The Ultimate Guide to Project Brupeg For 2023
Everything You Always Wanted To Know
Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom
This is the definitive guide on Project Brupeg for 2023.
Over the last 2 years, I have spent so many hours watching and researching everything I could about Project Brupeg to learn more about their story.
Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with my fellow Australians, Damien and Jess 😃 It truly is a mammoth project!
Plus, I live reasonably close to where they’re working on the boat.
So if you wanted to know:
➜ How Project Brupeg afforded their boat
➜ How they make their money today
➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades
➜ When they will launch the trawler
➜ How you can start crossing oceans
Then you’ve definitely come to the right place.
Before we start, a quick introduction from me…
The Cruising Freedom Author
Ahoy, Matey! I’m Joshua from Australia.
I’ve built the perfect business to sail the world.
A business model which can allow me to:
➜ Own a catamaran debt-free
➜ Go for weeks without WIFI
➜ Create semi-passive income
➜ Inspire others to dream big
But more on that later… 🙂
Project Brupeg FAQs (January 2023)
Damien Ashdown (age 35)
Jessica Ashdown (age 34)
Both are from New Zealand with Damien having a background in mechanics and engine reconditioning.
Snoopdog is the name of their dog, while their friend Michael Nelson sometimes helps out with the project.
Brupeg was a custom-built fishing trawler that served the town of Bundaberg and beyond.
It sank during the Burnett River floods of 2013 near Bundaberg. This is the same flood that affected Brisbane and parts of the Sunshine Coast.
It was almost a year later that Damien and Jess came across this boat that was ready for salvage, and it was love at first sight!
They’ll eventually use this as an expedition boat for diving, surfing and spearfishing. Additionally, they’ll be heading into colder climates and pushing through ice.
There are a ton of upgrades to be done. Some of their notable specs include:
➜ 27,000+ litres of fuel across 10 tanks
➜ Able to run on vegetable oil
➜ Dedicated media room for editing documentaries
➜ A 350hp engine that can burn up to 63L per hour (crazy!)
➜ Ice plating steel that’s 8mm thick
This project is definitely costing them a small fortune, but it’s worth it.
Their boat yard is in Bundaberg, Queensland. I’ve chosen to keep the details private to protect their privacy.
This is one of their more recent episodes:
How are they able to keep this project alive? Do they get funding?
Without kids, they saved hard over the years and invested wisely. They have gone ‘all in’ on this project by having a cheap car and keeping their household expenses low.
It should be noted that they still work full-time jobs and work on the boat after hours and on weekends.
The crew from Project Brupeg are worth $325,000 Australian dollars. Most of their money is in their boat.
In addition to their full-time jobs, they make around $4,100/month by creating videos, and this is done through:
➜ Allowing YouTube ads on their channel
➜ Patreon subscriptions and PayPal donations
➜ Selling their own Brupeg merchandise
They’re not really doing this for the money though. Around 75% of what they make goes back into the trawler restoration project.
Unlike other glamorous YouTubers where you’re funding their beer, rum and bikini budget, your money is going to an excellent project by a couple that works bloody hard.
Over the last 4 years, I haven’t seen them collab with any other popular YouTubers.
However, there are some channels that are as dedicated as them.
If you’re into massive boat restoration projects, then check out:
The earlier episodes of Sailing Uma are excellent too if you’re looking for a smaller boat project.
Things haven’t been easy over these last 4 years, but they have persisted against all odds.
Notable incidents include:
➜ Discovering rust inside their main engine
➜ Damian had Appendix surgery
➜ The front fell off their boat
➜ Jess is temporarily in a wheelchair
Once they do get cruising, they’ll realize the risks were worth it.
Where will they travel? It’s most likely that they’ll go around the world as they have long-range cruising potential.
What can we learn from this awesome Kiwi couple?
➜ Hard work really does pay off in the long run
➜ Find a partner who supports your dreams
➜ Plan ahead for the future, starting today
➜ Start working on your own freedom goals
And of course, don’t worry about the lazy folks!
Jess and Damien are certainly one ambitious couple.
The launch date of Project Brupeg is likely to be in November or December of 2022.
Even after launch, there will be 2 to 3 months of additional preparation to ensure they’ll never need to return to the boat yard anytime soon!
Until then, I’m watching with glee. They’re certainly committed and willing to do what 99.9% of people won’t.
For them, this will be the ultimate freedom machine!
In their own words:
This is a story about ingenuity, perseverance, hard work and amazing friends and family helping along the way. Thank you, your support has all been unbelievable! Even though we recognize the enormity of the challenge we want to see some of the most remote places on the planet and we want to share those experiences with others, so we hope you’ll join us.
Create Your Own Cruising Freedom
Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…
I’ve been very inspired by Project Brupeg and their epic boat build!
Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.
Soon they’ll be living the dream and have the freedom they deserve!
I mentioned earlier about discovering the #1 cruising business model.
With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:
➜ Generate a sustainable full-time income through learning basic skills
➜ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans
➜ Do it without selling to friends and family (I found a better solution!)
➜ Share my lifetime passion for sailing, cruising and global adventures
Keen to discover more? Jump on the free training right now. 👨🏻💻
(I share more about it on the next page…🙂)