sailing vlogs (updated)

I still regularly watch most of the videos mentioned in my previous post. It is so great to see how far many of the creators have come. Sailing La Vagabonde now has a fancy new catamaran and are so popular they’ve hired a videographer to be as close to real time as possible. White Spot Pirates has crossed the Panama Canal after cruising the Caribbean. Delos is still being awesome and inviting crew members on board to share their love for the ocean. Sail Life has purchased a new boat and is restoring that, and Sailing Uma has left the yard in Florida and is now actually cruising the Caribbean!

When I had written the previous post about sailing vlogs, I had just discovered they were a thing. There weren’t too many channels regularly releasing content, and I liked almost all of them. A couple years later, everyone now has a channel and I don’t care for many of them. Mostly because of all the clickbait.

What’s my problem with clickbait? I get it, women in bikinis + dudes watching = lots of views. However, why would you post a title and thumbnail image that isn’t consistent with the actual content of the video? It tells me the content is no good, therefore shouldn’t be watched.

In no particular order, here are a few channels I either didn’t mention or are new and enjoyable.

Couch Sailors: This couple left San Francisco a couple years ago and are now in Tonga (or past it?). They give an honest view of the boredom that can happen at sea, the excitement when they were at anchor with a bunch of other 20-something year olds (which is rare in the cruising world), the troubles of finding of fresh fruit, and ceremonies cruisers must participate in when anchored off remote islands where the tradition is strong. I enjoy their perspective, and attitudes!

Distant Shores: While this couple is cruising around, they are what I’d like to call “tour guides.” They give helpful information about the anchorages and marinas they visit, give historical information about how the land was formed and nearby points of interest. It feels more educational than most cruising videos, and I like their approach.

Cruising LeaLea: This couple is all kinds of adorable, and they got me hooked on their Hawaii to Alaska passage. They posted a video per day, and for me it was the most accurate out there as sometimes it gets boring, or the wind dies and you get hot, etc.

Sail Rite: SailRite is a company selling canvas and sewing materials, and while I am not patient enough to take on those types of DIY projects they do have a ton of useful how-to videos. Straight to the point, with helpful advice and tips. Their website also has how-to’s, and if you’re looking for anything canvas or sail related, they probably have it.

Boat Works Today: If any boating channel should be removed from Patreon/YouTube for relentless and incessant pandering, it would be his. I (gasp) unsubscribed from his channel because the content has gone so far down in quality. However, if you search YouTube for any kind of gelcoat, fiberglass, or teak decking boat repair, his videos will come up and they are the best out there.



sailing vlogs

I’ve scoured the depths of the YouTube and found some awesome sailing related channels. Maybe you’ve seen them, maybe not. I’ve had time to watch allllll of the ones listed below, so I learned a lot and found some new favorite people to follow. If you have any favorites not listed here, enlighten me!

I’m going to be completely honest and say that some channels I just couldn’t get into. Overall, I think my favorite thing about these videos is that people are actively doing something to get to where they want to be in life. Which brings me to my new favorite quote:

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” – Joseph Campbell


S/V Delos: This crew is living the dream! Two brothers, Brian and Brady, and their girlfriends Karin and Josje, and friends sail around in places I’ve never even heard of. The videos are long but well worth it! They’ve been doing the vlog thing the longest and if you watch their earlier videos you can see they’ve made a lot of progress in their editing skills.

Sailing La Vagabonde: A hot young Aussie couple who left Italy late in 2014 and are sailing around the world. The videos are the perfect length, both Riley and Elayna(r) get equal screen time, it’s cute how they tease each other, and Elayna has a beautiful voice. A must-watch!

WhiteSpot Pirates: Anyone who knows me in real life has probably heard me talk about Nike and Karl. She (Nike) is back on her boat (Karl) and cruising around Panama. I am stoked to see where this season takes her! She is my hero.

Accidental Sailor Girl: I’ve mentioned her on my Inspirations page (along with Nike), check her out! Kourtney’s got lots of short and thoughtful videos. She’s got a good sense of humor about all the stuff that can and will go wrong on a boat.

Wicked Salty: Much younger than I thought they were, Wes and Kate are recent college graduates. They sailed from Rhode Island to the ICW and just got to the Bahamas. They update often and show a lot of the nitty gritty of what it’s like to cruise, even being candid about their mistakes.

YachtTeleport: Chris and Jess only posts a few videos a year because they only cruise three months out of the year. They are taking a different route and are doing the Northwest Passage in a junk rig they got in Nova Scotia. Lots of great iceberg and nature shots (including bears!!!) from these two!

S/V Catchin’ Rays: “The white trash vagabonds,” aka a family of four from Texas, left from Florida and are cruising around the Caribbean on a Catamaran. Great underwater and outdoorsy footage from the Ray’s!

ShaunSailing: A young Canadian couple, Shaun and Julia, who just started their adventure on a new-to-them boat. I like seeing them figure out the boat quirks, that’s always the fun part. They’re just beginning their journey, so they have a long way to go!


Sail Life: A man from Denmark who does informative DIY videos. He seems very sincere and genuine, and he often asks for feedback because as is kind of learning as he goes. There are many a projects I saved for future reference for when I’m ready to get back into it!

Follow The Boat: This cheeky British couple has lots of good humor injected into their videos and a sassy cat to boot! Last year they did a gigantic refit of their boat while in Thailand, and believe it or not it is SO making me jealous as I want to be covered in sawdust and boat project chaos. I miss it terribly and have been living vicariously through their projects.

Sailing Uma: A young couple, Kika and Dan, with great energy and fun loving attitudes! They bought a boat and are planning a big adventure, but first they have a lot of work to do. They’re incredibly smart about how they approach the boats issues.

Life Is Like Sailing: Being completely honest: Alfie won me over with his ginger kids 😉 A lot of his videos are geared towards boating newbies, but he also explains how he maintains varnish or boat systems, and even goes on long weekend trips around Vancouver, Canadia.

Project Atticus: This young couple in Florida does tons of short phone-video updates on projects they’re working on. I can’t tell if he sounds like her, or if she sounds like him (which means they’ve probably been together for a while) but they are definitely hard workers! Their boat is a fixer upper, so I’m excited to see the progress.

Under liquid: An Aussie Biology major who fishes, dives, surfs, and sails. I really like the educational background in some of his videos, and I’m really envious of his “wicked” video editing techniques.