Sailing Zatara: Discover The Whitaker’s Family Net Worth (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Zatara

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Zatara for 2022.

Over the last 3.5 years, I have spent 71 hours watching and researching everything I could about everyone’s favorite YouTube sailing family so you don’t have to.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Keith, Renee and their 4 cruising kids 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Sailing Zatara afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ 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…. 🙂

Sailing Zatara FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

S/V Zatara

Crew Members

Keith Whitaker (age 51)

Renee Whitaker (age 47)

Anna Whitaker (age 19)

Jack Whitaker (age 18)

Finn Whitaker (age 14)

Kate Whitaker (age 13)

They have another older daughter (Tait Whitaker-Cargo, aged 26) who hasn’t sailed with the family as she is already married and with two children.

The Boat

Sailing Zatara own a 2009 Priviledge 585 Catamaran with a 4-cabin layout.

Previously they owned a Beneteau 55-foot monohull which they later sold as it was a little too small and somewhat unsuited to crossing large oceans.

Upgrades

Sailing Zatara have upgraded their catamaran with:

➔ Upgraded B&G electronics

➔ New Highfield Dinghy

➔ Movie projector for the kids

Location

According to both Instagram and YouTube, were in Seychelles.

This means, unlike other similar YouTube channels, they are currently up to date with their episodes.

Keith and Renee often produce content daily with help from the kids.

Their latest video shows them having just arrived in South Africa:

Past Cruising

Sailing Zatara has explored in:

➔ The United States

➔ The Caribbean

➔ The Bahamas

➔ The Marquesas and Fiji

➔ Australia and New Zealand

Their biggest crossings is the Pacific crossing making it their longest time at sea.

They aim to do the Atlantic crossing through 2022.

Affording It

Keith and Renee didn’t come from a rich family nor did they have well-paying jobs. Keith had a long-term career in the oil industry.

However, they did have some equity in their home and some of Keith’s investments paid off well, so they were able to eventually sell their house and afford their first sailboat which cost $257,000 USD.

From there, they began producing YouTube videos and with the revenue, were able to buy their 2nd sailboat for $590,000 USD a mere 2 years later.

Making Loot

Sailing Zatara has a networth of $1,700,000 earned through:

➔ Amazon affiliate links under their YouTube videos

➔ PayPal and Patreon donations from their audience

➔ $10/month membership to their Facebook group

➔ Sailing Zatara ‘Let It Flow Away’ merchandise

➔ Homeschool education for other sailing families

It’s estimated that Sailing Zatara makes $17,000/month through YouTube as of June 2022.

Collaborations

Sailing Zatara have featured with these other YouTube channels:

Gone With The Wynns

Sailing Ruby Rose

The Sailing Family

The Cruising Kiwis

While they haven’t met in person, the Whitaker family has a good friendship with Sailing Nahao.

They have also featured numerous other smaller channels and seek out other cruising families to keep the kids entertained while home schooling.

Big Moments

Sailing Zatara have had numerous cool moments:

➔ Coming across Lady Erel 2 stuck on a reef

➔ Being at sea for 30-days as a family of 4

➔ Having Anna leave the boat for college

➔ Keith getting into heated arguments with Australian government quarantine officials 😅

➔ Having Jack’s internet girlfriend on board

Fortunately, after several years, nothing dangerous has happened. I applaud them for avoiding the click-bait drama that other channels often create.

Future Plans

Sailing Zatara have just completed a half-circumnavigation around Australia, have left and are now adventuring in Seychelles.

Key Takeaways

We can learn from Sailing Zatara that:

➔ Teenagers can still sail globally with their parents

➔ Use the resources you have available to go sailing

➔ Don’t be afraid to change your plans on a whim

➔ Such very precious moments cannot be bought

Conclussion

Keith and Renee didn’t wait until Kate was off to college before going off cruising. Instead, they used the resources they have, sold their house and made their dream happen and all without the fluff.

So to the cruisers with older kids who aren’t so sure, it’s definitely possible!

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Zatara and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

Sam Holmes Sailing: All You Wanted To Know About Sam (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to Sam Holmes and his YouTube Channel

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide about Sam Holmes for 2022.

Over the last 18 months, I have spent 75 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sam Holmes so you don’t have to.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with his single-handed journey 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➔ Why Sam became so popular on YouTube

➔ How he makes his money today

➔ What boat he has and its upgrades

➔ 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…. 🙂

Cruising Freedom FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

His boat is called S/V Picked Herring. His previous boat to that was called Swedish Fish.

His Hobie 16 doesn’t have a name currently.

Crew Members

Sam Holmes (age 28) from the United States

The Boat

Sam owns a 1979 Cape Dory 28 which he paid $9,000 for. This vessel was previously called FellowShip II out of Vero Beach, Florida.

He later painted the hull blue in North Carolina.

It’s currently in Sweden and hauled out for the winter while he explores the United States and the Bahamas.

Upgrades

Sam has undertaken a massive renovation and upgrades including:

➔ A new windvane

➔ Replacing the aging solar system

➔ Replacing the self-tailing winches

➔ A unique open source autopilot

➔ 3d Printed sail parts

Location

Sam is currently in Sweden and returned to his boat. He was previously in the Bahamas where he was sailing with a Hobie 16 Catamaran and keeping things simple.

Past Cruising

Sam has explored mostly single-handedly in:

➔ The United States

➔ Hawaii

➔ Ireland

➔ Portugal

➔ Scotland

➔ Norway

➔ Sweden

Sam has done one crossing of the Pacific with a 23ft sailboat (his most popular video) plus one crossing of the Atlantic.

We can’t wait to see him come to Australia!

Affording It

Sam lived very lean with minimal expenses, no children and worked hard to fund his dreams.

Making Loot

Sam Holmes makes around $4,700 per month.

He makes his income via:

➔ Venmo donations

➔ Patreon subscriptions

➔ Cash app donations

➔ Paypal donations

➔ Amazon affiliate links

This places his net worth at approximately $175,000 but as we all know, money means very little to Sam.

Collaborations

Sam hasn’t collaborated with any famous sailing YouTubers as he has chosen to stay low-key.

However, he has sailed with Olivia Wyatt on her Panda 34 in Hawaii which had previously considered to be the beginnings of a romatic relationship.

Big Moments

Sam has some incredible moments in sailing:

➔ His #1 video about solo sailing across the Pacific earned him millions of views for its genuine appeal

➔ Sam has openly talked about his challenges with living without a large intestine while sailing

➔ Selling his boat and meeting a girl who has a boat

➔ Numerous low-cost and creative DIY projects

Future Plans

Sam is in Europe and will explore the Mediterranean this summer. From there, he’ll sail to Asia and towards Australia.

At the moment his yacht is on the hardstand in Sweden while he learns gliding in Europe. He’s also be sailing and exploring with a Hobie 16 trailerable catamaran.

Key Takeaways

Sam reminds us that we:

➔ Don’t need a million-dollar boat to go cruising

➔ Many audiences don’t like the glam and gloss

➔ Learn your boat well and all its devices

Conclussion

Sam is the epidome of raw, unpolished and passionate solo sailing for budget-friendly cruising. Many of us can relate more easily than the luxury cruisers with their million-dollar floating condos.

Despite his worst moments, he still wears a smile. An infections positive mental attitude to not let his challenges prevent him from seeing the world.

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Sam and his solo travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

His is living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

Gone With The Wynns: Everything You Wanted To Know (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to Gone With The Wynns

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Gone With The Wynns for 2022.

Over more than 3 years, I have now watched 91 hours of their YouTube channel learning everything I could about Jason and Nikki.

I guess you could call me obsessed with their sailing travels 😃 And yes, I’ve noticed Nikki’s hair length grow over time while she’s become more feminine!

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Gone With The Wynns afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money on YouTube today

➔ What boat they have and its many upgrades

➔ How you can start world cruising just like them

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…. 🙂

Gone With The Wynns FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

S/V Curiosity

Crew Members

Jason Wynn (age 37)

Nikki Wynn (age 36)

Their 2 cats, Cleo and Singa, sailed with Jason and Nikki as stowaways for 13,000 nautical miles.

Sadly, they could not continue and were left behind in the United States to an emotional farewell.

They left before the Wynns started their voyage across the Pacific towards Tonga and New Zealand.

Their reasoning was mainly due to biosecurity challenges in the countries they desired to visit.

The Boat

Sailing vessel Curiosity is a 2005 Leopard 43.

As it’s for sale, you can view the listing here.

The catamaran in a 3-cabin owner’s version, with the main cabin taking up the entire starboard hull.

Upgrades

The Wynns have done many upgrades to Curiosity.

Notable items include:

➔ 2 Airconditioners

➔ Washing machine and dryer

➔ Composting toilet (taken from their old RV)

➔ Portable freezer

You can find their list of boat upgrades here.

Location

According to Instagram, they are in New Zealand.

According to YouTube, they are also in New Zealand.

This means they’re up to date on videos and aren’t lagging behind on production.

They are currently in Fairway Bay Marina:

Past Cruising

The Wynns have done roughly the same amount of land miles when compared to sea miles.

To date, apart from some coastal cruising, they have done the popular route across the Pacific from the United States to New Zealand.

We look forward to seeing them in Australia in 2022!

Affording It

Jason and Nikki claim to have simply “saved up” to buy their catamaran, however, some of their audience disputes these claims.

Rumours on the internet reveal that at least one of the Wynns comes from a very wealthy family.

After all, they appear quite affluent on their channel.

Quite surprisingly, Jason was simply a photographer and Nikki a makeup artist, with Jason later opening his own studio which they later sold for a profit.

From there, they began to travel in their RV and blog/vlog full-time, building a loyal audience.

It’s best assumed that they bought their catamaran using personal savings earned from their previous RV travels, plus it’s cheaper to live on the road.

Curiosity cost approximately $400,000 US Dollars.

Making Loot

Today in 2022, Jason and Nikki make most of their money through Amazon affiliate links both placed under their YouTube videos and on their blog.

In addition, they make an income through:

➔ Freelance writing for travel-related websites

➔ Running ads on both their videos and website

➔ Creating their own recommend gear store

➔ Earnings from their hundreds of Patreons

➔ A few dollars via their tip jar on their blog

Now earning more than $19,000 per month, Gone With The Wynns net worth is an estimated $1,350,000.

Collaborations

Their two best collaborations are with Sailing Ruby Rose and Sailing Zatara.

Jason and Nikki aren’t afraid to hang out with other cruisers, and I look to seeing them meet other popular YouTube sailors.

They have had numerous guests on board including Dior, Nikki’s mom and Jason’s brother.

Big Moments

Some of the best moments by The Wynns include:

➔ Sailing with Mark who had only 6 months to live, creating one of the best fundraisers in YouTube cruising history

➔ Being approached by fishermen late at night, in what some viewers were describing as a potential pirate attack

➔ Experiencing a rough sail from Tonga to New Zealand where Jason became quite ill

➔ Getting a huge hole and losing their lifecraft in their boat on the same voyage

Future Plans

The Wynns are now in New Zealand and are looking to sail north to Australia and onwards into Asia.

They are currently selling their catamaran, Curiosity.

There are however no confirmed plans for the future, but they are looking to buy their next boat.

Key Takeaways

We can learn from The Wynns that:

➔ Living on a boat is more affordable than ever

➔ You can combine a blog and YouTube channel

➔ Working remotely attainable for most people

➔ The world cruising community is very generous

➔ Brand new modern sailboats are unnecessary

Conclussion

The Wynns clearly have an outgoing and adventurous spirit. Their generous style has become appealing to the cruising community, despite their young ages and low experience in ocean voyages.

They remind us that we only live once on this spinning marble, and in their own words: “We share in hopes of inspiring you to find your adventure.

To that, we can simply say: Thank you. 😊

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Gone With The Wynns and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the South Pacific is my dream today.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

Sailing Miss Lone Star: All Her Secrets Revealed (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Miss Lone Star

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Miss Lone Star for 2022.

Over the last 5.5 years, I have spent 69 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Miss Lone Star so you don’t have to.

(You could say I am obsessed with Aubrey and her adventures. Ha!)

So if you wanted to know:

➔ How Aubrey affords her travel lifestyle

➔ How she makes her money today

➔ What boat she has and its upgrades

➔ What happened to the kids and ex-husband(s)

➔ And did she really get arrested and jailed?

Then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

As I’ve found all this public info through my research.

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…. 🙂

Sailing Miss Lone Star FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

SV 3/4 Time was her previous boat with her current boyfriend. Her new boat does not have a name.

Crew Members

Aubrey Gail Wilson (Age 37) who was born on September 21, 1984. She is originally from Vero Beach, Florida but has spent time living in Austin, Texas. She holds a 50t USCG Captain’s License.

Aubrey has two children; Blake who is 7 and a girl, Bianca who is 8. Neither has been seen much in recent episodes, presumably in the care of relatives.

Her kids are from different fathers, none of which have been seen on any of her YouTube videos.

The Boat

Aubrey’s sailboat is a 1971 51ft Formosa yacht, often referred to as a pirate ship. It remains under renovation, with no mast and isn’t even seaworthy just yet.

Her previous boat, SV Little Miss, she purchased for $1 and renovated mostly by herself.

She is doing another boat flip with her girlfriends. This is on a 1985 Lancer 39 motor sailing called Murphy.

Upgrades

Aubrey is planning numerous upgrades, including:

➔ Chartplotter & GPS

➔ 12v Refridgerator

➔ Hair dryer (Yes, I know….)

Location

According to Instagram, she is in Florida. However, her last post was in December 2020.

According to YouTube, she is actually in Mexico.

It appears that she may be 6 months behind on her video production.

This is one of her most recent episodes:

Past Cruising

Aubrey has sailed in many places:

➔ The Bahamas

➔ Florida

➔ The Mediterranean

➔ South Africa

➔ Costa Rica

She has also road-tripped across North America with a boyfriend and Europe with her daughter.

Affording It

Aubrey started her journey by becoming a crew member on various yachts to gain her experience.

She bought her first boat for $1 in 2017 and bought her second boat with personal funds in 2020.

Her daughter Bianca, also bought a boat for $1 in 2019, although not much has come from this yet.

Making Loot

Sailing Miss Lone Star has an estimated net worth of $295,000 USD. She makes her money through:

➔ YouTube advertising revenue on each video

➔ Amazon affiliate links under her YouTube videos

➔ Her paid subscription on Vimeo ($29/month)

➔ Links to purchase SailRite sewing machines

It’s estimated that each video she releases makes $7,200, making her around $15,700 USD per month. Aubrey doesn’t have an OnlyFans account but it has been highly requested by her mostly male audience.

Collaborations

Sailing Miss Lone Star has only collaborated with Rick from Sophisticated Lady

Aubrey has had several different boyfriends in her journey who often have a small sailing YouTube channel.

One of her ex-boyfriends is Stefan Heiberg a.k.a. Captain Leeu, but announced a ‘divorce’ on one of his videos in 2019, to the applause of his audience.

His YouTube channel is The Paper Boat Project where he has gone on to get his 200T captain’s licence and start his own successful yacht delivery business (with a new girl) operating out of Malta.

Big Moments

Aubrey has created controversy through her unique style on YouTube. Some notable moments include:

➔ Going to a nudist beach in Costa Rica, her most-viewed YouTube video, plus going topless in several other videos

➔ Making a Mayday call after crashing SV Little Miss into a sunken container.

➔ Having her yacht struck by lightning while sailing

➔ Puncturing her lung and winding up in hospital

➔ Getting kicked out of the boat yard

Domestic Violence

Aubrey from Saling Miss Lone Star had experienced domestic violence on board while sailing several years ago with her former boyfriend Rob, who on the surface, appeared to be a very genuine guy.

She experienced a black eye in this incident.

This video, include dozens of older videos, have since been deleted from her YouTube channel.

It’s unknown what truly happened to her ex-boyfriend Rob.

Update: Audrey mentioned in her most recent video that Rob had taken his own life due to past PTSD.

This is the last-known video of Rob and according to the YouTube comments, he may have suffered from undisclosed or untreated schizophrenia.

You can also read this new story where he is referred to as Abram Hamic, Q or God Almighty.

Definitely a sad ending.

He who was not the father of either of her two children. Her audience was demanding the other side of the story, as many were referring to the stunt being fake given that Rob seemed to be very friendly, real and welcoming on the surface.

Aubrey has been divorced several times. We don’t know what happened to numerous other ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands, but it’s rumoured that Bianca’s father is serving prison time, while Bianca herself seems to be living with Aubrey’s mother.

Sailing Miss Lone Star Arrested

This may come as a surprise to many Sailing Miss Lone Star fans, especially as it was NOT published on any of her videos or social media accounts. 😲

Aubrey Wilson was caught stealing items from Walmart while shopping with her then-boyfriend, Stefan Heiberg, around 2 years ago.

(Yes, that IS the same Stefan who has his own YouTube channel as mentioned above, but he was NOT the one stealing and thus wasn’t the one caught, arrested or charged with any crime)

Aubrey claims the theft itself was simply an accident (forgetting to scan numerous checkout items) as they were in a rush to get somewhere that day.

This crime occurred on the 19/06/2019 with a cart full of goods, where she was charged with Petit Theft.

After arrest, her bond was set at $2,500 and she was then bailed out, after serving 5 days of prison time.

Later, she entered a plea deal and was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to 6 months of probation, plus a fine and court costs.

This is all publicly-available information. I found this via https://court.indian-river.org/BenchmarkWeb/Home.aspx/Search by searching under ‘Wilson, Aubrey’ and reading her court documents.

Again, this might come as a surprise, or maybe not.

After all, some of her audience always felt an eerie dark side to Aubrey, especially after the domestic violence incident several years ago.

Controversy

In addition to her crime, Aubrey attracts a less-than-ideal audience as she expresses her body often.

Many of her episodes feature her bikinis and her most popular videos are her topless (but blurred) sailing adventures.

Her children are usually absent in her episodes.

There are also unconfirmed reports of:

➔ Robb’s (or hers?) old sailboat being repossessed

Update: Aubrey just verified this on YouTube as true.

➔ Renting a vessel to gain more YouTube views

➔ Aubrey as a Playboy model in her younger years

None of these can be substantiated at this time. If you do have more information, please reach out.

Future Plans

Sailing Miss Lone Star will continue her YouTube and Vimeo sailing vlogs, hopefully with more finances.

At this time, she envisions continuing the renovation of her ‘pirate ship’ including a new mast, rigging, upholstery and a diesel engine.

It is hoped that both her children will be able to join her on these adventures once the boat is ready.

Key Takeaways

Despite her underlying controvery in the cruising community and monthly challenges, Aubrey still has some lessons worth sharing:

➔ Always chase your dreams no matter the obstacle

➔ Leave behind “their” pre-conceived judgements

➔ Build a following and monetize that audience

Conclusion

While I don’t always enjoy Sailing Miss Lone Star‘s approach to YouTube, it’s clear that it’s working well.

Almost every single thumbnail are quite click-baitey.

Her audience, of mostly single middle-aged men, find her cruising adventures very appealing too.

While I do prefer saving/investing/working for a few years before sailing away, her choice to live for today appears to working out well for her.

In essence, I’m looking forward to her growing and developing as a content creator on YouTube. Most importantly, having her kids return to her side.

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I like Aubrey Wilson and her cruising adventures on YouTube…

I swear I’m not obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

She’s literally living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable full-time income with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

The O’Kelly’s: Everything You Wanted To Know (2022 Stats)

The Ultimate Guide to O'Kelly's

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide to The O’Kelly’s for 2022.

Over the last 27 months, I have spent 82 hours watching and researching everything I could about S/V Clarity so you don’t have to.

(Unless, you know…you really want to. I won’t guilt-trip you!).

And yes, I really do love Nick and Megan’s funny side! 😃

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Nick and Megan afforded their 4th boat

➔ How they make their money while cruising

➔ What boat they have and its current upgrades

➔ How you can start crossing oceans just like them

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…. 🙂

The O'Kelly's FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

Clarity

Crew Members

Nick O’Kelly (age 48)

Megan O’Kelly (age 49)

The Boat

The O’Kelly’s from YouTube sail a 2009 Leopard 46 fitted out in the 4-cabin charter version. This is their first catamaran and they had owned 3 yachts previously.

Clarity has just been sold after being for sale for 4 weeks. They are in the market for a new boat.

Upgrades

To make Clarity capable of crossing oceans, Nick and Megan have outfitted her with:

➔ 9KW Northern Lights Genset

➔ 900AH of Relion lithium batteries

➔ 2400watts of solar panels (the highest I’ve seen)

➔ AIS Class B and Radar

➔ Spectra Newport 400 Watermaker

➔ Rocna 33kg Vulcan anchor (very popular)

➔ Spinnaker, Genoa and Code Zero

➔ Sewing room and salon

➔ Highfield RIB dingy with 30hp outboard

➔ Sat phone and new EPIRB

➔ 3 Cruiseair airconditioners (needs genset running)

Location

The O’Kelly’s are currently sailing in the United States, specifically, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

They have been experiencing some medical issues:

Past Cruising

Onboard Clarity, The O’Kelly’s have explored in:

➔ The Bahamas

➔ Panama

➔ The South Pacific

➔ United States

Affording It

Nick and Megan don’t have kids and worked hard while saving/investing to make their dream happen. Their current boat cost them around $520,000.

Making Loot

In 2022, the O’Kelly’s make their money from:

➔ Stock market trading

➔ Nick’s audio books

➔ YouTube ad revenue

➔ 1-hour consulting calls

➔ Affiliate links to Squarespace & Amazon

➔ Their Patreon members

It’s estimated that the O’Kelly’s make $12,000 per month sailing and producing videos, bringing their net worth to $847,000 USD dollars.

Collaborations

The O’Kelly’s have not collaborated with any other cruising YouTube channels at this stage.

Big Moments

Some cool moments in The O’Kelly’s journey:

➔ Having a snake sliver onboard their catamaran

➔ Sailing very close to a hurricane with 40-knots

➔ Many comical videos about the reality of sailing

Future Plans

Once COVID-19 restrictions have ended, The O’Kelly’s are planning to sail the Coconut Milk Run.

This is the popular route from California to Australia which sees cruisers stop at many of the tropical islands along the way.

Key Takeaways

Things we can learn from Nick and Megan are:

➔ Buy the right boat for you and your needs

➔ Avoid crowded anchorages and tourist spots

➔ Stay fit cruising to avoid weight gains/injuries

➔ Do your research years before setting off

➔ Don’t take everything in life so seriously

Conclussion

Nick and Megan are an oddity in the sailing community with their humourous style. Their educational videos are extremely valuable and have inspired thousands of couples to plan their escape from the daily grind.

So with that, I hope you’re just as inspired by Nick and Megan as I am. They make the dream real.  👍

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by The O’Kelly’s and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

The Sailing Family: All The SV Archer Facts (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to The Sailing Family

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on The Sailing Family for 2022.

Over the last 24 months, I have spent 67 hours watching and researching everything I could about The Sailing Family so you don’t have to.

You should know that I really am *that* obsessed with Archer 😃

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Seth and Elizabeth afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ 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…. 🙂

The Sailing Family FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

S/V Archer

Crew Members

Seth Hynes, age 42

Elizabeth Hynes, age 41

Hale Hynes, age 10

Rhys Hynes, age 9

Pierce Hynes, age 7

The Boat

The Sailing Family’s boat is a 2014 Outremer 51′ in a 3-cabin owner’s version which is easily recognizable as it’s painted in ‘Ferrari’ red.

It was recently sold in Australia as Hull #32.

Previously they owned a smaller Lagoon 380 catamaran before they had children which they later found (12 years later) in Brisbane, Australia.

Upgrades

The Sailing Family have made very few changes to Archer, due primarily to the high-quality nature of Outremer’s catamarans.

The only upgrades are:

➔ Additional solar on the bimini (800w)

➔ 12 volt freezer to stay remote for longer

➔ Turned the starboard hull shower into a closet

Location

The Sailing Family from YouTube are still actively sailing with their 3 boys, and as of June 2022, have left Australia and returned to the United States.

They have not uploaded anything more to YouTube since January the 31st, 2022.

They are were cruising Australia’s east coast while awaiting COVID restrictions to ease.

Given their current location on Instagram, they appear to be about 3 months behind on their video production.

Past Cruising

The Sailing Family have taken Archer to:

➔ The South Pacific

➔ New Zealand

➔ Australia

➔ The United States

➔ The Panama Canal

➔ The Caribbean

Before the boys came, Seth and Elizabeth sailed their previous boat SV Honeymoon, a Lagoon 380, to The Caribbean and Europe.

In Australia, they went as far north as Lizard Island and as far south as Sydney.

Affording It

To buy Archer, Seth had worked in marketing and sales for some of the world’s most respected luxury brands.

Once they had kids, both Seth and Elizabeth save and sold all of their posessions. They then took out a boat loan for their catamaran on a low interest rate where the balance is secured against their retirement funds.

Making Loot

The Sailing Family makes money through:

➔ YouTube advertising revenue on every video

➔ Selling official Teespring merchandise

➔ Rental income from their investment property

➔ Vacay, Elizabeth’s new fashion business (on hold)

Collaborations

The Sailing Family have only collaborated with:

➔ Brett Vaughan’s SEAbbaticals by Multihull Central

Sailing Zatara in Fiji and Australia

Big Moments

The Sailing Family remarkable moments are:

➔ An accident causing hull damage due to a poor mooring ball breaking loose in Bora Bora

➔ Becoming caught up in New Zealand’s tough COVID-19 restrictions in April/May 2021

➔ A non-competitive race between Gunboat and Outremer (Spoiler alert: Gunboat won!)

➔ Losing control of their boat at nighttime and not being able to reduce their sail area

➔ Seth getting a significant face-wound due to body surfing with his friend, Luke, on the Sunshine Coast.

Future Plans

Now that SV Archer has been sold, where to next?

And why haven’t they uploaded anything for 3 months?

Seth is currently working with HH Catamarans as their new President.

Key Takeaways

There is much we can all learn from The Sailing Family:

➔ Sailing with kids is relatively easy

➔ A fast blue water boat is a safe boat

➔ Be wary of mooring balls in Bora Bora

➔ Couples need to work as a team

➔ Life is short, so make magic happen

Conclussion

The Sailing Family is the perfect example of making sacrifices to take children sailing around the world.

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by The Sailing Family and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Read more about the free training right now. 🔥

Sailing Nahao: Everything You Wanted To Know (May 2022)

The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Nahao

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Nahao for 2022.

Over the last 18 months, I have spent 75 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Nahao so you don’t have to.

Because I really am *that* obsessed with Ben and Ashley! 😃

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Ben and Ashley afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ How you can start crossing oceans

Then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Many consider this site to be the Wikipedia of the YouTube cruising community.

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…. 🙂

Sailing Nahao FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

Sailing Nahao, previously named Marheva.

Crew Members

Ben Stobbart (age 39)

Ashley Stobbart (age 41)

Willa Stobbart (age 2)

Their son Bodhi Stobbart was born in November 2021.

The Boat

Nahao is a 2005 Lagoon 410.

This often isn’t consider a blue water cruising catamaran as it’s best for the charter market.

And yet, Ben and Ashley have made it work for their cruising adventures.

Upgrades

Nahao has had many upgrades:

➔ A Code Zero and Main Sail

➔ 1200w of solar panels + D400 mount

➔ 3000W Victron inverter

➔ Iridium Go + Antenna

➔ Badelf GPS puck + iPad for navigation

➔ New Dacron Sailbag which Ashley made herself

➔ New Hardtop custom-made by Just Catamarans

➔ 10ft Inflatable Dingy with 15hp outboard

Location

As of recently, Sailing Nahao are anchored in the Maldives.

Past Cruising

Nahao has been sailed extensively to:

➔ North America

➔ Venezuela

➔ The Panama Canal

➔ Columbia

➔ The South Pacific (Coconut Milk Run)

➔ New Zealand

➔ Papua New Guinea

➔ Indonesia

Affording It

After the loss of Ashley’s father, Ben and Ashley worked hard, invested and sacrified much for 7 years to afford their catamaran. The boat cost approximately $320,000 and required additional work to be cruiser-ready.

Making Loot

In 2022, Sailing Nahao makes their money with:

➔ YouTube advertising revenue

➔ Affiliate links on their website

➔ Ben works daily on his startup

➔ Selling sailing fan merchandise

➔ Brand sponsorship with Precision Sail Loft, OceanRodeo, Steiner Optics and Brnkl

It’s estimated that their combined income averages $10,000/month with a total net worth of $730,000.

Collaborations

Sailing Nahao hasn’t collaborated with any YouTube channels, however, they have a close connection with Sailing Zatara.

Big Moments

Sailing Nahao’s remarkable moments in cruising:

➔ A video on defending against pirate attacks

➔ Catching some seriously big fish while sailing

➔ Coming across a sinking catamaran on an Atoll

➔ Assisting with an amazing boat build in Indonesia

➔ Crashing into a rock after 4 years of cruising

➔ Being approached at sea while cruising

➔ Almost getting arrested in the Maldives

Future Plans

Sailing Nahao have become quieter on their YouTube channel since the arrival of Willa. They have done shorter coastal cruising trips.

Due to Bodhi’s recent birth, the family had temporarily stopped sailing and filming, instead re-publishing older content plus life updates.

Now they’re in the Maldives and we’re not so sure where they’re off to next.

Key Takeaways

There is much we can learn from Ben and Ashley:

➔ Living on a catamaran is normal

➔ You can cruise and work remotely

➔ A production catamaran is still fine

➔ Affording a boat requires some sacrifice

➔ Work hard so you can live your dreams

Conclussion

In the wise words of Ben and Ashley: Never grow up.

We look forward to seeing their adventure continue with their two children too. This would be the ultimate #worldschooling experience.

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Ben, Ashley and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

Nahao is living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

SV Delos: Discover The Crew’s Secrets and Net Worth (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to SV Delos

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on SV Delos for 2022.

Since 2015, I have spent 207 hours watching and researching everything I could about SV Delos so you don’t have to.

(Indeed, I really am *that* obsessed with Brian, Karin and their expanding crew 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Brian and Karin afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ 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…. 🙂

SV Delos FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

SV Delos

Crew Members

Brian Trautman (age 45)

Karin Syren (age 37)

Sierra Trautman (age 1)

Brady Trautman (age 38)

Alex Blue (age 37)

Lisa Hopf (age 34)

Elizabeth Earle (age 34)

Taylor Francis (age 27) entered Delos on Episode 327 but left in Episode 350. Some of you may recall Taylor as she was very popular on Sailing Doodles in years prior.

She runs her own channel called Taylor’s Travels.

The Boat

SV Delos is a 2000 53′ Amel Super Maramu built in La Rochelle, France. Brian was the 2nd owner and paid roughly $375,000 USD in 2009.

Upgrades

Brian Trauntman has done many upgrades to SV Delos over the years, notibly:

➔ Washer and dryer combo

➔ Dishwasher

➔ Onan 8KW Generator

➔ A lithium battery bank to power induction cooktops, thereby completely removing propane

➔ Viasat internet router (on trial)

Location

SV Delos are in the San Blas Islands, Panama, as of the 3rd of June, 2022. This is noted in Episode 369.

Past Cruising

SV Delos have sailed extensively over the past 11 years to the following destinations:

➔ The Pacific sailing the famous ‘Coconut Milk Run’

➔ Australia, sailing the east coast and Cocos Keeling

➔ Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines

➔ West Coast of Africa (to avoid Somalian pirates)

➔ India, Sri Lanka and the Andaman Islands

➔ South America including several countries

➔ The United States, Brian’s original departure

They recently flew to Sweden to visit family, making it one of their first flights in a very long time.

Affording It

Brian spent several years working as a computer programmer and saved/invested aggressively. In addition, he purchased SV Delos before the Global Financial Crisis where he was able to take on a boat loan at low interest rates.

From there, Brian, his first wife Erin and his brother Brady sailed from Washington all the way to New Zealand, where Erin and Brian divorced in 2010. She then departed back to the United States (taking Mishka their beloved cat back too), while SV Delos remained motionless in Australia for a year.

Erin Trautman since remarried, now known as Erin Russ and today has an 7-year old son and still sails.

Update: Erin is actually writing a book about her experiences on Delos. If you’re looking to find out more about the early days sailing from the United States to Australia, then it should be ready in 2022.

Making Loot

As of June 2022, SV Delos net worth is estimated to be $980,000 USD before taxes.

This includes the value of the boat, their belongings (camera gear), business income and personal savings.

In the early days, Brian worked remotely for his company part-time while the remainder of his crew took on normal jobs for the next sailing season.

Today, Brian and his crew make $17,500/month via:

➔ YouTube advertising revenue

➔ Affiliate links under their videos

➔ Their thousands of Patreons

➔ Selling SV Delos merchandise

➔ Links to life insurance quotes

Interestingly, SV Delos has no corporate sponsors making their content very unbiased. 🙂

Brian still does some programming and consulting, while Brady’s entire income stream is dependent on their YouTube channel.

Collaborations

SV Delos has collaborated with these YouTubers:

➔ The infamous Captain Fatty Goodlander

Chasing Bubbles

➔ SV Totem

Distant Shores TV

➔ Bamba Maru

Captain Rick Moore

Sailing Parlay Revival

Sailing Into Freedom (the lengendary Plukky!)

Most recently, they did a collaboration with Sailing Doodles

The entire sailing community is still awaiting a collaboration with Sailing La Vagabonde.

However, former Delos crew member Josje Leyton did spend a few weeks on Riley and Elayna’s boat a few years ago.

She has moved on and today goes by the name Josje Maxime but has been offline since April 2021.

Josje now lives in NZ and wishes to be left alone.

Big Moments

Remarkable moments in SV Delos history are:

➔ An attempted roberry in Episode 127

➔ Catching a thief in Madagascar

➔ Being circled by the US Coastguard

➔ Sailing in a 50-knot gale force storm

➔ Pulling a drunken sailor off the reef

➔ Multiple ocean crossings (Indian/Pacific/Equator)

➔ Cave diving and shark swimming with Sierra

➔ Getting kicked out in San Blas Islands

➔ Hitting reefs (making them true sailors!)

Future Plans

SV Delos plans to relax and do some easy kid-friendly sailing in South America and the United States.

They aren’t planning on buying a new boat in 2022, but if they did, it’s likely their next boat will be an Amel 60 with a 3-cabin layout.

Key Takeaways

SV Delos are the sailing gods of YouTube which remind us everyday that:

➔ Our world is a remarkably safe place

➔ Sailing around isn’t that expensive

➔ Our lives are an evolving journey

➔ We’re much closer than we think

➔ It might be time to let go of the baggage

Conclussion

SV Delos is an unbiased and raw look at the world of sustainable global cruising which appeals to the sailing community.

They’ve inspired many to change pathways and make every moment count, including myself. ✌️

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by SV Delos and their travels…

I’ve been watching for a very long time after all.

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate an income while working 100% remotely from the laptop

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

Sailing La Vagabonde: Discover Riley and Elayna’s Secrets (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to Sailing La Vagabonde

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide to Sailing La Vagabonde for 2022.

Over the last 6 years, my Youtube stats tell me that I have spent 172 hours watching and researching everything I could about La Vagabonde so you don’t have to.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Riley and Elayna’s journey 😃 I’ve honestly watched EVERY episode to date!)

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Sailing La Vagabonde afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ How you can start crossing oceans

Then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Think of this like a wiki for Sailing La Vagabonde.

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…. 🙂

Sailing La Vagabonde FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

La Vagabonde

Crew Members

Riley Whitelum (age 36) from Kimba, South Australia.

Elayna Carausu (age 32) from Perth, Western Australia.

Lenny Whitelum (age 3) who is now actively talking and swimming all by himself.

Elayna gave birth to their 2nd child, Darwin, in 2021, who is now almost 1 year old and almost walking.

Riley and Elayna are NOT married, nor has Riley ever proposed to Elayna. They remain in a de facto relationship.

The Boat

Sailing La Vagabonde’s current catamaran is a 2017 Outremer 45 with an owner’s cabin in the starboard hull.

Previously they owned a monohull which was a 2007 Beneteau Cyclades 43. This is the original ‘La Vagabonde’, a yacht that was designed for the charter market without a dedicated owner’s cabin.

Their 3rd boat will be a Rapido Trimaran 60. This is designed for serious performance and sailing beyond the wind speed.

Some say this boat isn’t ideal for family cruising with very young children, and I tend to agree.

Update: They have actually decided NOT to sell their catamaran as per their latest video:

In short: They’re creating Vagabonde Adventures which will become a boat charter company where you can learn to sail on their very own catamaran.

Their friend Jack, a sailing instructor, will run the business so Riley and Elayna can continue sailing as a family.

More info at: VagabondeAdventures.com

A very wise choice I must say! They will still buy the Rapido 60 for themselves.

Upgrades

Before taking ownership, Outremer had spec’d the 45 at the factory in France with:

➔ Code D and Code Zero lightwind sails (the code D is Elayna’s favorite sail)

➔ Two upright 12v fridges in the galley

➔ Retractable daggerboards (a rather expensive optional upgrade, yet highly recommended)

➔ Twin 215hp diesel inboard motors

Meanwhile, Riley and Elayna have added:

➔ Fortress Spade Anchor (they use it as a spare)

➔ 560watts of solar panels on the bimini

➔ Dessalator Freedom Cruise Water Maker

➔ Watt And Sea Hydro Generator

➔ Inflatable tender called Cunningham II with 15hp Honda outboard. Their first tender mysteriously disappeared 5 years ago as it was being towed while sailing. (Whoops!)

Location

Sailing La Vagabonde returned to Australia in 2021 despite border closures and travel restrictions.

After all, their son Darwin was just born.

Their current location is Cuba (the Ragged Islands) reflected on both their YouTube and Instagram accounts but they are heading towards the Bahamas.

This shows they are currently up to date on video production.

Past Cruising

Riley and Elayna have sailed extensively to:

➔ The Mediterranean

➔ The Bahamas

➔ United States of America

➔ The Azores

➔ Cape Verde

➔ Antigua

➔ Australia (Riley sailed as a crew of a racing team)

➔ Dominica

➔ Grenada

➔ British Virgin Islands

➔ St Lucia

➔ Venezuela

➔ Panama Canal

➔ French Polynesia

➔ Tonga

➔ New Zealand (friends boat)

➔ Mallorca

➔ Morocco

➔ Gibraltar

Affording It

Riley worked for 4 years in the mining industry in South Australia and saved $100,000, earning *just* enough to purchase his monohull before meeting Elayna.

The purchase of La Vagabonde II, however, didn’t not require spending $1,200,000 USD (the retail price of La Vagabonde’s Outremer 45), and instead, was based off their audience size and Outremer’s potential for marketing reach similar to a sponsorship deal.

(And if you’re wondering, I’ll be buying either a Seawind or an Outremer)

The La Vagabonde II catamaran itself, just like the original monohull, is legally owned by Riley and Elayna.

Outremer assisted with the loan on the catamaran, however, Outremer did NOT give a free boat to Riley and Elayna. This is the biggest false rumour on the internet which continues to haunt the couple.

Making Loot

In 2022, Sailing La Vagabonde makes money through:

➔ YouTube advertising revenue

➔ Amazon affiliate links

➔ Official La Vagabonde merch

➔ Elayna’s songs and CDs

➔ Their thousands of Patreons

➔ Brand sponsorship with Audible

With multiple streams of income, this brings the estimated net worth of Sailing La Vagabonde to $1,700,000 and they possibly could purchase their next boat, a Rapido Trimaran 60, for cash.

However, this is likely a sponsorship deal similar to Outremer’s previous offer.

It’s estimated that Riley and Elayna make $27,000 per month in US dollars, or $8,200 per episode published. However, earning that much money requires 30 to 50 hours of editing to publish one polished YouTube video.

Elayna recently created Vaga Bella Swim™︎ – a 100% recycled swimwear company which is definitely worth checking out.

Collaborations

Sailing La Vagabonde has collaborated with the following YouTubers:

➔ Adam Stern from Free Diving Family who held the Australian record for freediving

➔ Yosha, a previous crewmate of SV Delos, also stayed on board several years ago

Eamon & Bec who usually do Van Life.

Lost Leblanc who is a very popular travel vlogger

After all these years, we’re still waiting for a collaboration with SV Delos. 😃

Big Moments

Memorable moments in the Sailing La Vagabonde journey include:

➔ Being chased by a powerboat late at night during a potential pirate attack. This was on the original Beneteau. While Elayna hid in the aft cabin, Riley avoided the attack by throwing cans of tin food. Surprisingly (and fortunately) the strategy worked.

➔ Lenny having stopped breathing and being rushed to hospital.

➔ Sailing 22 knots in high winds without putting a reef in the main, causing Elayna to panic and the YouTube community to voice their concerns.

➔ Sailing Greta Thunberg across the North Atlantic with Lenny in tow.

➔ Freediving in the deepest hole in the world where Adam was featured.

In recent episodes, both Riley and Elayna have really struggled to manage 2 young children AND all the work that’s necessary on a boat.

Future Plans

With their Outremer 45 being listed for sale, Riley and Elayna are now working on building their 3rd boat, a Rapido 60, announced in June, 2021. It should be ready in a few months.

Interestingly, despite the growing family, they have chosen a boat with orientation for speed over comfort.

As mentioned previously, I disagree that this is the right boat for their growing family and many within the cruising community agree with my stance.

Key Takeaways

We can learn from Riley and Elayna that:

➔ Cruising isn’t always moonshine and sunsets

➔ Men and women play an equal role on board

➔ Much of the world is actually a safe place

➔ Raising children on sailboards is trending

➔ Always speak the truth, even when it’s hard

➔ You only live once, so make life happen

Conclussion

Riley and Elayna are the epitome of the authentic yet polished influencers of the sailing world. Some would say modern-day sea-gypsies.

They even have their own Subreddit!

We see Riley and Elayna’s epic lifestyle today but we don’t see the consistent work over multiple years prior.

Getting here and finally living #boatlife certainly wasn’t an easy process, but through their commitment, but we can clearly see it’s been well worth it.

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Sailing La Vagabonde and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t hard to achieve today.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable full-time income remotely (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion for sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥

Sailing Ruby Rose: Learn More About Nick and Terysa (2022)

The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Ruby Rose

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Ruby Rose for 2022.

Over the last 18 months, I have spent 75 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Ruby Rose so you don’t have to.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Nick and Terysa 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Nick and Terysa afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ 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…. 🙂

Sailing Ruby Rose FAQs (July 2022)

Boat Name

Ruby Rose (previously) flying a London flag, and Ruby Rose 2 (future).

They were currently leasing a Seawind 1260 in Australia but this ended several months ago.

Crew Members

Nick Fabbri (49) and Terysa Vanderloo (34) who, after dating for almost 10 years, are neither engaged nor married. They have mostly cruised by themselves.

Terysa is originally from Adelaide, just like myself.

The Boat

Sailing Ruby Rose previously owned a Southerly 38 monohull which they had owned for 7+ years and sailed 20,000 nautical miles. Nick and Terysa ordered a Seawind 1370 in mid 2020, and this catamaran will be the first of the 1370 series off the production line.

Upgrades

Nick and Terysa made many upgrades to their first sail boat:

➔ Cockpit enclosure (Nick made this himself)

➔ Code Zero, Parasailor and Storm Jib.

➔ Custom marine mattresses for the aft cabin

➔ Solar, wind and hydro power upgrades

➔ Coffee Machine (yes, really…!)

➔ Apple TV, Television and Blu-Ray Player

Location

According to Instagram and YouTube, they are in Saigon, Vietnam at the Seawind factory. They are visiting the factory and doing some work on their new boat.

This shows that they’re up to date on their videos.

This is one of their most recent videos:

Past Cruising

Nick and Terysa have sailed in the following regions:

➔ Bermuda

➔ Bahamas

➔ British Virgin Islands (BVI)

➔ Canary Islands

➔ England (Nick’s original home)

➔ France (including the canals)

➔ Morocco

➔ Portugal

➔ Peurto Rico

➔ Spain

➔ US Virgin Islands

➔ Caribbean

➔ United States of America

➔ Australia

Affording It

Nick worked as a dentist with his own practice in England, while Terysa worked as a paramedic in her original hometown of Adelaide, Australia. The couple met more than 10 years ago on a group tour in India and began dating soon afterwards.

Between personal savings and the sale of Nick’s dentistry practice, the couple was able to afford their first boat, the Southerly 38. At the time, it was almost 2x their initial budget but provided them an excellent base in which to do ocean crossings.

Making Loot

In 2022, Sailing Ruby Rose makes their money with:

➔ YouTube advertising revenue

➔ Affiliate links on YouTube videos

➔ Merchandise on their website

➔ Their hundreds of Patreon members

➔ Brand sponsorships (while remaining unbiased)

Collaborations

Sailing Ruby Rose have collaborated with the following YouTubers:

Gone With The Wynns (5x episodes)

Distant Shores TV

Sailing Uma

Big Moments

➔ The worst moments for Sailing Ruby Rose are the numerous melt downs between Nick and Terysa

➔ The best moments are boat reviews and unbiased feedback with viewer scoring system

➔ Their most popular video is ‘How Much Does It Cost To Sail Around The World?’ and we have an excellent guide here.

Future Plans

Sailing Ruby Rose will transform into Sailing Ruby Rose II with a Seawind 1370. They plan on exploring Australia, and after COVID-19 is a distant memory, will explore Asia and beyond.

Key Takeaways

Nick and Terysa are the epidome of young and free while staying true to their values. Their engaging audiences sees the raw vulnerability and honest glimpse of #boatlife for budget-conscious cruisers.

They didn’t wait for the million-dollar catamaran and instead, used the resources which were available to them at the time.

They also remind us that boats at boatshows aren’t a true representation of what a boat can and can’t handle.

Conclussion

I expect Sailing Ruby Rose to continue their sailing travels for at least the next 3 to 5 years. You can bet I’ll be tuned in until the end!

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Ruby Rose and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

They’re living the dream, but that dream isn’t actually that far away.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥