The Ultimate Guide to O'Kelly's

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide to The O’Kelly’s for 2023.

Over the last 3 years, I have spent so many hours watching and researching everything I could about S/V Clarity as their channel is so helpful.

And yes, I really do love Nick and Megan’s funny side! 😃 Certainly no drama here!

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Nick and Megan afforded their 4th boat

➔ How they make their money while cruising

➔ What boat they have and its current upgrades

➔ How you can start crossing oceans just like them

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…. 🙂

The O'Kelly's FAQs (January 2023)

Boat Name


Crew Members

Nick O’Kelly (age 48)

Megan O’Kelly (age 49)

The Boat

The O’Kelly’s from YouTube were sailing a 2009 Leopard 46 fitted out in the 4-cabin charter version. This is their first catamaran and they had owned 3 yachts previously.

Clarity has just been sold after being for sale for 4 weeks. They are in the market for a new boat.


To make Clarity capable of crossing oceans, Nick and Megan have outfitted her with:

➔ 9KW Northern Lights Genset

➔ 900AH of Relion lithium batteries

➔ 2400watts of solar panels (the highest I’ve seen)

➔ AIS Class B and Radar

➔ Spectra Newport 400 Watermaker

➔ Rocna 33kg Vulcan anchor (very popular)

➔ Spinnaker, Genoa and Code Zero

➔ Sewing room and salon

➔ Highfield RIB dingy with 30hp outboard

➔ Sat phone and new EPIRB

➔ 3 Cruiseair airconditioners (needs genset running)


The O’Kelly’s are currently sailing in Australia while looking for their next boat.

Past Cruising

Onboard Clarity, The O’Kelly’s have explored in:

➔ The Bahamas

➔ Panama

➔ The South Pacific

➔ United States

Affording It

Nick and Megan don’t have kids and worked hard while saving/investing to make their dream happen. Their previous boat cost them around $520,000.

Making Loot

In 2023, the O’Kelly’s make their money from:

➔ Stock market trading

➔ Nick’s audio books

➔ YouTube ad revenue

➔ 1-hour consulting calls

➔ Affiliate links to Squarespace & Amazon

➔ Their Patreon members

➔ Brand sponsorships such as Athletic Greens

It’s estimated that the O’Kelly’s YouTube channel makes $12,000 per month sailing and producing videos, bringing their net worth to $1,247,000 US dollars.


The O’Kelly’s have not collaborated with any other cruising YouTube channels at this stage.

Big Moments

Some cool moments in The O’Kelly’s journey:

➔ Having a snake sliver onboard their catamaran

➔ Sailing very close to a hurricane with 40-knots

➔ Many comical videos about the reality of sailing

Future Plans

Once COVID-19 restrictions have ended, The O’Kelly’s are planning to sail the Coconut Milk Run.

This is the popular route from California to Australia which sees cruisers stop at many of the tropical islands along the way.

Australia will certainly welcome this wonderful couple with open arms!

Key Takeaways

Things we can learn from Nick and Megan are:

➔ Buy the right boat for you and your needs

➔ Avoid crowded anchorages and tourist spots

➔ Stay fit cruising to avoid weight gains/injuries

➔ Do your research years before setting off

➔ Don’t take everything in life so seriously


Nick and Megan are an oddity in the sailing community with their humourous style. Their educational videos are extremely valuable and have inspired thousands of couples to plan their escape from the daily grind.

So with that, I hope you’re just as inspired by Nick and Megan as I am. They make the dream real.  👍

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by The O’Kelly’s 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. 🔥