Sailing Emerald Steel: Discover Their Best Secrets (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Emerald Steel for 2022.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent many fine hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Emerald Steel to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Jules and Suzie 😃 after all, they have been sailing for 30 years!)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Sailing Emerald Steel afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ Who have they also sailed with

➜ 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 Emerald Steel FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Emerald Steel

Crew Members

Julius Hanak (age 73)

Suzie Hanak (age 60)

The Boat

They built this boat as a custom project more than 30 years ago. It was completed in 1987 and they have owned her since!


They are currently in French Polynesia:

Past Cruising

They have circumnavigated the world more than once.

Affording It

They escaped communism and used a combination of personal savings and ‘sweat equity to build their boat and untie the lines.

Net Worth

Today, Sailing Emerald Steel is worth $220,000. That appears remarkably small, and yet, they have sustained themselves for so many years.

They ensured they anchored as much as they could, thereby avoiding expensive marinas. Their monthly budget was only around $1,500 combined.

Making Loot

How did they sustain themselves over all these years?

➜ They learned skills they could use in other countries

➜ They did odd jobs along the way to keep going

➜ Today, they make a small income from YouTube


I haven’t seen them on any other cruising channels, but they are similar to Paul and Sheryl Chard and Captain Fatty Goodlander.

You just can’t beat that type of cruising experience.

Big Moments

They have shared some of their worst experiences, including:

➜ Running aground more than once

➜ Partially sinking their boat

➜ Going through extreme weather

They have always kept things real while being conservative sailors and looking for ideal weather windows.

Future Plans

They’re going to keep sailing and aren’t stopping anytime soon!

Key Takeaways

What can we learn from this wonderful couple?

➜ Keep going, no matter the obstacle

➜ Anything is possible with determination

➜ You can keep the same boat for 30+ years

➜ It’s best to have a supportive partner

And of course, learn your own boat work.


Unlike almost every polished channel on YouTube these days, Sailing Emerald Steel aren’t beauty queens and credit card captains.

Instead, they escaped communism many years ago, built their own steel built and went cruising for decades at a time. Today, they’ve earned the respect of the PROPER cruising community, with many of us eager to see what’s to come!

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’m so inspired by Emerald Steel and their 30+ years of 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…🙂)