The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Parlay Revival

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Parlay Revival for 2023.

Over the last 2 years, I have spent 67 hours watching and researching everything I could about Colin MacRae from New Zealand.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with his ambitious catamaran restorations 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➔ Why Colin MacRae keeps buying up hurricane boats

➔ How he really makes his money today

➔ What boats he has and the crew he sails with

➔ Where he renovates his boats 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…. 🙂

Parlay Revival FAQs (January 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Parlay and S/V Dauntless

Colin owns several catamarans which he resells for a very handsome profit.

Crew Members

Colin MacRae (age 35) born on the 31st of October, 1985 from New Zealand

He dated Martina Alvarez for 1-year, beginning at the start of COVID and broke up in March 2021.

In the past, several women have joined Colin on his popular YouTube channel.

These include Callie from New Zealand and Sara:

The Boat

Currently Colin is renovating a 2012 and 2017 Lagoon 450, both with an owner’s cabin.


Colin has had to add an incredible amount of replacements after each hurricane damage.

These include:

➔ Upgrading the solar and Tesla battery bank

➔ New sailing GPS and autopilot from B&G

➔ Replacement of the standing rigging

➔ Major repairs on cracked bulkheads

➔ Replacing cabinets, plumbing and electrics


Colin works out of Linton Bay Marina in Panama, but is currently in the San Blas Islands.

As it’s a popular spot, they’re not the only YouTubers out there at the moment.

Past Cruising

Before renovating sail boats and motor yachts, Colin has sailed through:

➔ The Cayman Islands

➔ The Caribbean

➔ The United States

➔ The Bahamas

In his previous engineering career, Colin had already explored much of the world as a crew member on luxury motoryachts. This explains how he has a ton of knowledge when it comes to saving and flipping boats.

Affording It

Colin lived on superyachts and saved a lot of money, and with some good investments, was able to buy his boats for cash.

Net Worth

YouTubers are typically wealthier than they admit.
As of 2023, Sailing Parlay Revival’s net worth is $945,000.
This is based on the value of his boat and online business.

Making Loot

This might surprise you, but Colin earns $11,700 per episode.

This is earned through:

➔ His loyal Patreon subscribers

➔ Ad-revenue from YouTube

➔ Official Parlay merchandise

➔ Consulting with other cruisers

However, the bulk of his money comes from rebuilding damaged boats where he can make $120,000 to $250,000 in profit on every deal.

He has also been paid to attend some boat shows.


Colin has had a few episodes with SV Delos. In fact, they raced them (catamaran vs yacht) in a recent episode and Parlay was surprisingly quick!

He has also hung out with other YouTubers at boat shows as well as transitions through the Panama canal.

His close friend David Shih (who also experienced bulkhead problems) has become a good friend of mine too!

Big Moments

Colin has had some really epic moments including:

➔ Towing a catamaran…with another catamaran!

➔ Straightening out cracked Lagoon 450 bulkheads

➔ Being pulled over by the cops on a Fountain Pajor Heliua 44 (motoring only – it had no rigging)

➔ Attending the Annapolis Boat Show

➔ Running aground more than once (a true sailor!)

Future Plans

Once Colin gets his profits and his main boat – Parlay – fixed and seaworthy, he plans to sail constantly around the world.

We all love the boat builds…but we can’t wait to see the adventures unfold too!

Key Takeaways

What we can learn from Colin’s adventures:

➔ Renovating boats can often be very profitable

➔ Hard work can really pay off (with research)

➔ We all need to live life in this precious moment

➔ We must make the most of opportunities in life

➔ Set a solid foundation in which to build off


Colin is a legend in the YouTube sailing community.

An ambitious yet crazy individual on a mission!

He commits himself to HUGE salvage projects, yet comes out wiser and brighter on the other side.

It’s his willingness to pursue the unthinkable that we all love. Brave yet brilliant at the same time.

And yet, it’s that same infectious positivity that will get us all through our own multi-year voyages.

If there is one thing you could learn from Colin, it’s that you need to create your own opportunities.

Fortunately, I found my very own. 🙂

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Colin and his catamaran renovations.

He flips boats and I flip websites. We’re kinda the same, but different…

He’s definitely living the dream, but I really like keeping my hands clean. 😅

(Yeah…I’m a bit of a princess! Ha.)

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

With this exciting opportunity, I’ll be able to:

➔ Generate a sustainable full-time income with proof (yes, seriously!)

➔ Fund the purchase of my first sailing catamaran without any loans

➔ Do it without selling to friends & family (’cause that’s icky, am I right?!)

➔ Share my lifetime passion of sailing, cruising and global adventures

Curious to learn more? Jump on the free training right now. 🔥