We live two lifetimes now, so it's like you know. I'm gonna retire my bowl and
watch television? It's like I just couldn't do that you know.
I'm Doug Jackson and I'm from Brownsville Texas, born and raised now living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, retired. Worked here as a Oracle database
administrator, IT guy, for the last 16 years.
I've been making things my whole life. I started off working with my dad. We mainly fix things we broke.
Tractors, back hoes, pipes, that sort of thing. The most fun thing I've built I think
was the Argonaut Jr. It's a wooden submarine and launched it nearly,
actually we crashed it into the lake.
It worked beautifully you know it was one those things, we were taking all kinds of chances.
But the amount of stuff that you learn when you get inside of a boat you built and sink it to the bottom of the
lake and bring it back up to the surface. It makes things like Boyle's law means
something, you know when you hear the wood creaking around you cause you
forgot to put enough air pressure inside the haul..so that you know so it that I just love that.
But the coolest thing I've made was a 74 foot sailboat in my front yard.
Well Seeker is a twin keeled, Chinese rigged motor sailer...a sailboat.
I built this boat because I was afraid of doing things like this I decided to
change my life that's what I did I decided...I'm looking around at the world
and people are doing fantastic things and it's not me, so I decided go big.
This is Lolani. She's all carved from styrofoam. We need to repaint her she's been too many
years in the sun already without anybody loving her.
She originally started out as a work boat. I wanted to go from one place to another working...
and then I got to looking at what the needs are out there and there's not a lot of small
boats for researchers. And so that's what we're gonna be, we're gonna be a free of
charge research vessel for anybody who wants to ride out onto the water to do
science, oceanography, marine biology, archaeology.
Let's see, what else, you want to see the whole thing?
So this is our pilot house, this is where everything happens. This is where you run the boat.
You do your steering from here, you do your sail handling from here.
It's not gonna be a yacht, but it's gonna be comfortable.
The girls in bikinis is a great you know picture, but I'm too old for that too...
so it's like you know it's the science that really calls to me.
Down below us is the engine room and we have a hatch that actually gets down to there and the
portholes that we're using actually came out of a bar in Boston.
I know your show is called "Coolest Thing I've Ever Made" but really it's the coolest thing WE'VE ever made.
I thought it would be me building this boat but it's turned out to be much better.
I needed a way of documenting what I was doing so we
started the YouTube channel SVseeker.
Somebody sees that I'm doing some welding and they want to come help and
I learn from them and they learn from me and the rest of it he just kind of grew.
We're about eight years into the construction and I've had hundreds of
people come through here to help me out from all over the world.
Ideas and donations, those are the things that are building this boat into
a much better boat than what I would have built on my own.
"What do your neighbours think? (Laughs) I get asked that question a lot too what are your neighbours think.
I have fantastic neighbours. It's not the neighbourhood I used to live in.
I used to live in the homeowners association... there is no way you could do this there.
But I'm fortunate to have places like Tulsa, an industrial town, that does a lot of fabrication that this
thing doesn't really seem to stand out except that it's a boat.
Main hatch is up here, that slides back and allow equipment to go inside the boat.
Our monkey bars up here are for the sails. There's a big mast that comes up in the front there.
She's a Chinese junk rig sailboat and we're gonna fly them like the
Chinese did. Flat without any Western modification to them.
To give you an idea, that's the size of a person standing underneath this.
Yeah we did the sails last August, so they're ready to go the battens are ready to go.
All we got to do is string up the mast.
So the forward sail comes up through a hole that's cut in that step right there.
Big anchoring system and a big winch. We actually took this off of an old wrecker truck. Cheap.
So off to the side is our masts for the boat. The big one there, we customized that thing.
But the other two are utility poles. One came out of Illinois the other one came out of a junkyard here in Tulsa.
I don't know how much we have into it now.
I expect it's somewhere around 300-350 thousand dollars?
The beautiful thing is I got donations too that come in in material and in cash and in people's help.
You know people ask me, "how much money are you putting into the boat"?
The answer is everything. Everything I have goes into this boat.
So this is crew quarters. They'll be bunks in here. A head, bathroom back over here.
with a shower in it. The tiles all throughout the boat are Ipe.
It's a Brazilian wood that does really well in water. But this is the cheapest
way you can buy it is...these are made from the scraps cut off from people's decks.
And then we sponsored them so we had people give us what quote they wanted carved into em.
Cargo hold is next, and you gotta love our doors.
I actually looked at watertight doors at an auction. I thought I was gonna get those for sure.
They were in Oklahoma City like... who needs watertight doors...
They sold for $2,600 a piece. So we ended up building our own.
And we like throwing in artwork wherever we can. If you notice the deck braces all the way down through the boat.
They're all mermaids that have been cut out on the CNC plasma machine.
I love putting art with something that's functional because that's I think what
really gives it boat you know its life its character.
We have a Cummins five nine diesel that came out of the school bus that sits in the yard next door to us.
It's a storage shed now. It's a 210 horsepower engine it should push the
boat in flat calm waters to nine knots, but the primary thing here to remember
is we're a sailboat and my calling is I'd love the guys that sails in the 1830s.
They didn't even know what a diesel engine was so.
I guess the idea like so many people in my generation came from watching too much Jacques Cousteau.
They had scuba tanks, they had you know wrecks. It was just all those
things that you're just you know way out there from where I was in the world.
That's why I guess I'm so happy now is because I keep getting closer and closer
to being the redneck version of Jacques Cousteau.
She's got a 1,000 pound fish tail rudder on her. It'll be hydraulically as well as manually controlled.
Uh, the hull. It's called an origami boat so it's folded into its shape and welded together
It's got waves and it bumps and things but I kind of like that.
If you're doing a fancy yacht you take mud and you smooth this out so it's nice and fair.
We don't care okay. We're gonna we're gonna dent it up anyway.
She's got two keels on her which is a real interesting design that I just love because
being cheap like I am, you can park the boat on your keels.
So we can go into a bay that has a tide that's going to go out.
Bring the boat in, let the tide go out we can get outside and work on the boat.
Scrub the hull, get the barnacles off, work on the propeller or whatever it needs to be .
So it's the cheap way of maintaining a boat.
I get asked all the time how we're gonna move this boat to the ocean and the answer is...wheels.
We got two sets of tandem axles one on that side of the boat one on this side boat well we're
gonna build a carriage between the two. The boat rides along on that.
A big truck with a fifth wheel hitch hauls the front end of the boat so basically the boat is the trailer.
These have to haul us just 15 miles as the crow flies to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
There we meet the water. That trip...you know when people ask:
"How long will that take and how long will it take to build the boat?"
I just don't think about things like that. I used to work under deadlines and
such and they're great for corporations but for having fun and enjoying yourself
and when you got to take the time to learn then you need time to do that.
So, it'll take however how much time it takes.
This 74 foot boat my front yard is the Coolest Thing I've Ever Made
You happy? Happy with that one? Producer: "Beautiful" Alright!
Okay...Hey guys, my name is Guy. I'm the creator of the show. Thank you so much for watching.
Thank you to Doug from SV Seeker. You can check out his progress on his YouTube channel. I'll put a description below.
We filmed this show a couple weeks ago, and since then he's painted the boat and it looks incredible.
So yeah, we're happy to be back for a new season. I'm going to try to get as many shows edited as fast as I can.
I do this part time. I'm a full time TV editor, and I got 2 kids which is why it's been gone for a couple years...
But we're back! I managed to get some funding.
But yeah, subscribe like. Smash that like. I don't know? What do the kids say these days?
Thanks for much for watching guys, and yeah, we'll see you soon.