The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Uma

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Uma for 2023.

Over the last 18 months, I have spent 75 hours watching and researching everything I could about Sailing Uma so you don’t have to.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Dan and Kika😃)

If you wanted to know:

➔ How this couple afforded their awesome little sail 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 Uma FAQs (January 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Uma

Crew Members

Dan Deckert (age 35) from Canada

Kika Mevs (age 33) from Haiti. The baby you see in her videos isn’t hers. Project Atticus with their newborn often join Uma for adventures.

Maya is the new crew member who doesn’t have a boyfriend. She is one of Dan’s best friends from his highschool days.

The Boat

Sailing vessel Uma is a 1972 Pearson 36 sailing yacht. The boat is 36-feet long and 12-feet wide.


Dan and Kika have extensively refitted their sailboat which was a massive undertaking which was highly praised by the YouTube sailing community.

Upgrades include:

➔ A used electric forklift motor (I remember how many in the YouTube comments section said it couldn’t be done!)

➔ Extensive plumbing and galley refit

➔ New anchor chain

➔ New head and shower

➔ New B&G GPS/autopilot


Their Youtube and Instagram accounts show that S/V Uma is currently in Russia, as of June 2022.

Past Cruising

Dan and Kika have sailed extensively through:

➔ The United States

➔ The Bahamas

➔ Haiti (Kika’s home country)

➔ The Caribbean

➔ US Virgin Islands

➔ British Virgin Islands

➔ Norway (on a friends boat)

➔ Iceland and Scotland

Affording It

Dan and Kika worked hard, saved hard (Dan’s construction business paid well) and sold many belongings to afford their yacht, costing $7,000.

They poured every single dollar into their yacht build and lived on board while they were renovating it.

Making Loot

It’s no secret that Sailing Uma’s crew makes money through cruising.

They have a net worth of $549,000 and together, Dan and Kika make $7,500 per month through:

➔ $15/month membership to their website ‘The Vault’

➔ Ad-revenue earned on their YouTube channel

➔ Product sponsorship via sailing product companies

➔ Donations through their Patreon account


Sailing Uma have not collaborated with any other popular YouTubers at this time.

That said, I have seen them commenting on various other channels. They give a lot of appreciation towards those who restore old boats.

Big Moments

Sailing Uma have had many big moments:

➔ Dan proposed to Kika in the mountains

➔ Surviving a hurricane at anchor

➔ Swimming naked at nighttime

➔ Suffering several knockdowns

➔ Using their electric motor for the last few years (the naysayers said it couldn’t be done!)

Future Plans

Sailing Uma are in Russia after sailing through Iceland and having some epic adventures.

They’re likely going into the Mediterranean next year after this colder period.

Key Takeaways

Here is what we can learn from Sailing Uma:

➔ Use the resources you already have available

➔ Electric forklift motors can and do work well

➔ Your plans can change literally at any time

➔ Stop waiting around to get your big chance


Saliing Uma’s most popular message is….

Don’t buy a couch!‘ and I totally agree.

Life is short. Use what you have. Be brave.

And get out there and follow your dreams! (as cheesy as that sounds!)

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Dan and Kika and their adventures…

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.

Earlier I mentioned about finding the perfect cruising business model.

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

➔ Generate a sustainable $15,000/month 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. 🔥