Commissioning Part 1
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
3d ago
We’ve just launched our new sailboat! What happens now? This week we begin the process of commissioning our new Orion 49 sailboat with the team at Enksail Yachts in the Netherlands - testing systems, troubleshooting problems, filling and pressurizing tanks to check for leaks and lots more in preparation for sea trials ..read more
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Christening Distant Shores IV
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
3w ago
After launching our new Enksail Orion 49 aluminum sailboat, we host a Launch Party and Open Boat Event where we christen the boat and hold a traditional ceremony to bless the builders and crew. Tour Distant Shores IV along with international guests including creators from popular sailing channels Sailing Uma, Odd Life Crafting, SY Sirius and Bushpoint. Grab a glass and celebrate the start a new chapter of sailing adventure with us ..read more
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Launching Distant Shores IV!
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
1M ago
It’s been months of anticipation and finally the day has arrived - the launch of Distant Shores IV, our brand new Enksail Orion 49 aluminum sailboat! Share our excitement at the moment of “splash”, then at the raising of the mast where we perform a traditional silver coin ceremony to ensure good luck and good fortune for the crew ..read more
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Upholstery - How to Stay Married
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
1M ago
This week we do a deep dive into interior upholstery fabrics mattresses and cushions! This can lead to differences of opinion :-) Tune in to see how it goes! As the launch of our new Enksail Orion 49 sailboat approaches, we have to decide on the colours and upholstery for a comfortable yacht interior, so in this week’s video we investigate boat upholstery, cushions, and fabrics. We have gone through this process four other times during our 34 years of boat ownership but there are always new things to learn. For the first time, we work with an interior designer who specializes in yacht interio ..read more
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Launch Party
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
2M ago
Are you coming to the Launch Party? We're super-excited to announce the launch party (April 20-21) and update you on the progress of the build (as of March 18th). We get to see the lovely mahogany varnished as the interior is nearly all installed now. We also take a tour of the technical room and see the water maker installed, the hydronic heating system and the 48V bus. If you would like to come to the launch party we'd like to welcome you on April 20 & 21 in the Netherlands. Makkum is a charming village in the northern Netherlands province of Friesland and is the Silicon Valley of alumin ..read more
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48V Wiring Installation
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
6M ago
This time on Distant Shores we do a deep dive into the 48V wiring system - check out the installation … and see why we think it's worth moving up from a traditional 12 Volt system ..read more
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Ask Us Anything
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
6M ago
This time on Distant Shores we answer your questions about our new custom aluminum Enksail Orion 49 sailboat while visiting the shipyard in the Netherlands. Questions such as "When is the expected launch date?" to "Is there insulation?" to "Why is the cabinetry being built out of the hull?" are addressed and more ..read more
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Med Mooring Technique
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
7M ago
While the build of our new Enksail Orion 49 sailboat progresses in the Netherlands, we make a 12-day voyage through the Greek Islands aboard a Jeanneau 54 monohull, enjoying some fast sailing in strong meltemi winds! Aboard are 6 guest crew members new to the techniques of Mediterranean mooring, going stern to the shore and rafting up with another sailboat. We go through all three of these techniques en route, sometimes in challenging conditions. The video includes helpful animations and illustrations as well as visits to remote islands and ancient Greek ruins ..read more
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Boatbuilding Update & Annapolis
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
7M ago
Join us as we make the trip to the 2023 Annapolis Sailboat Show where we learn more about hybrid electric power for sailboats, check out interesting marine equipment, talk to a charter expert about the requirements for bareboat chartering and meet up with some of your favourite sailing YouTubers. We then take you to the Netherlands for an update on the build of our custom aluminum Enksail Orion 49 sailboat ..read more
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Choosing the Sails - Sail Loft Tour
Distant Shores Blog
by Paul Shard
8M ago
As the build of our new custom aluminum Enksail Orion 49 progresses, it’s time to choose the sails! We visit the local sail loft to sit down with the designer and go over our choices. We also discuss high tech fabrics and the dynamics of in-mast furling and reef points. We conclude our visit with a tour of this modern sail loft where sail cloth is held on large tables by vacuum and cut by computer. We see how a new sail is stitched by a master sailmaker ..read more
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