Sailing Ocean Fox: How Can They Afford To Sail? (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on S/V Ocean Fox for 2023.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent 57 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Ocean Fox to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Simon and Carla 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How Sailing Ocean Fox afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ How old is Carla and where is she from

➜ 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 Ocean Fox FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Ocean Fox

Crew Members

Simon Fowler (age 63)

Carla Fowler (age 58)

Carla was born in Angola and due to the war, eventually moved to Brazil with her family. She only met Simon around 7 years ago and they have been married for the last 5 years.

The Boat

Sailing Ocean Fox had a 2012 Lagoon 400 with an owner’s cabin but they sold it around 1 year ago as they wish to build their own barge:


They have upgraded their catamaran with:

➜ Spectra watermaker

➜ Additional solar panels

➜ B&G Zeus 3 and AIS


Sailing Ocean Fox is currently in the United Kingdom:

Past Cruising

They have currently sailed to:

➜ The Mediterranean

➜ The Caribbean

They have also done an Atlantic crossing and are planning to head into the South Pacific in the near future.

Affording It

Simon and Carla worked hard for decades. Through owning businesses and investments, and selling their house, they were able to purchase their catamaran in 2017.

Net Worth

Sailing Ocean Fox’s net worth is $1,600,000 as of May 2022.

Making Loot

Their income is generated through:

➜ Their Patreon donors

➜ Running ads on their YouTube

➜ Selling their own merchandise

➜ Income generated through Carla’s cooking website –

It only took them 11 weeks to get monetized by YouTube which is significantly faster than most cruising couples.


I have not seen them on any other YouTube channels. If you have, please reach out to me and I can update this article. 🙂

Big Moments

Some wonderful moments in their YouTube journey include:

➜ They ran aground on the coral reefs once

➜ Running out of fuel at sea

➜ Getting a hole in their dinghy

➜ Swimming naked more than once

They also interviewed Mário and Nina from Sailing SeaTramp about their robbery in Panama

Future Plans

Where to next? They’re planning to keep sailing once their current renovations are complete.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn?

➜ A Lagoon, while not initially designed for blue ocean cruising, can still cross oceans

➜ Don’t be afraid of boat work in your older years

➜ Make the most of every day

➜ You CAN start your own food blog

And above all else, have fun!


While they’re much older than me, I have enjoyed learning a ton from Simon and Carla. They’re very ambitious with a ton of energy, and I can’t wait to see this barge build of theirs completed in 2022. 🙂

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Ocean Fox 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…🙂)