Erik Aanderaa: Wife, Boat, Net Worth and Earnings (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Erik Aanderaa for 2023.

Over the last 6 years, I have spent many fine hours watching and researching everything I could about Erik Aanderaa to learn more about his sailing story.

I’m a fan of his YouTube channel, just like you!

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Erik Aanderaa afforded his boat

➜ How he makes his money today

➜ What boat does he actually sail on

➜ Why he’s missing from YouTube

➜ 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

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➜ Inspire others to dream big

But more on that later… 🙂

Erik Aanderaa FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Go which he calls Tessie

One of the coolest boat names I have come across!

Crew Members

Erik Aanderaa (age 39) from Denmark.

Very little is known about his girlfriend or family.

The Boat

Erik has a Contessa 35.


He is constantly upgrading his boat, with some notable equipping being:

➜ New 1500W inverter

➜ Webasto 4Kw diesel heater

➜ New Chartplotter and radar detector

➜ New Volvo Penta DE-40 engine and engine batteries

➜ He even has his own Nespresso coffee machine on board his boat

His channel focuses a lot on sailing (mainly in rough conditions) rather than boat work or repairs.


He mostly sails in Iceland.

In recent times, Erik Aanderaa has opted to only produce 1 video per month to maintain his high-quality content. He uses a ‘no bullshit, just sailing’ philosophy and avoids all the click-bait drama and controversies of other channels.

This was one of his most recent videos:

This has caused some people to speculate that he isn’t sailing anymore or has gotten in trouble somehow – or even worse – gone missing.

Past Cruising

He has explored the Mediterranean, North Sea and the North Atlantic sea. He has also been a crew in multiple yacht races.

Affording It

Erik’s career was in the nautical industry and he saved

Net Worth

Today, Erik Aanderaa’s net worth is $570,000.

Making Loot

He takes his video production and storytelling seriously and makes money on YouTube through:

➜ Affiliate links to NordVPN

➜ Selling his own merchandise

➜ Running a Patreon account

➜ Allowing YouTube to put ads on his videos

In total, he makes around $4,500/month.


I haven’t seen him featured on any other channels, but he has been featured in many highly-regarded sailing magazines such as Yachting Monthly.

Big Moments

[Best and Worst Moments in Cruising]

➜ He ran aground once on the rocks

➜ He got hypothermia due to wearing the wrong gloves (a key reason why he now has a diesel heater)

➜ He’s pushed through multiple bad storms

Future Plans

Where to next? Well, he’s more than likely heading south to Antarctica at some stage.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn from this legendary sailor?

➜ Prepare for the worst

➜ Always trim your sails

➜ Keep warm on cold passages

➜ Let your boat seteer itself

And most importantly, always stay dry!


Erik is very unique within the sailing community. Unlike those seeking attention, he simply wants to sail and share his adventures on the camera.

He deserves a lot more subscribers for his ethos, passion and pure sailing experiences. I certainly can’t wait for this next batch of videos to go live!

So much so that I’ve hit the bell notification on YouTube, and that’s extremely rare for me to do. 🙂 In the meantime…

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Erik Aanderaa’s extreme sailing…

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

He’s 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

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

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