out here, and… This is a really nice anchorage. It’s just glassy out… What have you made, Danny? Something smells fishy. Yeah, it’s definitely fish. Hey guys. So, we’re packing up La Vagabonde this morning, and we’re heading off, we’re going south, we’re not sure where. Its always so messy. Oh, it’s a little crab. Hello little crab! (unintelligible) Falafel for lunch! And salad, and tahini, and hummus, and veggie sticks. Its gonna be good. There’s a shark. Look at it. Look at its fin! Just cruisin’ on by. What can you report? Well – I’d like to be going a little faster, but these conditions are very, relaxed and pleasant. So, I’d give this a seven out of ten. I didn’t — It’s pretty good. Okay. That’s a great rating. Danny, you’re — What about the conditions, babe? You don’t know, answer the question (?). Ha ha ha ha. The conditions are very calm. Yeah, I see that. Currently, blowing at six knots. So we had up to nine before which push – pushed us up to five knots, until it went back to three and a half, yeah. We were going quite slowly. Indeedy. — But, I got no where to be – well I wouldn’t, if Danny hadn’t used all of our water. I did not use the water — Danny likes to shower. I – No, that’s not the shower. He was showering three times a day. Ha ha… (unintelligible) No — It was a group effort. We all used up all the water. I washed my hair last night. You did wash your hair. Now I have to go to a marina to fill up. We could use the water maker to make a little bit, but we’d use four hundred litres. You’ve got a leak, you’ve definitely got a leak. Ha ha ha ha ha! So, despite the fact that we have no water on board, ah – we’ve just decided to, go to Poor Knights. We had one beer, and, got a bit creative. Yeah, we brought some backup water – in a container on the side of the boat, we’re just gonna have to use that. — Should be good. I love that – last minute decisions. Go team. So, this is Poor Knights over here, and we have picked this anchorage, Maroro Bay, ah, because, tonight at 2 AM the wind’s gonna swing around to the south, and we will be very sheltered in here. It’s a rocky bottom, which we’re not too happy about but, — And I just read that apparently, Poor Knights has the largest underwater cave in the world, which I’m struggling to believe,I’m really struggling to believe but, we’re gonna suss it out. Everywhere I go, there’s the largest something or craziest something-or-other, but I have heard of this cave, it’s pretty amazing. Yeah? Yeah. Alright. This is Poor Knights. We are going right there. (unintelligible singing) She’s getting glassy. (unintelligible singing) Go, gogogogogo. A-hoo! Yeah! — And now you, you pull this rope, yep, and that tightens up on the boom, so that it doesn’t, – there you go, beautiful – And now, go, go forward and pull down – do you want to do all this? Yep. Go forward and pull down the main sail. We just wanna get it all in the bag, basically. Well you just, — So which one do you pull? I’ll come and help you, is what I’ll do. So I haven’t, seen pictures of Poor Knights, and I really had no idea what to expect. We’ve only heard word from other sailors that it was pretty awesome, and for some reason, in my head I imagined that these islands would be covered in palm trees and sandy, which is ridiculous because this is not – we’re not in the tropics, yeah, this is New Zealand. Um, so I’m a little surprised to see a gigantic rock in front of me. It looks a lot like Redonda, the island we went to in the Caribbean. This is really weird. I’m freezing cold, it’s really cold! #music plays# Poor Knights consist of two large islands with a smaller group of islets between the two. They have been uninhabited since the 1820s. This place is a nature and marine reserve, with a few very popular underwater diving spots. #music continues# Now, what’s the anchor look like? We’re stuck behind a rock, so we’re not going anywhere. What about how beautiful this is? Well you can just say that, Riley, how beautiful is it? This is ten out of ten beautiful. No. Maybe eleven, I am just (unintelligible). I’m blown away. How is the — I don’t know what to say. How was the swimming? Yeah, the swimming was nice, the visibility wasn’t a hundred percent. Um, it was probably about ten metres, but that’s because the sun went behind the clouds. And, coral? The most beautiful coral I’ve ever seen. The most beautiful colours. Um, vivid colours… I would describe them as. M-ha ha! Very good description. Iridescent. Very orange-y oranges. Well then we should all go for a snorkel tomorrow. Wait, wait wait, there’s so many jellyfish in the water. Woo! That’s crazy. We’re goin’ in. #music plays# That’s the last thing we have to do before we set sail, so… We’ll turn (?), I’ll tighten this up then we’ll turn the engines on. Sounds good. Anchors coming up, fingers crossed she doesn’t get stuck. Just hoisted the main, we got sixteen knots of wind, certainly gonna pick up more around this corner. We were off to a little town called Tutukaka, only a few hours sail away. Last night the wind had swung further south-east than was predicted, so we were up all night with the rocking of the swell. We went to find shelter, and to catch up on some sleep. I love this. I ab-solutely love it, I love being kept up all night, I love waking up on a rocky coastline. I love setting sail and, wondering if you got too much out. There are birds everywhere. — We would actually be tacking all day. All day, so it’s not gonna happen. Did you get much sleep? Zero? Me too. — A little bit. I’m tired. What about you, Danny? I got – I got more sleep than you guys but, I don’t know. I’m not feeling too well. Yeah. I’m fatigued. Yeah, I say we all get off the boat and go out for lunch. What do you reckon? Go get fat burgers. Then I’m gonna roll home. Yeah-ha ha… (unintelligible) Town shoes are on. Everyone’s asleep on the boat, so we’re going to town, to see what we can find. Can I join in? You just vlogged that all by yourself. I did. We’re goin’ to town. Hurray. We got a good spot in the anchorage, look at that. Good sleep for everyone tonight. Well, the boys are already sleeping. Ha ha ha! They probably won’t sleep tonight, actually. Not me, nope. Meow. Go, hammer it! Whoo-h. Nearly lost my hat. This is the marina. Tutu-kurala? Wait, how do you say the name of this place again? Wow. They look stunned. It does. Well there’s really not much to the town. There’s a few restaurants and a general store. With pies (?). — With pies (?). So, we’ve decided to go for a walk. We actually just chatted to this guy, he said that about the only thing to do here is to walk, to the lighthouse, so – we’re going to attempt that. I think it’s like half an hour away, but we still got plenty of daylight. He actually said, “you can walk up the lighthouse and shit eh”. He he he. #music plays# Ho-h, we did it! This… This is the lighthouse? It’s pre-tty unimpressive. No, it’s very beautiful. Whoa. THAT is a big drop. Tell me about your crazy idea. Well, after the trip to – from Tonga down to New Zealand… a-hem, – if I ever want to make Elayna cry, I’ll tell her that – I want to sail around the world, solo. Like the Vendée Globe, or something like that. Just in, just in my boat, not particularly fast, but not touching land, You know, I ge – I dunno, I guess it’d take me a hundred and twenty days or something. Why do you want to do it? I just think that I could? I enjoyed the Tonga one. I reckon that ‘Cat would be good for it, I need to do a proper crossing in it first. I’d want to like, – to me the good thing about that Tonga, to New Zealand solo sail was the filming it every day and, getting reading to, like make the videos at home. It kept me busy, kept me – it was kind of social, even though there was no one there, it felt like I was communicating with people. Like you had purpose? Yeah. And like I was talking to – a camera. They were – I knew that the people on the other side of that, were going to be listening to me, just not right away. Well that’s cool, I think you could do it too, but I’d be worried sick. I know. My shoes are nearly broken, I was not prepared for this walk. It’s a beautiful – view. M-hahaha. Apart from that lighthouse, I wanted to diss the lighthouse. Yeah, whats with that? ha ha… I’ve got the boys working hard, here. Now this is where things get confusing. There’s a lot of people jumping on and off the boat in a short amount of time. Elayna went with Georgia north to fetch our car from where we left it in the Bay of Islands. JP had gone home for some family stuff, and Hugo was around the place so he offered to jump on board, and help myself and Danny sail down to our next destination, Whangerei, which is about thirty-five nautical miles. Why isn’t that coming out? We’ve had a bit of a jam in one of the runners, for the main sail. Things are falling out. The allen keys are well and truly in operation. Special tool. Has been used. It’s a serious job. So this shot is not, ah, exactly does justice how – how sideways we’re going. (unintelligible) Ha ha ha! That’s ah, it is a struggle to sit up. Now we’re just heading down to Whangarei. We just got eight knots. Hell done Hugo, we’re just having a bit of a play, ah, letting Hugo have a bit of a steer because, we’re on the far side of the island, the sea today is very calm and the wind’s quite, powerful, so, we’re just having a bit of a muck around. Yep. We’re booked in to get a haul-out, so, we decided that we could take Hugo for a bit of a sail again to Whangarei. The girls have gone to pick up the car. Sounds good. How’s it feel to ah, to sail a yacht? It’s very different, and very slow compared to my boat, but it’s nice. “Very slow.” It’s a lot quieter. It is a lot, a lot quieter. Yeah, you can hear the sea, and the wind generator. We had to get a haul-out, because there’s been a big problem with fan worms in some parts of New Zealand. They don’t want it to spread to other areas, one of those being Whangarei, so they have to get hauled out of the water, and provide a certificate to the marina proving that we had a clean bum. #the guys are being guided as to where they can safely place the crane slings on La Vagabonde# Well if they come up on these, it’s just gonna snap ’em off, breaking them. On the, the, depth sounder and ah, paddle wheel. And I don’t have a blank for ’em. And markings are wrong on the side of the boat. With the new install of the B&G forward-facing sonar and paddle wheel in Tahiti, we were concerned the crane slings would damage the equipment. So, into the filthy effluent and refinery run-off I went. Yummy! There’s the tank, — We’re straddling the tank now. Where the, uh — Water? Water’s there. I think it’s right on the mark, eh. Are you happy with that? I’m happy with that. Let me have a look at the back. Yep. It’s coming out all right? It looks about level. Yep, looks good so far. Is through there better? or up the back there? Yep, you’re good. After a quick clean, the girls had found us. I’m gonna get the lads to spray me off with their gun. Ma- Ha ha hahahaha. I cut my foot on some mollu – mollusks. I traded Hugo for Elayna, and we were headed on our way to the Town Basin Marina. Go under the bridge. Uh-uh. So that was easy. Very windy this afternoon. Here we go. This is our spot – don’t put the camera down! Oh! Now we gotta check out Whangarei. Going for a walk. Should we go to the clock museum? I really can’t think of anything boring-er – ha ha ha! Cheers to your last night, Danny. Ha ha ha ha. This food is amazing. Yeah. Not sure I’m going to agree with you there ‘Lay. It’s really good! Ha ha ha! Well, there was nothing going on in town to, so. We’re gonna watch a movie – aw! Passengers, I really want to see this. “Great Wall”. Nah, mm, too extreme, no way. In fact, I’ve seen the preview to that and it looks like the worst movie ever. I think the quote on that video was like “cars and babes!” That’s cute. Can we get them on the ‘Cat? Not blue. Not blue ones, I want whites. Oh, it’s so cold. So we’re just hangin’ out here on the boat, and Riley’s friends Sammy and Jimmy, um, they’re coming, ah, to visit us in a few days. So we’re just checking the weather and, there’s something seriously hectic going on. They arrive on Sunday, and I was like ah, I’ll just check the weather, and, this is what’s going on. Ha ha. Can you see that? Bang. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. B-aang away. Those dark reds are the bad ones, so that’s forty-seven knots, oh my God. We’re where the green dot is at the moment. Yeah, we’re up her in Whangarei. BANG! Mmm, I’m scared. BANG! Hm-ha ha. So we don’t know what our sail plans are as of yet, we need to be responsible, and smart. Sorry Sam and Jim. Yeah, it’s a real shame. You hate to do that when your friends come all this way to visit. I think well just sit around – we’ll just sit around in the boat drinking, I think. Doing this all night. — Drinking herbal tea. Mrow. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. I’ve got so much work to do. I’m not kidding, like, I’ve been working on the laptop every single day, for hours and hours. My eyes are hurting. — And I’ve been fishing. Riley went on a fishing trip. Got two Marlins. Hugo’s boat was leaking coolant, and in a stunning display of ingenuity, he was refilling using the only thing at hand, which was the kettle. How ya goin’ Riley? Yeah, good. I’m pretty excited! *bleeep* this (unintelligible) boat, it’s evil man! I got a *bleep*ing cool boat out of (unintelligible). *bleep* she’s a frisky little bugger (?). I wish she’d jump. Hey, Finn, try not to swear, ‘cuz they gotta put it on YouTube. Oh, right…. How the *bleep* am I supposed to do now? Ha ha ha… It happened. Here we are! Holy Sha-moley! Straight Marlin fishin’ out in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Oh, it ain’t goin’ nowhere. *bleep* (unintelligible) another one. Well, we just caught him early (?), and ah, (unintelligible). And I’m absolutely stoked. (unintelligible) Alright, send him away. Hold on, hold on. Off he goes, healthy as. Thanks man. Awesome before (?), down the back of Steve’s line, we hadn’t had a bite all day, and then we hooked up, and as we – and as you were reversing down on it, Hugo. And he’s like “Oh, jeez I love marlin fishing.” Ha ha ha ha! That’s Steve down the back there. What do you reckon Steve? Yeah. Marlin at night? Heh ha ha ha ha! #music plays# (unintelligible) (The captioner gave up trying to understand NZ/AUZ fisherman talk at this point) The boys lost their jolly run (?). *salty fisherman talk* *alot of instruction is being given to Hugo who is in control of the boat to match the movement of the Marlin, plus some swearing* Tag it! Tag it tag it tag it tag it. We tagged and released this blue marlin at well over two hundred kilos, and the guys on board were just going absolutely bananas, it was so good to see how, just, excited and amped they all were. It was really good. Um, but I’m teaching Riley how to edit soon, so he’ll be able to help me. But, no, he has been doing a lot of work as well, behind the scenes stuff, like organizing the new boat, the new boat launch party, um, fixing lots of things on this boat, organizing what we’re going to do with this lovely old Vagabonde, and the list goes on. — He did the washing for me today too, and he cleared my old laptop, and yeah. — Reformatted it. You’ve gotta decouple it, it says, and then erase. I don’t wanna know. There are certain buttons that you can and can’t push. Right. Very… Alright. — … Technical. Bye. Alright, bye buddy, bye for now. If you’ve made it this far, then congratulations. That’s a pretty long haul. You might have had one or two bites at it, maybe some popcorn in the middle. A bit of an interlude. — A few beers. A couple of beers, maybe. Ahm, I wanted to ask you if you have made it this far, which you must have if your looking at me now: Ahm, what do you think about catching those Marlin? Like, catch and release, yeah, it’s a, It’s a sport, we’re tagging them, which is good. They’re not really, they’re not endangered, marlins like, they’re fairly um, prolific throughout all the world, they’re not endangered anywhere as far I know, but if I’m wrong, please let me know. You pull them up, they’re quit stressed, are they gonna get eaten by sharks? Love to hear just the general opinion, is that like an awful thing to be doing? Should we be, if we’re catching ’em, and there is a lot of ’em, should we be eating ’em? Should we be letting ’em go? Should we not be doing it at all? Ahm, love to hear from the vegetarians and vegans. Love to hear from any experts, marine biologists, etc. And I would also love to hear from fishermen, and just the general opinion as well. Just drop that in the comments section below and I’ll get right on the job. Thank you. Thanks for watching!

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99 Comments

  1. Hello, "La Vagabonde" crew! I just found out about your channel and adventures and really enjoy watching your videos. I may be interested in following your lifestyle someday.

    For the fishing part, I got the impression that you are respectful and catch what you eat… so I find that aspect very important (I am mostly vegetarian).
    Have you ever been tempted to sell them?
    Pablo

  2. Hey Alayna, I respect your decision to be a vegan but just want you to know that the Creator of the universe, in the Book of books, said that he made meat and veggies for us to eat. Meat is concentrated protein. Some eastern religions forbid the eating of meat but the God who made us did not.

    Enjoying your episodes! Hope I get to meet you guys someday! 🙂

  3. Me personally. If you can t eat it why disturb it. ✌ but if can help an orphaned animal than do so. Sail on.

  4. Cmon Bruv we are Aussies, we love fishing whether it is for food or for fun, anything that u don't eat, u release in as best condition as possible, ur all over it! Love the show 🤙🤙🤙🤙🤙🤙yeeeeeeeew

  5. fishing is a incredible way for families to have fun i have a boat i fly i have a harley but honesly my family loves fishing more than anything i know you dont have kids but i havent met a kid that dosent love to fish we have fishing camps for inner city youth and its incredible whats accomplished love the vidioes ythanks guys

  6. I love the longer videos because it gives more of a feel of you life on the boat. I also like Rileys naration and history of the diffrent places you guys visit. Something about these older videos that seem to be more warm feeling. Not sure if its the camera or what? Loved the New Zealand visit videos! Thanks for sharing you two.

  7. You've asked a very important question. You spearfish smaller species for food and of course there is the element of the thrill of the chase in that. That appears to be sustenance focused and as long as that doesn't stress local populations I say good on ya'. You also have enjoyed the beauty of humpbacks and dolphins, and the thrill comes not from hooking and landing them but rather just experiencing them as they are. I think of Marlins as closer to the second category. Catch and release done properly for scientific tagging, sure. Hooking them just for a personal thrill while causing such stress? Not so good I feel. Any argument that "because there are so many worldwide what harm would come from sport fishing as many as we want?" isn't a sound one. There are clear indicators that billfish in general are being over fished and populations are declining towards less than sustainable levels. Minimizing your impact is the best path I feel.

  8. eat the fish…there's plenty for the casual fisherman. It's the bloody long liners and net guys that can tend to muck things up a bit.

  9. Hey guys, I'm late to your VLOG and channel, just catching up and enjoying the heck out of your videos whilst I sit here in Afghanistan! As an avid fisherman, I've fished quite a few places around the world. When I'm in a disadvantaged part of the world fishing, I'm always happy to give up our catch to the locals or the crew. They usually invite us to eat with them, and we gain great cultural experiences that way. Big game fishing and subsequent catch and release and tournaments that catch and release along with tagging all bring greater awareness to the over fishing issues and incidental kill with netting operations. I'm not a fan of harvesting or taking any animal and not using it for food. So catch and release for big game fish is great! Keep up the good work!

  10. I know this is a year old at this point but I stumbled into your channel a few days ago and I've been hooked. I watch the videos with the Closed Captions on because of reasons and I saw maybe the funniest thing that I've seen in the captions yet; at about 53:59 the message reads: (The captioner gave up trying to understand NZ/AUZ fisherman talk at this point). I've heard Aussies before and I applaud his efforts to even try to keep up as long as he had.

  11. i don't see anything wrong with hunting or fishing for food as long as its not done excessively and with consideration for the health of the hunted/fished species. hunting or fishing for sports or trophy is just a sad image to what we have become as humans.

  12. I fish in Florida and have not heard of any problems with Marlin Fiish,,, Thank you for your concern for the envirment.. Love you both…

  13. It doesnt seem hypocritical that leo lives a lifestyle with a ridiculous carbon footprint and preachs about the enviroment if you analized his personal impact with homes and yaghts and private jets but he drives a prius once in a while lmao…..i like him and his heart is prob in the right place but delusional….thats what happens when you are huge like that

  14. can some please tell me the name of the song playing at 20 mins! its killing me i cant find it anywhere!! thanks in advance! 🙂

  15. Well my first thoughts were, I wonder if that Marlin would go well in a Thai curry, Indian spices with coconut shavings wrapped in banana leaves or just plain chargrilled with butter or how do I preserve it for days until I land to sell to a local seafood restaurant. It can provide a lot of meat! However, I hear that it contains a lot of toxic mercury which can cause brain and liver damage , and I don't fancy eating a thermometer. so I would let it go.

  16. If the fish isn't endangered, I say filet it out and enjoy the bounty of the sea…or am I missing something? It's not like you're hanging it up on your wall or anything. You're not hurting anyone or the environment, so have at it. Either way, I love that you even ask the questions you do. I just started watching and I'm a big fan of your channel. Your life reminds me of the year I spent in Key West after college. Not sure if you've been down to the Keys yet, but it would be worth the trip I assure you. Stay safe and sail on sailor.

  17. 27 minute detour mid video to check out more Jack Pen music on the Soundcloud. Love that song! So regarding catch and release, I fished often for a good part of my life and one particular time comes to mind where I caught a grouper that was 1 measly inch under the limit. Still felt like a huge fish. Pulled that beauty up to the waterline, grabbed the hook with some large forceps which easily released the hook and watched that baby swim off. I love to eat grouper but I didn't feel bad about it one bit. My hope was that thousands of new grouper would come from that one act of selflessness. In my opinion, the most important things we have are each other and the earth so looking after those things yields benefits for us all. And though I never went for marlin, those giants you caught and released were amazing. I've never heard of anyone eating marlin and it's not something I'd ever want to try. I did think you were risking injury by not using gloves holding the nose on that fish but it looked like you had found your unicorn. I say keep the fish around for as long as we can so future generations can enjoy them and hopefully not despise our memories. Cheers and great video!

  18. Hey mate Aaron from the US. I know this is an post but I saw NZ on here and had to watch! My family is all from Oz and I love watching fishing around the Gold Coast, Taz and NZ. Anyway I'm a huge Fisherman over here and honestly my opinion is keep fishing the Marlin! I Especially since they are like you said, prolific worldwide I think if you eat some no big deal and if you tag them no big deal. My biggest thing when hunting or fishing is whatever you catch or kill, make sure it doesn't go to waste. So if you don't want/need all the meat/fish, I like to donate it or make sure all my friends and family take a piece. Cheers man and look forward to going back and watching your most recent posts. Good luck on the sale to SC I think I heard. Beautiful low country there!

  19. Riley’s face when the drone was being launched 😂😂😂 I really enjoy fishing, and have no qualms in watching your videos where you catch fish for dinner. I enjoyed seeing the marlin also. Keep your videos real, it’s what has made you successful.

  20. Catch and release most of the time but it's ok to take one to eat and give away to friends and family once in a while !!!

  21. Hi guys you ever sail in to Africa namely a city called Dar Es Salaam, be sure to let me know. I have fear of water but it did not stop me to watch you folks. I can have you see around our city. PS Want to see LSV In Africa.

  22. Cheeky wine tip for la vagabonde when out on the bateau with no cork screw,
    Use a lighter on the outside of the bottle where the cork screw is and in theory the wine should be flowing

  23. Don't eat them, or if you do, do it rarely. Being long lived and high on the food chain, they are very high in mercury.

  24. We have only found your utube videos a week ago and are totally hooked it is 19/01/2019. We have been watching four or five each evening and are totally in awe of your adventures. I love meat, fish and chicken and am in no way interested in altering my diet I actually feel fantastic on a lean protein diet it would be a strange world if we all wanted the same thing. I had a conversation with a Hindu doctor who told me the human body cannot survive without vitamin B and therefore his whole family have injections. I do have a pet fish and he is like a dog and wags his tail excitedly when he sees me, obviously for food, but he is very smart and will slap the water and make noises for my attention so when I see the fish being quickly dispatched for eating purposes I am ok with that but when I see fish left floundering about in the bottom of a boat or held up still alive I am put off as that is not a quick kill and only stresses the fish. Catching fish for sport mmmm I don't get that really. Seeing the videos at a much later date than live, at least means we are not waiting for the next episode.

  25. This comment is being made well over a year past this video posting, so may not be relevant but… Striped marlin in the western Pacific are not in great shape. Since 1950, their abundance, landings, and size of individual fish has declined, primarily due to high exploitation by the Japanese longline fishery. The "sport" fishery is responsible for only a small proportion of total catch. I am a marine biologist who loves to fish, and I always eat what I catch. I understand why people want to catch and release, though I prefer not to do it. Some native American groups consider "playing with your food" to be a sacrilegious insult . For stocks that are abundant, it creates no biological problem, but for stocks that are depressed, it creates an additional unnecessary stress. That being said, if you tag all the marlin you catch and release, you will be doing some good. Even though people like to catch the big ones, more information is needed on growth rates of small fish, so those are the ones you should target. Wild caught fish are probably the healthiest protein you can eat, so keep on catching fish for food.

  26. Ive watched all your videos, except this one. Stumbled on it today. I dont know if it's because I'm a Kiwi but you both seemed very relaxed and chilled out here in New Zealand, moreso than your other videos. As I watched it reminded me of what it's really like to be a Kiwi and live here in this great very relaxing and peaceful country. You really caught the feel, flavour and essence of Aotearoa, NZ.

  27. I've just started watching your channel but it is great. I have sailed a fair amount in my young adult life and childhood and brings back great memories. We have a 21 foot precision now it seems like it is the perfect adventure boat for us. Thanks for the inspiration to clean it up and get out there sailing, thanks again from the kansas crew.

  28. As a fisherman and a omnivore my opinion on sport fishing in general is that it is less ethical than recreational fishing, where the fisherman catches only what they can eat and dispatches the fish quickly.
    Would we lasoo a sheep or pig single handed just to prove how good a hunter we are then release it, having stressed the beast? Many of the fish caught for sport will end up dying.

  29. IMO if the striped marlin are prolific the best thing is to tag and release. Next best keep fish that are very stressed but practice zero waste utilization. I'm a fisherman who fishes C&R, Selective and Keep fisheries.

  30. No, Man-made climate change is a scam and is not real. Please don't allow yourselves to be suckered in by junk science. Do your due diligence and go search for the truth. Ask the other questions of Google, you know the ones that you are told not to ask and you'll find that the majority of the 'real scientists' who are paleo-climatologists and geologists, will tell you that it is a scam and an extortion racket. Oh, and they have all the science to back it up too!

  31. Damn, I've been watching your videos for days on end here and only now realized I am still like 2 years behind… And now they're like n hour long, o my goodness, well Ill keep on watching till i've caught up

  32. My birth country. We have a holiday home in Paihia, fisherman's paradise. Oh I'm from Whg too, like Georgia 😂 Gorgeous country just too damn cold 90% of the time. So we live in sunny Qld now 😉

  33. tag and release is not in the best interests of the fish. it is purely for human sport. we've done enough damage to the worlds creatures.

  34. Generally we here in Texas practice catch and release. Every once in a while, though, we harvest one. They are delicious smoked. My daughter, who hates fish, says nothing when we put a large piece of smoked marlin in front of her. The only time she looks up is when she is looking for more. I love it when the kids eat so well!

  35. Personally I like the longer videos, even though they are harder for you two to do, most people have very short attention spans so they most likely will not watch it all, and they make you less revenue from lowering the amount of content by not breaking them up into shorter videos…..but longer videos makes it feel more like you are there (To me, anyway), and I dig it.
    My wife and I plan to do this as well, but we're not sure if you want to go around the world, or just cruise the Caribbean until we're too old to do it anymore.

  36. sail to vancouver BC canada for a meet and greet!!!! yes f'n eh rights ya!! have some cold canadian beersssss and just connect and eat some delicious foods. love ya guys , be safe
    xox

  37. p.s.
    i am catching up watching all your vids when i should be living my own dang life, but yes living vicariously through you two, or i should say three cuz of the additional sweetheart ,Lenny xox

  38. Was the Tonga solo in one of the episodes? I looked for it and didn’t find it. I’ve watched them all.

  39. Hi team, for future reference, Just push the cork into the bottle! Great wee Trick!. have just discovered you guys since Lenny has arrived. Now going back through your first episodes! lots of love, El. 🙂

  40. Question from a Texan with zero sea or sea fishing experience…..what is the point of tagging them before releasing? Just curious. Great show!

  41. I don't think Elena has a make-up routine,I don't expect she's got time for it, "she's just bourne with it" she's quite the renaissance woman, like her renaissance man, and just like mum & dad, their beautiful precious little boy Lenny, looks just like them!!!

  42. Thank you soooo much Riley and Elena for making your videos an hour long , I'm so excited,15min was way to short. Love you guys and precious Angel,Lenny!! Stay safe and happy as always, God Bless the three of you,Safe Passages!😃🙏👪💞👣

  43. I kind of find the cash and release pretty harsh, but I don’t know anything about fishing so I was wondering do they get injured in the process?

    Watch a bunch of your episodes (binge watching them) and started from the beginning so I’m up to this point. Love you guys!

  44. Marlin? Caught one once and was going to release it. but as it came to the boat we could see it was gut hooked. I was going to give it to the locals to eat but as we were about to gaff it the hook came out of its gut. The boat driver said don't worry nothing goes to waste in the ocean.

  45. Elayna, when did you last eat a McDonald’s or that’s kind of fast food? Do you ever? You seem so healthy I wondered if you ever ate awful food?

  46. This is one of the few videos I've watched of your first boat. It seems kind of dangerous with that totally open back there…like in rough seas you could just fall right off the back of the boat overboard!

    You asked for people's reactions and opinions as for the marlin fishing… Well, it's obviously extremely exciting and challenging to bring in a creature that huge and beautiful. But how horrific to be dragged in out of the water via a huge hook in pain, exhausted and fighting for your life…by someone doing so just to get a rise! I can easily see the thrill of it, but when I take a few steps back, getting a thrill out of such a horrible thing to another being just for sport is incredibly off and speaks to our true disconnection from Nature.

    Personally? Whether they're "endangered" or not I feel that if you need the food then fish and eat what you catch. If not, well then respect the life and wellbeing of other creatures and leave them be.

  47. Yes, dont do it at all. Can you imagine this: Aliens come visit us on Earth. They see you. They catch you, torture you a bit by throwing you around and taking a picture for their space instagram account, they laugh, and then they throw you back in the bush thinking it's all good.

  48. Some of the best parts of your videos are the underwater videos so it was disappointing to see the boys getting suited up but no video of the dive.

  49. Three beers in… Love your style and the quality of your videos… not everyone can make an hour long video interesting well done.

  50. There's so much misconception due to misinformation regarding this subject (Marlin), especially by the greenies. They have never fished in their whole life yet trying to dictate what's good and bad for the fish. If it wasn't for the Marlin captains and crew and them taggingband releasing them, we would never know anything about them. We tag some with GPS tags that pops up after areiund 4-6 months, and it's incredible to track them all the way from Lizard Island to Peru in a perfect angle just south of Hawaii. We would also never know that a pelagic fish actually swims deep. (Hundreds of meters down which before was unheard of for Pelagics.

    My advice is to only fish for Marlins with experienced captains and crew, as fishing for Marlin is a sport and a dangerous one at that. You really need to know what you're doing. It's not just a normal fish, these fish can pull an inexperienced fisherman overboard within seconds, or land in your cockpit within seconds when trying to escape.
    Pulling a Marlin up in cockpit just for a photo is plain stupid. Its terrible for the fish (when instead it should be revived alongside the boat), but also, if you lose grip you have a living chainsaw in your cockpit which you can't go near.
    I've seen some horrific accidents. Tag and release is what most game fishing boats do in Australia and New Zeeland now. It's frowned upon to kill them but not illegal. However, there are exceptions. If the fish was injured (sometimes from the props), or too exhausted after a fight and will likely not survive (just get eaten by sharks), Then it's better to kill them and give to the locals.
    I can also understand keen professional anglers who are chasing a world record but listen to the captains for estimated weight before killing it. Marlin Captains and crew are extremely good at calling the weight just by watching them in the water and it saves unnecessary killing and hauling it to the official scales. If killed, leave the Marlin to the locals (That's what they do in Mindelo, Cape Verde and other places where Marlins are found). Summary: Fish for Marlins with experienced Captains and crew. It's an awesome experience. Awesome is the correct word here, because it's you against a huge fish which is scary (fear) and a challenge, admiration at the same time. I'm for game fishing, but against unnecessary killing.

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