Lady K Sailing: Everything You Wanted To Know

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Lady K Sailing for 2023.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent 21 hours watching and researching everything I could about Lady K Sailing to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Tim Labute and his wife 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Lady K Sailing afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ Who the Lady K Sailing wife is

➜ 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… 🙂

Lady K Sailing FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Lady K

Crew Members

Tim Labute (age 36)

Candice Labute (age 34)

The Boat

1980 Hughes 35. Previously this was called a Northstar 1500. It’s a Sparkman and Stephens design and is designed for racing and cruising alike. Tim is a racer at heart which is why he lives in a normal house and cruises part-time.

They have owned this boat now for 6 years.


Their yacht was in a sad state of affairs when they first bought their yacht. In that time, they have upgraded Lady K with:

➜ Upgraded Volvo MD2030 diesel engine (saildrive)

➜ ST4,000+ autopilot and Garmin GPS


According to Instagram, they are in Light House Cove, Florida. This is a popular place for part-time cruisers.

They have been covering a ton of content about affordable sailing yachts:

Past Cruising

Lady K Sailing has mostly sailed in the United States and South America.

Unlike other channels, they focus on knowledge and feature unique boats, as well as though that have succumbed to the weather, bureaucracy or other channels in their trip around the world.

Affording It

Tim and his wife Candice worked for years to save up enough to purchase their current boat. Tim was an office manager while Candice was in the food and entertainment industries.

Making Loot

It’s hard to know exactly how much Tim makes from YouTube and I highly doubt he does this for the money. He’s simply a helpful sailor who’s always keen to share his knowledge.

If I had to guess, I’d say around $3,500 per month. His income is generated through:

➜ Patreon subscribers

➜ Donations

➜ YouTube advertising revenue

In addition, Tim still does some freelance work.


As far as I’ve seen, they haven’t really been a channel that has collaborated with others. They’re less about the lifestyle and more about the commentary. That’s not a bad thing as I’ve personally learned a ton these last few years.

Big Moments

Sailing hasn’t been easy for this couple. Their worst experience was almost sinking and calling the Coast Guard helicopter:

Aside from that, it’s been seeing other cruisers getting into strife.

Future Plans

Where to next? I’m looking forward to Tim and Candice heading out for an extended period now that international borders are mostly open.

Key Takeaways

Tim and his wife use the following mantra:

➜ Go small

➜ Go simple

➜ Go now

…and I absolutely agree!


It’s hard to argue against the knowledge that Tim brings to his channel. Unlike many of the ‘chicks for clicks’ channels I’ve covered, he’s clearly not here for the fame and attention.

I always come away learning more about mechanical and electrical components that I’ll use for years to come. Aside from SV Delos, there are very few channels sharing this same knowledge.

So from one cruising enthusiast to another, he’s one I definitely salute!

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Lady K Sailing 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.

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…🙂)