Sampson Boat Co: What Happened To Pete and Cecca (2024)

Everything You Always Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on Sampson Boat Co for 2024.

Over the last several years, I have spent many hours watching and researching everything I could about his boat build!

(Yes, I really am *that* obsessed with Leo’s project 😃)

If you wanted to know:

➜ How he makes money with his channel

➜ When the boat will finally be done

➜ What happened to Cecca and Pete

➜ 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… 🙂

Sampson Boat Co FAQs (2024)

Crew Members

Leo Sampson Goolden (age 35)

Old Crew

Pete left Sampson Boat Co some time ago to pursue new endeavors.


Leo was dating Cecca for several years, but they appear to have separated in 2022. He typically keeps his private life away from YouTube, so he didn’t announce this separation.

The Boat

Tallo Ho is a 1909 Albert Strange Gaff Cutter sailing yacht.


The boatyard is located in Bristol in the UK.

Affording It

How did Leo afford to take on such an ambitious project?

Well, it’s a combination of buying the boat for $1 AND having a ton of help along the way.

But most importantly, he has built an incredible business through documenting the build process.

Net Worth

As of 2024, Sampson Boat Co has a net worth of £370,000.

This is based primarily on the value of Leo’s boat and online business.

Making Loot

How does Leo afford to keep going? It’s his channel’s income basically. He makes around £7,000 per month mainly through:

➜ YouTube ads on his channel

➜ Affiliate links to products on Amazon

➜ Memberships to his Patreon account

➜ Occasional donations

It’s just enough to sustain him going forward.


He’s met a ton of interesting and helpful people along the way who have contributed to the rebuilding process in some way.

Future Plans

Eventually, he plans to sail around the world, but for now, he just wants to begin building out the interior.

The refitting process has taken many more years than he was expecting!

Key Takeaways

What can we learn?

➜ We all have power inside of us

➜ Dream big but work small

➜ Opportunities are everywhere

And of course, set a vision 10 years into the future!


I don’t think there’s a single soul on YouTube who is outdoing Leo’s ambition when it comes to boat building. He’s built a cult-like following of fellow maritime enthusiasts who can’t wait to see this project really come into fruition.

Create Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 it’s Joshua again…

I’ve been very inspired by Sampson Boat Co and Leo’s build!

Some say I’m obsessed, but sailing the world is my childhood dream.

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…🙂)