The Ultimate Guide to Sailing Zatara

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sailing Zatara for 2022.

Over the last 3.5 years, I have spent 71 hours watching and researching everything I could about everyone’s favorite YouTube sailing family so you don’t have to.

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Keith, Renee and their 4 cruising kids 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Sailing Zatara afforded their 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 Zatara FAQs (October 2022)

Boat Name

S/V Zatara

Crew Members

Keith Whitaker (age 51)

Renee Whitaker (age 47)

Anna Whitaker (age 19)

Jack Whitaker (age 18)

Finn Whitaker (age 14)

Kate Whitaker (age 13)

They have another older daughter (Tait Whitaker-Cargo, aged 26) who hasn’t sailed with the family as she is already married and with two children.

The Boat

Sailing Zatara own a 2009 Priviledge 585 Catamaran with a 4-cabin layout.

Previously they owned a Beneteau 55-foot monohull which they later sold as it was a little too small and somewhat unsuited to crossing large oceans.


Sailing Zatara have upgraded their catamaran with:

➔ Upgraded B&G electronics

➔ New Highfield Dinghy

➔ Movie projector for the kids


Sailing Zatara are undertaking their most dangerous crossing yet as they sail along the Somali Coastline:

Past Cruising

Sailing Zatara has explored in:

➔ The United States

➔ The Caribbean

➔ The Bahamas

➔ The Marquesas and Fiji

➔ Australia and New Zealand

Their biggest crossings is the Pacific crossing making it their longest time at sea.

Affording It

Keith and Renee didn’t come from a rich family nor did they have well-paying jobs. Keith had a long-term career in the oil industry.

However, they did have some equity in their home and some of Keith’s investments paid off well, so they were able to eventually sell their house and afford their first sailboat which cost $257,000 USD.

From there, they began producing YouTube videos and with the revenue, were able to buy their 2nd sailboat for $590,000 USD a mere 2 years later.

Making Loot

Sailing Zatara has a net worth of $1,700,000 based on the value of their boat, investments and business income.

They make a full-time living at sea which is earned through:

➔ Amazon affiliate links under their YouTube videos

➔ PayPal and Patreon donations from their audience

➔ $10/month membership to their Facebook group

➔ Sailing Zatara ‘Let It Flow Away’ merchandise

➔ Homeschool education for other sailing families

It’s estimated that Sailing Zatara makes $17,000/month through YouTube as of June 2022.


Sailing Zatara have featured with these other YouTube channels:

Gone With The Wynns

Sailing Ruby Rose

The Sailing Family

The Cruising Kiwis

While they haven’t met in person, the Whitaker family has a good friendship with Sailing Nahao and they met David Shih at a recent boat show.

They have also featured numerous other smaller channels and seek out other cruising families to keep the kids entertained while home-schooling.

Big Moments

Sailing Zatara have had numerous cool moments:

➔ Coming across Lady Erel 2 stuck on a reef

➔ Being at sea for 30-days as a family of 4

➔ Having Anna leave the boat for college

➔ Keith getting into heated arguments with Australian government quarantine officials 😅

➔ Having Jack’s internet girlfriend on board

Fortunately, after several years, nothing dangerous has happened. I applaud them for avoiding the click-bait drama that other channels often create.

Future Plans

Sailing Zatara have just completed a half-circumnavigation around Australia, have left and are now adventuring in Seychelles.

Key Takeaways

We can learn from Sailing Zatara that:

➔ Teenagers can still sail globally with their parents

➔ Use the resources you have available to go sailing

➔ Don’t be afraid to change your plans on a whim

➔ Such very precious moments cannot be bought


Keith and Renee didn’t wait until Kate was off to college before going off cruising. Instead, they used the resources they have, sold their house and made their dream happen and all without the fluff.

So to the cruisers with older kids who aren’t so sure, it’s definitely possible!

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by Sailing Zatara 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.

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. 🔥