Sail life - Super spiffy cozy v-berth DIY sailboat project

Publicerades den 21 feb 2021
This week I put up mahogany slats in the v-berth and make it super cozy.
00:00 Introduction
00:55 The plan for the week
01:07 Satin vs glossy finish
02:01 Surface prep
02:48 Glodspar Satin
04:55 Mahogany slats
07:35 Freezer area
08:08 International clear wood sealer
10:57 Surface prep and application
12:06 Headliner
13:19 Locker doors
14:37 The plan for next week
15:24 Crossed fingers
16:10 CYA
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  • The V-berth is looking DAMN SPIFFY! Will you be able to program the magic digital switch box thingie to turn on the "mood lighting" and start your Barry White playlist simultaneously via bluetooth? Asking for a friend...

    • @dee bowen Don't do that with plated stuff, thin "brass" hinges. You'll end up with just steel.

    • Don’t come a knocking, If you see this boat a rocking

    • Love it!

    • @Sail Life I didn't think Barry White would make it on the play list in Denmark !

    • Nothing better than Barry White to get in the mood.....

  • Spiffy no doubt. Just a thought, I’d look at putting a couple of lights underneath the storage cabinetry in the forward berth, perhaps on a separate circuit controlled in the berth. Nice to gave that lighting for guests to read by. Plus, I just like a well lit room

  • Don't you have to put insulation below the water line? also I didn't see that you put some under the mahagony in the vbirh...

  • Where did you get your slats from?

  • Where do you find your mahogany slats?

  • oh no! you forgot the insulation!

  • Just subscribed. Feeling unworthy with my Tartan 37 refit. Come up the Chesapeake to Annapolis on your US visit. Great place to be in October.

  • 🤞 🤞🤣

  • Looking pretty dang spiffy!!!

  • Everything is looking tip-top-shape. BTW don't you have hardware stores in Denmark like a; Lowes or Home Deport or Ace Hardware - You order a lot online for delivery. I usually make 20 trips to Lowes for my projects; 10 to purchase and 10 to return items...

  • Mads, Live long and prosper back at you :-)

  • Hi Mads, a while ago you showed us a very spiffy wireless temperature sensor connected to your phone. Can U pls share the brand/model of such sensor? Thanks a lot

    • Do a search on Amazon for SensorPush. It is a small bluetooth sensor.

  • Just soak the brass bits in acid to remove all the oxidation from places you can't reach. Citric acid or vinegar or whatever. And do you want some Lanolin? Chapped lips, turn buckles, hinges: it works for everything. Less toxic and less runny than engine oil (actually supposed to be high pressure resistant and suitable for under the waterline). I'll send you some if you want. I... bought half a kilo but I think all I needed was 60g for the next 2 years.

  • Hi Great video in the future the best way to deal with things like corroded hinges is to soak them in coke a cola for about 3 hours then presto no more stuck hinges

  • Hi what is the thickness and width of the mahogany planks you are using for the side s, thanks

  • Mads... I think your crossed fingers work just great. Your level of attention to detail and suprelative craftsmanship escapes most who follow this project. Drilling those pilot holes for the mahogany stripping in the forward V-berth elicited chills on my part..."DANGER WIL ROBINSON!" Without planning and stop limiting, you could easily put the better part of 189 screws through the outer hull of Athena. Yet, you didn't even mention the risk, you are so non-nonchalant about your premier efforts now. Bravo sir. This boat will be 10x the quality she came out of the factory with. We are all in awe of your efforts and that is why we return each week. (A reference for those not familiar..

  • Maximum spiffy level on the front cabin!

  • Remember when your intro was 'in roughly 2.5 years' now it's 165 days... How time flies when your having fun. Looks like the plans coming together..

  • Nordjydsk Beslag in Ålborg has everything you can dream of in hinges, locks, and things I have no idea what is called in English. Just give them a call and they will set you up.

  • Where's that stray hair going to come from? 😂

  • "No! No!!" - cried I on 6:20. "Mads, you forgot the insulation pads!".

  • you do amazing work! when the boat is done, what will you do with all your free time!! 100% satin over shiny

  • Wow, Madds, you're knocking this out of the park, aren't you?! Just a comment on your finish choice for the lower section of the forward wall of your V-berth. Considering that white will show up any footwear scuff marks, I was wondering if you're planning to install a bit of baseboard molding there? You could varnish it just as you have the upper section. Just a thought...

  • Slowly bring Athena to the US? I remember you saying you intended to sail in more northern latitudes in earlier episides. Change of plans? Or are you looking to go towards Canada etc?

  • what is the name of the company that shall deliver your washer and freezer?

  • new intro yay, GLORIOUS SANDING YESSSSSSSSSS (why doesn't bosch sponsor?), Goldspar is best varnish, sweet sweet timelapse, carpentry and old hinges, fiberglass, more headliner....just about everything SO MUCH PROGRESS

  • The mahogany and varnish give the Vee berth such a warm, cosy feel, and it is such a spiffy job; I'm sure you will not regret it.

  • This is always the highlight of every new week. And each update is properly savoured with distractions all set aside and wine in hand. Thank you.

  • Modern building methods recommends a thick PVC layer behind plasterboard to prevent humidity passing though and condensing on the cooler outer wall and insulation. As you have only GRP and cold water on the outside (wall)it would be worth considering behind the slats. I welcome feedback on what others think its only a suggestion as the slats are coming off again.

  • I have never spent so much of my life hoping a freezer will finally arrive!

  • man you look tired. your boat is the nicest thing, don´t press too hard on yourself. thanks for sharing the lovely journey. take care. peter

  • Hi. Could tell me where to buy a 12v timer?

  • Spiffy on 👍👍👍

  • Did I miss something or did he forget to put the insulation behind the mahogany? He talked about it, but didn't do it.

  • Looking GREAT Mads!!!

  • It’s a Mads World! Looks awesome!

  • Thumbs up if you tried to double cross your fingers 😂

  • The v-beth looks great. I have to say that I prefer it without the doors and the white showing through

  • What happened to the insulation i did not notice it on

  • Those mahogany strips look awesome and Carly is now busting my balls to do the same on ours 😂😂 Good job as always, Mads. 🥃⛵️

  • what do you plan to sell obilix for?

  • Looks You forgot to put insulation on the sides behind the decorative boards

  • You have done a very nice job with the boat, one thing that bothers me though is that the outside is completely white. Gets a little boring but you may have thought to add liote stretches and lines in some nice color as a contrast. Or should you wear it all white?

  • Takk for nok en fin og meget informativ video. Jeg vender stadig tilbake til dine første videoer med Obelix og Jökull. De første videoene er faktisk veldig informative på mange områder. Jeg er selv i gang med renovering og oppussing av min båt.. Det er alltid noen småting å lære, tenke over, eller rent av kopiere.. :-) Håper vi kan sees på vannet en gang i framtiden.. :-)

  • Oooh new montage music 😋

  • Try soaking the hinges in vinegar over night that should loosen them up and remove the corosion.

  • Could you not have put installation or sound proof the gap between slats and hull.

    • Sorry seen you answered this question below

  • I think that GREEN on the hinges is tarnished: Flour, Salt, and White Vinegar Combine equal parts of all three ingredients to create a paste. Apply a thin layer of that paste to the tarnished brass and leave it for an hour before rinsing with warm water and drying. There are a few other recipes but have at it here and see if that helps!

  • LOVE THE MUSIC!!! that steel-bodied slide talks to my soul!! hahaha!

  • Your already becoming a legend mate, really appreciate you sharing, i know its a bit of a nightmare to film edit and plan the projects. You deserve the greatest success in the future. Thanks again

  • On the video it looked as though you forgot to install the insulation. Hope that was not the case.

  • Mads calls sander "his buddy" , so when are we seeing it encapsulated in lexan and mounted on the boat?Also let us never forget the satin finish fixes a major issue as the fluffball Jukel WILL mark his territory with shed. And while I appreciate Denmark's long storied history of Viking shenanigans or worse.. but do you really think you can find a Finnish person to paint the mahogany with? How long of checking Finn's would it take to find a Satin Finn instead of the much more normal Glossy Finn. LastlyI think the EU may frown on the Finnish paintbrush approach to coating the wood Headline would read. " Dane, and Norwegian, found hunting Finn's in the Baltic sea.

  • Finally some sanding :-)

  • SV basic used your ”oh gloriouse sanding”, Law suits wizing over and crosing over night…lol Double crossed figures. Thats a chalage to Teal in SV Basic….lol

    • @Teal Goben this is going to be interesting, I bet Emma can do it without a problem....😝 she is a teenager, they can do theses things in their sleep. Us older men have co-ordination issues. 🤣😂

    • Challenge accepted! 🤞🤞

  • where is the insolation behind the slats? Why no insolation?

  • Where is the puppy? I haven't seen the dog in a while.

  • Did it? Double crossed 🤞 🤞 🤪


  • Don't worry about the neg comments about fixing up a boat instead of buying a new one. Those people are just "Lazy".

  • As a public service, please do not play the "spiffy" shot game and drive after watching Sail Life !!! Once again a great video.

  • Du skal have kanalen omdøbt til 'Spiffy Sail Life' :-) hehe

  • Double crossed fingers works for me. I double crossed them yesterday and nothing bad happened to me all day.

  • Hi Mads, one thing you should consider is to put in a watertight companionway hatch instead of the old one. If the boat somehow would tip over in rough seas due to instability or other reasons, a fully watertight hatch is a somewhat cheap lifesaver because the interior of the boat acts as a watertight pod. Kind regards from your neighbors in Sweden😃

  • It looks outstanding.. but the weight, oh the weight!

  • Satin acrylic for me. Absolutely no smell.

  • The V-berth is looking SPIFFY indeed :-) ... but ... it might be not a bad idea to paint the bulkhead to the chainlocker white after all ... would make the space look longer / bigger. As it stands the V- birth is rather dark ... especially compared to the rest of bright and shiny Athena. keep up your amazing work ... whoop whoop XD

  • If you can't get your freezer in a timely manner, consider opting for Vitrifrigo, an Italian brand. We bought a 2 drawer 150litre fridge freezer. Perfect for cruising. Each drawer can be set up as a or fridge or a freezer i.e. a fridge/freezer, a fridge/fridge, a freezer/freezer or a freezer/fridge. For cruising we purchased a DRW180A V12/24 STEELOCK. Fill both drawers up with frozen food and when one is reduced in volume we turn it into a fridge. Top shelf build quality and after a number of domestic and cheap imports we finally found a brand that seems to work well and fit our needs. Not cheap, but then again we were getting through a cheap unit every two seasons, so hopefully the long term outcome will be worth the effort.

  • I just wonder what makes you think you bore us (12:26) Mads, I have to wait a week to see more off all the work on board Athena... Just keep boring me with more content 😉👍

  • Thicken Epoxy! Where is your Tequila shot? HaHa!

  • Hi, Did you Insulate behind the Mahogany Slats ????? Michael

  • Would be funny to see Ava do shots in a side-card every time you say…. “Thicken Epoxy “, “Thicken Epoxy “, .. “Thicken Epoxy “,

  • What happened with insulation under slats?

  • You are simply awesome

  • ""Live long and prosper ""

  • I had to laugh at “thickened epoxy!” 🥃

  • Matts the USA is mystery babylon in the Bib le and gets destroyed in one hour...we are now going into that the next 3 years or so...

  • Sir you forget the insulation in the beaver.. Thank you...

  • 😆 Bro why can’t I double cross my fingers

    • And it hurts me just to think about it. Signed ... Mr. Meat Hooks

  • Are you going to insulate the hull before installing the slats?

  • I'm following you and sv basik. It seems that was a comeback. Well done. 🤣🤣🤣🤣. I mentioned it in one of their Facebook posts... Let's see what happens🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Everything looks pretty dang spiffy! A word of caution. I have padded "leather" head liners on my boat. We are full time cruisers. Lately we have developed a mildew/mold issue on these surfaces but not on the fiberglass sections. This mold/mildew is very ugly and extremely difficult to clean. Any treatment with bleach or vinegar cleans the surface temporarily but seems to drive the roots deep into the material where it survives and the surface mold soon reappears. It has been a real struggle. So, for what it is worth, choose wisely.

  • In regard to not receiving the Freezer, i know it's alot of work, but you might be better off building one yourself, why ?, i don't know off any manufacture's that build one with adequate insulation, far from it, the Freezer uses far more BTU's to hold temperature than a fridge, and will require alot more running time, i.e., listening to the genset running, something to think about.

  • 👍👌🇨🇦❤, Satin is the right choice

  • Where do you purchase your peal ply? I am having a hard time sourcing it.

  • Yes I saw Linh and Teal make reference to glorious sanding.

  • It's a shame that we can't get more air time, just simply outstanding videos!

  • Love your stuff. You should change your name from Matts to Metticulous.

  • Forgot to insulate v berth?

  • 4:12 you said you were putting armorflex behind slats... but you just put up slats with no insulation?

  • It doesn't look too dark... It looks cozy! I'm so proud of you, man!

  • Mads noooo! Arrgh... its just like that scene in that Charlie Sheen film 'The Arrival'where the alien kid folds his knees backwards and runs into the desert.

  • Oh great! Now I can't watch either you or SV Basik until after 6pm due to 'thickened epoxy'! I'm trying hard not to be a 'day drinker'. LOL.

  • Another great week of work! Keep it going!

  • 13:45 Volvo engine oil, imagine what they charge for that

  • Sorry I'm late.

  • Great job on the slats in the V berth. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  • Sleep spaces: dark Living / work spaces: light

  • Mads is incredibly meticulous, does anyone believe he would overlook insulting the v berth...after mentioning it? Come on man!

  • binky "make the noise"

  • Any particular reason you didn't use countersunk head screws for the slats on your V-berth?