Sailing Lady Africa: What Boat Do Ricky and Simone Have? (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

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

Over the last several years, I have spent many hours watching and researching everything I could about Ricky and Simone’s channel to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Sailing Lady Africa 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Sailing Lady Africa afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What yacht do they have and its upgrades

➜ Where are Ricky and Simone planning to sail

➜ 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 Lady Africa FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Lady Africa

Crew Members

Ricky Maia (age 34)

Simone Maia (age 33)

Despite being titled ‘Sailing Lady Africa’, they are actually from the United Kingdom, with the channel name referencing their boat, not their nationality.

The Boat

Sailing Lady Africa has a 1991 Dean 365 performance catamaran which cost approximately $100,000.


They upgraded their small catamaran with:

➜ Small watermaker

➜ New toilet

➜ Their own stack pack

➜ The water-cooled exhaust on their engine

➜ New hydraulic steering (Vetus)

Most of their boat work has been done by themselves to keep costs low.


According to Instagram, they are in the UK.

Past Cruising

They have sailed through the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Affording It

Sailing Lady Africa didn’t come from rich parents. They simply worked hard and saved up enough for their home on the water.

Net Worth

As of 2023, Sailing Lady Africa has a net worth of $470,000.

This is based on their boat value and business income.

Making Loot

Sailing Lady Africa makes $4,600/month with:

➜ Amazon links within their videos

➜ Receiving Patreon and PayPal donations

➜ Selling Sailing Lady Africa merchandise

➜ Offering a great YouTube membership

They have monetized their channel quite well.


They’re definitely more social than other channels, having met up with:

Bums on a Boat

Living Hakuna

I’m so looking forward to the day when we’ll get to see them with Sailing Yacht Florence!

Big Moments

Fortunately, they haven’t experienced anything bad on their journey, nor have they created any drama as other YouTubers do for the views.

Future Plans

They’re in the UK currently (they flew) and are planning to return to their boat soon. Eventually, they do plan on sailing around the world.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn from this wonderful couple?

➜ Buy a cheap catamaran if you can

➜ Learn to do your own boat work

➜ Be willing to work together daily

➜ Work towards your own freedom

And live for today, as tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.


Sailing Lady Africa might be a small channel, but has absolutely inspired me to go cruising while I’m young!

They have kept their channel more about the boat work and experiences, rather than the bikinis and sundowners that other channels often do. That’s something I really applaud.

I really am looking forward to seeing how their catamaran handles the bluewater crossings, and of course, catching them once they reach Australian shores.

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Lady Africa 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…🙂)