The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Dawn Hunters For 2023

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Dawn Hunters for 2023.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent 17 hours watching and researching everything I could about William and Iana to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Sailing Dawn Hunters 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Sailing Dawn Hunters afforded their boat

➜ Exactly how they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ Their age differences and more about Iana

➜ 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 Dawn Hunters FAQs (January 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Dawn Hunters

Crew Members

William (56) from the United States

Iana (27) originally from Russia

They have been married for 4 years, and yes, they are 30 years apart in age!

The Boat

Dawn Hunters have a 1985 De Vries 45′ steel motor sailor and also had a 1984 Jefferson motor yacht. Some call it a frigate because of how strong and powerful it is!


There have been a ton of upgrades:

➜ Pulpit for the anchor and furling

➜ 3 different types of anchors (150lbs, 75lbs and 80lbs)

➜ Twin lifting frames (Davits) that double as booms

➜ They also retrofitted the interior extensively, but it’s a work in progress


It’s hard to know where they are right now. What happened to their channel is unknown.

This was their last video:

Did their boat sink? I do check their channel often and still haven’t found anything new. If you have more information, please let me know.

Affording It

William worked for decades as an engineer on offshore oil rigs and mines in Africa. He saved up a ton and was able to buy his steel yacht for cash.

Iana was a dentist, author and photographer and was looking for a way to continue living nomadically.

Net Worth

Sailing Dawn Hunters are worth $543,000 US dollars.

Making Loot

Despite not really trying, they do make $1,700/month on YouTube via:

➜ Patreon and PayPal subscriptions

➜ Selling their own merchandise

➜ Running YouTube advertising (although they did get de-monetized for breaching community guidelines)

➜ Affiliate links in their description

They have a smaller channel and so the revenue isn’t as high as others.


Have you seen Sailing Dawn Hunters on any other channels? If you do, please reach out and I’ll update this article. I do see a lot of synergy between them and Free Range Sailing.

Big Moments

Some experiences they’ve experienced include:

➜ Doing a Mayday call

➜ Getting caught in storm seas

➜ Suffering a shark attack

➜ Experiencing a fire on board

Future Plans

It’s hard to know where they are since they haven’t uploaded anything for almost a year. Did they have a divorce? They were planning to sail and then nothing happened after.

It’s worth watching this video:

Key Takeaways

What can we learn from these YouTubers?

➜ You can definitely sail with a steel yacht

➜ Don’t be afraid to take on big projects

➜ If you catch a mermaid, don’t let her go 🙂

William is certainly one lucky guy!


I have thoroughly enjoyed their boat build and can’t wait to see them uploading videos once again!

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Dawn Hunters 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.

And William certainly has caught himself a beautiful mermaid!

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…🙂)