Sailing Sweet Ruca: Boat Type and YouTube Earnings (2023)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Sweet Ruca for 2023.

Over the last 3 years, I have spent 34 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Sweet Ruca to learn more about their story.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Curtis and Kate 😃)

If you’re curious about them and want to know:

➜ How Sailing Sweet Ruca afforded their boat

➜ And how they make their money today

➜ What boat do they have and its upgrades

➜ If they sell extra/uncut footage

➜ 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 Sweet Ruca FAQs (April 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Sweet Ruca

Crew Members

Curtis Jazwiecki (age 36)

Kate Gladieux (age 35)

Both come from a racing background and dedicated to go cruising full-time as liveaboards.

Roxy is their dog

The Boat

Sailing Sweet Ruca’s boat is a 2000 J/46 which is a sailing/cruising yacht designed for speed rather than comfort or luxuries.

Despite its length and beam, it only has two cabins and two heads.


Safety and performance is paramount for Curtis and Kate, and since purchasing their yacht, they have upgraded the electronics with:

➜ B&G 2000 Instruments

➜ B&G Zeus 3 Chartplotter

➜ B&G 4G radar system

➜ NMEA 2000 network

➜ An iPad with Navionics

They certainly picked the right tools for the job!


They’re currently in Uruguay:

Past Cruising

Sailing Sweet Ruca isn’t all about beautiful bodies and sailboat tech. They have genuinely explored in:

➜ Brazil

➜ The Bahamas

➜ The British Virgin Islands

They had also sailed a little in the United States when they first bought their boat.

Affording It

Curtis and Kate worked hard for several years. Without any kids (does the dog count?), they were able to save up just enough for their yacht. They sold their house and moved aboard to live a nomadic lifestyle.

Net Worth

Sailing Sweet Ruca are worth $620,000 US dollars.

Making Loot

Their nomadic lifestyle on YouTube pays them $5,100/month made via:

➜ Running YouTube ads

➜ Selling Sweet Ruca merchandise

➜ Donations via Patreon

Interestingly, they don’t use affiliate links and are leaving genuine money on the table.


While they haven’t really been featured on other YouTube channels, they have been inspired by:

Gone With The Wynns

MJ Sailing

Project Atticus

I look forward to seeing them on other channels and sharing their wisdom for others.

Big Moments

It hasn’t been perfect sailing for these two (is it ever?), and some interesting moments include:

➜ Spotting an unidentified boat at sea

➜ Experiencing close lightning strikes

➜ Watching some sailboats crash

Fortunately, they haven’t created any drama themselves. This is just a typical part of the cruiser’s lifestyle.

Future Plans

Where to next? They’re heading into South America and may then head towards the South Pacific.

Key Takeaways

What can we learn from this wonderful and skilled couple?

➜ Buy a simple yacht

➜ Learn some basic skills

➜ Plan your weather window

➜ You CAN take your dog(s)

And consider all options before you buy your dream boat.


I’ve noticed that their channel has really picked up over these last few months, and I certainly can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Sweet Ruca 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…🙂)