Sailing Popao: What Boat Do Michael and Jessie Own? (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Popao for 2023.

Over the last several years, I have spent many hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Popao to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Aussie sailing enthusiasts like me 😃)

Better yet, they have been on YouTube for 15 years!

So if you wanted to know:

➜ How Sailing Popao afforded their boat

➜ How they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ What is their net worth, real names and ages

➜ 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 Popao FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Popao

Crew Members

Michael Cripps (age 35)

Jessie Cripps (age 34)

The Boat

Sailing Popao has a 2006 Easy 37ft (11.3m) catamaran which is based in Australia and was designed by Peter Snell.

These boats are quite popular here in Australia for coastal cruising and can sometimes be seen in the South Pacific. They’re light, affordable and reasonably easy to sail short-handed.

In addition, they have a 2020 Classic 340 Highfield tender that’s paired with a 15hp Mercury outboard.


While they have a cheaper catamaran, they have upgraded some elements of their boat, including:

➜ B&G Zeus 3 Chart Plotter

➜ Watermaker Man Desalinator TWM 80

➜ 2x Trina SplitMaxx 330 Watt Solar Panels

➜ Victron 100/50 MPPT Solar Controller

➜ Rocna 20 anchor

As with any boat, they are constantly replacing stuff.


They are currently in the Whitsundays and won’t be leaving anytime soon.

Past Cruising

Most of their sailing has been in Australia and Tonga.

Affording It

The crew from Sailing Popao has just worked hard over the years and without kids, were able to buy their boat for cash around 2 years ago.

Net Worth

You don’t need to be rich to enjoy the cruising lifestyle.

As of 2023, Sailing Popao has a net worth of $370,000 Australian dollars.

This includes the value of their boat and online business income.

Making Loot

So then, how are they making money?

➜ They sell Sailing Popao merch

➜ YouTube runs ads on their videos

➜ They use links to brand sponsors

Sailing Popao is only making around $2,900/month on YouTube but that’s enough to sustain their cruising dreams.


I haven’t seen them hanging out with any other YouTubers, but would love to see them with Sailing Nandji who are now back in Australia. The perfect collab!

Big Moments

Someone once crashed into their boat:

Apart from that, it’s been relatively quiet travels.

Future Plans

Their first plan is to go around Australia and they may then head into SE Asia.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn from this awesome couple?

➜ Living on a boat is easier than we think

➜ Liveaboards can do catch and cook

➜ It’s best to have a very supportive partner

➜ Buying a cheaper catamaran is a wise idea

And of course, keep your expenses low so you can start living your dreams sooner!


Sailing Popao is a wonderful couple that inspires many of us in Australia (and abroad!) to pursue our own freedom.

I have really enjoyed watching their adventures on YouTube and I’m certainly keen to see them reach the Kimberly region of Western Australia.

Until then…

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

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