The Ultimate Guide to The Sailing Family

Here's Everything You Wanted To Know

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Founder and Editor at Cruising Freedom

This is the definitive guide on The Sailing Family for 2023.

Over the last 24 months, I have spent 67 hours watching and researching everything I could about The Sailing Family so you don’t have to.

You should know that I really am *that* obsessed with Archer 😃

If you wanted to know:

➔ How Seth and Elizabeth 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…. 🙂

The Sailing Family FAQs (January 2023)

Boat Name

S/V Archer

Crew Members

Seth Hynes, age 42

Elizabeth Hynes, age 41

Hale Hynes, age 10

Rhys Hynes, age 9

Pierce Hynes, age 7

The Boat

The Sailing Family’s boat is a 2014 Outremer 51′ in a 3-cabin owner’s version which is easily recognizable as it’s painted in ‘Ferrari’ red.

It was recently sold in Australia as Hull #32.

Previously they owned a smaller Lagoon 380 catamaran before they had children which they later found (12 years later) in Brisbane, Australia.


The Sailing Family have made very few changes to Archer, due primarily to the high-quality nature of Outremer’s catamarans.

The only upgrades are:

➔ Additional solar on the bimini (800w)

➔ 12 volt freezer to stay remote for longer

➔ Turned the starboard hull shower into a closet


The Sailing Family from YouTube are still actively sailing with their 3 boys, and as of June 2022, have left Australia and returned to the United States.

They have not uploaded anything more to YouTube since January the 31st, 2022. I do check back on their channel often and haven’t found any more updates.

They are were cruising Australia’s east coast while awaiting COVID restrictions to ease.

Given their current location on Instagram, they appear to be about 3 months behind on their video production.

Past Cruising

The Sailing Family have taken Archer to:

➔ The South Pacific

➔ New Zealand

➔ Australia

➔ The United States

➔ The Panama Canal

➔ The Caribbean

Before the boys came, Seth and Elizabeth sailed their previous boat SV Honeymoon, a Lagoon 380, to The Caribbean and Europe.

In Australia, they went as far north as Lizard Island and as far south as Sydney.

Affording It

To buy Archer, Seth had worked in marketing and sales for some of the world’s most respected luxury brands.

Once they had kids, both Seth and Elizabeth save and sold all of their posessions. They then took out a boat loan for their catamaran on a low interest rate where the balance is secured against their retirement funds.

Making Loot

The Sailing Family makes money through:

➔ YouTube advertising revenue on every video

➔ Selling official Teespring merchandise

➔ Rental income from their investment property

➔ Vacay, Elizabeth’s new fashion business (on hold)


The Sailing Family have only collaborated with:

➔ Brett Vaughan’s SEAbbaticals by Multihull Central

Sailing Zatara in Fiji and Australia

Big Moments

The Sailing Family remarkable moments are:

➔ An accident causing hull damage due to a poor mooring ball breaking loose in Bora Bora

➔ Becoming caught up in New Zealand’s tough COVID-19 restrictions in April/May 2021

➔ A non-competitive race between Gunboat and Outremer (Spoiler alert: Gunboat won!)

➔ Losing control of their boat at nighttime and not being able to reduce their sail area

➔ Seth getting a significant face-wound due to body surfing with his friend, Luke, on the Sunshine Coast.

Future Plans

Now that SV Archer has been sold, where to next?

And why haven’t they uploaded anything for almost a year?

Seth is currently working with HH Catamarans as their new President. I believe they’re also seeking some privacy and adjusting to a new routine.

Key Takeaways

There is much we can all learn from The Sailing Family:

➔ Sailing with kids is relatively easy

➔ A fast blue water boat is a safe boat

➔ Be wary of mooring balls in Bora Bora

➔ Couples need to work as a team

➔ Life is short, so make magic happen


The Sailing Family is the perfect example of making sacrifices to take children sailing around the world.

Creating Your Own Cruising Freedom

Hey! 😃 It’s Joshua again….

Clearly I’ve been very inspired by The Sailing Family 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

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