Sailing Luckyfish: Where Did Zaya Go From YouTube? (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Luckyfish for 2023.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent 23 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Luckyfish to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Stew and Zaya 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Sailing Luckyfish afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ Who is Zaya, her age and nationality

➜ If they had a divorce or are still sailing

➜ 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 Luckyfish FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Luckyfish

Crew Members

Stewart Coates (otherwise known as Stew, and not to be confused with any actors) is 55 years old.

He is a Kiwi but has spent time in Australia.

Zaya Roza (age 43) is Stew’s wife.

She is from Mongolia although looks more like Thai/Chinese.

Tuya (Zaya’s sister) has been a crew member for some time and is single the last time I checked.

Ariun, Oyun (fitness model) and Leo (their son) are also crew members.

The Boat

Sailing Luckyfish owns a Wharram-designed Tiki 38 catamaran which is a very simple design and very much like traditional cruising catamarans. It has retractable engines (just like the Seawind 1160 that I’m purchasing), is easy to handle and is easy to work on.

Better yet, you can beach this catamaran quite easily.


Stew has upgraded the boat with a host of features to make their life easier. Check out his blog and channel to discover more.


Luckyfish hasn’t uploaded to YouTube in well over a year. Did they stop sailing? Has it been too difficult to raise Leo on the boat?

They were in Belize the last time I checked. If you do have more information, please let me know so I can update this article.

Past Cruising

They have explored in South Africa, the Atlantic and the Caribbean. They prefer warmer cruising waters rather than cold places.

Affording It

Stew wasn’t born into money and simply worked his guts out for decades. He built a business called Magnetic Palm Islands Rent-a-Yacht and sold it in 2004, then built another business called Kooka Publishing. He also worked as a Geologist and traveled around the world doing freelance projects, which is how he met Zaya in Mongolia.

Net Worth

Sailing Luckyfish have a net worth of $850,000.

Making Loot

They make a small income on their YouTube channel of $2,600/month by:

➜ Running their own Patreon subscription

➜ Selling their own merchandise

➜ Running ads on their YouTube channel

It’s definitely worth looking at Stew’s blog if you’re a sailing enthusiast. He goes into deep detail about his unique choice in catamaran.


I haven’t seen them on any other YouTube channels.

They are similar to Wildling Sailing if you wanted another channel to delve deeper into. 🙂

Big Moments

Moments in their journey include:

➜ Running aground more than once

➜ Crossing the Atlantic

➜ Stew got injured at St Helena

He also told the story about how Sailing La Vagabonde were able to get their brand-spankin’ new Outrememer back in 2016:

Future Plans

Where to next? Will they come back to YouTube? No one knows for sure, but hopefully, Stew and his family return to tell their story. He’s EXTREMELY knowledgeable and it isn’t just about bikinis and sundowners.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn? A ton:

➜ You don’t need a fancy boat

➜ Sailing with the family is sustainable

➜ Learn to do as much as you can

➜ Avoid the super expensive stuff

➜ Just be real and honest on YouTube

And of course, have a ton of fun!


Sailing Luckyfish has an awesome saying:

“Go light. Go green. Go for as long as you want!”

And I absolutely agree. Can’t wait to see what’s coming on the horizon!

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Luckyfish 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…🙂)