Free Range Sailing: Everything You Wanted To Know (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Free Range Sailing for 2023.

Over the last few years, I have spent 25 hours watching and researching everything I could about Troy and Pascale as I resonate a ton with their story and adventures.

Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with my fellow Australians!

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Free Range Sailing afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ How old is Pascale and Troy?

➔ 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… 🙂

Free Range Sailing FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Mirrool

Crew Members

Troy Lechner (age 47)

Pascale Kate Angliss (age 37)

(Yes, almost 10 years in age between the two!)

Troy and Pascale met in Perth on the 31st of December 2014, and started dating soon afterwards, but they are not married, nor do they have any kids.

They consider themselves to be mostly pescatarian, enjoying a seafood + vegetarian diet as there is limited space for meat preservation on their yacht.

The Boat

Free Range Sailing’s yacht “Mirrool” is a Clansman 30 GRP Sloop made in 1969, from Gosford on the Central Coast of Australia. The ’30’ refers to the length of the yacht being 30 feet, while it only has a beam of around 6 feet and draft of 2 feet.

Their boat is currently for sale. This joins in a list of other sailing YouTubers who have recently either listed or sold their boat and ready for an upgrade.


Troy has lived on Mirrool since 2015 and Pascale joined in 2018, and together, they have added:

➔ New Rocna 22lb and Mantus 35lb anchors

➔ Yanmar 2GM20 diesel motor

➔ Katadyn PowerSurvivor Watermaker

➔New hard dodger (Troy built this himself actually)

➔Installing new rigging and overhaul during COVID movement restrictions

Interestingly, Troy has kept the original sail plan.


Free Range Sailing is in Perth, Western Australia.

They are sometimes weeks behind on their video production, presumably due to WIFI signal issues.

They have recently moved towards land-life:

Past Cruising

Troy and Pascale have sailed Mirrool around Australia. However, they haven’t been overseas as yet since their old yacht wasn’t a true bluewater cruiser.

Affording It

Troy worked numerous blue-collar jobs, often around the waterways. He’s a qualified captain as well as a commercial harvest diver which explains why he loves jumping in for dinner so much!

He saved up for many years and paid $57,000 AUD for Mirrool which included replacing some parts before he come on to YouTube with Pascale.

Pascale joined later and has contributed to some equipment upgrades from her personal savings.

She worked as a commercial lawyer at Murfett Legal in Perth and also did some backpacking and working overseas, particularly in Copenhagen and London.

Net Worth

Not all cruisers are rich…

Free Range Sailing’s net worth is $275,000 Australian dollars.

This shows that you don’t need to be rich or famous to enjoy #boatlife in 2023.

Making Loot

They make around $4,500/month on YouTube through:

➔ 500+ subscribers on Patreon, most paying $8/week

➔ Running ads on their YouTube channel

➔ Brand sponsorships on YouTube and Instagram

➔ Product referral links and discount codes (their promotion of the Fire to Fork book is one example)

➔ Occasional PayPal donations on their website


Unlike many other YouTubers who meet up with each other, Troy and Pascale have mostly kept to themselves with no other collaborations apart from family guests in episode 79.

We are certainly looking forward to seeing them meet up with Sailing La Vagabonde and Sailing Ruby Rose in the near future, given that both channels are very aligned with Free Range Sailing.

Big Moments

Troy and Pascale have had some interesting moments in sailing:

➔ Getting a hole in their boat in Episode 54

➔ Becoming stuck in 50-knot winds

➔ Installing an entirely new rigging system

➔ Painting their sailboat by hand

There hasn’t been as much drama on their YouTube channel when compared to several others, but they do have some click-baitey titles.

Future Plans

Given they have completed their circumnavigation of Australia, Troy and Pascale aim to spend more time exploring the Pilbara and Western Australia.

They’re selling their boat. Meanwhile, they’re care-taking for regional property owners in Western Australia as per Ep 208.

Could this be the direction of a new channel?

They may explore South-East Asia as international restrictions have eased. This has been drawn-out as the Western Australian government has been conservative on their international opening.

However, they are genuinely taking a break from sailing for a while. I believe they have needed a break after years of sailing.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn from these two legends?

➔ You don’t need a lot of money to find freedom

➔ A 30-foot yacht will circumnavigate Australia

➔ YouTube doesn’t need to be near-nude content

➔ Keep things real and avoid the click-bait drama

➔ Your sailing dream might be closer than it seems


Troy and Pascale perfectly fit the mold of free-range sailors. They avoid the bikini-style content and simply remain humble and true to the nature of cruising. Raw, real and unfiltered – the way we like it.

There is much the plastic/materialistic world could learn from their travels and lifestyle choices.

And despite moving towards a land-based lifestyle, they still remain resourceful, frugal and connected to nature, and the epidome of simple freedom.

And we can’t wait to see more, and of course, experience that freedom for ourselves.

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by these two and their travels…

Sailing the world is my childhood dream.

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…🙂)