I received some amazing news from my sister and her husband this week. The YouTube channel they started to document work on their sailboat, Errant Comma, has gained more than 1,000 subscribers. We’ve mentioned before (in the post titled The Fulfillment of a Childhood Dream) that Amanda and I along with my sister Andi and her husband Matt bought a sailboat together. The boat was then dubbed “Errant” — as in a a wandering knight due to Matt’s love of medieval history. Andi, being a dork, decided to name the dingy “Comma” so together they read “Errant Comma.” Amanda and I moved for work shortly after we got the boat, so Matt and Andi have been handling the refit in a dry dock we constructed in my parents’ pasture.
The two have been documenting the long (and we mean l-o-n-g) process of gutting the boat down to its hull and rebuilding it from the inside out. The videos they’ve done so far have focused on things like gutting of the boat, restoring the toe rails, installing new bulkheads, and replacing the core-balsa and plywood.
I’m absolutely amazed at the 7,100 views they got on that one about replacing the core-balsa. I’m also extremely proud of their diligence in this project. The two are both working full-time jobs and yet have found time to continue the project. You aren’t really watching a pair of polished sailing and engineering pros, either. Matt is an IT guy and Andi is a American Sign Language interpreter and Paraeducator. The two of them are learning as they go and sharing what they learn along the way.
If you like watching a DIY project or love boats and want to learn more about how they are repaired and constructed, you should check Errant Comma out.