Sailing Nandji: Net Worth, New Boat and Bonita’s Secrets (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Nandji for 2023.

Over the last 4 years, I have spent 56 hours watching and researching everything I could about Yoshi and Bonita, back before they were YouTube-famous!

I’m so obsessed with my fellow Australian adventurers!

If you wanted to discover:

➔ How Nandji’s crew afforded their boat

➔ How they make their money today

➔ What boat they have and its upgrades

➔ 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 Nandji FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Nandji

Crew Members

Jarrad Laver a.k.a. Yoshi (age 36)

Bonita Herewane (age 35)

Tallula Mae (age 3) who is their daughter

I predict that Jarrad and Bonita will have another child in 2024.

Bonita has had a remarkable weight loss since having Tallula, becoming somewhat skinny these days.

Bonita’s nationality appears to be either half-Mauri or half-Aboriginal.

They also have a retired Greyhound called Marley.

The Boat

Nandji is a 1996 Roberts 50ft Sloop Cutter Yacht

Their new boat is Independence.


Yoshi and Bonita have upgraded their yacht with:

➔ 600 watts worth of solar panels

➔ New lithium batteries

➔ New diesel engine

➔ New head and shower

➔ Repainting their entire interior


Sailing Nandji are currently in Thailand. They plan to stay here for a while.

Past Cruising

Yoshi and Bonita have sailed Nandji:

➔ Along Australia’s east coast

➔ Papau New Guinea

➔ Indonesia

➔ Malaysia

Affording It

Before buying their yacht, Yoshi and Bonita lived in a bus and travelled around Australia.

With their savings, they were able to sell their bus and fund the purchase of their yacht which cost $57,000. They had to complete some refitments before setting sail up the East Coast of Australia.

Net Worth

YouTube cruising families are often wealthy, but this isn’t the case with these Australians…

As of 2023, Sailing Nandji have a net worth of $480,000 USD.

This is based on the value of their yacht and online business. They still have limited money in the bank account.

Making Loot

By publishing videos to YouTube, Sailing Nandji make $5,600 per month via:

➔ Donations via PayPal

➔ Their Patreon subscribers

➔ Sales of official Nandji merchandise

➔ YouTube advertising revenue

➔ Sponsorship deals such as Babbel

➔ Affiliate links to PredictWind and NordVPN


Nandji have not yet collaborated with any other YouTubers.

Big Moments

Nandji has had some exciting and scary moments while cruising around such as:

➔ Getting their yacht stuck up on the rocks

➔ Losing their entire steering system at sea

➔ Experiencing a potential pirate attack

➔ Buying diesel with alcohol with the police

➔ Being kicked out of Malaysia (as all cruisers were)

Future Plans

Sailing Nandji are heading south into New Zealand. Marley is being flown over while Bonita and Yoshi will be sailing.

Key Takeaways

We can learn from Sailing Nandji that:

➔ Cruising with a dog internationally is possible

➔ You can thrive even with a limited budget

➔ Always dive down on your mooring balls!

➔ Buy the sailboat that you can afford today

➔ Sailing unchartered waters takes good planning


Nandji aren’t just in this space for the near-naked clickbait thumbnails on YouTube.

They share the reality of sailing in unchartered waters with a dog and toddler onboard.

Yoshi and Bonita are considered true legends in the sailing community for their real and raw stories. Pair this with incredible story-telling and emotion, and you have a wonderful couple with huge ambitions!

And their journey will continue for years to come!

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Nandji 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…🙂)