Cruising Sunrise: Learn More About Their Leopard 50 (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on SV Sunrise for 2023.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent many wonderful hours watching and researching everything I could about SV Sunrise to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with SV Sunrise 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How SV Sunrise afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What catamaran they have and its upgrades

➜ If they’re still sailing in 2022

➜ 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 Sunrise FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Sunrise II (Registration AJT443N)

Crew Members

Russ and Margaret, both in their late 50’s

The Boat

SV Sunrise has a Leopard 50 catamaran in the popular owner’s cabin.

However, they are planning to purchase a power catamaran:


They have brought their bikes onboard while also building a flybridge cover for wet-weather sailing.


Sunrise is currently moored in The Kimberley’s

Past Cruising

International border closures stumped their plans, but yet:

➜ They did one lap of Australia and they outlay the plans here:

➜ They have also explored Fiji and Vanuatu in the South Pacific

I look forward to seeing more adventures unfold in the coming years.

Affording It

Russ has invested wisely and owned a business over the years so he was able to retire and go sailing.

Net Worth

SV Sunrise has a net worth of $1,300,000 based on their boat costs and personal savings.

Making Loot

They don’t make any money from their YouTube channel, and it exists solely to show their friends, family, and the wider cruising community their epic adventures in their Leopard catamaran.


During their journey, they have sailed with:

Sailing Zatara

The Cruising Kiwis

While they haven’t met up, they remind me a lot of Catamaran Impi for some reason.

Big Moments

They haven’t had any bad experiences apart from spotting some sharks and crocodiles.

Future Plans

Where to next? It’s likely that they’ll head north into SE Asia.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn?

➜ It takes 12 months to circumnavigate Australia

➜ A Leopard 50 is a slow boat but IS a great boat

➜ Don’t be afraid to meet up with others who sail

➜ Get your into cruising and you’ll have an epic time

And most importantly….go now, if you can. Life is way too short.


I have thoroughly loved the knowledge that Russell brings to the table. He avoids any of the typical ‘chicks to get clicks’ type of content that we typically see, and simply brings us back to the heart of cruising.

That is – salt, sea, sand and freedom. That’s all it should ever be. So get out there while you can!

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Cruising Sunrise and their travels…

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing around Australia is my dream.

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

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…🙂)